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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Is it time?

I am off from work this week and trying to catch up on some things. Today I am pondering if I should take down my tree. It is time to take it down, isn't it? Nay, I think I will leave it up until tomorrow. I love the lights (just like a kid), so I need at least one more day. When it comes to taking the tree down, I am a procrastinator. One year I left my tree up until February and boy did the family make fun of me. So, let me have one more day with my tree and I promise to take it down tomorrow.

At church this past Sunday we had our Christmas children's program - it was awesome! They were so cute and funny (in a good way). We even had a live baby Jesus, well for most of the program. When he got tired of being the center of attraction he had to be replaced with a toy baby Jesus.

During our church service we have been having a "Discipleship Moment." This week a gentlemen in our church shared this: At a school in our community there are approximately 200 children that leave school on Friday and never have anything to eat until they return to school on Monday. GASP!! I had no idea. This news breaks my heart (tearing up). So, along with another church in our community we are starting "Back Pack Friday," which means that these children will be supplied with a back pack full of food for the weekend. Food will be gathered through out the week at both churches, then on Thursday night volunteers will gather and fill the back packs with donated food. I love the idea. What a great way to help those in need.

So, Sunday night I went to Wal Mart and to the Dollar General Store and purchased food. I was so excited while shopping, knowing that I was going to be helping a family in need.

Helping and giving to those in need as God would have us to do - it is such a privilege and a joy. I am thankful that I can help with this and excited that our church is involved.

Hope everyone has a good week!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

My evening was spent with my hubby, my parents, our boys and their girlfriends. We had a great evening together. We had soup and salad for dinner and then we gave presents out. Everyone was excited, talking, sharing stories - it was wonderful. I am very appreciative of my gifts, but one particular gift stands out in my mind.

The hubs and I purchased new Bibles for our boys and their girlfriends (which I will refer to as our girls from here on out). We choose the NIV Men's and Women's Devotional Bibles for them and had their names put on them. We choose this particular version because it is the version they use in their Sunday School class.

The Bibles were wrapped so they had no idea what the gifts were. We had them to all open the gifts at the same time. They were so excited and pleased with the Bibles and I was overwhelmed with their responses. (tears, tears) It's not that I didn't think they would appreciate the Bibles, I just never considered how MUCH they would appreciate them.

I was thankful for the evening spent with my family, but most of all the gift of overwhelming joy I received in my heart to see those faces when they received their Bibles. Oh the joy of giving!

Praise God for our blessings. My cup overflows. My God, our God is an awesome God. I am thankful for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the price he paid to save us from our sins.

Happy Birthday Jesus!! Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

YAY! we have 8 inches of snow at my house. I can not express how excited I have been!!! I don't usually get to play when it does snow because I am always at work..... but this time I was off Friday afternoon and because its the weekend, I have played and played. Last night the hubby, our boys and their girlfriends went sledding. It was so much fun. Today I was up early riding the tractor with the hubby while he cleared our very long drive way. Of course we had to clear some of the neighbors driveways also. Then off with the boys to ride 4 wheelers. We rode on the mountain behind our house. The views from the mountain side were absolutely beautiful. I love the snow! We have built snowmen, made snow angels and through snow balls. Since the wind has started to blow and because I am pooped, I think I will stay in for a while and take a much needed nap.

It's been a great snow day!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Snow

Finally, it's snowing here! I am sooooo excited!!!!! I love the snow. Now if I could just get out of work and go home to play. YAY!!!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Have you noticed.........

....in the grocery stores there are boxes or bags of food for you to purchase for around $5.00? That food is given to those in need and who are less fortunate than you or I. I personally enjoy purchasing one or two each time I get groceries. It makes me feel good that I am helping someone in need, that I am giving as God would have me to do. Also, it's the mystery of giving to someone I don't know. It's the blessing of sharing, not only food, but God's love.

If one of you has money enough to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help - how can God's love be in that person? 1 John 3:17

I am not saying that I am a wealthy person, but I am blessed with a job, food, family and a home. I hope during this season when you go to the grocery store and you see those boxes or bags of food, that you too will purchase and share God's love with others.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thank goodness, today is a better day. I am drowning in paperwork, but at least today is a better day. It was foggy / rainy / cold this morning, but at least today is a better day.

For this I am thankful!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday, ugh!

How can someone who chewed your "arce" up one side and down the other on Friday for something you had absolutely nothing to do with, expect you to be happy to see them on Monday? Two days away did not cure my hurt feelings. Lets just do the job and go home, okay? OKAY!

Friday, December 11, 2009

LOL

The hubby and I have been married for 30 years, yes I married young. Anywho, we bought a farm very early in our marriage, which had a nice (hehehe) ranch style house. Ever since we moved there I have always wanted to put a deck on the backside of our house. When we had kids I really pushed the issue. The hubby, of course, saw no need for a deck and I was always told we didn't have the money (which in truth we didn't). As the kids grew I pushed the deck issue. I could see MANY uses with this deck involving the kids and when we had people over for cook outs. I tried being forceful...........I want a deck for the kids and I to play on!!!! Again and again the hubby said NO! (only of course because he didn't want a deck). There were even times that we had petty arguments about this deck.

Now, our kids are grown and moving on with their lives, so not much use for a deck now. I actually gave up on the deck about 8-10 years ago.

SURPRISE! We are getting a deck, so I was told yesterday. WHY NOW?? I don't know. I explained to the hubby that I didn't want a deck now, the reasons for wanting the deck are now gone. And he said.......but honey you have always wanted a deck. I have ordered the lumbar already.

At this point all I can do is LOL!!! He just doesn't get it, but that's ok, better late than never. LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finally....

My computer has been down and quite frankly so have I. Finally, I have my computer going. The problem was simple, but I so dreaded the time of calling tech support where you hold and hold and hold. Eventually I found the time and it turned out to be a 15 min conversation, yes really, that's all. I was so surprised myself. BUT, it took hours to reboot and download. But I did it all by myself. I am so proud.

Now for me - I am tired, frustrated, excited about Christmas, missing my friend, finally sleepy a little better, ill, have a sinus infection, thankful that God loves me, feel like I am not getting what I need from church, thankful that I have a job, too busy, have no patience, headaches again, very fortunate to have a wonderful husband and boys. So do you get it? I am a MESS, but loving life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

TGI Wednesday!

I am sooooo glad that it is Wednesday and that I am off from work Thurs and Friday! YAY!! I have not had good days in a while. Some my fault, some other peoples fault. But things are looking up. Tomorrow family and friends (minus Jim and Jennifer) are coming to my house for Thanksgiving Lunch. I am excited about this. I look forward to being together - talking and laughing, sharing stories (old and new), not to mention the food. This is my day to eat whatever I want and how ever much I want.

I just need to breathe, slow down, sleep, relax and rest, which is exactly what I intend on doing over the next few days.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Ever felt like the needle in the haystack that no one can find???
Just thinking........

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up

I would love to tell you that my weekend as been great. Truth is Friday's crappy day flowed on into the weekend. I was hoping for a great Saturday and Sunday, but nahhhh, no such luck. So I can honestly tell you that I am ready for Monday. Ready to be back at work and hoping that Monday is going to start out differently, better. It just as too. I am drained from all the other junk. Need to smile, laugh and just have a normal day. No more fussing, no more arguing, no more crap. I tired................

Friday, November 20, 2009

I have had a crappy day. People have tested me to my limit. Yeah I have feelings too, yeah I get hurt just like you, yeah your remarks piss me off too. But being me, means that I have to be the perfect person - no feelings, being perfect, following the rules, waiting on someone til they are ready, not matter how long I have to sit and wait, my time is not important. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking for better days~!

It's Friday..............


so why am I not in a good mood? I am in such a funk today. I hate feeling like this. Lots and lots of things to be happy about, but noooooo I must feel like crap today. Ugh!!!! My patience, (what patience) are gone today. My nerves are on edge. It's one of those days in which I want to go home, jump in bed and hide.

I need hugs and lots of them. It is tough being a woman : (

Monday, November 16, 2009

When your husband cries..

My husband's biological mother died when he was three. He doesn't remember much about her at all. Yesterday during church, his stepmom and he had a long conversation about many things, but somehow got of on the subject of his biological mother. They didn't make it to preaching because they spent so much time talking after Sunday school. Anywho, She told him a story about his biological mother that really broke his heart.

His mother had breast CA and when it came time for her to leave this world, she put both of her hands on my husband's cheeks (remember he was three at the time) and told him how much she loved him and that she would be leaving soon to go and live with Jesus. My husband does not remember this at all. Off and on all day yesterday he cried because he could not remember that moment and wondered why. He wanted so desperately to remember. He ask so many times why he couldn't remember. He was breaking my heart - again he cried, we cried, my children cried. It was a very emotional day for him. You know it always breaks your heart when your children cry over disappointment and you can't change anything, but let me tell you it hurts just as bad when your husband cries.

I am not sure what the answer is, but in my way of thinking I told him this.......I believe that God is protecting you from this memory, because if you would remember, it just might be harder on you than not remembering.

There have been many times over the years that we have been married that he has told me he wishes so bad that he could remember his biological mother. Don't get me wrong, he has a great step mother who has loved and cared for him as her very own, and unless you knew that was his step mother you would never be able to tell otherwise.

