Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Maxwell von Schnauzer

Meet Max.  He's our new baby.  He's about 4 months old (we think), and we brought him home today!  He is very smart and loves to play with his toys (as any dog does- except Pedro).  I wanted to post some pictures of him so you could meet the new addition to our family!
Max with his toys...

First headshot...

After his first bath with us...

He's a sweetheart!  We're so excited!  Maxwell von Schnauzer will accomplish great things, just you wait and see.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My feelings today- while they may include aftereffects of NyQuil

I have been on my knees in prayer about this election- praying that God would have mercy on our nation. This nation has succumbed to going against everything that the Lord stands for. I have to say that I have been grieved to hear Christians talk about being pro-choice. And the reason I'm grieved about it isn't because I think I'm right and they're wrong... it's because I was once pro-choice. Growing up in the city, family, lifestyle that I did, I was never faced with abortion- so I didn't really know what it was. I can remember receiving coaching for beauty pageant interviews, and I was faced with figuring out my platform. I was told that if I wasn't prepared to dig in deep in a fight on abortion- that should NOT be my platform. And it wasn't- because I didn't really have a clue what abortions entailed. Well, now I do. Now I know what the procedures include- what happens in each and every different procedure that can be performed. And I have to say that knowing what I know, I cannot imagine being for something like that. The only reason I walked around as a young woman saying, "You know, I think that women should be able to do whatever they feel necessary," is because I was uninformed. If I had been faced with an unintended pregnancy, I'm not sure that I wouldn't have had an abortion. And that's why I do what I do now. I want young women in that situation to know that they actually have a choice. Because you see, having a choice doesn't just mean having the option to have an abortion- it means having the choice to not have an abortion. And there are pregnancy centers who offer the other choice- not having an abortion, receiving help in your pregnancy, receiving parenting classes, having the option to place your child up for adoption. If we're all about helping women, then we should really be helping women. I've met so many women who have had abortions- and their stories are amazing- but all of them wish they had not gone through with it. I've yet to meet one woman who has not been tormented by that "choice."
So, my point to all of this is- if we are all going to stand for protecting women, then let's do it. And I realize that you can look at my point of view and say, "Well, I want to protect women from those pregnancy centers who will guilt women into not having abortions." I can tell you confidently that the pregnancy centers I am affiliated with do not use guilt- they simply use the words of Jesus Christ. Guilt comes from Satan. And how dare these pregnancy centers try to help women with compassion and care!
So, yes, I am upset about the way that the election went. But, nothing- NOTHING can overcome the power of Jesus Christ. All this election does is make me more dedicated to the cause. And yes, I know that things aren't going to go the way that I think they should- but thank goodness. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I got everything I wanted. And whether or not I like it, Obama is the President of the United States. Whether or not I like his policies, he has been placed in this authoritative position. I applaud him for his victory, and will continue- just as I always have- to pray for the President of our nation. But I will also continue to pray that eyes will be opened to the holocaust of the unborn.
If you're interested in learning more about the pro-life values, I recommend Randy Alcorn's book, "Why Pro-Life?" To read his comments click this link:

He offers answers to widely asked questions. Plus, he offers the book "Why Pro-Life?" in a downloadable format. Please take the time to check this out. Please take the time to find the answers. And please stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wedding Season

My co-worker Polly got married yesterday, and she asked me to take pictures at the wedding.  Well, I was fine until Friday, and then for some reason I started getting all nervous!  Anyway, the wedding was a huge success, and I got some really great pics.  I'm going to wait to post them until after I can do some editing, but for now, here's a sneak peak...

These are the beginning and the end of the pictures I took.  I think there were 500-something pictures when I loaded them all today.  I'll post more as they get edited. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Time for McKenzie

The one, the only, McKenzie King! I had so much fun taking pictures of McKenzie this past weekend, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites!

