The loss of a child is NEVER easy & we remember 9 years laters!


Losing a Child to SIDS

Nine years ago tomorrow (11/1) our precious little daughter, Tiny Tyna, passed away to SIDS. Such a very emotional day every year for the anniversary. I can say that many become angry with God when they lose a child. BUT we were NEVER promised tomorrow and our children are on loan from God. Because of this, Jamie and I choose to thank God for 3 precious months. Sure, it hurts, it is sad, and something that we have grieved over and the pain sometimes seems unbearable,  but that is when we take our eyes off our Creator.  When we stay focused, we are confident we will get to spend eternity with her. It was not goodbye, but rather “see you later”. As many of you know at her committal service at the cemetery both Jamie and myself were beside ourselves. We had prayed on the way there for God just to give us a peace, that it was okay to leave. We had 3 doves and as we released them (there was 1 small cloud in the sky – very cold but sunny day). The doves went straight up by the cloud, it opened up and inside of the cloud was a rainbow. It didn’t go above or below the cloud and as quickly as it opened (long enough for me to say “Thank you Jesus”) It closed and the doves flew away. I cannot tell you the peace that we received. So everytime we see a rainbow, we think of Tyna and know she is okay and waiting “patiently” for our arrival to our FOREVER HOME!! Normally we don’t do much on the anniversary, but this year we decided to do the FREE Laundry Day. A day to pass LOVE on to others as I know she would want us to do. This has taught us that life is too short and we need to make the most of everyday. Love on others & share what you have with others, because it can all be quickly taken away and thank God at all times (whether you are going through a loss, a difficulty, or trial, because Blessed be His name). He is the author of ALL life and we continue to choose to Thank him for those 3 months of loving on her. She was a gift and he entrusted us with her and no matter how dark it may seem, GOD IS GOOD. . . ALL THE TIME!!  Today I challenge all of you if you are angry with someone or not speaking to someone, remember you are not promised tomorrow.  Forgive them, love them, and release any anger you might have.  Watch and see the peace you will receive from it.  I love you guys and thank God for all of you!!

GOD IS GOOD. . . ALL THE TIME!!

 




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*HOT* Customized Grocery Tote/Trick or Treat Bag + 40 FREE Photo Prints ONLY $4.99 Shipped!

I absolutely love these kind of offers. I think this would make for a super cute Trick or Treat Bag or even a neat  CHRISTmas gift  ~ personalize it and fill it with all your favorite FREEBIES or wonderful coupon deals!! I like to fill these with all the FREE/CHEAP hygienic items I have received and give as gifts. This would make for a very inexpensive gift, no need to sweat having to pay a fortune for a gift!! Plus, you will also get 40 FREE photo prints if you are new to York Photo!

Order your Customizable Grocery Tote for $1 from York Photo! – YES THAT’S RIGHT ONLY $1, $4.99 after shipping for each additional item purchased!That should take care of most of your CHRISTmas shopping!! – Make sure to enter coupon promo code “TOTEGIFT”

**HERE’S THE BAGS I DESIGNED**




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Become a Secret Shopper and Earn Extra CASH!!

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Shadow Shopper – Earn Extra Money!

Below is an email I received, to do a shadow shop at the movies and get paid!! It doesn’t get much better than that:) Also, I am now getting calls and emails daily about different shops.  With the holidays quickly approaching, the calls and emails are more frequent as many want to know how their business is performing.  Please note I do the FREE one and it took me almost 2 months to get my first job, but now I get notified daily.  Also, be sure to sign up for both links below for better chances of receiving calls and emails sooner :-)

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Sign up with Shadow Shopper BY CLICKING HERE, the largest source of mystery shopping jobs on the planet. I know a few people who have done this and love it, so I had to try it out.  I actually just did the FREE offer and waited approximately 6 weeks.  I average about $200-$300 per month depending on how many jobs I accept.  I get several offers daily and many to restaurants, shops, movies, sporting events, etc.  I only take the jobs of things I already do – going out to eat, baseball game, going to expensive restaurants, etc.

