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    I know this post is probably a little late in the lice dept, but for next time maybe..... We have had lice in our house once. It runs rampant in the neighborhood we moved into, and in their school. Anyhow, we fought and fought to get rid of it. After literally probably a good month and hundreds of dollars worth of spray and shampoo, I found the Robi Comb. It is pretty cheap...like 15 bux I think. I ordered mine straight from their site, but you can get it places like Walmart I'm pretty sure. Anyhow...it's an electric comb. It kills any live lice on their head. You just comb thru dry hair a couple times a day, and within a couple days, they are totally gone. You do not even have to clean your house to rid them. They have to live on a human, so if they don't get on one within so many hrs, they die. And if they get on one, you comb them out. I seriously would do commercials for them if they would let me lol. BEST investment EVER. You can't hurt yourself on the comb or hurt your kids. You just comb and it beeps while you comb. If a lice gets in the comb, it stops beeping. You use a little brush to swipe the lice out of the comb, and then comb some more till it doesn't stop beeping.

    Anyhow, haven't seen you around on the bb's, hope all is a little better at least. Wishing you the best.
    --------Melanie

    DS Cody 12, DD Nadia 9, DD Melia 7, DS Rocky 11/28/09

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    I was driving home on a glorious, sunny day recently, when I pulled up behind a hearse stopped at a red light. I kid you not. The tag read UR NEXT. Call it the lack of sleep, but I found it hilarious. But after a few minutes, it was sobering as I pondered death.

    I've been pondering death here lately, more accurately, eternity, especially after reading Bill Weise's book "23 Minutes in Hell." If you don't have the money for the book, you can watch his first hand account of how Christ sent Bill to hell for 23 terrifying minutes.

    http://onecanhappen.wordpress.com/20...-like-in-hell/

    I've been a Christian since I was 7. I went through several rebellion years once I turned 18, and I only really returned to Christ after my separation from my ex husband in 2005. But Bill's account has really set me thinking about the time I've wasted as a daughter of the Savior of my very soul! After reading that...I never, EVER want anyone I know to consciously make a choice to spend eternity burning and tortured.

    HELL IS REAL. I know there are those of you out there who wouldn't believe that hell, or heaven, or God really exists. But all of them do. Hell is a place God created for Satan and his fallen angels. It was never meant for our torture as human beings. After knowing the signs of Christ's return spoken of all over the Bible (see Matthew 24)...and seeing what our world is coming to these days...and knowing that we're living in the time of the end (of the age of grace, not the end of the world) just before Christ is about ready to return to rapture the Church...more and more my heart is so very burdened for those who don't know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. I would rather I spend eternity with you than without you. And I know my Jesus feels the same.

    So I'll simply share my story with you. I grew up in church. I accepted Christ at age 7. My parents divorced when I was 9. By 12, I was a victim of repeated rape and molestation. By 13, I went to live from one parent to another. By 18, I gave myself to several men. By 19, I was married and at 20, my first child, Brenden, was born 20 weeks too early and he didn't make it. I experienced several more miscarriages. I became an adulteress during my marriage, even knowing it wasn't God's plan for me. Then I went through a divorce (we both committed adultery during our marriage) in 2005 while I was 6 months pregnant. And then I went nuts, dating men and sleeping around. I know I broke God's heart. Then I met my husband now and we've been through our own rounds of allowing God to heal us from our pasts and working towards full time ministry.

    I tell you all the junk just so you know how far and what God has healed me from. It's amazing that I'm not a prostitute in a drug house right now. I've done things I'm ashamed of but I stand here before you today, knowing how much my Jesus loves me and how His death on a cross covered over my sins. I stand here a woman redeemed from her past, set free from destructive thinking that I had to have sex with men so they would love or accept me. God has redeemed my children and restored them to me. If you'd even told me 10 years ago that I would have 7 children, I would have laughed in your face. God even gave me a desire of my heart-a daughter. In fact, I have 3 daughters now. I wish my parents had taught me how much power there is in being a Christian...about the rewards of being after the heart of my Jesus...and about the trials you can face. Trust me, accepting Christ as your savior is like painting a big red target on yourself for the enemy, who comes to 'steal, kill, and destroy.' (John 10:10)

    But the rewards of eternity...for the trials faced here on earth...are far, FAR, beyond anything I can imagine! Can you imagine living inside of a joy and peace for the rest of your life, never having to feel sorrow or tears again? I can barely wrap my finite earth mind around it. You only have to read through the end of Revelation to get John's glimpse of Heaven itself. Can you imagine being reunited with those who died in Christ before you...imagine getting to meet Moses or Abraham or King David? Can you imagine being completely healed and whole again? Wow. Wow. Wow.

