Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I have just spent a good amount of time trying to post these damn pictures, so if they don't come up please view all images.
I had to go down to base today and run several errands. So I asked Amber if she would like to go to the beach after I was done with everything. So this morning we loaded everything up and headed south.
We got to the beach and we got all set up. That's when I said "lets go walk the beach". We walked maybe a mile or so. We watched marines training and we talked about life, then we turned around. It was then that I told Amber to give me her towel. I made a sack out of it and started picking up trash. I gave Amber the camera and told her to go take pictures of the trash.
Amber did as I asked but she could not believe that she was taking pictures of trash on a beach. I always talk about my beach clean up days and this time I wanted to show everyone some of the stuff that I find.
Amber then asked me when I started picking trash up on beaches. I just smiled and said "You for years I have brought you guys here. We would walk up and down the beach and one day I just got sick of it. I no longer wanted my children swimming in trash. I did not start out to save animals or to be eco friendly. I just wanted you guys to be able to swim on a clean beach."
Among the trash we found was a shirt, girls underwear, a condom wrapper, and lots of beer can's. I will leave that to you imagination as to how they got there. I found a ton of balloons and that bright string that birds like. I also found a string a beads and a city street cover that said water. One of the most useful things I found was a sand bag. O.K. I can actually see a sand bag on a beach on a marine base, but I filled it with more trash.
At the end of our walk we filled a 55 gallon trash bag!
There are also two disturbing things that I found on the beach. One of them was the dead animals. I often see dead birds but today I saw two of them! I have never and I mean never in all my years of going to this beach have I seen a dead seal. So far this year I have seen two!
The other disturbing thing was all the trash that was in a birds nesting area! This area was set aside by the base so that the birds would be safe and here it was filled with trash!
I would love to be the beach police and make sure that everyone leaves with what they came with, but that would only solve half the problem. A lot of the trash comes from boats and cruise ships. They just dump stuff and then it washes up on our beaches.
The really sad thing is, this was not a public beach. This was a beach on a marine base. What ever happened to pride?
So many times I have been tempted to take my pictures and start showing them to everyone until someone stands up and takes notice of the condition of the beach. Rusty told me not to because at the time he was on active duty. So now that he is retired does that mean I can raise hell?
I must really think about this, because everything I do will still reflect on my husband. Until I decide I will keep walking the beach and picking up the trash. People throw you trash away!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I would like to say thank you to everyone sent sent Chris a card. This was so awesome and he was so shocked that people would take the time to do that for him.
For Rusty and I we are just shocked by the whole situation. I never in a million years would have guessed that we could have taken in another child and provide for them. We are on a budget that does not move very much, but we did it.
All of the decorations and balloons came from someone I found on line who was giving away this stuff. I cut all the flowers, so no money was spent there. I made Chris his cake, so that saved some money and we had more then enough food for everyone. Some how some way we pulled it off.
I took one of the graduation pictures and had it blown up to poster size. After Chris got done with gifts and cards Rusty and I announced that we had one more gift for him. We handed him the picture and told him to go hang it on the wall nest to all the other kids pictures. Chris cried. He now knows that this is his home.
Rusty and I are so proud of him. He could have turned to drugs, dropped out of school or done any number of things. Instead he finished high school and is now on the right path. We are so proud of him.
Chris said "It is sad that the people I use to call my parents did not even call me, but you guys did everything for me." blood is not thinker then water. I know that very well.
I am plum worn out. I so forgot that I told Rusty I would go help him work on Monday and Tuesday. Then Tuesday is my birthday. I forgot about that as well. Wednesday we are heading down to Coronado island. I have a busy week, but I know that it will be a good week.
Life is good.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1. Stand on your feet all day long cutting squares. Then when you cant take it any more cut the squares in half to make a ton of triangles.
2. Clear a spot on the floor and lay all the pieces out so you can see the pattern.
3, Repeat step two because all the foster babies just ran through everything.
4.Sit at the sewing machine for two day trying to sew everything together.
Oh! don't forget that you need to break a blade and have to go to wal mart to get a new one. Then you forgot to pick up trim, so you have to go back!
It was all worth it! This quilt will be going to the missionaries down in Nicaragua! Once in a while I love to show off my handi work!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Spunk, color and a conscious! There are so many reasons to love our mismatched socks. For one, we are incredibly proud to be an American-made product: our yarns are dyed, spun and knit at small, family-owned businesses here in the US. Also, from the very start, our cotton socks have always been knit using recycled cotton yarns. These yarns are recovered from the production of other cotton products (mainly t-shirts), and re-blended with other fibers and spun into yarns for Solmate Socks.Not only fun to wear, but American made and environmentally friendly! There's just so many reasons to smile every time you put on your mismatched socks from Vermont's Socklady. http://www.socklady.com/index.php
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Yesterday was just filled some unexpected surprises. I got online and I was checking my e mail when I saw someone from freecycle giving away graduation decorations and some serving dishes. I e mailed the lady and she said that I could have them. She even gave us a ton of balloons!
