Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review: The Power of the Prophetic Blessing by John Hagee


I recently had the pleasure of reading The Power of the Prophetic Blessing: An Astonishing Revelation for a New Generation by John Hagee. Before this book I have never read any of his other writings and the author was essentially unknown to me. After this fascinating and informative book I will perhaps have to find some of his other published works.

The Power of the Prophetic Blessing has a wealth of knowledge to present on what these prophetic blessings are and how they can be used with examples of Biblical blessings. Repeatedly I would stop and have my husband read over parts that I found interesting. There is just so much in it! This information needs to be grasped by today's Christian and fully implement prophetic blessings in our own lives and the lives of our children.

When it comes to the writing, it is a fairly simple read. I don't necessarily agree with all of Hagee's points and interpretations of scripture, though I found myself cheering internally on many others. Hagee gives personal tidbits that make me want to search out his other books to learn more about Israel and eschatology. He sets up vivid visual scenes that assist readers in being present for his scenarios, which I always enjoy. Though the chapters may seem a bit long, all are broken up into sub-categories so there was no difficulty finding a good spot to pause and come back.

And although there is a lot of information, if a person is not familiar with their Bible characters they will have trouble following the thought process of the author and fully comprehending his topics. Hagee flows quickly from Jacob, back to Abraham, to Jesus and Paul, then back to Isaac all within a few pages.

This book can be life changing. I would personally love to see a study created from it so readers or Bible study groups can delve more deeply into this topic and better learn about the power of prophetic blessings.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

AFIT Babies (not mine)

When it comes to planning our family Ryan and I are at a frozen point with children right now. Everything we heard was that a couple should NOT have a baby while in AFIT... mostly because it is a stressful time and the husband isn't really available to deal with a big change. After experiencing some time here I can understand all of that a lot better, and for us a baby right now would not be a wise decision. Talk to me again around the time of Hubby's graduation!

Here's the thing... I was at a playgroup this week and probably half of the women were pregnant. Some of them had babies only a few months old.

Then a discussion occurred about some meeting a number of husbands had to go to that addressed the big baby boom going on at AFIT right now. The higher ups wanted to know why it was happening!

It was a fun conversation full of laughter and I thought I'd share the top 3 reasons why the women believed the AFIT baby boom was occurring:

  • Right age group -- young families with a sense of job security
  • Husband in one place for more than 6 months -- no deployments, no PCS, few to none TDYs
  • "Study Breaks" -- enough said

Like I said, lots of laughter. The women I'm getting to know here are great. And I really wish and hope for the best with their families!

Why else would a "baby boom" happen here?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Redemption by Bryan Clay

Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, A Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold -- by Bryan Clay with Joel Kilpatrick

What a lovely, uplifting, and satisfying book! This is one that would be okay for a beach read, a book club, an athlete, or a mom. Anybody really.

Bryan Clay is 2-time Olympian in the Decathlon. Winners of the Decathlon get bragging rights to World's Greatest Athlete. It is tough. Competitors fight through 10 events over 2 days: 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meters, 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500 meters. It becomes a balancing act of speed and strength, conservation of energy, and endurance. Bryan Clay has both a silver and gold medal for what he has done.

His life was not always headed in that direction though. His childhood was not glowing, in fact with low grades, exposure to drugs, a dysfunctional family, and experiencing his parents divorce it is truly an inspiring story that leads Clay to a college education, happy married life, fatherhood, and world class athlete. One thing that never wavered was his mother's faith and her trust and belief that Clay had big things in store for his life... and he would win a gold medal.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. Clay and Kilpatrick moved smoothly over difficult life situations giving Clay's internal struggles and fears. And where he soars, that internal dialogue was just as important in getting to know who he is. The story becomes a page-turner as the reader becomes more invested in the life choices and career growth, anticipating how he would perform in competitions.

At the end of the book Clay is looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Trials. I had to do some searching and was disappointed to see that because of a very off day, Clay did not make the Olympic team. But two others he mentioned in his writing, Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee, were the ones I watched take the gold and silver for the United States. After what I had finished reading I was able to comprehend what it takes to compete in this outstanding event and truly acknowledge what these men have to go through.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Topics on the Hill

I am totally in a blogging rut.

There are plenty of thing happening around the house, new developments with William, school starting soon, what I've been up to personally... but for some reason I just CANNOT sit down and blog about it.

I've thought about taking a break and decide what I want to do about this blog --- but I use this blog as a journal of sorts and keep track of our family life so I don't want to stop or change to writing about other things.

Bear with me as I flounder through trying to maintain some kind of activity on here.

Future Topics to Watch For:
  • Checking out the Wright Brothers Sites
  • Taking a Trip -- a Plan
  • Horticulturalists Must Hate Me
  • Living at Therapy
  • Shedding the Pounds
  • AFIT Babies (not mine)
  • Update on 101 in 1001
  • Nutella Filled Sugar Cookies Recipe
  • Playing at Parks, aka how to keep your children from driving you crazy

Okay. And with that I leave you with a picture. A picture of a squirrel the children and I affectionally call Joe. Umm... we actually call all the squirrels here Joe. It's better than Alanna always calling them puppies and kitties (well, she NOW calls them squirrels).


Monday, August 6, 2012

More in the World of Apraxia

After review appointments and repeated discussions and new referrals we were able to get in and see the Developmental Pediatrician. Whoot! And better yet... no waiting list!

Ryan was actually able to attend, which was probably a really good thing.

The doctor, though active duty military, was able to take his time (over an hour and a half) and go over Will's history, therapies he's received, progress made, deficiencies, and our goals. He was very personable and well-informed. He is even aware and knowledgeable on the Kaufman Materials and participated in the Apraxia Clinics when they were available in the area.

Overall he says that we are doing very well with William and he is making genuine progress. It is difficult and emotional that things seem to move slowly, but this is common with CAS. He gave us encouragement that it will get better and the small gains we are seeing now will really pay off in the next several years.

And in case you are wondering about those Apraxia Clinics I just mentioned, the doctor does not see any gain coming from us getting on the 9+ month waiting list. Will has already had speech therapy, occupational therapy, he has had a feeding evaluation and testing, feeding therapy, an MRI, evaluated by and endocrinologist, basic genetic testing/chromosome testing, an IEP, and professionals keeping their eye on him. So yeah, nothing new can come from trying to get into the clinic.

Additional good that came from this appointment: more referrals for therapy!

Besides Speech and Occupational Therapy which we already have referrals for, we now have a referral for Physical Therapy to work with his gross motor skills and Oral Motor Function Therapy (feeding therapy). The doctor set it up so that we should go to the same place for everything. Will likes his therapist there and the other therapists we've met have been great. The facility is pretty new and the environment is fun, friendly, and active. It is about a 25 minute drive but that's okay, we're going to try to schedule therapies so we only have to drive out there 2 or 3 times a week.

I'm very happy with how things went. Ryan agreed!

Now I just need to get a hold of the gymnastic place to enroll the kids... swimming lessons end this coming weekend so it's time to start something new.

And I can't leave without a picture:

Shout out to TEAM USA!
Those shirts courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa when we were at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs