Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thankful Thursday's

It's my birthday week!! And how awesome is it that my birthday lands on a Friday night?! We're celebrating by having a girls day in Omaha and going to a Dwight Yokum concert that evening! I guess if Trav's going to be stuck in the field on my birthday there's no point in making me suffer, may as well enjoy a girl's night?!?

  • Birthday week!!
  • Keeping in contact with old friends and fellow ag alumni
  • The dog for going running with me in the evening, I don't feel as lonely (weird but it's the truth)
  • Lunch date with Jenny the day before my birthday
  • Scentsy orders for coming in!!!
  • My best running time for my nightly mile run (11:10 whoohoo), the last time I ran this fast was in high school, this is big for me!
  • Travis for being a trooper on these long evenings and early morning of harvest
  • RunKeeper for tracking my running and using it's gps skills to tell me exactly how awesome I am at running
  • Cassie, Margo and Sheebs for getting me out of the house and inviting me on our little girls night YEEEOOW
  • Mom for caring and asking how the headaches are, nothing fixes your cruddy mood like mom does
  • Dad's simple e-mails keeping up with me and reminiscing about childhood memories
  • Finishing up a little Christmas shopping
  • Crossing things off my 101 in 1001 list
  • My bestie Jessi for talking some sense into me, and for making me laugh
  • Crossing off gifts from my Christmas shopping list
  • Finally setting up a time to get my hair cut/colored (this is a twice a year thing it seems, I find it hard to make time but love the feeling after getting it done)
  • Fall setting in, oh the best season of the year!
Proof of my 11:10 mile! WooHoo!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book Club Updates

I've updated my Book Club link to include a couple books I've finished but didn't get around to putting up on here. If anyone has any awesome books they'd suggest I read please send them my way! I've added a couple to my Pinterest board about memoirs and a couple "quarter life crisis" must reads but at this point I'm kind of running out of ideas so any books you suggest are great. I love a good book!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Farming On The Four's

Where did these past ten days go?! These past ten days seemed to have flown by but a lot has been going on around the farm.

We've switched from harvesting corn to now harvesting beans. The main reason, we were out of dry corn (moisture was too high and if your moisture is too high you will be docked pay by the COOP meaning less profit for you) and also because beans are maturing too fast. If the beans dry out too fast you'll loose yield due to them popping out of their pods when they get cut by the combine. Beans so far are doing alright, irrigated ground is still lower than last years yields but they're still doing fairly decent. No complaints because with any luck I might still get a Christmas present or two because of bean prices being up and the fact that we've actually got enough yield to take a couple trucks to town.

We spent Saturday together for most of the day. I went out there around noon and rode around until about five-ish but I somehow managed to get one of those fab headaches so I discovered by accident that it's totally possible to sleep in a combine laying down. Yes, it's true, I'm small enough to bend my body to fit on the floor of the cab, you've gotta stick your head between the door and the seat, then position your body kind of at an angle, then bend your knees around the steering column, but it's totally possible if you're 5'2" and in need of some shut eye due to a migraine. (And Myranda is small enough to shove herself between the seats in the middle row of my Tahoe, she looks so comfy doesn't she?!)

Oh, and in that middle picture above, that's a bald eagle. I have never seen one while out harvesting (nor has Trav) but there's a first for everything and we got lucky enough to witness it together. Like every other part of our relationship, there was a comical moment when we actually saw the eagle. I wanted a picture so bad and Travis thought it was cool too so he was stopping the combine so we could snap a pic but I was already two steps ahead of him, opening the cab door and getting ready to snap a closer shot. He however didn't want dust in the cab so there he is screaming at me to shut the door, there's me trying to get a shot and there's the eagle, flying away from the people arguing.... Needless to say, this was the only shot I got of him.

I had a friend come out and get some shots of them harvesting and I'm so excited to get to see them! We're going to get some shots of the Nerud's with the harvesting equipment that I think will turn out great. They'll also work perfectly for Christmas presents I'm thinking too. No one really ever gets good shots of harvest it seems because everyone's always running around working so to take a step back and get some shots I know will be worth it down the line to look back at what type of equipment was used "back in 2012." I'm sure in the next twenty years the technology and equipment will change significantly.

