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11 Business/Pastor Profile: Adam Greer 15 Mammosafe Launches During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 19 Raelyn Cutbirth: Smile Enthusiast and Cancer Battler 24 Government and Abortion 31 I’m in Love with a Church Girl: The Movie 35 Katy Teens Serve in Swaziland 39 Dear Doctor: GERD and Reflux 41 Local Christian Student Highlights 43 Crosstown Park: A Legal Thriller with a Spiritual Twist 47 Calendar of Events 48 Teens and Volunteering: Morning Glory Ranch 51 Catching Up with Bill Callegari 53 Dr. Michele Bright Joins the Team at David. S. Bright Orthodontics 55 Holidays with Stepfamilies: Learning to Struggle Well 58 Katy YMCA Turkey Dash Celebrates 11th Anniversary

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Fall is upon us! As cooler weather ushers in a new season, we look forward to festivals geared toward families. Check out our calendar of local festivities and have fun! Three-year-old Raelyn Cutbirth is on our cover this issue. Please join us in supporting her battle against cancer. There has never been a little girl so full of sunshine and smiles, even while in the grip of a terrible disease. Read ahead for ways to help her toward a future free of cancer. What a treat it is to feature Dave Coulier, who we all know and love from the sitcom Full House. His “Clean Guys of Comedy” recently aired at the Katy Cinemark in an initiative to bring a cleaner version comedy to America. This past summer a group of Katy teen missionaries traveled to South Africa with Westland Baptist and Creekside Community Church to serve the AIDS orphans of Bulembu, Swaziland. We report on their adventures and what the trip meant to the community. We are pleased to feature attorney and author Melanie Bragg, whose debut novel Crosstown Park will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This crime drama has an underlying spiritual theme with a glowing review by Jack Canfield of the famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series. We also feature the teen volunteer opportunities that await at Morning Glory Ranch, a facility that offers equestrian therapy to the special needs community. Volunteering builds character (and resumes). Katyites are also invited to the upcoming Morning Glory Ranch Annual Gala themed toward the Roaring ‘20’s. Speaking of teens, we include an article about the new movie, “I’m in Love with a Church Girl,” which is a redemption tale that just might appeal (and change the hearts of) teens. Bill Kneer, our political columnist, weighs in on the abortion debate with a strong 8th Amendment argument and extremely graphic description of what abortion entails — in “layman’s terms.” The abortion crisis is so important that we share his unvarnished article, and as Bill says, “Read with caution and a strong stomach.” We also feature a “combined” business and pastor profile and local student highlights, plus much more! Do you have a compelling story to share? If so, contact the editor at for consideration. Onward to the Thanksgiving holidays! We wish the best of the fall season to all our readers and Christian advertisers. May You Be Richly Blessed, Joseph R. Menslage

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Next came many transitions. Before Greer had even graduated he was called into full time ministry as a lead staff member in Sacramento. He completed Bible College and eventually moved his family to upstate New York in 2002 to work with local churches. In 2006 the Greers moved to South Carolina to plant a church, and in 2011 they moved to Katy and joined Live Oaks Fellowship, which later changed its name to Awakened City Church. Greer is the lead pastor.

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throughout the hospital corridors and played dolls to pass the time. Sometimes Jenni napped with Raelyn in their hospital room—exhausted from the stress of long days spent in treatment and astronomical financial drain. Prayer and Support Strong support flowed from family, friends and the community, who prayed that Raelynn would fully recover. But it was Raelyn, herself, who kept their spirits up. “It’s amazing that Raelyn remained happy and vibrant throughout her cancer treatments, even on trying days,” says her mother. Over the last year Raelyn has had some difficult weeks with low counts, which kept her port from being accessed for chemotherapy. And when chemo could be administered, it caused nausea and vomiting. Raelyn suffered from a few terrible bouts of diaper rash. Special surprises helped. Raelyn was able to visit Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and ride the bus, which was exciting. Willowbrook Build a Bear gave Raelyn a “chick” to stuff, dress and accompany her to TCH during hospital procedures. Barker Lake Community held a “Lemonade Stand to help Save Raelyn” and raised $1,000. Sometimes presents were waiting when she returned home from treatments, such as a Hello Kitty blanket and doll delivered by Donna Jantzen of The Kyrie Foundation. These and many additional kindnesses bolstered the family’s spirits. The Jersey Village High School Pals made a beautiful video about Raelyn and her fight against cancer, posted on the Facebook page for Relay for Life of Cy-Fair. Just recently the family’s car was had mechanical issues, and Northwest Chrysler Jeep Dodge donated

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Government and Abortion By Bill Kneer The abortion debate will never cease... not as long as life is at stake. It is one of those life and death topics that polarizes political parties—with good reason. Some of us believe that once conceived, a baby is anchored with inalienable rights, and that human beings at any stage of life have personhood. As more people are aware of what actually happens to a baby during an abortion, perhaps hearts will be changed. Many who support the “concept” of abortion know very little about abortion methods, which are sickening to fathom. It is undeniable that abortion takes a physical, emotional, and spiritual toll on women… but far worse are the consequences for babies: a gruesome, undeserved, cruel death. Fair warning: if you choose to read ahead, do so with caution. This article is quite graphic and requires a strong stomach. I peel away the clinical, sanitized medical terminology and reveal abortion for what it is: torture. Keep Government out of Wombs? I believe it is possible to be pro-woman and anti-abortion. After all, how many females of all cultures and ethnicities are aborted each year? These girl babies are entitled to a future. They, too, deserve to grow into womanhood and enjoy the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Vacuum Aspiration / Dilation & Curettage (D & C): Terminates a pregnancy up to 16 weeks. The abortionist uses surgical tools to dismember the baby limb from limb (while alive), and suctions body parts through a cannula, along with amniotic fluid and placenta. Any remaining parts are scraped out of the uterus with a surgical instrument called a curette. Induction Abortion A chemical “pickling” of the baby, in which salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac. The baby swallows and “breathes” this chemical cocktail and endures salt poisoning, dehydration, brain hemorrhage and convulsions before dying in agony. Mothers report feeling frenzied movements as their babies react to the chemical scalding. This induction method has become less popular because, incredibly, some babies survive the process and are born hideously disfigured and clinging to life. Dilation and Evacuation The D&E method of abortion is generally favored during the second trimester and up to 28 weeks. The baby’s arms and legs are dismembered, often causing the baby to bleed to death before the limbs are removed piece by piece. Medical textbooks and sworn court testimony describe how the abortionist pulls off the arms and legs, and crushes the skulls of larger babies so that fragments can pass through the cervix. Dilation and Extraction—Partial Birth Abortion Performed after 21 weeks and up to full term. Also known as Intrauterine Cranial Decompression, D & X, and Intact D & X. Now “outlawed” in the US, there are exceptions. I found a Guttm-

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acher Institute article dated September 2013 at www.guttmacher. org/statecenter/spibs/spib_BPBA.pdf which goes into details. Note that the Guttmacher Institute is perhaps best known for its former affiliation with and funding by Planned Parenthood. My description of the procedure: a viable preborn infant is delivered, except for the head. This is because the baby is forced into a breach position and pulled feet first through the birth canal. The baby’s legs, torso and arms are “born” while the head is still in the birth canal. As long as the baby has not drawn a breath, the infant can be legally killed by scissors, which are used to cut the spinal chord. The baby’s arms and legs flail and spasm as the cut is inflicted. The scissor blades are then spread to create a gaping hole in the baby’s head, into which a tube is inserted to suction out the baby’s brains. Visit Human Life International ( cloning/201?task=view) for a layman’s version of the Partial Birth Abortion method, cited below: “An abortionist considering a D&X has two problems. He wants to abort a viable preborn baby of seven or eight month’s gestation who has an 80 percent chance of surviving birth. This baby’s muscles and cartilage have toughened to the point where it is virtually impossible to chop him or her apart without harming the mother. Since the baby is probably viable, the abortionist also faces the prospect of the “dreaded complication”— a live, crying newborn baby. Therefore, he must make sure the baby dies before he or she is fully “delivered.” He therefore uses forceps to twist one of the baby’s legs and pull it out through the birth canal. The ripping of muscles and breaking of bones causes the baby unspeakable agony, for even pro-abortionists acknowledge that seven-month and eight-month preborn babies definitely feel pain. Then the abortionist punctures the back of the baby’s head with sharp scissors and spreads the blades, tearing a mas-

