Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas time

Both of the boys were able to be home this year for Christmas. It was good to have them home this year, I didn't think that they would be home at the same time for a while. Talena has moved back in with us, which is a good thing. We've also had the two little girls as well, they'll be here for at least another week. To say the least, we have had a very full house, it makes for a very warm home.

Because Kyle has leave until the 10th of January, he will not be going to Kuwait. He misses the cutoff date by one day. I am relieved that he won't be going.

Gregory may be able to come home next month to be a recruiters assistant. His schooling doesn't start until February. I received a letter from his Commanding officer letting me know that he had arrived, and would be looked after while he is there learning about electronic communications and stuff. I'm still not exactly sure what his training will consist of, just that it will take about 18 months to complete.

I've put a few new pictures on flickr, these were a couple of crochet projects that I've completed. I will be adding more pictures of the grand kids as I get them edited, and I've started putting them into albums so that you can pick and choose what you would like to view.

Live fully....

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Empty Nest!?!

How can I have an empty nest when there are still kids at home? Yes, it is kids with an "s". Talena has moved back in with us. So instead of haveing boys around the house, we now have girls. It is a very good thing that she has moved back in, she needs to be with us. She is trying to get herself back into gear without the distraction of a boyfriend. For about a week over the holidays we will also have the little girls too. I can't wait to see them again!

Kyle will be here for Christmas as well. Right now he is stationed in CA., and doing some combat training. He graduated from his tech school third in his class! Yay Kyle!!! He is now officially a Seabee! After the holidays he will then be assigned to his battallion which is right now stationed in Kuwait. He will be joining them there, it is kind of scary. They will be coming back at the end of February. Being a Seabee means that he builds buildings first, fights second. He will not be on a ship while he is a Seabee, he will be flown to his different deployments. When they get back from Kuwait, they will be at their home port for at least 11 months before being deployed again. The next deployment might very well be Okinowa, I've already told him if he goes there he will be sending me there for a visit. As soon as he gets an address I will forward it on to everyone.

Greg is stationed in 29 Palms, CA. He will be there for at least six months, and could be there for up to a year. This is where most of his tech training will be. He is training to do electronic communications of some sort. School for him doesn't start until the middle of February. The Marines know how to keep them busy though. They have several different programs for them to sign up for, lots of volunteering, and a program called Single Marines. Seems they have lots of things for them to do. Over the holidays there is even a program called Adopt a Marine, it's for those who can't go home for the holidays. He is going to try to get home for Christmas, he has to put in all the proper paperwork to request a four day pass. Phoenix is close enough for him to come home on a four day pass. If he doesn't make it for Christmas, he is trying to get Recruiter's Assistant for the month of January. Since his classes won't start until February, he is very confident that he will be home for that month at least. I finally have an address for him, I will be sending that on to all who want it.

Well, that's all for now. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to everyone. Remember to always...

Live fully....

Friday, December 01, 2006

I did it!!!

I actually finished my novel for this years NaNoWriMo!! I didn't meet the challenge of 50,000 words, but my story is done. I'm not sure how it will read, it seemed to come out rather confused, yet that's how the story unfolded. I'm not going to look at again until after the first of the year. As it is, I'm already making plans for next years challenge.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue...An American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.

Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I'm alive! In CA, will post pics later!

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

It's almost November!

A lot of things happen in November. Greg graduates on the 8th, National Novel Writing Month begins on the 1st, Jerry's birthday is the 4th, our anniversary is the 14th, and of course there is also Thanksgiving.

This time next week we'll be in San Diego for Greg's graduation, and afterwards he'll be coming home for a few days. He may even get to stay through Thanksgiving, if not we are having it early. I will be taking pictures and will post them to flickr as soon as I can. I am so excited about seeing him. We have been getting the van ready for the road trip, today it got new tires, which was the last thing that needed to be done to it. So, hopefully we will have very little mechanical problems on the way.

I am taking on the challenge of writing a novel in a month again this year. Keep checking back here as I've added a counter to the side bar so that everyone can keep track of my progress, or you can go to the site and read excerpts. I still don't know what I will be writing about yet, I'm sure that I will figure it out in time to start.

The rest of the things will happen as they are supposed to. All with happiness and merriment.

Live fully.....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lots of good stuff

Greg called today. He sounded so much better than he did the first time he called. He will be graduating in a little more than a week from now. After graduation he will be home for a few days, and maybe even for Thanksgiving. I want to thank everyone that wrote to him, He asks that anyone who would still like to write to wait until after he gets a new address. Any mail sent now may not get to him until after he gets to his new post. It will be good to see him.

Kyle is doing good in his tech school. He'll be home in December for about a week, maybe even for part of Christmas. It will be good to see him again.

Congratulations to my sister and her new husband. I hope your reception goes off without a hitch and that the two of you have a wonderful life together.

Live fully....

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Greg has conquered the crucible!

He toughed it out and made it through. He made it up the reaper, and had a hug breakfast. Here is what he ate: a cinnamon roll, French toast, eggs w/cheese and ham, steak, bagel, cake, and 10 bowls of cereal. The only bad thing about the breakfast was that they ran out of food before he could go back for seconds.

He has about three weeks to go, then it's on to graduation. He'll have a few days off, ad will be home. Then he goes to combat training, then on to his tech school. He'll know more about when and where all these things will take place. As soon as I know, so will all of you.

Live fully.....

Friday, October 13, 2006

Greg wrote!

