". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Awareness Wednesday



This hop is intended for real causes. (Please


don't make up silly or vulgar things to diminish the 
importance of causes that hit home to so many.) 
This should be concerning something you are
passionate about to help educate others in a cause
to make the world a better place,
create understanding, rally support, etc...
*Let's please keep it family friendly, too. Thanks!
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Everyone that shares a CAUSE is awarded the AWARENESS AWARD and encouraged to pass it along. You are welcome to the award when you make your AWARENESS poet. Please include the button with your post and add the Linky. This first linky is for the post of accepting and passing along the award as well as adding to your award collection. This will help us all learn about their causes as well. You are all WELCOME to post the Linky's so it is easy for your followers to share, too.  ;D
  • Grab the button:





















You have been honored with this award. There are often things that others are uninformed of and therefore, they rely on unreliable sources and/or assumptions about things. There is STIGMA in many facets of life. AWARENESS is how we can overcome ignorance. This is your opportunity to help educate others about a cause you believe in.
  • Let others know who gave you the award and link back to them as a thank you.
  • You may give this to as many or few individuals as you choose. This should be awarded to those with a cause. Something they want to raise awareness about. Don't forget to notify your recipients of the award.
  • Display the badge in your post and tell us about what you would like to raise awareness about.
  • Link your Award post to the Awareness Award Page so that as others find out about this, they can link back to your post and learn more. (In the Linky provided here)
Let's change the world, one blog post at a time!
Don't forget to Link your AWARENESS AWARD post here:


*When you link, please start your caption with what your cause is.  ;D
  • Grab the button:

Write your post: Tell us about your cause, educate the world about it, let the world know how they can help in the cause. Remember that not everyone will be as passionate as you are about a given cause, but you will help others have a better understanding and will also find others to jump in and offer support to you and/or your cause.
  • Link up your post to share with others. Feel free to grab the linky and post to your page, also. Let's get the word out and start making the world a better place, one post at a time!
  • Be considerate of others causes. Don't post negative comments, attack individuals or groups. THUMPER'S THEORY APPLIES: "If you can't say something nice (supportive, constructive, etc...) don't say anything at all.
  • Make new friends, learn about things that are affecting other people's lives, become allies... You may find some dear friends by following others and showing support for their causes! Find at least a few to follow each time and help spread the news to your followers!
*These can be different causes each time. Many people have various things they are passionate about or would like to open others eyes to.






















Breast Cancer Awareness 



Causes link up below.  ;D

It's time to GO PINK!!
October is
This links to the official page where there is 
SO MUCH information to help you learn!




Thank you Beloved Mama for bringing this to my attention with her post talking about the experience someone in their family had!


None of this AWARENESS does any good unless women actually do their personal monthly exams and get their regular mammograms!! Just passing around a ribbon is NOT enough.
They have another article that debunks myths
and another talking about signs your doctor shouldn't ignore.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!

























JR of Things We Share has a hop to link all breast cancer awareness posts!









pink ribbon


October is breast cancer awareness month. As a health care worker, I see and dealt a lot of patients even friends going through the battle of breast cancer. This month I would like to join the pink ribbon challenge. Just click the pink ribbon to help one woman save life by getting free  mammogram. If you  may join with me and pass the pink ribbon challenge. These links are ONLY for "Pink Ribbon Challenge" participants, any links not related to the Pink Ribbon Challenge will be deleted.  Grab the code at Things We Share and post it in your blog entry. Please post only the Pink Ribbon Challenge actual post link  here and  help The Breast Cancer Site and National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. by spreading  the Pink Ribbon Challenge.















































Back when I first began this hop, Diane linked in to stress how important early detection is! She tells her survival story at Survivor Diane and is certainly worth the read. I am nearly 41 and have never had a mammogram. Diane challenged ME to DO IT!! I had an appointment with my doc and are in the process of getting approval for the preferred location to have the referral sent to. So I am in the process of getting that done! I will try to complete that challenge this month and will report back to ALL of you!! I challenge ALL of you to do the things that are necessary and follow through and take every precaution to detect cancer early enough to survive it!





















