Thursday, June 25, 2015

March 2009- A blog Archive of My Husbands ;)

Found this story from Sean's old blog and had to share it!
It is from six years ago

2009.. oh man. so tiny. love them to pieces.

The Good Samaritan Retold.

So I need to get a new battery for our van. A few too many times letting your kids play in the van and you'll end up with a weak battery. Needless to say, we were on our way to go feed the ducks the other day, the kids hopped in the van a little early and left the door open. Of course that whole time they were sitting there the dome light was shining and our battery was dying. When I went to start the van I heard the beautiful sound of clicking, not an engine starting. So after I told the kids it was there fault, like any good dad, I told my wife. It was fine when I used to have my work truck, I could just use the truck to jump the van. But now that we only have one vehicle and I don't know how to use a scooter to jump start a van I started looking for help. I tried the neighbor across the street and he was gone. I wasn't going to bother my next door neighbor since he is Jewish and it was his Sabbath. So rather reluctantly I followed my wife's advice and tried flagging someone down form the street.

Now a lot of people use our street, cutting from Circle up to Winco, or vice versa, so we get a lot of traffic. I thought for sure it would be easy to get someone to stop. Just last week my wife and I stopped to help jumpsome one's car whose battery died. So I stood on the curb with jumper cables in one hand and the other waving and pointing at my van in the driveway with its hood up. Of course I had a pleasant smile on my face as well. Oh yeah, and my wife was standing leaning out of the drivers side door, poised and ready to do her part of turning the key in the ignition.

Several cars drove by without even looking. I managed to make eye contact with a lady in a very nice new blue Ford Mustang, who smiled back at me. Maybe she didn't understand why I was holding jumper cables and waving at my van. Another young gal in a red Jeep Cherokee, slowed down and seemed to squint at in order to understand what we were doing. I think after she realized that she would probably have to get involved in order to help us, she made a face of disgust and shook her head as if to put us down and absolve herself of her guilt.

The weirdest was when a lady with an old man in a little car slowed down, then sped up, then slowed down, then sped up, and then drove down the road a ways and then turned around. I thought they were going to come back but the turned a pulled into a driveway a few doors down and hid behind my neighbor's truck for a while.

Finally a gal stopped who had an older woman with her who had down syndrome. She looked a little confused, but pulled into the driveway. I had to help her find the button where you pop the hood. In seconds I had the cables hooked up and our van was running. As I was putting down the hoods and wrapping up cables, I noticed that the older lady (whose name turned out to be Sally, after all that's what her shirt said) was standing at the side door giving hugs to all of my kids and my wife. Sally was so blessed that her caretaker, Alice, had stopped to help that she had to get out and give us all hugs. I got my own hug from Alice and then thanked them both for stopping to help.

On our way to go feed the ducks, I couldn't help but think of the good Samaritan. A man in desperate need could not get people to stop and help him, even very religious people. The gal who stopped to help didn't even know where her hood release button was but she was willing to try and help. Sally's selfless hugs were like the money that the Samaritan left with the innkeeper, a nice touch. It sure encourages me as a child of God to want to be one who is quick to help.

"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35

~ Mr Buckout.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby #8 ?? First Response Pregnancy Test {Product Review!}

First things first: I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Many thanks!
I know you won't read the rest of my review- unless I tell you what the results are to my First Response Pregnancy Test!!!  

Drum roll please......

We are NOT Pregnant. 

This is my second pregnancy test review this year and by far First Response surpasses the other! 
I can assure you of my 14 years of pregnancy (from doctor visits, cheap dollar store tests, and even digital types) First Response Pregnancy Tests are the nicest I have ever used! 

I know ladies- sometimes it is easy to use cheap pregnancy tests because you want them fit your budget, but if you feel like treating yourself (and you should!) these tests have a perfect womanly design and are WELL WORTH IT (costing $8.99 - $15.99) . 

