Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sharing a good deal with you.

Ok, friends.  You know I love great deals. Here's another deal email for you.

There's this site online called Schoola.  It's similar to Ebay in that people list their clothing for you to buy.  Prices range from about $4 per item to more expensive.  There is some new items, too.

I'm a big Savers person, so I've never shopped Schoola, however someone said that they signed up through someone else's link and that gave them $20 credit to use.  Plus, when they signed up, they received a coupon in their email for 50% off their order.  Combined, they got $41 worth of stuff for less than $2.

So I signed up and it worked!!  I immediately received a $20 credit, and then I immediately received an email with a coupon code for 50% off.  The awesome part is that the 50% off comes off first, then the $20 is applied.  So I got $44 worth of items for less than $3.  Shipping was free!

Here's what my cart looked like:

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If you'd like to sign up, here is my referral link  Get $20 of quality clothes free!   You'll get $20 credit and so will I! 

Thank you and enjoy!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


I am absolutely amazed by how awesome 
World Autism Day turned out.

So, besides the message here, I texted my family and a small handful of my friends.  Well, Ms. Amy Gardner forwarded that text to just about the whole church!  I could not believe all of the people who told me that they were wearing blue for Tyler.

One of the most overwhelming things was getting to work at Glendale Christian Academy Thursday morning to find that Every.Single.Teacher was wearing blue.  I cannot express how loved and supported that made me feel.  Even the principal had pinned a blue ribbon to his shirt.

Later I heard that the students were asking why everyone was wearing blue, and when they heard they said that next year, they all want to wear blue (of course, uniforms are blue already, lol)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of support.

Here are the pictures that I received:

Grandma Brenda

Grandpa Jim

Tanya Johnson, Sis Ward, and me
Vance Gardner

Janessa Aldridge

Sis Aldridge and Janessa

Auntie Amy

Rachel Gardner and Jenny


Vance, again :)

Tanya Johnson

Uncle Andrew

Grandma Dotty and Grandpa Bob

Grandma Carol

Me :)
My coworker, Teresa Sesma, made and wore this sign

My boys both wore blue, as did  my husband, but they were not camera-cooperative :)

Katelyn DIY'd a shirt; you can check it out at her blog "Drama Queen"--link right over there  --->

I have at least three more pictures to find and post, but wanted to get this up


p.s.  Down Syndrome day is March 21.  Colors are blue and yellow.  Next year!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Light It Up Blue Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow is World Autism Day!  Would you consider helping us "Light It Up Blue" by wearing blue to show your support for Tyler and the other 1 in 64 children who are affected with Autism?  Send me a picture if you do; I'd love to post all of the pictures here and show Tyler all of the love.

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Photo Dump and Random Commentary

In honor of the end of 2014, here is a photo dump, with random commentary.

This is for my good friend, Amy Gardner.  She thought that "Dress Up Like a Cow" day at Chick-fil-a was a scam, so I sent her pictures of us dressed up.  This is the only one that turned out non-blurry ;)
Justin loves playing at the park.  I am continually thankful that we choose a house next door to a park, and for a wonderful husband who takes the kids to bigger parks all over the area.

This picture was sent to me by Justin's awesome babysitter, Sis Doreen.  So thankful for her!
Such a big help...Yeah.

"Oh, did you want to sleep here, too?"  Even though the little have their own beds, it's not uncommon for them to find their way into our bed on occasion.
Jason has been praying for the Holy Ghost on occasion.  I am so thankful for Bro Matt Garrett, pictured here praying with Jason.  He is the Bible class teacher and in charge of devotions and chapel at GCA and has been such a big influence on both Jason and Katelyn.  When Jason saw this picture, he said "Bro Matt was saying 'It's Holy Ghost time for Jason!'"  Thanks to Tanya for sending me this picture of Jason praying at chapel.

Jason loves to dress up for church.

Katelyn and Adain made a volcano for Parent Night.  Thank you to Sis Mantooth for rescuing Mt Failure at the last minute.
What will happen???

Cute kid and a photo bomb

Jason lost his first and second teeth

Tyler learned how to make pizza in his chef class.
Hanging out with Jason
Katelyn and Jim celebrated their October birthdays.
Typical Tyler

Christmas 2014
The boys love Pastor Garrett, especially when he gives them giant candy canes.  Back story:  The Sunday night before Christmas, Pastor cleared a portion of  the platform and brought in a rocking chair and a big box of something.  He sat in the rocking chair and invited all of the children to come up.  Both Jason and Justin went up.  Then Pastor pulled out a giant candy cane and told the kids they would be getting one after the service.  Next thing you know, all of the young people flooded up to the platform, too.  It was quite funny.  Then Pastor read the Christmas story from Luke 2, stopping at various places to lead us in the singing of Christmas carols.  It was a wonderful memory making event.

 I saved all of our baking and Christmas stuff until after school was out for break and I was done with work.  So Monday and Tuesday were spent making enough junk food to feed an army (note:  it's almost gone.  How did that happen??...tugs on "broken zipper"...the fast starts in five days)  Jason and Justin were huge helps in the kitchen.  Unfortunately, my teenagers didn't want to spend too much family time together "in the hot kitchen.  I ate plenty of it.  Does that count?"

