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Monday, November 18, 2013

Why Being Diagnosed with Gestational Diebetes is a Blessing!

Gestational Diebetes......Scary or...........?????
At 28 weeks along in our pregnancy, I was tested positive for gestational diabetes. Now this is quite a shock for myself. This is our fourth pregnancy and thus far, the best ever. I have been the healthiest I have ever been and with only 13lbs gained up to this point we were super excited. Until....they said it was a worry. So, my husband and I got on all the research we could possibly get to. I also received my Trim Healthy Mama book, and we had just recently finished a six week course (yes, my hubby and I took it together :) ) on Nutrition, Health and Disease Prevention. (Diabetes was one of the specifics we learned about.) We felt we had a pretty good grasp on the how to's with eating.
After a 8 day observation period, (this means checking my blood sugar seven times a day, peeing on the stick every morning to rate the level of ketones in my urine and documenting each morsel of food and drink I had)  I was placed on Insulin. My body just wasn't doing what it needed to do despite my strict regime and efforts. I was at a loss, and quite devastated. Insulin...injecting myself....what's in the insulin? I take absolutely ZERO medication while pregnant unless deemed no way around it medically necessary no arguing at all, all other possibilities are exhausted. I am an all natural mama! I don't even take Tylenol for heavens sake!
My dear hubby and I again, got down to researching. Turns out the insulin injections are simply a pig's hormone, nothing else. Although, not ideal, not what I want.....
But Lord together we can do this!
Until, the needle was out! Until, I had it in my hand and something happened....
I freaked. I couldn't do this. I cannot inject myself. This of course is silly, it's a tiny needle nothing to it. Nope, No way, No How FORGET IT!
Thankfully, God gifted me my amazing husband. God gifted a very precise love that wells deep with in my husband that can snap me from hysterics of the fear that otherwise grips me and calms me. He I able to soothe my fears, get me back to a must and keep on keeping on. He gives me the strength when I need it. He prays over me to help me relax. now I can do the insulin no problem. We started out with small amounts and have only had to increase it slightly over the past six weeks. I am at 8 units and only at bedtime for the moment!
Now, usually switching your eating habits to such a strict and drastic way would be a very hard feat. But, because we had already started Trim Healthy Mama the transitions was not bad, quite satisfying! In 6 weeks I lost most all of the 13 lbs I had gained during my first 28 weeks of our pregnancy.
Praise the Lord, for this gift of health! For the last weeks of my previous pregnancies meant high blood pressure, weight gain...scary!
Fast forward to week 33 I was scheduled for an Ultrasound to check on baby's size etc. The technitian was awesome and the heartbeat was beautiful and all measurements were bang on for my weeks!
Week 35, I had my check up with the midwives.......because I am taking insulin they want me to have a consult with the Specialist.
.....because of my history of high blood pressure, my bmi and the gestational all together, they want to be safe than sorry. They want to ensure the best medical attention as possible.
I should have received the news with no shock. I should have received the news with thanksgiving and gratefulness for the amazing attention that the midwives were giving to me.
Should have....
I am so sorry that is not what happen....I crumpled. I cried. I couldn't help it. I wasn't in fear. I know that God is holding me and this precious baby tightly. I worked so hard. I have been so good. I am on the strictness diet. I am walking 10-15 hours a week. I have lost weight. I am in excellent health. I feel fine...WHY? I don't want to go see a doctor (please read my prior three blogs about my pregnancies to help understand why).......The poor midwife. I feel so sorry, that I did that. That I crumpled. Then my blood pressure, that has been of optimal awesome was now up. She took it 5 times to make sure and to have an accurate reading! (My midwives are the best team of women, I have ever had. They are amazing. They take every precaution always. My health and the babies health is the utmost of importance to them. For that I praise the Lord, for gifting me each and everyone of the team!) We were surprised to see my blood pressure up (but not really all that surprised, this is when it does that normally in my pregnancies). So as a precautionary tool, she sent me for blood work to check my liver functions. We also found out from the last ultrasound that our baby is right on cue. All measurements awesome. Right where they aught to be. The only thing is the umbilical chord is missing the third vessel. Not to worry, it doesn't and is not affecting the baby at this time. So....all in all I walked out to the car and explained to my hubby. He looked at me, and both agreed its not as bad as it looks, and praise the Lord that the baby is healthy and great!
After we got home, I calmed down. My hubby and I got to researching (if you have not noticed by now, we are crazy about learning, LOL) Turns out that God planned it. He knit together our precious baby with only two vessel for a reason.
That reason...GESTATIONAL DIABETES!!!!!!! A common occurrence with two vessel umbilical chords is a growth problem in utero with the baby not getting big enough. Wow, because a side effect of gestational diabetes is that the baby in utero gets to big and may have to much growing which results in early delivery amongst other things.
Wow, what a blessing. What a gift. What a miracle that the baby in my womb is knit together my a magnificent creator that has it all worked out.
Now that being said, it does not come with a yeah all is well and no worries. My blood pressure is elevating now (so we are taking all precautions to ensure healthy mama, healthy baby happy everyone!) But in the trials and scary moments I know that
Greater is He that is within me, than he that is in this world!
For God is my strength
For God is my comforter
For God is my refuge
For God s my deliever
For God hears my prayers
No matter what happens in the last weeks as I count down to meeting our precious baby, God has me safely where I aught to be!
So, no matter what the circumstances may make us grow weary in the moment but the race is only won through faith, hope and love!
May your week be a blessing to each of you!
Stacey Homemaker

