Friday, December 28, 2007

O' What a blessing!
God sure knew what he was doing when he put little Hayden into our lives. I never thought I could love another child even close to the way I love my boys but Hayden sure has gotten a pretty big part of my heart.
I called his mommy today and asked her if I could come get him for a few hours tonight after I got off work. She of course didn't mind, so I took him to Sears and had his pictures done. Tomorrow is our family Christmas with my mom's family and I wanted to suprise his mommy with them for for Christmas. I am so excited I cannot wait.
It was really funny trying to get this one with his diaper off. He was dry when I took it off of him and I told them I had had him for 2 hours and he was still dry. So they had fair warning. I no longer got him on his tummy till my sister started yelling for a diaper. He pooped right in her hand. It was hilarious. Then before the shot was over he peed all over the black curtain. Poor lady from Sears! I don't know a baby boy that don't pee on everything the minute you uncover that thing..
So what do you guys think about the pictures, my favorite is the one on top.









He looks like popoye in this one!

We actually caught a smile and he is only 13 days old, can you believe it!

I know they are identical but I love the black and white.
Aww precious baby!


He is showing his old man wrinkles in this one.











This Picture with this background and this outfit bring back so many memories.

My mom got this outfit for my oldest son to come home from the hospital in, we then had him dedicated in it and then his picture made in it with this background. We also repeated this picture with Eli. So when I snuck off with Hayden tonight I couldn't help but bring the little outfit along although it has seen it's better days.







Wednesday, December 26, 2007

SANTA CAME TO VISIT US YESTERDAY!!!



Here is a picture of Hayden and myself yesterday at our christmas lunch. Isn't he the most adorable Santa you've ever seen.



This is Hayden with his Mommy! She is my baby cousin Lindsay and she is a wonderful little mommy, Hayden is very blessed to have her.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Here is what we spent the day doing today. His name is Hayden Christopher, He was born by C-Section around 6pm tonight and weighed 7 pound 13 ounces he is 20 inches long. He is my baby cousin Lindsay's baby. It sure don't seem like she should be having a baby but I couldn't be more proud. She and her hubby Chris are going to make wonderful parent's and they love this little man so much. They are so cute with him and about him already. Today was a really hard day for them as will the next few I am sure so please remember them in ur prayers.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Soreness!!!

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Well I finally got someone to do something about it. After many phone call and a lot of frustration. I finally just gave up and went in and seen my pcp. I had an infection where my ovary use to be and after a week of antibiotics I feel fine. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Weigh In!

So I weighed today for the first time since I left the hospital almost 3 weeks ago and to be honest I was terrified to get on the scales. I left the hospital weighing 147 lbs which was up 10 pounds. I knew alot of that was fluid but I also have not been able to exercise or anything. I have also not been in a pair of jeans that were not made out of that streghty material and at least a size or two bigger than what I have been wearing because anything that actually fits hurts my tummy. I honestly have been wearing work out pant the majorety of the time. Then the kids were home for over a week and then we had Thanksgivin and my momma is the best cook in the world. I really did try not to overeat. When I got on the scales tonight I weighed 138. So I was pleased, now if I could just get over this stupid soreness so I could get back to exercising.
My Dr. released me to go back to work yesterday and I feel like it set me back more than a week as far as the pain, or there is something wrong. I don't know I just know something has to give.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

PLEASE GO AWAY!!!



