Wednesdays for women

Sometimes i sit and think about my life!
Is it what i thought it would be

I ask...is this the career path i wanted to take.... my answer is simple for that one.. Absolutely not... i can see myself in a busy office somewhere as office manager, or a receptionist with lots of work to do, but yet here i am at a customer contact centre, listening to people gripe and complain every hour of every day, I would love a job that i truly enjoy, where i am happy and contenet to come to work. I am VERY THANKFUL for a job because there are a lot of people who dont have one.

Did you marry the man you knew was for you, or did you marry so you wouldnt be the only one not married among friends..
I can honestly say i married my high school love, I never think any differently, he is my one and only one.

Are you friends with people you  know wants/need your friendship, life is to short to be fighting with so called 'friends', surrond yourself with positive people, people who will bring you up, be positive and you will feel positive.

Home Life and Kids: Do you live where you wanted to, can you be happy forever?

I look at it this way:
As long as we are in God's will life will be happy for us, sure it wont always be easy but it will always be happy.


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Have you heard of Natural Miracles?  They are a great company that helps relieve your pain!  How splendid is that?  When I first heard about Inflamagic, I was skeptical.
I have been living with knee pain since I was 12.  12?  12, you ask?  Yes, 12.  When I was 12, I tore my right ACL {Anterior Cruciate Ligament} ice skating.  Needless to say, 30 years ago, that ended my career; not that it was a promising one or anything.  So, at age 12 I had my first ACL replacement surgery.  I was given a donor tendon because they said at my age it would work better.  At age 15, I had over-used my left knee so much I blew out that ACL and needed my second surgery.  Again, they used a donor tendon.  When I was a senior in high school and only had two months left, my left knee decided it no longer wanted to walk.  Get this, not only did it decide to give out, but I collapsed right in front of an ex-boyfriend {and let's just say our break up was less than amicable}.  How embarrassing.  So, he graciously carried my to a friends car who then drove me home.  It seems that my new left donor ACL had been rejected.  I didn't even remember this being an option.  Apparently, it was.  Just link a kidney or liver being rejected, a tendon can be, too.  So, in need of my 3rd knee surgery in less than 6 years.  How fun it was to be me.  I was less than 2 months away from walking at my graduation.  No way I was missing that.  So, we postponed my surgery until mid-June. Anyhow, here I am, still in constant knee pain.  While it isn't constantly horrible, I always am aware of the pain.  I am always looking for a new pain relief.  Especially one that isn't all synthetic and made up of crazy names I cannot pronounce.  When I first heard about Natural Miracles, I was so excited to try them.  So excited I almost went and ordered something with next day shipping.  Then, I decided I would wait for my box to try. Wow.  Did this stuff work!  About an hour after I took my first dose, I felt my knees had some relief.  It felt like pressure was taken off of my knees and it wasn't painful climbing stairs.  I was totally amazed that it worked so fast.  When I took my second dose (that night), I was a little nervous that it wouldn't have the same impact as the first dose.  It worked just as well.  My pain was so mild I was able to forget about it.  My knees didn't ache at night while I was trying to fall asleep.  It was beautiful. I would suggest anyone suffering from pain, especially recurring pain, to try the Inflamagic.  Or maybe the Remeeda.  Remeeda is similar to Inflamagic, but you do not have to take it with a meal.  A little more convenient for most, I would assume.  Seems like a better option for those "on the go". Now that you've hear about my experience with Natural Miracles, go read these stories: Dawn, JanineLisa, Kym and Jay While your hopping around the web, stop by Natural Miracles and grab a box with 40% off!  Just use DDBLOG at check out and 40% will be taken off your total. Don't forget to enter our great GIVEAWAY!
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Blog Twit link up

Dawn’s Disaster
Welcome to the Twitter Hop!
The only "rule" here is to follow as many people on the hop as possible!  I'd love it if you would grab a button and put it on your sidebar or "where hop/party" page.  Alright, let's get this party started!  So, put your TWITTER on the first link up (http://twitter.com/YOUR USER NAME) and your BLOGLOVIN blog on the second link up, then gain some new followers.
Your Hosts:
Dawn~from Dawn's Disaster Natasha~from Serenity You Your Co-Hosts this month:
Oh!  My Heartsie Reviews
Home on Derange
Daydreaming Realist
Don't forget to share and Tweet about this link up! If you are interested in Co-Hosting for November, please email me: dawnsdisaster {at} gmail {dot} com  to get signed up.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

10 years ago today, God blessed us with the most incredible little lady.

