12/4/2010 Our Anniversary

4 Dec

Today is Ashley & my 2nd wedding anniversary.  Wow, the time sure has flown by.  It feels like just yesterday I had butterflies in my belly as my dad walked my down the aisle toward my groom.  So does 2 years officially end the “honeymoon stage?”

Today I would like to tell you that my life is simple and wonderful because I have my best friend standing beside every choice I make in life.  My love for Ashley is stronger with everyday of our lives.  I know that in my heart that Ashley and I are meant to be together.  Have you ever felt that feeling? 

Through the ups & downs Ashley has been there with/for me.  I am so grateful that he is in my life and even more grateful that I get to call him my husband.  I don’t know what I would do without him.  Sometimes we get upset with each other, but at the end of the day we know that our love holds us together.  The time we have been together only shows me that our love for eachother gets stronger with every heart beat.

Today is just another working day for he & I, however 2 years ago today was the day we became husband & wife united under GOD.  I never thought that I would cherish the title of “wife” so much in a lifetime.  But needless to say at the end of the day, I get to go home and remember why I married this man. My life feels more & more complete with everyday just because I know Ashley will always be there for me.

As a new chapter opens for Ashley & I, I will forever hold onto the memories he and I have shared & look forward to the new ones we are going to make together.  I can’t wait to just tell him that he is the best person that has come into my life and how special he makes me feel inside! Or better yet, just “Happy Anniversary!”


You are the sunshine in my day. You are my stars that shine when it’s night.  You are my everything in every way.  I can’t wait to find out what our future has in store for us, but today I love you more than I did 4 1/2 years ago when I first laid eyes on you. As we celebrate our 2 year anniversary, all I can say is that you make me the happiest woman in the world. I love our family that we have together and everything we have accomplished together.  I’m so lucky to have you for the rest of my life!

I love you forever, Jenn



Love Life, Come as you are.

Holiday Long Haul

27 Nov

As a child there is a time in our lives that we reach an age where we leave the nest.  This happened to me when I was 18 years old because I chose to join the Army.  But something that I have grown to learn that is as children we don’t realize what our parents have given up to support us.So as you all know, my patents just made the long journey up here to Pennsylvania from Texas.  For weeks on end, my dad packed up everything they own into a huge U-Haul truck to move up here to be closer to my brother and myself. 

On my way to Grove City, PA

As I came over to my brother Michael & his family on Tuesday Nov 20, 2012.  We all patiently awaited the arrival of the ‘rents.’  Michael, Janine and their daughter, Erica (niece) hung out and spent some quality time together.  It was a much-needed because even though they live in PA, they are 4 hours away from where I live.

So Wednesday morning I woke up to find out that my parents were in the area of Newport, PA.  Michael and I hopped into his truck to go meet them and guide them to his house.  I was filled with excitement for I haven’t seen my parents in over a year.

Once Michael and I got the ‘rents’ to the house, they I bet were so relieved just to be there with their two kids, possibly as much as Michael and I were glad to have them there with everything they own, knowing they are now PA residents.

Michael walking out to greet the ‘rents’.

Dad telling Sydney to stay in the truck.

Sydney Roo loving the freedom of no fences

After a long drive I’m sure pictures were the last thing my parents wanted, however as my father’s daughter, I was clicking away. So my dad finally got out of the truck and needless to say so many happy tears from dad and myself were shed while much-needed hugging was going on. I felt like I hadn’t seen him is sooo long. 

I am my father’s daughter.  

Ginger, Yetti the farret, and I.

It snowed!


Thursday was Thanksgiving Day, so my sister-in-law Janine cooked a wonderful meal for everyone. I was so thankful to have my family finally in PA to celebrate & give thanks with one another. I didn’t get any pictures of the actual mean, but here is a plate of leftovers that we ate for days after. Needless to say that I got to spend some much-needed time with my family. Then it snowed! Just for my parents!

So that’s it for now. I will close for now, but I would like to say how nice it feels to only have my parents be 4 hours away instead of 22 hours. I am so happy that they are finally here and I can just drive over and see them often.  I am so Thankful for 2012 Thanksgiving!

Love Life, Come as you are.

I’m a Thirty One Consultant

17 Nov

Today I made a change in my life.  I have become part of a very large family of Thirty One.  I have been thinking about becoming a consultant for a very long time.

Today I hosted a party for a co-worker, Crystal Cosey.  She was great and I had out a bunch of delicious munchies!  As the my guest started to arrive, we all started started chatting up a storm getting to know each other over some refreshments I had out.  They after a while, we all ventured into the living room to listen to Crystal start talking about all the products!  I fell in love with all of them!  I really started to BELIEVE that I could do this business too!  After everyone went home, Crystal and I sat down to discuss how I would be able to do something like this. She told me that she was just like me.  As Crystal explained more in depth I really started thinking I could do this too!

When Ashley came home today from visiting with his mom, I spoke with him about doing a consultant business like this. So today I did it. I signed up to be a consultant for Thirty One.