This was a moment when I knew what were doing was the right thing. I have learned that when you do the right thing everything else falls into place. The other day Rusty and I decided to give Chris a graduation party. Nothing fancy, just us and the marines, burgers and dogs on the grill. I figured I would either make him a cake or go buy one. We really had not planned for a graduation party, so I was trying to keep it on the cheap. Then the extra decorations showed up. I have decided to make Chris a cake and put the money we save from that toward a new pair of jeans for him.
Nikki invited all of his friends from youth group, but none of them can be bothered. There is one family from the church coming over, and that is just perfect to me. See the family that is coming is the same family that always brings us food when we need. UMM Like when I was sick or when I went back to Chicago to lay my sister to rest. They are always right there to lend a helping hand. The funny thing about this family, is that they don't have a pot to piss in, but they will give you the shirt off their back if you ask them for it. Those are my kind of people.
Then I also found someone on freecycle that was looking for a stroller. Guess what I had sitting in my garage? I gave them the stroller and this little toy box thing that I had. I love seeing people get what they need, and getting it for free.
My girlfriend out in Iowa called me yesterday, and she and the triplets are moving back here! They will be stationed about two hours away, but that is still a lot closer then Iowa. I can't wait to have them here. Sometimes I hate having friends that are in the service because they always move away. Well now they are coming back and I can't wait.
Yesterday while I was running an errand I noticed that someone was throwing away a ton of long 2x4. When I got back home I asked Chris and Nikki to please take Rusty's truck and go get them. We now have wood to make a bonfire with. When the triplets were younger we use to make a bonfire so they could roast marshmallows. I was so thrilled to find that wood. Plus we will be able to reuse it instead of it going into the landfill.
Yesterday I got the cleaning bug. I scrubbed down one of the bathrooms very well. I even washed the doors and the top of the door jams! I hope I don't catch that bug again today. I really want to get some sewing done.
I have been trying my best to not get dressed, and for the most part it has been working. I love living in my pj's. If this weather would ever warm up I might get a chance to wear my swim suit again. Oh well for now it is off to the shower and then off to the store to pick up some stuff for dinner.
Life is good.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
For years I have said "I will never be mother Theresa. I never win the noble peace prize." That was my goal for a long time. I wanted to do something that people would remember for. I wanted to be something great. I did not want to be the mom of my children. I did not want to be Rusty's wife. I did not want to be the crazy cat lady. I wanted to be something great.
I am something great. How did I discover this? Well, someone I don't know, her name is Mary, read my blog and learned that I wanted a book of mother Theresa's saying. Guess what I found this morning? Thank you Mary, for opening my eyes.
I am a hero to Amber. I am a hero because she should not be here. She was born by crash c section. She should be dead, but she is not. She is here. I love her and she is one of my best friends. I am her hero because she watches me and she sees all the things I do.
I am a hero to Nikki. If I not opened our home up to missionaries she never would have gotten the desire to go and serve. I am her hero because I stand behind her and support her, even if I don't understand her.
I am a hero to Ryan. Everyone told me that he would never walk, ride a bike or do anything. Now look at him. Who knew that a mentally retarded, autistic child would go so far? Who knew? I am a hero to him, because when the rest of the world was saying he won't do something it made me angry. I am his biggest advocate. I will fight for him when everyone else says I shouldn't.
I am a hero to Chris. We took him in. Gave food, clothing and shelter. We gave him the basics when his own "Family" would not. I never realized that doing right by him, would make me a hero.
I am a hero to Rusty. I have stood by him through countless deployments, heart attacks, and I have stayed when the Marine Corps has thrown everything else at us.
I am a hero to all the animals I have rescued. If it was not for me there would be animals that would have not made it.
I am hero to the shelter that I volunteer at. If it were not for me they would not have made quilts to give out whenever someone adopts a pet from them.
I am a hero to all the marines that walk through my door. I feed them, do their laundry, listen to their fears, love them, cry when they leave and cry when they come home. I have even seen the marines fight over their quilts.
I may never win the Noble Peace prize, and that is o.k. I have touched many lives and all the lives I have touched will go on to be someone elses hero. There are unsung hero's all over this world. We may not all be famous, but we all make a difference. I know that if all of banned together, all of our little deeds would add up and we could and we will change the world.
"There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who are will do the small things." Mother Theresa.