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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How Great Thou Art

I have seen this all over fb and blogs, but wanted to post if some of you hadn't seen it yet.  Simply amazing!  Be blessed.
Monday, April 25, 2011

too good not to share

I pray each of you had a blessed Easter as we celebrated the Risen King.  We did over here at Team Alexander.  My sister in law, Melissa, saved the day I tell you, saved the day, or tell me.

Hill woke up sick on Easter morning and stayed home from church. Family came to our house for lunch and I was pretty sure that Hill had strep throat and proceeded to try to figure out best way to get him the needed meds.  I had 2 choices (so I thought), pay $100 and take him to the local Care Now to get him seen, treated and begin meds or wait until today to start calling our Dr at 9:00.  I LOVE our Dr, love him but this is the scene in many homes on any given day around here.  Child is sick and you need to take him/her to the Dr.  You wait until 9:00 when they start answering phones and have redial ready to go, hoping and praying that you are the lucky one to get a quick answer.  Much like the old days and trying to win a contest on the radio.  You get the picture.

Sometimes you win, and other times, well you wait hours to get someone to answer and then you get "worked in" to see the Dr.  "Worked in" means a VERY long wait at the office.  It also means contracting every illness that your child didn't have prior to this VERY long wait.  It also means that the healthy kids that you had to schlep to the Dr with you, will place you right back here the same time, the very next week.

So as we were all sitting around the kitchen talking my very smart sis in law asked me about White Glove. Have you ever heard of it?? I vaguely remember hearing a commerical and thinking now that is something, must be too good to be true.  Never gave it a second thought.

I called to see if they took our insurance and sure enough they do!  They said someone would come to the house (it was Easter Sunday afternoon) in the next 1-2 hours and treat my son---- for the exact same co-pay as I would have paid my Dr. if we had gone in to see him.  I wanted to cry and hug Melissa and her friend Kristi that told her about it.....wanted to hug them all.

I was still a tad sceptical because it just sounded so incredible.  Hill stays in bed, he gets treated at home, for the same co-pay we would owe our Dr.  Well, I am a skeptic no more.

James (the nurse practictioner) arrived right on time.  He was professional and very friendly, though possibly a tad overwhelmed by his captive audience.  All 6 kids, a neighbor, Moody and I were sitting around simply amazed at what was taking place.  We may need to get out more.......ok, so he comes in and first hands Hill a Get Well Kit.  Seriously? A goodie basket!  It had a can of chicken noodle soup, crackers, apple juice, a Gatorade, jello, Tylenol, Advil, cough drops, kleenex and a whole lotta love.  He proceeded to ask Hill some questions, does a strep test, a mono test and then hands us our medicine.  No trip to the pharmacy. Nope.  We love you James.

We told him that he would be seeing him again.  They treat anyone over the age of 2.  The last time that I was sick I called my Dr to schedule an appt and they could see me the next Wednesday.....  James and the other NP work 365 days a year from 8am - 8pm.  How great is that?

If you haven't spent the hours that I have waiting to schedule an appointment or waiting in very small examining rooms with way too many children, you might think that I am over reacting here..........but seriously this is BIG people.  :)

They aren't in every city, but check to see if they are in yours.  You are welcome.

Friday, April 22, 2011

good friday

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

master cleanse

I am on Day 3 of the Master Cleanse. Day 1 and 2 were A.W.F.U.L. My head felt like it was going to explode (most likely from lack of my daily consumption of awesome Ethiopian coffee) and I was really tired and generally pretty grumpy. The headache is now just a dull ache and I, well who am I kidding, I am still hungry! It doesn't help that I have 6 kiddos to continue to provide nourishment to and am therefore constantly around food.

Moody and I decided to do this a few weeks ago. We wanted to do a cleanse and eliminate all those nasty toxins from our body. I knew it would be hard, but not this hard. Wowzers.

A true Master Cleanse is 10 days. Apparently if you go the distance you will be all clean. :) We chose to do a mini-cleanse which is 5 days. We recruited a few friends and ladies from Moody's office because we read that success is greater if you have accountability and let's face it, misery loves company.

My brain has been really scattered.  For example, yesterday I picked the boys up from school.  On the way home Hill reminded me that he needed new football shoes, so off to the mall we go.  Only problem, I realize when we pull up that I never put shoes on.  :)  Hill ran into Target with some cash and came out with a pair of $2, BRIGHT orange, 2 sizes too small flip flops and off we went to get his shoes.  We were in and out of the sporting goods store quickly and my head was literally killing me.  I just wanted to get home.  Only problem, I locked my keys in my car.  NICE.  Hill said, "mom, I think you are losing it!"  Thank you smart 15 year old.  So we went inside to wait, by the Starbucks and pretzel shop, torture.

Today has been better, not great.  I was told by many people that day 3 is the turn around and I am still waiting.  :)  People have been so kind and encouraging and I have to remind myself that I don't have the flu or any other virus, I CHOSE THIS.  Why?  I am not as confident in my answer right now, but I have been know to be a tad bit competitive and that is most likely the only thing keeping me going right now.

So we will see if I survive day 4, 5 or dare I even say 10???

Anyone else done it?  Have another cleanse to recommend for when I forget how I feel at this very moment?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

missing it

I am really missing Ethiopia today.  This video makes me happy for the upcoming trip in September.  I am ready for EthiopiaSmile 2011. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

day without shoes and 147

Great, great day on Tuesday.  Had several opportunities to talk to my kids about the millions of children that live daily without shoes when felt the stares as we walked through the grocery store in our barefeet. Excellent exercise, I highly recommend it sometime. :)

We went on a local TOMS walk, then hurried home to get ready for the 147 event here.

The event was SO much fun and CRAZY.  Crazy because so many of you came to support 147 Million (in your bare feet) and Dube Bute.  I was so full as there was never a break the entire time.  You just kept coming in and buying the awesome new items from the 147 million orphans Spring line. :)

Thank you!!!! Thank you to those that purchased at home too.  $1,000 will be going to bring Hope to Dube Bute.  How amazing is that?
Only pic of that part, did I mention it was a bit nutty?? Heather, it was great seeing you!! :)
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

3 of my favorite things

While I am no Oprah, and will not be giving you free swag today (not entirely true, read on), I am excited to be able to combine three of my very favorite things today.  You can help too, here is how.

1. Go barefoot today.  Don't wear shoes to raise awareness for the million of children that go without shoes daily and risk serious infection or disease!  Really, who doesn't like to go barefoot anyways. Buy a pair of TOMS, ONE FOR ONE.  You get a great pair of shoes and so does a child in need. WIN WIN.

2.  Come by here to see the new 147 Spring line and shop, shop, shop.  I have samples and ordering will take place online.  If you order over $50, you will get a FREE multi-colored Uganda bead necklace.  Ok, so kinda like Oprah there.  If you can't join me in person, just go online to and shop, shop, shop.  If you live in Texas, all orders will AUTOMATICALLY go towards DUBE BUTE!!  Bringing Hope to the village Eyasu spent the first 23 months of his life.

3. If you live out of state, leave a comment in the special instructions portion of your online order that you want the order to benefit the ALEXANDER FAMILY and you too will support Dube Bute.  How great is that?? You get some great gear that will help to raise orphan care awareness and the people of Dube Bute get much needed help as well.  WIN WIN.  

Have a great day!  
Monday, April 4, 2011

Baptism of Liberty

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