If you don’t know what Thirty One is, then please go to the website (Thirty One) and see if there is something you would like to talk about on there.  Please contact me if your like!


Love Life, Come as you are.

Hosting Thirty – One Party

15 Nov

I am hosting a Thirty One party for a co-worker this Saturday!  I’m so excited.  If you like purses, oversized bags to help out with kids events or just gift one of these wonderful, well made, and beautiful Thirty One treasures then this is the time to order. 

They have everything from Storage & Utility, Totes, Accessories, Accessory Bags, Wallets, Thermal Bags, For the Home, & Stationary (which I think is pretty cool!)

You can get it personalized!  Pick which pattern you like in the product of your choice! 

Novembers special is if you purchase $35.00 you can get a Meduim Tote for $5.00!  I’m so taking advantage of this special.  Check out their products!

Check it out at: Crystal Cosey  – My Parties (Jenn Skidmore)  https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx

Here are a few of my favorites!  Go check it out for yourself!

All things Thirty One

Medium Tote *Nov Special $5 with the purchase of $35

5th Avanue Purse – Live in luxury! This sophisticated bag is a showstopper…and it’s roomy enough to get you through your busy days. Measures approx: 11.5”H x 15.5”W x 5”D 9″ handle drop

Love Life, Come as you are.

Hurricane Sandy affects Pets too…

13 Nov

Hurricane Sandy has devastate the lives of many people.  What about all those people with pets?  What has happened to all the loving animals that had homes and now don’t?  Well as I was watching the news the other night, they said that there are animal shelters that have taken in stray animals that did belong to people and are now homeless. 

Just alone in New Jersey there are 200 pets staying temporarily in the Humane Society Shelters because their owners are able to take them back home.  Where as other pets have been shipped to shelters throughout the Northeast to be held safe.

Many of the animals that were in homes affected by Sandy are still unaccounted for.  As I was watching this it made me feel so sad, with tears starting to run down my face.  I don’t know how people could think about leaving their pets home while they evacuated their homes due to the storm.  Not knowing what would happen if their homes were destroyed or just flooded, how could you leave your pets alone through all of this traumatic weather? 

As a pet owner myself of 4 dogs (Rosco, Sabrina, Mollie & Otis) and 1 cat (Dex) I could not even imagine what my life would be without them.  They are my kiddo’s.  They are apart of my life,  they are all I have sometimes.  They depend on me for food, shelter, and love.  In my mind it would be like leaving a family member behind to endure all of the stress ALONE.  I can’t imagine not having my pets (my kids) around.

A little story for you.  When I moved up here from Texas back in 2008, I had only been a resident of PA for 6 moths before we had a scare of home destruction.  Ashley and I had been together for about 4 months and he was staying with me in my apartment.  He had brought Rosco from his house over to mine because he was always there.  So at that time we had Sabrina, Mollie & Rosco with us.  I awoke one morning to find it extremely sunny outside with rain coming down my bedroom window.  Once I was really awake I then heard the fire alarms going off.  There was a huge pipe that burst in an apartment right above us on the 3rd level (we lived on the 2nd level) and was raining in the closet where Mollie was in her crate.  I walked out to our living room and there was water everywhere.  It was so bad.  The first thing I did was wake Ashley up and get Mollie, Sabrina & Rosco in my truck I had at the time.  To save them of the trauma that was happening in our apartment. 

What I had gone through at the apartment was nothing in comparison to what Hurricane Sandy did to many Americans and their families, to include their pets.  I have listed from the Humane Society New York website where donations can be made for the animals that were affected by the hurricane. 

Here are some other animal shelters that are in need to help support the animals affected my Hurricane Sandy in need of supplies.  Lists can be found on their websites:

St. Hubert’s Giralda Animal Welfare Center:  575 Woodland Ave., Madison, NJ 07940

Humane Society of Atlantic County: 1401 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ  08401

Commonwealth Humane Society Of Northern Virginia: 11837 Waples Mill Rd., Oakton, VA 22124  Attn: Chris Haslam

Please if you can help out the shelters that are harboring the animals affected by Sandy.

Love Life, Come as you are.


12 Nov

Last year for Veterans Day 2011 I was in a the Washington, D.C. Veterans Day parade.  Being a 2 time Iraq war Veteran, marching in support of all veterans past & present, was one of the greatest feelings I could have felt.  The sense of pride while marching in uniform was unimaginable, the goose bumps that fled through my body, knowing that I among so many others support this great place we all call home.

This veterans day 2012 parade was held in New York City.  But because Hurricane Super Storm Sandy and all that she destructed this year, I chose not to participate in the march.  However, as my creative side emerged, I had this great idea of spending my Veterans Day making an American Flag out of old fencing that Ashley & I took off his Uncle & Aunts hands.  It was trash & just sitting in the way, so I have taken it and used it for our home decor.

Needless to say, all for less than $20 I made this nice wall decor out of old fencing and exterior red, white & blue paint.

