Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!! Safety Tips for a Fabulous Night



Tips for Trick or Treaters:

- Carry a flashlight
- Walk, don't run.
- Stay on Sidewalks
- Obey traffic signals
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods
- Don't cut across yards or driveways.
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
- Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
- Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
- Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
- Approach only houses that are lit.
- Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.




Tips for Parents:

- Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
- Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
- Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
- If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
- If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
- Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
- You should know where they're going.
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.




Tips for Homeowners:

- Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
- Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
- Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
- If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
- Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
- Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.

8 Things About Me


8 things I am looking forward to:
Trick-or-Treating!
My birthday in November
Girl Scout cookies
Outlining my new book
My daughter's baptism
The Kansas City Time Out for Women in Oct 2009
The LDS Storymakers Writers Conference in April 2009
The upcoming holiday breaks with my family


8 things on my wish list:
To be debt-free
A new dining room table (after we finish saving for it!)
To finish my new office area
My books published
A happy, loving family
To be a good, supportive friend
To read through the Bible and Book of Mormon in 2009
Lots of fabulous new books to read


8 TV Shows I like to Watch:

Food Network Challenge
Good Eats
Ace of Cakes
My Kids Favorite Shows
- Dora the Explorer
-Veggie Tales
- Wow Wow Wubbzy
- Go Diego Go
- Max & Ruby


8 Things that happened yesterday:
Preschool
Gardening
Bike Riding with the Kids
Unloaded & Reloaded the Dishwasher
Trunk-or-Treating
Visiting with the Preschool Moms
Talked with my sister
Breakfast at McD's with Michele


8 People I am tagging:
Heather Justesen
Tristi Pinkston
De
Amy Marble
Hillary
Michael Bahlmann
Jennifer
Rebecca Talley

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Which Twilight Chick Are You?

Hey everyone! I'm off to Time Out for Women. So I thought I'd post something fun for y'all. Enjoy!

I'm a Esme! I found out through TwilightersAnonymous.com. Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
Take the Quiz and Share Your Results!


You are thoughtful and care very deeply for your family. A loving home is of great importance to you and you always try to make people feel welcome. Although you have a great capacity to love, you also have a great capacity to hurt, so at times you can be sensitive. You're firm when you need to be, but people trust your judgment and appreciate the kind way you always handle things.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Book Signing: Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give a Pig a Pancake, is coming to Kansas City on her book tour. She will be signing books at Rainy Day Books at the Kansas City Library on October 27th at 7:00 PM. The address is: 2706 W. 53rd Street, Fairway, KS, 66205

She is promoting her newest book, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. You may want to call ahead to see if she's doing a children's book reading or if she's signing copies of her other books, as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some Days You Just Need Chocolate

See this girl having a raging temper tantrum? Well, cut off the pig-tails and replace the dress with jeans and a t-shirt and you have a perfect picture of my four-year-old son about fifteen minutes ago.

It all started with the Nintendo DS game, Lego Star Wars. I gave him the choice to play on the DS or downstairs while I cleaned the kids' bathroom. He chose the DS. And he played quite happily until the very end of my cleaning - at which time he came in crying and being very loud. I asked him to quiet down because his baby sister was sleeping and we were right down the hall from her room. He kept saying, "I can't turn left! I want to turn left, and I can't!"

I tried to explain that when you can't turn a certain direction, it means you need to go another way. But no. He proceeded to cry and cry and cry. I tried to help, really I did. Finally, I told him that he could either stop crying and play for a few more minutes or he could be finished right then. And he kept crying. So we said "Good-bye" to the DS and I sent him downstairs to play.

Oh. My. Goodness.

The screams and the wailing coming from the playroom were awful! He kept repeating, "I want the Nintendo!" over and over. I put away my cleaning supplies, went down to the playroom, then put my little guy down for a nap in his sister's room. He cried all the way, climbed into the bed, and was still crying when I closed the door.

Do you ever had those moments when you feel like you can't do anything right as Mom? Then instantly feel drained? That's how I felt. At moments like this, chocolate is the one thing I just crave like crazy. Of course, did I shop for chocolate when I went to the store? Nope. I definitely need to re-stock my chocolate stash. Although, I did find a few mini-chocolate bars and I have some yummy chocolate marshmallow ice cream in the freezer. That should tide me over.

