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Friday, June 29, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Thank you for all of your prayers for my dad.  As you know, he had surgery last week to remove his thyroid.  A small area of cancer was found; however, the doctor is certain he removed it all.  There will be no chemo or radiation needed.  We are so very thankful, and we appreciate all of your prayers.
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  It's official - I'm in all-out panic mode!
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We leave today for the World Series, and I've spent each night this week working with some of the team moms on a banner the boys are supposed to have for opening ceremonies. So, I have not packed AT.ALL! Plus, I had to work today. Aaaah!!

BTW - for anyone entertaining the idea of robbing us while we're gone. Fuhgetaboutit! Our home is being tended by a miriad of relatives who all really enjoy using their fire arms!
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Speaking of the banner, I owe a HUGE thank you to my brother, Bill, and his mad artist skillz. We decided to create a bus for the banner, and of course, we needed a bus driver.... It's awesome, ya'll. I hate to leave you hanging, but my computer is not cooperating at the moment, and I just can't cope right now.  LOL!

When you're old like me, it's not always wise to crawl around in the floor for any length of time.  After working on this banner all week, crawling around in the floor, hunched over painting and coloring, my back is a little stiff, and I can't really stand up straight right now.  I'm hoping to be able to take a happy pill and relax on the drive to Dallas. 

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Travis, the Wonder Weenie, continues to improve and will be spending the week with my mom and stepdad.  They love the babysit their grand-dog, as they call him.  They have been given strict instructions that Travis is not allowed to jump at all, nor is he to walk up and down any stairs.  When I dropped Travis off this morning, my stepdad had already prepared a ramp for Travis so that he could get on the couch if he wants.  He's not spoiled, much.
 
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So, we're World Series bound!  Keep our boys in your thoughts.  It's Africa hot in Central Arkansas, and Dallas is just more of the same.  We're loading up on the water, Gatorade and Frogg Toggs, and of course, the swimming gear.  I think I may need to go get a few more of those Frogg Toggs for us spectators.   

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Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

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My dad had surgery Thursday to remove his thyroid.  The surgery went well, and he was in good spirits.  He was even harrasing and joking with the nurses about their driving ability (or lack of ability) as they wheeled him to his room.  We should have the biopsy results in approximately 5 days.  Prayers would be appreciated.
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Wednesday my youngest son's baseball team, the AR Easton Elite, participated in the Field of Dreams with the Arkansas Travelers Baseball Team.  For those unfamiliar with the Travs, they are a AA minor league team based out of Central Arkansas, and are an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.  Our boys met the Travs players, got their autographs and were able to go on the field with the Travs to their positions during the National Anthem.  How awesome is that?  Oh, and how many moms get to see their son's faces on "the big screen?"  Check this out!

Here's another picture of my youngest (on the right) and his best bud.  Thanks to Jamie, a sweet friend and mother of the other cutie patootie in the photo, for these awesome pictures.  My camera is a cheap one and currently has a dead battery.  Unfortunately, I can't find the charger.  Bummer.  Thankfully Jamie is usually able to capture some really good photos - especially of these two.  I'm guessing it's easier to take great pics when you have such adorable subjects, right?
My oldest son had a great time too, but he didn't really sit still long enough for me to snap a decent picture.  He was either running around with some of the other older brothers or he was at the food court.  Apparently tween boys' stomachs are bottomless pits.  I did manage to take this quick pic with my phone.  I think this was one of the umpteen times he popped back by to get more money because he was "about to staaaaarve."  sigh.
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I know I talk about baseball alot, but really that's all we've got going on right now.  We're either on our way to baseball, at baseball or just finished baseball.  During the rare times we're not doing something baseball related, we're trying to catch up on laundry, housework, yard work and various other drudgery I'm sure no one is interested in hearing about.  Sorry. 

So this weekend is our State tournament.  I'm a little apprehensive about it.  Don't get me wrong, we have an awesome team.  But... to make a long story short, we're basically being forced to play pitching machine in the State tournament even though we have not played a single pitching machine tournament all year long.  We have a State USSSA Director that can do whatever he wants to do.  At least that what he tells us.  But that's a story for another time.

I'm praying the boys play well, no one gets hurt (please refer to this post), and they have a good time... win or lose.

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Travis the Wonder Weenie (our miniature dachshund) seems to be feeling much better.  However, we're still limiting his jumping.  The poor thing thinks he's in trouble.  I'll have to make sure that Grammy and Grand Dad understand and abide by the no-jumping rule when they dog sit for us while we're at the World Series.  Hear that folks?! 

