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Wife to Andy and mother of 3 beautiful girls. Jenna(15), Zoie(10) and Baylee(10). Working hard to raise Awareness of Angelman Syndrome, and helping raise money for a cure.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Tribute to Jared Harmon

Jared Scott Harmon....what can I say? You were a man of many words, some that were made up and not in the English dictionary. Your "twang" in the way you spoke, your laughter at your own jokes (some of them VERY funny! some not....just to you, and that's ok!) You didn't know a stranger. Everyone loved you! You were a good son, brother, uncle, husband, father, and friend. All who met you, never forgot you! You were witty. Not an ounce of selfishness. You were a hick, and proud of it. People liked you the way you were, if not....it wasn't your problem! (although, I can't recall anyone that hated you!)

I know, that you will be missed. I know also, that you will be with us all.....always! And, you were very lucky to have the life experiences you had while here on earth, but that there are many more experiences left for you to experience. Your life was not in vain. Each person has their purpose, and I believe you fulfilled it. You brought joy to people. And will continue to bring joy through memories and laughter. We are all blessed to have known you, Jared. We love you, and will miss you dearly and look forward to the day when we will join you in His kingdom to live life eternal.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Weekend Barbecue

We had a barbecue with a bunch of friends on Saturday. Lots of kids running around our back yard. I think when I added them all up, there was a total of 29, plus my three. The kids brought swim suits. They played in our little blow up pool, and in the sprinklers. A couple of water guns were brought along for the occasion.

There was a TON of good food. We provided the meat, and everyone brought a side dish or dessert. Among the goodies, we had greek pasta salad (yummy!), Missouri Caviar (delicious, yet nutritious), key lime pie, and bon bons (heavenly...both desserts), there was also a crushed up cookie, almost pudding like dessert. All very good!! (not so good on my diet! but I managed!)

**Recipe for Missouri Caviar**
3 (15 oz) cans of black-eyed peas (rinsed and drained)
1 red or green pepper
1/4 to 1/2 c of green onion
jalapenos to taste
1 tsp. garlic
1 bottle of Zesty Italian Salad dressing

Mix everything together and use enough dressing to coat the mixture. Serve with tortilla chips.

This recipe was so good, I had to get it from the person who brought it. I will probably be making it this week to take to something else.

Unfortunately I did not have my camera out for this wonderful day! We were blessed to have the perfect weather for a barbecue. We had a very enjoyable time, and the kids had a GREAT time! My kids especially, as you all know, Zoie and Baylee are water lovers! So, this was up there in the list of highlights in their lives, I'm sure!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Victory in the Valley

On Saturday, June 6th, we did a 3k walk for Victory in the Valley. It is a non-profit organization that helps out people who are diagnosed with cancer. There is counseling available for families. They will pay for medications if someone cannot afford them. They will provide a place to stay for families that are away from home. My mom never had to use this organization when going through her fight with cancer, but she asked us if we wanted to walk with her, and we were proud to do it! Walking and getting exercise, and walking for a great cause at the same time!

Here we are all decked out in our Victory in the Valley Walk/Run t-shirts!

Zoie and Baylee were thoroughly enjoying the outdoors. Jenna was just happy to be out and doing something other than staying at home. She loves to keep busy during the summer. And, she was very happy to walk for such a great cause! She is so compassionate and loving! It makes me so proud to be her mom!

My mom's boss's wife was recently diagnosed with cancer. We were invited to be a part of her walking team. They were Shirley's Striders 4 Life. My mom works for the President of Wichita State University. So, naturally WU Shock made an appearance, and we HAD to have our photo taken with him!

Besides enjoying the people-watching, Zoie and Baylee LOVED the pancakes that were served at the breakfast! That's my girls! They love their food! If you go somewhere and there is food, they'll be happy!! Here's Baylee getting a taste!

And, Zoie..... well, she has to check everything over real good before taking a bite..."looks like there's plenty of syrup....I'm goin' in!!!"
There were also clowns making balloon figures. Jenna asked for a flower. Here she is posing with her posey!
Zoie's enjoying a little smooch from Poppie!

After the walk was over, they had what they call a Celebration Stroll. This stroll is for those who survived cancer. We did this walk with my mom. After this walk is completed, they have the survivors get a purple balloon. They then go to a higher point, on a bridge. The song "Lean on Me" was played by the band, and as they neared the end of the song, the survivors let go of their balloons. So funny, I never thought of that song in the way I thought of it that day. I got teary eyed as the survivors released their balloons. I was so proud of my mom for being a fighter!
The day was perfect! The forecast was 96 degrees. We were lucky to be finished with the walk before noon. The temperature was just starting to creep up, but we were there during the coolest part of the day, and there was a gentle breeze. We walked as a family, and enjoyed each other's company. It was a wonderful experience. My goal is to be able to do the 5k run next year, as I am working running into my walking that I do each day. I definitely don't expect to win, but it sure is a fun experience to be there with all those people working for a common cause!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I love Diamond Reo for this!

Apparently Diamond Reo has played this song numerous times at their concerts, and they always have a standing ovation! I love it!!!

In God We Trust! I don't think I need to say anything else!