And as I finish this post, I hear nothing but blissful peace from downstairs. I truly hope my son is taking a much needed nap!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

So, it's not my birthday yet. In fact, my birthday isn't until November. But my totally awesome hubby surprised me a little bit early this year.

It all began about one and a half weeks ago. He asked me if I would be upset if I received my birthday present early, then only get a card on my actual birthday.

I said, "I guess that's fine. Why?"

He replied, "Well, I want to order your present, but it's too big to hide until your birthday."

Whoa! That really got me thinking. I started guessing all sorts of things that would be "too big" to hide until my birthday - such as a new couch, the dining room table we've been saving for, someone to paint our house . . . The list goes on and on. Each time I would make a guess, my hubby's standard response was to fold his arms, put on a total neutral facial expression, and not say one single word.

The stinker.

So I waited.

And I waited.

Then I waited some more. (Hey one and a half weeks can be a really, really long time when you're waiting for a surprise!) I kept watching out the window from some big delivery truck to stop in front of my house. But did it come? Nope.

Then finally, Saturday afternoon, I got it!

Of course, my hubby couldn't just give it to me. Nope. That's too easy. Instead, he hid it in the garage and told me to go search for it.

Huh. Man, I was really, REALLY hoping it wasn't a power tool!

So, I searched.

It didn't take me long before I found a simple white envelope with Happy Birthday, Dear! written across the front. I picked it up and turned towards John & the kids.

"Hmm . . . what could this be?" I asked.

I opened up the envelope, and I found the following coupon book:


Each page was signed by one of the kids or John. These are the files John made to print out the coupon book, so you don't get to see all the cute signatures. Sorry!


Signed by my daughter, MJ.


Signed by my son, Isaac.


Signed by my daughter, Anna. I'm sure someone helped her. :)


Signed by my son, Rob.


Signed by my awesome hubby.

Wow! I was so surprised! I had been trying and trying to figure out a way I could financially afford to go to Time Out for Women all year. But something always happened before I could purchase a ticket to any conferences that came close enough I could attend. I even applied for a scholarship to attend this conference, but then realized I wasn't going to have enough money for the gas, hotel, and food. I was so bummed. Especially since my Relief Society was planning a group trip to this particular conference. (You can find out more about TOFW here.)

What I hadn't realized was that John had started saving his lunch money and plotted with my Relief Society secretary (Sister Brown) to plan it all out. I hadn't realized Nancy could be so sneaky!

My sister, Cheryl, even got in on it. After I told her about John's question & trying to figure it out, she texted and called my hubby. Then she would deliberately call me and egg me on. She never said she knew. She would just ask me, "So, did you get your present yet? What do you think it is?"

Yep. That's my sister. :)

Then I found out, there were actually a group of ladies at church who knew about the surprise. Man. I definitely have some very sneaky friends! I never once guessed anyone knew anything!

It was funny when I stopped my friend, Charlee, at church to tell her I wasn't going to be able to come to her Adults Only Halloween party. She got a big smile on her face and said, "Yeah. I already knew you wouldn't make it."

Yep, like I said - Sneaky friends.

Aren't they awesome?

But my hubby is the awesomest of them all. He's incredible. I don't know how I got so lucky to have married a man so considerate, generous, and totally fun. I'm so blessed that he's my best friend. I often tell him that I'm the lucky one in our relationship, but that he got stuck with me for eternity. Hee hee!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Am a Child of God, Just Like You.

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month. My fabulous friend, Rebecca Talley, has a son with Down Syndrome. She made this video of her son to share with us.



I love how Rebecca shows all the things her son loves to do. He reminds me so much of my little ones! This is a wonderful way to remind us all that no matter how we are different, we are each a child of God.

If you enjoyed this video, please spread the word. Rebecca hosting a drawing for a free signed copy of her book Heaven Scent for those who help spread the word. Visit her blog to learn more about the details. I read this awesome book, and reviewed it here.

Happy National Down Syndrome Awareness month, everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pumpkins, and Races, and Painting - Oh My!

This past weekend, including Monday, has been so much fun!

