Friday, July 31, 2015

Creating a Plan for Aging Loved Ones

©Crystal S. Kauffman


Families should be the first choice in caring for an aging loved one, since the loved one will recuperate better in familiar surroundings. The entire family should be given a voice, on whether he or she will become a full-time caregiver. However, a reality is that some families are unable or unfit, so the hospital would be the proper choice in these circumstances. If a family is willing to care for their loved one, the aging member actually benefits for the closeness of the family unit.

Create a Plan

First, the entire family should discuss their aging loved ones health care and make a plan, which can be instituted once it is needed. One family member may become the full time caregiver, while other family members come by and help as needed. This will give the full time caregiver a break, as well as peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe while they run errands. The entire family will transition into their new roles, by discussing and creating the plan before the emergency.

Thinking about Pets

Most aging loved ones have pets, which cannot be brought to the nursing home with him or her. Instead, he or she can keep the beloved pet at home or even at a relative’s home, instead of having to give away another piece of his or her life. Sometimes, the relative may have a pet that he or she can become attached to as well. Fortunately, pets can help keep him or her from becoming depressed with the new circumstances that they are faced with.

Teenagers and Small Children

Be sure to let teenagers and small children help out in different ways like reading a book to singing with their loved one. In addition, the child can take him or her for a walk or help clean up the room as needed. Children are usually welcomed by the aging loved one, since children make them laugh and given them someone to chat with. Sometimes, they may not be in the mood to deal with a small child, so families should judge her or her mood first.  

Choosing a Nursing Home

Not all families can provide around-the-clock care for an aging loved one and this may put the loved ones life at risk. Unfortunately, there are also family members who are unfit to care for an aging loved one. In these situations, the family will need to find a good nursing home that will care for his or her aging loved one in the proper way. They should investigate and ask other patients about the facility or its nurses, as well as visit often to detour any possible abuse.

In conclusion, a family should be given the option of caring for their aging loved one, before a nursing home is consulted. The entire family should develop a plan before their loved one gets ill, in order to take the stress out of this transition and role reversal. Additionally, pets and children can help an aging loved one, by keeping them from get depressed and by also keeping them moving. However, if a nursing home is chosen, the family should make sure it is an abuse-free facility by investigating it before their loved one moves in.   

Saturday, July 11, 2015

PillPack: Let Them Sort Your Daily Medications


Do you have to take a lot of medication or vitamins every day or several times a day? Then, this article is speaking straight to you! Skip setting up your daily medicines in a box that holds a week’s or months worth of medications and vitamins. Instead, check out this new pharmacy, because it packages up your daily medicines. This is benefit to you, because it lessens the confusion over that has to be taken each day at different times.

This will benefit both patients and/or caregivers, who struggle with sorting daily medications or vitamins. Don’t stress about what medications that you must take each day, but at different times of the day. Let, the PillPack pharmacy help you out, by placing your medications in individual plastic packages that are sorted by the doctor’s specifications. This pharmacy is dedicated to the patient, because with them you are not just a number.

The medications and vitamins will be sent right to your front door, so you have your medications as soon as possible. A UPS driver will deliver your certified medications straight to your door, which is safe and convenient for both the patient and the caregiver. The PillPack pharmacy has an online database that will help manage your medication and send reminders of important events. This is a full service pharmacy, which can fill prescriptions that need to be individually packaged or not.

However, the pharmacy cannot fill any controlled substances, but it can fill other medications from your doctor that don’t need to be packaged separately. The patient and caregiver can also order vitamins and over-the-counter products. There are several convenient ways to always reach a pharmacist, no matter what time you need them. The pharmacists are available 24/7 using email, chat, phone, or through the online database.

Take a minute to check out their offer for you personally, because this new pharmacy may be the help you need to keep your medications organized. The PillPack pharmacy is not expensive, since the medicine should cost the same as any pharmacy you currently visit. Your insurance generally requires a co-pay, but there are no extra charges like shipping and handling. Get started right now, by visiting their website at PillPack.com/info or call the pharmacy at 1-855-745-5725. 

