Well I have been to Rock Island Tenn to pick up Two of the newest additions to the family..
Meet Molly and Melvin..
The plan was to put them in the barn..That was the plan..but the temp here is dropping and Molly and Melvin are only 5 days old, they have to be bottle fed 3 to 4 times a day and we have no heat lamps to put in the barn (first thing on my to do list tomorrow)
So Can anyone say Green Acres?
Because that's what it's feeling like...I never thought there would come a day that I would have Goats in my house but as I type this I have two in my house..
They are Chad and Chase's new pets so Chad has them in his room in a box he is officially on goat duty...that means if they get up in the middle of the night he has to fix a bottle and feed them..
Just four days before Christmas Sister and I had not one thing bought for Christmas...We loaded up at 9am Monday morning in hopes to start and finish our shopping in one day..we returned home at 1:30am Tuesday morning, it was tense but somebody had to do it. Just two days before Christmas Husband had a flare up and I was almost sure we would end up spending Christmas in the Hospital we were in the Doctors office on Christmas eve They increased his meds and we are still waiting on test results BUT he seems to be feeling ok for now and we were home not in the Hospital. The kids had a great day, Cassie was in shock she got a horse (which came from her Dads, they brought it to our house so she can ride more often.) and Tony and I bought her a saddle the look on her face as priceless! Chase and Kane got Motorcycles and Chad got a new pipe for his dirt bike and a new helmet that he wears around the house because he is so proud of it (yes my children are some what strange..but there mine so what do you expect?) Husband got lots of cloths and I bought him a new wedding band.. AND..Husband..Dear Sweet Man of mine bought me a Canon EOS Rebel XS Camera...I've wanted one for so long and he so surprised me I cried when I opened it and the kids thought I was have some sort of nervous break down..it was GREAT! So I put together a little video of our Christmas this year, this was from my old camera...can't wait to post pictures from my new camera...when I figure out how to use it..AHEM! blessings!!
So if you haven't read my last post "Dropped Call" you should it would clear up any questions you may have about this post.
I had a question from Miss Carrie if I kept the cell phone...Uhhh..no the cell phone is no longer with me....
Which leads me to the "Dropped Call Part II" post...
I needed a phone to replace mine and we have one as a back up phone, my oldest son Chad had used it last (before he got his new one for his birthday) So I took the back up phone and had it hooked up...as I was flipping through the phone I saw the title "moto home" in the video section so I thought I would see what that was all about...
In the video I could hear Chase laughing hysterically and then I saw Chad on Chase's little dirt bike and while I was watching it wasn't registering with me and I look closer and think..
"hey that looks just like my kitchen table"
Uhh...WAIT!!! THAT IS MY KITCHEN TABLE!!
Yes my friends he was riding his little Brother's dirt bike IN MY HOUSE!!
I was in such shock I didn't know what to say...
BUT.. Believe me when Chad and Chase got home I had thought of a few things to say.
So lesson learned here...
A. Boys have learned to not video things that might incriminate them.
B. That when Mom says she speaks with Jesus on a daily basis and prays that they will always be found out when they are doing something they shouldn't she means it!
This weekend was full of running. We had our Christmas play Fri.-Sun. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and all the kids and adults did so good! There were a few mishaps this weekend...My dryer decided to die once more, after behaving for a solid week it went on the blink again, gotta love those appliances!
And then there was the issue of the "dropped call"
Does anyone feel this could be a Cassie Marie story?
Well she was talking with a friend on the phone (using my cell phone) and the fact of the matter is we all know (even if we would rather not know) that sometimes you gotta "go" in the middle of a phone conversation...don't act like you've never talked on the phone while doing your business...Ahem.
Well just as she reached to flush she dropped my phone in the toilet..and if you must know (which I'm sure you would rather not know) it hit the toilet before it was flushed...
I don't even want to talk about fishing the phone out of the toilet..Because I assure you it wasn't pretty.
So just in case you wanted to know (even though I'm sure you didn't) that's the story of the dropped call. Blessings.
I am very behind on the blogging these days...Tony is home and is feeling "ok" he goes next week to see the specialist, they want us to retry the gluten free diet and on top of that take yeast out of his diet too...I'm feeling a little responsible for the last trip to the hospital because I gave up so soon on the gluten free diet so once again we will give it a try...
In other news we had our Grand Opening Play at Church last night they are doing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I think this is one of my favorite things about Christmas time I love going and watching the plays. Cassie Marie is in the play She plays the part of Imogen Herdman and boy does she play it well! If you've never read the book or seen the play your missing out it has a great message.
I have to close for now but I promise I won't wait so long before I post again.Blessings!
In a rush to get out the door, I'm heading over to the Hospital. Tony is back on solid food as of yesterday, Dr. K is sending him to see a specialist as soon as he is well enough, I'm learning to cope and lean on God more than ever. I'm a little stressed that Christmas is coming up but it is what it is, and I'm trying to stay on the positive side. Thanks so much for the prayers, I'll keep you updated! Blessings.
Tony went back in the Hospital Friday, He is having another round with Crohn's...At this point and time I feel very helpless, and he is very discouraged. Please pray that God will give us direction and the Doctors wisdom. Blessings.
Thanks to all my faithful readers who visit and see that I have slacked on my post lately, I would tell you that I have been so busy that I had absolutely no time to post except that would be a lie...I've just been a little on the lazy side (grin)
So the weather here is beginning to get colder around here...and so now is the time that my heating and cooling unit at my Salon has decided to quit..die..it has went on to be with it's maker. Did I mention the unit was 3 yrs. old..and did I mention that it is no longer under warranty?
AHHH the joys of owning your own business!
We have hooked up a few heaters to hold us over until the repair man (which name will go unmentioned to protect him,) shows up to fix the very dead unit.
So tonight as I put a load of towels (which would be every single towel we own...Mom that would be a great Christmas present if your reading this) into the dryer and I hit the button to start the dryer...
Great, this is just great! I have wet towels, and two children who have yet to take a shower...what to do you ask?
I will admit that paper towels came to mind..or they could just drip dry...
I found two very thin...you can see through them..why do I still even have these towels in the very back of the bathroom cabinet, the boys never even batted an eye when I handed them the see through towels so I didn't say anything either..just one problem, we now have NO towels..
