Wednesday, December 31, 2008
You've been a good year to me, and I can hardly believe it's time to say our goodbyes. It's like you just got here! We've been through a lot together, huh?
It all began when I finally left long-term care. Those were 10 fantastic years, but when you grabbed my hand, 2008, we entered a brand new world. Just look at this picture I found from Halloween at the nursing home some years ago...I don't know how on earth you convinced me to leave. I miss it sometimes, but we both know it was time to go...
We went through some sad times together, 2008, on January 17th to be exact. MawMaw Ray passed away. This picture is a page from my scrapbook. See her with Mom? And there in the top left, she's pictured with Papa Ray. I know they are truly living now. It still makes me sad sometimes...but I know life must go on...
Speaking of "life goes on", I witnessed the birth of a baby with you by my side, ole-friend-2008. That was a new experience for me...well, sort of. When my nephew Grayson was born, I was in the room, but I remember specifically sitting in the corner of the room trying not to puke. (No offense, Grayson. It's just that I've grown up some since then). Maybe my sugar was low or something. Remember how fast it all happened when baby Za'Marea was born? We were so excited that we almost forgot to take some pictures after she was born. Dr. Blake looked at me and said "Does anybody want to take some pictures?" You're darn skippy we did! See...
Oh, 2008, let's not forget about the week at the beach with Aunt Kathy...ahhh...
2008, you convinced me to get healthy. We eat a lot of diet bread together, don't we? And some herbs. And some baby spinach. And some coffee with splenda. But it's paying off, huh? We're holding steady at about 32 lbs. lost this year.
And of course, 2008, we can't fail to reminisce about the Dolly Parton concert in Atlanta. Now that's something we won't soon forget.
2008, you were really good to my nephews and their Alexandria Valley Cubs peewee teams. Both teams were champions in their league. I spent many weekends with my brother and his family this year and I enjoyed it so, so, so much. I wish that I lived closer to them and could just drop in to see them any time I wish.
Rick and Bubba! Rick and Bubba! Do you remember, 2008, when we went to the Rick and Bubba Show? Remember how my cell phone kept ringing after Rick said my name over the air? Even people I worked with in Scottsboro were calling to ask if it was me at the Rick and Bubba Show!
Finally, 2008, we must recall the Turkey Trot. We walked it. We came in last...but thankfully we were not alone. There were a few other ladies in the caboose with us, huh? That was a first for us, and I think we should be really proud of ourselves.
Yes, 2008, you were a very fine year.
I have a request of you, 2008. We you speak to your Creator, the One who created every year before you and will create every year to come, the One who IS the Beginning and the End, will you please ask Him to do a few things in 2009...
Please ask Him to bless The Way Home.
Please ask Him to bless my whole family.
Please ask Him to help everything to come together when Brother builds his new house.
Please ask Him to help me to Run the Turkey Trot next year....whoa, He's gonna need to work a miracle!
You can thank Him, too, 2008, for the blessings of you!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My dad's wife-to-be Kathy(as of Dec. 27, 2008), Dad, and me.
As I sat on the couch, I heard a great clatter. What, oh what, could ever be the matter?
It was Silkyla who squealed as she hopped from chair to chair, "A mouse! A mouse!" she cried. "There's a mouse over there!!!"
I leaped from the couch and tried not to freak. Scooting the couch from the wall, I took a little peek.
And what before my eyes did appear? What I would have given for just a tiny reindeer! Oh, but nothing could be that easy....I saw this big, creepy rat and immediately became queasy!
What, oh what, tell me WHAT SHALL WE DO? Who will be our hero? Who can come to our rescue?
I had an idea and picked up the phone. Lord, please, please, please let Jessie be home!
Jessie, I know that it's late, but please get here quick! There's a monster under our sofa! No, this IS NOT a trick!
Jessie came in a flash with a twinkle in his eye. He had a fool-proof plan...the mouse was gonna die.
The chase was on. I thought I would cry, but before we knew it, Jessie captured that little gray guy!
I'm dreaming, you say? This tale can't be true? We captured it on tape! Just take a quick view!!!
Watch closely for the creepy-mousey...focus on the area to the bottom left of the screen just below the electrical outlet!
Before, anyone says a thing....I'm sorry we screamed over a mouse while holding a sleeping infant! I know it was wrong....but we girls were acting like girls!
Just to answer your questions...We were all just sitting in the living room watching tv tonight, taking silly pictures with my camera, and just generally having a fun night before everyone leaves tomorrow for Christmas break. Suddenly, Silkyla (pronounced like "tequila" but begins with the "s" sound instead of "t") freaks out because a mouse somehow crawled across her back and along the back of the sofa. I call Jessie. Jessie comes over. That's where the video begins.
