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This is my 100th post in this blog! They say a blogger should make their 100th post special…it is a milestone after all.

However, I’m a little “blank” tonight. Or actually, my mind is a little full- lots of details swirling around about a lot of stuff.

I think I’ll have to make Post 101 or 102 the one that celebrates this blog. In the meantime, I’m going to take a break and go watch “Survivor!”


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Lydia and monarch butterfly

Lydia loves nature: dogs, leaves, birds, bugs and exploring. We spied this beautiful monarch butterfly in the backyard. Lydia was a little leery of holding the butterfly, so we put it on her foot.  I haven’t seen anything much more adorable than that little baby foot adorned by God’s colorful creation!

Amanda's candy sushi

Amanda had a Survivor party, to celebrate the first show of this season of Survivor. The show is set in China this year, so Amanda made some “faux” sushi out of fun, sweet ingredients. The round ones are slices of Twinkies wrapped in Fruit Rollups with a fruit -shaped candy on top. The larger piece is a Rice Krispie treat, topped with a Swedish fish candy, also wrapped with a Fruit Rollup. Isn’t Amanda clever?!

A couple of comments about Survivor: This is still one of my favorite shows. I love to watch the unfolding of the group and individual dynamics in forming a Survivor community. I would LOVE to be on the show, but I don’t think I would last past one or two tribal councils. “Too bossy.” Kristen, Amanda and I watched the season premiere together.


Enjoy some highlights from Jason’s 27th Birthday:


A couple of shots from Kids Club this week:


Here’s a peek at our middle schoolers playing games, then getting together for Bible Study and prayer:


Our ministry night this week ended up with Jason calling the police. A big fight broke out at the back of our ministry apartment. People were being thrown against our back wall and our back porch. It seemed to be instigated by “The Bloods”; a gang in our complex…with outside interference by moms and/or wives wielding pipes and sticks. Four police cars eventually responded, and we were able to let our kids go home. Yikes!

This video from my phone is not at all clear, but it might give you a bit of an idea. I was filming through our sliding glass door, between the slats of the blinds!!



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Survivor “Winners”

I just want to say: Cheaters never win and winners never cheat. Are you listening, Dreamz?

I love Survivor– but I hated Dreamz’ lack of integrity and his double-crossing Yau-man.  

You can take the kid off the street, but you sure can’t take the street out of the kid.

Go, Yau-man. You’re a Super-man in my book!!

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Yesterday I did something I would have never thought I would do: I walked and ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta. First of all, I am not much of an activist as related to health care. On top of that, some of what I see about breast cancer has seemed to relate to feminism for which I am not a supporter.

However, yesterday was wonderful. First of all, Amanda and her childhood friends , the Sister Chicks (see some their blogs here: Becky, Kristen, Staci– do any of the rest of you have blogs??) decided as a group that they and their moms (of which I am one) would run in this thing. So, I eventually paid my $25 entrance fee and kind of forgot about it. Well, to my surprise, it turned out to be a very moving and inspirational day. Plus, we had really cute shirts. Thanks, Becky!

A unique part of this race was wearing In Memory Of or In Celebration Of pink signs on our backs. I did not see a single person in that entire crowd who did not have a pink sign on their back. So many people affected by breast cancer.

In our case, Amanda and I both wore signs in honor of Ann Marie Griggs Weinberg, my mother-in-law/Amanda’s grandmother. Ann died in October of 2006 of breast, lung, liver and colon cancer. The touching part of the signs was as hundreds of people, mostly women, gathered around the sign-making station, there were many, many tears as names of loved ones were written down and pinned on t-shirt backs. I am choked up right now thinking about it. One young girl near us was sobbing as she wrote down her mother’s name. Amanda and I had tears in our eyes thinking about Grandmama Ann and how dear she was and still is to us. What a marvelous way to honor the memories of our loved ones!

Many people were able to attend the race in celebration of their loved one who had survived breast cancer. Kristen (above) and her mom, Glenda, who is a survivor both walked the race yesterday. What a blessing to see Glenda cross that finish line- not just marking the end of the 5k, but the marking of victory over breast cancer. It was moving and almost breath-taking to see her and others walk down that Survivor’s Lane.

As the race began, we were at the back of the pack of thousands of people. When I got a glimpse of the massive crowd stretched over the streets, I just rejoiced on the inside over the goodness of God. And I don’t care what anyone else thinks, God received glory yesterday, although his name was not mentioned publicly. HE is the healer of breast cancer and the giver of knowledge to researchers, scientists and doctors. What a wonderful time in which we live that cancers are being beaten everyday and someone like Glenda can walk down the Survivors’ lane figuratively and in reality. But this success is not because we participate in a fundraising event or because wonderful foundations like the Susan G. Komen exist- it’s because God is good and He loves us! He wants you and me to be healed- of breast cancer, depression, relationship difficulties, fear, lack or whatever else the devil tries to throw at us.