Guess Husband will wonder why Paper towels are on the bathroom counter instead of a fresh clean towel tonight when he gets home from work...poor Husband.
Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten and I will admit it was not a gluten free Thanksgiving...
We fell of the wagon..not really, it wasn't helping, the gluten free diet, and though I may still try to cut gluten in the house 100% gluten free we will not be...whew I feel better now.
We had a great time at Mom and Dads for Thanksgiving LOTS of food and a fun game of scrabble. I would show you pictures to prove it but I forgot my camera.
Today was the BIG parade here in Marrowbone, no it's not quite as big as the Macy's Parade but close...not really..but it was big for Marrowbone. The fist picture is of our beloved "Bean" a local here that loves this community and has always organized the parade...Bean had a stroke a few months ago and hasn't been out much, but here he is riding in the sleigh...so glad to see him.
Mom and Dad were in the parade here they are riding the Veteran's float (I think Daddy ate more candy than he threw to the kids..)
And just a few more Pictures...I love the Marrowbone Parade..I'm so thankful for the people in my community, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Blessings!
We all have events in our life that change us, make us step back and realize that life as we know it is no longer how we "knew it" such a life changing event that when we look back we could not imagine what life was before....
Fifteen years ago was my life changing moment, it was when I held my firstborn for the fist time....I remember thinking "My life will never be the same"
And it hasn't.
I can't say it has always been perfect
But it has always been better
a gift...He was a gift sent to me, that changed me forever...and I love him more than I can say. Happy 15th Birthday Chad Allen! I love You!
I have searched tirelessly on the Internet for gluten free food trying to read and reread labels, it really can be overwhelming..I mean you are talking to the homemade bread queen here. So a few days ago I called a friend that goes to church with us and she has been on a gluten free diet for awhile now she gave me hope that I could do this and not have a nervous break down in the process. Her Husband is a chef and he can help with converting recipes so they are gluten free, she even gave me her cell number which I have on speed dial so when I am grocery shopping and have a question I can call and ask her. She did inform me that Captain Crunch cereal was something we could eat because it was made from corn (Praise The Lord, something sweet!)It seems bread isn't out of the question except I have to use rice flour and alter a few other ingredients so i guess I'm gonna have to learn how to make that..and the gravy...well It's not completely out I just have to use cornstarch instead of flour..now if I can just figure out how to make biscuits without flour (grin) The bottom line is I want my Husband to get well, and If Dr. K thinks this will help I'm willing to rid my cabinets of flour, wheat gluten packing products and replacing them with Rice Flour, Almond Meal,Arrowroot Starch, and Xanthan Gum which I have no idea what they are or how to use them but I'm willing to give it a try...
Need I remind you that Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up..Which would be my favorite time to bake so I'm already trying to figure out how to make Gluten free stuffing and convert my Grandmas recipe for Jam Cake.Blessings.
So over the weekend we have added a new addition to our "farm" her name is Callie Lou, actually it was two for the price of one day because Callie Lou is soon to have a colt we are thinking January or February...This is Husbands new past time cause Callie Lou belongs to him...Ask me if he knows anything about horses? Uh no...not really but he loves this horse and she seems to love the farm so I guess that means she's a keeper here's a few pictures
And now for the taking away part....
Dr. K spoke with Husband today after church and ask him to try a new diet to see if it will help with his crohn's disease, he ask him to try it for two weeks sounds simple enough hu?
Well it's a Gluten Free Diet...far from simple in my house.
When I started looking this up on the internet I found out that gluten is in viturally everything...Like:
-Bread -Muffins -pastry -pasta -pizza -lunchmeat -gravy (give me a break..we live in Kentucky gravy goes on everything) -anything wheat or rye
And -toothpaste -lip balm
And the big kicker...playdough...Husband was really upset when he found out he could no longer eat Playdough (grin) just kidding..But who knew? Gluten in Playdough!
So tomorrow I will attempt to plan out a menu for the next few weeks that is gluten free, wish me luck! Blessings!
I have heard the sound of motorcycles nonstop all weekend, quick flashes of boys flying by the window at one time there were 6 boys...six motorcycles all zipping through our yard, lots of noise... So I sent them across the road to the farm...behind our grumpy sweet kind neighbors house (grin) to ride til there little heart's were content. Today after the kids got home from school this is what I saw when I looked out of the kitchen window That would be my 9yr old Cassie Marie riding her brother's bike...she has never rode before and the boy's thought it was time to teach her...at lest they remembered to put a helmet on her. And then I couldn't resist I had to video my oldest on the same bike being silly (he almost died when he saw I was video taping it...he's way to big for this bike, he is so silly!
And he will so kill me if he knows I posted this video..(GRIN)Blessings!
I apologize to those of you who visit my blog and have seen no new post this week, I have had "blogger block" all kinds of things stuck in my head that I just couldn't seem to put words with...Let me start with Husband is doing good he has been home this week and will go back to work Monday, my blood pressure is still up and down but better, in the midst of all the other things going on around here Tony's Son Kane is now living with us that makes TWO 15yr olds in the house now (I may need a little prayer) with all that has went on around here in the past month and believe me it has been a month packed full of twist, turns, drama, and LOTS of prayer I feel like God is trying to get my attention (grin) I have come to the realization that there are some things in life that I have to step away from and learn to live with, there are others that I have to change my attitude about and ask God to help me with and above all trust God and know that he has a plan. I realize more than ever that way to often I let the days go by without realizing how blessed I am...I have a business that in the midst of a crumbling economy is thriving, I have a roof over my head, a Husband whom loves me and tells me that at least 20 times a day, kids who are healthy and family whom I love and adore...My blessings way out number any problems. WHEW...I feel much better now.
Wednesday's and I have a "love/hate" relationship I love going to church on Wednesday nights I just hate the rushiness...(I don't think rushiness is a word, if not it is now) Here in the Jeffrie's House we have a schedule and at 9pm ALL children are in the bed, but on Wednesday nights with many children getting baths and grabbing a snack it turns into well...RUSHINESS...
ALL the kids went to see Tony tonight in the Hospital...many kids in a small room with MANY blinking buttons, rubber gloves, oxygen valves, and a husband on pain medication makes for a "Calgon take me away moment" but I could tell he was glad to see them all and they were glad to see him.