On another important update, my garden. I want to send out an apology letter to my poor unattended garden. Lately the weeds have been out of control in it. Look how sad my baby tomatoes look, the vines have grown out of control, surprisingly I'm still getting a crop off of it but still, I feel guilty for allowing it to get so out of control. And the cucumbers, total shock when I discovered these babies out there growing! Take a look on the bottom picture, that's what my cucumber area looked like, if you look closely you can see a cucumber hidden between the three foot tall weeds. Yup, they've been hiding under there continuously growing through all of the tough childhood conditions I've left them to grow in! No excuses for the crappy garden besides blaming it all on the biggest holiday of the summer, Czech Days.

Harvest has been in full swing since September 6th and I'm getting quite restless, remember me saying how much fun it is, then you sink into that feeling that it'll never end? Yup, I'm deff in the will it ever end stage right now. Poor Travis didn't get home until 1 am last night, evidently something broke on the combine and he had to get it all torn apart so he could get parts this morning. Let's just hope it was an easy fix and when I get home tonight he's out harvesting.

How's everyone else's harvest going so far? Would love to hear what's all going on in your family or community!

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#85 from 101 in 1001

85. Have twenty followers

Have twenty blog followers was just an dream at the beginning of this journey of 101 in 1001. Now it's a reality and I'm so grateful to those who have taken the time to "follow" me and my stories. I cannot believe that in less than two months I've gone from less than five followers to twenty!? I started this blog as a way for me to tell my life stories and share my knowledge with others whom I assumed would just be family and friends but now I have twenty people who are interested in me enough to follow me! So, as a special shout out to those who have taken the time to follow me I wanna say thanks to the following people:

Thanks again you guys, you're all super awesome! As you can tell, I'm slowly progressing and checking items off my list. I've got a couple that I need to post about but haven't got around to it. Like for example: with the addition of a new (to me) sewing machine I'm sure I can accomplish some of those other projects I want to get done. Some of the items on my list I haven't even started thinking about yet but I know those will eventually be crossed off.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Freebie Friday (Company Contact Challenge)

Here's a sweet challenge I found and I encourage all of you to join me in it! It's the Company Contact Challenge. The challenge, to contact as many of these companies as possible and ask for free products or coupons. I've started it, and I'll keep track by crossing the items off as I contact them. I'll update with what they've contacted me with if I get something in response or products from them. I hope you join me, let's see who finishes the list first and who gets the most goodies out of the deal!

