Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Happy Wednesday
Not much going on right now. Have been very busy with life in general. Did some scrapbooking this past week and weekend. Am getting some layouts done, so that is a good thing. Staying very busy with work right now too. Had a great training session all day yesterday. Learning about what type people we are - so as to understand why we tick the way we do. No type is a bad or good type but it takes all types to work together to build a good team.

Here is the link in case you want to see which type you are. You might be pleasantly surprised at your results!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Just Amazing - we are SO blessed.

Stay tuned - real update coming soon.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Happy Birthday Peter! (Mr. Charlie to some)

Monday, August 21, 2006
Strongest Dad in the World
Long read, but well worth it - then watch the video at the end of it.
Very powerful & humbling.

[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs. “He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life,'' Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. “Put him in an institution.''

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. “No way,'' Dick says he was told. “There's nothing going on in his brain.''

"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? “Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, “Dad, I want to do that.''

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described “porker'' who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried. “Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. “I was sore for two weeks.''

That day changed Rick's life. “Dad,'' he typed, “when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

“No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, “Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzz kill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? “No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for “the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

“No question about it,'' Rick types. “My dad is the Father of the Century.''

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. “If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' one doctor told him, “you probably would've died 15 years ago.''

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

“The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, “is that my dad would sit in the chair and I would push him once.''

Here's the video....

Happy Birthday Tausha Nicole

29 years ago I gave birth to my first child.

Happy Birthday - Mom loves you!

Thursday, August 17, 2006
Getting to know a bit about Me.
Why Not?
We Like The Basics
Birthday::Jan 14
Eye Color::Hazel
Hair Color::Brown sprinkled with Gray
Shoe Size::7.5
They Just Wanna Know
Car You Drive::yes
Shoes You Wore Today::Sandals
Your Ringtone::Streetwise
Last Song You Heard::Can't get enough of your love baby - by Barry White - YUKK
What You're Wearing::neon green shell & plaid shirt over it with a black skirt
Song::"Who Am I"
Food::Amish homecooked meal
Animal::bird - not an animal person
Flower::Calli Lilly
Book::Anything by Beverly Lewis
Board Game::Aggravation
Card Game::Dutch Blitz
Word::Love to hear the word "Oma"
Tradition::Buy something special just for me with my tax refund
Music With Your Best Friend::Jim Croce
Wild Card
What's Irking You?::People who visit my blog but don't sign it
What's The Last Thing You Do At Night?::Pray
Where Are Your Parents?::My mom is at home and my dad is in Heaven
What Are Your Plans For The Weekend?::Chillin - be with my family, maybe do some scrapbooking
When's The Last Time You Were Scared?::When I didn't hear from one of my children to let me know they were ok
Are You Good At Parking?::yes
Are You Missing Someone?::Yes
Do You Smoke?::NO - clean 12 years! PTL
Do You Drink?::NO - clean 12 years! PTL
Do You Cuss?::NO - clean 12 years! PTL
Do You Play Video Games?::Yes
Who's The Last One You ...
Texted::I think it was my sister
Called::Rodale Book Store to return a book
Hugged::Florabeth, my daughter
Kissed::Florabeth (on the cheek)
Now I'm Just Killing Time
How's Your Love Life?::non existent
Who Was Your Last Relationship With?::David
Did You Love Them?::Yes
Why Aren't You Still With Them?::He died
I'm Sorry, That Was Personal::Yes, it was
Do You ...
Play A Sport::Disc Golf
Like To Shop::Sometimes
Have Your Licensce::Yes
Lick Batteries::Now, that one is personal
The End
Any Last Words?::Ha Ha - who will be brave now??
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Layouts to share with you
This is my new granddaughter to be born in October.

Here is one that I "doodled" on - I think its really cool, just like you doodle on paper when your thinking~! The only words not doodled are "Good Times" those are rub on letters by Heidi Swapp!

