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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Monday, May 22, 2006


It's been a long, but good day. I managed to get a lot accomplished - something that doesn't always happen. The morning was spent working on Pine Ridge stuff. There are 150 loot bags to fill and pack. I need those out of the way before we have an Open House this weekend. And I also spent time on the phone and in email on a number of things - reserving the moving van that will haul all of our materials and food for the week we are there, talking to the man in charge of the vans at church to work out a potential problem with insurance, emailing a friend who is making hotel arrangements for us, and reworking some of our plans. We had initially planned to take some of the kids to Rapid City to see a movie and have pizza but because we can only take one van, we will not be able to do that. Instead, I've been in contact with the superindendent of the school on the rez and have a list of possible work projects we can do at the school.

Then I went with my husband on hospital visits. One stop was to see Carley. It is too early to tell if the bone marrow transplant is going to work. Her fever is gone but now she has mucositis (ulcers in her mouth and throughout her digestive tract from the chemo). She is on morophine and is in a lot of pain. Keep her in your prayers. If you're ever tempted to feel sorry for yourself, just go to a Children's Hospital and see little kids fighting big battles. It'll fix self-pity in short order.

After that my husband and I had our weekly "date night". We went to a fast food place and then had ice cream and browsed through a book store. It was kind of fun to sneak and watch him in the bookstore when he didn't know I was watching. As I watched him I thought, "yeah, if I were single, I'd be interested in him". After that we saw a movie. Just a silly fun flick (RV) with Robin Williams. Very funny. The movie reminded us of some of our own vacation misadventures so we laughed about those all the way home. Someday I'll have to post about a night we spent in Houston TX.

So tonight I am grateful. Grateful for good health, and even more grateful that my kids are in good health. And grateful that I have the best husband in the world. Now I'm going to go snuggle for a while with the cutest puppy in the world and read some in a book about Bono until I drift off to sleep.


Bruce said...

Good for you guys. Keep us posted on Carley.


Ms, Roman said...

I will be praying for Carley.
I must say you seem like a person who takes full advantage of life. You enjoy the ride and oyu seem very reflective about things that should concern us all.
be Blessed and continue to live that abundant life
I've learned a lesson or two just by reading your blog

Ms, Roman said...

The above comment is from Ms Dees

Amber said...

What a kind thing to say Ms Dees. Thanks. Bruce - thanks for your prayers for Carley too. I'll keep ya'll updated.

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