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Eleven Fifty Nine Fifty Nine (11:59:59)

Welcome to My Chaos

Zumba Fitness Disk & Belt
Zumba Fitness Disk & Belt

What a week I’ve had!! Negotiations fell through on the condo I was semi-hoping to acquire. I say semi-hoping as it had a few issues that I wasn’t really comfortable with so when I received word that the seller rejected my offer I took it as a positive sign to proceed forward with Plan “B”.

Plan “B” was requesting my realtor to schedule another walk-through on another condo in the same complex that I had previously dismissed. On this walk-through I asked my cousin Chae (who is also a realtor) to go with me. Seeing the place through her eyes made all the difference so I made an offer, completed the necessary paperwork and waited.

During the interim I continued to pack my belongings in preparation for vacating my current premises. Did I mention that my lease was up at the end of April? Talk about being a tad nervous at the thought of being homeless.
The next day my realtor dropped by to pick up my hand-money (good faith down payment offering) then later in the day he called to tell me my offer was accepted. YAAAAAAY!! My closing is scheduled within the next two weeks and I’ve already started my list to-dos for the new place.

2 DVD Set Shaun T.'s Rockin' Body
2 DVD Set Shaun T.’s Rockin’ Body


My cousin, Lance, is a minister (a quite good one I might add) and he talks about God coming through at the 11th hour. Sometimes it’s not what we might expect or desire but as Christians we walk by faith and know that even in our trials He is using us for His purposes. I knew that I would no longer be able to stay in my current apartment and I also knew that I had to give 30 days’ notice without having secured another home. Every day up to Sunday, April 6 I tossed and turned, unable to sleep and my mind was riddled with fear. Where am I going to live? What if I can’t find anything before giving notice? What am I going to do? I was scared.

5 Books on CD by Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum Series
5 Books on CD by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum Series
The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
The 9th Judgment by James Patterson

At 10:53 a.m. yesterday I receive this text from my realtor “Steph. It’s a done deal. All is accepted. They will give you a home warranty.” Okay so it wasn’t a literal 11:59:59 but you can catch my drift. Relief flooded my entire being and now new possibilities exist in this next chapter of my life.

Give Aways

As I mentioned on Monday, in view of the upheaval in my life I will make every effort to continue blogging throughout but there may be some lag time while I’m getting things in order. In the interim I have a few small (FREE) things that I need to pass on to whoever is interested. Following are the details:

  • 2 Rockin’ Body DVDs featuring Shaun T. For some reason beyond my comprehension I thought I would be able to do these routines (they looked like so much fun on the commercials but per a previous post I can’t dance). I only opened one of the DVDs in a vain attempt to rock my body to no avail. The 2 DVD set also includes several booklets: Quick Start Guide, 3-Day Slim Down, Party Guide and Never Diet Again.
  • Wii Zumba Fitness Disk (includes Zumba Fitness Belt for the Wii Remote)
  • Book 7 CD set The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
  • 5 Books on CD The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

If you are interested in any of these items please leave a comment below or email me directly at I will then place responses in a hat and randomly pull out names.

Since today is Thrifty Thursday I want to leave you with something I heard Rachel Ray say the other day and it’s something I’ve lived by.

“You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life.”

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Putting on My Face

If I have one complaint about the loss of my vision it would be that it takes so long to do the simplest of things. Take this video for example. Shooting it was no problem, uploading it was no problem, editing – this was a HUGE problem and for today I cannot overcome it.

…Oh well, to avoid further delay in posting today I’ve uploaded the video to the blog as-is.

Another note worth mentioning, since I am in the process of packing and relocating my posting schedule may be impacted this month as I attempt to keep myself sane. I will make every attempt to continue posting with as little interruption as possible however I wanted to give you a “heads up.”

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” ~Nelson Mandela



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WOTM 15 Featuring Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer Rothschild
Jennifer Rothschild

After my morning bible reading, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, I then checked my email for my Encouragement for Today daily devotional. This morning’s post, You WILL be OK, by Jennifer Rothschild struck a chord within me.

You need a bilateral lumpectomy as soon as possible,…

Was only the fourth sentence into the article and the very next sentence: “My first thought was, “Seriously? I’m blind, for heaven’s sake! Haven’t I already met my quota for suffering?” gave me chills.

I knew before even finishing the article that I had to contact Jennifer. Every single person on planet earth has a story to tell for life is a series of ups, downs and uncertainties for all of us. No one is unscathed but I really like the very next thing that Jennifer has to say and it’s this:

It may not be OK, but I will be OK.

As soon as I read this entry “It may not be OK, but I will be OK.” I remembered the bible verse from Job 13:15 where Job says “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…”

If you are unfamiliar with Job he was considered by God to be “blameless” and “upright.” God allowed Job to be tested and tormented up to the point of losing everything but his life. Though he cursed the day he was born, in the end, upon conversing with God, Job acknowledges God’s unlimited power and admits the limitations of his human knowledge.

