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  • July 2020
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Memorial Day Mansions

To remember and respect those brave men and women who gave their last full measure for our freedom and for their families who grieve but still find it in their hearts to love God and country.

Easter Blessings

Jim and I are stopping by to say “Hi.”  Each of you are in our prayers during this difficult time. We hope this Easter season gives you hope. You may be feeling like this is the “Friday” of your life and sadness is almost too much to bare. But remember, “Sunday” is coming. This is a personal message to you: Jesus rose again and He loves and cares for YOU!


If you have a minute, write us a note in the comment section below to let us know if you are okay. And if you are not okay, will you allow me to pray for you?

Please remember:


Great Companies!

A message to all our loyal Life’s Abundance customers:

I belong to several cat related sites on Facebook. Today I read about the trouble several pet parents are having with orders to Chewy and other on line ordering companies regarding delays and “out of stock” pet food items.

We all are thankful for the way Life’s Abundance is handling orders for us as 
we go through these uncertain times.  Last week I listened to a conference call conducted by the CEO of the company notifying us they would limit new customers, giving priority to current customers.   I placed an order on Wednesday and it was at my front door on Thursday!  I didn’t overbuy because he asked us not to, letting us know that current customers will always take priority.  A letter was sent out to all current customers asking them to do the same. 

And because everyone cooperated, the company will now take new customers BUT you will read that there may once again be a time when they restrict new customers. That should make you feel comfortable knowing you will be able to get food for your beloved pets.

If you are reading this and are not a current customer, you can order at this time by going to lifesabundance.com/semperfisiberians or by contacting me if you have any questions.

Life's Abundance logo
field rep update
Restrictions On New Customers Now Lifted

In a special call last week our CEO, Lester Thornhill, spoke to you about the trend of customers over-buying. This pattern, combined with a massive influx of new customers, caused us to restrict the number of first-time buyers we would accept each day.

After that conversation with you, we decided to simply ask customers not to over-buy. On Friday evening we emailed this request to your customers, along with assurances that they will be able to continue getting our products (you received a copy as well).

It worked! Since then, we have not had to turn away any first-time buyers! In fact, we have resumed our online campaign to further raise awareness of the Life’s Abundance brand.

There may come a time when we have to once again restrict new customers.

We value your support and that of your customers. From all of us at Life’s Abundance, best wishes to you, your family and your customers for the very best of health.


The second great company I want to mention is Meowingtons.  When I posted a photo of Sophie and Maggie on their new cat tree, several of you wanted information     about the cat tree.  Since I had purchased mine when they had a sale, I told you to hold on until there was another sale because the cat tree is a little pricey (but worth it). I decided to write the company and ask about any coupon codes they might have. They were nice enough to give us our own coupon code to get 20% off. They asked what code I would like to use so, of course, I said Siberians!  So if you want this great cat tree, go to http://www.meowingtons.com/?aff=297 and put the code Siberians to receive your discount.


Catster’s 2020 Photo Contest

Some of you are great about sending me the best photos of your Siberians. When I received the announcement of Catster’s photo contest, I knew I had to let you know so you could enter.

Purrrific Photo Contest

Here is a recent photo of Sophie and Maggie in their new cat tree. I had to close the blind because the sun was shining in which is not good for photo lighting. But when the blind is open, they love looking at the birds. Jim has hung a bird feeder right outside the window.


Gracie and Kazmir

Gracie and Kazmir are in their new home.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my last post.  It is heartwarming to realize the Semper Fi Siberian family is alive and well!

The very first person who contacted me about adopting Gracie and Kazmir ended up being the perfect person.  I approved and most importantly, after meeting Annette, John approved. The following pictures show them in their new home in Bull Valley.


Available Siberians

This is a post I wish I did not have to write. A good friend of ours and your fellow Siberian parent has a serious health issue which renders him unable to take care of his two Siberians, Gracie and Kazmir.  Jim and I became friends with John after meeting him in his search for a Siberian. It soon became evident we shared more than our love of Siberians, although that was always the main topic of conversation when we got together–world politics and Chicago sports had to take a back seat!

John loves Gracie and Kazmir and it is so sad for him to let them go but he understands his new limitations and wants them to be in a home where they will receive the love and care he has always provided.

Gracie (mother: Sophia) is 6 and Kazmir (mother: Liliya) is 5. They must be adopted together. Their present location is Vernon Hills, IL and will need to be picked up there.

I want to give my blog followers first opportunity. I belong to two Siberian sites where there is always a demand for retired Siberians but I don’t know the followers like I know you.  John and I both want to find the best possible home–one that understands Siberians and the commitment it takes to have the honor of sharing your lives with these outstanding felines.  Since I now live in Florida, this will not be a try them out and if it doesn’t work out, return them situation.

If you are serious about adopting Gracie and Kazmir, please send an email to me to start the process. Once I have answered all your questions (and you have answered mine!), I will put you in contact with John or his representative.

Love to you all,

Nancy Bathurst


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Farewell Illinois; Hello Florida!