At the beginning of the video, one of the girls, Kiara, is jumping on the couch to try to scare the mouse out from under the couch. Arabian is our official videographer. Silkyla's screams were real....the mouse had actually crawled across her back earlier...she was really scared!
A special thank you to my good friend, Jessie, who got out of bed at 11 p.m., drove up lookout mountain in the freezing cold, and captured the mouse! Initially, the mouse was under the couch. As you can see on the video, it ran from the couch to behind the entertainment center. It eventually ran behind another chair, and into a storage closet. How Jessie caught that mouse, I don't know. Whew!!! I'm so glad he did!!! What a mighty good man!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I'm happy to bring you some glorious news.....It seems that my camera has been repaired and is currently in route from Connecticut to Alabama via UPS!!! Yippee!!! Just in time for Christmas!!!
Now the big question that remains...will UPS come through for me? The scheduled delivery date is this Friday, December 18. OHHHH! I can't wait! I can't wait! I can't wait!!! I'm off work Friday, but I think I should stay home to make sure I don't miss the big brown truck!
Let's all just hope and pray that UPS delivers my camera and not THIS!!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I've just been sitting here pondering all the things going on in the world and around me...Just trying to decide what to write for my blog for the day. If I really told the truth, I would say that what I started to write was that I'm tired and lonely and a little frustrated. But then I remembered....
...somewhere someone is sitting in the hospital at their child's bedside like they did last night and the night before that, and the night before that, and the night before that...that person is tired
...somewhere someone attended the funeral of her best friend today...that person is lonely
...somewhere someone is re-reading his pink slip for the hundredth time. After giving 30 years to the company, this is what he gets...that person is frustrated
What is that old saying? Perhaps I'm misquoting, but it's something like...."But for the grace of God, there go I...." I started to write that old saying, BUT...who is excluded from the grace of God? Isn't it available to everyone? Exhausted parent? Bereaved friend? Displaced employee? TWH house mother?
Misfortune doesn't come to us because God has withheld His grace. I believe grace is made for those of us with trouble, stress, and misfortune! How would we ever make it through our most stressful days without His grace...protecting us, guiding us, refreshing us, reminding us, forgiving us! I will even admit that His grace completely cleans up after me on most days!
So what, then, shall I do?
I must choose to be thankful in all things, remembering the grace that is poured out on me through Jesus Christ.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
My little cousin Tiffany, who in my mind is still in first grade carrying a Little Mermaid lunchbox that I bought her for her birthday, is all grown up. In fact, she's a mommy now.
I received these photos today from Baby Trey's new proud papa, and I just can't resist posting them.
I hope my cousins across the country enjoy the pics...especially the very last one. It looks as if one of the uncles snuck his way into the nursery!!! No, not really! I think the way the story goes, Uncle Jack was actually the privileged one the get the first look at the baby...Daddy brought the baby out a different door than everyone expected...near where Jack was waiting.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
If nothing falls through, however, we should have a full house by the weekend. We are expecting 2 girls and 1 baby tomorrow, and on Saturday, we are expecting 1 girl and 1 baby.
I'm nervous as cat tonight....that's why I'm awake and blogging at midnight. My alarm clock will sound off at 5:45. Uggggh!
Pray for us! It's about to get exciting!!!
In the words of my good friend BamaSlammer, "this is my blog of the day."
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I love The Nanny...perhaps she prefers "Fran" but I know her as The Nanny. Yes, her character is funny and beautiful on the 90s sitcom, but I like her for another reason. She and I had the same type of cancer. She has worked so hard in her Cancer Schmancer movement to raise awareness and get legislation passed which advocates women's cancer issues.
The Nanny? For Sentate? You bet your high heels I would vote for her!!! You go, Franny!!!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I just need to say something about this. I cannot be more thankful that I was nowhere near Minnesota on Saturday. I'm not kidding. 300 Santas in one place is truly my nightmare becoming reality.
I love to get presents from Santa, let's be clear about that. I just prefer that he waits until I am fast, fast, fast asleep before he comes in my house.
I've always been a bit hesitant about Santa Claus. Some years ago, oh say 30 years, I remember having a melt down on Christmas Eve...I didn't want Santa to come. I was afraid of his beard.
When is the last time you saw someone with a thick white beard that hang halfway down his big fat belly? I mean really? Let's face it, only Santa can get away with that! Other men with really long beards are referred directly to Extreme Makeover.
I can tell you when I last saw a man who looked like that... A few years ago I was working at a hospital doing speech therapy. My coworker who did speech for the home health department of the hospital was on vacation, so I helped out by treating some of her home health patients.
