26.7.16

Born This Way

Grace Hill Media is partnering with us for a giveaway that rewards an inspirational person in our community or life! 

This giveaway is inspired by the heartwarming hit series BORN THIS WAY which premieres Season 2 next Tuesday, July 26 on A&E Network.



BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.  

This clip shares the heart and depth of this show. In this clip you will meet Rachel, one of the cast members. Rache, like the rest of the young adults featured in this series is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination and love. See more in the Born This Way Season 2 trailer here. 
Season 2 of BORN THIS WAY premieres Tuesday, July 26 on A&E Network.



I'm excited to see a show highlighting the normalcy of being born different. Who inspires you? I first think of adults who inspired me as a child, but it's interesting as I've matured to notice kids that inspire me, too. One student that I was privileged to work with for several years stands out in my mind. He walked slowly when I first met him, but over time his progressive disease caused him to lose independence as he went from needing a walker to completely require a wheelchair for mobility. This precious boy didn't let his disability change his attitude. He had the biggest smile and encouraged me as well as his peers. He inspired me! 

Grace Hill Media is giving away a $25 Target gift card-- share in the comments about an inspirational person or mentor in your community/life; nominate a person who motivates you, and enter the giveaway through the rafflecopter link. 

Disclosure: Target gift cards provided by Grace Hill Media who also shared the included links. No other compensation was received for this post.  Jennifer


If the rafflecopter link is not working, leave a comment below including your email to contact you if you win.

23.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17

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16.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Establish my footsteps in thy Word;  And let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man: So will I observe thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant;  and teach me thy statutes.  Psalm 119:133-135 
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9.7.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Philippians 2:13-16


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2.7.16

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Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:19

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1.7.16

Five on Friday on the Farm

Sometimes it's nice to just reflect on the good things. Last week, joining our church youth for camp was amazing and wonderful. This week, we've been home for more hours than possibly any other week this entire year, and it's been pretty wonderful, too.

  • My dad taught me how to drive a tractor! I even pushed down a dead tree! 
  • Blueberries are ripe, and we've been enjoying all kinds of treats with them.
Just in case you'd like to try them, here is the link to a new recipe I tried. This low sugar blueberry jam is a hit. It was easy and fast and tasted good. I made another batch with peaches, too. 


  • A dear friend visited, and God used her to remind me what a sweet gift it is just to sit and talk. 
  • The loggers have arrived. They started bringing equipment in yesterday and started clearing some of the trees in what will be their main path to the back of the farm. It's going to look a lot different soon. 
  • I'm a slow reader when I try Bible reading plans, and that's okay. I'm enjoying reading the gospels. 
So there's a tiny glimpse of my very full week at home. What have you been up to? 

Jennifer


25.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Jesus said to the followers, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15 

     We were privileged to spend the past week with the youth of our church including all three of our own kids at Go Tell camp. If you follow my Instagram feed you can see a few of the highlights. It was an amazing week. I don't brag on my husband enough. He was one of our bus drivers, and I'm so thankful for his endurance. So much was covered this week; I'll be studying my notes for a while. The emphasis at the end of the week was on sharing about Jesus. Do you know Him? Do you know that He knew you before you were born? Do you know He loves you so much He died for you? But He's not dead any more! He rose from the dead and has given us the most precious gift of eternal life with Him if we believe in Him. That's the Good News! Turning away from sin, confessing, repenting, and choosing to live for Him means a changed life. We were challenged this week to go tell. On our way home, the rental van broke down. Half of us ended up staying in a hotel, and I watched our youth boldly go tell everyone they saw in the hotel lobby about Jesus until we went to our rooms to bed. They walked up to strangers and shared the love of Jesus, and I was reminded of the verses about childlike faith. One person said no. But others listened. One man told them he was a preacher. One mom walking in with her two daughters had her Bible in her hand. Jesus' parable about seeds was shared this week. God softens hearts. But He asks us to share. More seeds have been planted. I'm praying that they grow. 

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18.6.16

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Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

     We are packing for youth camp. My aunt helped me sew laundry bags and explained the difference in one cord and two for the drawstring. I know it's not quite the same, but it reminded me of this verse.

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17.6.16

Welcoming Parents, Babies, and Toddlers

Many thanks to Gerber Good Start for sponsoring today’s story and making it easy to eat healthy on the go!