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sive hole in the soft part of the baby’s skull. Finally, he vacuums out the baby’s brains and completes the delivery in just a few seconds.” Abortion Reform Over 54 million preborn lives have ended since Roe v. Wade. Even “Roe” (Norma McCorvey) has come out against abortion, regretting her part in the landmark case. Today, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in abortion. The National Pro-Life Alliance describes partial birth abortion as a “barbaric blot” on our nation’s history.” I call it fetal euthanasia and legal infanticide. In April 2007 the Supreme Court upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The federal law includes no health exception, yet some states and many pro-choice groups lobby constantly to “work around” the federal ban. The recent debate in Austin gives hope to the pro-life movement in an ongoing fight by conservative lawmakers to ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation in Texas. No baby should be “fair game,” and stopping late term abortion is a moral mission. God bless the legislators who respect life. I hope I’ve explained the urgency of abortion reform and the terrible toll taken on innocent babies. Much more at is at stake than a “woman’s right to choose.” Abortion is the murder of human beings. Those who defend it, defend unspeakable torture.

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I’m in Love with a Church Girl: The Movie By Melanie Saxton Salvation isn’t always a “pretty” process. Just ask pastor Galley Molina, the executive producer of the new motion feature, I’m in Love with a Church Girl. Movie goers may have already seen the promotional posters at the local Katy Mills AMC, which has certainly sparked interest in Christian circles. A Redemption Story The PG rated movie debuts in theaters October 18 and is based on Molina’s true-life story, which includes a five-year stint behind bars for drug trafficking. His trajectory into crime was curtailed when he met a real life “church girl” — one of those “God moments” that helped develop his deep and abiding faith. “I’m in Love with a Church Girl is a powerful, inspiring story of a love between a man and a woman, a gift of second chances, and a family at home and in church that never stops praying and believing,” says Molina. His character, Miles Montego, is played by Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, a well-known a hip-hop artist with four Grammy nominations and No. 1 hits with Ashanti and Jennifer Lopez. Who better to play the part of Molina than Ja Rule, who had a

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Katy Teens Serve in Swaziland By Ann Baker We love to share good news about the youth in our community. What a delight it is to feature seven Katy teens who traveled to Bulembu, Swaziland this past summer. Our hats are off to these young missionaries! They departed Houston on July 8 with members of Creekside Community Church and Westland Baptist and flew to Africa, then returned home July 23 after serving orphans and their caregivers who live in a region with zero population growth. An AIDS pandemic has decimated this part of Africa, leaving children parentless and homeless. A Community of Blessings Although Swaziland faces a crisis, there is hope. Located several hours outside of Johannesburg, Bulembu is fast becoming a selfsustaining community that provides total care for these orphaned and vulnerable children. Bulembu is a not for-profit organization serving Jesus Christ by restoring hope to the people of Swaziland through community enterprise and community care. By building houses, painting, and tutoring, all of our Katy missionaries (ranging in age from tweens to grandparents) made a difference. This year, the goal was to build a climbing wall for the orphans— a project spearheaded by Ida Franklin of Venus Construction. Many Katyites found room in their suitcases to help transport bits and pieces of tools and parts, while others brought along extra bags filled with

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every parentless youngster (infants to teens), and it takes volunteers to expand the facilities in Bulembu. “Honestly, it was terrifying to allow my teenager to travel to a foreign land on the other side of the planet,” says Emily’s mother. “But I saw Emily’s resolve and how she worked to raise money for the trip. I saw friends and total strangers, as well as some of my clients, donate toward the cost. A local Christian business, Bumbera’s Performance Associates, was especially supportive. And I realized Emily was in the best of hands with the Creekside group… and that every teen, including mine, should have the opportunity to serve as a missionary at least once.” Emily, Rachel and their fellow teen missionaries returned home with life experiences they will never forget, mostly due to their love for the orphans, but also because some were unable to communicate with their parents for long stretches due to the lack of WiFi. They all “grew up” just a bit, but also grew in the Lord. Taking the Step There are many opportunities to serve others at home and abroad. But if you are specifically interested in serving the orphans of Bulembu, check out The mission trips are coordinated through Mission Discovery and participating churches throughout the country. You can also talk to Pastor Tim Douglas of Creekside Community Church about the next trip, scheduled for 2015. Visit www. or email Photography courtesy of Tina Hatcher.

