Friday, December 02, 2016

Fair Trade Friday - Amazima Ministries

Today's post features an organization called Amazima Ministries.  Amazima pronounced (Ah MAH Zee Mah) was founded by a lady named Katie Davis.  She went to Uganda after graduating high school and saw a real need and felt led to do something.

 In her book, Kisses From Katie, that I highly recommend, she tells about working as a teacher in an orphanage.  Orphanages are different than what many of us imagine.  Many of the children have parents and family close by and they come to visit.  Why are they living in the orphanage you may be asking.  Well, the family can't afford to take care of them, provide food and education for them.  So, living at the orphanage gives them a chance.

Katie started a sponsorship program to help these kids be able to return to living with their families because their basic necessities would be covered through the sponsorship.

In addition to running the sponsorship program, Katie discovered a need to help families earn an income.  The website states, "At the beginning of 2010, Amazima Ministries started the Masese Women’s Beading Circle because we saw the need to develop a self-sustaining vocational program for mothers in the Masese community. Our desire is to empower these women, to provide hope for their families, and to see the Gospel to take root in their lives."

There are many beautiful products available through the Amazima Store.  There are even special Christmas Bundles to help families in Uganda, and also to help spread the word about what Katie and her organization are accomplishing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tanner Tuesday

"Knock on Wood" Tanner is sounding less stuffy these days!  It is like he has turned a corner finally!  He is on week three of his antibiotics and only has 4 doses left. Thankfully, Oliver goes to see the vet on Thursday (annual stuff) so we can discuss Tanner without him having to go in.
Tanner loves to help with the decorating and enjoys sleeping under the tree.  He has never bothered the tree or tried to climb it.  I don't know what it is with this new generation of kittens! 
I make up Tanner's pill case every Sunday for the week.  There is an AM and a PM side.  This helps me when it comes to the every other day pills!
Sunday is also arthritis injections for him, Cousin Sophie and Cousin Pirate. 
But first, we all have to weigh.  Tanner now weighs 16 pounds. He will need to cut back on the snacks a bit!
Sunday is spa day at our house, which includes weighing and any combination of these, depending on what you need for the day...
Ears cleaned
Chin combed
Nails trimmed
Litter picked out from between toes (my personal favorite)
Back ends wiped off if you are stinky
Do you have a spa day at your house?  Are there other areas you pay attention to that are not listed above?
Thanks for the continued purrs for Tanner...they are working! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mancat Monday

Harrison and Flynn are learning about this whole Christmas's pretty exciting but tiring too!
Do you hear something brother?
Harrison (top) Flynn (bottom)

Flynn isn't sure about what is going on in the house...

Harrison just trying to act cool...
Where did this box come from?  I wonder what is in here...
It's empty, but there is a TREE in the living room!
Harrison and Flynn spent the first part of putting up the tree and decorating getting into trouble.  They wanted to chew on each branch!  Thankfully, they did not try to climb the tree like Cousin Georgie.  Harrison did crunch two light bulbs and we are hoping he hasn't swallowed any glass!  We are keeping a close watch on him :)  There are some soft ornaments and ornaments with bells on the lowest branches that they can play with if they want.

It wasn't long before they were both in the bed upstairs, completely zonked out!  Here is Flynn...I covered him up, and he stayed like this for a couple of hours.

Harrison like to nestle in the 'momma' blanket...I covered him up later too and he slept and slept!
These boys can't handle all this excitement!  They are having a good first Christmas so far though.  How are your cats doing with the tree?  Do you put one up?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner continues to be a bit stuffy but has moments of improvement.  We will keep plugging along until it is time to return to the vet for a recheck.  He doesn't seem overly bothered by his cold and eats and plays.  He gained weight this week, so he is definitely feeding his cold!
We have had some beautiful weather lately and the sun puddles are plentiful.  Here's Tanner trying on his bowtie for the Christmas card photos... 
Our trees are just gorgeous right now...

Here is a shot with all four boys...can you find them?  Do you know which cat is which?

We started decorating for Christmas over the weekend, while we had some time, and the boys all helped.

Eventually, Tanner was wiped out and found a pile of tissue to rest in...

More sun puddles...

Fun with a new catnip toy.  This was supposed to be a Christmas present for Oliver.  I had the package on the kitchen island and when I came downstairs the next morning, I started finding these toys all down the hall!  The package was now lying on the kitchen floor and destroyed!  At least I know they like them!  MOL  Yes, I've ordered more and put them in a safe place!!

So while we still have a bit of this cold/allergies/herpes infection, Tanner is enjoying life and living it to the fullest!  Thanks for your continued prayers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner is a mystery case for sure.  His results came back simply showing that he had the feline herpes virus.  However, after 3 days off his antibiotics, he was sounding much worse again.
The initial thought was to simply keep going with the steroids for inflammation, and the lysine to possibly help suppress the herpes virus.  I had to advocate for Tanner and explain that the course of lysine and steroids had previously done nothing to help him, and the only thing that has helped has been his antibiotics.  I realize that they will not work on viruses, but wonder if he came back as not having bacteria present because he had just finished two weeks the day before the samples were taken?  I explained to the vet that the symptoms were returning already and asked if we could just try the antibiotics again to give his body a chance to fight.  He agreed and so we are doing three weeks this time. 
I asked if there was anything else we could be doing to try and improve his immune system to help him fight and so we are giving some probiotics as well.  We are also going to decrease the steroids in case they are suppressing his immune system more than we realize.
Tanner has gotten pretty stuffy again, so we are now doing the saline nose spray again as well.
I am refusing to give up hope that we will get him clear at some point!  Poor boy has been stuffy and sneezing for over two months now.  He is still eating well and asking to play.  We plugged in the heated bed this weekend and he has been happily cooking ever since!
We are thankful for your continued purrs!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mancat Monday

Harrison and Flynn are enjoying the cooler weather.  We didn't have the windows open but they seemed to sense the crispness in the air and were quite frisky!
Flynn, on the top circle, was being a total goof ball! 

Trying hard to get brothers attention...Harrison is too focused on the birds and leaves outside.
All is calm...or is it?

Harrison finally notices Flynn...

Let the games begin again!
Have your mancats been more frisky lately?  Do you notice changes in their behavior when the weather cools off?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner went to the vet last Friday for a recheck.  He had been on antibiotics for two weeks but was still a bit stuffy.  Improved, but still sneezing, etc...
The vet looked in his nose again and was pleased that the ulcers he saw at the last visit were not there anymore.  He could see some discharge and decided to get a sample.  Tanner went to the back for this procedure and came back just sneezing up a storm!  The vet got his sample though and is having it cultured.  He wants to see exactly what we are dealing with to make sure we are on the right medication path.

We are currently still waiting on the results of the culture, so Tanner is off his antibiotics.  I have noticed that over the weekend he started sounding a bit more stuffy.  I feel we will be back on them by the end of the week, and probably for several weeks to combat whatever Tanner has caught.  It seems to be something stubborn!