Monday, February 28, 2005

Global Personality Test Results
Stability (72%) high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..
Orderliness (53%) medium which suggests you are moderately organized, hard working, and reliable while still remaining flexible, efficient, and fun.
Extraversion (73%) high which suggests you are overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense too often of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
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Is your dialect Dixie or Yankee?

I scored 61% Dixie. A definitive Southern score! I guess I get it from my dad.

Try the quiz yourself.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

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Friday, February 25, 2005

Late Night Highlights

Tonight Elizabeth and I went to movie night at church (ladies only) and we watched "Return to Me". I had remembered how much that movie made me cry, but I forgot how much it made me laugh. It does a body good.

More things that "made my day" while up late in the quiet sleepy house with the dishwasher humming and swishing away...

Kathy expressing herself.

Chris has another room down. (I love that feeling of getting another room down!)

Carolyn dispells homeschooling myths.

I really dug into Amy's Brain Food

And this isn't a blog, but it's pretty cool: Epic Reality

Good news!

My mom's breast cancer has not spread anywhere else. Her oncologist gives her a 90% chance of surviving this. She starts chemo on Monday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Why do they always seem suddenly so much older after a birthday?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Dandelion Fields (Catherine & Lydia)
After the storm

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Long Live the Mommy Blogs!

You may think we mommies are sitting here spewing drivel about sick kids and soccer practice. You may think we're too wrapped up in tooth fairy visits and diaper rashes to take a worthy part in society. However, you are wrong. The white liberal intellectuals have a higher than average abortion rate, while there are many conservative Christian mommies out there having more than 1.8 children (hey... Even more than four... Or six... Or eight!). Simple demographics can tell you who will someday rule the world.... The hand that rocks the cradle of course! These simple mundane little blogs are just disguises for our battle stations. We are on active duty, educating and training the next generation that will some day outnumber the child-free in the voting booths. We're already gaining. ;o) We are fearless, we are undaunted, we embrace motherhood with our whole hearts, and if you don't like our mommy blogs, you don't have to read them... But we'll still be here encouraging other mommy blogs... Reading other mommy blogs... Linking to other mommy blogs... Because they represent the noblest and greatest of causes...

Here Mr David Brooks has written an excellent article, but his summary is off. So very far off... The New Red-Diaper Babies

We're not too busy to fight the cultural war. We're on the frontlines.

Tsunami orphan adopts 120 year old "mother"

Happy Birthday to my Sweet Mary!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Name Voyager

This is way groovy: The Baby Name Wizard's Name Voyager (even if you're not in the market for a baby name, it's still fun!!)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Bennets

Taking a cue from Zelie I've decided to rename my kids after the five daughters in one of my favorite literary works "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

Henceforth my five daughters shall be known as Jane, Elizabeth "Lizzy", Mary, Catherine "Kitty", and Lydia. It will be a bit confusing for me at first, as our Elisabeth will not be Elizabeth. ;o) But it will be fun. I've always had a hard time giving my youngest three clever names, and now this will solve the problem.

I will change their names in the side bar later.

For the third time...

My nuclear stress test was postponed. Last Monday it was postponed because the tech was sick... then I had to reschedule again because my kids were sick... and yesterday they sent me home to have a pregnancy test done at my doctor's office first, because they have to be 100% sure I'm not pg before injecting the radio-active stuff...

Steadfast was home all of two days in the past month, so I was pretty sure I wasn't pg, but now I'm really sure and I'm rescheduled for Thursday morning with my litte "not pg" note from my doctor in my fat little hand. ;o) I thought it was silly, since AF is/was due today and I really feel crampy. I'm thinking a test was unnecessary and just waiting a day or two would prove it...

My mom has her first appointment with her oncologist this morning, so I'm waiting to hear how she's doing....

Monday, February 14, 2005

Now I have to change the "lied about my age" answer...

You Are 26 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Oh really?

I read voraciously and speak six languages, but I'm not an elegant speaker, cannot wane (or wax) poetic, and all of the other suggested occupations don't quite fit either. My parents always said I'd make a good lawyer... and I did want to be a translator at the UN once. But I'm glad I didn't go there. I could just see myself today... mis-speaking on purpose...

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Friday, February 11, 2005

It's kind of official...

It looks like I have MS.

My mom says we're on quite the adventure.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

It's official

My mom does have breast cancer.

She is scheduling an appointment with an oncologist and they will run tests to see how far it has spread, and they will start her on chemo right away.

I just can't stop crying. Steadfast is still in Georgia, my kids are still sick, I still have to have my MRI and nuclear stress test done, we still have to put our house on the market... how can life keep going on like normal?

One thing that scares me, is that no one in my mom's family has ever had cancer, so I have been kind of flippant about my own risks. I had a breast tumor a few years ago, and it was benign, and I guess I just thought, that's that. Now it means that my sisters and I have a higher risk for breast cancer... because our mom does.

Go get your mammograms ladies. Why not? So your cups are turned into saucers for a few minutes. They'll get over it. It's so much better to face things in the face early, and beat them, then to wait too long and let them get a grip on you.

Steadfast is coming home!!

He'll be home on Thursday night (late) and hopefully he will get to be home a whole week before he has to go back to Georgia!!

Hopefully while he's home I can get my nuclear stress test done on my heart (re-scheduled for the third time to occur on Valentine's Day)... My MRI is scheduled for tomorrow, but if the kids are still sick I will have to reschedule that too.

My mom is at the doctor right now getting her biopsy results. Please pray!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Where I've Been

A friend lost her husband suddenly last week (aneurysm).

Steadfast was going to be in Georgia one week, home one week, in GA one week, but after a couple of days he found out it was four weeks straight in Georgia and he won't be back until February 10th. He did get 48 hours home this weekend. So I'm going through all the following alone....

My new van broke down on my way to pick up my asthma meds, my cell phone died, and no cops came along to help, and no one stopped to help in hours of rush hour traffic and me with five scared kids in the car ... it turned out no cops came by because there was an accident a block away (middle of nowhere, so the block was 1/2 mile) and I found out the accident involved the friend who lost her husband. She is in the hospital with her leg broken in three places, and she had to miss her husband's funeral.

My mom had an appointment this morning to find out if the lump in her breast is cancerous. The appointment was 5 hours ago, and I haven't heard anything yet. She does have a cell phone and she would be in a hurry to call me if everything is okay, so I won't worry. So, since she hasn't called, I'm worrying.

And 10 days ago I had my seventh miscarriage. I was almost due around the same time as my sister-in-law... The Princess and her first child were 8 days apart.

I did finally get my asthma meds when I took my sister home this afternoon. It feels good to draw a clear breath.

My realtor stopped by and asked when I'm going to have everything packed, and whether I will be finished painting the downstairs in time to show the house in a week. She already has other agents with buyers chomping at the bit to see our house.

And I don't know what is the next thing I should do... I know I need to get everything packed before I can paint. I have half-packed boxes everywhere, and I feel so overwhelmed.

We've had some landslides on the hill behind our house, and I hope they don't discourage potential buyers. The hill is stable, it's just the burned top-soil that slid...

And yesterday Steadfast called to say his boss wants us to move to Georgia, instead of Ohio after planning nearly a year toward Ohio... (and I was just about to write a sobbing e-mail to Denice) and then he called to say Ohio is back on. We're moving by April... but where????

My kids are sick and my two in diapers are having a diarrhea day. Yippee.

And I've had two separate crises involving both of my sisters that I just edited out case they read my blog...

And I still hate these font colors, but I have not found time to change them. Sorry if they hurt your eyes too.