Friday, October 28, 2011
Amy Shainman, our local FORCE coordinator was featured in the story, done by her husband Jon who is a news reporter and weekend anchor for WPTV, our local NBC affiliate.
There is so much information out on genetic testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancers (HBOC) it is so important to raise awareness that there are choices, preventative measures and education for those who have learned they have a BRCA mutation or those who want to learn more about it and what they can do.
I can only hope that sharing this story may help someone else out there.
Some Women Undergoing Surgery to Stop Cancer Before it Starts
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Shall we dance...|
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|Isn't she lovely!|
|I can't quite remember what the background picture looked like, |
but I am going to improvise with this cloud picture for inspiration.
So today I share this quote with all of you, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams", I hope it will serve as inspiration to some, if not all; and I add to it, that I firmly believe that it is never too late in life to reach for your dreams.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
In theaters today Courageous: The Movie; it is the fourth movie done by Sherwood Pictures a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. I had been looking forward to the release of this film and had the pleasure of seeing it, on its opening weekend, on a mommy-daughter date. I have seen all four of the movies that have been produced by Sherwood Pictures, up to now my favorite has been Facing the Giants, however, this one has come close to taking top honors. I just thought I would take time to share my thoughts with you.
From a critical point of view I was pleasantly surprise to see the development/improvement of cinemetagraphy, writing, character development and acting from their first movie, Flywheel, to this one. In a previous blog regarding a movie from a different Christian production company I mentioned that the acting left something to be desired, and in my (humble) opinion I find this to be true in many "family friendly" (Christian) movies. This was not the case in this movie. Overall the acting was very good. And most importantly the message was delivered in an entertaing way.
I laughed, cried, held my breath at times, and more than anything I was thoroughly touched by the message of this movie and pray that its reach goes beyond that of the previous three movies by Sherwood Pictures because I believe it is a message that can truly change our world.
Following is the synopsis of the movie as quoted from their website:
Honor Begins at HomeI highly recommend this movie to all of those looking for family friendly movies (keep in mind it is PG-13, so if you have little ones, you want to get a sitter). I especially recommend this movie to dads, dads-to-be, young men who may one day be dads, and any man who is in a position to influence the lives of our youth (I think with saying that I have covered most men I know ~ so get to a theater near you soon).
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?
Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.
Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.
The movie's website goes beyond just giving information on the synopsis, cast, etc. it provides resources for making an impact in your community, your church, but most of all your family; be sure to check it out wither before or after you have seen the movie.
I look forward to hearing what others think about this film, so feel free to let me know.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Overall the preparation really was not that difficult, but Rachael is the professional, that is why she makes it look so easy. My version did not look that easy to do (hence why there are no preparation pictures), but my final product looked good and tasted good as well!
|The recipe, as done on the show, was low in carbs adding only thin tortilla chips as the carb...|
|...but I did add a side of white rice at hubby's request, so my version was a bit higher in carbs.|
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I have been fortunate in the past year to get to know and become an active member of FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC). It has enabled me to meet and get to know others who are previvors like myself; but more than that it has enabled me to further educate myself on matters related to HBOC and has equiped me with resources, information, and support that I can share with others who may be facing HBOC as well.
Join the Celebration: HBOC Week
(September 25th - October 2nd) & Previvor Day (September 28th)
Celebrate With FORCE and Make a Difference.
In 2010, history was made with FORCE’s successful effort to pass a Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and National Previvor Day.
The goal of HBOC Week and Previvor Day is to raise awareness about hereditary cancer. HBOC Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and recognizes anyone affected by hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, people with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and previvors, individuals who carry a strong predisposition to cancer but have not developed the disease.
An estimated three-quarters of a million Americans carry an inherited BRCA mutation but nearly 90% of these individuals don’t know about their risk. National HBOC Week and Previvor Day aim to help change that. And, it all starts with a celebration; please join us!
Below is a video about the Hereditary Cancer Research Fund that FORCE founded to help fund the research specific to HBOC; I hope that you will be inspired to visit the FORCE website, learn more about the organization, share the information with a friend, and maybe take the time to support the organization:
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011
|Incredibly Sweet Blog Award|
Now in accepting this award I am to share five things about myself...
...so here goes:
One I am the youngest of six siblings (1 brother who is the oldest, and 4 sisters). Even though we are all now scattered through NYC, PA, VA, and FL, we are a tight-knit group of siblings from beautiful parents who have been married for 70 years (yep, 70!). Our oldest sister passed away in 2009 (I miss her every day), we know she is in heaven smiling down on us, happy that we remain as close as we are.
|The six of us with mom ~ March, 2005|
|Where have the years gone???|
Five I am a weekend addict of HGTV! I turn it in on Saturday mornings and it is usually my channel of choice until Sunday evening. As we are currently apartment dwellers, I can only dream of the day when I can put all the house hunting, gardening and DIY projects I am watching into practice.
Now I will be sharing the sweetness and bestowing this award on others who I feel are worthy of it as well! There are a lot of blogs that I read and enjoy, and many who are deserving of this award, but I have to narrow down the field to just a few.
That Pink Girl! I may be partial since she is also a fellow "pink", but read her blog, you know she totally deserves the award! She is a runner, which is a great inspiration to me (one who wants to be a runner); but her writing is great and entertaining.
EC Writes - The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom I absolutely love this blog! Her writing is thoroughly entertaining and brings a smile to my face each time I read it.
Last, but not least, Fork you! No, fork you! I know Christina deserves this award (even if I am extremely biased since she is my cousin). Her writing is great! She too has provided much of my running inspiration, and her recipes don't only look delicious, they are delicious!
Now pass it on, keep spreading sweetness in the blogging world!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
This is no time for fearThis is a time for faith and determinationDon't lose the vision hereCarried away by emotionHold on to all that you hide in your heartThere is one thing that has always been trueIt holds the world together
God is in controlWe believe that His children will not be forsakenGod is in controlWe will choose to remember and never be shakenThere is no power above or beside Him, we knowGod is in control, oh God is in control
|He is in control of all of our sunrises;...|
|...He is in control of all our sunsets;...|
|...and He is there to calm all of our storms!|
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 25-27 (NIV)...the bible teaches me that worry is not necessary. But I am human and worry is inevitable and very hard to set aside.
So today, tomorrow and always...
...I will remind myself that God is in control! He knows our needs and the desires of our hearts, and He is our provider always.
I share this reminder with all of you incase you needed to hear it today too!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The trees outside our apartment were recently trimmed of dry palm fronds. As a result a mamma squirrel and her babies were displaced. So they have made themselves a comfy nest in the tree. We have been pleasantly entertained by them since; looking forward to seeing them in the afternoons. Hubby has even fed them apples and almonds, which they appear to quite enjoy and even await (as modeled here by mamma waiting for more).
Sometimes we can find great joy in life's simplicity.