He finally had a few minutes all at one time to write. He's been very busy, learning all kinds of things, like sleeping in a bed is much better than sleeping on the ground even with a sleeping bag, that shooting a gun according military specs isn't easy (it took him three times to qualify), that participating in the crucible means that basic is almost over (after the crucible is a warrior breakfast which he is looking forward to), he is looking forward to a couple days of rest after they get done with the crucible. It is only about three weeks until his graduation, we are all excited about seeing him, and he is excited about seeing all of us. He will have at least a few days off and will be at home for a little while, he may even be home through Thanksgiving. It all depends on his next schooling, which is combat training.

Kyle will be home in December for about a week. It will be good to see him again. He is really doing well in his training. He may be stationed in California when he is all done with his training. That will mean more chances to see him.

Live fully.....

Sunday, October 08, 2006

It's almost time...

For writing. I will again this November take the challenge for National Novel Writing Month. I will try again to write 50,000 words in one month. I would like to challenge the rest of you to join me in this madness. It is a great deal of fun.

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Go to above to sign up for the challenge, check on my progress, or to donate to the library fund. It all starts November 1st. Thankfully I have a laptop this year as I will be oing to Greg's graduation in the midst of the challenge.

Live fully....

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Photo Updates

I've updated the flickr site with the photos from Kyle's graduation and some of the surrounding area. Kyle is now in Gulf Port, MS. He is doing good, and has bought himself a cell phone. If anyone would like it, let me know. He is very happy. You can see it in the pictures and hear it in his voice. He is very happy with the choices he has made for the beginning of his life. He enjoys the training so far, and is absolutely in love with Rachael. He has made some very good decisions concerning his pay, saving for the future, and for college. It looks like some of the things I had hoped he would learn he has, he was listening after all. I am so very proud of him.

Finally got a letter from Greg. He has been very busy with his training, and was unable to write. I've always understood that he may not be able to write much, so when he does get a chance to write, it is always a good time for a "happy dance". He is doing very well. He is now looking forward to the things he has to finish before graduation. In a couple of weeks they will be going through the crucible. The best way to describe it is this, it is a very difficult obstacle course. ("Difficult" is putting it mildly.) Then there is the practicing for the graduation ceremony itself, then it will only be a few more days and he will have leave before going on to combat training. He sounds happy, no more aches and pains of muscles that are growing from all the exercise. He will have some time to come home for a visit, and hopefully will be able to stay for Thanksgiving. I am having a hard time waiting to see him again.

Will update again when I get more news.

Live fully....

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Kyle Graduated

It was a fantastic ceremony. A military band, flags of all the states, other flags for the divisions, and marching. All the sailors looked good, they all did themselves proud. I will be posting pictures to flickr when I get them edited. There are other pictures of the sites that we saw as well. He has managed to get taller, and to gain muscle without really gaining weight. He graduated as an E-3 and will be taking the test to become an E-4 in February. He hadn't gotten his orders before I left, he believes he will be going to Gulf Port for his "A" school. He will be learning how to build buildings. He as a 50% chance of going to Iraq. There was always the possibility that this would happen. I'll know more when I here from after he's at his tech school.

On a lighter note, he did ask his girlfriend to marry him. She said yes. They will not be getting married anytime soon, she's in college and wants to finish before they even think about a date. Even if Kyle doesn't go to Iraq, he will be overseas for a while, which is another reason to wait. Just so you all know, I do like her, they will be good together.

Anyway, it was a wonderful weekend. Lots of time spent with Kyle. It was very good to see him.

Live fully......

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

High speed

We now have high speed internet! I am so happy. Now I can get online whenever I want without having to wonder who's going to call, and I won't be booted off anymore! I am so happy!!

I'm leaving on Thursday to go to Kyle's graduation. I am so excited about seeing him graduate, and spending some time with him. He has worked very hard to get this far, and this is just the beginning. Will let everyone know how it went. Hopefully I'll have a new camera before I go so that I can take video of the ceremony. (Keeping fingers and toes crossed that child support will let the funds go before I leave.)

Live fully.....

Thursday, September 14, 2006

More letters from the boys

Got letters from both the boys today. Kyle is getting ready for graduation next week. If anyone is planning on writing to him, don't write to him after this Sunday, he may not get it before he leaves for his tech school. I can't wait to see him at graduation.

Greg is doing good. With all the exercising that he has been doing has had some unexpected results. He has had some pain and numbness that is associated with building muscles and repetitive movement. Hopefully it will not be bad enough to keep him from graduating. I think that he will get past it and continue on stronger than ever. Everyones thoughts, prayers, and letters are much appreciated.

Live fully....

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Today is a good day.

Today has been a very good day. Michael (ex-hubby) paid in full all the back child support that he owed. What a relief that is, now I don't have to listen to any of his excuses any more! Received letters from both Greg and Kyle. Greg's graduation date has been moved to November 8th, with family day being November 7th. It is because the 10th of November is the Marine Corps anniversary. Kyle graduates in two weeks. Where did the time go? He is doing so good, he sounds so happy.

We've even had rain off and on for the last several days. I love thunderstorms, and the rain. Have another storm coming in now, so I have to go.

Live fully......

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Travel plans complete....

hopefully. I have my travel plans to see Kyle graduate on the 22nd of September. Now to figure out what I'm going to pack, what I will take for those times when I have to sit and wait, and other stuff. I can't wait to see him. His girlfriend and I have been making our plans together so that we will meet at the airport in Chicago, she is coming from college. We are both very excited for Kyle.

I have gotten more mail from Greg than I thought he would be able to write. If you have written to Greg and not received a note back, he's been very busy. He has been learning martial arts, marine history among other things. He was unable to do the pugel sticks because of the heat. He misses everyone, and I knows that he appreciates all the mail he gets even if he hasn't written back. He will be graduating November 10th, with family day on the 9th.

