Sunday, November 25, 2012

Man/Middle Schooler in the Mirror

My oldest son is in middle school (7th grade).  Does anything really prepare you to deal with middle school boys? I remember classes to get  me ready for childbirth and infant care.  But there is nothing to help me deal with my soon to be teenage son.

For instance, it is getting close to Christmas and I don't have a clue what to buy as a gift for him.  It used to be so easy to run into Toys R Us and buy Legos or a new truck but not anymore.

One thing I've learned over these past two years, is that middle school boys love-girls, sneakers and mirrors.  Once they realize that a "girl" might be interested in them, they spend a countless amount of time looking in the mirror.  They also spend and save their money to buy expensive sneakers that match every outfit. By the way, his hearing is also not the same as it used to be.  I need to ask 2-3 times for anything to get accomplished.  Anyway, I could go on...

As we grow older, our time spent in the mirror is not as long as when we were in middle school.  We glance at ourselves but never take a deep long stare to see who is looking back at us.  As women, we put on concealer, foundation and other makeup to hide our blemishes.

But what about the deeper scars that no one sees.  

How do we cover those up?  How do we hide the hurt of our past or heal the broken heart that needs to be mended inside of us.

This world is filled with people not living authentically.  We put on a mask to cover up how we really feel.  We use words to be "politically correct" and tip toe around what we really want to say so that we don't offend someone else.  This cover up mentality invades every part of our society.  Think about it, who can you really trust anymore?

Take a few moments over the next couple of days-look, stare and examine yourself in the mirror.  After you finish seeing every hair that is out of place or wrinkle that just popped up on your face, you will realize the person staring back has a purpose to live out.  You might not like or agree with everything you see, but you are a unique creation.  No one compares to you! (Posted by Roslyn)

This week be inspired to live honestly.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fun Black Friday

Many of us did a great job yesterday "gobbling" as much turkey as we could for Thanksgiving dinner.  The holiday season is officially here.  Today, kicks off one of the biggest selling days of the year.  Many people will line up, dash in and save tons of money.

Here are  few Black Friday Survival tips:

    • Start researching online, in the newspaper and also your mailbox.  Review what the average price is for the item you really want, and then see what stores has the lowest price.  Most retailers also have free shipping this time of year.  No need to stand in a long line, have it delivered right to your front door.
    • You do not need to go into a huge amount of debt this Christmas.  Make a plan, set a budget and stick to it.  You will find some of the lowest prices of the year.  NEVER buy anything regular price! The savings are plentiful this year as retailers try to persuade and woo you into their stores.  That HOT item you want will be on sale in a few weeks/months, just wait.
    • This is not the time to bring along the kids.  You will be standing in long lines and maybe dealing with some rude customers.  Having the kids in tow will annoy you and shorten your time in the store.  Get a babysitter and head to the mall (kidless)!
    • Make sure to pack food and water.  You will get hungry, time will go quickly and you want to be prepared.  I suggest quick and easy treats like pretzels, almonds or a granola bar.

Whatever you decide to do this holiday (shop in stores or shop online), have fun and remember the reason for this season.  HAPPY SHOPPING!! (Posted by Roslyn)

Monday, November 19, 2012

My Hospital Lesson

Just a few days ago, I was confined to the pediatric unit of a local hospital because of my son's health concerns.  What I believed would be a quick trip to the emergency room soon lead to a four day stay.  It was one of the hardest experiences for us because our son is only four years old and it's difficult to see your children (at any age) in pain or discomfort.  Sleeping in a chair, holding down my son for daily sticks to draw blood, and frequent nurse visits became the norm.  At times I would try to hide my tears because I didn't want him to see me upset.  It was his first time ever being in a hospital and at one point, all he could say was, "Mommy, I'm scared".  A part of me felt helpless because you must depend on the medical professionals to provide the care he desperately needs.  This time, a kiss on his "boo-boo" wasn't going to help.

On the day we were released from the hospital, my sister asked me a simple question, "What did you learn?" 

She reminded me that God didn't bring us through this situation, without teaching a lesson.  I was speechless.  I wasn't sure about the lesson learned.  I already knew God was a healer so that wasn't something I learned with this experience.  For the next few hours, I thought about her question.  Suddenly it hit me, I learned that Jordan knew Jesus' ability for himself.  Let me explain......

From the time I was pregnant with my children, I've always prayed that they would have their own relationship with Christ.  It doesn't do them any good to only know Christ through my husband and I.  They need to know Him for themselves.  

When I had to rush my son to the ER, he was having difficulty breathing.  There wasn't much he could communicate.  While we were moving through the registration and triage process, his condition worsened.  They rushed us back to immediately begin treatment.  As we were whisked away, I could faintly hear my baby say, "I will bless the Lord." 

He then repeated it.  "I will bless the Lord."

In Jordan's time of need, he didn't call out for his mommy or daddy, but he knew to praise Jesus.  In that moment, I knew that he would be fine.  Even though we would have to journey through the process, God's power in the situation would sustain us.  Jordan's confidence in God's ability would help my own doubts and fears.  That day I learned the most beautiful lesson in the hospital. (Posted by Renee)

They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.”  Matthew 21:16 (NLT)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Filled With Uncertainty

The journey of life is filled with ups and downs.  One moment we are gliding along at a steady pace. The next moment life can quickly be turned upside down.  The victims of Hurricane Sandy know exactly how fast life can change.  The "Superstorm" of our decade has claimed many lives and left a terrible amount of destruction in its path.

There are times when we can feel like "Hurricane Sandy" swept through our life.  Everything that was normal is now in disarray.  We are shaking our heads trying to figure out, "How did I get here"?  We must take comfort in knowing certain situations are out of our control.  We can make plans for our lives, but God can supersede those plans at any given moment.
Marco Island Sunset

You must not wait until the storm comes to anchor yourself in God's truths.  Start now, reflecting and thanking God for every moment of life.  Living water from within nourishes our souls.  Get away from the "noise" of life and hear His voice.  God is full of great wisdom and guidance. 

During those times of feeling unsettled, know that God is holding you in His hands.  He has your back and won't let you fall.  These are simple words but they hold a powerful truth.

To all those picking up the pieces of their lives, finances, relationships, health or careers let me encourage you with His word:

"...Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (Posted by Roslyn)

Saturday, November 3, 2012


The General Election is finally here on Tuesday, November 6th.  The anticipation and expectation in the air is thrilling.  Most people have stood in long lines to VOTE early.  I love living in a democracy where we can have freedom of speech, ideas and thoughts.

Double Portion wants to inspire you to VOTE on this Tuesday.  Stand up and be counted.  Some people believe it doesn't matter.  This will be a close election and every VOTE will matter.  

My oldest son is currently taking a Civics class and he is constantly reminded by his teacher the privilege we have to VOTE in an election.  It is awesome to know within a few short days we will all be glued to our televisions watching the election results come in.

VOTE as if your life depended on it!  VOTE to change your community!  VOTE to make a difference and be heard. Get to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th!(Posted by Roslyn)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Fall Back"-Fun Friday!

The gift of time that God gives is a precious commodity.  You only have 24 hours in a day.  No more, no less.  Once a second ticks away, you can't get it back even if you wanted to.  We often wish we had more hours in a day but it just won't happen.  Whether you are working, playing, or at rest, time ticks away....

This weekend will give you an opportunity to "fall back" and enjoy one extra hour.  It only happens once a year so what will you do with it? In case you were wondering, I plan to enjoy the sunshine outdoors. (Posted by Renee)

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