Monday, July 30, 2007

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Please go to this blog and read about Inflammatory Breast Cancer. This blogger is a mom and she has personally been affected by this disease. She wants us to pass the word around so that women are aware of the symptoms of this deadly form of Cancer!


This week my husband and I will celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary. It's hard to believe that 8 years have come and gone since our wedding day. We were 19 & 20 years old when we got married and a lot of people thought we would never make it. I'm not saying we've made it to our 50th, but I'm still pretty proud of having reached 8 years. We've seen several other couples marry and divorce, so we're happy to say that we're still together.

We had some challenges getting to the wedding. Two weeks before we were to be married I received a call from the church saying that the ceiling had started to give way and we weren't going to be able to have our wedding there. So we had to scramble to find another location and notify all of our guests of the change.

My mother-in-law and I were having it out over my sister-in-law. She was singing in the wedding, so I didn't have her as a bridesmaid. My mother-in-law wanted her to walk down the aisle no matter what and I simply refused. She was singing and that to me was more important than any walk down the aisle. My wedding coordinator (thank God for her!) had to confront my mother-in-law on the wedding day to clear up that my sister-in-law would be up front to sing and that she wasn't making a grand entrance down the aisle!

The actual ceremony was beautiful and went off without a hitch. Then we came to the reception. We had just finished eating when a big storm blew up and knocked out all the power. The DJ had no way to play music, there was no air conditioning in July and no lights in a building with no windows. My husband had to leave his own reception to return with a generator and a stereo system as the DJ wouldn't hook his equipment to a generator. So we now had music, but no lights and no air. Tons of people left early! When it came time to throw my bouquet I threw it high and hard. It landed directly in the punch bowl. I definitely wasn't laughing by this time!

The power came back on right as we were leaving for our honeymoon. As we were driving south for our honeymoon trip it started pooring rain and when we approached a bridge our car suddenly lost all power. My husband steered us into the only available place after the bridge which was a liquor store. He locked me in the car and started to walk for help when he saw a truck of drunk men pull into the store and decided to come back for me. We were able to coast the car down a hill into a motel where we found a police officer. The police officer only had one hand and a hook on the other. I AM NOT KIDDING! I started crying and saying that I was going to call my mom to come and get me! This was not what I had imagined. A tow truck came to our rescue. The guys towed us to their 24 hour shop and took a part off of their boss' car to be able to fix ours and get us on our way. These two tow truck/mechanics were our angels that night! You should have seen me, in tears, wearing a white outfit, hair all done up and sitting in a greasy shop at 1:00 a.m. in the morning! After our two guardian angels sent us on our way we had a fabulous honeymoon.

We always say that perhaps a bad wedding means a good marriage!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

28 Week Twins

UPDATED - I just found out that Baby A is 2lbs 11oz and 15" long, she already has had her breathing tube removed. Baby B is 2lbs 9 1/2oz and 15" long, they are planning on removing her breathing tube yet this afternoon. Their mom did have steroids prior to them being born because she was hospitalized last week when they thought one of the babies water had broken already. So, so far so good! I hope that they both continue to do well!
My husbands cousin gave birth yesterday to twin girls at 28 weeks pregnant. When my husband spoke to the daddy last night he said that so far the babies looked good. I haven't heard anything more today and I want to know how they are so bad! The problem is that they live 13 hours away from here and I always talk directly to the little girls' mommy and she's in the hospital! I'm worried about the babies. My sister had a 33 week preemie and he appeared to be fine right after birth, but complications arose a little later. He's fine now, but you just never know. I don't know the babies names or anything yet. Getting information from men and through men is never as detailed as I would like it to be! Anyway, say a little prayer for the girls if you pray and I'll keep everyone posted.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Old Friend

I got together a week or so ago with an old friend of mine from school. She is the only girl friend that I've kept in touch with over the years. We both always laughed about how we mostly had guy friends and we could only stand each other as far as female friends went. Even now we're each others only close girl friends and we have totally different lives.
I work part time and have two kids. My family is my life and everything pretty much revolves around it. She works full time, has no kids and just recently got divorced. Her life with her ex-husband kind of fell apart when she had a miscarriage last fall. It had taken them 7 years to decide to have a family and then their first attempt failed. It was kind of the final straw in what had been a rocky relationship.
She now has a new man in her life that is the total opposite of her ex. I was really shocked by him when I met him. My friend was always the dominant type and hated that I dated guys who were a little controlling. Now she is with a man who is controlling with a capital C. I didn't say anything though, because I would never want to hurt our friendship. She is already talking about marriage to him. I worry about her and want her to find some happiness! I know she wants a family really bad and I think that's why she wants to hurry up and settle down.
One thing I love about her is that we can be apart for a long time and when we get together we are right where we left off. That's one way I know that I have a true friend in her!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

