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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Now imagine you and the Lord Jesus walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your prints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns.

For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends.

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: your footprints that once etched the sand next to the master's are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints is the small 'sandprint', safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for many miles. But gradually you notice another change. The footprint inside the larger footprint seems to grow larger. Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one. Again, this goes on for a long time. But then something awful happens. The second set of footprints is back. And this time it seems worse. Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints.

You're amazed and shocked. But this is the end of your dream. Now you speak. "Lord, I understand the first scene with the zigzags and fits and starts and so on. I was a new Christian, just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with you."

"That is correct."

"Yes, and when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps. I followed You very closely."

"Very good. You have understood everything so far."

"Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with Yours. I suppose that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming like you in every way."

"Precisely."

"But this is my question. Lord.. Was there a regression or something? The footprints went back to two, and this time it was worse than the first."

The Lord smiles, then laughs. "You didn't know?" He says. "That was when we danced."

~ Author Unknown ~

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Monday, June 28, 2004


Which Lion King Character Are You?

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You are Betty Grable!
You're Betty Grable!


What Classic Pin-Up Are You?
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Your Heart is Red


What Color is Your Heart?
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If someone you love ever goes into a coma then you will tend to reflect on different things in that persons life. It might be something funny said, something selfish performed, a mile stone or anything. I was reminded of our last trip to Chapel Hill when I decided to get Savannah a balloon. Yes, she was in a coma but I knew she would wake up at some point and she needed a balloon to be waiting for her. In April my MIL went down with Savannah & I for her routine check up and to start discussing a liver transplant. One evening we decided to eat some place nice & just relax. My favorite restaurant ever is Applebee's & luckily we found one! Applebee's is a family restaurant/bar with the best food. They have balloons tied to posts throughout the restaurant and will give kids one as they leave. Well, when Savannah saw them it was driving her crazy wanting one! That was all she could focus on was those colorful balloons. When we got our food I ask Savannah if she was ready to pray & we proceeded to do so. Sometimes I will ask the blessing not really listening to her or I will pray a simple prayer that she can repeat after me. I was asking the blessing and listening to her because at that point she was beginning to compose her own prayers. She began by mumbling something that I couldn't understand and then said I want a bloon. Amen. MIL & I thought it was so cute that she prayed for a balloon and needless to say, her prayer was answered! Everywhere she went that evening she had a blue (if memory serves me) balloon following her!

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Sunday, June 27, 2004
WOW! Glad that is over! What a week. This is the worse Savannah has ever been. When she was 6 months old she was airlifted with an 800 (266 CH) ammonia. Her ammonia reached 972 (324 CH)Tuesday. It was like everything we have always experienced with Vanna went the opposite direction this time. Tuesday she spiked a fever of 102.7, white count was low and she was "spitting up", not vomiting. Every test to find the infection was performed & everyone of them came back negative. The docs went ahead and gave her antibiotic shots and through her IV to fight whatever it was off. She had an allergic reaction. Sheesh, then one ER doc heard a heart murmur. That has been passed off as a reaction to the high ammonia. So we still don't know what caused this episode & guess we never will. It is so much easier when you can pin point the culprit...
Stan & I were still able to meet with 3 out of 4 people we needed to. Savannah was naturally unable to have any of her tests completed. We go back July 21, 22nd to hopefully complete these. We did learn that Savannah's insurance has made some changes and the operation may not be covered after all OR we may have to go out of state to a hospital that has "made a deal" with her carrier to have the TX done cheaper. That is pathetic! So put that in your prayer list please. I will call the financial advisor tomorrow to see if she can go ahead & check into it for me so I know just how much fund raising I need to do.
tonight Savannah is acting like she was this time last week. I have quizzed her on everything possible searching for any hint of brain damage and my professional observation is that God has preserved it! Thank you God for your grace & goodness!

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Monday, June 21, 2004
I AM 18% HIPPIE!
18% HIPPIE
What? Am I a Republican? Why did I even bother taken this test?! I guess I’ll back to my George W. Bush fan club and tell them I just wasted 10 minutes of my life. At least I don’t stink, man.

I AM 13% GRUNGE!
13% GRUNGE
I will get out of your sight. I'm pathetic! With my clean clothes, and nice smell. I think I took the wrong test, thank god, huh?


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Well, I am quiet nervous & instead of getting things done- I'm on the puter!


Which Emoticon Are You?
Renee, the emoticon that represents you best is the Winking Face

Well, hello there (wink, wink). Aren't you quite the flirt? Maybe you reserve your talents to the online realm where you can be somewhat anonymous and sly. Or maybe you're just great at turning on the charm virtually anywhere — online or off.
Tickle: IQ and Personality Tests - Which Emoticon Are You?


Ok gonna go I am to distracted....