This 13 Colonies American Flag will hang in my living room for the pure remembrance of what Veterans Day means to me.

Yesterday I also made a mini Thanksgiving Dinner for Ashley and I.  This was because he and I will not be together on Thanksgiving this year.  With my parents moving up here to PA, it just so happens to be next week, which is when Thanksgiving is.  This only goes to show me more and more how Thankful I am for the family & friends I have in my life.

Love Life, Come as you are.

A Funny on Friday!

9 Nov

As I opened my email today at work, a friend sent this ‘Retired Husband” joke to me.  As I read it I laughed my butt off with some of my co-workers.  I thought that I would share this with you all in hope that you laugh until your stomach hurts too!  Needless to say, my husband may just be this guy in our elder years.  I could so see him doing this stuff.  Enjoy!


      After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out.Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse.Yesterday my  dear wife received the following letter from the local 


Dear Mrs. Harris,

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:

1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice,’Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money. We don’t have a Code 3.

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

6. August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

 7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.

9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ‘ Mission Impossible’ theme.

12. October 6 In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ using different sizes of funnels.

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

14. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’

15. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked where is the fitting room?

And last, but not least:

16. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, and then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks passed out.

So there it is!  Is your husband one of those people? 


Love Life, Come as you are.

Birthday Parties, Army Training, & Preperation for a BIG Move!

8 Nov

Time flies by so fast.  I can’t believe that it is November already.  I know that life gets busy sometimes, but that is no reason for me to almost completely stop blogging.  So here I go again!

Lets start by my month of October. I went with my SIL  (Cassie) with her to get her hair cut and styled from a wonderful hairdresser.  Cassie and I don’t get to spend much time together just us girls, but when we do it feels so much needed.  I have been talking about cutting my hair for almost a year.  Cassie is mostly the one that hears this because we are so close, which I love!  So she asked me earlier that day if I wanted to take her hair appointment at 6:00pm because she was changing hers to 4:30pm.  I told her sure, I was just going to get a trim. Huh- Yeah Right! I ended up cutting off 12 inches without telling Ashley! :p OOPS!  How did that happen?  I mean the scissors just slipped into the hairdressers fingers and snip!  It was gone! As shocked as I was from it being gone it was such a weight off my shoulders.  It felt so light.  Who knew that hair could be heavy?  Anyhow I love my haircut!  When Cassie and I got back to her place, Ashley was over with his mom visiting with his brother.  When Cassie walked in I had handed her my 12″ pony that was no longer attached to my head!  He open the bag and said, “Oh, Gosh Jenn!”  But when I walked around the corner, he kind of had this crooked smile on his face, but kind of said that I met him 1/2 way by not chopping it all off and leaving some length to it. So what do you think? I have donated my 12″ to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  It feels so good to do a good deed!  What good deed have you done lately? 

As a Soldier in the Army I train with the others in my unit one weekend of the month. So October’s drill was kind of short, but very busy for me.  I was allowed to take the later part of Saturday to attend my niece Annaliese’s 1st birthday party.  Her wonderful parents let me make some shoes for her to wear as part of her birthday outfit. I had so much fun making them and they turned out cute as ever!I’m such a daddy’s girleven at the age of 29! My parents live in Texas so I don’t get to see them much, however I speak to them almost everyday.  It gets lonely sometimes because I don’t have any of my family around close (within 2 hrs).  Although I do have a brother, Michael, and his family of wife, Janine, and her two kids Erica & Cody who live over above Pittsburg, PA.  So they are about 4 hours away which is nice.   My niece Erica is a senior in high school this year and is a fantastic cheerleader.  She had asked if Ashley and I would go to her Senior Night Football game where she and her parents would walk her across the football field being recognized.  Ashley and I went over and had a blast with the family!  We had talked about my dad and Michaels mom (my stepmom) moving up here to PA and how we were going to do this all over some much needed Mexican food!

So now that October is all over, now I’m focusing on getting my parents up here from Texas.  I am almost in disbelief that my parents will be residents of PA in about 2 weeks or sooner.  I sit here and offten get excited & emotional at the same time about what it is going to be like when I see my parents for the first time in over a year.  It is going to be such a different feeling because this time they are not going to back to Texas.  They will be ONLY a 4 hour drive away from me.  It is such a relief to know that I won’t have to buy a way too expensive plane ticket or drive 21 hours to go home and see my parents.  I can almost feel the burst of tears that I’m going to cry of pure happiness when I hug them knowing that they have overcome one of the biggest moves in their lives.  I can almost picture what it will look like. 

This feeling reminds me of my return home from my 1st deployment to Iraq in 2005.  I can remember how I felt, what my dad smelled like, and the taste of both of our salty tears pouring down our faces as we hug eachother so tight knowing we are together again. Wow, I can’t wait for them to get up here already.

Knowing that the month of November is all about being Thankful, here are some things that I am thankful for. 

1.I am thankful for a wonderful marriage to my best friend.

