Meeting Recap 1-26: Fiercely Safe

Michelle Sitz started off our meeting with a wonderful devotional about mom guilt.  She talked about how we have numerous opportunities to be critical of ourselves and we set unrealistic expectations.  She discussed turning off the receptors and doing something different.  Ask your family what are their need and ask them how they can help meet their own needs.

Two versus to meditate on are

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

Michelle ended with “Meditate on the good when everything seems against you!”

For our meeting Jeff Rudd and Jen Swenson talk to us about how to protect our children.  Jeff provided handouts for reference to his CPR demonstration.  You can find them below:




The biggest take away from Jeff’s lesson was to start compressions immediately on a child: 15 compressions and 2 breaths.  On an adult call 911 and then start compressions: 30 compressions and 2 breaths.  You do not want to stop compressions longer than 10 seconds and your goal is for 120 compressions a minute.

Jen Swenson, Table leader for Abound, who is also a doctor talked to us about simple first aid.  First and foremost is to stay calm.  If you are calm; they will be calm.  If you are freaking out; they will be freaking out.  Next, if the are cut: wash the wound, place a bandage on it, and apply pressure.  If the bleeding stops within 20 minutes there is probably no need for stitches.  If a child has second degree burn (meaning with blisters) wrap it loosely and seek medical attention. For a nose bleed pinch the bridge of the nose and lean forward.

Jenn shared with us about a time when they were on vacation and Harper swallowed a pill.  Even though she is a doctor she called the Poison control hotline 800.222.1222.  They have the data base immediately available to tell you what to look for and what to do if your child has ingested something.  So go ahead and program it into your phone and never be afraid to call.  (You will get an answer from them way faster than google.) And more than likely they will give you a follow up call to make sure everything is okay.


Thank  you so much Jeff and Jen for sharing your knowledge with us!

In Tune with the Master

     In December, I very hesitantly agreed to do the post for January.  December flew by for me just like it did for all of you. On Saturday, as the last of our visiting family left I recalled my agreement. With panic setting in, I emailed Tiffani to say I would work on it on Sunday afternoon to get it completed.  After three unsuccessful attempts, I decided to give it a break.

     Asking the Lord for what He would have me write about, I was still drawing a blank. There are many New Year’s and January related topics that readily come to our minds…resolutions, new beginnings, etc. I was looking in my Bible, old tried and true devotionals, old study notes…to no avail. It is now Monday night and how am I going to face Tiffani at the Steering Meeting tomorrow?  I start to pick up a bit before getting ready for bed and glance at a little leather bound book under my night stand that I haven’t noticed for a very long time, “hope for Each Day, Words of Wisdom and Faith” by Billy Graham. The entry for January 1 is titled “In Tune with the Master.” How fitting!

I am quoting it below:

Psalm 32:7

You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

     “Out West an old Sheepherder had a violin, but it was out of tune. He had no way of tuning it, so in desperation he wrote to one of the radio stations and asked them at a certain hour on a certain day to strike the tone “A.” The officials of the station decided they would accommodate the old fellow, and on the particular day the true tone of “A” was broadcast. His fiddle was thus tuned, and once more his cabin echoed with joyful music.

     When we live apart from God, our lives get out of tune… out of harmony with others and with God. But if we live in tune with the Master, we, too, will find ourselves surrounded by His beautiful music.

     As this new year begins, as God to help you tune your life every day to His Word, so you can bring harmony and joy to those around you.”

     This so struck me as whit I would wish for you (and myself) for 2016, God’s beautiful music of harmony and joy for us and those around us. God bless you with His music, beautiful music, of harmony and joy!

In His love,

Kathy Lowe

Kathy Lowe

The Meaning of Christmas


Luke 2:13-14  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

With the most popular holiday just around the corner, it seems like everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit.  Stores have put up decorations, some way before Halloween, and they are lining their aisles with Christmas goodies and décor.  Santa’s are available for photos, train rides in the mall and TV commercials showing toys and gifts ready to purchase.  And, why shouldn’t they?  After all it is that time of year, the meaning of the season, right?

Wrong, the very first Christmas seemed to do without all of these things.  The first Christmas somehow started a frenzy without the power of TV, without Santa and without Christmas sales.  The very first Christmas involved a poor couple, nobodies, who would lay the most precious child of all in a manger.   Luke 2:4-7

We have come so far from the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas wasn’t just about giving, or feeling loved, but it was about true love.  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Savior who came into this world to die for everyone.

Today, let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas……Peace on earth, good will toward men, for the Savior has come to show us how to love, and to give us the greatest gift of love.  John 15:13.  This holiday season, let’s think of how we can give to those who would normally go without.  Show them the true meaning of Christmas, the gift of God’s love and love others as God first loved you.  I John 4:19.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Martha Rudd

Martha Rudd- Mentor Mom