**Update, forgot to mention that I extremely suggest that you create a separate e-mail account and dedicate it just to this and couponing. I used to get a ton of junk mail from companies and it would clog up my inbox so by creating a separate e-mail addy I use it for stuff like this and keep my personal one less bogged down.**
  1. BirdsEye (no coupons available at this time)
  2. Sensodyone (mailing me a coupon)
  3. Starkist Tuna
  4. Idahoan
  5. Cole’s Garlic Bread
  6. Arm & Hammer
  7. Windex
  8. Uncle Ben’s
  9. Whiskas (mailing me coupons for a variety of products)
  10. Lipton (mailing me coupon booklet)
  11. Zatarains
  12. Mrs. T’s Pierogies
  13. 9 Lives
  14. Barber Foods (mailing me coupons)
  15. Banquet
  16. Del Monte Veggies (sign up for our coupon club online)
  17. Blue Diamond (sending me coupons)
  18. Florida’s Natural
  19. Campbell’s (sign up for our coupon club and look in newspapers)
  20. Jose Ole
  21. Malt O Meal
  22. Haagen Dazs (mailing me coupons)
  23. Tillamook
  24. Michelena’s
  25. Kotex
  26. Luigi’s Italian Ice
  27. Hostess (check website for occasional coupons)
  28. Edy’s
  29. Tyson (checking with the coupon dept if they have any)
  30. Hatfield (told me to join the coupon club)
  31. Hillshire Farm
  32. Bic
  33. Eucerin
  34. Farm Rich
  35. Kozy Shack
  36. Mt. Olive
  37. Pilgrim’s Pride
  38. Healthy Balance
  39. Mrs. Smith’s
  40. Perdue (don't send out coupons, sign up for the club if want some)
  41. Viva Paper Towel
  42. Edward’s Pies
  43. Kashi (don't send out coupons, told to look in newspapers)
  44. Schick
  45. Smart Ones
  46. Ling Ling’s (mailing me coupons)
  47. Horizon
  48. Land O Lakes (you can request coupons twice per year)
  49. Sargento
  50. Dannon
  51. Bolthouse Juice
  52. Tribe Hummus
  53. 7 Up
  54. Morningstar Farms
  55. Welch’s
  56. McCain’s Fries
  57. Vlasic
  58. Stonyfield Farm
  59. Keebler
  60. Celestial Seasonings
  61. Boboli
  62. Entemman’s
  63. Arnold Bread
  64. Freihof’s Bread
  65. Tree Ripe OJ
  66. Wonder Bread
  67. Hebrew National
  68. St. Ives
  69. Ronzoni
  70. Tropicana
  71. Ball Park Franks
  72. Clorox
  73. White Castle
  74. PictSweet
  75. Lean Cuisine
  76. Olivio
  77. Tide
  78. Oust
  79. Chef Boyardee
  80. Propel
  81. Bagel Bites
  82. Snapple
  83. Clearasil
  84. Rumba Juice
  85. Luna Bars
  86. Mott’s
  87. White House Applesauce
  88. Natures Own Breads
  89. Cascadian Farms
  90. Brach’s Candy
  91. Fast Fixin’s
  92. Carl Budding
  93. Bar-S Hot Dogs
  94. Hawaiian Punch
  95. Bigelow Tea
  96. El Montery
  97. Wylers Soups
  98. Nexcare
  99. Sunny Delight
  100. Freschetta
  101. Dunkin Donuts
  102. Blistex
  103. Little Crow Foods
  104. Promise
  105. Pepperidge Farm
  106. Greenies
  107. Crayola
  108. Gorton’s Fish
  109. Hanes
  110. Marie Calendar
  111. Pine-Sol
  112. Foster Farms
  113. General Mills
  114. Rhodes Bread
  115. Breyers
  116. Duncan Hines
  117. Sea Pak Shrimp
  118. Dole
  119. Mama Mary’s
  120. IBC Root Beer
  121. Dial Soap
  122. Bakers Joy
  123. Jennie-O Turkey
  124. Barbara’s Bakery
  125. Ian’s Natural
  126. Hansen’s Beverage
  127. Alexia Foods
  128. Brown Cow Yogurt
  129. Ocean Spray
  130. Flat Out Bread
  131. Rudi’s Organic
  132. Mussleman’s Applesauce
  133. Skinny Cow
  134. Baker’s Inn Bread
  135. Silk Soy Milk
  136. Shady Brook Farms
  137. Mrs. Dash
  138. Rice Dream
  139. Blue Bunny
  140. Sobe
  141. Michangelo’s Frozen Entrees
  142. Mission Tortillas
  143. State Fair Corn Dogs
  144. Splenda
  145. Equal Exchange
  146. Odwalla
  147. Ray’s New York Bagels
  148. Nissin Noodles
  149. Yogi Tea
  150. Al Fresco
  151. Ben and Jerry’s
  152. Tony’s Pizza
  153. Asian Sensations
  154. Red Baron
  155. Freschetta
  156. Gillette Venus
  157. Suave
  158. Lady Speed Stick
  159. Jennie O
  160. Downy
  161. Glade
  162. Mardi Gras
  163. Oreida
  164. Skintamate
  165. Raid
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Throwback Thursday

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This week was filled with fun. I've had such a great week for the most part and I think fall is settling in for good finally. 