She had so much fun playing with that frog statue- and then a real frog started croaking, and she thought it was the statue! It was priceless.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Michael and I went to Greystone yesterday to hit some range balls, and ended up playing a couple of holes of golf while we were there.  I couldn't resist taking some pictures while we were there though.  So, here are some of the beautiful scenes from Greystone...
We had a wonderful time!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

It's my BIRTHDAY!!!

I have to say this- I have never felt so loved on a birthday in all my life! I woke up this morning to Michael calling me to wish me a Happy Birthday (he works REALLY early on Fridays). Then my mom called to wish me a good one, and since then I've heard from my family and friends- some really funny singing messages, some funny regular messages, and some really sweet messages- all have been GREAT!

When I got to work this morning, Cindy had brought in these FANTASTIC cinnamon rolls, which I immediately ate one. I got back to my desk where Polly had already put flowers on my desk.
Then, after taking some funny conference t-shirt pictures, Polly, Cindy, and Bob sang Happy Birthday to me as they presented me with my fun mini-cake! It's the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Then, while I was on the phone with Michael, a delivery guy came in with some really gorgeous flowers that he had sent! Talk about perfect timing!

Then, while I was finishing up some work, I heard my name, so I walked up to the front of the office, only to see this!

The company that I work with on fundraising, Grizzard, sent me an edible arrangement! Thanks Todd, Claudia, and Bianca!!!! I tell you, I'm on cloud 9 right now. Michael's parents are coming tonight to take me out to dinner, and then my mom is coming to spend the day tomorrow.
This has been the best birthday! I couldn't have asked for anything more!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gullible's Travels, Part 2

So, I don't have any pictures to go along with this one, but I just got back from yet another trip. This one was not as eventful as Gullible's Travels Part 1, but nonetheless, I thought you should know.
The trip to DC was one really long delay. Not eventful though.
The trip back was eventful.
I hitched a ride with Todd and Claudia back to the airport, and was glad that Claudia was flying US Air like me! However, when we got to the ticket counter to print our boarding passes, mine was having trouble (imagine that). I asked the guy behind the counter why it wouldn't print, and he said, "Oh that's because you're flying United."
Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, but if you make your flight arrangements through US Air, shouldn't you be safe to assume that US Air would give you your ticket? The reason I ask is because the line of people at the United counter made me want to scream. But I didn't. (Read Gullible's Travels part 1 and note the people's response to me)
After waiting in line for 40 minutes, I printed out my pass and headed to the security line to wait for another 20 minutes.
I got to my gate at the time that we were supposed to board, and the sign said that our flight was delayed an hour. So, I thought, "Great, I'll go grab some dinner." So, I went to Wendy's, waited in line FOREVER and then took my food back to the gate to eat. When I got back to the gate, they were just finishing up boarding my flight. I made it onto the plane, but thought about all of the other people who, like me, thought they had more time.
So, the lady I sat next to was nice. She talked alot though. But it was ok.
All of a sudden, cool breeze walked onto the plane, sat his bag down in the seat in front of me, started rummaging through his bag, and then looked at me and said, "Of course, out of all the people on this plane, YOU would be the one to have Wendy's."
I'm wondering if this is a fat joke, but thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt here.
I looked around and said, "Um, I'm pretty sure there are some other people on this plane with Wendy's."
He sat down across the aisle from me, and made some comment about how I should share my Wendy's with the rest of the plane. I laughed and thought to myself, "If you say one more word, I'm gonna show you my dinner, you butt head."
But I didn't say anything, just continued to eat my fries. Then, I started on my nuggets, and thought, "You know, I'm not really going to finish these fries, so I guess cool breeze may get his wish after all."
So, I leaned over and said, "Hey, I'm not going to finish these fries, you want em?"
As God is my witness, he looked at me and said, "My dog wouldn't even eat those, you think I'm going to?" I was about to grab his arm and say, "Look here Dorkus McDorkson, you're gonna give me grief about sharing my Wendy's with the whole plane, and then act like it's beneath you when I actually offer you some?"
But I didn't.
Instead, I continued to eat my nuggets and forget about Marky Mark sitting across the aisle.
Then, he had the audacity to ask me for a piece of gum. I said, "Sure," and handed him the pack. Then he proceeded to offer MY GUM to everyone else on the plane. After that I was done. I put in my ipod and turned on ignore.
So, that was the beginning. Then, I realized that someone near me had SEVERE B-O! And the air vent was just circulating it. So, I put my head down, tried to forget about the nausea, and finally the plane landed.
I sat in the Philadelphia airport for quite a while as my connecting flight was ALSO delayed. So, I got home around 12:30-1:00 in the morning...but hey, I had shoes intact, my suitcase didn't explode and I made it home safely. What more could a girl ask for?

