Friday, August 31, 2007

So What IS a Carolina Girl????

1. Carolina girl

(adj.); a girl who prefers pearls to hemp, who has always been daddys favorite and also carries a sweet sothern accent no matter where she is. To a carolina girl polka dots are always in style and as long as the beer is cold its drinkable.

2. Carolina Girl

A female from the Carolinas -NC or SC who has respect for her family and friends. At this point in time, she usually has a career and/or family - she can manage all that comes in life.You should be so lucky to meet one.

Carolina Girls are the best in the world!

3. Carolina Girl

A girl from South or North Carolina who not only originates from the Carolinas but acknowledges her heritage and accepts it.

There's also a great song called "Carolina Girl" by General Johnson and The Chairman of the Board.
Oh, and by the way, the Carolina girl from the song does not refer exclusively or even most often to North Carolina girls. I've usually heard it applied to South Carolina.

1. "The Carolina girl proudly wears T-shirts that proclaim where she's from."
2. -California girls are sexy / and New York girls are too / But Carolina girls got
good looks and a sweet personality too-
"I learned how to shag (the dance) listening to Carolina Girl."

from the Urban Dictionary

Nothing Could Be Finer...

OK siestas - I am headed home for the long weekend. Now, by home I mean that I am leaving Tampa, and headed north straight to South Carolina. If you haven't had the incredible experience of driving up I-95 into SC you just haven't lived. When you cross the state line into SC - you drive through these HUGE plantation style gates - I am not kidding - I will take pictures when we go through - I always wonder if people are afraid of getting locked in!!! Anyway, we have a very special wedding to attend Friday evening, then we are headed over to the Steele Magnolia's for the weekend. She is so excited that we are coming in, and will spend all day tomorrow cooking. Kaiti is driving down from NC after school and will meet us at my Mom's. Some of my family will be headed to Clemson for the weekend to be a part of the Bowden Bowl - for those of you not versed in college football - that's Clemson coached by son, Tommy Bowden - playing Florida State, coached by father Bobby Bowden. So that's my sister, all of her family and my brother and his family. My little family - David, Kelly and Kaiti are headed to Columbia on Saturday to watch the Carolina Gamecocks play. Nothing could be finer...
Well, it could be finer if my kindred spirits were going to be around. And then, on a happy, happy note - as in "clapping for Jesus" as a young friend of mine always says - there is going to be a Siesta gathering!! Can you even believe it's going to happen?? I have already gotten a ticket to go to San Antonio in that big state - wait, isn't that where a kindred spirit has moved???
If you are reading - please stop for a moment and pray for Phillip and Anita in Kenya, for our friends who have a piece of our hearts in Kenya, for wise decisions with Kelly's future and college decisions, for traveling mercies for us tomorrow, for siestas with troubled family relationships, for my health, for Robert as he flies the new Osprey, and for Kaiti and Lima Bean.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Nice Really Does Matter!!

Yes!! Nice really does matter!! It is so refreshing to spend some quiet time each day visiting with friends who make the world a nicer place to be through their blogs and through their daily lives in their homes, families and communities. A big thank you to Annie's Eyes for the award!! What a surprise - and it is so appreciated because it comes from a new friend and siesta!! Pay it Forward - if only the world around us WOULD pay it forward. So, now I am going to send this on to two very special people today. First - my nephew, (married to my niece) Phillip. He is a youth minister at North Point Community Church. Read his blog - read his heart. But right now, pray for Phillip and Anita - they are flying to Kenya today to be a part of a team that will provide a retreat for Kenyan ministers.
And then...take a read over at Jesus Girl's blog. Anyone in their 50's who have been put in the position of caring for their parents will identify with what's going on in her life. Add to that the excitement of writing a book!!! Her faith never dims as she adjusts to life with Dad. Nice DOES matter - it matters in how we treat our family members, who we are in the workplace, and who we are when no one we know is watching.
I still can't get the method of inserting a link without typing the whole thing out - any help would be appreciated - I don't want to delete my entire blog again...nevermind - YES!!!!! I did it!!!! and it actually works....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I Have Changed

Get ready!! A group of us from Sunday School and Breaking Free are headed into Tampa to see Menopause the Musical tonight. If you are anywhere near the age of 50, and have a chance to see this - GO!! What an absolute HOOT!! This will make the third time that I have gone, and each time is funnier than the one before.
Getting ready to laugh with friends,

Monday, August 20, 2007

When Will We Get There?????

