Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From PAN (Parkinson's Action Network) For Vets

Show Support for Veterans With Parkinsons

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a proposed rule to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, which have been linked to traumatic brain injury (TBI)."

Comments are due by Feb. 8th.  Click the link above comment here to go to the form and submit your comment.  Please share the link with your friends and families.  I am sure we all know a vet that this will help.

I do!

Vet Brothers, Maravin Hott, Charles Hott, and Dan Hott 
Marvin and Dan both have Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

And the Winner Is.....!

Rick Coffinbarger!  Thanks so much to Rick and all who participated in my first ever book review give-away! It was fun not only reading the book but also getting to share a copy of TROPHY CHILD by Ted Cunningham with you.  Rick will be receiving his free copy from David C. Cook soon.  Trophy Child Book Review was fun to read and write about.  Yes, I'm a book nerd.  Are you?

I just want to also thank all those who "liked" my new "Excuse Me, Can I Tell You Something" page on Facebook.  When I agreed to review the book, I wasn't sure how to do the give-away.  In case you are wondering, we put all names in a hat and 7 year old Levi Hott drew out Rick's name.  Simple as that!  (And,  here's a picture of the hat!  It's from the Washington Nationals baseball game.)

Now, it's on to my next endeavor attempting to have people comment to the Department of Veteran's Affairs on Parkinson's Disease and TBI's.  Praying that you and "Excuse Me, Can I Tell You Something?" will spread the word.

If anyone is still kinda curious about Trophy Child, check out The Spice over on GoGirls! or click here:
The Spice February 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Facebook Page

"Excuse Me, Can I Tell You Something?" has a facebook page!

Check out what Violet made for me on Facebook!  Please click above and pop over to my new page and "like" or share if you would.


Not Just Another Thursday Morning Post

When we have the faith to keep our eyes open during the dark times, God will scatter moments of sudden glory like stars in the inky sky. - Sharon Jaynes

I saw this on facebook on this snowy January no school morning and just thought it was pretty cool.  

Not long ago, on another Thursday morning, as Dan was driving the three younger hottlings to school, I was on facebook...again...and read a post that I wish I would have copied too.  

It also had a dark picture with a single candle.  The quote was something like this: "Lord, for the times when I can't be your light, please help me to at least be your reflection." (I'm paraphrasing, sorry)

As my family drove down the hill to town, I prayerfully asked God to travel to school with each of my kids that day, including Caity at her job in DC.  I kinda try to do this daily.  As I asked for His protection, I also prayed that they will be a reflection of Jesus' love to others in their day, like the post I read on facebook.  As a substitute teacher, my heart hurts a little for the students and young adults out there wondering "in the darkness".

Later that morning, a teacher called me here at home just as I was getting out of the shower.  Yes, butt naked, I listened to her urgent voice message.  One of my hottlings had witnessed another student's cry for help by confiding thoughts of suicide in the middle of band class.  

Thank you, God, for using my child as a reflection of your love that morning.  

Some days, I find it so hard to send my kids out in the world even though I know they are just going to school.  I can't imagine how God felt when he had to watch his Son leave home (heaven) and go to the world.  After that memorable Thursday morning, I kinda understand a little bit how important it was to see on facebook what was not just another Thrusday Morning post. 

Thank you for allowing us to be your light and, at times when needed, your reflection.

Oh, and by the way, please check out my new page on facebook and "like" or share it with your friends.  I'll be praying that we all reflect His love in this crazy world we call home.  Here it is:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Show Support for Veterans with Parkinson's

Submit Your Comments on Draft Rule Regarding 
Parkinson's and Traumatic Brain Injury

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a proposed rule to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, which have been linked to traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

The proposed rule cites an Institute of Medicine report referencing three research studies supporting a connection between the development of parkinsonisms and traumatic brain injury. The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) applauds the VA's effort to keep up on the latest science in this dynamic area and will be submitting comments to support the proposal.

The Parkinson's community has a successful track record in weighing in on expanded access to VA benefits.  I am asking you to amplify this message. Please show your support for veterans by submitting comments by the February 8 filing deadline. Each comment will be recorded and counted!

