Chase's Birthday and an Eli Update!

Chase has had one long, drawn out birthday celebration this year due to scheduling conflicts, but he finally had his party this weekend.  It was something else; I don't believe I've ever entertained as many people in my home...or any other place for that matter, and it was extremely fun, but very, very tiring!  Phase 1 of his birthday included taking him and his best friend to Escape the Room Dallas.  We chose to do "The Dig", and it was so much fun!  We escaped with one minute to spare, and it is something I am definitely looking forward to doing again!  If you have never heard of these Escape Rooms, check them out; they are a great family bonding experience as well as a fun party thing to do for kiddos.  

Saturday we had his actual party, and we had 11 kiddos, plus their parents, plus my family (parents, aunt and uncle)...we had a full house, and it was a lot of fun!  I ordered food ahead of time, because there was no way I was going to cook snacks for that many people, and Chase designed his own birthday cake.  I was surprised he didn't want a generic super-hero cake, but he didn't.  Here are a few photos from the day.  I didn't get many pool pictures (yes, it was a pool party :)  We are in Texas after all, and with a heated pool and a 75 degree day, it made for perfect pool party weather).  With all the torpedoes flying, pool noodles being used as swords, and kids doing flips off the side, I was more concerned about making sure nobody died on my watch than I was getting good photos lol.  But I managed to get a couple photos with kids being still long enough that they weren't blurred.  But seriously...10+ kids in a pool...that is sorta stressful!  :)  So here are some photos from Chase's day.  

First they started with board games and X-box while people started showing up...

Then they started hitting the pool...

Then we had cake.  Here you get the idea of how many kids really were there :)

It was pretty hectic, but the best part, was that Nana and Papa were able to come down...

So all in all we had an awesome weekend.  Mom and dad left yesterday after church, and we ended our weekend by having dinner with our small group at our preachers house, which was amazing.  Being out at his house...a log cabin surrounded by chickens and cattle made me really homesick and determined to start digging into looking into finding property out in the country we can build on.  I swore I would never move again, but after being in such a residential area where you can practically touch your neighbors house by leaning out your window, I am feeling really claustrophobic.  My biggest concern is Chase.  He is so attached to his school and his friends, I am so hesitant to move him...again.  But I'll start looking, and who knows.  My goal is to move when he would be making the transition from grade school to middle school.  If he's truly against it, I could hold off for him, but I'm hoping the draw of being out in the country will really appeal to him as long as he knows he can keep in touch with his friends.  We shall see.  We are in no rush, and we are very happy here.  We live on the best street and have the best neighbors, so I am hesitant to leave that, but ultimately I am a country girl at heart, and I want to get back to that.  

I am just glad to be out of the military and have the flexibility to move when we want to and when it is right for us.  That's really all that matters.  

***Eli update***

We added Ashwagandha to the other mineral compounds he is taking to help with added peace and calm during this detox, because he really is starting to itch and be exceedingly frustrated with the uncomfortable feelings he has.  It really does seem to help, so we will just keep going.  Naps are critical for this healing process, and we are so blessed with friends and family who are so supportive and understanding as we deal with this.  I wish there were more studies on heavy metal toxicity...I think a bunch of kiddos who are diagnosed with autism (like Eli was for 9 years) really are dealing with the effects of heavy metal toxicity.  So far, I am realizing that not many doctors are interested in truly healing their patients because they want repeat customers...not healthy patients.  Big difference.  If you have an autistic child, I highly recommend doing the hair mineral test to see if metal toxicity could even be playing the slightest role in your child's developmental delays.  It's amazing what that test can show...and for less than $200, it is absolutely worth it.  I have heard of cases of children being nonverbal, and then once the metals were removed, these kiddos began to talk.  Amazing things.  

Nobody leaves me comments here, but you guys do email me, text me, and fb message me about my posts, which I love! Feel free to comment...I do love comments, and I love discussing any of your thoughts or answering your questions about what we are doing with Eli, the compounds he is on, etc.  Your support is much appreciated...more than you know!  Thanks sweet friends! 😊


Crazy Awesome Week

I was so stressed the beginning of the week, because we are having a swimming party for Chase and like 10 of his friends on Saturday, plus family and our adult friends...It's getting out of control.  The catering, the cleaning...the cleaning is what does me in every time.  But I am surprisingly hanging in there and haven't lost my marbles...yet.