EVERYONE that does a breast cancer awareness post and links it to her hop is eligible for the Award of Awareness. I hope you'll pass it along to keep spreading awareness. This Link will get posted on the Awareness Page along with the Awareness Wednesday Linky. If your cause is breast cancer, link to JR's hop and all other causes link to the Awareness Wednesday Hop.  ;D

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
from last Thursday goes into the
situation with my next younger sister.
If you or someone you love are dealing with abuse situations, I pray that you will seek the help you need to get out of that situation. You deserve better!! And YES!! I said someONE... men are also susceptible to abuse but report it even LESS due to embarassment. NO ONE deserves to be abused. PERIOD! Exclamation MARK to infinity and BEYOND!!!!!!!!
Helpguide.org

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN DOMESTIC ABUSE

Domestic abuse falls into a common pattern, or cycle of violence:
  • Cycle of violenceAbuse – Your abusive partner lashes out with aggressive, belittling, or violent behavior. The abuse is a power play designed to show you "who is boss."
  • Guilt – After abusing you, your partner feels guilt, but not over what he's done. He’s more worried about the possibility of being caught and facing consequences for his abusive behavior.
  • Excuses – Your abuser rationalizes what he or she has done. The person may come up with a string of excuses or blame you for theabusive behavior—anything to avoid taking responsibility.
  • "Normal" behavior — The abuser does everything he can to regain control and keep the victim in the relationship. He may act as if nothing has happened, or he may turn on the charm. This peaceful honeymoon phase may give the victim hope that the abuser has really changed this time.
  • Fantasy and planning – Your abuser begins to fantasize about abusing you again. He spends a lot of time thinking about what you’ve done wrong and how he'll make you pay. Then he makes a plan for turning the fantasy of abuse into reality.
  • Set-up – Your abuser sets you up and puts his plan in motion, creating a situation where he can justify abusing you.
Your abuser’s apologies and loving gestures in between the episodes of abuse can make it difficult to leave. He may make you believe that you are the only person who can help him, that things will be different this time, and that he truly loves you. However, the dangers of staying are very real.

The Full Cycle of Domestic Violence: An Example

A man abuses his partner. After he hits her, he experiences self-directed guilt. He says, "I'm sorry for hurting you." What he does not say is, "Because I might get caught." He then rationalizes his behavior by saying that his partner is having an affair with someone. He tells her "If you weren't such a worthless whore I wouldn't have to hit you." He then acts contrite, reassuring her that he will not hurt her again. He then fantasizes and reflects on past abuse and how he will hurt her again. Heplans on telling her to go to the store to get some groceries. What he withholds from her is that she has a certain amount of time to do the shopping. When she is held up in traffic and is a few minutes late, he feels completely justified in assaulting her because "you're having an affair with the store clerk." He has just set her up.
You will ALWAYS find this pic on my sidebar!


ABUSE is NOT OK! 
You're NOT ALONE! 
You DON'T have to live this way! 
Have a story to tell? 
Need HELP or someone to relate to? 
CLICK the PIC!
Resources for help, 

HOTLINE: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) OR 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

UK Hotline: 0808 2000 247 
CANADA: Hotline: 1-800-363-9010 and Canada Abuse Directory
NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE: 1-866-331-9474
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4A-CHILD
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)





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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It's time to GO PINK!!
October is
This links to the official page where there is 
SO MUCH information to help you learn!




Thank you Beloved Mama for bringing this to my attention with her post talking about the experience someone in their family had!

None of this AWARENESS does any good unless women actually do their personal monthly exams and get their regular mammograms!! Just passing around a ribbon is NOT enough.
They have another article that debunks myths
and another talking about signs your doctor shouldn't ignore.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!
JR of Things We Share has a hop to link all breast cancer awareness posts!

pink ribbon


October is breast cancer awareness month. As a health care worker, I see and dealt a lot of patients even friends going through the battle of breast cancer. This month I would like to join the pink ribbon challenge. Just click the pink ribbon to help one woman save life by getting free  mammogram. If you  may join with me and pass the pink ribbon challenge. These links are ONLY for "Pink Ribbon Challenge" participants, any links not related to the Pink Ribbon Challenge will be deleted.  Grab the code at Things We Share and post it in your blog entry. Please post only the Pink Ribbon Challenge actual post link  here and  help The Breast Cancer Site and National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. by spreading  the Pink Ribbon Challenge.