Thursday, November 14, 2013

34.5 weeks Pregnant and 6.5 weeks on THM

Wow....seems that time is sure speeding up for this mama! :)
At the beginning of my 34th week I weighed in at one pound above my pre pregnancy weight! I have to say it sure feels good to be looking done the home stretch knowing that this time I am healthier than I have ever been.
I was so thankful to switch over to Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle eating. I am also in week 6.5 of gestational diabetes and THM has helped me work through the process with a much healthier way of looking at it!
Although, I must take insulin at night, last week I was able to drop back down to 8 units of insulin at night only. I only need to check my blood a few times a day now opposed to seven!
My husband is really enjoying our new lifestyle eating and is helping me with meal planning and budget shopping! I love that THM is also bringing us together in a new way! And with having 3 kiddos and one quickly on the way, the moments of bliss together is so wonderful blessed!
I am blessed and excited about THM and will continue to eat with pleasure after the baby! Although at the moment, I am eating seven small meals a day, each with a protein...I feel like a stuffed turkey! But I have lost inches in my thighs, buttocks, arms and even my face. My wedding ring still slips on and off with ease and I feel amazing. The proof is in the pudding LOL!
Be encouraged, Be blessed and share it all with others!
~Stacey Homemaker~

Beading Adventures.....Love it!

Now, for anyone who knows me sitting still really is not my thing. I like to be busy and on the go! I realize that now my pregnancy is coming close to the finish line that maybe just maybe I need to relax.....
But that does not mean being a lump on a log in front of a screen zombie like.....
So this beading is such a relief for me! I am learning to do something that is not only creative, productive, beautiful but also makes me feel complete. Makes me feel accomplished. Artful and joyful intertwined. Like I always was meant to learn how to do this. Like its in my blood!
I love sitting down at the end of the day, putting a video on (usually a teaching video, a sermon or on the days my brain just won't work out so awesome, I put in a silly dvd to listen to!)
And I sit and bead for hours! The hours slip by with out knowing. The time is a time of serenity and calmness. Where the quiet is washed over me and I am in a zone!
Below are my works from a period of a week long effort to practice with beading!
This is only the second try!
Below I did together, so I did both of the black outlining first and then the color and then the outsides.
Below is all five of the completed Poppies!
I did the last two in a night for my son and my hubby!
I chose to try the poppies for Remembrance day. So we can have a beautiful piece that we can wear without falling off and that look awesome!
I have to say I am truly in love with Beading! This is opening up a passion that I never knew existed!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Final Assignment: Crafting an Effective Writer Topic #2

Nyselxcin-Okanagan Language

Crafting an Effective Writer Topic #2: Identify and describe a favourite activity or interest and provide at least 4 reasons why this activity or interest holds your attention and/or is enjoyable to you.

                               Nyselxcin is a language being revived from the brink of extinction, by the very dedicated language keepers of our valley. Our culture, language and traditional ways of the First Nations people are slowly being driven into extinction because of generational problems and racism. The traditional language keepers of many nations were ripped from homes and beaten into submission via the residential school system. The Nyselxcin language was illegal to use for the First Nations people. This explains why so many First Nations languages were drowned out never to be heard again. In my valley, we have dedicated, motivated and amazing men and women that work tiresly so individuals like me can hear, learn and speak the language of our people, and to gift on the traditions to future generations. These same language keepers are showcasing and illuminating respect for our people, for ourselves, for our culture, for our language, and for our traditions. I am proud to say that I am currently learning my traditional native language. I is a difficult and rewarding language that gives me the greatest joy to be sharing with my children. The spoken sounds and the written words are absolutely fascinating.  I am proud to say that I am learning from amazing elders in my community. To ensure generational, existence of our traditional language, we must first start with, a moment, a step and the spoken the word.
Way’ lim limt! Goodbye, Thank You!

Monday, October 28, 2013

A picture Journal of our Trim Healthy Mama foods!

Would love to share with you my picture journey of the amazing foods that I have been able to cook with Trim Healthy Mama. Foods that my entire family loves and can eat.
And food that I can cook!
Waldorf Salad

Golden Flax Bread (an favorite with my kiddo's)

Green Fries

Macofoni and Cheese with Green Bean Casserole

No flour Brownies

Singing Canary
Mushroom Alfredo with beef and quinoa
These are just a few. More to come along this amazing Trim Healthy Mama Journey!
May your week, day and moments be encouraged and blessed!

Starting out with Trim Healthy Mama!

Trim Healthy Mama and a key to a new eating Life!
I first saw the advertisement for a biblically based eating "diet" in a subscription of Above Rubies Magazine.  I saw it and it looked really exciting. I had just finished a course on Nutrition and Disease Prevention with and was still on fire with all of the amazing things I had learned over the course of 6 weeks on the art and science of eating to prevent diseases (including diabetes and gestational)  so when I saw this one I immediately wanted to get it, even just for curiosity sake.  My dear hubby ordered it for me for our fifth anniversary gift and it was on its way up from the USA! I couldn't wait!


