Monday, October 31, 2011

Her Safari Blog Tour

     Final  Stop
         for
  Her Safari!
What a trip we've had!

We started out  in Southern California with Rita Garcia

 And then went to Oregon with Shelley Ledfors

We trekked east across a few states to Michigan with Karlene Jacobsen
                                     http://anna-karlene-jeffrey.blogspot.com/2011/09/her-safari.html

But then we back-tracked to Oregon with Amy MichelleWiley

We then went up to Washington with Marita Thelander

 But then we went back to Michigan with Joanne Sher

We delighted in the Southern Hospitality of Georgia with Catrina Bradley http://catrinabradley.blogspot.com/2011/10/her-safari.html

 But again, we back-tracked to Missouri with Rachel Phelps

And here, we repeated a stop in Michigan with Kim Russell

Then we went all the way up to Maine with Yvonne Blake

Another back-tracking to Ohio with Dee Yoder

Then we went all the way into Canada with Diana Dart

And finally, ended up back here in sunny Southern California with me- Barbara Lynn Culler     http://msbarbiesblog.blogspot.com/

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You need to buy this book, because Lisa has gone broke paying for all the gas that the bus used cris-crossing the country like that!

Well, actually, Lisa has partnered with Heart of God International Ministries, so that they’ll receive the proceeds from books bought on their behalf. If you wish to benefit HGIM with your purchase, there’s a special button on the publishers site at check out (HGIM).

To purchase Her Safari, click here. http://www.demmehouse.com/eBookstore.html


 Remember to check out the fabulous gift basket available:

This lovely gift set includes a copy of Her Safari, two bookmarks, a signed author postcard, ink pen, and a beautiful 20" red scarf as mentioned in the title storysymbolic for allowing God to take care of needs not met here on earth, and as a marker to lead us home to Him. A surprise gift, not featured in the photo, is included with our compliments! (This gift set will not come as assembled.)


Because that scarf is so symbolic, our finale is to give away one red scarf in a random selection drawn from comments to this post!



Will it be you?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Warsaw: Village of my birth

Warsaw, New York, is a lovely rural town located between Buffalo and Rochester, and I proudly admit that it is my place of birth, as well as my mom's!
My family moved to California when I was 3 1/2 and though I've been back to visit my grandma, I've not been back since  before her death in 1984. However,  I will always appreciate it's historical and natural beauty. Here is a link to the village's website, and there is a short write-up regarding Warsaw's colorful history     

                              http://www.villageofwarsaw.org/index.php/about_warsaw/history/



 
The Village Library. Mom spent hours
 here when she was growing up!

The Baptist church that my parents attended

House that my cousins grew up in

Rolling roads and dairy farms abound!


An abandoned train depot

The Civil War monument- puts Warsaw on the historical registry
My grandma spent the remainder of her healthy life 
living in an over -the -store -apartment on the rght  of this photo


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

V is for Videos

V  is for  3 cute videos of my grand niece, Samantha; then, 19 months old.
Sammi and her mama lived with me till she was 2 years and 2 months old. I took care of her in the evenings while her mom went to school. I would always sing this song to her as I loved that little girl! Still do, and she's nearly 6 now!

                                     
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/photo.php?v=1090938155020&set=t.1653122310&type=3&theater




Here, she's playing with her toy computer that was more advanced than her age bracket, but she loved playing with certain programs and knew what was coming.


http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1273475124#!/video/video.php?v=1090930154820



In the next video, it's the same evening as above, but now Sammi is tired and cranky.  Bedtime!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Underwater

This past Sunday, my church had its' third annual Children's Baptism Service.  This year, 26 kids were baptized between the two services.           
My denomination follows the doctrine of baptism by immersion. However, the building does not have a built-in baptistery so an elongated Jacuzzi-type pool is wheeled onstage. The participants then climb up the 3 steps, and step down into the water, to sit at the opposite end where there is a molded seat.

Prior to this event, all interested kids met with a pastor to ensure their understanding of the decision to be baptized.











The service is totally dedicated to the kids, and the songs they like to sing. A few songs were sung, followed by a few kids getting baptized. The Pastor explained baptism to the congregation, and then each child read off from a card why they wanted to be baptized. They were then dunked underwater. Sometimes, parents are up on stage and on occasion, a parent, or special person in the kid’s life will do the submerging. Of course, it can get emotional, especially if the child or family has a story behind the decision.


 
My church has an awesome children’s ministry and this event is one of the highlights each year.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

T.O.P.S.


For several years, I’ve been involved in a weight loss support group known as TOPS. It is an acronym for
Take Off Pounds Sensibly.






 * TOPS Club, Inc. is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. We were established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success.

 TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines:
 • healthy eating • regular exercise • wellness information • awards and recognition
• support from others at weekly chapter meetings *



 
The history of the organization is a charming story that began in 1948 when a woman and a few friends sitting around the kitchen table decided to start a club to lose weight. This club has now grown to having clubs (chapters) in nearly every city and province.  http://www.tops.org/TOPSInformation/TopsHistory.aspx


The organization has its' own jargon of acronyms; one being IRD. This stands for International Recognition Days.  Every year, there is a 4-day convention for all the TOPS chapters of every state and province to gather together. It is at these conventions that members are honored for their weight losses. When people reach their doctor-prescribed weight goal, they "graduate" to the KOPS status. KOPS means Keep Off  Pounds Sensibly. This is a big deal; the ladies wear long white dresses and the men don suits. All wear the graduates hats. Then the International King and Queen are crowned and carry that title till the following year. There are times of inspiration, fun, tears, and encouragement. I've attended twice-once in Northern California, and the last time in Milwaukee. This is the birthplace of TOPS and it was their 50th anniversary. What a celebration it was that year!

Next summer, IRD will be here in Southern California, in the city of San Diego, which is about 120 miles south of where I live!  So excited  and working hard to reach my weight loss goal so that I may graduate at this convention!




 Another acronym is SRD - State Recognition Day.  This is a one day affair held in different cities of each state.  Next year, California's SRD will also be in San Diego and will tie in with IRD- all in the same week!


TOPS theme this year is "The Road to Success."  I'm excited that finally, something clicked in my brain, and I am ready to lose all the excess pounds I have, and I'm on the road to better health.

 As of today, I've lost 41 pounds since the beginning of the year! I have 27 more pounds to lose to reach my goal weight. I'm hoping I can attain that goal by the last Tuesday weigh-in in December.

  With a lot of hard work and support from my TOPS chapter I will make it!