Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Beautiful Sunrise for Alee

My daughter, Alee, is a wonderful writer.  I want to share with you something she wrote just before leaving for college.

Each sunrise symbolizes a new day. A breath of fresh air. Change. Old endings. New beginnings. The world is constantly spinning. Seasons fixate for a time, but the days move past. Changing from the buds of spring, the blooms of summer, the blood-red leaves of autumn fall and die, turning a crispy brown before the first snow follows. The cycle continues. Days, months, years fly off the calendar. Memories fade, soon forgotten and the mind is filled with fresher ones. I don't want these memories that I've collected to disappear. I want time to simply stop instead of the clock's secondhand ticking away my life. Take me back. Relive the memories. As vivid as they happened. Only in hope to remember just a little bit longer. I simply live in the past, cherishing every second only to be pushed into the future. The term "old friend" gives a bad connotation. Can they not share the good and bad happening here and now; in the present? Or is that meant for only the new friends that will become old as time moves through? Things can't stay the same forever. Only a fool would think that. But I wish I could live in a stagnant world. Press the pause button. Stare at the moment forever. Watch the blinking numbers unmoving for the rest of our days in immortality. Without change, mortality becomes non-existent. But how can I pick just one moment to live, breathe, think, remember? And how can I know that that one moment is right? Or if there is something better ahead in life? I can't. Simple. I have to press play and move on, no matter how tough it may be. Keep those old friends like new because those people are the people nearest and dearest to my heart. I can make room for the new-soon-to-become-old-like-new friends, of course, but I have to stop. Not stop time, the world or the sunrise but simply stop fearing change. Take a leap into the vast sky in hopes that I'll remember it forever instead of never taking that leap because of fear that it'd be forgotten. Trust. Faith. Things I need to find on this journey through this adventure called life. Sun, please rise. You must rise. I'll see you in the morning for that breath of sweet, fresh air.

I think she expresses beautifully, and with sentiment, exactly what it's like to be eighteen and heading toward your future.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pure genius at work...

Some very interesting progress being made here! We've heard very little, if anything, since this video first aired last November. I watched it again today and am posting it as a reminder of the wonderful things to come. I believe that these doctors are truly onto something here. Only time will tell! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A slight wardrobe malfunction...

I love this pic of the boys! Yonas is up and on the school bus before Mitch even opens his eyes, so they don't see each other most mornings. On this particular day, they'd just met up after school. They took one look at each other and started laughing. I (of course) ran for the camera. We all got a good laugh! Thier "matching" outfits were definitely unintentional, LOL! Good thing they go to different schools!

Monday, August 24, 2009

A beautiful day...for a deer?

Beautiful day, windows open...getting housework done when I look up to see a family of deer loping through my backyard. The big ones bolted but this little guy stuck around long enough for me to snap his picture! Only in Kentucky! I've lived here for thirteen years now but I don't think I'll ever get used to seeing deer in the backyard! 
I hope everyone is off to a good week. Mine is going fair... I say fair because I'm missing my college girl, Alee like you can't imagine. She is having a great time and started her first classes today. I'm hoping for a phone call from her tonight so I can hear all about it. So far, she's really liking it. Even math! Which was always her least favorite subject... Go figure.
I head out in just a few minutes to pick up the boys and then the house will be nice and noisy again! Wishing everyone a happy, productive week. I'll be posting pics soon of Yonas and Mitch. Wait till you see how much they've grown. Must be something in the water! ; )

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Today's the Day!

My baby at age three...
                                                     Making the bed at her dorm.

Alee moved into her dorm today! When we pulled up to the dorm we were met by seven strapping young men who graciously helped carry in all our things. I was very happy for this bit of good luck because we had a carload full, let me tell you! There was a suitcase mashed full, TV, VCR, fan, three bags of food, books, backpacks and four big boxes filled with who knows what? Alee's roomie is her best friend since sixth grade, which is very cool. She'd settled in just a couple of hours before and was there to greet us with a big smile. 
Thier dorm room is awesome. Small, but airy with lots of light. They have two twin beds, a couple student desks, lots of closet space and even a fridge. It was much better than I'd thought it would be. After we unloaded Alee's "tons" of stuff, I didn't stick around long. I could see they had everything they could possibly need. 
I've only been home for a few hours now. I'm still processing the whole thing. My baby is gone. But you know what? I'm okay. Better than okay! I know, this surprises me too. But seeing her so happy and eager to start her new life in college is exciting. Her happiness is my happiness. Plus, let's get real here. I have a secret weapon that I know will lure her home on the's called Arroz Con Pollo.  I'll post the recipe sometime. Yes, it's that good!
Alee with her best friend and "roomie" 
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dream the Impossible...

Good Morning! Here's a cup of coffee-ART for all you coffee enthusiasts out there. I hope everyone is having a great week. It's been a busy but good one here. First off, the kids are back to school and the house is strangely quiet during the day. That's going to take a little getting used to! It took a little doing, after a summer of leisure, to get back in the swing of things. Turning back the bedtimes was the biggy. During the summer we're pretty lax with the sleeping schedule and free time but once school's back in, we get down to business. Video games get replaced with books and bedtimes get rolled back to a decent hour. Of course, they complain a little, but deep down I know they really like having structure.
I have great kids and I really love being their mom. It's fun watching them grow as people and develop unique interests. Yonas will be starting soccer in the Fall and Mitchell is into Tae Kwon Do. I still have to shake my head when I say that. I never imagined I'd see my son walking let alone running around a dojang. You see, Mitchell, is handicapped. When he was just seven days old, he became very sick. The first six weeks of his life were spent on a respirator. We were very fortunate that he pulled through, but he was left with a condition called Cerebral Palsy that seriously affected his ability to walk. He is proof that if you work hard enough and want something badly enough-all things are possible! My son, Mitchell, who just a few years ago was dependent on a walker and wheelchair is now a green belt in Tae Kwon Do. Believe and Dream... And even impossible things become possible.

Mitch receives his green belt after testing. He got a standing ovation that day. 

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