It is so hard to believe she is 10, it feels like yesterday that i was very very pregnant and wishing she was here. 

Here is her birth story 

I was 19 when I got married, Andrew 20, all I ever wanted was to get married and be a stay at home mom... So we decided we would work on that right away, some people choose to wait, we didn't and not once have been sorry!!!

We found out about Brooke in Nov of 2002 and wanted to wait til Christmas to tell our family, well that didn't work out like planned bc I got to sick and my mom was really worried... So we broke the news to her, there were tears of happiness all around....

It was a long nine months... I was sick and still in college, I had to take time of from school and be admitted in hospital, I had kidney stones and was so sick....
Andrew lost his job and we had to move to St John's, moved here at 8 months pregnant and had a time trying to find a doctor, found one I really disliked, he had no bedside manners, I was due Aug 12, 2003. I went to see him july 28 and he said I dilated 3 cm and would give birth early that morning, he also went ahead and stripped my membranes, I still really didn't think this was it, sure enough I woke at 630 am and needed to pee, before I stepped out of the bed, my water broke, I told Andrew I had peed my pants, he said no your water broke, I had no pain and had no reason to go to hospital, called my parents and told them I was in labor, SO I showered, ate, pack my bag(just in case), got to hospital around 8 am, they checked me and I am 6 cm dilated, they take me to labor and delivery, they told me to take a shower and relax, I had one of the best showers of all time,contractions were so much easier in the hot shower,  once out of the shower I am 8 cm and ready to bring my baby into the world, with only her mom and dad there to meet our bundle of joy!
The nurse hurries to get a doctor to deliver my baby, no doctor makes it, she is delivered by an intern at 8:54 am after 15 mins of pushing, Brooke Lynn Grothe, 8lbs 4.1 ounces!! The nurse was so impressed and kept telling me to come back anytime, hahaha. 

I consider myself to be a very blessed mother, I am blessed with a healthy baby girl who is my pride and joy!

Dear Brooke,

I can’t believe it and I wish I could turn the clock backwards to the first time I held you in my arms. I’ll never forget the way you smelled, your squishy little face, your head full of black hair, and the peach fuzz that covered your shoulders and ear lobes. You were smaller than I expected and even swaddled up, you felt so fragile and breakable to me. We knew before you came that you would be special so daddy and I had our guards up immediately. You were our precious baby girl, the one we had waited for, and the one who completed our family. 

You are my heart and soul. Since the moment you came into this world, you have had an effect on mommy and daddy that is impossible to put into words. You have smiled since day one and I love the way you go after everything in life with such flare and optimism. I hope that you always allow your wonderful self to shine. 
Do not let others tell you how to act or who to be. 

Do not let others let you waiver from your own path. Above all else, do not let anyone make you feel anything other than amazing.
 You are intelligent, sincere, empathetic, giving, creative, and oh so beautiful. 
Know that you have been blessed with everything you need in life to succeed and find happiness. This world is an amazing and challenging place. It is yours to savor, navigate, and enjoy. Live each day with a sense of gratitude and life will honor your heart. I will be beside you every step of the way. I will hold your hand, cheer you on, pick you up, and watch you discover all that it means to be you.

