Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Look what I received in the mail on saturday! Thank you sooooo much Natalie. I love them all. I was so happy to make my weekly trip to Target yesterday and use my new bags. Ok friends and family, have you got on board with the reusable bags yet? What are you waiting for?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The women in his life. They thought he looked so handsome. A#3 said he looked like a boyfriend. Like she knows what that is.
Parents- another good thing about no prom date, A LOT less expensive :) Hubby fixed a steak dinner for us all to enjoy. It was great to have that time with him. Also while he was at After Prom, he won $75 and a 10 man tent. He was THRILLED!!! To A#1 it was a great night and one he will remember for all of the right reasons!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Help Me Get to AFRICA!
This summer I am going to Gulu, Uganda on a team with a local relief and development organization, World Help. I need to raise $3000, and I hope to do this by building a team of 100 supporters. I want a whole "village" of folks sending me! :) If you are interested in being on my team I can send you a support letter - just leave me a comment with how to contact you. Otherwise, please send a check written out to World Help, a sticky note attached saying " Ruhiyyih - Gulu" on it, and send to:World Helpc/o XM Gulu1148 Corporate Park DriveForest, VA 24551
If there is any way you can help her and your heart is doing it for the Lord, please do so. You can check out her blog at http://www.ruhiyyih.blogspot.com/ if you want to get to know her better and learn what an amazing christian she is. We've raised money for a mission trip before so I know what she is going thru. Dear Ruh, rest in knowing that the Lord will provide and you will receive a crown one day in eternity.
*edited again- I forgot to mention that my WONDERFUL bro-in-law was the creative one behind this remembrance website. Props to you S.W. , you rock and are so talented. Love ya! And props to my sister for tolerating her hubby being MIA while he was literally locked away working on this website.
One year ago today our small world was rocked. For those of you that don't know, we live in the town right next to Blacksburg. My Mom is from B'burg as a matter of fact and grew up just down the road from VT. I remember exactly what I was doing on 4-16-07 the morning of the shootings. I had been cleaning house and just turned the t.v. on when there was a newsbreak that there had been a shooting on campus. My Mom and sister both work at VT so I was a little nervous but honestly didn't think it was anything to worry about. My Mom was off from work that day so I called my sister, who by the way works in the President's office which is right next door to Norris Hall, and jokingly said are your doors locked? She in turn whispers, "Tinie I'm under my desk and there's cops everywhere." Oh dear Lord I thought this can not be happening to her. As we're talking she's nervous because she can see men's shoes under her door passing by and hears lots of yelling. God please keep my sister safe. Let it be me not her. We couldn't talk long because they were in lock down and were told to stay off the phone. My mom and I went back and forth on the phone the rest of the day. In the meantime my dear friend Julie and I talked several times because her husband is a state trooper and is on a tact team and was on his way there. I know I was no comfort what soever to her because I was so wrapped up in my own family. My Mom's cousin taught in Noris Hall and we had no idea of his whereabouts. You have to realize that our community is so small and sooo many people that we know are a part of VT, whether they are employees there, or alumni, this is what we are surrounded by. I could go on and on and tell you about my other cousins that work there or about all of my dear sisters from church who seen kids jumping from windows but what I want to do is remember those that were lost that day. One year ago today, parents were told their children had been killed, spouses were told that they're loved ones were gone forever and first responders went in sacrificing they're own lives to help someone else while they're families waited for word that they were ok. We must never forget the lives that were lost on this day and we must go on with our sense of community and especially with our faith. God says He will never leave us nor forsake us.
* Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
This is what our next house will be designed after :) Just kidding, I could never keep up with the housework! Isn't it pretty?
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Natalie is the queen of the reusable shopping bags and as a way to "pay it forward", this is what she was giving away. Thanks so much Natalie. You have turned me into a "greener" Blaine.
Come back later as I will be posting my "pay it forward" post and you will find out what you can win from me. I know you are so excited you just can stand to wait, but you'll just have to hold your britches.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I'm feeling better today except for the red eye and lack of sleep. Please pray this will take care of the problem. I would hate to think about what the next alternative would be. Good grief!
This is what I have-Vitreous & Retinal Detachment
Most of the serious retinal problems which require surgery are caused by problems with the vitreous, the clear jelly-like substance which fills the space in the eye.
Posterior Vitreous Detachment
With age, the vitreous becomes more fluid, and less jelly-like. As the eyeball moves, small pockets of liquid vitreous can move around inside the vitreous cavity. This movement causes the vitreous to pull on the retina, and, with time, the vitreous can separate from the retina. This is called posterior vitreous detatchment (PVD), because it usually happens at the back (posterior) of the eye. PVD happens in most people eventually, and is rarely a problem.
Flashes and Floaters
When PVD occurs, the detached vitreous can tug on the retina. The brain interprets these tugs as flashes or large spots in the vision. The vitreous can also become stringy, and form visible strands which appear in the field of vision as floating threads or small spots and circles. A patient with these floaters should be examined, to check for other retinal damage. If there are no problems, the patient can fairly easily learn to ignore the floaters.
Retinal Tear and Vitreous Hemorrhage
Where the vitreous is securely attached to the retina, vitreous detachment may cause the retina to tear. If the retina tears across a blood vessel, there will be bleeding into the vitreous - this is called vitreous hemorrhage. Small amounts of bleeding cloud the vision, leading to the sensation of walking through a swarm of insects - more severe bleeding leads to a mass of red or black lines, and vision may become very dark. A retinal tear is a serious problem; vitreous hemorrhage is even more serious.
Retinal tears may be sealed with lasers or cryotherapy, or both, to prevent retinal detachment. Both these treatments seal the retina to the wall of the eye, repairing the tear and preventing detachment.
A retinal tear is considered so serious because the vitreous liquid may leak through the tear, and collect under the retina. Gradually, the build up of liquid separates the retina from the wall of the eye, a condition called retinal detachment. The two major treatments for retinal detachment are scleral buckling - where a sponge or length of silicon plastic is placed on the outside of the eye and sewn in place, pushing the sclera toward the tear in the retina - and pneumatic retinopexy, a less severe treatment where the surgeon injects a gas bubble inside the vitreous cavity. The bubble pushes the retina against the wall of the eye, allowing the tear to seal against the eye wall.
* I had the retinal tear- lucky me.