Archive for September, 2014

Mercy Me! Isn’t this a scary little car seat? Yikes! How did our kids make it before all the the regulations of today?

September 30th, 2014 1 comment

early baby seat

Here’s to a punny day to you, too!

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Just Being Jana

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1924330_841031712574347_7859851243496353771_n“GO TO THE ZOO”, I TOLD HER. “IT WILL BE RELAXING TO GET OUT”, I TOLD HER…. FROM STEPH: “Our trip to the zoo ended with an announcement over the PA system: “Attention zoo guests: This is an emergency. Please seek indoor shelter.” 
So us, the zookeepers, and other families were running as fast as we could. 
We were all jostling doorknobs as we passed them. Once we all got to the front entrance we found a group of people. It had been an accident. 
Someone hit the wrong announcement button. They were just supposed to say that the zoo was closing.” 

Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and   If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her new book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.
We continue our prayers for Jana as she recovers from surgery.  It has been a difficult journey, but she is doing her best to keep her sense of humor about it.  God Bless you Jana.  Her daughter Steph has been keeping Jana’s friends updated on FB.



Clever Logo from Pittsburgh Zoo – do you see the animals?

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The Beauty (and benefits) of Tai Chi

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Tai Chi is a wonderful exercise regimen, gentle and free flowing.  It is highly recommended for improving balance, for strengthening knees and many other benefits.

This video shows the ideal and this woman is splendid.  At my age I do not kick as high or bend as low, and that is okay, you would not have to either.  I go through the ‘form’ at least once every day at home.  I learned Tai Chi from an excellent instructor at the local senior center.  I had tried to learn from   a DVD but did not do as well as in a class.  Thanks to Marc Saldana.

If you are not close to a class, try Youtube video classes, TV classes or DVD instruction.  I hope you will give it a try.  God willing, I will continue practicing Tai Chi for the rest of my life, I like it that much.

Celebrating Women: Joni Eareckson Tada believes in heaven.

September 28th, 2014 Comments off

joni-outdoors-4-18-11a-webCan you hear the sighing in the wind? Can you feel the heavy silence in the mountains? Can you sense the restless longing in the sea? Can you see it in the woeful eyes of an animal? Something’s coming  . . . Something better.

Joni Eareckson Tada


Joni Eareckson Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quad­riplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations.

During her rehabilitation, Joni spent long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought-after and collected.

Her best-selling autobiography Joni and thefeature film of the same name have been translated into many languages, introducing her to people around the world. Mrs. Tada has also has visited more than 47 countries.

Mrs. Tada has served on the National Council on Disability and the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department. She has helped guide evangelism strategies among people with disabilities worldwide as Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. 

She has received numerous awards and honors, including the Victory Award from the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the Golden Word Award from the International Bible Society. Joni has been awarded several honorary degrees, including: Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary; a Doctor of Humanitarian Services from California Baptist University; and a Doctor of Humane Letters by Indiana Wesleyan University where she was inducted into IWU’s Society of World Changers 

Joni has written over 50 books. She has received the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Joni’s latest book is Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story published by Zondervan. 

Since 1982, Joni has been hosting the short-feature radio program “Joni and Friends” which is aired on more than 1,000 outlets. In 2012, the National Religious Broadcasters inducted Joni into its Hall of Fame.

In 2012 The Colson Center on Christian Worldview awarded Joni its prestigious “William Wilberforce Award.” She has been interviewed on “Larry King Live,” “ABC World News Tonight,” and in magazines such as Christianity Today and World Magazine.

Joni and her husband, Ken Tada, have been married since 1982.


An Army kid, he joined us in high school, not an easy thing for a kid to do, so he tried extra hard to impress.

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duck's tail

The ‘baddest boy’ in our high school had the best duck’s tail.  He strutted around with his short sleeves rolled up to hold a pack of cigarettes, yeah, he was bad, but not in a good way!

The Passage of Time

September 27th, 2014 Comments off

Do you ever get startled by the passage of time? You know what I mean, you look at a picture and realize that it is 4 or maybe 5 decades old.  It is the younger you,  with full hair, unblemished skin, and a twinkle in your eye because your future was ahead of you. You see hope, innocence, inexperience and  an intangible  sense of confidence  that time has yet to erode.

depressing? Well, let’s just say it is thought-provoking and you can’t dwell on it too long or it will indeed become depressing.  It is the sad truth that we cannot go back and reclaim our youth. We had our chance, and now we have a different chance , an opportunity to live this life we have to the fullest.  Instead of regret over aging,  we can look at pictures of our younger selves and say “I may not be as beautiful or as handsome as back then, but I know who I am,  and I am a whole lot smarter. I am at peace with God and I know where I am going. My future is secure. “

No, no guys . . . oh, oh!

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