Why I’m Not Boycotting Target

There’s a lot of talk about people boycotting Target because of the new bathroom policy.

I get it. It’s a HUGE change. I personally do not at all like the idea of a man using the stall next to me or my daughter. As a single mom, I still take my 10 year old son into the ladies restroom with me quite often. Simply because I don’t know who’s in the men’s room and I’m really not supposed to go in there if he’s taking too long. When this news came out and people were ranting about boycotting Target, I even considered it for a bit.

But then I started thinking… if I’m going to boycott Target over their bathroom policy, then as a Christian I need have integrity and also look at every policy of every other store, restaurant or other establishment I may visit. I’m sure that once I did that, I would have NOWHERE left to shop or go out to eat. I may as well start a farm of some sorts and grow all my own food, grow cotton so I can make cloth to make clothes… you get it… it would be nuts.

This caused me to evaluate a few things.

I quit WalMart about 14 months ago simply because they annoy and frustrate me to no end. It seemed that no matter what time I went, the lines were out of control and purchasing even a few items sucked up WAY too much time for just a few pennies worth of savings. I already had (still have) the Red Debit Card for Target, which saves me 5%, so why not just shop Target and and a couple other stores save the frustration?! I save HOURS of my life not to mention dozens of grey hairs. (As it is, with having Celiac Disease I do have to shop multiple stores to get the foods that meet my needs.) Going back to WalMart is NOT an option. Ever.

We don’t have to use the restrooms at Target. I live halfway between two Target stores. One is a Super Target which is the one I tend to visit more often. My kids’ prescriptions are filled there. Our eye doctor is there. They carry a lot of the foods I like (for 20-50% less than the grocery store). And no matter which one I choose… it’s under 10 minutes away. We can use the restroom at home before we go. However, if for some reason somebody has to go – the Super Target location has 2 family type restrooms. Which have been there since the store opened. No problem.

So I’m not quitting Target. I went today, in fact. And it was fine. There was no more strange people there than usual. Nobody creeping around outside the restroom waiting for me to send my kids in alone. From all outside appearances, nothing had changed. Am I happy about this change in their policy? Heck no. But as a very busy single mom, sometimes I have to do what works with my schedule and not my conscience. Doesn’t mean I have to participate in what I feel is wrong.

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Growing Stuff in the Mud

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I sent this photo to a friend recently and stated I was feeling a bit smaller than the smaller of the two dogs. Just barely keeping my head above the mud. My friend replied about feeling like a rat practicing scuba in the mud! Then commented on how the mud… stinks…

“Maybe it isn’t mud…”

EEEW!!!

We often trudge through the “poo” in life feeling like we can barely keep afloat, barely breathe and sometimes not even move. We may even feel as though our attempts at getting through the mud just get us more stuck. In response to my friend, I suggested maybe we could plant stuff!! I mean – we use cow poo and our plants grow better for it! So why can’t we take the bad stuff – the poo in life – and plant good seeds in it?! Who says bad circumstances can’t grow good things?!?!

Maybe I can use the poo , the bad stuff, to fertilize the good I do have inside of me. I can use the pain and heartaches in my life to help me be more caring when someone is in need. I can be more understanding of the pain someone else is enduring. I fully intend to take this poo and rake it through the soil of my heart… let the soil absorb the good and filter through the bad as it grows new and better things in my heart.

I want to be able to one day look back at the poo and be glad it was there, be thankful for what came as a result of it. I want to be able to look at those who hurt me and say thanks. Thank you for hurting me the way you did. Thank you for opening my eyes to how God can take an ugly mess and make something amazing. Because now, I’m a better person & in an awful way, you contributed to that. Thank you for the friends I most likely would not have made, the ministry opportunities I would have otherwise missed and the compassion that wouldn’t have grown without the poo you left in my life.

All that to say… while poo and fertilizer can be smelly and messy, we can use smelly and messy things for good. So let’s do that… let’s look at the yucky situations in our life and choose to see the good. Let’s choose to see that friend we probably never would have met and be thankful for them. Let’s choose to see that ministry we are involved in that we might have missed and be thankful that because of that person leaving or no longer being around, we get to be involved! I know in my life I could look at things and be so complainey and grouchy about things, but I have to daily choose not to. I’m thankful for my amazing job. I’m thankful for the friends I met through him before he left and after him because he left. I’m thankful for the hurts that have helped me better understand other friends and to have compassion. I’m thankful mostly for the way all the poo pushed me closer to Christ and into a deeper relationship with Him.