We have had a sick kid everyday for a week and I want this to go away. I got out of the hospital last friday and that evening had to go back to the pharmacy to pick up some medication. Eli went with us(he had an extremely had time with me being gone but that's another blog) he was standing down the aisle from where Donnie and I were and I looked down at him and I told Donnie he's got fever go feel of him. I was moving really slow it was easier for him to do it. He said he does feel kinda hot, so I grabbed some motrin and a themometer and we headed home. His temp was almost 103 and we are talking about a kid that don't run fever, he has to be nearly dead to have a fever. So this went on all weekend, I took him into the peditrician on Monday and they said it was croup and did a quick strep swap on him. The strep came back negative but with everything he had going on they put him on antibiotics to get him cleared up. They always sent there quick streps out to be cultured, on Thursday the results came back positive. That kiddo was fighting strep which I almost knew just because he go so sick. Well fast foward 12 hours, Jordan isn't feeling well, Jordan isn't sleeping, Jordan has a sore throat. So we get him some antibiotics cause it is obvious that he has strep also and the first dose he keeps telling me my tummy hurts and I feel sick. I just assumed the meds were making him feel that way so we are driving down the road and I tell Donnie pull over and let him go in here and see if he can go to the bathroom and see if that will help. He pucked all over the braums lobby floor and sidewalk. I called the Dr. once again and they said that sometimes strep itself can do that to you. I was terrified to give him the 2nd dose of antibiotics but what do you do. So I kept waiting for the tummy ache and praise God it never came. So I guess it was just the strep itself. Please say a prayer for my kids I need them well so mommy can get some rest and get well herself. I love my babies and I hate them being sick.

Friday, November 16, 2007

My kiddo's are making me hurt myself!

Today we went bargain hunting and I have to say we did find some pretty good deals. I got a really big suit case, really nice too for $5.00. The boys are now using it to entertain themselves. I am lying in my bed and I hear Eli scream Jordan I'm upside down, I'm upside down. Eli had gotten inside the suitcase and Jordan had zipped him in there and had picked it up into position to pull it on the wheels and it toppled him on his head cause he got in it backwards for that. I didn't even have to get up and go look I knew what they had done and I was lying laughing or trying to because the first chuckle and I nearly fell out I couldn't believe that it was so painful. Oh my goodness there must be stitches on the inside or something cause when I laughed oh lets just say I hope they don't do anything funny again for a couple more weeks. No I'm just kidding I like my kids to have a good time.

We also got a new computer for the kids today. Donnie is what we call out computer geek and can fix almost anything that is wrong with one so they had this one on and it was workng it was just really slow. We were like huh we know how to fix that and it's a cheap fix so we went ahead and bought it being it was only $50.00. When he got it home and hooked up it appears that it belong to some kids that downloaded a bunch of junk on it and it has a lot of virus but he know how to clean it up so I was greatful for that find. Sometimes 1 computer or even 2 computers just isn't enough. They don't like it cause I won't let them on my lap top but I bought it for work and it has all my work stuff on it and I am so afraid someone will do something to mess it up, so I opt to not let anyone on it. We do have a desktop but when you have 2 kids wanting on the internet of the kids and the hubby man it gets to be a pain when they get old enough to realize what the internet is. But there school has given them so much access to different websites that teach them while they are having fun how do you say no. So I can't wait to have that going.

I also got my cousin a walker and a exersaucer for her new baby who is due in December for $4.oo a peice. Of course they need to be cleaned up but hey for $8.00 vs. $80.00 they would have cost new I can clean up some toys. I was really glad to come upon this find. I have been collecting baby items for her for the past couple of months and I tell you God has just really blessed up with stuff for Hayden. We seen this need and just decided to do what we could and I asked around to a few ladies I knew that had babies in the last year or two and they were so generous. I lady I know gave us a bassinett, changing table and a trash bag full of newborn to 0-3 clothes for this baby. I offered to pay her for them but she wouldn't take anything for them. She called me a couple of days later and said she was cleaning out her cabinets and came across some brand new bottles that her baby wouldn't take and wanted to know if we wanted them. I was like sure but please let me give you something for all of this. She said if someone hadn't given it to me when I had the boys I wouldn't have it so just pass it on to someone who can use it when your done, and holler at me when you can start exercising again because I really need someone to exercise with. I haven't seen her in quite a while until a few weeks ago and she has lost as much weight as I have but she doesn't have anyone to exercise with so I can't wait until I can get back into that.

We also got the boys some rollerblades for $2.50 a pair. They are so funny! They were so excited, because they had outgrown their old ones but I was actually waiting until christmas to replace them and when I paid for these Eli said mom I promise I will pay you back for these. Like $2.50 is going to break his mommy.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

You asked and here they are!
Here are a few pictures taken probably about 6 weeks ago.