My older kids had no school on Friday. The teachers had an in-service day to get ready for this week's upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences (which I still need to find a babysitter for!). My preschooler still had preschool & my youngest daughter had Kindermusik class, so Daddy worked from home while I spent the morning taking the younger kids here and there. Of course, we didn't have any complaints from the older kids. They had control of the TV, which meant no Dora the Explorer for once. Friday was a very relaxing day. We watched TV, played board games, & I was in a total romance/comedy mood, so I re-read Delicious Conversation by Jennifer Stewart Griffith.

Saturday, we all got up super, super early. Isaac & John were up at 5:30 AM! I dragged my tush out of bed around 6:15 AM, then started getting all the other kiddos up, too. I know you're asking if I went a bit nutty, as I'm always saying "Let sleeping kids sleep!!!" Well, it was for a good cause. Saturday morning was the Jared Coones Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Jared Coones was a student at Black Bob elementary who died of leukemia ten years ago. After his passing, his mother discovered she had breast cancer, and followed him to Heaven a few years later. The run/walk is named after Jared, but is also in memory of his mother, Jayne. This year, over 3000 people participated.

John and Isaac are part of the Black Bob Elementary Running Club. They have been training for about six weeks now. They actually ran in the race. The other kids & I joined up with Jill and her son, Brogan, to walk the 5K. Here are some fun pics from the race . . .



The final stats of the race for John & Isaac were:

Isaac's Time: 34 minutes 56.3 seconds.

John's Time: 34 minutes 44.6 seconds.

Males Overall: 949 registered participants. Isaac came in at #479.

Males ages 8-10: 224 participated. Isaac came in at #77 for his age bracket.

Males ages 30-34: 65 participated. John came in at #39 for his age bracket.

Overall 2158 Registered Runners Participated. Isaac came in at #780 & John came in at #768. Both in the top 36% of runners. Yeah!

After all that running and walking, John and I were one tired set of parents. Not the kids though. After thirty minutes after the race, they got an energy boost. They bounced on the huge bouncers, then went home and rode bikes for about an hour. Me? I sat on my front porch and read Icing on the Cake by Elodia Strain (another great comedy/romance).

Later that afternoon, we all painted our pumpkins. Well, except for Rob, who was taking a desperately needed nap! We aren't finished yet, but here's a preview . . .

















Sunday was a relaxing day as well. John scheduled to have off work on Monday. We spent the day working on my desk in the kitchen. We aren't finished, but we've made some good progress. The cabinet for the computer tower is finally painted and ready to be installed. We finished the box that will go on top of the cabinet, and it's ready to be installed. Yeah! We also went to Home Depot and picked up the rest of the supplies to start building the desk. I'm hoping, hoping, hoping that this project will all be completed by Thanksgiving. Cross your fingers, everyone!

Friday, October 10, 2008

How To . . . Make Easy Fleece Blankets

My kids love snuggling up in blankets while they watch TV, read books, or play board games. Lately, I've been finding their bed comforters and mine on the playroom floor, left in the upstairs hallway, and just about anywhere else I can trip and fall over them.

After some brain-storming, I decided to make each of the kids some snugly fleece blankets for Christmas. I'm hoping these smaller blankets will be easier to keep track of and be less of a tripping hazard. They can also be stored in a basket in the playroom for easy clean-up.

The problem was I had never actually made a cute fleece blanket before. So I did some internet research and talked with my friend, Amy, who answered some of my questions. As I was making the blankets, I had this great thought that I should take pictures and pass on my new-found wisdom to others who are clueless about making fleece blankets as I was. :)

My first suggestion is to watch for a really good sale on fleece. I kept watching the Joann Fabric sales and went shopping when their fleece was 50% off. Fleece isn't cheap, and the sale price was totally worth the wait! Before purchasing the fabric, I had to figure out how much to get for each person. The lady at the cutting desk helped me. For my one and half year old, I purchased 1 & 1/4 yards; my four year old 1 & 1/2 yards; and my seven & nine year olds 2 yards of fabric.

Once the fabric is home, the fun begins! I was surprised how easy and fast each of these blankets were to make!