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Well, I am quiet nervous & instead of getting things done- I'm on the puter!


Which Emoticon Are You?
Renee, the emoticon that represents you best is the Winking Face

Well, hello there (wink, wink). Aren't you quite the flirt? Maybe you reserve your talents to the online realm where you can be somewhat anonymous and sly. Or maybe you're just great at turning on the charm virtually anywhere — online or off.
Tickle: IQ and Personality Tests - Which Emoticon Are You?


Ok gonna go I am to distracted....


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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Hello God,
I called tonight to talk a little while.
I need a friend who'll listen to my anxiety and trial.
You see, I can't quite make it through a day just on my own...
I need your love to guide me, so I'll never feel alone.
I want to ask you please to keep my family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence for whatever fate they're bound. Give me faith, dear God, to face each hour throughout the day,
and not to worry over things I can't change in any way.
I thank you God for being home and listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice when I stumble and fall.
Your number, God, is the only one that answers every time.
I never get a busy signal, never had to pay a dime.
So thank you, God, for listening to my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God, I love You too, and I'll call again tomorrow!

unknown

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What a great way to spend your 29th birthday!

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Renee, you're a Golden Retriever!
No bones about it, you're a popular, fun-loving Golden Retriever. Adored by all and too cool for school, you're extroverted and enthusiastic. Your magnetic personality makes you the life of any bash. Since you're a true people-dog, you genuinely love all kinds of social gatherings. Going to parties, dinners, and other shindigs is the best way to add faces to your constantly growing circle of friends. But besides being on the social A-list, you're a confident, well-rounded pup who's definitely something to bark about. Pretty accomplished at anything you set your mind to, your sunny nature and winning ways make you one of everyone's favorite dogs. Woof!Are you male or female?
Tickle: Social Networking

I AM 14% GEEK!
14% GEEK
I wanna be a geek. But I'm not. Why would I even want to be one. Do I think it's fun? I should try writting an online test application at 1 am in my underwear

I AM 36% INTERNET ADDICT!
36% INTERNET ADDICT
I could go either way. Deep into the madness of nights filled with coding CGI-Scripts and online role playing games, or I could become a normal user. Good luck!







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Renee, you're a Golden Retriever!
No bones about it, you're a popular, fun-loving Golden Retriever. Adored by all and too cool for school, you're extroverted and enthusiastic. Your magnetic personality makes you the life of any bash. Since you're a true people-dog, you genuinely love all kinds of social gatherings. Going to parties, dinners, and other shindigs is the best way to add faces to your constantly growing circle of friends. But besides being on the social A-list, you're a confident, well-rounded pup who's definitely something to bark about. Pretty accomplished at anything you set your mind to, your sunny nature and winning ways make you one of everyone's favorite dogs. Woof!Are you male or female?
Tickle: Social Networking

I AM 14% GEEK!
14% GEEK
I wanna be a geek. But I'm not. Why would I even want to be one. Do I think it's fun? I should try writting an online test application at 1 am in my underwear

I AM 36% INTERNET ADDICT!
36% INTERNET ADDICT
I could go either way. Deep into the madness of nights filled with coding CGI-Scripts and online role playing games, or I could become a normal user. Good luck!







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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Thanks angi!

Renee, your subconscious mind is driven most by Imagination

This means you have a deep desire to use innovative ideas to enhance your life and influence the world around you. This drive influences you far more than you may realize on a conscious level.

Your need to be innovative drives how you look at new opportunities and the kinds of experiences in life you choose to have. On an unconscious level, the reason you may be so driven by imagination is your fear of destruction, the opposite of creation. When you are unable to create due to restrictions imposed by your environment or even ones you unwittingly impose on yourself, do you feel trapped or confined? You may find these feelings of unease only get better when you find another outlet for your imagination.

With such a strong creative orientation, you are willing to entertain a broad spectrum of ideas at any given time. The world is a fuller, richer place because you can contribute new ideas to any experience. Your natural curiosity inspires those around you and encourages them to come up with ideas they wouldn't have thought of without your help.

Though your unconscious mind is driven most strongly by Imagination, there is much more to who you are at your core.

WOW! THAT WAS DEEP!! Tickle's Original Inkblot Test

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Got this from Angi
My inner child is ten years old today

My inner child is ten years old!


The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether
I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost
in a good book, or giggling with my best
friend, I live in a world apart, one full of
adventure and wonder and other stuff adults
don't understand.


How Old is Your Inner Child?
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spirograph
You're a Spirograph!! You're pretty tripped out,
even though you've been known to be a bit
boring at times. You manage to serve your
purpose in life while expending hardly any
effort.


What childhood toy from the 80s are you?
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I actual had one of these and loved it! I would still play with one if my kids had it! Maybe I should buy them one?


