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    Mom of 4 (ds12,ds9,ds6,dd4)
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  1. One Sunday on our way to church, my mother accidentally struck and killed a little bird that had flown into our path. I was only about 5 or 6 years old at the time, loved birds, so I was absolutely devastated. I remember crying and carrying on and my mom barely able to console me in time to go into the church. The sermon title that day? His eye is on the sparrow...... Now, you would think the sermon topic would further make me question a God who, apparently, didn't have his eye on the bird we had killed, but instead I remember feeling such love for a God who wanted me to know he had heard the cries of my heart and cared enough about me to let me know.
  2. I once for about 7-8 months had to cut back groceries to $80 per week for 6 people (which also had to cover all toiletries, garbage bags, etc...). I was successful at it and here were some of the things I did: Bought flour in 20 pound bags - made everything from scratch (bread, tortillas, hot dog buns, etc....) Scoured all ads and if there was a phenomenal deal on 1-2 items I knew I'd use I'd spend $15-$20 of the $80 to stock up on it. This helped tremendously! So, I'd have a large stock of laundry detergent, or milk (I'd freeze the gallon jugs of milk), toothpaste, chicken, etc.... Over time, this somehow freed up my weekly budget to allow me to diversity our diet (don't know how). Took any handouts available from local farmers or friends with gardens and started canning/freezing.... if I'd had to do long term I would have grown my own garden also. Made from scratch my own pancake syrup, mayo, relish, etc.... No more paper plates Instead of zip lock bags, I loaded up on cheap rubbermaid/tupperware from rummage sales/Goodwill We all drank water (from the tap) instead of juice/pop/etc.... I religiously planned my weekly menu and made a list accordingly, calculating very carefully. The kids knew that if it wasn't on the list, it would not go in our shopping cart. Ever. If I'd needed to go longer I would have done the once/month grocery buying.....I've known people who do this and saved even more than I was able to.
  3. Not a long article, but one I've never forgotten: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44288821/ns/business-us_business/t/mystery-double-eagle-gold-coins/#.WV0y12dglCg
  4. FACT: The current administration isn't picking this one issue for which to slash funding but is slashing the overall budget of the department from which that funding comes. How that department decides to prioritize with the money it has left is up to it. FACT: A lot of very good programs in all departments will be affected. FACT: My niece worked for DHS for 2 years and talked to me daily about the MASSIVE amounts of money wasted by our federal government. She said just for the one county she worked in they were budgeted $1M to educate on ONE particular health issue and were instructed to spend it entirely on PAPER (no media, no website development, no charges for printing onto the paper, no community visits, etc... just on PAPER) and they had to spend every last dime by the end of year. FACT: I thought these boards were not supposed to get political????
  5. Winston Churchill Albert Einstein Aristotle JFK All of these people are reportedly famous for taking daily naps. Few would consider them lazy or unproductive.
  6. Just because you put your house up for sale doesn't mean it will sell right away.....if you haven't already listed it can the courts dictate which REALTOR you use? If not, don't go with the best....don't always keep the house clean when it's being shown. Drag your feet a bit in this way until the timing is better for YOU (not your ex and his girlfriend).
  7. It sounds like they are making sure Christian families do not enroll their kids in their club. They might as well name it ATHEISTS ONLY club. If they don't want a room containing kids who might actually believe in Jesus, this would help them achieve that goal. In some neighborhoods they probably won't be very successful with their recruitment efforts, but to each their own, I guess.
  8. So, I learned that my nephew (late sister's son) who is having his annual BBQ family reunion also invited my ex husband to it. Even though xh won't be going (and I'm pretty sure they knew he wouldn't), It hurt me to learn that. My brother thinks it's ridiculous that I would be hurt. So, am I being silly feeling a bit betrayed? As background, my xh is an alcoholic. We were married 21 years. I was in counseling for most of those years and still am, dealing with the issues that came with living with him. He was very emotionally and verbally abusive, and, I suspect, not at all faithful. He was incarcerated a number of times, but was able to stay employed because he worked for said brother. He is now remarried, back on the wagon, lives in another town and works elsewhere (so is no longer connected with my brother/family). I am engaged to a wonderful man (widowed) who hates alcohol and actually treats me with respect. I am very happy. Except my family's continued attachment to my ex hurts. Am I in the wrong here?
