A New Easy Way To Support Women Owned Businesses

Choosing items made by women when you shop is now going to be easier.

This is the third post in my series about helping the U.S. economy. The first two in the Series were about How to Buy Products Made in America and Why buy American Made Products. Make sure you read them and help build our United Sates Economy back up.

Women Owned Businesses

NEW LOGO

A big thanks to Walmart and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for creating a logo that will be added to merchandise that is made by Women Owned business.

I would probably be considered biased on this subject because I owned my own construction company for years before the Economy plummeted. I remember like it was yesterday being one of very few females in a strictly male business. It was hard to get my foot in the door and we were also held at higher standards because a ‘chick’ was running the company. It can sometimes be a very unfair world.

Walmart and Sam’s Club will be sporting the new logo right away, with other retailers signing on as your reading this post.

According to WBENC your purchase of Women Owned products helps the Companies grow which then creates more employment opportunities for us. You are not just supporting the individual business, you are supporting our economy. Women Owned businesses contribute more than $1.3 trillion dollars to the U.S. economy and employ nearly 7.9 million people. Those are big numbers considering it’s hard for women to get the same treatment as a man in the business world.

Women are responsible for more than 80% of consumer decisions globally. Walmart’s states that in a recent study, 90% of their U.S. women customers would go out of their way to buy merchandise made by women. So we are not alone in this ladies (and gents too). We need to make sure we watch for the new logo and make purchases accordingly.

I know you are wondering about qualifications, it’s under control.

In an article from WBENC they stated that, “to qualify to use the logo, a business must be WBENC and/or WEConnect International certified, which means 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or group of women.” This is awesome news, I researched these Companies and they don’t just give anyone credentials. It is a huge process and not easy. So next time you see the logo be self-assured that you are definitely supporting Women Owned Businesses.

Are you as excited as me about this??

I have found a list of a few brands and companies you can look for the next time you shop that are already using the logo (I’m now excited to go buy a new bra from one of them). I know this list is not very long, but maybe soon I will be able to do an update when I find new companies showing off the logo.

Here is the list I promised you of Women Owned Businesses already sporting the new logo:

Asplund Coffee – Patricia E. Asplund

Asplund Coffee

My Brother’s Salsa – Helen Lampkin

My Brothers Salsa

Nu-Set Lock

Nu-Set Lock

Fusion Jerky – KaiYen Mai

Fusion Jerky

PBnJ baby – Stacie Blaney

PBnJ Baby

Ziegenfelder Company – Lisa Allen

Ziegenfelder Company

VAN Oriental Food, Inc. – Theresa Motter

VAN Oriental Food, Inc

Smart & Sexy – Ariela Balk

Smart & Sexy

Positively Perfect Dolls

Positively Perfect Dolls

Jelmar LLC. – Alison Gutterman

Jelmar LLC

To wrap this up I will leave you with this, next time you’re at the store make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the new logo and any of these companies I have listed. It’s as easy as putting it in your cart and making the purchase. You will feel warm and fuzzy all over knowing that you’ve done something good for our economy and your fellow female American woman. It helps that you also know you are buying a product that is high quality and unique.

If you enjoyed this post make sure you check out my other post in this Series How to Buy Products Made in America and Why buy American Made Products.

What do you think? Will you look for and buy products with the new logo and feel all warm and gushy inside?

How to Buy Products Made in America

Are you interested in learning more helpful ways to buy Products Made in the USA?

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You’ve come to the right place.

I am going to share with you some secrets and tips on how to buy American made Products. I will also share with you a new great way to support Women Owned Businesses in the another Post in this series It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses. Keep reading and learn how to help do your share in supporting the United States Economy.

Most of us don’t know the impact our shopping habits are having on the United States and ourselves. We have a tendency to just go to the store and just throw stuff in a cart to get in and out of a store as fast as possible. We never even stop to look at where it was made or where it came from. It is easier than you think to make the choice to buy American Made Products, you just have to know the brands you are shopping for. That is why I am helping you, I have put together a couple of list of products and Brands to look for the next time you are shopping.

My next post in this Series goes into detail about why you should buy American Made products, I will share with you the consequences of our shopping routines in the United States, but today we will focus on how and where to buy the brands made in the America.

