Friday, December 28, 2007

Another baby!

Yep! I'm pregnant again! I took a home pregnancy test on Dec. 22nd...well, I actually took two tests. :) Robby was hard to convince that it was actually positive. :) I went to the doctor after Christmas and confirmed it. The due date is August 26th.

We are so excited...and Gracie seems to be handling the idea of a little brother or sister really well. At first she was a little nervous, but now she says "I'm so excited we're having a baby." *fingers crossed*

I do have to admit to being VERY nervous! I had such problems last time with my blood pressure and developing toxemia. My bp never really went down afterwards so I'm on meds now to control it. I've found a doctor I want to go to, I just have to get the insurance straight before I can go. Gracie was premature and I had to have an emergency c-section the last time. So, I was thinking that another one would probably be best this time also. I don't know! I've got sooo much to consider. Last time I just feel I was kinda stupid to it all and didn't know better. Now I know too much! :)I'm just trying to eat better. Take my vitamins. And have faith that everything will be ok.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

About Me Survey

About Me

Have you ever

Basics

First Name:Diana
Middle Name:Lesley
Birthday:July 1st
Eyes:blue
Hair:black
Fav color:pink
Day/Night:night
Fave Food:just about anything! LOL

Friends and Life

Do you ever wish you had another name?oh sure...many times
Do you like anyone?I like lots of folks.
Which one of your friends acts the most like you?none actually
Who's the loudest?not sure
Who have you known the longest of your friends?Jenny
Who's the shyest:LOL none of us
Are you close to any family members?all of them
When you cried the most:prolly this past yr
What's the best feeling in the world:being loved
Worst Feeling:being lonely

Finish each sentence

Let's walk on the:beach
Let's run through:the water
Let's look at the:sky
What a nice:smile
Where did all the:time go?
Why can't you:just listen to me?
Silly, little:thing
Tell me:more

Have you:

Ran away from home:never
Pictured your crush naked:yep
Skipped school:all the time
Broken someone's heart:no
Been in love:am in love right now
Cried when someone died:yes
Wanted someone you knew you couldn't have:yes
Done something embarrassing:oh my LOL yes
Done a drug:no
Cried in school:yes

Random

Your Good Luck Charm:I dunno
Person You Hate Most:no one
Best Thing That Has Happened:having my daughter
Ice Cream:vanilla
WHO Makes you laugh the most:Gracie
Has A Crush On You:Robby
Do You Have A Crush On Someone:yes
Fallen for your best friend?:no
Made out with JUST a friend?:no
Kissed two people in the same day?:no!
Had sex with two different people in the same day?:no!!!!
Been rejected:yea
Been in love?:yes
Been used?:I don't think so
Done something you regret?:yes, who hasn't?
Cheated on someone?:nope
Been called a tease:yea

Who was the last person...

You touched?:Gracie
You talked to on the phone?:my sister
You hugged?:Gracie
You instant messaged?:umm, don't remember
You kissed?:Robby
You yelled at?:prolly, Robby
Who text messaged you?:I dunno
Who broke your heart?:??
Who told you they loved you?: ct?Gracie

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Busy Busy Busy

Yep, that's what I've been....

Robby and my anniversary was the 11th. That made us married for 6 years. I could hardly believe it! It seems like just yesterday we were dating and then having Gracie. The time has flown by! Things have been hard at times, but it's all worth it. I can't imagine loving anyone else this much. I only hope we will have 50 or more years together. I want to grow old and gray with him. And get lots of grandbabies....but not for many many years.

Gracie's birthday was Monday the 13th. She turned 4!! OMG, can you believe it??? I still think of her as my little baby, but she is growing up so fast. And not to brag....but she is most likely the smartest kid in the world. I know, I know all parents say that but it is so true! *hehe* She had a wonderful day, or maybe I should say weekend. That's what it felt like....Robby's parents came in Saturday with his nephew and Gracie had a blast playing with them. So basically she celebrated all weekend. I keep thinking back to when I had her, and how scared I was when I had to have her early...I am just so thankful she was ok. I really have been so blessed. She was just so tiny...I pray that none of you will EVER have to go through that.

