Monthly Archives: June 2010

What’s for Dinner?

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Now as Gabrielle is starting to eat more solid foods, I began exploring the kids menu at restaurants when we go. Well, let me tell you that I am NOT impressed. You wonder why our kids are becoming overweight and more picky than you can even imagine…because we aren’t giving them healthy options! When our kids menus have fried chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and french fries. I will say that some places give you a side of fruit if you ask. However, where is the vegetable option, or grilled chicken or fish. How do we expect our kids to be healthy when we don’t give them good choices. I know that it is parents job to make sure that their children eat right. But, when restaurants don’t give you healthy options it is hard. Everyone goes out to eat once in a while. Now, I’m not saying that eating a hot dog every once in a while is bad. But, I think that we should have healthier options for our kids!

We Relayed, We Tired!

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On Friday night, Team Bravehart participated in Relay for Life. We relayed in order to cure cancer! I knew that it would be an emotional day. But, I couldn’t have been more excited. Around 3:00, we went to go set up our tent, and our snow cones. Thank you to all of you that helped set up. Our tent was awesome. We had a lollipop tree, PLINKO, and awesome raffles!

At 4:00, I went to the survivor dinner with Jared. There I met many cancer survivors. Some that had been survivors for over 20 years, and others who are still going through treatment. I did my best to keep my tears to myself. It seriously broke my heart. As I sat there, I felt a little guilty. This man and woman were talking about their current chemo treatments and the pills they are taking. I didn’t have to take anything. I know that if my cancer was not caught as early as it was, that I would have. But, I felt like these people were real survivors, and so very brave. They have been and are going through more than I can even wrap my mind around.

After the dinner, Jared and I walked back to the event. At about 6:00, the festivities began. We  heard from a survivor of breast cancer. Her story was very inspiring. Then, we did the survivor lap.  It is a hard feeling to describe. I was proud, honored, sad, happy, excited, and mad all at the same time.  Proud because I was there to walk it. Honored because I got to walk the track with such amazing people. Sad because I never thought I would be someone that had cancer. Happy because I am still here and have the best life to live! Excited because I got to share that day with my greatest friends and family. And mad, because cancer sucks, and none of us should have had to walk that lap!

Then the party started! Our snow cones were a hit on the 90 degree day. The kids and adults loved PLINKO and lollipops, and we sold a lot of raffle tickets. My team seriously ROCKS!!! They were completely awesome. Everyone worked so hard. I can’t even begin to explain how much each of you  mean to me. It makes me cry just thinking about it. I couldn’t have done this without you all.

The luminara ceremony is another very special part of Relay. They light candles for each of the survivors and the ones that have lost their battle. The track was glowing. We listened to an amazing Christian teen group called Encounter sing. We  also listened to a man speak about losing his mother to cancer. All I can say, it was a very beautiful and emotional ceremony.

We ended around 1:00 a.m. Everyone worked hard and we were exhausted! I am so very proud of our team! Thank you, thank you, thank you, to my team and all of our supporters!! We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

I hope that you can follow my rambling blog and know that if you supported my team in any way that is more appreciated than you will ever know!

Here are some pictures of the night:

Cheri and Gabrielle

Angela and Gabrielle

Starla and Nichole

Waiting to walk

Survivor Lap

Team Bravehart!

Cast Your Burdens

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Today I was reminded of a little song I learned at church camp in junior high. It is so simple, but made me smile today. 🙂

Cast your burdens, on Jesus.

He cares for you.

Cast your burdens, on Jesus

He cares for you.

Higher, higher, higher, higher, higher, higher, higher, push Jesus higher.

Lower, lower, lower, lower, lower, lower, lower, lower, push Satan lower.

Cast your burdens, on Jesus.

He cares for you.

Cast your burdens, on Jesus.

He cares for you!!

Thank You!

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I love listening to Delilah. There I said it. There is my confession. Yes, I know she is a tad cheesy. She is sappy and the stories that are on her show are predictable. But, that is why I love it. It kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy. 🙂 Tonight as I was driving to the grocery store, I was listening to her. She was talking to a man that had served in the military his whole adult life. He started when he was 17 and now is 35. He was on his way home to see his wife and daughter. They didn’t know he was coming home. My first reaction, was “how cool.” I tried to imagine what it would feel like to see your husband after not seeing him for a long time and knowing he is safe. I know that I can’t really know what that feels like, but I am sure it has got to be the best feeling in the world. At that point I started to get a little misty eyed. Then he went on to say that he had never seen his daughter. I just assumed that she was 9 or 10 months old. Then he said that she was 2. 2! Could you even imagine not seeing your baby until they are 2 years old? Think about all the things you missed by the time your child is 2? You miss crawling, walking, saying their first word, birthdays, everything! It really made me think of all the sacrifices that our military men and woman make for us and our country! So, thank you to all the military men and woman that serve us! We can never realize everything you give up for us~

Missing: My Clean House

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I guess the title of this blog should be, “Missing: My Semi-Clean House,” because quite frankly my house is really never as clean as it could be. I will be the first to tell you that I am not a very good housekeeper. I really want to be, but I’m not. However, I thought being at home for the summer would result in a cleaner house. I should be a more efficient house wife. But, I’ve found that it is much harder to keep my house clean and laundry caught up with. Everyday, I give myself a pep talk and say that I’ll get more stuff done. By the end of the day, I feel like my house is dirtier than when I started. Gabrielle can’t even move to make messes yet. (Although she does make a HUGE mess by just sitting there) Oh well, wish me luck. Tomorrow starts my vicious cycle. 🙂

Back by Popular Demand!

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It has been over a month since I’ve blogged.  Erika told me that she missed me, so here I am. 🙂 The bad thing is, I don’t have anything good to blog about. I’ve been off of work for a week. It has been great. I LOVE summer. I am so excited to spend time with my girl. Yesterday Gabrielle had her 9 month pictures taken. Yes, I just said 9 months! She is that old. I can’t believe it. Well, she was miss stubborn baby. She barely smiled. Seriously, Jared danced around like an idiot, and still nothing. We did get a couple of smiles, so I guess we will have a few pictures. See, I told you I had nothing good to write about.

Here is a pretty recent picture of my sweet girl!