So you want to buy American but don’t know where to start.

According to Consumer Reports, “Few products except cars, textiles, furs, and woolens are required by law to reveal their American heritage. But when any manufacturer chooses to boast of an American connection, it must comply with federal rules designed to keep consumers from being misled.” You can tell if your purchase is not from The United States because, “One type of labeling law, enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with an assist from the Department of Agriculture, requires imported goods to bear a country-of-origin label when they enter the U.S. If an import combines materials or processing from more than one country, the agency considers the country of origin to be the last country in which a “substantial transformation” occurred—for example, the place where a computer was fabricated, not the country that supplied most parts.

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for administering and enforcing country-of-origin labeling of certain foods. Large retailers must use signs, labels, or stickers to identify the birthplace of covered commodities (most meat, fish, fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, and some nuts). That’s why some brands of salmon are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.”

Enough of the technical stuff, let’s have some fun…

My new friend over at Organized 31 has compiled a very awesome and thorough list of products (with her reviews) that I am going to share with you. The links will take you to her page directly so you can see her greatness in action for yourself. Click the text links below to see her list of products (all links will open in a new tab).

Made in the USA

Reviews of American made products on Organized 31:

American Made Kitchen Products

Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

Itso Bins – Perfect for Storage

Organizing My Fridge with Binz

Kidecals – American Made Labels for Organizing Families

Organizing Hair Appliances & Accessories

My Favorite Bake-ware

Organize the Kitchen with Fresh Tape

Labeling Your Stuff for College

Re-purposed Office Organizing

Wall Decal Solution

Simple Pantry Organization

All-American Kitchen Organizing

As you can see she has put together quite a great list. Thank you Organized 31 for sharing with us.

Do you want to just see what Brands are American Made? Here is a list from Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports is my go-to when I am shopping for everything. I love using their Website for researching products before I buy them. I found this detailed list of Brands that are Made in the USA on their Website. I am truly grateful that there are companies around like this one that go through the hassle of testing and grading the items before I buy them.

Consumer Reports

 Product Companies
Apparel and accessories • Allen Edmonds shoes
• American Apparel
• Chippewa boots
• Filson apparel
• Kepner Scott children’s shoes
• Pendleton woolens (the Portland Collection and wool blankets and throws)
• Stetson hats
• True Religion and Texas jeans
• Wigwam socks
Housewares  • All-Clad, Lodge, and Nordic Ware cookware
• Bunn coffeemakers
• Dacor
• DCS
• Harden Furniture
• Kirby and Oreck vacuum cleaners
• Lasko (mostly fans)
• Pyrex glassware
• Sub-Zero refrigerators
• Viking and Wolf ranges
Tools and home equipment  • Briggs & Stratton mower and tractor engines
• Channellock and Moody hand tools
• Maglite flashlights
• Purdy paintbrushes and rollers
• Shop-Vac wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners
• Stihl gasoline-powered equipment
Others • Airstream trailers
• Annin flags
• Crayola crayons
• Gibson and Martin guitars
• Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger wooden bats)
• Little Tikes and K’Nex toys
• Sharpie markers
• Steinway pianos
• Wilson sporting goods (NFL footballs)

*Note from Consumer Report- This is a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the U.S. Note that a company’s entire output isn’t necessarily American-made. And some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country to meet demand overseas.

 According to ShopSmart Magazine™ (a sister company of Consumer Report) the brands you want to stick with are:

Clothing – American Apparel, Lands End and LL Bean

Large Appliances – Amana and Maytag

Small Appliances – Kitchen Aid and Vitamix blenders

Vacuums – Kirby and Oreck

Cookware – All Clad, Lodge, Nordic Ware and Pyrex

Kids – Crayola, Little Tikes and Tinkertoy

ShopSmart Magazine™ also recommends the Websites below for a more in depth list. If you are like me and prefer to shop online or would like a longer list and more information go to these websites that specialize in selling American Made Products only.

Made in USA – There goal is to make shopping fun and easy. From the practical to the premium, it’s all cool. Every item is 100% guaranteed to be produced in the USA. Quality, style, and Made in the USA — You have their promise.

