Could You Be His Forever Family?

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Facebook friends. This is most urgent. The child has a genetic syndrome and we are desperate for word to be passed onto any blog or shared on your Facebook page.

Logan is almost age 7 and was adopted from China with the diagnosis of a hole in his heart (which was repaired in 2013). However when he came to the U.S., he was diagnosed with Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a little known genetic syndrome. His parents have helped him come a long ways but feel unable to continue to meet his needs. We are hoping that a special family will come forward for this special child. Information on this genetic syndrome can be found at www.prisms.org

He likes to color, use play doh, likes to ride a tricycle, kick ball, play wiffle ball with other kids, play cars, Duplo blocks, books, and pick out letters on signs.

Although it is hard to know how much he understands, Logan likes to be read to and pays attention for short periods of time.

Logan’s parents use sign language with him and he initiates signs. Mostly this are action type signs, getting dressed, eating, etc. He is able to follow simple tasks like “Logan, go upstairs, get the red ball on the shelf”. His receptive language is much better than his spoken language. He is very limited on what he can say; he has about 10-15 words that he speaks.He has learned colors, numbers, and directions.

Logan is capable of dressing himself. He has a good sense of humor and can be endearing.

He will eat almost everything. He loves fruit and can peel his own oranges, bananas.

SMS causes a person to tend to sleep during the day and be awake at night. However Logan’s parents have found a functional way to have him sleep at night by not catering to his night noises. He was persistent at night, so they realized they should not be at his beck and call at night. Now they have him sleep in a part of the house where they could only hear his big noises. They have him in a room away from the others so his little noisy ramblings will not be heard. His cycle has been modified so he is doing pretty well sleeping at night. His dad gets him up at 6:45 a.m., and if dad is a minute late, Logan knows. Logan does much better and his SMS symptoms are lessened when he has had an adequate amount of sleep. He takes a nap after lunch. His school IEP has him taking a nap at school and he does this well in classroom, even if it is noisy. At school, he sleeps 20-30 minutes. When he is at home, he naps for an hour or more. If he doesn’t get his nap, he will be cranky, less cooperative, and less easy to direct. SMS symptoms are more obvious if he doesn’t sleep enough.

Logan does not present a danger to pets, however he isn’t much interested in them.

Logan has one eye that has poor vision so with glasses, it is corrected. Some SMS people have poor kidneys, but his kidneys are fine.

We have much more info on Logan, including videos of him. Prices have been reduced for his adoption. If you know of anyone who would be willing to put a personal grant on this adoption, let us know!

We have more information about Logan and his parents are willing to share about Logan. If you want additional, information, please contact us at secondchanceinfo@wiaa.org

C.H.A.O.S.

Do you know what the word CHAOS stands for?

Can’t

Have

Anyone

Over

Syndrome

I do not know if it is because my life, for the last month and a half, has been CONSUMED with baseball  or if the last few marbles that reside in my head are slowly falling out….I just don’t know.

Life has been nuts and the summer is halfway over and I don’t even feel like I’ve had a moment to stop and enjoy it.  I haven’t been in the pool….at all.  Sadness.

Our vacation to DC was amazing.  It was 10 days of togetherness and we didn’t kill each other.  That is a huge plus.  There were moments.  You can’t be a large family and not have moments.  I’m not going to lie….I almost threw one or two kids out of our vehicle, but it was a short lived moment and we all ended up surviving.

Once we were home, life hit us square between the eyes.  An issue that emerged, before our trip, had to be confronted and dealt with.  The blow of this issue caused my health to flip flop around and I ended up with bronchitis and a double ear infection.  I was slow pressed to do anything.  My cousin passed away, unexpectedly.

A few days after that, my Lady had a couple of strokes.  I stayed with her as much as possible during the time that she was in the hospital.  In between hospital stays/runs/visits, we had a minimum of 4 baseball games a week.  One boy plays in one county and another boy plays in another county.

