Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

7 Months....OOPS!

Well, I have realized that once I started school last January that my blog was the one who suffered. So, here is a quick rundown!

*Started school at Troy University. I had 3 math classes, 1 english class, and 1 computer class. I came out of the semester with a 4.0!

*Buddie, Baylee, and Phoebee are doing great and playing and wrestling like 3 siblings should.

*Randy is doing great at work. His facility got the recognition of facility of the quarter and he made the E-7 list for promotion. Now he is just waiting for his number to come up.

*My friend Elizabeth came to visit for a few days when she had to drop her sweet little Sami off at her dad's.

*Jared and Emma came to spend the summer with us! Oh boy the adventures!

*My Mom came down to visit and help out with the kids! What a blessing because I am taking 5 online classes and it is a lot of work!

*Last but not least...WE ARE IN DISNEYWORLD from July 6th-13th!!!!!!

*Coming soon---Taking kids back, Lorae visiting, and next semester starting.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Well we are in Wisconsin and let me tell you it is cold. There is about 2 feet of snow or more and it is still coming down. I almost is -6 (without the windchill) I will post pictures soon. The dogs are doing well but we had to buy socks for their feet because it was to cold for them and we have jackets for them. It is very funny walking them outside.

Monday, December 8, 2008

My little volunteer

The week before Thanksgiving I started taking Buddie to the Enterprise Health and Rehab Center here in town. I had called the week before to find out if they allowed animals to come in and interact with the residents and they said YES! So our first trip there was kind of short but fun. We didn't go again until the week after Thanksgiving and have gone 3 times since then. Each trip ends up being about an hour. Buddie loves all of the attention and does so well with the residents. He will put his paws up on their laps or on the sides of their wheelchairs if they can't reach him and then when he is done he gets down and starts going to the next place. He is really beginning to know his way around the building and always gets excited when I pull into the parking lot. A lot of the people that we see are starting to remember him and even the employees love seeing him when he comes in and just think that he is so cute and fluffy.

There is one lady named Mable that just adores Buddie. She is one of the residents and the first time she saw Buddie we were on our way out to the car and she asked me if I would bring him by her room the next time I came. I told her that I would and let me tell you, when Buddie walked into her room last Friday she just lit up. She looked at me and said, 'I just knew you weren't lying to me, I just knew you would come back to see me.' She held Buddie and took pictures with him.

I knew that Buddie visiting would be a great experience but it has also made me think. How many times has somebody said to one of those residents that they would be back to see them and never came? How long has that person waited and waited just to be disappointed? By me simply following through on a simple request I was able to change that woman's life in a small way. There are 7 halls in the facility, all filled with rooms, sometimes with 2 people to a room. How many of them don't have visitors or don't have any family? To many times we as human beings don't realize how lucky we are to have the families that we have, the friends that we have, or the generally healthy lives that we have. What would it look like if for one day a month you would volunteer an hour of your time to read a book or play chess with somebody at a nursing home? What if we gave one hour of our time to volunteer at an Animal Shelter or Children's Hospital?

I am not saying all of this because it is the holidays and the season of giving. I think that it is important to help out those families in need during the holidays but I don't think it should stop there. People need support, help, cheering up, whatever you want to call it, all year round. Some of you may be saying, 'I don't have the money to donate or money to buy food to feed other people besides my family.' That is okay, help out at a soup kitchen, help with Special Olympics, volunteer your time somewhere that needs help. Take your kids with you! Volunteering helps kids learn compassion, responsibility, integrity, understanding, selflessness, and the list could go on. Don't be afraid for your kids, if they meet somebody who is different from them use it as a teaching tool and help them learn.

Don't make excuses as to why you can't. What if your parents or grandparents were there? What if your child was in a hospital for a long period of time? Doctors, nurses, and other employees are great but volunteers are there for that extra touch of home and heart. Please think about it, your life can't be so busy that you can't take an hour and give it to somebody else and if it is...slow down.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Older Wiser Learner

Today I registerd for my first semester of classes at Troy University in Dothan. The campus is about 38 miles from my house so it takes around 45 minutes to get there. Not to bad of a drive really, it will allow me to have me time and just relax and catch up on my music. I will be taking 5 classes. I was going to only take 4 but when I talked to my advisor she said that 3 of the classes I am taking do not have a lot of work and that she has never had anybody say that they are difficult classes. So, I am taking Finite Math on Tuesdays and Thursdays (this is one of the harder classes). I then will have my other 4 classes on Monday and Wednesday. My English class is at 8 AM, Math Concepts II is at 12:15 PM, Math Concepts I is at 1:40 PM, and Computer Concepts is at 5:30 PM. So I will be gone from 7 AM until about 730 PM. I am going to be very busy but I am very excited to go back to school. Randy is being very supportive and is excited for me to start school and finish my degree.

So, I am officially a college student again! Here are a few pictures of my campus, all 3 buildings of it.

My official student ID Card
Trojan Man

Education Building
Beautiful Tree
Technology Building