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I am a person who loves life and loves capturing it in pictures and recording it in many ways. I have been happily married for over 40 years to my wonderful husband Mike. We have raised 4 daughters, were foster parents for 11 years and are now raising 2 of our grandchildren. They are the love of our lives and the light in our eyes. At this time in our lives, we would expect to be planning for retirement, but instead we are planning for the future of these children. Starting over so to speak. At the ripe old age of 50, I found myself as a mom of a pre-schooler again so it's the second time around for us, thus my title. We attend church and teach Sunday School. Life is never dull, as you can imagine. Enjoy the pieces of our lives and allow this grandmother some bragging rights occasionally, ok very often.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

GOD Is In Control

Update on Kayleigh's accident:

Last night Kayleigh was visiting her mom who lives on a farm and she jumped on a horse bareback. (I know, I know) The horse got spooked and took off running and Kayleigh was thrown. She suffered a concussion and broke her left arm. She was "out of it" and was alternating between screaming fits of rage to semi consciousness. We immediately took her to Tanner Hospital which was closest to her mom's house. They were not equipped to deal with children and "trauma" so they sent her by helicopter to Scottish Rite. When we arrived at Tanner, guess WHO was on duty?? Heidi from church was one of her nurses.(isn't God good?) They took such good care of her and we were so impressed. I usually like to be in control of situations but she was completely in God's hands. The ride to Scottish Rite was the longest in my life. I think I aged 10 years. When we arrived at Scottish Rite, they didn't realize we were in the waiting room and we didn't see her for about an hour and a half but when we did get to see her it was amazing the change in her. She was coming around and talking to us and answering questions. Talk about being thankful, you cannot begin to imagine. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that God had touched her and answered our prayers. There are so many who have to deal with children with brain injuries 24/7 and I just got a few hours of that kind of life. It was one of the worst things I have EVER experienced! When your child is hurting and incoherent, and there is NOTHING you can do except pray, you better believe you pray and pray hard. So she began to come around about 2 am and they put her in a room about 3. They kept her for observation and were amazed at her speedy recovery. When checking in they asked if we had any religious preferences that would affect her treatment and I said "We believe in MIRACLES". Then she ate a little and drank some, had lunch and drank a little more. After getting her cast and x-raying her arm again, we were discharged. She wanted to go to church tonight but fell asleep on the way home and we felt she needed the rest. The trauma nurse said that for her to be discharged so soon after arriving in her "altered state" was "tremendous" but I like the word "MIRACULOUS" better. Many heartfelt thanks go out to all who held our family up in prayer during this time. You will never know how much it meant to us to know you were praying for us. Kayleigh is fine and playing with her Ipod and annoying her brother so all is well in my world tonight. A far cry from last night, let me tell you! Thanks again, good night and God Bless

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Heart Is Heavy Today

Here are my two oldest daughters. Penny is in the purple and she left for Guatemala today to teach English for two years. While I am so very proud of her and so happy for her, I am really struggling with "letting go" again. First, we left her at college. That was tough. I thought I would hyper-ventilate on the way home. I couldn't breathe and I couldn't swallow and Mike wouldn't pull over so I could die. I just had to keep going. Then I moved to another state while she was still in college so I had to leave her again. I cried all the way to Georgia. (7 hours straight) Now this is the third time and it does NOT get any easier people. She is extremely independent and very capable of doing anything she sets her mind to. She is a definite leader. We wish her only the best in this latest adventure in her life. She loves children and is looking forward to this career move. Every parent wants every wish their child makes to come true and it does not matter how old that child is. We want our children healthy and happy. We will miss you Penny. Good luck and stay safe. We love you.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Fun Part of Moving


Here is what I worked on today with the help of a dear friend (thanks Karen). We got some of my many scrapbook supplies organized. We made this space so pretty and ready for creative minds to enter. This is a sharp contrast to the garage that houses box after box of items that need to find a home. The plan for the summer WAS to go to the Georgia house during the week and pack, pack, pack. Then bring a load over every weekend and unpack, hang up, and put away. Much to my dismay, it hasn't quite worked out that way. See, I sort of thought the packing fairy would come and help me out but she must be on strike or something because I haven't seen her. The more the Georgia house gets emptied, the sadder it becomes and the harder it is to stay there to pack. Most of our previous moves have been for the company and they moved us. I just took my little packer girls for granted. They came, they packed, they went. I'm having a hard time getting in the groove. Now, when we go to the Georgia house, we pack to stay for a week. It's the reverse of what we have done for 5 years.

Not to mention, the calendar is mocking me. The kids start school in 3 short weeks. I have much to do in that time. But we are slowly making this home our home. Kayleigh's room is a work in progress that may take a little more convincing that she has no room for all the stuff she wants to keep. I will post pics when we reach that place. The kitchen is done and all the painting is done except for McKane's room. He keeps going back and forth from wanting an army room (green camo) to dirt bike decor. I personally would love John Deere so I could use all his stuff from Georgia. But he definitely has opinions. And he keeps reminding me that his room is the ONLY room in the house not painted yet. We know, McKane,just be a little more patient.

SO that is all for now, will post more pics of progress next time. I promise.