First, you'll want to decide how you want the blanket edges to look. Because fleece doesn't ravel, you don't need to hem the edges - which means you can do lots of fun stuff! There are some fun rotary cutters with creative edges, such as waves, zig zags, etc. You can also cut strips in the fabric and knots on them. I decided I didn't want knots. I thought the knots might be uncomfortable if the kids are laying on the floor, wrapped up in the blanket. For our blankets, I decided I really liked the fringe-edge look.

For this project, you will need:


Fleece, Scissors, One Sheet of Card Stock, and Ruler.



Step 1: Trim off the selvage edge of the fleece. This is the edge that has tiny holes that run up the side. There may be a white edge to indicate the selvage edge, but some fabrics don't have it. I found this edge has a slightly different texture with the holes running along the length. It just needs to be trimmed to the point the texture is fleecy & the holes are no longer on the fabric.


Step 2: Decide how long and wide you want your fringe to be. I decided to have each fringe to be 3" long and 1" wide. This is where the card stock comes in hand. I laid the card stock length-wise (landscape), and measured 3", then cut that section off. This is how long each fringe would be. Then I measured & drew lines every 1". This became my guide for cutting.

At this point, I folded my fleece in half (the direction doesn't matter), then laid it on my bed. I started on the side opposite of the fold, where the two sides meet together. Be sure they are evenly matched before cutting. I like to cut right to left, so I put my ruler on the right side, and laid the extra portion of card stock at the 3" mark, and the section of card stock with the 1" measurements along the bottom of the fleece. (see picture above)


Step 3: Let the cutting begin! Line up your scissors with the 1" marks, and start working your way across, cutting up to the card stock at the 3" mark. After several cuts, I was able to figured out just how far to open my scissors & make the 3" cut at one time. I also got really good at eyeballing how far 1" was. Then I used the bottom portion of the card stock to double check every once in a while. (See two pictures below)





Step 4: When you've finished that side, you will start working on one of the sides that has a fold. I found it was best to start at the fold and work away. Begin by cutting the actual fold itself. (see picture below)



Step 5: Tricky Corners . . . The closer I got to my corner, the more I was worried about how to make it look right. I had read some instructions online, but they were confusing. Basically, you will continue cutting every 1" until you meet the cuts going the opposite direction. (see picture below)



Your last cut will be right along the edge of the opposite fringes, cutting those fringes off. (see below)



When you cut off the fringes, you will be left with a pie wedge shape, as pictured below. (PS - while cutting fringes, be sure not to mistake your finger for the fabric! If you do, cute band-aides really do make it all better!)



Repeat steps 4 & 5 on the last side, and voila! Your fleece blankets are done. If you'd like, you can add some zigzag stitching above the fringes on the blanket, but it's not necessary.



Me & one of the finished blankets.



I finished all of our kids' blankets in about 1 1/2 hours one evening while they were in bed. I hope these pictures and instructions were helpful. If you have any questions, just let me know!

This is a fun and easy project for presents, baby showers, or an easy craft activity for an older child.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Kansas City & Pennsylvania Temple Locations Announced!

SALT LAKE CITY 7 October 2008 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today gave more details about the locations of the five new temples announced by President Thomas S. Monson at the Church’s general conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Continued

One of the Church’s 128 completed temples. Designs for the five new temples are still in process.

The Philadelphia temple will be built in downtown Philadelphia, at Spring Street and Broad Street. Several other temples occupy urban sites, including those in Manhattan and Hong Kong. No designs have been completed for this temple or the others announced on Saturday.

For the temple serving the greater Kansas City area, the site will be in Clay County, Missouri, on residential land within the Kansas City limits that is already being developed by the Church. The development is known as Shoal Creek.

The temple in Córdoba, Argentina, will be situated on the Belgrano meetinghouse site, next to the present mission home of the Church, and the Calgary temple will be built on Church-owned land next to an existing chapel in the northwest part of the city, at the intersection of Rocky Ridge Road and Royal Oak Road.

In Rome, the temple will occupy part of a 15-acre Church-owned site near the ring road skirting the northeast section of Rome.

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The new Kansas City temple will be located about 35-45 minutes from our house! I am so excited! It will be so awesome! It's located off of MO 152 between I-435 & I-35, not far from Liberty Hospital. For all you Utahns, it will be similar to driving from Orem, UT to the Jordan River Utah Temple. Yeah!

