Archive for April, 2009

Reading About Diet Pills for my Father

For about the last ten years, my father has been progressively gaining weight.  With kids no longer at home, his desk job has been taking a toll on his body and he is getting to the point where his weight is becoming an issue.

So, I have been doing some research to find him a diet pill that will work for him.  He does have Diabetes so I wanted to make sure that the pills he did eventually buy wouldn’t cause any problems with his condition.

It looks like there are a couple ones that will work for him and I’ll pass the information along to him to make the final decision.  In the end, it will be up to him to take responsibility for losing the weight he needs to.


Posted by Melissa Jones - April 30, 2009 at 11:29 am

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Planning for our Kids Future without Us

I find that ever since we had kids, our priorities in our lives have changed.  It is no longer just about us, and we have gone to great lengths to ensure that our kids are taken care of once we have passed away.

Some of examples of what we have done include buying life insurance and mortgage protection insurance on our home to make sure that they have enough money to live when we are gone.

We have also arranged for some good friends of our to take care of them as well as laid out some guidelines for when both of our families can visit them.

I know that it is a bit morbid when you think about your children living without you, but it is a fact of life – in the end you want them to be well taken care of and raised as though you were there doing it.


Posted by Melissa Jones - April 29, 2009 at 9:22 am

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Coping with Mesothelioma

One of the hardest things that I have had to watch in my life is watching my aunt cope with mesothelioma.  She was diagnosed just six months ago, and it has been an uphill battle ever since.

But I do want to say, it has been good to see her have good spirits throughout her struggle.  Despite her condition, she always has a smile on her face, and loves every minute of her life – at least so far as she shows while we are around.

I hope that they can come up with a cure for it before it is too late, but based on how long the average person survives after being diagnosed with the condition, she doesn’t have much time left.  I will really miss her when she is gone.


Posted by Melissa Jones - April 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

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Back from Orlando

Though I am rarely jealous of my siblings, I will have to say that for once, I wish I was my brother.  Seems kind of selfish, but he just went on a trip that I have always wanted to do.

You see, he took one of those Orlando vacations that I have always dreamed of.  In fact, it would be the one thing that I have been thinking about since I was a child and it has been something that I have wanted more than anything.

But after having kids, our finances have never been good enough to take a trip like that, and in some respects, I feel disappointed.

But I guess I will just have to be patient and wait my turn – it will come someday, right?


Posted by Melissa Jones - April 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

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Playing Playmobil with my Daughter

One of the things that I love the most about being a father is that I have the opportunity to play with toys again.  I know that it might sound a little childish, but it is definitely one of those things that I miss about being a kid.

So, today I took the time to play with my daughter a little bit.  You see, she has a Playmobil dollhouse that she got for her birthday, so from time to time we get it out and we play house.

I find it a little funny at times, especially when she wants me to be the mother, or when she disciplines the kids.  It is interesting to see her play it out, and you get a glimpse of how she sees the world, which is often different than I perceive things.

So I think that we will be buying more Playmobil in the future – she seems to really enjoy them.


Posted by Melissa Jones - April 8, 2009 at 8:56 am

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