The Doctor said this morning he didn't see a big change since last night, he is still a little unsure of any solid food so he told Tony maybe tomorrow...maybe. Husband was a little down tonight, he isn't recovering as quick as he thought he would and I could tell he was down when I came in to check on him after church..I felt really bad leaving him tonight, but I was most certain the Hospital would not allow all 4 button pushing, rubber glove blowing uping, T.V. channel changing children (and one delirious Mom) to stay all night so out the door we went.
Once again thank you for the prayers and comments left here on the blog, they get me through the day. Blessings. M
This is a statement I have learned to NOT say because just as sure as I do...That one more thing is piled on.
It flops right on top of the load of laundry that still is in the basket unfolded It jumps right on running back and forth trips to the hospital..It screams "HERE I AM" while trying to adjust to an extra kid in the house....
It is overwhelming me just a tad...
But today I read a comment from one of my blogger friends and she included this
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col. 1:17
It was what told me I COULD handle, withstand, endure, survive that one more thing...I don't hold it all together, no matter how much I would like to think all my shedule ,planning , thinking ahead has to do with the day the bottom line is "He is before all and in HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER"
***Thank you for your comment today Lorie, it truly snapped me back to my knees to seek the answers from God the only one who really knows what's going on around here***
Update on Husband: We have now determined he has chron's disease...not what we had hoped for but it is what it is...he hasn't had solid food since Saturday and the Dr. say none til Thursday. There is so much inflammation he thinks it's best to wait until Thursday to give his body time to recover. If all goes well he will get out of the hospital by Friday or Saturday. He said to thank all the strangers that were praying for him (he had just gotten a pain shot about 10 min before)
My blood pressure is weird it was 180/101 this morning when I got out of bed but tonight it was 168/92...but I am glad it is lower tonight. I'll be glad when it levels out.
Thanks again to all the friends out there who have taken time out of their day to pray for us and who have left comments. Blessings.
I'm not gonna make this a long post just an update...
I spent the day out of bed all day which was a good thing since the last week has been in the bed. My blood pressure is still up but I'm hoping this medicine will kick in soon.
Now for the "Lord what in the world is going on around here"
The Doctor put Tony (Husband) in the Hospital tonight...He thinks his colitis is acting up again, his blood work came back showing there is infection and he is unable to walk upright because there is so much pain in his lower stomach.
Am I a touch stressed? Uh...that would be a yes.
But I know God is in control and he will see us through, Please pray that NO ONE else in this house is put in the hospital..when you begin to know the nurses by name that means you have been there long enough (grin)Blessings.
Today is first day I have had my computer on in a week, I had surgery on my leg Monday morning and they removed a rather large cyst from right leg...and I must brag on the "small" Hospital where I had my surgery done they were very kind and took great care of me. The problem started after I got home Monday afternoon.... Out of nowhere I got a horrible headache and started vomiting, Tony went to town to get some medicine for me, mean while my Dad stopped in to check on me and called Tony to tell him I had gotten worse, when he got here he took me straight to the ER where they gave me a shot to try to ease the headache and one for nausea. The Doctor decided to keep me until the next day. They thought that the sedation medicine they gave me during the surgery had caused the headache, so I got to come home except that the whole headache thing started again last night and my blood pressure went sky high again, so back to the Doctor today when I got there my blood pressure was 169/102 (no wonder my head was hurting) so I got another shot in the rear to try and ease the headache and they have started me on blood pressure medicine....so much for a simple surgery...Thank you Sister for manning the salon while I've been out..Thank you Dad and Mom for all the help with the kids, supper , and laundry I don't know what I'd do without you! And to Husband Thank You for getting up at 5:30am to get the kids ready for school (even though you had got home from work at 2am) and taking such good care of me...I Love You. So thats what's been going on around here, thanks to all who have been praying. Blessings.
Is it just me or do you feel a little overwhelmed when you have been sick and have to step back into the "real world" not that Moms ever really get a full day off( (sick or not,) but the whole schedule thing around here has been out of wack, and the fact that the kids are on fall break adds a little to the whole off schedule thing. My oldest (Chad) is in Florida with my Sister and her family visiting Alex her son, I have talked with them almost every night and they inform me that it is 100 degrees there, lots of sunshine a beach within 2miles and they are staying in a house with a pool and hot tub....nice. Cassie is at her Dads this week and Chase well, he kinda had plans to go to the Smokey's but because of the flu he wasn't able to go so we've kinda hung out here at home, and took a few sporadic trips to the store nearby at 8pm to grab a frappuccino (which is a big deal, cuz I rarely leave my house once I'm home.) Chase is at a friends house tonight so maybe his fall break won't be completely boring. I had to go to see a surgeon today, I have a place on my leg that appears to be a cyst, we thought it might be a varicose vein but after seeing the Doctor today he said it was some sort of "growth" not necessarily a cyst, or tumor just something that needed to be removed, so I am scheduled to go next Monday morning to remove the "unknown growth" Doesn't seem to be a big deal, the Hospital on the other hand is a bit well...small my Dad and I joked about it on the way home, saying it makes our local Hospital look like the Hilton, when I called Husband to tell him about it he wanted me to cancel and go to a different Hospital (worry wart) but I think it will be fine...hopefully (grin) I'll be back to work tomorrow trying to get back into the groove, what ever that is..hope all is well at your house! Blessings!
Pacing the floors at 2am with an aching body with the flu..
On the phone with a very panicked Bride (whom is getting married Sat.) reassuring her I will be in the Salon Sat. Morning fever free to do her hair for her big day while eating Tamiflu and Motrin and drinking Ginger Ale praying that the room will stop spinning....
I have been "fever free" for 24 hours which means I will be able to go to work tomorrow. A wedding party of five...please pray (grin)
Chase is totally recovered from the flu and his face has healed up nicely, the other kids and Husband have been flu free and healthy.
I must brag on all of them they have taken great care of me, washing dishes, clothes and the boys haven't done any bodily harm to each other this week (grin) Hope everyone is healthy your way! Blessings.
Just a note to say thank you to all that have been praying for Chase, I thought we were in the clear, but an abscess appeared on his face Saturday and the whole side of his face became swollen so after consulting with our Doctor (who happens to go to the same church...perks of living in a small town.) I went home to break the news to Chase that we would have to go to the ER..there they had to lance the spot and drain the infection...Thank goodness for my Dad stopping by the Hospital to assist in the procedure...nothing like Pop being present in the room to calm a frantic kid down..the whole thing was not for the weak stomach which I use to not be but in the middle of watching assuring my son it would be over soon I found my self feeling on the woozy side, I will most defiantly send Husband next time (grin) After a round of flu and now this I hope poor Chase will be on the way up. Please continue to pray. Blessings.