I wish you the happiest of birthdays, Brooke Lynn . No matter how old, you’ll always my baby. I love you.
Love, Mama


Weekend Recap

The last weekend in the house that we have called home since moving here, we are moving on Wednesday

Friday: My treatment day again- it didn't hurt as bad this time. 
Thank you to all who prayed for me. 
I made dinner around 9 pm when i was finally feeling ok to do so, we had pancakes- Yum...
Some friends came to spend the night, it was nice

Saturday: Up at 7 am to go Yard Saling because we found out we need some house hold items, the new place don't have as much as we were told, but thats ok because now we can have what we want, and it was like a date for us because Brooke stayed with friends that were here... 
We got back around 10 am and i went to bed because i was up late on friday night, i slept about 2 hours, we packed alot today, this is what my kitchen looks like now

I cannot wait til we are moved and unpacked and settled in, so much work to moving and i hate it. 
Saturday Night i relaxed and watched a movie "The Proposal"- one of the best movies ever. 

Sunday: We had Sunday school, the theme this week was Peace and how to be a peace maker, kids say the funniest things..
I babysat for our Assistant Pastor this afternoon, he has 2 very cute kids and they were so well behaved, it was nice to get snuggles at nap time. 
After Sunday night service we went to Mary Brown's, they are the fried chicken restaurants here in Canada, it was so good, it's the first time we have been there since moving because there wasn't one here, but now they have opened one and i am so excited.

Check back tomorrow for a Special Birthday Greeting :) 


Rambling Momma's 1st blogging'versary

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Rambling Momma's blog was born,
So much has happened in this first year, 
i have met some wonderful people 
who are great friends now
I have found some awesome blogs that i make sure i read every day...

One year ago i started blogging because we had moved away from family, so i wanted to keep them updated on our new life :) 

To all of you who have showed me love, gave advice, treated me like family, always answered any questions for me, you guys are so awesome and i love you all so much. 

I wanted to do a giveaway for the 1 year mark. YAY- free stuff all around

Some wonderful ladies took part and offered some things to you... 

There will be 5 prizes and 5 winners

I have 3 ladies that teamed up with me for this special occasion:

Three months of Ad space(Ms Middle Space) on Dawn's Disaster
One month 200 x 200 ad space on Nugget on a Budget

Three month Ad space from Caseta de paper 

Rambling Momma is giving you 
a 1 year free spot on Rambling momma's side bar complete with a interview, in the spot light etc
- a bag filled with goodies from here :) 

Thanks for playing and thanks for the first year 

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Dawn’s Disaster
Welcome to the Twitter Hop!
The only "rule" here is to follow as many people on the hop as possible!  I'd love it if you would grab a button and put it on your sidebar or "where hop/party" page.  Alright, let's get this party started!  So, put your TWITTER on the first link up (http://twitter.com/YOUR USER NAME) and your BLOGLOVIN blog on the second link up, then gain some new followers.
Your Hosts:
Dawn~from Dawn's Disaster Natasha~from Serenity You Your Co-Hosts this month:
Oh!  My Heartsie Reviews
Home on Derange
Daydreaming Realist
Rambling Momma Don't forget to share and Tweet about this link up! If you are interested in Co-Hosting for October, please email me: dawnsdisaster {at} gmail {dot} com  to get signed up.


Cara Reveal

Every month the lovely Kaitlyn from Wifessionals hosts a CARA box exchange, it is so much fun and i love getting the packages in the mail, i also enjoy sending the packages and seeing someone smile :)

I sent a box to Chantel this month- check it out over here

My Cara Box came from a sweet girl- Amy

She sent me so many wonderful Nautical things (this months theme)

All the items =) 
i took my cup to work because i have been looking one like it to use for water at work, so i was very thrilled when i got this one. 

pretty blue nail polish 

a big beautiful beach towel(x2) for me and hubby to use after the pool :) 

Some head bands to keep the hair back when swimming on lounging on the beach 

the card from her, a very beautiful message inside 

i love scarfs and this one is the perfect one for a fall evening.

I feel so spoiled this Cara Box, Amy your awesome 
Thank you so much girl!! 