Check out his Razorback football jersey.  LOL!  I couldn't resist - don't judge me.  We should have named him Dobby, because there are certain expressions he has that remind me so much of Dobby, the house elf, from the Harry Potter movies.  This is one of those expressions.

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Speaking of the World Series, it's right around the corner, and I have so much to do and so little time!  Ahhh!  I haven't officially reached freak out mode yet, but I can feel the shakes starting.  I apologize in advance to anyone that may be caught up in the carnage. 

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I finally got my hair did after about 8 or 9 months of deluding myself into thinking I could grow it out, and that it would actually look good.  Bwaaa haaa  haaaa!  Riveting topic, I know.  I'm struggling here, so I'll end your suffering now.

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Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 19th....

This was supposed to post yesterday, but, well..... life happened.

One year ago today, we were playing in the championship game of the State tournament.  My youngest was playing his best tournament of the year so far.  We were behind, but it was close and we only needed one more out so we could go hit.  I was so stressed, I had to get up and pace around a bit.  Someone yelled my name, and I turned and froze when I saw my youngest lying motionless by 2nd base.  I can't express the fear I felt when the outfielders, who were running in to get the ball, stopped short of the ball and simply stood staring.  My heart plummeted when my baby quickly jumped up as if he were a jack-in-the-box and ran to the dugout, his jersey already covered with the blood pouring from..... somewhere.

Gabe ran to me, not crying but with a paniced wail.  I turned into a puddle of useless goo, at least that's how I felt.  I looked at my precious boy and saw he was missing his front tooth, but that was alot of blood, his lip appeared to be cut pretty badly as well.  I could hear the voices all clamoring and offering assistance, yet I couldn't understand.  At one time I know I had my dentist's cell number, why couldn't I find it?  This was the same phone wasn't it?  Not a new one?  Where is that dang number!

Someone asked baby tooth or permanent.  I don't recall, but I must've answered because I heard, "we need the tooth!  It was permanent!  We need the tooth!"  So, they stopped the game and ran out onto the baseball field in search of the missing tooth.  I stared in wide-eyed confusion when they put the tooth in my hand.  Words, rapid-fire, pierced my fog... ice....milk..... what?  What to do? Where do we go?  I tell my husband that we need to go to the ER.  As I'm holding a rag against my son's mouth and the tooth in my other hand, finally, I focus on the eyes of Tisha, another team mom, and a friend.  I take a deep breath and concentrate on her words.  She says she has contacted her dentist, he would meet us at his office, and she tells us the address.  I asked her what I should do with the tooth, and she said, "put it in your mouth."  I look at her for a brief second, and I heard a voice in my head say "just do it - trust her" So, dirt, blood and all, I plop my son's front tooth in my mouth and off we go.

We had never been to this dentist, but he was wonderful!  8:30 on a Sunday night, he met us at his office in shorts and flip flops.  I liked him instantly.  First he discovered that Gabe's lip was not cut, it was ripped, in fact, almost ripped completely through.  Gabe lost 2 teeth - his front tooth and the incisor next to it.  The incisor was a baby tooth, so he wasn't worried about it.  Unfortunately, the front tooth was a permanent tooth.  He asked if we had the missing front tooth, and I spit it into his hand.  He nodded and smiled, then quickly went to work.  He said that hopefully we'd be able to save the tooth.  Tisha showed up at the dentist's office, walked in and started scrubbing up to help the dentist.  This is when I discovered that not only is she an awesome fitness trainer, she's also a part-time dental hygienist.  HA!  Good to know!

Just so you know.... the dentist did say that the best thing to do when you get a tooth knocked out is to put it right back in it's socket and get to a dentist.  The next best thing is what I did, put it in your mouth to keep the tooth at body temperature.  Don't scrub the tooth because you could remove essential cells/tissue, but you may rinse it ever so slightly to remove any debris.  So there you go!  I hope you never need to put that into practice, but remember it, just in case.

I never saw what happened.  As I mentioned, when I turned around my son was already down.  I was told that a line drive was hit up the middle.  My son who played 2nd base, and the short stop, both dove for the ball and collided.  I was told that Gabe caught the ball, but when they collided, he was knocked out, and the ball rolled out of his glove when he hit the ground.  Sadly, they lost the game, and placed 2nd in State.  Bless those boys' hearts.  They told us they tried to win the game for Gabe.  But it was our 4th game of the day in the blazing heat, and I think it kinda knocked the wind out of their sails when they saw Gabe leave the game like that.  They tried, but they just couldn't pull it out, and they were heart-broken.

