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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Update from Shaila (James's daughter)

Just thought I would send out an email to update everyone.
Dad had his MRI last Friday and went to the Dr. yesterday to get the results.
His Dr. said that the tumor has grown but it is NOT in the liver and it has NOT metastasized!!! So, THAT is good news! The liver is still functioning well. The reason he is still jaundice is because the right side of the live is not draining. The tube he has in is working well and draining the left side of the liver. So, she gave him some options. He can do chemo (which he does NOT want to do) radiation again, or put in another tube to the right side of the liver. Then he would have TWO tubes hanging outside his body, NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!!! But, the one tube has not been totally comfortable for him so he is just waiting to see for the time being....

He has an apt on Feb. 19th to replace the tube that he currently has. At that time he can decide if he wants to add the 2nd tupe.

Dad asked his Dr. when she was going to fix him. He also told her, "Mark my words, make me an apt NOW for 5 yrs. from now and I will see you then." So, as you can see he has a great attitude!!! He DOES have some strength back. He swept out 1/2 of their garage yesterday!!!!! And, today he went outside with the care giver that comes in on Mon, Wed, and Fri. He is a very nice guy that helps him in the shower, shave, and then walks him a bit. He has not been using his walker at all!!!! And, he only used his cane when he went out today and walked a couple of blocks!

He is loving his "root beer floats" that they go get frequently from Costco. He got a handicap sign for the car (no, he is not driving) so, mom drops him off at the door, he walks into the food court at Costco and mom parks close by and joins him. They order an ice cream and a root beer and pur it over the ice cream and then he is a HAPPY CAMPER!!!

Anyway, keep praying... he is doing well and we are happy with him and for him! We love you all and thank you for your love and support!

Well H---!(Heck)


Friday, January 30, 2009

Famous Quotes

These are profound and true statements. They get better the more you read.

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a
shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.
John Adams

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the
newspaper you are misinformed.

Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress . .
But then I repeat myself.

Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a
man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the

support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man,
which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

G Gordon Liddy

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.

James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people
in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and
car keys to teenage boys.

P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors
to live at the expense of everybody else.

Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it And if it stops
moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it
costs when it's free!

P.J. O'Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money
as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics

won't take an interest in you!

Pericles (430 B.C.)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

You thought you had a bad day

O.K. you thought you were having a bad day. Check this out.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jana sent me this picture of Hogan and Ella the caption was, "This is how Hogan dresses when his father is in charge." Bruce is a mess. They are having fun in the cold and Ella didn't have a Bib for sure There are some pictures of him being "Spider man" in the Christmas photos over at Lana's blog.

Lana put some pictures from our Christmas that we finally had on Martin Luther Kings Birthday Weekend. That was the best weekend for the family to get together because the College Kids and other school kids had off that Monday. We had a great time together. The weather was beautiful and the kids (even the grown up kids) played outside. We are not very good at taking pictures but you can go over here if you would like to see the family.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Confronting Islam

World Magazine named Zakaria Botros as their "Daniel of the Year" for 2008. He is an amazing man who is a Coptic priest who is taking the internet and the airwaves to confront Islam. Read about this 75 year old man who says,"Fear is not in his vocabulary".

If you would like to see what he is doing on the internet go here.

My question to myself and those of you who read this blog, "When can a Christian Retire?"

pray for James and Shari

Shaila had this post over on her blog at daBergs
Dad has been feeling pretty good lately. He loves to get out for just a bit each day when the sun is shining. His favorite thing to do is go by Costco's food court and get a root beer float! Cute, isn't he?! He has had some problems with sleeping at night and getting up in the middle of the night throwing up... not sure why but he only gets nauseated at night time, somewhere around 2:30 am! Poor guy. But, he thinks he has gotten that under control. The Dr. put him on some nausea meds before bed time. Here is a darling pic my mom took just before Christmas of him hanging their "lighted wreath".