However, remember that it will take about two weeks to get your first shipment, so sign up quickly or wait until you have enough medication. The pharmacy can handle any injectable medications as well, so it is perfect for people with diabetes who take insulin. The online database will allow you to monitor, manage, and review your medications or their refills. The pharmacy can overnight your medication to your door, whenever you need it right away.

Furthermore, the online pharmacy is in Manchester, New Hampshire and has been licensed to deliver medications to most United States cities. The pharmacy has earned an accreditation through the National Association of Board of Pharmacies (NABP) and has been Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS). A pharmacist is waiting to help you get started, so take a moment to see if this pharmacy is what you need.

Website: PillPack.com/info

Phone: 1-855-745-5725


©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Wings of Hope Project: New Patient Bags

Do you have different books lying around your house that may uplift someone’s spirit? The books must be in good condition that you would like to give away. Currently, the Laugh at Cancer Support Community has started to collect books, in order to give them out to a local cancer center in Jacksonville, FL. We also give out a “New Patient Bags”, which is filled with different things that the nurses can give away during the month of December.
These books will be given to men, women, and/or children. We are asking you to send all types of books that may be for children and adults. Additionally, I would like to include Bibles with these new patient bags. The patient generally gets brochures, a blanket, A beanie baby or small stuffed animal, a gift bag, figurines, Christmas cards, Christmas stuff, and an inspirational greeting card.
However, we do not give out “Get Well” cards; instead we add “Thinking of You” cards and “Christmas” cards. Volunteers can donate things like: small toys, throw blankets, Bibles, figurines, bookmarks, books, Christmas cards, and greeting cards. I am the founder and I would like to send more cards, but I would need help. Due to the clinic regulations, we give the nurses the “New Patient Bags”.
I am looking forward to getting this project off the ground quickly, so we can gather up enough Christmas gifts for as many patients as we can. These books will be in a box or spread among the clinic waiting room, where patients can pick a book or two to take home and read it. This is a way to help get patients something that may take their mind off their cancer treatment. They can allow their imagination run wild for a short while.
The visitors can also take and return a book, but the patient or caregiver can keep the book. We need bookmarks with inspirational quotes and positive quotes that will help raise a patient's morale. Maybe, a church or company can help us make this happen, but for now it is in God’s hands. Thank you to all my friends and volunteers, whose help has made the project successful.
We also have been able to give away these new gift bags for their new patients or existing ones. The life of this support community has changed, since we first started in 2004, as a small local support group. In the past years, the Ning.com community was our home, until I could not pay the monthly cost about $30.00 to keep our network that we built. Many members described it as a Facebook for people, who have been touched by cancer.
Although, we tried several different free networks; I ended up staying with Facebook. However, now I would love to build a new private place or discussion board, where members can share their own stories. Additionally, the members may need someone to talk to or just a new friendship; who they can turn to when they are having good times and bad times. Get involved and become a volunteer, you just need to post inspirational stuff.
I also would like to engage the members into conversation, as we grow in the future. I pray for serious volunteers, who want to make a difference and/or a chance to help a person touched by cancer. The volunteers will help us grow into a place that helps patients. Share new article about health, nutrition, and inspirational post and/or pictures. However, please don’t post information about businesses or miracle cures.
Be there for the members, when they choose to talk to you about their journey with cancer’s touch. Any cancer patient can write their story and send it to me; if they would like to become a guest blogger on my blog. I thank you for continuing to be a part of this support community. I personally would like to create a community where all kinds of patients, family, caregivers, and loved ones can tell their story.
Anyone who would like to help build a free private community or discussion board, please email me. I pray that we can cheer up some patients this upcoming Christmas season. Just a quick reminder, that the yearly “Wings of Hope Project” has been changed, from two times a year to once a year in December. We will have a giveaway every year in December, because this will help us collect more gifts to give out to different centers.
We also take and need small donations to buy a few things for this project. We ne need help with things like: gas, coloring books and crayons, and dollar store toys or items that would lift someone’s spirit. The Wings of Hope Project involves making “New Patient Packages”; which different local nurses can give out to their new patients. This way, the patient knows that there is a network of people out here, who cares about what the patient is going through.
If you can help us gather the items we need, please contact me by Facebook Messaging or by email: laughatcancer@gmail.com. Please discuss your donations you plan to send or your intention to volunteer online and off-line with our Facebook community. We will be working on collecting at least “50 New Patient Bags or even more”, which is needed to give out to the different local cancer centers we visit.
Sometimes, we will visit one nursing home and donate every bag we having, which are filled for patients. They need personal items, so fill up a shoebox and mark it by its contents with either: women, man, or child--boy or girl. This helps the facility in gathering up enough gifts, so no patient is left out. When we are visiting a nursing, I will let you know as soon as I know. Help us collect gifts that can be used to cheer patients up, as well as let them know we care.
Thank you for taking the time to think of others, who are fighting for their lives and remember to say a prayer for them. In addition, I want to engage my members, so any thoughts and help are appreciated tremendously. I am collecting items now, so I have more time to receive enough donations of items or a little cash. My revenue from writing is used to keep our community alive and growing, so take time to read the articles I post on my wall or on my Author Crystal S. Kauffman page.
Please contact me, if you are familiar with monetizing my two blogs on Word Press or Blogger. Thank you, in advance for helping us to obtain this goal, by December 15, 2015. Thank for helping us to make cancer patients feel special, and loved by our volunteers. I look forward to chatting with you about the ways, in which you can help us create another successful Wings of Hope Project this year. Last year, we did not get any children’s items, so we need books, paper, and coloring supplies.
Let’s make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer, who need to feel special on occasions!
The Laugh at Cancer Support Community on Facebook
Twitter: http://twitter.com/laughatcancersu
My Personal Twitter: http://twitter.com/imogenrayne
Email Me: laughatcancer@gmail.com
Volunteers needed to mail out greeting cards for holidays and important dates like: member's birthdays, an anniversary of your survivorship, and/or a marriage anniversary. Also, we need someone who would like to post updated health information. This will help members stay informed and will possibly help our expanding community. It would be nice to have a nutritionist or member sharing the best health food website. Furthermore, we need Peer and Spiritual Counselors, for members who may need a shoulder to lean on, so become someone’s Wings of Hope.  