Friday, August 1, 2008

A Time to Read

If you know me at all, or if you have had a recent conversation with me, you will know about my love for the works of Francine Rivers! I think that she is absolutely amazing, and I had the privaledge of meeting her in person last year at our conference. She is such an amazing author, and her books are giving me a greater love for the Word!
So, this is my first so-called "book review," except that it is a "series review."
The series is called the Mark of the Lion Series, and it consists of three books, "A Voice in the Wind," "An Echo in the Darkness," and "As Sure as the Dawn." Following the story of Haddassah throughout her journey was the highpoint of my day. Michael is now reading the series, and I'm trying so hard not to reveal anything to him. He asks me very pointed questions, and I just have to tell him that he will have to wait and see.
Definitely a must read...all three! Of course, you won't be able to stop after the first book! My #1 favorite book of all time is "Redeeming Love," also by Francine. And I'm currently starting on her series called, "Lineage of Grace." I can't wait to see how these turn out!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A time to laugh until you're on the floor about to pee your pants from laughing so hard...


All I can say is,

Michael got a little shorter this weekend.

These new coke bottles gave us the feeling that we were really small people in a world of giants who had the regular coke bottles. However, those "regular" coke bottles were now huge to we "small people" and we had to drink them with two hands now. And well, we just couldn't resist the urge...

Yes, we're twelve years old, but we were seriously on the floor laughing when we looked at these pictures after taking them. I could never have this much fun with any other man. The Lord knew exactly what I was going to need when he chose Michael for me. And that is another twelve year old to play with. :)

Time for a NEW TABLE!

We got a new table! Yay! My mom found this great antique table and had it refinished, and then my cousin Carolyn gave us three of the chairs and my mom found the fourth. All four look like they are absolute matches...but only we know that they're not. Well, and now you know because you're reading this. Crap.

Anyway, I got a great deal on some decor and spruced it up. It's actually going to be fun to "eat at the table" now! I think I will actually use some serving dishes and decorations that I've had stowed away. And then after a week I'll be tired of that, and we'll go back to just serving our plates from the pots and pans in the kitchen. But hey, it'll be fun for a week right?

Or maybe we could start having people over to play cards on this fun new table. That sounds like a good idea. Now all I have to do is learn how to play "cards."

It most definitely WILL NOT be used for one thing though. And that is that it will not be used as a place to put the mail when we get home in the afternoons. It's right by the door, so I know it's easy to do. But, we won't do it.

Check back in a week. The serving plates will all be stowed away again and there will be mail on the table.


So much for dreaming though. It can be fun while it lasts.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Time to Paint

It was a rainy Saturday, and there was nothing to do. All of a sudden, I had the bright idea to go to PaintedByU, and paint some pottery. Luckily, Katie wanted to go too, so I had some wonderful company! Katie and I both painted plates, and this was my finished product. All in all, it was a great time, and I got to spend some good quality time with Katie before she leaves Birmingham. We'll miss you Katie!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Check out my new digs

So, the office signed a new lease which didn't include my current office. However, that means that I get to move into a larger, more exciting office! Here are a couple of shots of my new digs- all spruced up!

