Wow, it’s been too long since I have written to you! So, “what’s up” with me and TLC Squared?
Here is a bullet list of what’s been going on since I last wrote to you in February:
- I was very busily finishing our homeschooling for the year. My oldest daughter finished 10th grade, my middle daughter completed 7th and my youngest ended her elementary years in 5th! This year all my girls were able to participate in International Towne together. That was a very intense experience!
We had to prepare for the one day event many weeks before. After all was said and done, even though none of them were very enthusiastic about doing it, we all enjoyed the day very much. They all commented that they would do it all over again, knowing what to expect now!
I can confidently say that my girls finished school “best in their class”! But, they are the only students in their class ;-).
- Since February my husband and I, along with our Advisory team, were busily planning for the first Fundraiser and Luncheon to Raise Positive Awareness of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders that happened on May 5th, 2018.
- I have a great team of of men, women and even (my) children, consisting of my faithful husband, a church family friend (executive chef) and his awesome wife, and three other wonderful and dedicated women of faith who advised me and worked with me to put it all together. Here is a link to the NEW TLC Squared Facebook with pictures and Live events of the May 5th, 2018 event.
- First Luncheon and Fundraiser Event pics!
- Facebook Live event right after the Luncheon!
We had a great turnout for our first event, thankfully. There were a little over fifty people!
- On May 4th, just a night before our big event, our family dog, Ezra was showing signs of illness. He was vomiting a lot and not eating at all, which is NOT normal for this big guy. We naturally became concerned about him. So, the next day, the morning of an already busy day, my husband, Troy took him to the vet very early. Ezra had swallowed too much his favorite toy (leather football) and he ended up getting a lot of it stuck in his stomach. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! While the luncheon was going on my husband was giving me updates in between the silent auction and lunch.
We did finally figure out how we could pay for his very costly surgery, temporarily, and save his life. But, it was at the cost of our three girls’ college funds. So, here is the link to the GOFUNDME page IF you want to help them restore it. They all willingly said yes to using their money to give Ezra a second chance at life with them. Our dog is also a family member and nobody, especially our girls, wanted to see him die this soon. He’s only 5 years old.
Here are our girls pictured with Ezra when we first adopted him in June of 2013.
Here is Ezra after coming home from his surgery after May 6th, 2018 .
- Two weeks after the luncheon I produced another Facebook live event which talks about what I learned and a little bit of what Dr. Stephen M. Scott, Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn & OB Health at Colorado University School of Medicine shared at the event. This video helps the viewer identify what Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are and where to get help, if needed. Please watch and share it with anyone you know or suspect might need it!
- Facebook Live event two weeks after the Luncheon to Raise Positive Awareness of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.“In this video I’m sharing what I learned from hearing what Dr. Stephen M. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG and associate professor spoke about in the first TLC Squared Luncheon to Raise Positive Awareness of PPD and Anxiety. If you want to learn more about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders go to www.postpartum.net.”
- The last thing that I have been working on, as much as possible, is my first book. I’m still putting on the finishing touches and I hope to have it self-published and made readily available for purchase by July 4th!
I can’t make any promises as to when I will write again, but my hope is that it will be in the next month. I have come to realize that I cannot do everything I want to do. I must do what is most important for my God and my family. That means that I must make sure my family has what they need to live, like clean laundry, some healthier meals, and a mostly mentally and physically healthy and sound Mama! My husband has been very supportive of my endeavors, but I must not test him too much. He deserves better!
I want to give my girls a healthier model of what it means to be a Christian woman, mom and supportive wife to their dad, while trying to pursue my (God given) hearts desire’s to love and serve others, not only my immediate family. I let my girls to see me mad, sad and very glad…Well I don’t always have Christ-like self-control.
I want my girls to see that life in this world is not going to give you the perfect conditions in which to live, but God has made it possible to live in this world with the hope that whatever is happening, as the result of my own fault or of any hard work I produce, He will work it all together for my good (Romans 8:28).
Here is a list of my reflections, frustrations and Confessions of a Mother’s Heart from the last few months:
- I’m thinking “This is too hard!”, but I must remain Steadfast…
- In response to contacting local churches to come and be a part of the first ever TLC Squared event, “Why isn’t anyone responding yet? Don’t they know that there are so many families affected by perinatal mood disorders? Don’t they know how much I want to help? This is so discouraging!”, but I must remain Steadfast…
- “I must keep our home running as smooth as possible”; wash the dishes, do the laundry, feed the family, contact churches, promote event, REPEAT! I must stay healthy, mentally and physically…this is sooo hard!”…but I must remain Steadfast…
- Finally, it seems like it’s raining too much, but not physical rain. Maybe I shouldn’t be pursuing so much outside my home duties? Maybe no one really cares and I’m wasting my time…NO, I must remain Steadfast…this too will soon pass!
I will leave you with these words from my favorite book, the Bible:
Jesus is speaking here, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV, emphasis added)
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV);
My word for the year has definitely been tested! So, I must remain steadfast if I want to leave a legacy…but it’s going to take some blood, sweat and tears!