Why This is Important:
More than 80,000 veterans living with Parkinson's disease receive care and assistance from the VA. Research supports a link between head injury and the development of Parkinson's".  I am hopeful that including Dan's unique case will open doors for assistance from the VA for us as well by including dangerous overexposure to radiation as well as tramatic brain injuries.

How to Submit Your Comments:
  • Go to the comment form.
  • Enter your own comments, or feel free to use the language below to paste in the comment box and click "submit."

Suggested Comment Text:

Dan Hott, is a veteran and was diagnosed in 2008 with Parkinson's Disease.  While in the Air Force in 1978, Dan was involved in an incident where he was subjected to levels of RF well in excess of safety standards, 650 mW-sec/cm2.  His overexposure to radiation has resulted in Parkinson's Disease.  Now, suffering from severe distonia, Dan has had to close his business as an environmental engineer.  Since then, he is still waiting for the VA to issue complete disability.

As a member of the Parkinson's community, I applaud the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) proposal to designate parkinsonism, depression, and dementia as service-connected for veterans who experienced a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their service.

Parkinson's is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease, which affects an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans.  More than 80,000 veterans living with Parkinson's disease currently receive care and assistance from the VA and recent studies show a connection between TBI and parkinsonisms, including Parkinson's disease.

I also support the VA's effort to ensure all who deserve access to critical benefits have it. As the proposed rule states, research supports a link between head injury and parkinsonism. I encourage the VA to continue to review research to assess whether it supports extending eligibility for these benefits to veterans who experience any TBI, not just those classified as moderate or severe.

Additionally, we encourage the VA to extend eligibility to those veterans who have been overexposed with radiation and now suffer from Parkinson's as well.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Trophy Child Book Review

Right in the heat of the holidays, I received a message from the social marketing folks for the publisher, David C. Cook.  Apparently, they wanted to know if I would be interested in previewing a new book by Ted Cunningham called TROPHY CHILD.  "Hummmmm... that could be interesting," was my thought, "I'm a bit of a book nerd anyway.  Plus, I just finished The Hobbit."  All I need to do is post a blog about the book later in January then I could give away a free copy.  I needed something extra to do just about as much as I needed a hole in my head.  So.... I said, "OK!"

What?  Am I crazy? (Don't answer that, Dan! (My "hotthubby"!).  I barely have a moment to read books for my own pleasure; so now I had just agreed to add another task to my busy plate during the holidays.  In what seemed like merely a millisecond  the pdf file of the book arrived on my laptop.  Wow!  How does that happen.  So, I began reading.

Shortly after, a package arrived in the mail of Trophy Child.  Cool.  Now I can throw this new book in may bag on my way to basketball and get to reading.  Let's see.  This is somewhat of a busy week.  It's the beginning of Levi's biddy buddy basketball; Violet's JV Girls Team has two games this week; Isaac has a piano lesson after school today; Social Studies project titles are due Wednesday at Warm Springs Intermediate School; Violet needs her deposit to go to The Rock in January; Levi has a spelling test; Isaac lost his book for Mr. Jones, again; someone else has canceled for Jingle Jam (the church's community Christmas Program) and costumes need to be arranged; plus, Christmas is less than two weeks away.

Does this chaos sound familiar?  Arriving at the gym to watch Levi and seven other second graders, I was thinking how much "fun" it is to sit in the gym for yet another basketball adventure while looking ahead to my week, we were scheduled for activities every.single.night.  With a moment to spare, I dug in my purse and cracked open my new copy of Trophy Child. A little distracted thinking about how long- legged (and super long haired) "blondie" Violet's practice was going and if she was able to run with that stinking cold she has that won't go away, I settled in for 90 minutes at the gym and turned over my fresh new book for the first time.

"The Anti-Tiger Mom Book" is written across the back.  Wonder what that means.  Hummmmm.... look at that.  There is a graphic of a child, girl with long hair down to her butt, shooting a.... yes, you guessed it!  Basketball!

"Excuse me, can I tell you something?"  Alright God.  What is it this time?  Isn't it funny how, when you least expect it, God manages to literally (yes, "literally" in this case), place something in your hands when you most need it.  If you ever feel like sometimes you are sinking in a sea of scheduling while drowning in parenting perplexities, Trophy Child reaches out like a hand to rescue you with insight on how to manage these moments to "help you create a home where our children find success in following their heavenly Father."

