Sunday, September 30, 2007

photos of the wreck

These pictures are not the greatest quality because they were taken by Wayne's cell phone but you get the picture. Wayne took these pictures at the police impoundment lot when he got my stuff out of the car. Interestingly enough if you have a wreck in the state of Kentucky your car will get towed to a salvage yard in Cincinnati, Ohio, if you have a wreck in the state of Indiana your car will be towed to a salvage yard in Indianapolis, Indiana. This info is courtesy of Progressive insurance which has a very quick turn around for settling their driver's claims.

Friday, September 28, 2007

What a wreck

What a day yesterday was. I was on my way to work driving in dark, cloudy, rainy weather yesterday morning when I had a wreck, not a small one but a major wreck. It happened at 6:30am, I was in the left hand of traffic of a 3 lane interstate, saw the truck ahead of me start to hydroplane, I started slowing down because I knew there was a car in the middle lane beside me, I hit the water and hydroplaned myself. My car spun out of control, shot across the 3 lane interstate, hit the concrete barrier on the right, I took my hands off the steering wheel and was screaming and holding my head while my car was spinning a 360, then it shot across the interstate again and hit the other concrete barrier and came to rest facing oncoming interstate traffic. I was so scared and my chest was hurting badly. Two other vehicles were involved, there was a truck behind me that also hydroplaned and hit the concrete barrier, a car that also got hit during this whole process and had damage to all of the right side of his car, but it was drivable and he was ok. The guy behind me that also hit the concrete barrier rushed up to my car to check on me and started freaking out because he thought my car was on fire but it was just smoke from both airbags popping out. I was shaking so bad and my chest was hurting terribly that all I could do was sit there and cry. I had glass all over me from the windshield shattering but no cuts, no broken bones but lots of chest trauma. They were concerned about my heart because of all the chest pain & trauma but the CT of the chest didn't show any damage. All I can say is that God kept his hand on my car & me protecting me from what could have been a very different situation. I'm so thankful for God's protection. I did get to take my first ambulance ride but the neck collar and the strapping me down on the board was a terrible experience (those EMS guys wouldn't hear to making the straps a little less tight, but I did have to ask). I did manage to call Wayne from the scene, he was 2 hours away but needless to say he made it to the hospital in record time to be with me. I have a huge bruise starting at my left shoulder all across my body in a diagonal pattern going to my right hip. My seatbelt did it's job but I'm so very sore. The insurance company already settled up this morning and I've been able to purchase another vehicle. God's blessings are amazing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I've been tagged

Thanks Ladonna & Dorcas! I've been tagged to write 7 random things about myself that you'll may not know.
  1. I took my first plane ride when I was 16 years old for a short term mission trip to Turks & Caicos Islands with TLC out of Hobe Sound, Florida.
  2. I've wanted to be a nurse since I was 5 years old.
  3. I married my husband 6 days after I turned 18.
  4. I collect cookbooks and can say that I probably have over 250 of them, in fact I bought another one this past weekend.
  5. I enjoy playing volleyball.
  6. I've made a CD with a ladies trio.
  7. I love to travel and my dream vacation would be to go to Europe.

God's Message to Women

My cousin Kelli sent this beautiful poem to me and the author is unknown but I wanted to share it with you'll.
God's Message To Women.
When I created the heavens and the earth,I spoke them into being.When I created man,I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.But you , woman, I fashioned.After I breathed the breath of life into man,Because your nostrils are to delicate.I allowed a deep sleep to come over him,So I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.Man was put to sleepSo that he could not interfere with the creativity.From one bone I fashioned you.I chose the bone that protects man's life.I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs.And supports him, as you were meant to do.Around this one bone I shaped you.I modeled you.I created you perfectly and beautifully.Your characteristics are as the rib,Strong yet delicate and fragile.You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man,His heart.His heart is the center of his being;His lungs hold the breath of life.The rib cage will allow itself to be broken.Before it will allow damage to the heart.Support man as the rib cage supports the body.You were not taken from his feet, to be under him,Nor were you taken from his head, to be above him.You were taken from his side,To stand beside him and be held close to his side.You are my perfect angel, my beautiful little girl.You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence,And my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart.Your eyes are beautiful,Your lips, how lovely when they part in prayer.Your nose, so perfect in form,Your hands so gentle to touch.I've caressed your face in your deepest sleep,I've held your heart close to mine.Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like me.Adam walked with me in the cool of the day,Yet he was lonely.He could not see me or touch me.He could only feel me.So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me,I have fashioned in you:My holiness, my strength, my purity, my love,My protection and support.You are special because you are the extension of me.Man represents my image - Woman, my emotions.Together, you represent the totality of God.So man, treat woman well.Love her, respect her, for she is fragile.In hurting her, you hurt me.What you do to her, you do to me.In hurting her, you only damage your own heart,The heart of your Father and the heart of her Father.Woman, support man.In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you.In gentle quietness show your strength.In love, show him that you are the rib,That protects his inner self.Did you know that woman was so special in God's eyes?~Author Unknown~