It seems to me that as the hubby gets older and our children get older, he seems to be bothered more and more about not being able to remember or know his biological mother. I don't have the answer, but I can offer him love, support and my time of listening.

Praying today that God will give him comfort and peace.

Donna

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My day!

It is so pretty outside today. The sun is shining, the fall leaves (what is left) is sparkling in the sun. So what am I going to do today?

Clean a little, shop a little, play a little (outside of course), dream a little and have a fantastic day.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Well have much hesitation I had to purchase a new cell phone. My flip phone has seen its better days. It is slowing dying. So the hubby and I venture to the Verizon store and wait, and wait, and wait in line. Who knew it would be busy yesterday and why? On dumb me, forgot that schools were out and people were off from work for Veterans' Day.

Anywho, finally I decide to get the enV Touch. WOW - touch screen and Internet capability. I am moving up. So after all the paperwork, we finally get to leave.

I have had my new phone since yesterday afternoon and I HATE IT!!! I so miss my flip phone. Sometimes upgrade is not good for everyone. UGH!!!!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009


So I am not having the greatest day, but not too bad. I have allowed others to "push me over the edge" so to speak. Not good!! I am just a little flustered. Why do I let them do that?? Who knows.......that's just me. Besides everyone has their moments, right? So after some much needed counseling session with a friend, I am back on track. The rest of the day will be GOOD!, right?
TGIF!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Raising Cain

As some of you know I have started a Bible study. The book I am using is "Know the Bible in 30 Days." I purchased this book some time back from Guideposts. I am enjoying it very much, but it is going to take me longer than 30 days. First it's a lot of reading and I am ok with that, but I am famous for reading and re-reading, so I am taking a little longer. That's ok, it's what I retain that matters.

Anyways, the book offers "Did You Know?" sections along the way. The other night when I read a particular one I was surprised, I didn't know that. Now you guys or gals may know this little bit of tidbit, but I didn't and it has stuck with me. So please allow me to share and don't think I am dumb for not knowing this. Here goes...........

Did you know? Ever wonder where the expression "raising Cain" came from? When people are squeamish about using profanity, they are reluctant to say "raising hell." And because Cain, the first murderer on earth, presumably went to hell after he died, "raising Cain" has the same meaning as "raising hell."

Who knew? I sure didn't I actually have never wondered where that saying came from. Did you know that??

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rambling...

I'm tired!! (just thought I would throw that in) I could eat everything in the house right now. Good thing I don't have any chocolate anywhere. I really have been eating healthier, drinking lots of water (floating). I am doing very well or I was until tonight. I haven't done it yet......but most likely I am going to have something sweet tasty and bad for me. hehehe

Let me see, hummm................what has been going on in my life lately?? Oh yeah, the hubby and I celebrated our anniversary last week (10/28). We went out of town on Thursday, back on Friday -- the weather was not good and the hubby was getting sick. Sunday evening rolls around and he is much worse. He goes to the doc on Monday and turns out he has H1N1. Who knew?? Today he is much better and even went back to work. I have been walking around on egg shells.........Waiting, cloroxing, lysoling, washing everything, taking loads of Vit C, staying away from him and HOPING I don't get that crap. So far so good!!!

This past week a dear sweet gentleman from our church passed away. He was such a neat person with a great love for the Lord. His son called to see if my son, Travis, would be a pall bearer. The gentleman had told his wife that when he passed away he wanted Travis as a pall bearer. That really has touched Travis and it was an honor.

And as of this moment I am having a Blue Bunny no sugar added Krunch bar. Oh man it is so good. Did I mention it only has 100 calories. (ha, found the chocolate)

Well I am off to do my Bible study and get a good nights sleep. Praising God for a wonderful day, great family and friends.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today, I am still remembering Johanna, her parents and extended family. Her birth and passing to be with our Lord and Savior has put my mind in a stir. I do not question why God only gave her to her family for a short 63 minutes, for I know that God has a purpose for everything.

Johanna has made such an impact during her short visit on earth. I am overwhelmed with the lives that she has touched. Her family has great faith and that too has touched me so. I rejoice that she is with her Creator and is no longer sick and will have joy everyday.

So what is my mind stirring about? I wonder about my personal walk with God, my faith, my lack of Bible study, my understanding of God. I need to step it up. Where to start?? I have decided to read a book, which I have had for quite some time, "Knowing the Bible in 30 days." Now I personally know there is no way to know everything about the Bible in 30 days, but feel that this book will refresh me and prepare me for more in depth Bible study. I have also ran across some blogs to read - I need to read about other peoples walk with God. I need to know that they are feeling some of the same things that I do.

I am ready to step it up. Pray for me! and please continue to pray for Johanna's family.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bittersweet

Today I had the pleasure to met Johanna Raye. She is beautiful, as I knew she would be. She was born at 809 am today, but went to be with her Creator at 912 am. Johanna weighted 3 lbs, 13 ozs, 16 inches long and perfect on the outside, but did have some internal problems.

You will never know what a blessing this child has been to so many people, especially me. God chose very special parents for Johanna. They have known from the beginning that she had Trisomy 18. Their prayer was that Gods will be done with Johanna's life. They never once considered terminating the pregnancy, but chose to have this child, which was a very special gift from God. I believe we all have grown closer with the Lord through Johanna.

Nikki and Chad did get to spend time with their daughter and was with her as she left to be with God. I am thankful for their time with her. God did answer many prayers.

Although my heart is heavy and sure I am sad and have cried my share of tears today, but I also rejoice over the birth of this very precious little girl who has changed so many lives. God is good!

I pray God will give this family and all who loves Johanna so much comfort, peace and healing. It's been a bittersweet day.

Tomorrow, I get to keep Clayton, Johanna's brother, most of the day while his parents are at the hospital. I am so excited. We are going to have a wonderful day - playing, laughing and doing whatever.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An exciting week ahead

Yesterday at work was crazy. I met some really high maintenance people. Today I dug my way through tons of paperwork. But the best is yet to come.

Friday is the big day - My dear friend will get to met her precious daughter via c-section. Her name is Johanna. We all are so excited about this sweet blessing from God. You see Johanna has Trisomy 18. She will be a full term baby, which is amazing within its self. Although Johanna is not expected to live very long, I pray that God will allow her to stay for a little while so that her family has the opportunity to cuddle and love on her. And if I am lucky, perhaps I can have a peek at her. Along with her mother, I am hoping she will have beautiful red hair like her brother. God has already used Johanna in so many ways - the faith of her parents is incredible. The sharing of her story by her parents is a true witness for God. Johanna is indeed a very special gift from God.

And then..........on Saturday I get to keep Johanna's big brother - Clayton. I am so excited. He is adorable and so much fun. We are going to have a big day and I am going to spoil that child as much as I can. I hope that it will be pretty outside so we can go out and play. Maybe over to McDonald's for lunch. Who knows what all we can get into.

As you can tell, it's a big and busy week. Please keep Johanna and her family in your prayers.

Live, Love, Laugh
Donna

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Frecky!

Yesterday the hubby and I went to Hickory (his idea). So we shopped a little for him because he really needs some new shirts, which we did find at Kohls on sale (YAY!). Little note: we used the credit card (important info for later in the post). Afterwards we headed to Ruby Tuesdays - they have the best salad bar and white bean chicken soup, YUMMY!

Then over to Sam's to pick stuff for us and for the church. As we are checking out with our huge amount of supplies, the hubby decides to pay with the credit card, because he did not have enough cash. Swipe the card........DECLINE! Impossible hubby says, please try again. Swipe - DECLINE again! Impossible he says we just used it at Kohl's. The cashier kindly says "perhaps you are over your limit." There is no way the hubby remarks, please enter the numbers yourself instead of me swiping the card. Cashier says I can't do that, it's not allowed. Hmmmm......well somethings wrong because I KNOW this card is good. Cashier says I will call the manager. Again Swipe - DECLINE! Oh the hubby is not happy. So needless to say we have to put some things back and then pay with what cash hubby does have.

On the way home, hubby is calling GMAC.....automated machine, awful holding music, no real person, holding................................................................for 30 minutes, getting no where. Home by now - still holding, another 30 minutes. Finally he gives up, but let me tell you he is not a happy person and that is putting it mildly.

This morning, hubby calls GMAC again. I am constantly reminding him that whom ever answers the phone is not responsible for whatever has happen, please don't take it out on them. Anyway, it seems that MasterCard had a down time last night between 7 and 8:30 pm. No one could use their MasterCard during that time. WOW! Should of had a VISA. hehehe

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Better

Today is a much better day. I think that I am finally getting over the "crud". Not much of an appetite, but that's ok (I could always stand to lose a few pounds). The sun is out today and it is so nice outside. I would love to go out and just lay in the sun - it would be great.

Well back to work (yay I can work today).

Monday, October 12, 2009

And it goes on....

I am still sick and still sick of being sick. Must this go on much longer?? NO, I so want to be better. Tomorrow is a new day and I better be feeling better. I have had enough of this nasty virus.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm Sick............

......of being sick. Ugh!! Vomiting, diarrhea, headache, stomach ache, no energy, etc..... I am zapped. I guess it is my turn since everyone else in the family has had it. This is only my second day and I fear that it wont go away in three. It certainly didn't for my guys.

Oh well that's it.............back to the bed :(

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blah - I just want to go home!

Yea right! I'm not going home anytime soon. Work until 5 pm and then the hubby and I have to attend a "Customer Appreciation Dinner" tonight. Yes, I must go because my sweet little son's employer is hosting the dinner. Oh well, free drinks, free food - the bright side - I don't have to cook, YAY!

I will go and enjoy myself if it kills me. I shouldn't complain, they have one every year and I always do have a good time. It's just - I want to go to bed and read, maybe sleep. I am so dragging today.

Another thought: (i know that's scary) Do you suppose I am dragging because of the way that I eat?? Hmmm, I am starting to think so. Of course no exercise contributes to dragging. Seriously, I need to change my diet, my routine, my life.

Why is it that bad habits are so hard to break and good habits are so hard to maintain?

Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Church Lady

There is a lady at my church, who sits behind my family and myself every Sunday during worship (well every Sunday that she attends). I must tell you that she is a school teacher (this is vital information). Years ago she told my oldest son that he should not chew gum in church. He politely told her she was not his mother (hehehe).

Anyway, she did the children's time during worship a few Sunday's ago and GASP, guess what? She was chewing gum and I don't mean slowly and I mean she was chomping down on the gum. The oldest son smiles and well you must know what he was thinking!!!!

She also talks during worship to whom ever will talk with her. She does not whisper, she talks in a normal tone. It it so annoying. I found it hard to concentrate on the sermon. Her cell phone rings about once a month during service - one word- VIBRATE!! She then apologizes out loud - WHY??? we all know who's phone it is.

Every time church lady talks we all want to turn around and go sshhhhhhhh!!!!! But nobody ever does. We all hope one day she will learn to whisper. Probably not, but we can hope.

Last Sunday our friends came to church and they have 3 children. The oldest one is 6 and sat beside of me. He was coloring and being a good quite little boy. I was so proud, even if he is not my son.

So church lady starts talking and it is getting really annoying. The little 6 year old turns around and gives her the "look" and stares at her, like why are you talking while the preacher is speaking? You know that look, it's the one you give your kids when they talk during church.

Needless to say, I believe he got his point across because she was quite after that. That little boy did something that we all have wanted to do for so long. It was quit amusing, at least to me it was. Honestly, I enjoyed every minute of it.

Next Sunday, I am going to invite him to sit with me again :)

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday.......

Well, the day started out cool, but has turned into a beautiful day. A great day to spend at the Biltmore House, but noooooo - the hubby is sick. Yes he finally has caught the stomach virus going around. So needless to say I have been out and about trying to stay away from him, which cost me in the long run. Why you ask? Wal-Mart - I can never go in that store and just spend a little amount of money. $109.00 later (ouch!), I went to Sally's and $42.00 (ouch again) later, I decided I better go home and take my chances.

Upon arrival home, I fixed the hubs some soup, which did go over well. So gave him more drugs and sent him back to bed. Please pray for me, I mean him (hahaha).

Now I am desperate - I am watching MTV Cribs. It is amazing at how much money these rich people will spend on a house. Can you imagine having a house that is 40,000 square feet w/ 9 bedrooms and an elevator? And the master bedroom and bath cost $ 3 million. That's ridiculous!! The entire house cost over $ 40 million. They even have a pool with a waterfall and Jacuzzi tub, and water slide. It makes me mad and not because I am jealous. I am just thinking of the ways they could be spending that money to help better this world. Like, shelter for the homeless, feed the hungry, health insurance for a family, and the list goes on and on. Oh well, I wont hold my breathe on that one.

Ok, I am turning the channel.

Hope you have an awesome weekend.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sharing !

I have to share some "I did not do that" with you guys. I think I have seriously lost my mind today. It has been a long day, a funny day, and just a weird day.

I so did not have a lazy day at work and feel that I did not earn my wages. (however, there were others that fell in this category) hahaha
I so did not eat 1/2 bag of candy corn today.
I so did not spend 1 1/2 hours at the salon just to get my hair conditioned.
I so did not go buy groceries and then go get take out for dinner.
I so did not want to trip a 5 yr girl that was constantly running in front of me and stepping my toes while I was waiting for my take out.
I so did not want to smack that girls mother for not making her behave.
I so did not go over to my sons girlfriends and watch Grey's Anatomy, even though I much wanted to sleep. (how to you say no when the son ask you to?)
I so did not have to text my son and let him know that I made it home alright.

Oh what a day! In all, it was a good day.

"Chirp"

Oh my dear friend Nikki, have I ever told you how much I appreciate your sense of humor? Better yet, I have ever told you how much I appreciate you handling the Schwan's man? And....by the way, I don't think crickets chirp, hehehehhehe!!!!

Journal

Do you keep a personal journal?? A while back when I was going through a "rough patch" in life, I couldn't sleep. A friend of mine talked with me about using a journal and even gave me a nice book to journal in. I had also found a neat journal book that ask questions and then gave you space to journal other thoughts. I have along the way keep a journal but not daily as I should. I think it really helps to get your thoughts on paper before going to sleep. That way your mind is clear and believe it or not - you do sleep better. I wanted to share with you the questions in my journal. See if you like these:

The weather today is______________________.
In the news today:________________________.
News & Events with my family & friends:_______________.
I am excited about:___________________.
I am concerned about: ____________.
Physically & mentally I feel__________________.
What I learned today: ___________________.
People / things that brightened my day:_____________________.
What I did to brighten someone else's day: _________________.
Goals / ideas for a better tomorrow:____________________.
Notes: ______________________.

I enjoying using these questions as a guide in my journal. I hope you will too.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

People, people, people -

- if you want to ask me a question, please don't send a message to my inbox on facebook and ask me to call you the next day when I get to work. Just call me yourself the next morning. That would seem to make sense to me. What if I didn't check my facebook inbox for 2 wks or what if I forget to call you because I am busy - somehow this is going to be my fault if I don't call you back. Ugh!

- if you are going to share a story with me about someones tattoo, please don't talk so loud and for goodness sake make sure they are not sitting 3 tables away. YIKES! LOL

- as you are driving down the road, I know you must use your cell phone, because you have an important call or perhaps an important text; or you are lost and need to use your GPS; oh my that hair of yours - gees get it combed before another driver sees it; change the channel on your radio quickly - that song sucks; BUT MUST YOU USE YOUR COMPUTER TO WEB SEARCH???????

Seriously I did indeed witness this first hand. A guy was driving a nice sporty car, going slow in the right lane on interstate, speeds up, slow downs, speeds up, slows down - you get the point. As I past him, I look over and GASP he has a laptop in the passenger seat and is using it.

-please do the job you get paid to do. PLEASE! I so don't want to be like you, sorry but you abuse the system. And stop playing dumb - what? oh you're not. Oops! my bad.

OK, enough whining.........until next time!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Sunday so far.........

Up this morning and off to church without the hubby. He had to stay home and work in the chick houses because they are leaving us in the wee morning hours on Monday. It was weird going without him, but there are times when the chicks can't be left alone.

If you read my post yesterday, I was determined to have a crisis free weekend.............ha! listen to this. We had a birthday lunch for my MIL at my SIL / BIL's house. Everything was going great and then.............two of the SIL's were having a squabble, nothing dramatic but you knew something was up. So SIL "W" comes in the her daughter's room, where we are playing with the genia pig and wanted to talk to her daughter. It seems that SIL "L" 's son is complaining that "W "'s daughter was picking on him during sunday school. These two kids are the same age (only 5 weeks apart in age) which is 11. So they talked about the situation in front of me, which was fine until SIL "W" looks at me and says, "I am going to get "L" and I want us to clear the air, will you (meaning ME) stay in here while we talk?" GASP!! (Remember I am trying to have a crisis free weekend) GASP! again. I'm thinking what does this have to do with me? Duh, nothing! So I say "NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT." I must say "W" was shocked that I said no. I am thinking its time for us to go. I texted my 2 sons and said "time to leave, things are going to get bad." I go to the hubby and told him that I was ready to go, NOW! He knew something was up by my tone. So, no questions ask, we left.

When leaving I told hubby what was going on and I told him what I said. YAY! he says, I am proud of you for saying no (you see I'm a fixer, but not this time). Good that we are leaving before the battle began.

Another bullet dodged! So it has been a crisis free weekend. I am so happy about that.

Donna

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday

It is raining again, which is fine. I love the rain, but of course do not want flooding. The rain makes me so lazy and I can't be lazy today - way too much to do. T's girlfriend is moving today and the rain is making it a little difficult. I don't want to complain about the rain because I fear not having any, which is not fun if you have ever been there.

Yesterday at work was crazy. Lots of people with real problems and some with not so real problems but loved to whine about it. We were so far behind and that really gets to me - I hate being behind. Of course, being over booked doesn't help that situation. People were hurting, complaining of the wait, yada yada yada. Finally by 6 pm it was over. Thank goodness.

