What Gets in the Way of Your Perfect Smile?

Two months ago I gave up soda. Now, those of you who know me, know this isn’t the first time I’ve given it up. I usually quit soda (caffeine) when I’m pregnant or after the dentist guilts me into quitting.

But not this time. For the past several months I’ve known I needed to stop drinking soda. It isn’t good for me and I’d become addicted (I hate that word) to the caffeine.

Two months ago I quit cold turkey. To my surprise I didn’t have a single headache or even miss it that much. I guess my body was ready for me to stop drinking it.

Soda can stain your teeth (or make them fall out) so I was excited with Arm & Hammer asked me to try their Advance White Toothpaste with Stain Defense. After many years of drinking soda I’m sure my teeth would love a little stain defense!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be using Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste with Stain Defense and I’ll report back to you to let you know what I think. According to Arm & Hammer this toothpaste helps with stain prevention, deep cleaning, breath freshening, tartar control, and more.

I know baking soda is great for brushing teeth, so I’m hopeful Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste will give me all the benefits of baking sode without the gross taste!

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Reading Through Hebrews: May Facebook Bible Study

A few months ago we read through Ephesians (via Facebook). I’ve had lots of requests to go through another book, so in May we will be reading through Hebrews.

Since I’ll be out of town tomorrow for field trip we are going to start reading through Hebrews on Thursday May 3. You’ll find the schedule below.

  • May 3:  Hebrews 1:1-7
  • May 4: Hebrews 1:8-14
  • May 5: Hebrews 2:1-9
  • May 6: Hebrews 2:10-18
  • May 7: Hebrews 3:1-11
  • May 8: Hebrews 3:12-19
  • May 9: Hebrews 4:1-11
  • May 10: Hebrews 4:12-16
  • May 11: Hebrews 5:1-6
  • May 12: Hebrews 5:7-14
  • May 13: Hebrews 6:1-12
  • May 14: Hebrews 6:13-20
  • May 15: Hebrews 7:1-10
  • May 16: Hebrews 7:11-28
  • May 17: Hebrews 8:1-6
  • May 18: Hebrews 8:7-13
  • May 19: Hebrews 9:1-10
  • May 20: Hebrews 9:11-22
  • May 21: Hebrews 9:23-28
  • May 22: Hebrews 10:1-14
  • May 23: Hebrews 10:15-25
  • May 24: Hebrews 10:26-39
  • May 25: Hebrews 11:1-12
  • May 26: Hebrews 11:13-23
  • May 27: Hebrews 11:24-40
  • May 28: Hebrews 12:1-12
  • May 29: Hebrews 12:13-29
  • May 30: Hebrews 13:1-19
  • May 31: Hebrews 13:20-25

Every day I’ll post a verse that spoke to me from the reading passage on my Facebook page and you are welcome to leave a comment on my wall sharing your verse.

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Jesus Paid it All….

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Cross & Clouds

Lyrics: Jesus Paid it All by Elvina M. Hall

photo credit: John H Wright Photo

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Cruising Back to Florida

This the story of how I became “The Happy Housewife.” You might want to start at the beginning.

As we sat at the air terminal waiting to find out if we would catch the MAC flight Sailor seemed very nervous. There wasn’t a guarantee we would get on the flight to Jacksonville, but I figured if we didn’t get on this flight, we could always catch the next flight a few days later.

As time passed and we still didn’t have confirmed seats the tension between Sailor and I grew. I couldn’t figure out why he was so on edge. I finally made a comment about how he needed to calm down and he said he couldn’t calm down, we had to fly out that morning. Almost as soon as the words came out of his mouth we found out we were on the flight.

A look of relief came over Sailor’s face. With a smile he handed me a card.

I opened it and was surprised to see a picture of a cruise ship taped to the inside of the card. We were going on a cruise in three days. The surprise cruise was the reason he was so nervous about not making the flight!

The cruise was a very early (or late) anniversary present.

As soon as I realized we were going on a cruise alone I bombarded Sailer with questions.

  • “Who is watching the kids?”
  • “How are we getting to the dock?”
  • “What if I don’t have everything I need packed?”
  • “How did you pay for this?”

He answered all my questions and we soon were flying back to the States.

We had a great two weeks in Florida. We went on the cruise (so much fun- I think I slept 70% of the time) and I spent the rest of my free time during the two weeks shopping for homeschool curriculum.

When we homeschooled previously I used Bob Jones with both kids. While I felt like they learned using BJU, I wanted to try something different. After researching for hours and hours I finally decided on the Weaver Curriculum.

I didn’t know much about unit studies, but from my small amount of research it looked like a fun and challenging opportunity for our family.

After two weeks in Florida we said our tearful goodbyes to our family and headed back to GTMO. Since the library was so small, I decided to purchase most of the resource books for the curriculum to make my life easier. We arrived in GTMO with two suitcases full of books and curriculum!

By the time we returned from our trip, the shock of the PTO Vice President pulling her  kids out of the school had worn off. We started homeschooling and joined the homeschooling group on base.

It was small, but very active. There were co-ops and tons of extra-curricular activities for the kids.

The Commanding Officer’s wife had a soft spot for homeschoolers and did her best to give the homeschool families on base every opportunity to participate in command activities. We greeted sailors on arriving ships, sang at command functions, and participated in all sorts of fundraisers and projects.

We were almost too busy!

Homeschooling our oldest daughter was a breeze. She devoured every book, memorized every fact, loved every project, and generally excelled in every area of our homeschool. Our son was a different story. Only a few weeks into our homeschool year I was astounded at his lack of progress.

When he was in school, I had several meetings with his teacher to discuss what I thought were learning disabilities. She continually assured me he was right on track for his age and there was nothing to worry about.

He was either fooling me or her because he wasn’t reading even the smallest words, couldn’t write, and had numerous behavior issues.

How could a child who could solve complicated puzzles, build intricate lego structures, and run faster and jump higher than any kid his age not even know how to spell his own name?

Along with his reading and writing difficulties I noticed his behavior was very challenging as well. He wouldn’t make eye contact when he talked to anyone, including me and had several repetitive behaviors that were distracting him and the rest of us from everyday activities.

I knew our daughter was very advanced and I didn’t want to compare the two of them, but even compared to his peers he seemed very behind.

I talked to everyone I could about the issues we were having with him to try and find a solution. One of my friends had taught special needs before moving to GTMO and she agreed that he wasn’t on track, but couldn’t really pinpoint what the real problem was.

We talked to the pediatrician and he thought our son needed to be seen by a developmental team in order to find a solution. The closest developmental team was in Portsmouth, Virginia, so I became a mom on a mission.

I spent the next six months trying to convince the Navy to send our son to Portsmouth, Virginia to see the specialists.

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