Monday, September 26, 2016

Help Nehemiah Buy Emmanuel a Cow!

Meet Emmanuel. He is 13 years old and lives in Rwanda. Emmanuel is a child we sponsor through Compassion International. His US education level is grade 3.

Meet Nehemiah. He is 7 years old. He has a heart for Emmanuel.
He is on a mission to raise $200 to buy Emmanuel a cow.
9/29/16 update: Nehemiah has raised/earned $150. He still needs $50 more.

The other day, he looked at our fridge and saw Emmanuel's latest picture and he was silent. He took the picture off the fridge and asked me, "Mama, why are his eyes so red? Why is his tummy so round?" So we had a conversation about hunger. It was very hard.

I was sitting at the dinner table working, and Nehemiah comes by and brings me band-aids and Neosporin.  "Mama, please send these to Emmanuel. It will make him feel better". It broke my heart. I had to tell him that we can't send Emmanuel items, but we can send him money to help.

I was still working at the table. Nehemiah drops a handful of change and a dollar bill on the table. "Mama, can we send Emmanuel my allowance?" Again, it broke my heart.

I showed Nehemiah how we send money online to Emmanuel. He asked me, "Mama, I want to send Emmanuel more money. Can we help his family?"  We looked at the gift options, and Nehemiah decided he wanted to buy Emmanuel a cow.  This will not only help Emmanuel with food, but will also help his family bring income home.

Will you help?

Nehemiah is selling handmade drawings, and friendship bracelets to help buy Emmanuel a cow.

Please look at the following and contact me if you would like to help Nehemiah buy Emmanuel a cow.

Each bracelet suggested donation is $1.50 ($1 dollar for the cow and $.50 to cover shipping/purchase). Please let me know the quantity and color you'd like to receive.

Each picture below has a title and suggested donation price; however, any small amount will help and be much appreciated. In your email, please choose the drawing and send me your current address so we can mail it to you.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and as always, prayers are appreciated for Emmanuel and his family.

Best Regards,
Nehemiah (Shamree & Josh)
Pictures (more coming so keep checking back)
I will update this later with which pictures have been purchased.

Blue birds: $5.00- 

My Monster $3.00 -

Pirate Ship $2.00 

Emmanuel Happy After he has a cow $1.00

Dolphins and Fish $2.00

Rainbow Fish -SOLD

Daddy hiking in the mountains $2.00

The Lord is my strength SOLD

Exodus 4:12  SOLD

Keep my Covenant SOLD

Small Rainbow SOLD

Fishing in the mountains SOLD

Sunny Mountains  SOLD

Purple mountains (by Abi)  SOLD

Yoshi SOLD

Flowers in a vase (11"x17")  SOLD

Friday, May 15, 2015

Personal Trainer

Losing weight, or keeping to a healthy yet not too skinny shape is something that I feel most women struggle with. Some can't lose weight, others can't gain weight, and some just work out a lot to ensure they stay trim.  I'm the former.  Don't get me wrong, there is nothing physically preventing me to actually losing weight. I can walk. I can run (not very far....). I can lift weights. And yet, most of the time I don't.  This lack of motivation or laziness is a factor of many things I've come to realize.

  1. When you are overweight you are more tired more of the time. 
  2. When you don't exercise, you don't sleep well.
  3. When you don't sleep well, you're body craves energy- mine? Usually sugar.
  4. Sugar gives you a quick boost, then drags you down- and makes you gain weight.
  5. I work full time and have 4 kids at home. Thus time is at a premium.
Beyond that- there are no excuses. How do you find that "motivation" or "umph" ?  My bloodwork revealed that I was deficient in many vitamins including Vitamin D and B12.  

There are no guarantees of tomorrows. Every day I spent overweight I miss golden opportunities to enjoy life more.  To run with my kids. To go biking. To walk up the stairs and not be out of breath. To sleep well.

I not only want to add quality to my life, but FUN.

So- if I can't motivate myself to get my workouts done- I'm going to pay someone who will. I've hired a personal trainer at our YMCA. I bought a lot of sessions and there was a special deal so it was like $30/hr.  Yes it's still a lot of money for something that I 'should' be able to do myself; however, it's cheaper than surgery. It's healthier than diet pills. And--- although I'm sure I'll curse my trainer a few times, it will be more fun and fulfilling than just doing it on my own. 

Here's my motivation:
  1. I want to not be plus size anymore. I want to never shop at lane bryant again.
  2. I want to be physically active with my husband and kids. Hiking, biking, roller blading, skiing, etc. I don't want to just watch or that my knees can't handle it.
  3. Mexico/Swimsuits. We're going to Mexico after Christmas and I want to get all new clothes and swimsuits!
  4. I want to run a 5k. I want to be able to jog/run the whole thing without stopping.  Right now, I can't do .3 miles without walking.

There you have it. I did my assement on 5/14 and I start my first session on 5/19 at 5am... ACK.... 
prayers appreciated. :) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Eulogy For My Father

My father passed away at 3:31 pm on 3/31.  My heart aches and my head is fuzzy. Until you go through something like this, you will never understand the pain, confusion, depression, and millions of details you have to deal with when something like this happens.

One of the worst things I had to do was write and deliver a speech at my father's funeral.  My siblings decided not to do this, and I felt that one of us should give him that honor, so I did it.  Below is what I wrote and delivered...... along with his obituary that I had to also write.... which is at the bottom.

Rest in peace daddy, you did good, real good.


Before I begin I would like to thank all of you here on behalf of my mother, and my siblings, for your efforts large and small to be here today, it means more to us than words can express.

It is said that you can measure a man by the number of friends he has, and if that is true, then by what I see before me- my dad was a great man.  My dad has been many things to many people and I want to touch on just a few of them today.

My dad’s been a cowboy. In fact, I remember a time he was trying to break a horse on my grandpa’s farm down in Las Animas. My dad was giving that horse a good lesson in behaving, and that darn horse bucked him off.  He cracked some ribs, and was hurting, but I never heard him complain. Well, at least until we watched The Great Outdoors, a John Candy film, and he was laughing soo hard he would cry out in pain as he clutched the pillows to his side and we had to turn the movie off.

My dad’s been a farmer. We lived on 5 acres in southeast Loveland and we had horses, pigs, dogs, cats and many other unwanted creatures especially prairie dogs.  My siblings and I all have memories of bailing hay, but my sister’s is the most hilarious.  She was tasked with driving old whitey, the manual pickup truck, and Michael and Larry were in the back. Dad was throwing bales of hay into the truck.  If you knew our property at all, there was a slight downhill slope on the south end. Well, apparently, as Crystal (who was only maybe 14 at the time) was driving downhill and trying to turn the truck she almost lost control as she was trying to shift and turn. Dad was banging on the side of the truck, Michael and Larry were hanging on for dear life in the back…. And that’s something that I wish I could have seen.

Believe it or not, my dad’s been a cheerleader. I played sports from 5th grade through college, and my dad was at every possible game he could make.  He would harass the refs and simultaneously be cheering me on. I never had to look into the stands to wonder if my parents were there, because I could hear him encouraging me the whole game through.

My dad’s been a tax accountant.  Now I don’t know the full story of how he chose that career, but he was very good at numbers.  I don’t know how he did what he did, but I always seemed to get money back, well, most of the time.  I’ve met many other tax accountants, and somehow my dad never seemed to fit that mold. I think because his laughter was so big and he could cut loose with the best of them.
My dad’s been a gamer.  He always loved to play games. He could be tired after a long day at work, or not feeling the best, and if anyone was up for a game of Yahtzee, or cards he would perk right up.  He loved hearts, spades, phase 10, golf, the dice game, Yahtzee, and more.  His entire face would light up as he would go out, or get a really big dice roll and he would do a little jig in his chair.  On the other hand, if anyone else would get a good hand he’d call out, “cheat cheat cheat”. 

My dad’s been a fisherman.  He loved to go fishing. He’s fished in rivers and lakes across the United States, and in many of the oceans.  He loved to walk and fish for hours on end, but would always find the time to teach us kids. He taught all of us how to fish. I remember after a big rain storm I’d be outside with my flashlight picking up the fattest slimiest nightcrawlers putting them in a coffee can, dreaming about the big fish it was going to catch. 

My father has been many things, but he’ll always be my daddy. 
(Here's how I was going to close but my daughter asked to read a verse at the funeral and I had her say her verse here instead, it's below in blue)
I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my Father’s favorite Celtic bands, the Elders:
Please don’t cry my Father as you sit by the hearth
I will dance your memories with joy in my heart
I will go now and pray as I travel this land
And live by the lessons you gave

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy, Philippians 1:3-4

The obituary can be read at the Loveland Reporter Herald:

Lyle Dean Landis
August 1944- March 2015

Lyle Dean Landis, a-typical tax accountant, outdoor enthusiast, vacationing buddy, and overall friend died peacefully on March 31st, 2015. Lyle was born in Steele City, NE to Roy and Eutha Landis.  He graduated high school from Fairbury, NE in 1962.  Shortly after graduation he joined the United States Air Force in 1964 where he served for 4 years which included an 18 month tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Lyle completed 2 years at Fairbury junior college and received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Metro State in Denver, CO.  Lyle worked for the Airline industry for 10 years where he met the love of his life, Mary Teresa Sanchez to whom he was married for almost 39 years.
 Lyle was a self-made man who the IRS learned to fear during his 35+ years as a tax accountant. When he wasn’t busy with the tax season and making his clients laugh, he loved to golf.  During the summers he loved fishing, and was known to tie his own flies on occasion.  One of his great adventures was hunting black bears in Iowa. Lyle also enjoyed elk & deer hunting, all over the state of Colorado and was nicknamed “The Great White Hunter” by his brothers.
For a good time, Lyle was the right person to call. He loved to travel and he loved vacations.  He traveled to Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and visited most of the United States. He particularly loved the rugged beauty and amazing fishing in Alaska.
Lyle was loved dearly by his wife Mary, and children Crystal (husband Mike, children Daniel, and Matthew), Michael (wife Stephanie, child Aryana), Larry (girlfriend Tanya), Shamree (husband Josh, children Abigail, Nehemiah, and Josiah); mother Eutha, siblings Charlotte, Les, Paul, Sharon, and Mark; and many-in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday April 10th at Foundations Church in Loveland.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Nation to Nation Ministries, Inc. (serving the Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation) and/or the Cancer & Caregiver Art Program at the McKee Medical Cancer Center, attention; Gale Coddington. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

21 Day Fix: Day 10

SUGAR! I want SUGAR! This would make my day today.........
And yes, then it would make me sick tomorrow.

I'm trying to drink my organic green tea and have thought about eating some carrots---- but really who can make their brain think it's candy when it's a carrot. I'd rather not eat anything.

Oh man..... I hope this passes soon.

Good thing I'm laid up with a sprained ankle or I might take the dog on the walk and just happen to walk into the nearby 7-11 to browse and end up stuffing my face with 3 candy bars before check-out and 10 more on the way home that I "got for the kids" and then throw away the trash in a neighbors trash can to hide the evidence.

Yes, right now, I am that crazy.

Oh Sugar Craze...... GO AWAY!  Today, I will win this battle;)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

21 Day Fix: Day 8

It's been a week of working to eat the right food, and right amounts of food while exercising.  Some days were tougher than others, but thankfully I can say it's getting easier.  My vocabulary has changed. Today these words are in my head, and I believe them.  

It may see silly, but as I look back at my lack of motivation this is a big deal for me.  It doesn't mean I've accomplished what I've set out to do, it just means that I'm fighting for it now.

I think a big part of it was that my Vitamin D was extremely low.  This helps you get up and go, and I wasn't.  I didn't have the umph, so to speak.  Well now I have the umph and no more excuses.

Today, I'm going to better myself.
Today, I'm going to fight.

Monday, October 13, 2014

21 Day Fix: Day 1

I've finally hit a point where I want to take losing weight seriously.  I know I'm accepted for who I am by my real friends and family.  I know I'm a treasured child of God.

But I'm seriously overweight. Fluffy my aunt calls it.  I like that term better.

So today, with the help of a new friend, encouragement from old friends- and the deep desire to want to be healthier I'm embarking on a 21 day challenge to change.

It's a beach body program that has 30 minute work outs daily, that are different for each day of the week. I almost died today I think. I'm seriously out of shape!!!!!  It was total body cardio, and although I followed the beginner person on the video, I did it. And I am proud!!

This program is not a fad diet it's a portion control way of eating to help re-train my silly brain what is a normal portion.  It's obviously a lot of veggies, and some fruits and lean proteins.  It has good grains/carbs and some nuts. it's a good program.

So--- it is just healthy eating.

I'm going to strive to post here during the 21 days to be accountable to myself.  I am 80 lbs over weight and it stops today.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Here Motivation..... Where are you???

I want to be a runner. Not a marathon runner because that seems too impossible and just like a funny joke.  I want to be a "I can do a 5k easy" type runner. If I decide to go run a few miles I don't want to feel like I'm dying.  Which is how I feel after about 500 feet.

Then a quote comes to mind.. "If you do what you've always done, you'll be what you've always been" which is a non-runner.  I want to be a runner.

Crap. Looks like the forecast is for a lot of sweat :(