Let’s add in we got another dog (gasp), but the dog was going to be put down because A) he is old B) he is blind C) he is toothless.  All that added up to the fact that he needed me and I needed him.  He hadn’t been home a week when one child decided to take him out and in the process broke his leg…I was at *you guessed it* baseball when it happened.  We took him to the vet, the next day, and the bill was going to be WAY more than what we can afford.  We were prepared to put him down.  I explained to the vet how the dog came to live with us and our family situation.  His kindness began to shine and he did the needed surgery for free.  We have still paid out way more than we are comfortable with, but he wrote off a huge amount.

My Lady finally came home and I go over probably more than I should LOL.  I like to take care of her and I love to glean all knowledge out of her head!  She brings me joy.

Lets add into this fun with one child getting strep throat and then a couple of weeks later contracting a bug.  A car died…completely and totally.

One girl got a job for the summer and it is her car that died.  Sigh.

One girl got a new job where she is driving more.  Panic.

A broken window…thanks to boys and said baseball.

A leaky roof.

Broken gutters (that are brand new).

A fridge that has leaked so bad (no, we didn’t know) that it has RUINED my floor.  A kitchen sink that leaks so bad, it ruined the cabinet and the other part of my floor.  A broken microwave door,

and a broken down truck….do you get the picture?

I’m going to blink and the summer is going to be over and I will have no school work ready.

But

Kids have gone to movies together.

Family has gone to baseball.

They have played in the rain.

Our garden is growing.

They swim until 9 pm.

We have planted/weeded/cleaned my Lady’s courtyard.

A friend and I are putting together and AWESOME mentoring meeting that we hope to spread across all local churches.

Kids sat in the laundry room floor and matched socks while giggling hysterically.

Tether ball.

Hamburger/movie nights.

Lots of books being read.

Family get together.

Bible school.

Lessons learned.

Tears shed.

It has been CHAOS in my house.

Parts, I would not like to repeat.

I would love for a money tree to sprout in my backyard (I actually had one of those and it died.)

I’m glad baseball is ending next week (Boo won the whole thing and earned a gold ring with his team).  I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing during the month of July.  I want to get my house cleaned, get people to fix the things that need to be fixed.  I want to repaint the laundry room (due to the water damage).  I also need to get schoolwork put together, so I can take that concern off my plate.

The older I get, the more time FLIES.  It is flying but I realize that we are getting closer to the Lord’s return.  When He returns, we will be in the new heaven with no more pain, no more sadness, no more water leaks, no more broken down vehicles, no more darkness…..O, what a GLORIOUS day!!!!!!

Our Story: Ms. Jo and Me

Our Story of one girl who had the courage to ask and one wonderful Lady who had the courage to say YES!

Mentoring….something that has peaked my interest for a long time.  I never knew where to begin, so I just pushed that thought on the back burner.  I am too busy, I have too many kids, life gets in the way, I’m too screwed up, no one will understand me, and I’m closed off emotionally.  All these thoughts filtered through my mind.

When my family and I decided to start looking for a new church, I went into it looking to fly under the radar.  I’m loud.  I’m outspoken.  I can be misunderstood easily and I certainly didn’t get along well with pastors.  We found a church and one of the very first people I saw, sitting in the pew, was a TALL, white haired woman who looked to be in her 70s.  Her presence was commanding.  She was faithful to attend morning, evening and Wednesday night services.  I could hear her sing above anyone.  One could almost read her story in her wrinkles.  I was captivated.  I watched her for about 2 years.  I never spoke to her.  I would hear people say “someday, you need to ask Ms. Jo about her love story.”  From that moment, I was determined to ask her…but fear of rejection would pound in my head and I would not ever ask.

One year, we were doing a type of “trunk or treat” for Halloween.  The ladies of the church transformed our fellowship hall and our downstairs children area in a giant Candyland game.  I went to help out and to bring my children.  As we walked downstairs, I saw this tall precious woman sitting in a rocking chair and the children would come and sit out her feet and listen to her tell the story of how much Jesus loves them.  I went in, without my children (they were in another area) and I sat at her feet and I was captivated by her ability to quietly and strongly tell this story.  There was not one child who didn’t have their eyes on her.  I sat, right by her, entranced by this woman.  When the children left, I asked her if someday, she would share her love story with me.  This smile that could light a thousand Christmas trees flashed across her face.  She simply replied with “my Jerome.”  You could feel that love that she had for him.  She told me that she would be glad to tell me, sometime.