Americans Working – The American Made Products Directory is sorted by categories of products that are Made in the USA. Many of the companies listed  in their directory feel American people come above profits at any cost as so many corporations practice today. Some say you pay more for American Made items and maybe you will, however in the long run you will almost certainly have a better made item made in a labor friendly fashion under environmental laws that protect us all. Most foreign factories operate in ways that would be illegal in the United States

Made in America Forever – They are the MadeInUSA! Product search Engine and Database. They have listings of websites with products sold on the Internet that are Made in America only. This Organization is dedicated to bringing the jobs and prosperity back to the United States of America.

You most definitely want to check out those Websites and do a little shopping from your computer. Remember, your choice is making a huge mark on our economy. Make the right choice now.

You can also read more information about Why to buy American Made Products in my next Post in this Series. Also look for my great article on It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses.

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Do you look for the Made in the USA Logo when you shop? Are you going to try to be a better Citizen now that you know how easy it is? Tell me in the comments below.

Chapter From My Daughter’s New Book

This is going to be the cutest story when it’s done, #1 Best Seller…

Paige Wings

        “Janey’s Escape” By Paige Fritz

My 14-year-old daughter Paige is writing a book. This is a small tidbit of what she’s written. I think this is going to turn out awesome once it’s done.

Janey would tell me she has wings and that one day she would fly far far away. She told me this so many times that I believed she did have wings. I wanted Janey to show me her wings so I begged and cried because she would say,
“Do you want my wings to break?”
“No but, I want to see them.”
“Do you want your own wings?”
“Yes” I hiccuped.
“Close your eyes” she sounded so distant and full of sorrow
“But, I want my wings” I looked at her. Her eyes were closed she looked so peaceful and happy and like she was drifting away from me. So I closed my eyes.
“Think about flying. Imagine you’re above the world staring down at the ocean with the waves slapping the shore with the seagulls flying above the beach screaming at each other.”
So I did.
I was above the beach breathing in the salt water. I felt like I was there with the seagulls watching them scream at each other and fly down to the water and scoop up a catch that was 50% efficient.

That’s an impossible feeling. Feeling so close but, being so far away. I opened my eyes and Janey was watching me with the hint of a smile playing on her lips.
“That’s where you go when you close your eyes. Isn’t it?”
“Yes and now I share that place with you.”
This was the birth of a new sisterly relationship and we both knew it and a shadow of worry ghosted its way onto Janey’s face but, was quickly shoved in a box and replaced with joy that wasn’t all the way there. Janey got up and walked to her room. She came back a bit later in a new outfit and put a blood-red finger to her lips, walked to my double doors blew me a kiss and shimmied down my tree. When she came back it felt like years had passed. She laid down with me she smelt faintly like sour apple cider.

“Where’d you go?”
“To hang out with friends”
“What did you guys do?”
She leaned in close to my ear and whispered
“I’ll show you when you’re older”
“Pinky Promise?  I put up my pinky and she giggled and put hers up too and said in a very serious tone with a very un-serious smile placed on her lips
“Alice I pinky promise” and laid down with me her flaming brown hair fanning around her head. She looked like the most beautiful girl in the world and I knew one day I would be just like her. I had to be. I covered us both up and drifted away to a place that dragons mermaids fairies lived among each other along with talking cats and bunnies and you never grew old and nothing is impossible. Never land and Wonderland combined into one magical place where dreams come true. Where the impossible is possible, Dreamland.

No, this picture below is not of my daughter, Lol…

Wings Tatoo

“Janey’s Escape” By Paige Fritz

Tell us what you think so far! I think she’s done a great job at only 14 years old…

I’m doing a 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Click below to read my latest Post about the most awesome Websites I recommend. 

Hellbilly Mama’s favorite Websites and Blogs- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Requesting Continued Prayers For Gage

Thanks for all the Loving Support and Prayers for Gage…

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Update for Saturday February 21, 2015!

Hey Everybody!!! This is a Gage update…

He was admitted to the Hospital on Thursday and kept overnight for his next Chemo Infusion. We were hoping and praying for a quick and easy process, and we got it (Thank you God)! He is struggling a bit with swelling in his legs and cute little face the last couple of days and so we had hoped to find out whether we need to worry about that, but didn’t get an answer. Regardless, Thank you for the prayers that this process would be easier than in the past and that he continues to improve every day.