At my 27 week midwife check up I had to go in for my wonderful gestational diabetes blood work (yuck, annoying and icky) but it comes with the territory! Just after I took the test my book came in!
I was so excited. So we jumped in and started experimenting with all of the recipes. While I started to read the how to's and why not's ect.
I have to tell you that I am fully in love with how this book was written. Although, there is a lot of information at first, it is all relevant, much needed and excellent. It was even better than my nutrition course, because the book comes from a Godly, and biblical perspective that helps me so much in attaining and retaining more of the head knowledge, heart knowledge and will to want to succeed.
At 28 weeks, the results were in.....I was full blown gestational diebetic. At first this news was earth shaking. This pregnancy has been by far the best out of all of my pregnancies. At this point my total weight gain was 13lbs and I was feeling amazing. Although, I had to stop walking my 20 hours a week that I was. Turns out my body was starting to wind down as I started to get farther along. So I backed off to about 10 hours of walking (pushing a stroller and with my other two children as well). I do not drive so I walk! Which keeps my plus size figure.....well the same size but at least makes me feel better.
I have tried diets and new eating of all sorts. Last year, I lost 47lbs in less than 12 weeks, simply by adding 4 hours of gym time to my already large hours of walking and counting carbs, calories and stressing out! Which is why....although I maintained to only gain back 10lbs and keep it off I fell back to eating without a lot of the regime!
With THM, hope was revived and rekindled. God would be the driving force of encouragement and this eating makes sense. Its not about depriving but thriving. So, I believe it was Providence and in Hi perfect timing for this wonderful eating life!
For 8 days straight, I recorded my eating for the dietition, I peed on the stick every morning to test keytones and recorded it all! All eating THM. (Which by the way my dietitian is absolutely loving! Thinks its awesome, she looks through my book, recipes etc.and took down the website!).  And eating 7 small meals a day, each one with a protein of some sort and drinking no less than 2 litres of water per day!
To our utter dismay, I had to be placed on insulin. I lost 6 lbs and I was sent for more blood work.
Week 30-31 came with a slight raise in my insulin but other than that no weight loss and dietitian happy with progress and sticking to this amazing eating with luxurious and nutritious food!
We are now on week 32, somewhere along the way I managed to lose another 4 shorts(that I wear for modesty sake under my skirts and dresses) are baggy in my legs and buttocks. My undergarments that have not fit since I entered the 2nd trimester fit comfortably and I feel amazing. My sugars are leveling out to where they need to be.
I have to say I am feeling so blessed with the new lifestyle changes and am confident to succeed even after our gorgeous little blessing is out and about!
Thank you Serene and Pearl, this has changed my life!
PS....For all the dear hubby's...
My hubby although, not following THM 100%, and not increased physical activity in any way has lost from my start at week 28, has now lost 12lbs and it is noticeable for me in his gorgeous physique. I love him always and no matter what, but the lbs are melting away!
Now he is excited. Now he is encouraged and now he is on board!
No my hubby is a eat outery holic. Loves Loves salty and savory high fatty snacks and foods. Through the past five weeks of experimentation with THM recipes he is feeling satisfied.
Keep on all you Trim Heathly Mama's!
Keep on all you Trim Healthy Manly Hubby's!
May you be blessed and bless Serene and Pearl's amazing book!

Crafting an Effective Writer: First Draft Final assignment

Nyselxcin-Okanagan Language

Crafting an Effective Writer

Topic #2: Identify and describe a favourite activity or interest and provide at least 4 reasons why this activity or interest holds your attention and/or is enjoyable to you.



                Nyselxcin is a language currently being revived from the brink of extinction, in essence being revived by very dedicated language keepers of our Valley. Our culture, language and traditional ways of the First Nations Peoples are slowly being driven into extinction because of progress, generational issues and cultural racism. The traditional language keepers of many nations were ripped from homes and beaten into submission. The language was essentially ‘illegal’ to use for the First Nations peoples. Which, shows us why so many first nations languages were drowned out and never to be heard again. In my Valley, we have dedicated, motivated and amazing men and women that work tiresly so people like me can hear, learn and speak the language of our people. To learn, do and gift on the traditions and love to future generations. These same language keepers are showcasing and illuminating respect for our people, for ourselves, for our culture, for our language, for our traditions and for the living in harmony with others. I am proud to say that I am currently learning my language. I am proud to say that I am learning from amazing people. To ensure generational, life longevity of our traditional language, we must first start with a step, a moment, and the spoken word. Way’ lim limt!

Learning How to Bead!

Beads Beads Beads!
I have always admired beaded work. Loved the beauty, the time, the patience and the love of the work that it takes for someone to make such an exquisite piece of art.
I am not a very good at hand sewing. I never have had that knack or ability. I have always simply longed to try but never had the opportunity!
A dear friend of mine, a talented force I tell you what! She has an amazing eye for detail and beauty. She is a mama of six and is simply amazing. A wonderful role model for us other mama's! She gifted me the opportunity to learn from her talented wisdom! And so begins my new love affair with the art of beading.
For you see, this particular week I overdid some things. Being 31 weeks pregnant and a homeschooling mama of 3, I sometimes forget that I am supposed to take some rest. Life, is so wonderful and I love keeping busy. I have been blessed with my life and want to live each day to the fullest of the gift that God handed to me.......but I also must remember that, even God rested. So, my dear hubby "grounded" me to the couch and rest for the day. My friend invited me over and was explaining how relaxing, rewarding and productive beading is for me and I can put my feet up! So, naturally, I am all in!
Once I got started.....the love affair begin. I tell ya, if you have never had the opportunity to learn this is your day. I am absolutely in love with beading. The beauty of it. The effort. The serenity it is when beading. The fact that when you have completed for the most part you stare at it and just silently sit in awe..for I never knew I could ever accomplish anything like it!

