Sep 30, 2007
While listening to the sermon at church this morning, I thought of the movie "Facing the Giants." The main character decides to do things a little differently with his football team. He decides that no matter what, they will praise God. Whether win or loss, they will praise Him. This new outlook also carries over into his personal life and he and his wife have tried, without success, to have a child, and face financial problems. I love the scenes in the movie when, faced with opposition, the characters still praise. It is beautiful, inspiring, and extraordinary.
I began thinking of times in my life when I have had the same attitude and focus, and times when I have taken a bit longer to lift my hands in praise. Even in the face of extreme trauma, God proved himself to be worthy, to be good, and to be unfailing. Just because my human eyes cannot understand and grasp the way life unfolds on this earth, does not mean God is not still working. I have never walked the streets of Heaven, yet I know they exist. I know that everything on this earth serves a purpose, even if it is to break my heart and draw me closer to Him. I don't know why He chooses to allow some things to occur, but He did allow people to choose. "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15.
For me, I do not have to comprehend the "why" because I already know the "who." It is easy to praise God when I know that it is not about me, it is not about receiving accolades and awards, and pats on the back. It is about doing the work of my Father. And when this world is uncomfortable, and I find it unjust, it only strengthens my yearning for Heaven, the permanent place by my Father's throne.
Besides, It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' " Romans 14:11 I figure it is easier to start now.
Sep 29, 2007
As we were driving out there, I'm seeing all the signs still, and even read "Country Ham Festival - October 6th." Do you see where this is going? Andy notices the signs, at the site, and states, "that says October 6th." Uh, oops, my bad. My response? "I'm pregnant and hungry, take me somewhere to eat!" And we laughed, and we laughed, and we called my mom and she laughed too. So much for a fun filled festival outside today. Oh well, at least we know what we are doing next weekend!!!
Sep 28, 2007
Andy walked in, and I broke. The tears just started flowing. The hormones, the frustrations, all of it collected together into one breaking point. He sat by me, stroking my hair, wiping my tears, saying he couldn't imagine what I was going through and what it must be like. Then, he thanked me, encouraged me, and reminded me of things I had seemed to forget throughout the day. It was exactly what I needed, my husband by my side, praying over me, and reminding me that every moment in life is an opportunity to learn: about God, His people, and myself. He made me laugh, rubbed my belly (I think he's ready for it to start growing), and thanked me some more.
Yesterday, I was more diligent about eating every two hours, whether I felt like it or not. Finally, a good idea on my part. Until dinner, I felt great. I think I just ate about 4 bites too much at that time, and it's been filed away in my memory so I won't do it again. Though I didn't make it to Bible study (thanks to the fact I feel sick if I drive further than 15 minutes from home), it was a much better day. The breaking point was needed, and the pouring of honest feelings and emotions was needed. And my sweet husband was there, which was exactly what I needed.
Sep 26, 2007
Here's the kiddos first portrait! Sorry about the blurriness, but I was taking a picture of a picture, and well, whatever.
The ring on the right side? Not the head, that is the yolk sac, which provides nourishment for the baby. The head is on the left side of the picture. How wonderfully crazy it is.
Sep 25, 2007
Doc said I'm healthy, and so is the baby. Hooray! He also said this is the worst I'll feel, and it will probably end in two weeks. Thank the Lord! That alone made me want to jump up and kiss the man. He really is a wonderful doctor. In fact, the whole office is great. They all light up when they find out a patient is pregnant, it's wonderful.
As of today, we have our baby's first pictures. (if my scanner will begin cooperating at some point, I will even share them) I am in totaly and complete awe, I really am. This is one of the few times in my life I'm a bit at a loss for words. But, I'm beyond thankful all is going well so far.
Sep 24, 2007
It was so good. The chef is with a company that sells the cookware he used, which is incredible. So, we will be having him at our house to cook for us and 4 of our friends. I cannot wait! So, despite Jen not feeling very well that evening and me having moments of nausea, it was such a fun evening. Thanks for inviting us!