Well, now it's one year later.  We've been to the dentist, the endodontist and the orthodontist.  We weren't able to save the tooth after all.  It's still in place, but the roots have died.  When he's older, Gabe will need to get an implant.  And one year later, I'm still working with the insurance company on this claim.  UGH!  I don't recall Gabe ever shedding a tear when he was injured, but I think I've shed a few in frustration.

Once again, it's time for the State tournament.  I'm praying the boys do well, and that no one will be injured.  Oh, I'm also praying that I'll soon be able to get everything resolved with the insurance company.

Friday, June 15, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday


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Our dog, Travis the miniature dachshund, apparently did something to his back late last week.  So, this week started off with a visit to the vet.  He seems to be doing much better now, but I'm sure that's due in large part to the steroid shot he received.  We're still trying to keep him from jumping or being too rambunctious.  For those of you familiar with a mini doxie, then you know this is no easy task.

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As mentioned last week, this past weekend we held a baseball tournament to help raise money for the World Series.  We did pretty well, and I'd like to thank all of the folks that helped us, either by playing in the tournament or helping us work the various tables.  If anyone would like to make a donation or help sponsor our team, we are set up as a 501(c)(3) so your donation would be tax deductible, and would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact me directly for more information.

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It's official!  I have been diagnosed with asthma.  I told you I'm falling apart.  Also, I go in Tuesday for an ultrasound on my thyroid.   Another family member will have surgery next week to remove what the professionals believe is a cancerous thyroid.  So prayers would be appreciated for them.


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Father's Day is this Sunday, what do you have planned for the various Dads in your life? We don't have much planned.  Dinner out with my father, but I'm not sure what we'll do for Ben or my father-in-law. This is our 1st free weekend in ages, and we really have no idea what to do. We need to catch up on things around the house.  I think if Ben had it way, he'd spend the weekend in the recliner, but I could be wrong.

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It's been a crazy busy week, so I don't have much for you today.  Sorry.  So, I think I'll stop here.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Friday, June 8, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday



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I prepared this post.  TWICE.  Lost it.  TWICE.  I hate computers!  So, I'm making it simple today.

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My uncle was on a missionary trip to Guatemala, and I learned yesterday that his bag containing his passport, etc., was stolen out of his rental car. Thankfully, he was able get in touch with the appropriate people to help him. Last I heard he was safe, was on a plane and headed back to the States. Talk about a scare for us here. But knowing my uncle, he'll have the best advernture story to tell as a result.
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My oldest son went to the movies Thursday with his summer camp teen group. It cost $9 for a ticket. I gave him a $20 and told him I wanted change. Change is what I got - 20 cents to be exact. He swears he only bought a small popcorn and a large slurpie. This is exactly why we don't go to the movies, and why folks sneak their own snacks into the theaters. We could feed a small village for what it costs us to go to the movies. They have a bazillion % mark up on their popcorn, and you can get the same candy at Walmart for $1, yet the theater charges $5. Hey, theater owners! Want people to stop smuggling snacks into the theaters? Charge reasonable prices for your products! Just sayin'.
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50 Shades of Grey - have any of you read this book?  I haven't read it yet, but then again, I haven't finished the Hunger Games trilogy yet either.  Several friends have read or are currently reading this book, and I cannot tell you the number of hiliarious texts that have been exchanged about this book.  If you haven't seen the video of Ellen DeGeneres trying to record the audio version, check it out here.
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As I mentioned this will be a busy weekend because we're hosting a baseball tournament to off-set our World Series expenses. It will be an interesting weekend. I find the older I get the less tolerance I have for stupidity, so I feel sure I'll need to self-medicate at some point this weekend.
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Am I the only that lusts after a Kitchenaid stand mixer?  No?  Forget I said that.  I know I mentioned that I'm making homemade chocolate chip cookies to sell.  Well, they're quite popular, but are a chore to make in my current mixer-challenged state.  I have been threatened with a lynching if I don't start bringing more because they sell out as soon as folks know I have them.  People buy multiple packages of them.  I've tried mixing them by hand; however, I'm old and after only a few stirs, my hands turn into Fred Sanford-esqe "arthritic claws."  A sweet friend loaned me her stand mixer, but the dough is a challenge for it as well, besides, I'll have to give it back to her sometime soon.  What I really want is a high-powered, high-falooting Kitchenaid Commercial mixer with all of the attachments.  I swear I'll use all the gadgets - even the pasta maker.  If Kitchenaid happens to be reading, I'd be happy to do a review for you.  Hint, hint.
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Have a great weekend everyone.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Random Randomness

This weekend will be a busy one.  No, we aren't playing in a baseball tournament.  We're hosting one.  Well, Thursday, we're hosting a golf tournament and Friday, Saturday and Sunday we'll be hosting a baseball tournament.  All to raise money for our baseball team to attend the World Series.  So, there's a great deal of work ahead.  If you're interested and helping this team of talented young boys go to the World Series, please contact me directly.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated, and your donation would be completely tax deductible.  Thank you.

