Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Our little Rachel. Now, 6 years old as of Jan 17, 2009 and healthy, beautiful and living life to the fullest.... but at 6 months old, on August 3rd, 2003, we were on the way home from lunch after church, it was pouring down rain, 3pm in the afternoon... I was sitting in the back seat of our minivan beside little baby Rachel in her rear facing car seat as my husband Bob, drove.
After several minutes of trying to settle her from serious crying, I realized that she had a VERY soiled diaper with evidence of the super-poop coming out from the TOP of her little pants as the waist line. OK gross! no wonder she was screaming! AND I SAID TO MY HUSBAND, " BOB, BRACE YOURSELF, I AM TAKING HER OUT OF HER CARSEAT FOR A MINUTE TO CHANGE HER DIAPER....!"
Her clean diaper on, soiled darling little pants from her church outfit all tied up in the publix bag, I was still leaning over to the floor board of of the van where I had changed her diaper, when I heard Bob YELL, "WATCH OUT".......... I must have been in the process of lifting her up to put her back in her car seat... although, I did not see the wreck, so we guess I was still bent over. Not clear.
Moms, always stop your car or aske the driver to stop, off the road, if you have to change a diaper, nurse, or console your child. My mistake, although, the troopers said she could have been hurt badly in this case, had she been in the seat??? Divine protection regardless. I was a "never take your child out of carseat or seatbelt" crusader. and you know how fast you can clean up your baby and put on a clean diaper... So, many moms have said to me "oh what are the chances".......... well............... !
SO, the lady told the state trooper that she saw the RED LIGHT, but she did not see anyone coming, and since it was raining so hard, it would be best to run the light rather than stop fast in the rain."
She hit our van, "T-boned" us, right into my back seat drivers side door, the impact busted the window out beside me (thank God) and sent our van spinning in the middle of that intersection...
OH MY GOD, we are in a wreck?! Rachel is not back in her car seat, glass in raining down on us...
When I could see, Little Rachel, was in mid air, seemed suspended there at that second, and her bright blue eyes were looking right into mine... as she sailed out the window, across the intersection and landed... in a puddle, on her bottom, screaming and crying.
You know how fast these kind of things happen, yet while it is happening, time kindof stands still and you have what seems like a looooooong time to ponder, think, panic, reason...
I was screaming "my baby, my baby" all the while I watched her like a frizbee out my window. Bob, my sweet husband, did not know she had been ejected from the van.... he just turned around in panic to see about us and me yelling "my baby"... only to find me stuck in my seat, pointing across the highway.. and then I started yelling, "go get her please"...
He did. The sweet man, in the light blue sweater who saw the accident helped Bob move her from the puddle back to our van... it was still pouring rain so hard.. The man cautioned Bob, not to pick her up, he was a retired paramedic, but tell a Daddy he can not pick up his crying 6 month old who just flew over 30 feet in the rain across a highway and lying in a puddle face up in the rain... they scooped her up and the man helped Bob walk back to the van. We were hurt, but not aware of it under the circumstances with our attention 100% on Rachel.
Bob said, he knew she was "whole" when he put his hands under her to lift her up into his arms...
Ambulance came, and freaked out since it appeared she was bleeding from the mouth, what turned out to be a small glass cut in corner of her mouth. Put her on the back board and put me and Daddy in the back of ambulance with her. We went to our local hospital, tests for 3 hours there while waiting for the storm to pass so that BayFlight could get her from Sarasota Memorial to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. We stayed beside her the whole time excpet for the helicopter ride, patient and flight crew only. Our pastors drove us to St. Pete. .
4 days of MRI's, ct scans and more... Everyone amazed that there was no broken bones, or bleeds to the brain. Doctor after doctor, radiologists, neurosurgeon, in and out of our room all amazed and totally NOT accepting that she was really ok. All telling us that this is always a sad ending, death or severe injury and pain the result of a person, a baby, being thrown from a spinning vehicle. Yes, A Miracle! Everyone agreed.
Well, miraculously, she was not injured other than carpet rash on her head and glass cuts from the shattered window.. you can see we realized we had our camera while we were in the ambulance and Bob started documenting this event at that time.
We were/are SO thankful for the news that she was not seriously injured and the follow up checkups with the pediatric nuerosurgeon would confirm, she is 100% fine. Miracle! Happy parents and happy doctor. He said, such a rare report he was thrilled!
She truly was touched by an angel and her ministry has begun. People could not help themselves from just wanting to touch her or hold her when we shared her story. And Now she just had her 6th birthday.
5 1/2 years......... every day a true gift and I know this. So WHAT has been wrong with ME? Shortly after the accident, I started going into what, now I know was post traumatic stress syndrome.... depression, despair, insomnia, night sweats, nightmares, lithargic, numb. And my baby was FINE! She was thriving, and I was dying from the experience.
