Where have I been? Deep in the bowels of my oven. Way back behind the refrigerator. Far under the dining table. On my hands and knees scrubbing the grout on the kitchen floor tile.
It's time for spring cleaning!
Boo is doing well. All the kids were sick with chest colds and fevers and Boo seems to have made it through without getting sick herself.
Next week is spring break...and I can't wait! I'm looking forward to visiting my folks and taking the kids on some outings. For Easter we will break in the new season with a barbecue.
You have a chance to win an autographed copy of the first Jelly Mom book if you send me an email telling me that you want to see Jelly Mom in your newspaper. Include the name of the newspaper and the city/state. Five winners will be drawn on April 29, 2007. I will contact the winners via email for their mailing addresses. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
TWENTY YEAR HIGHSCHOOL REUNION
Yep, mine is coming up in June. A friend from way back is going with me. I expect to both confront my ghosts and enjoy the celebration. I love being thirty-eight (almost). Life is so much easier now than it was back then especially since I am now treated for bipolar disorder. Makes a huge difference.
My Dh (dear husband) took me out for dinner last night at the local Subway. If I had money I'd buy stock in Subway. They are going to totally kick it when it comes to healthy fast food. It was a nice little date. I think I will make this a regular thing. I love being with my Dh.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Need a lift? Are the kids wearing you down? Then check out the latest book by Tim Bete: Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide To Pirate Parenting
Never before has raising a pirate been so easy!
If you’re like most parents, you long to raise your children as pirates but just don’t know how. In Guide to Pirate Parenting, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall provides everything you need to know to turn your little powder monkeys into happy, healthy buccaneers.
Coming in April 2007! - But don't wait, you can order today!
Read all about it here!
See below for info on Tim's first book, In The Beginning There Were No Diapers. I loved it. Tim had me in fits of laughter as I related to his tales of parenting.
Posted by Lisa Barker at 12:59 PM
Laughing and Learning in the First Years of Fatherhood
If you can change a diaper in an airplane lavatory...
If you can recite The Cat in the Hat by heart...
If you find cookie crumbs in your pocket...
Then you’re a parent who’ll get a good laugh -- and inspiration -- from In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers. Tim Bete understands that in the midst of the challenges of parenting there’s always a chance to smile and recognize the miracle of the young life that is yours to care for. His real life stories will make you laugh out loud and they’ll fill you with a sense of gratitude to God for this marvelous calling.
Drawn from his beloved column "Where I Live," each story is an insightful and uplifting lesson in parenting.
Posted by Lisa Barker at 12:49 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2007
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Thursday, March 8, 2007
* CONTEST * CONTEST * CONTEST*
Win an autographed copy of
Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane...Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!
Send me an email telling me that you want Jelly Mom(TM) in your newspaper and why!
Remember to include the following info:
1) Name of the newspaper
2) City, State (Or other geographical info if you live outside the U.S.)
You will be entered to win an autographed copy of "Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane...Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!" by yours truly.
The drawing will take place April 29, 2007. I will randomly select five winners, then contact you to get your mailing address and ship that book out so you can bust a gut laughing or gift it to a friend who needs a laughter break.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Posted by Lisa Barker at 7:19 PM
Friday, March 2, 2007
THREE LITTLE GIRLS. A DESPERATE NEED.
Sophie, Zoe, and Emma Dunn are the only known deafblind triplets in the world. “Through Your Eyes” is a feature length documentary telling their story and exploring deafblindness, a world few of us can comprehend.
Emma, Sophie, and Zoe Dunn were born premature, at 25 weeks. All three became blind from complications related to Retinopathy of Prematurity.
Sophie is legally blind, while Emma and Zoe are totally blind. The girls lost their hearing due to antibiotics that were administered in the NICU. They completely lost their hearing when they were about 20 months old.
It was a very difficult time for the family. They didn't know what was wrong with their babies. But in spite of everything, the girls made significant progress their first year. They were about to start walking... they were saying "cup" and "mama"... then all of a sudden, they curled up on the floor in the fetal position. Every time they rode in the car they would throw up. These three happy babies became angry and began to bang their heads on the floor.
They also became distrustful during this time. They became clingy and wouldn't play anymore. They would become startled when you picked them up and they always seemed to be on edge. It has taken more than three years for them to recover and begin walking again. Most of the angry behavior is gone too. But the deafness was a huge setback. They lost at least two years of what they had learned.
The odds are stacked against them. There is no way for their parents to give them everything they need. The social services do not exist in this country to provide them with the necessary intervenors. The extreme financial burden rests solely on the shoulders of their parents.
The Dunn sisters do not have the help Helen Keller received, and they need three Annie Sullivans. But with notbysightfund.org, three Annie Sullivans' can come into their lives and teach them to engage this world. Helen Keller's story shows us these girls can do anything they want, if they are only taught to unlock their minds. Notbysightfund.org's mission is to raise the necessary means to do just that.
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP,
Posted by Lisa Barker at 4:11 PM