Sunday, November 26, 2006

I believe in miracles

I received a phone call yesterday afternoon... a call that made my heart race and my stomach turn. "Margaret, (your brother) Ben is in the ER. He had a bad fall... we don't know much right now but the doctor is checking for a broken pelvis, fractured vertebrae, and something's wrong with his shoulder."

Ben was helping his in-laws at the house that they're building. He took a bad step and fell straight from the second story down to the basement, landing partially on the steps at the bottom and partially on the concrete floor.

After 3 1/2 hours immobilized on a backboard, several x-rays and CTs, it turns out that the only thing wrong with him was a seperated shoulder. No broken bones, no internal injuries, not even one stitch was needed. Praise God that all he is suffering from right now is a sore body and a bruised ego!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

MVP

He was the underdog, but Justin Morneau was awarded the AL MVP award. Dustin and I, being the die hard Twins fans that we are, were very excited. He beat out Jermaine Dye who is a power hitter and Derek Jeter who is, well, Derek Jeter. This means that the Twins had the AL MVP, Cy Young winner (Santana), and the batting title holder (Mauer.) If only we had made it to the World Series. *sigh* Only 4 months until baseball resumes...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

There Will Come A Day

We have a CD of a bunch of artists sold to raise money for 9/11 (I think it was from that telethon they did right after it happened.) These are the lyrics to the song Faith Hill sings on that album. This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

It's not easy trying to understand
How the world can be so cruel
Stealing the souls of man
Cloudy skies rain down over all your dreams
You wrestle with the fear and doubts
Sometimes it's hard, but you gotta believe

(Chorus)
There's a better place
Where our Father waits
And every tear He'll wipe away
The darkness will be gone
The weak shall be strong
Hold on to your faith
There will come a day
There will come a day

Wars are raging
Lives are scattered
Innocence is lost
And hopes are shattered
The old are forgotten
The children are forsaken
In this world we're living in
Is there anything sacred

(Chorus)
There's a better place
Where our Father waits
And every tear He'll wipe away
The darkness will be gone
The weak shall be strong
Hold on to your faith
There will come a day
There will come a day

The sun will ring out
Down those golden streets
The voices of Earth and the angels will sing
(Hallelujah)
Every knee will bow
Sin will have no trace
In the glory of His amazing grace
Every knee will bow
Sin will have no trace
In the glory of His amazing grace

There will come a day
There will come a day
Oh, there will come a day
There will come a day
I know there's coming a day, coming a day

Monday, November 20, 2006

You might live in Minnesota if...

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by

If you're proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation

If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy"

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches

If you know how to say...Wayzata ...Mahtomedi, ....Cloquet ... Edina ...and Shakopee

If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy

Vacation means going "up north" for the weekend

You measure distance in hours

You know several people who have hit deer more than once

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day ...and back again

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching

You see people wearing hunting clothes at social events

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked

You think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and Venison

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them

There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Mill's Fleet Farm at any given time

You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction

Down South to you means Iowa

You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

Lost

Dustin and I dont watch a lot of TV. We're pretty much out of the loop (unless you're talking ER.) My niece has season 1 & 2 of the series Lost on DVD so we borrowed them to watch at night after the kids go to bed. We're addicted. We've stayed up too late for the last few nights watching episodes. This show rules! It's one of those that leaves you with way more questions than answers after each episode. If you haven't already, check it out!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

don't even get me started...

I haven't been able to sleep... been waiting for the votes on the referendum to come in. I just got an e-mail from the superintendent. Our levy passed but the other 2 questions failed. The third question was to renovate the auditorium and the music rooms. We knew this was a want rather than a need so I'm not surprised that it didn't pass.

I am upset about question 2 not passing. It failed by 16 votes! It was for a bond to add classrooms on to the elementary, add special education space, cafeteria space, etc. Right now, Miles' classroom is in the music room because they had nowhere else to put them. The kids have their music classes in a room that is seperated from the library by a glass window. The elementary gym teacher's office is in a storage closet... literaly. The cafeteria has gymnastics equiptment covering half of the floor in the winter so the kids have to eat lunch in smaller shifts with less time to eat.

If #2 would have passed, it would have raised taxes by $189 a year on a $200,000 home. That's $15.75 a month. I know people that spend more than that on Starbucks.

I don't understand how people can choose to not support the school. It doesn't matter if you have kids that are schoolage or no kids at all. It's an investment in the future of our community. It's disheartening to live in a society where people are more willing to spend $16.00 on a case of beer than on the school system.

My rant is done.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The end is in sight

I can't wait until November 7th has come and gone. I can't stand the political commercials and mailings . But more than that, I'm ready for the school referendum vote to be over.

Our "Vote Yes" committee (in Maple Lake) has been working on getting this passed since August. We have had meetings every week to get the job done. We have produced yard signs, trailor signs, supplements and letters to the editor to the local paper. We have handed out flyers at Open House, conferences, and several of the athletic events in town. We have had teachers fill out personal postcards to parents asking them for their support. And now, we are working on my least favorite part: the phone bank. I really don't like calling people at home asking for their vote but everyone that we have talked to (that has been on a referendum committee) said that it was the most successful part of their campaign. We've had a fairly good response to the calls so far but I did have one older lady chew me up one side and down the other about asking her such a personal question (if we could count on her support.)

I'm excited and nervous about the outcome. We've put the information out there and have done everything that we could think of to promote this referendum. I think we have a decent chance of having this pass. Our school needs this to pass. And I don't want to have to do all of this again next year if it doesn't.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Happy Birthday Babe!

Today Dustin turns 29! We are going to celebrate tonight at his mom's house. She is one of those I-live-for-birthday people who will probably have the house decorated to the nines when we get there. Plus, she's a way better cook than I am and she's planning on making some thick, juicy steaks and some type of seafood... Dustin's choice for his birthday dinner.

Happy birthday babe! Thanks for being the best husband and father that we could ever ask for. We are the luckiest family in the world!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween pics

Linus as Superman, Miles as Batman, and Greta as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Now what to do with all of this candy???

"Margaret Brown, come on down"

My sister-in-law called me this morning with some news that made my heart sink. Bob Barker is going to retire from The Price Is Right in June. Most people who know me know that one of my biggest dreams in life (although it may seem sad) is to be on The Price Is Right before Bob Barker retires. I have watched the show since I was a kid and it is my favorite game show.

If I want to live this dream, I better start saving my pennies now....