Our pastor is "hitting it out of the park" this advent with his Advent series on Sunday mornings. He's using Adam Hamilton's book, Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem, as the foundation. I've read the book and recommend it to anyone looking for a new Advent read. It's a different perspective on the birth of Jesus and the days, and years, prior then moving forward to His crucifixion. It's a short book yet full of Biblical truths and insight to make you think differently. If you are in the Lycoming, New York, area and want to hear Pastor Brandin's messages, services are at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings. He's doing a great ob delivery this message.
As I wrote today's blog and shared about this book, I thought it would be nice to hear from all of you. I'm sure there are other Advent books I (and possibly you) haven't read or heard about. Let's encourage each other this Advent and share some of the great readings and books we use to help draw us closer to God during this special time of year. Who knows, you might share the book that brings the encouragement someone needs to make it through this holiday season. Thank you in advance!
Will you share an Advent favorite or
Pantry is located at:
Join us for the OPEN HOUSE
Friday December 6th 2019
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Normal Pantry Hours
Keeping our pantry running requires thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food each month. Regular monetary donations and contributions of food from the community are our lifeblood. We could not function without this support.
Although we receive support from the government and community, our pantry is run entirely by volunteers.
From ordering food, sorting donations and unloading food trucks, to handling paperwork, filling orders and restocking shelves, we rely on volunteers to make things happen.
Our volunteers represent a diverse group: working professionals, craftsmen, young people and retirees all come together to help out.
Some volunteers help every week. Others give their time once a month. Many enjoy socializing with like-minded people dedicated to improving their community.
Whatever amount of time you can give, we are more than willing to train and welcome you.
To inquire about volunteering, visit our volunteer page or contact Martha Sturtz, 315-963-3117.
Click here to visit the website
Make a donation
Monetary contributions are always welcome and allow us to buy needed food items at a steeply reduced price from the Food Bank of Central New York. By making a monetary donation, you let us make your dollars go farther.
Donations can be mailed to Mexico Food Pantry C/O St. Anne, Mother of Mary, PO Box 487, Mexico, NY 13114-0487.
Donations of food are also gladly accepted and can be dropped off during pantry hours.
We suggest the following preferred items:
If you are in the Mexico, New York area, Friday,
December 6th, 2019...TODAY
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Stop in to see the pantry
and leave a donation if you feel led!
For the first time in awhile, many schools and colleges in our area closed on Monday due to impending weather. I'm thankful to work for a district that waits to make its decision in the morning. I am probably in the minority, of course you can turn off the alarm if you know the night before but in our neck of the woods, a change in wind direction can alter the effects of a storm.
There are so many kiddos in our area who don't have sufficient heat, food, or warm attire that when I sit in the comfort of my warm home, I pray they remain warm until morning when the school bus picks them up. For this reason, it only makes sense to wait until the last possible moment to cancel school.
When I saw the photo in today's blog I saw the space between the trees, the openness and paths to adventure. Some of you might have noticed the trees first. Which did you see? Do you see roadblocks preventing you from walking straight through or do you see adventure of maneuvering around the trees to reach your destination?
What do the trees and open space have to do with calling a snow day? To be honest, probably not much, other than they both offer opportunities to focus on the road blocks or open our eyes to the adventures aWAITing us?
Do you see the opportunities or the road blocks?
Her mother bought my book at a lawn sale, read it, then passed it on to her. She read the book in a day then was sharing what she read with someone else and has since loaned the book to someone else, who lives in California. This is exciting! She said she started the book and it was so good, she started and finished it in the same day. I'm thankful God used these words to encourage her. She shared with me and how it touched her heart. She was surprised it was at a lawn sale. She plans to keep it when it's returned to her so she always has it and can loan it to others who need encouragement. This is such a compliment to an author.
Some might look at it being in a lawn sale as a loss BUT I view this as a win. Not only did the person who put it in the lawn sale read it (the binding was worn from being read), the woman who bought it read it, her mother read it, and it's now in California with someone else reading it. I'm tickled and overjoyed, all because one person read the book and put it in their lawn sale, three more people have read the book that might not have otherwise. God works in mysterious ways and at lawn sales. Go God!