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While surfing ebay one evening, I noticed that there were several pair of Jelly shoes listed as vintage for $20 plus dollars.  For anyone that hasn't had the pleasure of Jelly shoes, they're basically plastic shoes.  They don't ever break in, and they don't breathe.  That means that you're tearing the crap out of your feet over and over again while standing in a mud puddle of your own making.  UGH!

Don't get me wrong, as a kid, I thought these shoes would be awesome.  I could wear them whenever and wherever and not have to worry if they got dirty - just hose them off.  Oh.My.Goodness.  I think I rubbed blisters clear down the bone each time I wore those darned things.  And seriously?  The sweat?  I must have more sweat glands than your average person because let me tell you, I sweat!  With those Jelly shoes, there's nothing to wick that sweat away, so you truly are standing in a puddle of your own sweat and sliding around in your own shoes.  SO NASTY!

I guess my question is WHY?  Why are these things still around?  They were a bad idea then, and are still a bad idea now. Now, I'm testing my memory some, but I don't think they cost anywhere near $20 brand new.  Just because they're old or "vintage" doesn't mean they're worth anything.  It's like saying something is a valuable antique just because it's old.  Ummm... No.

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I found a few products that I'd like to talk about.  Let's start with the moisturizer.  I'm in my late 40s, and have really oily acne-prone skin.  Yes, I still breakout.  I have to be very careful about what I put on my face.  But because of my age, my skin can be kinda of bi-polar as well.  So, I have to change things up to keep it guessing, especially with the change of the seasons.  In the summer, I prefer to go a little lighter with my foundation, and had been looking for a tinted moisturizer to try without spending a fortune.  I found  Physician's Formula Healthy Wear tinted moisturizer with SPF 50 at my local discount store.  This stuff covers well (a little goes a long way), and helps to protect my skin from the sun as well.  I wear this tinted moisturizer as my foundation in the summer time, and use just a little loose powder to set it.

Eyeliner has always been an issue for me as well.  I have allergies and my eyes can be sensitive at times, so again, I have to be careful what products I use so I don't end up looking like a weepy raccoon by the end of the day.  I like the staying power of a liquid eyeliner, but I'm really challenged when trying to apply it.  I always end up getting the liquid everywhere.  I had read something about eyeliner gels, and one day while  picking up some tinted moisturizer, I saw the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips gel cream liner.  I love this stuff!  It's a set of three stackable color pods color-coordinated for your eye color.  My eyes are hazel, so I bought the hazel set. Duh!  My gel pods are brown, black and a pinkish color.  I love them!  They provide the staying power of the liquid combined with the easy application of a pencil.  Plus, you get three colors for around $10.  A brush does come with the pods, but as with most cosmetics, I recommend you throw away the applicator provided and use a good set of brushes.

Finally, my newest find Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.  I don't know about you, but it's difficult for me to find a lipcolor that I really like.  But so far, I'm really impressed with this stuff.  This lip butter is moisturizing and has just the right amount of shine without making me look like I've been gnawing on a big greasy pork chop - you know what I'm talking about.  The color I chose, Sugar Plum, provides just a touch of sheer color that matches my natural lip color when I blush.  My local Walgreens had this on sale for $6.99 and offered a coupon for an additional $1 off.  SCORE!  I think I'll go back and try more colors. 

DISCLAIMER:  I have not been asked to review these products nor have I been compensated in any way.  However, I seem to be getting low on the tinted moisturizer, so if the company would like to send some my way.... that would be great.

