Monday, May 28, 2007
The occasion of this photograph was a Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas City Hall on November 11, 2004. The veteran pictured is Houston James, a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, and the Marine is Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr., a member of an ordinance disposal team who lost his left hand, one leg, and an eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July, 2003.
While we are all out today swimming, cooking out, shopping, and generally relaxing, let us not forget the brave men and women who have served this country well, and the ones who are serving now. Whether we are a supporter of what is going on in Iraq or not, it really does not matter. The fact is, our troops are over there doing what they have been asked to do, and I for one am grateful they are willing to protect our Country. My prayers are with the troops and their families that they come home safely.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The boys and I took a day trip to Shreveport, Louisiana Saturday to see the Sci-Port Discovery Center. It was totally worth the trip. They have an IMAX theatre that features a story on the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as a fantastic Space Center. We had a great time. Oh, and that bottom picture is Ben with a massive bee's nest. It is actually suspended from the ceiling and Ben could not reach it. It's much larger than it looks.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Okay, I admit it. I have enough fabric to sink a ship, and I know I'm not alone out there. That being said, I have tried and tried to curb my fabric buying, especially since the ladies at Hobby Lobby and Hancock's know me by name now. I've done really well these last few months, trying to use what I have when making my purses and such, but I confess I broke down today and joined.....
I joined the Fat Quarter Club at http://fatquartershop.com . I am crazy about pretty much all of Free Spirit's fabrics, and this seems like such a great deal. Membership is $5.00, then for $25.00 a month you get a new selection of fat quarters every month. I have started doing a lot of stripwork bags, which means I don't need a lot of fabric anyway, so this really fits the bill.
Monday, May 14, 2007
My friend J of Jaybird Designs just tagged me! I have to list seven random facts/habits about myself. I consider myself pretty boring, but I managed to come up with a few things....
- I am left-handed. Of all my family members on either side, there is only one other person left-handed, and she was born the same month, just a few days after me. Was there a full moon that week?
- I love to crochet when I have time. I had to teach myself because all of my aunts swore they could not teach a leftie to do it. I showed them though!
- I am a type 2 diabetic, having just been diagnosed this year. I'm doing great though, it's just a pain in the butt sometimes.
- I once sang a duet with Faith Hill. Actually, she lived a few blocks away from my family when we were little, and she lived next door to my cousins, so I played with her all the time. This duet was at a 4-H luncheon, we sang "Delta Dawn", and both dressed up in ladies dresses and wigs. I would give ANYTHING to have a picture of it too! We were about 8 years old at the time.
- In addition to making totes and selling them on ebay and etsy, I am also a medical transcriptionist. I have been doing this for about 11 years, from my home.
- When I was in the my early 20's I used to sell Estee Lauder cosmetics at my local mall. On a whim, I went with a friend to Washington D.C. to visit a cousin. While I was there, I applied for a job as a counter manager at a department store. They called me back and hired me! I moved from my little town in Madison, Mississippi to Washington D.C. and had a blast. I lived there for a little over a year. It was quite an adventure!
- My favorite color is yellow. Lime green is a close second.
Now, I have to tag 7 more blogger friends, so I tag:
Next, I must post comments on these ladies' blogs so they can consider themselves tagged and repeat what I have done.
Whew! That was exhausting, but fun!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This is my beautiful mother Helen. I know we all think our moms are the best on the planet, and in every case it is true, but this lady is truly one-of-a-kind. She has overcome adversity that would fell most people. She became a widow at 26, leaving her to raise my brother and me alone at the ages of 4 and 7. She met a wonderful man who adopted us and these two people set out to make my brother and me the most well-loved and cared for kids ever. She has faced a terrible autoimmune disease with courage and a tremendous strength. She almost lost my police officer brother to a gunshot wound to the head. She helped the whole family through this ordeal with her usual tenacity. She's a Christian who loves her Lord and Savior and she truly lives her faith. She has set an example that is hard to follow, but if I could be half the person she is I'd be happy. I love you, Mom!