Of course, this means I got almost nothing done today except the move- and I'm completely exhausted!

But it was definitely worth the effort, and the tiredness. Because check out my new digs!!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

A time to Mourn

It was with great sadness that I learned about the death of one of the finest teachers I have ever known, Marshall Schavland Knudsen. Mr. Knudsen taught at my high school, and taught the subjects of English, French, and Creative Writing. I had him for English in the ninth grade, but that class taught me more than just the language.
Mr. Knudsen was an avid historian, which was well known in his hometown of Marion, AL, where he served as the president of the Perry County Historical Society. But the most important thing that you can have as a historian, is excellent story-telling skills, which Mr. Knudsen most definitely had. He would tell us stories of events long-ago, which would peak the interest of students who normally didn't care about history. His cousin, Winston, wrote the internationally acclaimed Forrest Gump, and Mr. Knudsen could tell you anything you wanted to know about it. I do believe that he even helped Winston put his family Scandanavian history into the preface of the book...I could be wrong about that though.
Mr. Knudsen kept a poster board on the wall, which listed numerically the things that he would not permit in his classroom. I remember one being "talking to classmates," but the one I will never forget was #4- Innattention. The reason I remember it so well, is because that was the one I always received... "Tidwell, #4."
Knudsen taught us the correct pronunciation of words, as well as manners that would help us at least seem like decent human beings. We kept notebooks that were called "Commonplace books," in which we wrote down the lessons he taught us. I think that if I look hard enough, I will find that I still have mine.
Long after graduation, I would still run into Mr. Knudsen. When I substituted at my old high school, he was still there. I can remember one time after substituting, I left after school to go work out at the gym. I ran into Mr. Knudsen and jokingly said, "Well, Mr. Knudsen. I do believe you're following me." He looked me straight in the face and said, "Not on your life, Tidwell."
On another occasion, Mr. Knudsen came to my house to bring me a wedding present. I thought it odd when the doorbell rang, because noone ever came to the front door and rang the doorbell. But Mr. Knudsen would have only done the proper thing, and that was it. As I opened the door, I was so excited to see him. "Mr. Knudsen!" I said.
"I came by to bring you all a wedding present," he said.
I immediately turned on the manners.
"Well, won't you come in and have some tea, Mr. Knudsen?" I asked. What? I don't even know where that came from, but it seemed appropriate.
"Oh no, no no no," he said. "Astrid is waiting."
Astrid, his wife, was at home waiting for him, and they had an event to attend.

A gentleman, a hilarious teacher, a historian, a friend to all. He will indeed be missed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Katie's Birthday!

June 10th was the date...Care Net South was the place! It was Katie's birthday, and she got fabulous gifts and prizes! Among her prizes were some beautiful flowers, a 3-pack of her favorite melon mint Orbitz gum, a pack of fun straws (in the shape of flip-flops), a big diet sunkist, and a hoops and yoyo card!

Happy Birthday Katie! I hope it was a great day!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Gullible's Travels