Another year or so went by and I got up the courage to always hug her neck when I saw her.  Her smile is so inviting and welcoming.  I knew, though she didn’t know me and my scars, that she loved me.  She loved me completely and unconditionally.  She was my peace.  She started correcting my words towards my children if she felt I was out of line.  She would talk to me about how I spoke to my husband, at times.  She is bold but never condemning.  There was a particular moment that I had been in the pit of depression for over a month.  I mustered up enough courage to go to Wednesday night ministry and I saw her come through the door.  I walked up to her and hugged her.  She asked me how I had been and I just looked at her, fighting back the tears, and said “I haven’t been well.  I’m struggling with depression and I can’t seem to shake it.”  She stood as straight as I had ever seen her and she said “well get over it.  You are loved by our Jesus, your family, and me.”  Her boldness took me back and I thought…well, she is right.  I am loved.  God is bigger than this depression.

That moment, I knew what I had been praying for so long, my prayers had been answered.  That next Sunday, I went to get my hug and I sat by her. Her sweet aged hands, with that one crooked index finger (I seriously love that crooked finger) held my hand and I put my head on her shoulder.  At that moment, there was no one else in the sanctuary.  It was like the Lord had blacked out all the chaos around me and allowed me to focus on her and me, at that particular time.  I leaned into her and I said “Ms. Jo, I have a question.  Would you consider being my mentor?”  She looked puzzled and she said “well, I don’t know what I have to offer you, but whatever I have, you can have.”  My thoughts started whirling and I know I looked like I could catch a thousand flies with my open mouth.  I just looked at her and said “seriously, have you met yourself?  How you love your Jerome, how you love your boys, your grandchildren, how you love the Lord…..I want that and I want you to teach me that.”  We agreed to set a date for that Thursday.  I was thrilled.

I showed up that first Thursday and we sat on her back porch.  I sat in the swing and she sat in her chair.  When I say she knew NOTHING about me, other than my name and my family’s name, I mean that.  The Lord drew our souls together.  She looked at me and said “how can I help you?”  In that moment, time stopped again.  In an uncontrollable moment, I started weeping.  I could not stop.  I rarely cry…I fight it, I suck it up.  I couldn’t even get a word out.  Then I heard her sweet voice say “well, for goodness sakes, let’s go in the house and work through this.”  She tells me, a lot, that I am “almost there but not quite yet.”  I wholeheartedly agree!  I am teachable and I am learning.

There was a day, recently, that my heart….was shattered.  Normally, I would fall into a depression and not get out of bed.  This time, my first thought was to get to my person!  I vaguely remember driving to her house and I knocked on the door.  She opened it and said “hey girl, how are you?”  I fell into her arms.  She wrapped her arms around me, not asking me any questions and she hugged me so tight that I not only felt her love, I felt Jesus’ love through her.  We made it to her table and I muttered out, through tears, what had happened.  I laid my head in her beautiful hands and she caught every single tear.  She made a phone call and after that, she put her sweet hand on my head and prayed for me and for my family.  She carried me through such a tough tough time.  She never judged, condemned, fussed out, bad mouthed anyone. She loved.  She prayed.  She encouraged.  There are not many people who would do that.

The love, the encouragement, the lessons, the simple joy of being in her presence, and her love story with “her Jerome” has been a staple in my life.  There isn’t many days that I don’t either speak with her or see her.  I run errands for her, we go to lunch, I take her suppers, she holds my hand, and she has the best ice cubes on the planet.  We run around town, we talk, we pray, she encourages, I have heard a thousand stories and I love each and every one of them.  I have learned how to love my husband, my husband LOVES her too!!!  My kids WILLINGLY do yardwork because in moments where we are resting, we all sit on the back porch and we just listen to her wisdom.  She exudes the Proverbs 31 woman and now she is the living example of the Titus 2 command.