 ©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Previously Published

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Help Police Identify This Toddler... Baby Jane Doe!





A little girl was found on June 25, 2015, on the western shore of Deer Island, she is yet to be identified. She was found dead on Massachusetts Beach in a trash bag with her zebra striped blanket and white leggings with black polka dots. Police are asking everyone to look around the social events like: school, church, neighborhood, parties, birthday parties, or even day care activities.

Look for a child that is missing, which is usually with a parent or guardian that attends these functions. Police estimate that the little girl is about four-years-old. She is described as having brown eyes and long brown hair in a computer generated photo that is being distributed by police on social media. Police say millions have shared her image among their social media sites, but they need more help sharing her image.

Please call in your tip, because it is better to be wrong than to be rightin this situation! Police are asking for the public’s help in finding out who this Baby Jane Doe is. She is described as being about 3 ½ ft. tall and she weighed about 30 lbs. at the time of her death. Police are hoping to identify this beautiful child and find out exactly what happened to her. Police are hoping that this information can help jog someone’s memory, so police are encouraging people to share Jane Doe’s information.

Additionally, they are asking people to notify the Massachusetts authorities and/or Boston Police Department.  So, far no missing persons reports of any child missing in that area has been not reported. The police decided to release the computerized image of the toddler, because it may help someone remember this child. The items found with her are just as important, because it will lead the investigation into this child’s death.