  • A gorgeous wedding of close friends (congrats Brad & Stef!!)
  • De Leon's for serving up delicious Mexican food at midnight
  • Getting to see my Scentsy Sisters and finally getting a snapshot of us together
  • Kelsey-Leefer time, we love hanging out and she loves eating grass while I read my book. I've found myself talking to this horse a lot lately with Trav gone, but at least she won't blab all my secrets to everyone ;)
  • My garden for still producing cucumbers and tomatoes even through all of my neglect
  • Fresh produce in our fridge, we love fruits and veggies... ok so I do
  • My Droid 4 camera, I seriously love it, I use it more than I use my point and shoot camera
  • Wal-Mart's cream cheese pumpkin roll's for being back for the season, seriously delicious!
  • My self control of spending habits allowing me to continuously save up my spare $5 bills and add them to my mason jar (this holiday season shouldn't be as much of a shocker on the wallet since I've been slowly saving up)
  • More buys on old clothes, my huge closet is slowly becoming smaller piece by piece but I've got a ton of stuff that I don't wear that still needs to go.
  • Thankful to get to watch the final episode of my fav show Big Brother thanks to the internet.... Trav accidentally deleted my DVR because he wanted to watch some dumb history channel show instead
  • Froozen foods section at the grocery store, they're a life saver in our house
  • Lunch dates with friends, it means less work involved with having to find leftovers to bring with me 
  • Birthday week quickly approaching, eek!
  • Harvest for slowly coming along, progress will pick up but hopefully this odd pace will continue so we don't feel overly stressed about needing the crops out asap
  • Mom for giving me her old embroidery machine, that means now I have no excuse not to start some sewing projects and I can get to sewing on my Pinterest projects!
  • My craft room for finally starting to take shape, with a little more cleaning it'll be ready to be functional
  • Red for finally coming around and trying to be a little nicer to the new kitties on the farm, these black kitties still aren't too fond of him but he knows when I'm watching not to attack them at least
  • My final test, it's all over with finally! No more tests (for a week), no more homework (for a week), no more insurance classes (for a week). Ok, so just glad schools over (for a week).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday's

My nightly routine, take her out to munch for about half an hour to an hour. Unless we get lost in conversation, then usually we just hang out for a couple hours... Can you believe she's 28?!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Czech Days 2012

Long over-due but here's the article I've had sitting in drafts for quite awhile. Guess I just forgot to post it!

It's finally over, you, Czech Days... Those five days a year that I'm constantly talking about and anticipating is finally gone. I've got the Post-Czech Days Blues again but that's alright because I know that Czech Days 2013 is only 360 days away!!

To kind of sum up my weekend here's the best way to put it into words, I'm taking this straight from my fBook status: "Czech Days 2012 was amazing, I had a great time making memories with friends and family. I'm so honored to be choosen for the Ladies of Libuse award and am honored to know that others see my love for my heritage! I promise to fulfill my duties of continuing to spread my heritage with others! Thank you FOX HOLE TAVERN for supplying Grandpa's Lemonade, it was of course yummy! The Wilber-Clatonia Czech Alumni Band was wonderful, we sounded great and I'm thankful that Larry, Curly & Moe (the 3 bohemian stooges) made it through without hurting each other! I have no voice as of now because I think we gave out too many YEEEOOOWS over the course of the weekend. We as a band have successfully made people so excited that they pee themselves when we walk in. Closing ceremonies was extra special due to the pyro technician who carefully executed the grand show. The Wilber Senior Czech Beseda Dancers danced great and we had so many great kids this year that I got to spend this past month with. I've got post-c.days blues but I know that all great things must come to an end. But on a positive note, only 328 days until C.Days 2013!!!! YEEEEOOOW! :)"

Here's the run-down of what my week consisted of:

TUESDAY: Beseda Dancers had pictures and then we did our little performance at the Wilber Care Center. It's fun to watch the group come together and see how many kids show up for pictures, when they're dancing in circles around you, you don't really realize there are so many of them. Plus dancing for the residents really hits home because I was there preforming for Grandma Homolka a couple years ago. I really miss her but it's bittersweet going back there knowing that all of the other ladies that are still there know me and were friends with grandma.

