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Synopsis of Us

Lisa is au natural. She likes to have babies at home and drink slimy green liquids with large amounts of earth in them. She loves the quacks and we love her. If you are ailing, just call Lisa. She will doctor you up!

Melanie is a little bundle of energy. She's very peppy and always bouncing around. Do not drive with her. She tends to talk and visit and not watch the road. Cuts a mean hair-do!

Sarah is crazy! She loves Diet Pepsi (too much). The group photographer with many free photo shoots for her friends. Many questionable eating habits that we all ignore, hopefully they don't kill her.

Emily is an overachiever. She never sleeps and wakes up way too early so she can pratice music with her kids. She loves the earthy green drink too. Be careful, she will try to poison you with sugar-free goodies.

Jen is a dental hygienist. If you want to know which kind of gum to chew (to xylitol or not to xylitol, this is the question) she'll know.

Lana is full of crap! Literally, her house is full of crap! Yes, just stuff. If you ever need any random thing, pretty sure it's in her house... somewhere. Very competitive, don't coach children's athletics with her.

Adria is straightforward. She pretty much says it like it is. She is our community sex-ed advisor. Any questions, just ask her, she knows it all.

Marianne (one of the tall, leggy blonds) is amazing! She graduated from college while taking care of her four children and working to save the entire Chinese orphan population.

Marilyn is a perfectionist. She has to have everything at a ninety degree angle, if not, she's nervous. Hopefully this doesn't kill her. Likes to scrapbook, spends a large sum of money on this activity.

Stephanie (another tall, leggy blond) really likes to work out. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Nursing is her profession (not wet nursing).

Monday, May 26, 2008

Everhett Scot Stokes

OOoooohh isn't he soo adorable! I am so excited I finally got to go see Rhett. Lisa is doing fantastic and can't wait to come home, she may come home today or tommorow, depending on how much weight he gains in one night, he passed his car seat test, so all thats left is the weight gain!!:)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Success Story

This is one of my students from TRiO, Syerra. When I met her this last fall, she was pretty sure she wasn't going to be able to graduate. She made it and is going to CSI this Fall to continue studying to be an EMT! I'm so proud of her! I had two other students in this same boat and they both made it as well! This was a day that I loved my job!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Blessed Event Has Arrived

It is once again garage sale weekend at the Gibbons household. And I say once again, because this is a yearly event. You may not believe that one person could manage to throw together a garage sale of such gargantuan (no clue how to spell!) proportion, but then you don't know Lana!

But even those of us who know her would have to say.....We stand all amazed!

This is a shot of the garage, but keep in mind, the family room looks about the same! You are amazing Lana! We love you!

P.S. Stay tuned for pics of the aftermath. Prepare to be amazed!

(Yes, this item still has its price tag on it!)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Congratulations Lisa!!

Here are some pictures of Lisa and darling little Rhett. It's hard to tell in these pictures, but he is so tiny. His little head is about the size of an orange. He is doing so great, though. He has gained 3 oz., so he is now 2 lbs. 11 oz. (as of Friday). He is breathing on his own, and they took the IV out a few days ago. He just has a little tube going down his throat which is how they feed him Lisa's milk. In order for him to be able to come home, he has to learn how to nurse and be able to retain his own body heat. And of course, grow a bit!

Lisa is also doing great. She is feeling better and gets to spend hours and hours holding Rhett. What a blessing that he is doing so well! We love you Lisa!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day


A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
'What I mean is, ' explained the recorder,
'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'

'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman.
'I'm a Mom.'

'We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation,

'housewife' covers it,' Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
'Official Interrogator' or 'Town Registrar.'

'What is your occupation?' she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
'I'm a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.'

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest,
'just what you do in your field?'

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
'I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn't)
In the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.'

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mom.'


What a glorious career!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Congratulations Graduate

Friday, May 2, 2008


OK ladies get ready to PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!! I am officially graduating from ISU on Saturday May 10th at 10 am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I am 36.9 years old ,yes, it took me 18.5 years to get a 4 year degree... but even more reason to party right??? Hey, I have had 4 kids (almost 5) breast cancer, a mastectomy, two deaf kids, lost my Mom, hit menopause and gained 18 pounds doing it!!!!!!! So I think I actually should get an honorary doctorate?? Just kidding - no seriously, thank you my friends for putting up with my whining and bitching and for NOT telling me to my face how tired I have looked these last couple years!!LOL And Adria for encouraging me to "chip away at it and someday it will be done" five or six years ago when I almost gave up! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!