Now you see, this is only my second time attempting this beading. The first time, was last year when I made my youngest daughter some moccassins. Oh that was hard. And it was on beautiful moose hide. Which, in itself I am in love with....but beading on it was quite a learning curve!
This was a whole different ball game. Its like, being just in sync. The calmness. The beauty. The elegance. I love it. Like I was meant to sit and bead. I don't know how else to describe it! It was serenity. This past week I was praying that God help me. So many different things that I was going through and thinking of and praying for.....and then He gave me this beautiful gift of an afternoon with a genuine friend. A friend that I had so much fun with. A friend that was nice to just sit and hang out. God gifted me this beautiful new desire to relax and work it through. As if beading and I were meant to be!
Sounds a little funny, I know but unless you try you may never know!
I pray that each of you find your serenity moment this week. That each of you are safe and loved and that you go through your week with joyfilled hearts!
Blessings to you and your family,
~Stacey Home Maker~

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Week #4: Creative Writtng: Journal #2

Module 2 Writing Activity
In your journal, discuss any disadvantages to the place where you live and continue your sentence practice with noun and verb phrases. Write at least one of each of the noun phrases discussed in the unit (prepositional phrase, absolute phrase, and appositive phrase) and at least two of each of the verb phrases (infinitive phrase and participial phrase). You will, therefore, write at least seven sentences for this journal activity. As in the first assignment, underline the phrase in each sentence and consider its function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

  1. I have a debilitating fear of drowning, because of this fear I am not able to fully enjoy the river that runs along our Village.
  2. Each day, the weather is unpredictably surprising.
  3. Our home, a flat white older home, is located directly beside the river.
  4. To enter or exit our Village, go directly to the middle and the hiway runs through the centre.
  5. My parents went to the High school that still is used in our Village.
  6. The winds sometimes blows so wildly, that it knocks over trees. 

Week #4: Creative Writting: Journal #1

Module 1 Writing Activity
In your writing journal, you will begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. For this journal entry, discuss some of the advantages of the place where you live. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

Adjective Clauses:
  1. The Village, in which I live in, is full of vibrant people.
  2. Our village is surrounded with talented farmers, whom supply all of my families needs for 'real' food.
  3. I can still remember coming here, when I was a little girl and loving it just as much!
Adverbial Clauses:
  1. The Village, in which I live in, is full of vibrant people. Whenever, you are walking down the street, people always say "Hello".
  2. Our Village is surrounded with talented farmer's whom supply all of my families needs for 'real' food. Rather than purchasing produce from the grocery store, in which is imported food!
  3. I can still remember coming here, when I was a little girl and loving it just as much! Whenever we visit the "big city" I am always excited to return to our Village. 

Week #3: Creative Writting: Journal #2

Module 2 Writing Activity
In your journal, continue your observations of the scene observed in journal 1.  Note several vivid action verbs that you have already used. Revise some of your sentences using action verbs and/or write 2-3 new sentences with action verbs. Try not to use any of the forms of “to be” (is, are, was, etc.).  Underline the action verbs in your sentences. Again, you will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the peer reviewed writing at the end of the unit.

Suddenly, Beth's twins fell off opposite ends of a large, rickety see saw......Well, here's to the Emergency and amazing, beautiful, and full of life children!
Suddenly, Beth's twin girls plummeted to the ground, falling high from the old, rickety, see saw....Well here's to another emergency room run with wailing, dramatic and hurt twins! 

Week 3: Creative Writting Journal #1

Module 1 Writing Activity
Observe a scene where people are interacting.  You might choose a restaurant or a shopping mall.  Sporting events and parks are also good places to observe people. Write 5-6 sentences describing this scene and underline the subjects of your sentences. Write a few sentences experimenting with using different types of pronouns from the tables in Unit 3.  You will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the writing activities for this unit.

We were all gathered around a pick nick table at our local park.  Sally and Jane, were excitedly, jumping through the air as if  both were, majestical trapeze artists! Everyone else were lost in shouts of joy, and shrill high pitch giggles of pure happiness. Together each of us, mothers were trying hard to relieve our paranoia of falling or death defying leaps and bounds that our children were making. Suddenly, Beth's twins fell off opposite ends of a large, rickety see saw......Well, here's to the Emergency and amazing, beautiful, and full of life children! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I have to say that this course is really challenging me and inspiring me to want to do better. I really love the workload, and how the professors are so communicable and not dry. I enjoy learning this way so very much.


Prepositions are words that connect nouns and pronouns to other words and show the relationship between the words. While there are hundreds of prepositions, some of the more common prepositions are:


Even though knowing individual prepositions is important, you will use prepositional phrases far more frequently. A prepositional phrase begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or pronoun and includes any words that come in between the two. Study the examples below.
  • in the village
  • despite the extensive remodeling project
  • underneath the grey blanket
  • near him
  • between you and me
  • with her


Conjunctions are words that link other words in a sentence and indicate the relationship between those words. There are four types of conjunctions:
  1. coordinating conjunctions
  2. correlative conjunctions
  3. adverbial conjunctions
  4. subordinating conjunctions
You will study conjunctions again in Week 4 when you study the different types of clauses. But for now, learn the four types of conjunctions as subcategories of one of the eight parts of speech.

Coordinating conjunctions join words or word groups of equal importance.
There are only seven coordinating conjunctions:
*Use the memory word FANBOYS to help you remember all seven coordinating conjunctions.
  1. For
  2. And
  3. Nor
  4. But
  5. Or
  6. Yet
  7. So

  • The child was crying, for he had fallen and scraped both knees.
  • The man and the woman walked hand and hand down the street.
  • The Tan’s did not wish to visit Alaska, nor did they wish to visit Tierra del Fuego.
  • She likes tea but not coffee.
  • The student could play or study, but not both.
  • The young man ate breakfast, yet he was still hungry.
  • The game ended, so the team left the field.

