Davidson Family Fundraiser

If you have not already heard, the Davidson family of Little Flowers Family Press lost everything recently in a devastating fire.  You can learn more about the details at the following links (the first is from Rita Davidson herself):

Little Flowers Family Press Blog

News Coverage

Local Story

Here is a facebook page that has been set up for their family – please ‘like’ it: Facebook Page

Three of the four Davidson boys are autistic, as is LegoFan. I know how difficult change is for children on the spectrum. This complete change in their way of life must be wreaking havoc in their young lives in ways many of us cannot understand.

I would like to help the Davidson family, but I am not in a financial position to do so. Last night I had an idea to use my direct sales businesses to help. While I admit it may not be much, I would like to donate 20% of my sales from Lilla Rose and Origami Owl so I have set up a party in each of them. If you are interested in helping in this way, please click on the links and follow the directions below. Most importantly, this family needs your prayers. Please join me in praying for them.

Origami Owl

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To order Origami Owl Jewelry, please go to my website here. When your order is complete, proceed to check out. On that screen, there will be a section called “Party Information” where there will be a dropdown menu. Please select Little Flowers Family Press as your party then complete your order. What you order will be shipped shortly after payment.

Lilla Rose

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To order Lilla Rose Hair Accessories, please go to my website here and place your order. This is a party-specific link so your order will automatically be calculated toward the Davidsons’ total. Any order you place through this link will not ship until I close out the party (which I was planning to keep open until the end of September). However, if you would like your order to ship prior to that I have a way to do it, Please just leave me a comment and I will contact you.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section and I will answer them for you.  Also, please share this with anyone you think might want to help. Thank you, in advance, for helping this family and offering them a little hope.

for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me. Matthew 25:35-36, 40

Our Gluten Free Journey – Prologue

Today marks the end of a full month on a gluten free diet. We see the allergist tomorrow to find out where we go next. But it has been a very interesting month!

Why did we go gluten free? LegoFan was diagnosed with several food allergies and asthma in his early years, some life-threatening. So I guess it makes sense to go back to the prologue instead jumping right in to Chapter One.

Allergy - LegoFan

When LegoFan was a baby, he was nursed exclusively until he couldn’t get enough nourishment. I had to start adding cereal at a very early age. He, whether nursing or eating cereal, would develop these horrible rashes on his face and nothing would make them go away. The pediatrician suspected allergies but told us we couldn’t test him until he was a year old.

At one year, he was finally tested. We were blessed to get in to see one of the top allergy specialists in the country at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was so thorough and asked the right questions. We left with the diagnosis that LegoFan was allergic to eggs, the deadly peanut, and garlic. Garlic was the one that shocked me. Don’t get me wrong, I was horrified over the other two and worried what his life would be like. But it was the garlic that seemed just weird; random. I mean LegoFan has some Italian blood in him; how can he be allergic to garlic? But it was the allergist asking the right questions regarding flare ups that led to her even testing for garlic.

Allergy - Eggs

That was the beginning of our journey with food and the challenges it has had for my son.

At age two, he was given a monitored food challenge to see what effects, if any, the egg would have on him. He “passed” and was cleared to eat foods with eggs in them. I have a great photo (before digital cameras) of him eating his first chocolate chip cookie and ending up with chocolate on his face! He loved it!

He would eventually be cleared of his garlic allergy, but new foods began to give him problems. He could eat red apples, apple sauce, and drink apple juice, but green and yellow apples made him break out in hives. He could eat green pears, but brown pears also gave him hives. Although he can now have brown pears, he still cannot have yellow and green apples.

Allergy - Apples

As he got older, he also developed allergies to grasses, trees, flowers, dogs, cats, horses, mice, and dust. His peanut numbers kept going up, and he started to develop allergies to all the other tree nuts. As you can imagine, grocery shopping has changed for us multiple times and can take forever!

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Well, we recently moved and saw a new allergist for the first time in ten years. He ran a complete set of tests – 56 skin pricks on his back! He was miserable by #10! He was reacting to almost everything. In the five columns of pricks, one of them had hives so big that they merged into one large hive. It was all I could do to keep him from scratching!

