Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13 - An epiphany you had this summer

That it is never too late to do something you want to do. Go after your dreams and make what you want a reality. This summer saw me change jobs, while the circumstances were what I may have hoped for a misunderstanding sent me looking for a new job and I am thankful that it all happened. I was in the same position for 8 years an entry level position and I would have been there forever as I was never pushed to go after my dreams. Well my current job is probably not what I want to do for the rest of my life, I am enjoying it and enjoying very much the women I am working with they are all so kind and genuine. The environment is great and I don’t come to work stressed out I come to work get my work done and go home, any stress I have is usually money or schoolwork. I learned this summer that I can go after my dreams of being an elementary teacher, each day is a new day, you can’t convince everyone you are a good person all that matters is that you are, and that it will all work itself out. I will make it to the end of my life whenever that is just like everyone else will and it is all about the adventure I am on now.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 15th is International 15q Day!



Help raise awareness by wearing blue on November 15th and sharing this page with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

Together with the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization and the Dup15q Alliance, the Angelman Syndrome Foundation is raising awareness of the similarities between Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes. Join us on November 15th to help raise awareness and support for these three related disorders.

Why November 15th? The genetic complications within Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes all originate from the q11-q13 region of the 15th chromosome, which is written as: 15q11-q13, and directly correlates to November 15, 2013 written as a numerical date: 15.11.13—which only comes once every hundred years. Therefore, organizations that support individuals with these disorders have joined forces to create International 15q Day on November 15th.  

Same Difference. Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes are different disorders and each is caused by different genetic variations within the q11-q13 region of the 15th chromosome. However, our three related disorders share overlapping symptoms, and each disorder is commonly misdiagnosed with another disorder due to lack of awareness.

The following graphics illustrate the genetic variations that cause Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes, and the symptoms that each disorder share.

How you can help. On November 15th, help raise awareness by sharing this page with your friends and family, colleagues and other connections—and wear blue!

Click here to learn more about Prader-Willi syndrome and click here to learn more about Chromosome 15q Duplication syndrome. 

Thank you for your support!

Brook
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November 12 - Your first pet

My first adult pet, because we had so many dogs and cats growing up I don’t remember which one was first. Stubs was my first adult pet and he passed away a year ago it was really sad but he was awesome and you can read about him here. http://feistyfam.blogspot.com/2012/10/october-6th-im-thankful-for.html

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!!!

To all who have served and are serving we send a great big THANK YOU to you!!!

You make us proud to be Americans!!


Brook
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November 11 - 3 albums you would take to a deserted island

 
 
Easy but I would break the rules.
 
1. I made my girls’ baby books and they are filled with wonderful
memories so those would come for sure.
 
2. My wedding album
 
3. My girls’ scrapbooks they each have 5 so far and
they would all come, again so many wonderful memories.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 10 - A time when you felt unstoppable



This might sound completely crazy but anytime when my girls were infants to age 3 and I went shopping with them just the three of us. I knew it was crazy to take two 1 year olds shopping but it was always a challenge and I always met it head-on. I loved it the looks I would get from fellow shoppers when I had a grocery cart with two infant seats and it was full of groceries too. I didn’t always enjoy it but I always planned it well in advance so I was never in there when it was time for a feeding it was usually nap time and I had two girls who could and still can sleep through just about anything. For instance they grew up around motorcycles and they could fall asleep in the middle of a motocross track bikes going for broke and fans cheering wildly. They were those kids sound asleep on my back in their carrier without a care in the world. I loved those moments and still love those moments I feel unstoppable as a mom, because I know that no matter what I will always fight for what is best for my girls!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 1 -9

So I am joining a fellow blogger and blogging every day in the month of November, here goes nothing. I am playing catch up so here is the 1st through the 9th.

November 1 - One of the best lessons life has shown you.

I almost had to think about this one, but I think it would be that I am not in control like I think I am. You see 11 years ago God blessed with me TWO instead of ONE, and turned my world upside down. I have learned in 11 years that I need to have a lot more faith and a little less control. That when life hands you lemons to make lemonade but you can enjoy that with a friend, yummy! I am that mom who likes to be in control who wishes I could show my children all my mistakes so that they didn’t have to go through some of the things I did. I wish I could take away the hurt when they get in a fight with a friend, I wish I could beat up the boy who broke one of their hearts already. I wish that life was easier and that they would know already that I am not crazy that I have just learned a couple of lessons the hard way. I can and will guide them as much as they will let me but I realize that I am going to have to sit back a lot more than I would like and let them learn and grow and become the young women that God intended them to be. My best lesson to have faith that I am on the road that was intended for me and only me, and that if I just keep my head held high and make decision that I am willing to stand behind then all will work out and this crazy road I am on will be an adventure that I could only dream of.

November 2 - Favorite Inspiring Quote

I have a couple of favorite quotes.
 
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr
 
“Our love is a spark that has started a fire.” – Unknown
 
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa
 
November 3 - 5 Favorite Blogs
 
1. The Dating Divas – www.thedatingdivas.com
2. Engaged Marriage – www.engagedmarriage.com
3. Lisa-Jo Baker – www.lisajobaker.com
5. Time Out – Devotions for Moms – www.beckykopitzke.blogspot.com
 
There are a few of my favorites I have many blogs I love to read for multiple reasons, some inspire me, some make me laugh and others well they just keep me coming back.
 
November 4 - Write for 5 minutes on Freedom
 
This is like my 5 minute Friday, only it is Monday. Well here goes nothing. Freedom something we take for granted a lot more than we should. Whether it be freedom to simply be who we are in life, or the freedom we enjoy as American’s, we are a nation that has forgotten all our founding fathers did to give us all we have today. We take everything we have for granted, we are so blessed. There are still people in our country that would like a taste of freedom, women who are trapped in a bad marriage (or men for that matter), prisoners in their cells (even if they did a horrible crime I am sure they would like their freedom back), and I am sure there is a system of slaves somewhere in this country still people who are trapped. We have an amazing military system and we should be so thankful for the freedom they fight for, they do that for our country not for the reward or the paycheck trust me, definitely not the paycheck. Those men and women and the families that support them do it all because they love our country and they want to defend it and keep it free.
 
November 5 - Favorite recipe
 
This is an easy one and I might have already shared it...
 
5 Can Soup – Author unknown
1 can Corn
1 can Vegetable Beef Soup
1 can Chili
1 can Rotel
 
Pour them all in a saucepan and heat up, serve with Fritos chips, shredded cheese and sour cream. Yum
 
November 6 - 5 favorite apps
 
1. Bloglovin’ – to keep up on my favorite reading
2. Gift List – Christmas & Birthday ideas and items already bought
3. Keeper – keeps all my passwords at my fingertips safe and secure
4. MapMyRun – Love this app it lets me know how far I have run
5. Google Sky Map – Thanks to my sister-in-law for this one, great for a simple date night
 
November 7 - A day in your life
 
Oh a day in my life is crazy lately, but not what I would like. Up at 5:15 – on a good day so I can get in my workout, however in the past month this has happened only a handful of times UGH, Shower dressed, make coffee, tea and lunches, Off to work until 4 or 4:30 depending on which day it is. Then for three days a week I am headed to class after work for an hour or two, Home to hang with my family then it is bedtime routine and homework, cleaning up the house and bedtime. It is a crazy busy life and I am definitely going to be making some changes but it isn’t bad, I love my family love the opportunies I have been given in the last few months and love the adventure that is my life.
 
November 8 -5 minutes on time
 
Another 5 Minute Friday and it is Friday, I am not linking up with my usual but I promise it is worth the read. Go! Time is all relative we all have our own internal clocks and then there is the time that our world functions on. Today though I would like to talk about the time that I get to spend with my kids. It is rare time, time well spent, time that will matter more than other time at the end of my time on this Earth. I love spending time with my kids yes there are those times I want to ship them off to military boarding school, and those times when I wonder where they came from but most of the time is time spent learning more about their personalities, hanging out with them making sure they know that no matter what time of day it is or what my mood, I love them so very much. They are my greatest achievement, and my time spent with them is time well spent all the time. I am so thankful for all the memories I have created with them in the last 11 years and it is all mostly time spent not money spent. Time is worth so much more, and no amount of money can buy you more time.
 
November 9 - 5 favorite places to shop online
 
1. Ebay
2. Old Navy
3. Amazon
4. Etsy
5. Google – because it takes me to so many different sites I would have never known about otherwise.
 
 

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