    My point of all of this? No matter who you are, no matter what you've done, Jesus died on the cross for you. There is NOTHING that you've done that can separate you from the love of Christ! (Romans 8:35). Love was shown to all of us when Christ died on that cross for the sins that everyone ever committed past, present, or future. (Romans 5: It does not matter if you've murdered someone, if you've lied, if you've stolen, if you practice sexual immorality like homosexuality, incest, or rape...it does not matter to the heart of Christ who loves you. He is ready. He is waiting for you to accept His gift of salvation. Does it mean there won't be any consequence to your sin? No-even I've paid some prices for the consequence of my own sin. What it does mean is that you're humbling yourself to accept a gift that is entirely free. And who doesn't need something that is free in today's economy?

    If you are ready to accept this life-giving water, then come. You can say this prayer all by yourself, or you can email me and I will be happy to pray with you. I may never know you've said this prayer, but God does! And I will be so excited to meet you as we spend eternity together!

    "Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.

    I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.

    I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ."

    Amen.

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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Wow. I so love Kari Jobe's song "Revelation Song." I could listen to it over and over one billion times...but still, it's the very song I can hear the entire host of angels singing even now...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FObjd...x=0&playnext=1

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    I want to sit at Your feet,
    Drink from the cup in Your hand,
    Lay back against You and breathe,
    Feel Your heartbeat,
    This love is so deep,
    It's more than I can stand,
    I melt in Your peace,
    It's overwhelming.
    From Kari Jobe's "The More I Seek You"

    Do you ever have those days where you KNOW you're sitting at that place at your Father's feet..that you're in His awesome presence? That you feel His love and peace flood and overwhelm you, despite the storms and pain you're feeling? I am so very thankful for this covering I have. How I love you, my Jesus. My all. My heart's desire. My consuming fire. You get all the glory for my life. Help make me missionally minded today.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    One of the blessings that has hit our life is that we have an incredibly stronger marriage. I can go back and read and remember when it was literally hell on earth. Not that we don't have our disagreements-we do-but they're settled more quickly. That's nothing short of God working in each of us. I wonder if it will seem strange when we are raptured and that one flesh bond is broken, as "we will be like the angels in heaven, neither being married nor given in marriage." I am excited though, to know that we will still work together for eternity.

    Something odd is happening with the kiddos though. They're all usually obedient and do things right the first time, when they're told. Lately it's been a massive struggle to get any of them to do anything, let alone get them to do their chores right the first time. Guess it's another thing I'm going to have to pray about.
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Being that I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open and I can't find my toothpicks to prop 'em open... I'll tell you the news. We're pregnant!!!



    (Nah. Just kidding. That would be a complete miracle.)




    Anyway... we spent the last 4 days in the hospital with Hunter. Sunday afternoon/evening he was complaining of a bad headache and didn't want much dinner. Monday morning around 2:30ish he came in and said he was going to . I noticed after he that he was running a fever. Mon. morning I got up and took Chase to school, and Ryan called me to tell me Hunter was in a fetal position on the floor and he thought I needed to call the pedi.

    So I called, thinking it was likely the flu but I needed to know if I should bring him in, and if so, where I should take him. The pedi said a 6 year old shouldn't have a headache at all and to take him to the ER. As it turns out, I was about to get the shock of my life.

    Flu, you say? Nope. Viral meningitis, which has been going around the state of OK like wildfire? Nope. So what was it that surprised me so?

    Pneumonia. My six year old had pneumonia. No coughing, no wheezing. Nothing. We spent 3 days in the hospital while he got himself hooked up to an IV, strong antibiotics, and oxygen. And so now, I'm going to go drown myself in a world of sleep and leave you all hanging until tomorrow. Before my face gets a keyboard indentation in it.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Okay... I'm not doing well with updating... but then again, I have seven kids and a job now. I'm now transcribing for two different film transcription companies. It's kind of neat to listen to stories of actors and actresses and find out some interesting things. God has immensely blessed us! I'm now making what I was making when I was working FT!!! God is AMAZING.

    And... I've often blogged here about how much I need help with my house. God sent three wonderful women from my church, one of which owns a house cleaning company, and they spent 5 hours last Saturday scrubbing EVERYTHING from top to bottom. A good, thorough spring cleaning. I feel so much better now.

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    We found out yesterday that Abby does NOT have Asperger's. As it turns out, she is learning disabled with mild mental retardation (PC term Intellectually Challenged). So I called the school to inform the special ed teacher about this...

    If I could find the little exploding icon, I would... after the whole discussion, we're taking Abby out of school this year and hiring a private tutor for her for the rest of her schooling. They're not willing to accept her diagnosis (and her IQ scores are in the 60's!!!) and they're not willing to let her work at her own pace, quoting 'district policy' crap. I hate public schools.


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    (((HUGS)))) That is really awful of the school district not to help her in any way. What if you brought her diagnosis in by the doctor that diagnosed her? Wouldn't they have to accept it then?

    I hope they either come around or you can get connected with the right tutor for her. I'll be thinking about you.

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    I am bringing the diagnosis in... but it's not going to do any good. My aunt has been tutoring her for the past year on Saturdays but we're going to switch her to full homeschool mode beginning next year. We have to if she's going to get a 7th grade education by the time she gradautes...

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