Correlative conjunctions are word pairs that join words or words groups of equal importance.
Common correlative conjunctions include:
  • not only . . . but also
  • whether . . . or
  • both . . . and
  • not . . . but
  • either . . . or
  • as . . . as
  • neither . . . nor

  • They want to travel not only to Europe but also to Asia.
  • I want either the red dress or the black shoes.
  • I want both the red dress and the black shoes.
  • Whether you clean your room or vacuum the house is up to you.

Unlike coordinating conjunctions and correlative conjunctions that link words and word groups, adverbial conjunctions join independent clauses, which you will study in Week 4.
Adverbial conjunctions tell the reader the relationship between the two main clauses. Below are common adverbial conjunctions organized by the relationship they specify.

or Contrast
Cause or
in addition
in fact
in contrast
in comparison
as a result

Subordinating conjunctions are a word or group of words that introduces a subordinate clause, which you will study in Week 4.
Below are common subordinating conjunctions organized by the relationship they specify.

Cause or
or Contrast
PurposeSpace or Time
even though
even if
rather than
in order that
so that

Study these charts, for you will be referring to them throughout the course. You should become familiar with these words and the corresponding organizational relationship. They will help you to improve your thought and sentences as you write.


Before you begin reading this section, take a few moments to copy down or print this list of symbols that will be used to identify parts of speech in sentences we will be working with throughout this unit.
Part of Speech/SentenceSymbol
Prepositional PhrasePrep P

The sentences that you will learn to write in this course will contain many words from the eight parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives/determiners, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections). What is even more important is that the words categorized as the eight parts of speech can do many different “jobs” in the sentences you create. The box below illustrates some of the work these elements can do for you.
Parts of SpeechJobs They Perform in Sentences
Nouns, pronounsSubjects (the actor/who/what) and Objects (receive the action of the actor)
VerbsVerbs (describe the action of the actor)
Adjectives, adverbs, prepositionsModifiers (add details and description)
ConjunctionsConjunctions (link sentences, words)
InterjectionsInterjections (exclamations)
Each part of speech, as you can see, corresponds to one or more of the writing jobs it can do. They are all really hard workers when it comes to creating sentences.
There is one more significant thing to know about the relationship between the eight parts of speech and sentences. Just as the parts of speech can do various jobs in sentences, words that make up the eight parts of speech can also multitask. In fact, many of the words in the English language can be more than one part of speech, as you already know, and can do a variety of jobs in sentences. Look at the following examples.
WordPart of SpeechSentences
bubblesNounThe bubbles floated up and away.
verbWater bubbles when it begins to boil.
up(s)adverbHe climbed up to the top of the ladder.
prepositionThey went up the stairs.
adjectiveThe up elevator is on the left.
nounShe has had more ups than downs lately.
wellinterjectionWell! I don’t believe it!
adverbThe teacher spoke well of the student.
adjectiveMy friend is well.
dailynounThe daily arrives at 3:00 pm.
adjectiveDaily attendance is a requirement.
adverbHe called her cell phone daily.

And these examples are just four of tens of thousands of words that multitask in this way. Learning the parts of speech and how they function will help you be a better writer and editor.
But, rest assured, once you have a firm grasp of English based on the descriptions of it you find here, you will better understand that this ability words have to do so many things helps to make the English language very rich and very flexible and very descriptive.
Now that you can see all of the roles English words can play in sentence structures, creating sentences for writing will become much easier for you.

For example, the noun and verb Seals performed create a complete sentence.
Now add the adjective the:
The sealsperformed.

Add another adjective that describes the color of the seals:
Theblack sealsperformed.

The verb, performed, doesn’t really describe the actions of the seals. Try a verb that better describes the seals’ actions:

Leaped better describes the seals' action. Writing and reading would be rather dull if there weren’t verbs that described action. In fact, sentences sometimes contain multiple descriptive verbs. Look at the following sentence.
Theblacksealsleaped, slid, and barked

Look at how this sentence gains energy and vitality when action verbs are added. (Do note that adding additional verbs also means adding commas and the conjunction and.)
There is one more thing you can do to make this sentence even more dynamic. Add adverbs and prepositional phrases to give additional details about the verbs.
Theblacksealsleapedeagerly out of the water, slidquickly upon the deck, andbarkednoisily at the spectators.

By adding adverbs (words and phrases that modify verbs) to the sentence, you create a sentence that is even more specific and visual.
Now, add several adjectives. Remember adjectives are words used to add descriptive details to nouns and can be inserted in prepositional phrases.
Thesleek blacksealsin the poolleapedeagerly out of the shimmering water,slidquickly upon the wooden deck around the pool, andbarkednoisilyat the stunned spectatorsin the half-empty bleachers.

Remember, this sentence began as Seals performed.
A sprinkling of action verbs and their attending adverbs, as well as a few adjectives and prepositional phrases turned this sentence into an event. As you begin to experiment with expanding sentences in this way, your writing will become word pictures that readers will be able to visualize.