Dad has been REALLY yellow and starting to itch again. Mom called and told his Dr's up at the Cancer Center last week and so had my brother. They were not calling back... My brother finally talked to them on Tues and they told him to take dad in to do the blood work on Tues (Jan.20th) and have the results faxed over to them (the Huntsman Cancer Center) Well, when they got the results Wed morn and saw that dad's billy count was very high they finally worked him in for surgery THAT VERY DAY to replace his tube. Since the billy count was so high they figured it was clogged and needed replacing. They were to be at the hospital yesterday at 11:30 am. Dad couldn't eat. They did not get him in to the O.R. until around 7 pm!!!! They took him in for the surgery but when they put the dye thru the tube they found that it was NOT blocked, it is working. SO, they told us that that means either the tumor has grown or there is scar tissue from the radiation blocking it somewhere else. He goes in today(Friday) at 1 for an MRI and then on Tues (Jan. 27) at 3 to find out what the MRI said. The Dr. said depending on WHERE and HOW BIG the problem is they will try to put in another tube... so pray! And, while you are at it, pray for my sweet mom! It is hard not being there but I am grateful for a good brother and his sweet wife who live right there beside them!

Here is a cute picture of dad that my brother sent me from the hospital when he was waiting for the tube replacement on Wed.

I am like Shaila...I wish I were closer and could be there with them but in the meantime I just use this picture and put my hand on the computer screen and pray...God is not limited by time and space so I believe that James feels my prayers. If you would like you can do the same. Just pray for James as you look at his picture...God knows....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

View from a black man

My nephew Melvin sent me the blog of a guy he went to West Point with back in the eighties. He is now a Pastor and I enjoy reading his blog.

I especially wanted to see what he had to say about the inauguration. It is impossible for me...a white woman... to really understand what this means to to a man of color. If you want to understand a little better go read his blog at:
Thanks Melvin for sharing this site with me.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ice Cream and the Election

Ice Cream & The Election

I don't know who wrote this but thought it worth sharing.

Excellent analogy!

From a teacher in the Nashville area.
Who worries about "the cow" when it is all about the "Ice Cream?

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year.

The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest.

I decided we would have an election for a class president.
We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.
To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members.

We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections.

Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia's mother.

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches Jamie went first.
He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best.

Everyone applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise.
She said, "If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream." She sat down.

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream." She surely could say more. She did not have to.
A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn't sure.
Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn't know.
The class really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.
The other forty-eight percent of us know we're going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Please Pray

James's daughter Shaila sent this comment:

Dad went in for the surgery last night but they put a dye thru it and it is NOT blocked, it is working. SO, that means that either the tumor has grown or there is scar tissue from the radiation blocking it somewhere else. He goes in tomorrow at 1 for an MRI and then on Tues at 3 to find out what the MRI said.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I woke up this A.M. with this in my mind and on my heart. "Except The Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it." Ps. 127:1 So, I tell myself, "Wilma, relax, God has everything under control." Another verse comes to mind. The heart of the king is in the Lord's hand and He turns it which way He will... or something like that. Obama has said his first act would be to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act which would give abortion on demand and the government would pay. Today, I will pray that God will change Obama's heart. Check out this video:

PLEASE PRAY TODAY FOR JAMES. It seems his drain tube is stopping up. He is turning yellow again. They have tried to get him into the Drs. but you know how that is. They wanted to do blood test, etc. before changing it out. Shari says they had hoped to go at least 3 months and it has only been two. Pray for an opening today and they will get it done.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hope.for Change

Polls have been taken on whether or not we want Obama to succeed. I have mixed emotions. I hate to see the country go to down. I don't like any kind of suffering. I don't want to go one day without food. I don't want to go without heat. Don't deny me my computer, my coffee, my comfort. In that respect I guess I want Obama to succeed in bringing the country back to some stability. I really don't think we are in a real depression. Too many people have big screen TV's, and every person in the family has a cell phone. People on food stamps, government housing have cell phones and cigarettes. I understand why blacks are so euphoric. This is a proud day and I do believe the country has made an amazing amount of progress since Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous speech. I wonder what he would say about today. I did not vote for Barack Obama but there are several black men that I could have voted for. Men who share my conservative views. Thomas Sowell, Armstrong Williams, Ken Blackwell, Michael Steel to name a few.