One of the followers said she received a special offer to upgrade and took advantage of it and has received several jobs in the last few days.  It is completely a personal preference, but if you sign up for the paid one, know it will put you in a monthly recurring payment, so you will need to cancel!!  Demographics and your bio also have a lot to do with what jobs you will get assigned.  I look at it this way ~  $70 extra a week = $280/month for things I am already doing, going out to eat, going to convenience stores, going to gas stations, etc.  Why not try it and see.  All of my assignments have been with a company with an A+ rating with the BBB so YES IT IS LEGIT!!

Here’s how to do it:

1. Sign up for Shadow shopper HERE
2. See if you have any jobs to sign up for? If not, Click here  – Sign up is FREE and you should get a long list of jobs:)

By doing the Free offer, you will NOT make a $150 just starting out and will get offered a lot of shops that will just pay for your food, items, etc, but FREE is FREE.  Per one of my blogger friends  (who says this company is 100% LEGIT) said she started with the FREE service and did this as a part-time job.

NOTE:  If you do upgrade to a paying level, please note you will need to cancel (if you wish) as it will automatically charge your card every month.




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We are preparing for our 17th-Annual Miracle CHRISTmas & we need your help :)

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**WE CURRENTLY NEED TO RAISE $1160, CAN I GET 1160 OF YOU TO EACH DONATE $1, YES, ONLY $1 TO MAKE THIS MIRACLE HAPPEN**

We are currently preparing for our 17th-annual MIRACLE CHRISTmas. Jamie and I started this in memory of my mom who we lost to kidney cancer 16 years ago on October 11.

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We have selected our families for this year and now have the  “WISH LIST ~ NEED LISTS” TAB. If you go to the website t to the MIRACLE CHRISTmas website by clicking here  and look at the tabs you will see all our needs.  We currently need $1160 to make this MIRACLE HAPPEN or please feel free to pick up an item from the “wishlist”!!  You can also make a monetary donation via paypal through the website by clicking on the “Make a Donation” tab.  We ask everyone to PLEASE PRAYFULLY CONSIDER THIS  – You can send payment via paypal to crothers8@aol.com or go to the website that is linked to the account (miraclechristmas.com) and click on the “Donate tab”.    What a huge blessing if everyone would donate just $1 to make this MIRACLE HAPPEN!! Don’t discount the smallness of 1 as Jesus performed the miracle with 5 loaves and 2 fish!! Two of the families from this page got helped two years ago and I am sure they will vouch for how wonderful the party is.  Thanks for considering everyone and thanks to our generous donor:)  GOD IS GOOD. . . ALL THE TIME!!!

Here is a video from our 10th annual Miracle CHRISTmas

Here is the poem she left for us when she passed. It was out of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book.

THE LEGACY

When I die, give what is left of me to children.
If you need to cry, cry for your brothers walking beside you.
Put your arms around anyone and give them what you need to give to me.
I want to leave you with something, something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I have known and loved.
And if you cannot live without me, then let me live on in your eyes,
Your mind and your acts of kindness.
You can love me most by letting hands touch hands.
Love does not die, people do.
So when all that is left of me is love. . .
Give me away. . .

In honor of my mom, we thought what better way than to “GIVE HER AWAY” than by making her life a legacy and sharing her with so many unfortunate families at the holidays. We have been able to help hundreds of people in the 15 years.

This is called “MIRACLE CHRISTmas” as it is not an ordinary party, as Jesus was not an ordinary gift to us. God exceeded all our expectations with the gift he gave to each of us in Jesus!! No strings attached. Some of these families have never been loved unconditionally. This may be the first time in their lives that they feel God’s love and for some this may be the break they need in their lives. This may be the flickering light at the end of their “dark tunnel”. This is a special party on CHRISTmas Eve for 26 children and one adult and their families including Bibles for each child, reading of Jesus’ Birth, and lighting Jesus’ Birthday Cake as everyone sings HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JESUS!

We pray for the party to go well, for the families to feel the love of Christ, and most importantly for God to be glorified. Thanks in advance for considering helping. It is truly appreciate. May you have a BLESSED AND WONDERFUL CHRISTmas!!




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WALGREENS: Possible FREE Halloween Costumes?!

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WALGREENS MATCHUPS – FREE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES AT WALGREENS

Right now you can snag a nice Walgreens Deal on the Halloween Costumes. There is a $5 off coupon in the weekly sales ad and the costumes are on sale, some as low as $5. In the Toledo, OH stores I am only finding them for $8.49, so ONLY $3.49 after in-store coupon, but many cities will be able to snag these for FREE.

Here’s what the deal looks like:

**WALGREENS MATCHUPS**
Halloween Costumes – $5 – $8.49
Use $5 in-ad coupon
Final Cost: As low as FREE!!

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See all the Leaked Black Friday ads as they become available!!

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Click HERE to see all the leaked Black Friday Ads as they become available! You will receive emails as each ad is leaked :-) Sign up for discounts of up to 50 to 90% off the Best Brands at the Best Stores.

Three years ago had film crews following us for the TLC Black Friday Special. We were able to purchase over $10,000 worth of items for under $2000 and ALL items were donated to families in need. It was simply amazing. My strategy is knowing the sales ahead of time so I have a plan of attack.  When any new ads are leaked, they alert you via e-mail.




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Purchase a Complete Dual-500 Coupon Binder!!

How to coupon with a Coupon Binder

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Need an easy way to keep your coupons organized while learning how to coupon?  I highly recommend the case-it Dual-500 Coupon Binder.  This has helped me with all my “extreme couponing” trips. Here is what a complete coupon binder includes:

A Dual-500 has the following features: (retails for $34.99 for JUST BINDER) 

  • • 3” Rings and 1 ½” Rings
  • • Expands to 5” of Capacity
  • • Velcro Secured Organizer
  • • Removable Pencil Case with Padded Media Pockets
  • • Cover Flap Protects Pen, Flash Drive, and Media Holders
  • • Handle and Shoulder Strap
  • • Ripstop Material’s Square Pattern Traps Punctures to Prevent Tearing
  • • Guaranteed to Last the School Year

* Your ordered binder will also include:

  • 25 baseball card sleeves
  • Blank clear sheets for coupon policies (see below stores)
  • Premade category labels * 16 Avery Tabs
  • Printed coupon policies to Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS

Normal shipping will be approximately 10-14  business days via USPS!!  (Please note your confirmation is via Paypal, I do NOT send out confirmations)

**UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO SHIPPING COST, WE CAN NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON, OR OREGON ** 

Click drop down box to pick color you want and READ ALL DETAILS ABOVE INCLUDING SHIPPING AND CONFIRMATION:) – WE DO NOT HAVE ANY BLACK BINDERS!!!


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FREE Laundry Project in Toledo, Saturday, November 1st from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.!!

 

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**FREE LAUNDRY PROJECT ~ WE NEED 7 MORE VOLUNTEERS PLEASE**

If you have been following our page long, you know that every 2 months we do a FREE laundry Project.  So many of us take doing our laundry for granted, but to many this is a luxury.  They cannot afford to do their laundry, meaning they do not have clean clothes.  This is such a cool way to show the LOVE of Jesus!! We go into a laundromat for 3 hours and do 2 loads of laundry for FREE per family (we pay for washing, drying, supplies, fold, and also take out to their car).  In addition, we also provide light refreshments and just have an amazing time in fellowship with many who are struggling financially.  It has become an amazing day for everyone involved, the givers and the receivers, because at the end of the day we have all received something.

To make this happen, we need to raise $500 and we still need fabric softener, dryer sheets, and some refreshments, plus 20 volunteers.  If you are interested in helping –  WE STILL NEED 12 VOLUNTEERS

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You can also make a monetary donation by clicking the “donate” button below or make a paypal donation to “crothers8@aol.com” or go to miraclechristmas.com and click on the donate tab. Please prayfully consider as we need to raise $500 to make this happen or you can make a donation by visiting www.miraclechristmas.com and click on the “donate” tab or you can mail a donation to:
Free Tastes Good
PO Box 312
Sylvania, OH  43560.

