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postheadericon Ten Years Ago…. A Blog Dare Post

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February 2002?…. not a great year for me.  🙁

Ten years ago, I was just recovering from my husband of almost 8 years walking out on me a few months before.  He just up and said one day, “I want to move out”, and I told him there’s the door.  He left that night.  I took it fairly well, I think.  No hysterics, no tears, no tantrums.  He probably deserved anything I threw at him, either objects or in words.  But I refrained myself.

I spent the year of 2002 working on my home.  Making sure it was kept clean, buying new furniture, working.  And keeping my estranged husband’s two dogs.  They were sweet dogs, but I worked all day and they were left alone in the house, so it really wasn’t working out.  I had to insist that he take them.  Ugh!  Custody issues over the dogs, just a bit much, lol.

Next, I worked on myself…  I had never had my hair colored before, so I did that.  I had never had a manicure before, so I did that.  I started wearing makeup again.

 

Ten years ago?  Maybe it was a good year, after all.

My “Day 1” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.

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postheadericon $100 Amazon Gift-Card Giveaway Event

 

Once again 10 blogs have teamed up to offer a $100 Amazon gift card to WBC readers.
The Blogs:
 
Each blog has a different Rafflecopter form for entry. You can enter on one or all the blogs, but the more you enter, the greater your odds of winning. Each blog has daily tweet options so that’s an extra 10 entries a day. When the giveaway is over, all entries for all the blogs will be combined and one winner will be chosen via random.org.
Open Worldwide, 18+
Ends February 24, 2012
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postheadericon How to Claim your Facebook Fan Page User Name

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I originally wrote this for the Facebook Fans Exchange Forum on Mom Bloggers Club.  I’ve been visiting/liking a lot of fan pages lately that are fairly new, so I thought I would add this post to my blog.  I hope it is helpful to all those new fan pages out there.

Facebook states that “All Pages are eligible to claim usernames if they have more than 25 fans.”  Claiming your username for your fan page allows you to promote your page with a shorter URL.

For Example:

This will change your fan page link from looking like this…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonaire-GA/Georgia-Angel-A-Southern-A…

To this…

http://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaAngel

1.  Go to:  http://www.facebook.com/username/
{DO NOT change “username” to your user name, copy and paste the link just as it is}

You should see a link that says something like

“Set a username for your Pages”

I have 13 fan pages, so I had to select the page, then type in the user name I wanted.

2.  Then click “Check Availability”.

A message will display if the name is available or not.  Then just follow the instructions from there.

For more information, here is the Facebook Help Center page on “Usernames: Facebook Pages”

http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=896#!/help.php?page=900

 

and on “Usernames: Usernames” http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=896.

I have a few fan pages in need of “likers” so that I can claim my username.  If you have a moment, and you are interested in the content, please stop by and like my page.

If you have any problems with claiming your username, leave a comment with your question and I will try to help you if I can.
And, if you are in need of a new follower, leave your fan page URL and I will stop by and “like” you.

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postheadericon Wordless Wednesday

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EDITED:  Just a note, this isn’t my daughter.  I was babysitting for the day.  I guess my post was just a little too “wordless”, lol.

View other Wordless Wednesday participants:  5 Minutes for MomWordless Wednesday HQ, By Word of Mouth Musings, NOLA Mommy, Mommy Moment, For the Love of Baby, Moms Own Words.

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postheadericon Bedtime Prayers

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 Tonight, as we were preparing for bed, our dog, Sara, decided to leave us a present on the floor.  Not an accident, she has been house trained for months.  I think the phrase I used was “Oh my word, she is puking”.  Not one of my favorite words and it just came out because I was startled.

I ran to go get some paper towels and a plastic bag to clean up with, and Leah is hollering “she’s puking again”.  The drama then ensued of flopping around and screaming.  I had to tell Leah to calm down, everything was fine, all we had to do was clean it up.

I shooed Sara out the door and finished cleaning up.  I was on my way to get the spray spot remover, when Leah said we need to pray for her.