Robby has a doctor's appointment today....he'll come home grumpy cause his doctor is an idiot. But he had to work it in before starting school. Yep, he goes back to school come August 28th. He is excited, nervous....about everything you can feel after being out of school for 16 years. I keep picking on him saying he will be looked at as REALLY old. I'm so mean....

Ok, well, I was just wanting to let ya'll in on a little part of me...so now that I've done that I guess I wil shut the heck up. Hope you all are doing well....hugs and kisses!

Friday, July 20, 2007

What's Been Going On...

Well, July has been a busy month so far. I mean it usually is anyways just because of my and Robby's birthday and the 4th, but then with Tori having the baby it just seemed to add to it. We've been running back and forth over there and mooning over the baby. Which really just makes me want another even more. Hopefully soon....

I have to tell you a funny story that happened to us the other day....we were going thru Arby's and were in the drive-thru - we had order and were waiting (that's not a surprise - fast food is so NOT fast) - Anyways this car pulled in and this man got out all struting his stuff and looking sneaky. You could just tell something wasn't quite on the up and up. So another guy runs out from inside of Arby's and they start dealing drugs!! Right out in the open. No shame at all. We watched the entire time. It was really amusing...in a sad way. But that's not it....so on the way home, Robby gets pulled over for having a headlight out. How freakin' ironic! We just watched a drug deal and then he gets pulled over. What??? At least Robby just got a warning.

Tomorrow should be a nice day. I hope it doesn't rain. We are suppose to go to the Friends of Coal Auto Fair. And we have tickets to see Lonestar and Taylor Made. (We got them free from our neighbor - even better!) Afterwards are the fireworks. Gracie should like that. Oh yea and the carnival rides. That's ALL she talks about.

Well, I know this isn't exciting....but it's my life and I just thought I'd share. I hope you all are doing good. Hugs, kisses, and love to ya all!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy B-day to me...and my new niece Kenzie!!

28 years ago on a Sunday at 12:57 am I was born at Raleigh General. Now 28 years and 13 hours later my beautiful niece Mackenzie Lynette (Kenzie) was also born there! Tori was induced this morning and had her at 1:57 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 11 ozs. She is a gorgeous little girl if I do say so myself. It looks like she will have blue eyes and has curly hair. Mama and baby are both doing good.

How cool is it to share a birthday with my niece?!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Happiness comes from within

Happiness comes from within



America, like any backslider on God, knows the joy, peace, and excitement of walking with the Savior, but for whatever reason or excuse, has left the arms of our Lord and is dancing to Satan's tune.

Americans, like the Prodigal Son, live it up and apparently are having the time of their lives. They drink too much, laugh at jokes that aren't really funny, and change playmates or partners at the slightest provocation while assuring all who will listen that they are having the time of their lives.

They change crowds and friends and stay on the go to the point of exhaustion in their effort to run from themselves in their search for happiness.

Realistically, they will never find it because happiness is not a where or when. Deep down, the miserable Christian knows that the thin facade of earthly pleasure can in no way equal the deep and satisfying "peace that passeth all understanding" that belongs to the one who walks with the Lord.

I'm convinced that everyone who has taken a single step with the Lord is truly miserable when they get out of fellowship with Him. They perhaps experience some pleasure, but pleasure is always temporary and constantly demands a greater high.

Please continue to pray for the healing of this great nation's faith.



Pastor Scott A. Lester
Gatewood Brethren Church

Monday, June 18, 2007

life is so sad

I say that because today I woke up to Mom calling me and telling me that my uncle had died this morning. Very unexpectedly. We hadn't seen each other in a very long time - he and my aunt (mom's sister) lived in Ohio. But throughout my childhood I remember seeing them all the time....I anticipated the visits. As a child that was one of the highlights. To this day when I hear about any of them, I get excited. It brings back good memories. I hate what my aunt Betty will have to go through. They had grown up together and would have been married 51 years this December. From the time Mom told me, I have kind of felt numb. I hadn't shed a tear until just a few minutes ago...when all was quiet and dark. I want to scream out that life is unfair and I'm tired of death all around. But I know he's in a better place. I just have to remember that and not want to be angry that someone else that I loved has passed.

