Tuesday, December 25, 2018

How I Accidently Found the perfect Service/Ministry Bag

{All links will take you to my facebook business page or my Thirty-One business page. I do earn money from my business.  If you already have a Thirty-One representative feel free to reach out to her.  I'm sharing because from looking in the catalog I never would haveseenw this as a ministry bag}

A couple of months ago I joined Thirty-One Gifts as a consultant.  Each month I have earned free products or there have been great sales and I started getting a gift for each of our kids/grandkids.  We have six kids, five that are older and 17 grandkids.  So, this is going to take awhile as I get a product or two each month.  Since we do not celebrate holidays this isn't an issue because it's fun to gift to them when they least expect it.

Last month I ordered two of our girls a Rubie mini.  I posted pictures on my Facebook business page and a sister from a congregation reached out and asked: "Will that fit a tablet?"  I wasn't sure so I tried.  It wouldn't fit our 8" kindles with the covers on but they would fit my seven in Samsung with its thick protective cover with no issues.

Today my husband says, "oh by the way your Thirty-One came yesterday".  So my son and I decided to do an unboxing.  Needless to say, that didn't go too well as he is 9 and didn't get the concept of being professional.  Once he pulled out the bag I ordered for our daughter, Shannon, however, I was like wow! That is the perfect ministry bag!  (Shannon is not a Jehovah's Witness but this is the bag she picked and had she not picked it I would have never known from just seeing in the catalog how great this would be!)

See that zipper pocket?  That fits our Bible!
And it zips closed with no issue.  It even fits with my Bible cover on it.

In the pocket above you see the ministry material holder that my husband and I use.  It does go in sideways and slide down in but I would carry it up like that for easy access. (unless it was raining of course)

The same type of slip pocket on the back of the bag holds a tablet (8"kindle used for photos below)  It can be upright for easy access or sideways down in for better protection.

It also holds an iPad upright on the outside back/front pocket or slipped down on the inside of the bag for protection.
Left unzipped a bit to show that it fits and will zip in.  You also have a zipper inside pocket to hold a small wallet and two slide open pockets for pens, chapstick a lipstick etc.  This bag certainly is versatile that is for sure!

Now to order me one.  Not sure if I will personalize it like I did our daughters or not but there are so many options for personalization.  That is a small extra cost.   The bag comes in seven different patterns/fabrics at this time. My main purse is in this same Two-Tone Weave and I love it.

This might not be your idea of a perfect ministry bag but it certainly is mine.  I can be hands-free to use my Bible at the door and my literature/table it is handy if needed and I can just keep it on while getting in and out of the vehicle.

You can check the bag out here:  Organizing Shoulder Bag

Here are some examples of fonts/personalizations you can use.  There are far too many to show every combination here.

It will take me at least a week to decide what pattern I want and if I want it embroidered or an Icon added or both.  And then there are the font choices!

I'm reachable on FB if you want me to work up some choices for you.  That is the most enjoyable part of my job!  Well besides meeting so many new wonderful people.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gone Far Too Long

Why did I ever get away from my blog?

Oh yeah... life.

My "baby" will be 9 next week.  My husband has faced kidney failure and we now do nightly peritoneal dialysis.

I have worked full time for the last almost "gasp" five years. 

We are now up to 17 grandchildren!!  The oldest will be 16 this year and the youngest was just born in January. 

So much to catch up on... so little time.

Sunday, December 13, 2015


My uncalendar came in the mail.  My filofax flex will be here tomorrow to house my uncalendar.  Looking forward to starting the year organized and ready to go.

Once I have everything ready and in order I'll do a video to share my set up.

Monday, May 25, 2015

What We Learned When Our Plexus Products Ran Out

Shame on me.

I let my products run out.  Not totally on purpose.  I am just starting my Plexus business and I am making a decent amount of extra money a month, more than enough to cover our products for the entire month and then some, however,  hubby is facing some surgery and it has led to many appointments with specialists.  This has led to me missing hours at work so my regular paycheck has been lower. (I learned the hard way not to let hubby go alone, he misses important details)  Plexus has been a blessing that it is making up for those missing hours so I can pay bills like electric and put food in the cupboard, however, I thought I'll order my products next week and we'll have them by Saturday... well I didn't account for the holiday!