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He ended up testing positive to so many things with this test; and then he had to undergo the blood work! Between the two, we had several new things; so many that he would have very little to eat if we eliminated everything. He had been having some strange reactions lately, so we decided to do some sort of elimination diet. LegoFan tested positive to allergies to wheat, barley, rye, and oats. So we decided on a gluten free diet for a month…

This post is linked up with Our Simple Farm, Homemaker’s Challenge, Whole New Mom, Home Sanctuary, and Allergy Free Alaska – go check out what everyone else has this week!

Curriculum Sale Blog Hop

Today I am joining Jessica at Shower of Roses for her 3rd Annual Curriculum Sale Blog Hop. I hope that you are able to find something you need to bless your family this school year. Please ask any questions you may have. All prices are for the items only. I will add shipping based on the weight of the items and the zip code. When I get your information, I will send you quotes for media mail and priority mail, so you can decide what’s best for your family. All items will be sold on a first contact basis. I will let you know if an item is pending when you contact me. I will also come back and update this post as items are pending or sold. Payment can be made through paypal.

On to the books:

* Home School in the Woods Time Travelers New World Explorers CD (Gr. 3-8) – Like new, minimal light marks on CD underside, works well. $18 (SOLD)

* Faith & Life Book 3: Our Life with Jesus, Revised Edition, Textbook – used condition, some marks on cover. $5

Faith & Life Book 3

* Faith & Life Book 4: Jesus Our Guide, Revised Edition, Textbook,  Activity book, & Teacher’s Manual – textbook is used & has some marks on the cover, activity book has some erased writing on the first couple of pages, teacher’s manual has some shelf-ware but looks great. All three for $20 (SOLD)

* Getty & Dubay Italic Handwriting Workbook, Level F – some shelf-wear, but no writing. $5 (SALE PENDING)

Getty & Dubay Itallic Handwriting

* Artistic Pursuits – Cover says Grades K-3 Book Three, however it has lessons 1-23 from Book Three and lessons 24-32 are from Book Two. This book was bound incorrectly, but if you haven’t done book two yet, it would still be a great book with great lessons and activities. $20 (SOLD)

* Artistic Pursuits – Grades 4-6 Book One – The Elements of Art and Composition – Edges show a little wear, but otherwise great condition. $28 (SOLD)

* Singapore Math, Primary Mathematics, Teacher’s Guide 6B For U.S. Edition and 3rd Edition by Singapore Math, Inc. Used condition. $10

Singapore Math 6B Teacher

* Singapore Math, Primary Mathematics, 6A Textbook, some wear, $7; 6A Workbook, never used, $9  – BOTH for $15 (SOLD)

* Singapore Math, Primary Mathematics, 6B Textbook, some wear, $7; 6B Workbook, never used, $9  – BOTH for $15 (SOLD)

* Math-U-See, Zeta, Teacher’s Manual. Comb binding has some broken pieces, but the book is still usable. The pages show a little wear. $10 (SOLD)

* All About Spelling, Level Four, shows some wear on edges. Includes book, word cards, sound cards, key cards, phonogram cards, lists & some pages from the student packet. $28 (SOLD)

* Apologia, Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology – Page 147 came torn from the publisher only we didn’t realize it until we got there. A third of the page is missing, however page 148 is a blank page and 147 is a project. The only thing missing is one photograph. No text, instructions, or materials are missing. The ability to complete the project is not hindered in any way. The rest of the book is in really good condition. $28 (SOLD)

* Geography A Literature Approach: A Guide to Using Holling C. Holling Books, 1995, Beautiful Feet Books. Some check marks and writing inside, some erased, one page has a green mark on it. $2 (SALE PENDING)

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* My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith, Sophia Institute Press. Great condition. $5 (SOLD)

* The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church, shows some wear. $3 (SOLD)

* Lingua Mater Intermediate Language Lessons, Emma Serl, Hillside Education. Lesson 103-105 are on one page that got wet w/water and are wrinkled, but legible. Some stray marks, but otherwise good. This book has 300 lessons in it and is designed to be used over the course of 2-3. (Gr 4-6) Retails for $46.95, asking $20 (SOLD)

 

Thank you! I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to offer!