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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mimi and Pap's Vacation Fund

Pay for Your Summer Fun with Swagbucks

With most of the country still under a blanket of snow, it’s comforting to think of warm summer days. Now is the best time to start saving for your summer plans, whether it’s traveling, buying something new to enjoy at home or even if it’s just grabbing an iced coffee concoction to cool you down.  One way to have extra spending money this summer is to use Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a rewards site where you get points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos and discovering deals. The you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal and Starbucks.I have earned right at $200 in gift cards from Amazon, Walmart, Foot Lock and Cabella's in January 1st.

Here’s a plan for using Swagbucks to earn $25 in gift cards each month. It’s easy, and if you keep at it, you’ll have at least $75 by June to spend on summer fun without having to dip into your wallet or spend a ton of your precious time!
Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB. That’s like getting $25 for $3 less! Here are a few things you can do that will add up to 2,200 SB each month:
1) Knock out the quick stuff - all of these activities can be found on the left-hand side of the homepage (1-2 mins a day):
  • Answer the Daily Poll everyday - also available on the SB mobile app, so you can earn your daily SB wherever you are: 30 SB
  • Do the NOSO everyday - Browse through No Obligation Special Offers for 2 SB everyday: 60 SB
  • Get your daily SwagButton SB - our popular browser add-on gives you the ability to earn SB from anywhere on the web. It also alerts you to Swag Codes AND you get 1 SB each day just for having it installed and active: 30 SB (Bonus: if you don’t have it yet, you get a one-time bonus of 50 SB for downloading the SwagButton!)
  • Do the Daily Crave - discover new content and websites to earn 1 SB everyday: 30 SB
2) Search online to earn SB everyday (no extra time needed!):
  • Use the Swagbucks Search engine - People who use Swagbucks search to find what they want online can earn 10 SB per day! Plus, members who make Swagbucks the default search engine on their browser typically earn even more: 300 SB
3) Earn BIG SB payouts (5 min - 20+ min depending on survey opportunities available):
  • Take the Daily Survey every weekday - SB amounts vary from survey to survey, but it’s very possible to earn about 35 SB per weekday: 700 SB
  • SBTV app on Android (all countries) & iOS (US only) - earn a maximum of 36 SB per day on this app: 1,080 SB
Whether you’re catching the latest blockbuster, enjoying a weekend road trip, or stocking up for your next outdoor BBQ, Swagbucks can help. It doesn’t end there, though. Keep going and you can save for the holidays, back to school, or just a rainy day. If you’re already on Swagbucks, share your own tips for earning Swag Bucks and saving up for summer in the comments!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Still loving some HICKIES

I am still so excited about HICKIES and DOOHICKIES for kids.  Those of you with kids should love this whole concept,  we all get tired of seeing their floppy shoe laces.  Stop tying shoe laces FOREVER!  I received an email today that we can Save 25% with coupon code HICKIESxTED

DOOHICKIES lacing system works by threading seamlessly through the eyelets of any shoe, then snapping securely in place for a hassle-free fit.

 With HICKIES responsive lacing system, redesign your sneakers while eliminating the problems of traditional laces.

 Make sneakers look sleek and get rid of loose laces with HICKIES, a stretchable lace replacement designed for an active lifestyle.

This is the neatest thing since sliced bread in my opinion. Ask the grands, they love them.  Here is the link for HICKIES AND DOOHICKIES and don't forget the coupon code

I happily surrender that my place in this world does not matter!

It's my 3rd month of being 55 and I will be honest,  I have not enjoyed it at all.  For some crazy, odd reason I became obsessed with trying to find my place in this world as a 55 year old.  I have gladly stopped that search as I now know it makes no difference.

I have always been and always be a daughter, sister, cousin, grandchild, niece and most preciously a wife, mother and grandmothers (Mimi) and a Princess to the King Of Kings.  Age makes no difference to our Jesus,  he still looks at each of us as his children with more love than any of us have looked at our kids.   Crazy amazing isn't it.

So instead of finding my place in this world,   I honestly believe I am trying to find my place in God's story.  I cherish the memories of my kids coming into this world and watching them grow,  but my heart ached at how fast it all was happening and I was helpless and couldn't slow it down.   Older parents understand this feeling,  we only have them a little while then they are allowed to go make their own decisions while we watch hoping we have prepared them for this part of life.

Do you think our Lord feels the same way?  He creates a world for us, new everyday, hoping to draw us closer to him as he leads and guides us.  But at the end of the day,  we all choose freely where we will go.  Oh my,  I know I have broken his heart so many times with choosing a different path than I knew deep down inside to go.

So I can no longer look around for my place,  all I have to do is to listen with my heart not my ears nor eyes.   I have to surrender my worries as that is preventing me from the blessings he has for me.  I will be the first to admit that worry is my biggest hindrance to one step closer to faith.  