We are providing another FREE Laundry Project on Saturday, November 1st , at All Wash Laundromat, 1504 Broadway Street (near South Avenue)  Toledo, OH .  We will be providing 2 loads of laundry per family (while supplies last). We are still looking for businesses, churches, and families to make a monetary donation, purchase food items, or volunteer the day of event.   In addition, we are asking for donations of fabric softener and dryer sheets. There is so much negativity in this world, its time to show communities something positive and let it start with Toledo, OH!! Let’s show other communities how much random acts of kindness truly can impact someone’s life.

 

If you have been following the blog long, you will remember we did this on a smaller scale at All-Wash Laundromat on February 8th, Super Suds Laundromat on April 28th, Laundry Express on June 28, and  Reynolds Laundromat on  August 16, 2014, and  here is some testimony from that:)   It is heartwarming! We know that we cannot do this, but we know it is possible through Christ.  We are asking everyone to please prayfully consider getting involved. . all the glory to God:) Thanks for considering and we are excited to see this happen:) GOD IS GOOD. . . ALL THE TIME!!




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Kudos to Akron Children’s Hospital Satellite – Montrose Emergency Department & Luke!

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Akron Children’s Hospital Satellite – Montrose Emergency Department

As most of you know, when we receive exceptional care or treatment, I love to share with all of you. This weekend Jonah and Josiah had a soccer tournament in Cleveland. Unfortunately, it turned into yet another ER visit for our family but this time not soccer related. After playing four games, we got checked into our hotel, went out for dinner, and then Jamie took the kids down to the pool so I could have some time just to unwind and get the drug store matchups completed. About 30 minutes after them being down at the pool, Jonah and his friend started knocking on the door and said “Mom, Jadyn cut her foot really bad. It is bleeding all over the place”. I went downstairs and sure enough, she was using the elliptical machine barefoot and got her foot caught and had a laceration on the top of her foot that was bleeding pretty bad. The staff at the Radisson were amazing getting us a first aid kit, etc, but it was obvious she was going to need sutures.  Our good friends, Shannon and Mike, were staying at the same hotel so Shannon told us just to go to the ER, right around the corner, and she would keep the boys for us. We came upstairs to get ready and Isaiah was crying, he was so scared for Jadyn and Shannon was comforting him. Thank God for good friends that just take over :-) I looked over and Jonah had his arms around Jadyn and he started praying for her. Can I just say I love my kids so much. Jonah is definitely our prayer warrior at the young age of only 10. He ALWAYS goes first to the Lord in prayer. It is so special.  I couldn’t hear what he was saying, but when he ended, he had tears streaming down his face. It is precious to see how concerned the kids are for each other.  We left and headed for the ER (Montrose ER – satellite of Akron Children’s Hospital). We have had many visits to the ER and I can tell you this was an exceptionally AWESOME experience. The lady who took our information was so kind and they got us right back to take her vitals and look at the wound. The person assigned to Jadyn was Luke. He was so kind and calmed Jadyn right down. He explained he would be the one fixing Jadyn’s wound.
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He took us back in our room and just had a calming voice. You could tell that Luke was an angel sent by God for Jadyn. She was scared, but he explained everything to her and told her he didn’t want to hurt her. I could tell he was a person that worked in the ER because he truly cared about children. He took his time, cared not only for Jadyn, but cared about Jamie and myself also. Even though there were other patients in the ER, we felt like we were the only ones!  To get this kind of treatment in an ER is rare, so to think you are being treated like you are the President makes you feel pretty special. I wanted to post about this because if you live in the Akron Area and are ever in need of an emergency room, be sure to visit Montrose Emergency Department at 4125 Medina Road. I sure hope you never need one, but if you do, know this is a one-of-a-kind place that will give you royal treatment. Also, Luke’s Birthday is tomorrow so we would like to personally wish Luke a Happy Birthday. Luke, if you read this, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the care that you gave to Jadyn tonight. Thank you for taking the time and caring about her. Thank you for giving her royal treatment. You made a difference tonight and we appreciate you!! May God bless you abundantly and may you continue to bless many with your gift of kindness and compassion for children. What you do matters and did not go unnoticed tonight.  We appreciated it more than you can imagine.

Here is a picture of Jadyn and Mr. Luke three sutures later and she’s smiling – I call that AWESOMENESS!!!

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