Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday~ BONUS

A LITTLE BONUS THIS WEEK and very few words.  I cannot believe this child will be graduating in less than one month.  Where does time go?

Jolene Evans's photo.

I am linking up to Talbert Zoo's Wordless Wednesday.  The linky button is not working.  You can see her little party by clicking here.


Wordless Wednesday

I am linking up to Talbert Zoo's Wordless Wednesday.  The linky button is not working, but you can click here to view her party.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Confessional

I confess...

We all have heard America has a mental health crisis.  I guess I just did not truly realize what they were talking about when I heard it.  I thought maybe it was the fact so many Americans do not have health insurance BUT that is NOT what it is all about.

I confess...

A couple of weeks ago, my last confession I was in the emergency room once again with Noah.  This time he freaked out at school.  He was telling some of his friends good-bye because he was going to kill himself that night.  Others he was saying good-bye because he was going to move.  One of his friends  went to the school counselor and then that counselor went to Noah's counselor.

I confess...

It was ugly and seriously embarrassing.  He got mad at the counselor and said some cuss words telling her to stay out of his life.  He then took off and the school officer was told to follow him to make sure he will be safe while the police came.  Noah resisted and the police had to tackle him down to the ground and hand cuff him. 

I confess...

We spent the next 12 and half hours in the emergency room.  Why?  Well because there were no beds to admit him.  The state of Iowa has only 24 beds for children in the psychiatric floor.  Noah's admission ended up being in Rock Island, Illinois. 

I confess...

Hospitalization is only for accute when it comes to mental issues.  Accute, once they are not showing harmful tendencies they are discharged for the next child.  They have no room to keep a child in for more treatment other than accute.

I confess...

Oh there are places for mental issues to get help like Noah's but they are called residential and well, 99% of insurance companies do not cover residential they are excluded.

I confess...

I am at a loss as to what to do for him.  Sending Noah to his father's is not a good idea.  His Dad has child abuse founded against him on our oldest.  Noah and his father together when Noah acts up is just an accident waiting to happen.

I confess...

I am going to have to look to see if there is any way I can get the state to assist with residential.  If not then I might have to do something drastic, like sign over my parental rights to the state, this way he will get the help he needs. 

I confess...

This is weighing heavy on my mind.  I do not like the thought of signing over one of my children and giving up my parental rights but on the other hand I do not want Noah to become one of those statistical lost children who cannot function as an adult.  My heart is aching so much about this decision.

I confess...

So yeah... this is what it means about America having a mental health crisis.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Books 'n' Blogger Swap Show & Tell

It is time to reveal my favorite swap by Chaotic Goddess, Books 'n' Blogger Swap.  They have a few swaps but this one is my favorite type of swap.

I have to say it has been a rough three-four weeks at home but when I came home and found my package from Jenni I was super excited.  I loved getting to know her and she has such a cute little Youtube channel where she talks about books and teas.  You can click here to go to her channel

Alright, here we go...

She had little notes in her Amazon box but they ... well they must have been like my husband because they did not place the tags with the books, so like my package to her, it was a mystery which book goes with: one from the wish list, one you read and enjoyed, and one book you would like to read.

Book One:

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is book is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  I am so looking forward to reading this book.  I do not know why but this history time frame is my favorite to read for some odd reason.  It is such a sad part of history but the books are always so interesting to me.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
My boys read this when they were younger in school and some how I missed this while I was their age.  I am so happy this was one of the books I received.  When we went on vacation about three years ago, we went to Washington D.C. and visited the Holocaust Museum.  This book is one of a few referenced in the museum.  All the other books which was referenced I own, now I have all of them.  This book is a story through the eyes of a ten year old living in Denmark during World War II.  I cannot wait to read this one.

Now both of the first two were on my wish list but this next one is not, so I think it may be one Jenni might have read.  
 Next book is bel canto by Ann Patchett.  Amazon Snyopsis: Ann Pratchett’s award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.  I am excited to read this one.  It sounds very interesting.  I also love the style of this book.  The edges are frayed.  I just love the old look of this book!

Jenni sent a bonus book to me and when I saw it I smiled and giggled.  It just made me so happy to see.  Jenni and I shared a few emails back and forth and I explained how my husband and I will be taking little get away this Summer getting to know Iowa a little more.  Every other Saturday we will not have Taj and plan to get away since the weekend is the only time we get to see one another with our work hours right now.  This little book she sent I know I will highlight and started to browse immediately making plans for Todd and I.
Iowa Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places by Lori Erickson with Tracy Stuhr  I just cannot say enough how stoked I am about this book.  I see many trips and adventures for Todd and I a few with Taj and whomever of our children who want to join.  I see some great photo opportunities of our wonderful state as well.

Thank you Beth and Angie for hosting my favorite swap.  Thank you Jenni for being such a great swap partner!


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Peep Show...Belated St Patrick's Day...I Love My Employer

I absolutely love where I work.  We have a lot of fun besides working hard.   The week before Easter there was a Peep Show contest.  My team did not win but it was so much fun.

My Team: Peep Busters
I had my Samsung Galaxy/Nook playing the "Ghost Busters" Theme Song.

Here are pictures of the other Peep Shows:
This one was one of my favorites.  Check out the close ups I took.
She was so detailed. 
The Bearded Lady and Tiny
The Two Headed Lady
The Creepy Clown
The Three Boobed Lady
The Magician who saws people in half.
Strong Man
Another one I had to take close ups for.  
I laughed so hard because they actually took words from the commercial.  
This is a take off of dating site.
This one was sort of funny too, the controversial dress...
Blue with Gold Stripes OR White with Gold Stripes.
Below is one of the VP...His entry "Chick Magnet"
Below was the entry from IT department.
And the winner this year, who took home the bragging rights and the trophy!
They also had a "Wizard of Oz" soundtrack playing.

 I have plans for our entry already for next year.  I am so excited!  St. Patrick's Day was another time for teams to get together and compete for another bragging rights and trophy.  Here were this year's entries:
Lucky Charms
Magically Delicious
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Lucky Rainbow Treasure Marshmallow Charms
Let's Get Ready To Stumble
The Sham-Rockers
Four Leaf Coders
The Paddy Wagon
The Floating Irish
The Lucky Roy G Biv Clan (The Winners)
Sassy 'Stached Sillies
St Patrick's Day Shamrocks  (My Team)
This is the first year for my team...NOW that we know this competition stuff is serious we are upping the game for next year.  (he he he)

Seriously where I work, we are up for several awards and just last week the Prometheus Awards were given.  This is a technology award, the best in Iowa. This is our 3rd year in a row being nominated and winning at least one of the nominations.  The year we won (and last year) Top Growth Company in 2015.  My employer experienced 39 percent revenue growth last year and added 90 jobs.  We have two more new clients coming on board which will add another 60 positions.  The other award we won (was nominated the past three years) CEO of the Year!  I just love where I work and I am so thankful I found the perfect company.

He Loves Me