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Not your everyday situation!

13 Jan


January 5, Grandma and grandson check into the hospital and are allowed to share the same room (they don’t usually allow girls and guys in the same room, but hey, this doesn’t count!) – making it easier for me and hubbie.  Don’t you love the matching wardrobe! 

All went well with the surgeries and patients are home and doing fine.   Mom came home Sunday and has done remarkably well after her surgery (pathology was all negative).  Nick’s was outpatient and even though it is terrible to get your tonsils out at 18, he is on the downside of the journey.  I want to give praise God for their recovery and healing. 

PS:  Thanks go to Bro. Ray for the photo. Also many thanks to the church family who were there during the surgeries and after.  We love you all.


Hurry up and wait……oops, not today afterall.

31 Dec

My mother has breast cancer–again!  She was diagnosed in Novemeber 0f 2003 and opted for mastectomy.  She has had her yearly mamograms and does self exams.  Her cancer was estrogen receptive or tamoxofen was given which she could not tolerate and discontinued.

Week before Christmas, we learn that she now has cancer again.  Things have moved swiftly, she had a biopsy, which was positive, surgery was scheduled quickly and today we arrive at the hospital.  Mom dresses in the lovely hospital gown provided.  They poke, prod and ask 2000 questions.  At some point in all this, boom, darkness!  The power went out.  No problem, we thought, the hospital has a backup generator.  We wait……..we wait………..we wait!  Pediatrics has power, ER has power, other units have power, but our area has no power——–after over an hour!!!!!!!

Finally, the nurse comes in and says no surgery today.  The equipment needed for mom’s surgery would not come up. 

So……………….now we wait more.    We wait until Monday. 

Then, I get to wait while my mom AND my son have surgery.

Won’t that be a wonderful day!!!!!!!

Prayers needed, please.

Wii Fit frenzy……….

30 Dec

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The top contender for present of the year for us is our new Wii fit game.  After a long hunt and search process (I refused to pay the on-line price after the beginning of December), my sister managed to snag one for us.  The gift was actually to my hubbie, but secretly, I really was the one that wanted it. 

We have such a competition raging here.  Right now, my youngest is the reigning king of soccer and a whiz at the ski jump,  and I am the queen of the hula hoop. 

I have managed to get in 3- 1 hour workouts (and don’t even think for a minute that because it is a game, that it doesn’t give you a work out).  I begin with balance exercises, move on to aerobic – my favorite is the advanced step – peak with a basic run – cool down with the step again and then finish off with 2-3 yoga exercises. 

Tonight I practiced the “tree” position in yoga and almost fell on my face!  It took a little while to figure out which muscles I need to use to maintain balance (I was trying to use my foot and ankle, but that’s not it 🙂 . I actually ended up looking more like that position in the Karate Kid. You know the one – standing on the rock on the beach, yeah, that was me!

Last night we had some friends over and it was so much fun to create the little characters and then watch each other attempt the different activities.  We cheered for one another and laughed at one another – the most fun I’ve had in a while.

Hopefully, the effort will reap rewards of improved fitness, which is something I badly need.  Using the regular Wii game, my first wii age was, gulp,   80!  Shock  After the first 24 hours passed, I improved until I was, OMG 61! 

Well, today I did the Wii fit test and I was 47 Way Too Happy .  (yes, I am older than 47 so this is good!)  Criteria for this assessment involves, balance, agility, speed, BMI, and who knows what else. And, the test is not the same every time, so you can’t practice up for it. 

 I don’t know how significant it actually is, but it made me feel better and want to push harder to keep going and I suppose that was my actual purpose for wanting the thing.

Anyway, as the new year approaches, I have goals set, time frame for accomplishing the goals set and have taken the first step forward.  Now, lets see if we get any results.  Whether I meet the goals or not, I am certainly having a lot of fun trying and it has given us another activity that we can come together to do as a family.  Now, that’s worth $89 wouldn’t you say?

30 years today!

