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Tune into PBS this Sunday to watch a Sesame Street Primetime Special titled, “Growing Hope Against Hunger.”

Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley join the “Sesame Street” Muppets to help explain to children about the widespread problem of hunger in the U.S. In the special, they meet Lily, whose family is dealing with the issue. According to this article in The New York Times, 7-year-old Lily represents “one of the 17 million American children that the Department of Agriculture estimates are “food insecure,” meaning their access to food is limited or uncertain.”

I’m excited to watch it with our kiddos. If you live in the Denver area, it airs at 7 p.m. If not, look it up on your local PBS station’s schedule. I’ll update on this again after the special, but right now I think this is a GREAT idea!

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We do this thing at our house that we call “Leader of the Day.” Each of the kids is the leader 2 days a week. The leader is responsible for loading and emptying the dishwasher, and setting the table for meals. They also get to be first in line and assist in making important life-changing decision like which movie we’ll watch as a family, or what veggie to have with supper. The best reward for the leader? At least an hour of one on one time with me.

Today was Max’s turn and we decided we’d find an old TV show on Netflix that we can watch together and discuss. Lucky for me, my son loves Sci-Fi as much as I do. After watching half an episode of Kyle XY, we decided it was inappropriate and did some more searching. Up pops a picture of Sliders. YES!

“What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds — where it’s the same year, and you’re the same person, but everything else is different? And what if you can’t find your way home?”

Sliders aired on FOX from 1995-1998 until it was cancelled, but received a second chance on the Sci-Fi channel in 1999-2000. It follows a group of travelers as they “slide” through wormholes to parallel universes trying to get back to the earth they are from. A hand-held timer device determines how long they are in each world, and if they miss their window, they’ll be stuck for 29.7 years. I think Max is going to love it and I’m already predicting that he’ll have created his own timer by the end of the week.

Hooray for Mommy/Max time, Sliders, and Netflix!

What show would you watch and discuss with your tween?

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I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the thousands of wonderful people who nominated us over the years for the show. When we heard about the nominations, tears flowed… abundantly.

God is so good. Through Josh’s life and death hospitalizations. Through Kayla’s trials and triumphs with her disorder. Through her brain surgery and recovery. And through the day to day challenges we’ve faced, God is so good. And He will continue to be.

This experience has changed our lives in many, many ways. Kayla’s health has skyrocketed in the time we’ve been in our new home, and Josh hasn’t had one incident with his asthma. I don’t have to take Kayla’s temp all the time inside our home. And as we are in the hot months, spending time inside is never boring. 🙂

Thank you to our wonderful community, Colorado Springs. Thank you to Premier Homes. Thank you to all of you who gave of your time, money, effort, gifts, products – the list could go on forever. We are so very grateful to all of you.

I’ve received cards, notes, and emails from thousands of people – telling me that this experience changed their lives. Let me say, that we feel so very blessed by all of YOU. And we want to thank YOU.

David Phelps – performs my favorite song – THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS – on our episode. His generosity and love never cease to amaze me. He is an incredible person – I hope you all check out the page on this website about him, and go to his website as well!

Heat Relief Depot – provides the cooling vests that you see Kayla wearing, and have made it possible for her to get out of the house occasionally. Their information is on the Kayla’s Story page, as well as the Links page.

Gift of Pain – is the foundation that has helped our family numerous times over the years. Gabby’s parents are the ones who started the foundation, and their hope is to help all the families out there who deal with this very rare disorder on a day to day basis. Thank you for your support – and to all of you who have given over the years to help provide for the medical needs. Their info is also on the Kayla’s Story page and the Links page.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And praise God from Whom all blessings flow. God Bless You All!

***Don’t forget their episode of EM:HE airs again tonight on ABC! You can read more about Kim and her family on her website: www.kimberleywoodhouse.com

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