2. I am thankful that I have what & who I have in my life.

3. I am thankful for being loved.

4. I am thankful for having a job in which I go to 5 days a week.

5. I am thankful being able to be a Soldier and protect out great nation.

6. I am thankful for being able to be me.

7. I am thankful for knowing the difference between right and wrong and making the right choice in life.

8. I am thankful that I am surrounded by such a wonderful family.

9. I am thankful for all of our my pets (Rosco, Sabrina, Mollie, Otis & Dex) who show love and playfulness in my life everyday, to include all the wet kisses!

10. I am thankful for life.


What are you thankful for?

Love Life, Come as you are.



Random Rambles

1 Oct

It’s 10:13pm on Monday night, I’m sitting at the airport waiting the arrival of my mother-in-law and her sister, when I should be asleep. But out of the kindness of my heart and a job that lets me get away with anything, I chose to let my husband stay home and rest while I picked up his mom and aunt. My husband has to work a 10 hour a day work week an I know how cranky he gets on little sleep, so I drove 2 hours to come pick them up. Their flight doesn’t get here until 10:30pm so just to make sure I got here in enough time I left the house at 7:00pm. Since I was doing Ashley a favor, he was nice enough to let me drive our new truck to get them tonight.
As I was driving alone all this way, that little hamster started on her wheel in that brain of mine! I started thinking about what all is going on in my life right now. I won’t go into detail, but it’s a lot. I don’t like driving at night because I get really tired, so I treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte with an extra shot of espresso! Just to make sure that I would be awake enough for the drive here and back.

So here I am, wide awake, sitting at the airport waiting on these lovely ladies, preparing myself for a very chatting detail by detail synopsis of their trip to The Walton’s Reunion! I couldn’t even start to tell you who the Walton’s are other than a TV show that aired in the 60’s-70’s. But I’m about to find out. The good thing about all of this is that with my busy life I don’t get to see my MIL (mother-in-law) or her sister Aunt Judy very often. Judy lives in Kentucky and teaches college students, but since Ron, RIP, past away last Dec Judy has been closer to Elaine, which is a good thing. I think this trip was well needed for the both of them. It makes me think about my sisters. Emily, 26, has been in Afghanistan for nearly 3 years. I miss her more than she knows. Kassie, 23, is a mom of a 2yr old and lives in Tx. I don’t get to see her either. But thank goodness for technology because I wouldn’t know what I would do without it, I need my sisters.

You know something, I married into a wonderful family. I have the best brother-in-law, Justin! His wife, Cassie, is the best SIL ever! Not to mention the most beautiful niece, Annaliese, I could ever ask for! Oh, I almost forgot Elaine, MIL. Just kidding! I love her to pieces! They are all so kind hearted and a joy to be around.

Well it’s about that time for their flight to be landing, but just wanted to let everyone know what I was thinking about on the drive here! Can’t wait to get them and be back on the road again! That just means, I’m that much closer to my pillow! Yay! Thanks be to GOD! I love my family and my life! It couldn’t be any better.

Until next time, LOVE LIFE!

10 Projects Around the House Start’d but Not Finish’d Yet!

25 Sep

As I started reading the Monday Listicals “10 Around the House” this week.  I started thinking about all the projects that the husband and I have started and not finished.  So today I am listing:

10 Projects Around the House We Have Started But Not Finished Yet!

1. Annaliese’s birthday shoes

2. Whole in the ceiling that needs patched (from where I tried to use a hook but instead made a whole, OOPS!)

3. Secret squirel project for Annaliese

4. Old fencing living room decor

5. Guest room shelves/mattress/touch up border

6.  Planter pots for front porch

7. Organizing Garage

8. Decorating the downstairs family room

9. Organizing Garden Work Bench Corner of the garage

10.  Crocheting Otis’s blanket for crate

Do you have projects around the house that you start, but seem to get side tracked, and not finish in a timely manner?

What kind of projects do you have laying around that need finished?

What ways do you think might help to finish what we start?

As I sit here and think of all that needs to be completed around the house, I feel the lazy bone taking over. This list can go on and on, but here are just 10. Thank you Mama Cassie for getting me involved in Monday Listicles.


Love Life, Come as you are.

Tuesday Morning Comics!

25 Sep

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope this sets you off in the right direction today, whatever day that may be.


After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her for a while…then said, “You’re A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.”

She asks….. “What does that mean?”

He said, “Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Hot.

She smiled happily and said.. “Oh, that’s so lovely.. What about I, J, K?”

He said, “I’m Just Kidding!”

The swelling in his eye is going down and the doctor is fairly optimistic about saving his testicles.


Love Life, Come as you are.

Weekend Round Up

24 Sep

This past week has flown by, without blogging. Time to fill you in on what I have been up to. Once a month I have Army Reserve duty. Oh what fun it is. I had been assigned as Platoon Sergeant and released a month later. This was good news to my ears as this was a temporary as temporary could be! Now I’m back to my home, maintenance platoon! So the weekend of September 15th & 16th was very busy. As sleep deprived as I get during drill and work, this was the reason I didn’t blog. There is only so much time in a day however I needed sleep to be productive.