Live fully.....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Letters from the boys

I've now gotten letters from both of the boys. They both sound really good. The homesickness is leaving both of them.

Kyle has been doing more physical training, which he loves. And there have been other training exercises, something about launching ships and pulling them back into port, and other fun stuff. He just sounds very excited in his letters. It seems he has a little more free time than Greg.

Greg is doing really good. He's been very busy. He seems to be adjusting fairly well. Because he is s thin, he's been getting double rations. His only complaint about it is that he isn't getting enough bread and grains. He definitely sounds better than he did in his first letters.

Live fully....

Monday, August 28, 2006

Heard from Greg

I finally got a couple of letters from Greg. He is doing good, he's a little homesick. Everyone that I've sent his address to, please write to him. He will graduate on November 10th. His letters sound like he's a little lonesome, he can't call home. So letters are the only contact he has with the outside world.

I will keep posting as I hear from both of the boys.

Live fully....

Friday, August 25, 2006

A Navy Seal!?!

Kyle is trying out to become a Navy Seal. I don't know what all is entailed in the testing and entry requirements. Needless to say, he is going for it, and I know that he will make it. Hooray for Kyle!!!!

Haven't heard from Greg yet. So I called his recruiter to find out if it is normal for the first letter home to take so long in getting here. His recruiter is very good at calming anxious parents, he said that it doe take a while, that they are very busy the first few days, and because the base is so big that the on base post office is rather slow. Then he gave me Greg's address. I have e-mailed it to those that are interested in writing to him. If there is anyone who would like to write to either of them, or has misplaced an address, let me know and I will give it to you.

I am very proud of both boys. There is some fear of either one of them being injured or killed in the military, especially becoming a Navy Seal, I am more afraid that they will not do what they are passionate about. I would be more upset if they didn't go after their dreams, and whatever they need to do to get there.

Live fully....The boys are

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Heard from Kyle

Finally got a letter from Kyle, not just a form letter. He's doing good. Lots of physical training, lots of good food, and the time to eat it all in. Seems he keeps his locker so well organized that his is used as an example for others. He is also a Section Leader, which isn't the same as a Squad Leader. Maggie asked someone at work who was in the Navy what a section leader is, and was told that a section leader is over the whole company. Yay Kyle! Evidently they look at the recruits record and that's how the different leaders are picked. So, Kyle is doing great.

Have not heard from Greg yet. When I do I will e-mail his address to those who want it.

Live fully....

Kyle called today, he is doing good, slightly homesick. He likes all the mail he gets. Boot camp isn't nearly as bad as he thought it would be. He gets up early to do physical training with the seals, otherwise the most exercise he gets is marching. I asked him exactly what a section leader is, well he told me that a section leader is leader of a few guys, and that there are six section leaders. So there we have it, straight from the horses mouth so to speak. It was good to hear his voice.

Live fully....

Monday, August 14, 2006

Empty Nest

Greg left early this morning. I didn't sleep last night, haven't slept much today either. My role as Mom has changed, what it will be, will defined by each of the kids and what they need from me. The question then becomes, what do I do for me? What do I do each day to live fully? I don't have an answer yet. Home is no longer a hub of activity for the kids, it is very quiet.

When I get Greg's address, I will everyone know through e-mail.

Live fully.....

Monday, August 07, 2006

Letter from Kyle

I got a form letter from Kyle today. It gave me his address and a few other bits of information that I will need to know when it gets closer to his graduation. I have e-mailed my family with his address, if there is anyone else who would like to write words of encouragement to him while he is in boot camp, let me know and I will e-mail his address to you. He was able to write a short note at the bottom of the letter, he is doing well.

I am so happy that I have heard from him. Now I can send all those daily letters to him.

Live fully.....

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Feeling Better

Thank you to everyones for all the kind words and thoughts. I feel much better now. It is now a week and a half before Greg leaves, I won't panic until a couple of days before he leaves. He won't be able to call when he gets there, and probably not at all while he's in boot camp. I will have to settle for the first letter he sends, he may not have the time to write too much after that.

Kyle called the night he arrived, then called his girlfriend yesterday. She called me right after they were done talking. He is doing good, and boot camp isn't nearly as hard as he thought it was going to be, but then again he's only been there a few days. He won't be able to mail anything until Sunday, so it will be next week before I have an address. Never the less, I have been writing a note to him everyday in anticipation of the coming address. His girlfriend is hoping that he will be able to write to her before she leaves for college at the end of the month. I'm sure that we will all get something from him by the end of next week. I sent him off with five postage paid postcards, so we should get them by then. I will let those who are interested in writing what his address is in a separate e-mail.

Thanks again to everyone.

Live fully....

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Life goes on

Kyle left for basic training at 5 am Friday. He just called at midnight to let me know that he made it ok, and that he needs another phone card (I got him one that didn't have very many minutes on it). He sounded tried, and confident. I cried after he left, I feel better now that I've talked to him. When I get an address for him I will e-mail anyone who will write to him what his address is.

I am finding that I need to redefine who I am. I have been a mom for so long that I'm not sure who I am as a mom with grown kids. It is going to be interesting figuring out that new definition.

Greg leaves for basic in a little more than two weeks. And, yes, I will cry after he leaves. He will not be calling once he gets there, he will only be able to write a quick note of what his address is.

I have tried to prepare myself for this eventuality, yet you can never be totally prepared.

Live fully....

Monday, July 24, 2006

Thunder and Lightening....