Growing up, I was constantly at the funeral home. We would go with my Mom, Granny, and Grandpa whenever they ad someone pass...as my grandparents were older...it was quite often. It's always been there. A part of life. Inevitable. I've seen death as my Mom took care of her mother (Granny) as she died from cancer, and been there with Robby as he took care of his Papaw (also from cancer). When my other Grandma was sick (when I was pregnant with Gracie), I went to visit, and I just knew....I knew that was the last time I'd see her alive. I couldn't break down...I was pregnant and had to make sure I didn't hurt her...so I learned to cope. And I think I still am, trying to protect myself. I'm just tired....so tired of this. But even in the wake of all of this, I'm not scared of death. I know lots of people are. Now don't get me wrong, I don't want to die....but I'm not afraid of what will happen.

I'm just very sad. I want to cry and vent and make everything better. But only time will help us adjust. Things will never be the same....but I guess that's the way it's suppose to be.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Return to faith of country's founders

Was published in the Register-Herald....

Return to faith of country's founders


Many are unaware that the Declaration of Independence did not come into being until a day of fasting and prayer had been observed. Appointed by the Continental Congress, it was kept by all the colonies on May 17, 1776. At that time in our history, God and the Bible were given much more reverence and recognition than they are today.

When the nation was finally born, our forefathers rang the Liberty Bell with great enthusiasm, and a legend says that it cracked as they zealously proclaimed their freedom. Years later, the White Chapel Foundry of London offered to recast the huge carillon, but their proposal was, of course, refused.

Apparently the symbolic value of the damaged bell, which recalls the religious and patriotic fervor of those early days, is good; but in view of our nation's moral decline, the crack may also suggest a break in our basic ideals and a serious defect in our spiritual attitudes.

We can remedy the situation and avert the judgment of the Lord only by repentance, prayer, and a return to the faith of our fathers. In this sense, there is no time for delay in "mending the bell."

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14



Pastor Scott A. Lester
Gatewood Brethren Church

Monday, April 30, 2007

Jelly Beans & Milk

Yep, that's what I said....jelly beans and milk. I know it sounds gross together, but it really is good. Try it sometime! :) Oh well.

I haven't wrote one of these in awhile. So I thought I would...nothing outstanding is happening in my life right now. Which can be a good thing. At least it's nothing bad, right?

I have to admit, I've thought the world has gone a bit mad lately. I can't understand things like the VT shooting, the continued war, rising gas prices. It makes me wish for simpler times. Happier times...for everyone, not just the lucky few.

The kittens: Mia, Callie, Sparkles, and Butter(cup/nut) are growing so fast! They are soooo adorable. I don't know how we will be able to get rid of any of them. I just can't picture us having 5 cats though. Gracie is in love with Sparkles. That is like her cat now, so I guess if we keep any it will have to be that one.

Robby decided he wanted to have a yard sale...so we're having one Saturday. I like going to them, but I HATE having them. I dunno, I guess it's cause my mom always had so many when I was younger. Anyways, we've been cleaning out stuff, going thru it and deciding what stays and goes. I can't believe how many clothes Gracie had!! I'm keeping all her tiny baby clothes but from about 12 months and up are going....I've already priced like 10 plastic grocery bags full! I'm never buying her anything else! :) Seriously.

I bought a book the other day. What a Husband Wants From his Wife - Emotionally, Spiritually, & Physically. I've only read about 3 chapters. I mean Robby & I don't have any major problems, but I'm always looking to better things...so I thought, why not? It's not quite what I expected...but as I said I'm only on Chapter 3. What I've got so far is that basically it tells you if you give yourself to God, that he will direct you're marriage the way it needs to be. I get that, it's the totally letting go of control I have a problem with....I like to have that feeling of control. It really makes you think though.

OK, well, I don't really have anything else to say...so I'll say see ya for now!! Take care and hugs all around!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Here comes Peter Cottontail

First off ~ Happy Easter! I hope you all had a good one.

