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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

HISTORY IN THE MAKING


Today, like millions of Americans, I find myself glued to the television set as the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, America's 44th President of the United States, grows near. My husband, who is an electrical contractor, is out working in frigid temperatures today. Even so, he's managed to carve out an hour to come home for lunch so that we can watch this incredible moment in history together. I am filled with anticipation and a great sense of hope for the American people. In one of Obama's recent speeches, it was gratifying to hear him address the American people in a manner I'd not heard a President do before. He named us, showing equal regard to men, women, black, white, Hispanic, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, believer, non-believer, disabled or abled. He said no matter who we are–we all share a commonality–we are all Americans. Freedom as such, it was what this great country was founded on. Today, as we near this monumental day in history, I feel incredibly proud to have played my small part in it all by casting that vote last November. I don't think I'm alone when I say that I feel a sense of great hope for our tomorrow, and I look forward to seeing where this great man will lead our country.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

YONAS IS OFFICIALLY SEVEN!


  WE BAKED A CHOCOLATE CAKE! Okay...really, I just read the directions and the kids made one fabulous cake!
When Yonas first came home a little over two years ago, there was a little confusion about his birthdate. On his Ethiopian birth certificate, instead of month-day-year, it was day-month-year. It took us awhile to figure out our mistake.  He ended up having two birthdays that year.  He didn't seem to mind, though! Today, he is officially seven. We had a great birthday celebration and I'm pretty certain we even got the day right!    


Friday, January 2, 2009

MY HEROES


CLAY, MITCH, AND SURVIVOR'S JEFF PROBST AT AN EVENT CALLED "A TIME FOR HEROES" HOSTED BY THE EGPAF. IT'S A VERY SPECIAL DAY OF FUN THAT RAISES FUNDING FOR PEDIATRIC AIDS RESEARCH.

MY FAMILY AND I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF GETTING TO KNOW JEFF OVER THE YEARS, THROUGH THIS EVENT.  MY KIDS LOVE THIS GUY! IT'S IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO.  HE IS A TRULY REMARKABLE PERSON WHO WOULD MOVE MOUNTAINS FOR THESE KIDS IF HE COULD.  

Thursday, January 1, 2009

THE GROVE





Forget Me Not

by 

Suzan Stirling


Beneath the shimmering willow tree,

 It is where you’ll find me.


Initials carved into knotty bark

 A token of my love for you  

A delicate vine clings ‘round tree’s trunk.

Breathe in the tall, sweet grass 

This is where you’ll find me.


When winds gust autumn 

And tree rains gold upon mud Earth below

If you should need me, 

Here is where you’ll find me.


Where crimson clouds blaze bold across the setting stage

 And tree,

A charcoal silhouette 

Stands tall against the crooked sky

That is where you’ll find me. 


Ill rest beneath the untouched snow

Until doves come calling and mystic rivers flow.  

 Forget me not, for one hundred years from now 

It is here, that you will find me

Waiting,

As one with all God’s creation

 To once again, be born anew.