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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Miss Lillie's Memorial Service


As some of you know, on Monday, I lost my beloved mother Lillie (or Miss Lillie as we called her). She was an extraordinary person and I loved her more than words can even begin to say. Below are the memorial service details if you are interested in attending:

Saturday, October 3, 2009-10:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
36 Sims Road
Winder, GA 30680

In lieu of flowers, we request donations in memory of Lillie Simmons be made to:
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
2250 North Druid Hills Road, Ste. 250
Atlanta, GA 30329

Please pass this information on to whoever may want to know.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RIP My Dear Sweet Mother

September 21st. The day my mom brought us into this world and the same day she left it. At 6:20 am yesterday morning my mom went to heaven. Words cannot express the pain that fills my heart. I know I will see her agian someday, but I want her back now! I WANT MY MOMMY!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

God Bless Miss Lillie

On Monday, September 14th, my sweet mother went into cardiac arrest suffering (as the doctors called it) catastrophic brain damage with no hope of recovery. Tomorrow David and I will travel to Atlanta to hold her hand and give her a million kisses as they take her off life support and she passes through this life and into the next.
While I know she would want to go in peace, surrounded by her family and that she is going to a better place where my dad and her mom are waiting with open arms to receive her, I am dying inside. How will I find the strength to get through the rest of my life without my sweet Miss Lillie? My heart is broken in 10 million pieces.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Eight Years Later

I can't believe that after 8 years, footage of the 9/11 attacks makes me anxious, sad and scared. I guess that is a good thing. It helps me to always remember. That day changed my life for the better. I saw this video today and thought "this could be my story", even though I was 1o blocks away. Check it out:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama Rocks!!

President Obama gave one of the greatest speeches ever last night on health care reform. To read or watch it in its entirety, click on the link below:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sock It To Me!

I have gone crazy knitting socks lately! I can't wait to wear them!!

Pocatello Marathon!

Happy Labor Day everyone. While this weekend is about taking a rest from our labors, me and 6 of my friends decided to drive 2 1/2 hours to Pocatello, Idaho and run the marathon! This was cool for me as Pocatello was my dad's hometown and I still have a lot of family there.

We all left Friday afternoon so we could pick up our race packets. The Pocatello marathon is known for its great swag and they lived up to their reputation. We received a nice duffel bad, a very nice long sleeved tech shirt (which fits great), finishers medal, and a bag of Idaho potatoes!

We all attended the pasta party. Food was not that great, but I am glad we went. We had a great time being together, laughing and we met a few great people from New York and North Carolina. There were tons of people there from the Marathon Maniacs group, all trying to mark Idaho off their 50 state quest. We met an older guy after the race that has 296 Marathons under his belt!

The race was small, less than 300 runners and very organized. The people were very nice and treated us like rock stars. The race transportation was convenient, the race started on time and the course was beautiful. The first water stop had all these ladies out in their PJ's and bathrobes. It was super cute. The highlight of my run was seeing my Aunt May and Uncle Dennis at mile 15 cheering for us as we ran through Inkom (where my dad was born).

I felt great pretty much the whole race, but mile 25 always kicks my butt mentally. It's that so close, but so far thing. I just want to walk the last mile, but always need to convince myself that the faster I go the sooner I'm done! So I keep going. When I saw the finish line I went for it and knocked 19 minutes off my last marathon time!! A New PR!! Whoo Hoo!!

Big thanks to my brother Chris and his wife Wendy for putting me up at their home!! We had a great time in Pocatello and came back with our new slogan "What happens in Pocatello, stays in Pocatello"!

Bob, Teresa, Franz, Angie, Jim, Teri and Rita hold up their coveted bags of Idaho Potatoes!

Teri and I heading to the start!

Jim and Rita heading to the start.

I finished with a PR!!!

Just chillin' after the race.

I finished! I wore a button with my dad's photo on it. I could not run through his hometown without him.