Why don't you go sign up for next month :) 


Wednesdays for Women(Virtous Woman part 2)

I posted Part 1 here

Vs. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
•• She understands that the duties of a wife and mother include ensuring that her family is well fed.
• A virtuous, biblical woman, may I suggest, will excel in this area. She will not only go about to learn the necessary cooking skills, but she will study sound nutrition and will ensure that her family is fed nutritiously, not with a high proportion of out-of-the-box junk food.
Vs. 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
•• This virtuous woman, this praiseworthy woman of God, is not given to “sleeping in” in the mornings. No! Rather, she is up before dawn to make sure that her household is well fed.
• I cannot recall a single instance during our child-raising years when my wife left me and our four children to fend for ourselves at breakfast. She was always up early enough to send us off with a nutritious breakfast.
Vs. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
•• Amazing! The Proverbs 31 woman is no wimp! She has theintelligence and business sense to evaluate a piece of property and to buy it. She has her own “earnings”, with which she buys the field and plants a vineyard.
Vs. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Vs. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does nVs. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
•• Like the virtuous woman of the Bible, many modern women have their own home-based businesses. The woman in Proverbs 31 seems to have been a seamstress who sold garments and sashes (vss. 19, 24).
•• She apparently did her business well, working well into the evening, because “her trading [was] profitable.
Vs. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
•• Virtuous women learn domestic skills. My beloved maternal grandmother was an excellent seamstress. Her husband had died and left her a widow with seven children at home. Her skills at making clothing were essential to keeping her children well clothed.
• My wife is an exceptionally gifted quilter. Our home is decorated in just about every room with the products of her skills. She made me personally a warm flannel quilt in a manly pattern that I treasure.
Vs. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
•• Her home-based skills have earned her a profitable income. She is ever willing to share this blessing with the poor and needy.
• I am reminded of stories told about America's Great Depression of the early 20th century, when millions were jobless, hungry, and sometimes homeless. Virtuous women by the thousands were known for their unflinching decision: "I will never turn a hungry person away from my door!"
Vs. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
•• The godly woman is fully aware of the priority of her family in her life over other things that might sidetrack her from her domestic responsibilities. She is an excellent illustration of the charge to younger women in Titus 2 (verse 5) to be “busy at home”.
Vs. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
•• Not only do the skills of this woman of God earn her an income from the merchants, she also makes sure that her own home’s needs are well cared for. The bed coverings referred to here could be similar to the quilts that my wife and many other virtuous women so painstakingly create.
•• The Proverbs 31 woman does not neglect her own appearance. She uses her skills to provide attractive clothing for herself.
Vs. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
•• When I served in the United States Air Force as a junior officer, I noticed that the high-ranking officers’ wives were consistently women of noteworthy character. The admirable traits of a good wife can secure respect for her husband as well.
•• Notice the God-approved division of responsibilities. She was at home, caring for her home and family. He was in a place of respect at the city gates among the elders of the land. The city gates are where much ancient commerce was conducted. So it is not unreasonable to surmise that the husband was conducting his business affairs there.
Vs. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
•• Already mentioned earlier, this woman of God seems to have had a home-based business. The surrounding verses make it clear, though, that she did not do this at the expense of the well-being of her household.
Vs. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
•• The virtuous woman has a sense of dignity. She is not frivolous or embarrassing in her conduct.
•• She looks to the future and makes sure that her household is well supplied, so that she can “laugh at the days to come”.
Vs. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
•• This godly woman speaks with wisdom. Virtually daily I listen to the wisdom that proceeds from my wife’s words. In fact, as I write this bible study, I fully intend to present a rough draft copy to her, so that I can mine the jewels of wisdom and experience that she can add to my understanding of this womanly topic.
