Friday, July 20, 2012

Blessed be Your name...

Blessed be Your name in the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name when I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name when the sun's shining down on me
When the world's “all as it should be”
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name on the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name


Blessed Be Your Name
By Tree63
from The Answer To The Question


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wonderful "Ode to Joy" Flashmob Video

I love Flashmobs. Especially when they show people thoroughly enjoying classical music. And this is why I share this one. Click the bottom right of the video to make it fill your screen, turn up your speakers, and enjoy!

You can learn more about this performance here.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Road ID: A great idea for everyone!

Why would my family need id bracelets?

The Road ID was created originally to protect athletes with no good place to carry id or contact information. I know when I would go out to run, I would always try to stick my driver's license somewhere. Not so easy when you don't have any pockets! And if I did find some place to stash an id (like in my mp3 holder), would emergency personnel think to look there?

Many sports enthusiasts and athletes in an accident arrive at the ER as a "John" or "Jane Doe." Without a way to identify them, appropriate care can be delayed while doctors try to learn, or guess, what medical conditions or medications are present.

If you exercise with someone else, do they know your medications and medical history?

I can think of many other situations that these would come in handy.

  • Do you have an autistic child that wanders?
  • Or a toddler that might step away from you in a crowd?
  • If your kids are with relatives or friends and get hurt, would the adults know your child's important medical history that the doctors would need?
  • You can even attach them to your pet's 1" wide collar or bridle!

The Road ID is a great, inexpensive way to get piece of mind!

The "original" style Road ID gives you enough lines to list a couple of emergency contacts. However, I am going for the interactive version for our family. The interactive version quickly provides important medical information to medical personnel for only $10 a year! If I have to take one of my kids to the ER, I won't have to stop and think to pick up his medical binder that holds his medication list and important medical history and diagnoses notes. The ER can contact Road ID and get all the information that I've added to his profile.

The Wrist Band Slim looks similar to a cause bracelet, only costs $15.99, and their shipping is $1.49 -- per order! -- to the US and Canada!

Click to learn more:

Do you have a Road ID bracelet? Please post a comment below and let me know how you like it!

I was not asked to write this article. When I heard of the service, I wanted to share it. After my article posted, RoadID's owners read it and sent me a t-shirt as a thank you.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

#Coupons: Groceries, Home, Baby, Kids!

Some new coupon finds! Enjoy!

Food & Beverage
Around the House
Babies & Kids

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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Autism Revolution ~ A must-read for families on the #Autism spectrum

The Autism Revolution: Whole-body strategies for making life all it can be
by Martha Herbert and Karen Weintraub

Dr. Herbert is a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the TRANSCEND Research Program. She is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a correspondent to the Boston Globe.

For many years, scientists have said that autism is a genetic condition that requires a cure. During her career, Dr. Herbert has worked with many autistic children during her neurology research. During this time, she started noticing that autistic children seemed to have other similar health issues that were "not related" to autism. When she started "prescribing" treatments such as acidophilus or omega oils depending on the condition, not only would the health issue improve but many times the autism behaviors improved as well. Dr. Herbert started seeing that autism was more like a web. Many factors come together to influence the brain and body as a whole.

When a part of the body is out of sync, it pulls on part of the web and affects the entire web. These pieces can become out of sync due to many factors: nutrition, toxins, bugs, and stress. When these weigh on the body, the body becomes out of balance. Dr. Herbert likens this to a lake that has a mountain in the middle. When there is sufficient rain, very little of the mountain can be seen. However, when the heat outweighs the rainfall, the water recedes and you see more of the mountain. Or in this case, the autism behaviors.

By looking at the systems of the body as a whole and supporting the systems that are out of sync, parents have been able to reverse the autistic behaviors and their children move off of the autism spectrum. This is not saying that every child will respond enough to not have any autistic behaviors, and it doesn't necessarily happen quickly. However, Dr. Herbert's book is filled with stories of actual children who have improved when the parents looked at the symptoms and supported those areas of the body that are weak or not operating properly.

