Photo less Thursday!

Hi y’all!  I’ve been enjoying being busy at work!  A few things of interest!

  • I came to the conclusion on Monday that I could no longer keep up the crazy car payments and will need to get ride of my car and find a cheaper car.  When I told my mom this, she was speechless!  But I found out that my bonus dad has been praying for me on the way to work for “Common Sense!”
  • I am finally getting the idea that it’s way better to get the homework done BEFORE work and BEFORE fun because then, I can relax and enjoy them both!
  • We went to the Children’s Museum on Wednesday with friends and had a splendid time!
  • Monday night, I was chatting with a friend who said, let’s go to Starbucks!  We went to Starbucks and spent time talking about life!  She know’s my love language!
  • I’m grateful for my friends who hold me accountable and are there to make sure I’m staying focused and keeping the main thing the main thing!
  • I get to learn how to shoot hoops from Ruth Riley this next week!
  • And last but not least once again you never know the power of a QUESTION!  Last week, I didn’t see how I could swing going to Spirit Song at Kings Island for three days, so I put my tickets on ebay and sold my Third Day tickets pretty quick!  Well, the schedule came out and I get off in time to drive down to Kings Island Friday night for the concert!  I have points for my hotel stay too!  So, I checked around with a few people for tickets but no one had extra.  I really didn’t want to pay for the tickets because we will be pulling in just in time for Third Day, so, I asked Mac Powell via twitter if he could help me out and he checked and he could!  So, tomorrow night Lily and I get to celebrate her birthday over the course of TWO concerts!!! Third Day tomorrow night and Toby Mac Saturday night!  He is FAITHFUL!!!!  I keep thinking that I should be listening to his still small voice about doing some work in the Music Business.  Everyone keeps telling me that is my gifting, because I know so much and have the personality for it.  It’s all in His timing though not mine!
  • Oh and if I didn’t tell you already my baby boy jumped off the diving board!!! My dad would have been so stinking proud!  I know I was!
  • And one last thing I PROMISE!  My baby boy know’s that there is this HUGE Oloft where I work at!  It’s really dirty!  It’s a stuffed Oloft.  Every time we go into work, he wants to go see it!  He asked me who my boss was the other day and I told him.  He said well he’s really nice.  I agreed.  My little boy said “You tell your boss, I want to work for him so I can earn Oloft.”  I chuckled and said okay but you have to be a little bit older to work at there.  I love my kids!  They are the sweetest!v
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One of those day!

Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up and…….

-You find not one but TWO emails from your professors granting you GRACE, in assignments!

-You go to the bank and the banker helps you out!

-You have to humble yourself and ASK for help!  (Not easy for me to do!  Much rather be the giver!)

-You LOVE your job!  Really, I do!

-While driving home from your awesome job, you have your iTunes on shuffle and the perfect song comes on to cap off the day of Grace giving you have received!  My friends Alanna Story have recorded this song “Never Once”!  The message in the song is so powerful!  Because God is ALWAYS there, with us!  He NEVER leaves us nor forsakes us!  It is US who moves away from him!  Sit and bask in all that HE has done for you today!

Aren’t we called to so much more than Conformity?

This past week I have had a few conversations that have left me speaking how I am feeling about the institution called the church.  I mentioned to one co-worker that I had been married to a pastor and it’s kind of funny to watch peoples reaction because they are like well, I believe in something higher, but I just don’t know what.  I explained that I am NOT that kind of person.  I am not a bible thumper and after being in the church for 35 years, I only believe that the church helps you out in your walk but does not define who you were as a person. 

A different day, different co-worker, I mentioned that I was having to make friends over again and that most of my friendships have stemmed from the church.  She said well why don’t you find a group in the church to make friends.  Without missing a beat, I said I didn’t want to hang out with hypocrites.  That is the first time I recall ever saying that but the less time I spend in the institution called the church, the more I see it.  

I don’t want to conform to a bunch of rules that I can’t keep, I don’t want be in a little Christian bubble.  I want to reach those who won’t step foot in a church.  I want to hang out with those who look weird, have tattoos and do things that your told to NEVER do because that would be unchristian!  You won’t find me doing these things but if we don’t reach beyond the 4 walls of the church who will?  I want to hang out with those co-workers who believe in something higher but are not sure what.  These are the people I want to be around.  

I still need Christ because without Him I am NOTHING!

National Scoliosis Month!

The month of June is National Scoliosis Month!  While I have a slight form of the actual scoliosis that most people know about, I have conquered Severe Scheuermann’s Kyphosis TWICE with the help of my amazing surgeon Dr. Saad Khairi at Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine in Indy.  I have written about my journey man places in my blog.  So, I will do a photo highlight of my journey. 🙂

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This is my back at 109 degrees the day of my first surgery in September of 2010.  You can’t really see that my heart and lungs were being crushed.

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This is my back post op at about 63 degree’s.  A “Normal” curve in your back should be less than 35 degrees.  This is fused from T2-T12 and there are no vertebrae just rods and screws.  

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Standing tall at home!

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The back view.  Yes, it looks a bit gross BUT look how much straighter it is! 