Saturday, Andy and I headed up to meet some friends for lunch. It was, again, great fun. We haven't seen Mickey and Denise since last December, so it was nice to be able to sit and chat with them. Plus, their youngest accompanied them and he's adorable. Denise was kind enough to bring some maternity items for me, and we will be getting some baby furniture from them. Praise the Lord! They have EXACTLY what I have been looking at and wanting, so I'm so thankful they didn't sell these items in a garage sale they had. (talk about God's provisions!) Besides, it will be a good excuse to see them again. Yippee!
All in all, the weekend was filled with wonderful fellowship with sweet friends whom we do not get to see as much as we like. I love those moments.
Sep 23, 2007
Me: Your uterus, once the size of your fist, is now about the size of a grapefruit. You may feel some cramping or pain in your lower abdomen or sides, but that's because your uterus typically tightens or contracts throughout pregnancy.
All information found here.
Oh yes, I also have my first doctor's visit Tuesday. What fun.
Sep 20, 2007
This is such a beautiful song...another winner by "Casting Crowns." Enjoy, it's a wonderful song!!!
There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't tell me how beautiful he thinks I am, or how much he loves me. As I lay asleep while he's about to leave for work, he gently kisses me good-bye every.single.morning. It's amazing.
And yesterday, when I wanted those chips? He headed right out the door. No, "in a minute I will go," or "right now?" He just up and went, in the middle of 5 o'clock traffic. And when I can barely remember my own name, much less anything I have said I would do? He's quite forgiving and even laughs about it. Yea, that's love my friends.
Even on the days I am not feeling well and I am doubting everything in the world, he reminds me I am not walking through this life alone. He helps me see God's love for me better, and he makes it easy to submit to his authority in our house. I love him for that, and today, I cannot stop thinking of him interacting with our child. That, will be a beautiful site. I only hope our child inherits his or her father's compassion for people, witty sense of humor, and incredible genius.
Sep 19, 2007
First of all, I can't remember squat (CRS)! A lovely lady in the fitness class I co-lead on informed me it will only get worse. Great. Can't wait because there is nothing I love more than a ditzy girl (ha ha ha). It's frustrating to not only have my body taken over, but my mind too? Really?!?! Must it be all consuming? Oh well, at least it makes for many comical moments.
I have gained no weight, but only 2-3 pounds are supposed to be gained in the first trimester. When in the first trimester, I just don't know. I am not complaining however. Although, I did tell Andy it will be fun to have a belly, and it be a good thing for once...my statement kind of shocked him I think. Being a personal trainer though, I'm feeling pressure to not put on too much weight and to maintain muscle tone. Because, you know, being pregnant with one's first child doesn't bring on enough worries of its own.
Tonight, I asked Andy to go get me some Sour Cream 'n' Onion chips to go with the PB&J sandwich I would be making myself for dinner. His response? "What's this? A craving?" I replied with, "No, that just sounds good to go with my sandwich." Something that sounds good, that I wanted, while being pregnant....hmmm, maybe it was a craving (I blame hormones for my lack of brain power right now).
So, this wonderful journey of neverending twists and turns continues on, for which I am thankful. My first doctor's appointment is Tuesday, which really is exciting me. We're just praying all is well, and continues to go well from here on out.
Speaking of which, some dear friends of ours are expecting their first child at the end of November. The doctors have found some heart problems with their little one, so please pray for a complete, miraculous healing...which God is more than capable of.
Sep 17, 2007
* I told my mom I wanted a brother once, she pushed me off the bed...guess that was a no
* Growing up, I was a daredevil, and always tried to match things my sister did
* My daredevil behavior didn't do much for my mom's sense of well being
* I was a gymnast when I was young, and hated the balance beam...which I typically fell off of
* Back then, I could do standing back flips, I miss being able to do that
* My sister and I used to go up to football practices with my dad, we thought we ran the place
* We also used to play under the bleachers of old CHS growing up, it was great fun
* No one can get under there anymore, they fenced it all off
* I am just like my father
* My mom, sister, and my sister's oldest child are all exactly alike....mannerisms and all
* The fact above makes it comical when there are disagreements between them
* My father used to jog to the school he coached/taught at (5 miles each way) to lift weights while my sister and I rode our bikes
* I learned how to properly lift weights from my dad, when I was in 7th grade
* Growing up, I was typically friends with guys because girls were too much drama
* Many girls didn't like me because I was good friends with their boyfriends
* After a football game, one of the players came up to me after a loss before going to see his girlfriend...she was MAD
* I graduated with around 650 people in H.S., my college graduating class was 25
* That was in December...years ago
* Andy and I discussed marriage the second day we spent time together
* I knew I would marry him the first day I spent time with him
* A friend introduced us, and even said we'd be married
* When we met, we lived in different states...we spent 45-50 days in each other's physical presence before marrying, the rest of the time was spent calling or emailing
* We met in October and were married the next July
* I love being outside
* and working out
* and I really love being around people
* My husband is the funniest person I know
All for now, sorry if you thought this was going to be really interesting or something like that! HA!