Please keep sharing her information, become someone you know, may be the key to getting justice for this child. Police find it hard that a parent doesn’t know their child is missing, unless it is a situation where a parent would not know. This may have been an accident, but police are waiting on toxicology report to come back to see if she was poisoned or had drugs in her system

So, if you are her parents and scared, please speak up because she deserves to have a name and police are waiting to talk with you. Police say that she is not Aalyiah Lunsford, the toddler that has been missing since 2011 from the West Virginia area.

Please share this and her picture, until this child has a name and someone that misses her!

Items she was found with.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review: Heaven Is For Real By, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Heaven Is for Real
By, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Book Review- Heaven is for Real

Author: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Is heaven for real? Colton Burpo says it is and he describes what he experienced in detail to his father. I watched the movie long before reading the book, but I must admit the book was so much better than the movie. For example, the movie showed the family's emotions, yet the book made you understand more about Colton’s, “out of body experience” and the book dives into the emotions that each family member felt, during this unbelievable time in the Burpo family’s life.

Colton was just three-years-old, when he was rushed to the nearest hospital after fighting a high fever for days. Immediately, Todd and Sonja Burpo learned their son needs an emergency appendectomy or he will lose his life. Sonja began calling all of her friends at church, while Todd went to the hospital’s chapel and began praying for his son Colton. Unfortunately, Todd got angry with God and begged him not to let his son die.

Meanwhile, Sonja called everyone she knew and explained what was going on with their young son.  She was devastated and so was Todd. After Colton’s recovery, he began talking about experiences that he had in heaven. He talked about angels singing to him, meeting Jesus and his rainbow horse, Todd Burpo grandfather “Pop”, and an older sister. He parent’s had had a miscarriage and Colton never knew about it, which seem to make his experience believable.

The Burpo Family
The Burpo’s deal with a dark time in their life, but through faith they seemed to overcome it. Their son made them face questions that many of us face in our daily lives. The family went through many trials during this period and their faith was shaken. However, the family chose to believe their son and have faith that God allowed Colton to see a glimpse of heaven. Colton never died during the surgery and there is no explanation on why this “out of body experience”, but Todd Burpo believes his son visited heaven. Colton believes he sat upon Jesus' lap while the angels sang to him

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Todd Burpo is a pastor at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. 

Todd and Colton Burpo


My Opinion About the Book


I really enjoyed reading this book and I felt that Colton’s experience was real to him, even if some people are skeptical. I would recommend reading this book and see heaven through the eyes of an innocent child. This family was in a dark time and their faith was tested in many different ways. Through it all, the family kept the faith and they began seeing heaven through the eyes of their toddler. I think this book will help renew your faith during dark times in your life. It is a must read for parents, teens, and is a New York Bestseller. 

This is a drawing of Jesus that was painted by Akaine Kramarik.
Colton Burpo said this was what Jesus looks like.


Thank for reading, 

XOXOXO

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Friday, June 26, 2015

If I Could Change the World


I would start by spreading seeds of kindness to all nations and change the heart of every adult or child. Only, then can a reaction began to take effect and they will be inspired to spread their seeds of kindness. I'd start by spreading seeds of kindness around my own city and neighborhood. Then, I would try to visit every state and nation trying to inspire others by my actions. Once, I find the best ways to impact somebody with an act of kindness.

In return, they will also want to spread seeds of kindness to those they love and know. Change will begin, as the heart of every man and nation has been affected by the kindness of others. The reaction will spread across every ocean and reach those with the coldest hearts. By spreading the seeds of kindness, I can stop the violence and sorrow. Therefore, laughter and love will run rampant in the heart of every man, woman, and child.

No one would cry, as the love and welfare of others will rule their hearts and mind. Never will hunger kill another living person, because there would be enough to eat. All children will experience unconditional love, instead of hate and anger. There would be no more terrorists left, due to their hearts and minds, being filled with unconditional kindness. Therefore, the world can change, if one person is able to start a chain reaction of love.