I am hoping for a wonderful weekend without crisis (hint hint). So far so good.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today is my son J's birthday. He is 28 - Wow, where has the time gone? It certainly has moved fast. I remember my mother saying "the older you get the faster time goes." Of course I was alot younger then and thought she was crazy. However, I now know that my mother is a pretty smart cookie.

So where is J in his life right night? He moved out of our house in July into an apartment. (not tearing up) Also, in July he became engaged. He is now starting the process of building a house. He has become a wonderful young man. I am so very proud of him (ok maybe a little tearing). I love this child with all of my heart and love watching him moving on in his life as an adult.

Off to another subject - I am wondering if any of you blogger buddies have heard or participated in an online bible study course called: Lords' Table. It is a "60-Day interactive course that will teach you to enjoy a newfound relationship with the Lord and how to find freedom from bad eating habits." I am seriously thinking of participating in this bible study. If you know anything about this study please give me some feedback.

Wait there is more.... I found this quote online last night from Erma Bombeck and wanted to share with you.............

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.”

Praise God!
Donna

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What the cupcake??


So lets see - you spend your morning talking, not doing productive work and get paid really good for that. Then as the morning becomes afternoon and we are almost finished, you politely send the rest of the staff home - WHAT? I still have a lot of crap going on and have to clean up and we know that you are not going to help me. So where does that leave me?? Oh, I know - its just Donna, she doesn't have anything else to do on her afternoon off. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Yeah I am upset!!!!!! SCREAM, SHOUT, YELL !!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I did it again..............



I let my guard down and WHAM!!!!!
it got me again.

The monkey never learns!


"Those who gossip to you will gossip of you"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lazy Me

This has got to be the laziest weekend I have had in forever................and it was great! We did nothing but hang out at home until today, which of course we went to church. It was a great day in the Lords' house. This evening after church conference meeting it was back home to be lazy again. And shortly after this post, I am going to put the PJ's on, read my book and hopefully get a really good nights sleep. I have been totally useless this weekend....something that was long over due.

Night all!
Donna

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Football!




Let it be known that I am not a football van. I just don't get the game, even when my kids played. I was always confused about the plays. But today, the Gators play the Vols. My kids and most of my family are huge VOLS fans. However my boss is a Gator fan. The boss is at the game putting highlights on facebook. T is at a friends house in Raleigh watching the game and the friend is a gator fan :( J is at home watching. So I am going to watch the game and pretend that I understand it (hehehe). I will be texting the boss and hopefully rubbing in the score and checking out his facebook updates.

So lets get started. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rainy day

I love rainy days!! and today it is raining. I love to lay in the bed with the window up and listen to the rain. It is so relaxing. I am off from work today and this morning (and last night when I wasn't sleeping, again) I layed still in my bed and listened to the rain............ahhhhhh.

So what is this day going to be? A very lazy day - catching up on reading, maybe a little laundry, and hopefully some time with the hubby. Otherwise, nothing but relaxing and enjoying the day with no schedule. Now that is a great day!!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Closure

This is going to be a long post, so if you don't read it that's ok. It is mostly for me to get everything out and have closure.

Several years back, my best friend of many years embezzled money from our church and quite a large sum of money. She was the treasurer and I was the financial secretary. My position was to keep track of the tithing and sign checks only if necessary. She being the treasurer had complete control of the money. She did indeed supply reports to the Finance Committee and to the Admin Council, however NO ONE ever looked over her back and always accepted the reports she gave. Basically we trusted her and why should we not, she was the branch manager of a bank. GASP! Supposedly there were audits being done, but by someone she worked we at the bank - that was so not true. She used her bank position to move money from one church account to another and cash checks. yada, yada, yada and the story goes on and on and on.

The calls start coming in to the church about bills not being paid. Church people were complaining about not being able to cash reimbursement checks. This went on for several months. Obviously something is wrong, right? I discussed my concerns with our pastor many times, in which sometimes he ask her and sometimes he made up excuses, as did she. She was very smart at what she was doing and always and I do mean always had a great excuse for what ever question was presented to her.

Finally, after seeing that I am getting no where with answers that I needed. I decided to go to the bank and see for myself. I will never forget the day I did that, my husband said to me "do you really want to do this? what if you don't like what you find out?" I will never forget those questions. I really did not expect to find anything bad because she was going thru a really bad time and I thought she just was not making the deposits in a timely manner.

Man was I in for a HUGE shock! The church had a general account and several other "special fund" accounts. The general account was in the negative!! One special account had been closed and 2 other "special fund" accounts, which should of had large sums of money in them was empty. Something is not right, where has she put the money?

Moving on, basically she took the money, paid herself a salary monthly for a volunteer position(signing my name to the checks), wrote checks to her family members (again signing my name to the checks), sent her kids to college (again signing my name to the checks) and I have no idea what she did with the rest.

After many many months of putting the pieces together, bank visits, DA visits, lawyer visits, I just totally fell apart. I would go days without sleep, yes really daysssss with no sleep. Then came the headaches -really bad headaches and of course depression and anxiety. I no longer had the desire to exercise, thus comes the weight gain. I HAVE never been like this - I am always a strong person and a fixer. I was so tired of fighting the battle. It was all that I could do to get through work and life each day. The headaches got so bad that I had to go to a neurologist, CTs (in case I had a brain tumor). Finally on to the Psychiatrist. Between the two of them we finally found the right mix of meds to aid with the headaches. The headaches are better, but I still continue to see the psychiatrist.

I placed a lot of the blame on myself - why did I not see this before?? Now of course I can look back and see some signs that I totally missed.

For several years it was days of calls and meetings with the bank, lawyers, DA, pastor - over and over and over. Through all of this time I never saw her except the day we met at the lawyer's office and only at a distance. It upset me so bad to see her that I had to be put in another room while part of the mediation was going on.

Finally things were settled without having to go to court. Since that day I have not seen her, which is great because I had so much hatred, dislike, and questions for her. Yes, I prayed lots. God and I had many conversations over the years, but I could not get the closure I needed. I also thought that as a church we should have ministered to her and her family, but we didn't. What kind of people are we if we don't reach out to her? Yet I could not do it myself. I expressed the concern to many people, but no one wanted to go there. Why??? aren't we as Christians suppose to forgive, reach out to the lost sheep? So many mixed emotions.

I did have a great support system with my family - who was there for me every step along the way, but couldn't not always answer my questions, but gave me love. I also confided to my new BFF. She has been so helpful, considerate and a great listener. She was the outsider of the situation that I needed.

Finally I have felt in the last month that I am actually starting to make progress in letting go. I am actually feeling better - not at the TOP yet, but getting up and moving, smiling, laughing, enjoying life.

And then............last week I saw her - face to face we ran into each other at a pharmacy. She looked like she had seen a ghost and I was startled. She said hello in a low voice and I said Hi and went on my way. As I get into my car, suddenly it hits me - I had no bad thoughts toward her, this was not as bad as I thought it would be. I said nothing ugly, I did not have the urge to punch her out, trip her, or smack her. The only thing I felt was sorrow for her. WOW, I admit I was surprise with myself.

But then it happen, I finally have CLOSURE!

Praise God for always being there for me, for answering prayers in his time and not mine. For loving me no matter what, forgiving me of my sins, for his love for everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done in their lives. I pray that "she" has reached out to God for this guidance and forgiveness, and that she can pick up the pieces, move on and have closure.

Thank you my loving family and friends who have been there for me. May God bless you!

AAHHHHH! Life is good!

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11


Where were you on that September day? I remember exactly where I was and how I felt.

My prayers are with the families and friends of all the people that passed and survived that September day!

I am thankful and praise all who were involved in the rescues. I am also thankful to ALL our armed forces who put their lives on the line for our nation.

I am proud to be an American. God Bless the USA!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Boys will be boys

My two boys went on a baseball trip. They left last Thursday, drove to Baltimore - saw a game on Saturday. Then on to New York - Sunday the Mets game, Monday the Yankees game. Then Tuesday on to Boston for the game.

Last night around 10 pm I get a text picture from J - it shows a police officer putting handcuffs on T and the text read "need money to get T out of jail." So I am pondering calmly for a moment and finally decided this must be a joke because I don't see T taking this so lightly (he is very high strung) As the texting goes along I do learn that a very nice police officer helped them play a joke on their parents. Oh yeah - HA HA HA!

Today, the boys are flying home from Boston. I am sent a text around 3:30 pm from T - "just got to the airport and heard that a plane was hijacked." Well during the time he texted this to me I was getting a massage and a facial (much needed), so I don't get the text until 4:30 pm. Hummmmm, do I fall for this or not? So I text back telling him to not be so mean to his mother. Reply from T - I am serious a plane was hijacked and one has crashed in Arizona. Hummm, is this for real?? At this point I don't know whether to believe him or not. He is just joking again?

When I get home I look on the trusty Internet and...................YES a plane was hijacked in Mexico. No worry they are no where around Mexico. and YES a small plane did crash in Arizona. Again no worry.

Boys! They so love to harass their mother, especially when it comes to planes, because I don't like to fly.

UGH!!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Surprise!!

Well much to my surprise, we had a finance meeting at church and all went well. People finally listened and get it, which is - can't spend it if you don't have it. This was probably the best meeting we have had in a long time. Everyone seemed to be on the same page for once.