First of all, I came to realize that I am the epitome of the "Tiger Mom."  Yes, this is hard to admit; but I will just come right out and say it to you all, "Hello, my name is Angie Hott and I am a Tiger Momoholic!"  Aaaaaaah.  There, that feels so much better.  Not only that, after reading Trophy Child, this parent is also the product of being an adult "trophy child".  Are you?

Like other "tiger moms," I often become concerned about the success of my children's academics. Gauging their performances, I guess, is a direct reflection of my intellect, right?  Wrong!  So then, why do I obsess and fret over each spelling test, algebra assignment, report card.

Being vertically challenged (I barely make it to five feet), the fact that Violet has expressed interest in athletics is entirely new territory for me.  Of the hundreds of sporting events I have attended over the years, I never paid attention to a basketball game in my life.  Now, I watch every second eagerly, biting my nails, hoping for Violet to get that shot so she too can be a basketball star.  Levi too.  The same goes for any race or gymnastics event.

And don't even get me started about music!  Sometimes, I feel like Amy Duncan on "Good Luck Charlie"  Please don't tell anyone this, but if any of my four kids end up Broadway Stars, well, this 48-year-old-grey-haired-mama-of-four will split a seam for sure!  I guess this is why I get so disappointed when our Isaac refuses to play piano.

When I get all uptight about whether Levi knows his spelling words or if Isaac is ready for the Social Studies Fair, I try to remember what Aunt Tammy said years ago when her first baby was getting ready to graduate from high school, "I can't wait to see what God is going to do with her!"

And now, I understand.  Reading Trophy Child revealed that, yes, I really am doing some things right.  In fact, I was able to pat myself on the back a few times and, to my suggestion, hotthubby Dan also read it.  The author, Ted Cunningham, also shed light on what makes us a trophy child as well as how to work at "seeing your children embrace their full potential as children of God."

After all, isn't that a parent's ultimate goal!  I guess sometimes we all need to be reminded.  Trophy Child does this in a gentle way with Mr. Cunningham's parenting stories, guidance, easy family devotionals, and suggestions to prepare our kids for something greater than themselves:  a reflection of God's love!

To conclude, I pray that you give Trophy Child your consideration.  I have included the clip from the marketers as well as their press release below.  Finally, if you are interested in reading Trophy Child, please let me know either with a private message, comment, or simply a quick "like" or "share" of this post here or on facebook.  David C. Cook will select a single reader to forward a free copy.  And, just so you know, I do not receive any monetary compensation by participating; however, I do feel that it is important, as a parent, to remember that God has given these children to us to steward them to be all that God has created them to be.  Not us.

"Grrrrrrrrrrrrowl!"  Now go and stop being Tiger Parents.  There are enough of them in the stands already!

Saving Parents from Performance,
Preparing Children for Something Greater
Than Themselves
Written for every mom who helps too much with homework
just to impress the teacher and every dad who takes credit for
his daughter’s soccer success, Trophy Child will give parents the
encouragement they need to nurture their kids into who God
created them to be.
Our culture’s obsession with achievement often leads parents to
form expectations for their kids based on the world’s standards, not
on the Bible. As a result, their kids feel they can never measure up.
Trophy Child will help modern Christian parents create a home
where children find success in following their heavenly Father’s
leading for them—and readers know the joy of seeing their
children embrace their full potential as children of God.
T H E   A U T H O R
Pastor  Ted Cunningham founded Woodland Hills Family
Church in Branson, Missouri, where he lives with his wife
and two children. A graduate of Liberty University and Dallas
Theological Seminary, he is the author of Young and in Love and
has coauthored several books with Dr. Gary Smalley, including
!e Language of Sex and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers.

Friday, January 11, 2013

An AED Update! Call Congress Today!

What if you were the person in this video?  Your dad?  Or, your husband?  With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what a better way to have a heart than to SAVE a heart!  
Last year, Delegate Cowels introduced HB 4442 requiring all public schools to have access to an AED.  After a year of research, I am hoping this bill become a law.  Please check out this compelling video on why AED's are critical to saving loved ones.