Be thankful for the poo today!

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“Leaver and Broken” a story

Something for a brother or sister in Christ to consider…

I write this story to help friends and loved ones understand what a person goes through in the situation explained here. If you’ve never been in this type of situation, it is indeed impossible to even begin to fathom or understand the feelings and emotions going through the heart and mind of someone in the midst of it. Please read with an open mind and an open heart. I am by not by any means a professional in any sort of counseling field. I am just someone who has experienced most all of this. With the help of a beloved friend, I gained understanding of some of the things I did not directly experience. My hope is that, in sharing this, others can understand a little bit and aid in the healing of the deep pain these situations cause.

A man and a woman are in a relationship. Both are part of the same congregation or group as you. Maybe they are just dating, maybe engaged or maybe even married. (For the sake of my story, let’s say no kids are involved.) From all outside perspectives, they seem to be the perfect couple, deeply in love and using what talents and skills they have to serve the Lord. You are friends with both and care for them as individuals and as a couple.

Now let’s imagine this – one of them decides they want to end the relationship. Let’s call that person the Leaver. The Leaver breaks things off, moves on and leaves the other person to pick up the shattered pieces of what is left of their heart. The person who did not make this decision – the decision to end the relationship – is devastated. They thought they would grow old with the Leaver, have a family and be together until one of them died. The Leaver breaking off their relationship is a huge shock. No matter what is said or done, they don’t want it to end. This person desires to continue this relationship believing they are supposed to be with this person forever. The end of this relationship causes actual physical illness. People think the one left is just being overly dramatic – even the Leaver says so and causes others to believe it’s just for attention. But it’s not. Let’s call this person, the one left to try and heal, the Broken.

Weight loss, lack of sleep and a mind that won’t shut off drive your friend to the brink of insanity. You pray, you listen and you might have to decide who to support, who to remain friends with. There is too much hurt for these two people to remain in contact and maintaining both friendships just won’t be possible. The Leaver seems to be doing fine, moving on and even happy in their decision to end what once seemed to be destined to be forever. The Broken is constantly sad, depressed and just plain miserable to be around. There are small glimmers of hope that the Broken might one day find the happy, joyful person they once were – but they are rare. You get irritated with the Broken. It’s hard to constantly be around someone who is just plain depressing. The Broken tries, but they for sure are not the same fun friend they once were. It sure doesn’t seem that the Leaver is having a hard time. You actually enjoy being around them.

Prayer, counseling and spending time with others doesn’t seem to be helping the Broken. The Broken ends up leaving and no longer being a part of the congregation or group you were all a part of together. You don’t understand why the Broken can’t stay there. Why should it matter if the Leaver is still there? They can do separate things still, right? It shouldn’t rip the heart out of the Broken to hear the voice of the Leaver… we are all adults, right? The Leaver seems to be okay with this all so why isn’t the Broken?

Then one day while spending time with the Broken, you snap. You are sick and tired of the whining, the complaining and the downright depressing manner of speech that has taken over your once joyful friend. You have run out of patience. Everything you try to do to cheer the Broken up only backfires. The Broken has an excuse for everything, a bulldozer for every building and a shoe to smash every bit of hope you try to offer. It’s been months! The Leaver is already moving on, dating again. Why can’t the Broken?! They are depressed and you are done… so you say “Can’t you just get over it already?!”

Wrong thing to say. The Broken shuts down. Maybe you feel that way – they need to just get over it– and I get that. It’s hard to be around someone who is constantly depressed. You just want to slap them, to cheer them up and to get away from them all at the same time. You don’t understand why the Broken can’t just move on. May I give you some perspective?