It is so nice to know that no matter what we face in this world, God is in control. I am so thankful for his many blessings and unconditional love. Praise God!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Is it really....

.....Friday already?? This week has been like a breeze blowing by, fast! Today I leave to go to the beach with part of my family and extended family. Yes, I know there is a tropical storm at the coast, but hey this family is always ready for some excitement. I really should be excited, but honestly I don't want to go. I feel so blah today and not in the mood to drive for 5 hours to enjoy the rain.

My Mom is going with us and although I really want her to go, I am concerned about how well she is going to do. Her sister died this week and mom is having a hard time. Lots of crying, lots of anger, lots of mood swings and as we all know sometimes we channel that anger toward the ones we love. I will be the receiver of these mood swings and I am not sure I can handle that this weekend. But I will do what I have to do.

AAAGGHHH! Life is so hard sometimes. Is there ever a day where there is no drama? I can't seem to find one lately.

Perhaps this will be a great fun filled weekend. Usually the things you dread the most, often turn off to be ok. (I'm hoping)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A little sad today :(

Today, my aunt (my Mom's sister) who has been suffering from leukemia, went home to be with the Lord. Although it's hard to let go, I know that she is in good hands. She has been in the hospital since last Tuesday. It has been a long tiring sad week for the family. As I visited with her on Saturday and watched her struggle to breathe, I prayed that God would take her and that she would no longer suffer. I hope you don't think that this wrong, but I know that God has a better home for her without suffering and being sick.

Last night my Mom and I visited with my aunt for many hours and she was much worse. My heart just broke. Once again I prayed that God would no longer let her suffer, but take her to be in his loving care. I also prayed that God would give the family peace and understanding through this difficult time.

This morning God did take my aunt, although I am sad, I rejoice in knowing that she is with our loving God. I rejoice that she will no longer suffer.

Thank you God for always being there!

Donna

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I've been bad

I had lab work drawn the other week when I went for my physical at the GYN's. Cholesterol is up, Blood sugar is up, weight is up (no shocker there). Anyway off to the my PCP - hmmm, he says you have gained some weight. Ah, yes I have. Your cholesterol is up. Ah, yes I know. Just give me the "talk" and prescriptions and let me out of here. I have already beat my own self up about this.

You need to go on a diet and exercise everyday. Cut down on calories and carbs. Yes sir, I know and I will. I am going to give you Lipitor for your cholesterol and increase your Synthroid meds. I want to see you back in one month.

Needless to say, I have a lot to do in one month. I've been so bad and have allowed stress to run by life. So I am stepping up and getting with it. Pushing myself to exercise more and eat less. Sounds so easy, but as most of us know, it's difficult.

Here's to better health!
Donna

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yay it's Wednesday


It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining, not too hot. I am going to have a good day today and I mean it. No drama today, you can bring it on, but I am looking over you. Life is way too short to be having bad days.

Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Full Day

This day has been so FULL. Work was busy, busy, busy. Another 7 pm night :( Church drama - shocker! Calls, Calls, Calls - please stop calling me! My aunt is sick and is in ICU - things are not going well, please keep her in your prayers.

Tonight I sit here and go over the day in my mind. There are some things I just have to laugh about because I certainly can't change it. Obviously there are things I need to pray about.

I am so tired...............please Lord make my mind rest!

OMG

OM gosh - my pastor and a fellow church goer are making sneaky remarks on facebook. It pertains to a meeting we had yesterday, unless you were at the meeting you wouldn't know what they were talking about. But for those of us who were there, it's a stab.

I can't believe it!!

Blah!

I am feeling a little blah today. Why you ask? Yesterday at church the finance committee had to announce one of the cut backs we have made in the budget. Which was that of the secretary's position - she works 20 hrs per week and her hours were cut to 10 hrs per week. This is only one of many cuts we have made. Anyway, it is not a good feeling to have to do this because you know this will effect her and her family. It was not personal, it was business.

The amazing part is how much blame has been placed on the Finance Committee because of this. Hello - you, the church elected the Finance Committee and unfortunately this is our job. To oversee the budget and make changes that are best for the financial outcome of the church. I am truly hurt at some the comments that were made. Even my pastor put a comment on Facebook yesterday that makes me wonder if he was talking to the finance committee. He said "I know that God is in control even if evil seems to be winning." He was not for this particular change.

Church drama - I am sick and tired of it. Should it really be this way at church???

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wedding Crap

As you my know, my oldest son J is engaged. It is 27 (soon to be 28). He recently moved out our house into an apartment. Anyway, back to the wedding crap. He and G/F decided to get married at the beach in September 2010. Sounds great.....so far. My other son, T, is the best man and G/F's brother is the only groomsmen. A small wedding, which is what they wanted and is great. They have been engaged for about 5 or 6 wks. Ever notice how people turn into PIA's about weddings.

So here goes the story thus far: Wedding at the Beach - hubby and I have a farm and can not always go as we would like. There is no way to know at this time if we will even be able to go to the wedding, which really sucks. We have a poultry farm and when the chicks are at a certain age it requires us to stay close to home. The wedding will take place 5 hours aways from us.
The hubby said we will work it out. I know that there's a 50/50 chance it want. Not great odds.

Best Man - I am totally disappointed that hubby was not ask to be the best man. This man has worked 2 jobs all of our married life to make sure everyone in the family is provided for. J played ball, which is an expensive sport. J went on to play ball in college (a private college). Even though he did get scholarships, we paid the rest so he would have no debt when he got out of school. We worked hard (mostly the hubby with 2 jobs) to make this happen. And yes we did without some things so this could happen. Now don't you think hubby deserves to be the best man?

Best Man Part 2 - T (other son) was ask to be the best man, which is great. If they don't want hubby to do it and I am pleased that T was ask. All through my grumbling about it being at the beach and the possibly that we want be able to go, T has reminded me that it's their wedding and they should do what they want. (Slap me on the wrist, put me in my place, OUCH!)

Small wedding - getting bigger and more complicated. Thus starts coming the problems.

Wedding dress - G/F and her mom having been looking for a wedding dress. And no I was not invited to participate in this adventure :) I was sure I would be because I thought G/F and I were pretty close. Ah, maybe not. G/F texts me and lets me know that she found a dress and she loves it. So when I see her in person, I said tell me about the dress and when do I get to see it. Surprise.....she is not telling me about the dress, nor can I see it. I will have to wait until wedding day. WHAT??? are you kidding me? OMG it's a dress and she is not the Queen. (Sorry, a little forestation there.) Whatever!

Back to T, the best man - Ha he was told last night how the wedding party will be standing.
It will be J-the groom, BIL - brother of the bride and then T - brother of the groom. Needless to say this did not go over well with T. He told them that J was his brother, he was the best man and he would be standing beside his brother. The response is: well you will have to talk to the wedding director. HA HA HA! T says I don't need to talk to anyone. That's my brother and I am standing beside him. Now, remember T is the one who told me "it's their wedding they should be able to do what they want."

Wedding place - at the end of the month we are suppose to go to the beach and see the wedding place and what they have to offer. I was invited. Not sure why because I certainly have not been included in anything else. I get my information from T.

At this point, I don't believe I am going. What's the point?? It's their wedding they can do whatever they want. And perhaps I will be able to go the the wedding and see it all myself. Not sure how I have become the outsider suddenly, the G/F has nearly lived at out house for the last 3 yrs. I honestly have not be in their business, their adults and can make their own decisions. I have a difficult MIL and have been determined to not be that person. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna
Yesterday the doc was late and the work day finally ended for me at 7 pm, OUCH!! It was a busy, crazy and high maintenance afternoon / evening at the office. Finally its Saturday and I so look forward to the weekend. A little cleaning this am, haircut and then who knows. Hopefully a low key evening. It looks like its gonna be a beautiful day and I plan to take advantage of it.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Donna

Friday, August 14, 2009

UGH!!!! UGH!!!

Yay, it's Friday - Woot!! So why the ugh??? The doc's late (surprise) and we want get started until 3 pm (if we are lucky), which puts me at home around 6ish pm............ON A FRIDAY!!!!!!!! On the flip side............. I do have a job and a very good job, great boss, great pay, great benefits. So whats the whining all about? I guess I am just being selfish today.

Don't even try to make me feel bad, I already did it to myself.

Donna

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday

I can't believe it's Thursday already. Where has the week gone? I remember when I was little my mom use to tell me that as you get older time goes faster. I always thought that was so silly. But, I am learning that it is so true. Of course, I also thought when my mom turned 30 that she was old. Ha! so not true - you are really just starting to live.

I am looking forward to a great day. We must make the best out of every opportunity we have, even if things don't always go our way. Right??

Hope you have a blessed day!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oh joy :(

My oldest son, J, just called to let me know that he is applying for a new job tomorrow. Has talked with the company today and they are interested in him. UGHHHH!! It's driving a gas tanker. This makes me sad because it's a dangerous job. His Dad has been put charge of talking him out of it. As the mother, if I say anything then I am being a "MOM."

Do MOMS ever stop worrying about their children?? NO!! it's our job, right?

I'm so proud...