I told my dear superman last weekend that I wish God could answer me when I talk to him, things would be so much easier.  I have thought about that and Oh But He Is speaking if we will listen with our hearts.   He is always speaking to us through everything, everywhere,  kids he even given us a cheat sheet,  a book we call the Bible that to tell us who and WHOSE we are and the great lengths he has gone through to bring us back home someday.   If we all wasn't so busy trying to impress each other and would allow God back in charge of our lives and our CHURCHES,  we could hear him calling us by name.

I was brought up non-denominational and that is all I know, maybe bapticostal?   I do not understand denominations one bit,   are we going to have denomination subdivisions in Heaven?  Spending the first 47 years of my life in a more or less pentecostal environment,  I get excited,   I get weepy and I get joyful and a little foot stomping along the way.   I would get kicked out of alot of Churches because I would start clapping to music, LOL and the hardest thing I have had to learn to do is sit down during singing at some Churches,   Whoa, I am telling you, you can get your praise on sitting on your bum......hahahah....just another one of my quirks on that.

This might not make one bit of sense to anyone but me,   and that is okay.  I may put on my dancing shoes and do some shouting to "I'll Fly Away" now.   Remember its not who you are, it's WHOSE you are that counts at your last breath.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

So excited to tell you how I am making gift money this year.

Have you ever heard of Swagbucks? They're a completely free, no strings attached site that rewards you for all of the things you're already doing online. Search, Watching Videos, Playing Games, Taking Surveys, Shopping and more - as you do these activities, you'll earn Swag Bucks, which are reward points that you can redeem for all sorts of gift cards in the Rewards Store. You can download their toolbar or download their OS and Android apps for more opportunities to earn. Choose the activities you like or have time for - how much you earn is up to you!

 I started doing  Swagbucks on Jan. 1 to try and earn gift cards to help us with birthdays and Christmas and anything else that popped up and so far I've earned just over $170.00 since Jan 1. You can do the same! And I know all kinds of little secrets to help you do it and spend less than an hour a day to earn it. I do my Walmart shopping as well as Amazon and many others thru swagbucks and that adds points is one of my many tricks.  I will do a couple of surveys when I have coffee in the morning and of course I do Swag TV.   If you click below and sign up,   message me and I will help you get started off to a fun way to make mad money.

Here is a picture of my earning so far.  I have a $25.00 Walmart card waiting for me to spend.  I used a $25.00 gift card to foot locker to buy a birthday present.   I also earned from Amazon and another $25.00 gift card that I used to by myself something I have been wanting but wouldn't buy.

To sign up for Swagbucks, click this link and join me.

The Waltons minus the Mountain

She was the first child, first grandchild on both sides and first niece.  She was born into a family that were so very close that she didn't distinguishes one from another, they were all her heroes. They say she talked proficiently from the time she was 17 months old.  She didn't meet a stranger and was known to make up her mind to go somewhere and would go, the first time slipping away at 17 months and traveling more than a block.  Her dad even built a fence with no gate to keep her from escaping to play with neighbor kids at 3 years old, that didn't slow her down, she climbed right over it.  Oh was she ever a handful.

But her childhood was perfect in every way.  She was a healthy child that spent most of her time outside and being a tomboy.  Baby dolls and girlie toys was a waste of money, just let her outside and that was her playground.  Her whole family participated in family dinners, camping trips and gardening together.  Whatever was happening, they all participated.  They were all there when her daddy taught her to water ski at just 5 years old.  They taught her to stand on a barrel and saddle a horse at 8 years old and ride unattended.  She doesn't even remember anyone ever asking what she wanted to be when she grew up,  I don't think she even realized she had too.   Who would want to with this perfect life. As she is much much older now, she realizes one thing that was lacking and is not sure if it was a big deal or not.  She had so much fun but they were never an affectionate bunch,  no one hugged nor said I love you.  This made her a little weird about hugging as an adult.

I can remember this little girls weird quirks. She learned early that if she smarted off to an adult then she would be in trouble.  Since she was the social butterfly, she was also teased alot and sometimes got upset.  She learned really young to run away when in a situation, rather than let her mouth get her in trouble.  She didn't run away away, she would go somewhere till she got over it.  This taught her to always hold her feelings inside because being honest about her feelings would probably get her in bad trouble.  Silly child!

As a teenager she begin to outgrow the tomboy to a certain degree and started dating.   It was quite humorous to everyone around because she would date someone a week or two, they would bring her home from a date. Rather than tell them that she was just not that into them, she would jump out of the car, run inside and lock the door.  She left many a young men standing there wondering WHAT IN THE WORLD is this girls problem.  Here again, she learned to run instead of being honest with her opinions.