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Crafting an Effective Writer: Week 2: Journal 2

This is the class for the Verbs and Adverbs!
Below is the class assignment:
Module 2 Writing Activity
In your journal, continue your list of nouns and adjectives by adding in five to ten verbs and adverbs. Then, write a couple of sentences using your list of nouns, adjective, verbs, and adverbs.
Below is my work:
School time with my children verbs:
  1. will
  2. do
  3. giggled
  4. laughed
  5. talkative
School time with my children adverbs:
  1. beautifully
  2. slowly
  3. quickly
  4. loudly
  5. often, soon, always
Sentences to follow:
  1. In our dinning room you will find often my talkative daughters.
  2. During our mornings you will most always find school books piled high a top of our table.
  3. Our house is filled with high pitched laughter that beautifully rolls our of our windows each day.
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Crafting An Effective Writer: Week 2: Journal 1

I am currently taking a few courses which I will detail a proper introduction to in another post. Currently this course is about the 8 parts of speech. Something as a homeschooling mama I want to be quite well with. I want to make sure that I brush up on all and anything I can. I want my children to know that lifelong learning is a valuable asset, regardless of circumstance.
  1. Thus, my online life long learning journey began in the beginning of July this year. Crafting an Effective writer is a course in which I am quite intrigued by.
 Below is the assigned work :
Module 1 Writing Activity
In your journal, write down a list of at least five to ten nouns and five to ten adjectives as you observe a scene at home, work, or in your community.

Below is my Journal Entry for this module:
School time with my children nouns:
  1. papers, pencils and crayons
  2. school books
  3. daughters and son
  4. artwork and paint
  5. house
School time with my children adjectives:
  1. loud
  2. dinning room
  3. high pitched laughter
  4. red, brown and orange (autumn art work)
  5. twirling and whirring
I am excited to share with you my journey through life long online learning.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Finally Free", written by Heath Lambert

Finally Free
written by Heath Lambert
Book Review is of my own opinions and I did not receive anything other than the honour of a free book and the gift of doing this review.
When I was growing up pornography was not a bad thing per say. I grew up in a family of mechanics and mainly around men. On the walls of their shops hung by the masses, pictures and calendars and on mugs and magazines etc. the women in all sorts of positions and most barely had a bikini or some with nothing at all on. A family member is an artist and I used to adore how amazing he could draw the women's body to a tee. I was quite young and for a very long time the pornographic images is what I thought a women should look like. I sincerely thought that this was the way to get and keep and marry a man. That and the romance novels I read while my biological was working did not help at all.
My perception of pornography as a young adult was a mark of being finally an adult. The day when you turn 18 (Canada) and are able to go in a purchase this material was an accomplishment in the wait. Here in Canada you can purchase pornography at the age of 18, although you are not legally allowed to purchase cigarettes and or alcohol. We all know that really pornography is not that bad......or is it......
I am no perfect little housewife. I did not come to know the Lord until I was 22 years old. And believe you me I did a lot of things that for a long time was not proud of and in fact was ashamed of. So I understand what addictions are and what they mean. How hard the hold the devil has on your heart and your soul. How feeding the need and the desire is in its entity all consuming!
When I came to know the Lord, I slowly started to see what the Devil was up to and how he dangled temptation wrapped in gorgeous packaging. Packaging that seems innocent and inviting. Until this packaging is not able to be removed. The packaging cannot be lived with out. The packaging starts to be you, live through you and you cannot let go.
I know how hard this is. God will not erase it in an instant, it will not come in a flash and poof all better. It comes with the head knowledge of Salvation, the heart knowledge of the Love and Mercy and Grace of the Lord and why you are truly loved. Why you are important, why God wants you to turn from all of the temptations.
When I received this book in the mail, I opened it and to be perfectly honest I kinda thought that this is gonna be another prosperity gospel, Christians perfectly being healed and walking away from it all and never to return. Poof Easy....
Wow, was I wrong! This book is not another self help Christian ideology book. This book speaks directly to your own heart. Your will to survive. Your will to work hard and trust that the Lord God almighty can rid you of the will to bend to the Devil's hand!
We all know the commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not covet....." Exodus 20:13,17"
But that's easier said than done. Pornography is every where. In our magazines, on commercials, in all our media, in cooking magazines, internet, on buses, on vehicles...this list can go on! It comes in small doses, because the enemy likes to wrap his packaging in innocent wrapping paper so that your heart becomes slowly desensitised to it. Then BAM its all consuming.
Finally Free, works from the Heart, then Relationship with the Lord. Heath Lambert works through processes to showcase and reveal where the eye of the storm is. I love how he uses illustrations and personal stories to really get the point a human point. Understanding and in plain English. He does not have to go into sex terminology or being raunchy. He expertly guides you through prayer and deliverance with God as your center.
At the end of each chapter he gives you a list to go through. Questions to ask yourself, scripture to meditate on, and prayer to elevate your heart and soul back to the one whom created you!
Friends, this book is geared towards pornographic addictions, but, I strongly feel that this is a lesson of how to be ridding yourself of small, large addiction's and be really and truly set free through the forgiveness of self, of Jesus, of God and of those around you.
A must have book in every home, and every pastors office. A must have for seeing the problems and standing up and becoming God's love, Gods light, Gods forgiveness.
Lets not let these amazing children of God suffer from addictions, let us set free and live for Christ and be truly Set Free!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Boys Boys Boys

