Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Dr. John M. Scandrett, 44, of WY, Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Services Pending
Dr. John M. Scandrett, 44, of Laramie, Wyoming was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Laramie. Dr. Scandrett died from injuries sustained when his vehicle rear ended a tractor-trailer on U.S. 287 near mile marker 419 at about 6:25 a.m.
Dr. Scandrett and family previously lived near Scipio. He served as a physician in Jennings County for a number of years and had volunteered as the team doctor for the JCHS football program.
Services are pending at the Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie
This father of 7 was an fun-loving, highly energetic, amazing Godly father, husband, and friend. Our daughter worked as their Mother's Helper after they adopted 3 brothers from the Ukraine and nearly doubled the number of their children. At first, John didn't think she was needed, but Andrea stuck to her guns and kept Candice as her helper for over a year. Candice helped homeschool and teach the brother's to speak English. She helped run everyone to their many activities, lessons, and meetings. She was a second pair of hands in chaos and crisis and while rounding up escaped goats and peacocks. They become Candice's second family.
It was because of this family that our daughter found her purpose and went to college to become a preschool teacher.
Sadly, in 2011 they moved from our area to CO, but within a year had made it possible for our daughter go out and visit them and explore CO and WY with them. They have kept in close touch ever since.
We are now heartbroken and can't see God's will in this tragedy. Candice is using her diary entries from when she worked for them to write memories of each child with their dad. It is extremely emotional and hard on her but she is determined to do this before she goes out for the funeral.
Prayers for this precious family are much appreciated and for me as I (and my husband) help our daughter through this journey of grief.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
As a mom of two dyslexics, this issue has been a MAJOR part of our lives, my comfort eating issues, and especially our homeschool (hence the comfort eating).
In the early years, all I could see were the DISabilities of it, especially when our son was starting 5th grade and still could not read beyond Bob Books even when we'd tried a new phonics curriculum every year since Pre-K and I have a BA in Elem. Ed.. We got him the therapies he needed to begin reading and more as time has gone on so that he now reads on grade level (even if it is slower.) Our daughter graduated college Magna Cum Laude even though she had to read each of her textbooks 3x. She is now a pre-school teacher watching for those early signs of dyslexia in her students.
The Lord has been showing me lately a new way of looking at Dyslexia. It is NOT a DISability but a UNIQUEability.
Here's a great video The Power of Dyslexia
I can now say, I AM THE PROUD PARENT OF DYSLEXICS!!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I haven't had a regular workout routine since May. I over-trained for a potential 5K in the spring and then lost motivation while healing. Then gardening took over. Then my husband lost his job in June. Then I lost more motivation as the weather didn't always cooperate with me being able to go out and walk or hike. Then it just became a habit to NOT work out. Then school started with our son's senior year and all that entails as his main teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator of all paperwork, transcripts, college apps and visits, scholarship apps, tests, etc. I'm also teaching 2 classes at our co-op and those take a lot of prep, computer time, and grading. Doctor change also happened this summer along with an Elimination Diet where I discovered Wheat is a sensitivity so major diet changes again and again by myself so adjusting to making 2 meals each meal again. My husband being told he wasn't wanted for a job because they were Christian-phobic. Twice. On a July 4th walk around the nearby lake and long talk with God, He showed me His plan for me after our son goes off to college in May...I will be opening my own home business for screening, therapy, and tutoring dyslexics, etc. Then garden canning, garden clean-up, and garden bed moving (to sunnier location on our wooded property) Car troubles. Mom's health scare (A-Fib) More and more excuses piled up and now it is mid-Oct. Bad habits have returned--I'm back on Diet Dr. Pepper and eating too much junk (gluten-free, but still junk!) I continued to find more and more reasons to not work out. Letters from our insurance company about lawyers looking into our assets to sue us concerning a wreck our son was involved with a year ago are in the mail.