WEDNESDAY: Polka's In The Park, we had the Alumni Band jump on a trailer and head down to the Legion Park to play for the campers that were already staked out for the weekend. Lucky me dad actually stopped in to play a few numbers with us! We then proceeded to go back to Gary's Bar for a couple drinks and then continued over to Fox Hole for a couple. We of course stayed too late and were asked to bring Grandpa's Lemonade in so they could give him a try. Grandpa kicked our rears the first night of Czech Days....

THURSDAY: Let the craziness begin! We were busy getting the townhouse prepped and ready for the Clarkson crew to arrive. Thursday evening we came to town, had a great practice with Alumni Band then continued our journey to the streets. We marched down the main street, to the bandstand corner then turned to head to the hotel to play for the awaiting crowd. Once we finished playing a couple tunes we dis-banded (funny right?!) and the Beseda Dancers got ready to preform. I love watching the kids dance and have fun while doing something that pays tribute to their heritage! The crowd was huge for a Friday night but fun was had by all.

Photo by Tim Linscott
Here is the Wilber Republican article about it!
FRIDAY: We got into town running behind but luckily got caught up to speed and ran around to finish our last minute to do list. Mom asked me to walk down to the bandstand and deliver the score sheets to them so they can announce through the parade (she's in charge of the kiddie parade on Friday night) and so we did. While waiting down there dad showed up, next thing I knew Travis was there and a couple other close family and friends were there also. I had a suspicion at that point that I might receive the community award. Much to my surprise I did in fact receive the Lady of Libuse award along with four other ladies and there was one Knight of Blanik award that was given away this year! Oh what an honor it was to even be considered for this award! Here's a little article that explains the reasoning for the Lady of Libuse award and other past recipients who have received it. (Notice my mom and grandma have both received this award, along with my dad and grandpa?!) After the award ceremony I hiked back up to the parade line-up to finish odds and ends, then me and mom took Mr. Ranger down to the end of the parade route to collect numbers after the kiddos finished the parade. I being the sneaky private eye that I am also "snuck" a beer into a coozie and started drinking right there, in front of the cops, on main street. Mom was worried the whole time but laughed at me and the fact that I was "drinking in public."
Here's Mani, she's creepy right?!?
After the parade it was time to get the Beseda Dancers lined up and ready to dance. No hick-ups in the dancing, the kids always put on a great show and they enjoyed themselves again. We did a little more running around, then headed back to the townhouse to have a polka jam with the Clarkson crew. I forgot how much fun those Clarkson folks can be!! I jammed out on the drums and actually kind of played a couple of tunes. Also, we had a visitor come stop by, her name was Mani. She was a creeper! Cheri played a little trick on us and put her in the bathroom so when you'd go to close the door and sit down you'd see her staring at you. Yes, very very creepy indeed! We wanted to check out to town and tear it up a little bit so we took off for the beer garden. Danced a couple tunes, got to hang out with all of my besties and then proceeded to head on across town to an after party. We of course had polka's blaring and we met a couple interesting characters that stopped along the way. One of which included a guy nicknamed "dirty underwear boy" because he showed up in just his boxers... My being an instigator I couldn't just let him go on his happy way so I asked if I could cut them into a thong, the poor soul agreed and there I was at 3 am with scissors cutting this man's manhood off and allowing the breeze to flow through his untanned legs. We sat there and enjoyed each other's friendship for a couple more hours until I looked at the clock to realize it was almost 5 am and I needed to be up in a few hours so I took it upon myself to walk on home. While on my walk with Matt we found that we were not the only ones still up at that time and indeed there were still people our partying and howling at the moon also. What. A. Night.

