Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day, How do you honor your Mother

     Every year on the weekend of Mother's day we have a huge cook out.  Since my birthday is May 17th and my baby sisters birthday is May 24 we kind of just roll the 3 into one.  We all get together and spend Saturday with Mama, usually grilling chickens, with the fixins.  I try to buy enough extra chicken and throw it on the grill so that on Sunday Mother's day we don't have to do any cooking.  We just warm the left over chicken up after church and enjoy yet another meal for Mother's day.

     My Mother means more to me now than she ever has in my life.  Not just because I am 37 with kids of my own, but because I know what it is like to lose your Mother and not be able to call her when I need something, or just call her to tell her I love you!  Let me explain, When I married the first time my husband Ex now, did everything he could to keep away from my family.  It was really bad but got even worse once I got pregnant and had my son.  My parents were not allowed to call or come see me and visa versa.  For 3 years my Mother and my Father were basically dead to me or there was a possiablity that I would be dead, so I opted to not have anything to do with them.  Thank God I realized what was going on before it was too late and got out of that situation.  After I left my Ex-husband he kidnapped me, both my Mother and Father thought that they had lost their daughter.  I was only 22 at the time with a 2 month old baby.

     Most people lose their parents it is because of an argument, an abusive spouse, or death.  I thank God everyday that mine was ab abusive spouse and that I have been given that second chance to have my parents back in my life.  So to me Mother's day is not just in May but it is everyday of the year.  I live next door to my Mother and I go see her at least once a day and call her many times.  We have Family meals together often, usually on Sunday but sometimes any day of the week works for us.  This way no one person has to cook the whole meal and we all work together to clean up afterwards.  Plus I get to spend another day with my Mama.  I dread the day we have to lay her to rest and I can not pick up the phone to call her and tell her that I just won something on the computer, or that I am sad and just need someone to talk to.

This is my Mother at a house in the Mountains of NC on Old Beach Mtn.  She is trying to walk down the steep slope.  Isn't she a beauty?
       How do you honor your Mother?  Do you buy her a fancy gift or make her something from the heart?  I usually try to get my Mother a rose bush rather than buy her a dozen of roses.  This way she can enjoy the roses much longer each season and they come back every year.  However, this year I got my Mother the craziest thing in the world for most people.  I beleive that what ever I give someone it should be something that they can use, especially once you get to be a certain age and have everything you need and some.  My Mother dont care  for anymore knick knacks so I got her 2 bars of deoderant.  She can use it and when done toss it in the trash.  There is no waste and I know what I got her was not on needed but used and not boxed up somehwere.

     I would love for my readers to share a story about your Mother, how do you celebrate Mother's  day and honor her, or how does your Family make Mother's day special for you!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Blog Workshop Cronference II #TBW

I as a blogger love getting involved in with different companies and learning what they are about!  I wish I could each of you that this is one thing that you learn at a blog conference but I myself have never been, until now.  I am going to the Blog Workshop Conference on May 17 thru May 19.  I am so excited to actually get to speak with different people from different companies and be able to ask them questions about company, any charities that they support, and learn more about their products and services.

Would you like to go to the conference?  Don't feel like you can afford it or stay away from your family?  Well, this will be great news for you!  The blog workshop conference is held online and they offer a payment plan. So if you can't afford the air travel, or want to be away from your family, then maybe this is the one for you!  I also have a code that will get you 15% off the total and you can use this on the payment plan.

Here is an agenda of what will be going on:

Now for the code, right?  Just go to The Blog Workshop and enter code TBWLM15OFF.  This entitles you to the 15% off and you too will get to enjoy the company of other bloggers, and business CEO's.  Also check out this video to better help and understand what to expect:

If you want more info then check out the first post in regard to the Blog Workshop conference here!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ring The Bell DVD Review and Giveaway

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About Ring the Bell:
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.
This family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns’ producer. Miller, who is also the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production. 

Ring the Bell is available on DVD for only $19.99 

DVD Special Features:
The Heart of "Ring the Bell"
Casting Crowns “The Well” Music Video

On Set with Casting Crowns
Famous Faces

A Very Special Movie

Ringing the Bell

The Artists and Music of "Ring The Bell"

Watch the Trailer:

My Thoughts:

Without giving away the movie, I will tell you this.  Every month our church (Rosewood Church Of God) picks a Friday night and we have a Family Movie Night.  For the month of April our church chose to watch Ring The Bell.  This was the PERFECT film to watch for both the young and the Young at Heart (that is what we like to call our elders in the church).  The movie carried a lot of twists and turns so you may think you know what is about to happen and then Wham you are fooled again.  It is the perfect movie for watching as a group, family, or the two of you!

Here is the cast from the film:
Ryan Scharoun - Rob Decker
Ashley Anderson McCarthy - Daisy
Casey Bond - Scooter
Trenell Mooring - Claire
Craig Stewart - Shawn 
Chase Tramont - Coach Walker
Bob Caso - Peter


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