No doubt about it, I would help others to feel good about exactly, who they are inside of their heart. So, they will help others that they meet on their journey and teach them to replace hate with kindness and love. Everyone would be happy and only cry tears of joy, for kindness can deliver us from evil and harm. Even the cold-hearted humans, will be affected the chain reaction, which has been started by a person that actually cares.

Seeds of kindness can be planted deep in the hearts of those that I meet each day. No matter where I go or who I see, I can start a reaction that will continue to grow. Suddenly, the kindness can be seen in the people that we meet each day. I can watch the seeds, as they spread all over the world and touch every heart. Therefore, one person can plant a seed that sets off a chain reaction, which can reach the unreachable....if I wasn't afraid!

So, I will spend my life trying to spread seeds of kindness to those I meet. However, I hope my actions can make a difference in this world of mine. As I walk daily with many, whom I will influence with my own plan to care. Hopefully, I can reach their heart and start a chain reaction that flows all around the world.


©2012, Crystal S. Kauffman                                                                                                                                    

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Duggar's Dilemma

The Duggar family’s heartbreak, as they admitted that their son made bad choices when he was a teenager. They had Josh Duggar go to counseling and each child was sent to counseling as well. He was fifteen years old and was curious about girls. Both parents’ spoke to Fox News Anchor Megan Kelly. They both agreed what he did was wrong, but they have forgiven him.
They chose to send him away for treatment, while the Duggar’s set up safeguards and once Josh returned home. No incident never happened like this again, plus Josh turned himself into the police station in 2003, but never heard from the police again until 2006. By then, he was an adult and the statute of limitations had already expired.
After the scandal broke, the Duggar girls Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard went on record with Megan Kelly and admitted they were two of the victims. Additionally, they admitted to Kelly Files anchor on FOX News Channel, that they felt violated by the story and records that were released to the InTouch magazine staff. They said that they dealt with this and have forgiven Josh, but now they feel violated all over again.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are at peace, because they did the right thing with their son, once they learned about his problem. However to sell magazines, InTouch magazine will keep trying to hurt the Duggar family. They are different and outspoken, but it does not make them bad people. Josh has stepped down from his position at the Family Research Center.
How long must this family suffer just for a story? How long do Josh Duggar and his family have to suffer for a mistake made when he was fifteen years old? He made a mistake, but now he is a good husband and an excellent father. Thanks to his parent’s choice to get him help, once they learned about his behavior.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Freelance Author: What is NaNoWriMo?

   
The creators of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) wanted to find a way, for amateurs and professionals to find common ground. They desired to bring more aspiring authors, into the competitive market of novel writing. All of the participants are solely based on the amount of writing, which they produced in thirty days, instead of the quality. Basically, NaNoWriMo program was created about eight years ago, in order to showcase a writer’s dedication to their writing.

However, since the contest creation, the program has expanded into a global revolution that is sweeping the world of writing. According to the Office of Letters and Light (2006), over 79,000 participants entered last year. Unfortunately, only about “13,000” (office of Letters and Light, 2006), were able to actually finish their novel. Each participant will try for their chance to become a new novelist, but only a few will be reaching their goal.

Basically, anyone can join, as long as they are able to write a “175 page (50,000 words) novel” (The Office of Letters and light, 2006), during the month of November. Fortunately, the aspiring authors will not have to worry about the daunting task of perfecting each word or sentence. The NaNoWriMo program mainly focuses on an artist’s hard work and their commitment to writing daily. 
This contest encourages amateurs and professional authors to enter into the friendly competition. Don’t worry about the mistakes that will be made, since only they only judge the total word count. Every contestant is judged and rewarded for their daily perseverance. Also, the website offers a community to gain encouragement or to talk about the joys and sorrows of writing.  