SATURDAY: At this point the chaos is in full swing! Woke up in time for a quick shower, do a little teasing of the hair (I've fallen in love with volume all of a sudden!?) and then a quick trip to the bandstand to help with the Senior Beseda Dancers. "Hold this, hold that." was said by a couple of kids with no pockets so I nicely took the role of the keeper of all things and then the kids went out and did their thing. The kids did great, only a couple of buttons popped off vests in the process and everyone went their own ways to get prepped for the big parade. I proceeded to jump back onto the Ranger and flew back to the Townhouse to meet up with Travis so we could head out to K&G to get the float ready. An hour of free time on Czech Days is one of those events where you stand there and twittle your thumbs because you're not sure what you're supposed to be doing. This is exactly how I felt at that moment in time. Trav dropped me off at the house, I did a quick change of clothes into my full outfit for the parade and then had Chrissy run me down to the parade route to get prepped for Alumni Band. Got in a little social time with the fellow Wilber alumni and then it was time to head on over to our official meeting line-up spot to get ready for the parade. We were granted the privileged to move the Flag Corps up to the front of the band this year so we were all excited to be in a new spot and get a little recognition for once! The cadence rolled and you feel that automatic excitement, the kind that gets your blood pumping and makes you proud to be part of something bigger. We roll off and start our cadence routine, half way down the block I'm nothing but smiles once I remember our routines and see all of the people gathered to watch us perform. What an amazing support system our small community has! We're marching along and I got excited because I knew where family always sits, so I smiled and waved to all of them.

SUNDAY: The final stretch is here, I'm extremely exhausted from being up for ridiculous amounts of time but I know it's all coming to a close sadly. I did the normal routine of Saturday, parades, dancing and then beer gardening but sadly, we all look upon this day as the day of closure. To know that until Czech Days 2013 we will have to go back to our normal lives, the lives where people do something productive and abide by the rule of thumb that we don't crack a beer until at least three o'clock. Although this was a year to remember, all great things must come to an end and sadly, Czech Days closing ceremonies came to an end also.... After Kane started a fire of burning trash and we put it out.

Here are some link-ups from newspapers and other places that I've found with pictures of myself or great articles about the town of Wilber and our Czech Festival!

Wilber Republican (I'm in this one!)
Beatrice Daily Sun (I'm in this one!)
Journal Star (Photo Link) (Fox Hole Article)

Mo, Curly & Larry at their finest! These two have made the Alumni Band so much fun!

Photo by Anna Beck
Ladies of Libuse and Knight of Blanik award winners

Photo from Beatrice Daily Sun
Do you see me? I'm the silver trumpet player in the middle of the picture!

Photo by Nic Vocasek
Photo by Nic Vocasek

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thankful Thursday's

Today I was at Husker Harvest days in Grand Island so didn't have much time to post. This will be short and sweet but there's so much to be thankful for!

  • A whole day to hang out with Travis, walk around lazily, and just spend time together. Husker Harvest Days is our once a year together trip and I'm thankful we have the opportunity to do it together.
  • Rain finally filling our cracks in the ground, we got nearly 1.5" woohoo!
  • The sun for shining and reminding us that although fall is quickly approaching that ol sun will never leave us stranded in the freezing cold
  • God's love poured out for me in times of frustration
  • Travis for offering to take me out to a nicer restaurant on our mini vacation away from the farm
  • The house for trying to stay clean during the week when I'm busy
  • Classes for finally winding down and the quarter for closing up
  • The crops for giving us some yields, although they weren't what we hoped for they're still better than a total loss
  • Catching up with cousins, it's nice to finally be on a level of getting along again ;)
  • Anticipation of a gorgeous couple getting married this weekend, we love all of our friends equally (or close to equally) but this bride holds a close bond with me. Can't wait to see my Scentsy Sis all prettied up!
  • The week almost being over, oh I'm super thankful for this one!
  • People loving my old wardrobe and buying my treasures that I no longer use, I cannot believe I never thought of selling my old goodies until now, but it's really helping move old clothes and giving me extra Christmas spending money

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I know it's supposed to be "wordless" but I wanted to fill you in, there was a field fire a couple miles away and the wind was blowing southeast... our direction! Thankfully the fire departments (Wilber/Exeter/Dorchester/Friend) took care of it. Thanks again volunteers!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Patriot Day

PATRIOT DAYIn the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. When the new name was proposed, it received opposition from Massachusetts, which already had a Patriots' DayU.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day". President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001. It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day. On this day, the President requests that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M., the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (source)