I got the directions to my first patient's house and headed out for Crow Mountain. I drove and I drove, turning left and right, left and right. The roads became more and more narrow as they winded their way deep into the heart of the boonies of Jackson County. I knew I was getting close to the correct address, but I wasn't positive which house I was looking for.
Well, I know I don't even have to say it: I had to go there. As luck would have it, after I passed the man, I kept driving to discover, according to the house numbers, I had gone too far and must have missed the correct house. I turned my car around and soon discovered that my patient was at overalls-without-a-shirt-long-white-beard-man's house! Oh this is just great! I'm probably about to die!
He turned out to be harmless, and his mother (my patient) was just precious.
Yes, I know that Santa is harmless too.
Can't somebody just give him a makeover? All that facial hair is just scary!
It's no wonder why babies cry when their mommas make them sit in Santa's lap.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Well, I just learned two new things, and I must toot-toot-toot my own horn! I know very little about anything in this world, especially computers, so when I figure something out, I'm really proud of myself!!!
First of all, I figured out how to do the little "scratch out" (as I call it) that I often seen on more
The next thing I learned is a more savvy way to include links to other websites. For example, in my previous posts, I might have described a news story that I read on Foxnews.com. I would say... "click here to read the full story: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,459564,00.html." Now, that doesn't look
Isn't that neat? I love it!
Let's practice....shall we?
If you want to see a walrus named Sara play the saxophone
If you are in the mood to watch dogs dance to the tunes of Rod Stewart and Aerosmith, hop right on over to HERE. This really isn't my favorite one, so feel free to skip it!
Finally, if you really want to be
I love this stuff.
I'll try not to overdo it, okay?
Last night my friend Gequetta and I had planned to meet for dinner then go see the movie that's all the rave "Twilight". I had a few minutes to kill before I was supposed to meet her, so I decided to browse around in Dollar Tree.
They started counting out how many snowflakes they wanted....1....2....3....4....5....6....7....How many are you going to take, lady!!!
So after dinner, we headed over to the late show of Twilight.
We were sitting about 10 or 12 rows down from the back, center section in the theater. Well, on the very back row, left section, two little teenage girls decided to catch up on their gossip and giggles during the movie. The whole movie. I found myself periodically turning completely around, glaring at them in the dark (like they could see me!). They were driving me CRAZY!
So as soon as the movie was over, I darted straight back to the two girls on the back row. "Girls, I just want to thank you for talking during the whole show and disrupting the movie. I really, really appreciate it. Congratulations. Good job. Thank you." I literally gave them 2 thumbs up.
Oh my goodness! What a Grinch! I know I didn't! How mean was that!!!! I don't know what came over me! I feel so bad today!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Baby Trey will never be unloved by his family. No doubt about it. He has 2 parents, 2 sets of grandparents, and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
As I was holding and admiring this little guy, speculating on what good things must be in store for him, I could not help but reflect on a news story that had just watched as I had been getting dressed and ready for the day early this morning. It seems that a little 2 year old boy was orphaned by the terrorist attacks in India last week. It just broke my heart when they showed the clip of him crying for his mother (read the FULL STORY HERE).
In this life, we will have trouble, disappointment, and even be abandoned at times, but Christ has promised believers that He will not abandon us. There are no orphans of God. That's hard for me to fathom sometimes, but it's true.
Enjoy this song "Orphans of God". I love it...
This story is quite terrifying. It relates somewhat to the post I wrote a few days ago about not being able to read...Not that I am implying this well-meaning mommy cannot read, she was obviously trying to stretch her pennies.
We're always careful to read and follow the instructions when mixing infant formula here at TWH. It even says on the can that not following the instructions exactly can be very harmful to the infant. I had no idea about the concept of a baby having too much water.
Maybe everyone else knows about this, but I didn't. You can google "water toxicity in infants" and get more information.
Wow. Scary indeed.
Monday, December 1, 2008
One week before Thanksgiving, I began a series of a week's worth of posts expressing gratitude. Unfortunately, I have been encountering some computer and internet difficulties so I am a tad behind. I think the trouble has been resolved now, so...let's get back on schedule, shall we?
SQUIRREL!!! Don't play dumb! Most of you know that famous one-word line! Yes, I am so thankful for "Christmas Vacation" the movie.
It's one of those movies that I can pop in the VCR (yes, I have a VHS version of the movie that still plays just fine!) and let it play as I go about my business. I can listen to it in the background. I can pass by the tv and stop to watch a single scene.
I could watch Christmas Vacation almost 365 days per year. It's rather mindless. It's funny.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Well, just so you know, I've been having internet and computer problems, so I'm a little behind on my 7 days of gratitude...but I'll catch up.