Sunday Norman and I went on our Valentine's Day date after church...to the gun range!  :)  Yes, I cling to my religion and my guns...because I have faith God will keep the bad guys from breaking in, but I also have faith that I will stop the bad guys if they do somehow get in my home. We had never been to the local gun club, but we are getting a membership, and plan on going weekly...hear that Norman?  I wanna go weekly to shoot!

Today was Eli's art class, and he is almost done with his project for the month that they work on.  They are studying Wayne Thiebaud, and he is doing a huge picture using different mediums to paint  cupcakes, so it is really cool.  I'm glad I found this art school and that he gets art history as well as just having a great time doing something that he loves to do.

Tonight we hosted small group, and had a really uplifting time. We are really blessed by our little group.  I'm so thankful for this church, and for Misty once again being an instigator in me being there.  I really scrubbed the downstairs floors to ceiling, so I'm half done cleaning and ready for guests.  I love having company, but man it stresses me out!!  :)

Tomorrow's Constitution class got postponed until next week due to just hectic schedules, but I'm thankful for the extra down time before things get crazy this weekend.  I'm super thankful Norman has a four-day weekend, because if there ever was a time I needed help, it's now.

As a side note - we are making progress on diet changes with Eli.  We have had to be really specific about him eating certain things...for example, he has to eat one Brazil Nut a day.  How funny is that? Chase has hopped on board with that, but all I can say is that I'm thankful they only eat one per day because at like $6 a pound...holy smokes!  He also has accepted that he has to eat a handful of some kind of flash dried vegetable mix every day, that I actually like.  It has cucumbers, squash, zucchini sliced into chips, asparagus stalks and green beans...We have a local health food store that has the greatest selection of...well...health foods lol.  And tonight I was so proud of him for eating the baked squash and zucchini I fixed.  You have to understand that this kid has a gag reflex like you wouldn't believe.  If he doesn't like it, it typically gets thrown up.  Yes...gross.  He's even thrown up on the dentist trying to get the molds taken of his teeth before he got his braces put on.  So for him to recognize how important this is...it's huge for us.  He's trying, and it's not easy.

He is now into the second week of the first phase of detox, and we are surviving.  Just like I kept his medical blog when he was younger, I guess here I am doing it all over again.  I am thankful to have a place where I can get everything down and be able to look back and know what happened when.  We actually discussed Chelation Therapy, but it was determined to be too risky.  With that kind of therapy, the release of toxins might happen too fast, and that would not be a good situation for him. He's uncomfortable as it is...rushing things just for the sake of getting toxins out faster is not worth the damage it might cause in the process.

So that's how our week's going.  Being with friends and planning on Saturday's party is keeping us busy enough.  Too busy.  I have missed living in a close knit neighborhood like we had in base housing, but we found that here, and I love it.  And to my gift bomber...you know who you are ;) ...you just wait...We love you dearly, and we are going to gift bomb you back so hard when you least expect it. ROFL!  You just wait!!  XOXO

That's all for now...now for a little Netflix binging...Night peeps.


Homeschool Life

First off, I want to say thank you for all the messages and support that we have gotten since Tuesday.  I was blown away by the facebook messages, text messages, and calls that I got regarding this new information on Eli. If you have come to the blog to read the medical update, please click here. I know that many of you have signed up for updates, so for future reference, I will include Eli's name in the post title so if you ONLY want to keep up with his progress, you can read those when you see them in your inbox and disregard the others.  I blog about everything on here, so it will be a mix of Eli and family stuff. 

I have been asked several times about homeschooling Eli.  The questions range from how does our day look, what curriculum do I use, and how do we like it. There are so many families out there contemplating making this major life change, so I wanted to take a minute to address some of the more common questions I get.  

First of all...state rules.  Every state is different, so you would need to look into your state's rules to see what you are required by law to do.  Please visit the HSLDA website.  We are super lucky in Texas to live in a very homeschool friendly state.  There are only two rules that we have to abide by in Texas, and those are that we must teach the required subjects of  math, reading, spelling and grammar, and a course in good citizenship.  I am also teaching history, biology, and penmanship as well as a Bible class. Eli is also enrolled in an art class where they work on one big project every week for the entire month, and they learn art history about a certain artist each month as well.  The second major rule is that you must use a "written curriculum".  From HSLDA's website, "The private school law as interpreted by the Texas Supreme Court requires that you use some form of written curriculum (online programs meet this requirement) and that you operate your homeschool in a “bona fide” manner."  