Protect Our Families

I received this video from a good friend of mine. I couldn't word my opinion any better than she did, so I am copying her words right into my blog:

"I watched this video on how homosexuality acceptance is being taught to kindergarten age school kids in Massachusetts because same sex marriage has now been made legal there. This was a real eye-opener. They interview the parents who are trying to get parental notification before the schools teach their children such things and it is amazing to see how the school reacted.

It is our sacred responsibility as parents to do what we can to keep this from happening in more states. We have an important role as parents to teach what is right, moral, and true to our children…not the school system. Everything from the book the schools sent home with the kids to what they did to the dad was wrong. At kindergarten age OR any age this kind of teaching and exposure is wrong."


I had problems putting the video into my blog. Click here to watch the video.

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Temples Announced for Kansas City & Pennsylvania

This past weekend the semi-annual conference for my Church. The first session started Saturday morning at 11 AM (CT).

Saturday morning, I overslept a little. Our youngest had been up several times the night before and I have been battling a nasty head cold. I meant to get up by 7:30 AM to run errands and get home on time to get dinner in the crock pot before the first session started. Instead, I woke up at 9 AM, and barely got back from the store at 10:55 AM. It took me another 45 minutes to get the groceries put away and dinner into the crock pot. I wasn't too upset because we using our DVR to record all the sessions and I knew I could go back and watch what I had missed.

Just before I got home, my husband received a call from work, with something urgent that had to be taken care of. He got the kids settled for conference, then ended up working all through the first session. I joined them just before noon.

Right after the morning session ended, my phone started ringing. My hubby, who had just finished working, answered it - hoping it wasn't going to be from work! It wasn't. It was my awesome friend, Amy. My hubby handed me the phone saying, "Amy says she could hear screaming all the way from Kansas this morning."

Uh oh. I knew right then I had missed something important while putting away the groceries.

I put the phone to my ear and said, "What did I miss? What am I supposed to be screaming about?"

Amy just could not believe I hadn't heard. So she went on to tell me that during the Saturday morning session, five new temples were announced - including one for the Greater Kansas City area, and another for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I remember saying, "Are you kidding me? Is this a joke? Are you sure?" I couldn't tell you how many times I repeated that as I logged onto my computer and headed out to LDS.org. And there in the Newsroom was the announcement.

A temple for Kansas City.

A temple for Philadelphia.

I just could not stop crying. What an incredible blessing from Heavenly Father. During my visit to Utah, Amy and I had talked about how there were two things I truly missed since moving to Kansas. 1 - my wonderful friends, and 2 - having the blessings of a temple nearby.

And now, the members of the church in this area are going to be blessed with an incredible temple.

My hubby and I gathered the kids together to re-watch President Monson's announcement. I told the kids President Monson was going to tell us where new temples were going to be built and that I wanted them to listen closely so they could tell me the locations. My youngest son sat on my lap, and my oldest daughter sat next to me, while my oldest son and youngest daughter sat on the floor. Tears welled in my eyes as I listened to the announcement, and joy filled my heart as I watched my oldest daughter's face fill with excitement.

"Wow!" she said, "Kansas City's getting a temple!"

We paused the broadcast and talked about the importance of temples, about how Mommy & Daddy were married there, and how our family would be together forever because of that blessing.

My four year old son said to my seven year old daughter, "Now we can go there and get married to be together forever, too!"

My daughter replied, "No, Rob. You're supposed to get married to someone else, not your brother or sister, silly!" :)

I also talked with them about what a huge blessing it will be for our Church members in Pennsylvania, too. That's where I grew up and, like here in Kansas City, we drove 4 to 4 1/2 hours to get to the Washington DC temple. We would leave super early in the morning, and return very late at night, just for the opportunity to serve in the temple for two or three hours.

And then, my four year old said, "We need to pray to Heavenly Father to thank Him for the temples."

And so we all folded our arms, and our little four year old gave a short, but truly sincere prayer full of faith and gratitude.

He said, "Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the temple in Kansas and in Pennsylvania, and that I can give my Mommy a hug."