Back when I first began this hop, Diane linked in to stress how important early detection is! She tells her survival story at Survivor Diane and is certainly worth the read. I am nearly 41 and have never had a mammogram. Diane challenged ME to DO IT!! I had an appointment with my doc and are in the process of getting approval for the preferred location to have the referral sent to. So I am in the process of getting that done! I will try to complete that challenge this month and will report back to ALL of you!! I challenge ALL of you to do the things that are necessary and follow through and take every precaution to detect cancer early enough to survive it!
EVERYONE that does a breast cancer awareness post and links it to her hop is eligible for the Award of Awareness. I hope you'll pass it along to keep spreading awareness. This Link will get posted on the Awareness Page along with the Awareness Wednesday Linky. If your cause is breast cancer, link to JR's hop and all other causes link to the Awareness Wednesday Hop.  ;D



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Tuesday, October5, 2010
This week we have 2 concerning driving choices that could alter lives forever... NOT in a GOOD way!!
Karen from A Peek at Karen's World shows how critical one poor choice to get behind the wheel under the influence. Here she's talking about drinking, but this definitely would also apply to drugs (recreationsl OR PRESCRIPTION...)! Karen is quite an accomplished writer and depicts this problem well!! Here's her post to promote her cause: "Another Cautionary Tale of Driving Drunk" 
Next we have "Tin" (Not sure if she wanted me to use her REAL name or not, so I'm using her profile name) from Shig and Tin! She has 





















decided to join Oprah's "No Phone Zone."  You can grab the widget at this site to promote this cause, but at LEAST, please go sign the PLEDGE!! 














Here is a HARSH REALITY CHECK that I personally feel should be shown in every Driver's Education class... and I had to sign in to verify I'm older than 18 to view it. UGH!!They figure it's too graphic and scary! Teens NEED TO SEE IT, too!! People (because ADULTS are just as guilty...) think they are invincible and that it can't happen to THEM... HELLOOOOOOooooo....!!!! And may I add... it's not JUST phones, but a whole myriad of distractions... eating, changing the radio/DVD... grabbing something that slipped... yelling at kids... The things you CAN control, DO IT! The things you can't, keep your priority on the road and tune OUT the distractions. Just a couple seconds DOES make a difference!! 
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Remember Teri from The Bipolar Diva? (Featured on last week's Awareness Post) How about her daughter Karli from A Bipolar Princess? (Featured on the Ongoing Prayer List on Sunday) ?? They have an IMPORTANT CAUSE!! HERPES can KILL!! Teri's post on this will break your heart. There are precautions that can be taken if one is aware of the infection. The birth father never gave her a clue that he had the virus and Karli displayed no symptoms and was unaware. Her beautiful baby, Isaiah only lived 12 weeks.


WHAT precautions can be taken to help avoid this of happening?? The baby needs to be born by C-section to reduce the risk of transmission to the baby and it needs to be treated with Acyclovir by IV. There are other precautions that can be taken during pregnancy. So the birth father not being forthright about his condition was pure negligence. So I guess you could say this is 2-fold... If you're going to have sex and have an STD, you should take precautions against transmitting AND inform your partner of the possible RISK. If it is discovered after, inform partner immediately so precautions CAN be taken during the pregnancy and during birth.






This is something that has not only affected the mom and grandmother, but all of their family and friends! Isaiah would be turning 7 this fall. This is an ESPECIALLY hard time of year for them, 






ESPECIALLY Karli! She describes it well in A Season of Pain.