So what does our day to day schedule look like? Well, we are very flexible, and the timing of our days is pretty different depending on if we have doctors appointments or other appointments.  My goal isn't to fit school in between 8 and 3...my goal is to be flexible (my favorite word), and fit in what we need to study any time between waking up and going to bed.  That is the BIGGEST benefit to us...if Eli had a rough night of sleep, he can sleep in a bit, then we can get started when his brain is ready to learn.  If he needs a nap during the afternoon, he can take one.  If you read my previous post about his medical issues, he will begin to need more and more rest periods throughout the day, so homeschooling is perfect for this situation.  But, for you guys who want to actually see what material we cover, here is a week from my lesson plan book.  I do keep a very detailed lesson plan book as well as keep Eli's homework, quizzes and tests in binders, so that if we are ever audited, I have everything easily located and documented.  There should be no question as to what we are doing and how much ground we have covered.  

Here is a picture of one week out of my lesson plan book. You will see that we took the MLK holiday, and we did not do any school that day.  I am following the local school district's calendar since my youngest still attends public school.  You will also see that we took a two day break from math the end of the week because he finished up the math book he had been working on. Eli doubles and triples up his math daily, so I reward his persistence with a day or two break in between books.  

As far as curriculum goes, we use a bunch of different ones, and I piece-meal his education.  I am still very new to this, as we just started homeschooling on January 3rd, but so far, it's working for us.  For math, we use Life of Fred.  It's fantastic for kiddos who struggle with numbers in general, and Eli has gone from hating math to asking to do more lessons each day. That's why you see him doing three to four lessons per day. For the rest of the subjects, we loosely follow Easy Peasy.  I love EP, but I feel like sometimes they don't get deep enough into a subject, so I supplement with different teacher resources I find online.  For some of you looking for ways to supplement in all subject areas, I recommend Get WorksheetsIXL, and for Government/History, I highly recommend using the Constitution Center Website.  There are gobs of lesson plans, worksheets, kid friendly lessons and it is very popular in this house and with the friends whom I've shared it with.  

So that's all for today.  I need to get to grading Eli's homework before Chase gets home.  Another part about homeschooling that Eli and I both like is that we grade his papers together, and when he makes a mistake, we go over his thought process and then we correct it and make sure he understands where he went wrong and what he should do next time.  The one on one attention is exactly what he needs to thrive, and it's been such a huge blessing to our family.  

I never set out to be a homeschool mom...in fact I have tried it before and hated it.  But I have learned that it's all about having the right curriculum and the right support.  Now that I have found both, we are loving that we made this decision for our family, and see the growth already.  If you are on the fence and want to talk to someone about your concerns, leave me a comment.  I am more than happy to answer whatever questions you may have.  



Life Changes

For many of you guys who have followed my blog for years, you know that we have really gone (literally) to hell and back with Eli and all of his medical issues. He has spent 3 years of his life in-patient (at 5-6 month stays each) trying to get medications right, and sometimes his doctors would be states away from us, which was very trying. I had kept a blog specific to Eli for a while...especially when he was in the hospital in TX and we were living in D.C.; that was a pretty crappy time in our medical journey - you can view that blog here, but I digress. (BTW, if you do go look at Eli's medical blog, be sure to go to the archive and start from the beginning...it can be confusing if you don't).

We are now in Texas, and while I love Dallas, it honestly sucks when it comes to finding a good doctor for Eli who accepts Tricare.  Dallas is NOT great for having good doctors that accept it, because it pays about the same rate as Medicaid.  I can't blame the doctors for not wanting to accept it, but it sucks to NEED a doctor for your child, when there are no decent ones to be found. To be clear, I'm talking about specialists...not just a general practice doc. 