Not much rain though. I love the way the thunder rolls across the the sky. The lightening has been spreading itself across the clouds. The dogs though don't like all the noise. They are now inside away from the horrible noise.

Just had to let everyone know that we've had a slight change in the weather here. It's still over 105 during the day, but the storms are moving through the valley. Maybe we'll get more than a few drops of rain out of this storm.

Live fully...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Ok, now that I've got that out of my system. The worry wart mom in me is kicking into overdrive. Kyle will be leaving in a little more than a week. MY BABY IS LEAVING!!!!!! Ok, so he's taller than me, can pick me up and carry me around, and has made a very important decision about his future. He is no longer a baby, he is a young man. I am very proud of him and I support his decision of joining the Navy. I will be fine once the day of his leaving has come and gone. That doesn't mean I will stop worrying, it just means I won't be so freaked out about it.

Now that everyone has gotten a glimpse of how my mind works, I will see you all later. Just had to get it off my chest yet again.

Live fully....

Friday, July 07, 2006

A declaration of intent

I have done it! I have done a rune reading for someone other than my family. I did the reading for the lady that owns the shop Incantations. This was the bump in the road that I needed to get over before doing readings for others could begin. It is in this shop that I will be doing readings. It's a neat little shop that is conducive to doing readings.

Here is my declaration of intent: I will do readings, runes and ogham, for those that would like them. I will create bind runes for these that need them. I will do these things out of love and concern for all who ask.

If any one wants to contact me to ask questions about runes, ogham, readings, or bind runes, please contact me at my new hotmail address. I welcome all questions.

Live fully.....

Monday, June 26, 2006

What a great weekend

The party for the boys was this past Saturday, and it was great. My Dad came from Kansas to be a part of the celebration (Thanks Dad). My Mom was there as well. Talena came for the party with the babies, Emery and Elizabeth and the boys came for awhile, and of course almost all of Greg and Kyle's friends. The food was simple, an eight foot sub, chips and dip, and potato salad. Jerry had set up a pool table, an air hockey table, a juke box, a couple of trivia games, and a shooting game of some kind, and later found a driving game that was working. the kids ate and played games, and even came up with a couple of games themsevles.

They discovered that wheeled chairs roll really good on cement. So they devised a course and had a couple of rounds or so of chair racing. Then there was the version of tag that was played throughout the entire shop. Some of the kids were zombies, some were human, and there were safe areas, and somehow there were markers involved in this game, how I'm not sure.

The party started at three and went until ten. We ended up having to take several of the kids from the shop back to our house so that they could get home from there (I believe that there were about 13 in the back of a large truck). Once we did get home they all took off to make sure that everyone got home safely.

Everyone had a blast. Some of them even helped to clean up before we left. It was a fantastic time, everyone was able to get together and enjoy themselves. Which was the point of the party, as well as saying congrats and good luck.

I will post pictures when I can, hopefully soon.

Live fully....

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Good news

Kyle passed his GED tests with flying colors! Way above average in everything. I am so proud of him. This means that his entry date will probably change again, will keep all posted as to when he will leave for basic training.

Live fully....

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Summer has begun

It has been very quiet since the last post. Greg and Kyle have been off enjoying their freedom from school, and the last summer that they will have as boys. Kyle has been taking his GED and has one more test to take. The testing is only one afternoon a week, so it's taken longer than I anticipated. I have been trying to get a few things together for the party for the boys, still haven't decided on what food to serve. Thankfully they are easy to please, just having all their friends together one last time is all they really care about.

I am trying very hard to come to terms with an empty nest. Have been trying to find different things to do, most of what I have done and planned has been around the kids. Now I won't have them to plan around. After they are gone, their friends won't be around either, that will make the house even quieter. I am very proud of them and what they have decided to do to start their adult lives, and I am sad that my babies are leaving home. I know that everything will work out for the best, and I will get through the sadness.

Hope everyone has a good week.

Live fully.....

Friday, May 26, 2006

It's been longer than I thought

The last couple of weeks has been crazy around here. I didn't realize it had been so long since I had last posted. I had to change my routine slightly for a bit, other wise I get stuck in the rut I've created for myself. I haven't been online much, barely long enough to check my email. I was playing Myst V, and I won! If you like puzzles, this series of games is great.

Gregory was able to walk with his graduating class. We knew that he would be graduating, we just weren't sure when the credits from the online courses would be added to his transcript, thankfully it was in time for him to walk with his classmates. So this last week we have been running around to get his cap and gown so that he could participate in the ceremony. When you get your cap and gown now you own it. So we now have a lovely purple cap and gown. The ceremony was one of the best organized ones that we have been to. Once the ceremony started they kept on track. Gregory's recruiter was there to watch him and a couple of others graduate, Greg even turned over his certificate to him before we left. The recruiter needs a copy of it in Greg's file. Greg is so excited about going into the Marine's.

Kyle is going to take the GED test on Tuesday. We had to get a letter from his school councilor for him to take the test. The Navy recruiter told him he had to wait until after school was out before he could take the test. It takes three weeks to get the results back, we should know before the party what his results are. He is very excited about going into the Navy as well. The GED test is just one more step closer to his goal of getting into the Navy.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Live fully.....

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Happy Mother's Day


If you send this to just one person, it should make it all the way around the world by Mother's Day.

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here."

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging ontheir refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers atfootball or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of theircars. And that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say,"Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead,but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children andexplained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers whowanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college ~or have their own families.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomachaches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only toget calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.

For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TV's in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips?

The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart?

Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home?

Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation. And mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.

Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all. For all of us..Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray and never stop being a mom.

Happy Mother's Day to every mother and every woman.