Needless to say that as my last week went along, I received some good news from my sister-in-law, Janine. My older step-brother Michael & his wife Janine took a business trip to Texas. During this trip they met up with my dad & step-mom and had lunch at Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant down on lower Greenville Ave. That is where the conversation came up of having my dad & step-mom move up to PA to be near us kids. Michael lives about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh and I live 45 minutes south of Harrisburg which puts the area of our parents to move in between the both of us. I found out while visiting with my SIL when I got the text message of pure happiness. I know this will take time to happen, this is a huge move for anyone. But the overall outcome is that I need my dad near me. This just tickled me to death. I was speechless and started crying when I found out. This just means so much to me. I miss my parents so much. I don’t know what I would do without my parents.

My SIL (Cassie) told me about a 5K that Sabrina and I ran in this past Saturday. The race was local, Peace For Paws put on by the Better Days Animal League. Although I didn’t run it in what I know I could have, I still ran it with my Bri Bri. For some reason Sabrina and I were kind of out of place. Bri is used to running on my left and toward traffic and for the race we had to run on the right. She was still on my left, but when all the other runners passed us, she wanted to check them out. She kept trying to run on my right, but knows better. I kept treats in my pocket but they didn’t seem to work to well. This just means one of two things, either we need more races where dogs are allowed or she and I just stick to running by ourselves. I have added a few pictures of our run. I am just proud that I got to run with my running buddy, Bri (Sabrina) & show her off. I was told by several individuals what a calm & good girl she was!

We had a blast & I can’t wait to do the next one!  A big thanks goes out to Cassie for suggesting it.


Love Life, Come as you are.

7 Question’s – #2

12 Sep

To start things off Gentri Lee says that we must have fun with this.  So she starts off with a funny picture, so here is mine today.

That’s me in the middle with the crazy stripped socks. Gotta love me some Zumba! Chambersburg Local Breast Cancer 5K, 2012.

7 Question’s – #2

1. Do you have any weird food combinations that you love?

I mix my corn & mashed potatoes together and eat it, but it is better if you mix in some cream gravy (white) & chicken fried steak with it.

2. Have you ever written a blog post, published it, then immediately deleted it?

I have written a blog post and never published it, then later deleted it from my drafts.

3. What is a hair style you wish you could pull off, but would never be brave enough to try?

  I could never do this, but it is way cute, excluding the tattoo on her chest & that thing in her nose!
4. Would you rather have to always use the sun to tell the time or directions by the stars?

I think the sun would be a better indicator, however I love to gaze up at the stars.
5. What is a fall trend that you are excited to try?

I’m not sure I know of any fall trends.  Would you like to suggest some to me.  I might like to start to try one.
6. Who is your style icon?

Honestly, I don’t think I have a style icon. I’m more of a jeans & t-shirt gal.

 7. What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Running with Sabrina!


Love Life, Come as you are.

There is no better way to honor the lives of all those lost than by serving others.

11 Sep

Being as today is Setpember 11, 2012 I have been getting e-mails about the remberance.  Thank you to Roy Flythe for sending this to me.  I love sharing with others!

Love Life, Come as you are.

Never Forget – September 11, 2001

11 Sep

Today marks the very sad 11th anniversary of the attack on American soil of the World Trade Center, Twin Towers, The Pentagon & Shanksville, PA (Somerset County). This day has a very huge impact on many Americans as well as my life today. Many of you who are reading this probably already know what happened, but I want to tell you all how I learned of the attack and the effects it has had on my life.

September 11, 2001 I was still living at my dad and step-moms house. I had just graduated high school in May & went to Gulfport, Mississippi for military training. I was sleeping and awaken by my stepmom, Ginger. She came into my room to wake me and tell me that a plane had flown straight into one of the twin towers in New York City. I was currently working as a receptionist at the local veterinarian clinic. If my memory serves me correctly this happened on a Tuesday morning. I was due to be at work later that day. The phone rang soon there after from my reserve unit to put us on stand-by for we didn’t know what was going to happen. Being an engineer, we didn’t know if we would have to go to NYC to clean up or what. I called into work to let them know that I wouldn’t be able to make it in because my unit had called and we were on stand-by if we got called up.

I didn’t know what to think about all of this. It was a lot to take in. Right then, the second plane hit the other tower. I was in pure shock. I didn’t quite know how to process all of this. All I knew is that must have been a dream. Was I still sleeping? No, I sure wasn’t. Emotions took over my body, not knowing how to handle this. All the families that didn’t know the status of their loved ones. What did this do to them? Like I said, it was a lot to take in.

My unit, A. Co. 980th Engineering Battalion was on call, but not called to war until 2003-2005. Not deploying to a war zone before I didn’t know what was in store for me or the others that were going to Iraq with me. I was only 20 years old, I am my father’s only daughter, what was about to happen? All this training that the Army had taught me was about to be put to the test.

