What I can tell you is that an email was drafted and sent to the owners of the company asking them to reconsider their position. That email was sent on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday afternoon, we received a response that a call was being held Thursday with their "HR Legal Staff" and someone would contact us. As of now, we have not heard anything.
I can also tell you that all the prayers that have gone up about this issue have been felt. Steve and I have absolutely been at complete peace about the situation and have not worried about the answer to come. We know that if this is God's will, it will work out. And we do have options should things not go as expected.
Thank you for your prayers. As we continue to wait, I ask you to keep us in your prayers.
EVERYONE WINS! I had enough books for everyone to win something. I'll be contacting you soon to get you the books...YAY! Thank you for entering...and please, forward my blog address on to anyone you think might be interested in winning books. I have another one coming up in March.
As you know, we have just completed fundraising for Steve to receive his much needed Diabetic Service Alert Dog. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here.
Today, Steve emailed his boss (one of the owners of the company) and offered to talk with him about his training and the changes surrounding having a service dog. Basically, the email he received back said they were sorry but they could not allow a service dog at his workplace.
The email went on to explain in detail, all the reasons why they couldn't allow it (most all are humorous they are so ridiculous). We think they are wrong. But as you can imagine, this has really hit us hard. And we are angry.
Deep down, we both know that if this is God's will (and we believe it is) that He will take care of it. But right now, we are so infuriated, we can't even see that far ahead of us.
May I ask you to pray for this situation? So many of you have been reading long enough to know all the dangers that Steve has encountered with his diabetes. I'd really like my husband to stay around long enough to see his baby girl grow up.
We covet your prayers. And know that I will keep you posted.
Oh, and by the way, if you know a really good attorney, let me know. :) Free is good too! HA!
The first is:
I Do Again
With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.
After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.
I mean, SERIOUSLY. Who wouldn't want to read this book?! As couples, isn't this your greatest fear? That your spouse would have an affair? Well, this is real stuff...and their marriage survived...and marriages survive worse than this every day. I haven't finished reading this book yet, but I can highly recommend it already.
"I Do Again" details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond all hope until a spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait."
"Love As A Way Of Life" Devotional
"In his book Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.
Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty."
Um, hello? Dr. Gary Chapman? I love this man! The first book I read was before Steve and I got married and I read his Five Languages of Love book. FABULOUS! And this is a devotional book...so, you can use it in your quiet time...I obviously haven't read it because it's a 3-month book but I think the author says lots about this book. AND...if you don't need a devotional, this book will make a perfect gift for any occasion (like an ANNIVERSARY!)
"For Couples Only" Box Set
"Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now together in the For Couples Only boxed set, these books provide the perfect resource to help you understand what you never knew about the woman or man in your life.
Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don’t “get” about your significant other—even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you."
All these books are totally awesome! And you can win any or all of them. If you are interested in any of them, leave a comment with your name and which books you are interested in. I'll draw on Friday for these 3 and the Intimate Issues book...and you can enter for as many of these books as you want. There's no limit to how many you can win! As always, you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to win...
And if you don't win, you can find these books by clicking their names above and that will take you right to their Amazon site for purchasing!
I'm hoping to post my other book review tomorrow and if I do, I'll draw for both on Friday...stay tuned...
I have personally read this book and it's a great book. There's not alot of books out there about the "S" word written from a Christian perspective, but this one is! And the cool thing about it is you don't have to read it straight through. You can pick the question that most interests you and read about it and then jump around throughout the book. You don't have to be having problems in your love life to read this. It's a perfect gift to give yourself this Valentine's Day. And best of all, it's FREE...because I have 2 of them to give away to YOU! (But if you really want to BUY it, you can find it here. Or here. Or even here. :)
Because of the sensitive nature of the topic of this book, you can either leave a comment here that you want to be in the drawing or you can send me an email (totally confidentially) at email@example.com. I won't announce the winners on my blog so you don't have to worry about that. Oh and one other thing...you can enter and win even if you've won before. But. You can't win if you don't enter, so leave me a comment or email today!
Stay tuned...another book review and giveaway THIS WEEK!!!
Other than that, I have very little to report in the way of Taylor news. Steve has had some stomach problems and has a UGI on Tuesday of next week. The doctor thinks he might have an ulcer. No surprise there. It's a wonder we all don't have one.
I'm giving a shout out to my friend, and niece, Beth today! It's her birthday and she's 25! She reads my blog and I know I've never given her a shout out, so today is the day.
Here she is with her husband Bob. Don't they make the best looking couple ever?
Beth is part of the Taylor-clan and she is also a big part of why I'm part of the Taylors. I met her before I met Micah who was the catalyst for Steve and I getting together (though she may regret that now!). Beth's mom, (Steve's sister) Deanne, was very encouraging to me when Steve and I first started dating. Remember, Steve was 15 years old than me and I was only 20 when we met. So, we kept it on the down-low because we knew what people would think and say about a 35 year old man dating a 20 year old girl. Because Steve lived with Beth's family at the time, I spent quite a bit of time getting to know them before knowing the rest of the Taylors.
I have watched Beth grow from a little 10 year old girl into the woman you see in the picture above. Totally amazing. I love these Taylors like crazy!
Happy birthday Bethie. I hope this is just the first of MANY wondering years.