So, by the time we get our products it will have been just over two weeks with out products.  Now I know 100% the awesome benefits we are seeing are from my products. (we take Plexus Slim in the morning, bioCleanse during the day, and probio5 at bedtime) 

What has happened since we ran out:

     First - hubby is diabetic and when I saw that we were going to go short I stopped mine first -- after all his was controlling his glucose levels... far more important for him than me.
  • His levels are slowing going higher.  He has had to take two  1/2 doses of one of his pills per doctors orders when he pulled them off the medications when his glucose levels dropped significantly when starting Plexus Products!  This is the first time he has had to take medication since starting at the beginning of March! (doctors orders were to keep an eye on levels, if he went over 200 to take a 1/2 doze of his a.m. medication that he used to take daily)
  • His weight loss has stalled.

When it comes to me:

  • My weight loss has stalled.  (I haven't gained but I haven't lost more)
  • My sweet tooth is back with a vengeance and my will power to walk away...  that is on vacation.
  • With my sweet tooth came my urge to drink soda again.  I hate that!!
  • I hadn't realized it but my products had really helped with controlling my trichotillomania!!  ( Trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh) is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop. -- from the Mayo Clinic site)  I hadn't really realized how much my products had calmed my urge to pull.  Until they were gone...  I realized after a few days that I was pulling a ton and I couldn't stop.  At all.  Just like before.  I asked my hubby... did you notice that the last couple months I wasn't hardly pulling at all... and my bald spot was almost gone...  he said "yes I did but I didn't say anything".   Well,  my bald spot is returning.  UGH.  ( I am not saying that the products will cure your trich.  I am saying I saw this result personally)
So,  ordering products before they run out is going to be a super top priority in our life from here on out.  The weight loss for us is secondary.  I used to be on many anxiety meds to attempt to control my trich.  They never worked.  Many visits back and forth to the doc for med adjustments over the years .. never worked.  The one thing I never thought, the one thing I took for other issues in my body.  Has worked.  I am going to go back on when my mail arrives tomorrow and I am going to make a conscious effort to track my pulling and see how long it is before I see a difference and to prove to myself these products were what helped it.  

For more info on our journey and what we saw immediately see this POST if you would like to purchase products my site can be found here.  Please reach out to me via the email on my site or on my facebook so I can assist you on your journey to wellness.  

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Blessing and Laughs a Great Teacher Brings

Aiden started kindergarten on Aug 4.   I really didn't want this to happen.  First and foremost he is my "baby".  He isn't supposed to grow up.  Second he is hyper, he is past the "all boy" stage and runs on high octane jet fuel always going.  I knew I would be hearing from his teacher on a regular basis.  I knew it wasn't going to be all sunshine and roses from her.  

What I didn't know, however,  that our emails back and forth would make me laugh out loud.  I have been reading some to my best friend and she keeps telling me "you have to post these on facebook!"   I decided I'd put a blog post together to share these little nuggets of wisdom.... laugh with me people.  This woman has taught kindergarten for 17 years.  She assures me she has seen much worse... poor woman.  

We shall call his teacher Mrs. K   ....  School started Aug 4.   Email 1- Aug 6

"Aidan is such a sweet kid.  He does like to play a good bit, but we talked about it today and hopefully tomorrow will be better.  I am also changing his seating in the room which I think will help.   ...  I hope Aidan still enjoys kindergarten, even though he missed some of his recess today!  He really is a good kid! -  Mrs. K "
This wasn't too bad.  There was a note in his folder that he wouldn't sit still and wanted to "play" too much.   To be expected of a 5 year old that didn't go to pre-k.   I emailed her back and assured her we also addressed his behavior with him and that I appreciated her keeping in contact with me.  I love that she does this.  I next hear from her at the end of day 3.

"Thank you for the support.  It makes my job easier when the parents are supportive.  Aiden really is a good student and is doing very well.  He does have a tendency to be slightly active, but so far it is manageable.  I have relocated him in the classroom to a different table.  He is now sitting between two of my “calmer” students.  Hopefully, they will have a positive influence on him.  We are all in the process  of adjusting! 
Have a great day!"
Not all that funny you say.... just hang on... On day five he comes home with his brand new glasses scratched all to heck.  So I email her and let her know that he isn't wearing them the next a.m. and why.  I didn't want her searching everywhere for them.  She emails me back that  "I made sure they were on his face when he got on the bus"  

We make it to the end of August... almost...  a few days "on yellow"   a couple "red days" but mostly green.   I then receive this.