Today was such a good day. We went to mom and dad's and had Easter dinner out there. One thing kinda sucked though - my sister, Tori and her family weren't able to be there. (this is the 1st Easter we've spent without her) Poor little Ethan has the chicken pox! So we had to keep him and Gracie apart. Hopefully they will be gone sometime next week. It's really starting to bother him....

Gracie had a wonderful day! She got to spend all day with Granny and Grandpa...something she loves to do. AND the Easter bunny came to her house. She's finally at the age that she is starting to get a real kick out of all the holidays. The only thing this time was trying to explain what exactly Easter is all about. She is so young I didn't really know how to...next year maybe? She got soooo much candy, and then Granny & Grandpa stuffed a bucket full of stuff. She didn't know what to do first!

I just don't know how to express how lucky I feel to have her. She can brighten my worst day. No matter what is going on, I have to make her happy....and then watching her makes me happy. If you have kids you know what I mean. If you don't, just wait and see.

Holidays always make me think of all the years passed and make me weepy. I can't help it. I miss what was. I remember when I was little and it was Easter morning after the bunny had come to see me, I'd always take my basket to Granny's house and show it all off. I know that seems so trivial but, oh my gosh, I'd love to be able to do that just one more time. I know we have to grow and things change. It's life, but these memories are so precious. I hope that all of you treasure each day as if it's your last. You never know what kind of impact it will have on someone. Years from now, our children will remember what we have done for them and wish for it once again....

Ok, I've rambled enough...I'm sure if you've gotten this far you're tired of reading...so I'll wish you all a good night and blessings til we talk again.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Why are TV commercial ads for alcohol legal?

OK, so I'm not all together agreeing with this. I do think it's a problem.... Anyways, just thought I'd share it.



Why are TV commercial ads for alcohol legal?

Alcohol is society's oldest and most popular legal drug while drunk driving is the nation's most frequently committed violent crime. In 2001, 17,448 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol, representing 41 percent of the 42,116 people killed in all traffic fatalities. An estimated 513,000 people are injured in alcohol-related crashes each year, an average of 59 people per hour, or approximately one person every minute.

Research in recent years has shown that alcohol-related automobile accidents alone cost the public an estimated $114.7 billion annually, this includes an estimated $63.9 billion lost in quality of life due to these accidents. But it doesn't stop there. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, many more violent crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol than "all other drugs."

Imagine for a moment endorsing the use of cocaine, crack or heroine just to later call the fatal end results of these drugs addictions a "disease." Sounds pretty silly, doesn't it?

Calling alcoholism a disease is the legalized way of protecting the image of society's favorite legal drug of choice.

Here's the punch. TV commercial advertisement is allowed to advertise for this killer regardless of its chart-topping statistics surpassing those of its illegal counter parts.

All I want to know is, how and why is this legal?


Pastor Scott A. Lester
Gatewood Brethren Church

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Quiet Ramblings...

I'm in a sleepy half awake relaxed moment. I'm sitting here in the dark. Gracie and Robby are both sleeping. Gracie didn't want to go to sleep and fought it until about 15 minutes ago. I know, I'm a bad mom for letting her stay up late. She was watching Super Friends. So sue me. I let her get by with lots. Somedays anyways.

But, anyways, as I was saying I'm sitting here in the dark....thinking. My mind was just wandering. I love the quiet. These are the moments when I have my most sanity. I think anyways. Thoughts are my own right now. I don't have to think about anyone else at the moment. I can just be....me. I'm not a mom or a wife. Now, don't get me wrong I LOVE MY LIFE. But I enjoy this time of my own. I can sit and contemplate things going on in my life...I can fantasize and dream of the future. I can see things for what they are. And for what they can be.

