Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A "Chicken Noodle Soup" kind of day...

It's cold today. And gray. And rainy. Just all around sad. It's not actually that "cold" in terms of what cold is in Michigan (we're supposed to hit like 59 degrees, I think), but it's significantly colder than it's been, and that makes a big difference. Add to that the rain and gray and it just looks sad outside.

I can tell I miss the sunshine - it stays dark until like 7:45am right now in the mornings. That makes everything harder - getting out of bed, getting ready for work/school - the whole nine yards. Plus, we've had something like 14 days of sunshine in a row, so I can REALLY tell it's missing. Of course before that, we had like 3 days STRAIGHT of pouring rain, but that was 2 weeks ago, lol, and the sunshine made up for it.

It just feels like a chicken noodle soup, stay home and veg, kind of day. Funny thing is that I actually had homemade chicken noodle soup on the menu for tonight when I did it this past weekend. Last night we had homemade macaroni and cheese. That was yummy. It's wasn't really cold yesterday (mid 60's, I think), but the rain and gray were hanging around, so it was nice to combat the weather that way :)

Anyhow, I guess I'm just in "one of those moods" today. I'll feel better when the weather evens out (I don't mind chilly - I hate rollercoaster hot and cold) and the leaves start to change.

I did get some of the fall work done in my flower beds this weekend. Pulled out ALL the dead stuff. My poor mums are not doing so well (I think they were being crowded out by some of the wildflowers that grow rampant in there), but it looks like my roses just might bloom one last time before the cold sets in! That would be REALLY nice to see!! And then I bought a new mum plant (purple this time, as opposed to the yellow in the garden out front) to put on the kitchen table. It looks really nice there.

Yesterday Logan and I went to Hobby Lobby and I got some "fallish" stuff to help me switch gears. A really cute metal scarecrow that hangs on the wall, and then a REALLY yummy new candle - Orange Pumpkin scent - for my candle warmer. In fact, I'll be stopping in there again tonight after work. I need a new candle warmer for work and I want to pick up another candle in that scent so I have one at home and one at work.

Thankfully the wet and gray should clear out of here by Thursday night, and we're looking at an absolutely gorgeous weekend. Perfect temps - mid 60's - and lots of sun :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Life in the here and now...

I can't believe it's been THIS long since I posted a blog!! Time just got away from me, I think. It looks like there could be some REALLY big changes on the horizon for our family. I don't want to jinx it, but I'll keep everyone posted as soon as there's something worth updating.

Until then, pray for us. Timing is everything, and I've been praying that when the timing is right, God make it PERFECTLY CLEAR that this is what we're supposed to do. At this point, it sure seems that way, so I pray that faithfulness continues. How blessed am I, that He always follows through on His promises!!!

I'll update again - soon I hope. But God willing, of course.

Until then, take care :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Timing is everything.


If you live in the area, that's the accident the shut down the highway yesterday afternoon. That's right before my exit, and because I had to stop and get Joshua some new soccer shoes, I came through there later than I usually do. God put me there, though, because I was one of the very first people to get to that accident, and the only one with any kind of medical training. I had to take a First Aid class for my major because in the field of Criminal Justice, Youth Services, I would be considered a first responder. So, not only do I know basic first aid, I'm also required to know "more" than that - the same kind that volunteer firefighters do.

Anyhow, I came through RIGHT after it happened - like the dust hadn't settled yet. I saw the car in the left lane facing backwards, and the man slumped over the airbag. I pulled over and ran to the car to check on him. He was unconscious but breathing, so I considered him "stable". I didn't see the accident, so I didn't know where the other vehicle was. It was about 1/8 of a mile down the road, off in the willy weeds, almost to the chain link fence. After making sure the first victim was stable and assigning someone to stay with him, I ran down the road to check on the van. No one had been down there yet. Luckily, the driver was up moving around. He had some pretty good cuts, and I'm sure he's gonna be sore, but he was ok.

By the time I brought the other guy down the road to where the other guy was, he had woken up. He was very distraught, though, understandably. His arm was caught in the door and it all cut up, but I couldn't get to it, so luckily it wasn't gushing blood. All I could see of him, between the smashed car and the airbag, was his left side, from the waist up. After what felt like forever (even though it was only a couple of minutes), the first police officer got on scene. I was more than happy to let him take over. I had to wait around for a while with the other victim - let him use my cell phone to call his boss (it was a work van), and keep him calmed down, but not too long. Since I didn't see the accident happen, I was released from the scene.

I was fine when I was barking orders, keeping people calm, and in control of the situation, but I'll tell ya, when I got into my van to leave, I started shaking like a leaf. And then my stomach started to hurt. For the rest of the afternoon I couldn't focus on anything. Then I was ok for the evening, but it got REALLY bad when I tried to fall asleep last night. I just kept re-playing everything over and over and over and over again....... And then when I drove past where it happened this morning on my way to work, I started to shake and my stomach started to hurt again.

Say a prayer that the older man ends up being ok. He had to be extricated from his car. He was airlifted to the hospital, but I heard he was upgraded from critical to fair condition in the middle of the night last night. The other driver only had minor injuries - lots of cuts from glass shards, but I can't imagine how shaken up he must be. I'm a mess and I wasn't even in the accident...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The video is up!!

Thank you, Wood TV 8 for putting the video up for us!!! Here's the link you've been waiting for!!!!!


Friday, September 5, 2008


The story is online - here's the link:

There was a voicemail waiting on my phone after work... the story is airing TONIGHT!!!!!!

It'll be on Wood TV 8 here in Grand Rapids. They are going to do a little clip about it around 5:00pm and then the full story will be around 5:50pm. I don't know if they will re-air it during the 6:00pm news or not, or if it'll be online, but if you aren't able to catch it at 5:50pm, both of those are worth a shot. The new's website is: http://www.woodtv.com There's a chance it'll be up there sometime tonight.

If you watch, let me know what you think - I don't think I can watch it....... There should be some really cute footage of Joshua at least - he was building a Lego house when they came over and they taped some of that. And he was a HAM when they were asking him some questions on camera.

Anyhow - enjoy!!

No news yet...

Well... no email from Rachael Ruiz yet about my interview. Stand Up To Cancer is tonight, and she's a weekend anchor, so there is a decent chance that if it doesn't air today, it might air tomorrow. So, keep an eye on Wood TV 8 over the weekend if you don't hear from me.

I did check Wood TV online and it doesn't look like it's aired yet. I thought about emailing Rachael but I didn't want to sound like a pest. Especially since I'm not going to watch myself...

Anyhow - if I get an email or a phone call I will update as soon as possible. Of course I'm out of town tomorrow, so hopefully I don't get a call while en route to IKEA in Canton. That would make it tough to update the blog from across the state and without my laptop... (Which I might actually bring just in case - I'm sure I can find wireless internet somewhere on the East side of the state...)

So, keep an eye on the blog, and on Wood TV 8 here in Grand Rapids. If you see the interview, please keep all constructive criticism to yourself, LOL - I'm terrified that I was rambling a little bit and I don't want to know, LOL. In this case, ignorance is bliss :) I will, however, be more than happy to accept compliments in the form of "you were awesome" or "that brought me to tears - in a good way" or even "wow, you looked great on TV" LOL.

Ok, enough of that. I'll update if I hear anything....

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of First Grade!

What a big day! Joshua had a great time. We'll see how long it takes him to adjust to having full days of school 5 days a week!!!

Pics of the Birthday Boy!!

Here he is on the way to Craig's Cruisers:

Taking a break from the arcade:

Ready for a Go-Kart ride!