Here I am working, I love my new lap top. I got this for my birthday in September.








These were taken after my hysterectomy, man am I pale. I'm thinkin I may need some Vitamins. My tummy is still pretty swollen. uggg



Sunday, November 11, 2007

Peace, Quiet, Stillness and yet why can't I enjoy it.....


It's Sunday morning and I have sent my family off to church is why... I am so suppose to be with them but after the last few day I know that I cannot sit through Sunday School and then morning worship.. My body for one is so sore and stiff it would never make it. I feel like a old lady( no offense to anyone out there but this is for the birds). Secondly I fall asleep at the drop of a hat and I believe that would be quite embarrassing. So I sent my Hubby and boys off this morning without me.
I knew I had a great husband but he has really proved himself over the last few days (not that he had to). I had my hysterectomy on Thursday morning and so not to interrupt the boys schedules to much I got up early that morning and went over and had my mom drive me to the hospital. Donnie stayed home so he could get the boys off to school and he got to the hospital in plenty of time before I went back to surgery. He and mom were the first faces I remember seeing when I woke up, they were standing out in the hallway waiting on me as they pulled me out of the recovery room. The hospital didn't have an private rooms available so they put me in the Pediatric unit in a semi-private room. They did that cause they knew they wouldn't put another adult back there(it's a locked unit and my mom is a nurse at the hospital so they did it as a favor so that noone else would be put in the room with us). But beings we were in a semi-private room it was against the fire code to put a sleeping chair in the room and I couldn't convince my sweet hubby I was ok enough that he could leave. We had a really bad nurse during the day that treated me as someone who was there seeking drugs and never could get her to do anything about all the pain I was in. My poor hubby slept in 2 chairs 1 for his body and 1 for legs. Needless to say he didn't get much rest that night. I don't know how he did it. Then he came home to take the boys to school, got me breakfast and came back up there. He was exhausted.
I don't know how many of you have been through a hysterectomy but man o man this is nothing compared to what I was expecting. I just know it has to get better. They ended up having to take everything out except 1 ovary. They were going to leave both of them but when they got in there 1 of my fallopian tubes was covered with cysts, she tried just removing the cyst but it caused so much bleeding that they just had to remove the entire thing. I didn't expect it to hurt so much being there weren't any external incisions but afterwards I was told there were lots of major muscles cut internally it why it hurts to much. Like with everything I ever have done my bladder went haywire. They came in and took the catheter out on friday morning and 6 hours later I still hadn't went to the bathroom. Big shock to me, I knew that this was going to be an issue, it always is. Of course the evil day nurse was back and I couldn't get her to do anything. So I called my little sister who is a RN and happens to work at clinic branched off of the hospital just to see if she had any ideas. She told me she'd call me right back. She called me back and told me she had called and talked to the nurse at my Dr.'s office and that my Dr. was standing right there the entire conversation. It wasn't but a few minutes that the "day nurse" came down and said this is what Dr. Chambers called and said to do and listed some stuff and then she said and by the way I wasn't ignoring you I was just helping someone admitt a baby. I never said she was ignoring me, she just wasn't doing her job, she didn't care that I was hurting and when I did ask for meds she treated me like I was drug seeking and to top it all off she treated me like it was my fault that I couldn't make my bladder work. So I came home friday without being able to pee(my mom and sis. are both nurses) I had to be straight cathed twice, which hurts like crazy. When I woke up on Saturday morning I thought I was dying, I guess being we didn't sleep any on Thursday night I just slept straight thru on Friday night and on Saturday morning I was hurting so bad. I got up and went straight to the bathroom and was actually able to tinkle a little, hey a little is better than nothing. So I took a pain pill and drink some milk thinking that is wouldn't make me sick. I went to mom's and got into her tub(her's is deep and covers up my tummy really well) that stupid pain pill made me so sick. Lesson learned no matter how bad your hurting don't take the meds without food on board. Then I had to take some phenegran to make my tummy settle down. None of this was pleasent. After all this medicine I pretty much slept all day yesterday. I did wake up feeling a little better today, I am still very sore and very tired. In fact I just took a shower and that took all the energy I had so I think I am going to go take a nap before everyone comes in. Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to uplift us.

Friday, November 02, 2007

So I went to go pre-register for my surgery for next week and they wanted my driver's license. She looks at it and after a few minutes she said "I really had to study this a few times to tell whether or not this was even you, you really need to have this redone." So I took her advice and here is the before and after.

This was taken yesterday, after 52 lbs of weight loss!!!



This was taken in September of last year. What can I say, this was just plain awful. Thank God I decided to get healthier and more fit.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

(WARNING THIS POST IS NOT SOMETHING MEN ARE GOING TO WANT TO READ)
So the story of my madness goes on....


I think my life just continues to get crazier and crazier. I for as long as I can remember have had just horrible cycles. I have been through every kind of therapy imaginable to treat the symptoms and slow the flow. I have been on the pill, got the depo shot, had the monthly shot, had and IUD place, I even took the pill where u don't stop but like ever 3 months or so, then last year I had an endometrial ablation. That was suppose to make things better although there were no guarantees. Well here we are 18 months later and the ablation only lasted about 8-10 months before my cycle picked back up and started hurting so bad again that I cannot stand them. I have also started having horrible migrains associated with them. I mean I do have migrains anyway but they are typically controlled with an anti-convolsant but lately with my cycle I have breakthough migraines with visual distrubances. So my doctor has told me this week that we have exhausted all of my options and the only thing left to do is to remove my uterus. I almost knew when I went over there she was going to say that but it just made me feel different when she did. It's not like I have any need for it because I cannot have anymore children anyway as much as I would like to and I know it will probably make me feel better something has to. So I am scheduled to have a hysterectomy on November 8th. They are going to do their best to do it vaginally please pray that they will be able to do it this way I do not want to be cut on and if they are able to do it this way I will only be off of work for 2 weeks vs. if they have to cut me open I will have to be off 6-8 weeks. The upside to this is I will be off of work while my boys are out of school for Thanksgiving break so I don't have to worry about a babysitter. Yeah!!!!
Weight In

I know it's been a while but I got on the scales just out of curiosity because I've not had a very good week and we are talking shoes fully clothes in denim jeans and all and I wieghed 137.4 this afternoon. So now I am really curious what it will say in the morning.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

My life is MADNESS!!!!!!!!

Oh my where do I begin, oh hang on I'm going to start by changing in to pj's and getting into bed. Ok that's much better. Now where to begin leading u on this path of madness. I guess we will start with today.

So this morning started out crazy just like everyother morning, it wasn't as bad as normal because I actually got up at 5:30 when the alarm went off so I could be ready before I had to get the boys up. I got the boys up and off to school and on my drive back from the bus stop I remembered that I needed to take some paper by my husband's ex-wives house at lunch(I do most of the communicating with her, she and I get along really good most of the time and she and Donnie don't, so it is just easier for all parties involved this way) but I wanted to make sure she was going to be there and I knew the kids should still be home so I called Bethany this is my 17-year-daughter by marraige and I could immediately tell something was really wrong she was either extremely sick or had been fighting with her mom and step-dad but I couldn't really understand her so I told her I would call her back on their home phone. When I called her back she told me she had a wreck the night before and totalled her new car. She told me it really wasn't her fault but that the police said that she she ran a stop sign and she was placed at fault and given a ticket for running a stop sign. Of course me being a mom told her everthing was going to be alright and just wanted to know that she was ok. She said she was fine just bruised and sore. I told her to have her mom call me when she got up and that I had to go to work but to call me if she needed anything. When her mom called me she told me that Bethany pulled out in front of a F-350 and when it saw her it got changed lanes in hopes to not hit her but that it still got her and we are talking she pulled out onto a 4 lane highway where people are killed in accidents it seems lately on a weekly basis. Bethany said they had a blinker on and she thought they were getting off of the highway. Our friend Ronda was right across the street when it happened and she said if the truck had hit her 1 foot closer toward the driver it would have killed her or if the car had not have stopped when it did it would have landed with the driver side of the car wrapped around a light pole and therefore she probably would have not walked away from that either. I know that these kids belong to my husband but after 11 years of marraige and a 2 year relationship before that those kids have been in my life forever and when I brought their daddy into my life I brought them into as well and just the thought that we could possibly be planning our daughters funeral instead of her prom, homecoming, dances, carnivals, graduations, college, and wedding kills me. I just praise God for sending his angels down onto Hwy 69/75 in Calera, Ok at 11:00 p.m. last night because without them I truly believe we would be without our daughter tonight. There are not many people who walk away from wrecks where she wrecked unharmed. Thank you God for you protection on my family, my friends, and my children!!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