Monday, May 01, 2006


It may be difficult for those who do not live along the border with Mexico to understand the frustration that we have with illegal immigrants. There are laws that describe who is illegally in the country, what a person needs to do to be in this country for work or school, and what paperwork employers and educators need to see in order to hire or enroll as a student. There are jobs that the immigrants do that some Americans don’t want to do, the biggest problem is that the jobs that the illegal immigrants are taking are jobs that legal immigrants could be doing. The illegal immigrants are taking the jobs of legal immigrants.

The legal immigrants that are hired have the same taxes taken out of their paychecks the same as the rest of us, the illegal immigrants are paid under the table. Because of this, those of us that are paying for services that the illegal immigrants are using without paying for. Yet the illegal immigrants want to use the services that they are not paying for, mainly medical services. There are other people who could qualify for any of these services, yet because the illegal immigrants are using them there is no money for those that have paid the taxes that funds these services.

If they want to come here to work or go to school, we already have legislation in place that addresses this desire. Now what is in place on the other side of the border doesn’t seem to be working for their people to find work elsewhere. When people are working then the economy is better for it, even if they are working outside their own country. Most of the immigrants, legal and illegal, send a good portion of the money they make back to family in Mexico so that they can live. I don’t think that there is any need for more legislation on this side of the border. There are rumors of corruption in the Mexican Government, whether or not this is true I don’t know, there has to be a small bit of truth in it as there are so many stories that point to pay offs to different officials. What should happen is a change n policy in the Mexican government pertaining to working visas and educational visas.

What concerns me the most is that if we cannot keep people from crossing our border whose biggest crime is just crossing the border illegally, how can we keep those who are coming here to commit crimes from coming across?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

County fair

The county fair was this past week. It was smaller this year than I have ever seen it, which is a shame. I entered three items in to the fair this year. I ended up getting a ribbon on each one. A third place ribbon on the green afghan, a second place ribbon on M scarf (both of which are on flickr), and a first place ribbon on a rolled neck poncho (which I will add to flickr soon). It is so neat to have someone that doesn't know you to like what you have made. I am also going to submit a pattern to the Crochet pattern a day calendar, I hope that it will be added for next year.

Live fully.....

Family problems

Now normally I wouldn't post about such things, this needs some special attention because it involves small kids, namely my granddaughters. Talena and Mark are going through a rough time, they're living in separate homes, aren't being very nice to each other, and are using the girls as pawns. Talena has requested mediation through the court system, which is a good thing. I know that she would rather work things out with Mark even though right now it doesn't seem like it will work out. What I would like is for those who are inclined to do so, is to put the four of them in their thoughts and prayers that everything will work out for the best, especially what would be best for the girls. Gynesis and Lavieya are the ones that are being hurt the most through this, and they need all the help they can get. They need all of us to put them first in our thoughts, what would be best for them, whatever that may be.

Thank you all for reading this, and doing what your heart directs you to do.

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Still alive and kicking

I know I haven't posted in a while, just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still here. Greg's been working on school work online, so getting on for me has been done fairly late at night. Just past the time when I can put my thoughts together and have them make sense. So I am writing this in hopes that it will make some sense, and at the very least let everyone know that I'm still alive and well.

I have decided to take the opportunity of doing readings in the little shop that just opened near me. I haven't worked out all the details yet, it is something I've been wanting to do for a while. I'm looking forward to all the people I'll meet.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What Movie are you?

The more questions you answer the better. This was a very interesting quiz. Here is another site that is full of quizzes, it's called quizilla. This is one quiz site that is popular with the kids.

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Personality Test

You are a Considerate Inventor.

You are an Inventor

Your imagination, self-reliance, openness to new things, and appreciation for utility combine to make you an INVENTOR.

You have the confidence to make your visions into reality, and you are willing to consider many alternatives to get that done.

The full spectrum of possibilities in the world intrigues you—you're not limited by pre-conceived notions of how things should be.

Problem-solving is a specialty of yours, owing to your persistence, curiosity, and understanding of how things work.

Your vision allows you to identify what's missing from a given situation, and your creativity allows you to fill in the gaps.

Your awareness of how things function gives you the ability to come up with new uses for common objects.

It is more interesting for you to pursue excitement than it is to get caught up in a routine.

Although understanding details is not difficult for you, you specialize in seeing the bigger picture and don't get caught up in specifics.

You tend to more proactive than reactive—you don't just wait for things to come to you.

You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.

Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.

You are Considerate

You trust others, care about them, and are slow to judge them, making you CONSIDERATE.

You value your close relationships very much, and are more likely to spend time in small, tightly-knit groups of friends than in large crowds.

You enjoy exploring the world through observation, quietly watching others.

Relating to others so well, and understanding their emotions, leads you to trust people in general, even though you're somewhat shy and reserved at times.

Your belief that people are generally well-intentioned contributes to your sympathy regarding their problems.

Although you may not vocalize it often, you have an awareness of how society affects individuals, and you understand complex causes of people's behavior.

You like to look at all sides of a situation before making a judgment, particularly when that situation involves important things in other people's lives.

Your close friends know you as a good listener.

This was a fun and easy one to take. I think it describes me quite well.

Live fully....

Monday, April 03, 2006

Ren Fair

The kids and I went to the Renaissance Festival this last weekend (the date on the picture is wrong). We had a blast. If you ever get a chance to go to one, do so. There are shops, and shows, and jousting. The food is great. This picture was taken as we were leaving the fair, we were all tired and very happy.

From left to right: Kyle, Paul, me, Greg, Maggie, Roger, and Andre. Yes, I dress for the festival. A lot of people that go frequently do dress up for it, it just makes the experience that much better.