I am a HUGE Diet Coke fan!! And I do mean HUGE. I drink lots every day. Pondering on my headaches that continue, but not as bad as they were at one time and the fact that I can't seem to lose any weight - no will power, no exercise, I have decided to stop drinking Diet Coke. I have read that aspartame can cause headaches and of course even though it's "diet" can really help pack on the weight. This is a tough decision for me. BUT...(drumroll) yesterday I drank NO diet cokes. None, Zero, Notta!! YEY, I'm so proud of me. That is a huge accomplishment for me. I must admit my stomach doesn't seem as bloated today as it normally is. Can it be that Diet Coke was causing my bloatiness and aspartame causing some headaches? Of course I must go thru a period of caffeine withdrawal headaches :( I am thinking it will be worth it in the long run. So we will see if I can does. What am I drinking? Water, Water, Water and unsweetened tea.

Starting Day 2 Diet Coke free. Wish me luck!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Birthday!

Today is my birthday and it is a wonderful day. I am spending the afternoon and evening with my hubby, my boys and their girlfriends..............we are camping at Lake Norman! What a beautiful day to be outside. It's gonna be a fun time.

Hope your weekend is going well :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

I'm still around....

Last week we went to the beach with SIL, BIL and niece.....and no other inlaws, YAY! We had a great time, so relaxing. We did absolutely nothing but play in the sun and eat :)

This week at work the doc is gone, so it is paperwork catch up. I updated all of my OSHA paperwork - doesn't that sound exciting? I did have a little excitement yesterday at work. I am such an idiot sometimes. Anyway, I was flushing the eyewash station, which means the water needs to run thru the station for about 15 mins - not paying any attention and doing other things. Suddenly my co worker comes down the hall and says "OH NO, THERE'S WATER EVERYWHERE." Sure enough it was all over the counter, in the drawers and in the floor. You may have guess it - the stopper was in the sink so once the sink was full, the water went everywhere. Oh well, doing to do about it but clean it up and throw the stopper away :(

I am off today and going to get a facial and massage. So excited - I will not be worth a hoot after that.

I am looking forward to a great weekend. Plan to enjoy life outside and admire the beauty that God has given us.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend also!!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beach bound.......

Yay!! tomorrow I am leaving for the beach!! Wahoo! Can you tell that I am excited? Bags are packed and awaiting departure. The sad part is, my boys are not going. It really feels weird going to the beach without them :( I am sure they will somehow manage without us and most likely are glad that we will be out of their hair for a few days. The Ipod is loaded with lots of music, thanks to T. He is so good to his mother :) I have a new book to start reading when not listening to the Ipod, beach chair, sunscreen. I am READY!

Hoping for good weather and a safe trip!!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Monday

This morning I took my mother to see her sister, who is in the hospital. My aunt has leukemia and has had a rough go of it. Amazingly, she is doing better. She does continue to run a fever, which apparently goes along with the leukemia. If all goes well she gets to go home tomorrow. Praise God! Thank you guys so much for your prayers.

After the visit, Mom and I had lunch (bad lunch) at McDonald's of all places. Why? I don't know, that's where Mom wanted to go. Then on to shop. So guess what, I did it!!! I purchased an Ipod touch. Yay! I am so excited.

My son, T, who has told me multiple times that I should not purchase an Ipod Touch because it cost too much and I needed to save my money. What??? Shouldn't I be telling him that?? Anyway, when I get home, guess who opens my Ipod Touch and is checking it out? Hmmm! Yes, your right, it was T. He thinks he is going to borrow it, I think not anytime soon. I'm taking to the beach with me on Thursday. Yes, we are leaving Thursday instead of Friday (a surprise from the Hubby - gotta love him).

Well that's my day - it was great!!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Please Pray........

Got a call this morning that my aunt, who has leukemia, is back in the hospital and things are not looking good. My mom and dad have gone to see her and I am waiting to hear from them. Please remember my aunt in your prayers. Also please pray for my mother, who already struggles with depression, takes these situations very hard.

Thanks!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Beautiful Day

I am having a wonderful day. It's beautiful outside, plus it does help that I got off from work around 2 pm today, instead of the usual 5 or 6 pm. And....I am off from work next week, wahoo! Tonight going out with the family to eat, another wahoo!

I thinking tomorrow I am heading to the pool to soak up some Vit D. Doesn't that sound great?

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Update on the week off

Wahoo, I am off from work next week!! What will I do with myself............oh I have plans!

Monday - taking Mom to visit her sister who is sick, then Best Buy to get the Ipod touch.
Tuesday - almost forgot - skiing and tubing at the Lake.
Weds - not sure - It's a FREE day. Maybe to the pool, maybe cleaning.
Thurs - off to Ikea with the girls- shopping, shopping, shopping.
Friday - BEACH!!!!! The hubby, myself, SIL and BIL. It's a short trip - coming back on Sunday. However, some beach fun is better than none.

I'm so ready!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ipod Touch

All right my blogging buddies, I am thinking of purchasing an Ipod Touch. I have
been throwing this idea around for quite sometime. I need your thoughts.
If you have one, please let me know what you think of yours. It's a big
investment, so I don't want to be wasting money on something that is not worth it.

I am having a wonderful day, hope you are too.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sleepy

I am so sleepy! If only I had the chance to take a nap today, I would actually do it. I never take naps during the day - if I do I will not sleep at night. But today - I so would! Had my caffeine, it's not helping....ugh! The funny thing is tonight when I get ready for bed, I probably wont sleep. Does that ever happen to you?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Today was super busy at work, but Monday's always are. After work, met the fam for dinner. To the grocery store and then home. Curious - how many times do you go to the grocery store in one week? I feel like I am there every other day. It's been a long day.

Finally, I get my turn on the computer. Checking out facebook, showing the hubby facebook pictures from this birthday party. His birthday is today, but we gave him a surprise party on Saturday. When we are done, I move over to my blog and start reading. Now I don't know about you, but I don't like it when someone is looking over my shoulder. He was invading my space, HeHeHe. He reads a little and then ask questions. On to the next blog, again comes the questions. On to the next blog, again comes the questions. Are you getting the point? Good for you, he didn't. Finally he leaves me alone without me asking him to. I was so thankful. This is my time to spend with my blogging buddies - in silence.

Hope you have had a wonderful day!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Friday, July 17, 2009

I need Hugs!!!!!!!!


Oh, I want to go home!! Can't put my frustrations on facebook anymore--too many eyes. So blogger buddies I'm telling you. I just don't understand why people tell lies, especially when they know, that I know, they are telling a lie. Why if you have a management position, do you not know the answers to the questions you are asking me??? This day has been tooooo long and we have not even begun with afternoon patients. Hope this is not a sign for the weekend!!

Ughhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blog surfing

I love to blog surf. I am amazed at all of the ideas people have for blogs. There are some awesome designs out there. I especially love to see all of the different blog headers. You people are crafty and creative. When I started my blog, I couldn't think of a name, so I chose Simply Donna, which is ok. As I surf and see other names, I'm thinking why did I not think of that? Because I'm not creative. Some blogs make me laugh, some make me cry and some make me say "Oh yes, I can relate to that." I am always changing my blog background because I can't settle on just one. I can't even get a 3 column template on my blog or the Mr. Linky thing. I am hopeless.

I still like blogging, even though the guys in my house laugh at me. It's fun! And I will continue to blog and change my blog background and learn something "bloggy" new everyday.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Aloha Friday

OK, so I really want to participate in "Aloha Friday," but I can't get the Mr. Linky thingy on my blog. Ugh! I will keep trying. Wish me luck. I really to want to play.

Empty nest for the weekend

I really am glad it's Friday. This has been a strange week at work. We have been busy, which is fine with me--but we have had some "odd" characters in the office this week. Many odd questions and many odd happenings.

Plans for the weekend - "NONE" YAY!

J and girlfriend have gone to Wilmington to visit her dad and brother. T and friends left today to go camping. So our nest will be empty for the weekend. What will we do??? And yes J did move out - however he is close by and around a lot.

Saturday the hubby will be out and about all day, so I plan to clean, read, watch TV, rent a movie or two. Oh, did I mention rest :) Mostly I plan to do much of nothing. Doesn't that sound awesome??!!

Perhaps I will blog surf, which as you know can turn into hours. I will have no one looking over me saying "again, your blogging again?" HeHe, it's my day, I'll do what I want, right?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pretty cool....

My son, J, text me today with this little tidbit--

At 12:34.56 pm today and the date 7-8-09 the numbers were: 123456789

Pretty cool, huh?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Internet Explorer 8

Recently I upgraded to Internet Explorer 8 on my computer at work and have it on my new computer at home. I don't like it! I am always getting these pop ups (some that I don't understand) and it knocks me off of my page. Is there anyone else out that having these problems? What am I to do?

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's Raining

It's a busy day at work , which is good, but..........it's raining and I love rainy days. So I just want to go home, lay in bed and read a really good book. Doesn't that sound like fun?

I'm so ready. Maybe I can after 6 pm today!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Great w/end

I have had a great w/end with family and friends. We hung out by the pool on Friday and Saturday. Had a great 4th cookout......lots of eating, sun and swimming. Awesome! We celebrated the 4th and of course the engagement of J and G/Friend. The morning spent at church and then relaxing, resting and preparing for the work week.