Husband is back at work where God is blessing him beyond our hopes, son is enrolled at Automotive Institute at Kokomo Ivy Tech. Co-op classes still take too much sitting time, I'm overwhelmed and stressed by senior year stuff and my home business start up To Do List. But I've come to realize.....I am too stressed out NOT to work out...I NEED IT!!
I am on Fall Break this week and have made time for friends, catching up on SP articles, and trying to find my motivation.
I am using this Spark Article to help me get motivated once again.
I could really use your encouragement.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This spring has been a strange spring for me. For one thing, everyone is working and I am home alone. This is a huge change for this homeschooling mama. 22 yo dd is working at preschool and their summer camps. 17yo ds is working nearly full time for a landscaping company.
I thought after all these years I'd love being home alone. After all the years of go, go, go. After all the years of balancing home, family, homeschooling.
I thought I'd love having ME time.
Instead I got lazy. I quit exercising. I sat and read. I sat and ate. I sat and did internet. I was just tired. Tired. Tired. Tired.
I did a bit of gardening, but not as much as I thought I would. I didn't hike. I sat. I didn't work out. I sat. I didn't eat right. I munched on chips. every day. several times a day. I got hooked on Diet Dr. Pepper again.
I did get started on my To Do List, but most of that required sitting--updating 17yo son's transcript, figuring how to get a Senior Year organized, typing stuff up for the co-op classes I will teach in the fall, etc.
I've gotten really flabby. Lazy. Tired.
So, I made a different choice.
I started small -- 1 mile. It felt good! I did it again. It felt really good. I lifted a few weights. The strength came back and felt so good. I drank more water. I skipped the chips. I have more energy.
It is true.......1 good choice encourages more good choice. Working out for 20 - 30 minutes makes me feel good instead of wears me out.
Burn out is real. Old habits die hard and must be replaced with good ones.
Spring of 2014 is almost over and so is my lazy, chip eatin', pop-slurpin' ,sittin' around, boring, tired-feeling spring.
It's time to get moving and motivated again. Summer is here!
Monday, February 24, 2014
I sure needed this article..... www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
My emotions are going all over the place lately. Winter blahs, grief, hormones, and weight gain have all taken a toll on me this winter.
I lose 1 lbs, gain 1 lbs, lose 1, gain 2, repeat. For months now, meaning a very slow weight gain and I don't like how I look and feel once again.
I try to stay positive---looking at all the weight I have kept off - nearly 50! And all the health progress I've made---(see a previous blog).
I am exercising like I haven't been able to do in over 15 years!! And yet.....
I am making much better, healthier food choices than EVER! And yet.....
Some days I feel like giving up....it is so hard to eat healthy in this house. Desserts, chips, ice cream, soda pop, Little Debbie cakes, pasta, pasta, pasta, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, beef 4-5x week abound. I feel doomed to weigh 180lbs until the kids (age 22 and 17) leave home. If I don't buy it, they do. I do not enjoy cooking, so I refuse to cook 2 separate meals for every meal lunch and supper.
I try to change up my meals a bit so they are healthier choices.....baked potato with chili sauce instead of hotdog, bun, and chili sauce or salad with tuna mixed with avacado instead of the Kraft mac -n-cheese and tuna, salads, salads, and more salads while everyone else has potatoes, pasta, and bread but it doesn't seem to be enough to keep the weight from slowing coming back.
I had lost 65 lbs. I was at 162. I am now fighting to keep it at 180. ugh.
I've even joined a challenge team to see if competition and accountability would help. Sadly, for my wonderful teammates, NO. (so very sorry WRJ&G team mates!)
I am so much more tired.
I am more achy.
I am more sad.
I am more fat.
I just don't understand how to live my family's life and stay thinner.
Where did my determination and will power go?????????????
I did it before with the same foods in this house.
Where is that determination I had before?
I am a VERY strong-willed person....why am I not applying it to the foods I put in my mouth?
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