I am adding another important point here!! I deal with cold sores. FREQUENT cold sores!! Guess what I learned when I was having babies?? Cold sores are a form of the Herpes Virus!!! My #2 child gets them frequently, too! He was 6 and had one when #3 was born and they told him he had to wash his hands constantly and wear a mask... If I got a tingle of it coming, so would I. They said it can even be deadly to an infant coming from a cold sore! SO you definitely want to share this information and avoid the kind of heartbreak it can cause as Teri and Karli know TOO WELL.

I encourage you to visit both posts but ask that you only send positive and uplifting comments to them...
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Kenny from The World of a Crazy 21 Year Old Bi-polar Kid  











has been going through major struggles with his bipolar. He loves poetry and could use some encouragement from time to time. One thing that people need to remember is that BIPOLAR has a WIDE spectrum and effects people in different ways and degrees. So judging people by a label is as inaccurate as one can get. 




The disorder has been subdivided into bipolar Ibipolar IIcyclothymia, and other types, based on the nature and severity of mood episodes experienced; the range is often described as the bipolar spectrum.

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Lily's Life is GREAT! ...and Lily has Down's Syndrome...
Lily touches the lives of all who know her!!


Interview questions asked of Lily October 2008








Do you have a disability? No



Do you have Down syndrome? Yep I do


What is Down syndrome? Me


Is Down syndrome bad to have? No


LILY has a GREAT ATTITUDE!!

Here she is ACTING!!
Click on the link to her blog and see more!

Having had our lives touched by special needs children, I can attest to the fact that they make us better people!!
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Thanks to all of these great people that have shared their causes!! I hope you'll find someone to pass the award on to so we can keep spreading awareness for great causes!! 


Give these individuals a visit and help support their causes!!
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 29, 2010
This week I'm featuring 
Images below belong to Teri
except KyAnn's little on.  ;p 
START SEEING MOTORCYCLISTS!!
~PLEASE WATCH this CLIP~
It's not even a whole minute...
You've heard the quotes
"Don't judge a book by it's cover"
The following are from Quote Daddy:
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I have to tell you, I have met some pretty rough looking people that are the most genuine and kind individuals that would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. On the other hand, the doctor that delivered my 3rd child was a biker... I have met some really awesome women that
Couples that meeting them in other circumstances 
you'd likely never guess...
and they're AWESOME!
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I ask you, is this not an adorable bike?
THIS is Teri's Harley!!
Teri was 43 the 1st time she got on a bike and WAS hooked!
within 6 months She owned TWO!!  
She has been married to her husband since 1988 
She's a mom to 8, 2 biological and 6 they adopted.
All but one of her children were home-schooled.
Her husband has 3 more children
All together she is a grandmother to 13!!
She's also conservative...
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(There is a lot more on her post)
"...traffic came to a standstill. I was watching the car in front of me when suddenly my bike jolted forward. I saw pieces of my back signal light fly past my left eye. I was thrown forward. I hit the highway. I remember trying to hit in a way to minimize injury. I remember trying not to hit my helmet. I loved my helmet. I didn’t want it scratched. It seemed like forever, it seemed like seconds. "






"I was on the ground and unable to move. I knew not to move my head so I couldn't see what I was looking for. Where are my husband and my bike? I remember thinking that if traffic had been going faster I would have been run over. I saw Jeff and another man. They were talking to me. Even though I could think I don't remember understanding them. It was surreal. People were moving and speaking. Nothing was in sync. Voices were swirling. People were hovering. I wasn't sure what was happening. There were so many faces. I didn't recognize any of them."

"I can remember asking Jeff to call 911. I told him my leg was broken. I asked him to call the kids and call my father. There was a woman. She was an ICU nurse. She came from nowhere and she was standing at my head. A silver convertible stopped and a man came toward us. He was a doctor. God was with me. Still I heard no sirens. Where were they? I was lying in the middle of the highway, was anyone stopping traffic? Suddenly people were everywhere. They were all asking if I had been wearing a helmet. I thought that was funny. "It’s Oregon law and I'm not that stupid" is what I was thinking. I didn't remember that my helmet had already been removed. "

"The asphalt was searing my shoulder and arm. I was crying uncontrollably. Where was my bike? Was it ok? Where's my husband? I want my dad. Who the hell hit me and where were they? Why weren't they there? Were they hurt? Did they even care? My foot was really hurting from my ankle up to my hip. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t understand. "

"...That was three and a half years ago. A subsequent MRI showed that I had a crushed heel bone. I couldn’t walk for four months. The woman that hit me had been on her cell phone. She never got out of the car. She didn’t render aid. She didn’t call 911. She called her attorney. A state trooper had to beat on her window and threaten to arrest her to get her to open her door. "  
~ Teri
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PLEASE! 
CHECK your blind spots
Be cautious around corners
Stay off your stinking cell phone
DON'T DRINK and DRIVE!!
(That one will be a WHOLE NEW POST)
and for crying out loud,
STOP JUDGING OTHERS!
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How about these organizations??
The list goes on...
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now WE GET TO part 2 OF THIS AWARENESS
One I share in personally
This is what she says on her profile:
"I was diagnosed with Bipolar II in 2008 and am trying to take control of it and not let it take control of me. It most certainly makes my life interesting, as if life with 8 kids, three cats, three dogs and a husband isn't enough."
  • If you see this cause pop up more frequently, it is because being personally affected with this, I feel it's important to fight against the STIGMA that surrounds this disorder. For instance, people hear BIPOLAR DISORDER and THIS is what they see in their minds if they are not educated about the wide scale of it:
Just so you KNOW... as we may feel this way at times, we CAN keep things under control and make conscious efforts, take medication that helps balance the chemicals in our brain and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Another reason it's so important to speak out is because of all the individuals that are so caught up in the stigma that they are afraid to be diagnosed. They have NO IDEA how much better their lives will be if they recognize it and take responsibility of it.







Teri hits the nail on the head with this, "When you know your enemy, you can fight them offensively. I like that my enemy has a name and it's not Diva. It's going to be a challenge, but really I'm the same person I've always been, just now I know why things get so skewed sometimes and why my moods can fall so quickly. I wasn't going to tell anyone, but I am the same person, I'll keep the good and work on the bad. And now you'll know when I disappear for awhile or am quiet, it's not you, it's me and I will be ok." This quote comes from a post where she describes when she learned of her diagnosis: Two Little Words

She has so many GREAT posts that really speak out and help others understand this disorder a bit more if they will just open their minds and become more familiar and less judgmental. This one has several links within it, also:  Bipolar? Diva? What? That's Just Crazy!

I want to thank The Diva for being a voice in so many ways and sharing her life with us here. I have found many causes she's passionate about. I have absolutely LOVED getting to know her better and having someone to relate to in some ways. I have to admit I'm too chicken to ride a Harley. She has beautiful scenery shots on her blog from their road trips!

Hubby had a motorcycle before me and his first wife didn't love it. I, too am afraid that he'd be in an accident and injuries are so much worse, as stated above, many don't "SEE" them, and too frequently the outcome is downright UGLY. (He absolutely LOVES his 4 wheeler but is more cautious around me... LOL!!) 

I think it comes from some of the HORROR stories I'd hear when I was young and my mother (who is an RN) would come home with gory details of what came into the ER that day. She was fascinated by it, which is good for her chosen profession and we NEED THEM!!! I just don't have the stomach for it. LOL!! So in a way, I admire the fearless side of Teri and how she can grab the bull by the horns an RUN!!!
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
Lori @ Lori's LOLz joined us again giving a great reminder that this month is 
















Gladly, the community we live in has a great program to get everyone involved. They have organized sections and areas; assigning block captains and emergency personnel. They have a CERT training program and do weekly radio checks. Occasionally they do mock disasters to test the system. My husband is CERT trained, a ham radio operator and our block captain. Our community is doing a mock disaster this Saturday. I hope everyone has been woken up to the possibilities that truly ARE REAL!! The safety of our families and/or the ability to grab essential needed items on the way out the door is important! 

If your community does not have a disaster preparedness plan, gather community members at city council meetings and demand they implement one!