Praise God for this great country of ours. We are a very fortunate nation. Praying God will see us thru the mess we have made of what he has given us and most of all that his will be done in our lives.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's official

Last night, Son 1 (J) got engaged to his girlfriend of 3 years. My hubby, Son 2 (T) and myself knew ahead of time that last night was the night. J planned dinner and prepared dinner while his girlfriend went to work out. I must tell you that the g/friend doesn't get home from working out until around 7:25 pm. So I'm thinking dinner is at 7:30ish. Now let me set the scene for you..................

At 7:50pm T texts me and wants to know if I have heard from J yet. I say No!
At 8:10pm T texts me again, have you heard anything yet. I again say No!
T - well what is taking so long? Me - they were having dinner.
At 8:20pm T texts me again, anything yet? I again say No! T - what is taking so long? I say - maybe she said no (HeHe) T-responses with LOL, yeah right.
Ok Mr. Impatient (T) can't wait any longer and says - I think I will text J and ask how were the crab legs you had for dinner. By this time I am laughing and reply Ok go ahead.

Withing 5 mins I get my text from J - it's official they are engaged. Wahoo!!!!

Who knew that J had a romantic bone in his body. Apparently they had a nice dinner. G/Friend goes to the fridge to get something out and J tells her not to open the fridge he has a surprise in there for her. She wants to know if it is cake, LOL. After a short time, G/F says when do I get my surprise and J says whenever you want it. So G/F goes to the fridge, opens it and finds a note, she reads the note and says what does this mean??? She turns around to find J kneeling on one knee with the ring. Ahhhh, isn't that sweet. Needless to say there was lots of crying and yes my son did cry, or so I am told.

G/F was so emotional she couldn't remember if she said yes and had to ask J. (I love it!!)

I did finally get to talk with them both and they seemed so excited. We are very happy for both of them. Oh and by the way T couldn't wait, he had to go see them and give his Congrats! I love that our boys are so close.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Simple Question, Simple Answer

Why, why, why? when you ask someone a simple question can you not get a simple answer? Must they use long sentences and circle around the question ? Then after using unnecessary mumbo jumbo you still don't have an answer. Ughhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our church is once again going thru controversy. I am the Treasurer and this position requires me to attend several different meetings within the church and I starting to wonder why I even try. I would like nothing more than to be able to go to church and worship my Lord and Savior, without having constant chaos.

The thought has occurred to me many times about changing churches, but my husband has many family ties to this church and I hate to leave it.

I am just exhausted and frustrated. Please keep our church and myself in your prayers.

Thanks!
Donna

Monday, June 29, 2009


Ever notice how hard it is to be nice to some people???
or is it just me?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pool time

I have had a great weekend. I have been at the pool Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oh my so relaxing!!!!!!!!!! I do think I had too much sun on Saturday because I did have a big headache Saturday night and again earlier this am. But by 10 am it was gone, thank goodness.

I have enjoyed spending the weekend with the family. Ah!!!!

Oh BIG news - Son 1 moved out this weekend into his own apartment. He is 27 - so it is time. The hubby is not sure about this move, he is sad. Son 2 is mad because Son 1 didn't hang out with him any this weekend and let him know about it. HeHeHe Me? I'm ok that he moved out. Don't get me wrong, it is kinda sad, but I am excited for him - it's a new beginning for him and I remember that feeling. Besides it's not like he moved to another state. He moved one road over from us.

Life is good :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

WOW!

I did it!!!!!!! - I made a header for my blog. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but I am very excited. Next step - to had a signature.

YAY!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Work in progress

Once again I am changing my blog background. I am pretty happy with this one, but I downloaded a 3 column background and only have two columns, ugh!!!!!!!!! I really like the header but don't like where the title is..........................so it's work in progress. I hope to figure it out tomorrow, cause I have had enough tonight.

If you have any "pointers" for me, I am listening.

Diet drinks

I am a HUGE Diet Coke addict. I sometimes will drink Diet Pepsi, Diet Mtn Dew, Diet Dr. Pepper or Diet Cheerwine. Anyway, I met this lady today who lost 82 lbs in 12 months, WOW!!! So being the nosy person that I am, I ask - how did you do that?? And.....she said I stopped drinking soft drinks and eating sweets. Ohhhh, hummmm, I am wondering since I drink diet drinks - if I stopped drinking those, (thinking, thinking) would I be able to lose weight? Oh man not drinking Diet Coke.............do I really want to give that up? On the other hand it would be nice to lose 10 or 15 lbs. It would seem to be an easy way to get rid of some weight. Not sure how much it would matter by not drinking diet drinks, but I am thinking it just might be worth a try.

I don't have to worry about the sweets - I can take them or leave them. I only have a desire for sweets occasionally. But Diet Coke! - man I can drink some Diet Coke!!!

What ya think!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



.........would you like an Iced Mocha? Ugh!!!

NO! NO! NO! must they always ask me this?

Monday

There are just some Mondays that kick my butt. Yesterday was one of them.....it was crazy. I finally got to leave work at 7 pm. Can we say "OMG?" Good part is that I didn't have to cook dinner, thanks goodness. Met the family at Sagebrush for wings and then finally home by 8:30 pm. What a day!!!! I did nothing when I got home, you know like wash clothes, pick up and put up ---- oh I will pay for that on Tuesday.

Well looking back, I'm just thankful that I have a job!!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bittersweet

The doc I work for is out of town today and tomorrow. So that means I got to leave work today at 3:30 pm, instead of my usual time, which can be anywhere from 5 pm to 7 pm. And (drum roll) the office is closed tomorrow, YAY - I'm off. I am very fortunate to have such great benefits, a wonderful boss, a job I love, but most of all I am fortunate to have a JOB!

After work I went to Wal Mart to pick up Father's Day gifts and cards (I know a little behind). Anyway while sitting at a stop light, there is a man standing on the side of the road in battered clothes, looks dirty, with a sign that reads - "Hungry, Need Food, God Bless." I have really mixed feelings about these people - First, are they really without?, Second, some of them scare me (sorry but true), Third - what does God want me to do? Then I think to myself, WOW I'm off this afternoon and I'm still getting paid. So by this time I'm feeling sad.....and the light turns green.

OK shopping done, leaving Wal Mart - I pass 4 cars at the end of the parking lot with "FOR SALE" signs in them. Soooo feeling sad again. Are people selling their cars because they don't have a job and can't afford them anymore? Is Wal Mart becoming a used car lot???

On my way home I can't begin to tell you how many homes I saw with "FOR SALE" signs and I really don't live that far from Wal Mart. Really feeling sad now. I would assume that most of these homes are for sell because, once again, so many people are losing their jobs.

After seeing all of this, I really am so thankful that I have a job, a home, a car, and so much more. It makes me sad and mad to see people losing everything. Our nation has become a place of greed :( and I feel that greed (along with excluding God in our lives) is what got us where we are today. If only we could back up a little and see what we were doing to ourselves. Now we must learn from our mistakes (the hard way) and do our best to push forward.

Oh, I could on and on about this, but enough said. I pray for God's guidance for the future. I pray for God's forgiveness of the mess we have made of our country. I SHOUT to the people and say put God back into our COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

I love this..................


Thursday, June 11, 2009

OK tell me please......

.....if you mow your grass out in the road, does that mean you wont mind if I drive thru your yard??

.....if you approach a red octagon shaped sign with the letters S-T-O-P, would you not think you are suppose to STOP? - I mean come to a complete STOP before entering the road. (or is that a YIELD sign?)

.....if your child is running around screaming in the store, why do you YELL at the child to be quiet?

.....why must the lady at McDonald's always ask me if I want to try an Ice Mocha? If I want an ice mocha, I will order one.

.....why must the lady at McDonald's always ask me if I want my pennies? Well of course I want my pennies. (What is she going to do with them? One day I am going to ask her.)

.....why, if you tell me you are going to do something, do you not do it? or at least let me know that you are not going to do it?

.....why, if you pull out in front of me, can you not press the gas pedal and go on?

.....why can I not make exercise a daily habit?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Long day!

I had a great day at work, but it was looonngggg. Man, I didn't think 5 pm would ever roll around. This evening I worked on church reports for the Finance Mtg tomorrow night. ughhh! I didn't get home until 9:30pm. I haven't even seen my husband or son #1 today. They were gone when I got up and in the bed when I got home :( Did get to see son #2, thank goodness someone was up to greet me home.

I have been thinking about starting a blog that is private, so I can let loose and put down how I really feel about some things. This way you want be able to read them and think that I am a awful person. Hopefully, I am not the only person out there that has abnormal (easier way to say bad) thoughts. Sometimes I like to express myself - put down how I really feel about things............don't you think that would classify as some type of therapy? I know it would be cheaper, HaHaHa! It could be my daily journal, pouring out my life, good or bad. I think it just might make me feel better...........imagine no headaches, more sleep, ahhhhhh! and you would only see the good post and think that I am still an angel 0:)

I think I might be doing some therapy right now. The only thing it cost me was time. YAY!

Ok, enough blabbing. Off to bed. Sweet dreams all.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday, Monday

It's gonna be a busy busy day - that's what I call job security. Wahoo...........

I am loving the beach background. Found that surfing last night. I have to work on the header, but didn't have time last night to do it. I will get it though.

