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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, December 29, 2008


Last New Year's Eve I dreaded to see 2008 come. I wasn't at all sure what the year held. Turns out, it was just fine. Below is a video journal of images and video clips from my year. It may be a bit narcissistic to post it but its good for me to put it together. It forces me to reflect on the past year and then, having done that, can look forward to the New Year that's ahead.

  • The year did start out to be a very stressful one. Both the PR trip and Rezonate was giving me fits and it looked like my dad would start chemo, and then didn't. And then eventually did. He's about half-way though now and its working.
  • In Feb. the my stress level went through the roof as I was beating my head against a wall trying to get sponsors for Rezonate and coming up empty handed. I relapsed. Then I went away for a few days to clear my head. A hot tub, fire place and the solitude of some of Ohio's most beautiful scenery will do that for ya.
  • We went to Ireland to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! We did it the right way - didn't go on some tour with people we didn't like to see things we didn't want to see. We flew in to Dublin, got a car, and took things a day at a time, going wherever we felt like going whenever we felt like going there. It was amazing. If I ever get kicked out of the States, I know where I'm heading.
  • Our mission team did a spaghetti dinner and I learned that it would never ever be a good idea for me to work as a waitress. I still feel bad for the people I tried to serve dinner to. I should stick to the things I do best - like organizing a "beauty contest" of a different sort. You'll see what I mean if you watch the video. I think some of those queens had a little too much fun.
  • Logan graduated from high school and from the Butler Tech Criminal Justice program! He now works as the loss prevention manager for Sears and is in college taking CJ classes until he's old enough to go to the police academy. Does it seem strange to anyone else that an 18 year old can join the military and use all sorts of weapons but cannot go to a police academy or own a gun until they are 21?? We had a party complete with a donut tower instead of a cake - what else would you expect for a cop-to-be?
  • Brian went to Haiti ... and fell in love with a little boy named Job.
  • I took a crew to Pine Ridge Reservation - for the 5th time. This year was the best for me personally. Normally I feel like the most hated person on the face of the earth on those trips because I have to be the bad guy so often. This year we had a crew that made my job very easy and I could be more lax and enjoy it. I did. It was a blast.
  • Backpacks for Pine Ridge expanded and we took backpacks to 3 villages this year!
  • REZonate '08 happened. Even though it looked impossible and took a huge toll on me, it happened and was successful! And it was FUN! Its always good when you can do something good and have fun at it too. I've taken to quoting Walt Disney, "its kind of fun to do the impossible!" Who said following Jesus was boring?? Its a ride. A wild one at that.
  • Backpacks then became its own non-profit through the Community Foundation! This makes things SOOO much better on SOOO many levels. For one thing, it will outlive me.
  • I got a great birthday present this year! :)
  • Christmas was different ... but good.
  • And even as I type this post I'm working on plans for 2009. Lots will happen that will be unexpected. Lots will go wrong. Lots will go right. I'm looking forward to another wild ride.


Brian Buriff said...

Ireland...with you - my favorite memory of 2008

Kansas Bob said...

I'd be feeling pretty good if I were you Amber.. great 2008.. hope 2009 is a good one!