Lots of prayer, seeking, asking, and surrounding myself with others who live life to the fullest, reminding me that, that is who "I" am. Where have I been.... still working it out, but NOW I KNOW.... there is so much to be gained by telling this miraculous story of God's protection as well as the things He has blessed me with through the years in my direct sales career... the millions in earnings due to the relationships that were built and most still remaining... someone would rather this incident render me "speachless" and silence the GOOD report.
Time flies, whether you are having fun or not! NOW, most people understand why I am such an supporter of working from home and having the power or CHOICES over how to spend your life.
It has been over 5 years since that happened, and I have enjoyed my husband and daughter deep in my heart, I know that I was literally going through the motions and I am sure my family was wondering where my joy went, my optimism... the eternal optimist that I have always been, just enduring the day, smiling as much as possible on the outside... but just not me. I was stuck.
Well, I am on my journey still, and the journey to back to joy is on!
I still have more that I know needs to come out, I need to write it, and someone needs to hear it.
Thank you for visiting and reading my story and pass it on. God is good. Life is great! Every day is a gift! Discover what the desires of your heart are and DO THAT! And choose to life it to the fullest. Today you were given the g i f t o f a day.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I agree here. I have been in network marketing since Sept. 1987. In 87, I sponsored only 18 people total... by 1994, just 7 yrs later, still not more than 25 people that I had sponsored... and my organization had grown to over 30k people in N. America and Europe. My earnings in the millions and friendships that to this day are just...priceless!
I would say that quality rules out here..and due to the success of influencing a few, who influence a few, who in turn, influence a few, the quality created a quantity of quality!
Don't get me started preachin' LOL. Press on with passion!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
It's wisdom to create multiple streams of income.. by finding a need and filling it. It is most valuable to always be building relationships and savoring them. The things that do last.
Simplify, keep dreaming and never quit!
Today matters, it is a gift. Live it well. All things are possible!
Jesus is Lord!
Monday, February 2, 2009
People come and people go in everything. Those who succeed in our industry are successful in impacting a few people who impact a few, who impact a few, & they build a large consumer network, now being fueled by "social networking" which I love, develop leaders, touch lives, show people that they matter and build relationships. Life is great! I am enjoying my journey with Arbonne. My experience with Arbonne has been and is a huge positive for me and my family and growing team. ~People who use and love our products, some who work a daily plan of action to build an income.
Arbonne now in its 29th year of business. Just a vehicle, one of many, for individuals who find it a real "fit" for their objectives, to move in the direction of their dreams.
As with any group or entity, someone has to make the rules, and take that lead. Like at church, school, government, corp. america, etc. Not to say that I agree with 100% of it 100% of the time, but I am happy to comply and do my best to excel within the guide lines set.
Press on dear friends and enjoy your journey, for me, I celebrate each person's gifts and differences and know that the world is big enough for all of us. So far, since I started in MLM/direct sales, networkmarketing, my earnings exceed 7 million...and beyond that, what money can not buy.... lifetime friendships and the impact on and from so many!
Super-Bowl with a supernatural twist.
We were at Tom & Colleen's house (our Daughter & Son in Law) to watch the big game. But another event, on a collision course with this one, started on Friday night. When Tom & Colleen let their dogs out that night, they sniffed out a little rabbits nest built up against the house, and immediately ravaged it.
In the nick of time, the lone resident, a baby bunny was rescued. As cute as it was scared, it was immediately adopted as part of the family. Over the next 24 hrs, the little bunny seemed to adopt everyone back. It made itself at home, began to eat and loved being held. Everyone was in love... especially Autumn & Lilly, my 3 and 5 yr. old Grand-Daughters. It was the beginning to an ideal "happy ever after" story. -
About this time, Autumn went whizzing by saying "I need a moment alone." A short while later she re-appeared saying "I went and prayed." I don't know what everyone else was thinking, but I'm embarrassed to say that I thought "Oh that's nice honey, but if you were older you'd understand we need to rescue this bunny right now" As Tom & I were laying on the floor racking our brains over what to do next, out pokes Hoppy's head, then the rest of him sort of pops out. Coincidence? -...Did you know that there is no Greek or Hebrew word for coincidence? The most limitless language on the planet, way more words to express anything than we have...yet nothing for coincidence. No my friend, answered prayer often looks like coincidence - But in Kingdom living, there is no such thing!
Now I know you're so holy you glow in the dark and you levitate when you pray, and praying would have been the first thing that you did too, but I just didn't think to go there.
·And a little child shall lead them. Isa 11:6
·If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14
·That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Cor 2:5
·Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 18:4-5 4
Prayer: "God, please forgive me for all the times I rely on me and not you. Please Jesus, be with me all day in everything I do. Help me to go for prayer instead of saws in every situation, especially when it comes to dealing with people. I ask today, for my Grand-Daughter Autumn's faith. In Jesus name, Amen!"