  9. Thanks everyone for your input. I've gone ahead and submitted the enrollment and will follow-up with the lawyer later. If I have to un-enroll I'm not out a bunch of money or anything and we have all summer. Thanks again!
  10. My ex and I share joint legal custody of our kids. I have physical custody of our daughter who desperately wants to attend a particular private school. Because we have joint legal custody he must agree to her going, which he has done in a round-about manner via a signed letter which states: "I don't agree with [daughter's name] attending [school name]. I think it will give her a narrowed and skewed world view. But if you are willing to assume all cost related to her attending, I will not fight you on that decision." I am willing to take on the entire cost of the school, but am worried this letter might not be strong enough permission. I would consult my lawyer but he is on vacation and won't be back for a couple of weeks and the enrollment form needs to be turned in right away. Does anyone on the board have experience in these type of matters and could offer their advice? Thanks so much!
  11. Island of the Blue Dolphin (at two points in the book, I won't give spoilers) Sign of the Beaver Old Yeller Angela's Ashes (not a kid's book, I know, but one of my favorites)
  12. Has anyone mentioned "Lord of the Flies"? That is one of my favorite classics.
  13. I'm currently an active WW member, go to meetings each week, etc... I started in October and have, so far, lost 17 pounds. I loved the PointsPlus. The new SmartPoints and the new website are very disappointing to me. When they unveiled the new system they said their scientists had discovered that saturated fat and sugar are what need to be avoided more than anything. So they re-calculated based on that. Instead of Fat, Carbs, Fiber and Protein, I have to input Calories, Saturated Fat, Carbs and Protein. The result is that some of my tried and true foods went up significantly in points, while almost all lean proteins went down in points. My oatmeal doubled in points. Also, now chocolate and my fiber bars are off limits (very sad about that). But, a can of tun in water is now only 1 point. And turkey went down significantly. Another change is that we no longer get 49 floater points. The floater points now are different for every person. Also, normal points are different. Mine went down but most life-time members and maintenance people saw their points increase (I guess to off-set the jump in points for some of their favorites). My opinion? Why fix something that wasn't broken??? If I lose 100 pounds eating chocolate once in a while, I'm going to be healthier, end of story.
  14. I'm sorry for responding so late. And I thank everyone for their input. As far as why anyone would steal socks....they were brand new large-quantity Nike socks in an unopened package and very expensive for socks. The belt was also new. At the time they were stolen I was certain it had to be my 16yos because his father had given him his school clothes money and he had bemoaned not having enough. These socks/belt would be the type he would have worn. Also, he has been known to have his dad buy him expensive Nike shoes that he later sold at school. The kid is always begging for money from me and his dad but refuses to get a job. As far as whether the socks were misplaced....my 13yos put them with all the other brand new clothes he had gotten for school but was not yet allowed to wear until school started. They were all in the same dresser drawer. But, we tore apart the room anyway, just in case. As far as newlyweds living with my 16yos, I agree with what has been said. I do not favor it, but have no control over the situation. Many things at my ex-husband's house are dysfunctional (one of the many reasons he is now my ex, but that is another story).
  15. No, he did not have receipts and store of purchase is over an hours away. He is my one son I do not worry about drugs. Well, 16yo does as he is "supposed" to visit every other weekend (I say "supposed" because he normally hangs out only with friends every weekend) They might be for the missing money, but have never visited my house so wouldn't have taken socks and I've never seen them hang out with my sons. This sounds like a good idea!
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