I had a great weekend. Went to Charlotte Friday night - had lots of fun. Saturday was birthday party day. Sunday visited a new church (Journey), which was awesome.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Catch Up....

As you can tell I haven't posted for a few days, so I will catch you up on my life this past week.

First, it's raining today and I am off from work. I don't mind the rain - it actually makes me smile. Weird huh! I love to listen to it rain, especially at night. It makes my ever roaming mind slow down.

So last weekend was great. It was the best weekend that I have had in a while. We did nothing special but had lots of fun doing nothing. Does that make any sense to you? The week at work was good - I really do love my job and enjoy meeting new people all the time. I admit that some of the people I meet are very (hummmmm) interesting. Ha - I work in a doctor's office, that should help you understand.

And as I said before, I am off today. Long weekend. We are going to Charlotte tonight to hang out with friends and family. Birthday lunch tomorrow for a special grandpa, dinner with the visiting BIL, SIL and kids tomorrow night. And Sunday we are going to a new church - Journey. I am really excited. Journey is a "spin off" church from Biltmore Baptist in Asheville. Should be a great service or so I hear.

Well that's about it. Hope everyone has a great weekend. I intend to!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day!

Woohoo the sun is out and it's gonna be a beautiful day. The hubby and son 1 are gone with friends to ride 4 wheelers all day. I wish I could have gone - but considering I just had surgery, I better stay home. Son 2 is outside planting flowers - he has the green thumb, not me. I am not allowed to touch the flowers. I can only buy them, HeHeHe.

A little cleaning, then outside to enjoy this day!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sunshine :)

The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. Although I love the rain, I must admit I am excited to see the sun today. Hopefully it will be a sunny weekend - I am ready to hang out by the pool and get some Vit D.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Home alone

It's Saturday and I am home alone. The boys are gone to Charlotte for a w/end camping event and the race on Sunday night. The hubby is in the hay field (again) today. So what's a girl to do? Well a "little" cleaning, nothing major since I am still on "light" duty after surgery. You would think I had a major surgery, ha! So it's clean, rest, clean, rest, clean, rest. Enough already - I think I might go to Wal Mart in a little while - that should wake me up.

It's a beautiful day outside, so I might sit outside and read my book - now that sounds like a great idea.

After reading blogs, I decided to make a list of 10 of my favorite things. Here goes..............

1) spending time with my family and friends.
2) reading a really good book.
3) summer days by the pool at my parents house.
4) the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays.
5) my job, I really do love it.
6) diet coke
7) riding 4 wheelers
8) God's unconditional love.
9) people watching - it's very interesting.
10) SNOW!! and rain. yes I do like snow.

Have an awesome weekend!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Monday, May 18, 2009

Under the influence of Morphine

Have you ever been around someone who is under the influence of Morphine? They say and do things totally out of character. Well...............apparently I am no exception. HeHeHe!!

Last Monday when I was having my gallbladder attack, I went to the ED. Upon arrival they started an IV, injecting Morphine and Zofram (nausea med). It did help with pain and nausea, but also influenced my attitude. My family has reported to me the things that I said, oh my.

Ok, the ED doc comes in after a while and tells me he thinks I might have a virus (thinking to myself, oh please) and later comes back and says it may be gas. Well I preceded to tell him that I did not have $#&@# gas and even I knew that!!! Oh dear...........

Next my pastor and his wife come over to see me while awaiting my results. They are really sweet people, but the pastor's wife talks and talks and talks. I don't know how she talks that much without breathing. It really is annoying under normal circumstances. Apparently I ask that they put duck tape over her mouth because she is talking too much and I can't take it. OUCH!!! LOL!!! HeHeHe.

And then............(yes there is more) Dr. C comes by to see me before surgery and I tell him to be sure he washes his hands because I don't want MRSA (infection)! OMG! LOL!!!
Thank goodness, they said he just chuckled. I am sure he has heard worse.......or at least I hope he has. Not only that, this man is my boss.

What can I say?? I was under the influence of MORPHINE!!

Monday, Monday

Woohoo, I got to work 1/2 day today, then home to rest and recover from surgery. I would much rather be at work, but doctor knows best (I guess). I found out today that I should be working 1/2 days the rest of the week, urghhhhh. Hopefully by Thursday, I can stay all day (fingers crossed). I am not much at sitting or laying around when I feel fine.

One week out from surgery, I guess I should be happy all went well and I am feeling better. And I really am thankful, but bored.

Good news from all of this is that I have lost 6-7 pounds (the hard way). Not exactly how I planned to start my diet, but hey whatever works. Now I need to keep it up, without being sick of course.

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes. God Bless!

Donna

Friday, May 15, 2009

TGIF

Yay, Friday is here. I go to the doc today for my post-op visit (which happens to be the doc I work for). Hopefully can go back to work soon. I am doing pretty well I think.

Yesterday, thanks to the DVR, I watched last weeks episode of Grey's Anatomy. I missed it since I was in NYC roaming around. Then last night was a 2 hour special. Oh my, Izzie is getting worse.....no surprise there. But then.....an unidentifiable patient comes in thru the ED with major issues (his face is beyond recognition). As it turns out it's George...OMG!! Great show last night.

I have been sleeping on the couch, since I have a water bed. So when the hubby goes to bed last night he makes me get into my make shift bed and "tucks" me in. Oh, isn't that sweet? Then by the time Grey's goes off, I had been up for a rest room break, so Travis is going to bed and he "tucks" me back in. HeHeHe. You have to admit that's cute. They do love me!! (good thing that Jim was already in bed)


Praise God for a good recovery and a wonderful family.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday

Two days after surgery and I am doing well, but I am so bored. Can't do very much around the house - I am still pretty sore. As they say - "this to shall pass" - but not fast enough for me. Thanks everyone for your calls and words of healing.

Praying for Nikki, Chad and Johanna today - they are going to the specialist to see how Johanna is doing. Johanna has Trisomy 18. I am sure this is going to be a tough day for them, but God will be with them. Hugs you guys :)

Well back to the sofa, ugh!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5 busy days in my life...........

We left last Thursday for a long w/end vacation in New York. I had to fly on a 50 passenger "crop duster", something that my "sneaky men" (hubby and son) failed to tell me. Our flight was at 1:05 pm. After 3 flight delays we finally got to leave at 5:15 pm.

New York is incredible, fascinating and busy. The taxi rides are everything you hear they are, sped, horn blowing and racing with other taxi drivers - time is money. I could not find one taxi that didn't have a "racing mark" on it.

New York has so much to see and do. But be prepared to spend money - nothing is cheap (not even McDonald's). Everyone should go at least once.

I accomplished so much on this trip - Rode in a 50 passenger "crop duster" , stayed on the 32nd floor of our hotel with an elevator that moved extremely fast. Rode the subway, rode in an underwater tunnel, and "drum roll" went to the very top of the Empire State building, 102 floors, WOW! It took 3 "creepy" elevators to get there. We stayed busy exploring NY and had so much fun.

All in all it was a wonderful trip. NY is a great place to visit, but I could not live there. I don't know how they have managed to cram so much into one place.

We arrived home safely and tired on Sunday evening and needed a good night sleep.

Monday morning I wake up at 5:30 am in horrible epigastric pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. After about an hour we called Dr. C and went to the ER. They drew blood and shot me up with Morphine and Zofram. The ER doc said I probably had a virus. OH PLEASE, you have got to be kidding me. Even I knew better than that. After a while Dr. C shows up and orders a gallbladder US. Surprise (not really) I have gall stones. So surgery is scheduled at noon (sorry office girls). Everything has gone very well. Hoping I can go back to work soon. I am not much into laying around. Oh yeah, sure am glad the gallbladder attack didn't happen in NY.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New York

Tomorrow is my big day. We are flying :( to New York. I am excited about "being" in New York, but the flight getting there is where I get "a lot" jittery. I have only flown twice - to and from Cancun last year. I am sure I will be fine (with the help of drugs), but oh the dread - makes my stomach hurt. Isn't that silly?

Travis will be going with the hubby and I. As a matter of fact, Travis is the one who booked everything. We are staying at the Sheraton in Times Square - lots of action. I ask Travis where we were landing and he said in the "Hudson." Can you believe he actually thought that was funny? Imagine how that made me feel.

Anyway, I have never been to New York, so I look forward to the trip. So much to see!!

Ok, keep me in your prayers. I am nervous, but don't tell the hubby or Travis - I will never hear the end of it.

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna

Monday, May 4, 2009

I had an awesome weekend. We celebrated my nephew's 6th birthday. His name is Zion and when he was born he had problems with one of his kidneys. He has had several surgeries and is doing great. Praise God! If you would have seen him at the party you would never know that he had ever been sick. Again, Praise God!

In my devotional reading this morning I read Psalm 49:16 - The Lord says, "See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands." How awesome is that? Sometimes in the rush of life I don't always take the time to praise God as I should. But isn't it nice to know that God is ALWAYS there for me and for you. How wonderful to know that God has me and you engraved in the palms of his hands. WOW!

I believe this is going to be a great day! Just look outside at Gods handiwork. AWESOME!

Live, Laugh, Love
Donna