Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Advocate for you, your family, your health and your finances!

I've been told I am an Advocate for my children and an Advocate for families with special needs. It is no wonder I want to be an Advocate for your health and you! I genuinely want to CARE for you! It took me way too long to quit worrying about what would happen to my family if something happened to me physically. Now, instead of worrying, I'm being an Advocate for MY health and I feel better than ever. If you are feeling down physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually or financially, please contact me. I want to help you! — with David C Taylor.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Getting Healthy, Getting Fit, Getting Right

Is this a mean trick I thought to myself.  Emotionally, I was stronger than I had been in quite awhile but physically, my body was falling apart.  I was tired all the time, I mean exhausted! To top it off, I doubled my pant size in a year and a half.  I just didn't feel good enough to feel good if that makes any sense. I have a wonderful family and a wonderful life but I just couldn't get it together.  We were blessed with a Make A Wish Trip for my daughter, Ashley, in April.  Three days after we got home, I got the flu.  A week later, I fell and broke my wrist in two places.  A week after that, I woke up with my face completely swollen.  I couldn't open my mouth and the possibility of mumps even  crossed the physician's mind.  After numerous trips to the ER, doctors office, dental office and finally an ENT, I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Disease secondary to Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Really?  Do the doctors not know I have three children, two with special needs, and I HAVE to be healthy and I WANT to be healthy to enjoy them, raise them and most importantly to protect them?
Oh wait! It's not up to the doctors.  God has a plan for me and it INCLUDES being healthy in order to take care of my three special blessings.  Ok, so what do I have to do to follow God's plan.  First things first, I have to DO! I have to be proactive and be good to my body for my body and for my family.  The thought of not being around scared me but not as much as my children, 30 years from now, talking about how they wished their mother would have done more with them.  I don't want to just survive or "manage" my life, I want to thrive and "excel" with life.
So where do I go?  What do I do? How do I get there?  No clue! I've never been one to eat right or exercise.  So I brought out the Paper Plate Prayers, "Dear Lord, I pray that David and I can work together as a team to start a healthy lifestyle as an example to our children and so that we can live a long, happy, healthy life for you God."
The next day, I went to Mardel to the annual Homeschool Sale.  I ran into my friend Julie Haverdink.  I had been keeping an eye on her for several months and she looked phenomenal and I could tell she felt good.  I asked her what she was doing and she told me it started with a 24 Day Challenge and her life completely changed.  Knowing that God placed her at my feet, I told her I wanted to talk more about it and asked her to call me.  Julie called and within a week, David and I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge with the only intent of trying ANYTHING that would help us lose weight and gain energy.
When David came home for lunch that very first day, we both were shocked at how much more energy we had just from drinking SPARK and cutting back on the junk we were eating and drinking before.  A week later, we asked Julie if we could sign up with Advocare simply to get the products at a discounted rate since we were loving so many of them.  It's been over a month now and together, David and I have lost almost 30 pounds and we eat better than we have ever eaten in our lives.  Most importantly we enjoy our meals and enjoy being in the kitchen and enjoy eating as a family!  What a wonderful way to have even more family time than around the dinner table yet not surrounded by take out bags.
We have moved on to the next step and that is to continue with the products that we truly love so much and truly believe in.  We want to share with anyone who is struggling with weight, energy, depression or other health related issues.  Advocare products really do work and it all starts with the 24 Day Challenge.
So here is a challenge for you and an opportunity to win $100.00.
1.) Anyone that buys the 24 Day Challenge from me between now and Monday September 17th will be entered  in a drawing for $100.00 cash. I will announce the winner on Tuesday September 18th and mail the $100.00 to them that day.
2.) I suggest getting someone to do it with you.  Ask your spouse, mother, friends, co-workers to do it with you.  If you have a team of two, you will be entered in a second contest.  Whoever loses the most after the first 24 days, will get the next 14 days of MNS ON ME!
3.) After the 24 Day Challenge, if you are not fully satisfied, you will get your money back.
Please visit call or send me a message if you have any questions.
I pray that if you NEED it, you will DO it!  I promise you will feel like a whole new person!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Do's and Don'ts of E-Mail

Hey guys, this is Grant Taylor bringing you:
The Do's and Don'ts of E-Mail
Here is a list of do's I've accumulated for children on e-mail.
1. Use it to (appropriately) communicate with friends and family even when far away.
2. Use it as an educational tool to master spelling and writing.
3. Use it as a lesson in responsibility.
And here are the DON'TS:
(Note: Unless you like getting punished and thrown in jail, do NOT do these!)
-1. Never use bad words, which I myself will not list.
-2. Don't trust strangers EVER, for your safety and your computer's.
-3. Never open attachments from strangers. They could be viruses.
This is my list of do's and don'ts for children on e-mail.
See you later!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Do's and Don'ts of Email

Hi I am Ashley and I am here to teach kids  the do's and don'ts on an Email. Do not give your number or address to strangers if they ask you. Don't friend strangers or talk to them without permission.  Don't answer
strangers messages with out permission.Do not put photos  with out permission.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Flat Stanley: At the Arcade

 Flat Stanley:
At the Arcade
*by Grant Taylor*
Going to the arcade is a highlight for Flat Stanley. Why? Two words: Pac-Man. Unless you play a 3-D game like Pac-Man Party, you should notice that EVERYTHING is flat, just like Stanley. Does being flat stop Pac-Man and the ghosts? No! They can still move with speed and accuracy, just like Stanley.

