Sailing, rock climbing and camping :

This month is an exciting one! My apologies for the posts being a little unpredictable lately.   They may be that way until school is dismissed for summer.  Our daughter has a pretty hectic schedule and I’m chaperoning and providing assistance for  the 8th grade graduation.

Last week I accompanied Amber to her first track meet.  She attends a Waldorf Charter school where they only practiced the events once or twice.  She placed 3rd in the 800 Meter, competed in the Java line and tried the high jump (for the 1st time) since she missed out on performing in the put shot and long jump.

This week we pleasured in sailing with her class on the river.  The weather was delightful as the warm sun danced and sparkled across the calm river.  The kids were brimming with joy as they experienced their first sailing adventure.   It was a pleasure watching them as they grew confident in their sailing skills.  

Next week I’ll be chaperoning our daughter and her class to a local rock climbing gym.   The excitement is hard to contain.  Experiencing all of these firsts with her has been wonderful!  Next week her class will be camping for 4 days and will take in 2 plays at the annual Renaissance fair.  We’ve enjoyed a great month,  I hope yours is as exciting!

Happy mother’s day!
#2inspire4ward  #HappyMother’sDay


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A True Friend:

They are far and few between.  I have a very dear friend who I would like to introduce.  Her name is Elizabeth and she is 90 years old.  Her friendship is truly genuine and I cherish her deeply.

I’ve known her for a little longer than 15 years.   We first met shortly after moving to a small rural community where my husband opened an automotive repair and towing company.   She and her husband Ed owned and ran Gasoline Alley Wrecking Yard just outside of town.  Rick would occasionally go out to the yard, visit with Ed and Elizabeth and help them out around the yard.  After forming a friendship with them, Ed sold Rick one of his prized show tow trucks. 

At times I was lucky enough to go along and visit with Elizabeth.  She’s such an interesting woman and never failed to have some amazing stories!   They had lived in 50 of our 52 states, had an extraordinary marriage and quite an eventful life full of success and heartache.  She’s a spectacularly strong, independent woman with great knowledge and life experience.  Elizabeth has motivated my own strength and independence and inspired me to encourage this in our daughter and in others.  Thank you Elizabeth!

Unfortunately, she lost Ed (the love of her life) about 8 years ago.  She continues maintaining their country home and property still to this day.  She heats the home with wood that she packs in off the porch, rakes the large yard and performs the upkeep of the home too.  She has no TV or radio and instead is entertained by reading murder mystery novels in the evening.

We often exchange letters,  holiday cards and photographs.  We have wonderful phone conversations during which she never fails to inquire about each family member.  I  hope you have a cherished friend as special as my friend Elizabeth.

Save America!

 Bet She Regrets Asking The Question A MUST SEE

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:47:02 -0800

She’s got it right!
Telling it like it is……………
The moderator of the panel discussion is superb!
This is about as good as it gets. Please check out the response from the female speaker on the panel.
Please send this to every American Citizen you know, and ask that they do the same, and so on………

Collapsed Veins:

This past week I experienced having a vein collapsed.   I was shocked when the phlebotomist announced that he had just collapsed my vein.  He told me that he had used too large of a needle!  I was not happy.

Frightened, not knowing exactly what that meant,  I did some research.  According to
some of the reasons this may happen include having the tourniquet placed too tightly, when too large of a tube is being used or someone is dehydrated.  It is also  extremely important that they release the tourniquet before removing the needle!

From here on,  I will pay close attention to what and how it is being done.  Personally,  I recommend that you do also, and stay hydrared!  Thankfully,  the vein will  repair itself.  However,  you should not have blood drawn from the same area for 2-3 weeks.  If you have had a similar experience, please feel free to share in the comments section.  Thank you and good health to you and your loved ones!

The “Dark Horse” 3d Battalion, 5th Marines and their families:

I recently received this email from a family member.  I pray that you will read it, pray for these military men and their families and please share this post with everyone you know.  Thank you in advance for your support and prayers!

REST assured, that  NOTHING will be mentioned from the White House where the “resident” lives , nor nothing from the liberal media or TV media for the most part, should honor service military for the sacrifices these guys gave and their families deserve compassion.   He is rude and hateful to all American citizens.  How do you feel?
Subject :Fwd: : Request for Prayers
—– Forwarded Message —–
We are asking everyone to say a prayer for the “Dark Horse” 3d Battalion, 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 12 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE this message spread if more people could pass it on.
Nothing has been in the media about these guys because no one seems to care.
They are: Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matthew Weikert, 29; Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Chase Stanley, 21; Jesse Reed, 26; Matthew Johnson, 21; Zachary Fisher, 24; Brandon King, 23; Christopher Goeke, 23; SheldonTate, 27.
All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week. Please Honor THEM by forwarding this.