A few months ago, Norman and I just had it up to here with a doctor in Plano called Dr. Mech. What a moron that guy is.  His office staff is incompetent, they kept billing us wrong for more than two plus years, they could never get his meds straight, and frankly they didn't care how he was doing because they knew they were like one of three doctors in that field who took insurance.  They knew we had no other options, so they didn't even try to be half decent.  So finally we decided to just bite the bullet and find our own doctor, even if it meant paying out of pocket...which we are now doing.  Enter a new doctor who actually wants to help her patients get healthy!  Imagine that!  So part of that process was a referral to a doctor who did a hair analysis test on Eli. This Tissue Mineral Analysis test shows all of the toxins, deficiencies, and mineral levels that Eli has going on in his system.  When I walked in the door to my appointment, I was given some life altering information about Eli. My sweet, annoying, loud, impatient, weird, loving, outgoing child who received the diagnosis of PDD-NOS (autism), ADHD, ODD, and Sensory Integration Disorder at the age of four does not actually have any of those things.    For NINE years we have been told, we have believed, and we have been medicating Eli to help with the symptoms of disorders that he never had.  Today we received irrefutable scientific evidence that showed us what is really  happening with Eli internally to make us, and the doctors believe for so long that he was autistic.  

Eli has severe metal poisoning that is so toxic, the symptoms of the poisoning mimics the symptoms of autism.

The biggest toxin in his body is copper.  To read more about copper toxicity, please click here.  I think it's extremely important to point out a couple of things about copper poisoning, however.  The following information I am copying from the article I linked to above.  I am not taking credit for this info...I just think it's important enough to put here in case you don't visit the link.  

"Copper is a very stimulating mineral to the nerves and nervous system. Copper increases the production of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine while also implicated in a decrease of histamine. These effects on neurotransmitter levels can give rise to many psychological imbalances such as mood swings, depression, mental agitation, feeling over-stimulated, restlessness, anxiety, insomnia and a racing mind with too many thoughts are all hallmarks of elevated Copper toxicity.

Elevated Copper in the body acts like caffeine or even amphetamines. It constantly keeps the conversion of dopamine into norepinephrine going so that you have a constant adrenaline rush to help you be on the go, but you also are unable to settle down or turn off your mind.

Copper toxicity symptoms

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Hair loss
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Male infertility
  • Prostatitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine Headaches
  • PMS
  • Chronic infections
  • Insomnia
  • Racing thoughts
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Sciatica
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar (Manic Depression)"

 I will not go further in depth on this, as it can get overwhelming and confusing...I am still trying to process all the information I was given.  I will tell you that the toxicity levels affect adrenal function, thyroid function, cell permeability, oxidation rates and burnout levels.  Children who have high levels of metal toxicity have severe burnout and exhaustion due to cellular distress.  These kiddos are extremely tired and have no energy.  You've heard stories about the basketball player who plays a great game then drops dead on the court...or the football star with no medical problems suddenly dropping dead on the field right?  That is exactly what this severe burnout and exhaustion is and does.  And for the moment, Eli's doctor has told me in no uncertain terms that until we get his body rid of the toxins, he is to stay pretty low key.  

Also, we found that Eli has a high amount of aluminum in his system.  