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Dear Doctor: GERD and Reflux By Dr. Dharmendra Verma In our ongoing efforts to bring health and wellness new to our readers, Katy Christian Magazine is happy to feature an article by Dr. Dharmendra Verma. He addresses the topic of GERD and reflux, which affects many people in our community. What is Heartburn or GERD? Heartburn or Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach contents such as acid or occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of stomach contents irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD symptoms and signs. What causes GERD (Heartburn)? GERD is usually caused by a incompetency of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the end of esophagus (food pipe). In a healthy person, LES prevents stomach acid, duodenal bile, and gastric contents from traveling back into the esophagus where they can cause burning and inflammation of sensitive esophageal tissue. Many factors predispose and contribute to heartburn such as Hiatal hernia, obesity, increased gastric acid production and use of medications such as NSAIDS (Aleve, Motrin etc.) and certain other commonly used








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During time off from school, it not unusual to see Brooke cleaning stalls at AG barn and caring for a young goat named Hurley. Brooke said it was her love for the outdoors that started her initial interests FFA, but it was the FFA Sponsor Rachel Gough that was the deciding factor to join. “I really liked that Mrs. Gough held members to a higher standard,” she said. Brooke is now the current president of the FFA and oversees the organization of classmates interested in developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. What are you involved with at school and/or in the community? • I am president of the Faith West Academy FFA Chapter • I lead junior high Bible Study of 7th grade girls • I am a member of the FWA swim team

What clubs or activities are you involved with? Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club), National Honor Society, Class Treasurer (all four years, and the JUMP Team (the team uses their talent to lead worship for boys and girls in grades 1-4 to express their devotion to God through high-energy music) at Second Baptist Church. Favorite thing to do after school: Relax, hang out with friends, and watch TV game shows. Favorite class or subject: Calculus, because it is a higher level of math. I like challenging problems. What are your ambitions after high school? To become an animator, I would like to go to Texas A&M, they have an excellent Department of Visualization.

Favorite thing to do after school: Be outside. I love the outdoors. I enjoying running, surfing, water skiing, and wake boarding. Pretty much any water sport.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working for Pixar, DreamWorks (or some large computer animation company).

Favorite class or subject: FFA classes. I took Introduction to AG last year. I am taking Floral Design this year. I think these classes have real world application.

Favorite Bible Verse and Why? Galatians 1:10 “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” It emphasizes not living for this world and the notion that there is a more important way to live your life.

What are your ambitions after high school? I would like to attend Baylor and study nursing. I enjoy helping and being social with people.

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Crosstown Park: A Legal Thriller with a Spiritual Twist By Melanie Saxton It’s always a pleasure to introduce Christian literature to our readers, and Crosstown Park is no exception. The author, Melanie Bragg, is a Houston lawyer and mediator who practices general civil law and has devoted her life to the representation of children, the elderly, and mentally disadvantaged people—all inspirations in her writing journey. About Crosstown Park The idea for Bragg’s debut novel Crosstown Park came one day as she was driving back to Houston from a seminar in New Orleans. She saw an African-American man hitchhiking in a business suit and tie, which piqued her curiosity. As she fought the urge to give him a ride, some “what if ” questions emerged: What if he was a widowed retired teacher on his way to Houston to help some homeless children? What if they teamed up to help those children? The chance encounter inspired Bragg to write Crosstown Park. . The plot is based on Alex Stockton, a strong independent female character who spent her childhood in foster care and developed a passion for public service. Her impulsive decision to represent an accused foster home parent catapults her into an impossible trial… and her perfect record and judicial future depend upon the outcome. Snapshot Synopsis Anyone who loves legal thrillers, lawyer issues, women’s issues, foster home and childcare issues, as well as spiritual issues, will enjoy Crosstown Park. The courtroom drama and investigation leading up to the trial is as compelling as it gets, filled with African American church themes and the spiritual journey of the main character, Alex, whose instincts take over as her own long buried childhood memories surface. She takes a difficult pro bono case and has just six weeks to discover what happened in Crosstown Park. Teaming up with a handsome former cop turned security company owner, she battles to save her client and the children at Shepherd’s Cottages. As the case progresses, Alex’s life and perfect trial record is