I am most certain that I will not be receiving the MOTHER OF THE YEAR AWARD this year....
In my last post I wrote that Chase my 13yr.old had an earache and the next day I took him to the Doctor with complaints of a earache and sore throat, his ear looked a little red but no big deal, his throat showed no signs of redness and he had no fever he seemed to be fine last night and this morning when he got on the bus to go to school, so when the Nurse called from school today to say Chase was in her office again I ask her if he had a fever and she said no but he said his throat hurt I said give him Motrin and he'll be fine......fast forward to 3:30 this afternoon...Chase all but crawled off the bus and drug himself in my salon in tears, I then realized he had a fever (102) So while I rushed to rinse hair color off of my clients my Mom took Chase to the ER and I met her there they tested him for the Flu and it came back positive for Influenza A (better known as swine flu) they sent us home with medicine in hand and said to bring him back if his symptoms got worse, he has been asleep since we've been home only waking up to take his meds and drink a little sprite..(now I'm having the whole Mom guilt thing) so I'm prepared for a long night seems like the later it gets the more restless he gets..please pray for a quick recovery and that my other two don't get the flu..Blessings.
If you could see me right now you would wonder why I don't just invest in a wireless connection, no joke I have wires stretched every which way so i can set in my bed and use my computer, that is something I normally never do, but I am growing more and more unfond (I'm not sure "unfond" is even a word, but it sounds good) of setting in that uncomfortable straight back chair at my desk...so here I set blogging away with my unwireless laptop computer with cords running every where for the sake of comfort...did I just type comfort? Really that's a fib because I am quiet uncomfortable, not because of the unwireless computer, it's because last Friday morning while in a rush to get everyone up and going for school I ran into a suitcase (that I have yet to return to my parents house)and hit my toe...I cried ALOT and thought at one point I was gonna pass out...it hurt, really, really bad. So as a result I have a toenail that is lifted, just hanging around, flop'n..to many details for ya? (grin) But other than the Flop'n toenail alls good except Chad has a headache,
Chase has a earache,
and Cassie well she has taken up sewing...I draw my toes in at this very moment just thinking about her loosing a sewing needle in the floor and someone stepping on it. But so far she has kept up with it, she ask tonight if we would "seriously" think about getting her a sewing machine (a real one) for Christmas...I'm feeling like that's a bad idea, is there an age limit on operating those things? I took a sewing class in High School and flunked it, I don't even have the foggiest idea on how to thread a sewing machine...I guess we'll have to think about that. Until then I guess she is stuck sewing as she says "the old fashion way" with a needle and thread.
I look back on the events of this past week and realize that there are many days that I coast through without a thought of how very blessed I am.
It has humbled me to watch how very fast things in life can go from good to bad in a split second, and how careless I toss another day away without a thought or a thank you to God for all he has done in my day. I have watched a little more intently to the things going on around me whether it be my Husband washing yet another load of laundry, or sink full of dishes, not because he feels he must but because he wants to help me and for that I am blessed.
Or this afternoon when I had my nephew Sean over and him and my boys were being silly and I stood at the kitchen counter listening to Sean laugh hysterically and found my own self smiling..I could listen to that laugh all day and for that I am blessed.
Or for tonight, when my parents stopped by my salon (I was giving all the boys haircuts) to chat with Husband and I for a min. and as they walked out the door we told each other "Love You"...simple coast through the day words to many, but so much more to me after this week...I am blessed.
Or a simple comment from one of my blogger friends recently...for her friendship I am blessed. ( (((Hugs))) to you Lorie)
They may seem like everyday things to you, but believe me they are so much more so take time out to thank God for the blessings.
So Husband and I have returned from Louisville today after spending the last two days at Jewish Hospital with Jay (my Husbands Brother) while he went through his evaluation for a liver transplant...we saw many, many, many different people over the last few days, dietitians, social workers, physiatrist...a three hour meeting on liver transplants the what to expect, what to avoid, what not to eat, how much medicine to take, how much medicine not to take...and much more very life altering, life changing things to think about. At one point in the 3hr class I remember feeling very overwhelmed by all the information, and I looked at my Brother-In-Law across the table and could clearly tell he too was overwhelmed..let's face it this operation wasn't a walk in the park, and some things they were telling us were down right scary to think about. So as Husband and I fell into bed last night at the Hotel I spent alot of time thinking on all that was said by so many different people in a days time, and alot of time praying about the following day. This morning we were off to the Hospital for our final meetings with the liver Doctor and the Surgeon, we saw the liver Doctor first and he asked a gazillion questions ordered more test and left the room...then the Surgeon came in...
Let me remind you of the words the Doctor that diagnosed Jay said..and I quote, "It is by the grace of God that you are standing here, I have seen better liver's in dead people." (pretty straight to the point hu?)
And let me tell you last Sunday morning when our Pastor ask people to stand that needed a miracle I stood for Jay (Jay was in the balcony standing too) praying that God would heal him...
And when the surgeon came in the room he said "Mr. Jeffries looks like you won't be needing our services."
Hu? Did he just say Jay didn't need a liver transplant?
That is exactly what he said, no need for a transplant. I think we were all in shock and found out as we spoke with the Doctor that Jay was at a level 9,on a scale from 0-40 you need to be at lest a level 15 to be put on the transplant list, they found a small lesion which they will continue to monitor but with medication and diet change he can live a normal life....
As we walked out of the Hospital today I knew God had preformed a miracle, some would say that the first Doctor may have read something wrong, but I choose to Thank God, along with Jay ,Husband and Kathy (their Sister)
I encourage you today to remember God hasn't forgotten you, he sees what your going through and all it takes is a little faith (just the size of a mustard seed) and he'll give you that miracle! Blessings.
This post is to the love of my life, the one who has been my rock through some of the deepest valley's in my life. This is to the man that loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups almost as much as I do and could recite to you almost every scene from the movie The Notebook because he's a hopeless romantic at heart, he does dishes, cleans toilets, and folds laundry which I might add looks like they have been folded in a department store all without complaint...I am so thankful that God has blessed me with such a wonderful Husband! Happy Anniversary Tony, I love you!