Friday, June 1, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday


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My son's baseball team played in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, this past weekend.  We struggled with our hitting, but still managed to come in 3rd out of 18 of the best teams from Oklahoma and Texas.  Most notably, we beat the undefeated OK Powerhouse who were supposed to the next best thing to sliced bread.  We not only beat them, but we shut them out and run ruled them.  I thought their coaches and fans were going to have strokes.  One particular mom was actually climbing the fence, while screaming like a banshee at the umpires.  Really?!!  What a fine example they are setting for the little men they are raising.  Other teams from all over came to watch our game and root us on.  Apparently, this team has a really loyal fan base.  LOL!
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Several times over the long weekend, we had a hotel room full of 8 year old boys, and you know what?  I loved it.  It was great to see how close these boys are.  Saturday night most of the team and parents walked to a restaurant close to our hotel.  This photo was taken on our walk back to the hotel, and it was not staged in anyway whatsoever - well other than asking them to stop walking for a second so we could snap a quick picture.  As a side note:  My son is the only one not wearing his Elite Hit Club shirt.  Prior to the trip, I was trying desperately to get all the stains out of that shirt, and apparently forgot to pack it.  Sorry, buddy!  It's horrifying what one little boy can do to a white shirt with just a couple of wearings.  UGH!

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While in Ft. Smith several of the boys had a day or so where they didn't feel well.  The local news reported extremely high pollen levels, so I assumed many of the complaints among the boys were related to the pollen levels.  Of course, their issues seemed to last only a day or so.  I'm never that lucky - I started to feel bad Sunday night, and I felt pretty crummy Monday.  By Tuesday, I was running fever and felt like the walking dead.  However, I still had to work, so I would go to work and then collapse into bed when I got home in the evening.  Wednesday was the turning point.  By Thursday morning I was feeling relatively human again but decided I would still go to the doctor.  I was diagnosed with a regular smorgasbord of respiratory ailments, loaded up on meds and given a steroid shot.  Yay!  Like I'm not sleeping enough... I have to get hopped up on steroids.  Oh well....  Oh, and as a bonus.... after lying in bed so much the past few days, I was down in my back for a bit.  Getting old is certainly not for sissies, I tell ya!
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This coming weekend, we're playing in another tournament, of course.  At least this one is close to home, and won't require a hotel stay.  Although we love the added time with our Elite family that a hotel stay provides, our bank account needs a little time to recover before the next trip.
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This coming weekend, I've also been asked to sponsor my sweet niece, Alyssa, for her confirmation in the Catholic faith.  I wasn't born into the Catholic faith, I was raised Methodist.  Although I've attended the Catholic church off an on over the past 30+ years, I never actually converted until a few years ago.  In preparation for confirmation, it is customary to select a patron Saint.  I selected St. Monica - she is the patroness of wives and abuse victims, and I would think mothers as well.  St. Monica was a devout Christian married to a pagan who was known to be violent.  Her cantankerous mother-in-law lived with them as well.  Needless to say, her married life was less than ideal.  Among the children born to Monica was a son named Augustine (pronounced Au-GUS-tin) who was quite a rebellious character, and became a "grievous sinner."  Monica, prayed faithfully for the salvation of her family, and as a result of her efforts, her husband and mother in law were eventually baptized.  Her wayward son, Augustine?  He was eventually baptized as well - we know him as Saint Augustine.  I chose Monica as my patroness because despite her life circumstances, she was not unhappy or bitter.  Through her sweetness and patience she persevered without compromising her beliefs.  She never gave up on her husband or Augustine regardless of the pain they caused her or mistakes they made.  When I'm feeling tested and torn, I often look to Monica as an example and ask for her  intercession on my behalf and the behalf of others or I simply pray the following:

O Lord, Who taught Monica to persevere for the good of her family, help me to be a better parent to my children. Help me to have patience with them when they misbehave and give me the strength to guide them gently to the right path. Permit me always to forgive their misdeeds and keep me from speaking harshly or punishing unwisely. Please help me to be a beacon of goodness for them as they grow to adulthood and to be a good example to them in all that I say and do. Amen.
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I received a call today that a person very close to me may have thyroid cancer.  They will have their initial consultation with an oncologist next week, and will probably know nothing certain until a biopsy is performed.  However, based on conversations with various medical professionals, they've been given the impression that is is mostly likely cancer.  I would like to ask for prayers on their behalf, please.  Thank you.
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Next Thursday, June 7th, The AR Easton Elite 8AAA team is hosting a golf tournament at the GreyStone golf course.  For more details, please contact me directly.  Saturday and Sunday, the 9th and 10th, we're hosting a Cal Ripkin baseball tournament.  This is for Cal Ripkin All Star teams only.  No USSSA teams will be allowed unless they are also a local Cal Ripkin All Star team.  Again, please contact me directly for more details.  All proceeds from these two tournaments will go to help these young boys go to the World Series.

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