Here is her prayer (I had to start it):

(me) “Dear Heavenly Father, we come to you tonight with our prayers…”

(Leah) “… for Sara.  She puked on the carpet and Mama cleaned it up.  Please heal her.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

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postheadericon Gratitude Diary at Fabulously 40

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” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17 (NIV)

I am a member of an online group called Fabulously 40 & Beyond, and I recently joined a group called Gratitude Diary.   Every day, the members of the group post a list of 5 things they are grateful for that day.  I am joining in for the first time, and I am using this for my post for today.

I am extremely guilty of not taking time out each day to be thankful to God, our Heavenly Father, for the small things in my life or even for the big things.

Today’s small things I am grateful for:

  • the first day of school
  • the opportunity to work from home
  • power naps
  • AC
  • my job

It’s not a hard thing to do, being grateful, and it only takes a few moments.  Why is it such a difficult thing to remember to sit down and actually list those thoughts on a daily basis?  The answer is, we are human, and it’s not a top priority in this day and age of endless debt, marital stress, the task of raising children, or caring for family.  Exhaustion overtakes me, and pain, and a desire to escape life sometimes.  That desire is so deep that it overpowers everything else at least once a day.  I am calm, I am resolute, I am determined, but I still want to escape.

My bonus big thing that I am grateful for today:

I have 4 days left until I can “escape” to a By the Brook Retreat at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe, GA, sponsored by Rising Above Ministries.  The retreat is an opportunity for mothers raising children with special needs to gather together for a weekend of pampering, inspiration and encouragement to refresh, restore and renew.

I so need to “escape” to take a moment to breathe in deep and let it out slowly.

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postheadericon Scrambled Brains

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While we were getting ready for church this morning, my 7 year old daughter kept asking me if I was okay.  For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why she kept asking me that.  It finally dawned on me later in the morning…  I had “scrambled brains” today.

Last night, I carefully calculated what time I would have to get up this morning in order to get both of us dressed, fed and packed up for Sunday School and Church.  I have to do this every Saturday night.  You would think I would have this down pat by now, but it’s a ritual I go through every time I am planning on something.

This morning, I got up (after hitting the snooze a couple of times, which I did allow for in my “calculations”), showered and dressed.   Next it was my daughter’s turn, getting her to eat a small bowl of cereal took close to 20 minutes.  Then getting her dressed was not so smooth either.  She put her dress on backwards, so we had to start all over again.  And the repeated instructions of “brush your teeth and brush your hair” was getting old.

I felt like my eyes were so tired, like I didn’t get any sleep at all, but I know I did.  I thought I slept pretty good.  But I knew I was feeling sluggish.

So we hop in the car, and I think I am doing pretty good and keeping to my time schedule.  We were even leaving 15 minutes early.  YAY us!

After I get about 15-20 minutes away from home, I realized I forgot my Bible and my Sunday School Lesson Book.  I had Leah Rose’s, but I forgot mine.  Shucks.  Well, I decided not to turn around to go back and get it.

It takes me about 45 minutes to get to my church, and when I was 15 minutes out, I realized that the clock said 10:28 a.m.  My eyes got big and my jaw dropped.  We were going to miss Sunday School.  I should have left the house at 9:00, not 10:00.  Whooops!  My “calculations” were way off.  We got there just in time for “Coffee and Conversation”. :???:

So, I guess Leah had good reason to keep asking me if I was feeling okay this morning.  I was walking around with Scrambled Brains and she knew it.

I hope this doesn’t extend into tomorrow morning.  It’s the first day of school.  That’s all I need is to still be sleeping in when the bus arrives at our door at 8:00. :razz:  I have all my alarm clocks set, with allowances for “snooze” hits.  Bad habit, I know, but I have a very difficult time waking up in the mornings. :???:

Maybe I will have one of those mornings where I will hop right out of bed.  The excitement of having 8 hours to myself without the non-stop chatter of a 7 year old accompanying me everywhere I go, could be just enough incentive for me to jump up and shout “Hooray, let’s get this day going”.  :lol:

 

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