Years ago, when my oldest child was still just a baby, we visited a theater in Missouri that was famous for its bathrooms. My husband confirmed reports that the men's restroom even had a pool table. The ladies room was filled with stained glass, fresh flowers, and trays of perfume to use, but as a new mom, the thing that really impressed me was the fully stocked baby changing area. The padded changing table was filled with baskets stocked with everything a mom and baby might need away from home. Diapers in every size, wipes, and even snacks for toddlers are just some of the things I remember being there. In the theater, children were welcomed too, and booster seats were provided for those too small to see over the people sitting in front of them. The show was loud with big effects and bright lighting, and before the night was over I ended up taking my baby to the nursing room. I could still see and hear the show there as I rocked my sweet girl to sleep in the dim room and controlled the volume of the speakers. I remember feeling, even with my tired girl at the end of a long vacation day, that people there anticipated our needs long before we arrived. They wanted us there!



Because of that experience, my husband and I were inspired to make small changes in our church nursery. Even before we were married, we were both involved in our church, and we taught the 3-5 year old class for years, even before we had children of our own. Looking at familiar things from a parents viewpoint can change though, once you have children, and it did for us. We did obvious things before like cleaning the toys, but that parent friendly bathroom led us to discuss changes in our church nursery with friends. We started small. Parents donated diapers and wipes from their own homes, then we ended up purchasing more sizes as they were used. Lately we've been helping out with that age group again and have noticed that some of the same changes could be beneficial in our current church nursery. Gerber Lil' Beanies are a perfect snack option to provide. Both the Original and White Cheddar and Broccoli flavors are wholesome choices with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.



Self-feeding No-Mess Snacking Options: Lil’ Beanies(TM) allows for toddlers to feed themselves with minimal mess which makes snacking a happy experience for everyone. 

Made from the goodness of navy beans, Lil’ Beanies(TM) has 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value) and 1 gram of fiber per serving. Also, Lil’ Beanies(TM) is baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients, naturally flavored and has a taste toddlers love! 


We found Gerber Lil' Beanies (TM) at our local Kroger right by other Gerber Lil' treats. 




Have you been welcomed like that in a way that just makes you feel right away that you belong there? How have you been shown extra special hospitality? Was it a thoughtful snack like Gerber’s new baked snack made with beans, Lil’ Beanies(TM) or a kind gesture? 



Jennifer

12.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


The birds of the air build nests by the waters. They sing among the branches. 
Psalm 104:12

     This sweet half grown bird perched on my husband's truck this afternoon. Have I mentioned how many cats we have on the farm? My daughter watched it fly away and noticed a full grown bird in the branches nearby, apparently watching out for it. Isn't it beautiful to see God's love reflected in His creation? 

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4.6.16

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When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalms 94:19 
     We have a lot of animals on the farm, but it's always sad when we lose one. About a year and a half ago, my aunt gave us two gorgeous French Copper Marans. We named them Holly and Mistletoe. This week, Holly died. I noticed that I didn't hear Mistletoe crowing while I was in the garden, so I went to check on him. He was visiting Buddy the bunny when I checked on him and still there after I ran in to grab the phone for a picture. 

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2.6.16

Not What I Expected

I like happy endings.

When my husband took the kids and me to see God's Not Dead 2, we saw the preview for Me Before You. It flashed across the screen that it was based on a book, and I turned to my daughter and told her I wanted to read that book. You know, the book is almost always better than the movie.

The quick preview grabbed my interest. Wheelchair bound man meets beautiful girl. It hinted that she made him happy, that his life was changing for the better. As an Occupational Therapist, when I hear of movies and books that touch on my role, I want to see more.

Our library had the book online. I read it with shock to learn that there are actual places that people go for the purpose of assisted suicide. I didn't want to believe it. The place referenced in the book is a real place.

As an OT, my job is to help people gain independence. I have worked for over 20 years to help patients, clients, students, family, and friends both stretch and strengthen as well as adapt and change to live life to their fullest potential.

This book seems to say it's not worth it. But that is so very wrong.

Don't believe that lie.

A friend shared this view with me: You Before Me is better. Yes it is!

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants" Deuteronomy 30:19
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29.5.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

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21.5.16

Scripture and a Snapshot



And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.  Ephesians 4:11-16 

     This has been a whirlwind weekend.  We celebrated my son's birthday, another graduation, Youth Sunday at church, and now are finalizing details for my daughter's graduation. While the girls practiced singing at church, I noticed how lovely the sunlight was filtering through the stained glass windows. I chose these verses because it is such a time of growth for all of my children. My son is now as tall as his sister who is almost five years older than him! I pray for each of my children, that their growth continues to reflect these verses.  


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