Louisiana-Lafayette versus University of South Carolina

Sept. 1, 2007
Columbia, S.C.
7:00 p.m. ET

Back Home

We did it!! We actually left our work, the dog, Kelly, the computer, the errands, and the yard work and got away for our anniversary!! I really can't remember when we have done that at a time that was even close to the anniversary date. What a great weekend away, with each other,and with our friends!! If you are ever trying to find the perfect place for a get-away check out the Ginn Resorts. We were at Reunion near Orlando,Florida. I am thinking why oh why doesn't my home look like this!?! We were in a 3 bedroom villa - decorated Tommy Bahama style. You really should check this place out - and guess what!?! They have mini resort right in my most favorite place to visit - Charleston. This one is called Belvedere. Friday during the day, the girls did the spa experience and they boys played golf - of course!! Firday evening - Cirque du Soleil was just incredible!! The only problem was that I kept trying to find the deeper, underlying meaning throughout the entire show. There was none - La Nouba - a dream, hence it was just a crazy collection of bizarre acts, etc. The talent - unbelievable!! Then these over 50's actually went out after the show into Downtown Disney - fun times!! Saturday, the kids came over and we spent the day at the waterpark in the resort, then loaded up with tailgate food to watch the Bucs and Jaguars preseason game. Home Sunday in time for church, then back to our crazy normal. Took David to the airport at 5 this morning. Breaking Free group meets this evening - my prayer is that we can dig into the study a little more, and a little deeper - while at the same time offering each other love, support and prayer. am still struggling with an issue from Breaking Free - as hard as I try, I just can't seem to get a handle on this. Kelly begins classes on Wednesday. This is going to be a crucial semester for her as she gets ready to transfer into a nursing program. Robert arrived in Miramar yesterday. Desert training begins today. Kaiti is alone for several weeks, but is doing OK. She starts back with her regular school schedule this week. From what I have heard she is the teacher to be feared in the 8th grade!! You Go Girl!! Turn that fear into respect and admiration and learning!!!! So here we are...summer is almost to an end - get rid of those white shoes girls - and life is almost back to its crazy normal.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Random Thoughts ...

So today we are going to get away for a long weekend to celebrate our 31st anniversary!! We are sharing this weekend with great friends who moved away almost 2 years ago. We decided not to travel far - only about 45 minutes over to the Reunion Resort - it's beautiful, with so much to do. We are going to Cirque du Soleil on Friday night - haven't seen this show so it should be a wonderful evening!! I keep wondering why we got married in August - I know why, we were married on David's parents' anniversary. It was a great day to get married. BUT later, as an educator - it was ALWAYS right when the new school year was beginning. There were many years that it fell right on the first day of school. Don't EVEN think of messing with a teacher on the first day of school!! So in this new phase of my "working life", it feels so good to be able to actually do something to celebrate this time in our marriage. This resort has its own "water park" - so Kelly and her Significant Other (Mom is smiling as she types) are going to come over on Saturday. Tickets have been purchased for Menopause the Musical for next Tuesday. Can't wait - third time going!! David is out of away again next week - just to Virginia. Kelly starts back to school next week. LifeLink called yesterday with an appointment set for Sept.18th. I am just grateful that I don't have to wait any longer than that. Only concern is that they want to review the biopsy slides from back in June. Soooo excited that football season is FINALLY here!! Looking for Gamecock tickets on ebay - anyone out there have tickets that you need to get rid of??? Trying to pull together the Bishop Family Getaway Gathering - Cashiers in October. Continuing the search for the right nursing school for Kelly - hoping to transfer in Jan. Work has already started for this school year - wasn't sure how much I wanted to work this year, but I have seen students 4 hours each day this week, and we are setting up schedules for the fall. Maggie has been working on the blog to journal the rest of Lima Beans journey into our lives. Robert heads out to the desert this weekend for three weeks of training. Yesterday, a local deputy was killed on duty - shot by someone who should have been in prison. The whole community is in a state of shock and grieving. Praying for teachers and students as they begin this new school year. Praying for Marilyn as she begins her tests to become ordained in the Presbyterian Church. Praying for wisdom and guidance as some changes need to be made in our Monday night Breaking Free group. Praying for Kindred Spirits cousin, who was found in a coma in his home yesterday. They are very close, and I know the pain, worry and concern that is there. Praying for the doctors and for healing. Thanking God for this upcoming weekend!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

