Tag: helping hand

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season
Perspective is everything – how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important. I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It’s no secret that I’m married to a police officer, too. These... Read more »

Whatever happened to my best friend from first grade?

Whatever happened to my best friend from first grade?
This blog post is another addition of blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. (All of our posts get Storified; click here to read more of them). Our challenge, if we choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour on this topic: “Write about a friend or acquaintance from your childhood with whom you’ve lost touch.”... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Just try bullying my girl

Trichotillomania: Just try bullying my girl
From previous blog posts, you may know that my oldest has trichotillomania. Trich is an impulse control disorder (ICD) where an individual pulls out her hair, most of the time without even realizing she is doing it. Both girls and boys suffer from this ICD, but it is more often found in girls. If you’d... Read more »
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A2H:Ashes to Hope - How teenager Katie Costenaro is changing the world

A2H:Ashes to Hope - How teenager Katie Costenaro is changing the world
                    Are you making the world a better place? The teenager pictured above is. Her name is Katie Costenaro, and she is changing the world one family tragedy at a time. Katie’s Story Katie is a 17 year-old, high school junior in Braidwood, IL. She is... Read more »

What's up with the terrible snow removal?

What's up with the terrible snow removal?
Super Bowl Sunday of 2015 provided us with a great game and a huge snowstorm that dumped as much at 19.3″ (49cm) of snow in our area. It snowed for hours. It was heavy and wet and broke our Bradford Pear tree. This was the 5th largest snowfall in Chicago; it was a big deal,... Read more »

A miracle or an extreme coincidence? I know which one it was...

A miracle or an extreme coincidence? I know which one it was...
Several years ago, the church I used to belong to was walking through some very difficult times. We’d lost 4 of 6 pastors, had about half of the congregation leave the church (many came back later), and the handful of us still there were holding things together by our finger tips and lots of prayer.... Read more »
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How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program
One of my most favorite times of year is Christmastime. I love the songs, the TV specials, the family time, the presents, the good cheer, the parties…yes, I love Christmas. Most of all, I love that we are celebrating our Savior’s birthday – best birthday party EVER! As my regular readers know, I walked through... Read more »

Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?

Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?
I heard a great message during service this morning that got me to thinking. The question posed to us was, “Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?” In some things, I’m a commitment maker: 1. I’m happily married for 18 years. 2. I’m a sold-out, born-again Christian, and I share my faith in... Read more »

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
First, ALS is an insidious disease that is finally getting the attention and donations it has needed for a long time. I’m glad this #ALSIceBucketChallenge is here raising awareness. For the longest time, I seemed to skate through all the videos and Facebook posts without being challenged to participate, until today. Today, my friend and... Read more »
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Sometimes the help we get isn't very helpful

Sometimes the help we get isn't very helpful
As a working mom, I need a great deal more help around the house than I used to just to keep up with the basics, like dishes, meal planning and laundry. My family is trying to be helpful. Trying. Often times, though, especially in the kitchen, I find objects such as pans, pots, mixing bowls... Read more »