So last night I'm sitting here starting to write this and my cell phone starts ringing and I just almost jump through the roof. First off it was almost midnight and no one ever calls me that late, second the kids are obviously asleep and third my mind start racing about what could be wrong. I seen that it was my husband (he works nights) so I figured no big deal he just wanted to talk. I don't think I could have been further from wrong. I swear when he started talking I really at first wasn't even comprehending what he was saying, all I hear is evacuation, bomb, sniper. So I stop him and I ask him WHO IS THIS? I mean honestly this can't be my husband. Then I'm like OK now I need you to start over from the very beginning. He said that one of the guys that works with him left for lunch at 11:30ish p.m. and when he stepped out of the back door of the building he actually stepped on someone and all of a sudden he had a very big gun being held on him. You see when Chris(my husband co-worker) stepped out of the door he stepped on a sniper and and the sniper just flipped over and drew his gun on Chris. Up until Chris left for lunch no one even knew there was anything going on outside at that point that sniper told Christ to get out of there. Chris was like do I go back inside or do I leave and they made him get into a vehicle and leave. At that point they realized there were people inside the building and they evacuated it. You see they had chased a guy and stopped him directly outside Donnie's job and were in a stand off with him and he was armed with a bomb. They evacuated them out a side door by foot because where they had this person is where the employees park. After about 4 hours they somehow got there cars to them. They were never allowed back into their job last night. This man was not subdued until 5:30 this morning more than 7 1/2 hours after it began. The worst part of it is he had just gotten out of a mental hospital from being lock up from doing the same thing in Sherman 8 years ago at the police department where he was to serve a 10 year sentence and he did 8 years of it in a mental institution because he has schizophrenia. He was also charged with capital murder but they had to drop that charge because he was mentally unstable. I just don't understand how someone can do things like this and be put in and institutions for it and get out and turn around and do the same thing over again and they system probably won't do anything more to this time than they did last time. It just really burns me up. I guess more so because you know I thank God he took care of my family last night but the unthinkable could have happened and it would have totally been because they thought for one reason or another that this man was stable enough to be back out in society.

Donnie came in and let me know when he got home around 3am and scared the foey out of me. But as he drove into town he said there was this car the kept swerving all over the road behind him and getting right on his tail. You know for some reason or another last night was just not a night he should have been out. I just praise God for keeping his protection on him. For keeping his hands on him and guiding his steps.

I have lots more crazy stories to share with you from over the last month. I have just been so busy. But it is way past my bedtime girls. Love you all.

Logzie I am so excited about the prospects of the relationship between you and your sister. I have only one sister and that is it she is my best est buddy, and I don't know what I would do without her. I do hope that you and your sister can find something like what we have. I know these relationship's take time to build but O' how amazing they are. There honestly is none like them in the world.

Monday, September 17, 2007

So many ask but do they really want to know!