I haven't been on here much to check on you guys...I really need to get caught up on the latest news. Any gossip??? Let me know! Everything has been about the same here...Robby FINALLY decided to get a lawyer to deal with compensation. I swear they are out to drive us crazy. All we want is for things to be back to normal. And if not back to normal, something resembling it. Robby is a smart man. But he doesn't have training for a lot of the jobs around here. He knows construction, and since he can't do that WHAT DO THEY EXPECT OF HIM?? Sorry, can you tell the stress has begun to take over. But I have to remain the calm one....the one to take care of everything. That's my job. Or the one I've taken on. I really don't mind. Yes, I have my moments. But I want my family to feel secure, and at this moment I would do anything to make sure it happens. Love does that....makes you stronger.

Mentioning love, I hope that all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and can be with the one you love. Whether it is a parent or child or lover. I just wish the best for you. Enjoy each day like it's your last. We never know what will come, so don't dwell on the sad. We are all loved, even when we don't know it.

Hugs and kisses to all.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

so far in 2007

Well, a new year is here. And I made my resolutions. I usually don't, but I figured why not? this year. I mean, las year was pretty crazy, so let's see what we can do about this one. My resolutions were as follows:

1. Be more patient with Robby & Gracie

2. Lose some weight

3. Do better financially

4. Just be better, period.

So far in 2007, I'm battin' zero. Now, I love my family, but sometimes their attitudes mixed with my moods, just don't work. Having Robby home all the time seems to have finally caught up with me. I want things back to normal! I want my daughter to be mine. That sounds silly, but when he was working, she and I had our time. Now, it's hard to really have her to myself for awhile. And let's just say mommy always gets the bad stuff and daddy has all the fun. Basically, it sucks.

Lose weight? I feel as if I drink anymore frickin' water, I'll drown. I'm trying. That's all I can say about that.

Money? You try dealing with compensation, and then we'll talk.

And how can I feel better when I have all this on me?? Huh? Where's some Prozac? he he. J/K

In 2007, I want things to turn in a positive way. I want Robby to feel like he did before the accident. Good about himself and how he was supporting his family. It's hard to watch the man you love feel worthless because of injuries that weren't his fault. Just a horrible accident that will have everlasting results. I want to feel like I'm doing something productive. Maybe take some type of courses at home. Work from home?? Doing something. Anybody with ideas...please let me know. I dunno, I just think that 2007 may possibly be a turning point in my life. I just hope it's for the better!

On another note, we got a cat. Or should I say a cat got us? It just showed on the doorstep one night and hasn't left since. We've fed it, Gracie has named it Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo - you know from Cinderella. We've kept it outside...we have Blondie inside and it wouldn't be a good combo. She doesn't seem to pay much attention to it when she's outside though, but it's best left the way it is.

And, I'd have to say, that yesterday was probably one of the best days I've had in a long time. I don't go to my mom's that often. Try to every couple weeks or so. I'd be there everyday if gas wasn't so expensive. But so we were there yesterday. My brother had come to visit for the night. So he and his family, Tori and hers, and me with mine. And I enjoyed it so much. It seems as I've gotten older, family drifts and it's not like when you're little and around family all the time. I loved spending time with them. Who knows when we'll all be together again.

My nephew will be leaving after school lets out to go to basic for the National Guards. So, after that is anybody's guess.

Come summer, Tori will be having baby #2. We don't know what it is yet. Mom keeps saying girl. I say boy. If the baby cooperates hopefully we will know Jan 25th.

But, anyways, I just wanted to update on my life as I haven't wrote anything in awhile. I hope that all is well with everyone. TTYL!

Seven simple facts of life to remember

My brother-in-law wrote this and I thought I'd shared. It was in the Register-Herald January 5th.

Seven simple facts of life to remember

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or not but it will be yours for the entire time God intends on you being here.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You'll think many to be irrevelant and stupid; but one thing is for certain, they will be unavoidable.

3. "Mistakes" are merely "lessons." Growth is a process of trial and error through experience. Remember the "failed" experiences are as much a part of the growth process as those that ultimately work.

4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot like or dislike something about another person unless it reflects something you either like or dislike about yourself.

7. "There" is no better than "here." When your "there" has become a "here," you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." (I Timothy 6:6-8)


Scott A. Lester
pastor, Gatewood Brethren Church