This is part of what I like to do to live fully.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A neat new shop

This is a neat little shop that I've finally been able to get into. I've gone at the wrong times, and also they were closed for remodeling. It is a cute little place for those who are looking for different ways to find their own spirituality. I talked to the shop keeper for a couple of hours. It's the first time I've gone into a shop like this and felt like I was at home. I might even do a few readings in the future ( for those that don't know or remember I read runes and ogam sticks), I may even do a few crocheted bags, and who knows what else I might be able to do there. I am very excited about this opportunity. I had hoped for awhile that something like this would present itself, and now it has. I will have to be patient and let this work out in the time it is supposed too.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Spring has sprung

I'm hoping that because it rained on the first day of spring, that it will be a wetter spring than our winter was. 144 days without rain is way to long. Even the people were getting snappy and contrary, now that it's rained everyone seems to have calmed down. The only good part of not having rain for so long is that it happened during the fall and winter months and not the spring and summer months. It could have very easily gone up to 120 degrees during the summer without rain. I love living in the desert.

Everyone is doing good, and nothing unusual or exciting has happened since I last posted. Which is not a bad thing, routine is a good thing when there are 5 people living in one house. Soon it will be emptier. Once the boys are at bootcamp, they will be able to send me a postcard with their address, if you want to write to them let me know and I will forward their addresses. They will not be able to write back, they will be kept very busy, they will need all the love that they can get through letters.

Live fully....

Sunday, March 12, 2006

It rained today!!

This dry spell lasted for 144 days. So, yes, we are all overjoyed at the fact that it's cold and wet! Greg not so much because he wanted to go and do things with his friends for his birthday, he hasn't driven in the rain and I wasn't going to test that without my being in the van with him (He didn't really want to drive in the rain either). He did have fun with all his friends and Mom driving them around. He was able to find what he wanted to spend his birthday money on.

Back to the rain. Because of the rain the dogs have spent the whole day inside, well almost all day. They had to go outside when everybody left the house. They do dumb things when left inside by themselves. Coming home and letting them in is a rather big project, P-Bear can pretty much stay on the porch so he isn't to bad, Jebo won't stay under any protection and is usually soaked. She has her winter coat and is very difficult to get dry, it takes about three towels to get her dry enough to be inside, and several hours for her to be completely dry. So now we have damp dogs in the house, at least they're warm.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Check out Greg's site

Greg has an animation class at school. What they are learning in class they put into a design of their own web site. Here is Greg's Site , it's still under construction, yet it shows some of what he has already learned in class. Keep checking back to see how his site is growing.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Yay Greg!

Gregory has finally gotten his drivers' license! It took him a year to do, but he finally did it. Now he tries to find reasons to drive.

Every Wednesday he goes to the recruiters office for the DEP program. They run, do exercises, and help them to memorize different things. He comes home a little sore, and with the biggest grin on his face, he really enjoys all that they do.

June 25 is the day for their going away/graduation party. If you can be there for it, let me know and I will send along the address and time for the party.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Tag, Your It!

My dad started this on his blog, Life In Lansing, KS (I figured out how to do links! Yay!) So now that you have come here to read this list, it is now your turn to do your list.

4 Things I need every morning:
1. Glass of water
2. Warm robe (You wouldn't think I need one in AZ, but I do)
3. News
4. Jerry sleeping still

4 Things that turn me off:
1. People who don't listen to others opinions
2. Cigarette smoke
3. Inconsiderate snobs
4. Anyone who doesn't take responsibility for their own actions

4 Things I believe in:
1. Love at first site
2. A creator
3. The strength of family
4. Spirits, ghosts, angels, and guardian spirits

4 Things I am afraid of:
1. Growing old alone
2. Losing my memory
3. Egomaniacal politicians
4. Being taken for granted

4 Things I do everyday:
1. Read email, blogs
2. Watch way to much TV (It's on even when it's not being watched)
3. Crochet
4. Read books

4 Things I want to have/do:
1. Live until I'm 104
2. A complete understanding of my abilities (Psychic, metaphysical, paranormal, whatever you want to call them)
3. Respect and acceptance
4. Travel

4 People I want to see:
1. George W. Bush
2. Sylvia Brown
3. Condeleeza Rice
4. Stephen King

4 Numbers that rule my life:
1. 7
2. 104
3. 3
4. 6

4 favorite colors:
1. Deep purple
2. Navy blue
3. Magenta
4. Silver

4 People to do list:
I'm not sure what is meant by this category, so I'm leaving it blank until I know what is to be put here.

So this is my list of fours, when you have made your list, either post it on your own blog and let me know where to find it, or post the list in the comment section under this post.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Nothing Unusual

There hasn't been anything unusual happening around here, which is a good thing. Everyone is busy with school, and work. It looks like Maggie will be off probation (or is it parole? I an never keep it straight) by the end of April. Yay! She has been doing so good. Kyle's Drill Team has been doing good. He's on the junior varsity team, this last week they didn't get a trophy, the varsity team did walk away with the most trophies though. Greg has been exercising every night, running a couple of times a week, his recruiters are giving him a hard time about losing weight, all he's losing is what little flab he had and turning it into muscle.

I had a telephone survey group call the other night, I like giving my opinion especially when someone is asking me for it, the survey was about fast food restaurant's. One question was, what is your favorite fast food place? I answered Fazoli's. There was a pause on the line, I don't think it was on her list of possible answers, I love Fazoli's. Then she went on about other fast food places, which were all burger places. It got me to thinking, we have been to a lot of fast food places, thanks to Maggie, none of them have been burger places though. They have been Chinese, subs, Italian and the like. All of them good, all of them fairly good for you.