Thank you to all my readers!
Thanks for letting me know what you like
and a HUGE THANKS for leaving
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More to come in 2020!
I must confess, the anticipation ignited and I couldn't wait. I had no idea what it was. This afternoon my Dad called me while I was tutoring, "Your package arrived!" After tutoring I went to my Dad's house, text my friend, and then opened the package while on the phone with her. Once open, I had tears in my eyes. This photo doesn't do justice for this painting yet the message it brings is still visible.
The first thing I thought, "This is Heidi and I when we reunite one day.", then my friend shared, "I saw this and thought of you and Heidi." The dampness in my eyes quickly turned into tears of joy, love, and hope. As she shared about seeing this painting and her first thoughts, I kept staring at it. The beauty captured combined with the love and friendship that came with the gift remind me of how precious time, friendship, and hope is.
We spent half an hour or more visiting, catching up, and enjoying each other's company. We wrapped up our conversation and I hit the "end" on my phone yet I couldn't stop staring at the painting. It entranced me, and still does. I don't know if it's the that I thought of Heidi as soon as I saw it, or was it that not only had I thought of Heidi but so had my friend. My friend said when she saw it, she thought of the bond, love, and sisterhood between Heidi and I. It doesn't matter why, all that matters is that God used my friend to bring me hope in the very moment I needed it the most. God knows what we need, when we need it. He used my friend, and her friend (I don't know the artist's name) who painted it, as messengers to me. For this, I'm very thankful today.
What, or WHO, are you thankful for today?
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On Fridays I try to do a different series and that is VERY FAITH BASED. My faith is within all my podcasts yet Friday is dedicated to sharing a message, usually a series. My recent series on Fridays is focusing on The Lord's Prayer. Check it out today - you can go back and start with the first one - taking a closer look at this prayer, verse by verse.
What is your favorite podcast? Share its name and link in a comment below - why is it your favorite and what is it about? Happy listening!
What do you like best about my podcast?
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life."
Psalm 143:8 NIV
What did you notice on your commute?
Here's the deal, authors don't typically sell a lot of books at craft/vendor fairs so why do we go? It's an opportunity to meet our readers and build relationships. I'm more apt to read a book if I've met someone who recommends the book and if I can meet the author, the likelihood increases even more.
As a child, I remember my Mom and aunts bringing me books signed by the authors after attending different book signings. Maybe this is one of the foundations for my passion to write and meet my readers. It is fun and energizing to meet my readers and those who attended events I spoke at. This weekend I had the opportunity to meet a women who heard me at her church's Fall retreat a few years ago. Her words encouraged me more than she realized, God used her to bless me.
It's amazing to see the way God works and uses us, isn't it? Anyway, in November I have two more events, one in Fulton, New York and another in Oswego, New York. In December I'll be at Christmas in Mexico, then a break until Spring. The amount of time required to prep, plan, travel, and pack can be intense while the actual hours spent sitting can feel long BUT, at the end of the day, it's about the relationships renewed or created that make it all worth it.
In life, so many people are looking at their screens to communicate, I find events like this invigorating because of the one on one contact, eye contact, and real conversation (you know, using our voices and body language). It's great! If the conversation and 1:1 isn't enough, by shopping at local events like this, you are supporting your local creatives. I still find the homemade gifts, books, and goodies my favorite treats to receive (and give).
As you move forward into the holiday seasons, I encourage you to slow down and visit the variety of local craft and vendor fairs. Here are a few benefits you'll receive:
*Meet new people
*Run into people you haven't seen in awhile
*Support local people, possibly your neighbor
*1:1 contact with a variety of people
*Unique & personal Gifts at your fingertips
*Free parking (usually)
*You can do it with or without the kids (it fits your mood)
*Make a girl's (or guys) get away for a couple hours then grab lunch
*Most have food choices so it's one stop shopping
*You learn about new items on the market
*Autographed and personalized books
*You'll get steps and make your heart and Fitbit happy (you can't do that shopping online)
*It's fun and each craft/vendor fair is different and variety is the spice of life.