Contact your representative about assuring that AED's or automated external defibrillators are available in all public schools, not just in West Virginia but across the country.  If you ARE in  W. Va., here's where to send your comments.  Just be sure to put AED in the subject line:

Mary M. Poling (D - Barbour)
District 40
Capitol Address: 
Room 434M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone:             (304) 340-3265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (304) 340-3265      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      
Business Phone:             (304) 457-2206 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (304) 457-2206      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      

Or, contact Daryl Cowels here:
Daryl Cowles (R - Morgan)
Assistant Minority Whip
District 58 

Capitol Address: 
Room 6R-A, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305

Capitol Phone:             (304) 340-3177 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (304) 340-3177      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      
Business Phone:             (304) 258-1880 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (304) 258-1880      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My First Blogger Book Review - Trophy Child

Look what a mess I've made!  In an attempt to prepare for my first book review next week, I have managed to mess up my profile. Ugh!!!  Guess I will have to wait for Violet to return from school to help me out on this one.  Somehow, while updating both Facebook and Googe +, it's lost!  Wondering where it went will keep me up at night.  Surely my original profile (the one I first posted in 2008) is out there somewhere.  For now, I had to rewrite another profile.  Why is that so hard?

Oh well.  I guess this 48-year-old-gray-haired-hott-mama-of-four will need to get used to change sooner or later.

So anyway, here's the deal!  Next week, the nifty marketing publishers of David C. Cook are launching a blogger campaign for a new book called TROPHY CHILD by Ted Cunningham.  In my feeble attempt to share my opinion of this book on parenting, I wanted to be able to do one of those "click like to win a copy" things.  At any rate, I think I have managed to set up a method between my blog and facebook.

Kinda cool, actually.  Here's what the book looks like.  I'm not allowed to post a review until next week.  Oooooooh, this is fun!  I think this is called a "teaser".

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Last First Date

It was a cold day in early 1995 when the phone rang in my little house on Concord Avenue on a Saturday evening.  "Hi, I'm Dan."

"Who?" was my reply.  Wait a second.  I don't know any guys named Dan.

"Dan Hott."

"Seriously?  Do I know you?"  Hmmmmm... He says his name is Dan Hott.  What kind of a name is that?  Maybe this is a crank call.  I was about to pull out my "tough" voice.

"Well, not exactly.  I'm friends with your sister-in-law, Cindy.  We, uh.... well, we were high school classmates at Williamsport in 1975."

"Really?  You know Cindy?"  Oooooookay.

"She gave me your number."

"Oh?  Did she?"  I'm not making this guy very comfortable, that's for sure.  Wonder what he wants.

"Yeah!  You see, I was in her office the other day.  Cindy is my accountant for my business.  And, well, I was wondering if you wanted to get together?"

Now, I get it!  (Sometimes I can be a little slow.)  This is an invitation to a date.  And a "blind date" at that!  Oh my!  What should I do?  Okay, let's see.  He knows Cindy who called this single mom of 29 years "cosmopolitan" one time.  He must be okay.  Let's listen.  Dan proceeded to fill me in on his 37 years, his family, interests, busy environmental business.  Wow!  He sure can talk.  "So, what do you say?  Would you like to meet me for lunch tomorrow?"

(dramatic pause....)


Immediately after  I hang up with Dan, my phone rings again.  It's Cindy who says "Hey Ang. (She is the person that called me "Ang".) I just gave your number to an old friend of mine."  Oh, really?

So the next day I dropped Caity off at Grandma's after church and drove to Hagerstown, MD, to meet a complete stranger for lunch at Ruby Tuesdays.  He showed up in cowboy boots wearing a green plaid flannel shirt (remember, this was 1995) and made fun of my red Geo Tracker.  "That's not a real jeep!"  After a BLT on wheat toast and brisk walk by the muddy Potomac River, little did I know then, but I had just been on "my last first date!"

That was 18 years ago today!  Happy 1st Date Anniversary to my HottHubby Dan! Now, look at us:

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks!"

Tell me about your "last first date"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"Abouncing" Grace for 2013

Here is my humble attempt at a Hott Home Movie!  It was just Isaac and me up at the Hott house last night.  What happened at your house?

Happy New Year 2013!

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, 
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8