My Daughter Cassie Marie loves to plant flowers in the spring, we were a little late getting flowers out this year and actually only planted Zinnia's and Sunflowers along the outer row in the garden, I happen to notice how pretty they all still are this morning and took a few pictures to post.
Sorry I feel like I have been a MBP (Missing Blog Person) lately. It's not that I don't have lots to blog about, it's more about the time I haven't had to blog...and the timing in which I would blog about things going on.
About 5 weeks ago my Husband and I found out that his Brother (which he is very close to) needs a liver transplant. Jay (Husbands Brother) has a condition called Wilson's disease which is an inherited disorder in which there is too much copper in the body's tissues. The excess copper damages the liver and nervous system, in most cases it can be controlled with medication, but in Jay's case his liver is damaged beyond repair...The Doctors words were "It is by the grace of God that you are in my office today." So the plan now is that we (Jay,Me, my Husband, and his Sister Kathy) go to Jewish Hospital for an evaluation Sep. 21st, 22nd, 23rd there they will do test to determine whether or not he will be put on the transplant list and at what level. My Husband and I along with Kathy will meet with the Doctors and we are required to take a class while there to more understand how to take care of Jay after surgery...It has been a very emotional roller coaster but as the days have passed I have seen God at work. I don't know what the next few months hold for us but the important thing is that God does. Please be in prayer on the 3 days that I mentioned above. I will update you as I find out more. Blessings.
Please scroll to the bottom of my blog and pause the music before starting this video...This was a sermon given by Carter Conlon a senior Pastor of the Times Square Church the first Sunday morning following the tragedy of 9/11.
We had Landon for the weekend our 6yr. old Grandson, he was FULL of energy but was lots of fun.
He went to church with us this morning and it just so happen that the church had a picnic planned after church at one of the church members farms, it turned out to be a great day with the rain stopping and the sun not to hot.
Landon was first in line to bob for apples, and to be honest I'm glad after thinking about how gross it would be to be the last in line...AHEM.
They took all the kids on a hay ride which was a hit and had lots of great food, here are a few pictures from the day.
After we returned home my Dad stopped by and brought me two pawpaw's.
What are pawpaw's you ask? If you haven't tried one, you are missing out!
When I was a kid my Grandmother (who happen to live right across the road from where I live now) had pawpaw trees 3 that I remember...I lived for this time of year to eat all the pawpaws possible. They are not something you will find in a grocery store because they're shelf life is so short, Lot's of people would not even attempt to try them because of they're appearance...ugly fruit would be an understatement to describe them...
My Dad told me that there were still two tree's across the road and the people that owned my Grandmothers old house didn't like them and we could have all we wanted...so I took a trip down memory lane for awhile sitting on my back porch eating pawpaw's. Funny how a small thing's like that will take you back in time. Blessings.
My Sister called today and told me I needed to get with it and post something new on my blog, I have had some issues with my computer lately and to be honest I have had writers block...kinda.
I have lots of things that I want to post about, lots of things that God has really spoken to my heart over the past few weeks one is about perseverance.
Let me start from the beginning.
I by no means am a perfect person, my life has been a road of many turns, hills, and valleys. Some of those turns, hills and valleys were out of my control and some many were from my own choices....From time to time I think about how different my life would be if I had made the "right" choices, but how different it would be if I hadn't made the choices I made (have I lost you yet?) When I was 19 yrs old I found my self as a single Mother working at a job that I started at 16 that I had no intentions on staying at forever but after a failed marriage and a son to provide for I felt "stuck" so then and there I decided to pursue a career in Cosmetology.....
(I never said this story would be pretty, decorated with happily ever after...I'm just being honest and real with you)
I won't get into all the Choices I made for the sake of other people involved, but for every trial came the question, "Do I give up? Or do I hang on?"
I can remember many, many nights praying God would just change things....After all he's God, he could make the road straight, make the baby quit crying, stretch the dollar for one more bill, because I didn't think I could work one more hour because I was so exhausted...he could do that for me right..?
In the midst of all my poor choices, valleys, sufferings, and trials he was shaping me, stretching, molding.
Romans 5:3-5 Not only so but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trail, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
I'm sure I would not be the person I am today had I not been through some of the trials...with each valley God shaped my character...he used those trials to strengthen me.
I recently read that when a potter bakes a clay pot he checks to see it's solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping it. If it "sings" it's ready. If it "thuds" it's placed back in the oven. The character of a person is also checked by thumping...Been thumped lately? Children under foot, grumpy spouse, deadlines, lots of bills with little money, sick family members...Thump, Thump, Thump... So how do we respond?
Do we sing or do we thump?
2 Corinthians 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.
Reread that verse notice the BUT NOT'S...
Perseverance, Character...Molding and Shaping...Singing and Thumping.
"If you have the Shepherd, you have GRACE for every sin, DIRECTION for every turn, a CANDLE for every corner, and an ANCHOR for every storm." (Max Lucado)
My computer has been on the blink the past week or so. I just got it back tonight, now I seem to have a touch of writers block...so I thought I would post this video tonight. Blessings! (Pause the music at he bottom of my blog before you start the video)
I have not run away...I'm just trying to adjust to the whole School, the kids have to be on the bus by 6:20am thing I'm not a morning person but I'm working on that.
My oldest nephew Alex is leaving tonight for Florida he's
Cut'n the cord..
Fly'n the coop..
Gonna get lost.. (just kid'n Sister..Thank you Lord for GPS)
I went by Sister's house tonight to say my goodbye's and let the kids tell him bye, he's moving to Fort Myers with one of his buddies. Although I hate to see him go so far away, I understand there's not alot here in this area as far as jobs, he's young and wants to experience life...We've all been there (and later wish we were back home with Mom (grin)) Anywho Sister ask if I would make a cake for his going away get together and you know me (even though it was last min.) I can't do simple...I MUST do something different like this....
I teased Alex and told him he wouldn't have room for all his shoes (he has MANY, MANY, shoes) so I had shirts, boxers, and his famous Jordan filpflops falling out the trunk of the car (told you I have to go all out) They all thought it was funny with him and D.J. hanging out the windows...Alex liked the cake and even posted pictures of it on Facebook...