The first thing my main man Stan does is sliiiiiiiiiide under the front doors after closing time. That's the BEST time to go to an arcade because you can watch the attract mode to get the idea of how to play each game.
Then, he can slide under the games to find quarters that people dispensed and then he can play the game of his choice, which is usually Pac-Man.

After the 20th round (he is a REALLY good gamer), he notices that every level is the EXACT same as the last one... well, except for level 256. We will talk about THAT later on.

Later on, he starts to get really thirsty. It's time for one of his favorite things, and THAT'S going to the concession stand because he can get drinks for free. He jumps over the bar, pours some Coca~Cola in his cup, and then gets RIGHT back to playing.

The last thing he does before leaving is get some food from the concession stand. He does this so he can eat it on the way home.

Each trip to the arcade is a fun, free adventure for Flat Stan because he gets LOTS of undisturbed practice for the next trip. Stay tuned for Flat Stanley: Adventures in Japan!
*The End*

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Grant Taylor

New Super Mario Bros. 2

I received NSMB2 from Mom Mom on August 24, 2012
and ever since it has been VERY FUN!
The game introduces lots of new additions as well as some
old favorites. These include:

The Reznors are back from Super Mario World.
The Gold Flower, Gold Mario and Silver Luigi, who
can throw gold or silver fireballs which turn things into coins.
Multi-Coin Brick Blocks will turn gold if hit enough
and Mario can wear them. It acts like the ? Suit from
Super Mario 3D Land, though it will disappear after
it releases a certain number of coins or if Mario gets hit.
The Gold Ring, which, when touched, will turn all enemies
GOLD for a set amount of time. Gold enemies will release
coins in various ways.
There's more, but I'm not gonna spoil it here.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Paper Plate Prayers..."Brooke Style"

Leave it to my little fashionista, Brooke, to decorate her Paper Plate Prayers to match her bedding. Why didn't I think of that?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pray It Forward

