Archive | July 2007

Putting Prayer Back In Schools

I was just sitting here, checking out the recent posts when I found the “Now I Sit Me Down In School” prayer under the “religion” tag.  The timing of the piece is awesome (set to the children’s prayer Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep) because students (regardless of the grade) and their parents are starting their “back to school” preparations.  It also ties in very nicely with the whole reason for my blog – PRAYER!!! 

I know many of you have read the poem at one time or another, but do me a favor and link from your blog / site to the poem and if you are a non-blogger copy and paste the poem into your email and send it out encouraging others to do the same.   There is power in prayer, and when 2 or more come together in His name, His power is unleashed!!!

The movement to remove prayer from schools did not gain it’s momentum until Madalyn Murray O’Hair, an aethist mother from Maryland decided she was going to “save” her son from having to participate in school prayer (and making lots of money in the process didn’t hurt either) as well as advance the public awareness of her new founded organization American Aethists.  The irony is that this same son, William J. Murray III is now a major voice to return prayer to schools. 

HOW GOOD, AWESOME, WORTHY, POWERFUL, HOLY, WONDERFUL AND LOVING IS GOD!!!  He will be given all the Glory!!!

My Journey Toward A New Life

Well, as of yesterday, I’ve lost 40.2 lbs.  I tried on a few items of clothing that I haven’t worn in at least 3 years and a few fit perfectly, and when I shed about another 10 pounds, the rest will fit too!  I am not sure what size I was prior to surgery, but I imagine I was a size 32-34.  I’m about a 26 right now. 

 People keep asking me if I feel any different, the weird thing is aside from being able to walk and stand for more than 5 minutes without being in excruciating pain, NO I don’t feel any different.  I guess I’ve been so big for so long it will take at least another 30 pounds for me to feel different.  I guess it won’t  hit me until I have shrunk out of every piece of clothing I  have and trust me, I have clothes ranging from size 22-28 laying around here (most of them business attire). 

I’m still not able to keep food down and I’m not sure why.  I do think that things go down easier since my endoscope procedure last thursday, but once the food hits my tummy, I get really nauseaus.  I tried mashed potatoes again last night and they made me sooooo sick.  I will hit my six weeks this thursday 8/2 and I am soooo sick of being sick!!!

I ordered some protein samples from Vitalady because I know I MUST get protein!  Protein will help me lose more weight and it will keep my hair from falling out – this is really important because like Brittany Spears I don’t do the “bald” look very well.  I also hear that protein helps your skin keep its elasticity and this is a good thing too because I don’t need to look like a saggy old wrinkled prune anywhere on my body!!!!

I’m still hitting some highs and lows emotionally and spiritually, but they are fewer and farther between Praise God!!!  I keep reminding myself that He alone is in control and I have to let Him do my walkin and talkin for the time being.

My son, Justin, turns 26 tomorrow!!! I could never express in words how much I love having him home.  When he left to join the navy over 7 years ago it broke my heart into so  many pieces I never thought it would be made whole again.  I truly think that when you have children, you grow a new heart for each one of them and hold them in their own special place forever.  If I had it my way, all of my children would still live at home.  I’d have a compound and they would each have their own wings and when they got married, they would still live home and raise their families here.  Oh Lord, how I would love that!!  You know what’s weird – I started having my kids at a young age (18) and now I’m 47 (will be 48 in december) and I still have no grandchildren.  Now, I’m not complaining, I raise my kids to be smart and wait to get their own lives in order before they decide to become involved with anyone and start making babies, but I don’t want to be a walker granny or worse yet in a wheelchair when my kids start having kids… Just had to throw that random thought out there… I’ve been having a lot of random thoughts lately – for your sake, I’ll keep them to myself – for that matter, for my sake as well, I don’t want people thinking it’s time to get the “jacket” out and haul me off to the looney bin!! LOL

Well, enough for now – I set a goal to set aside 15-30 minutes every day to get my office in order and it’s getting late in the day and I’m still in my PJ’s!  Take care and God bless!!

 briggie ^i^

A Blog For Christian Women You’ll Want To Visit Again and Again…

I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating, with God there are NO accidents.  I had my random drawing for my Dogdays of Summer Giveaway I tonight, and the winner was Distybug.  So, I went to her blog so I could let her know she’d won and my jaw nearly dropped when I read her most recent comment about another FREE giveaway at 5 Minutes for Moms.  So, I made my comment, then decided to click the link and not only was I blessed with another cool giveaway, but the content and information on 5 Minutes for Moms I just knew I was meant to pick Distybug so I could find this new blog.

Please, do yourselves a favor, go to 5 Minutes for Moms, then bookmark it, linkback, trackback, post a comment about it on your blog or email all your friends if you’re a non-blogger.  You will be blessed, your friends will be blessed and best of all, the ladies who run the site (twin sisters) will also be blessed.

Do it right now, you’ll be soooooo glad you did – I know I am and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what they have on their site.

 God bless you all and keep you in the peace that only He can give you…

briggie ^i^

Win A FREE 37″ Flat Panel LCD TV!!!!!!

Yes, you read correctly – win a free 37″ flat panel lcd tv.  The TV is valued at over $799.00 and is being given courtesy of Best Buy!

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Head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to enter and check out all the other cool stuff they have on their blog.  I am just sooo excited – the fun isn’t over until the fat lady sings, and if you’ve checked out my About Me page, you’ll know that I’m the incredibly shrinking fat lady and my lips are sealed; at least for the time being!!!

Good luck, and remember, there’s still time to enter my Dogdays II Giveaway!

And The Winner Is…

dogdays-giveaway.jpg  I KNOW YOU’VE WAITED TO HEAR WHO WON, SO HERE GOES…

I’m sorry it took so long to pick the winner, but I’ve been a bit under the weather the past 2 days.  Well, you’re waiting to hear who the winner is so without further ado…..

A big congrats goes out to Distybug!  Disty, you’ve won Francine Rivers, Unafraid, and to claim your prize, you must follow these instructions – – –  you have 72 hours to contact me via email and give me your full name, and mailing address at cruzinnj@gmail.com.  If for any reason Disty fails to notify me of her mailing information, I will do another drawing (i saved all the little pieces of paper – i admit it, i am a pack rat!) 

Congrats again Distybug and a big thanks to everyone that entered.  My Dogdays Giveaway #2 is still open, so feel free to check it out!!

 -briggie ^i^

My Journey Toward A New Life

**Time’s running out so don’t forget to check out my giveaways #1 and #2!!! (sorry for the plug) And visit my About Me page for new pictures!!

 So, when I went for my check-up 7/25 my doctor told me that I was getting sick way too much so without asking any further questions, he scheduled me for a quick surgical procedure to enlarge my esophogial tube.  He did an EDG or EGD (one of those is the correct acronym) or whatever you call it.  Bottom line, he put a camera down my throat to look at the opening, found it was tooooo narrow, so he inserted a balloon and stretched it open.  He said I should feel 100 times better and start to see a difference in what I can eat.  I don’t mind the not eating so much as the throwing up!  Now don’t get me wrong – I do go through my pouty mood when I really want something to eat and everyone around me is eating and I can’t have what they’re having.  I’m still on liquids / soft foods – mostly liquids because my tummy just doesn’t want to cooperate.  I thinks it’s the smelling part that makes me so sad, not so much watching them eat. 

I still HATE sweet stuff, but I’m being told hormonal changes due to the surgery are the reason for my taste bud changes.  I’m having the hardest time getting in protein, and I bought some “Any Whey” (supposed to be virtually tasteless – well they virtually lied!!) but it’s got a vanilla scent and taste —YUCKO!!  I don’t want to lose my hair – I’ve gotta do something!!  I ordered some samples from Vitalady so I’ll let you know how I make out.

Today is a good day!!!  I’m slowly but surely getting through my To Do List (even though it keeps growing every time I walk through a room) and my house is slowly getting to a point where I feel comfortable in it.  It’s sooo important to have at least 1 room where you can just go and relax, decompress, feel peaceful and be restored. 

Dogdays of Summer Giveaway II

Okay, I’ve been bitten by the bug!!!!  I wanted to list something where EVERYONE would win – so here goes! 

Reply to this post, then go to my website www.jbmall.biz and sign up as a client.  (there is no cost or obligation to you, and you have my word that you will not be spammed or e-bombed by me or my company)  Once I see you have made your comment and signed up on my site, I will mail you a 3 day sample of our Double X vitamin packs (no purchase or further obligation from you is required!!).  To qualify, you must sign up no later than 9:00pm Saturday July 28th, 2007!!!!

NOW LET’S KICK THIS UP A NOTCH!!!  Anyone that replies to this post and registers as a customer at www.jbmall.biz no later than 5pm EST Friday July 27th, 2007 will not only get a 3 day sample pack of THE NUMBER 1 selling Vitamin in the country, Nutrilite Double X, I will also enter their name into a drawing for a free Gift Catalog valued at $35!!!!  I will also enter everyone that makes a $75 purchase (any product on my site qualifies) into a drawing for a Gift Catalog ($35 value and the cost to ship the item you choose is pre-paid by me!!!)  There will be 2 lucky winners in this drawing!!!  I stand behind all of the products on my site and if you have any questions, please email me at jbmall@verizon.net.  To qualify you must make your purchase of $75 or more from my website no later than 9pm August 4th, 2007!!!  *** You will be entered 1 time for every completed purchase of $75 or more, and you could even qualify for FREE SHIPPING on your order.  See the details at www.jbmall.biz.