Monday, December 14, 2015

And they shall be known

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  Matthew 7:16.
The other day I heard an advertisement for a church and at the end, their tag line was, "The church with the fountain."  This stuck with me and not for the reason they meant it to.  This church is known in the town because they have a fountain.  I started thinking about that.  Well, woopty do.  I understand, there were probably a lot of drives, fundraisers, and donations to build that fountain.  I look around at the churches with their spirals reaching the skies.  I myself am currently attending one of those churches and they too have a fountain in the courtyard, but is that really what we want to be known for?  Where is our fruit? 
Why is our money going to build fountains when there are so many who are hungry to know the gospel?  So many workers doing what we don't who need support and supplies and here we are known for having a fountain.  How many are dying for a lack of fresh drinking water, yet we pay the electrical bill to run a fountain.  Fountains may appeal to the genteel folks in Aiken and bring them to that particular church, but is it bringing people to Christ?  Is it saving the lost?  Is it what we want to be known for?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I've seen that look.  I've been in your shoes.  Once I was you.  I was the mama judging the other mama from the outside.  "Look at that child's teeth!  Her mama must not make her brush!"  "She stayed up 'til 1!  It's a school night!"  But now that I am here, I"m so sorry.  I understand and it's okay.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PFAPA update

So Abbie's teeth are horrible as a result of her fevers.  Back in March my TechDaddy took Abs to Dr. Napier in Aiken.  His policy is that children have to go back on their own.  So my husband sat there in his office for nine hours.  NINE HOURS, while my daughter was back there by herself.  Finally he called my husband back and they discussed how high fevers can damage teeth and the developing of teeth.  He said he could fix all of her teeth in three visits.  They decided to get an estimate from insurance before setting up the next appointment.  Two weeks later I got a call that she had been referred to another pediatric dentist.  I decided to ask my facebook friends for referrals and got a lead on a dentist in Augusta at Center for Pediatric Dentistry.  I called them.   They aren't in my network, but will take my insurance, plus I have the dental plus for the extra coverage.  I was very impressed by the office.  They were able to get x-rays easily.  Dr. Napier hadn't been able too.  He said her mouth was too small and he had the smallest equipment in the area.  How many other times had he lied to us?  The dentist put me at ease and said we needed to give her a clean start so that when her adult teeth came in she wouldn't have all that bacteria in her mouth.  We could do it all in one visit either in the office or at the hospital as out patient.  It will cost us over $5,000 after insurance to do this though.  If you feel so inclined would you share Abbie go fund me or donate yourself.  Chompers for Abbie     I have put her on an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce her fevers even more.  She is drinking beet and carrot juice every day.  I have filled the fridge with fruits and veggies and reduced her bread and sugar intake.  I was given hope after calling the Ask a Pharmacist show.  You can hear my call here at 45:00 into the program.  Joe Dimatte had a lot of ideas to help fight the inflammation caused by her PFAPA.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ability Tracking and the Gifted Child

        I grew up in a small town with one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.  The students who were in my classes the day I started at the small private kindergarten that housed 3K, 4K, and 5K were the same ones in my advanced college classes when I graduated.  They are bankers, doctors, and  teachers.  I run into some of them in town even today.  At that time 5K was a half-day program in the public school and my mom had me enrolled in the private 5K in the morning and the public school 5K in the afternoons.  I credit my early high reading level and ability to do well on standardized testing to that private kindergarten which followed the Abeka program (but that will be a different topic).  All through elementary school I was challenged!  I had the best teachers and our class was known as 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A.  I consistently scored in the 96th-99th percentile on standardized tests.  I'm sure it helped that my parents were educators.  My mom a teacher and my dad a principal.  They made sure I could read before I entered school.  They made sure I behaved at school.  And they made sure I did my homework when I came home. Not doing and not behaving was not an option and the teacher never had to call home about my behavior or grades.  However, leaving the elementary and going into the  middle school brought a lot of changes to my life.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review Becky Cameron 1800 Series Bed Sheets