This is a story I like to call- Gullible's Travels. After you read this, you may think that it should be called Goober's Travels, but I'll let you decide.
So, I went up to our north office on Tuesday- where we had meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. I had planned my travel arrangements through cheaptickets beforehand, and thought that I was getting a good deal on having my flight up with US Air (which is normally the airline where my "bad" stories come from) and having my flight back with Delta. I actually thought that the stories would come from my flight up- but the trip to DC was uneventful, as it should be. The trip back home, however, was a different story...thus it begins.
Sweet Shannon Hopkins said that she would take me to the airport to catch my flight, so we left the office around 3:30pm and got to the airport roughly between 3:45 and 4:00. I went to the kiosk to print out my boarding pass and the screen said that my ticket required "special handling" and that I needed to see a ticket agent. Ok, that's fine. That happens all the time. Well, the ticket agent tells me that my flight to Atlanta has been delayed quite a bit and that it's going to cause me to miss my connecting flight to Birmingham. Never fear though, there are always flights from Atlanta to Birmingham, and if all else fails, I can rent a car and drive home. Well, that's not the only problem that had occurred. Since I booked through cheap tickets, Delta could not change my flight information, and "it seems that they have booked you on an alternate flight through Cincinnati. You can probably make it...the flight leaves at 5:00." It's now 4:20. However, "you have to go stand in that line over there to get your boarding pass printed out because they will have to call Salt Lake City to make sure that we can do that for you." I didn't ask why...I didn't care. I just wanted my boarding pass so I could get the show on the road. And I was halfway excited, because it looked like I was going to make it back to Birmingham earlier than the 8:00pm that was originally planned.
I stand in line for about 10 minutes until an agent could help me. It's now 4:30pm. She prints out my boarding pass and then looks at me with the most serious face she had and said, "Ok, you have to run...you have 30 minutes...once you get through the security checkpoint, you must hop on the transit...it will take you to concourse B and you must make it to B78. Now run!"
Feeling like James Bond on a mission, I grabbed the boarding pass and took off, sprinting to the security checkpoint.
Now, let me stop for just a minute to tell you what I'm wearing...time out. Before I left the office, I changed into jeans, a t-shirt and my flip-flops. I have found that flip flops are easier to remove when going through the metal detector, they're faster, and I have gotten the security checkpoint down to a fine art. However, most of the time I'm not sprinting through the airport in flip flops to make it to the aircraft. Ok, time in.
As I sprint toward the security checkpoint, my right flip flop goes flying out straight in front of me, and if I'm lying I'm dying, I watched a man pick up his baggage to jump over my flip flop as it shot under him. As I ran past him to retreive the flop, I heard him comment on his cell phone that "now there are flip flops flying at me!"
I slip the flop back on and finish the race to the checkpoint. Not that it mattered though, because the line was so long...my shoulders dropped and I thought, "There is absolutely no way that I am going to make this flight. But Lord, I know that you can work miracles, so if I'm supposed to make it, please help me out here." I get to the end of the line where there is an airport security woman directing passengers to each line. I thought, great! I'll just tell her the situation and maybe she can get me through this line. "Ma'am, my flight is in 30 minutes and I have to get all the way to B78, and the lady at the counter told me to run and I don't think I'm going to make it." She looked at me- said "Aw" and condescendingly turned her back to my face! Now let me stop for a minute...time out. The old Kay would have looked at this woman and said, "Hold up Gina...let me tell you something..." and she would have proceeded to tell the woman where she could take her condescending "Aw's." But the new Kay stood shocked...still...mouth gaping open...in disbelief. Ok, time in.
I turned and walked past her into the line of my choice, praying that God would please make this the short line. With tears in my eyes from my crushed pride, I called my husband. "Michael, they changed my connection...my flight is now leaving in 20 minutes...I'm in the security line...please pray that I make it."