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Quiet Observations

As Greg and Kyle get ready to go to basic training, their friends are not handling their transformation well at all. With all of them being boys, they have been well programmed not to show their emotions, the friends have started doing dumb things. I'm not sure exactly what they are doing, all I know is that both Greg and Kyle are finding them annoying. To be fair, not all of their friends are acting strange, just some of them. When they told me which ones were acting up, I realized it's the ones that don't have a goal, or a plan for their future. It seems they didn't think that anything was going to change and now that it is they don't know how to handle the inevitability of time and change. I can only hope that these boys' will find their way, both Greg and Kyle are good models of setting a goal, and finding a way of achieving that goal.

I haven't set a date for their party yet, still working out which weekend will work best. So far it looks like it will be towards the end of June. Will keep everyone posted as to when it will happen in enough time to make plans for those that can make it.

Live fully....

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Yay Kyle!

Kyle had his first Drill Team Meet on Saturday. His team got first prize! Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A day in the life....

I have been giving the idea of writing in this blog on a daily basis, yet even though I have a houseful of people, my days are fairly quiet. So I decided that I would describe what a typical day is like for me. As for schedules, Maggie's is the one that changes the most, depending on the day depends on what her work schedule is like. Here is what it's like around here.

If Maggie has to go in at 6:45 am, she gets up at 4:30 am. Kyle gets up at 5:00 am so that he can be at Drill team practice by 6:00 am. Of course both of them have to take showers in the morning, not an easy feat since we only have a 20 gallon hot water tank (we live in a single wide mobile home, for those who don't know), and the tank takes at least an hour to completely heat the water. Some how the two of them manage to do it without freezing the other one. At 6:00 am Greg's and my alarm goes off, hopefully he will get up to his own alarm, most of the time he does, I always hit the snooze button. At 6:10 am my alarm goes off again, at which time I get up to make sure that Greg is up, if he isn't then I have to wake him up. If Maggie has to be to work by 6:45 then she goes to wake up Jerry at 6:15, it's always fun to wake him up, she really likes it when her Dad takes her to work. Otherwise, if she has to be in later then she doesn't get up until about 6:00, at which time she has to wait until Greg is out the door, he's usually gone by 6:30.

With Greg out the door, I go back to bed. I'm really not a morning person, I don't get to bed until after midnight. Jerry goes back to bed after he's taken Maggie to work, no matter how early she's had to go in. Since Kyle is taking classes online, he comes home after Drill Team practice is over, so he's home around 7:30. If Maggie has to go in at 9:00, then Kyle will take her to work. Somewhere around 10:00 I get up for the day. At this time I don't really have the house to myself, even though it is quiet.

For those of you that are morning people, this would be the time to write, not me. I will say it again, I am not a morning person. I may be out of bed, talking, and walking around, I'm not really awake enough to write coherently. So I turn on the TV, and I pull out one of my many crochet projects to work on. I get more stitching done at this time, than just about any other time. At about 10:45, Kyle leaves to go back to school for the ROTC class, it's this class that is making it possible for Kyle to start as an E2 when he goes into the Navy. At noon is the one show that I have to watch, Starting Over. It is the one reality show that helps women learn to be better to themselves. Around 1:00 pm, Jerry gets up for the day.

Kyle gets home from school around 1:30. This is when the kids start coming over. Some of their friends have half day schedules. Greg gets home about 2:30, with at least one one friend with him. Two or three more of their friends will show up as the afternoon goes on, Jerry has a hard time with the kids coming over. He feels that we are the only house that they all show up at, ours isn't the only house that they congregate at. Ours is usually where they start out at, they then manage to go to other houses. I happen to like being the cool Mom. Anyway, Jerry gets ready for work during the afternoon, and leaves for work by 4:00 pm, he starts at 5:00. In the midst of all the chaos, both boys manage to do their homework. By the time Jerry leaves for work, the house is not completely quiet, even though my room is. This is the time that I would love to set aside to write, unfortunately this is also the time when the phone rings, the boys are in and out of the house, they don't need me until I try to sit and write.

Around 6:00 pm, Maggie calls to get a ride home. I send Kyle after her if he's home, otherwise I go to get her. During the evening there can be trips to the store, laundry, and sometimes trips to the video store. If Maggie has to get up early in the morning, she will go to bed early, and since she sleeps in the front room, the rest of us head off to our own rooms. I can still watch the satellite in my room because Jerry ran cable from the front room to our room. Again one would think that this would be a good time to try to write, yet after having kids running in and out of the house all afternoon and evening it is difficult to be creative. I'll read, play games, or just watch TV for a little while. Both the boys are in bed by 10:00 pm usually, it's at this time that I pull out my laptop and get online to check my mail, read blogs, get bills paid, and maybe write in this one. Jerry gets home about 1:00 am, and it's lights out for us around 2:00 am.

So even though I don't work outside the home, my day is very full of activity. It doesn't usually make for interesting writing. Somewhere in this schedule I have to find time for myself for writing or any other creative endeavor that I want to do. It won't be to many months before this schedule will change, Kyle leaves in July, and Greg leaves in August, then the only person we will have to get up for will be Maggie. Then I will have a lot of time to write, and crochet. There won't be kids hanging out anymore either. It will be very quiet.

Weekends can be even more hectic, kids get to wander through for even longer periods of time. The second Saturday of the month is when the crochet group I belong to meets, every other Saturday Jerry works, and Maggie works every weekend. Every Wednesday Greg has DEP (Delayed Entry Program) meetings for the Marines, Kyle has DEP meetings every other Thursday for the Navy.

