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Oct. 1st, 2008

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OK, I give up. I tried to upload my Basement gallery to my journal, something I KNOW I have done before, but now I can't figure out for the life of me how to do it any more. So with that, I have copied and pasted the URL into my journal. We have 4 walls now. Next is the floor. We hope to be in the house before or around Thanksgiving, weather permitting, of course.


Sep. 6th, 2008

My Friend Mamabeaks

I ask today that you keep Mamabeaks in your prayers today as it is a very difficult day for her.

Apr. 13th, 2008

So far, so good!

Steven's temp is gone! He didn't have one yesterday and so far he's feeling good today! Thank you, God! I really think he pushed himself too hard these last few weeks trying to get backed-up winter work done when it got nice out. I am very thankful for the rainy weather even though we'd like some dry. It made him feel like he had a better excuse for not being out doing something. I thank you for all of your good thoughts and prayers and hope that you all are doing well!

We hope to go to Manhattan next Saturday for the K-State Spring game; I think he will enjoy that very much!
*HUGS* to you all!

Mar. 7th, 2008

Going Political (for a few minutes)

I cannot begin to express my utter disgust that our government and Air Force has awarded a foreign country the bid to build our new air tankers, especially in the shape that our country is in right now economically. We are on the verge of an all-out recession and we grant an outside country the contract? I don't care if they build PART of the tanker in the US, all that is is PART, not ALL. I am speechless. Utterly speechless at this decision. Where in the world is our government's concern for the well-being of its citizens? How is this saving us money in the long run if the AF has to expand runways and build all new buildings to house them because they are too big? I guess the government must really believe that "bigger is better"? What about the hard working individuals at Boeing? I am not venting because my home state lost potential jobs, we aren't the only state that Boeing is in... I'm venting because our own government is not supporting its own people!

I'm sorry if I offended anyone. I did not; I just really had to vent this. I don't normally "go political", but I really felt I had no choice on this one!

Feb. 15th, 2008

Autism Awareness

The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks each time this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.  


Your smile counts. The more smiles you share, the more we donate. Join in!

Jan. 24th, 2008


Tonight is the start of my two long concession-stand nights. We got praises from the kitchen staff on how well we cleaned up. That was SUCH a relief! 

It is so cold out. I guess yesterday Steven had a bunch of trouble with our home-raised calves pushing through the electric fence. It isn't hot while he's doing chores. So he had to get them all back in. And then his tractor was acting up so he got a new fuel filter but it was full of some air and wouldn't work until he could "bleed" (I'm stupid when it comes to this stuff) it out. He said it took him 3 hours to work on. And he didn't have anything for dinner... I was NOT a happy camper. 

I pray his chores go better. And I pray that when he makes a call to this guy about grass that he has some for us for our cows this summer. I think that if we can just get the grass lined up that it would alleviate a lot of the stress that he has been feeling. I get so frustrated when I think about how his dad took our grass like he did with never a thought to how much stress it would put on Steven. And bless Steven's heart... after his long day, and that his parents were gone to a funeral, he stopped down at their house to put wood on their stove so it wouldn't go out... while his BROTHER has been home for 3 straight days and has not left the house one time to see if anyone might need any help.

I think I am going to write a book. I've always wanted to... maybe a funny Bridget Jone's Diary-like book with little in-law stories? :-) 

Dec. 17th, 2007

My Grandma

This morning is one of the hardest days I have had coming to school. It was hard for me to realize that I couldn't call Grandma like I always did for so many years on my way to school. Our conversations may not always be long, but they were full of love. I know she was ready to go, and I know it hurt her so that she could not remember anything anymore (short-term wise). I always made her laugh by telling her that she was 90 and full of so much information that there was hardly any room left for new stuff. She liked that theory.

She was the most amazing woman I knew. She carried on the family farm after my grandpa passed away in 1988. She would feed her cows and for years would get on the tractor and haul bales. She ALWAYS fed her chickens. And talk about someone who just "rolled" with it. She never judged a soul. And her sence of humor. Oh my gosh; it was wonderful. She hated bad weather, but she always said, "Well, there's nothing we can do about it so we should just take it beause that's all we can do".

Thanksgiving 2007
Thanksgiving 2007
My Hero!
Thanksgiving 2007
Thanksgiving 2007
Grandma, Ron, Mom, Steven
Thanksgiving 2007
Thanksgiving 2007
Grandma and me.


Oct. 4th, 2007


What a neat surprise at Bible Study lastnight. My mother-in-law showed up with a DQ ice cream cake! And not only that, but one with a POWER CAT ON IT!  

The only thing that would have made it better was if it had blue and red feathers coming out of its mouth since we play the "Chicken"hawks this weekend! GO WILDCATS!!

Steven had a good day yesterday; my worrying was for nothing. Big shock there!

Sep. 12th, 2007


I logged in, went to post and the link kept taking me to a thumbnail of Harry Potter. I had to log out, clean out my cookies and start over! WEIRD!!

Aug. 7th, 2007

Summertime is gone

I have no idea where the time went. We spent about the better of 3 weeks of it in and out of the hospital with infection in Steven's line. First in May; they put in a picc line. We went home after about 4 days, and he spent a week on antibiotics. 3 days after the antibiotics were done... BOOM, fever and heart rate of 170. So BACK to the hospital we go... the end of the picc line touched the Hickman when they inserted it... and BAM the infection was transferred. So after about another 4 days up there and the insertion of a midline in his other arm we went home to be placed on 4 weeks of heavy antibiotics... cephapine and tobramyacin (sp????)... Steven started to feel like his equilibrium was off a bit and his ears were popping so we stopped the Toby 3 days early with the blessing of the doctor. Went in for cultures the following Monday and WHAM... KIDNEY FAILURE because of the toby. Less than 10% of the kidneys were functioning. They started pumping him with fluids which is dangerous because of his CHF, but he did not retain any of it and the kidneys have now returned to normal. 

I am so thankful to God but feel so beat down. It was like, give us a break here, and please God! Give STEVEN a break. He doesn't deserve this! And then I started feeling so damn selfish because he had people to help take care of the farm and chores while we were gone all those times. But every time we returned, there were always the dishes, laundry, and yard that needed to be mowed. I'm not mad at Steven; I just feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start sometimes when things get backed up. And now school is starting next week, and my classroom is in disarray because of new carpet and computer desks, so I have a lot of stuff to do in at school as well. 

I hate this disease. I hate how it interrupts people’s lives like it does. It is so awful and people just don't understand it. I wish I knew how to make them understand! Again I will try to write another letter to the editor during Awareness Month to at least EXPLAIN the disease. Our doctor tells us we could pretty much start our own support community with as many people who have it around our area. Isn't that lovely... MANY people have this "RARE" disease. What the f-ck?

I'm sorry; I know I haven't written in a super-long time, and I'm sorry that all I did was vent and complain... hell, pretty much just bitch!

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