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I AM SECOND

Heather —  August 18, 2013

Have you heard of I AM SECOND?

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This is a website, a project, a… movement…

that is worth looking into. I am nearing the end of the 22 day challenge and so far I am in awe of the project.

When I first went to look, I was a bit worried to even click on the videos. I mean, they were supposed to be authentic stories from people in all walks of life. So that would make the videos, probably (I figured) stories of the trouble and pain that did draw them to Christ.

After checking it out though, I love the project. The videos are so well produced and each person tells their story with such clarity. I am truly a reader, not a watcher. But this century, visual things have meaning to far more people and this site fills a very important need. I am doing the 22 Day Challenge. One of my favorite videos so far is:

http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/josh-hamilton/

Each story I have watched has brought me to the brink of tears, where, I’m going, “yes, that can happen, that’s horrible stuff” And, “yes, I’m so glad you are okay now and have found peace.”

Many of the people who are in the videos are actors and athletes, musicians, and many others are regular people. You can watch a five minute video and share all over the web. (Yes, I keep sharing, it’s good stuff!)

See what you think about the authentic stories on iamsecond.com. You could do the challenge or just choose a topic you are interested in. The site is organized by topic.

Want to help the project? One of the easiest would be to help create more films through Seconds Change: 

Give Change, Make Change  Many more stories are waiting to be told.  You can help  (and this is easy). Commit $2 every Tuesday to build film funds, and your contribution will be used to develop, produce and promote new films. Join the project and become an I am Second insider with access to exclusive content via Facebook.

I am second

So visit the iamsecond website, the Nashville page on facebook and follow them on twitter.

Finding Joy In Depression

Heather —  March 16, 2012

What are your thoughts about depression?

Honestly, I feel very uncomfortable talking about depression. Over the years, I have had many health issues and one doctor did attribute them to depression. I found that frustrating, because deep down, I suppose I see depression as a weakness, something I could fix if I “just tried harder.”

At the time, I went ahead and was treated for depression using medication. I disliked that very much and did gain some weight. To make a long story short…well, I am not sure that I ever really was depressed. I still have some health issues. My current doctor is very helpful and has helped find some other solutions for my health issues, such as figuring out my gluten intolerance and a couple other things—this has improved my quality of life.

And, yes, I feel happier. I wonder about all this sometimes. Am I really depressed and it manifests as immune issues? Or do my immune issues cause me to feel bad and so I seem depressed? I mean really…which came first, the chicken or the egg? You know?

And, I am not a doctor. I know there are some types of depression that can be clearly diagnosed and treated. I certainly do not think depression should be some sort of white elephant in the room.

The reason I am talking about this today is because I was able to get a copy of Amanda Pelsers new ebook, Finding Joy in Depression. I enjoy Amanda’s blog and her wonderful book clubs, and when I saw she had a book coming out about depression, I was super curious to see what she would say…because I also know that she has a BA in Bible from Anderson University and a MA in Old Testament Studies from Talbot School of Theology.  (She is a former church communications director turned stay-at-home-mom.)

So, I thought, what would she say? I mean, the fact that she is in ministry adds a whole other layer to this discussion. Because some people feel that depression is a heart issue, and that if you are depressed maybe you need to go to God to resolve something. Personally, I do not agree with this take on depression. I know that Jesus is our healer and nothing is impossible with him. But I also believe that depression can be a medical issue that God can use doctors and medications to heal.

So…anyway, all this led me to read Finding Joy in Depression.

I found Amanda’s take on this subject refreshing. Just the title clues you in that she is searching to honor God through hardship, finding the joy in the midst of trouble.

Overall, I feel that Amanda really wants to throw open some windows on the topic of depression. Especially for Christians. For people who have been through a traumatic event. For the young, stressed moms who wonder if they are depressed or just a bit overwhelmed.

Often, when I read a book like this, I look hard for solid solutions to issues. I like how clearly Amanda described her journey and tries to give answers that can really help others.