16 Dec

Today is my 30th wedding anniversary.  We have made plans to spend the night at the Opryland Hotel and do some shopping.  BUT……….the weather didn’t agree with those plans.  We might could have made it okay, but with all the warnings yesterday, we didn’t consider it to be a wise thing to try – afterall, we’re hoping for 30 more years!  So, here we are, fireplace going, the ground white, hubbie doing online CPE and I’ve been wrapping packages.   But, 30 years ago on this day, I was about to walk down the aisle.  God has indeed been good!

thanksgiving morning

3 Dec

Thanksgiving breakfast has become a set tradition with our household.  Here’s how it played out this year: 

Guys got up early to work out – priorities, please.  

Cooking begins.

Grandma arrives ready to supervise.

Rest of the family trickles in. 

Food is ready and they line up to eat. 

They eat, and eat, and eat! 

To work all that off, and since the weather was GORGEOUS, all the guys decided on a game of touch football.  It was like a summer gathering with the grandparents sitting on the porch watching.

Around 1:00 everyone leaves to join other families and we head to grandma’s house. 

After dinner there (more good food), we pulled out the decorations and put up her Christmas tree – under her supervision, of course.  At each phase of the day, there were things that came to mind to be thankful for.  God has been good to us and our blessings are beyond even counting.  Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

Theres no place like home for the holidays

26 Nov

The kids got home yesterday afternoon all safe and sound.  I have a confession to make: upon hearing of teenage automobile accidents several times in recent weeks, there was an element of fear that I was battleing and I was just really glad to see them make it home safely.  The enemy certainly knows the soft spots and likes to hit there whenever he can.

But, all is well and I had dinner cooking for them when they came in – chocolate cake made, per their request.  I actually tried a new mix this time.  It is made by Pillsbury, a reduced sugar mix – 50% less sugar!  It tasted really good!  Next time I would like to find a sugar-free or reduced sugar frosting.  I decided that this would not be our usual dinner in front of the tv kind of night.  So, I set the table and we actually ate dinner, at the table, with no tv – and talked. Family time.  Loved it.  

I could tell the kids were glad to be home.  After staying in a tiny room and sharing that tiny space with someone else, it is good to be in your own space.  Now, all their stuff is in MY space—–oh well…….

Later, all the guys, plus a buddy, gathered in the garage and pumped iron.  They love doing this and it is something I just don’t get.  But….if it makes them happy, then I’m happy. 

So, that is our kickoff to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I am so thankful for home, family and time together! 

My boys will be home soon.

25 Nov

I know, they were just here yesterday, but, I am still looking forward to them being home for the extra long holiday weekend.  In preparation, hubbie and I went to the store to buy all the seasonal goodies that are typical at our house. 

Their favorites include: 

Coca Cola in the little glass bottles. 

Sister Schubert yeast dinner rolls.

Potato chips with ranch dip. 

Honey wheat bagels. 


Moutain Dew and Doctor Pepper 

Chocolate cake (a special request) 

Brown rice (yes, they both love brown rice) 

Frozen pizza, so we can have a pizza and movie night while they’re here. (They prefer frozen over hubbie’s fabulous homemade – go figure) 

Thursday morning – 9am (my sister in law will be here sometime around 9:30!)  The event: our traditional Thanksgiving morning breakfast – location – our house! I don’t know how many years we have done this, but its become a custom and the kids squawk if we mention not doing it.  The menu will include: 

Breakfast casserole 

fried eggs (for those who don’t like the casserole)

Hashbrown casserole 

Bacon  Sausage Country Ham

Homemade biscuits

Redeye gravy 

Sausage milk gravy 

Various kinds of muffins  

A cherry breakfast turnover thingy my sister in law makes. 

Juice, coffee,  etc., etc.  (can’t you just see the cholesterol rising here)

DJ has prepared a slide show of pictures from previous family gatherings, including a trip to Auburn for the seasons kickoff game.  After we have finished this huge breakfast, we will kick back wherever we can find a place (there should be about 20-25 people here) and watch the presentation.  The guys may go out and shoot some basketball or throw the football – the ladies will do dishes (whats wrong with this picture?).  We’ll hang out until early afternoon (no lunch after all that food) then the crew will break up and go have Thanksgiving dinner with the other families.  For the fifth year, my father’s absence will be very much felt.  How has the time moved this quickly???  I think of other families who will have empty chairs this year.  The pain never goes away, but it does become bearable.  There are so many things I am thankful for and I know that God’s lovingkindness is with us.  

So…….tomorrow it will be time to start cooking… boys will be home soon.