I have been busy! I have 2 paying scrapbooking jobs in the making as well! Not sure yet how I will charge for them yet, or how involved they want them, but am looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be "extra" money for me! We shall see.

Friday, August 11, 2006
Happy Firday everyone
Some one is asking for an update on here - so I'm going to do my best to satisfy! LOL

I'm glad its Friday - you know I read some where that people who are always wishing for the weekend are wishing thier life away - makes sense, doesn't it? I know I always look forward to the weekend as I get tired of having to get up early and go to work everyday, and don't get me wrong I Love my job, Love what I do, Love the company I work for & the people I work with. But I also LOVE being in my home, enjoying the family God blessed me with & doing nothing if I don't want to, but I need to also enjoy the days inbetween those weekends as well. So, "Lord, help me to enjoy Monday through Friday just as much as I do Saturday and Sunday".

Now update on my life this week.

Pretty much routine till Wednesday - my niece, "Suddenly two became three" had her baby boy, Ryan James

Congratulations to the New mommy & daddy and the proud Poppa and Mimi!

Went to church as usual Wednesday night & left right after to go to the hospital to see the new one & took a hard tumble on the way to my car! Bummed up my arm & knee pretty good. The palms of my hands & right arm to the brunt of the fall. Today, it being the second day - I'm pretty sore needless to say, but I just thank God I didn't break a bone. I thought at first I might have broken my arm as it turned colors right away and there was an unusual knot on it, but it has since gone done - is just very tender. Praise God for his goodness.

Thursday evening I spent making cards, and finishing up a couple spots for a Scrapbooking swap I'm doing. Well one uploaded - blogger is not cooperating with me. But here is the general idea of what I've been up to.

So today I am leaving work early and driving down to Helena Alabama and 'crop' or scrapbook with one of my favorite yahoo group! So, that is what I've been up to!

God is good to me & I enjoy being saved and guess what - I'm looking forward to Sunday! YAY!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006
Smile - someone is thinking about you today!
Just move your mouse around............and I dare you to NOT laugh.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Words -
Remember a couple weeks back I was asking how they came up with words. (Wednesday, July 19, 2006) - well I got this in an email this morning & since it went along the same lines, thought I would share with you. Some are sorta "iffy" for us - but I didn't write them - so just enjoy!

Someone out there either has too much spare time or is deadly at Scrabble. (Wait till you see the last one )!

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Yep! Someone with waaaaaaaaaaaytoo much time on their hands! (Probably a son-in-law) LOL

Friday, August 04, 2006
Some cool pics I want to share with you
These are outside electrical or telecommunication boxes - are they not just too cool?

Thursday, August 03, 2006
No new thoughts tonight
Been a busy week thats for sure. Will be glad when Saturday finally rolls around. I spend so much useless time in front of this thing. I wanted to do some stuff for a Scrapbooking swap I am participating in - actually had recipies and all my bookmarkers printed out ready to go - got my ribbon to divide up & put in baggies, and what am I doing? Yep, you guess it right, I am sitting here in front of this thing, playing some games (gonna go check out Pac Man when I get done with this) and checking my email and reading other's blogs. Why do I do that? Then before you know it, ICK, its time to go to bed so I can peel myself out at 5:30 in the morning & its starts all over again! Oh well thank God for salvation, good health, good home & a good job that provides it all, I am blessed. I love being saved, I really do, I have FUN being saved - am not missing a thing thats good out there in the world. ok, ok, I'm signing off now. Nite everyone.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Congratulations to Bro & Sis Moore!!!!!!!!!

Well, they did it! And they are so cute together! God Bless them!

It happened a lot faster than either had planned but after a bad fall & a shoulder broken, it was the right thing to do for both of them! Bro Clifton surprised me yesterday when he phoned me (I thought he was going to tell me that he made it home) but asked if I could have a house guest another night!
So I'll let them tell you the rest of the story!
WELCOME Sis Betty to the beautiful state of ALABAMA and to the congregation at WESTLAWN. Love you both!!!