So this is a typical day for me, with a few variations depending on the day and what is happening in everyone's schedules. Yet, somehow I don't have enough to write about every day.

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The trials and tribulations of growing up

Even though Greg hasn't changed, he is at least 6 months older than his friends. Lately he has noticed that his friends are behaving differently, younger than their age. It has started to bother him, even some that he has known for awhile are now closer to Kyle. I think what has changed is that now Greg knows how he is going to meet the goals that he has set for himself, and his friends haven't done that yet. This hasn't changed him, just how sees life now. He is ready to get on with the business of becoming an adult, and deep inside his friends are still scared of growing up. Kyle is getting closer to deciding that he needs to take on more responsibility for himself, he's just not as far along in the process as Greg. They are becoming young men, and I am very proud of them.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A quiet week

This has been another quiet week, which is good in a way. No upheavals in the routine, everybody is doing what they should. The boys are doing good in school, Maggie's working hard, Jerry's working in the evenings, and I'm reading and crocheting. What I've been reading lately is about developing my psychic abilities. Something I've been interested in for quite some time. I've learned quite a bit already. I have been studying reading runes and ogam sticks for a few years now, and find that, while I need to keep practicing, this is where my talent is. So I will keep reading and practicing. I have discovered some very interesting things while reading runes and the ogam sticks, mostly that following your heart is a good way to live.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Soup....I made soup!

This week has been fairly uneventful. Boys are back in school, have been since last week. Maggie is still enjoying her job and responsibility. Jerry is still working nights, and wishing he could work days, he won't be switched because he is very reliable. The most exciting thing to happen around here is that I made soup. Potato soup with Honeybaked Ham thrown in towards the end. It was made in the crockpot, it isn't always easy to get the potatoes to soften as quickly as you would like, so the potato masher gets used several times. Anyway, potatoes aren't the only ingredient in my soup, there's fresh onions, garlic, salt, pepper, milk, butter, sometimes a thicken agent, and tonight ham. Soup thick enough to stand a fork in! Wonderful,flavorful goodness!

Live fully.....(full tummies too!)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Greg has cut his hair!

This Picture shows how long his hair had grown. Now that he is part of the Delayed entry program, it was suggested that he start looking like a Marine. Everyone will be glad to know that he donated his hair to Locks of Love.

This is how the girl who cut his hair styled it. She didn't want to cut it any shorter. I told Greg that if he didn't like it that I would take him to the barber shop to get it cut properly.

He never looks very happy when he has his picture taken. He isn't very happy about the length of his hair, it should either be longer or shorter, this length is just annoying. He kept trying to tighten his pony tail.

He couldn't stand his hair being at the length it had been cut to, it was at the length that was to short to tie back and to long to stay out of his eyes. I took him right after he got home from school to get it cut right. He is much happier with it this short. It is still very curly even though it is this short.

It won't be very long before both Greg and Kyle will be leaving home, and already I miss them. Can you say "separation anxiety"? At least I have time to get used to the idea that they will be leaving and starting their lives, they have chosen a good way to begin their lives. They will do fantastic!

Anyone who wants to come to their graduation/going away party let me know. So far any time after the 16th of June has been suggested. I will let everyone know when the date is set and exactly where it will be held.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Power of Positive Thoughts

I am constantly reminded of how far a positive thought or word will propel someone towards a joyful life. Today was Greg's first day of physical training for the delayed entry program, they do like to make sure that the recruits can make it through boot camp. When I picked him up he was very excited, not so much for the training that he had done, more for the training he is going to receive. He loves a good challenge, right now he is being physical challenged, push ups, pull ups, crunches, running, then will come the mental challenge of the field that he will be trained for (still waiting to see which of the three he will be in). He wants to take both the SAT and the ACT tests. Each of the three Fields that he has chosen will challenge him mentally and physically. He told me that today he feels more like a Marine then he had before, and he really likes that feeling. He figures that now he can be put into a group, a very elite group.

Both of the boys have made a very tough decision, and you can see in their eyes that they are very excited about the path that they have chosen. You can hear the joy in their voices when they talk of their decision to join the military. I am so very proud of them.

I am planning a graduation/going away party for them for June. I'm not sure what day it will be on yet, if anyone is interested in attending and a certain date is better than another, please let me know. I will do what I can to schedule the party around any open dates. When I find out what their addresses are for boot camp I will let those that want them know what they are.

Maggie has been doing very well, too. She was promoted just before the first of the year to head cashier for Danny's Car Wash, and was transferred back to the store that she preferred to work at. The first morning she was back, Jerry took her to work, when everyone saw that it was her they all shouted for joy to see her. One of her general managers today told her that the cashiers were asking for transfers because Maggie was being tough, the GM told her that was a good thing. The head cashier that Maggie replaced didn't have the cashiers doing anything that they should be doing, Maggie is making them do everything that they should be doing. One of the cashiers even asked Maggie to train her again, because she hadn't been trained properly before. To hear the excitement in her voice fills all of us with joy, she has discovered her place in life. She is becoming the person that we all knew she could be.

These three kids are learning how to....

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year!

This week went fairly quickly. Gregory was accepted into the Marine Corp. His test scores are good enough that he qualified for any ob that he wants. When I know which job he will be training for I will let everyone know. Kyle survived his trip to California with his girlfriend, they didn't go alone. They did have fun.

Well, I did say it was a quick week, things were done, I just can't recall all that went on. To many kids, to many projects, to much to try to remember. Maybe this is a sign that I should be posting on a daily basis. Hmmm....there's a thought.

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