The Lord knew I needed her and she needed me.  I’m blessed to help her in any way possible because I can never repay her for her love and graciousness she has shown me, my husband, and my children.  She will forever be a part of my heart and my family.  Oh, how I love that woman.  Oh, I am thankful that the Lord granted me the desires of my heart and brought forth the most precious mentor and friend a girl could ever have.  She’s my Lady.  She’s my person.

I encourage those who are curious about being a mentor or is in need of a mentor to pray for the Lord to meet those needs and to raise up those who can mentor.  You don’t have to be 80 to be a mentor.  You just need to have a willing spirit to vest in the lives of others.

I had a sweet sweet friend ask me to mentor her.  My first thought was “I have nothing to teach you.”  Sound familiar?  I went and spoke to my Lady…..she said that I am perfectly equipped to mentor this sweet friend.  What I have learned through the trials of my life, what I’m learning through my Lady, I have passed onto this sweet friend.  She still has a long way to go, but she is getting there!  What I learn from my Lady, I pass onto my friend.  My Lady prays for this friend, which is what it is all about.  Again, I am blessed.

Old Fashioned DVD, Novel, and Devotional Review & Giveaway

This is a bundle giveaway!  It is a book, movie based on book, and 40 day devotional!  This is a must have for anyone with children in the dating arena!  It has touched my heart and the hearts of my kids.  It has shown them how to treat and how to be treated and how to, most importantly, keep God first and the rest falls into place!

I will be randomly drawing a name on June 22, 2015 and the winner will receive this bundle giveaway.  Any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.  Remember:  You have to like this post, my facebook post (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), instagram, pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!

You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this giveaway!

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About the movie:
DVD Releases on June 16, 2015
115 minutes // Genre: Drama // Rating PG-13 
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A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. 
The movie is good.  My daughter (19) and I really enjoyed it.  I began watching it with my 14 yr old son and daughter…..there were some parts in it that made them cringe (and me).  There was another part that we had to stop the movie and we told the kids to go to bed.  This movie is rated PG 13 because of discussion on sex, and a few drinking scenes.  This was just not something I wanted to explain to my kids.  The moral of the story is great and it is a great addition to our movie library, it is just a movie where I simply can’t let my younger kids watch without fast forwarding through a lot of parts.  I was literally biting my nails hollering at the television LOL.  Oh…..this is good….it is all good but be mindful of not letting someone below the age of say 16 watch it.
I may have to watch it again tomorrow.  I thoroughly have enjoyed this.
 
About the novelization:  
Softcover; 303 pages

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Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old fashioned” courtship?
 
This book was an easy read.  It was read, uninterrupted in a day :).  The story was very moving and it is about how two people find God and in the process of finding God, they find each other.  It reexamines courtship in a modern world.  This perspective has allowed my daughter, 19, to realize that she needs to find God first and by doing that, everything else in life falls into place.
As a mother of three daughters and three sons, courtship is always talked about in our home.  We are definitely in the minority with our thinking and our process but I also know that following God’s leading will never be wrong.  His way is so much better than our ways and His plans are perfect.  This is a book that I will have all my daughters and sons read, as they mature and begin looking for their lifetime partner.
About the devotional:
Softcover; 222 pages
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Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
Oh, I love this devotional because it speaks of God’s grace.  That is so important to me.  It is important enough to where I have asked my pastor if I could teach a class on this for the fall.  I’m so anxious to have my girls go through this devotional…well, and my boys :)  My boys are still pretty young and not quite mature enough for it.  There are two of my girls that this is going to fit perfectly with.
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Twitter: @OldFashionedVow

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Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson GIVEAWAY

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About the movie:
Releases on DVD June 2, 2015
91 Minutes // Genre: Adventure // Rating:  NR
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They’re new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It’s a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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My kids watched this movie first.  Here is there review (minus my oldest who wasn’t home):

Peach (17, dd):  She has giggled throughout the movie…

Boo (14, ds):  Thrilling.  He has giggled throughout the movie.  “Dude, it has pirates.”

Gigi (14, dd):  “I like it.  It is adventurous and it shows teamwork.”

Catfish (10, ds): “I like their cool suits.”

Little Man (8, ds): “Because they save the world.”