Unfortunately, an area south of us just had a HUGE wake up call! Some had to make a huge sacrifice losing their homes and possessions to wildfires sparked by a machine gun exercise. Thankfully, our friend's home is okay and is in the area that has been opened to residents only. WHEW!
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*Photos and video clip from Fox13Now.com
Here's a link to the current news on it.
Image by Chad Soffe
Image by Katherine Tollison
Image by Cornelia and Connor

Individuals being evacuated had a 
heads up as to what was coming.
Many WERE prepared. Sadly some were not.
Gladly, many have been allowed back to their homes.
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Here is an update stating that it is now 50% contained and there are only 250 (down from 1600) homes still included in the evacuation:
*FYI: Wildfire season is in full force and there 
are flash flood warnings for Southern Utah!

If you read my post from Monday, this will look familiar, but it's too important not to list here:
Do YOU have a 72 hour kit ready to grab and go in the event of an emergency where you may be called to evacuate for whatever reason?












  • WHAT would you grab on your way out the door in the event that your home may be lost??? Are they accessible??
  • Have YOU had any type of EMERGENCY training in place in your community?
Here are a few things to think about and have accessible:
*72 Hr Kit
*Kids
*Pets
*Critical Documents
*Medications
*Irreplaceable Photographs
*Computer Hard Drive/External Drive
(Having a backup online could be helpful for important files from your computer.)
For the most complete list to consider, go to this 
AWESOME PREPAREDNESS BLOG
This lady was in my neighborhood and church when we lived in Riverside, CA. She had kids the ages of some of our kids... I taught her adorable daughter in one of my classes. She is AMAZING!! She REALLY KNOWS PREPAREDNESS and is constantly learning ALL she possibly can! Valerie's Preparedness Blog is a treasure trove of valuable information on any topic of preparedness. I absolutely LOVE her!!  If you just want all the info for 72 hr kits, this link will take you to several posts that go over great info for a 72 hr kit!
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
AND
You have been honored with this award. There are often things that others are uninformed of and therefore, they rely on unreliable sources and/or assumptions about things. There is STIGMA in many facets of life. AWARENESS is how we can overcome ignorance. This is your opportunity to help educate others about a cause you believe in.
  • Let others know who gave you the award and link back to them as a thank you.
  • You may give this to as many or few individuals as you choose. This should be awarded to those with a cause. Something they want to raise awareness about. Don't forget to notify your recipients of the award.
  • Display the badge in your post and tell us about what you would like to raise awareness about.
  • Link your Award post to the Awareness Award Page so that as others find out about this, they can link back to your post and learn more. (In the Linky provided here)
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
has an AWESOME sense of humor and is getting 
PHYSICAL with her CAUSE!!
She's participating in
Here's how her post begins:
"On October 2nd, 2010, I will be participating in the Ride for Refuge.  This event is a 60 mile bike ride to spread awareness and raise funds for the vulnerable, displaced and the exploited people all over the world.  Istarted training last week riding 5 miles for the first time ever.  Unfortunately, a seminar coming up in our dump of a almost renovated new office threw my training schedule out the window.  I will be back at it tomorrow morning.










Currently, I have joined fellow Michigan Darfur Coalition board member Ginny Mitchell, Mary Breen and hustled encouraged my sister in law Leah to share in this event with me.  As of today, I have raised $0.  We all have to start somewhere.  Today I want to focus on why you should join our team.  

Don't freak out.  You can ride as little or as much as you want.  There are courses mapped out for 5, 15, 30 or 60 miles. "


She then continues with a David Letterman style count down for reasons to participate. It is quite funny, so if you'd like a little chuckle, go check out the rest of Tashmica's post!

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WEDNESDAY, September 1, 2010

















The first award this week goes to 
Her cause is to be sure to spend QUALITY TIME with your children to help them develop well.  ;D













Lori is passionate about other parents being aware of public education OPTIONS for their children. I wasn't aware of these options, myself. I have a son that doesn't always easily fit into the traditional school system and has struggled quite a bit... Hmmmm.... Thanks for making others aware of these options, LORI!!  ;D

Here's an excerpt, check out her whole post by clicking the name of her blog above!
"I want what every parent out there wants and that's the best possible education for my children. 



