I started this lifestyle change as I like to call it the first of June and when I started I weighed (I can't believe I'm doing this) 191 and today I weigh 146. So needless to say I have lost a lot of weight really fast. So for some reason people think I have found this instant cure. They come up to me and say so Beverly what are you doing and when I start telling them that I have changed my diet such as they way I cook(no oil, no butters, no fatty meats, starchy food, things such as that) and I exercise every day, it's like I loose them. They go somewhere else, like they expected something else. I honestly have done this by a total lifestyle change. I have changed everything. I don't use sugar for anything anymore, I have changed to skim milk( I buy 2% for the kids), I fix a lot of the same meals we use to have I have just changed the way I prepare them. I just don't use butter or margarine I use I can't believe it's not butter spray. I eat earth grain vegetable fiber grain bread. I have changed so many things I don't think I could ever list them all. But the main thing it I am committed to being a healthier, happier me. I don't want to die young from a preventable disease that my diet and some exercise could have changed. It's amazing how people almost expect me to say I'm on drugs or something. I just can't believe it. I count everything I put in my mouth, I don't drink anything but water, and I exercise daily. That is all I do. I am at a point where things have slowed down but I knew that I would get to this point but I am no quitter and I will carry on. I have about another 20 pounds to loose but I already feel so much better. I just want to thank everyone for their encouragement and kind words during this, it has helped so much. Just a short story before I go, I was sitting at my desk the other day and a older man came in to pay his water bill. He looked at me and ask me where the lady that normally worked here was, I looked back at him and told him I was sitting right there. He looked at me and was like Oh my goodness Hun you've lost a lot of weight are you ok, your not sick or anything are you. After I told him I was fine I was just taking better care of myself, he told me how much better I looked and that I didn't even look like myself. I thought that was amazing that I had changed so much that people didn't even recognize me.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

If it werent' for bad luck!


So Jordan got to come out of his thumb splint on or around this past friday.(if you remember he had broken it playing tether ball) On Sunday he and Elijah went to a back to school party with some friends from down the street. I had to get some work done so their mom took everyone. Donnie called me about 4 and said Jordan had called and said he had thought his nose was broken. Well my immediate reaction was do I need to go get him. He said no Jordan said he was fine and he wanted to stay. So I thought OK if his nose was broke there was no way he was fine and was wanting to stay down there. I go back to my work and finish you know like 2 hours later. The boys come home, Jordan never even mention his nose, we had some other stuff come up, Donnie gets home from church, mom and Angie come over, then he decides it's time for his nose to be looked at. One look at it and anyone could tell it was obviously broken. I mean it had a huge knot on it and it was swollen. So instead of spending the evening in the ER I dosed him good with Motrin put him to bed (my sister works for our pediatrician) and had him in the pediatricians office 1st appointment of the day, well 2nd because we were running late. We then had to sit for over 2 hours in the radiologist office waiting on an X-Ray of his nose. So yep it broke , we already knew that. He cant, play sports for 6-weeks, after the 3 weeks he just came off of and he is really mad because it is soccer and basketball season. So pray that we will be able to tolerate him through this, because if his nose become dislocated he will have to have surgery on it and we have been though enough with him lately.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Update!

30 down, I have lost 30 pounds and would like to loose at least another 30. I can't tell you how good that it feels. It's become a little harder now that the boys are back in school, because I was getting up before they would get up and exercising and if I did that now I would have to get up at 5am and and most mornings I am not capable of that, so I am having to get into a new routine. This has been one of the more exciting adventures of my life. It's amazing what you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Stupid People!!!
OK I know I teach my children not to use these words but today it just fit. So today Jordan had an appointment in Dallas for some test. We drive the 1 1/2 there and I guess he was overwhelmed with the mass of the MRI machine and it scared him to death. After an hour of mom and I pleading, threating, bribing (you name it we did it) him to lay down let them do the test I got so frustrated with him an walked into a different room. I was actually getting ready to leave and I needed a minute to breath. I was sitting on a couch out in the lobby and I hear him stop crying and talking to the radiologist about this test, the next thing I know Jordan is in the MRI machine calm and having the test done. Now please remind me why we went through what we did for the last hour. Kids are complicated little people.

