Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Night

Not much to say. Just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive and kicking. It has just been very busy trying to keep up with everything and everybody! Mom head back to the hospital on Wednesday for round 3 which is supposed to have the "bad" stuff in it. I am worried about her treatment this time because it knocks her down so badly. She is already so weak that at times it barely recognize her. My mom is such a strong woman. I aspire to be at least 1/4 of the woman that she is. I know that I will never be able to do all that she does. Anyway, I am going to stop now before the tears start. Some days are easier than others. Please continue to pray for Mom and that she is able to keep her spirits up and that we are able to be there for her with whatever she needs.

Hi Mrs. H's mom. I hope you all have a great week.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours

But it still hasn't rained the liquid kind at our place! Yesterday my Dad, Uncle D and I were trying to load cows and a heifer to take to the auction. Oh, let me set the scene. . . .it is a balmy 95+ degrees (I have no idea what it really was, it was just stinkin hot), dust clouds floating around your feet as you walk, rain clouds to the east. I get the cows into the pen by myself so I am thinking (this should have been my warning that it wasn't going to work) WOW, this should only take 15 - 20 minutes and then we will be on our way. So, we get the heifer and the big bossy cow into the front part of the trailer and shut the middle door. Next we bring big bag and bad eye into the chute and get big bag into the trailer. . .well, there isn't room for bad eye so we try to figure out what to do. Long story short, we had a cow traffic jam with one cow sitting (yes, she was sitting) on a post we had put behind her so she couldn't get out and one cow being a pain in the neck who was pushing the other cows into the one on the post. We finally got the traffic jam cleared and everyone turned around and then we could not get them back into the chute. Feed could not even coax them in. Well, we decided to just take a break to see if they would work for us later so I came to the house to get my purse and lock up the house (we were going to pick up my car from the mechanic after dropping off the cows). I picked up some waters for everyone and headed back to the working pens. As we were standing around drinking our water, my dad commented that he was cold. . . .remember our temp was in the upper 90's. I just thought he had gotten a chill because the wind had picked up, it was thundering and there was a big dark cloud over us. He went and opened the door to the truck and stood behind it to get out of the wind. I went to open the gates to let the cows back out into the pasture because we were done, in more ways than one! When I got back he was sitting in the truck and my uncle was cleaning the feed out of the trailer. Uncle D went to check on him and told me that I needed to get him home so I had Uncle D unhook the trailer (I may be a country girl but I have very limited experience with pulling trailers and I can not back one to save my life!) so I could take him to my sisters house where he and my mom are staying. By this time, had put on a jacket and was shaking really bad; thinking that maybe it was his blood sugar, he started chewing some gum and we headed to the house. He had to stop because he got sick so I called my sister (she is a coach and is better prepared for things like this) to see what she thought I needed to do. She called their trainer and he said heat exhaustion. At first Dad said that he wasn't going to the doctor but Mom convinced him otherwise. My sis and Mom were going to meet us at urgent care but when they got their, they were told to take Dad to the med since he'd had heart surgery. Got him to the ER, waiting with Mom and then took her home while sis and Dad stayed for blood test and some other tests. They got home around midnight with the diagnosis of heat exhaustion and a virus. And if you can believe it, we had a huge black cloud over our place with thunder and lightening and not one measly drop of rain. So, if you don't mind, please pray for Mom, Dad and some much needed rain. We have beat the record for days over 100 and we are feeling it.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A New School Year

Well, another school year begins tomorrow and guess what. . . .I still am not teaching. Right now I will be subbing so I can be available for my parents if/when they need me. There are a lot of exciting things going on for family and friends with the new school year. My nephew is in junior high (6th grade) and my niece is in 3rd. A couple of my friends are not homeschooling this year so their kids will all be going to new schools tomorrow. Although the moms are wondering what they will do with all the time they will have on their hands, I know they will all do great! Well, I hope everyone had a good weekend. I am short on words tonight!

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I Don't Wednesday (one day late)

I can not believe that I forgot about this yesterday. I guess since we were busy at the hospital it just slipped my mind!

Jenna’s Journey Blog
~ I don't mind thunderstorms; I really like watching lightening.
~ I don't like washing dishes (dream of owning a dishwasher!)
~ I don't like bugs, snakes or skunks.
~ I don't like watching many sports on tv; I usually only watch equestrian events.
~ I don't like hearing people cuss, especially kids.
~ I don't like getting up really early (like while it is still very dark).
~ I don't have a lot of room or storage in my house.
~ I don't like losing friends.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Mine has been busy but I have spent a lot of time with my mom and middle sister. The Mr. is very busy with work so I haven't seen much of him and it doesn't look like that will be over anytime soon. Can't wait til he is caught up so we can see each other!

Hi Mrs. H's mom!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We made it home safely and had a much better day today. Mom is down to 6 more treatments!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Long day. . .

you can read about it here. . .


Monday, August 17, 2009

It is a new week!

And I am thankful to get to start a new week. Today was a busy day for me, had a ton of errands to run and got most of them done. Don't have anything much else to say except that I hope you all had a great day!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

School. . . .

is just around the corner! Are you ready yet?

Friday, August 14, 2009


I don't really have much to say today. I spent time with Mom so Dad could go to work. I got caught up in slow traffic going and coming so my 1.5 hour trip took about the right amount of time going but coming home it was over 2 hours. Anyway, I have updated Mom's blog so head over and see what is happening on Mom's journey

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment if you have a chance so I will know who is visiting!