But eventually there was a boy and things got weird for the whole neighborhood.  Every Saturday the conversation would be,  do you think tonight is the night she slams the door and runs inside.  Week 2 went by and that was a record,  it went on for many weeks and people was amazed but still wondered.  The boy was perfect in her eyes and she couldn't find one reason to slam the door and run.   She married that boy and still hasn't found a reason to slam the door.

She went to work at a place and for the first year there, the owner of the company would walk in everyday and say Good Morning Terri.  She never corrected him because she needed a job and didn't want to upset him.  One morning someone heard him and said WHO ARE YOU TALKING TOO. Her name is not Terri,  he scolded her then called her in his office and chewed on her quite a bit for not correcting him.  He went on to tell her he saw potential in her, but she had to read a book titled "Pulling Your Own Strings" by Wayne Dyer and tell him about the book later.  She used that book and become quite successful in her workplace.

Being a parent of two beautiful kids was the most amazing thing to her especially since she had never even thought about growing up and had never even played with baby dolls as a kid.  Thanks to that extended family and how she had been brought up, she tried to do the same with them.  She and her soul mate were blessed to have all that same family she grew up with to help them in raising fantastic kids.

Her life was sheltered in such positive ways,  the same people, same Church, same neighbors and she didn't even know what the word Divorce was as a child.  She was never exposed to alcohol, fighting or bad language as a child.  In the adult world, she was in for several shocks on how others were raised and this made her appreciate her life even more.

When she turned 40 her world that she was so comfortable with started spinning and has continued to even till this day.   Major health issues almost killed her,  a year later her dad was diagnosed with cancer but it was treatable.  The next year, her son almost died when he went undiagnosed in the hospital for several days until his appendix ruptured and the poisons filled his body.   Soon after she had more health issues that ended up with hip surgery at only 42.  During this time,  her uncle who was like her other dad became terrible ill, while he was in a hospital in another state, her precious grandmother that helped raise her had a stroke that left her with dementia.  A few days later the uncle passed away and her life seemed to go off the deep end.  She was not accustomed to this much tragedy in such a short amount of time.

After all of this happened she truly put her feelings in a secret place.   The one constant that kept her and the rest of the family going was their Church home.   When that feel apart, she as well as others seemed to be wandering on a desert looking for living water. During this time she tried opening up on her feelings and it did no good so she put them back in the secret place again.

So many things have changed in this world in her lifetime.  Divorce that she never heard of as a child is now the norm.  Instead of confronting people with issues, people now talk about others behind their backs.  People's word is no good like it used to be, they make promises that mean nothing.  They ask for forgiveness and turn around and continue to hurt each other.  People she thought were friends have disappointed her in not being what she considered friends. When times get tough, they scatter. She has became a woman so afraid to get close to others, either they will deceive her or they wear a mask of pretension of who they truly are.

But all in all, she has had a wonderful life and owes all of the good things to her Lord Jesus Christ, and her family for giving her such a great beginning.  As for now, she will continue to put those feelings away as much as possible because she just don't want to deal with them.  She will hope that she and others will learn that affection and good words are medicine to our ears and she will love with her whole heart and soul.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Identity Crisis

I have put off blogging because the only thing I could think of to write about was Identity Crisis and I am all about funny, goofy and entertainment.  I prefer to seek out that side of my personality and avoid the serious side.  After a couple of weeks,  I reckon the Good Lord wants me to admit to Identity Crisis as it may help someone else with what they go through.

I am in my second month of being 55 years old and continue to try and figure it out.  I don't know why this year has such an impact, none of the other 54 did. Of course the old grey mare ain't what she used to be in a lot of areas but honestly on the inside I feel 25 and I like it.  Do you notice I am still avoiding the subject here, see this is what I do.

Identity Crisis,   no I am not having one,  I know where I stand and WHOSE I am more than ever, the situations are just different than what I was spoiled too.  I have such a desire to seek God first and not be distracted.  So of course there are many distractions that make me question myself.   I guess along this life I have stood beside or followed behind others and been in a very comfortable zone.   I would say that is a blessing but it leaves me vulnerable in times such as we are in now.   I have learned its incredibly hard to take a stand when you are in minority,  my heart has been softened for those Christians living in Israel and beyond.

When you plant your heels on what you believe to be in line with God's Word our Holy Bible, you better dig them in because we have no idea what will happen after that.   At this point in life more than ever I am trying to apply the Bible to areas more so than ever.   The more I do, the more I realize how we as Christ followers are being swayed by all the bells, whistles, humor, etc. that this world draws us too.

Social media is a dangerous place if you forget WHOSE you are, it can suck you right into dark places. That is tough to type because I love social media, it gets lonely at Belly Acres but I have to remember WHOSE I am, and what he has done for me first, and that I have a work to do, no matter who or what tries to pull me under.   Through Christ, I have found that he doesn't forsake us, when others let us down, he will send people we never realized to the firing line to hold us up and keep us from giving up.

