Friday, September 29, 2006


We had Jen a little surprise lunch today for her birthday. She loves surprises!
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Thursday, September 28, 2006

apple picking

Posted by Picasa Well, it was actually more like apple looking. The kids weren't allowed to touch the apples because they had just been sprayed. Maybe next year!

Monday, September 25, 2006

So I had this dream last night......

We were in a tattoo parlor that just so happened to be located in that McDonald's that goes over the highway in Oklahoma. I was trying to make up my mind as to what to get and where. Cindy and Sky were there helping. Sky showed me her arms which were covered in tattoos. She had very colorful rainbows and flowers and such. I thought they were so beautiful. Well, after much thought, we all agreed that I should get a Windsor chair on my back. We thought it was a brillant idea.

Friday, September 22, 2006

An office party

I've decided I'm way too emotionally invested in Jim and Pam. You Know?

Thursday, September 21, 2006


As many of you know, Ethan's leukemia has been in remission for 2 years. He has been in the hospital this week fighting a high fever. Today they decided to transport him to Children's Mercy in Kansas City since he is just not kicking this infection due to chemo. Well, his blood work came back showing leukemic blasts. This is totally unexpected. Hiedi wanted me to spread the word that they would really appreciate everyones' prayers. He is having a bone marrow extraction tomorrow to determine exactly what is going on. Please pray for Ethan's healing and peace for Jason and Hiedi, especially Hiedi as she is 3 months pregnant.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Anyone need life insurance?

Everyones' favorite New York Life salesman stopped by today. We were his first appointment. Ever! He did a great job. Give him a call!
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Sunday, September 10, 2006

I knew I liked that Mr. Pitt

Though Shiloh, the world-famous daughter of Pitt and girlfriend/earth mother Angelina Jolie, hogged much attention upon her birth in May, Pitt says he "cannot imagine life" without adopted children, Maddox, 5, and Zahara, 1.
"They're as much of my blood as any natural born, and I'm theirs," says Pitt. "That's all I can say about it. I can't live without them. So: Anyone considering (adoption), that's my vote."

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

If you have some extra free time...

There are 30 books of the Bible hidden in this story. See how many of them you can find.

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That's a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the book in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new sales record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, the books are all right there in plain view hidden from sight. Those able to find all of them will hear lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind that punctuation and spacers in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in the paragraph waiting to be found.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Posted by PicasaAccording to an article I read this morning, people consider Labor Day the most depressing holiday of the year. Well, our celebration was anything but. Perfect weather, great food, wonderful friends, and soooo much fun. Thanks so much to Greg and Teri for having us all out. We hope you make this an annual bash!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I'm an internet nerd

When I was in high school I thought that people who loved the internet were nerds. Dorks. Science club geeks. I had a friend in ninth grade who opened an e-mail account and that fact alone lost her several cool points in my book.
In college I discovered that the internet was useful for school and such. Beyond that I didn't see much need for it.
We were married over 4 years before we bought a computer. I started online banking and fell in love with eBay. For a long time, that was about all I did online.
Well I am confessing today that I am an official internet nerd. I daily check Hillenblog, my checking account, my eBay account, yahoo news, my e-mail,, and I am a blogger, although lately a rather infrequent one. I am an active member of our adoption agency's message boards. I even have a group of blogs not associated with our little community that I check regularly. My favorite is I am a dork and I am addicted. There you have it.