In the second section of the book, Dr. Herbert walks through the inner workings of the brain so that you can understand the effect of stress and body systems that aren't working properly. This part is a little heavy to read through, but as a lay-person it wasn't overwhelming and I was able to pull many nuggets of wisdom out of this section that help me understand my son.

The 3rd and final section of the book talks about the Autism Revolution. Dr. Herbert lays out how we, as parents, can combine everything we've learned in the first 2 sections to help our kids, teach our doctors and specialists, and influence the autism community.

This book was a phenomenal help to me as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. The insights Dr. Herbert has combined through her research, listening and learning from families of autistic children, are invaluable. I've read the book through once, and I've underlined many things along the way that I want to remember and incorporate into daily life. Information about diet and nutrition, chemicals and toxins, and bugs and viruses. Ideas about repetitive behaviors, anger and outbursts, and what your child is trying to communicate. I definitely want to read through the book again, and this time with a notebook where I can take notes and organize them into a plan of action.

This book is an amazing resource. I feel every family with an autistic child should read this book to gain the valuable information and resources it gives. Thank you, Dr. Herbert, for caring enough to learn from autistic families, and thank you for putting what you have learned into a resource for the rest of us. Onward to the Autism Revolution!

I purchased this book on my own. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Modified Checklist for #Autism in Toddlers

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT™) is a scientifically validated tool for screening children between 16 and 30 months of age to assess their risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism screening at 18 and 24 months of age, and the M-CHAT is one of the AAP’s recommended tools.
Autism Speaks recently shared this resource that will guide parents through a series of easy to answer questions about their child. Once you have gone through the questions, it give recommendations to use when talking to your doctor. If this resource had been around 11 years ago, we would have been clued into my son's PDD and be able to get him resources right away instead of at the age of 10. This is a great resource to use and share!

Blessings in your Adventure...

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Without God's power there's nothing we can do...

Without God's power there's nothing we can do. Unless we obey His call and pray in faith, there's nothing He will do! Jesus' own instruction that we pray "Thy kingdom come" is the timeless reminder that God's almighty rule of grace and power only enters where it's invited in the world. Faith, exercised through humble yet bold and obenient prayer is the key, and it's been placed in our hands.
~Jack Hayford, The Beauty of Spiritual Language

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Inside Threat: A Riley Covington Thriller by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn

Inside Threat
by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn

Riley Covington used to be part of the CTD - a counter-terrorism government agency - until he chose to go back to playing pro-football, but that life isn't sitting right with him now. Khadi also worked for the same agency, until changing to private security for a Congressman. When terrorists start making small attacks across the country, the CTD's job is to figure out what they are trying to accomplish. And when one of their own is trapped inside the biggest terrorism attack, will they find a way to defeat the terrorists? Or will everyone get caught inside?

This book was a breath of fresh air from the typical love story genre Christian books and the normal thriller suspense genre. Elam and Yohn were able to create a true suspense story with realistic details from military and secret ops teams to sports and weave in a love story that really helps the reader see the extent of Christ's sacrifice for us. A great book for anyone that is looking for realistic suspense but wants a clean story with no profanity or love scenes. I had a hard time putting it down! Well done!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


God's Love Letters to You by Dr Larry Crabb

God's Love Letters to You
by Dr Larry Crabb

"Give yourself forty days to fall head-over-heels in love with the Savior who calls you by name and welcomes you into a sweeping, incredible relationship with Him. Discover the language and story of true love as it was originally intended - personal letters from God to you." From that description, I had high hopes for this book. I was excited about a 40-day devotional that would lead me to explore God's love for me. And when I saw the author was Dr. Larry Crabb, I thought it was a sure thing.

However, I was a disappointed. The devotions seemed very quick, provoking little continued thought, and seemed to only lightly scratch the surface. I read some with my husband, and we both felt the point wasn't readily available or it didn't delve in deep enough. Maybe we weren't in a place where this book was really for us. Someone else may have thought this book was wonderful. With this being a 40-day version of his 66 Love Letters, maybe I should try reading the full version. I would suggest that you read some excerpts from Amazon to see what you think before buying it.

BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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