We had a family burger and movie night.  It reminds me of Sky High, only completely clean.  There were no hidden swear words, no midriff baring girls, nothing inappropriate.  All of these things combined makes for a fun family night!

I will be randomly drawing a name on June 12, 2015 and the winner will receive a copy of this movie.  Any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.  Remember:  You have to like this post, my facebook post (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), instagram, pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!

You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this movie!

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Twitter:  @MickeyMatson

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Here are the new winner guidelines we shared with you for use in 2015:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

When Raising Him Means Raising Me Too

When Raising Him Means Raising Me Too

By:  Megan Miles

Raising children of color when I am not a person of color is so much harder than I ever imagined. I love my children and no matter what they look like or who they turn out to be I will always love them, but realizing that I am not comfortable with who my children are trying to be right now is a difficult pill to swallow. My eldest son, my first son, just turned 13 and has been trying to find himself. He’s longing to see where he belongs.

His journey to find his own identity is so much more confusing than I had ever thought it would be. First, he is a male, second he is Ethiopian, third he is adopted, and fourth he is now American. That’s a lot of tricks in one bag. A lot for an adult to deal with let alone a hormonal teen. I see him grasping at straws to try and fill voids in his heart. He wears an Ethiopian colored sweatband around his wrist everyday. He is trying to grow his hair long and afro-like in order to stand out and be noticed for something positive and not just because his parents are a different color than he is. He wants to wear his pants a little “saggier” than I prefer because his friends do, but at the same time he wants them to fit snugly against his long, lean Ethiopian legs unlike some of his classmates. He wants me to “line” him up every few days even when he doesn’t need to be “lined-up.” He wants to speak English perfectly but at the same time never lose his native tongue of Amharic. He so desperately wants to talk to some of his birth family, but at the same time doesn’t want his dad or me to ever leave his side. It’s a complex, hard, emotional journey. A journey where I’m learning that I have to let some things go. I have to be more flexible and remember that no matter what as long as we parent them covered in love that everything will eventually turn out to be ok. We have to be accepting and encouraging. We have to go outside of our own comfort zones and grow right along with our children.

We learn so much with each passing day. We learn to listen to each other and, even though I don’t want to, I have to admit when I’m wrong. I am wrong a lot (ohhh, that was hard for me to say) but it’s ok because underneath it all is love. A fierce, never give up kind of love. A love that exists even when we don’t like what our children are wearing, or how they choose to walk, or talk in front of their friends. A love where I learn to shave designs in my sons’ hair and learn to “corn-row” and bead my daughters’ hair. The kind of love that has us standing in the African-American hair care section of Sally’s for hours just trying to pick out the best products for our children. Love that has led me to be a part of more Facebook hair care and skin care groups than I ever thought even existed. A love that is unconditional and not based on whether they are obeying us or not. A love that is not based on living solely within the strict, rigid box that we know so well. Loving a child whom was not born to us, our child loving us as parents he or she was not born with, a fierce, never give-up kind of love.

A little bit about Megan:  I am a mother to 6 beautiful babies from Arkansas all the way to Africa. I’ve been married 6 years and counting to my soul mate and best friend! Back when I just had two kiddos and fewer grey hairs, I graduated with my bachelors in social work from Arkansas State University. After college I decided to take a break for a bit…and somehow brought home 4 more rambunctious babes. Yup, that’s right 6 kids in only 6 years of marriage. My kids are now aged 4,6,9,11,12,13, my husband is 34, and I am well, let’s just say not 30 yet. Life at our house is crazy and a lot of times there’s a bunch of yelling just to be heard, but at the end of the day it’s a home that’s bursting with love!

Yet Another CD Giveaway!!!!!!!!

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About Hillsong United:

UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

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Question:  Who LOVES Hillsong United?

Answer:  ME ME ME ME!!!!!

This group is one of the first groups that my family started listening too when we converted from crappy music to Christlike music.  We have been a fan from day one.  This CD will not disappoint!  I’m sure we will be jamming away, by the pool, to Hillsong United and we are thrilled to do so.  It is lovely to watch my kids walk around, cleaning the house, humming the lyrics.  Blesses this mama’s heart!