My husband and I have been married for ten years and in ten years I have never bought us a pair of sheets.  We got two pairs as wedding presents which are finally worn out and are begging to be thrown away.  My mom bought me a pair as a Christmas present and I think a pair came with a bed set we got a few years ago.  I've always been too scared to pick out sheets.  It's overwhelming.  How do you know what thread count to buy?  What if they don't feel right?  One set we got as a wedding present has been a favorite.  It felt very soft, almost like a tee shirt, but it wasn't that cheap tee shirt material sheets you buy at WalMart.  But even those now, sadly have a hole.  But that isn't why I bought my first pair of sheets.

My daughter has graduated from her toddler bed to a queen bed.  My original plan was to turn her toddler bed into a full and buy the bed rails that were supposed to go with it, but I literally walked into this free queen bed.  My aunt and uncle were giving away their daughter's old mattress which is a really nice pillow top (on both sides) mattress.  It was perfect for Abbie!  But I own no queen sheets!  For the past three weeks I've had a king top sheet tucked over her mattress.

I had to buy sheets.  I started surfing and came across the Becky Cameron 1800 Series Bed Sheets.

Here is the description from Amazon:
  • Fitted Sheet: W-78 & L-80 + 16 inches
  • Flat Sheet: W-102 & L-105
  • Pillow Cases: W-20 & L-40
  • Made from quality materials
  • Dyed in sage shade
Is revamping your bedroom is the next thing on your to-do list? Then you are at the right place. Watch out for this 1800 Series Becky Cameron Collection Sheet Set. This set comprises of one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and pillowcases .  Dyed in classy gray shade, this set will go well with your decor.  Crafted from ultra-fine material, this set promises to offer you utmost comfort during your relaxation time. You will feel a new dash of elegance in your bedroom by making this set a part of it. This Collection Sheet Set exhibits a perfect mix of comfort and durability which makes this set a unique one to own. Easy to clean and maintain, this set is will remain in tiptop condition for years to come. So hurry up to get one soon to feel the difference.

I decided to give it a chance.  You don't find 1800 count sheets this cheap; however I am unable to justify spending much more for anything I buy.

The pricing was surprising.
I haven't been able to find them listed anywhere for $99, but the idea that I am saving $74.01 by purchasing them on Amazon is, I guess, supposed to make you feel good.  This was the cheapest I found them.

I bought three sets; a king, queen for my daughter, and twin for my son.

The packaging was impressive.  Of course, I don't frequently purchase sheets, but first impressions make a huge impact.  

A lot of new sheets have a funny chemical smell, but I didn't notice any different smell.  They have very deep pockets which was perfect for our king mattress with a pillow top.  My husband and I fight our current sheets as they are constantly coming off the mattress.  These have elastic ALL the way around, not just on the corners so they go under the mattress and stay.  These are the first pair I have owned that stayed in place all night long.  I've read that the california king doesn't fit the mattress as well, but I can tell you that the king is perfect.  The top sheet is super long and well covers the bed.  This is also wonderful.  We have the pleasure of having a 50 lb pitt and a burrowing chiweenie.  By the end of a typical night in our old sheets I would barely have an inch left on my side, but with these there is plenty on the sides to stay covered up.

They were also very soft and comfortable.  My husband usually hates a top sheet and they end up bunched at the foot of the bed, but it was so soft and comfortable that he slept under it all night.  

I wasn't sure about colors, but I love the gray and chocolate.  I ordered my daughter aqua and wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but it is beautiful.  We got the gray and my son got the chocolate.  I plan on ordering us a chocolate and my son a navy and my daughter a gold.

They are in fact very soft and beautiful.  My husband commented on how good they felt after sleeping on them.  I am very impressed and very happy with these sheets.  I'm actually thinking about getting another set for our bed and another queen for my daughter and twin for my son!