I have found a public school option that works for our family and has exceeded all of my expectations in providing a world class education for my children. 

I'm very passionate about bringing awareness to parents about public school options.

It's so important to know what other options are available when the traditional public school, usually the nearest neighborhood school, doesn't fit a child's needs."

And last, but NOT LEAST,
is Debra from










Her son suffers with SPD, which stands for










Sensory Processing Disorder

"From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sensory processing disorder or SPD is a neurological disorder causing difficulties with processing information from the five senses (vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste), the sense of movement (vestibular system), and/or the positional sense (proprioception). 


For those with SPD, sensory information is sensed, but perceived abnormally. Unlike blindness or deafness, sensory information is received by people with SPD; the difference is that information is processed by the brain in an unusual way that may cause distress or confusion.

SPD is its own diagnosis, but it can be linked to other neurological conditions, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, Developmental Dyspraxia, Tourette syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and speech delays, among many others. The meaning of SPD falls under the DSM-IV criteria for Asperger syndrome. There is no known cure; however, there are many treatments available.
Diagnosis is increasing by developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and child psychologists. While it is not included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as a discrete diagnosis, Regulatory-sensory processing disorder is an accepted diagnosis in Stanley Greenspan’s Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood and The Zero to Three’s Diagnostic Classification."

There is so much more on this page of her blog.











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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2010










This is to raise awareness of childhood stroke and dystonia. Colby's deep brain stimulation surgery is happening TODAY, the 25th of August!! There is a special request of his family for prayers, good wishes, and a posting of his button today on your blogs to help him through his procedure. This information comes directly from Erin, Colby's mom.

Read part of Colby's story:

Colby had E.coli poisoning, kidney failure and bilateral basal ganglia infarction’s. Or in plain English he had a massive stroke. This video shows his story and what he went through. He is a trooper and our hero. We’re so thankful for all the experiences that have changed our lives.
Updated August 10, 2010
Colby will be having Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery on August 25th, 2010.  We would like to ask for your support and prayers for the success of this surgery. We hope that it will give him some relief and comfort from his dystonia. He is in pain daily because of uncontrolled muscle movement and spasms. It’s painful, kind of like random charlie horses all over your body. In my highest hopes (which the doctors told me not to have) we pray that this will enable him to speak again and to be able to control his arm and hand movements. We ask that people will pray for the surgery to go smoothly with no complications or infections and that the surgeons hands will be steady.
If you don’t pray we appreciate any good thoughts and wishes you’d like to send our way. I believe in the power of positive thinking and believe it has healing powers as well. One small request for myself too if you don’t mind. That I can be peaceful and not have anxiety over this. I will be updating the main blog page as we get updates from the surgeon, as he goes into recovery and after he is settled back in his room. I will be tweeting updates as well, obviously only if I can and he doesn’t need me to comfort him at that moment. He is my number one concern and priority but I will update as I can.
Our goal is two fold, for healing and recovery but also to raise awareness of childhood stroke and dystonia. If you could post his button (button is on the right side panel of this page.) on your individual blogs on the 25th and ask your readers to pray for Colby I know that our goals can be accomplished. I have said and will continue to say that if we can help one person through our journey, save one person from the heartache of E.coli poisoning, or bring awareness to these conditions than it will all have been worth it.  Thank you for your help in accomplishing these goals.
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We picked up Colby’s new back brace today. It’s camo.
Was there any doubt it wouldn’t be?
John brought up his body armor so they could be soldiers together.
I don’t have a picture of that yet but I will get one.
In the mean time here is a picture of Colby in his new brace.
The hole in the middles is so his feeding tube is accessible while he is wearing it.
It’s hard plastic with a foam insert on the inside.
It makes him sweat.
We will have to get the bottom right edge cut down because it’s leaving a red mark on his leg.
Hopefully it will help his scoliosis.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010


