Monday, October 27, 2008


(A friend sent this to me and i wanted to share! I hope you find this as entertaining as I did! Also, you can see what my closest friends think of me :) haha! Be assured that no offence is intended!)

In 2009 the government will start killing all the mentally ill people. I started crying when I thought of you. Run, little friend, run!
Hello and thank you for calling The State Mental Hospital.
Please select from the following options menu:
If you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.
If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.
If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5 and 6.
If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want, stay on the line so we can trace your call.
If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be forwarded to the Mother Ship.
If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell You which number to press.
If you are manic-depressive, hang up. It doesn't matter which number you press, nothing will make you happy anyway.
If you are dyslexic, press 9-6-9-6.
If you are bipolar, please leave a message after the beep or before the beep or after the beep. But Please wait for the beep.
If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9.
If you have low self-esteem, please hang up. Our operators are too busy to talk with you.
If you are menopausal, put the gun down, hang up, turn on the fan, lie down and cry. You won't be crazy forever.
If you are blonde, don't press any buttons. You'll just mess it up.
This coming week is National Mental Health Care week. You can do your part by remembering to contact at least one unstable person to show you care.
(Well, my job is done . Your turn!)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dear Blog...

Oh how I miss you! Through all of the chaos and clutter, you have been sorely neglected! And for that, I am sorry. I miss you and promise to return to you shortly. In the mean time, I hope you forgive me for my absent self, because my heart is never far from you ~ with love <3

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

BRENT UPDATE #12 WITH BREAKING NEWS!!! (and some blog additions)

THIS IS A NEW UPDATE! I know many of you get the updates, but I just wanted to share!! (Plus this has photos and a couple additional comments :)

""An email just recieved from my father, Brent's Dad:

"Brent is doing very well. Early Friday morning he had surgery to remove the tumor. We learned meeting with the surgeon on Thursday that there were some additional risks of surgery those we had not previously known. However, the surgery occurred without any complications. As soon as the surgeon removed the tumor, he turned the scalpel over to another surgeon who when into Brent's right side and into his lung and removed 11 small tumors. In addition brent had his chest port removed so he pretty much looks like zipper man. We are still waiting for the pathology reports on all the tumors removed. The hope is that it all dead cancer tissue and there is no active cells of either the primary or secondary cancer. If there is he may have to have future surgery on is left lung. For him the worst part is having the chest tube in his side. It causes a lot of pain and hinders movement. He had more tubes in him which have been gradually removed. He is down just to the chest tube and now takes pain medication by mouth. How long he will be in the Hospital depends on the drainage from the lung. As soon as it is small enough the tube can come out.

Today he had his first meal since Thursday night and he enjoyed it and had no problems. He has been up and walking around which helps.

Thank you for your concern, thoughts and prayers for Brent. They are much appreciated. Craig. "
THIS LITERALLY JUST IN WHILE I WAS COMPOSING THIS MESSAGE!! THE PATHOLOGY REPORTS JUST CAME BACK AND THE CANCER THEY REMOVED IS 100% DEAD!!! THAT MEANS AS FAR AS WE CAN TELL, HE'S CANCER FREE!!!! WAY TO GO, BRENT!!!Feel free to send your notes of congratulations to him here and we will make sure he gets them!!! Thankfully it looks like our will was the same as God's- WOO HOO, HE'S DOING GREAT!!! AND TO ALL OF YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! - LOVE, US :)""

Brent and 3 week younger neice Melissa, and Brent with girlfriend Laura - 2 of the AMAZING Angels that have been with Brent through out this experience... I am so grateful for you girls., and all the others that have been by his side - Dru, u rock!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Brent Update

This is the email I sent out as an update on Brent's condition, post surgery, though the photo above is most definitely pre- (he'd be so embarrassed to know I was showing this to you all!). Anyway, the email:

"Hello once again- As you know, Brent went under the knife on Friday. It was actually 2 surgeries, one right after another with 2 different doctors. First, one went in and removed the mass from his side - I guess they went in through his stomach, removing/moving organs to get to the tumor near his back. After that, the next doctor came in and removed 11 nodules from his right lung, which means he once again has a chest tube, like he did after his biopsy. With all of that, though, and 8 hours of surgery, once again it seems as though our prayers have been answered and all has gone well.

"After the surgery he was doing so well that he bypassed the stop in intensive care and was taken straight to his room. Today he was able to sit on the edge of his bed 3 or 4 times and seems to be doing really well. While he couldn't reply to many if any messages on Friday, I know his brother read him any and all messages to him, so if you've sent a text and he hasn't replied, just know he got your message and is grateful to know you are thinking of him.

"We love him so much and are once again thankful for the blessings of heaven that are being poured out upon us. This is still a time of struggle, and there are definitely times when fear tries to sneak in. However, our faith and the peace that comes through that faith, as well as your prayers have been with us and we are grateful to God for all we have and have been blessed with.

With love,"

Thanks a ton to all of my friends and family, especially that don't even know my brother that have gone out of their way to express concern and pray for our family. I could not ask for more loving friends. <3

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Brenty Boy - Surgery this Friday

For those of you who don't know, my little brother Brent will be having major surgery in about 12 hours - well, 2 surgeries actually.

Nothing is wrong - his cancer is still under control and is presumed 100% dead! The doctors just want to remove the mass in his abdomen. and the remaining lesions from his lungs. This is going to be major surgery which will happen in Indiana under the hands of a specialist. Surgery is tomorrow, Friday, October 10th and he should be back at home about a week later.
During this critical time, my family and I are asking all of our friends and family for their prayers and thoughts of support. Thankfully, he is young, the doctors are skilled and hopefully many will be praying on his behalf.
We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for the miracles that have occurred so far and pray that they might continue.
Thank you.
Bree & Family

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


So, instead of writing something, I redid the look of my blog. Hope you enjoy - if not, tough! ;) Oh, and the baby eating my little girl's head is my good friend Katie's son that is currently betrothed to my "offspring", as Crush would say (Finding Nemo) - i digress! I'm done - Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sleepover and more baths!

Here I'm pretty sure they were watchig "Hairspray" - They all agreed that Link was cute :)

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Play time!

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Bath Time!

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Where have you been?! Ok, where have I been!

WOAH! It's has been a cRAZy couple weeks! First of all, a bunch of my family came out here a week ago from Wisconsin and we had an AMAZING time! We did a little gardening, went to Boondocks, the Dino museum, had dinner at our house a few times, went to the zoo and went 4 wheeling! Oh, and we gave about half a Zillion baths! AND we had about half a dozen sleepovers! WHEW! What a truly WONDERFUL time!

Then the last few days we've been celebrating my birthday - Joe has been such a tricky guy! Truly I've never had such a nice birthday!! Thank you friends and family!!! I love it!

But back to my family visit, it really was great! I'll post some photos and narrate more soon! Just wanted to say hi to the blogging world! I don't know how much I'll be able to write in the next few days, but wanted to say I'm back!

PS - Priya finally learned to pull herself up today! Nothing is safe! :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I'm a Corvette Baby!

Ok, so I'm REALLY behind on blogging, but I thought I'd steal this quiz from Julie as a way to jump back in to blogging! It's fast, so take it yourself and let me know what you are! :)

I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!

You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.