What is your favorite aspect of craft & vendor fairs?
Antoinette Truglio Martin is a life-long Long Islander, teacher, wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer—a memoir chronicling her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient.
Personal experience essays and excerpts of her memoir were published in Bridges, Visible Ink, and The Southampton Review. Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University in 2016.
Antoinette had also written the children's picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup (Albert Whitman and Company), and was a regular columnist for local periodicals Parent Connections (In a Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Her blog, Stories Served Around The Table, tells family tales and life's musings. She lives in her hometown of Sayville, New York with her husband, Matt, and is never far from her “Everyone” and the beaches she loves.
Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012, she strives to not let cancer to dictate her life. Follow her at Facebook and her website.
Antoinette's book is written in journal format for the most part, as she shares emails between her and "My Everyone" as she calls her support network. I'm a fan of diary type books like the Diary of Anne Frank or the Dear America series, so I related to Antoinette's real and personal accounts in the midst of her journey.
The love and bond between she and her daughters brought tears to my eyes and also had me laughing out loud. The honest connection and feelings shared are a tribute to the foundation she and her husband instilled in their family and all who knew them. One of the funniest parts is when Antoinette wants to try marijuana as a treatment and reaches out to her daughters and their response left Antoinette with this, "I had to admit, I did not expect such seamless resources and enthusiasm."
The subtitle of the book, "A year of community, courage, and cancer" is a perfect summary of one woman's journey through the unknown with her "everyone" by her side every step of the way. As Antoinette shares the emails and the commentary between each, I felt like I was sitting in her living room sharing a cup of tea and brownies with her.
This is a personal and heartfelt memoir of hope and encouragement for those going through a difficult and challenging journey, helping us to remember to go through and not get stuck in the pain and disease.
Thank you Antoinette, and thanks to all who took time to learn more about this great book.
During 2017's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, She Writes Press published Antoinette Truglio Martin’s touching memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. It is a 2017 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Non-Fiction: Narrative and a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist: Non-Fiction Women's Issues.
In 2007, Martin believed her call back doctor appointment was routine, maybe a scare, nothing worse. Her shock at receiving a Stage I breast cancer diagnosis was instantly compounded by her own deep fears. As a self-described wimp—afraid of needles and uncomfortable with sedation—how was she going to get through this?
Antoinette started her fight against cancer with words. She began by journaling and by writing emails to Her Everyone—the large close-knit family and circle of beloved friends wanting to offer their support, especially those who were fighting breast cancer alongside her. The emails not only helped to keep Her Everyone informed, they gave cancer less of a presence in Antoinette’s life, since she wasn’t repeatedly updating people or saying the word “cancer” over and over. The practice of writing calmed her and also gave her space to focus on living: on the house that wasn’t selling, an exciting new job, daughters in college, and summer beach plans. She signed every email with the reminder to “hug everyone you know.”
Those emails and journal entries are at the heart of this memoir, which gives the book an immediacy and raw power.
Hug Everyone You Know is a memoir about how Antoinette found the courage to navigate her first year of breast cancer treatment. It’s the story of how a community—colleagues, family, friends—rallied to support her. The book is moving, brave, informative, and occasionally funny—and it speaks to us all.
Other Blogs Featuring Antoinette's New Book
October 7th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Join us as we celebrate the launch the blog tour for author Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know. Read an interview with the author and win a copy of the book.
October 8th @ 12 Books
Visit Louise's blog today to read her thoughts about Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 9th @ The Frugalista Mom
Stop by Rozelyn's blog where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know and enter to win a copy for yourself!
October 10th @ Choices
Visit Madeline's blog where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post on how writing can calm your nerves.
Oct. 13th @ Dunning Knicks Interviews
Make sure you visit Mzz Dunning's blog today where you can read a guest post written by Antoinette Truglio Martin about 5 reasons it's okay to not be okay. You can also enter to win an ebook copy of the book!