Child Sex Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness - Guest Post by EMILY















Let me introduce Emily, from "is this REALLY my life?She not only has a wonderful blog that you should check out and send some love to, but she has a heart of gold and did such a beautiful post on a horrendous problem we face that most would rather turn away from and pretend does not exist. Please read this. We should all be outragedd at the atrocities going on right HERE under our noses!! If you have a chance to attend THIS SATURDAY'S event, PLEASE DO!  ;D  Thanks for taking time to read the important post Emily put so much time into to help bring AWARENESS to this situation!  ((HUGS))
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Help end childhood sex slavery 

and human trafficking

010 AUGUST 17  by Emily
My good friend Vanessa was the first of my friends to write a post about the 1st Annual Candlelight Serenade Acoustic Festival, a concert taking place this Saturday at Thanksgiving Point benefiting Child Rescue. She definitely got my attention when she said:
300,000 American children are at risk of sexual exploitation. I wish everyone involved in [the exploitation of children] a slow, painful death followed by a long forever in hell. We need to help end this now so these beautiful children can have a second chance. So that future beautiful children, sweet pure spirits, are not exposed to this absolute FILTH.
Then I read this post by my friend Rebecca who went into more detail about the organization:
What’s the cause? Ending childhood sex slavery in America. Yeah, it happens here. It’s horrifying, terrifying and disturbing as all get out. But if we pay attention, donate money so law enforcement can focus on combating this dark issue, raise awareness or get involved in the cause in any way, shape or form, we can help end this awful, awful thing.
Lindsay Hadley, who has travelled around the world working in different humanitarian efforts, said that when choosing how to help disadvantaged children, the choice became so clear to her. ‘This child wants to go to school. This one wants to stop being a sexual slave. What would you do?’”
So what can you do? If you’re in Utah you can clear your schedule for this Saturday, August 21st and attend the Candlelight Serenade Acoustic Festival taking place at Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park.
Candlelight Serenade Acoustic Festival
The concert will feature a few artists with whom you might be a bit familiar like Chris Carrabba(Dashboard Confessional), Nick Hexum (311), and Third Eye Blind. And that’s just the tip of the musical iceberg!
General admission tickets are just $40 for the entire day (you can buy your tickets here). That’s about half of what it could cost to attend a concert by just one of these artists!If you really want to feel like a rock star then go for the $85 Rock Star VIP tickets. These babies include a front-row pass, VIP tent access and a collector’s lanyard/laminate. By the way, kids under 5 are FREE!
The festival goes from 10am until 11pm—an all-day rockin’ good time complete with live music, international food vendors, giveaways, sports zone, skate park, petting zoo, sandbox pit, live art installations and carnival-style entertainment.
Proceeds from the event benefit Child Rescue…and will help make miracles happen in the lives of thousands of children.
Child Rescue has a goal of “90 by 2020″—by 2020 they will reduce child sex slavery by 90% in the US and Canada. Help them reach their goal!
Child Rescue
Rebecca said it best at the end of her post, so I’m going to let her end this one as well:
I urge you (URGE YOU!) to learn about this cause and consider helping however you can, even if it is not in a monetary way. Simply raising awareness will make a world of difference. This issue is one that many Americans don’t know enough about. We MUST know about this in order for it to end. So tell everyone. Don’t let anyone ignore that this is happening right here in our own backyard.

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Aug 11, 2010

In this part of my post I would like to focus on the
More than 48 million people in this country have some form of mental illness. Yet only around half of those people get treatment.
Why?
For many, the stigma associated with mental illness creates and/or compounds feelings of shameisolation and fear of exposure.

You see, stigma is caused by either the wrong information (misperception), or no information at all (ignorance). Either one of which can cause a tremendous amount of fear, which is really what stigma is. Stigma = fear.
The good news is - stigma can be conquered. 
How? 
By those with a mental illness sharing their stories.  
And by those without an illness - listening and learning.

(This applies to those in other situations, as well! 
So let's get out there and fight the ignorance 
that makes life more difficult for some!)

Linky is in the middle.  ;D
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