I was living with my best friend Gina in Houston, TX when I got the phone call. “SPC Grimes you are being deployed with the 980th Engineering Battalion in December 2003.” I ran down to where Gina was and told her what was said. Then I called my dad to tell him. His encouraging words were, “this is part of u being a Soldier.” I moved back to Dallas, to stay with my dad & Ginger while my unit was training & getting ready to deploy. I was so scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen over there. It was Christmas Eve morning when we all got called to formation while we were mobilized to Fort Hood, Tx where we were told that Saddam Hussein was captured. This was a sigh of relief, with the questions posing, “did we still have to deploy?” The answer was yes. None of us Soldiers were happy about that, however defending our nation is what we signed up to do.

As March rolled around I made one last phone call to my dad telling him that I loved him and I would see him soon. The next phone call he got was about a week later telling him that I was in Kawait, letting him know I had made it alright. By April we had gone North. A year passed and now I have completed the most honorable task that I had ever been asked to do in my life.  As a 21 year old female in the United States Army I was honored to protect the greatest nation of all.

As I sit here this morning, September 11, 2012; 11 years later, I listen to American Soldier by: Toby Keith and shed tears knowing that all those families & friends that were effected by this day 11 years ago will never be the same. I continue to pray for all who lost their lives in the biggest hit on The United States soil. Not to forget all my brothers & sister in arms that gave their lives to defend.

As I walked the dog through town last night, I noticed that the local Fire Company decorated for todays rememberance.

Remember what this day means to you.  Where were you when this happened 11 years ago?  How did you learn of this disaster?  What are you doing today to remember this day?

Love Life, Come as you are.

Tuesday Morning Comics

11 Sep

Here is your Tuesday Morning Comic:

When your children watch too much TV

Don’t let your children watch too much TV…

The pastor of this Baptist church had called all of the little children to the front of the church, dressed in their cute Easter outfits and had them sit around him. He said “Today is Easter and you all look so handsome and beautiful. Today we’re going to talk about the resurrection. Does anyone know what the resurrection is?” One little boy raised his hand, and the pastor said “Please tell us what the resurrection is”. The boy, proud that he knew the answer, said in a clear loud voice “When you get one lasting more than four hours, you gotta call a doctor!” It took a solid 10 minutes before the pastor could speak and there was so much laughter going on that his sermon was probably forgotten – but that boy’s voice won’t be.

Love Life, Come as you are.

10 Song “Memories”

10 Sep

My SIL (Mama Cassie) has been trying to get me to start Monday Listicles. I have been working hard on getting my page updated. Cassie was chosen by Stasha herself to choose this weeks topic, so I thought that I would give this a try.

10 Song “Memories”

1. The year I was born 1983: Faithfully” By: Journey. Journey is one of my favorite artists. Their music is great, compared to what is out there these days. Journey is so old school that it doesn’t matter how old I get, I still listen to their music.

2. My little sister Emily & I used to ride on the vaccum and run around the house while our mom was cleaning when we were younger to We Built This City” By: Jefferson Starship. Yes, I said ride on the vaccum. This was one of our favorite things we did as kids.

3. The song my mother used to sing to me as a child: My Favorite Things” By: Maria (The Sound Of Music Soundtrack) I remember like it was yesterday. The sound of her gentle yet blissful pitch, the softness in her voice, whenever I was going to bed, or just down and out she would sooth me by singing this song.

4. Another song that was sang around the house during cleaning was, Sara” By: Jefferson Starship. I remember my mom always having a beautiful voice when she sang. I always loved hearing her sing this one.

5. Graduating Class of 2001, Pearce High School Richardson, Texas, pep-rallies we always sang: Build Me Up Buttercup” By: The Foundations. When this song came on it the whole gymnasium would go crazy and sing this song. I miss these times of high school.

6. The longest commitment I have had the honor and pleasure of is joining the United States Army. I deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 and still to this day I get all teary eyed when I hear. GOD Bless the USA” By: Lee Greenwood. I will keep this short, but the day I had to say good-bye to my dad, seeing him cry, not knowing what was ahead of me or if I was coming home was the hardest moment in my life so far. This song makes me respect what America is all about & what I fight for.

7. The second song pertaining to my military career, hitting deep to my Texas roots is American Soldier” By: Toby Keith. This song was played as I walked back on to the parade field returning from my first deployment to Iraq. I spotted my dad right away and when released gave him the biggest hug I could have ever given him. As his only daughter returning home from war at 21 years old I’m sure he was relieved for me to be home.

8. While I was in Iraq 2004-2005, I was out on the airfield that we were building, I was tieing rebar constructing the support structure before we started pouring in the concrete, we had the AFN (American Military supported radio) on. A song that my dad used to sing in the car came on, The Joker” By: Steve Miller Band came on. This made me miss home so much, this made me miss my dad. Given everything that man has done for me in my life, I missed him more than I ever had. The next time I had the chance I gave him a call and told him that when that song came on, I started acting like a crazy loon, singing and dancing to that song. He just sat there for a minute, and then told me he loved me and missed my crazy little butt so much.