Eight years ago I read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  Recently I picked it up and started reading it again.  I obviously have read it at least four times because I have four different colored inked notes in it.  Unfortunately, it didn't sink in or hit home until now.  I know that is because for the first time in my life, I feel at total peace.  I AM HAPPY!  I am confident that I am exactly where I need to be and I am fulfilling my purpose in life in order to please God.  
It doesn't slip by me that God had a special purpose for me from the moment he began creating me.  It wasn't a fluke of nature that less than one percent of the women in the world go through premature ovarian failure but even fewer at the age of sixteen.  It wasn't bad luck or a tough life that ALLOWED me to spend the majority of my childhood with my grandmother.  A Christ centered, Godly woman who managed to teach me about God's unconditional love each and every day so that when I did face trials of many kinds, I would withstand the test and persevere because of my faith in God.  
At a very young age she read the poem Footprints In The Sand to me and we were able to read that to each other several times throughout the years.  I even had the honor or reading it at her funeral.  I know that through the roughest times, he is carrying me. 
I loved reading notes that she had written with her sweet crooked finger that she damaged while making leather shoes.  She started a tradition of leaving notes on white paper plates (probably because they were easier to find than a paper tablet) in her chair.  We always knew to go straight to her chair or her bed when we walked into her inviting home.  The notes would say something like, "Be right back, Darlin" or "I love you Darlin."  Darlin is what she called me.  (That's a fun story to share later)
I guess paper plates meant promises, fulfillment, happiness, hope, or even a commitment.  At only 10 years old, I started writing my prayers on the same type of white paper plates.  The ones with the ribbed edges.  Usually, they are the least expensive ones!  Some prayers I would boldly place on my walls for all to see and some I would secretly pull out from under my dresser at night, read them to God and then confidently tuck them safely away again until the following night.
It's no surprise that when the doctors informed me at the age of sixteen that I would never have a child, I replied, "Miracles Happen To Those Who Believe."
The first thing I did when I got home was make a Paper Plate Prayer that read, "Dear Lord, I pray that it is in your will that I will one day have a blond, blue eyed girl that looks just like me."  I prayed that exact same prayer every night until I was thirty years old and married to a wonderful man who also said the prayer with me.  Although I did not take the plates to college and beyond (however, I should have but that's another post!) I never forgot to say the prayer and I never said it differently or with any less faith.
It's amazing to me that ten years have gone by since God answered that specific prayer according to his will.  He not only blessed me with a blond, blue eyed little girl named Ashley but he blessed me with a little boy, Grant and a baby girl, Brooke.  All three are adopted, all three were specifically created for me to raise.  God's purpose for me is simple.  I am to raise Ashley, Grant and Brooke as if I was raising them for him because actually, I am!  And I am so blessed that he chose me.  I'm teaching them about Paper Plate Prayers and I can't wait to see how and when God's will falls into place with their prayers.  God knew that I had everything I needed in order to be Ashley, Grant and Brooke's Mommy.  You see, Ashley and Grant both have special needs.  Ashley has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  It is more of an epidemic than a rare preventable birth defect, it is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.  God gave me the wisdom to write about my journey with Ashley and I could never have had our story published if his hands were not all over it.  The book, Forfeiting All Sanity, A Mother's Story of Raising A Child With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has been available for two and a half years now.  I still get emails almost daily from other families all over the world thanking me for writing the book.  The book was God's idea...his was never intended to be for financial gain, it was actually therapeutic for me write (which I am sure was his plan too) and I never intended for it to be an "answer" book for FAS families.  If anything, I prayed that it would touch people's hearts enough to share it with others in order to create awareness and prevention of FAS.  I also wanted people to know that they are not alone and God can help them through the challenging times.  I never dreamed it would be such an encouraging tool that it would reach people world-wide, that it would help to create a better understanding and it would give both birth mothers and adoptive mothers the strength to FIGHT for a proper diagnosis in order to help their child.
I know that my purpose as far as Ashley is concerned is far from over and that my purpose with Grant and Brooke are in exciting stages.
I am reminded of the movie that we were actually watching the night a friend of a friend called to tell us about a little blond, blue eyed girl available for adoption.  The movie was Pay It Forward.  The brave little boy wanted to start a "trend" if you will or a radical movement of sorts by doing something good for someone then having them pay another good deed forward for someone else.  In the movie, it took a crisis to create such a phenomenon.  
After reading some of the emails I received today from people whom I have never met who have read the book, I can't help but feel led to start a "trend" or movement as well.  I want to give back to others because God has given me something to share that has and will continue to help others.
Today I handed complete strangers the book.  Tomorrow I plan on doing the same and my goal is to give updates on where the books are being left.  I see leaving the books in churches, restaurants, restrooms, waiting rooms, salons, car washes, classrooms, pregnancy centers, doctors offices, hospitals, retail stores, sorority houses....there is no limit.  
If this mission reaches just one person who will know it is not okay to have even one alcoholic beverage during pregnancy, or one person who may discover that her child needs help or one person whom may realize the reason they have struggled throughout life then it will all be worth it!  It was not unintentional that God is mentioned throughout the book.  I would not have Ashley unless it was in his will, I would not have the knowledge of FAS unless it was in his plan and the book would not be reaching people I've never met if it wasn't for his purpose.   This book was written to witness, support, comfort and educate believers and non-believers.  Even the book has a purpose!
If you would like to help me by getting copies of the book Forfeiting All Sanity in as many places and hands as possible, I will gladly send you copies as long as I can so that you can help me pass them along to others.  I am asking for donations only to help with the costs of buying the books from the publisher and shipping them.  It costs me $110.00 for 25 books, $220.00 for 50 books, $440.00 for 100 books.... plus shipping them out.  Believe it or not, I can go through those pretty quickly when giving them to all the places that actually NEED them plus if I have help in other cities, states and countries we could literally touch millions of lives.  Donations can be made through my PayPal account at or you can email me through and I can give you mailing information.  Either way, you will receive a receipt for your donation.  Please know that you do not need to make a donation in order for me to send you books to hand out.  I only ask one thing of you.  Please start a Paper Plate Prayer that says, "Lord, I pray for the purpose of Jennifer and her family that they are able to touch each person that is in your plan by the words you have given Jennifer in Forfeiting All Sanity.  I pray that those words will provide encouragement, strength, and most importantly faith in you Lord.  Amen."


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Our New Cat

About 5 years ago, I started researching various breeds of cats, one of them being the munchkin. The munchkin is rare, and a calico munchkin is even RARER. The munchkin is also one of the smallest breeds of cats. However, I had asthma, so my parents were afraid to get me a cat. However, I eventually OUTGREW asthma, so my parents got me a CALICO MUNCHKIN! Her name is Muffin, and she is VERY cute.

Link to Grant's Blog from school

I wanted to share these Blog entries from Grant so you can know you are in for a treat!  I'm so proud of him! All 5 of us will be blogging throughout the year.  This should be interesting!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Welcome to Miracles Happen to Those who Believe! This is the new Taylor blog of the Taylor family (we have quit Kidblog because it was too hard to follow). The Taylor family will be posting a LOT, so please read each post! Bye!