I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted on my blog (or anywhere for that matter) but God has been moving in my life in many many ways.
The greatest I would have to say is my 'new' job. Yes, after being unemployed except for part-time cleaning for my landlady for nearly 2 years I now have a real job. Years back I said I would never work at a home for the elderly again but I am and loving it. I guess someone finally got it into my head I am a care-giver and if I must say so myself am pretty good at it.
If you're not familiar with homes for elderly for the most part they are places families stick their 'loved ones' to live out the remainder of their days. NOT so with my new job - one of the requirements is to spend time with the residents and help them to be safe, comfortable, and happy. Playing cards, bingo, watching movies, going for walks (inside and/or outside) or just setting and talking. Hugs, hand holding and prayers are more common than not.
I love my new job and God willing will be there until I'm ready to be a resident myself :) Please feel free to share your experience with homes for the elderly!
It never ceases to amaze me when a day you would have thought was going to be horrid turns out to be a great day. True, it doesn't happen often but when it does you just can't resist celebrating.
The day started out on a bad note - I didn't get any sleep at all. Am guessing I just had so much on my mind but that tends to set into motion messed up sugar levels, depressed, and of course just down right tired.
However it seems powers higher than myself had other things in mind for me and even without sleep I was the most productive at work I've been in weeks. Actually got some chores done that have needing doing for months but just never seemed to have either the time or energy to do them.
Along with that I took a little time to take some photos :) I know, just what I need "more pictures" but I love taking photographs of nature and animals and got both today.
So, have you ever had a day you really thought was going to be horrid turn out to be a Great Day? Would love to hear your stories!
As the divorce rate in the US increases so does the number of children who are put into the situation of having a single parents and the people (boyfriends or girlfriends) parents bring into their lives. A really cute but also touching book for children that deals with single parents and their relationships is “Totally Uncool” by Janice Levy.
Author Kathryn Madeline Allen and illustrator Nancy Wolff created an original, colorful, hilarious picture book for children that does just that uses pigs to teach young children manners. “This Little Piggy's Book of Manners” unlike many ‘manners books’ shows bad manners and good manners in a delightful way using pigs as characters doing all the things you would normally expect people to do.
The bold bright colors match perfectly with the text relays to children in rhyming fashion that follows the ‘This little piggy went to’ children’s poem only the words and pictures are of ‘Little Piggy’ does and don’ts of etiquette. Even though “This Little Piggy's Book of Manners” is recommended for baby to pre-school aged children even older children will get plenty of laughs while at the same time getting a little reminder of good and bad manners.
"This little piggy said 'please' and 'thank you.' This little piggy did not. This little piggy closed his mouth while he ate. This little piggy forgot. Oops!”
Too often these days we see children who have obviously not been taught proper manners and it seems to show particularly when they hit the teen years. I think every home with ‘children’ of any age should have “This Little Piggy's Book of Manners” in their home library. If someone (baby to adult) forgets their manners just pull out this book as a little reminder. You may be surprised to see even teenagers breaking it out when their friends use bad manners.
Kathryn Madeline Allen is another Michigan author (from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) two other books by Allen are “One Little Bench” another picture book and “Summer Vacation” short stories.
In the Lansing/Jackson area you can find “This Little Piggy's Book of Manners” at the Foster, Haslett, Holt, South Lansing and Stockbridge branches of the Capital Area District Library, and the Carnegie and Grass Lake branches of the Jackson District Library. To add “This Little Piggy's Book of Manners” to your home library you can order it online at Amazon.com.
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
I don’t know about you but I for one am willing to do anything possible to at least attempt to teach children good manners. But then I am the one who has kicked my 6 foot plus tall son in the behind when he forgot to hold a door open for a lady. Maybe old fashioned but please/thank you, eating with your mouth closed, and holding doors open will never go out of style in my house.