I'm gonna miss him lots, hard to believe he's old enough to be on his own, guess that's what time does, they grow up and we get old..
We had a family reunion over the weekend. I'm including a few pictures and a few video clips of my Aunt Carol's daughters singing (Aunt Carol passed away last year, she fought ovarian cancer for 2 years..her birthday was on this day also) take a min. to listen to her girls..you'll be blessed. M ***NOTE***Please pause music at the bottom of my blog before playing video
Today was the first day of school here...I must admit this was one of the hardest "back to school days" for me...My oldest Son Chad Allen started High School...
And it's not that I feel old....
It's that I can't believe he's in High School..
I could cry just thinking about it, time really does go by soooo fast.
Chase is in 7th grade and Cassie Marie is in 4th...which means I have one in High School one in Middle School and one in Elementary school...WHEW!
I was so excited to hear all about they're day when I saw them get off the bus this afternoon..
Except no one seem to have had a "wonderful" day.
Cassie said no one would talk to her (what is it with this age? Are all girls this age sooo dramatic?)
Chase Say's he wants to quit band (NOT, I REPEAT NOT GONNA HAPPEN! I told him he should have thought of that $450.00 ago after he HAD to join band and HAD to have a trumpet..ahem)
And Chad, well..he had a place on his arm that appeared to be some sort of bite..we noticed it about four days ago, and it has gotten worse everyday.. When he came in he said..."Mom your gonna freak out when you see my arm."
Well... he was right I did...and off to the Doctors office we went (great...first day of school and we are already going to the Doctors office.)
They put him on antibiotics and said if it didn't start healing up in the next few days after taking his meds or if he started running a fever he may have to be put in the hospital for IV meds (great...) He has felt really bad all night...and for the first time in months he had a really bad headache so we had to give him Maxalt, which is medication his neurologist prescribed for migraines..I'm not sure if it's from his arm or the stress of the day or both...I checked his temp a few hours ago and he is running a low grade temp...This is NOT how I envisioned the first day of School..not at all..Please pray that his arm heals quickly with no complications.
Sooo this has been the events of the day! Blessings!
I wanted to send out a thank you to my new friend COUNTRY MOM..She gave me my very first Award, For being a loyal friend and visitor. Funny, that in the blog world you meet new friends...(but you never really meet) I started my blog a little over a year ago, and I love reading other blogs...I guess you could say it's my "calgon" in life, my outlet...I have gained five whole followers since I started my blog (grin) but I feel a bond with each one and I thank them for there friendship..So thanks again Country Mom I will pass this award on to others! Blessings!
In the distance they see something walking on the water, and they were afraid and they cry out in fear...
Matthew 14:29--30 Jesus said "Come!" And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted "Lord, save me!"
I think we all have been Peter...
We step out of the boat in faith focusing on Jesus, but the harder the wind blows the more the waves crash, the louder the kids scream, the longer the lonely nights get, the more we worry, the more the mountain of bills grow......
We loose focus... and begin to sink.
We sink in thoughts of:
Faith and Focus..
It moves us from the boat to the water faith picks our feet up to take the step towards the one who will reach out his hand and catch us when we begin to look at the waves that crash from every side...the rain may blur our vision, the wind may take our breath...
But Faith and Focus will keep us afloat.
Never loose focus of the one who will carry you through your storm.
He will guide you, protect you, fill you when you are empty, comfort you when you are hurt...and most importantly...
He will save you when you are sinking...Just focus on him.Blessings, M
But I have had the thought enter my mind a few times in the last week (grin)
We have had a overload of activity since last week...
Cassie Marie turned 9...
Sean my Nephew got baptized Sunday at church..
And School starts back next Monday here which means we have been shopping for school supplies...every year the list grows....I'm not talking about school cloths either..I'm talking about:
-3 plastic folders with pockets and clasps (green, blue, red) -2 packages of #2 pencils -2 packages of loose leaf paper -white school glue (do they make any other color???) -scissors..Fiskars preferably (I don't care what brand they are...they still cut hair I see it everyday) -24 pack of crayons -1 package of erasers -markers and/or coloring pencils -1 box of tissues -small container to hold supplies (with zipper if possible) -clear or mesh backpack -$5.00 for agenda -disinfecting wipes -germ-x -baby wipes -plain white paper plates (do they eat in the classroom now??) -Styrofoam cups (guess so...)
Sooooo.... This is ONE list and we have FOUR children in school... Our two older boys will both go to High school this year so the list isn't as bad as the two younger ones but just in case you were wondering where I have been now you know...
I have been wandering aimlessly in the aisles of Wal-Mart looking for all this stuff thinking I may need to get a second job just to pay for it..AHEM... Blessings!
I'm including pictures of Sean my Nephew getting baptized Sunday...My Dad (his Pa)baptized him.
I usually help on Wednesday nights with the youth, but my Daughter so graciously volunteered me to be the teacher in her class for the month of July....
Did I mention the age group was 6, 7, and 8 year olds? AHEM...
Do you know it is a really bad idea to break out glitter and glue with 9 small children?
Did you know that when you let one child go pee they must all pee....
Did you know that you will know much more than you needed to know by the time your one hour class is over?
Now you must know that this class has changed me....challenged me...and forever made me look at our young children (including my Daughter) in such a different way..
They are eager to lift they're small hands to pray for:
-Mom or Dad that my not be saved -a injury they occurred while out playing that day -for Aunt's ,Uncles, cousin's -and for pork chop (a dog)
They get that God cares about EVERYTHING nothing is off limits when it comes to prayer not even Pork chop the dog....
A few years ago our pastor ask that all the kids in the church come up front from ages 1-18... he gave a statistic and said by the time they were out of High School this is how many of these children would still be in church....he had over half of the kids to sit down...it shook me to the core...really I remember sitting there looking at those faces and tears running down my face...this was the reality we were facing and still are today....
I remember that Sunday often as I look at my children and so many others.
What do we have to reach them?
We have Time...
We have ears to listen..
We have voices to speak up for them..
It was just a month but I survived...and I got so much out of getting to know these small little individuals, that love God.
Never, Never pass up the opportunity to get to know them...