I will be randomly drawing a name on June 5, 2015 and the winner will receive a copy of this great CD.  Now, remember, I have 2 giveaways!  You can enter to win on the Michael W Smith or this one.  You can only win one giveaway, if your name happens to be drawn twice, then I will have to draw another.  I will draw for this CD second, since it is my second giveaway.  Any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.

Remember:  You have to like this post, my facebook post (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), instagram, pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!

You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this fabulous CD!

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Twitter: @HillsongUnited
Facebook:  Hillsong United
Check them out on tour this summerOut Cry Tour
Instagram: @HillsongUnited
Honorable Mention: 
– Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month

– EMPIRES releases May 26th!

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Here are the new winner guidelines we for you to use in 2015:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Michael W. Smith “Sovereign” CD Giveaway!

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Here is the LINK to the video!

Who doesn’t love Michael W. Smith!  I love his music and I love to see him in concert!  It is a joy and privilege to be able to offer his new CD giveaway!

I will be randomly drawing a name on June 5, 2015 and the winner will receive a copy of this great CD (how crazy is it that it is almost June???!!).

Remember:  You have to like this post, my facebook post (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), instagram, pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!

You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this fabulous CD!

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Here’s a quote from MWS on the video:

“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!”
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Social Corner!
#SkySpillsOver
#FlyBy

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Here are the new winner guidelines we for you to use in 2015:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Memorial Day

I have always had the utmost respect and love for soldiers and their families.  I have been, personally, touched by family members and friends who have sacrificed to provide my family with the freedom that we have come to enjoy and frankly, take for granted.

This past week….it has been an honor and a privilege to walk along Arlington Cemetary to see all the people who gave their lives for our freedom.  Humbling.

We saw the changing of the guards.  Humbling.

We also were able to see the ceremony that takes place when the wreath is placed.  Humbling.

There was a funeral, taking place….the gun salute.  Humbling.

There were soldiers on black horses with their black carriage, carrying a soldier’s body.  Humbling.

It.  Was.  All.  Humbling.

When you see a veteran or someone who is active in the military.  Shake their hands.  Thank them.  When they are with their families.  Shake their hands too, and thank them as well.  The families sacrifice so very much.

Here are a few pictures from this trip.

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Movies For Sale

If local, will meet, you can pick up or I can drop off.  If mailing, there will be shipping charges.

Thanks.  I will mark them off as I sell them!

$5 each

Because I Said So (PG-13)

The Bodyguard (R)

Dances with Wolves (PG-13)

Days of Thunder (PG-13)

Dejavu (PG-13)

Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary (PG-13)

Forrest Gump (PG-13)

Friday Night Lights (the movie) (PG-13)

Great Balls of Fire (PG-13)

Happy Gilmore (PG-13)

Hollywood Homicide (PG-13)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (PG-13)

In Her Shoes (PG-13)

The Island (PG-13)

Jersey Girl (PG-13)

Keeping the Faith (PG-13)

Laws of Attraction (PG-13)

Mystic Pizza (R)

Necessary Roughness (PG-13)

The Notebook (PG-13)

Salt (PG-13)

Shallow Hal (PG-13)

Six Days Seven Nights (PG-13)

Under the Tuscan Sun (PG-13)

Unknown (PG-13)

The Waterboy (PG-13)

What Women Want (PG-13)

Wimbledon (PG-13)

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$8 each

Austin Powers 3-Film Collection (PG-13)

Lethal Weapon 1-4 (R)

Mr. Destiny (PG-13)/Hello Again (PG)/Taking Care of Business (R)

PlayMakers Series (3 Disc Set)

National Lampoon’s Vacation (R)/European Vacation (PG-13)/Vegas Vacation (PG-13)

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$15

Band of Brothers – In tin case, 6 disks

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$60

Justified – Seasons 1-5

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$10 per season or $30 for complete series

Friday Night Lights (tv series) 4 seasons

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Fast and Furious

1, 2, and 3 – $10

4 and 5 – $5 each

6 (Blu-Ray) – $10