"Aluminum is a heavy metal with known neurotoxic effects on human and animal nervous systems. It can be found in the following childhood vaccines – DTaP, Pediarix (DTaP-Hepatitis B-Polio combination), Pentacel (DTaP-HIB-Polio combination), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae B (HIB), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Pneumococcal vaccines.
In 1996, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a position paper on Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children which stated in the first paragraph, “Aluminum is now being implicated as interfering with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and in other tissues.
Boyd Haley, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky completed lab experiments showing the damaging effects on nerve cells when he exposed them to aluminum, especially in the presence of other vaccine ingredients like mercury, formaldehyde, and the antibiotic neomycin."  
The above three paragraphs were taken from this article.  There was so much more information given to me in the report I got back from Eli's test, but there was simply too much to type. 
So what do we do with this information now that we have it?  We flood his system with supplements that will flush the toxins and heavy metals out of his body.  We give him mineral compounds that are created to undo the damage the MMR vaccine caused, we flush out the poison that make his cells unpermeable, and we give him nutrients that will heal his adrenal fatigue and help take the pressure off of his thyroid.  
The goal is to flush his system of toxins, break down the buildup of harmful metals, and slowly wean him off of the medications we have had him on for years and years.  This process will probably take up to a year, and it will be an uncomfortable one for Eli.  Ridding the body of copper is uncomfortable and can cause extreme itchiness...like poison ivy.  His moods will be all over the place, and like a lot of things, it will probably get a lot worse before it gets better.  But we have some answers...we are armed with important information, the right supplements, and hope that there is a brighter future for Eli. 
To everyone who has been along for the ride from the beginning, we all love you dearly and appreciate your thoughts and prayers immensely.  God has brought the right doctors into our lives at the perfect time, and we are so, so thankful.  We welcome prayers for Eli and for our family as we start this uncomfortable process, because I am sure it will be extremely hard at times.  
I am always available to talk with anyone who may have questions about our journey or if you have questions about your own children.  If you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, autism, BPD, or bipolar disorder and you have serious doubts, don't ignore those feelings.  Seek help and utilize medical professionals when necessary...we did, and I don't regret doing so.  My only regret is that I didn't follow my gut when it came to some advice we were given that I didn't agree with.  I should have asked more questions...I should have stood my ground when I felt I was being bullied into making a medical decision by doctors that I didn't want to make.  But at the same time, there were times we had to seek out medical interventions for the sake of saving our child, and I refuse to let myself feel badly about that.  We can't DO better until we KNOW better.  Educate yourselves.  Understand what you are putting in your child's body.  Know the risks and be willing to accept the consequences.  
Have a blessed week! XOXO


Custom Curtains and Media Cabinet Reveal!

Two posts ago I had written about how I was blessed to find Yvette Day with The Leopard Stitch to create and make the curtains for my living room and kitchen, as well as Adam and Jenny Uhrich with Hanky Planky to custom make my new media cabinet.  Well, my curtains are up, and I LOVE them, and my cabinet is finished and in its place, and I adore it as well.  I am super excited to share their work with you, and I highly encourage you to visit Hanky Planky on their Hanky Planky Etsy Shop. If you live in the north Texas area, please get a hold of Yvette to have her work her magic on your house!  I promise you won't regret it; she is absolutely amazing.

Here are pictures of my living room, dining, and kitchen! We finally have gotten our formal dining room set up, so pictures of that will come in a future post...and to our friends and family who are shocked that I cleaned out all the boxes...yep!  I actually got it done!  :)  Surprisingly it didn't take the 5 years I had estimated! haha!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to these two wonderful businesses and three fantastic people for bringing some beauty and creativity into our space.  We are so happy here in Frisco, we love our neighborhood, and we are fortunate to live on the best street in town!


Where I Stand on the Women's March

I have gone back and forth about 8,000 times on whether or not I wanted to put my thoughts down about this Million Woman March aka Women's March .  I decided to put my thoughts down and decide later as to whether or not I will publish this or not, because I know that truthfully people don't have enough respect for each other to agree to disagree... no, women especially will only be kind and civil to those who agree with them, especially in this political environment.  

I am first and foremost a Christian.  Next, I am a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and on top of that I am the wife of a retired Airman...someone who fought for everyone's right to have freedom of speech.  Because of this, and because of the fact that this blog is my platform, I will try to put down some of my thoughts as to why the women who took to the streets with their signs, speakers, and outrage, did NOT represent me.  

I am pro-life.  I am friends with people who are pro-choice.  Let me say that again.  I have MANY friends who are indeed, pro-choice, while I am 100% pro-life.  We respect each other's right to their own beliefs, and in this country we have the freedom to believe what we want.  You respect me, and I will respect you all day long.  I recognize that my husband's military service is for EVERYONE, regardless of race, gender, faith, etc.  I respect that.  But this march was deeply disrespectful to women who are #prolife . 

There was so much talk about women uniting...women coming together as sisters...women meeting together to support one another; however, the march that occurred yesterday was for those with only a "pro-choice" agenda.  It was made absolutely clear to everyone who followed the #womensmarch on Twitter that groups who tried to register as being pro-life were denied their participation requests.  Did pro-life women actually march?  Yes.  There were many women who went anyway to make their voice in this "all inclusive march for women" heard.  They were spat on, signs torn up, and even physically pushed.  

Many tweets such as this one were seen everywhere...  

UNACCEPTABLE that the Women's March is including anti-abortion groups. Safe abortion is a human right; you can't be a feminist & oppose it.