I get all the way through the security checkpoint and start the sprint again. Flip flop loss #2 occurrred and while I'm trying to get to the flop across the airport, my roller bag turns. So, I'm now dragging my bag- not on the roller side- trying to expertly flip it back over, all while trying to retreive flop loss #2. I sprint the rest of the way to the transit...not that it mattered. I sat on that shuttle for 15 minutes before it even thought about moving. My face is now burning, as it has now become obvious that I'm not going to make the flight. The shuttle gets to the B concourse and I now have 5 minutes to make my flight. The sprint begins again. Flop loss #3 occurs, but this time it's stuck under my roller bag, and I can't see it. So, I'm frantically searching for the flop- as my over the shoulder bag knocks me in the face from the direct halt in motion. I find the flop and begin the sprint again. About 5 gates down, I start to realize that I feel like I'm hitting the 15 mile mark in a marathon in January. My lungs are burning so bad that I tell you I would not have been surprised to look down and see one of my lungs on the ground...because the lungs were doing me no good. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't run anymore, and my pride was now like gum on the bottom of my shoe. I start walking- not able to breathe- and the tears came. But since I can't breathe, I am no longer in control of the sounds coming out of me. The loud wheezing/crying was drawing unwanted attention from the people around me. I'm telling myself "Shut up Kay" but my body wasn't listening. So I think, I've got to start running again. Flop loss #4. I'm now starting to curse the flops..."You stupid rainbows! I could have you burned for the anguish you're causing!" Realizing that this is now making me look crazy, I stop cursing the flop. But I look up to realize that I'm not making progress to B78. It was the very last gate at the end on the left...but at this point I can barely see the numbers through my tear-filled eyes.
Finally I make it, and the man working the gate must have guessed at what I said, because it made absolutely no sense to me. "Left? God...help...plane?"
"You just made it ma'am...you must be Katherine Sanford." Oh great...that means they've been calling my name over the loudspeaker.
I run down the tunnel to the sweetest man I have ever seen. "It is ok ma'am...calm down...I'll take your bag...you made it."
So I enter the plane- it's a small one- two seats on each side- and every single set of eyes turned to me upon my arrival. At this point, God thought, "You know what would be hilarious? Let's give her an uncontrollable cough now." So, I'm walking down the aisle to 9D- red faced- tears streaming- sweating like a pig- and now coughing uncontrollably. However, I couldn't get to 9D because the flight attendant is standing smack in the middle of the aisle, trying to get a verbal "Yes" from the four passengers in row 8- the exit row. Once she got the answers she needed, she turned around only to catch a glimpse of me- I saw the grimace of her face as she examined my state of being. However, she managed a smile as she asked, "Going to Cincinnati?"
Cough cough, wheeze, sniff, nod yes, cough cough, wheeze.
The man in 9C was thrilled that I was coming to sit next to him- purposefully folding up his newspaper before unbuckling his safety belt to squeeze out into the aisle. As I sit, I'm searching frantically through my bag for a ricola cough drop, hoping to cease the constant feeling of the bug in my throat. I realize now that 9C thinks I'm sick, so I manage out "I'm sorry, I'm not sick, I just ran the entire length of the airport..." but the tears got the last part of the sentence, so I'm not sure if he understood. I pop the cough drop and think, "Oh my gosh, I'm hot" so I turn on my personal air vent and tilt my head back to cool off. But it only makes the coughing worse, so I'm now doubled over in my seat trying to pull my wet hair back into a ponytail without elbowing 9C.
Finally, I calm down, although the coughing will not cease. The girl in 10C lets out a dramatic sigh, letting everyone on the plane know exactly how she feels about my coughing. As the urge passed to hit her with the infamous flop that wouldn't stay on my own foot, the captain comes over the loudspeaker, only to inform us that we would be sitting on the runway for at least 20 more minutes before we were able to take off. I'm thinking, "Fine...maybe I'll calm down and quit coughing before we take off, and I can just relax." But the coughing never stopped.
We finally landed in Cincinatti, so I pulled out my boarding pass for Birmingham to have it ready and in hand for the next trip. As I look down to study the ticket, I realize that my connecting flight is leaving at 7:30- which was in 15 minutes! The flight attendant informs all of the passengers to please allow those with tight schedules to exit the plane first...which they did. Not that it mattered. I had to wait at least 5 minutes for my curbside bag to make it to me before making the mad dash from Concourse C (where I was) to Concourse A (where my plane was). So I start sprinting again...yep you guessed it....flop loss #5. I caught the bus to Concourse A and sprinted through the moving sidewalks- scaring people half to death with the coughing and wheezing.