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Random thoughts

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity for us. Caleb was in the parade for his school band and then for his baseball team that won the district championship this summer. We just were not sure how everything would work out and it had been quite the topic of discussion for the past few weeks. The school float was #41 and the baseball team was #109 so there was little lull in between so Caleb was able to participate with both floats it kept Wayne & I very busy but we made it. We stayed at the festival the rest of the day and watched the tractor pull that night, the crowd just keeps getting bigger every year.
I just also want to say that there was something that I had been stressing over, praying about and just asking God for a miracle and that miracle happened this past week in a way that I never could have imagined. I'm a person that has to know how everything is going to work out, how plan A is going to fit into plan B and so on and when the exact time table is going to take place. My friends call me a control freak. God decided to take my little time schedule and toss it out the window and work His miracle in such a marvelous way. What a lesson in faith that has been for me.
On Tuesday evening I had the wonderful opportunity to be with a very dear and close friend of mine, we've been scheduling a time to get together for the past few months but life has happened and our schedules have not meshed together. We had a delightful evening out by the river at Captain's Quarters watching all the boats and birds as they flew in formation. I sat by the river on the pier and just thought about what an amazing world God has created, He gives us the beauty of the trees that are changing with the seasons, water that can be calm one moment but swirling with waves the next, birds that fly in formation but then land and pick a worm and then dear friends with whom we share some of life's most intimate moments. Thanks dear friend for an amazing evening and for letting me share my heart with you. I'm so very blessed to have you in my life.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Trumpet & Tractors

This week I've been listening to alot of trumpet noise, Caleb has been practicing "America the Beautiful" all week. Alot of the times he is hitting the right notes but when he hits the wrong ones watch out for your ears. He is supposed to play in the parade on Saturday with his school. The one benefit of playing the trumpet is that Wayne can help him out with his notes & music and I beat out the notes on the piano but it is just not the same. I'm excited that Caleb has the opportunity to play in the parade but I get so tired of this long parade. It is a local festival parade that literally goes for 11/2 - 2 hours, every antique tractor that can be found in the barns surrounding the area enters in the parade. The problem is that we've attended the parade for the past several years and not much changes. On the positive note of the festival is that we will be attending the truck and tractor pulls that take place tonight and tomorrow evening. My favorite is the alcohol burning tractors because they can really light up the night sky with the flames shooting out of their pipes (for lack of a more technical term) and of course all of the excitement that comes along with the trucks and tractors making a full pull.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dinner & Camping

This past weekend the guys from our Sunday school class decided they were going to go on a primitave camping trip; unfortunately, not all of the class was able to attend. They went to the woods where there were no bathroom's, no electricity, no running water only tents and a campfire. The guys went tubing down the river, jumped off a rope into the river, ate numerous hotdogs & hamburgers and just had a great time overall. Caleb and Tyler (son of a friend) also went on this camping trip and didn't sleep too well because of the ghostly stories that were told about the old camper sitting out in the woods. The guys had a great time making up the sound effects that went along with the story. Caleb truly believed this story and it was the first thing out of his mouth when he saw me, in fact he tells me that it is a legend. What big guys don't tell little boys. The guys all had a great time they came home on Sunday morning to get showers and show up for church but there were alot of nodding heads in church on Sunday.
The guys went camping and the girls went out for dinner and a movie. Not all of the girls were able to meet for dinner but I've included a picture for those of us who went. We had a wonderful time of fellowship at Macaroni Grill where we had some yummy, yummy pasta, and a waiter that kept trying to sell us mixed drinks and then loved our special guest "Laura" so much he gave her a tablecloth to take home along with some crayons. We then went and watched the movie "No Reservations" which is definately a chic flick but so heartwarming. The evening was topped off with frozen custard sitting under the stars sharing with each other. We girls had a great laugh because we enjoyed the comforts of home while the guys had to rough it.

This is Christa, Lyndsey & Laura

This is Heather, Laura & myself

Monday, September 03, 2007

Weekend of Memories

This is my cousin Danny and his wife Pam along with their four boys, Codi age 14,
Anthony age 11, Joseph age 6 and Jesse age 2.
Codi & Jesse having fun in the pool, although, Jesse wasn't too thrilled about posing for a pictures. Codi has a very sweet disposition and is quite the entreprenuer, he will sell you anything and for a great price but you can count on that he will be making a profit. Jesse is only 2 years old but because he has 3 older brothers he acts and moves much older. Wayne found him outside on the deck laying over the top railing with a look on his face that said " do I jump", he then proceded to go down the steps and jump the remaining couple of steps. This little guy also loves brownies with chocolate icing.

We just had a wonderful time of fellowship with my cousin, just so glad they decided to take a mini-vacation over the holiday.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Fall is coming

This past week I went into Old Time Pottery because they were having a sale. Every week they have sales but this time they had something I wanted. When I walked in the store, there were ceramic, paper mache and metal pumpkins that greeted me along with the various colors of mums, straw bales and gourds. It immediately put me in the mood for decorating. I have 2 totes full of fall decorations that I plan to put up within the next week. Needless to say I only bought some artifical flowers for the deck since I didn't need any more fall decorations. The cool mornings that we've been having along with the dry, dry weather are already starting to turn a few trees in our woods. I absolutely love all the wonderful colors that fall brings. God created such a beautiful world.

Right now I have a house full of company, my cousin Danny, his wife Pam and their four boys are visiting. Caleb has had a wonderful time visiting, the boys have been swimming, riding the dirt bikes, hiking the trails in the woods and camped out last night. The boys set up the tent, made their own camp fire (made me a little nervous), roasted marshmellows and made smores. What wonderful memories they are making. Danny and I are only 1 day apart in age and have managed to stay in touch through the years. I am tickled to death to have them here for the weekend, they went to Holiday World today so things are little quiet right now. I'll be posting some pictures later in the week. We were digging through some old family pictures last night and I was able to share some photos with him that he had never seen of our grandparents and of his mom. Thanks mom for letting me make copies of your treasured photos. Danny was really excited to see some of the photos of his mom when she was a little girl. It brought back some interesting and fun memories.