On Thanksgiving Day, I participated in my first ever Turkey Trot which is a 5k run/walk (walk in my case) to benefit the science club at Plainview School. I believe I heard someone say there were about 160 participants. My good friend Nicole ran the race and actually won first place in her age division, 41 to 50.
I'm really thankful to be able to walk. Having worked with handicapped people for quite some time, I know there are many people born without the potential of ever taking a step. Some people's bodies are just plain worn out and are unable to walk like they would like to.
What's amazing to me are the people who in fact can't walk but continue to live, work, smile, and laugh. I know of a lady in who became paralyzed from the waist down when her home was destroyed in a tornado. She functions daily in a wheelchair and actually went on to give birth to TRIPLETS! Wow.
I think I have nothing to whine about today...
Friday, November 21, 2008
I remember back in second grade when Mrs. Frost told our class that if you can read, you can do anything. How true that is.
Looking up a number in the phone book. Reading dosage instructions on medication labels. Finding your way around in a large hospital when every hallway looks the same. Ordering from a menu in an unfamiliar restaurant. Understanding an important contract... How awkward, stressful, and possibly dangerous these situations are for someone who cannot read!
I am so thankful to be able to read.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
...this post is NOT for the squeamish...
In my quest for better health, I have fallen in love with a product called "Paraway Pack" that I bought from the herb shop in Rainsville. It is a 30 day program to rid your digestive system of parasites. Yes, parasites, I say. I was a little skeptical at first, because as you know, "they" will tell you anything to sell you something. After reading up on the whole parasite thing, I decided to give it a shot. "They" say, a healthy colon is fundamental to good health. Well, at the end of the 30 days, I really felt better in many aspects. In fact, as recommended by the ladies at the herb shop, I am continuing to use the product in a smaller dose as routine maintenance.
On a little side note, by the way, I have lost about 26 lbs so far....so it sure ain't hurtin' nothing as far as I can see....
Here's why I'm writing about parasites and colon health.... Did you see this story from foxnews.com about a doctor removing a worm from a woman's brainstem? A WORM IN HER BRAINSTEM!!!! Ya'll...our brainstem controls our basic functions required for life...like breathing, for instance! Parasites enter our bodies through undercooked food and poor hygiene/handwashing! Yuk!
You can read it and watch the video for yourself, but just know there's a gross video of the brain-worm.... http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,455067,00.html
Goodnite, 'lil glow worm! Glimmer, glimmer...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I used to hate anything associated with the Sylvania Rams. If you were a Plainview Bear anytime in the early 90's or before, you can understand. Now I have to say that my heart has become a little more soft toward our old rival, because that school sponsored a food drive for TWH last week.
Now...let's get to the CONTEST. It seems to me that it's popular among some professional bloggers to periodically have contests. I'm completely amateur, but I thought a contest would be a great way to celebrate the most recent blessing!
Here's what you do....Guess how many boxes of Jell-O are in the box pictured at the top of this post. For the hair-splitters among you, I am referring to anything Jell-O brand, both pudding mix and gelatin. Leave your guess as a Comment for this post. The person who guesses the closest will receive a goody from me! How fun!!!
If you are unsure how to leave a comment, I've written instructions on the right. Don't be scared...it's easy!
Happy Counting, everybody!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Did you hear about this today? I'm not at all surprised, but I'm still shocked. It's scary to me, quite honestly. I don't want to be Debbie Downer, but this story just sounds like an invitation for God to deliver His justice to our nation.
According to Fox News, the American Humanist Association unveiled a new $40,000 advertisement campaign which will appear on buses in Washington, D.C. through December. "Why believe in a god? Just be good, for goodness' sake" it says. Whoa. Does anyone smell spiritual warfare in the heavenlies?
Two quotes from this article struck me as interesting...
"Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion." Agnostics, atheists and other non-theists feeling alone, eh? That breaks my heart, and I'm sorry. I know the feeling...Christians sometimes feel lonely during the holidays, too. But here's the difference...we are not alone. We have a Friend who sticks closer than a brother who longs to be our comforter and companion at all times. He also supplies us with true companions through other believers. To the agnostics and atheists, please give Him a chance. He wants to stick close to you, too.
"we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds." This reminds me of another seed of "rational thought" and "questioning" which was planted in someone's mind one time. That little seed was planted in a beautiful garden, and we all continue to reap the harvest of that little seed. That truly has the thumbprint of Big Red all over it.
What to do, what to do? Christians must put on the full armour of God and be aware of the spiritual warfare around us. We must repent of our sin, call on God, and pray for Him to heal our land.
Merry Christmas, everybody!!!