The IV went in on the first try!!!!! Yay!!

He’s had roughly 9 of them and this is the only one to go right in!! We’re off to a great start! Because his Blood Count is so low, his veins don’t lie to take the needle like normal. This causes a problem when drawing blood and putting the IV’s in.

When his Blood Results came back, his Creatine (kidney function) is getting better!! It was at 2.7 last week and 2.4 today (It should be at .5 so we still have a way to go)!!! His blood count went up a little too! 9.5 Versus 9.3 last week. A smidge closer to the 14 it is supposed to be at!!! This is all good news!

We don’t think the swelling is abnormal for what’s going on.

They are more worried about the occasional high blood pressure that’s happening with it all. So they are adding high blood pressure medicine (as needed) to his array of meds. He will continue to get the shots to increase his blood count every couple of weeks (Krista gets to give him shots at home). He had to get one before he went home from the Hospital on Friday. They seem to be working a little! Since his levels are slowly creeping up.

According to Krista under the circumstances Gage is doing really well! I think he’s bored and sick of hospital food and we are all REALLY tired. Ultimately though he’s good!

Gage, Krista, Travis and Jazmin have felt much love through the support and Prayers from everyone. This has been a scary, hard and painful journey with Gage. His recovery from the Kidney Damage has come slower than we thought and would like, but it IS slowly coming!

God Is Amazing

I said a Prayer For You

Even though the progress has been relatively slow but steady, we know God is there holding their hands.

The Lord holds us in his firm and loving grip. They have an army of friends who are standing with them, an army who is traveling with them on this journey (yup, that’s you).

For that they are truly grateful. Thank you!!

Send Gage your love and support in the Comments below and PLEASE keep Praying…

Find past Medical information and updates on Gage below:

Prayers Needed For Crazy Medical Problem

Update on Gage’s Vasculitis

Gage is Out of Surgery and Feeling Good

Gage’s Kidney levels are getting worse

Gage Update For Friday Morning

Gage’s Medical Update- He still needs our Prayers and support

Gage’s Medical Update For Sunday

Gage’s Kidney problems

Hellbilly Mama’s favorite Websites and Blogs- 30 Day Blog Challenge

You will want to check these ones out!!

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I promise you will love them. These Websites and Blogs are my everyday ‘go to’ for the best information out there on the Web. I dare you to go see for yourself, you won’t be sorry. I tried to condense it to the smallest list I could. It was originally supposed to be my top five; I couldn’t pick just five awesome blogs to share so I put them into categories for you. I hope you enjoy them as much as me.

Family and Self

i Mom Website – She does the best job at giving you fun family advice and activities. She has a ton of Pintable’s also, so I will include her in that list too.

The Dating Diva’s – This website is full of great information and awesome things to do with your significant other and friends. Sign up for email updates and they will send you exclusive fun things to their subscribers.

All Pro Dad Website – Not just for dad’s. This website is great for anyone with kids. They give awesome tips and information regarding parenting and families.

Cornerstone Confessions Website – This is an all-around great website. They have everything from organizational tips to food, recipes, relationships and homeschooling.

Printable Planner

Pintables (Organization, Cleaning, To Do’s and Family)

i Mom pintables – Some of the best family idea pintables, talking to your kids questions and organizational stuff

The Household Planner Website– There is several great Printable that I use daily here on this website

Mommy Tracked pintables – A ton of great pintables to get and keep you organized

Money Savings and Couponing

Coupon Mom Website – sign up for a free account. She has the best setup for finding sale prices and comparing store deals. Read my post about her here- Coupon Mom- Another Great Coupon Website

Bargains to Bounty Website – She has the best Coupon store matchups. She doesn’t miss any deals. Read more about it here in my Post- Bargains to Bounty Coupon Website

Walmart Savings Catcher Website – This is awesome if you shop at Walmart. They give you back the difference in real money for anything that is advertised cheaper at the stores around you. It’s super easy to use and it’s for real. Read more about Walmart Savings Catcher in my Blog Post here- If You Shop At Walmart You Have To Read This

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WordPress Blogs

The Nest Blog – You will find all sorts of wonderful information on this blog. Home Ideas, Food and Recipes, Deals, Fashion, Person experiences etc. Check it out.