I first noticed the shape was completely different, but the curve design is amazing and very wide tip
makes "aiming" easy with no mess AT ALL.

There is no awkward clean up, especially if you are wanting to keep it a surprise for your family.
(For example,  hmmm... why is she taking so long in the restroom?)

If you are considering buying a test for the first time ever, this is also a great brand to start with!

Unfortunately,  with my first I never had the joy of finding out on my own. When I was at a yearly OBGYN appointment, the doctor thought "maybe" I was expecting and got my permission to do a urine sample. It was positive :) 

Speed up 14 years later- this time I tested (on my own and one day early) with First Response Pregnancy Test, but ~whoops~ saw Aunt Flo before I even got to read the test. (:/ Bummer, but I am thankful.)  I am not sure if in this is the season of life God has planned for Baby #8.

Good thing... Each package comes with two tests, so if I get curious in the upcoming month(s) I have a very nice Pregnancy Test on hand.

About First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test and all its Benefits:
  • Comfort Sure Design Features
  • Cutting-edge curved shape designed to fit a woman’s hand
  • 50% wider tip
  • Longer handle
  • Retail Value: $8.99 - $15.99
  • FDA approved
  • Designed to detect all relevant forms of urinary hCG at anytime during your pregnancy
  • Detects Pregnancy as early as 6 days!
  • Easy-to-read in 3 minutes or less and 99% accurate
  • Two pink line positive test anytime of day
  • Pricing and Availability
  • Available at all stores near you!

Keeping it real,

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My 2nd

My second teenager is in the house!
Lydia you are amazing!!
with her little brother Jason. She is not taller than me-yet.
She must have been on her toes!
As Priscilla has grown, Lydia has been given the title of "Second Mommy". (and "Lollie", only to be used by her toddler siblings.) Her love and beauty is displayed to everyone in our home. 
sweet cuddles after being gone in Oklahoma at
Chickasaw Nation NASA Camp.
We missed her tremendously when she was gone at camp last week. Unfortunately her plane was late and our little surprise Birthday ended up being a Breakfast Happy Birthday with (per her request) this lovely Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Delish.. She received pearl earrings, book marks, a real metal Slinkie (from Jason), and her favorite: A hardback collection of Jane Austin books.

Not to forget... Elizabeth, Sean and I also repainted the girls room for her! All the girls LOVE it. The only thing missing from her birthday was her older brother Elijah. He is due home in a few days from camp.
opening one of her gifts!

I must say she is still a Queen in the kitchen. Her new discovery which she made tonight on her birthday- Biscuits and Gravy. A real southern gal.

Goodness. So many mountains to climb as a young girl and Lydia- you are handling them with grace. Keep trusting in the Lord and following Him with your whole heart. We love you dearly! ~Mommy

her new beautiful book set
she smiles just looking at them ;)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Our Precious Scilla and Her Superhero

Her Hero, later in the afternoon.. the same day.

Many of you heard about the "almost tragedy" we faced last week. Sean posted an instagram photo shortly after our daughter had survived a near fatal drowning accident.

Even as I type these words, I have to almost disconnect from the reality that was in our hands.

Priscilla was slipping away from this life, not breathing, turning grey in my husbands arms. Sean brought her into our home crying himself, "what do I do?! what do I do?!".

My first thought she was hurt, but I saw no blood. Then I saw she was dripping wet and thought "O God, she fell in the pool". Her body was going more and more lifeless by the second. Lydia called 911 and handed Elijah the phone, Sean was screaming/praying. I was shaking, crying and tried to pry my finger into her mouth telling her "to breath!" (Her jaw was so clenched, I am still healing from a wound her teeth left.) As soon as I got my finger back out, I thought "CPR!" I blew into her mouth with all the effort I could. My breath felt so weak, but apparently two breathes were enough. She made a small sound and color started to return.

I expected water to expel out of her mouth- anything- but nothing. Sean got her upright and kept talking to her. She appeared out of it or coming out of a deep sleep. Sean kept saying "she's ok, she's ok".