Not long after tweets like this came pouring in, ALL pro-life groups were denied passes to march.  I'm sorry...you are fighting for human rights, yet you believe it is your right to KILL a human being because it is an inconvenience? And before you start spouting off about some abortions being necessary to save the life of the mother, look up the stats on that. Or I can help you out. According to www.abortionfacts.com, "While he was United States Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated publicly that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, he was never aware of a single situation in which a freeborn child's life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother. He said the use of this argument to justify abortion in general was a “smoke screen.”

1 Percent Save Life

So this is a march for women, meant to empower and strengthen women, and yet you exclude a large part of the population who want to protect the lives of the little baby girls that you want to abort...makes complete sense to me. I am still left speechless. To have a women's march and exclude certain groups that don't fit into your agenda is very divisive. You could have organized this march to be for all women, from all backgrounds and all beliefs, and I could have respect for that. I believe in marches. I believe in protesting. I have taken my children to protest things to show them that I have a voice and so do they. But Woman's March - you created an event that specifically excluded a large group of women while screaming for acceptance yourselves...you are the definition of hypocrisy.

I saw and heard so many things today about how the march was a success, and how they did such a wonderful thing. But let me ask you...what actually was accomplished? You were screaming about women in poverty...did you donate money to a cause? Did you open your home or feed the poor? Did you pledge to give more to charity this year, or go to a women's shelter to visit those women who are abused and alone with nothing to their name? You were screaming about impoverished children while listening to celebrities who have all the money they could ever want, yet spend thousands on shoes and handbags instead of adopting children and giving what they have to those children, foundations that raise funds for them, and bringing awareness to this horrible tragedy.

You talk about empowering women, but one of your march organizers, Linda Sarsour is PRO SHARIA LAW, and she has confirmed ties to Hamas. Ummm....say what? Do you even understand what the impact of that is? If you are/were a supporter of the march, I suspect not. So lets look at this more closely. What is Sharia Law? Sharia Law is the law of Islam and it comes from the words and teachings of Muhammad. Here are a list of rules (not all...just a few) that must be adhered to. Please pay attention to the restrictions placed on women. This is why I am absolutely speechless...we have women who are pro-Sharia Law, screaming for equal rights and wearing the hijab because they aren't allowed to show their hair. That screams equality to me... I digress.
Sharia Law
  • Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
  • Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
  • Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
  • Criticizing or denying Allah, the god of Islam is punishable by death.
  • A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
  • A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
  • A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
  • A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
  • A woman can have 1 husband, who can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
  • A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
  • A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a woman needs her husband's consent to divorce.
  • A divorced wife loses custody of all children over 6 years of age or when they exceed it.
  • Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
  • A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
  • A woman's testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a man's.
  • A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
  • A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
  • A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
  • Meat to eat must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah - i.e., be "Halal".
  • Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.

Did you catch this one? "A woman's testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a mans". So what is a woman worth? How much is she trusted? HALF as much as a man. Yet these women are firmly sticking to their faith, clearly believe the teachings of the Quran , and so what SHOULD be the logical conclusion we come to about these women and their motives? Perhaps it is that they are following the practice of Taqiyya and they are doing whatever is necessary to advance THEIR faith and THEIR agenda of converting as many sheep as possible.  It's working, right?  How many people research the founders of a movement if the whole idea is made to be so appealing to people?  Surely something that sounds so awesome as a woman's march wouldn't have some ulterior motive.  

"We the people" are a naive bunch.  Those women that protested yesterday...those same women who screamed for men to make their sandwiches because their place wasn't in the kitchen...they left an utter and embarrassing mess behind when they departed.  This just smacks of class doesn't it? 

No, those women do not speak for me, they don't inspire me, and they don't encourage my belief that we are heading in a positive direction.  Frankly, all the march did give me was an incredible amount of sadness at what our children have to look forward to for examples and role models when it comes to women and leadership in the future. 

Come on ladies...research.  Do your homework.  Don't follow a popular movement without knowing exactly where it leads, because you may find yourself in a very, very bad place. 


Homeschooling, Curtains, and Cabinets! (Check out these local miracle workers!!!)