9. Because I love me some country music, Carrie Underwood is one of my favorite songs artists. Her music has inspired me but I am that person that can tell a story by music. I can’t write and I can barely remember all the words to songs, but if one touches me the most it would have to be Wheel Of The World, this one is extra special to me. When Ashley’s dad, the late Rev. Ronald Skidmore, passed away, I wanted more than anything to sing this song at his funeral. But knowing that I would not be able to keep my composure or the words to the song, I didn’t. This song has taught me that no matter what is happening to someone, GOD has the plan. When Ron finally passes away last year, the song that kept playing in my head was this song and in my car. I still cry when I hear this song, he was a fan of Carrie’s too.

10. The day I got married I woke up with all my girls in the house and was laying in bed just thinking about what needed to happen that day, so that everything would run smoothly. My mom flew in from Arizona to be there on my special day. As I laid in bed that morning I turned on the TV to CMT (Country Music Television) and Carrie Underwood’s “Mama” came on right as my mom was crawling in bed with me to speak her encouraging words of wisdom. This song had me in tears yet again just because I was marrying my best friend later that day and how happy my mom was for me. As I tried to gather myself all I could think about is how this song was relevant to my wedding day with my mom being there with me.   

I really thank everyone in my life for giving me these wonderful memories to 10 songs.  I thought this would have been harder than it was.  Thank you Mama Cassie for getting me involved in Monday Listicles. .

Check out what next weeks Monday Listicles are!  I hope you join in on the fun! 

Love Life, Come as you are.

“Back Then” to “Today” Challenge

7 Sep

This post is inspired by my Monday Listicles, 10 Songs.  As I was proof reading my post for Monday, I started thinking back to when I was in high school.  11 years ago, where has the time gone?  Inquiring minds get lost in thought sometimes. This mind wondered right over to my high school website!  As I was looking at the different information they have listed, I stumbled upon the current faculty directory. It was cool to see who all from my 3 years of attending were all still there.  Here are a list of my teachers that are still there today, 11 years later, what grade I had them, & how they impacted my life.

Mr. Blankenship, 10th/11th/12th grade – Band

I was only under Mr. Blankenships direction my 10 grade year, when I played the clarinet.  I knew him from my brother playing the trumpet and marching for him while he attended at the high school.  My 10 grade year I became a part of the Color Guard.  I was the only sophmore on the rifle line and was the 2nd person to do it in 10th grade.  This made me feel good, because I was finally good at something.  Mr. Blankenship guided me in that direction. When I was in 9th grade (Jr. high) when he would do private lessons with me.  He said that I would be good at it, boy was he ever right!

Mrs. Bodner, 10th grade  – Biology

Mrs. Bodner and I had a close relationship.  Her daughter Missy and I were friends from Jr. High.  So when I was assigned to her class, I was overly excited.  Mrs. Bodner and I still talk from time to time.  She was a great teacher and I learned a lot about biology, even though it wasn’t my favorite class.

Mr. Cox, 10th/11th/12th grade – Technical Theatre

Now, now, now Mr. Cox!  Oh Boy! Where do I start?  Mr. Cox has guided me in an unknowingly direction.  I joined Technical Theatre when I was a sophmore.  He taught us how to build sets of the theatrical productions that the theatre department was going to perform.  This is where I found my true love for building things.  We did sets for “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, “Grease”, “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Coat”, and many others. I think Grease was my favorite.  I got to build the set, set the lights, sound, and most of all, I was one of the people you couldn’t see when the set needed to be changed.  Staying after school, working on everything was great!  I had so much fun. Thats when the U.S. Army recruiter stopped me at lunch one day, asked me what I liked doing & if I had thought about joining the Army.  I said “technical theatre, I like building things.”  That is when on March 25, 2000 I brought the recruiter home to my dad. I told him that I wanted to join the Army at 17 years old.  Only 11 days after I turned 17.  The recruiter said that I could build stuff for the army, but what he didn’t tell me is that I may deploy to Iraq in 2004-2005 and pour 1.5 million sqft. of concrete to build an airfield, among other building projects.  That was alright because I learned even more about why I did it.  To help defend the greatest Nation. Now 13 years later I have Mr. Cox to thank for showing me my love for building & my military career.

Mrs. Devoll, 11th grade – Environmental Science 

Mrs. Devoll taught me about animals & the environment.  I was part of the environmental club that hosted different “Green Projects.”  This helped me see different aspects of how to save the planet as well as learn about different animals and their environments.  I really enjoyed being outside in the courtyard in the middle of the school that we transformed into an outdoor project for cleanup, we even built a waterfall and put out coy fish. I had so much fun and this introduced me to lots of new friends.