I crumbled. I fell to my knees bawling. Every limb of me was shaking more. My knees. My hands. Everything.
It hit hard. I almost faced the death of one of my children.

The red bin normally has a couple inches of water,
but not after a rainstorm.
How did this happen? Mordecai, who is now a true Superhero, saw his baby sister fall into a bin that was outside. It was full with water from a rainstorm the night before. Only three years old, he gently called for his Daddy. Mordecai was up on a platform so could not get to her. I was in the house ready to make eggs and knew they were both outside. Yet, it only took a few minutes.

I made sure I checked her breathing with my stethoscope, heart rate.. ect. I knew she was stable.
I then FOUND Mordecai (on his bed), I smiled with all my strength: "Mordecai YOU SAVED your baby sister. You are a SUPERHERO. A big brother who took care of his sister, because you called for Daddy she was able to live. God used YOU to save her her life." His BIG smile was worth a thousands words.

It took quite awhile for our house to return to "normal". We had to pray as a family, regroup, and let people cry. I held Priscilla in my arms for the next hour or so. She slept. I had to push away thoughts of her being gone... dying in our arms.
Her Breath. O my goodness. Her breath on my chest was better than a newborn's. Ever squirm, every slight cough, I treasured in that moment.

friends for life
Praise God THE giver of life, whom has given us this breath of life. It is HIM who created us, not ourselves.

Lord Jesus, I praise you everyday for my children. They each are precious gifts. I would never choose to let them go, but understand your ways are higher than my own. Thank you for hardship. Thank you for miracles. Forever may our family draw closer to You... You ALONE are God.

thankful for this little person.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PreSchool Bible Learning Cards {Product Review!} :)

About Bible Learning Cards:

List Price: $14.99 per set|Format:Each set has 20 different 5" by 7" cards

Vicky has been a children's book illustrator and a Christian for many years. When a friend suggested the idea of creating Bible verse cards, she thought here was a chance to use her art to share the Good Word.

She selected verses that speak to children and to parents and created three sets of cards, 1 for young preschool children and two for elementary school children.

There are three boxes of Bible Learning Cards for three overlapping age groups. The age groups are, Preschool Bible Learning Cards-ages 0-5, Children’s Bible Learning Cards, ages 4-11, and Courage & Comfort Bible Learning Cards for ages 6-13. We picked topics and scenarios that children go through all the time. The cards are color coded, so parents and children can find verses to guide them in their friendships, their faith issues and helping them through their fears. These cards are adorable and applicable to kids lives.

Not surprisingly, parents say they enjoy the cards and say they feel their faith grow, along with their children's!

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

Our Review:
If you noticed by the pictures-- I love doing Bible activities and reading at the breakfast table. Their little minds are ripe and ready to learn, yet still waking up to hold still and listen. If I don't take the time these little kiddos are wanting to "look at the back of the cereal box!". 

The Bible Learning Cards where a great addition and change up from our usual Bible reading. The art work is ADORABLE- so cute. Each card comes with a scripture and a simple application. We liked to take a little more time on one picture and discuss what was taking place. Hadassah my almost 5 year old loved explaining each card. She is a smart little cookie.

The Bible Cards come with a ring to attach all the cards- Thankfully! Or they would have been all over my house. The card stock is durable and glossy. I am positive these delightful cards will be around for quite awhile. 

The only downfall: I liked them so much, I would rather had them in a book! 

You can purchase yours from Amazon or from Words2Remember.Com 

Overall a wonderful Preschool/ Homeschool addition. Thank you

Company Bio:
Words2remember4kids is based on the idea of getting children and parents to learn encouraging, comforting and classic Bible verses through illustrations and discussion starters on large flash cards. These cards are great for every day use around the house and in the car. We are a small company, with Vicky Enright as the illustrator, and Kristen Smith, who has her Masters of Divinity who helps with the verses and discussion starters. Our company is located in the Boston area.