Here are a couple of articles that are very interesting and help to bring clarity to my thoughts.

“Hope is not a strategy…”

By R.J. Godlewski
© January 20, 2009, All Rights Reserved
(Right Truth Exclusive)

A few fellow classmates of mine at American Military University, when analyzing the historical threat generated from Islam, spoke of the “hope” that the religion would somehow calm down, mature, or be cleansed by Muslims that are more moderate. My instructor rebuked them saying “Hope is not a strategy” and then challenged us to come up with a strategy to fight such ideologies. I accepted that challenge, as much as I could, but that’s not what this commentary is about.

Hope is a wonderful feeling, the yearning for expectations and anticipation as my archaic dictionary tells. It is an emotion that I feel whenever I hear the B-52’s wail out Sugar Shack or AC/DC crank up their exploits about the woman that shook them “all night long”. Yet, hope is not an action any more than prayer is a strategy. God might work in mysterious ways, but our own personal involvement dictates responsibility, effort, and resilience.

We now find ourselves at the dawn of the Obama presidency and the entire nation is buzzing with, you guessed it, hope. Expectations are high throughout the planet. Everyone is warm and fuzzy with anticipation for “change”. Nearly everyone is voicing “hope” that “Obama succeeds as president”. Not me. Personally, I’d like to see the man fail catastrophically – it would teach a gullible nation a lesson or two regarding the deification of someone with very little practical experience. No, I will not hope that the Obama Administration succeeds. I merely pray that our nation survives.

This “One nation, under God” already has a Lord to watch over it. Our role is to roll our sleeves up and work hard to better ourselves, our community, and our world. Christ hints at this when He says “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do” (Luke 17:10). In other words, we won’t get off our fat asses and do something to improve the world unless we either make a fantastic amount of money for it, gain recognition for the effort, or are forced to do so at the literal point of a barrel.

Read it all here.

Another intesting history lesson:

Historical Review Of Iraq Situation by Raymond S. Kraft

The following is a must read for every American and free people across the globe. If you do not believe that our way of life is threatened by radical Islam, or even if you do believe, you must read this:

Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk more than four hundred British ships in their convoys between England and America for food and war materials.

Read this article here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Need a good lawyer?

This was sent by a Court Reporter…

Subject: Disorder In The Courts

These are from a book called 'Disorder in the American Courts' and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
_________________________ ___________
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's twenty, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
W ITNESS : Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 pm.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
And the best for last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Update on James

Got this update from Shari. I talked to she and James last week and they sounded pretty good.

Hi everyone,
It has been awhile since I've sent a note. Thought I'd just say hi and let you all know that we are doing pretty good here. James has had about 5 nights now that he has not been up throwing up most of the night. He hasn't been sleeping very well though. He takes his medication and his gochi juice and his ensure sometime between 8:30am and 9:30am every morning. Then he listens to his CD that Gerald White sent him and he goes back to sleep and stays in bed until about 2pm unless we need to go out some place. He dresses each day. We still have the home health people coming on Mon., Wed., and Fri. On those days the guy comes and shaves him and baths him and he dresses and stays up most of the day. He will rest on the couch or sometime goes back to bed for an afternoon nap. He does rest a lot. His skin is turning yellow again and that bothers me. I think I will call the doctor tomorrow and see if she thinks he should go in before Feb. 19th when they will change out his tube in his side that drains the bile. He doesn't talk much. But he does seem to have a good attitude. When I need to go to the store or bank he always wants to go with me. He stays in the car and waits most of the time. He wishes that the weather would clear so he could go out for a walk. We still have about a foot or so of snow on the ground. It has been so cold and snowy for several weeks.
Shaila and her boys have been here. They all came last Sunday. She and Chad left on Friday morning for home.
The other boys left for Idaho on Wed. because school was starting back again. We had a good time with them. We had a big snow storm on Monday and Tues. So we stayed in most of the time. It sure has been quite around here the past two days. Not much is going on here.
Dirk was gone last week to New York and Chicago on business. He left on Tues. last week and came home Friday morning at 10:00am. It was nice that Shaila was here while he was gone.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Year's Resolution

I don't do New Year's Resolutions...I stopped a few years ago because I could never finish what I seemed to start. Yes, I always resolve to lose a few pounds and get back to a healthier lifestyle but as far as making a New Year's Resolution that is over.

