Tuesday, September 29, 2009

No Flu Vaccine For Me

This will be the second year in a row I will refuse the flu vaccine. Because of my susceptibility from Lupus, my doctors completely do not agree, but I feel very strongly against this "so called" vaccine. I am not telling anyone what to do or not to do, but I really feel like you should do some strong research before you allow anyone to put something into your body (or your child's) that has not even been proven to work. I read articles by Patricia Doyle, PhD , Jo Macfarlane, and Mary Tarrett, that mention some good points that will shock you. I was even told, which I am not 100% sure of, that the creators of the "swin flu vaccine" wont even takt it themselves. A lot of doctors as well are refusing to. I really feel like it is our obligation as US citizens to question what our government suggests or even in some cases require. Maybe our country isn't looking out for the best of us after all, perhaps it is just looking out for the success of few. I believe this is the time to inspect the demands of society on our lives and our children. Just because someone (whoever that someone may be) says we have to take this shot does not mean we just follow like lost puppies without further educating ourselves to something that could have major affects on us and our future. There are many alternate actions one can take to prevent getting sick. Every year that I took the shot before I ended up getting sick and feeling sick for weeks. Last year, without doing all this research, I decided I just couldn't do it. I dreaded it and decided I would rather just stay at home and make sure I was not around anyone who was sick. I was very happy with that choice. It is more annoying than thinking I had immunity from a vaccine, but in the end I feel good about it and after reading all these articles I know I made the right choice.

What do you think?????? Vote on my poll by clicking the silver box of your answer. I'm interested to see the results!

Just Keep Running

As much as I thought it would be easier, dropping Bryan off 18 miles from our house in the middle of no where was very hard! Last night he was to run 18 miles as a part of his training for the marathon he will run in November. He has been diligent for over 5 months now as he prepares for 26.2 miles of pure exhaustion at San Antonio's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. We piled into the car around 6:30 pm and zeroed out the mileage counter and drove 18 miles away. As the miles continued I realized how far he was to run and I got very nervous. I can't imagine how he felt! We pulled over finally on the side of the road, prayed, I kissed his shoes and out he went. I drove away with Gracey completely confused as to where Daddy was. For over half of the trip back she sat looking out the window. I think she tried to tell me that something was missing. I ended up going back 2 times to check on him, once to give him a runners light so he wouldn't get hit as he was running mostly in the dark (because of his work schedule), and to also give him water. He just ran by me, drank, and continued on! By the time he got home it was about 10:15 pm. He made it in about 3.5 hours! I was absolutely AMAZED that anyone could have run that far! I am still very shocked that he did it! He has one more huge run of 20 miles before he runs the actual thing and he told me last night he is already not looking forward to it. I will be SO proud to see him cross that finish line.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Becky's Post

I hope my sweet friend Becky (Leaders in Learning) doesn't mind, but I had to steal her post of Kari Jobe singing "Beautiful." I literally could sit here all day listening to her worship the Lord! I get chills, she has been given a gift in her voice for sure! This video captures the reality of her concerts in that it is an offering to the Lord. Thanks Becky!


Bryan and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary on September 1! We had a blast and spent 3 nights at our beautiful Bed & Breakfast. It is our 3 rd time going back here and we always leave so blessed by the owners love for people and the Lord. We went to the Zoo and saw tons of animals...the meerkats were adorable, I want one! We also went to the Movie Grill and saw the Time Traveler's Wife. I am so blessed by Bryan's love. We have so many new adventures to look forward to and many to remember, and we know that our life will always be complete because we are able to share it together.

One new thing we have enjoyed lately is cooking. I don't mean the "grab the frozen lasagna and throw it in the oven" kind of cooking! I mean buy all the ingredients, cut them up, making everything from scratch, kind. It has been very fun. Just yesterday Bryan made the world's best beef pot pie! He could sell it at a restaurant and have very happy customers. I have never really taken time to learn how to cook some good meals and have found joy in creating food and humor in testing it out on Bryan! I haven't failed yet! LOL!

Also please keep Gracey in your prayers. She has been sick now for about a month. We noticed her being a lot more weak and sleeping most of the day. The vet did some tests and said her liver levels and some other blood counts were off. He believes she may have ingested something that caused this affect, possibly even a dog food we remember giving her that was different from her usual stuff. We have been watching her closely, and still she is not herself and it is very worrisome. We followed up on some tests and they seem to be coming down, but still her levels signify that her liver is stressed. We will take her again this week to the vet. She has not been participating in PETS and we miss that a lot too especially since our friend passed away, Randy Eaton. He took his dog, Doc, to do therapy with Gracey and I and I remember many times where he and I talked. His son is also good friends with us and he just married our other friend, Jordan, several months ago. Bryan was able to go to the wake and see Brent, I was in away so I was not able to go, but my heart was with them.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Night of Worship

Yesterday Bryan and I went to see Kari Jobe in concert. He actually sent the tickets as a surprise in a card to me while I was away. I was very excited to see Kari play. But I didn't think I would actually get to meet her and sit with her and talk. Actually it was more like Gracey got all the attention and I said "hi" in the background. Kari was signing her new CD at Mardel and Bryan surprised me and took me there. When we went in, there was no one else there because it was towards the end of her signing so we all got to joke around and talk. She LOVED Gracey! Who wouldn't? Gracey had her dress on and did tricks for her. It was the first famous person she met!!! LOL! We talked about how much we appreciate her music and that it really reflects the beauty of the Lord and His power. We told her that every time we had new foster kids in our home, her music would be playing as they went to sleep. The concert was unbelievably beautiful. I did not want it to be over. It was an honor to meet her. Thank you Bryan!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One Thing

I walked along to try and discover perhaps one thing that is the same.

I stood at the oceans edge. Tide in, tide out, crashing into the rocks, a teaseful game of there and then no more. Water changes everything. My answer was not here.

I traveled by car up beautiful mountain's, saw tree's, plants, and animals that have been here for hundreds of years, but they too, despite their beauty, could not relent the secrets of my quest.

I sat above cascades of sand and canyons that were once bigger than I could have imagined. Grinding, molded, changed, just like me. Could they whisper to me and show me? No.

Disappointed I lay down in a field. Plain, exposed, and endless. I starred up above and gasped as I realized that right above me all along was my answer. I looked up into the heavens, bowed my head in awe and thanked the Lord for the sun (Son).

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Psalm 19:1

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Big-E

We went to the Big-E which is a GIANT fair. My favorite parts were going down the massive slide with Ilona (we decided to scream the ENTIRE way down!), and of course the photo of Ilona and the Donkey! Two of the most cutest things in the world! I really wanted to take the Donkey home...one day! We also saw our friend Nick at the Fire Station booth and Ilona and Bella got fire hats to wear. Ilona even sat in the fire truck! I was so cute.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Happy Times

I have been in MA with my sister and her kiddos for 5 days now! It has been so wonderful. I can just take millions of photos of them all day long. Ilona has begun to go to school for 2 days a week and I actually was able to see her go and come out of the school! She looked super proud. I can't believe my little niece's are growing up!