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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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Its been quite a week of watching the babies grow. And they have grown ... Eli doesn't fit in the "preemie" clothes anymore and Owen fills them out very nicely. I've had the pleasure of pulling the night shift with them so one parent can get at least 4 hrs of sleep. They eat every 3 hrs and it takes two people to feed them. When I get there I do dishes if need be and laundry if need be and then try to grab a bit of sleep before the night feedings begin. I've been trying to keep up with my workouts by heading straight to the gym when I leave their house in the morning. Its been tough. I've missed one day completely and my cardio workouts have been sad. This morning I thought I might fall asleep on the bike. I'm not complaining though - not at all. I'm exhausted but couldn't be happier.

When I found out they were twins I was afraid I'd have a favorite. Now I look at them and wonder how in the world anybody could have a favorite ... they're both competely amazing. I don't feel old enough to be a "grandma" but at this point, I don't care a bit. Grandkids are simply the best things in the world and even more fun when they come in twos.



Me and Eli
(only for a grand kid would you want your pic taken in the morning after a night of 3 hrs. of sleep)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The boys came home today!

Friday, March 19, 2010


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Monday, March 15, 2010

More Baby Pics



Sunday, March 14, 2010

Introducing ...

Elijah Cody and Owen Robert. Elijah was born at 11:50 pm on March 12 and weighed 5 lb. 11 oz.

Owen was born at 12:04 am, March 13 and weighed 4 lb. 15 oz.

Twins with different birthdays! Both are beautiful and perfect and the most amazing grandchildren in the world. Yes, I've fallen in love with both. Elijah is in the NicU because he is breathing too rapidly. He needs your prayers so he can get better and go upstairs to be with his brother, Mommy and Daddy. It seems cruel for a little guy who's never been alone and has gone through the traumatic experience of being born to be put off by himself. Safer yes, but it still seems cruel. And if this grandma had her way she'd camp out by his bed till he could go upstairs.

This is Owen. He likes to make faces ... so do I

This is Elijah. He likes holding hands. The hospital wont let us hold him but that doesn't stop us from connecting.

Doesn't he look like a proud Grandpa

Now I guess I really need to figure out what I want them to call me. I'm leaning toward "Bamma" (my nickname used to start with a "B" ... no, not that B word and little kids can't often say they're "R's" well), or maybe "Nana". I'm still not sure. Franky at this point they could call me whatever they wanted and get away with it.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

First Run (What Was I Thinking???)

I just ran/walked my first mile. I was all set to start the Couch to 5k training plan on Tues, but decided, "Oh what the heck, I'll go for a trial run today". Initially I was thinking that the first week of the Cto5k plan would be boring. I mean really, Walk 5 min., Run 2 min., Walk 5 min. How boring. I can do an hour of cardio at the gym so running for 2 min. would be a bore ... right?


I didn't even make the two minutes before my throat was burning, my lungs felt like they were going to explode, my knees were screaming at me to stop the insanity, and I felt slightly dizzy. Not a good sign.

This is pathetic.

So I walked, and I ran and I walked for a whole mile. Woopee. Yes, that is sarcasm you hear.

But hey, you've gotta start somewhere. So on Tuesday I'll drag my sorry butt out there and do it again. And I'll keep doing it at my own pace until I am running the entire mile. I'll let you know when that happens ... sometime next year.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


I bought a pair of running shoes yesterday. They have got to be the ugliest pair of shoes I've ever seen, but hey, they feel good. I've not bought real running shoes for a long time but next week I will begin training for my first 5k.

You see, last December I read something that changed my life. Karin is a fellow blogger and if you read her blog you know she's WAY more than a blogger. This lady is truly amazing. How she fits running into her schedule, I'll never know but she was the spark I needed to get moving. You can read all about her journey here and you'll be glad you did take the 3 min. it will take to read it. Incredible!

Its people like her that inspire me. People who are the "I'm so fit, you should be like me" kind of people don't do much for me - other than annoy me. Its the folks for who it is difficult that make me want to doing something better than I'm doing. Its clearly difficult for them, but they hang in there and do it anyway.

Speaking of inspiration, I've also just discovered that another blogger friend has accomplished something that is monumental. David tagged me in a note on Facebook about how he's participating in a 50 Mile Mountain Bike Ride for Project Rwanda to raise money to purchase bikes for people in Rwanda. Somehow to me the words "mountain" and "bike" just don't go together in my head so its cool enough to see somebody attempt that. Its also cool that they are doing it to help people in Rwanda. But when I read that a year ago David tried mountain biking for the first time and nearly passed out after 5 miles but stuck with it, came to love it, and is now doing a 50 mile ride, well ... what can I say ... I'm just blown away. And I'm SO proud of him I could just burst.

And then there's my friend Cathy. Cathy has also determined to walk the 5k we're doing for Backpacks in October. This is a huge challenge for her because she has COPD and other health issues, but she's been on this quest for better health for a while now. Last April 1st was her "quit" day - the day she stopped smoking. And now she's attending health classes every Saturday and going to water aerobic classes and walking on a treadmill for 20 min. at a time. All of those things are things she once thought impossible. She still thinks walking a 5k will be pretty much impossible but she's determined to try - and finish.

So yeah, I'm cleared to run now, and I have the shoes, so its game on. I've been in the gym doing as much as I can do. Its probably sad that I have to get in shape to get in shape, but you've gotta start somewhere. I might add too, that I also find a lot of inspiration every time I go to the gym. Oh sure, there are people there who are super fit and make it all look easy - even fun, but there are also people there who are struggling. It seems just when I'm tempted to cut my workout short I'll look over and see someone who is clearly out of shape but who is trying their darnedest to do one more mile on the treadmill, and well, I just can't cut it short then.

"Its kind of fun to do the impossible" - Walt Disney

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Next Big Hit

This is my cousin's song about our hometown, Petersburg, Indiana! I'm thinking its the next big country hit. Call your local country station and request The Simple Life by Jason Sturgeon and Red Eye Max. If you watch the video you'll see my hometown - and yes it really does look like that.