Hi Mrs. H's mom!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I Don't Wednesday part II

Jenna’s Journey Blog
I can't believe that it is time for I Don't Wednesday already!! Jenna gave us a choice this week; the special edition or the regular. I chose the regular one!!
~ I don't like coffee.
~ I don't like 100 degree days.
~ I don't like people who think they know it all (they really get on my nerves!)
~ I don't like it when people can't follow the rules.
~ I don't watch a movie after reading the book.
~ I don't read a book after watching the movie.
~ I don't have pets that live in the house (at this time we are pet less).
~ I don't like bugs (especially the ones that come into my house).
Well, that is it for this week. This is so much harder than I thought it would be!!

Forty four (44)

what is that you ask yourself. . . .is it her age? NO, husbands age? No, amount of money in her wallet? hahahahaha (no, I think I have $3). Is the suspense killing you yet? Is it? Huh? Well, I will tell you. . . .44 is the number of days it has been 100 degrees or higher. In 7 short days we will be at the record number of days over 100 degrees set in 1951 (I think that is correct). This afternoon as my sister Rae and I were leaving my parents house, it was very dark, the wind was blowing like mad and it smelled like rain. Well, it only rained about 5 minutes. We got 1/100 of an inch of rain. I guess it is safe to say that I am officially over summer. . . .bring on fall (even if that brings 45 thousand + students and their parents who can't drive and too many football fans. Incase you were wondering, I am not a big fan of football unless it is an out of town game!)!

Monday, August 10, 2009

It was Monday all day long!

The two good parts of the day were Mom's update (see her website) and shopping with my mother-in-law. Hope that tomorrow is a much better day.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


New post on Mom's blog. Can you tell that I am being lazy these days? I will only update one or the other!!

Have a great week.

Hi Mrs. H's mom!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Secret Is Out. . . . .finally!

Ok, so a while back I wrote about spring cleaning gone wild. If you remember, my parents were having to pack up their entire house and move out to have their foundation fixed. The foundation work was completed the week before Mom was diagnosed with leukemia. Mom and Dad had planned on doing a lot of work on the inside of the house to fix what had been messed up by the cracked foundation. The list of things needing to be done was not necessarily long but extensive; some of the work needing to be done was sheetrock repair, ceiling repair, wallpaper repair, taking out the popcorn ceiling, painting, restretching the carpet and repairing the linoleum. This is something that they have worried about along with the cancer, cost of living away from home, medical cost and so on and so forth. To help ease some of their burden, members from our church donated money, a contractor from our old church offered to do the work for the cost of the labor, their neighbor who has a hardware store supplied the paint and this is what they did. The sheetrock work ~ done (and looks great), painting ~ done (and looks beautiful), kitchen ~ reorganized and cleaned from top to bottom and a new beautiful tile backsplash, outside of house~all signs of construction being done cleaned up. AND we were able to keep this a secret from my parents. Tonight we were able to get some of the folks from church to gather at their house so we could surprise them. And surprised they were. Mom didn't notice the house at first because she was so excited about seeing all of their friends. Dad stopped in the entry hall and immediately noticed the new paint. We told Mom to look up at the ceiling and the waterworks turned on even harder! They could not believe that their friends would do something like that for them (note: my parents are doers and never expect anything in return and don't ever ask for anything from others) because even with professions doing most of the work it is a big job to tackle. The goal had been to have everything completed before they got home but the man who was to do the carpet has been very ill (poison ivy in his lungs) and has not been able to work. Once the carpet and flooring are redone those same friends will help get the furniture and everything else moved back into the house so Mom and Dad don't have to worry about it. I get tears in my eyes every time I think about all of the love that has been shown to our family since we began been worshiping with these Christians; they were so quick to do what they could when we lost our baby, they came to see Mom and Dad before they headed to the hospital when we got the leukemia diagnosis and they gathered again tonight to show their love and support to my parents. They will never know how much we appreciate and love them. Well, I had better go. I hope this reads ok, I am too tired to reread and edit. I am so happy that my parents have had this huge weight removed from their shoulders. I promise to try and get some pics up soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mom Update

today we found out. . . . .I'm not going to tell you here, you have to go to here to see! (One of these days I will learn how to link this without the link spelled out like all the cool kids do!)

I Don't Wednesday

Jenna’s Journey Blog
Ok, I read this blog daily and thought that I would participate in I Don't Wednesday because I feel like I have a lot of I Don'ts so here goes. . .
~ I don't like the fact that my mom is dealing with cancer for a second time
~I don't eat tomatoes, black-eyed peas or spinach
~I don't like not being a mother
~I don't like that I don't have my dream job (or any job for that matter)
~I don't like thinking about something happening to my family
~I don't like confrontation
~I don't like rude people
~I don't keep a very neat house (I wish I could but I can't!)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Sermon

Today we had church services with my parents at the hotel. We heard an incredible sermon we downloaded from the Bellaire Church of Christ. It was nice to worship together. Some good friends from church came down to visit for a little while.
Mom still isn't feeling very strong but she has been able to keep her food down. We still ask for your prayers. She has a long road. Please feel free to go to her blog and leave her a message of encouragement.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Already?

I think I have said this every month but goodness aren't they flying by? School starts in 24 days (for the kids that is) and my Dad starts back on the 15th.

Update for Mom on her blog. She had a rough day. We are spending the rest of the weekend down here with them. We are looking for a hotel that is a little less expensive for Mom and Dad to stay in, especially since we don't know for sure how long they will be here.

Oh, we did finally get some rain. Over the course of several days, got a little over an inch. It was nice to wash some of the dust off!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are getting a new neighbor this weekend. Hope she is nice!


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