Friday, July 29, 2011

Rainbows Make Me Happy!!!






















































I took these pictures on the way home from work yesterday. It was raining at the same time.



There were a bunch of other people that had pulled over to take pictures too...



Isn't it funny how different people are... yet, how much we are all alike at the same time?



I once heard a woman from Ghana speaking and she said something so profound it stuck with me. She said that a woman's pain is the same in any language. All these years later and I still think about it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Karl



















Today did not go as I planned.

I let myself into my friend's house so I could get Karl up. I sat with him while he ate his breakfast and then waited for him as he got dressed. I was worried I would scare him but he just sat straight up in bed when I lightly tapped his foot, fully alert.

As I was driving Karl to my friend's office we talked about the episode of The Price is Right that we had just watched while he was eating breakfast.

Karl: How is that man going to get everything he won home?

Me: I'm sure they have a truck and will deliver it.

Karl: That man can't get all that stuff home by himself. I bet they have a truck and will deliver it.

Me: Yup

Karl: That's a lot of stuff. He's going to have to pay Uncle Sam 25%.

The conversation was repeated many times with a few variations.

Karl: I'm going to the zoo tomorrow.

Me: You are? What is your favorite animal?

Karl: Giraffe I think. If I see a Gorilla or a rattle snake I'm not going to touch them. They are dangerous. They might bite me.

Me: That's probably a good idea.

I went back to the house with Karl and my friend and there were several shootings last night being covered on the news.

Karl: I had to turn off the TV. People have been shot and killed. It makes me feel sick in my belly. I can't go out after dark. I have to save my skin. It will save my life. I am smart.

He then went to see if he could find something else to watch...

Karl: I had to turn off the TV. It's the Soaps. I don't like that kissy kissy stuff.

My husband and I will be seeing Karl tomorrow night. At his birthday party. He will be 58.

I'm glad that I changed my plans this morning so that I could help my friend. Like the flower in the picture above... Karl is different and... Karl is beautiful.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dogs, Dogs and More Dogs...





















Guess What?!!? I've got Grandpuppies!!!


This is Gizmo and he is 4 months old. He is a little Shi-Poo... which is a Shih Tzu Poodle mix.






























































Oy! Blogger is giving me trouble typing text under pictures and I've not the time or the patience to mess with it another minute. LOL!


The next picture is of Maizy and she is a 5 year old Shih Tzu. Like Taffy, she is one of my mom's retired breeders. Chai Tea has been waiting for her for a long time.


Taffy doesn't seem quite happy to have two more little dogs in the house. LOL! Benny LOVES little dogs and is thrilled. Maizy does not like him at all though. Probably because she's afraid he might hurt her. He is a big clumsy thing!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's Tuesday...









This was taken in Swaziland last year...


Another busy day on tap. I've got a meeting with the local crisis pregnancy center today. Did y'all know that 90% of people are choosing to abort their babies after learning they have Down Syndrome or Spina Bifida? Did you know that people are even choosing to abort babies with correctable defects such as Club Foot and Cleft Palate at alarming rates? Sobering... isn't it?


I'm still having a hard time processing everything from my trip to Africa last year. Throw that in with what I'm doing now and there's a lot going on in my head.


I understand completely why people point to suffering in this world and question the very existence of God and/or the heart of God. I think it is only natural. As I've grappled with these feelings and questions myself I've found myself on a path that is filled with ups, downs, twists, and turns. It is definitely a journey... a journey, I am finding more and more, toward HOPE.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Times, They are a Changing...























I am up much too early this Monday morning... Mr. Macchiato took the day off to go hike another 14'er with a friend from church and I couldn't go back to sleep after he left. My mind clicked on and that was it.
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Our family has been going through so many changes... I got my voice back in February of 2010, my mother-in-law moved in with us last summer, I went to Africa last September, our oldest daughter got married last December, I went to work after 22 years as a stay at home mom in January, and our youngest child graduated from high school in May. Throughout all this my mother-in-law has had knee replacement and spinal fusion in the midst of the craziness of our son's senior sports schedule with his playing football and qualifying for the state championships in wrestling. Whew!
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Things are about to slow down...
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Our son-in-law's training is coming to an end and he's been stationed in Florida. Chai Tea has been visiting my Mom in Washington for the summer and will be coming home tomorrow for about two weeks before she moves to Florida.


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Frappy, now a senior in college, will be studying abroad in Spain for the fall semester. She took a class this summer up at school but will be home the second week of August for a couple weeks before she leaves for Spain.
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Double Shot is leaving in two weeks for college. He has football camp before classes begin.
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My mother-in-law went to Washington last week and will be there for two months visiting ending with a trip to Hawaii. When she gets back home she'll be scheduling the knee replacement for her other knee.
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September is going to be very quiet with just Mr. Macchiato and I...
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I've been waiting for this time with great anticipation. However, realizing Double Shot is leaving in two weeks this morning...


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OH. MY. GOSH.
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Am I really ready for this?
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I'm feeling a sense of panic beginning to rise...

Friday, July 22, 2011

What I Do





















This is the graveyard of wheelchairs right outside of my office, LOL!


I plan events to reach out to the disability community, help churches develop disability ministry, and am working on a disability ministry network.


I've got an event tomorrow so I've got a lot to do today. If I'm really going to step back into blogging I figure I just have to get back into that habit... even if it means a short post like this. LOL!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Crazy Life




































































































































My goodness, I've not been on blogger in so long that I can't figure out how to get the program to let me put text under each picture. And I don't have the patience to figure it out, LOL!


The top pictures are on a hike in Colorado. I haven't gotten to do many of those lately. The incredible sunset was taken in the parking lot of the restaurant we celebrated our 25th Anniversary of our first date. Yes, we celebrate that anniversary, LOL! The next day I left for California on a business trip. The last picture is the sunset in Denver as we were leaving the airport after Mr. Macchiato picked me up... after we waited in line for 45 minutes to report my lost luggage.


I love my job. LOVE IT!!!


My life over the last year has mirrored a sitcom similar to Everybody Loves Raymond or King of Queens. It's definitely an adventure here at Casa de Cafe'.


I'm attempting to get back into blogging... and going to the gym.


I make myself laugh!