For more information or to join the revolution that is sweeping the writing world, go to www.nanowrimo.org. This program allows a would-be author, to work hard and attempt to write a novel in thirty days from a blank page. Most of the aspiring authors come from several countries and different walks of life. Yet, each one has a sincere desire, to see their novel published and circulating in the local bookstores.

Therefore, this year’s many contestants will be attempting to write their way into, “NaNoWriMo superstardom” (Office of Letters and Light, 2006). On November 1, 2015, a new round of contestants will be shooting for the finishing line.  So, get ready to join them in a program, which will showcase the hard work of both amateurs and professionals alike. The contestants enjoy writing their heart out, while competing for the chance to be noticed by others.

Reference:

The Office of Letters and Light (2006) National Novel Writing Month
      Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 8, 2007



Previously Published in 2007/Revised 2015

©2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to Spot Publishing Scams


If you have to pay them to publish your creative works or to send you a book...it's a scam! If you are a well developed writer, a publishing house will give you money and copies of your creative works. As a struggling freelance writer, you must beware of publishing scams that exist on the internet. According to Mrs. Allen (2007), you should investigate the publishing company that you plan to sell your work too. So many, gifted writers actually get caught up in these types of scams.

Before signing any contract with a publisher, please take time to investigate the history of the company. Start, by calling the Better Business Bureau and ask them about the company's history of complaints. Then, look for local or online writing communities and ask other writer's about the publisher that you was approached by. Many of these writing groups have information about current scams that exists.


Then, take time to research the many paying markets, which are waiting for a talented writer to come their way. Your writing should speak for itself and it will, if you treat it as a career and keep learning as you write. Keep submitting your work often and listen to the editor's notes, because they know what they want or need. Never allow other people to edit your work, instead taking writing course online or at the local community center.


Next, search the internet or your local bookstores for books that list the current paying markets. There are many books that deal with every writing market like: magazines for children and adults, novel and short stories, poetry, and song writing. You may find a home for all of your writing and you won't have to deal with annoying scams. Also, you may find some freelance markets or communities on the internet.


However, watch out for the freelance communities that exist on the internet that charge you money, but don't bring you any work. Always look for communities, which allow you to speak with their other authors through discussion forums or chats. Only you can protect yourself from being swindled, by the phony promises of a swindler. As an author, it is your job to sell your writing, so spend time researching the market and its preferences.


Finally, never sign any contract without reading it and seeking legal advice from a qualified lawyer. This way, you will know, whether it's a scam or a reputable publishing company, who is ready to give you a place for your writing to shine. It doesn't matter is you are a struggling freelance writer or a passionate hobbyist. If you can choose to submit your articles for publication, you should treat it as an important business deal!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Communication Builds Success in Business

As a new business owner, communication with existing and potential customers is important to the businesses bottom line. Every customer is important and should be treated that way, because they keep a business running. Staying in contact will also help the owner develop friendships, which keep the customers coming back and the business growing. Thanks to new technology, many ways exists to keep in contact with a loyal customer or attract new ones.

Friendly Emails


A business owner can send a friendly email, in order to update a customer or let them know that the business owner cares about their business. Currently, many types of email marketing software are available for anyone to use and they have many features. Unfortunately, the owner must shop around, because he or she must choose the best software for their individual company. In addition, whatever program you choose should allow the customer to opt-out of receiving the emails.


Monthly Newsletters


A newsletter can be sent monthly, in order to update the customer about special sales or discounts on each product. The owner should also include information and reviews about their new products, along with a picture of the product. Another way to make the customer feel special is to offer coupons or discounts for the loyal subscribers. However, each newsletter should contain a picture of the business owner and offer a short message about him or her.


Phone Calls


An occasional phone call to a new or existing customer can build a business relationship and personal friendship. Fortunately, at the time of purchase, the business owner can ask for the customer's telephone number. After about a week, they can follow up with the customer and ask if they are still satisfied with their purchase. This way, the customers will feel important and keep coming back with their friends.