From 5 1/2 years ago!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Surprise Day Off

Yesterday I got a surprise day off work. I was supposed to work, but then got a call saying that I didn't need to come in. I was a little disappointed at first about losing my hours, but that didn't last too long. I loaded up the kids and off we went to enjoy our day! We got lunch from McDonald's and took our food to the park. The kids ate, played and we all took some fun pictures of each other. I showed the kids the swinging bridge and they both thought it was really neat. Then we left the park and got some ice cream. It was a beautiful day for all of us!

Friday, July 13, 2007


I absolutely love photography that is centered around maternity and newborns. I think that those are the most beautiful and priceless photos. I wish I would have done pregnancy pictures, but I didn't. I also didn't get any newborn professional photos done either, with the exception of the traditional hospital photos. I would love to do this type of photography myself, but I live in a small town and I doubt it would get much support. People here would much rather just go to the Wal-Mart Portrait Studio where it's so much cheaper. Anyway, if anyone else enjoys photography I found the most awesome website! It is I guarantee you will enjoy your visit.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

At Work - Kids in Tow

My kids are at work with me today. My babysitter forgot to remind me from two months ago that she would be off today. My mom had to be somewhere else and two other family members who could usually fill in are out of town. So, I brought the kids to work with me. We have had two milk spills already! Thankfully there is a pizza delivery on it's way to save the day! The kids already got bored with coloring books, Tow Mater from cars and the movie they decided to bring. I will be so glad when we can go home and they can terrorize each other from there.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Blog Community

I enjoy the blogging community so much! It's amazing how you begin to think about and care about the people that you meet through the computer. There are certain people whose stories I go to and check in on how they are doing; moms that have cancer, moms who have lost children and moms just going through the same little things that I do. I feel for each and every person who is facing a hard time. I also realize how much I need to appreciate my life and it's circumstances. I also enjoy reading about the people that just have ordinary lives like I do. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and to those that allow me to share a little portion of their day and blog as well!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Sad Reminder

We live in a smaller town and just yesterday someone from here was killed in a construction accident. It was a sad reminder that none of us, no matter how young or old, are promised tomorrow. This man was young and had young kids. My own husband worked in construction with him in the past. Thankfully my husband is now working a different type of job. I can't imagine receiving a phone call that my husband had been killed at work. You send them off each day feeling confident that you'll see them that evening, but sometimes in life things change. I am reminded today to always be sure that my kids and husband know that I love them.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Someday When. . .

I've decided that someday when I'm rich I am going to have a vacation home! We went away this weekend to a lake house that belongs to our aunt's family. It was so nice! They have these fabulous windows that face the lake and a dock for their boat. It was a great way to spend time on the water. I don't care where my house is as long as it's near a body of water and lots of sunshine. My dream has always been a house by the ocean. I can just imagine having a bedroom window that opens to the sound of the waves. I would settle for a lake though! LOL! Anyway, I just know that if I ever have the option I'm definitely buying a place for weekend getaways. :)

Friday, July 06, 2007

Lake Bound

I think we might be heading to the lake this weekend. My husband and I both work on Saturday, but I think when we get off we might go to the lake and watch the fireworks. Our Aunt's family has a cabin there and they've invited us to camp out there with them on Saturday night. We thought it would be a lot of fun for the kids and we could then spend Sunday at the lake as well.

The kids are going to another Bible School next week. This one is called Lift Off and is a hot air balloon theme. On Sunday evening the church is having hot air balloon rides in the park. We're hoping to be back from the lake so the kids can participate in that too. So, it could be a busy weekend!

This is definitely one of the reasons that summer is such a great time of year!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Alzheimer's Memory Walk

I know that some of you may have read my posts about my Grandma having Alzheimer's Disease. This year my sister & I have formed a team to walk in the Alzheimer's Memory Walk to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. If anyone is interested in donating I have placed a link here to my donation page.
It is very difficult to see someone you love going through this disease. My children have never really gotten to know the Grandma that I knew and loved as a child. She always loved kids and would have truly enjoyed her great-grand kids.
My Grandma was also always highly involved in her church. Her and my Grandpa were part of starting a bus ministry that brought kids to church who didn't have any other way of getting there. She was dedicated to being a Sunday School teacher and Women's Ministry leader.
It is in her honor that my sister and I walk and also in the hopes that other families will someday not have to face losing a loved one to this horrible disease!