I got to the gate at 7:27. Not that it mattered. "Yes ma'am, your flight is already departing." She took my ticket and started clicking the computer keys to make me an alternate flight to Birmingham. Not that it mattered. "There is not another flight to Birmingham until tomorrow morning. The closest I can get you tonight is Huntsville. However, because it was a connecting flight delay, Delta cannot provide your travel from Huntsville to Birmingham."
I said, "Look, I don't even care right now. My husband can come and get me in Huntsville. Just get me there."
That flight was departing from...you guessed it...C33. But I had time to make it without running. The Lord must have known that I was at my breaking point so He cut me some slack. I took the bus back to Concourse C, and called Michael to see if he could drive to Huntsville to get me. I think at first he thought I was joking, but it soon became a reality. So, he set out to the house to look up directions to the Huntsville airport while I made way to the Subway restaurant by my gate. Yes, I said restaraunt. At this point, a smushed chicken leg on the floor would have been a gourmet meal. Subway had a place to sit, a table from which to eat, and a clear view of C33, so I could make SURE not to miss my flight. I finish my meal, thank the Lord for getting me to C33 and feeding me, and make my way to sit and wait. About 5 minutes passed, and we started the boarding procedure. I was seated in 1A- which I loved because the first row always has more room for my gangly legs. The man next to me seemed nice...didn't take up my seat as well as his...I thought, "Thank you Lord- I can finally go home."
So, we take off. My normal routine at take off is to ask the Lord for His blessing over the plane, pilot, and people on board...to place a hedge of protection around us all. So, that's what I did. About 10 minutes pass, and I hear some commotion. But all I heard was, "lalalalalallalalalla....SEIZURE!" The guy next to me jumps up, yells "I'm a nurse!" and runs to 4A where an 18 month old girl was having a seizure. We're all watching as the man-nurse gets supplies from the flight attendant...not that it mattered...the emergency kits are all made for adults. So the dad of the little girl carries her up to the front of the plane while the man-nurse helps him remove the little girl's shirt. He plops down in the now empty seat next to me, and I help hold her head while he tries to keep her chin up. The flight attendant comes on the loudspeaker to inform the passengers that we've had a medical emergency, and that we'd be turning around and landing back in Cincinnati. While I'm holding this little girl's head, I'm praying that God would just heal her and calm her parents, and I mean, HE DID. The parents were so calm and collected and while the little girl became unresponsive, she would whine a little bit every now and then. Man-nurse took a seat as we landed and as soon as we hit the ground, the door opened and an emergency crew was on board. They took the little girl and her family onto the ambulance and headed to Children's Hospital.
In the meantime, the flight attendant is now having to fill out paperwork about what happened, man-nurse is writing down what happened and his diagnosis. Since we broke the seal on one of the packets in the emergency kit to get out a stethoscope, we now have to wait for another emergency kit to arrive. Man-nurse starts to tell me about how he had to do the same thing for a man on his previous flight- except that man was in the bathroom. I stopped him right there- "Man-nurse, I don't need to hear the details..." Then we start to laugh about how he's not really a nurse, but he did stay at the Holiday Inn Express last night.
So, we took off again, arrived in Huntsville at 11:00pm, and Michael was there to meet me. We drove back to Birmingham, picked up my car from the Birmingham airport, and finally got home. I fell into the bed...
The only remnants now from the trip are my tainted memory, the still persisting cough (though it's gotten better), a heaviness in my lungs, and soreness in my legs. I am happy to be home, and I fly out again on Monday. This time the destination is WV...and I am on my knees asking the Lord for favor this time. He's so funny...I can't wait to see what happens!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Weekend at Bernie's

Last year was the first year...it was the first time Michael and I decided to spend our Memorial Day weekend with our friends Amy and Matt. So I guess that makes this our 2nd Annual Weekend at Bernie's!

We always have a blast in Grove Hill, Alabama! It's small, quaint, and extremely quiet...and we love it! This year we got to spend time getting to know the new addition to the Davis family- Ella Grey Davis. She's a hoot.

We ate too much...slept too much...laughed a whole lot, and it was wonderful! Getting back to reality is tough...but somebody has to do it.

Until next year!!!

(The boys had fun with Guitar Hero)