October 14th @ Bookshine and Readbows
Make sure you visit Stephanie's blog and read her interview with author Antoinette Truglio Martin. You don't want to miss it!
Oct. 15th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
You'll want to stuff your bookshelf today when you visit Veronica Joy's blog and read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 17th @ Reading Whale
Visit Caitlin's blog today where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post that will give you 5 tips for starting your memoir.
Oct. 18th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
Stop by Veronica's blog again where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post about how to help people help you. Don't miss this important guest post!
October 19th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette's bookworm blog and read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post featuring 5 tips for writing your memoir. Don't miss it! https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/
October 20th @ Rachael's Thoughts
Visit Rachel's thoughts today where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 21st @ Writing Through Life
Visit Amber's blog and read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post featuring 5 journaling tips when going through difficult trials. You can also read Amber's review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know. https://writingthroughlife.com
Oct 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson's Blog
Get inspired today at Karen's blog where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post about 5 lessons she learned writing about her cancer journey.
October 23rd @ Thoughts in Progress
Be sure to stop by Mason Canyon's blog where you can read an interview with the author Antoinette Truglio Martin.
October 24th @ Bookworm Blog
Visit Anjanette's bookworm blog again where you can view her video vlog review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 25th @ World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole's blog today where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 26th @ Keeping it Real
Be sure to visit Lisa's blog today and read author Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post that is talking about her ways to not let a difficult diagnosis run (or ruin) your life. Plus read Lisa's review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 28th @ Strength 4 Spouses
Stop by Wendi's blog today and read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
October 29th @ Bring On Lemons
Turn lemons into lemonade today by visiting Crystal's blog and read her review of the touching memoir Hug Everyone You Know. http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/
November 1st @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette's blog again and read her interview with author Antoinette Truglio Martin. https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/
Nov 3rd @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde Visit Lindsey's blog today and you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
November 4th @ Strength 4 Spouses
Visit Wendi's blog again where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post about keeping a positive mindset during a health crisis.
November 5th @ Life Like a Galaxy Girl
Be sure to visit Alanna's blog where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's book Hug Everyone You Know.
November 6th @ 12 Books
Stop by Louise's blog again where you can Antoinette Truglio Martin's guest post featuring 5 books to keep you motivated during difficult times.
Nov 8th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Stop by Anthony's blog where you can read his review of Antoinette Truglio Martin's touching book Hug Everyone You Know.
Here are a few truths I knew before entrusting this to my daughter:
1) It's my 1st attempt at fiction
2) It's a 1st Draft
So basically, I know it wasn't ready but I knew she'd be honest and let me know if it was worth pursuing or to file it and go back to nonfiction.
Overall she liked it but said, "You haven't shared this with anyone else yet, right?"
Ouch, was my heart but the words that came out, "No, it's a first draft, you are the only one. If it's bad, just tell me." My tone must have matched my heart.
Her response, priceless, "Relax, I was just asking. You are the editor for me, just didn't know if anyone else had looked at it."
"Nope, only trusted you so far.", no more comments after that.
I told her to write on it and share any thoughts. Her feedback is insightful and honest. Now to decide if I go back and work on a couple of these or keep moving forward or pause for a little editing and revision.
1) Switch from 1st to 3rd person in the beginning (I knew this but only noted it as something to fix later, when I started I wasn't sure the direction - she encouraged me to fix this now)
2) It's a little disconnected at parts, if a chapter was moved to a different spot, it would flow better
3) You left your phone home but then later in the book you have your phone, "Where did the phone come from? LOL"
4) times vary from perspective
5) Time frames need work
6) "I'll read it when it's done, you have work to do before it goes to the editor."
I love this kid of mine and her honesty. She noted other items too, things I struggled with and even put question marks by paragraphs with a note like, "What? Unclear.", these were paragraphs I couldn't get right so just moved on. I value her ability to read and respond as a reader, a lover of books. Her insight and questions will help me as I make changes and move forward with this project.