Then, came the day I went to the doctor in April of 2011 and he told me this,

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That you have BENT TITANIUM rods and we will have to do surgery AGAIN!  But never fear, Dr. Khairi wasn’t going to mess with my back until we had a second opinion from the master brain behind the rods and that was Dr. Bridwell in St. Louis.  BOTH of the doctors agreed that they would do the EXACT same surgery.  Back in I went almost a year later for a 12 hour surgery like this!

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Yup!  I went into the OR like that! Never fear humor and attitude KNOCK the FEAR in the butt!

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I came out with this beautiful back and new stainless steal rods!  Broke from T-2 to L-3!

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And now 3 inches taller and FINALLY a teeny tiny tad taller than my mom!

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My awesome doctor and NP who rocked these surgeries and for ANY spinal surgery I would ONLY go to a NEUROsurgeon! 

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Bonus Dad and Grandpa’s!

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My “Bonus” dad is Bill!  He stepped into my life into 1990 when I was in that awkward stage of 5th and 6th grade.  He had a daughter who became my sister but she was only 2 or 3 at the time.  What does an engineer do with an awkward “bonus” daughter?  He treats her like his own.  He takes her on “dates”.  He teaches her what to look for or not to look for in a future husband.  He is a provider.  He puts up with his house being torn apart because I antagonized my brother to no end!  He took us to Purdue football games and to South Padre Island every spring break.  He created a home that was safe.  He balanced working as an engineer and figuring out how to deal with a free spirited daughter.  I still don’t think he is quite sure what to do with someone like me!  But he sure tries!

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I think he might of felt like this most of the time, intense!

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Yes, my sister is hard of hearing and we know sign language.  This was at the airport in 1997 coming home from Spring Break.

Another important person in my life was my Grandpa Campbell.  That is my mom’s dad.  He taught me through his life how to love well and care deep.  He loved my Grandma until her dying day.  I’ll never forget how during one visit, he had gotten up at least 10 times in an hour to adjust the thermostat because it was too hot, then it was too cold and rather tell Grandmother to put on a jacket he took care of her and never complained.  He would chuckle.  He was a man of faith and read the bible each morning.

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Grandpa and I getting ready to drive the tractor in the parade.  He was a farmer.  And I was the only granddaughter for many years!

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Grandpa and I getting ready to go out to the farm!  Nothing but Kool-Aid over all’s!

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The love my grandfather had for grandmother was unconditional!

The final person, whom had an impact on my life was my Grandfather Cobb.  He was very stubborn and was always cold!  It didn’t matter the temperature outside but he always had on 2 or 3 or 4 wool sweaters!  He was a salesman and always made sure we had good shoes that fit.  He also played the piano until the day he died.  He would go to the nursing home and play for people younger than him!  My favorite song for him to play was “Ally Cat”.  My Grandpa Cobb would fish, garden and make Grandma make jam!

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Infinite

So, last week when I heard that Kevin Max was leaving Audio Adrenaline, I thought “oh, man, He brought a new element to Audio A!”  I understand why he choose to leave Audio A.  In fact you can read it right here…. http://www.breathecast.com/articles/kevin-max-leaves-audio-adrenaline-i-didn-t-really-fit-the-worship-music-leader-mode-singer-admits-of-band-s-new-direction-16174/ There was no ill feeling’s but the band was going in a different direction musically than where Kevin wanted to be.  Audio A is going to be leading worship with Acquire The Fire and to be honest I just don’t see Kevin Max doing worship for Acquire The Fire.  Two totally different venus and to be honest I am COMPLETELY and TOTALLY excited that Kevin Max is doing music on his own and sounds fantaboulse!  I want you to watch his new Single “Infinite”!  I love it, it sounds some like Larry Norman and has a good rhythm to it.  The message is rich because,

“HIS Love is Infinite!  

His Peace is Infinite!

He is Infinite!”

Kevin Max-Infinite

If you like this go to iTunes and download it!!!!

 

Happy Father’s Day! Part One

 

 

 

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Dad and the last year of doing his Flower Distribution.

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Dad and his gold dollars!

 

 

 

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Here are my kids last year carrying on my dad’s tradition!

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My dad on his vacation to Walt Disney World with the family.

Happy Father’s Day! What does that mean to you? Another day to honor that special man in your life, you call dad? Another reason to go shop the big sales? Another reason to not cook and go out to dinner? Well, for me this year and last year and for the next 50 years it will mean that my dad is celebrating in heaven. My biological father passed away way to young at the age of 65. He had just entered into retirement. He had battled Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for the last 9 years of his life. A life gone all too soon. But my dad taught me to make each day count! He taught me to be the sunshine in someone’s day! My dad was a selfless man. He knew how to brighten people’s days by just standing outside of Wal-Mart, with roses and passing them out. He would buy roses on HIS birthday and pass them out all over town and to his co-workers. He would get coins and throw them in the town pool on his birthday. He lived by the golden rule to treat other’s how you want to be treated. I miss my dad each day but I am grateful for the man he was and how he lived. I am a better person because I was his daughter.
Tomorrow my “Bonus Dad!”

You Matter!

Jennifer