Let’s say that the Broken has only had one or two serious relationships. Ever. This end – this breakup – it’s HUGE. It’s more than just a breakup, it’s an entire shift in the life of the Broken. A shift they did not see. A shift they did not expect. A shift they did not want. A shift that the Broken had absolutely no say in. Nobody gave the Broken a choice. This is a huge shock. I’ve heard it said that it takes half or even sometimes the full length of the ended relationship for the Broken one to fully heal. One can not expect someone to heal from an ended relationship instantly. Especially when it wasn’t their idea. Your expectation for the Broken to move on and just be okay is unrealistic. As a brother or sister in Christ, listen. Love. Pray. Don’t judge. Don’t criticize. Unless you’ve been there – you have absolutely no idea of the deep, intense pain.

I would never EVER expect a parent to just “get over” the loss of a child. I would never expect a child to just “get over” the loss of a parent. (I understand that the death of a loved one is indeed different – while this case is not a death, it often feels as a death to the Broken.) Hearts need to heal. Hearts need time. It’s true that a new “normal” can and will be established, but it’s not an instant or overnight thing. If you are not in a place to offer the support and help that the Broken needs, then be honest and tell them that. Telling them to get over it or offering insincere help just adds to the hurt. Church and spiritual leadership needs to step in and walk alongside this person. Find someone who understands – someone who can listen. Sometimes the hurt just needs to be poured out (yes, even if it’s the same things over and over and over again) until there is room for some healing to come in.

The Broken has been abandoned by the Leaver and in many cases – by a lot of friends as well. They may have been included in each others families and have also lost all of those people as well – people they grew to love. Each abandonment makes the wound deeper. Their families, homes and possibly even work and church environments have been turned upside down. You may hear things from the Leaver and assume they are true. The Broken is too broken to defend what is being said or maybe isn’t aware of what is being told. Rumors, lies. They add to the wound of the Broken. A wound that is ripped open at every sighting of, every sound of and every mention of the Leaver. A wound that can’t properly heal because it’s not being cared for. There’s no telling what will cause a breakdown. It could be a song, the sight of an eating establishment, smell of a certain cologne or even a shirt seen on another person. Memories have triggers and memories can hurt.

Sometimes the Broken puts on a brave face and all seems okay, maybe even happy. But then something happens that rips open the wound. Again. You wonder why the Broken seems to just be getting worse, but your eyes are blinded to the wound. How can a wound heal if not properly cared for? I know we are not talking about a physical wound here, but think about it… any wound needs time. Even a paper cut. How can it heal if it’s not cared for? Then there are the extra hurts to consider. On top of the Leaver leaving, the Broken has the hurts of abandonment from losing other friends and family. The hurt of you (or someone else) making it clear that they don’t want to be around the Broken anymore. Another rejection, another abandonment. These hurts add salt to the wound, dirty it, and make healing more difficult. Maybe even causing the infection of bitterness to move in and take over.

As you watch the Broken struggle, you may be wondering about forgiveness. As believers we are supposed to forgive, right?! Right! We are. And the Broken has forgiven. The Broken has spent hours in prayer asking the Lord to help them to forgive the Leaver. That forgiveness has led to a certain amount of healing. However, just as burying a love one doesn’t release all of the hurt and pain of the loss, forgiving the Leaver doesn’t erase all the hurt and pain the Broken has felt. Maybe you feel that the Broken should be able to forgive and forget, to move on and to be a part of the old group with the Leaver, to be friends with them. While Jesus does ask us to forgive, I have never been able to find any example in scripture of Him requiring us to maintain friendship with or to trust someone who has hurt us in the past. Forgiveness is necessary. Trusting and maintaining a relationship with the Leaver is not. Asking the Broken to do this is definitely not acceptable or helpful to the situation.

Loneliness. This is something that plagues the Broken. Well intentioned friends invite the Broken over for dinner. They plan times out to see a new film, grab some dinner or maybe coffee. They meet for lunch. Share a bible study time or maybe go for a walk. These are wonderful things – and please don’t stop. The loneliness that the Broken is experiencing is so much deeper. It’s being lonely when you have nobody there to do nothing with. Nobody next to you as you watch the television in the evening. Nobody to comment to on the funny way the toothpaste looks on your toothbrush as you get ready for bed. Just being alone. This is something I myself have yet to conquer, but I know it’s very difficult. When the Broken tells you they are lonely, just listen. Pray for them. Pray that the Lord will help them fill the voids. They are huge voids. Even if the past relationship never led to marriage or was a lonely marriage, they are huge voids.