I found God today through the eyes of a child He looked up at me and he gave me a smile He brought me such comfort for which I have longed Through the eyes of a child I realized I belonged (Author: Tommy Q)
I am still mourning the passing of so many of our tomato plants...Blight has taken it's toll here on so many gardens.
But, the corn on the other hand has done really good...I put close to 85 ears up Saturday and we picked the rest today which I cut off....
That is a very, very , very, messy job...corn on my kitchen window, all over the counter tops, all over the floor, all over me..very sticky, very messy, and I'm very worn out...
Everyone got in on the fun work even Pete our dog...
Speaking of Pete...that silly dog tried to be a stow away on the UPS truck today...poor UPS driver comes shooting out of the back of the truck (as Pete was attempting to board the truck through the side door) I tried to explain that he doesn't bite he just thought since the door to the truck was open he would go ride'n with him...silly, silly dog!
We have spent many hours on our garden this year and up until about 2 weeks ago it looked great....
But I noticed a few leaves on our tomato plants looking well...dead (sniff)
I chalked it up as unnecessary roughness from waiting a little to late on staking and tieing them up, but then.....
Many, Many lifeless, brown, yellow, dead leaves started to appear...(sniff, sniff)
More like the BUBONIC PLAGUE...
This stuff is brutal, the more I research it the more I feel like I'm fighting a loosing battle...I learned today that it can attack potatoes this is the same fungus that caused the Irish Famine in the 1800's...
Guess where my potatoes are planted?
You got it right beside my tomatoes.
Husband spent today digging up and removing the very dead tomato plants and I spent the afternoon trying to remove leaves and anything that may look infected with this nasty fungus...
My research tells me to remove infected plants and burn them...(sound a little rash hu?) It also says I can buy a spray that may or may not "save" the rest of my tomatoes, we'll see...
I have talked to many people in this area who have the same problem, seems all the rain we have been getting is the culprit of this funky fungus that is popping up all over the state.
Guess what the forecast is tomorrow?
So tomorrow I will lay more plants to rest by cremating them in the field near by, and attempt to fight any lurking fungus that may remain in the garden....praying your garden is blight free! Blessings!
I have survived yet another day of canning and after I finished with my green beans for the day I decided I would try cooking a roast in the pressure cooker, it took 45minutes flat...I was a amazed and had to ask myself "Where has this stainless steel monster been all my life?" Yes it was a "love hate" relationship at first but anything that makes my life more simple! On a different note... you never know what you may see around here...thought I'd post a video of our silly dog and his favorite past time...he loves, loves, loves this!! Blessings! M
I spent more than an hour after I got home from church trying to sike myself up for firing the ol' pressure cooker up, with MOUNDS (I'm talk'n many, many green beans) to break (with the help of Cassie and Husband)I convinced myself I could do this (use the pressure cooker I mean) well in canning 101 today I learned it is always a good idea to have someone on speed dial that actually knows how to use a pressure cooker....and that would be my dear friend Karen, she walked me step by step through it and even called about 9 tonight to make sure I didn't blow beans on the ceiling. Actually it was fairly easy and I think (kinda) I know what I'm doing now....here's a picture of my first batch only about a gazillion more beans to break and I'll be done! Blessings!
We've really been blessed with a beautiful garden this year, I have picked green beans today, when I stopped I had FOUR bags and one 2 gallon bucket full...that was one row of beans! Husband dug some potatoes and we are starting to get tomatoes...I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of beans and decided to go out and buy a pressure cooker to help speed up the canning...I have always used the cold packing method which takes about 3 hours for beans..I confess I am terrified of pressure cookers, once I was at my Grandma's house while she was canning beans and the pressure cooker blew up...beans were stuck to the ceiling, on the windows, stuck to the side of the refrigerator...I vowed to never use a pressure cooker when I grew up, but the time has come to overcome my fear (or call Mom to show me how the heck to use the thing) I plan on coming home after church tomorrow and coming face to face with the stainless steel monster...If I don't post by midnight tomorrow night be worried (grin) Blessings!
Here in Kentucky we have lots of beautiful landscape....My oldest Son Chad went on a hike Friday at the Dale Hallow State Park at the end of a 6 to 7 mile hike (he thought it was only gonna be a 2 or 3 mile hike...SURPRISE!) the trail ended at a cove where they were able to swim, I sent the camera with him and he took some great pictures, so I thought I would share a little Kentucky beauty with ya!
Chase.....What can I say, he is the middle child, the one who possesses the smile that will melt even the hardest of hearts, he owns a laugh that once you hear it you catch yourself laughing too...need a friend? Chase is your man. Who roots for the underdog? Chase. Need to know where to dig the best fishing worms? Just ask Chase. Need a volunteer to lay on the ground so you can jump your dirt bike over them...uhh..that would be Chase (and that would be big brother Chad that talked him into that once...ahem..)
I remember when Chase was around 5 years old...he loved catching bugs, lizards, anything creepy crawly...I was doing laundry one day and took a pair of his shorts out of the dryer and gave them a little shake while folding them...a very dried up lizard fell to the floor, seems Chase was planning on keeping him, except he forgot to remove the lizard from his pocket...one of many things that went on to be with Jesus while in my washing machine....
On the first day of school he sat beside a little girl that came with only a back pack, no crayons, no paper, pencials...nothing...I watched as my son got out of his seat and one by one took one box of crayons, a package of paper, pencils and handed to her....he possesses compassion. a few weeks later I noticed he was asking for more snack money than I normally had given the year before...I later found out that he was giving the extra money to by a little boy his snack everyday..he possesses a giving heart.
He is my quiet child (most of the time) He will be your friend, no matter what.
Today Chase turned 13, I'm not sure where the time went...but there's one thing I'm very certain of he is the sunshine in my life! I love you Chase! Happy Birthday!!
So most dogs love to ride in trucks with the ears flap'n in the wind and drool string'n about...Pete our Chocolate Lab loves that too...but his new favorite thing to do we have found out is ride the lawn mower...Chad had taken a picture of Pete riding the mower not long ago with my Dad, but we can't get that picture downloaded (I'll have to remember to take one with the camera sometime) but I did snap this picture tonight when I looked out the door and saw where Pete was sleeping...this dog cracks me up..guess he's think'n "If I lay here maybe someone will take me for a ride again..."
There is a price for the freedom we have, many family's are without they're loved ones on this 4th of July, because they are protecting our freedom...you may not know them personally but they are fighting for you...Remember them.