Today marks another special day, on this day eleven years ago terrorists struck the World Trade Centers.  September 11th will always hold a place in my heart when time stopped and the US sat in terror not knowing what was happening. No can can ever repay the military members, police squads or rescue worker for the work they've served and I can never put into words my gratitude for all you've done for me and my country. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and dedicate my post to all those who have served and will choose to serve our country in the future. Today, Sept. 11, will be a day I will remember the rest of my life and will say an extra special prayer for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. On that horrific day eleven years ago, I can remember sitting in sixth grade in Mr. Newmyer's class with my fellow classmates like it was yesterday, we were all in a confused state of mind questioning what will happen to us and our families and wondering if the small town of Wilber is a safe place for us to be. Please remember to hug your family and thank the Lord for giving you this day. Some people aren't as lucky as us and have lost their lives earlier than planned. 

This video really touched my heart. Gorgeous tribute to this day in history. The one scene where they have a picture of people carrying a person hunched over in a chair really tugged at the tears. (At 1:47 in the movie) Looking back it's funny how ten years ago we were watching these events unfold live but now it is considered a part of history and schools are including this information into lesson plans and their curriculum. I guess I never considered an aspect of my life I lived through to be a part of history. (does this mean I'm getting old!?)

I saw this and I imediately fell in love with it. What a perfect prayer to use on this day in remember of September 11th.

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Today is a difficult day. The memories are painful and some of the wounds I fear may never heal. Yet I pray you will help me to go on living for truth, firm in my hope of your salvation. May I live for you, Lord, and by doing so, be an example to my friends and family. I pray, just like Jesus, I may learn obedience through these things that I have suffered. Help me not to question why, yet even if I do, give me courage to continue to trust you. Help me take the comfort and strength you've poured into my life and use it to comfort and strengthen others who need hope.

I pray I might become a better person and help make the world a better place because of this terrible event. Thank you for the heroes that gave so sacrificially on September 11. Help me to remember their courage and learn from them. I want my life to be worthy of you Lord, so make of it what you desire, and use me to fulfill your purposes. May the evil of that day cause me and my family to work harder to do good on this earth and to bring your light into the dark places. Help me to never stop believing in you and living my life for you.

Lord, heal all those who were crushed and broken on that day. May they come to experience your presence and know your peace. 


Spine chilling eh?! I think this is a constant reminder that no matter how indestructible we as a country think we are we are still vulnerable. It's a constant reminder that we need to thank the Lord for giving us this precious gift of life and live each day to it's fullest. I really think this week my Thankful Thursday's will reflect my gratitude for the simple things in life. My family, my friends, Travis all of the things I can (and do) take for granted on a daily basis.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Suicide Awareness Day

I promise to back-track and post things that I've missed over the past couple days but I want to bring awareness to those who do not realize that today, September 10th, is Suicide Prevention/Awareness Day. I hold this day near and dear to my heart because I have personally lost a close friend due to them taking their own life. Please if you know of someone suffering don't be afraid to stand up and help them. Thinking about you today Winky. I know me along with many others wish we could have done something to help prevent you from traveling to Heaven. We love and miss you more than you can imagine! I know someday we will all be reunited again but until then, I will continue to think of you and wear yellow of you on Sept. 10th in honor of you! It still seems unreal when I think about how life unfolded during the days following your death. Also, a happy early birthday to you Wink(ers)! Sept. 13th is your birthday, it also falls under suicide prevention week. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you!!

Some quick facts about suicide:
  • Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
  • There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  • Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.
  • Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.
  • Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
  • Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
  • Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
  • There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  • Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.
  • Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.
  • There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.
  • 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
  • Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.
  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th). (CDC)
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC)
  • It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)
  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS)
These figures really hit home and make me want to help spread awareness of how people can prevent this. To learn more about Suicide Prevention please visit SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) where you can discover more about warning signs, preventive measures and even about ways to help those who are suffering from depression.

Please, if for any reason you suspect someone of having suicidal thoughts or you yourself feel depressed and lost seek help. There is no shame in trying to cope with emotions and we would much rather see you seek help then have to attend a funeral. Suicide is 100% preventable and there are many people out there willing to help you, all you need to do is reach out for us.