My Bible verse that I have cherished since my near fatal heart attack in 2000 is Acts 20:24,  every time I feel the world tugging at me through peer pressure, worries, possessions etc.  I speak life over the situations with this scripture.

As I close,  if you have read this up to now, remember the Bible is our road map to everything.  We cannot be lukewarm, you know what Revelations says, he will spew us out, we are either hot or cold. 

I John 2 says Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Watch your itchy ears....2 Timothy 4:3 says...For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions

And last,  my prayer is that I can strive to produce good fruit so others can see Christ and what he has done through my testimony. So when you think of me, say a prayer,  I just want to finish the race and complete the task.

Matthew 7:16

Friday, February 6, 2015

Of Mice & Men-Don't SHOOT THINGS

After another calm Wednesday night  gathering with our beautiful Church ladies aka Princesses aka Brave Soldiers at our little country Church,   I must blog while it is fresh on my mind.  Maybe too fresh, not sure I can type through without a few giggle breaks.

I need you to be the camera operator and eye witness so that you will feel like you were in the room with us on Weds night.  Can you do that?  Sure you can,  grab a chair on south side of the room  with a better view of what is about to happen and join us already in progress please.  I will catch you up now.

Bible study was great, it was lead by PW (Preachers wife) because no real names will be used so they may remain anonymous.  Yeah right, hahaha.   PW sparked my interest while studying what women and children's daily jobs were in Bible times.  I have read many verses about the water well but never let it soak in that the young single women's job each day was to travel back and forth to the well to get water for the family.   I reckon if they had a big family they had to carry them big ole clay buckets several trips, not sure I would have like that.   But this is also the way they socialized and even met prospective husbands.  The men knew this is where the young maidens would be so as PW put it,  it was kind of like in biblical times.  I was singing the song in my head by that time.

After CC classes a few weeks ago,  as well as being aware of the mean people in our world,  I have lately tried to be aware of sounds, people and options in case of emergency.  And this has to do with what you ask? Earlier we had heard something that made us or me a little uncomfortable outside.

Wake up  over on the south side, you need to pay attention at this point.   Camera ready?  Have I mentioned in the south at most little Country Church's food is usually involved?  We have now proceeded to the long counter to put away and clean up our very healthy food from earlier.  Okay, PW was doing most of the work and the rest of us were standing across the counter watching and normal chit-chatting and still munching.    You see us munching and her over there getting her dishwater hands all soft?

AIYEEEEEEE-EYAHHHHH was the scream as PW threw her arms in the air and this is when everything went into slow motion for this granny.  1st thought- Holy Spirit had already got ahold of her and she was a shouting right there at the sink washing dishes.    My first time to see that at a sink.

EYAHHHHH-AIYEEEEE  EYAHHHHHHH  ear piercing screams from right beside me from 2 very brave young women (I thought).  2nd thought-the noise we heard outside was now looking in the window and all 3 could see them but me.  I go into my Rambo/Or Run mode.   Save'em all or save myself?  The 2 young ones had headed for the back of the room right into a corner and PW had rounded the corner hot on their trail.   All three with their hands up and screaming in harmony.  I looked at the door, watching them corner themselves, quick look over my shoulder to see if anyone had crawled through the window yet.

Normally when frightened as some already know,   I fall flat of my face, done it all my life.   But thank the good Lord for keeping me upright.  Finally over their blood curling screams I yelled "WHAT ARE YA'LL RUNNING FROM AND WHERE ARE WE GOING".  I knew they were either making a new door in the wall or was about to get in a mess over in that corner.   PW,  arms still flailing in the air screams words finally.    DEAD MOUSE-DEAD MOUSE which only made the brave young girls scream louder as one proceeded to start climbing on the table.

Shewy,   I hate mice,  even dead mice and would have done the same had I seen it but for once I was relieved.   The screams finally stopped and turned into laughter, still a frightened laughter but they weren't coming out of that corner.  Braveheart women were all trying to decide what to do, nobody was going over there.  I can be the hero, I can face my fear-  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me is what I told Nae as she and I crept over closer.   I got close enough to see its freaky little feet sticking up in the air and said "I See It" which brought on a little more running and screaming by Nae.  Welp,  I failed miserable at conquering my fear of mice,  NOPE couldn't do it.  But now what were we going to do?

A Pastor's work is never done,  bless his heart,  PW said I am calling the Pastor he can come get rid of it.  I can only imagine what his thoughts were being called after 9:00 pm to come to Church to eulogize a dead mouse and calm the fears of the women.   But I didn't stick around,   I got to thinking about it having family there.

Fear Not or Be Not Afraid is in the Bible 103 times.   I am thinking the Princess Warriors might want to re-study all 103 times and apply them to seeing dead mice.   And who says Church is all serious?  Ha......go to a little country Church near you, its always eventful.