"Good afternoon, 
Aiden had another rough day.  He came in this morning full of energy, so I spoke to him about trying really hard to stay on green today.  I sat him at my table to do his work, but he got up during the math activity and pinched a child.  Then he proceeded to put his hands around a girls neck while walking to lunch.  He sat at the silent table for lunch and missed his recess.  I’m not sure what provoked him for either incident.  He could not give me a reason for doing it.  I have isolated him as much as possible.  He is very sweet and has good intentions, but very impulsive.  He talked and played all during naptime.  I’m not sure how tired he will be when he gets home, but I know how tired I am!  However, I will get a good night’s rest and be ready for round 2 tomorrowJ 
Hope you have a good afternoon!"
This is when I know how this woman has taught for 17 years... she keeps a sense of humor!!   We AGAIN talk to Aiden.  Explain about keeping his hands to himself, about obedience, and not disturbing class.  I emailed her and let her know that we had spoke with him again.   I get this the next day:

"Aiden is really a good student and he tries really hard.  I appreciate you also taking the time to work with me to help Aiden do his best.  He is a bundle of energy, but I have dealt with a lot worse. It also doesn't help that he is so darn cute! Since the silent table is near the teacher table, he kept staring at me during lunch yesterday.  I couldn’t help but feel guilty and it was not good for my digestion!  Therefore, we are going to work extra hard today to be good.  I have already re-positioned him in the classroom, so we shall see! I will let you know this afternoon how his day went. " 
 So, after two days on red I get this awesome email at the end of the next day...before he had even gotten home on the bus.

"He got GREEN today!!  He worked really hard today and I am so proud of him!"
On Monday he bounded out of bed at 10 minutes after 5... yes A.M.  It was like he was possessed by tigger.   He was running all over the house, mouth going a mile a minute.  I wrote her an email (as she usually reads them first thing in the a.m.) 

 Subject Line:  FAIR WARNING:
 - my message to her read:  
Aiden bounded out of bed with the energy of 10 cheetah cubs this a.m.   I wish sleep had that affect on me!   Hope he has calmed by the time he gets to you.  Have a great day.
At the end of the day as I was walking to my car...I notice an email on my phone from her.... I pop it open and begin to read as I am walking....  and by the time I get to my car I am laughing so hard.... 

Thanks for warning, but I read this a little too late! He has been at full speed all day!! If only we had a ¼ of his energy.  He did get on yellow today for playing in the restroom.  He was putting his hand in the toilet while another student was flushing it.  Of course, no logical reason was given.  I sanitized his hands, told him how nasty that was and if he did it again his hand might fall off (not sure he believed me).  The things they do for entertainment! 
And so it begins folks....   

Thursday, August 7, 2014

And So It Begins.....

Our youngest and last child has started school.
How is that possible?
Getting on the school bus on Monday he was so very excited...

His first task... color the picture and and attempt to write his name on the paper.
 He went right to work...

He looked so cute in his new glasses that made in the mail on Friday just in time for the start of school.  Today is day four.  They are all scratched up!  

I know boys will be boys and all of that.... but seriously? 

When we asked how they got scratched....   "someone on the bus stepped on them" 
When we can afford another pair (yes I use www.zennioptical.com which saves a ton but on one income another 30 bucks is just not feasible again so soon) the next pair I will glue to his face I guess... 

 I shouldn't have blinked....

Friday, July 11, 2014

Some favorite pics

Throwing in some favorite pics.  I need to ad more.  After all, in December a new grandson joined up, Bryce Wayne.  We also have another grandson that will join our family this coming November... 

Our lil guy will start kindergarten next month!

Exercising the hounds to prepare for a hunt.

one of those panorama photo glitches that are humorous.  It is actually a small three there... but all the photo shows in one branch... floating....

Love these pics I got of the "super" moon...  they  were worth the mosquito bites. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

No Title... I'm not that witty today....

Good morning all... long time to write.....

I started my new job at BCBS/WellPoint in July.  Training has been intense, to say the least, and just now getting to do part of my actual job: answering calls.  That has been stressful as well.  Learning a new job is always stressful, learning one that has so much information is even more so.  In a year or so I hope to have all this info in my head that just pours out when I need it, right now most calls I have to reach out for a little extra help to find the answer but that keeps us humble.

