Monthly Archives: November 2009

Vision USA

Vision USA

A friend told me about Vision USA. Here’s what their site says about them:

If you do not qualify for government aid or private health care assistance that covers the cost of routine eye or vision care, VISION USA™ can help. VISION USA™ provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and their families.

Since that describes me, I filled out an application (on their site). A couple weeks later, I had given up, figuring they had disqualified me for some reason. That same day, I received a letter in the mail letting me know I had been approved, and to call the listed optometrist as soon as possible to set up an appointment.

I did so, and yesterday I went in for my eye exam. They were very nice people (and I learned that there are a LOT of NEAT new machines for measuring eye health and prescription!) and very professional, as well as friendly.

They also included a pair of glasses with the deal, which I should have in about a week! I also ordered a pair from Zenni Optical which will arrive in about two weeks.

I can hardly wait!

November Update Letter

November Update Letter

We are going to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving this year, for the first time in a long time. I’m looking forward to it! I hope you will have (or be) company for Thanksgiving—it’s so much easier to be thankful when one is not alone!

bobby1Bobby purchased a sword at the beginning of October. He has wanted one for a long time and was thrilled to finally own one! It is stainless steel and came with a leather (or leather-like; I’m not certain) sheath. He doesn’t actually USE the sword, but likes owning it.

sarah1Sarah Ruth discovered “big people food” this month. She likes breads and cakes and cookies, and carrots and potatoes. She isn’t quite as fond of rice. She still nurses, but when others are eating real food, she wants some, too!

jl1John Luke is almost 4! In two more weeks, he’ll be four years old. That just doesn’t seem possible! The time has gone so quickly. He loves to play his Elmo educational game and (which teaches phonics and reading – if you’d like to sign up with them, you get a discount by using our referral code, which is ). His current favorite book is the book that came in our last Cheerios purchase called “Sleepyhead.” We’ve been reading it every night at bedtime.

bobby2Bobby is using a book to learn C++ (a computer programming language) as an elective this year. He’s been helping Robert in our business and is doing a great job. He & Robert also have been going & working out every morning, which is good for both of them!

Rachel & I have also been working out, in the afternoons (but not every afternoon—but at least 3 times a week). I lost five pounds in two weeks! I’m hoping to lose to a healthy weight in the next few months.

rae1We also finally got Rachel to get her permit. We are enjoying teaching her to drive. She does very well! Bobby doesn’t even mind taking turns with her, so she gets a good bit of driving time.

tim1Timmy turned 13 last month, and is very excited about it! He feels like a whole new world has opened up for him, now that he’s a teenager. Next week, my parents are picking him up, and he is spending a week with them. We will pick him up when we go over for Thanksgiving. He can hardly wait! I did manage to finish his quilt, and he was thrilled! Now I have three years to do Nate’s!

nate1Nate enjoys our pets. Here he is with Morris, the kitten that Rachel hand-raised. The kitten is almost six months old now!

sarah-robbySarah Ruth loves her daddy! She is the first one who has really wanted Daddy almost more than Mama. If he comes in the house and doesn’t speak to her or pick her up, she will cry! sarah2She is sitting up by herself VERY well, and has figured out how to get herself into a sitting position, now. She also crawls, using the “Army crawl” – flat on her belly, using her arms, mainly, to scoot her along. She loves being in her walker, which allows her to wander all over the living room. (I like it because it keeps her from picking up stuff from the floor and trying to eat it!)

God bless you and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Huggies® Supreme Little Movers diapers

Huggies® Supreme Little Movers diapers

I had a coupon for $3 off these. Since that made the package about 30 cents cheaper than my usual (“Parent’s Choice” – aka Walmart brand) diapers (although the package contained 5 fewer diapers), I decided to give them a try.

I am sorely disappointed in the quality of these “name-brand” diapers. By morning, my daughter’s bottom is covered with the granules that soak up the urine. They leak terribly out the sides.

I will NOT be purchasing this brand in the future!