Greeting Cards

The perfect way to communicate with an existing customer is to send a greeting card, especially for you. This way, the customer knows that the business owner appreciates their loyalty. They can start sending greeting cards for birthdays and seasonal holidays. Also, enclose a coupon or discount certificate inside of the card, just for the customer and one for a friend. Then, the customer will feel like the business owner values his or her business and friendship.


Post Cards


These little cards are perfect reminders for appointments or updates for your customers. In fact, they can be used for many other reasons too, which will help the business owner. In addition, the business owner will develop a line of communication that will work to his or her advantage. Take a few moments to send a simple "Thank you" to a new customer and they will keep coming back. All customers enjoy knowing his or her business is appreciated.


Conclusion


To sum it up, friendly communications of all kinds will improve the business owner's relationship with the customer. A simple post card or greeting card can make a customer's day, while letting them know they are special to the business owner. A simple yet professional newsletter should be used to feature only the products on sale. Therefore, communication is the key to catching a customer's eye and keeping their business.



©2009, Crystal S. Kauffman
Previously Published

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spending the Day With My Beautiful Daughter

Today, I finally got to see my beautiful daughter after weeks of not being able to go visit her. So, we celebrated Mother's Day this week. She gave me the best gifts ever! She has been collecting books from the author "John Grisham" for me for a few years now.

She made me a flower headband, which I actually love and we took pictures together. She works, so getting together can be hard at times. However, I enjoy getting to spend what time I can with her. Additionally, she gave me a candle which has the scent of sunshine.

Oh, it smells so good!

Next, she gave me a card that fit her to a tee, This time with her is special and I hope I can get her to squeeze me in when she can. However, I know she is busy, but even 15 or 30 minutes with her is so special to me.

Right before I left, she cooked me lunch and she gave me some vanilla exfoliating scrub that she made herself. I cannot wait to try it out and write a review about her new hobby.

She is so talented! I love her with all my being. She is an amazing young woman, who has any future that she chooses to follow. She may be busy working and more, but we communicate in many different ways. I know she loves me beyond words. I feel blessed to have seen her today. It truly made my day!

Take time to make memories with your family!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Grandpa's Sweetheart


RIP: Ray L. Amon/Grandpa
As a young girl, I met my Grandpa on my dad’s side of the family. For those of you who don’t know Ray C. Amon adopted me and my two brothers, as his legal children when he signed our birth certificates. So, legally he is our father and I reconnected with him about ten or more years ago. During that time, I always asked about my grandparents and I learned a few months back that my Grandpa had cancer.
As I first talked to him recently, I began to remember his voice from when I was a young girl and we were living with my dad and mom in Jacksonville, FL. Anyway, I remembered that he came to visit us and I vaguely remember what he looked like then. However, I remembered his voice when he spoke on the phone. He always called me “Grandpa’s Sweetheart”, which he called me again when I spoke to him recently on the phone.
When he became sick, I got sad because I wanted to see him before he passed away. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit him and he went to be with the Lord, but I know he will be watching over me. I hope he gets to meet my other family members and loved one that have already went to rest in the Lord. When I spoke with him, his voice sounded excited and he said, “Hello sweetheart!”  I haven't heard his voice or him say this to me, him since I was a very young girl.
It felt so good to reconnect with him, but I wish I could have seen him and hugged him before he passed away. However, during the conversation we had; he said that, "He was proud of me and he would see me on the other side.” I knew he loved me throughout the years we were apart and I knew he missed me as well. I just wanted to let him know that I love him and will miss his voice so much, but I am glad he is with the Lord. Thanks to my dad for letting my grandpa and I reconnect with each other, because it meant a lot to me to hear his voice again.
Previously Published
©2014-Crystal S. Kauffman