If the Broken is ever to heal, there needs to be friends who come alongside and just listen. Let the Broken vent, encourage the broken. You can be frustrated – that’s fine, but please, PLEASE be careful to not add to the wound, to make it bigger, to cause infection to set in. Protect the wound. Let’s not cause the heart of the Broken to need amputation, to cause this person to become heartless. With care and prayer, this heart can be restored and healed. A broken heart can be a beautiful thing if the healing has been carefully guarded. It may help to think of the Broken as healing or detoxing from an addiction. A lot of the same symptoms crop up with one who is recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. The heart of the Broken needs to be carefully cared for and guarded. Exposure to the Leaver may indeed cause a sort of relapse or breakdown.

Leaders in the church need to be particularly careful. As a pastor, vicar, elder or other leader it is your job to shepherd this flock. Just as a shepherd wouldn’t ignore a sheep with a broken leg, you should not ignore or neglect the emotional wounds of the Broken. Let’s say that a pastor, elder or some other leader in the church should choose one person over the other. In this choice, one person is neglected – abandoned. Your job as a shepherd has failed. I know we are not perfect – we are flawed, sinful human beings – but do not abandon even one of your sheep! They are your calling!! Each and every one of them! If you are not equipped to help the Broken, if you don’t know what else to do – then please do all you can to find them the help they need.

This world is already so painful and broken. As brothers and sisters in the Lord, let’s do our best to take care of one another. We don’t need our churches to break and fall apart, too.
Sincerely,
a woman who has been the Broken
(with some help and input from a dear friend,
who has also been the Broken.)

Acts 20:28-30 (NKJV)
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

1 Peter 5:1-4 (NKJV)
The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

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To Trust Or Not To Trust…

Trust. Firm belief in, confidence.

This is something I have given out to easily in the past and at times have been very stingy with. Trust is something valuable, something that needs to be earned and respected.

Starting as far back as Junior High, I had a hard time trusting friends. I had a “friend” who was pretty darn close to being a best friend who suddenly changed. Rude comments instead of laughs and fun. Cancelling plans and telling me she would rather go with someone else instead of trying to con our moms into letting us spend as much time together as possible. I to this day don’t know what happened, but I know that friendship changed something in me. After that, I only had a couple of truly close friends and this lasted through most of High School.

More recently I’ve found myself trusting people a bit too easily just because I knew them in the past or I’m just feeling the need for friendship. Then within a few months of trusting too much, I found myself almost panicking at the thought of sharing my phone number with someone I barely know.

I’m desiring to find a balance in my trust – both the giving and receiving of it. I don’t want to expect someone to trust me just because I know me and I know I can be trusted. I don’t want to trust someone just because they tell me they can be trusted! People need to take the time to know me and I them so a true trust can be established. I would hate to give someone all my trust only to be taken advantage of, pushed to the side, or (Heaven forbid) have them hurt me or my kids.

I’m putting “rules” into play for myself. I haven’t quite figured all of them out, and maybe once I do I can share them! For now, slow and steady wins the race. Lots on my heart as I type this… but that’s another topic for another post!

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February Goals (and an update on how January went)

This is the first time I’ve set definite goals for myself and shared them publicly. I really like this idea of 2 attainable goals for each month. I was on track to do great in January – my first goal was to have my sewing area set up and ready to sew by the 10th and I did it! It was done and ready and I’ve sewn a lot!

My second goal was to have 12 items made and listed in my etsy shop by the end of the month. It so didn’t happen. The morning of January 13th, I woke up insanely sick. The day before, I had a bit of a tickle in my throat and my nose was a little bit runny, but otherwise I felt great. By the evening of the 13th, I had full blown bronchitis. I missed all my scheduled shifts at work that week, was on half a dozen medications and it took everything I had to make it through the next week. I ended up sleeping and resting most of that weekend – which was my big “sew stuff for etsy” weekend. So nothing got made or posted.