When we were finished we took the boys to Toys R Us because I had $50.00 on a gift certificate from christmas of last year and I figured while were in Dallas we may as well stop and spend it because we don't have a Toys R Us here. The boys finally decided on a remote control air plane for Jordan and a remote control Lightning McQueen, that spent the gift certificate I just had to buy batteries.


So here is where the stupid person comes in. We get on the highway headed home and the traffice was crazy. Here it is around 4:15 and we are headed home at like 25-35 miles an hour with cars everywhere. We drive for about 20-2 5 minutes let everyone know we were on our way home when all of a sudden we feel this huge jolt from behind. A very stupid person reended us. I don't think this guy was paying attention at all. We were at a stand still when he hit us and he hit us hard. I don't think he ever braked. Mom was driving and kinda freaked out, did I mention we had borrowed my sister's car to go down there in. We are on a either four or five lane highway all the way in the far left lane. I go to get out of the car to see what kind of damage this person has done cause you can see the whole front of his car is bashed in. So I get out and thank God it doesn't look real bad but there are deep cuts on the bumper and it was pulled loose in one spot, you can also tell that his car went up and under ours. We were in a escape he was in a corolla so we sat up alot taller than him. I just hope it didn't hurt anything under our car. It took the cops 40-45 minutes to get there and they just wanted us to exchange insurance information and go on our way. Mom started exchanging information with this guy but here I am thinking UMM I DON'T THINK SO!! You see I work for the local police department and have seen and heard enough to know that the insurance company is going to want an accident report for claims. This officer even tried to talk mom out of telling her they had to send those into the state and it would reflect on her insurance. So what dude do it anyway that is your job. So when he finally starts taking information and all the info that guy had given mom was either different than what he was given the police or incomplete. When the cops check their insurance card the car he was driving wasn't even on the policy, who would have guessed, probably everyone standing there. But I don't get it the cop didn't give this guy a ticket for hitting us or for not having insurance. The guy that his us had the nerve to tell the cop well she stopped right in front of me. He acted like it was mom's fault he slammed into us. The traffic stopped and apparently he didn't get the message that you stop when the car in front of you stops. The entire time we were out there this guy was messing with his cell phone, I mean even when the cop went to get his license and insurance info he was messing with his phone. I'm sure he was pulling this going down the highway and not paying attention and slam, he hit us. I just thank God everyone was alright. Jordan got a little bump on his head from it hitting the window but other than being shaken up we are all physically fine. I also thank God that we took my sister's care today, had we been in my mom's car with as hard as he hit us he probably would have ended up in the backseat right where my boys were sitting. It's so amazing how he takes care of us even when we don't realize it. I mean why did we take this care and not the other one. I say God guided us and that is why. He's amazing.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's time again!
The boys went back to school today, the funny thing is I am always more nervous than they are. I think I'm even more nervous this year because rumor is Jordan's teacher is really hard on the kids and I don't know how he will handle that. Jordan has a really hard time with reading. I honestly think he has dyslexia but can't convince the school, so that they will test him and the testing privately is up and around $1000.00 and I just can't do that right now with all the medical stuff he is going through. Eli also has a new teacher this year but Jordan had her in summer school last year so I am pretty comfortable with that, if I remember correctly she was really sweet. Eli's class didn't find out about this new teacher until they got to school this morning(2 days ago it was another teacher whom they all new) and there were alot of unhappy kids there this morning. Eli did great though, he is such an easy kid. There is a little girl in his class, this morning she was so cute, I was standing across the classroom from where she was and I guess she was trying to get my attention and I didn't notice her, here in a minute I hear Ms. Eli, Ms. Eli do you like my new shoes. I thought that was so cute. I will try to post some pictures later.

“The Pearl Necklace”


The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!" Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face. "A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere ~ Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess ~the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite." "That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy, you know I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper." "That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. "What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?" Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you."

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure. So like our heavenly Father. The question is what are you hanging on to?


Friday, August 03, 2007

The Rain-Thomas Kinkaid
Stop at the picture for a second, and watch the Rain... then read on...