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Katy Christian Magazine Calendar of Events October A. D. Players presents “The Bully Show!” Oct. 15 - Nov. 9 A. D. Players Grace Theater 2710 W. Alabama St. Houston, TX 77098 A. D. Players presents “The Bully Show!” The Bully Show! is an engaging and interactive play challenging students to reconsider their assumptions about bullies, victims, and bystanders. In The Bully Show!, audience members become the studio audience and contestants at the live taping of a new game show called “You Wanna Be a Bully?” All is not fun and games though, as the host, Johnny, pressures his assistants, and it looks like there may be a real bully in their midst. Katy Christian Women’s Connection Fall Festival And Luncheon The Club at Falcon Point 24503 Falcon Point Dr. Katy, TX 77494 Shop and have lunch in one location! It’s our annual Fund Raiser! Bid to win one of the many exciting gifts at our Auction, shop from our vendors, enjoy homemade goods at our bake sale, plus hear an inspirational speaker and have lunch with friends! Our Speaker will be Joy Miller. Joy is a self-supporting Real Estate Consultant in the Clear Lake area, an artist, mother of 3 grown children, and a University of Houston graduate and former teacher. Her theme, “Crossing Over”, speaks of those times in our lives when we make choices and cross over sometimes to good things, sometimes to regrets, and she will reveal about the best crossing over ever! RSVP at 281-232-8338 or email us at Boo Bash Haunted Casino Night Benefiting Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance October 19 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Multiplicity in Old Katy 1306 Avenue A.

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Frosty’s Holiday Market November 16 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Frost Elementary School 3306 Skinner Ln. Richmond, TX 77406 Come and enjoy a day of shopping with over 75 vendors. There will be raffles, Live Music, Dance performances and more. Salt Grass Steak House will be providing lunches that can be purchased. Help our PTO raise money for a our children !! Business Seminar – “Boss Like God – Firing Well” November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm The Bible Seminary 2655 S Mason Rd Katy, TX 77450 How do you terminate a person from your employment? Gain leadership and personnel management insights from the best Employer ever in this look at the Old Testament from the perspective of God as an employer! For bosses, managers, supervisors, or aspiring leaders. Only $10 per person. Register online at Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness book launch! November 24, 2013 | 8:00 am Are you tired after a full night’s rest? Are you unable to lose weight no matter how much you exercise and eat right? Are you depressed? You’re not crazy! There is hope – it could be hypothyroidism. Dr. Steven Hotze’s newest book, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness, has recently been released and he wants to give you a free copy! Visit to order yours.

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Teens and Volunteering: Morning Glory Ranch By Ann Baker We enjoy featuring organizations that help others. At times, these organizations can make a dynamic impact on our youth. Morning Glory Ranch is an excellent example. By providing therapeutic equine services to those in need, it also builds the character of teen volunteers. The words of founder Kim Russell, M.Ed express it best: “Imagine a society that values young people for their present worth, not their future value. Envision communities where young people routinely make informed decisions of consequence — to neighborhoods, to schools, to the environment, that address issues such as race and violence — in short, decisions in aid of the greater good.” Volunteering and Youth The benefits to teen volunteers are many, from the “extra” boost on college and job applications, to learning lifelong skills outside the classroom. But it also expands their understanding of the lives of others. It gives a new perspective on the world, and through volunteering teenagers become more empathetic human beings.