I love Illinois! I love the Midwest! I pray I will love Florida! But then again, I have loved every place we have lived. (Yes, Jim, I admit some more than others.) God has always provided for me—new friends, a warm and welcoming church, a mission.  So I look forward to the new and exciting life we will have as permanent residents of North Fort Myers.

We are having an Estate Sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday (August 15, 16, 17). Everything must go!  https://www.estatesales.net/IL/Chicago/60612/2315529

We are closing on our Crystal Lake house August 27.  So this will be my last post for awhile.  Please keep in touch. We still love seeing all the photos you send and seeing how your babies have grown.

See our babies below: Zoe, our DSH, 15; Zeke, our Australian Shepherd, 12; and our Siberians, Sophie, age 7 and Maggie, age 5.

If you are ever in Southwest Florida, we would love to have you visit. Come join Sophie by the pool!



Time on my hands!


Comfortable, Niko? (Thanks, Nikki)


It is 12 Noon on a Tuesday and I’m lying in bed with the pillows propped up eating the little bag of pretzels they give you on the airplane.  And I don’t even feel guilty!

This is the first time in months I don’t have anything else to do. So how did I arrive at this luxurious moment? My son asked if I would “babysit” for ten days while he and his wife went on vacation to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

So after church on Sunday, I went to the grocery store, stocked up on Marie Callendar pot pies and Hungry Man dinners (when my husband is alone, he requires gourmet cuisine!) and did a couple weeks worth of laundry. On Monday morning I did a whirlwind clean of our house and by 1:45 p.m. I was on a plane flying from Chicago to Charlotte, NC.

My only mission today was to get my soon-to-be-freshman grandson, Jack, to cross country practice by 7:30 a.m.  Granddaughters Emma and Mary both have jobs which they can drive to by themselves. And we decided on pizza for supper so my day is basically done! And I have time to actually read emails and look at all the posts on Facebook.

I decided to share with you a cat related educational email and Facebook posts that tickled my funnybone (do they actually say that anymore?).

Received an email re hairballs that has helpful information.

Everything You Need to Know About Cat Hairballs



Credit: The Happiness Heroes




Credit: C.A.A.- Cats Addicts Annoy—Mouse

The above two funnies are not Semper Fi Siberians but are shared to give you a laugh for today!



Thanks, Chuck, for sharing this photo of Raz.

And speaking of litter, I have found a new brand I really like. Never thought I would recommend anything but Dr. Elsey’s but I tried this and it is my new favorite. It is available at Amazon and Chewy.  Both have mixed reviews but I decided to try it. For me there is far less tracking and has good odor control (maybe my nose isn’t as sensitive as others) but the biggest help is the ease of removing the clumps from the litter box. With my previous litter, it was like the clumps were cemented to the bottom and sides of the box.  The ease of scooping and easier washing of the litter box is worth the extra cost to me.

Boxiecat Deep Clean, Scent Free, Probiotic Clumping Litter, 16 lb


Have a great week! I know I will!


“Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I really cannot say those words enough to all of you who supported our Fox Valley Young Marines in their efforts to raise the funds necessary to allow them a once in a lifetime opportunity. The trip to Washington D.C. is now over but the memories will last a lifetime for these children!

Many sites were seen and hundreds of photos were taken. Here are just a few so you have a sampling of what your contributions made possible.

6:00 AM – Washington DC, here we come!


The famous 8th and I, Marine Barracks. The red carpet was definitely laid out for our  tour of the barracks. Jim is a former commander of the Silent Drill Team and  he was able to share many stories with current 8th & I Marines. They presented him with a signed photo.

“We claim this ground in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, to honor the 184 people whose lives were lost, their families, and all who sacrifice that we may live in freedom. We will never forget.”

The Pentagon memorial was one of my most emotional visits. Our tour guide had worked in that building, having retired two weeks before the attack. His emotions are still raw and we all felt the horror of that day. Each person who died is represented by a memorial bench. One bench listed the name of the father, mother and two children.  If the bench is facing away from the Pentagon, it belongs to a person who was killed in the Pentagon. If it is facing toward the Pentagon, it represents a person on the airplane.


Paying respects to one of our nation’s heroes, Jim’s friend and Marine brother.



The White House

So many sites to see! Long days but the Young Marines were always ready to hop on the coach and go to the next site. We walked a total of 32 miles on this trip. One day alone was almost 10 miles. AND the temperature was always in the 90’s!

We went to a presentation at the Ford Theater and saw where President Lincoln was shot and then toured the Petersen House where he died.


A very important day! Our Young Marines were honoroed to place a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknowns.



The newest memorial is to honor Martin Luther King.


Our last night we were pleased to have special seating at the famous Friday Night Parade at 8th & I.  Our color guard had the opportunity to meet their counterparts who performed in the ceremony.


There was also time for fun, food and mother and son bonding!



By Saturday night we were all ready to hop on the coach and take the long journey home to Illinois!

One of the missions of the Young Marine organization is to teach good citizenship. After 5 days in our nation’s capital, each Fox Valley Young Marine truly knows the United States of America is “the land of the free and home of the brave!”

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