2016 sure ended with a bang, so we are bound and determined to make 2017 pretty dang awesome. So far we are having a great start, and part of that start has included some pretty significant changes for my 13 year old Aspie.  I went up to the middle school on Tuesday, the kids' first day back from Christmas break to dis-enroll him from public school, and that went a lot better than I had anticipated.  What I anticipated were a lot of questions, a lot of strange looks, and a lot of self-defense mode from the school officials.  However, the office staff was very professional, and the only questions I received came from the principal.  I was very direct, let him know all of my issues in a polite manner (I know, I know...that surprised everyone who knew about our situation, including my husband who I am sure had expected to have to bail me out of jail.)  What else can you expect when the most MINOR incident helping me make this decision was my kid getting attacked at school by a crazy child the day before Christmas break.  (My kiddo was defending two girls who would have been attacked themselves, so proud mama moment for me even though I was pretty furious at how the school handled the matter).  

Chase is still in public school and thriving, so he will stay there.  I am no crunchy, granola, "wish I lived in California" chick.  Lets face it...public school is freaking convenient.  And for Chase, who is loving being there (unless they start performing animal sacrifices), will continue to stay there.  Because if I had to homeschool two children I might die.  Because I want him to be where he is most happy.  

I am piece-mealing the curriculum for Eli thanks to the many helpful suggestions of homeschooling friends, and I am learning to find ways to teach what is necessary for his grade level in a way that is actually not deathly boring.  Maybe because it is less stressful than the papers and discussions I was doing in my masters program, or maybe because I miss the research of it, but I have enjoyed looking through all of the curriculum options out there and making my own path.  

Kitty the bunny is doing awesome, and the girl I adopted her from was being honest...she is truly litter-box trained, which rocks.  We are working on Fred (the dog) with his understanding that she is not an appetizer, but I expect that will take time.  Our actual kitty, Luna, could care less about her, so that is one pet I'm not worried about.  

I started taking the Christmas tree down yesterday, which I had mixed feelings about.  I had put it up on November 1st, and usually I drag my heels on taking things down, but after being hit by a tornado on Christmas Day this year, I kind of wanted to move on.  I am already looking at things to decorate with for upcoming holidays to make this place festive again, but overall I am just happy that we are all healthy and in a good place heading into 2017.  

This time last year I would have never guessed in a million years Norman would be resigning from his position at well...not gonna say...but it was a really good move for him.  He is still alive, and the job was killing him, so it was definitely the right choice.  And the fact that he gets every other Friday off is a serious perk.  Now that Eli is home, it will be neat to have some one-on-one time with him.  That kind of thing is pretty non-existent over here.  We always do everything as a group of 4, so this will be nice.  

I am pretty excited about a couple of things, and I want to do a shout-out to two LOCAL, FRISCO/DALLAS area individuals/businesses.  I am totally not getting paid to do this...who would pay to be featured on this blog??? lol! So anyway, the first is a wonderful lady here in Frisco.  Her name is Yvette Girouard Day, and she owns a business called The Leopard Stitch here in Frisco.  This woman is a miracle worker with all fabrics, and she is currently making me custom curtains for my living room and kitchen.  I will absolutely post pictures when everything is up.  If you are in the area, look her up on Facebook...her work is amazing!  I have several other projects in mind for her later on the more we get settled in.  Seat cushions, more custom curtains, etc.  Seriously.  Check her out. 

The second business owned by a couple is called Hanky Planky.  I have been working with them to design a custom media cabinet in a dark wood top and distressed teal base.  I am super happy with how helpful they have been and this is what the design will be, only instead of yellow, it will be dark wood/distressed teal.  This is NOT my photo...I snagged it off the Hanky Planky FB website, so please don't sue me for some sort of copyright infringement.  But this is the design I saw and begged them for, just not my colors.  I should have it done in 2 weeks, so again, like with the curtains, I will post pictures once I get my cabinet home and in her new spot.  

I struggled a lot with how to design my house...if you ask Yvette about how much I knew what I wanted for my curtains, she will laugh at you.  I had NO IDEA.  I have this internal struggle of wanting to design a farmhouse and a penthouse suite.  Meshing those two things...well, it doesn't work out great.  But I'm kind of doing it anyway, and it works for us.  It's rough being a former pig farmer turned city chick, but I'm making it work.  :)

That's all for tonight; everyone have a great weekend!  XOXO