As of 9:28 we have a 4-year-old.
4 years. How has it been that long!?! How are you 4 years old already, GG???
God placed you in my life and in my arms that day 4 years ago and I’m so thankful that He let you stay with us. You had my heart before you even took your first breath. I know that I’ve never done anything in my life to deserve YOU, just as I’ve done nothing to deserve God’s ultimate sacrifice and forgiveness and I will be thankful my entire life for YOU, our miracle.
You are smart - the smartest little "big" boy I know. You understand so much and the things you don't "get" just yet you strive to understand until you do. You are kind and compassionate, loving and caring - you love saying "I love you" and giving hugs and kisses. You are stubborn - you know what you want and you don’t let anything hold you back. You are handsome - the most beautiful little boy I’ve seen in my entire life. You have such an amazingly sarcastic sense of humor - a perfect mix between mommie and daddy.
YOU are my heart. I would walk through fire for you. The day you were born was the day that I began to fully live. I am so proud of the little "big" boy that you have become and so excited to see the bigger boy you will grow into. It breaks my heart when you talk about getting bigger and being as big as daddy because I know that that day will come so much sooner than I'm prepared for, but I know that we are raising a man that will be so much more than even we can imagine.
Before you were born, this was (and will always be) my prayer for you:
“God, I pray that Gregory is independent, that he is a leader among men. I pray for integrity. I pray that he has a heart for YOU and a heart for others, that he would help those in need. That he would stand up for his beliefs. I pray that he would also stand up for those that cannot do so for themselves. That he would be kind, gentle, loving and firm. Lord, I pray for his happiness. I pray that he does mighty and wondrous things in Your name.” I will never be able to express to you just how much my love for you is! I love you as much as the sky and more. I love you to the moon and back x infinity!!
All my love,
Last week a neighbor gave us a hermit crab aquarium all set up for some hermies as their affectionately called. Since GG has asthma and horrible allergies we thought, why not.? At first he saw it and wanted a lizard, but when I told it what it was set up for he was very ready to get a hermit crab. My husband and I did some research and added some other things to the habitat.
On Saturday we brought home three hermies and I have been a WRECK ever since. There is more in taking card of a hermit crab than any other animal/reptile/amphibian I have ever owned! I'm so invested in these little guys that I won't go to sleep until I've seen all three walking around at night. It takes them a while to get use to their new habitat so they're digging and staying under all day.
If I would have done even more research I would have gotten GG a fish. I never realized what these little guys go through and I didn't know that they aren't breed in captivity. I was going to write an entire post here, but my god-daughter (who lives with us as of a few weeks ago) wrote an essay on hermies. I'm going to share that instead!
Do you believe that hermit crabs should be kept as pets
Do I believe hermit crabs should be kept as pets? No, I do not. The reasons why I believe this way are as follows. Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. They have very specific needs that most people don’t know anything about. They are also very social and misunderstood.
Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. I believe this for several different reasons. The first reason is that their life span is much larger when they are in their natural environment. In nature the lifespan of a hermit crab is thirty to forty years, however as pets it’s rare that they live more than a few years.
Secondly, hermit crabs can not breed in captivity. There have been rare cases, but the eggs can not hatch unless they are placed in the ocean.
Hermit crabs have very specific needs. For one the temperature needs to be between seventy five and eighty degrees. The humidity also need to be kept between seventy and eighty five percent. This is because hermit crabs are from tropical environments like the Caribbean. They also breathe with special gills, they pull their air from moisture in the air that we breathe, this is why the humidity must be so high. Many people don’t understand this and their hermit crabs slowly suffocate and die.
Hermit crabs are very social. This is usually misunderstood because of their names. When people hear “hermit” they think of a person that does not want to be around anyone. The hermit crab however needs to be around other hermits. It got its name because when it’s scared it hides in its shell for protection. It’s name causes many people to think that it can be alone. People see their name and assume that it is okay to be by themselves. When this happens a hermit crab will become very depressed and eventually die.
In conclusion, I do not believe that hermit crabs should be kept as pets. Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. They have very specific needs that most people don’t know anything about. They are also very social and misunderstood. When left in their natural environment they live very fulfilled lives, sometimes as long as forty years. When left alone they do not have the added stress that humans bring.
It's another rainy, gloomy day today. How many of you have little ones running around right now with loads of pent up energy? Let's take a look at some fun indoor rainy day activities that can help us get some of that energy out -- aside from having them run laps around the house that is!
Emotional abuse is an often overlooked form of abuse. Words CAN and DO hurt.
What is Emotional Abuse?
Constant criticism. demands and rejections.
Unreasonable jealously and jealous rage.
Deliberate flirting and unfaithfulness.
Insults, rude nicknames.
Attacks on what a person is rather than what a person does.
Excessive or hurtful teasing.
Verbal abuse is a pattern of behavior that can seriously interfere with a person's healthy emotional development. Regular exposure leads to significant detriment of a person's self-esteem, emotional well-being, and physical state.
"If there are love and truth in the relationship,
life will sustain the relationship by itself.
If there are not love and truth in the
relationship, it will change."
From the book "The
Silent Whisperings of the Heart"
1:00 am Children’s Business Fair
8:30 am Stroller Safari at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
10:00 am Nano Exhibit at MOSH
10:00 am Weaver First Saturday Free For All at the Cummer Museum
10:00 am Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire
10:00 am Murray Hill Mural Festival
10:30 am First Steps in Music Preschool Music Program
12:00 pm Clay County Agricultural Fair
2:00 pm Jacksonville Lantern Parade Workshop: Wire-Frame & Tin-Can Lantern
4:00 pm Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour! – Jacksonville, FL
6:00 pm Jacksonville Lantern Parade
8:00 pm Flight Night at Velocity
What day(s) and hour(s) will Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire be open to the public?
10:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Where can I park? http://themosh.org/visit/visitor-information/
Where is the handicap parking located? http://themosh.org/visit/visitor-information/
Where can I park my RV? http://themosh.org/visit/visitor-information/
Is public transportation available? http://www.jtafla.com/
Can I volunteer at the Mini Maker Faire? For volunteer opportunities please contact Eduardo Santos at 904-396-6674 Ext. 234
What if it rains? The show will go on! Bring rain gear to keep you dry when walking outdoors. Fortunately, we will have many indoor exhibits to keep the family dry.
What can I expect? To have a fantastic time! You'll be surprised and intrigued with every corner that you turn.
Monday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day 2018
HEAL Autism Walk at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens on Sunday, April 29th
World Autism Awareness Day can trace its roots back to November 1st, 2007. This is when the U.N first requested that a day be established as World Autism Day. This resolution was passed and on December 18th of 2007, World Autism Awareness Day was established as a holiday on April 2nd of every year. The first World Autism Awareness Day would then take place in the spring of 2008.
Today, Autism Speaks is one of the largest private organizations to raise awareness for autism, to push for further research and to advocate for individuals who may have autism. One of their main projects – and perhaps their largest – is the Light It Up Blue Initiative. This initiative is observed on World Autism Awareness Day and is designed to spread awareness about this disorder.
Hello! I’m Hilarie!
I am a wife, mother, an assistant, and now a blogger! I am so exciting to relaunch Jacksonville Housewives in the city.
I love the beach, coffee, marketing and meeting new friends. I cannot wait to meet y’all!