Amazing Perspective

March 22, 2014

The place where I live is indescribable.  God truly has amazing creativity and imagination.  I’ve been here in American Samoa for over six months, and I never tire of seeing the ocean.

 

We’ve had Spring Break this week which seems somewhat comical considering that it’s rarely spring-like weather here.  I joke that I’m still waiting for August to end, and I arrived here on the 6th of September. ha!  Despite the VERY warm weather, there have been plenty of times when I’ve seen Samoans wearing sweaters, hoodies, and even an occasional winter coat.  (If only I had had my camera ready for the little girl I saw wearing it.)  Their bodies are so accustomed to the temperature remaining at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit that even 79 degrees feels cool.

That reminds me of another small “difference” here that seems to be a HUGE difference.  The speed limit is 25 mph in most places on this island.  Once, while riding somewhere with some of the others who also come from “the mainland”, it felt like we were going faster than normal.  I looked, and we were going 30 mph.  In the States, we do not normally notice the subtle difference between 25 and 30.  Here, it was almost like night and day.

Perspective plays a big role in things, much more than we realize.  Living where there are no stoplights, no streets with more than one lane headed in each direction, no mailboxes, no mailmen, no UPS or FedEX, no WalMart, and yet there are two 24 hour McDonalds… brings a whole new meaning to perspective.  And, that’s not even mentioning the night sky (with a whole new set of stars to gaze upon) or the bright sun or the roosters that crow at 11:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. or the dogs that roam free or the lack of horses, cows, squirrels, blue jays, cardinals, and robins.

I could write so much more, and perhaps at some point I will.  A friend on Facebook recommends I do it now.  I’d like to take his advice.  I tend to be my own critic and (gasp!) worry that I’ll write the wrong thing or say too much or too little or …

Perspective.  How do you perceive the things around you?

Christmas Pondering

December 25, 2013

As I sit pondering last Christmas and how I loved being with my children on Christmas morning… seeing their eyes light

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up as they pulled things out of their stockings.  Watching as one daughter lined things up in an organized manner while the other simply relished in the moment, I thank God for this Christmas.  Even though I’m 6,000 miles away from my sweet daughters (and my fiancé), I feel blessed.  This year I don’t have to tell my daughters good-bye as they leave to enjoy their time with their dad.  They don’t have to leave me or my house on Christmas Day.  And while that is a bit sad, it is also somehow comforting and indeed a blessing.

Moving to American Samoa

September 30, 2013

A little over three weeks ago, I made a HUGE change in my life.  I moved from Tennessee to American Samoa.

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I went from living in this house…

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…to looking at this about two miles from where I live.

I hope  to somehow find time to write about my adventures here.  I may start a separate blog just about my time here in American Samoa.   Please let me know what you think.

Saturday Sweeps

April 27, 2013

As usual, there are soooo many giveaways and soooo little time!

I mentioned in my last Saturday Sweeps that I won two different things from the same blog, The IE Mommy.  Both prizes have already arrived!  :)
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Here’s some of the most recent giveaways I’ve entered…

Two different blogs are giving away a $500 Visa gift card!!!

  • Mom to Bed By 8 – ends May 1 – click here to go enter!
  • Susan Heim on Parenting – ends May 1 – click here to go enter!

My Springfield Mommy has a few that end tomorrow (that I entered)…

  • The Big Wedding giveaway – Click here to go enter!
  • A Springfield Doll (with outfit) – Click here to go enter!
  • My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Princess Twilight Sparkle on DVD – click here to go enter!

Mom’s Own Words is also giving away The Big Wedding prize pack, but you have more time – ends May 8 – click here to go enter!

As They Grow Up is giving away This Is Our Time on DVD – ends May 4 – Click here to go enter!  Also, My Four Monkeys is giving it away – ends April 29 – Click here to go enter!

My Four Monkeys has a few other giveaways, too…

  • Ring the Bell DVD – ends April 29 – click here to go enter!
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Things book – ends April 29 – click here to go enter!
  • Hermie and Friends DVD – ends May 6 – click here to go enter!

Don’t forget about this giveaway…

The Freebie Depot is giving away a $50 gift card to Olive Garden – ends May 4 – Click here to go enter!

Enter to Win clipart from Babble.com

This is me…

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after standing in the rain to get a rope and sign pulled across my driveway to keep whomever it is from waking me at 4 a.m.

Saturday Sweeps!

April 13, 2013

I’m not a giveaway queen, but I do enjoy entering giveaways from time to time.  I’m not sure if it’s considered a hobby, obsession, or addiction.

Recently, I won two different things from the same blog, The IE Mommy.  That should tell you something… usually fairly low entries on her blog.  (Hint, hint!)  ;)clipart-contest-300x182

Here’s a few of the giveaways that I currently tweet about daily…

Two different blogs are giving away a pair of Lee Jeans:

  • Momma in Flip Flops 2 – ends April 18 – Click here to go enter!
  • Thrifty and Chic Mom – ends April 19 – Click here to go enter!

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals is giving away a black and white college futon – ends  April 21 – Click here to go enter!

Momma in Flip Flops 2 is also giving away…

  • a $95 gift certificate to Hapari Swimwear – ends April 23 – Click here to go enter!
  • a pair of Pediped children’s shoes – ends April 24 – Click here to go enter!

The Freebie Depot is giving away a $50 gift card to Olive Garden – ends May 4 – Click here to go enter!

Simply Stacie has several giveaways I’ve entered.  Here’s a couple of them:

  • a Sphinx Personal Lounger – ends around April 23 – Click here to go enter!
  • a CherryMan Prize Pack (includes cherries and cherry swag) – ends around April 24 – Click here to go enter!

Susan Heim on Parenting is giving away a personalized plush teddy bear (in time for Mother’s Day) – ends April 24 – Click here to go enter!

She Scribes is giving away 4 passes to a Pump It Up location (encouraging children’s imagination) – ends April 26  – Click here to go enter!

Enter to Win clipart from Babble.com
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