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Manifest Destiny May 20, 2009

Filed under: Catholic,Organization — alwayswithme @ 9:53 am
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I found this article on Bargaineering.  It is a blog devoted to finances, etc but I thought this particular article was relevant in so many ways to life in general.  I have said that I am looking for balance in my life.  The article talks about goals and how we all have many but since we really can’t effectively multi task for very long and still do things very well we are like jugglers who juggle all these various goals but our one true goal (or as the author likens it) our Manifest Destiny only gets touched once every few seconds.  How can we, therefore, expect to do well by it (the one main goal) and as a consequence ourselves, our essence, our soul?  Again, balance.  Contentment.  Serenity. 

My one main goal, purpose, destiny.  To get myself and as many others as I can to heaven to spend eternity with our Holy Father.  Everything else follows that (relationships, health, household, vacations, hobbies and so on).


With our Country in the Mess it is in

Filed under: Catholic — alwayswithme @ 7:58 am
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this quote from today’s reading at EWTN was the perfect thing for me to read as I begin my day.

God overthrows the thrones of those who are disobedient to His law. My political views are those of the Our Father.

St. Avitus of Vienna


From Making Home May 16, 2009

Filed under: Health,Quotes,Uncategorized — alwayswithme @ 7:30 pm
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  • QUICKLY DEAL WITH THE SIN YOU SEE IN YOUR LIFE – Jay Adams offers sage wisdom about not harboring sin in your heart. Sadly, I have seen the effects of what happens when I as a believer allow sin to creep in and claim and control portions of my life… particularly in my thoughts.
  • Reading Psalm 51 is always one of the first places I go when I need to confess sin– ESPECIALLY when I don’t feel like it, when I’d rather just maintain the status-quo. “Have mercy”… “wash me thoroughly”… “against You have I sinned”… “purge me”… “blot out”… “create”, “renew”, “restore”, “uphold”, “deliver”. I love Psalm 51’s honesty about sin and its target of renewal and restoration… as the living and active Word of God, when I read it and use it as a prayer to the LORD, it somehow works in me to bring about a right attitude even when I start out with a rebellious, self-focused desire to stay the same.
  • PRESCRIPTION FOR CONTENTMENT: “*Never allow yourself to complain about anything – not even the weather. *Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else. *Never compare your lot with another’s. *Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise. *Never dwell on tomorrow – remember that [tomorrow] is God’s, not ours.” Good advice. And it’s now up on my fridge, cause I need to read it again and again. 🙂
  • See post hereThis was a great post for me to read.  I am always seeking balance in my life and reading about contentment is a good piece to add to my teeter totter.


    Insulin Resistant May 14, 2009

    Filed under: Explanations,Health — alwayswithme @ 7:58 pm
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    I found out a few weeks ago that I am definitely insulin resistant.  My doctor has scheduled me for a class in June to learn some about it.  I went to the bookstore and found a book by Cherye R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D. called The Insulin-Resistance Diet.  I have skimmed it once an have read about half of it.  I marked some pages that contained information that I felt was important for me to remember.  What follows is what that information is:

    High insulin levels mean more body fat, while low insul levels mean less body fat.

    People have different baseline levels of insulin because of individual genetice makeup.  The more overweight you are, the more resistant to insulin you tend to become. 

    Information from page 7 of the book about Hypoglycemia explains to me that I have been tending to insulin resistance my whole life.  I used to feel this way way back when I was a thin teenager with a great figure.  That was before I started drinking Diet Coke/Pepsi/Rite but that is further down the line in this synopsis.

    Factors that make Insulin Resistance worse include some high BP meds, synthetic progesterone only birth control pills and implants (I was on the pill or had Norplant for HOW MANY years?!) 

    Glucosamine supplements which are recommended to help with arthritis can affect insulin resistance because it is a type of sugar. 

    Caffeine, artificial sweetners and nicotine can increase insulin.  With the sweetners it “sends a confusing signal to the body” causing insulin levels to increase resulting in low blood sugar levels and hunger if not used with food (and I’m sure it means properly balanced food).


    From EWTN on Suffering May 13, 2009

    Filed under: Catholic,Quotes — alwayswithme @ 8:25 am
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    This is a great reflection on the whys of suffering; that it is for naught.

    “As iron is fashioned by the fire on an anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive the form that our Lord desires for them to have.”

    — St. Madeleine Sophie Barat


    This Smacked Me In The Head May 12, 2009

    Filed under: Catholic,Family — alwayswithme @ 4:47 pm

    I changed my home page to EWTN and this was the meditation after the scriptures.  I’ve not been pleased with all of my behaviors of late so this was good for me to read and reflect on.

    “Let us meditate today on the condition of our soul. Are we making a sincere effort to rectify our intentions, to sanctify our daily responsibilities? There are things we fail to remember, not because we have short memories but because we are short of love. The person in love does not forget!”

    — St Teresa of Avila


    Homeschooling Information May 5, 2009

    Filed under: Uncategorized — alwayswithme @ 8:29 pm

    Gravatar There are a lot of free online sources. If you go to, you’ll see that she has an incredible list of free online sources.

    I just found another one, today:

    It features lectures by professors from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton.   From


    Gravatar I use bloglines to subscribe to feeds that give links to teacher resources:
    Free Technology for Teachers
    Free Resources from the Net (special ed)
    Literacy is Priceless
    Phonics Plus Five
    Teaching Learners with Multiple Disabilities
    Jan Brett’s Blog
    Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs
    EdTech Solutions
    Dyslexia Tutor: News-Resources
    Amanda Bennett unit Studies
    All Together We Can


    More on the Subject Below May 3, 2009

    Filed under: Organization — alwayswithme @ 11:32 am
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    I was reading through a new to me subscribed to page and came across an article here that really spoke to me.  It is about I Don’t Know which is of course how I feel most of the time.  The article encourages you to just make a decision and in practicing that act you will refine it unlit you are living your life.  Just what I needed to read.


    Update on ADD

    Filed under: Catholic,Exercise,Health — alwayswithme @ 11:16 am
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    My strattera is no longer working.  I have found myself back with the swirling thoughts, been terribly forgetful, been agitated and caught in that I don’t know what to do now mode.  I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks (I think).  In the meantime I am going to walk on my treadmill or ride the bike daily as well as do at least one exercise video from SparkPeople each day.  I will continue to take my Vitame D, which has helped my blood pressure as well as the calcium and the Omega 3 capsules.  I am going to research the info I found on If you crave chocolate you need magnesium (raw nuts, fruits and legumes) and if I crave sweets I need chromium (broccoli and grapes), carbon (fresh fruit) phosphorus (eggs and grain) sulfur (kale cabbage and cruciferous vegetables) tryptophan (raisins and sweet potatoes).

    I am also going to get back to the Bible and to my relationship with God.  I am completely out of balance.


    A New Tool For Education

    Filed under: DS, The Older,DS, The Younger — alwayswithme @ 10:49 am

    I saw this article on YAHOO and thought I’d have my son view someof the over the summer.  I followed the link to YouTube where I found this site which I think will be very useful over the summer and will help and entertain my son.