It was one of those sweet, tender moments a mother treasures forever.

It will probably be about three years before these two temples are completed, but oh, how excited and grateful I am for each of them! As more information becomes available, I'll share it on my blog.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Blog Tour: A Future for Tomorrow by Haley Hatch Freeman

A Future for Tomorrow by Haley Hatch Freeman, is a true story about Haley's battle with Anorexia Nervosa and her victory in over-coming it. From the back of the book:

"A Future for Tomorrow is an extraordinary non-fiction account of the author’s actual battle against anorexia nervosa as well as a spiritual triumph against evil.

You will be brought into the anorexic mind, shown the fierce war against depression and self-depreciative thoughts and actions; and witness the gravity of the destruction this disease can do.

A deeply edifying experience will occur as you journey with the author to that eternal world. There, angels confirm to her gospel truths such as the intensity of Christ’s love, and the sacred and holy nature of our Father’s plan for his children here on Earth."


This book came to me in the mail about twenty minutes before I left for the airport a few weeks ago. I grabbed it, threw it in my purse, and didn't think about it again until I was on the plane, ready for something to distract me from my fear of flying. As I began reading, I was immediately touched by Haley's honest and thorough description of her feelings, relationships with others, and her mental & physical state. I had the hardest time putting this book down. During my trip, I picked up A Future for Tomorrow and read as much as I could. I became very attached to Haley and her battle to become healthy - and felt the need to know what was going to happen to her next.

And before you think this was a diet gone wrong - let me tell you, it wasn't. I never understood the complexities of Anorexia before. There is so much more to it than not eating enough food. Here's a good definition from Wikipedia:

"Anorexia Nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Individuals with anorexia are known to commonly control body weight through the means of voluntary starvation, purging, vomiting, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures, such as diet pills or diuretic drugs. It primarily affects adolescent females, however approximately 10% of people with the diagnosis are male. Anorexia nervosa is a complex condition, involving neurobiological, psychological, and sociological components.

The term anorexia is of Greek origin: a (α, prefix of negation), n (ν, link between two vowels) and orexis (ορεξις, appetite) thus meaning a lack of desire to eat. A person who is diagnosed with anorexia nervosa is most commonly referred to with the adjectival form anorexic. The noun form, "anorectic" is generally not used in this context and usually refers to drugs that suppress appetite.

"Anorexia nervosa" is frequently shortened to "anorexia" in both the popular media and television reports. This is technically incorrect, as the term "anorexia" used separately refers to the medical symptom of reduced appetite (which therefore is distinguishable from anorexia nervosa in being non-psychiatric)."


During Haley's story, I followed with her, a young lady in high school who was 5'9", drop down to 85 lbs, the mere weight of a fourth, fifth, or sixth-grader. I felt her anguish as she plead with Heavenly Father to give her strength to over come her illness. I wanted to pray with her, hold her hand, as she battled from the edge of death, and fought her way back to the living. I wanted to put my arms around her mom and give her a shoulder to cry on. If you have never been personally involved in the life of someone living with Anorexia Nevosa, you will when you read A Future for Tomorrow. It's like you're right there in the room with Haley and her family.

Here is a picture of Haley just after she was released from the hospital to return home. This is after she was deemed healthy enough to return home for the rest of her treatment. I can't even imagine how she must have looked during the most difficult stages of Anorexia Nervosa.












Today, Haley is a happy, healthy wife and mother. Look how absolutely beautiful she is!

I HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERY young lady, woman, and parent.

QOTC Rating: Five Stars

You can read more about Haley on her blog. You can also purchase A Future for Tomorrow on her website or Amazon.

For more information on Anorexia Nervosa, please visit these websites:

MedicineNet.com

NAMI.org

MayoClinic.com

For treatment options, please visit your doctor. Below are some links to some care facilities that specialize in Anorexia Nervosa:

Center for Change

Remuda Ranch

Rebecca's House

Canopy Cove
Review Disclaimer: Sometimes a book I review has been sent to me for free by a publisher or an author. This in no way effects my review, which is my own opinion about whether the book was a good read for me, fit my tastes, and if I would recommend it to others. Other than possibly a free book, I am not compensated in any way for posting a review.