They were from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and had fled to Tanzania because their mother was targeted as an enemy of the state for her outspoken support of women's rights. The entire family of 8 was able to immigrate to Canada as refugees; and after a few years, are now Canadian citizens. Four of the kids visited their friend WN in town for a long weekend. She happen to be one of our son's BFFs; and the group willingly and enthusiastically squeezed-in a concert by his Symphonic Band at Wheaton College. Who cares that their trip from Winnipeg to Illinois took 14 hours, and that their designated driver had not slept fitfully for 2 nights?!! There is nothing like the energy level of the youth. Maybe the two plates of fried rice, Mongolian Beef, and 2 dishes of Chicken at our fave Vietnamese restaurant did the trick. There was no need for take-home boxes, LoL.
List, as of 02/11/2017: In case you’re keeping track, here is a complete list, courtesy of the Anti-Trump group of companies who they say is safe to shop at because they eschew Trump products.
Meaning – if you’re into this sort of thing, you should NOT spend your money there.
The list also includes companies who have pulled their advertising from the website Breitbart, or who have made statements of “inclusivity and respect”, similar to Target’s “Gender bathroom” statement.
Do your shopping wisely ... Put your money where your mouth is -- according to your conviction. Here a little, there a little will add to much $$$ down the road (my words in italic):
Alibris (books / movies)
Amazon Fire Alternatives
AppNexus (ad tech, dropped Breitbart from its network)
Barnes & Noble
Burlington Coat Factory (02/14/2017)
Castellano (Fair Trade)
Crate & Barrel
Dress for Success
Half Price Books
Holt Renfrew (Canadian)
Honeyfund (honeymoon contribution site)
Jos. A Bank
Kellogg’s (stopped advertising on Breitbart)
Kindle & Audible Alternatives
Kobo Glo HD
Kobo Touch 2.0
Lady Grey Jewelry
Local & Lejos (Ethical)
Local women’s shelters (often women arrive w/ just the clothes on their backs)
M.GemiO Out of the Closet
Nic & Zoe
Nook GlowLight Plus
Novo Nordisk (stopped advertising on Breitbart)
Places to Donate Shoes or Clothes
Public library audio book services, i.e. Hoopla & Overdrive
I am so very disappointed to see many of my fave retailers on this list. I hope that someday I will be able to shop at their stores once again without feeling that I am contributing to foolishness, intimidation and a lack of decency/common sense; as well as to the unbridled disrespect of our POTUS. If nothing else, my boycott will curb my unwise money decisions as a little more thought will go into my purchases. It's all good, then!
Remember Ladies, every man is afraid of SOMETHING. That's one of the ways you know he's in love with YOU. He's afraid of LOSING you. If you are always having to CHASE him, BLOWING UP his cell phone, HITTING him up on facebook, text messaging him ALL the time, he's probably NOT in love with you. Never CHASE love and affection or attention. If it's not given FREELY then it's not worth having. Be careful of COMMITTING yourself to someone who is not committed to you. Judges 16:2 ... Am I RIGHT Brothers or am I WRONG?#LOVEisaVERB Maranatha
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man tht hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. ~ Ps 127
Son & Daughter Piano Duo
Our family of 8
Thank You for dropping by! I am married to my high-school sweetheart. The Lord has "enlarged my coast" (remember Jabez of old) through my beloved Husband and our Six children. Life is Good because God is Good; Life is Exciting; and, oh, yeah, Life is Busy. Being a full-time Wife and Mom is the best decision I've ever made, bar none. All my family has asked of me is to hang on to my hat and designer bags, and let go of the brakes.
The pursuit and promotion of WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING and KNOWLEDGE; so that my home and yours may be filled with "riches" that are Precious and Pleasant (see Proverbs 24). This looks like it can encompass a LOT of topics, but since I'm only human, and quite busy with running a large household, I will focus on the following (no particular order): Family, Men (husbands & boys), Children, Teens, Christianity, US/World Politics, Homeschool, College/Dorm life, Food, Health and Nutrition, Relationships, Pets, Humor, Finance, Accessories, the Philippines, Home decor. My, my, that's still A LOT.
The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. You are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth. ~ Psalm 115
Praise ye the Lord...He maketh the barren woman to keep house, to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord ~ Psalm 113
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ~ Romans 6:23 Morever, brethren I declare unto you the gospel...how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures... ~ I Corinthians 15
For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ~ Ephesians 2: 8,9
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Our daughter Jillian playing Beethoven's Tempest Sonata