Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ancient Cultures Linkups

Anyone that has followed my blog for awhile knows that I have a history loving family. Ancient cultures are fascinating to me. If you are looking for some inspiration on teaching ancient cultures you can stop by Dear Homeschooler's blog and see all the amazing link ups.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet-Letter A

This is my first time to try and blog through the alphabet. All kinds of amazing words start with the letter A. For some reason I keep coming back to a Hebrew letter Aleph. It’s the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
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When I first started teaching Hebrew to my children we started with the Aleph and I gave them honey and apples to eat. This is a Jewish tradition when teaching your child their first Hebrew lesson as a reminder that His word is sweet. It’s a lesson my children remember to this day. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalms 34:8
My kids were so young in those pictures and I love that they still consider God's word sweet! 

Hebrew reads from right to left just incase you aren't aware of it.

What else makes the Aleph so special?

Aleph is the first letter in the word emet אֶמֶת which means truth.

Aleph also is the first letter of the name of God:

אֱלֹהִים Elohim-It is the first name that we see of God’s name. In the beginning God( Elohim אֱלֹהִים) created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

אֵל EL-is for god. Yes, a little "g". Used with God and the other names following after El denote an attribute of God. A little more complicated than what I explained. This is very-very general. 

אֵל שָׁדַּי El Shaddai-God almighty, the all sufficient one. A scripture is: When Abram was ninety-nine years old, The Lord appeared to him and said, “I AM God Almighty” (אֵל שָׁדַּי)

עֶלְיוֹנִי El Elyon- God most high. God’s strength, supremacy, and sovereignty.

עוֹלָם אֵל El Olam-The Everlasting One. Olam means universe, world, space, and or time.

I could go on and on with the names of God. I think that the Aleph is a very meaningful and special letter. 

Other bloggers have joined in Blogging through the Alphabet.  Annette and Amanda are hosting this on their blogs. Stop by and see what they are blogging about with the letter A. #abcblogging
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Monday, January 16, 2017

20p12.1 Micro-deletion

Update in the last few weeks I was contacted by a mom in Germany who came across my blog who has a son with this deletion. It was a surprise for me.

I have my Bug listed on a network called Chromosome Disorder Outreach and Unique. When I renewed my yearly information with Chromosome Disorder Outreach in January I get an update of any new cases with this deletion. Let’s just say that my Bug has been lonely on the list for many years.

When I received the yearly information I saw that the mom from Germany and one other person was listed. I was already in contact with the mom from Germany and she knew of another child who had this deletion in Germany. We reached out to the other mom who was in the United States. This mom knew of another individual with the deletion. I was excited after so many years of thinking my Bug was the only known case of this deletion.

As of now we are 5 kids in all that have 20p12.1 deletion. All of the kids have some of the same issues and some of them have other issues that are unique to them. My Bug is the oldest and its interesting seeing the same unknown issues that my Bug has already went through. 

It’s excited to me as I know that I am not alone on this journey. I don't know how this will help us. We will all talk to our geneticist about this. Bug goes in 2 months for her 2 year follow up.

This is from my page that I have had out there since 2010 and I have kept updated over the years. 

This is what I wrote:

What is 20p12.1? Good question as we don't know either. They are not even sure if this is the reason for her physical challenges and her characteristics. My daughter is one of the many children who are pretty much un-diagnosed. I am not alone as there are many other families in the same boats, all searching for information that will help them understand their child's symptoms and special needs.

What is my hope of this small page? Maybe someone out there has the same genetic deletion as my daughter and will find my blog. Maybe we can help each other in our search.

What symptoms do we have?

*Stroke at 10 1/2 weeks old
*Global Developmental Disorder
*Lots of eye issues - 5 names I still can't pronounce
*Intellectually challenged
* Rheumatoid Arthritis -Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis, Persistent Oligoarthritis
*Sensory Processing Disorder
*Hypotonia (Low Muscle Tone)- significant
*Blood clotting disorder G20210A Prothrombin Gene Mutated Factor II
*Raynaud's Syndrome
*Doctor's wonder if she could be a precursor to Lupus.
*Failure to thrive with weight-we are looking at a possible feeding tube.(Not an issue anymore).
*GI issues with unknown blood issues. 
*Reflux for several years when younger. 

*This is just the short list as that is all I can think of at the moment. :-)

My child looks just like your child except that she is unique is so many ways. On first glance if you don't have a trained eye like the geneticist does you would probably not even notice her dysmorphic features. They are there if you know what to look for.

This is my daughter's life in a nut shell. Blessings and thanks for stopping by my little page. I will update when I can. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Whatever is Lovely by Allia Zobel Nolan Book Review

Totally change your life by changing your thoughts?

That is the goal of Whatever Is Lovely: A 90-Day Devotional Journal from internationally-published author, Allia Zobel Nolan, in the popular Faithgirlz brand. With examples based on real contemporary girls, each of these 90 devotionals shows them how to fill their heads and their hearts with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8, helping girls grow closer to God and the amazing life he has intended for them.

Featuring a trendy color interior, a ribbon marker, and journaling lines for girls to write their thoughts, Whatever Is Lovely will inspire girls to read and reflect on the devotionals every single day.

My Thoughts:

Whatever is Lovely is another amazing resource for tweens and teens  from the Faithgirlz collection.

This is a hardback compact book. It’s around 8x5 in size. There is a pretty purple ribbon bookmark to keep your place. 

This is a 90 day devotional journal that has 320 pages. The font is an average size in a pretty purple text.

Every devotional starts out with a scripture verse. Then a commentary on the scripture verse that is relevant to today’s kids. Each one of the devotion is around 3 pages long.

After, the commentary there is a “Food for Thought”, which gives you scenarios of a situation or some thought provoking highlight that may include a scripture or just something to chew on.

Followed by, “Second Thoughts” Is what I call a thought provoking paragraph that you can evaluate what is being said to you.  Then, a “Devine Thoughts”, is a prayer that you can pray.

Last, is where the journal comes into play and you can add your own thoughts to that day’s devotion.

Overall, this is a nice devotional for young girls. There are a few topics that some parents may be uncomfortable introducing your girl to. Or maybe it’s something you would rather participate while they are going through this devotional journal. It would be a good way to have an open conversation with your girl. Some topics are things like sex appeal, underage drinking, sexual immorality, smoking, makeup, weight, modesty, and a few other topics.

 Let me clarify that the topics are done with lots of taste from a Biblical perspective with the way it is presented. The author Allia Zobel Nolan has done a wonderful job of approaching the topics and it’s very heartfelt.

Overall, I love this devotional and look forward to reading it with my 14 year old special needs daughter. I love having heartfelt conversations with her to direct her to grow up to be a Godly young lady.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Introducing Blogging the Alphabet

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This year I am going to try to Blog through the alphabet. This will be a first for me and I look forward to seeing what I come up with for each letter of the alphabet. 

The post starts next Tuesday.  Thanks to Annette and Amanda for hosting Blogging Through the Alphabet. 



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