August 4, 2009
Can't BELIEVE how quickly time is passing! This year has totally flown by at a rate that is alarming and just downright hard to believe. It freaks me out!
My little Zoe got stung on the butt a couple of times last month. Don't know what's going on with the wasps this year, but they are more aggressive than normal. Plus, they are flying around in the grass in huge numbers...more than I have ever seen before. The first time, Zoe started showing signs of having a mild allergic reaction to the sting. The vet visit cost me over $100 and they basically gave her a shot of Benadryl. So, the 2nd time it happened, not wanting to have to part with another $100+, I simply gave her a Benadryl, which seemed to do the trick! But wouldn't you know it, the sting got infected, so I had to take her back to the vet and it cost even more than it did the first time. It's a good thing I love her a lot, because otherwise...ah, what the heck, there is no otherwise. I'm totally smitten by the silly little dog and I can't stand it when she's hurt or sick or in pain. Sigh.
I want to share the following with you because this individual is important to me and I'm very concerned about her well-being. I recently posted it on-line for my friends to read because of my concern. If you would pray for her, it would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this...and for caring...
Today, I wanted to tell you about one such extraordinary individual…someone who is truly remarkable and who is a person I greatly admire and respect. Please let me introduce you to my friend, Ellen Payne Osborn.
What is so special about Ellen? Well, for one thing, we share a name (her first name is my middle name…it was my grandmother’s first name…another extraordinary individual…so the name has some positive vibes for me). Ellen is intelligent, witty, funny, interesting and creative. But beyond that, she is one of the most amazing people I have known because she fights for her life every single day and she does it with grace, strength and dignity in a way that totally astounds me.
I have never had the opportunity to meet Ellen in person. I got to know her when she wrote me a wonderful e-mail about the jewelry I create with silver, Swarovski crystal, gems and lampwork glass beads that I buy from various glass artists across the country. Her note was so complimentary and encouraging, I was truly uplifted and blessed. I responded and we started “talking” via e-mail until a solid friendship was formed. I am much richer for knowing her. I am humbled by her. I am amazed at her. I love her. She is a dear and wonderful friend. She has touched my life and has made me better for the touch. She is one of those few truly extraordinary people I have had the good fortune to get to know and I am grateful beyond measure for her friendship.
I’m writing today to introduce you to my exceptional friend, but I would also like to ask you to pray for Ellen. I have a dim concept of how MS has ravaged her and how it wreaks havoc in her life. It has stolen from her physically even as it has allowed her to shine mentally, emotionally and spiritually. But the battle she fights each day to continue to live is a daunting battle, to say the least. I don’t know if God will heal her, but that is my hope. That is my prayer. I certainly know He can. Prayer never hurts…it always helps in some way. So, please pray for Ellen’s healing. Pray for her strength,her physical healing, her spiritual growth, her financial needs and for her emotional well-being. Her needs are great; love is greater. Pray that God would pour out His love in her life, in all areas, in all ways, touching her, healing her, blessing her, strengthening her, encouraging her, comforting her, holding her. And if you would like to get to know her a little bit better, you can visit her blog at justplainellen.wordpress.com. Additionally, if you would like to learn more about what she has done to raise money to fight MS, you can visit her cause “The Squirt Squad” on Facebook. She has had a tremendous impact fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in spite of the many obstacles her health presents in her life. She is committed to making the world a better place for those around her and for those who will come after. The light within her remains strong in spite of the pressing darkness. She is truly a shining star…who may fall down, but who keeps getting back up over and over again and who always keeps dancing.
August 11, 2009
Once again, time is slipping away from me. Here's a funny I've been meaning to share. Hope it gives you a chuckle!
KNOW THEIR PLACE
Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to, and are happy to, maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, 'Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?'
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, 'Land mines.'
~ Moral of the story is (no matter what language you speak or where you go):
BEHIND EVERY MAN, THERE'S A SMART WOMAN