•• The virtuous woman will offer faithful instruction. The context of the surrounding verses places the location of this instruction in her home. My wife faithfully instructed our four children in character issues, domestic responsibilities, social graces, and much, much more. I was an involved father, but I must sincerely attribute to my wife the credit for the majority of the training that our children received. She was their at-home “mom”, and she made the home a place of both love and learning.
Vs. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
•• The bible defines the husband as the head of the home(1 Timothy 3:4-51 Corinthians 11:3). However, his daytime responsibilities are outside the home, at “the city gates” (vs. 23). The wife-and-mother is at home, as this chapter clearly indicates. So it is her daily responsibility (not his) to watch over the affairs of her household (vs. 27). This is consistent with the apostle Paul’s counsel to the younger widows to “marry, to have children, tomanage their homes...” (1 Timothy  5:14).
•• The virtuous woman “does not eat the bread of idleness. To this day I marvel at my wife’s energy and drive to maintain a nice, orderly home. “Idleness” is a word that is alien to her!
Vs. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and hepraises her.
•• Children raised by an involved, dedicated, loving, at-home momrarely grow up feeling estranged from her. Rather, they bless her!
•• Likewise, the husband of such a virtuous woman will overflow with praise for her from his heart.
• I cannot adequately communicate in words how thankful I am for my wife. She has been an extraordinary mother to our children and a matchless wife to me.
Vs. 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
•• That is the sentiment that a biblical, Proverbs 31 woman as described in this chapter will evoke in her husband’s heart — “Youare the best!
Vs. 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
•• God is reminding us that beauty and charm are fleeting, temporal things. But that which earns genuine praise for a woman is that she is a God-fearing woman.
• I have mentioned a number of commendable traits in the virtuous woman I am married to. But the thing whichsurpasses them all is that she loves and serves the Lord with all her heart. She continues to inspire me with that dedication and faith. In my opinion, she is an outstanding example of a woman after God's own heart. And her spiritual fervor has been an ever-visible example for our four children. I have certainly labored to train my children and be a godly example to them. But due in great measure to my wife’s input in their lives, all four children as adults are actively serving the Lord on their own.
Vs. 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praiseat the city gate.
•• Virtuous women have a great reward coming from the Lord in eternity, along with the great fulfillment they will experience in this life for a “job well done”.
•• And the Proverbs 31 woman's virtues will not only be known and blessed by her husband and children (vs. 28), but also her reputation will precede her to the “city gates”. The godly woman, whose life is patterned after Proverbs 31:10-31, will be well known and highly respected in her community.
Some concluding thoughts — Is Proverbs 31 the only place in the bible that describes the desirable traits of a woman of God? Of course not. There are other Scriptures that speak of women of prayer, women manifesting spiritual gifts, women sharing their testimonies, and much more.
However, there is no other Scripture portion that even remotely gives such a detailed description of the “virtuous woman” as does Proverbs 31:10-31. Repeating some of the highlights, the woman that God’s Word describes as praiseworthy:
• is of noble character
• is fully trustworthy
• is an asset to her husband
• is domestically skilled
• is concerned that her household be well and nutritiously fed
• is diligent, arising before dawn and busy until after dark
• is endowed with a good business sense, even to the point of buying a field and planting a vineyard
• may have her own profitable home-based business
• is a hard worker
• is generous to and aware of the poor and needy
• is wise in preparing her household for the needs of the days to come
• is wise in ensuring that she and her family are well and appropriately clothed
• is in proper relationship to her husband, who is out conducting his business affairs at the city gates
• is a woman of wisdom
• shows dignity and strength
• is a faithful instructor to her children
• is diligent to watch over her household
• is the recipient of blessing and praise from her children and her husband
• is above all a God-fearing, godly woman!
Such a godly woman has been enshrined in the Scriptures for several thousand years as God’s role model for the virtuous woman of God. To the older women I say, teach these things to the younger women. To the younger women, I exhort you to resist the enticements of the antifamily feminist teachings of our day. Reach out, rather, to embrace God’s vision for you, His “virtuous women”. To such a woman God says (vs. 31), “Let her works praise her at the city gates.”

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