Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Morning Inspiration

I overheard T.D. Jakes this Morning. He was talking about how sometimes even when we grow, we sometimes get stuck in an old mindset, based on our culture and upbringing. The Egyptians wanted to be freed from Pharaoh. Even though they was freed later, Some thought living in slavery was better than living in freedom. They craved old foods, instead of the new Manna. All that complaining kept them stuck in the wilderness for 40 long, long years. The ones who entered the wilderness were not the same ones that came out of the wilderness.

We all are going through something right now. We are human. That's what we do. We all make mistakes. and We all have something to be grateful for daily.

Have a blessed day. --

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hooligan Bear: A special day by Ian Toyton and Andrea Dietrich

I read Hooligan Bear by Ian Toyton and Andrea Dietrich, in exchange for review from The book was also published by Smith Publicity. The book was about bears, who threw a birthday party for a friend. Louie never had a birthday party and his friends decided to throw Louie his first birthday party. The book was cute. The graphics were wonderful. My kids enjoyed this book.

The book is also available on amazon

Sunday, November 25, 2012

God's plans for the wealthy and powerful

Today, My pastor (Michael Pender, Fallbrook Church)discussed God's plans for the wealthy and powerful. He discussed three ways to create wealth and power: diligence, favor, and inheritance. Some things which stood out:

God is not afraid of wealth and power

God wants Christians in board rooms to make decisions for a Christian perspective

Not all wealth and power is evil

Sometimes Christians settle for the secular world to make life-decisions.

We have enough believers (church going and non church going) to have a bigger representation in political decisions.

Believers can shift the paradigm.

If you think you are broke, then you can never have wealth (mindset). (wealth, an overflow above life's necessities).

You can not spend how you want if you want to be wealthy.


No substitute for diligence at work.

There is no easy path or shortcuts to excellence. If you want something badly, you need to work for it.

You can not get envious or angry at those, who worked for what they got, when you did not.

Diligence without wisdom is foolish.

Anything God created is not designed to be lazy.

You can not get envious or angry at someone, who works hard for what they got, when you do not.

Diligence without wisdom causes foolishness.

All pursuits won't get you wealth and power. You may want to be a rapper, but you may not make enough money to live on. Some rappers are still living at home, with their mama. Your arts may not pay your bills.

Some people live for the weekends. They look at Monday to Friday as an inconvenience. They only work to live a weekend lifestyle. You work all week to give all your money to a stripper. You better off to play the lottery (not endorsing it though) than to give your money to a naked woman.

Monday to Friday needs to be a Colossians 3:17

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If you work diligently, God will elevate you. You don't have to wear yourself out to gain wealth. Do it for the Lord and not for yourself.

To transform your work situation: Work harder and complain less.

Some folks can not enjoy God's blessings because they are always at work.


If you find favor, You will have favor in the eyes of God and man.

Favor is based on obedience.


Ensures kids will become productive

Sometimes pulling self up by bootstraps has more importance in society than inheriting something.

No matter how you obtain your wealth, someone helped you get it.

If you leave it to your kids, you don't need to offer apologies. If someone gets mad, you are dead anyway. :-)

Secrets of Biblical Wisdom by Kyle Searcy

I read the Secrets of biblical wisdom by Kyle Searcy, in exchange for review from Bethany House.

Funny story:

The other week, I was reviewing some emails and noticed one from Bethany House. It was the confirmation to send me this book. I normally keep my confirmations in the book review folder, but for some reason this book was in the business or event folder. I was not sure,if I received the book yet. I checked my e-readers (kindle for pc, kindle cloud, reader for pc, and adobe digital editions)but could not find the book. So I thought ok, Maybe Bethany has not sent the book in the mail yet. Cool, no Problem. I have two other books (paperback) to read for review. This morning, as I was preparing for church, I needed to find the boy's tooth brush. In my bag, with homework and other things needed to work, I noticed this book. I been reading it since I got home from church. The book was just what I needed at this moment. The book is what I needed right now.

I am loving this book. I enjoyed the forward and prologue, especially the dorm dream. I also enjoyed the story about how Kyle met his wife. The story was highly inspirational. Kyle let God guide him in finding the right woman for him--not just as a wife, but as a pastor's wife. Not everyone can handle this role. The book also talked about how we--as a people--need to allow Godly wisdom to guide our decisions. We do not need to rush into decisions because we will make mistakes-the wrong mistake. I also love the questions for thought at the end of each chapter. Searcy also teaches about the difference between Godly Wisdom and Demonic (false wisdom). I highly recommend this book. Like I said, I started about an hour ago and now on page 41 out of 188. This is an excellent book.