I look forward to getting back to my writer's cottage for a day or two of writing. I planned to this past weekend but as with life, plans changed and life happened. Instead of writing, I was where I needed to be but because of this time, my daughter had the opportunity to read and offer her feedback, so it wasn't a complete writing loss.
Do these comments make you
curious to what I'm writing?
What are hoping to read?
I might be putting this on hold
yet it's still running through my brain...
Upon my departure, I let off a fogger so Mr. Spider and family, taking up residence, understand whose cottage it is. Did I mention I'm allergic to spider bites, as one landed on my arm while writing, it was a comical scene. Thankfully no one else was around to witness my scream, spider toss, and jumping out of the chair. I don't typically freak out but that spider startled me and I let it know.
Anyway, I shared on Monday's podcast, that I've put my fiction book on hold for a time. I feel God calling me to write something different. While at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference in July, then at the Oswego Writing Institute in August, I felt God nudging me in one direction but I couldn't pinpoint where He was leading (Holy Spirit nudge #1). I believed it was this fictional story yet, as fun as this process is, I didn't feel like it was what God wants me to write yet I didn't know where to go with clarity so I kept writing the fiction because at least I was writing.
In September, a conversation stirred something in me (Holy Spirit nudge #2) and lead my thoughts, prayers, and writing mind in a different direction. I brushed it aside until last week when a third conversation (Holy Spirit nudge #3) opened my eyes during a time of quiet, mindful, reflective prayer. It was as if The Light came on within me.
I understood the first two nudges and the direction to move forward. The human within me second guessed the Holy Spirit's leading but thank goodness, my faith and quiet time helped to shed understanding, direction, and purpose to this new writing project. This past Saturday I didn't make it to my cottage but I banged out 1,745 words for this new project and spent time reading and researching on Sunday. Monday offered the opportunity for time to continue the work done at at home and some serious writing at the cottage.
It was because of my time spent in prayer and being open to hear from God that I recognized the direction He was leading. I made a mindful and conscious effort. I want to thank my Dad again for making my writer's cottage a reality, it is a HUGE blessing and inspiration!! Love you Dad!
What is God calling you to do?
Have you slowed down long enough to listen?
If we focus on the words, "Good things come to those who", you'll think of patience and the Bible is full of truths about patience and its importance in our lives.
Let's take a look at a few, which verse stands out to you the most?
it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have,
we wait for it patiently.
Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,
as some understand slowness.
Instead he is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
May the God who gives
endurance and encouragement
give you the same attitude of mind
toward each other that Christ Jesus had.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:8
Preach the word;
be prepared in season and out of season;
correct, rebuke and encourage--
with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:2
But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
I am coming soon.
Hold on to what you have,
so that no one will take your crown.
Which verse stood out to you and why?
If you don't comment below, take time to journal your response so you can reflect on it later.
At the start of the school year, I went to twice a month instead of weekly. I miss the weekly training sessions yet my wallet can't afford it so a change was necessity. The every other week is working but I'm saving in hopes of going back to weekly. Below is a funny comedy clip about going to the gym and he jokes about paying for a trainer at the gym you pay to belong too. I used to have a similar philosophy but since this summer, I get it.
It's because of my trainer that I know how to use the weights and other equipment safely and have a routine that is toning my body. My trainer gets my stressers and helps to guide me in healthier eating and habits to combat stress. In a sense, my trainer is a counselor, my health insurance covers counseling, they should cover my trainer, he is both training my physical fitness and mental fitness.
What do you think? Should health insurance put some money towards our fitness club memberships and trainers? I do...but it's because I notice the health benefits of working with my trainer weekly versus every other week. Maybe one day insurance will be proactive.
Enjoy the video and get to the gym!
Thanks for following & reading my blog...
Two weeks since I've been on but here I am, kicking off the return on a Tuesday.
I'd like to say I was spending every free minute in my writing cottage after work and on the weekends but this isn't the case.
What have I been up to?