Priscilla listening in, but not yet allowed to play with the cards!
 In Christ,

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace by Susan B. Mead {Book Review!}

I wanted to review this devotional book for Susan because I know the Lord is working in my heart through grief. I am learning how to dance with Him. Truly be in step with my Savior. 

After my dad passed away last year, all I wanted to do was die. Not suicidal in thoughts, but I had a long for heaven and Jesus like never before. 
I want to know if my dad was with Christ. 
I want to run to Jesus (and my Daddy) on grass greener than I have ever seen. 
I am hurting now and I have to let it come and go.  

Even my brother died 10 years ago this September. My heart is crushed writing those words. Ten years. It feels like yesterday, but at the same time so long ago.

Words cannot describe how they are missed.

One thing I have learned. Everyone grieves differently. Yet I have no doubt,  I have to see opportunities and circumstances with God's heart. Susan shares personal moments where God met her after the death of her own beloved son. There is Grace to move forward.

Dance with Jesus: from Grief to Grace is not a solution for your grief to "go away". It is not a "how to" book, it simply is about a mother learning through scripture how God spoke to her.
I am thankful for this devotional book. Thank you Susan for opening your heart.

I fully recommend this devotional to anyone who has lost a loved one.

About Dance with Jesus:
Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many difference directions…
Have you lost someone dear to you? A brother, sister, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or a child? A relationship? A body part to cancer or an accident? Do you want to experience the joy of moving from broken to blessed? From GRIEF TO GRACE? Do you want God to take your hand and teach you how to dance…with Jesus? Yes?
Then devour the words in Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace! Expect to laugh through the tears and experience a deepening of your faith.

About Susan B. Mead:
Susan B Mead is a woman in AWE of God and how much He loves each one of us. Her desire - share stories of hope so we can see God's hand at work in our lives. Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace was written as her answer to "what does God want you to do right now?" in the Experiencing God Bible Study.
Susan spent 22+ years with Johnson & Johnson prior to losing her youngest son. She realized that things get broken, discarded or replaced, yet people matter. She chose to retire early to make time for the people who matter most to her, including you, a dear reader.
Susan's credentials include BS, MT(ASCP), MBA and IFOC Sr. Ordained Chaplain. She holds certification from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for Individual Grief, Group Grief and Grief following Trauma.

To learn more about Susan and her writing, visit her at . . .

Author Website:
Book Website:
Twitter: @susanbmead
LinkedIn: SusanMead1

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Friday, May 1, 2015

.. and 500 posts later

What a joy and blessing it is to write my 500th post.
after our first theater experience!

Seven years ago, (honestly) I was quite nervous to post my first blog. What would people think of me? Was I drawing too much attention to myself? I did not want to be a blogger who just expressed her opinion and vent them on to everyone else.

Also am an over achiever and I did not want to fill my plate with one more thing. I don't like to fail. I can be too dedicated at times. Then.. what about my grammar? :/ yikes. I am going to really expose myself.

I took the family journal approach. I wanted to glorify God with whatever words I typed. I am sure I have failed. Over the years I have shared some really raw moments: birth, death, homeschool fall out, public school, moves...Moments when I was mad at God, moments when I elated with His provisions! There were times when I thought I was done blogging. I have met new friends and found that people just like to read about our family. Maybe someday we can own TV show? ;)

the first photo on our blog, 7 years ago
I have also shared recipes and found while I couldn't make money on my blog (like many others), I could receive products, movies, and books for my family to enjoy.

If you choose to blog, you have to be patient with yourself. Don't worry if there are months between posts or if you post something every day.

If I am going to blog about anything; I want to always be thankful and see ALL of God's blessings in my life. Hence the name: The Buckout's Blessings

Cheers to 500 more?!

Well..the messy bed, crying baby, dirty kitchen, and perhaps a little makeup first!
At least I had a tootsie roll and coffee. ;)


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