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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Connor Alexander Getson, Part 1

Soon, very soon, we'll be able to welcome our little Connor to the world!

Today was Stacey's baby shower for our family's second grandchild. I know, I'm not a grandma by blood, but I feel a connection that's difficult to describe. Stanley and Cynthia's daughter Emily chose MeMe as her name for me when she started to talk. It's music to my ears, I can assure you! Little Connor can call me anything he wants too, just so long as he calls me. :-) Today, we walked around talking about Connor making him real in our world and letting Stacey know that her family and friends are as excited as she is.

The picture above is from Connor's 3D ultrasound-- Robert and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to give that experience to Stacey, Jake, and our whole family. This technology is just simply indescribable. It's like, somehow we're being allowed into a sacred place....the world before birth in a place that's secret to only the mother and child. I feel honored. Even though I know it's technology, it's still magical.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

We were their world

Naturally the first one about greyhounds that I made had to be my lost babies. This was always one of my favorite pictures ever taken of our family. Some days it bothers me more than others, now that they're all gone...but tonight is a good night.

I just started a contest among our folks with these posters. Can't wait to see what they come up with! :-)

Need a little motivation?

How about a little fun inspiration for your office or computer? Greyhound owners in our organization have discovered this fun website that's sweeping the online communities by storm.

Create your own motivational posters using the following link:

It's a whole lot of fun and easy enough that anyone can do it. The above poster was made by a greyhound owner in the community 'GreyTalk', featuring a lovely racer named Silver Lee.

Here's another from our very own Heather Vaughn in Greyhound Crossroads who definately shares my sense of humor!

I'll make up a couple of my own and share them when I have pics of my dogs close. Have a try-- it seems to be a little addictive! :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

An uncramped brain is a good thing

In getting my blog up and running again, I realized that part of my problem was that I couldn't decide WHAT to post about! There's too much boxing stuff and pictures floating around in my brain! I've separated brain is less cramped and my world is now revolving on a better axis. :-) This will let me wax poetic (be afraid, be very afraid) and take my time with the boxing info while updating the 'lighter' posts more quickly here.

I'll add the link to the right when I have more time, but for now you can check out my boxing blog here:

Hope you enjoy!

Down in the Hollow

I turned 41 on Monday. Now, finally, I am officially "over 40"....guess I might as well get used to it.

But, since it HAD to happen, I can't think of many better ways to spend my birthday weekend! We moved Paula to Purdue University for her final year in school, sending her far away but to Indiana near the places we know and love as a family. She's got the cutest little house that will surround her with comfort as she embarks on this final push to the end. I can't wait for the day when we can finally call her DOCTOR P.

Saturday we cut loose from the work and headed to Turkey Run State Park, my absolute favorite place in the world. She had never been there with me and it was a special joy to share it together. Along for the trip was her guy Jim and we all boxed together down in 'my' hollow. Zoe decided the comfy Inn lobby, with it's old warm wood and burning fire, sounded much better than a walk in the cold and mud. It just worked out perfectly to meet Mom and Daddy Jim there for comfort food in the dining room too. What an awesome day! We've never done anything like that together and it was a special gift to me that we could make it happen. The picture below is how Paula feels about sitting on cold stone just to box with her sister. :-)

We did more boxing on Sunday with Uncle Dave (Terre Haute and the surrounding areas) and Monday on my actual birthday (Indiana surrounding the interstate between Indy and Cincinnati) but Turkey Run was just extra-special. Instead of a cake I had 3 wonderful, much-anticipated Cincinnati Chili hotdogs complete with grated sharp cheddar cheese and plenty of napkins. Two cans of chili for later tucked under my arm (thanks ZoeMomma!), we headed south and back to my normal life. I had the chance to get hugs from my favorite people though, and in my favorite place too! A nice weekend with great memories. Thanks guys. :-)