Of course, the best benefit of volunteering is making a difference in the community. For teens, it is a feeling of “changing the world for the better.” And that’s where Morning Glory Ranch comes in. Their motto: What you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others lives on!

children in individual, custom designed experiential equine therapy. Russell and the Board of Directors are always searching for the most innovative wellness initiatives that maximize the growth and development of these children and their families. “This has turned out to be a incredible marriage of therapies,” she says, and notes that it takes volunteers to make it happen. If your teen has a heart for volunteering (and likes horses), send an email to and visit the website volunteer#sthash.Irny2A3s.dpuf You are Invited to the Annual Gala. Families can also support Morning Glory Ranch by attending the Morning Glory Ranch Annual Gala on November 16th at the House Plantation. This year, the theme is the “Roaring Twenties” and “Let’s party like it’s 1922!” Come decked out in your finest Great Gatsby garb and be ready to dance your best Lindy Hop and Charleston. The event will include a live and silent auction, dinner, drinks and dancing. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff and volunteers of Morning Glory Ranch, as well as, some of the children the ranch has helped. The film crew will also be present to shoot footage for the upcoming documentary Live to Ride. Be part of history and attend, and see more at www.morninggloryranch. org/news-and-events/entry/mgr-s-the-great-gratitude-gala#sthash. r7Lpl7qL.dpuf Connect with Morning Glory Ranch Visit the website at The contact email is

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“But i don’t FEEL normal!” Carol’s Story I always thought I had a thyroid problem. Ever since the first set of symptoms started revealing themselves, which began right after the birth of our third child, I knew something was off. Exhaustion began to slowly creep up on me until it finally consumed me. It was draining. I have never experienced anything quite like it. No matter how many naps I took or how long I slept, it was still there. At first I blamed the fact that I was raising three children and holding down a full time job…who wouldn’t be exhausted? Then the next phase of symptoms began to roll in. I was cold all the time! It would be August in Texas and I’d be wearing a jacket to work. My hair and eyebrows began to thin out. Oh, and the brain fog. I honestly thought my memory loss was the first sign that I had Alzheimer’s. Over coffee with a friend, something I was consuming way too much of, I discussed with her what was happening to me. She said that it sounded like a thyroid issue, something I had always thought. Naturally, I went to my doctor, explained my symptoms and told him that I thought I was hypothyroid. He ran some tests, took blood work and scheduled my recheck. Two weeks later he told me that my blood work was normal. “But I don’t feel normal,” I told him. “Are you sure those results are right?” His answer was “yes,” and he offered me a prescription for an antidepressant. I told him, “No way!” While online, I stumbled upon the Hotze Health & Wellness Center website. It felt like it was written for me. I discovered that they used an innovative approach in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism. I scheduled my appointment and was blown away by their professionalism. They explained to me that my symptoms were very common in women in my age group. They discovered that I had an imbalance in my female hormones that adversely affected my body’s ability to use thyroid hormones. I was prescribed bio-identical progesterone, estrogen and natural thyroid medication.

Within two months, my life was transformed. My energy was back. I can keep up with my kids, husband and job. My fading memory returned to normal and I was finally able to sleep soundly again. I got my life back! If this sounds like something you or someone you love has been experiencing, it’s not “all in your head” and you don’t have to just deal with it as a part of getting older.

SignS & SymptomS of HypotHyroidiSm • Low energy/ fatigue • Decreased libido • Difficulty losing weight • Headaches • Brain fog • Joint and muscle pain • Difficulty concentrating • Hair loss/thinning hair • Constipation

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Catching Up with Bill Callegari By Melanie Saxton Beloved State Representative Bill Callegari turned 72 in September and announced his retirement on his birthday. “My wife Ann, my four children, and my eleven grandchildren have been very patient and supportive during seven terms as I served the people of Katy, Cypress and Texas,” he says. His current term expires in January 2015, culminating in 14 years of service. “It’s time to pass the torch.” Although his family has adjusted to his absences over the years, Callegari would like to spend more time with his loved ones. “Family is the most important thing any of us has,” he says. With several grandchildren in college, he looks forward to attending graduations and other family gatherings. For instance, his son Butch called him recently about the upcoming canonization of Pope John in Rome (scheduled for April 2014). Traveling to such personally meaningful events has always hinged on Callegari’s schedule and the demands of his political duties. But in the not-too-distant future, he’ll enjoy some well-deserved leisure time and will be free to visit people and places he holds dear. Callegari believes in the mission of the state founders, who envisioned citizen legislators going to Austin, representing their fellow citizens, and then returning home to live and work under the laws they helped pass. Throughout Callegari’s legislative career he has worked hard to keep families unburdened by the actions of state government.

As a Christian and lifelong Republican, he has fought for lower taxes, limited and efficient government, secure borders, and the conservative values of faith, family, and freedom. He has also been recognized as pro-life leader and has authored or co-authored numerous pieces of pro-life legislation in the Texas House, including the landmark sonogram bill passed in 2011. He has been honored for his efforts in defense of the sanctity of human life by numerous prolife, pro-family organizations. “Serving in the Texas House of Representatives has been one of my greatest honors, and I thank the voters of District 132 for allowing me to be their voice in the state capitol,” he says. “I am proud of the work that we have accomplished together on behalf of the District, Harris County, and the State of Texas.” After retiring, he plans on remaining active in the Katy community. Prior to being elected to the Texas Legislature, Callegari was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Katy Independent School District. He also served as a Board Member of the Katy Chamber of Commerce and various other organizations, and was a two-time President of the Katy High School Booster Club. We wish Bill Callegari and his family continued blessings, and we join our readers in thanking him for his many years of devoted service.

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Dr. Michele Bright Joins the Team at David. S. Bright Orthodontics Bright Orthodontics is delighted to announce the addition of Dr. Michele Bright, DDS. She specializes in general dentistry and brings a new level of service to the practice. As of September 17, patients can have both their orthodontic and dental needs met at the Kingsland office location. “So many patients have asked why they can’t have their dental work done at our office instead of having to go somewhere else,” says Dr. David Bright. “As always, we listened to our patients and brought Dr. Michele on board to provide general dentistry services.” Dr. Michele, a dynamic Christian practitioner, has been improving smiles in Houston, Brenham and beyond for decades. She also has roots in Katy. Her son Andrew is an Iraqi war veteran and lives in Katy with his wife Crystle and two children, Aiden and Mason. Her family ranch is located outside of Columbus—organic gardening and raising horses are among her favorite hobbies. But she’s also one of the most interesting dentists in Texas! She’s an accomplished pilot and aerobatic

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performer, and a member of the motorcycle organization “Patriot Guard Riders,” which supports the military. Her passion for dental care and overall oral health is second to none. Dr. Michele is personable, experienced and enjoys meeting and greeting her new Katy patients. She now splits her time between two practices, caring for patients in Katy three days a week, while serving her patients in Brenham two days a week. Please join the Bright Orthodontics staff in welcoming Dr. Michele Bright to our community of patients, friends, family and referrals. Call 832-321-4633 or visit www. to schedule your appointment today! Bright Orthodontics is located at 21703 Kingsland Blvd., Suite 100, Katy, TX 77450.

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Holidays with Stepfamilies: Learning to Struggle Well

By Dan Johnson

The knot in my stomach began when the familiar but unfriendly question once again invaded our Holiday preparations: ”Are we with you or Mom this year for Thanksgiving?” Thoughts of school concerts, church celebrations, the upcoming Christmas Day “Shuffle,” and those awfulawkward photo ops with three parents and two kids, challenged my hopes of a more joy-filled season that year. Holidays have brought new stress and struggle to our stepfamily of six for years! Second families and the complexity that follows them is not a recent discovery. In fact, the Old Testament contains many of them and records the struggles that these families experience due to the “extras” second families create. Remind yourself of the trouble Abraham, Moses, and David suffered because of stepfamily complications! Regardless of your family structure, the tension or struggle in life is likely not going away.