31 Years!!!

31 Years!!!! 11 Different Addresses...3 different states...2 beautiful daughters...several major career and life plan changes...many, many incredible adventures known as family vacations...Walk to Emmaus weekends that changed both of our lives forever...ministry with high school students who will forever be a part of our lives (Jackson's story)...Kindred Spirits who came into our lives and will remain forever on earth and in heaven...surviving one huge Hurricame Hugo...burying parents too early in life...2 high school graduations...taking care of aging parents...1 college graduation... 1 fairy tale wedding...1 incredible son-in-law...1 soon-to-be nurse extrordinaire...1 soon-to-be Mom and a phenomenal teacher...1 Marine Osprey Pilot who will be protecting your lives and changes...seasons come and go...but in all of that - what remains and holds constant is our True North, our faith and belief in Jesus Christ...that is what has kept us together, that is what has made us Best Friends Forever...and in the words from our wedding ceremony 31 years ago today from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran...OK - I KNOW, WE WERE CHILDREN OF THE 70's...
Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"

And he answered saying:

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Another story of Africa

Just moments after this photo was taken, the little Kenyan girl began having seizures. David said to touch her, you instantly knew that she had an extremely high fever. Everyone knew that this was probably the cause of the seizures, which were coming frequently now. Her mother had to be found, and something had to be done. Tylenol was found in a backpack - along with a bottle of water. It was decided to crush up the tylenol in a small amount of water to try and get that down the baby girls throat. As a team member was ready to pour out half of a bottle of water - he was stopped by one of the local pastors. Water - no matter how little - could never be poured on the ground or wasted. He poured half of the bottle into another bottle. We, Americans, are so spoiled - we don't even think of what we waste!! The mother was found. It seems the baby girl had been sick, very sick - for weeks. A clinic was miles away - the very same clinic that had treated Evelyn two years ago. At the clinic it was confirmed that baby girl had malaria. She was in the latter stages of malaria, and would not live without treatment. The team put together the money to cover treatments/medicine/supplies until baby girl was healthy again. One baby girl - one life saved. In the big picture of Africa - you might ask - So What does that matter??? Remember this story???

The Starfish Story
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Crazy Life

