Another loss :-/

Only two months ago, we lost our youngest child,and now we have lost another member of our family.  Misty suddenly started having difficulty breathing, and sounded as if there was fluid in her lungs.  I held her close to me all night, for fear she would pass while I slept.  At the age of 15, she has lived a good live.

She was spoiled like the baby she was, and took a piece of my heart as she crossed over the rainbow bridge.  Run free sweet girl, run free.  Mommy misses you already!

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The Un-imaginable!


I don’t even know where to begin… at the age of 29, on Monday, July 15, 2013, God has called our Christopher Ryan home.  It is a parents worst nightmare to loose a child.  A call you never want to receive!  He passed quietly in his sleep, which is the only thing that gives me any peace right now.  We just celebrated his 29th birthday on July 4th.

Topher found Chris when he went to try and wake him for his shift at work.  Chris had a habit of sleeping through his alarm, so it wasn’t unusual to get the call to wake him up.  A lot of unanswered questions right now… feeling incredibly saddened and my heart is hurting!

                                                                                    I'm Free

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My Childhood Home is Burning

BF Fire

It is hard to reconcile this in my mind! I lived in the Black Forest until I was 17 years old. This was home for a great portion of my life, my son grew up here, how can it be burning like this.  In all of my many years, I do not remember there ever being a fire there before.  So many memories! Feeling very sad…

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Phoenix Residency

Just as I expected, the Phoenix Residency was fantastic but exhausting! It didn’t help that the temperatures were in the 100’s 🙂  I met some fantastic people and got a chance to meet up with some “old friends” from the Portland Residency.

I have to admit that I was a bit overwhelmed with the prospect of the dissertation process prior to attending this residency, but really feel like I got a lot out of the information provided, talking with faculty, other colleagues, and advisors.  I am feeling like this is very do-able.


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Change,Change, and More Change!

Maturity and depth of character



DragonflyThe dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self-realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

It seems so fitting for this new stage in my life… change, change, and more change. After two years and eight months, I have resigned from my job and am looking to begin new adventures. Yesterday was bitter-sweet; I have met so many wonderful people and learned so much from them. I will miss the daily interactions with people who have had a profound impact on my professional life, and those who have become my friends.
It is time to move on, focus on my studies, and look for a new path.

I plan to take some time and attend my next residency in Phoenix at the end of the month.  I have registered for two classes next quarter, get my priorities in order, and move on!

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The BIG 50!!

It seems so hard to believe that I could be 50 years old, a quarter of a century (as Jim keeps reminding me). I have to admit that I have been struggling with it for the last month. I don’t know why, because I just don’t feel old. 50 is the new 40, right!?! Well, the day has come and gone and I survived.

I had a nice pre-birthday on Sunday going to the Zoo with Jim. We enjoyed seeing the animals and trying to avoid the dive-bombing geese! Yesterday, we had lunch with Chris and Topher, and then went to see the Croods in 3D. It was an entertaining movie.

Later, we played UNO… they show no mercy! I should have won!!! Finished the day with Hungarian Pork Chops and French Silk Pie 🙂 The only thing that would have made it better would be having all three boys home… missed you Jimmy.


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Computer Genius?

My computer geniusEither he is a computer genius or he is upset that he isn’t the center of attention. My guess is the latter. Watching football tends to take priority for everyone.

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I Survived My First Academic Residency

Who knew??  I was told that it would be an exhausting 5 days, and they were right!  All in all, it was a great experience, but I must say that hours of APA style and library research can get to you.  It really was bigger than that.  My cohort was a combination of Health Sciences and Education, which provided great insights into our discussions.  I have started thinking about dissertation topics, although I have some serious work to do in that area.  I met some really wonderful people and hope to carry those friendships with me for a long time.

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Wishing a fond farewell to a wonderful baby!  Mack came into our lives three months ago when his daddy took his own life and left him without someone to care for him and love him.  A co-worker told me about his predicament and Jim and I decided to try and make it work with our three babies.  Unfortunately, Mack is just like all Bulldogs and it just was not a great fit for our family.  Although he got along well with Boots, with Misty’s age, Hauns’ diabetes and subsequent blindness, it was just too difficult!  We were able to find Mack a wonderful new home through Great Rock Bulldogs.  He is with other bulldogs and has found a loving home.  We will miss you!

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Jim’s BIG Day! Happy 50th baby!

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What an exciting and fun day!  Jim turns 50, but we all had a party!  What more could we ask for!?!  All the boys were home, we had go-cart racing, then dinner with family at Dukes Steakhouse!  Bob and Mona were here visiting and joined us for dinner along with Momma C.

Birthday Dinner

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