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We all have them, and for some it is much more than others, the endless to do list the piles of laundry waiting when we get up and when we go to bed, dirty dishes, dusting, bill paying, appointment books that overflow at work (thank you Jesus) and of coarse hungry children wondering what's for supper tonight...it's the endless time consuming time eating monsters in our life. These things make us say things like:
"I'll get to that in a minute."
"Not right now."
"I don't have time today, maybe tomorrow."
"Shhh, honey can't you see Mom's busy."
"I'm sorry I was so busy with XYZ I forgot."
I am a Salon owner in a small town (small, like in a wide spot in the road small) but most days we are very busy...sometime back last year I received a phone call from an elderly lady and she needed a haircut, but she didn't walk well and she wanted to know if I could come to her house...I'll be honest with you...I was busy and didn't really want to stop my busyness.....
But I did, and from that one home visit developed a very special friendship with a 97 year old women...I have heard that some find her a little harsh at times, but I have never seen that side of her, now when I go to cut her hair she wants to feed me lunch....visit...talk...and slow down.
A few months back I went to cut her hair and we talked about the garden Husband and I had, I made the comment about all the beans he had planted and offered to bring her some when they were ready, after a short visit I went back to work in the wide open mode...later that day while working on a costumer I received a phone call from this sweet Lady and she said "I know your busy but I've got something on my mind I need to talk to you about when you get a free minute give me a call back."
I hung the phone up and joked with my co-worker that I was almost afraid to call back...what did she have on her mind?
Later I called her back and this is what she said:
"I've been think'n about what you said about those beans, about how many your Husband put out...I know how busy you are and thought if you would pick them and drop them off at my house on your way to work I could shell them for you and you could pick them up on your way home, I know it's not much but maybe that will help you out." I was so touched and moved to tears that after I had left her home this sweet women had sat and thought about me......
She wanted to break beans for me..... After I closed the salon that day I sat at my desk for awhile and thought about all the busyness that had went on that day and many other days, the laughing and rushing around, the conversations that had passed between women almost as a competition between each one on who had more to do and all I could think was...
She wanted to break beans for me.... I understand we all have lots of things on our plates, but God really showed me the importance of slowing down that day, one simple act of taking time to make a house visit has given me a friendship with someone that I wouldn't dare trade, she thought about me even when I went on with my busy day there are so many others out there just like her that if we only take the time to slow down we can see that they only want to be a part of our lives....so slow down a little and break bread with someone that needs you and maybe just maybe they'll help you break beans! Blessings!
I had a bright idea last year when we bought a new freezer to get one with a lock on it...let me explain...
During the summer the boys stay home 3 growing boys...that eat ALOT, they can clean out the fridge and freezer in two days flat! SOOOO I thought it would be a great idea to buy a freezer with a lock, and put food in the kitchen freezer a little at a time so they wouldn't go through so much....
I lost the key...me and my bright ideas.
I looked for days searching through drawers, pants pockets, under the dresser...no key. I spoke with my Aunt Pam a few days later and she said she had one and she would mail it to me. (My Son said that's what I get for locking them out of the freezer, and buying Blue Bell Ice Cream and hiding it in the back so only I knew it was there) (GRIN)
Anyway one day last week I was doing housework and praying and I said "Lord, I know you really busy with things, but would you please help me find that key." and I went on with my cleaning, and about an hour later I went to get cloths out of the dryer and "PING" the key hit the floor at my feet!
Now to some this may not be a big deal...but to me it was...I went yelling through the house at my oldest son "Jesus helped me find the key!!" His response? "Mom your crazy.." But I took the time out to tell him I had prayed that I would find the key and to explain that even the smallest things, God cares, even freezer keys....he cares about every detail in our life, we can go to him (and should everyday) So the next time you loose something take time to talk to God about it, even small things...
***NOTE TO AUNT PAM*** I got the key in the mail a few days after I found mine, thanks for taking the time to send it.
I'm finding with each passing year, time isn't as kind as it use to be....
Sunday I decided to buy a small plastic pool for our dog, the heat here in Kentucky is unreal....very hot days, so I thought Pete would like a pool to cool down in....
Pete refused to get into the pool...he wanted no part of it.
So Cassie Marie has taken the pool over.
Which leads up to the "Not as young as I use to be" title...
Sunday when Cassie was swimming, she got water in the floor, so I (in flip flops) start to tell her she needs to get a towel and clean up the water in the house...
As I step out the back door I slipped and fell down the steps...
Poor Husband was standing near by and nearly had the big one, Cassie cried, (because I was crying)
So there I was on the porch in a puddle of water (better water than pee...)with mascara running down my face...
Tuesday morning I go to work feeling the aftermath of the fall and feeling like I have a stomach bug...I left work early went home went to bed, and by Wednesday morning was on my way to see the Doctor, he did x-rays and found nothing was broke...and did blood work and found I did have a stomach virus.
I am SO not as young as I use to be....
In other news Chad Allen and Daddy left out last night for ER Ministries, some of the local Churches here gather up teens (and adults) to work on homes for the elderly, and others that may need things done around they're homes..fixing porches, painting barns, cleaning up buildings ect... I am so glad that Chad is helping, I think the reward of helping others is such a great lesson for our young people to learn...please keep them in your prayers, as they are working in very hot weather, and pray that God will show himself to each one of these teens this week. Blessings!
But when I wake up this morning and get in my truck I hear a kitten in the motor of my truck meowing...
After MANY attemps to get kitten out of truck befor I drive it with no luck...
I (had too Husband had to go to work in his vehical) had to drive my truck to the store (about 2-3 miles down the road)
The kitten road with me (in the motor I mean)
Two kind men saw that I had the hood up in the store paking lot and ask if my truck had quit running and I explained there was a kitten in my motor (still very alive)
They crawled under my truck and retrived the kitten for me.....
So now I have this kitten (that Cassie has now named) that I don't plan on keep'n..
So if you need a kitten give me a call and I'll hook ya up...
Other news...Husbands test (lyme disease) came back neg. his neuroligist called to say his MRI was good except for the "wear and tear" and he would talk to him about that at his next app. Husband has been feeling pretty good the last week...he has really been working on the garden as you can see in the pic's below it has taken off..
I also included some pic's from the trip Dad and Mom took Sean and Chad on: