Saturday, August 6, 2011


I was not planning to post today, not because I did not have anything to say, but because my mind was on overload. Maybe posting will unload it a little. 
In the past seven days there have been more questions than answers.
Maybe that’s how life is most of the time.  For me this week was intense.  Some things you cannot pay back but you can pay it forward.  We have been given the opportunity to do that. 
We spent five days in Dallas last week and are headed back there tomorrow.  It happens to be a month we have the luxury to be gone.
I have watched a dear friend watch her husband struggle to stay alive until a liver can be found. The struggle is ugly and it goes on today…
and if you pray specifically, please pray for no infection, for his sodium level to increase.   He is now in ICU on dialysis 24/7, he has super low blood pressure, sodium levels that come close to taking him off the transplant list and a multitude of other complications.  Dianne has not had one night away from the hospital in 5 weeks.
It has been our privilege to just “be there if she needs us.  We came home just long enough to do laundry and pay bills, kiss the little's and repack.  It’s been a heart wrenching week. 
Jack and I had the opportunity to pray with a stranger in the waiting room, a lady that had just learned her brother was getting a liver after 8 months and she was scared to death.  I may never see that lady again, but I will never forget her face. 
I hate hospitals and just walking in Baylor made my heart race.  We spent the hours having long talks about days gone by, football, kids, grandkids; I even got an occasional laugh and smile from Keith and that was as valuable as gold.
He can have little pain medication as his liver no longer is able to filter it out…so he is in great pain. Every few days they drain 7 plus liters of fluid off his stomach.   I would look across the room at Jack and see a MIRACLE and know that Keith could be one too.  Life is hard right now for Diane and Keith and their boys.
Then the economy splattered.  Keith is a stock market man, so he would constantly ask about what was happening…not good news.  I could get political here, but B Obama promised change…I hope this was not what he had in mind.  And then to see America..America The Beautiful, lose it’s triple A credit rating…I want get started.

Today I woke up to the tragic death of all the Navy Seals in Afghanistan.  A few hours later find out one of the dead is the son of our banker.  Life is hard tonight for the Reeves family. I don’t know Rob Reeves, but I know he went to work everyday to keep you and keep me safe and free. 
So it has not been a week of many answers…a week full of questions…these are the weeks, you hum “Because He Lives”

I heard a new song that I love….
you may know it but it was new to me…

I Call You Faithful


My favorite line is “I Call You All That”…..

If you have started Pinterest…check out my boards…I am obsessed…so much fun

Sunday, July 31, 2011


This  is just one of my “random posts”, but the title is a warning.  If you have an addictive personality like me, this might not be a place to camp out. All I needed was one more addiction. Pinterest !!
I am officially addicted and it is one of the most fun things I have done in a long time….Consolidate my loves, dreams, hopes, words, pictures, cravings onto one page. 
If you are doing it….let me know so I can follow you.  I think you can find me at Teresa Powell. 
I think it is even going to be a great asset during tree season for ideas.
We are in Dallas (106 degrees)  for a few days (with no little's which is rare and a little sad) to encourage some friends.
I did something yesterday that brought a flood of memories back.  I walked in Baylor Hospital, the same door that I walked in ten months ago, not knowing it I would find Jack alive. 
I looked at him as he dropped me off at the door yesterday (he is that kind of guy) and went to find a parking place and thought “What a miracle!”

One of my high school friends who was in our wedding, (whose husband was my first crush)….a million years ago, is sitting in a very small room watching him rapidly  decline as he waits for a liver transplant. 
As of Friday he was moved from the number 5 spot to the number 1 spot… …so he needs a liver quick.  We are just here to encourage them….Jack even gave him a little 4th quarter football talk last night.  When the liver shuts down everything is affected and tomorrow may mean dialysis.  I am praying that a liver becomes available today.

Looking at him last night made me really think about organ donation.  Someone has to die for him to have a chance to live. 
Heavy words

We are staying through the middle of the week hoping we can help out, bring a smile, give a cup of hope. Please say a prayer for Dianne and Keith.
If you have read my blog awhile, you will know little Ashley that I have ask prayer for so many times.    She is turning six this week.  She still has huge medical issues, another transplant in her  near future…but she is at home now and Trish is throwing her a HUGE PARTY
I am so honored to be invited and looking forward to attending.
Be sure and stop by the holiday blog and read Terri’s post.  She has been working hard to get her Etsy shop up and running.
We are just days away from getting in elf mode.  The temperature makes that miserable…I just looked at my phone and they are forecasting 109 here in Dallas for Tuesday…For this gal that loves cold weather, that is torture. 

In a little over two weeks, that  BABY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, begins middle school…I cannot explain the emotions that stirs in me.  He changed my life 12 years ago and I will never recover from falling so madly in love with him.
He has no idea how much of  my heart he owns.
And to make it even better, he is just the coolest kid. 
Parker Powell, I love you with everything in me.
          parker grown up
How fast the years have gone.  How blessed I feel to be his Grammy.

Parker favorite pic
Back to pinning..Have a great week…I am determined to get back to reading and commenting on my favorite blogs…

I am coming up on a big number on my blog, so look for a good giveaway soon…

I am going to market this week while here in Dallas to buy a little Christmas…somehow Christmas and 100 degree plus weather just does not go together.

And not to be political, but I THINK the guys in Washington are a JOKE..Talk about a circus…Some of them might consider joining the circus.