Many times in life we try our best to push through things by ourselves.  We never ASK anyone for help; we don't let others know we are having struggles... the Bible teaches we should be humble.  From Insight on the Scriptures Published by the Watchtower Bible Tract Society there is this about the word humility:
A person can achieve a state of humility by reasoning on his relationship to God and to his fellowmen, as outlined in the Bible, and then practicing the principles learned. A Hebrew word, hith·rap·pes′, translated “humble yourself,” means, literally, “stamp yourself down.” It well expresses the action described by the wise writer of Proverbs: “My son, if you have gone surety for your fellowman, . . . if you have been ensnared by the sayings of your mouth, . . . you have come into the palm of your fellowman: Go humble yourself [stamp yourself down] and storm your fellowman with importunities. . . . Deliver yourself.” (Pr 6:1-5) In other words, throw away your pride, acknowledge your mistake, set matters straight, and seek forgiveness. Jesus admonished that a person humble himself before God like a child and that, instead of trying to be prominent, he minister to or serve his brothers.—Mt 18:4; 23:12.
  • it-1 pp. 1157-1161
  • Humility
Think about that for a minute.  It is humbling to have to ask for help, even if its a new job where you don't know everything but when we do we are doing what God taught us to do for our best interest.  Now, adding to this, it is in our best interest in ALL things.  If, at a new job, you give your best guess because your pride keeps you from wanting to ask for help and that guess is wrong, you could be out of a job.

Ok, my little side bar is done for now...  had actually hopped on to give a quick update...

My daughter and beautiful grandchildren visited for two weeks.  Loved that they were here.  Had a blast getting to know Rennie (Serenity).  She is my daughters' step daughter who she is in the process of adopting.  We haven't had much opportunity to get to know her as they live in FL and us in GA.  She is a blast to have around.  Of our 11 grandchildren only 4 are girls.  She is such fun.  She is 3 and into all thinks pink and purple and any Princess you can name.  I told her one evening if she went to sleep good I would bring her a surprise home... she yelled "I want a purple ONE!!"   She didn't care what the surprise was, as long as it was purple.

Here are a few photos from our day at the park.

Of course, here is my lil guy getting in on feeding the birds:
     He is four already... time flies.
 My daughter and her "babies"

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How Rid Yourself Of Facebook Game Notifications With Only a Couple Clicks

So many people complain about game requests.  There are a couple of games I play and sometimes will get rude comments from people about sending them a request.  There is a simple way to turn off these requests so you will not be bothered again.  You will have to do this with each game.

Notice I said game... not PERSON.  So you do a couple clicks for Candy Crush, couple clicks for Farmville, and you are done forever... well at least until next week when a new game is launched. 

First, in your notifications drop down menu find the game request for a game that you don't want to play.

See that little dot I circled right there.... hover over that and you will then see this....

Click Turn Off.

So, that was basically hover click and done!!!  Do this for each game you don't want anything to do with anymore.

Now, if you want to take a few moments and get rid of them all at once.... there is a way.  I will work up a tutorial for that also but not tonight...  there are quite a few steps and I like to be able to give you the screen shots to make it easy.  For now, click do this as they come in on your notifications and you will be game free in no time!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Starts a new work week for me.

A new work week at a new place doing a whole new different job.

It also starts me back at getting up at the crack of dawn after a month of getting to "sleep in" (if you call 7-8 a.m. sleeping in).

Starts me back on a 40 minute one way commute to and from work.

Starts me back to no time to do anything at night but be brain fried.

It's ok.  It's a great blessing.  This job is at a higher rate of pay and offers AFFORDABLE health care after six weeks.

Aiden is begging me not to go back to work and not to make him go back to school.  Oh well, he has a lot of "school" to look forward to.  I am looking into putting him into Pre-K ... not sure about that.  I like that where he is at he is only a mile from his daddy.  If he goes to Pre-K that would bus him he would be close to an hour from where we work.  Checking to see if there is a Pre-K near where we work that he could attend.

How I Accidently Found the perfect Service/Ministry Bag

{All links will take you to my facebook business page or my Thirty-One business page. I do earn money from my business.  If you already ha...