Gay Bear
Gay Bear


Which Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You?
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OK- Thought twice before posting this one but thought what the heck, it's just a stupid quiz! lol


HASH(0x8adb298)
You are CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL. She is a rad
chick with absolutely no fashion sense. If you
are a guy and chose this... you are gay.


Which old school Nickelodeon show are you?
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I have never watched this show but my son has...



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Monday, June 07, 2004
RResponsible
EElitist
NNew
EExciting
EEnchanting

Name / Username:


Name Acronym Generator
From Go-Quiz.com

Noner of tyhe above is true! :~)


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I'm an irredeemably eejitous, liberal, disgustingly generous, pathetically simple-minded, dribbling child!
See how compatible you are with me!
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Thanks Dawn

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Sunday, June 06, 2004
We now have only 8 silkies. My dog caught one through a little hole in the coop, this morning another was dead. My poor babies! This afternoon one didn't look good at all so I have been nursing him in the house all day. He is doing better. My hubby finally "took care" of the coo-coo rooster. The other chickens are so much calmer now & let us pet them with no problem. He really kept them on edge.

Last night was poker night. The ever so competitive T (Angi's hubby) & Angi came up and baby I was hot!! I lost under a technicality. At 1am we decided to call it quits and go all in on the last hand. T won... again. 3 weeks in a row now. My hubby & I don't really care who wins as long as it's not him. Angi & I both are improving but I must admit I did enjoy not having to be permanent dealer. (sorry Angi)

It was announced at our church this morning that Savannah is getting a liver tx. Some people thought it would take a year to actually get one & were surprised to find out otherwise. Shara has done something so beautiful & touching to me that I will always treasure. Thanks again Shara. A little lady at a church a distant relative goes to gave her $20 out of her love offering for Savannah's fund today. That is so precious. God is using little Savannah in so many ways & I thank Him for it all.

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Friday, June 04, 2004


Take the What Fruit Are You? test by Ellen!


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I am selling this sword for a friend of my mom's on eBay. (haven't listed it yet) It is an government issue basket hilt for the Scottish Regiment, circa 1760 with a 31 1/2" blade. It is really neat to have something so old that may have been used in battles in my house. EJ thinks its awesome & I have seen hubby pretend battling with it! Picture blog isn't working for me today so go to this link & check it out! Antique Sword #39

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Wednesday, June 02, 2004
OK I have home schooled my son this past year and come to enjoy a new found level of affection that I am aloud to show him. Well, today that all changed. He is returning to public school for 8th grade & I went to turn in all the necessary paperwork today. As we were leaving there was a room full of girls in a room that recognized him & started saying Hey! So we went back & talked for a moment. As we left EJ looked nervous so I put my arm around him and proceeded to say, "don't look so scared." Before I could he reaches his hand to my arm and instantly pushes it off his shoulder. I said, Oh, no more affection from mom huh?" So, more adjustments than I realized will need to be made. He made me laugh a few minutes later saying he had to start working out because there was competition with the girls in public school. Too funny!!

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1st of my baby Silkies! Awwww I have helped 4 today come out of their egg, 3 died during the night half way out. We now have 9 alive, 7 of those are doing great. The other 2 I am still concerned about. Posted by Hello

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Tuesday, June 01, 2004
My baby Silkies
This morning 7 were piping, this afternoon 10. 30 minutes later one is born & keeps falling on its back & can't get turned back over like a turtle. Another the shell if half gone, lots of blood & no life. :~( 2 others have a decent hole where I can see the beak and some feathers. They both look like their breathing is slowing (or am I now paranoid?) Not as much peeping as earlier. You can't help them out until after they have been piping for 24 hours. Oh, I want to help them out so bad but if I do I could kill them by not allowing them to fully absorb the yolk. I hope lots of baby chicks live. The one that is out is yellow. The 2 with the holes are black. I love baby chicks!

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I have spent the morning working on some things for Vanna. I went to hersite and was amazed that it has had about 100 hits over the weekend. I have been researching charity organizations to see what funds are available and everyone says the same thing. We are responsible for raising what we can and use the organizations as a last resort. Angi, my mom, sister & mother-in-law have formed our own support group and have a lot of good ideas to raise the funds we need to cover our expenses. The only problem is it takes money to make money. So I am waiting for the first donations so we can get started. We are going to type out a letter and mail to all the local churches, make a donation jar for 4 businesses that we know of so far, make business cards with Vanna's pic and addresses for donations to give out to friends, & have a benefit singing at some point. I am really excited about it all & I know the funds will be provided. God hasn't brought us this far to drop us like a sack of tators. (my moms words)!

On another not I just checked and we have 7 Silkie eggs piping! It is so sweet, you can hear them peeping and there isn't even a real hole yet! Our roosters days are very short & he doesn't even know it. He is a psycho! You go in to feed them and he flogs you - repeatedly - if you let him.

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