Fours years can rush by you like a freight train.
Fast, exquisite and full of surprises along the way!
Wow.....having boys is kinda like boarding a train unaware of your end destinations and experiencing amazing adventures along the way!
When we got married I was extremely sick. I had endometriosis. A very annoying, painful and a full stop to fertility! I was quite sick, my iron counts were drastically low. The specialist put me on a wait list for a surgery that would hopefully alleviate symptoms and clear out the pipes so to speak.
This surgery was successful and we conceived within three weeks after. Just prior to us finding out that we were in fact pregnant, I wound up in Emergency....turns out you can tear muscles in your heart by over lifting and over working and yes it can mimic a heart attack..yikes that was fun.
About two weeks later I was sick, moody (beyond all measure MEAN!!!!!!!!!). Sean wanted me to take a pregnancy stick. I thought he was nuts! LOL. So one night he finally convinced me to just indulge him. He gathered up all our change in our apartment. (If you know Sean at all, change is not something he pays with. He cannot stand paying in change! LOL) Turns out we were in fact I had to apologize. LOL
This was the first pregnancy since my emergency with Raven. I had so many fears for my health, for my family and for the outcome!
I had real terror fears as well. For you see my biological mother married when I was 4 years old. When she had my sister my step dad was a different man....will not go into details but there was many traumas heart ache and violence. So having a second child, and Raven was just over 4 and the fears enveloped me with a grip I had never knew was even there. Giving me horrible night mares!
A wise and kind, and caring women from the church where Sean grew up had told me that she once got the similar nightmares, fears and they griped her so tightly. She told me to give it to the Lord, each time I awoke to shout it out, cry it out and give it to the Lord.
The struggles I was internally facing I brought to the Lord! The Lord brought me right back to my husband! The Lord showed me to give it all up. To let my husband be what He had created him to be. My shelter, my strength, my shield and my protection, my comforter and my rock.
What I didn't know was how this heart change was going to be a blessing in the coming months and years!
Our pregnancy was going wonderfully well. I felt like a million bucks. I was healthy, happy and loved. I could walk long distances, work hard ( I was a store manager for a Plus Sized High end Fashion store, which meant I did a lot of merchandising and sooooo much more).
This was my problem was that I did feel that good. With Ray's pregnancy at the same time I had not been well. So I tended to be stubborn and over did a lot of things when I should have sat I sped walked. When I should have stopped flipping my store over in a day and taken a few days....I was quite (and am stubborn) :).
During this time I had a few family issues that warrented grave emotions, scariness almost lost my beautiful little sister and my unborn nephew...soooo scary. And various other things that were extremely stressful but not worth naming!
This resulted in our first scare. I was about 30 weeks along and while merchandising I managed to hurt myself. I didn't think much at the moment but with in the hour I was having severe sharp pains. I had my p/t gal take over while I went to the washroom. The amount of fluid that wasn't stopping was cause for alarm. So I immediately went back to my store, in great pain and told my p/t gal to go home. For you see I am not good with other people helping me or touching me or looking at me when I am in pain. Well, this sweet, gentle, caring women (was well my senior) knew something was wrong so after a few stern words and she made me spill my guts.
Then made me call the mat ward at the hospital. When they told me to come in then she called her husband to come give us a ride. In my stubbornness I convinced her that we had to wait until I closed down my store. I couldn't just close down! She succumbed as long as I sat still until close and she would work for me. Then I called would never know it at the time but he was fearful as well.
Turns out I did over do it. I tore my water bag and was leaking minimally but enough for those doctors to send me for bed rest. Again, I was a store manager and I was not set for mat leave for another ten weeks. I had no replacement because head office hadn't started looking.
My boss convinced me, (much to my husbands complete annoyance and angry faces) to stay for two weeks, to give them time for a replacement. In that time, I wrote a complete training manual for the computer operations, how to run my store, how the back room was supposed to be. I included diagrams and everything. (Can you tell sitting still isn't for me??) I also did their sales goals for the entire year, made up a draft schedule for 6 months. I did all of their cleaning schedule's and Product knowledge nights all up for them.
Then it was on bed rest......not something I can do well! So, we had already predetermined that I would be homeschooling our daughter, for her kindergarten year in September. The preschool she was attending had concerns (Unwarranted) about her learning. So In this time, while on bed rest I chose to homeschool her in a second go around with the pre school curriculum. Which was a blessing and a gift to have had this opportunity to do. It was the first time I had not worked. I had time to indulge in the cuddle time, the togetherness and the loving relationship between mother and daughter. It was purely a gift from God, to gift us that time before adding a brother to the mix.
At 35 weeks I had started to spot and go into labour......after a week of on again off again hard labour...(much to the hospitals confusion about why) the labour stopped. What did start was my elevated blood pressure. Immediately I went in. The first doctor I saw agreed with me and my concerns and suggested inducing labour. Unfortunately the on call doctor disagreed and sent me home. Much to the absolute disgust of the nurses (for you see my blood pressure was high). A few days later I went back to the mat clinic. This doctor said its not that elevated...grrrrrr After all that I went through with Raven, and these doctors know my history......needless to say I was not impressed but after 5 doctors and getting no where. I waited....and waited. On my due date, which is September 1 and my dads birthday.  I had a check up the doctor tried to break the membrances. He could not do it. My cervix was far and tilted. He explained that he thought I would be overdue. Not to worry after 7 days they will induce me. Ugh......
So that night we hit KFC for some comfort food. My dear hubby got spicy chicken.....