So when I saw the thousands of people walking yesterday, I just told the Lord that this was all for His glory for bringing healing to women world-wide. I love Him!!

BTW- Channel 2 interviewed Staci and me and most of us in our group got on TV. I’ll try to post it soon!

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My TV Shows

Before we had TiVo, I barely watched TV- like for about 10 years. But since, TiVo; oh my goodness, I have my fave shows. And I hate when this time of year comes around, because all of my shows are ending!!

Survivor:I was just screaming at Yau-man tonight to use that Immunity Idol…and he did!!! Whew, that was a close one. It took him forever to stand up and reveal it! I want Yau to win!!! He’s is one of the best characters on Survivor ever: filled with integrity, listens more than he talks, is kind and loyal and he’s really cute in a turtle-ish sort of way!

Amazing Race: why won’t they call me?? I’ve applied twice! I didn’t strongly care who won this time- but when it came right down to it, I was happy that Eric and Danielle made it. Eric was soooo close the first time he raced. It would have been extremely difficult for him to lose again after getting into the top three a second time. ( I was really glad the hippies won on Eric’s other season though.) Just a side note- The Orange Conference I was at this week…Blake from Season 2 was there as a vendor, promoting his new shoe line; Tom’s Shoes. For each pair sold, he gives a pair to needy children in 3rd world countries. Click here for a link to a moving video that tells his story.

Lost!!!!!!!! Oh man- I don’t know what to say. Click on my daughter’s blog for her recap. She and I talked about this at length today because both of our husbands were asleep during the show last night and we had to talk about it with someone! The whole Jacob scene was so scary, I couldn’t even rewind and watch it again. Typically, when there are really intense scenes on Lost, I go back over them frame by frame with my TiVo remote. But I was too “scared” last night. So, tonight when both Darrell and I were home, we watched it in slo-mo together!

After last night’s episode, I did really begin to think through the idea that all the characters who have come to the island after the Dharma Initiative people arrived, with the exception of those who have been recruited/brought to the island by Ben and the Others are actually dead- off the island. For example, the Flight 815 crash victims are actually dead. Desmond actually died on his sailboat and just drifted onto the island. Naomi, the parachute girl did actually die. AND THEN, these dead people come back to life when they somehow touch the island. Here’s the thing though, if they somehow were able to leave the island, they would not contine to live. In other words, the only life they can now have is on the island. Is that why Locke blew up the submarine? He knew Jack would actually die if he got into the sub and they began moving away from the island? Hmmmm……maybe.

I can imagine a final scene in one of the upcoming seasons:

We see a small dinghy bobbing on the horizon of the ocean. The camera pans in closer to the boat, high above the deck. As the camera zooms into the deck- who do we see but Michael and Walt. Both dead because they left the island. Of course, that’s why Ben let them go- because he knew they weren’t going too far!

I don’t know, there’s probably holes in that theory too- but it kind of makes sense. I’m hoping that within the parameters of TVLand/Lost-reality, that the life-giving properties of the island revive and heal Locke. BECAUSE I CANNOT IMAGINE LOST WITHOUT LOCKE!!!!!

24: Just a couple more hours and this day will be done. I don’t mind it as much this season- but watching 24 does make for an interesting Monday night.

Well, I guess I’ll just have to take up reading again when all my shows are on hiatus!

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I’m copying this from Amanda and Staci.  I always think about what I will do when I’m on a reality show (or even in a studio audience or for that matter- any show). So their blogs got me thinking:
1. If I were on The Amazing Race, my partner and I would win!

2. If I were on Survivor, I probably would get kicked off first. Too bossy.

3. If I were on Little People, Big World, I would be the tallest one on the show and I’m only 5’4″.

4. If I were on The Contender, well… I wouldn’t be.

5. If I were on 24, I would speak in a normal tone of  voice.

6. If I were in the audience of Live with Regis and Kelly, I would be the one to whom Regis would say something like- “Hey Lady- got a minute?” But he would come out into the audience on a break and pose for a picture with me.

7. If I were on Lost, I would not go walking around in the woods by myself.

8. If I were on my own TV show, well, I would really like it!!

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OK, just a couple of more comments about this day:

1. Finally caught up on last week’s Survivor– glad to see Mookie go.

2. My phone got lost and then stolen. I think I lost it inside the playground tunnels at McDonalds. Nora and I were playing. Anyway, looked my account when I got home: two international calls to Mexico. Hmmmmm…… sounds stolen to me. Needless to say, I had my service cut off. So, as of this moment- no service, no phone. Brother.

3. I am listening to an incredible CD about seeing God through his creation. It’s making me think about things I have never thought about before. I’ll share a few in upcoming blogs.

4. I am behind on Amazing Race and 24– so I think I will forget about my phone and catch up on two of my fave shows!!

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