I have had this sort of "writers block" going on for a couple of weeks now - not because there is nothing to write about, but because there is just so MUCH to write about that I don't even know where to start. So I am going to tell you about this incredible happening from two weeks ago. I had just flown in from visiting my beautiful Mom 2 Be daughter and Top Gun SIL in NC. It was a lousy flight home with lots of waiting in an airport - not even sure I was going to get out of there. So when I did get home - I was really tired. Tired has been going on so much lately. Tired is not something that I am accustomed to. This hasn't been mentioned in weeks, but the problem with my liver is still there. I had bloodwork done again before and after surgery last month - not good results...bloodwork and more/different tests on July 23rd - results - not good. I love and trust my primary - he said that he had come to the end of the road, something was still wrong and he was out of answers. He wanted to confer with a liver specialist here in Tampa - there just aren't many of these doctors in the US - and Dr. Mendoza is right here at LifeLink - a transplant center. NOOOOOO, that doesn't mean that I am in line for a transplant. What it does mean right now is that this is the best place to find answers. Now - back to Sunday night, July 29th. I went to bed as soon as I got home with the TV on- remember, David is in Africa. For some reason - known only to God, I sat up at 2:15am - wide awake and looked at the TV. There on the screen in the middle of the night was this - HAVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE SUFFERED FROM LIVER DYSFUNCTION, LIVER FAILURE, HEPATITIS FROM AN UNKNOWN CAUSE? ok - you have my attention in the middle of the night screen...HAVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE TAKEN THE ANTIBIOTIC KETEK? CALL some 1-800 attorney's number..... so, in the middle of the night - God put this on TV for me!?!?! Get ready - I had an incredible sinus infection last Nov-Dec., the result of being a team leader on a ladies retreat that was held at a camp under hundreds of oak trees in one of the worst allergy seasons we have seen around here. 3 Z-packs didn't touch the infection before it became bronchitis. So I was put on KETEK, and I took the Rx as prescribed, and it finally worked!! Life got back to my crazy state of normal, and then through routine bloodwork two months later, we found the problem with my liver. Just google this drug. You won't believe what is there!! Someone is in prison for giving false clinical trial results to the FDA. Patients have died from liver failure due to this drug. All of the information on patients and side effects are relatively new. Most of the information that I have read has come out in the past couple of months. I know that God put this information on TV, and woke me up at that exact moment so that I would be aware of what's going on. This may NOT be the answer to my problem - but how can I not believe that it is!?!?! Now, I called LifeLink on Friday, thinking and hoping that since I hadn't heard from them that possible Dr. Mendoza felt that everything was going to work itself out, or that this wasn't really a serious problem at all. I spoke with a very nice woman who proceeded to tell me that I had just been "entered into the SYSTEM", my insurance had been verified, and that Dr. Mendoza was out of town last week. Someone would call me next week to set up my first appointment. So, there is yet another door to open and walk through. I am still OK with all of this. I have been one healthy gal all of my life - a blessing that most folks can't claim. I believe that God gave me some answers to this through my TV in the middle of the night. I truly believe that this will all be OK. I also believe that there are companies out there playing with people's lives in order to make money. So this is an attempt to try and catch up with my life.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It's 8:45pm Kenya Time

These are the people of Kenya waiting in line to be baptized!! After walking for miles to hear the story of the gospel - they begged for this special moment!! And siestas notice that most of them are SIESTAS!! What an experience!!! What an awesome God we serve!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Little David

Take a look at this beautiful baby boy - this is David Bishop Obadiamo!! Little David is the son of Andrew and Judith. Andrew has been with David for three years now as his interpreter while he has been in Kenya. A friend that has been with them says that Andrew is just an African version of David - same spirit, same hands in constant motion when they talk!! David and Andrew have been able to keep up a very long distance friendship through email - just not often enough - and usually to let us know of their prayer needs, or the births of their two precious children. One of the highlights of David's time in Kenya this year was meeting Little David, holding him and spending time with his family.What an honor to have this little boy carry your name!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Random Information

OK - quick, quick post before I head to Tampa - it is raining, raining here!! Just thought I would share this random thought as this oh so very special time comes to an end - the ONE good thing about David being in Africa is that HERE in my house I can finally turn the AC down to the low, low 70's!!! The windows stay fogged up, but who cares!! photo of fogged up window on the side...I have not had to listen to several generations coming through with - "are we cooling all of Hillsborough County???"- " who keeps turning the AC down?" - "it is cold enough to hang meat in here!!" Hmmm - I am thinking that this just may be a type of generational bondage and sin according to Miss Beth in Breaking Free. Yes - the days of being cool in Florida are just about over...the nights of sleeping under the comforter - it was wonderful! So Saturday night it's back to glistening in the dark, and the standard "save the world and our electric bill" 78 degrees. Why oh why don't men experience any symptoms of menopause?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Just Trying to Catch Up

It is almost sunset time on the beach here - wish I was there watching....I don't even know where to start today....David is still in Africa... I had an incredible trip to NC to visit with Kaiti and Robert... Potato Chip is really experiencing some very positive happenings in her life and it is just about time - thank you God!!! ....I am still dealing with the issue of my liver problem - more on that later...I am really struggling with an issue in my BM study - Breaking Free, and I can't really think of way to come to terms with this without talking to Miss BM herself - so what do I do about that one...I am thrilled that Carolina Gal over in Texas finally decided to blog...I am so excited about new friendships that are forming through God's help and this blog I guess this is just a little teaser blog. I am going to sit late tonight in the quiet and blog away about the past week.