Our Christmas was not like any we have had in many years if ever. Christmas is always built up in our minds and frankly it never is actually what we dream. Many people (not me for sure) have their shopping done by Thanksgiving. I am usually trying to finish up Christmas Eve. I am known in the family for being always late. This year we had planned for the family to all get together the weekend after New Years. Our youngest daughter Jana and her family were in the middle of moving from a big house that they needed when they had 5 children at home to the small house they had lived in when they first got married and only had 3 kids. Because we live 4 hours away the best way we could help was bring the two little ones to our house while Jana and Bruce were moving. We kept Hogan and Ella for 5 days and drove them home on Christmas Eve. Jana had the tree up and the packages wrapped. She didn't take after her mother. She still wraps packages and I throw them in a sack.

Then the fun started. Hogan had a cough when he came home with Bud. He felt bad for a few days but as kids seem to do he was fine by Christmas Eve but Poppy wasn't. Bud was full blown sick by Christmas Day. I guess smoking for 50 years did not help his lungs or immune system because he is quick to get a cold and cough. The rest of us celebrated Christmas Day with Bruce's Family but Bud stayed home (at Jana's) and I took him a plate. He just got worse as the week went on. Finally I convince him to go to a prima care and get medicine and he felt better overnight. The rest of the family was sick at one time or the other and I spent most of the Christmas Holiday running a hospital so to speak. I thank God for my good health.

We are all feeling better by the time Lana's family is to arrive on Friday, the 2nd. But, that was not to be. Lana's son Jake's mother-in-law (got that??) passed out and was throwing up blood so long story short they didn't get to come. I still have all of my "sacks" in the trunk of my car. So much for plans. I reminded Bud on Saturday of the old saying my brother always uses..."Fish and company stink in 3 days". If that is true we were rancid and I am sure Jana and Bruce were ready for us to go home and get back to a normal life. As we planned to leave my son in law Bruce did a really sweet thing. He ask us to stay because he wanted to take Bud to see the new Clint Eastwood movie. Bud is feeling like a new man with his shot and drugs so off they go to a Sat. Matinee. When they got home Jana and I went out for a pedicure and to a movie. When life hands you lemons...go get a pedicure I always say.

So what does all of this have to do with New Years Resolutions? Proverbs says, A man plans but God directs his path". We can make plans but if we let the disruptions of life rob us of what is important about Christmas and the New Year we are the looser. Ultimately God is in control. new devotional book gave me the best resolution that I could make for 2009.

Phil. 3:10a "My determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person." (Amplified Bible) I think I will meditate on that for the first month. I am at "My determined purpose". One of the definitions from the dictionary of determined is "the act of settling a dispute". The dispute is within me. Is God who He says He is or is Jesus the biggest fraud in history? I want to know about you?

By the way, we "plan" to have Christmas with the family next weekend.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy Birthday ML

You've come a long way baby: Love that hair.

I thought I would share some of the pictures from Mary Lu's Birthday Party that her girls gave her on Sunday. Today, Wednesday is actually her birthday but we celebrated early. This is with gran daughter Kaitlyn who is Sharla's daughter. She so graciously sent these pictures to me.

This is Mary Lu with me and our cousin Carol Blackwell

This is Mary Lu's daughters and our niece Tonya Canada who is TiaJuana's baby girl.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Kellyn

My gran daughter Kellyn turned 17 on January 1st. I was in Mesquite and couldn't get to the blog to post a birthday message. We were all suppose to be together on January 3rd but that didn't happen so here I am a week late but my family knows that I am usually late so here goes:

Kellyn you are a very special young woman. I can't believe you are 17. You have grown up way to fast. God has a special plan for you and I bet it will involve kids, back flips and hand stands because you are gifted with both. Hope your birthday was great. Love you bunches. Gran