In a down to earth fashion, she talks about the options of medication, the importance of a caring spouse, natural remedies, knowing triggers and dealing with bad days.

It is fascinating to think about the connections between our bodies, minds and spirits. I really encourage you to read this book.

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Finding Joy in Depression, by Amanda Pelser, ebook/kindle/nook format, $4.99

Finding Joy in Depression.

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I received a copy of this ebook to facilitate my review. I am also an affiliate, now, because I like the book:) Buy it from my link…or hers…whatever:) But if you know someone struggling with depression, do check it out.

How To Have a HEART for Your Kids

This week in the How To Have a Heart For Your Kids Book Club, Chapter 2: Enrich Your Marriage

Yes. I meant 30.3444 or maybe 29? All I know is when I hear people talking about being a Proverbs 31 wife, I always think about how marvelous that would be, and how hard it is to really attain that.

It is interesting to me that in this book club, about how to have a heart for your kids, the author gets right down to business with what can really make or break a family. The first chapter is to put God first. And, next, your marriage. How do you protect your marriage? How do you get a great marriage? Well, I agree with the author that honoring your husband, serving him, and treating him like your best friend and ally, not just a work partner, is a good way to go.

Easier said than done! I think the sweeter your husband is, the easier it is maybe to take him for granted. I say that because my husband is very sweet and sometimes I take him for granted. Around here, I spend a lot of time with the few children who make the most noise. Anyone else have this dynamic?

And, when I am not being mommy, and not exhausted, I tend to try to find ways to be me. Maybe do something creative, or blog or even clean. Something not kid related. I don’t immediately go try to do for my husband.

This is funny to me, because when I was younger, I was a single, working mom of two boys. I always though once I had a good husband life would be so much easier…so magical. I saw married women treating their husbands poorly or ignoring them and I thought they were foolish. I would never be like that! Haha. Fast forward 10 years and I see that I am taking my husband for granted sometimes. But, there are only so many hours in the day.

  • So, how do you decide how to use your hours? Should I write a blog post, or sit and watch a football game with my husband?
  • Should I go get a new shirt I kind of need…or stay home and complete a project that I have been whining about?
  • Should I put a ton of effort into getting the children to bed so I can pay attention to some story from my husband’s day?

Well, when you really think about it, yes, yes and yes.

I should make my husband my number one priority. Still, I squirm about that, I mean, he’s not complaining and I have loads of things I want to do to make my life, my home nice. Right?

And, on top of all that, there’s the question of who is really the leader. I married a laid back guy who takes his time making decisions, and wouldn’t force anyone to follow anyway. I, on the other hand, love the idea of being the leader. I move fast! I have ideas! I get people on the boat and moving…sometimes, in spite of how anyone feels.

So which is right? Well, neither in every situation, which is probably why God has opposites attracting so often! But, if I truly believe the Bible and trust God, then I know that I am supposed to let my husband lead.

And that will make my home nice.

I know that, because when I am not stubborn and do that, it always end up lovely. No joke. Still hard to do!

So, how can I take this idea of serving my husband and make it real for him this week?

  • Well, I can try to not be stubborn when I think I am right about something this week
  • I can offer to do something for him ~ and mean it.
  • I can pray that God will help me to be the Proverbs 31 woman of our dreams. Because only God can do that.

*this post is loosely based on chapter 2. Really, get this book!

Would you like to join in? Visit http://thepelsers.com/2011/12/05/heart-kids-book-club/ for all the details!

Gratitude Challenge

Heather —  November 15, 2010
Big: The Musical

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Today is Day 15

Today, I am grateful that Jacqui got a main part in her School Musical!!

She worked very hard and I am so pleased for her~I hope she will have a blast!

One of my quiet and faithful TOS crew leaders, Brenda, over at Garden of Learning, is doing a Gratitude Challenge for the month of November. I am pleased to join in and should be posting something I am grateful for each day.

