Monday, September 29, 2008

I have a good excuse...

Monday- Went to a friends house to help with kids.
Tuesday- Lots of homework, Gun club. Shopping.
Wednesday- History class, deck staining.
Thursday- Yard work, etc...
Friday- Mom's surprise party.
Saturday- Worked the Collinsville Quilt walk. 8AM-6PM
Sunday- Brought all the quilts to the Guild. And finally relaxed a bit.
Monday- Interview with Suzi Geno, Writer for Blount.
I love it when were doing things, but it's really nice
to relax sometimes.
Call me lazy, but I love Sundays!

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Ronald McDonald House Charities...

What I Wish I Knew

Words of wisdom from a RMHC veteran parent

Be ready to bond with others who are going through the same experience. It’s OK to open up to strangers. Form an emotional connection and friendship with the other families at the House.
— Melanie, RMHC veteran parent

Maddie had her first heart surgery when she was barely a week old and needed a heart transplant by age 4.

When your child is diagnosed with a serious medical problem, life can become very stressful very quickly. Not only do you have to understand what the doctor is telling you, but you also have to keep your family and life together.

Melanie’s daughter, Maddie, had her first heart surgery when she was one week old. By the time she was 4, she’d undergone multiple surgeries and needed a heart transplant. So she could receive the care she needed, Maddie and her family traveled from Orlando, Fla., to St. Louis, where they stayed at a Ronald McDonald House.

Melanie learned a great deal about her family and her family’s strength during her daughter’s treatments.

She has this advice for families:*

  • When people offer to help, let them. The volunteers at the House want to make your stay there as comfortable as possible.

  • Be ready to bond with others who are going through the same experience. It’s OK to open up to strangers and to create an emotional connection and friendship with other families at the House.

  • Help one another. Other parents will be there for you, as well.

  • Don’t be afraid to hug people or hold their hands, even if they’re from another family. You will see and feel how powerful the human touch is.

  • Give the House’s address to friends and family so they can show their support by sending cards, letters or care packages.

  • If you know that you will be at the House for more than one month, ask a friend or family member to relieve you occasionally. You need to get away — even if only for one day — to rest your mind and body.

  • Know where the nearby pharmacies and walk-in clinics are before you need them. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to become ill yourself.

  • Use the exercise equipment that most Houses provide. Exercise not only helps you stay in shape, but it is also reduces stress.

  • Take advantage of clergy or other faith services offered by the House or the hospital. You will need faith and strength during this time.

  • Take care of yourself so you can be strong for your child. Use all the resources that the House offers.

*Families staying at a Ronald McDonald House can use the House services and facilities to meet their needs and at whatever level is most comfortable.

To support the services provided by RMHC, make a donation.

The picture of Maddie looks just like Olivia when she was little, I had to look twice.:0)

Olivia,I, and our 4-H group raised over 2oo dollars to buy stuff for them.

The smile on their face said it all. We plan on doing it again very soon.


Monday, September 8, 2008


They will be 3 weeks old Thursday!
The last picture are the two
gang leaders (really just the curious ones).
It's like two sets of triplets.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Laura!!!!

Laura turned 14 on the 3rd of this month!
We t
hew her a little party. She loves to cook
so I made her an apron and got her The Joy of Cooking book! She is a wonderful servant, She loves helping people, and loves kids! Lol!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

love for two...or there...or four...or more...

Meet 'Ore' his real name is 'Oreo' because when he was younger he had a black tail, and a black head, with creamy Grey color in the middle, like an Oreo cookie!
Well, now that his older he has changed in color, don't worry he's not a lizard, it a cat! lol. No, I'm serious his color has changed to a black orange and white!
Anyway, He's got this attitude that's like, ' Don't mess with me cause I'm close to the edge!' Lol This is His 'Why do you have a camera in my face?' He really is a sweet kitten though, He love's to be held and petted. He loves to chase! He is 4 months old.

This is him trying to get the strap to the camera!

Isn't He pretty?

Lovin' the shade. And doing what cats are always doing!

She love's to rub up on things. Don't ask why!

There's Dixie, hiding from the sun! She just had six kittens last Thursday, We're going to name them after founding fathers! I'll post pics of them later.

She so pretty!

This is Toby, we call him reflex, because his so fast , and tricky! He's 4 months too!

Here he is on the go again. Sorry I took so long to update on the kittens.

Monday, September 1, 2008

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, the circumstances, the failure,than successes, than what others think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or brake a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we enbrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitabe.The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinsed that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how react to it. And so it is with you...We are in charge of our attitudes."
~ Charles R. Swindoll