Friday, November 23, 2012

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

Brad is improving his attention span for speech therapy. Before, he wouldn’t make it 5 minutes before melting down or running out the room. Now he sits through the whole session. It is a 30 minute session. What the instructor did was add Sponge Bob videos. For every 3 minutes of work, Brad gets 1 minute of SpongeBob. He is also making the sign for “more” when it’s time for Shannon (his speech pathologist) to play the video. I hope she will add more sessions because I think I have one more left. Brad was scheduled for 8 sessions of speech therapy, I think I done seven.

Kalen started physical therapy on Friday, November 16, 2012. He cried the whole time. He did not like his legs being worked for an hour. The teacher made him walk (with assistance) back and forth between me and her. I love Ms. Sandy. He was so tired, he fell asleep as soon as she started writing her end-of-session notes. After a few sessions, based on Kalen’s improvement, Ms. Sandy will determine if he needs braces. We already did the paperwork. Yay.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Anger Workbook

I read the Anger Workbook, in exchange for review from The book was wrote by Les Carter and Frank Minirth. The book was also published by Thomas Nelson.

I chose this book because I have anger issues. I have a strong desire to knock people upside the head on a daily basis, not to mention my anger on some unresolved issues, I am working on. Part one of the book talks about identifying your anger. Anger do not always have to be overt or even aggressive. I can be passive aggressive on a lot of issues, irritable, or annoyed. I also will withdraw from people. I am definitely impatient when things do not go as planned. For example, If I need to clean, but have to deal with Brad's meltdowns all day. I am angry because I still have a room/house to clean, but it has to wait until I calm the boy down.

I definitely want to buy the book because I want to write in the exercises provided, such as the anger inventory. A lot of those statements applied to me. The book provides many exercises for people to define their anger, inventory anger, and resolve anger issues.

For example, Minirth and Carter discussed how anger may be prevalent when a person is rejected or invalidated or feels a lack of respect. I also got angry when my needs and wants was not met. I have experienced this type of anger before. The book also has a Christian focus. When I am angry, I need to turn to God, instead of liquor or violence or sex (glad I am celibate now). I also need to admit that I am angry. If I do not resolve my anger, then the cycle of anger continues (diagram in the book. Love it). I am one of those folks, who suppress anger. I need to communicate feelings more often, but I have a distrust in people, in general. The book also says I need to take responsibility for my anger, and not rationalize it. I also need to learn how to forgive others.

I love this book.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Throw away the toys

I am celibate, but I still struggle with sexual thoughts and the occasional pleasure session. I been taking a purity course (way of purity), which is for pornography addiction/sex addiction. I was a sex addict. I was a toy addict. I was a self pleasure addict. The course is taught from a Christian perspective I havent watched porn in a minute, but I want to finish the course. One of the lessons discusses removing things, which will hinder your progress. Delete the phone numbers, block certain websites, throw away anything which will set you back. I have sex toys. I havent used them in a long, long time, but I hate to toss them out. The toys cost me money, well not my actual money. Most of the toys were funded by my former job as a web cam girl. Some of these toys cost between 20 to 40 or more bucks. I am no longer a web cam girl. I no longer have sex. I still hate to throw away the toys.

My rationalization: if i toss the toys, i still have fingers. either way, if i want to do something, i can without having sex. But i need to toss the toys (after removing the batteries, just in case they are still good), in order to move forward in my faith and celibacy progress.

Why I should toss them:
1. part of my old life as a sex addict
2. move forward in Christian fath
3. Part of my old life as a web cam girl
4. I didn't actually have to use my 'real' money to pay for them.
5. represents addiction/addicktion

Why am I holding on to them:
1. good condition. works.
2. still got fingers.
3. cost a lot of money (even though I never saw the money).
4. dont feel like digging for them, out of hiding, to toss them out.
5. laziness.

So I went to the closet, pulled out the rubber maid, found the bag, found some things I forgot I had, and realized this was not the whole collection. Tossed away what I had and hopefully I remember where the rest is. Besides, I dont use them anyway (another rationalization). Yet, I still wanted to hold on to them. Time to let them go. Giving up the old life for a new life.

Adventures in Celibacy

Stacie D. Wyatt

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Carrot by

I read Carrot, in exchange for Review from The book was written by Vanita Oelschlager and published by Vanita Books.

The book was about a cat named Carrot, and how she lived her life. I read the book to the boys. They loved it. The book also had excellent graphics. The cat reminded me of curious george. He liked to explore and try new things. This cat traveled around town, trying new things, making friends, and living life. Loved this book

Farfalla: a story of loss and hope by Vanita Oelschlager

I read Farfalla, in exchange for review from Netgalley.Com. The book was written by Vanita Oelschlager and published by Vanita Books. First, I loved the graphics. They was amazing. The book tells the story of Little Beetle and the caterpillars. Little beetle plays with the caterpillars over the summer. One day, little Beetle notices the caterpillars are gone and misses his friends. His mother tells him about how caterpillars change. Towards the end, there was one cocoon left, and the little beetle names the butterfly Farfalla. The rest is for you to read.

The words were a little advanced for my boys, but I loved reading the book for myself. The book is a great read.

Elefante by Vanita Oelschlager

I read Elefante, in exchange for review from Netgalley.Com. The book was wrote by Vanita Oelschlager and published by Vanita books. I read the books to the kiddies and they enjoyed the book. The book was a quick read (10 pages on Reader for PC). The book talked about how Elefante forgot some things, which made others sad. but when He remembered, he made others glad. The book tells of family and friendship. The moral: we should remember to do and say nice things for our friends and family. If we forget, they are sad.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Change the World before bedtime by Josh Chalmers, Mark Kimball Moulton, Karen HIllard Good

I read Change the World before Bedtime, in exchange for review from The book was published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. The book had a great message and excellent graphics. On the other hand, some pages were hard to read. SOme of the speech bubbles and fancy font was unreadable. I also had to use zoom to be able to read most of the book. My kids enjoyed the book though and enjoyed pointing out the characters in the book.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Big Blue by Vanita Oelschlager

I read Big Blue by Vanita Oelschlager, in exchange for review from The book was published by Vanita Books, LLC. The book was colorful and each page rhymed. The story was a about a blue bird, who rather eat and sleep, and not work. Kind of the reverse of Little Red Hen. She worked all day and got mad at the lazy folks. Big Blue was lazy all day, got fat, and couldn't fly south for the winter. He eventually got un-lazy and changed in the end. The book was decent, captured the kids attention. The book teaches kids that laziness is no good, while working is very good. I wish the bird had more support and encouragement from his friends, while he was being lazy. He also needed support once he changed to make sure he did not revert to his old ways.

Knees by Vanita Oelschalager

I read Knees-a mixed-up world of a boy with dyslexia by Vanita Oelschlager, in exchange for review from . The book was published by Vanita Books, LLC. The graphics in the book was wonderful-simple black and white images. Each page also rhymed. The book told the story of a boy living with dyslexia. He confused his letters. Having dyslexia did not stop him from trying new things. The book captured my kids attention and was a quick read. I chose this book because the child had a mental disorder, just like my kids. I enjoyed reading this book to them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Death and Life

Wrote this in church on Sunday, after the sermon. The assistant pastor was discussing how he lost a child, which made me cry. I had two miscarries, which affected me deeply, so I understood his lost. Pastor O also discussed how people should rejoice in their lost. Thank the Lord, no matter what they are going through. Look for the good in the bad.
Some days I want kids, who are fully potty trained and an speak a bunch of words. I want to know what they are thinking and I don’t have to deal with major meltdowns and medications. Definitely no seizures. I want my kids to have friends, and not be excluded.

Yet, I can give thanks to God because it could have been worse. Brad could have died on the table at birth because the placenta got caught in his lungs, but God pulled him through. My grandma died the day before Brad was born (November 8, 2000). My great grandma died months before (May, 2000). Maybe he could have been seriously injured after having multiple seizures. Kalen could have had the same thing happen during his petit mal seizures.

I don’t know if my kids will ever deal with drugs, alcohol, or sex. I don’t know if my kids will ever date, get married, have girlfriends, go out on dates, or have kids.
I also have to think once again about the miscarries. I never planned on having kids. If I did, I only wanted two or three. If my two miscarries did not happen, Kalen might not have been here, but since they died, I do have a greater appreciation of both Kalen and Brad. I still hate labor and delivery. I am still not naturally maternal. I love my kids more. Thankful for them more. Appreciate them more. More protective of them more. Through death, it brings life. It brought me my youngest son and it also brought life to me.

The doctors office

This week was an appointment week. Monday: Kalen had 18 month shots. Tuesday, Kalen had early childhood intervention and Brad had speech therapy. Wednesday, Brad had his psych appointment. Friday is Kalen's physical therapy appointment.

I was almost ready to kill Brad's psychiatrist today. Had an 11 am appointment to get his medications for the month. Got to the building, got the kids and the stroller out the car, walked to the door, and it was locked. In fact, the doctor's name was erased from the door. So glad, I had my phone on me. The doctor moved to a bigger office inside the building, versus the old office with just outside access.

The appointment was quick and painless. Made sure to mention my child NEEDS liquids, instead of pills. and we was gone within 10 or so minutes. I also met a woman, who had two Autism chillens. So adorable.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Just watched a wonderful sermon on responsibility from Andy Stanley @yourmove on twitter.

Some of the points he made was:

Irresponsibility leads to conflict
People blame someone else for things they (you) should be responsible for
When you are about to place blame, listen to the blame conversation you give others and yourself.
When placing blame, determine how much of the responsibility pie is your fault
Are you responsible for your slice of the pie?

The responsibility pie: Andy showed a slice of pie on the television. He was saying when you and another are fighting, such as your spouse, the spouse gets the majority of the blame. Problems will never get fully resolved because you are placing all or most of the fault on someone else. You have to determine what you did to cause the problems as well, otherwise the problems will continue to escalate, get worse, never reach resolution.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Simply Jesus by Joseph M. Stowell

I read Simply Jesus by Joseph M. Stowell, in exchange for review from Blogging for Books. The book discusses living a life, simply for Jesus, versus others and self. There is a difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Everything in our lives is worthless, when compared to God. Our problems don't matter when compared to God.

Other highlights from the book:

When we get to know Jesus, we understand our purpose and worth more.
We should not flaunt our "goodness" because it hinders a relationship with Jesus
We should not expect medals for spiritual accomplishments
Trouble does not discriminate. We all have issues.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Genie Bra Update

I got the pink and black one. for some strange reason, the black one hurts more and has less support than the pink one. keep tugging and tugging to keep boobies in all day. Then, i wore the black all day for one day, my back was killing me tremendously. maybe I need an AHH Bra instead

The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Etheridge

I review for BookSneeze®

I read the Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the deeper meaning behind sexual struggle, in exchange for review from The book was written by Shannon Etheridge and Steven Arteburn. I chose this book because I have been celibate for almost two years. I had a serious sexual addiction, porn addiction, and masturbation addiction. I still struggle with issues, but not as bad as I used to be.This book is written from a Christian perspective.

The book talked about how fantasies can make you want more sex. Fantasies also can cause unwanted expectations in relationships. Fantasies also can depersonalize sex and may ruin potential relationships.

Not all fantasies are bad, a fantasy can help heal pain, motivate towards a goal, or help you through a life transition.

The book also discusses types of fantasies (autoerotic, erotic, and illicit). It also discusses the repression of fantasies and sublimation (redirecting sexual energy elsewhere). The book also discusses how porn and voyeurism affects individuals.

Finally, the book discusses new ways to look at fantasies. Maybe the fantasy fulfills a psychological need.

Dinosaur Countdown by Nicolas Oldland

I read Dinosaur Countdown by Nicolas Oldland, in exchange for review from The book was published by Kids Can Press. The book taught kids how to count backwards from 10 to 1, using dinosaurs as visuals. The book as a simple format/layout. White background with dinosaurs in the foreground. Love this book. read it to my boys.

All About Boats

All about BoatsI read all about boats by David and Zora Aiken, in exchange for review from The book was published by Schiffer Publishing, LTD. I read the book to the boys. The book uses the alphabet to describe boat terms. The illustrations are excellent and colorful. Each book also rhymes. The book is very educational and informative. The book covers motor, sail, and row boats. The book also discusses safety such as using life vests or calling the coast guard

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

My First Words Outside by Amy Geller

I read My first words outside by Amy Geller, in exchange for review from The book is not published yet (March, 2013). I read the book to my sons. I love the simplicity of the book. The book is simply pictures and words of beach, farm, garden, and forest items. I definitely am thinking of buying this book, to teach my kids new words. Both of my kids have language deficiencies and this book will teach them new words.

The Silly Looking Thing by Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan

I reviewed The Silly Looking Thing by Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan, in exchange for review from The book was published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

I enjoyed reading The Silly Looking Thing (SLT). The froggie wants friends, but wants his friends to look a certain way. He wants his friends to look like him He does not want to play with the SLT because he looks different.

The book was a quick read (40 pages on Reader for PC). The book has lots of pictures. I read the book to my youngest. I choose the book because I have two special need kids. Not everyone wants to play with them, especially Brad. Brad is different. He doesn't look like or act like them. The SLT in the book wanted a friend, a playmate, someone to swim with. He did not want to be lonely or be an outcast. The book does have a happy ending though.

Self-Publishing Slide show by Mark Coker of Smashwords

Presentation by Mark Coker of Smashwords. Compares traditional publishing versus self-publishing. I published via Smashwords, Lulu, and Amazon. I am also on Barnes and Noble and the iBookstore, thanks to Lulu. I love publishing at my own pace and adhering to my own deadlines.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The genie bra

I bought me a genie bra, two genie bras at wal-mart yesterday because the bras was cheap. I am one of those folks, who will wear a bra until every last enclosure falls off and the underwire shivels up. I had the same two bras since forever--playtex-- bought when I was living in Atlanta. This dont include my two strapless bras, which i have no idea where the bra pads are (for one of them). The playtex's- They have to be at least 4-5 years old. I hate buying bras. I hate wearing bras. So i got the pink and black one. The price of two was less than the price of one 18 hour playtex-which I normally buy.

I love the colors but these pests are making my back hurt. The boobies are supported but my back hurts. Is this worth the 8 bucks I paid for one bra?

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I reviewed the speed cloth, baccarat plaques, and poker button set for

First, the speed cloth fit perfectly across my table in the den. The cloth is designed with spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. The cloth is also waterproof. My kids and I, plus some teenagers tried different liquids on the cloth to determine how water proof the cloth is. We tried water, milk, and juice. As soon as the liquid hit the cloth, it made a bubble. The bubbles would not sink into the cloth. Part of me wants to throw it across my bed (for Brad's accidents).

We also played with the poker chips and baccarat plaques. We played a few card games downstairs. The chips and plaques took some damage (thanks to my youngest son throwing them on the floor) but they are not scarred for life. The chips and plaques are in good condition still.

AlphaBest By Helaine Becker

I read Alphabest by Helaine Becker, in exchange for review by The book was published by Kids Can Press The book was a quick read and I read it to my kiddies. It taught kids how to compare items. I also loved the graphics. It was a fair scene. The characters interacted with each other throughout the book. I liked the scene where the kid got slimed (Letter S), the showered (W for wet, wetter, wettest), and then in the end, the kid and the kid, who slimed him were sharing some snacks together.

Each page shows a superlative or comparative, and it also features the alphabet from A to Z. Brad was really into this book. I love this book.

Israel @ War by Joel C. Rosenberg

I reviewed Israel at War by Joel C. Rosenberg, in exchange for a review from Tyndale House. This review is more informative because I had little to no knowledge of Israel and Iran, prior to reading this book.

I chose the book because it was different from my normal reading. I don't follow Israel's political structure but I now this country has importance in Christianity. I hardly know anything about Israel, other than it's biblical relevance. The book also discussed how Iran is an enemy of Israel. Iran is a Muslim country, while Israel is more rooted in Christianity

The book discussed Benjamin Netanyahu. I heard of him before, but was not sure of his relationship to Israel, so I wikipedia'ed him. He was the prime minister of Israel from 1996-1999. Some of the things he said and I noted was:

Sometimes the critics are wrong

He had a desire to protect people from threats

He had the desire to go to war or not to go to war.

I also had to wikipedia some other references: (Note I do not normally use wikipedia for research, but today I needed definitions. ).

Mullah-Muslim man, who is educated in theology and sacred law
Twelfth Imam-12th political and spiritual leader to Muhammad
Mahdi-Prophesied redeemer of Israel, who will rule for 7, 9, or 19 years before day of judgment.

Iran, is at war with Israel and the United States. Iran has launched multiple attacks against the US and Israel, using rockets, mortars, suicide bombers, missiles, and a pending nuclear attack. The attacks caused loss of hundreds of lives to be lost, injured, and millions in damages paid by Iran. The Presidency of Reagan and Clinton or Israel did not launch an attack, during these times. Israel eventually targeted Iran by bombing rocket factories and weapons warehouses, but no full-blown attack.

This book was enlightening to read, but I learned a lot from it.