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Jesus clearly stated that struggles would be a part of choosing Him. It seems unproductive then to battle the struggle itself… maybe we need to consider how to struggle well? Holiday joy and celebration is certainly attainable within the second family system! It does require “extra” steps and considerations

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that will allow you to struggle well. The suggestions listed below are taken from our experience as a stepfamily. Some were discovered post kiddos (all of our four have graduated) and some with great sweat equity during the early years. They have been truth for us and can have a positive impact on your holiday joy! Step-coupling Strength / No Wondering Relationship Rest in your love and commitment as a couple. Maintaining the oneness in your marriage will be paramount during the holidays as the focus is placed on your children. Choose to believe each other… adopt a “No Wondering” sense of trust and togetherness. The marriage relationship is always the foundation of a family; it may not always be the priority. This is the core principal that sustains and enables couples to struggle well! Review Priorities Remind yourself that the holidays are a reflection of God’s grace and provision. Talk about Emanuel, God with us, often! Decide to make the children your priority. Filter your decisions to consider their emotion and struggle first, yours second. For example, it’s okay to compartmentalize in stepfamily life. Go shopping with your biological kiddos for the absent parent’s gift!

Adjust Your Expectations The kids may not be exactly “thrilled” at the prospect of attending several Thanksgiving meals. At Christmas, they may not bounce and giggle under your tree when they have been at two other gift events earlier in the day. Resist the urge to take it personally… it’s not about you! Holiday celebrations are by very nature family orientated and will tend to magnify the fact that your family is not the same. It’s not the same. Be honest and truthful and embrace the struggle this statement brings… you may find your second family enjoying the time you do have this holiday season. God’s redemptive power was sufficient for Abraham, Moses, and David, and is still able to conquer stepfamily struggles today! Second family Holidays will be a challenge… I pray that you will be encouraged and sustained as you struggle well together! Dan Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of REID Counseling Group PLLC located in Katy, TX. His passion is “Making second families first” and preventing re-divorce for couples in this station of life. Contact Dan at 281968-9119 or Learn more at

Plan, Organize, Negotiate Often, this gets overlooked or excused away. Communicate early and often with all the adults involved…begin now! Confirm every major decision with the other parent and negotiate for the children’s best interest. Always consider the bio-parents plans and extended family when dividing out time. Your children benefit from being in relationship with grandparents from all sides! Involve the TEAM There’s no room for secrets during the holidays when it comes to schedules or commitments for the family! Make every effort to communicate the “who, what, where, when, why” information to the whole family, and always use discernment and share appropriate details only. Recognize the divided loyalties the children will be feeling and give them room to struggle. Keeping the hard issues in the light will lighten their load during the holiday “shuffles”.

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Katy YMCA Turkey Dash Celebrates 11th Anniversary Are you up for a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk/Run? Advance registration is strongly encouraged for the Katy YMCA Turkey Dash—Katy’s most popular seasonal fun run! The Katy YMCA and The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch will host the 11th annual Turkey Dash presented by Reliant, an NRG company on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2013. The race has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years to become Katy’s premiere fun run. Last year over 5,800 participants gathered on race morning to kick off their Holiday season by participating in the Turkey Dash, a 31% increase over the prior year. With four events to choose from, there’s something for everyone; a Kids Fun Run, a 10K, 5K and a 1 Mile Walk/Run. All races start on Peek Road near the Katy YMCA located at 22807 Westheimer Parkway, one block off the Grand Parkway in Cinco Ranch. The event was the brainchild of leaders from the Y and the church wishing to organize a large-scale holiday event to promote community bonding. Now the Turkey Dash is a well recognized, community Holiday kick off celebration which attracts thousands of participants from all parts of West Houston. Race day highlights include awards in age categories for the 10K and 5K. The post race party features door prizes, refreshments and games as well as a Kids Fun Zone complete with a rock wall, moon-

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walks, games and more! Beth Strand, race coordinator says, “We have seen family participation grow over the past few years. Families creating memories is really what the Turkey Dash is all about. In addition to a great time, participants receive the satisfaction of knowing their race fees go toward a good cause, the YMCA Annual Campaign. This annual fundraiser ensures that Katy families have access to Y programs and services regardless of their ability to pay.” The Signature Sponsor is Reliant, an NRG company and other lead sponsors include Grand Vision, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and DSS Security. Interested in participating, sponsoring or volunteering? Visit or call the Katy YMCA at 281-392-5055.

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