Monday, February 25, 2013

Not Your Average 13 Year Old

I saw a video of Katie Francis a few weeks back at a 3-gun event.  She was quite an impressive shot.  But to then watch this video and hear more of her story... she's not just an impressive shot, but a pretty phenomenal girl. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Florida & Wedding

We went down to St. Pete Beach this past weekend for JC's sister Becky's wedding.  It was such a great weekend, we didn't want to come home!  It was wonderful to spend the weekend with family and to top it off, Shelly and Tegan got the go ahead from the doctors to join us! 

The beautiful couple!
Shelly and Tegan

Making use of the dance floor
Visiting aquarium

Enjoying the beach


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

42 Years

After 42 years, 4 kids, 2 grandkids (it will be 3 very soon!), my parents are still rocking it.

Happy anniversary to the best set of folks a kid could ask for, love you!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

The hubs and I have never really celebrated Valentine's Day.  We do the whole card thing and plan on having supper together, but no presents or chocolates or any of that crap.  It just doesn't hold much appeal for me and let's face it, what man finds it appealing? 

This year I was surprised at work with a flower delivery and while it caught me completely off guard, I have to admit that I thought, "Oh that was sweet of him," but in the back of my mind, I was really thinking what a waste of money it was. 

Then I got the following text from Monkey's daycare owner...

"Your husband just got the "Coolest Dad on the Planet" Award.  He sent L flowers and a teddy bear for Valentine's Day!"

Now sending me flowers is nice, but sending her flowers?  Superb.  

Take heed fellas... we all know the way to a man's heart is through his belly.  The way to a woman's?  Well I think I discovered it's through her kids! 
**Winner of the Valentine's Day giveaway is Jill!  Send an email to me at and I'll get your gift certificate mailed to you!** 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Paying it Forward

Born to Pharm recently celebrated their second blog birthday and they had a little giveaway with a Dally Designs $25 gift certificate being the prize.  I love that all the products are made from used team roping ropes. So creative!

I was the fortunate winner and I thought I would share the love by passing on the gift certificate to one lucky reader of my own.

You can enter up to two times:

1) Because this is a farm and firearm blog, leave a comment telling me why you love either of the two.

2) Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment with your twitter handle.

Giveaway will close on Valentine's Day, good luck!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Shelly Update

** UPDATE  2-6-12**
Results came back that Shelly has staph pneumonia.  The doctors refuse to stop treating for fungal though and now they also want to treat for GVHD of lungs which is another unpleasant treatment. This is how it all started when her friend Kristy passed, so it's a very scary and frustrating situation.  Please keep the prayers coming. 

It's been a while since I've posted an update for Shelly and Tegan on here.... that's because things had been going so wonderfully.  They were both released from the hospital and staying at their apartment in Gainesville.

Tegan is still doing great, she's almost up to 10 pounds now!  Considering the fact she was only 2 pounds, 12 ounces at birth (10/11/12), this is astounding!  Vision is a big concern for preemies, but her eye exam showed normal development.  She is a little fighter and is thriving! 

On the other hand, Shelly still needs prayers.  She is still fighting her chemo induced heart failure and has gotten some forms of Graft Versus Host disease.  At the end of January, her immune system was about 91% JC's, so what is happening is that JC's cells are attacking the remaining Shelly cells. 

In preparation for her move back home, the doctors removed the central line from her chest (which seems to have stirred up some bacteria) and she developed a fever and was admitted back into the hospital this past Thursday.   Originally they thought it was either bacterial or fungal pneumonia with fever as a side effect, but they results came back today as inconclusive so they now want to do a biopsy of her lung.  Please pray for a safe procedure with no lung collapse and for quick healing so she can get out of the hospital and back home with her family!