So for February, I have decided to carry over that goal and to have 12 things made and listed for sale by the 14th!! That’s my first February goal!

My 2nd February goal is way more scary… I’m going to make a sewing tutorial video! ACK! Me – on video. Scary. I have almost all I need and will start on that this weekend as well as the sewing. I’m sure the longest part of that process will be figuring out camera angles (setting up the tripod and all that) and the editing.

In other exciting news… I’m taking my first ever trip to the Los Angeles Fabric District this coming Saturday! I’ve been finding and reading blog posts about it, talking to a gal I know who goes often and making a list of the sorts of fabric I want to look for! I have ideas galore for etsy, but need the fabric to make it happen. I’m SUPER excited!!! I’ve been told that for someone like me, the Fabric District will be like a kid going to Disneyland!! YAY!!!

I’ll let you all know how it goes by sharing on my Facebook page and try to even get a few pictures! Let me know how your January goals went and what goals you have set for February!

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No More Shame!

I guess it’s because I had always held office type jobs before having kids, but when I stopped doing home daycare at the end of this past Summer, I was actually embarrassed of the job I did get just one week after ending the daycare job. You see, I’m one of the oldest people there. Most of my co-workers are late teens, early 20’s college students.

But you know what? I’m not going to be embarrassed or ashamed anymore – because I take my job and do the BEST I can and, gosh darn it – my boss likes me! She works with my limited availability, she works around my kids school schedules and I’m the last one she will choose to send home early if they need to cut some hours – because I do my BEST and I do it with a smile and a good attitude. She has said to me and in front of other people that she would love to be able to schedule me more because when stuff needs to get done, I get it done.

So, here it goes.

I am a cashier at a Chick fil A located on a university campus. I’ve worked there for 4 months now, have had an excellent review already and even floored some co-workers when they tried to set me up with a peer and I informed them of my age… a full 8-10 years older than their guesses!! While it’s not the most glamorous job, it is a job and it is the one the Lord has blessed me with right now. I have a wonderful and kind manager and excellent supervisors, co-workers who are kind and caring and guests I see every shift who greet me in return with a kind smile. So I will continue to go to work, arrive on time, look my best, smile as I greet each guest and sell more chicken! Do I cringe a little when I say “Would you like fries with that?”… yes. Yes I do. But I’m thankful that I have something to say and an employer to pay me for saying it!

So there. Now you know what my “day job” is… and it was my pleasure sharing it!

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January 2015 Goals

I’m not much for resolutions. In fact, I often joke and say that my resolution is to stop making resolutions. Or even better! My resolution is to write 2015 instead of 2014!!! But I think I’m gonna try some monthly goals.

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My first goal is to have my sewing area up and running by January 10th. I made huge progress today and that’s good! I’ve got 6 days to finish!

My second goal is to make and list at least 12 items in my own etsy shop! I have ideas for at least 3-4 items and will gladly take suggestions for more! I want to have these done by the end of the month.

I currently do some piecework for another etsy shop owner and want to use the skills God has given me to open my own shop and bring in a little income for my family!

What are your goals for the month?! Please share!

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“Ugly” Christmas Sweaters!

I said I would share it – so here it is! Ten of my favorite Christmas Sweaters from Amazon.com!!

It’s OLAF!! Need I say more?!

A) Hanging Stockings B) A pouch that holds your tablet where you can play a video of a crackling fireplace. EPIC.

Neon. Penguins. Cozy. Perfect.

For the man in your life who loves cats.

My kids just discovered “Home Alone”… LOVE this!

Elf if my favorite!!

It’s Santa. On a stegosaurus. I mean… really!! RAD!

This one gives you a great idea for how to decorate your shark for Christmas!!!

Because everyone wants a giant reindeer on their tum.

Mister grumpy beardy face is almost as grumpy as the kitty on his sweater!

Enjoy! Show me one or four of your favorites!!!

**All links are affiliate links and help me to provide for my kiddos!

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Accidental Enchilada Sauce

I woke up today REALLY wanting enchiladas. I had everything I needed except enchilada sauce. So I dug around in my pantry and found some stuff… combined it together and came up with this sauce. Oh my gosh – it was SO yummy!! I don’t have any pictures because… it wasn’t planned! Then I was eating and then I forgot! So here’s a yummy recipe with no pictures.