Ignore the dirty dishes in the background.

We made cookie with candy cane kisses in the middle, these pretzel-kiss-M&M things and homemade Twix, among other things.  These three recipes are awesome to make with kids.  The boys enjoyed unwrapping the candy and placing it just-so.

Yes, Jason is in his pjs and Justin needs to brush his hair.

Just a sampling.

The only Christmas present picture I was allowed to take.  We enjoyed a very busy and fun Christmas.  Christmas morning we opened presents as a family.  Then we went to my dad's and had brunch.  Came home and put dinner in the oven, then went and picked up my mom at the airport.  The kids convinced her to open presents that night, so by the end of the night, they were quite spoiled.  It was fun!  We missed our family members that didn't get to come; maybe next year!

We enjoyed some fun outings with my mom.  One night we went to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.  Of course it was the first really cold night this year and we froze!!!  Thank God for hot cocoa.  The train ride was definitely worth it, though.  However, we nixed all other plans that involved being outside at night!  While at the park, the kids saw Piglet, Pooh, Tigger, Elmo and Cookie Monster.  I love this picture of the three kids.

The littles got ties and bibles for Christmas.  My mom snapped this picture before we went to church the Sunday after Christmas.
Look!  Katelyn's floor is clean and you can open the door!

Tyler and Yoshi chewing bublegum.
Tyler will only take pictures if Yoshi comes along.  Ty got this shirt from Kate for Christmas and he loves it.  Pray for Ty as he starts his new school on the 5th.  Of January.

Last, but not least, a little sign from Cracker Barrel.  I thought it was appropriate with the fast coming up.

Love you all!!  Happy New Year!  Can't wait to see what 2015 has in store.

Special thanks to my personal spell checker, Katelyn :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Help Wanted

I am looking for someone who would be willing to meet me at GCA every morning at 7:30ish and drive Tyler to his school at 83rd Ave and Thunderbird by 8:15.  I will pay for your gas.  This job will begin January 5 and be for the remainder of the school year, with renewable options.  We might also discuss options for the return trip.

If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please leave a comment, or text me if you know my number.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So, Tell Us Already!

I think I'm ready to share some of the big news...In true fashion, I will give you all the back story, etc

Just in case someone doesn't know:  Tyler had autism and goes to a school that is a one hour drive from our home.  In order for this to work, I had to leave the home and get a job close to his school.  We've been doing this since July of 2013.

Recently I heard about an opportunity for a job that would be coming available in the near future.  As soon as I heard about the job, my heart leaped and I knew without a shadow of doubt that I wanted that job.  No questions.  And the job wanted me.

However, there was a big huge obstacle:  the job is in the West Valley, not the East Valley.  So, I prayed and prayed and wrangled and tried every single idea that I could think of to figure out a way to get this to work.  Nothing.  Finally, I wrote the words "Beauty in Submission" on a piece of paper that I keep on my mirror and gave the job up for the time being, believing that God would work it out in his time.

A few days later I was searching the internet once again for autism schools in the West Valley and a new submission jumped out at me.  The address was right, the website looked fantastic and when I googled the school, I actually found it on a best schools list.

I asked my husband if he was interested in checking it out and he was, so I reached out to the school.  They invited us to attend their Open House that was happening in a couple of weeks.  We did and were very pleased with what we saw.  The program is newer than Pieceful Solutions, but there is a lot of opportunity.  Tyler was comfortable in the environment.  I went up to two different parents and talked with them about their experiences and they both had good things to share.

Jim and I decided to go forward with having Tyler start there in January.

This has been one of the hardest decisions that I have ever made.  I am so worried that I've made a huge mistake, that the school will be horrible for Tyler and that we'll completely regret the decision.

But every time I go back to the Lord and question again, he sends me a confirmation that this is the right thing for our whole family.

I will now be able to take the job that I want.  We will all be on the same side of town, letting me be available for all four kids.  If I'm sick, I can actually call in sick instead of taking my sickness to the office because Tyler can't miss school!  There are so many good things about this move.

How is Tyler taking it?  Well, when I first told Tyler that we were thinking about having him switch schools, he cried for an hour.  Then he was willing to look at the website and the pictures, proclaiming the whole time that he wasn't going to that yucky school.  For the next few weeks, any time the subject was brought up, he would remind me that he wasn't switching schools.  He felt better after we visited the school, although he did ask me if he could finish the school year at PS and start at Aurora the following school year.  We decided not to do that BTW because of the job that I'm taking, mainly.  Now he just makes comments about some of the classes that he is going to miss out on or his friends, so I'm trying to work with him on maintaining friendships and seeing if we can do some of the class material at home.  I think he's come so far at PS that he's going to do fine at Aurora.

So, that's most of the big news.  Even now I feel teary eyed because we love PS so much it's hard to leave, and I don't want to make a huge mistake.  Once I'm in the middle of rush hour traffic, however, I find myself counting the days :)

Please continue to keep us in prayer.  God is so good!