At 5 am on September 2 I had pain....but I didn't know if it was labour or just something else. So I waited. By 630am my contractions were 5 mins apart and medium strength! I woke Sean up, he called Papa and we got Raven ready. All of a sudden the contractions went form medium I can take it strength to over drive rip your hair from its roots I cant do it drive! Sean called Papa again told him it might be sooner...we got into the car. A car with no shocks, driving down a driveway in the middle of 22acres, no pavement and gravel road....oh the bumps! Then we come to a once is with in miles of this intersection....I am not so nice and tell Sean  to drive through it....he is quite a goody goody so he waited! GRRRR. Raven was trying to tell it was ok, that this pain was normal....(you see she was five, and her and I had watched those birthing shows to get ready) Mama its all good. While rubbing my back. This is good pain member this means Malachi is coming soon!
I tried but I believe I snapped and asked her not to touch me. We finally made it to the was a 25min drive from our home. I asked Sean to get me a wheel chair...the only one he could find was a tall back wire chair....I am not a small woman I am plus sized and this narrow wire crazy chair set me OOFFFFFF! So I bawled, crying weeping I was tooo fat for this chair....Raven trying to be oh so sweet and tell me I am beautiful and am not fat I am having a baby! Sean telling me I am radiant and he loves me I am gorgeous...this did nothing for me,....I walked in and went straight upstairs. Immediately the nurses hooked me up...Then they called the mat doctor on call and the blood pressure was just below 200/108, my contractions were off the charts. They needed to know what drugs to give me and how much. They were flabbergasted at why my contractions with minimal dilation were coming that fast and that hard.
They gave me the gas, prepped me for an epidural and finally started administering blood pressure meds (although there was much confusion between the specialist, nurses and back and forth as to how much to give me....they ended up over dosing me). Finally the man with the needle came...they wanted me to scrunch. Five times they could not get that needle in..Sean was not looking well. The nurse peeled my hand off of his shirt and he went to the bathroom needless to say to spare details, spicy chicken the night before and profound emotional circumstance bode horrifying results on a first time dad!
Finally the epidural was in and the bp meds were keeping me in the 180's range....the pain was not gone but I could 1030am the doctor came into explain that we were going to need to help malachi out. When I hit 10cm and what not they would be using a vacuum to help get him out. He was not fully where he needed to be but we needed him to come. We agreed. at 1130am the end was near the pain was the most excruciating pain I have ever endured! The epidural at this point seem useless. I started to feel woozy. Then he was coming. Push no stop pushing. The cord was wound around his neck! Push no Push. Finally he came out. He needed his lungs and tummy pumped because he had gone to the washroom. But other wise beautifully healthy...
The world started to lose focus. All the sounds were magnified. Sean was sitting across from me holding our beautiful baby....the doctor kept talking in rushed voices to the nurses...I need a scale and a! Then I lost focus, slipped away for a moment. I opened my eyes, they were weighing blot clots...they look the size of a desert plate...Then is when I heard them ask Sean if he would go in the other room, he could take malachi no problem. They both looked at me. The nurse said just be careful where you step you don't want to slip....
(I later found out my blood covered 85% of the labour floor, they were awaiting someone to clean it up)
I felt weird, like not there but much weighing I felt wet I felt cold I felt numb...What was happening.....I was not able to be moved. So I stayed in the same bed I gave birth in until 630pm this is when I was stabilized enough to be moved two doors down to a private room directly across from the nurses. First I had to be moved to the next bed. This is when we found out I had lost all movement in my legs. I couldn't move them or even feel them. They had to switch off the machines in order to transport me to the next bed. In the new room....the nurses just had gotten new machines for the iv's that day......only one nurse knew how to use it completely. This is when the turned on the machines and had to shoot some saline into my iv to move the liquid through..
I lost control of all body, my body raged writhing, bouncing the seizure lasted what seemed a life time. I could not stop my body. I was a prisoner in the mass of hysteria that was my body...I was terrified. Finally, it stopped. Now I had 5 nurses around my bed. Sean and Malachi off to the left and I now refused all medical services, screaming at them. I did not want anyone touching me....took awhile but they convinced me.....then I had another seizure. I asked Sean to pray over me. To praise God for getting my through it. Finally, it all calmed down. The nurses stood silently while he prayed. They gave us that moment and space. It was so needed.
Sean had a migraine so horrid, the nurses gave him some medicine and told him to lie in the bed next to me. I had a 24 hour nurse. I, still attempted breast feeding. He took no problem but was not much hungry. I awoke in the middle of the night, Malachi and his bed were missing...after repeatedly hitting the button for what seemed endless turns out the nurse gave him his first bath and a bottle and changed him.
The clots continued. Day four I regained numbness in my legs! Sean was working my legs each day to help me. I refused all formula and breast fed and changed my beautiful baby. Sean changed his little bottom when I couldn't. They were wanting to do a transfusion but didn't want to attempt it. I had a lot of meds. Day 5 there was a blessing, I may go home tomorrow. I could now stand with Sean's help. I could even pee all by myself. The clots went from a dinner plate down to desert plate again. and were shrinking. Optimistic.
Day 6- Home! Finally Praise the Lord!
Slept, showered and was content in the gift of life! Day 7 we went to church. To praise God and to give thanks. Day 8 we started homeschooling for kindergarten.
The reason why the problems: I had surgery from my endiometeriosis, I was not healed at all when we conceived. Malachi's placenta knit its way into my incisions. Thus, when he was coming out he was tearing out my insides essentially and simply put! Praise the Lord, we had him vaginally! Praise the Lord each of us made it through! He had also pooped before I went into labour and the umblical chord was wrapped around his neck. My blood pressure emergency was due to the doctors not properly identifying the symptoms when I told them to. I should have been induced or on medications. Praise the Lord for all whom helped us during that time.
The same day I went into labour Seans Great Grandfather had been admitted to the Hospital in the ICU! Praise the Lord for his dedicated and amazing wife. (whom we named our third child's middle name after) and staff and he was able to go home! We were able to have five generations of men for my husbands side of the family photographs! Praise the Lord!
Nothing is impossible, with God!
We had many medical emergencies in the coming months. But alas another day!
Thank you for sharing in Malachi's birth story!
May you be blessed, encouraged and be equally so to those around you!
Stacey Homemaker~