Feb 19 2010

Proud "parent moments!"

We loved seeing Evan Lysecek win gold medal in the Olympics last night! It was the first gold for the USA in men's figure skating since 1988! Favorite moment? Mama crying during the medal ceremony! What a proud moment for her! What is your favorite "proud parent" moment?

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Feb 19 2010

EATING TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE

New findings from the Mayo study, which were published in the European Heart Journal, suggest that reducing heart risk requires increasing the percentage of lean muscle mass at the expense of body fat.

Eating a healthy diet is important in reducing body fat, too, but Mayo Clinic researchers observe that if you only restrict calories, you risk losing an equal amount of body fat and lean muscle tissue and thus you could end up weighing less without significantly reducing the percentage of body fat.

The best way to avoid this is by consuming a diet that is a healthful balance of proteins, carbs and fats.  Beware of extreme calorie restriction or low carb diets…they usually cause muscle breakdown.  As the above referenced study indicates….it’s dangerous to lose weight at the expense of losing lean muscle tissue.  

 

335 calories and 5 grams of fat!  

Click here for my Guiltless Grilled Cheese Sandwich (with fresh oregano and roma tomato)

 

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Feb 18 2010

Brandon Heath is our guest!

Welcome Brandon Heath as our guest today! Got any comments for Brandon?

Check out Brandon with Tobey Maguire--do they look alike, or what?!

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November 2012
Nov 16 2012

God's Love Note, to You

Love Note from God...to you!

Source: piccsy.com via Scott on Pinterest

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Nov 16 2012
Nov 16 2012

Nation Adoption Day November 17, 2012

 Abandoned Texas Boy Reunited with Fireman Who Found Him as Infant. abc News

By CHRISTINA NG (@ChristinaNg27)

It was on a cold November morning 10 years ago that fireman Wesley Keck noticed something unusual outside the firehouse--a baby carrier covered with a blanket.

"When I looked at it, it was kind of one of those double-take things because you don't think that's what you're going to see first thing in the morning," Keck told ABCNews.com. "As soon as I realized what it was, I just went over to the side door and opened it up and he's kind of tucked into the corner there."

Keck saw a sleeping baby boy tucked into the carrier with an extra diaper and a bottle.

"Somebody went a few extra steps to make sure he was going to be okay and taken care of," Keck said. He scooped up the carrier and headed into the firehouse where two other firefighters were also awake.

"I announced to them that we had a surprise. We had a little gift and we kind of went to work from there," he said. "I didn't do anything special. I just happened to be the one that was there that day and found him."

Under Texas' Baby Moses Law, implemented in 2001, a person can leave an infant up to 60 days old at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked for Child Protective Services to take custody of.

The healthy little boy, who doctors believed was only about a day old, was taken by Texas' Child Protective Services and Keck heard that he was adopted, but knew little else.

"I knew the town that he probably was in, but that was it," Keck said. "And that happens on a lot of calls, good and bad. After we walk away that day we never know the outcome of it, so it was really nice to get the outcome."

Over the years, Keck had kept in his locker a photo of Koregan from the morning he was found.

"I talked about him several times over the years and just wondering over the last few years, wondering how things are going for him, where he was at, what he looked like, all those sorts of things," he said.

Recently, Koregan's teacher asked about his bucket list.

"What happened is his teacher asked him if he could be anywhere, if he could go anywhere, what's on his bucket list, and he said, to come to his fire station," Koregan's mother Rebecca Quintanilla told ABC News' Dallas-Fort Worth station WFAA-TV at the reunion.

She reached out to the fire station and set up the reunion.

"I thought that was really cool," Keck said. "I'm glad that he thought of it that way and that he wanted to come there because obviously I wanted to meet him so it worked out great for both of us."

An emotional Koregan wrapped his arms tightly around Keck when the two met and his mom joined in on the hug as his dad and sisters stood by watching tearfully.

In addition to meeting "his firefighter," Koregan got to go for a ride in the firetruck, work the sirens and operate the truck's hose. Keck was also able to give the family the negative from the first photo of Koregan, which they did not have. He also learned that Koregan has dreams of being a fireman.

"He wants to be a fireman and maybe one of these days he can work for Arlington," Keck said.

"I was excited that I got to meet him," Koregan told WFAA of Keck. "I'm glad I get to come here and see everyone because this is my fire station that I was abandoned at."

Keck reassured Koregan that he would always have a fire station family.

"I told him anytime that he wants to come to the fire station and ride out with us, or he's got anything special going on in his life that he wants people to be there for, to let me know," he said. "Hopefully, we'll get to keep in contact with each other."

 

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