Diapers and Tutus Blog – Here you will find great inspiration post, family fun and great writing.

The Joy Of Cooking (For Little Assholes) Blog – This Blog is great, guaranteed to have you laughing. She is honest about everything and says what the rest of us are thinking.

Wonder Of My Worlds Blog – She is a great writer and its fun to read her Post.

So there you have it. These are only a few of my favorites. Maybe I will do another Post in the future with more. I hope you enjoy checking them out.

What is your favorite Website? Please share with me what you love.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Blog Challenge below:

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 9- My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 10 Last Time I Cried- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 11- My Most Proud Moments- 30 Day Blog Challenge

My Most Proud Moments- 30 Day Blog Challenge

The Guilt is killing me!!

Isn’t it weird that I have this much anxiety and guilt over skipping my Blog Challenge Post yesterday? We are just getting home from being Up North for a long weekend and I didn’t have the energy or inspiration to write yesterday. I spent the whole day feeling like crap over it. Stupid, I know!

Guilt and Worry

I’m going to quit feeling guilty right now…

Today I am just getting back into the swing of things so I am going to pick a different day off the list AGAIN. This might be becoming another bad habit. Ugh, just what I need! After reading through the list a thousand times I finally decided to write about my most proud moments.

The most obvious is when my 3 kids were born.

Not the actual process itself. I’m not one of those Super Moms that can have kids naturally. I walked in saying, “I want an epidural as soon as possible”. I didn’t have anything to prove. I wanted to enjoy the experience as much as possible. Not suffer through the pain like some people choose to do. The epidural doesn’t cross over to the baby and doesn’t alter your mind like the drugs they offered do. It just numbs you from the waist down so you don’t feel like you’re going to die anymore. Labor with my girls was long and grueling, with my third child Gabe it went easy peasy; aside from the fact that I was confined to the bed because the umbilical cord was in the wrong spot.

Enough about the labor let’s get on to the good part, the actual individuals I brought into this world.

Being a Mom

This is what I chose to do…

My oldest daughter Joslynn has accomplished many things.

A few are that she got her GED and she is a phenomenal singer. She gave me a perfect, spit fire grandson (my sidekick) and has another little boy on the way. He will grace us with his presence in July. She is engaged to a wonderful guy and they are a happy little family. I couldn’t ask for more for her.

My middle Daughter Paige is also a wonderful daughter.

She is a typical teenage girl with her mood swings and attitude. It wouldn’t be Paige if she didn’t have something to say about everything. She loves to read and I can always find her curled up somewhere with book. She is also awesome about cleaning and straightening up things around the house. Especially after Brayden the terrorizer comes over. That child keeps his Aunt Paige on her toes as far as cleaning up his messes. He actually sings, “Messy, messes, messy, messes” as he’s emptying all of his toys onto the ground ha-ha.

My youngest son Gabe is the entertainer of the house.

He is a very active 12 Year old boy. He plays football, rides dirt bikes (when he had one), and he is tough but sensitive. He is always looking for ways to make other people feel better. You could spend your day laughing at his comedic ways. He doesn’t even try to be funny most of the time. With his ADHD I think he is just as surprised at what comes out of his mouth as everybody else ha-ha. Seriously, I have always called him the poster child for the poster child of ADHD. Being ADHD myself I am allowed to say that. Brayden comes over to play with his Uncle Gabe. Gabe is really good at keeping Brayden busy. They destroy the house together. We bought Brayden a little Razor electric Motorcycle for Christmas (it’s too big for him). Uncle Gabe rides Brayden all over the house on the dirt bike (yes in the house) it’s really cold outside right now. Gabe struggles through school because of his ADHD but somehow remains to be positive about life (for the most part). I am always amazed at what he has accomplished so far in life. If it has to do with anything hands on he can do it and do it well.

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Another one of my most proud moments is when I personally Graduated High School.