Accidental Enchilada Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4 cups
 
A quick homemade enchilada sauce!
Ingredients
  • 1 - 32oz can of whole tomatoes (I'm sure diced would work too)
  • 1 - 4oz can diced green chilis (mild)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca starch/flour
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp salt, if desired
Instructions
  1. Puree the tomatoes and green chilis in your food processor or blender until smooth. Do not drain the juices - use those too!
  2. Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add the tapioca starch and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the tomato/chili puree into the sauce pan with the butter, cook and stir until warm.
  4. Add all the seasonings (I used heaping measurements!) and stir to combine.
  5. That's it!
  6. Use as you would in your favorite enchilada recipe! I used mine to make chicken & cheese enchiladas!

Now go make some yummy enchiladas. I found this made enough sauce for about 2 dozen enchiladas which fit into 2 –  13×9 pans!

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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Movie Review and Giveaway!

Country Music is a new thing to me. Well, not completely… but it is a new thing for me to listen to willingly. About 89 days ago, my best friend found out that one of her favorites, Zac Brown Band, was going to be having a concert locally and she informed me that I was going with her! Well, anything with my BFF is a blast, so she gave me some homework and I too fell in love with ZBB!

Then  last week I was asked if I would be interested in previewing the movie Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Meso I said YES!

This film is from the producer of “Walk the Line” which is another movie I REALLY enojoyed! Here is a brief description…

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

This movie opens with Glen and his wife, Kim viewing some home movies. The way he talks and the way he forgets reminded me of my Great-Grandma Rose. She did not have Alzheimer’s, but she did have dementia which is VERY similar. (I won’t get into the difference here, but this article has some great information if you would like to read further.) I can recall as a pre-teen my Great Grandma Rose saying “Le-sha, come here. You didn’t say hi to me.” I would respond “I did Grandma Rose.” but would still go say hi, and answer the same questions I had just answered 20 minutes before. One day I remember vividly, I went through this with her no less than 5 times. Being the first grandchild of my grandparents, I was the one she remembered most and the one she tended to want to talk to the most. We had her with us a long time after her diagnosis – long enough that we had 5 generations living for 11 full months. Great Grandma Rose passed away just 3 days after my daughter, Zoe, turned 11 months old. Zoe did get to meet her Great-Great-Grandma!! Grandma Rose (though she was not longer talking) was fascinated by baby Zoe and lit up when Zoe was next to her! Zoe and Grandma Rose were infatuated with each other and that memory will stay with me!!

But I digress! When Glen Campbell is first diagnosed, you can tell that he in some ways understands, but he’s not bothered by it because he can’t remember! Through the progression of the film you see the love and devotion of his family (three of his children performed on stage with him!), his crew and his fans. Glen is a man who has made such a difference in the lives of so many, who loved (or loves!) and is loved in return. Yes, life became difficult for his wife, Kim once he was diagnosed – but she takes care of him. She still loves him. I know that is the hardest part. When someone is still with you, but they’re not. The person you love is there physically, but emotionally and mentally – they are gone. It’s heart breaking and I admit – I cried watching this. This film does an amazing job at highlighting the causes and effects of Alzheimer’s on not only the patient, but their family and loved ones.

The end of the film shows Glen recording a song titled “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – oh my gosh! The tears! 

I’m still here, but yet I’m gone…

You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all
I’m not gonna miss you

Oh, my. Heartstrings pulled, tears flowing, tissue in use. But now it’s time to stop crying! BECAUSE… I get to give away something awesome to one of YOU!!! First the boring stuff..

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

And now for the fun!

I get to give away to ONE winner, a 5 song EP download of songs from the film! There are 4 ways to earn an entry:

1. Leave a blog post comment telling me if you are a Country Music fan!

2. Go like my Facebook page!

3. View the movie trailer on YouTube!

4. Sign up for my email list!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open NOW and will remain open for one week! As soon as it’s over, I will choose a winner and notify them right away! If I don’t have a response within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen! I really hope you take the time to enjoy this film and to enter! Oh gosh I hope you win!!

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