Meet Crystal S. Kauffman

About the Author

My name is Crystal S. Kauffman (Pen name: Imogen Rayne). I am a Freelance Author/Poet/Songwriter with 16 years of experience. I have published over 1000 articles online and offline, since I began my writing career. Additionally, I enjoy using my talent to help small business owners, who need help with their everyday business communications like press releases and articles. I also enjoy making fliers and brochures, as well many other forms of business communications. Most of all, I love reviews of books and products, so please email me for more information. Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Glimpse Into My Life 

Currently, I live in Jacksonville, FL with my husband and my two beautiful children, who are my biggest fan and contributors for my new novels. Personally, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2 B survivor, who loves to create and write. Therefore, for the last 8 years, I have been using the talent God gave me to create and maintain a support community for those touched by cancer. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is for patients and families touched by cancer, who has been touched directly or indirectly. Visit our support community, if you would like to help make a difference or if you are in need of support. Laugh At Cancer Support Community

My Published Work 

Rhymes of The Heart- This is an uplifting and inspirational collection of poems. These rhymes come from my heart, throughout the good and bad times I experienced. I believe many of my readers and fans can relate to the poems I have written. Additionally, ten percent of each purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community on Facebook.
Planting Seeds to Grow- This is a collection of short stories I previous published for children. I really hope that enjoy my work, because each story is fictionally based. However, you will know what stories are based on my own life. I believe that this book is wonderful read for you and your children. Ten percent of all purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community




New Novels Coming Soon
 
Ana’s Stand-Available Soon
Angel’s Tears-Mystery, Drama, and Crime
The Birth of Veil-Fantasy Genre

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Papa's Can Be Angels Too...


Thinking to when I was a little girl,
His words were my world.
Little girl wrapped like a gift,
Is closing her eyes and making a wish.


Lord allow him to stay,
In my life every day.
Words hurt sometimes when he spoke,
My heart he never broke.


Always working till he bled,
Too make sure his family is fed.
He went without just to make sure,
His family was safe and secure.


When he flies away to his home in the sky,
Hope he won't see his granddaughter cry.
Tears will fall the day he passes away,
He will be the angel, who is watching me play.


Isom "Ray" Plyler

Previously Published
©2002. Crystal S. Kauffman


Friday, May 1, 2015

Devotional: Get Over It and Move On


Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation that you don’t want to be in, however, you must face the situation and continue moving forward. The situation may concern having a horrible childhood, not getting a promotion at work, or a dispute with the new neighbor. Nevertheless, you must not dwell on things and are beyond your control, instead focus on things you can change. You cannot change a childhood, so you must forgive your parents and focus on changing your future. This way, future generations will not continue the abuse or neglect that you felt as a child.
The promotion at work was given to a younger person, who may not have had as many years with the company as you have. However, this is beyond your control and the person who got the promotion may have a college degree that you don’t have. In this situation, you must continue to do the job that you’re given or find another place of employment. Either way, you must forgive your boss and the person who got the promotion, if you have gotten angry about the situation or angry with both parties.
Furthermore, you can work hard and take some college courses, which may guarantee that you will not be passed over whenever the next promotion takes place. If you have a dispute with your new neighbor, you must try to dissolve this dispute in a civil yet timely manner. Unfortunately, some people are impossible to deal with and that will not come to any kind of compromise. So therefore, try to stop the argument, by producing all documents that show your land line or what the argument was about. Additionally, you must forgive you neighbor and move forward in solving the issue at hand.
 Sometimes this means, you must compromise or even seek legal advice on solving the problem. However, you must forgive your neighbor, if you get angry with him and let God handle the situation. Don’t let yourself stay in a pity party, instead get up and change your situation. Sometimes you are going to come across situations that you can’t change. Therefore, you must learn to pray and give your problems to God, because he is only one who can change the situation. Don’t be a negative person, because of something that was done to you, which was beyond your control. Additionally, get over it and dwell on things that can change your situation, while helping you move forward in your life.
©2012 Crystal S. Kauffman
Previously Published