*Adjusting to the back-to-school schedule and routine
*Getting at least 3 workouts at the gym in each week
*Cleaned my house (finally LOL)
*Found the top of my kitchen table & dryer (my two drop spots - what are yours?)
*Reading a book for fun, "Lost and Found" by Gayle Roper (it's so good, I need more time so I can finish it, yes, it's that good)
*Read a book for a blog review on October 26th, "Hug Everyone You Know" by Antionette Truglio Martin - she is also guest blogging on Oct. 26th so make sure you check it out
*Leading our Fall Women's Bible Study, "Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World" by Joanna Weaver - we are learning so much and getting to know each other better too (We are reading the book along with the video Bible study)
*Reading a book to improve my writing and speaking by James M. Watkins, Communicating to Change Lives: In Person and Print - highly recommend
*Eliminated the magazines-to-read-pile until today's purchase of a new one, lol
*Cleaned out my closets and donated 3 bags of clothes so far (it's a work-in-progress)
*Then of course the everyday this-n-that of being a mom, wife, niece, and educator
I apologize for not blogging every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday yet after typing this list, I've been busy. Have you ever noticed that we might not realize we did anything but once we take time to reflect (and write it down), we recognize there is a reason some things haven't been done. Something I've learned is to prioritize what NEEDS to be done and put my family and friends first, then the stuff. Tomorrow is not promised. I want to know the people who mean the most to me KNOW they come before any "thing" in this world.
I have a lot on my list that isn't connected to my family yet it is through doing some things for myself this year that I'm more relaxed and better able to be there for my family. We need to remember to care for ourselves or we won't be able to care for our loved ones. It feels good to get some reading and writing done. It might not be here or on the podcast, but God is at work and I'm listening and trying to prioritize and stay focused.
Next Tuesday I'll talk about the feedback I received on my work-in-progress (WIP). I'm trying my hand at fiction. I have the first 16,000 words finished so I entrusted it to my daughter, an avid reader and honest critic. You'll have to wait until next week to see how it went. Until then, come back on Thursday and Saturday to see what else is going on.
What have you been up to?
Today, Tuesday, September 24th the Mexico Academy and Central Schools Girls Swim and Volleyball teams will be hosting a suicide prevention fundraiser.
Prior to today, there was a t-shirt fundraiser and throughout the day and at their games this evening, there are basket raffles to raise awareness for suicide. The coaches and students even shared the link for t-shirt orders to the visiting teams in case they wanted to help turn the school teal.
All funds are being donated within our county to help those in our community.
You may think suicide isn't something you need to worry about or that you don't know anyone in this situation yet I challenge you, watch these videos and learn some of the statistics. Suicide, attempted suicide, are more than common than most are aware.
Let's raise awareness and educate ourselves so we are better listeners, advocates, & friends. Education is power!
Prayers for those struggling with thoughts of suicide or have lost a friend or loved one to suicide.
In life we face circumstances and situations requiring us to HOPE.
This verse from Isaiah
tells us the LORD:
*doesn't grow tired
*doesn't grow weary
*understands more than we
will be able to understand
*gives us strength to the weary
*increases the power of the weak
*renews our strength
*enables us to soar
*enables us to run
*enables us to keep going
WHEN WE HOPE IN HIM!
While you wait..HOPE in the LORD!
Do you not know?
What are you hoping for today?
The powerful Lake Ontario winds bent the past pole beyond repair. The past couple years my hubby and I visited this one company in the Center of Progress building and dreamed of purchasing one of their flag poles for my Dad. This year we had enough money saved and bought it. The past two days were spent installing and charging the solar light.
The final product is breathtaking...I'm thankful for many of the things my parent taught me BUT one of the best is the legacy of respect, admiration, and love for our country and the flag.
Enjoy this video with history of the flag...
Do you fly Old Glory?
What does our American Flag mean to you?
A HUGE shout out to APO for weeding the Heidi Remembrance Garden this week!!
Thank you for remembering Heidi in your prayers
and hearts, may this be the year
God answers "Yes" and brings Heidi home.
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