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Gratitude Challenge. The Cook

Heather —  November 11, 2010
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Today is Day 11

One of my quiet and faithful TOS crew leaders, Brenda, over at Garden of Learning, is doing a Gratitude Challenge for the month of November. I am pleased to join in and should be posting something I am grateful for each day.

Today, I am grateful that my son is a GREAT cook!

I am in awe that my teenage son is such an amazing chef. He can make anything and it comes out delicious. For example–yesterday, he wanted to make a cake for some company we were having. At the store, I told him he did not need to buy powdered sugar for the frosting–that I already had some. Later that night, we realized I was out of the powdered sugar.

My response was, oh well, we can’t have cake then, tonight.

His? He went online and found a recipe using regular sugar, butter, etc that he cooked and beat, etc.

We had the best cake EVER! And, even better, he is willing to make the “not” exciting recipes as well, recipes that actually feed us dinner when I don’t have much to work with…

Often, I beg him to cook–not because I’m tired, just because his food is better. He’s got a gift for it.


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Gratitude Challenge. A Bit of Fun!

Heather —  November 10, 2010

Today is Day 10

One of my quiet and faithful TOS crew leaders, Brenda, over at Garden of Learning, is doing a Gratitude Challenge for the month of November. I am pleased to join in and should be posting something I am grateful for each day.

Today, I am so grateful for the company of smart, funny blogging Mamas!!

What brought this up? Well, please go take a look at The Homeschool Misfit Awards! I continue to be amazed by the creativity in the blogging community. This is a great way to enjoy ourselves and have a bit of fun…and yes, I am totally into being an official nominee. Way to go, Lori!

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Gratitude Challenge, My Guy

Heather —  November 9, 2010

Today is Day 9

One of my quiet and faithful TOS crew leaders, Brenda, over at Garden of Learning, is doing a Gratitude Challenge for the month of November. I am pleased to join in and should be posting something I am grateful for each day.

Today, I am grateful for my Husband!

He is hysterical and kind, and just makes everything easy. He is also the brains and brawn of this whole “family” operation. I think he is a very good man and I absolutely adore him.

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Gratitude Challenge

Heather —  November 8, 2010

Today is Day 8

One of my quiet and faithful TOS crew leaders, Brenda, over at Garden of Learning, is doing a Gratitude Challenge for the month of November. I am pleased to join in and should be posting something I am grateful for each day.

Today, I am grateful for my nomination in the Homeschool Post Blog Awards.

I really am. Last year, I got all excited about these awards. As a new blogger, I had visions over writing inspirational posts to save the world all the while teaching my children to perfection and making beef bourginnione. (which I actually have an awesome recipe for from Ina Garten, if you are interested)

Anyway, several months into blogging, I realized that I:

  1. am not Anne over at Holy Experience or Ree over at Pioneer Woman
  2. inspirational posts do not inexplicably come out of my fingertips. Bummer.
  3. homeschooling is hard, and
  4. some nights I totally don’t even do dinner (thank you God, for Nick, who loves to cook!)

So, while I am now a bit more realistic, it is sometimes hard to pull coherent thoughts together and have fun while doing things I have:

  • promised to do
  • thought might make a good blog post if I could get it done in that 5 minutes while the kids were busy working
  • to do for a company because I got a review item

Anyway, I do try to share things I think will help families. Whether that is a family story, homeschool item or a healthy product or just a freebie or great coupon. Shoot–I’m the oldest in my family–I love to tell people things!

So, I love it that I was nominated for Best Homeschool Mom. It does mean alot to me and I thank those who did nominate me. I don’t even have a problem asking people to vote for me…because, well, why not? If you want to, go ahead. If not, no biggie. I’ll do my bit of quiet, hopefully useful blogging tomorrow or the next day either way.

And I will pray that I am considerate and thoughtful with my blogging–because it is supposed to be useful and fun!

Anyway, I am grateful for this!

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