Jennifer Rothschild, an author, speaker, Bible study teacher, wife and Mom has appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Life Today, and the Billy Graham Television Special. She’s written 10 books, Bible studies and recorded several CD’s. The print version on her newest book, God is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, was released in late March and the Audio version is now available.

Jennifer, who lost most of her sight at 15 years of age, has the inherited eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). If you visit her website at she explains that “I have now lived longer in physical darkness than I ever did in physical light. Blindness is hard, but it’s been a place where God has shown Himself to be so kind, strong and faithful. That’s why I do what I do — Because God has made it well with my soul, and I want others to experience the same kind of peace.”

RP refers to a group of inherited diseases causing retinal degeneration. The cell-rich retina lines the back inside wall of the eye and it’s responsible for capturing images from the visual field. People with RP experience a gradual decline in their vision because photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) die.

Ministry for me has been received, not achieved. Where I am is where God placed me. What I apparently have accomplished is just what God has provided and brought to fruition.

In addition to the above referenced activities in 1998 Jennifer and Dr. Phil founded, an on-line magazine for women in leadership, with over 25,000 subscribers. Fresh Grounded Faith, a ministry founded by Jennifer, are conferences held in different parts of the U.S. The conferences are held about 10 times a year and are where local churches come together and bring kingdom-minded women’s event to their community.

Below today’s posts are links to Jennifer’s social media sites. If you are in need of encouragement or just need an uplifting word you must visit these sites. I was especially touched by her YouTube channel where she talks about the loss of her sight but more importantly what she has gained through her faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jennifer is such an inspiration and I’m so blessed to be able to present such a small portion of her story on my blog. Thank you Jennifer for this wonderful opportunity, you are amazing!!

As a reminder, there are several links on the site to purchase Jennifer’s new book God is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense click HEREI bought my copy today from and I cannot wait to dive in.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Twitter: @jennrothschild

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Landscapes of Our Faces

The Terrain

Landscapes of Our Faces; sounds poetic and could double as a soap opera title. The first time I heard the term used was when Stephanie Van, my vision rehabilitation teacher, was giving me some makeup tips and I liked the sound so much I just had to write about it.

Like life itself, with the exception of those whose livelihoods depend on facial care, many of us can take our faces for granted. How many times do we really pay close attention to our own face unless there’s an issue requiring closer examination?

I think it’s safe to say that we understand the face is necessary for individual recognition and we are familiar with its various components. We may even know our facial shape, tone and type but what if you couldn’t see your face? How would you do what millions of women do every day when preparing themselves to face the world?

Many of us get up each day, take a shower, get dressed, style our hair, apply makeup, and go about our day without giving any of these preparations a second thought. There is a segment of our population however who for numerous reasons are very intentional in any given area of their morning ministrations.

I suppose a certain amount of complacency with regard to routine is not a bad thing for if we were constantly reminded of pain, discomfort or incessant empathy, moving beyond today would be a great hardship. The pain of childbirth is one of those milestones though very rewarding, if we had the ability to carry that pain for any length of time beyond the birth of a child I dare say there would probably be a serious population decline.


Back to Landscapes of Our Faces, when Stephanie demonstrated what she meant by the landscape of the face it made complete sense to me. Allow me if you will to take you through the process:

  • Close your eyes
  • Using the pads of your fingertips on both hands start on your forehead gently trace your hairline past the temples
  • Continue down past your ears, under the jaw line and to chin
  • Going back up to your forehead trace your eyebrows and the orbital socket of the eye
  • Feel how tissue thin your eyelids are
  • Trace your eyelashes
  • Notice contour of your bone structure from your eye socket to your cheekbones
  • Run your fingers along the ridge of your nose to the cartilage at the tip and nostrils
  • Now trace your lips

It took me several times of doing this to be able to feel my unique characteristics. I found that though the skin on my face is very soft there are some uneven areas that feel like tiny pimples. I’m now even able to feel the soft tiny hairs on the sides of my face (okay I have to say I was a little shocked to find that I have a quasi-beard). Taking it a step further and smiling I could feel the muscles under my cheeks causing them to elevate along with the laugh lines.

Just like I recommended at the outset of this blog, Stephanie also advises her blind and vision impaired clients to consult with a trusted friend or family member when first learning how to use or switching makeup products/types. This is to ensure that you’ve attained complete coverage and correct application.

I showed Stephanie some of the stencils that I’ve recently acquired and asked for her opinion. While she could see the benefit of some of these tools for some women with low vision she recommends using the fingertips for most makeup application. The reason being, that one can use the sense of touch to determine the amount and coverage of the cosmetics.

Stephanie went on to show me how to line up an eyebrow pencil with the eyebrow and tracing with the fingertip along the brow line. For liquid foundation she uses what she calls the Power of Three. First she places one dot of foundation on each of the following: forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Then with three fingers on both hands she swipes the cheeks in an upward and outward motion three times. This process is repeated on the forehead, nose and chin.

What I would like to do next week is shoot a video demonstration on Stephanie’s method so that I can talk you through the process.

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” ~Sally Field