Mr. Dowlatshahi, 10th grade – World History 

My goodness, Mr. Dowlatshahi, first day of class was rough.  First thing he taught all of us was to pronounce and spell his name correctly.  He taught us world history, making us do different projects to learn about the world.  This was the first time I had to get up in front of the class to speak.  I soon found out that I didn’t like speaking up there.  From that time on, I have always had issues in speaking to a group. He would be in the middle of teaching and then go on rants about soccer, as he was one of the soccer coaches for the school that lead the girls soccer to state in 1999. You go Mr. Dowlatshahi!

Mrs. Powell – Nurse

Mrs. Powell was always nice, kind, and caring for the kids that would come into her sick.  She taught us about being & staying healthy.  She was always so gentle with us when we were sick. 

Katrina Rogers – Gymnastics

Katrina & I have known eachother since before high school.  She was a year ahead of me, but this didn’t stop us from chatting in the halls.  She & I first met when I joined Girl Scouts, Troop #980.  I can’t remember the exact time, but I think I was in 6th grade.  I remember her being absent from meetings because she had gymnastics practice.  I had always hoped to see her on the Olympics one day, but I guess GOD had a different plan for her.  Now she is teaching/coaching Gymnastics at the high school where we attended. Go you, girl!

Mrs. Whatley, 12th grade – English

Mrs. Whately was one of the 2 best english teachers that I had in all of school.  As much as I didn’t like reading, she encouraged me to read, suggesting different books that would catch my interest.  She always cared about her students.  She was so caring about her students.  She would stay late if we needed help, help us learn new studying methods, and just help us with whatever we needed help on.  While I was still living in the area, after graduating, I would pop back in to see my old teachers.  After my first deployment, I stopped back in to see her.  When I walked through the door, she stopped teaching her class and gave me a huge hug, telling her students at the time (which some of them I knew) who I was and what I had returned home from doing.  This was the first time I had seen her become emotional.  She asked me if I would speak to the class for a brief moment, as I did, the students just looked at me in amazement.  I hoped to have influenced them to join the service, as Mrs. Whately had influenced me with continuing my education, by going to college.

The campus mission, motto, is to Engage, inspire and empower life-long learners to lead with integrity and innovation.” As a former student of J.J. Pearce High School, I would say that they upheld their mission statement.  They have done a fine job in teaching for years.  I only wish I still lived in Texas to have my future children attend the same schools I did. 

My Challenge To You:

I challenge you to go deep today. How many years since you were in school? Are there any teachers you had still teaching today at the school you attended? What were some of  your favorite classes, favorite teachers, or school activities? How have they impacted your life & who you have become today?  What was your schools mission? Do you have children that are currently attending the schools you attended when you were their age? 

I would love to hear what you have to say!  Think about it!

Love Life, Come as you are.

7 Questions – #1

6 Sep

I have been told that making a good, well established blog is to meet new bloggers. I have become a member of the Better Blogger Network and I am meeting new bloggers every day. I have been trying to do these linkups but some of them are tougher than they look.  So here is a linkup that I think I can get into. Today, I started following Gentri Lee & her 7 Question’s Linkup.


My wedding photo. I am always trying to make funny faces, but this was captured perfectly! It’s so me!

7 Questions – #1

1. I say “Jump” You say ______.
What you talkin’ about Willis?

2. What is your favorite flower?
Orchid (Phal)

3. If you had to choose between having plumbing or electricity, which would you choose?
I would say plumbing, however don’t you have to have electricity to have plumbing? i.e. flushing a toilet, maybe not.

4. What is your go-to funny youtube video? (keep ‘em clean)
I can’t say that I have a “go-to funny” youtube video, but there is one of my niece laughing at her mommy with a bag of frozen veggies! Annaliese cracks me up!

5. Do you think dreams mean something?
I think that dreams serve a purpose to help relax the mind while sleeping, however where some of them come from have no idea.  They might have relavance to what crossed you mind at some point in time. Did that answer it or am I ranting?

6. Do you collect anything?
Sadly, I collect pigs, figurines, stuffed animals, yard art, anything PIG.  That might explain why I don’t eat pork or I may just not like the taste of it. My husband says I collect dogs. That must be because I have 4 of them that fill my life with love and lots of wet  kisses!

7. You’re in a situation that is everything it should be. You’re with the right people, in the right place, doing the right things, but it doesn’t “feel” right… What do you do?
I would say that if you don’t feel right, then it may not be right.  I would get out dodge and take a chill pill!

Remember to go to Gentri Lee’s blog to find next weeks 7 Questions linkup. I know I will!

Love Life, Come as you are.


4 Sep

After a long holiday weekend, I need to work off all the yummy food I stuffed into me. My sister-in-law Mama Cassie shared a website with me, BodyRock.TV. As I watched a couple of beginner exercises, I went right in and started working out in my living room. After the first video, I was motivated to do another. After both workouts, I took Sabrina on a nice run. It was very humid outside all thanks to Hurricane Issac. It started to sprinkle a little bit which was nice counter to the humidity. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow.

Love Life, Come as you are.


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