One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick.
Suddenly my daughter, Aspen, spoke up from her relaxed position in her seat. 'Dad, I'm thinking of something.'
This announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for a while, and was now ready to expound all that her six-year-old mind had discovered. I was eager to hear.
'What are you thinking?' I asked.
'The rain!' she began, 'is like sin, and the windshield wipers are like God wiping our sins away.'
After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was able to respond. 'That's really good, Aspen.'
Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little girl take this revelation? So I asked...
'Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell you?'
Aspen didn't hesitate one moment with her answer: 'We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us.'
I will always remember this whenever I turn my wipers on.
Isn't it distressing to know that when you forward this message you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
In order to see the Rainbow, you must first endure some Rain.
Hope the water flows when you get the picture
READ THE FIRST LINE CAREFULLY.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
This is a Thomas Kinkade painting. It's rumored to carry a miracle! The water is supposed to be running, so if it's not moving then the picture didn't come through entirely.
They say if you pass this on, you will receive a miracle. I am passing this on because I thought it was really pretty, and besides, who couldn't use a miracle?!




Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I was Tagged...

THE RULES:

1. Post these rules before you give the facts.
2. List 8 random facts about yourself.
3. At the end of your post choose (tag) eight people and list their names (links)
4. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know you've been tagged.

Ok I am going to do this to the best of my abilty and I like Jen will just forget I seen the rest of it.

My random facts:

1. All I ever wanted in life for as long as I can remember was to get married, be a mommy, and to be a nurse. I've accomplished 2 of the 3 but there is still plenty of time.

2. I got married right out of highschool and we will celebrate our 11th anniversery on September 9. Our son Jordan was born 10 months later. He came a little quicker after we got married than we thought he would, but this momma was very happy.

3. I am still good friends with my grade/highschool sweetheart. He's a really good freind that I don't get to see nearly enough. His family was always so special to me they still are. My husband is even friends with him.

4. My grandpa was an old fashioned Pentecostal preacher. He was an amazing christian that I hope someday to be like. (even just a little)

5. My greatest fear is going to the dentist. I think I would rather give birth over going to the dentist.

6. I used to run a daycare out of my home.

7. I would love to have another baby, but I can't.

8. I want to go to Africa, I think it would be amazing. But when I go I want to be able to bring a baby home with me.
Me...

I just thought I'd give an update on me and the changes in life I've made and the effects thereof. I started all of this on June 6th and as of today I have lost 23 1/2 pounds. I have went from being a person who hated exercising to someone whom really enjoys it. I am wearing a size 12/14 clothes, depending on how it is made. I bought some new clothes about 3 weeks ago that were to small and they are all now fitting. I bought a skirt at the same time that was to small and I wore it to church this past Sunday and honestly if I had waited any longer to wear it, it would have been too big. I feel so much better and when people come to me and say wow your looking really good that feels good. I wonder why they don't come to you when your putting on weight and say my your getting fat. Isn't that strange. I just want to encourage everyone out there that might be considering this go for it. It can be done. When I first started I was so out of shape that I couldn't walk any great distance. Mom and I were at the park walking the other night and we made all the way around running. That is so empowering, just to know that I accomplished that. This has also made me feel so much better about myself, it makes me want to do things for me. It's really quite strange to post this stuff because I feel like I'm bragging on myself and I hate doing that but it also helps me keep up with things and I have some out there that are interested in progress and I must keep them updated. Love you all!
Bye, Bye Curl!!
So after I read Jen's post I went out today and got armed with a new straightner and some goop. The results were amazing. I have never had my hair this straight. I had pretty straight hair as a child but when I went into puberty I got all these curls and with every pregnancy I got more curl. Now it is just crazy.
I know it's not the most flattering picture but I wanted everyone to see how curly it was before I started.

During! See how fuzzy it is on top and poofy it is on the one side and straight on the other.


Again!!


All done. Isn't that amazing? (Thank you Jen)


My kids love taking pictures of mommy!

As you can tell I've done alot of changing and rearranging. So what do ya think? The header picture was taken from the ferrry on the way back from The Statue of Liberty. I love my pictures we took while we were in New York last September.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007