Hi all! Today we walked for 53 minutes and 1.89 miles. I cut it off a bit today because I was having some odd stuff happen. The last three times we have walked after we get back I have felt light-headed, the room has been moving and in a funky direction and like a cross between falling over and passing out. I was hoping it was maybe just my eyes but I am not sure what is going on. I looked up a few things and got some great suggestions from friends so I will see if that will help. If not, I may have to just cut it back until I get myself lined out. Notice not stopping, just slowing. Makes me mad though because I have gone all my life with no motivation to exercise and then now that I have more motivation than I need, I have to hold up on it to see what is my issue. Meh, how it goes I suppose. It kind of reminds me of people who you hold in high regard. This is not referring to someone who there is a crush or a love interest about. This is referring to people who you like for whatever reason. You know how it goes, they say or do something and you know that you completely unconditionally support anything they are doing and when the meeting or party or whatever is over, they choose to talk to someone who you know don’t even LIKE them let alone stand their presence, which is someone other than you although you have stood by them all the way through. They never notice or don’t care. I have never figured that one out. The people who do tend then to gravitate toward you are the ones you wouldn’t give the time of day too. You get the idea. The point is, it seems like we are always on the edge of something wonderful but something comes through and knocks us completely off our rocker. You are right there. so close to the things that you adore and want to achieve and bam. Such is life I suppose. I can’t stop now but it sure does aggravate me.
On a happy note, I got to hear from one of my best friends that I don’t get to hear from very often. That really made my day! She encouraged me and said she hoped we could get together soon. She has been having some health issues and I understand. I was so glad to talk to her for a while! If you would say a prayer for her because I know she needs healing. She has been such a wonderful friend to me and it bothers me so much that she is sick. She never judged me and always cared about what I had to say and in truth, has helped me through many situations that I thought were hopeless. She will get better I just know it.
We started our Bible study last night. It seems like it will be a good one. It is talking about joy and how it is different from happiness. We also have our regular Wednesday night Bible study tonight and it is always good. Our Pastor is just awesome. He isn’t afraid to cover any issue that is brought up and once the study is done, you have a complete understanding of what is going on. Wish there were more people like that in this world.
The next to last blog that I have on Caringbridge was talking a little about Jeffrey’s Make A Wish trip. When we originally signed up for Jeffrey’s trip there were some issues so we had to change organizations. We met two wonderful ladies who met with us to see what Jeffrey wanted to do. We had talked before they got there, and with the tour guides we ordered and looking online we made a game plan. Jeffrey wanted to see stuff to do with the Civil War. I told him you will not understand the Civil War until you see the South. He agreed. We planned a trip that started out in Alabama, and ended up in Louisiana. We absolutely had the time of our lives! Make A Wish is such a wonderful organization, I would encourage anyone out there to help them out in any way you can.
So a quick summary of our trip-in Alabama we want to the battlefield at Blakely State Park where one of the last battles was fought AFTER the war had ended. Jeffrey got a souvenir bullet from there, a real life bullet that was recovered on the field. The guide, whose name was Stacey (good name since that is mine), showed us where the troops from Indiana were at during the battle and how tough they were compared to troops from cities and such. I am not kidding when I say this, but I did smell cannon smoke while we were there. Very interesting. We also saw Hank Williams’ grave and museum, the Alabama Department of Archives, Jefferson Davis’ house, The History Museum of Mobile and Fort Morgan. At the History Museum he was given a real button from a uniform and an honorary title in one branch of the military. At Fort Morgan he was given a rank in another branch of the military and he got to shoot the canon! There was also a photographer who took pictures for us and they were awesome! We had supper at Tacky Jacks and that was delicious. We took the ferry to Fort Morgan and they held it for us because we got lost. On the way back they got to go up and look out over the Gulf. That was an awesome experience for them.
That same night we drove to New Orleans. OMG you talk about a sight after you cross Lake Pontchartrain and see it all spread out before you! We spend a few days there. We toured St Louis No 1, Destrehan Plantation, the French Quarter, Cafe du Monde, the mall on the Mississippi, and Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. We got to hold an alligator! We took a 2 1/2 swamp tour and it was absolutely amazing. It was on Manchac Swamp and I would go back there in a heartbeat. New Orleans was just awesome period. We went then to Oak Alley Plantation and the Myrtles Plantation, both of which were absolutely stunning plantations. We also got to see Kent Plantation and, and, guess what? You remember the show on the History Channel Cajun Pawn Stars? Jeffrey wanted to meet them and we were told we could see if they would meet with us. I emailed them and Jimmy DeRamus called us! We got to hang out all afternoon with them and they were the most gracious people ever! The next day we went to another battlefield at Mansfield State Park. We met several Civil War re-enactors there who we are still friends with today. The next day we got to see Frogmore Plantation and then head home.
Here is a picture with the Cajun Pawn Stars.
I know that we had a wonderful experience on our trip. We would never be able to express really how much it meant and there is not way to ever know the impact all the kindness truly had one us. We truly do talk about it every day and we will never forget what they did for Jeffrey and us. A huge thank you to all of you who may read this and may God bless you all! It mean the world to us!
Here is the blog entry from Caringbridge.
Hello all! I know, it has been a long time since I have written anything on here. I have determined that I need to add more on here, so everyone will know what is going, although there shouldn’t be too much happening. I also want to post stuff directly here, to stamp out confusion. So if I haven’t told you directly, please check here. If you find nothing, great. If you find a good update, that is even better. I hope I don’t have to blog on something that has gone askew…..