Your embryo makes great strides in size this week, growing to between 0.44 inches and 0.52 inches from crown to rump by the end of the week, or about the size of a small raspberry. Leg buds are starting to look like short fins, and hands and feet have a digital plate where fingers and toes will develop. The heart and lungs are becoming more developed, as are the eyes and nostrils, intestines and appendix. By now the brain and spinal cord are growing from the neural tube.
Here's their tip of the week:
To settle a queasy stomach, never let your stomach get empty. Keep snacks on hand around the clock, and eat lots of little meals rather than three big ones. To prevent a drop in blood sugar, include some protein like adding some cheese on crackers.
This site has been very helpful as far as filling my darling and I in on what's going on. However, we noticed that throughout each stage, the size of the baby is compared to a fruit! It's kind of comical really, but stop calling our kid a fruit!!! Just kidding, I actually think it's really funny.
Sep 16, 2007
Funeral services for James N. Kiker, 96, of Portales, NM will be 10 A.M., Monday, September. 17, 2007, at the Central Christian Church in Portales, NM, with Bill Banks officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Greg Kiker, Kerry Kiker, Kim Kiker, Andy Wells, Aaron Wells and Mikael Ouellette serving as pallbearers. Masonic graveside rites will be rendered by Portales Masonic Lodge #26 AF&AM.
James Newel Kiker was born August. 2, 1911, in Bronte, TX to Ola and Walter N. Kiker and died Thursday, September 13, 2007, in Clovis. He moved to Portales, NM with his parents in 1923, when he was 12 years old. The family settled on a farm east of town. He attended school in Portales, NM and worked on the farm until 1932, when allergies forced him to leave the farm and move into town. His first job was working for Steve Dean as a mechanic, and he served as a volunteer fireman at this same time. When he developed allergies to the chemicals used in the mechanic shop, he went to work for Jack Turner at the C&T Service Station. In 1936, he was appointed fire chief and served in that capacity as a volunteer until 1944.
On August. 8, 1937, he married his longtime sweetheart, Doris Still. They had three children, Kenneth, Phyllis and Carol. In 1942, James became the parts manager for the C&T Auto Parts Store and in 1954, with the help of Jack Turner, he opened his own auto parts store, Kiker Auto Parts. Mr. Kiker was elected to the City Council in 1959, where he promoted the water department and the recreation program. He served six years on the City Council, four of them as Mayor Pro Tem. He was appointed to the Recreation Board which he enjoyed very much.
James became Mayor of Portales in 1965. During his tenure, a new city hall was built, a new swimming pool and bathhouse were realized, a library was constructed, and the fire department was put on a fully paid basis, with 24 hour ambulance service. Mr. Kiker joined the Masonic Lodge in 1973, and served as Secretary for the lodge for many years. In 1992, he also served as president of the Curry/Roosevelt Scottish Rite Club. He enjoyed golf, working in the yard, and after retirement in 1977, James and Doris enjoyed fishing, and camping with the Good Sam Club. He was a member of Central Christian Church in Portales, NM and had attended Central Christian Church in Clovis after moving to Senior Citizen's Retirement Ranch in Clovis two years ago.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth J. and Carol Kiker of Tucson, AZ; two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Richard Davidson of Clovis and Carol and Keith Breiden of Tucson, AZ; six grandchildren, Greg and Brandy Kiker, Kerry Kiker, Kim Kiker, Andy and Laura Wells, Aaron Wells and Christina Saenz; six great-grandchildren, Amber and Mikael Ouellette, Haley Kiker, Matthew Kiker, Rowan Wells, Alex Wells, and Andrew Wells; and two great-great-grandchildren, Trevor Penn and Tyler Ouellette. He was preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters, a granddaughter, Tracy Ford, and by his beloved wife, Doris who died Nov. 11, 1996, after more than 59 years of marriage.
Sep 15, 2007
However, I am enjoying the tips and advice folks are giving me for getting through pregnancy in one piece. Hallelujah! Thank you! I appreciate it, try most, and absorb it all. You know, having never been pregnant before and all, I do like advice from the "pros."
One precious sister-in-law said it best though, "Everyone will have a comment, and will want to tell you their story. But remember, this is yours, so enjoy every moment. Your experience won't be like anyone else's, so just enjoy it all and soak it in the best you can." Wise words from a beautiful woman!
Actually, I love the fact that all mothers can have such a different journey, one will be pregnant, another adopt, another will welcome a child in through foster care, but yet they still have that one common bond that gently weaves them together: they understand the mother's heart. Amazing really, absolutely amazing.
Sep 14, 2007
Thats's right, I'm sportin' some fabulous wristbands, as of today. Trying to be the next WonderWoman? No. Imitate NBA players? Blech, no. Gangsta? Yea, right.
These, my friends, are Sea-Bands. And why do we wear these? To help with nausea. I have been lucky (I think) so far in this pregnancy because aside from moments of feeling queasy and a bit dizzy, I am just fine. However, the constant nauseous feeling was wearing me out, so now, I'm wearing the bands. Rock on.
I love the looks I have already gotten while sportin' these lovely black bands. Speaking of which, they make cool colored ones for kids, why not for adults? No, I am stuck with basic black. How boring. Oh well, a few sideways glances won't bother me because at least they are helping!
Sep 12, 2007
"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
That's right folks, we are having a baby. Please be praying for us, and especially the child that is forming and growing. Kiddo is due around May 4, 2008. That seems so far away, but I'm sure, like most things in life, it will fly right by.
Here are some funny responses we have received from our news:
(Called her the day before I went home to tell our parents)
Me: I have a question for you. How should I tell Mom and Dad I am pregnant?
Sis: What?!?! Really?!?! Oh my gosh!
Me: Yes, I am on my way home from telling Andy, and I wondered how to tell the folks.
Sis: So, you are going to make me keep this a secret until you get here? I can’t tell your niece or Mom and Dad?
Me: No, sorry.
8 year old niece:
“Finally, after all these years, you are gonna have a baby! I didn’t think you ever would!”
(to her little sister): “We’re going to have a new cousin, it’s going to be a baby!”
“Chelle, you know how you are always so nice to me? Well, you’re gonna have to get tough when that baby comes.”
“That's strange Chelle; your tummy doesn't even look like there's a baby in it!” (her little mind doesn't know it's too soon, but she was rewarded with cookies for this one)
Conversation with Mom:
Mom: What will you do if it’s twins?
Me: Raise them both?!?! What do you think I’d do, draw straws to decide which one to keep?
Man on a Plane:
Man: Do you and your husband have kids?
Me (do I divulge information to a stranger? No): No, we don’t.
Man: Well, it is sure hard to raise kids well these days. Whew.
(Thanks for that encouragement dude!)
Me: I am pregnant
Friend 1: Oh! Congratulations!
Friend 2 (to friend 1): What about you? When are you going to have kids?
Friend 1: Me? No! I don’t like babies.
Friend 2: Me neither and everyone thinks I am so weird! But I just don’t like them!
Me (thinking to myself: not the reaction I expected, and no, they won’t baby-sit): Well, it was good to see you both, see you later!
Friend (who is pregnant) and her husband:
Friend: Yea, now there are 3 of us at the school who are pregnant
Me: If I worked there, there would be 4
Me: Yea, I’m about 2 or 3 weeks behind you
Friend: Oh my gosh!! (as she jumps on my lap and hugs me)
Her Husband: That’s awesome
Me: I knew last week when I went to your appointment with you
Friend: What? And you said NOTHING?
Me: Nope, it was about you that day, not me
Her Husband: That’s impressive you were able to not say anything for that long
Me: I’m cool like that
My husband: We just wanted to tell you both at the same time
Friend: We have to go celebrate!
Former student, whom I refer to as my son:
Me: How would you feel about being a big brother?
Him: Are you serious? That would be so cool! Are you having a baby for real?
Me: Yes, for real.
*Photo found here.
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
*Photo found here
Sep 10, 2007
Ah, autumn. This is my favorite time of year. The air becomes cool and crisp, and every Friday night, across the country, the bright lights of football stadiums illuminate the evening sky. Such sweet memories, wonderful moments, and complete, utter enjoyment.
My father was a high school football coach, in the great state of Texas. If you were not aware, football is a wee bit important to people in Texas. Athletes, coaches, schools, entire communities, can typically be found on any given Friday night cheering on their chosen team. For a few hours each Friday, we are all on the same team, cheering on the group of young men suited up and playing their hearts out.
As a young kid, I remember many days up at the school with my father. My sister and I considered the weight room our playhouse, and the football field our very own park. The guys my dad coached were all like big brothers, and if they were on the team, we took ownership of them. From Friday nights in the stands to evenings in the living room while Dad reviewed game film, this has always been a great time of year.
Unlike any other time throughout the year, this was when our family was consistently together. Other times brought various practices, activities, and the like. But when the stadium lights began filling the sky? We could be found, packed tightly together on cold nights, huddled together under umbrellas on rainy evenings, and cheering wildly for our Daddy's team. It was our family outing, our autumn ritual, the place we could all be found.
I always took great pride in my father, the coach. Some folks, however, did not. I never was one to not speak up if someone spoke negatively of my father, often leaving my mother giggling and yet slightly astonished. Talk about whomever you please, just not my Dad. I never liked when the crowd became critical, of the players, the coaches, the referees. It is, after all, a game. More importantly, it was my father and my "brothers" they were speaking so poorly of.
I recall walking onto many fields prior to the beginning of a game to say hello to Dad. My sister and I walked through security and various officials as if we owned the entire place, and ironically, we were never stopped
Even now, I look forward to Friday evenings under the stadium lights, cheering on young men whom I have come to adore. They work hard, they love the game, they have fun, and they are fearless everytime they step on the field.
I still become defensive of the coaches and players when harsh words are spoken of them, a natural reflex I guess. But everytime I sit there, under the stadium lights, in the midst of a the crowd cheering frantically, I have to smile. This is home, this reminds me of home. This is a place of fondness, of togetherness, of so many things. This is the place my family belonged, at the end of the work week, huddled together, glowing from the beams of the Friday night lights.
Sep 8, 2007
This wedding in particular was such a beautiful picture of Christ's love for his people. Wow. It was a story of redemption, of how God makes beauty from ashes ("to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor." Isaiah 61:3).
The bride was radiant, though that did not surprise me. As a teenager, she became pregnant. Rather than taking any "easy way outs", she had the child, a now incredibly funny 4 year old. While raising her son and after finishing high school, she completed nursing school. At the age of 20, she was a fully employed nurse, a single mom (and a good one), and had just bought a new home. In many ways, the girl amazes me, and always has. Through the trials and struggles she has endured, even those she chose, she has come to know Christ in a way she did not before. His love shines through her, and in her life. She is not ignorant to the fact that it is because of the gifts He has given her, the grace He has shown her, and the people He has brought into her life that she has accomplished all this.
The groom? Equally incredible. I actually met him my first year teaching in this area. He came up to the school to disciple some of the male athletes. The kids loved him, the teachers appreciated him, and the coaches welcomed him in. His passion for serving Christ is instantly noticeable. He is a man of character, integrity, and strength. A man who, today, wiped away tears of joy and praise as he stood before the bride God brought before him. As he spoke of not only loving and protecting her, but also her son, his son, his thankfulness filled the room. He exudes joy everywhere he goes, in every moment, and thanks Jesus for all of it.
I am blessed to have witnessed such an incredible moment in time, one designed by our Creator. It is nice to be reminded of how dearly Christ loves me, how He longs to call me His bride. And, how absolutely stunning He finds me.
Sep 6, 2007
And so goes my prayer for today, "Lord, help me find rest today, in your loving arms. Let me rest."
It is not that anything has overwhelmed me or that I have been running around like crazy nonstop. I just feel a need for rest, not a nap, but a place of peaceful rest, to hear His voice, and to draw near to Him. Lucky for me, I begin a women's Bible study this morning. A place filled with love, joy, and women who are extraordinary. And so I leave now, knowing I will return, rested.
Sep 5, 2007
In a war that has left more than 25,000 wounded, ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ looks at a new generation of veterans. Executive Producer James Gandolfini interviews ten Soldiers and Marines who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to America. The documentary surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq.
The small clip they showed brought tears to my eyes. This is not a political movement, nor a declaration on what should or should not happen. It is simply a documentary honoring those who choose to be a part of the US Military. People who choose something I cannot fathom. It is about the men and women who said goodbye to their families, for a time, to defend our nation. Some came back wounded, some did not. All of them deserve to be honored, regardless of your own personal political stance. I, for one, am forever thankful for the men and women who are a part of each branch of the US Military.
Sep 4, 2007
Labor Day, we met them at the zoo, which seems to be the thing to do right now. It was a tad warm, and some of the animals weren't on display. Exactly what do they do with them when they aren't on display? I am not sure, but it was still fun. Here are some of the moments I captured on film:
Andy and the Meerkat deep in conversation. They seemed to be quite enthralled with one another.
One cool cat: cheetah. Man this is a cool animal.
Enlarge this picture. Notice what is wrong here? No wonder not many fish were in the tank, they have all been electrocuted!! Strange.
For more pictures, click the flick'r badge on the right.
It was a good two days, and a great way to end the week I had spent with family. Besides, it is always fun to celebrate the birthday of someone so special!!!!
Sep 3, 2007
I was scheduled to meet with my friend Lisa, whom I know from my time in Dallas (and she married a guy I went to college with), but it didn't work out. I was really looking forward to being able to sitting down and chatting with her, and to spending time with her kids. However, due to some conflicts, we weren't able to meet. But, I now have her number, so I can call before heading out that way, and maybe we can plan something in advance. I love this girl, and enjoy being around her sweet little self, and am sorry we did not get to spend time together as we had hoped.
Thursday night, my best friend called me, excited as can be, because she was heading to Lubbock for a family reunion. What are the odds? Actually, her family does this every Labor Day weekend, and my little brain had totally forgotten. Far be it from us to not take the opportunity to get together and chat since we see each other less than we would like. Despite the late arrival into town Friday night, we met at one of my favorite places Saturday morning and had an hour of fun filled chatter. One minute, one hour, one day, it doesn't matter, I love spending time with her. She is one of the most incredible human beings I know with a love and compassion for people that seems to be rare these days. And, she's stinkin' funny! Our time together always involves laughter, sometimes tears, but is always blessed. It's amazing how much we can accomplish in an hour of conversation. I am deeply thankful she is in my corner in this life, her support, encouragement, and prayers mean so much to me!!!
It was a blast to be home, and the unexpected blessing I received made my journey even better.
Sep 2, 2007
A Big Long MeMe
Ever thought of just picking up and moving far away? yes, and I did, to marry the sweetest man I know. And yes, we talk about moving, especially when it's summertime....would love to be where it's cooler!
What's the wallpaper on your computer? - a picture I took in NM of a lake with trees and mountains in the background...it's my happy place
What is the last thing/person you took a picture of? - my family
What was the most difficult decision you've ever had to make? - to quit teaching...hahahahaha, as if that was so difficult. Actually, there were moments it was very hard.
Name a band/artist you like that isn't popular. All my friends who are amazing musicians and singers
Can you lift your significant other? - yes, though it's rather odd since he's 6'2", and I'm, well, not...
What is the first vehicle you recall your parents owning? - a grey car, and I have just forgotten what type, though I do remember my mom running it into a pole as we were leaving a football game once
You only have $5 for the whole week; What do you buy with it? - Probably nothing. I would wait until I had more money, then go spend it. Or, maybe a card for someone.
What was the worst job you ever had? - in highschool, I worked for the "Glazed Honey Ham Co," glazed, wrapped, and tagged hams...for hours. Nothing like smelling like swine all day!
Have you ever seen counterfeit money? - Does Monopoly money count?
Have you ever lost a pet you were attached to? - Yes, our first dog Misty, it was so sad. We have had to put 2 other dogs to sleep too, and it's never fun.
You're at an amusement park; What ride do you want to go on first? - roller coaster, especially if it goes upside down.
You can read minds; Whose mind do you snoop around in first? - NO THANK YOU! I want no part of that, I live happily in a state of ignorance and the belief that everyone really does love me....ha!
What was the most rebellious thing you've ever done? - said I was at one place, but was at another...too scared of my father to be too overly rebellious
Do you ever talk to inanimate objects? - Only if I run into it, then I yell at it for hurting me
Pick one; Laundry, Dishes, Vacuuming. - laundry, throw it in, go do other things, come back for it
Have you ever had to change schools while growing up? - Yes, but not during junior high or high school years
You are forced to go out of state; Where do you go? - Oregon, Colorado, Texas, yea, those are my three choices (though not in that order)
Name the most meaningful thing a non-relative has done for you. - He married me and is my best friend...every day
The highway or back roads take you to the same place; Choose your route. - probably the back roads these days, would rather take my time and see the scenery
You're going to be a mom/dad. What do you think/do? - Oh praise the Lord...now I need a nap!
Are you more likely to give up or persist when you're having trouble? - persist, pride and stubbornness can be positive attributes
What's the most challenging thing you've ever over come? - Absolute embarrassment, shame and heartbreak rolled into one incident!
Your best friend needs a kidney to survive; Do you give them one of yours? - Without a doubt I would.
Your brother breaks into your house; Do you press charges? - Yes, surely do. What happens if he broke into someone else's house? Facing consequences can be a good thing.
Name a big life event that has taken place for you within the last two years. - career change, buying a house
Do you end up regretting things you say often? - I have, my mouth and mind sometimes don't connect well. I am also a bit too honest sometimes; basically, I should just shut up and stop talking!
Would you rather have a huge cat or a tiny dog? - dog, I don't like cats
Pringles or Lay's Stax? - neither, don't eat chips
Name one difficult lesson you've learned. - Trusting people, it'll be ok!
Name one thing you look forward to in old age. - Greater wisdom and the opportunity to share it with the younger generations. (thanks for the answer Tracye), and the way I see some older folks enjoying life, they truly have a blast!
Do you use your hands when you talk to emphasize what you are saying? - can't speak unless my hands are moving...this is a proven fact
You own a huge business; What is it? - fitness center focusing on holistic health for women
Are you afraid to ask for help when you know that you need it? - I am getting over that, easier to just get help
Should adoptive kids be allowed to find their birth parents if they want to? - yes, I think it's healthier for the kid. It just makes good sense to me.
Name somebody you think died before their time. - grandparents, nephew
A friend is (rightly) suspected in a crime; Do you provide an alibi? - Only if there is one that is not fabricated!
Name the possession you've had the longest. -a stuffed orange dog, my parents gave it to me to get me to stop crying when I was a wee babe, and I still have it (it worked too, I stopped crying and went to sleep)
You're writing a novel; Is it horror, mystery, romance, etc. - mystery
You have a deep dark secret; Do you tell anyone? - my husband pretty much knows them, as does a friend of mine
Will you usually admit it when you've made a mistake? - most of the time...so hard since so many think I am so perfect. HAHAHA, I about laughed myself out of my chair with that comment.
A friend of yours has a drug addiction; Do you tell someone? - sure did, better to try to get them help than watch them kill themselves!
Whew, I am finished. Now, I guess I should "tag" someone...but, I am going to leave the option open. So, if you would like to, copy this and post it on your own blog. Just leave me a comment you are doing so - so I can head over and read it!