I chose to lead a very rocky, hectic and tough childhood. Notice I said ‘chose’ it was no one’s fault but my own. I have great Christian parents, they did everything they could do to help me be a better person but I had to learn everything my own way and the hard way. I was a naughty teenager, if there was a choice I would pick the wrong one. Eventually I ended up unexpectedly pregnant with Joslynn. That is what finally got me to pull out of the bad rut I was in and get myself together. Joslynn was 2 and a half when I graduated High School, she was in the audience at my graduation yelling, “yeah mommy”. It was such a great feeling to know I accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. I owe it all to her (my angel baby) for helping me get my life together and started.

I have listed a couple of other proud mom moments below.

Joslynn was accepted and attending Eastern Michigan University. That is a great feat for someone who dropped out of school and had a baby, only to go back and get her GED and get a scholarship for her great scores.

Paige has been reading at a 12th Grade level since 6th Grade. That is totally awesome to have a daughter that advanced in reading.

Gabe started racing Dirt Bikes at 3 years old. I’m not blowing smoke; we really had him at the race track racing when he was 3 turning 4. He has won trophies bigger than himself. At 9 years old he could change the oil and rotate tires on a car by himself (I would supervise). His knowledge always amazes me.

This Video is of Gabe riding in our backyard in the snow at 4 years old… Watch it’s crazy…

These are just a few of my proudest moments; I could go on all day.

What is your most proud moment? Share in the comments below…

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 9- My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 10 Last Time I Cried- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Last Time I Cried- 30 Day Blog Challenge

This is a very sad story!!

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I normally like to keep my post upbeat and positive. If I am going to write honestly than I need to tell you the truth about the last time I cried. I really don’t cry very often, sometimes I wonder if my crier is broken. There are definite situations I have encountered that I should be crying about but I can’t. This one for obvious reasons did get me going several different times; I did manage to keep it together most of the time by looking at the big picture and not the here and now.

In early December I received a call from my Mother In-law asking if Eric was home from work yet, he wasn’t. She completely lost it and informed me that my 31 year old brother in law Andy was dead. We are all from Michigan but a few years ago Andy moved to West Virginia for work. He was single and lived in an apartment down there by himself. He did come up to hang out and visit us in Michigan one to two weekends a month though.

I will give you a little history, a month and a half before his death he wasn’t feeling well so he went to the doctors to find out what was wrong with him. He found out he had a Liver Disease. After a week in the hospital and Outpatient Treatment he was expected to get better and recover from this. He came home to Michigan for Thanksgiving and his skin and eyes were greenish yellow, he looked awful. He had scheduled an appointment with a bigger Liver Clinic (in Pennsylvania) for the following Monday since the rinky dink Doctor’s Office he was currently going to wasn’t helping him. He went to his first appointment on that Monday; they ordered Blood Work and scheduled him a follow up appointment. He died less than a week later on Sunday, he was found on Monday by the police.

His work was worried about him because they couldn’t get a hold of him so they sent the Police to his apartment to check on him. The Police found him dead in his bed. As of February 15, 2015 we are still waiting for the Autopsy results for the cause of death. The stupid thing is you could look at him and tell he was definitely sick, what is the hold up here. Without the completed Autopsy there is no Death Certificate, with no Death Certificate I am having a hard time taking care of his financial matters (I am in charge of his Estate).

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Like I have said numerous times in other Post;

I try to look at the positive in every situation and make the best of everything life throws my way. I have cried several times about Andy being gone but each time I am able to pull myself together by remembering that not only does “Everything Happen for a Reason” , he is in Heaven in a better more peaceful place.

One of the biggest positive things that have happened directly related to Andy’s death is how close we have become with Eric’s parents. I am sitting here writing this on the couch of their cabin up north, we all came up here as a family for the second time in the last two months. In the last 8 years we have never been on a family vacation with them. We also talk to them almost every day and see them about 1 time a week. I love hanging out with them and can’t believe it took 8 years and Andy’s death to bring us together. But I am glad it did.

My mother in law Val and I have a lot more in common that we ever knew.

She is an avid sewer and ‘crafter’ like me. We both love going to Auctions (we went twice this weekend) and had a blast. They enjoy my kids and my kids love hanging out with them. All in all, it is a blessing in disguise. I am just sorry it had to all start because of the death of someone as great as Andy. He is missed greatly.

When was the last time you cried? Was it over something silly or serious? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 9- My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge