Hug your families.

May 27th, 2011

I was almost involved in a bad accident this morning on my way to work.

A car swerved across lanes from behind and to the left of me, just missing me and multiple other cars. It bounced off the sidewalk a couple times before leaving the road, hitting a cement pole head-on and spinning to a stop in front of a building with a wall of windows.

When I pulled up to check on the driver, it was a man about my age. He was having a seizure and very badly hurt. I Called 911 and just stood there helpless, hoping he would be OK. I tried to tell him help was coming, I have no idea if he heard me or not.

After a few minutes the seizure faded and he slowly started to come around. He was understandably disorientated, he had no idea what had happened or where he was. We could tell he was trying to move around. Another witness and I tried to keep him calm. We were worried he would do more damage to himself.

Considering the injuries we could see, I’m surprised he was as calm as he was. It was hard to look at, even hard to think about. Bones don’t look the same in real life as they do in the movies.

Fire & rescue arrived and began checking him out. They had to cut open the car to get to him.

We gave our statements to police and were told we were no longer needed.

Rescue people were loading him on the stretcher as I drove off.

UPDATE: The police called me for more information as I was writing this, I asked how he was. They said it looked like he probably would live, but would have a long road of recovery ahead.

Hug your families.

Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2011

Make sure you go see your mom or at the least make a phone call or send a card and wish her Happy Mother’s Day. I want to also wish all the new mom’s their 1st Mom holiday and not to forget there is some father’s who play this role too. Happy Mothers Day to you all.

This is one of the days of the year where we can all beam with joy and reap the rewards of motherhood. This is my second year without my mom but she knows she is in my heart and is always thought of on this special day and every other day.

I do want to send a special shout out to my other mom, ~ Ellie Leblond ~.  She is an AMAZING woman in my life and I love her so very much. Happy Mothers Day Mom!


Mothers Are Special

Author: Anonymous

There is no love like a mother’s love,

no stronger bond on earth

Like the precious bond that comes from God,

to a mother when she gives birth.

A mother’s love is forever strong,
never changing for all time
And when her children need her most,
a mother’s love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one
For all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they’ve done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother’s love lives on
Through many generations,
with God’s blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love
From the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.


Ok- read this giggle moment and stop crying

DIY, Mom’s Way

While assembling furniture, my friend Debbie asked her roommate’s five-year-old son to bring her a screwdriver.

“Do you want a ‘Daddy’ screwdriver or a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver?” the little boy asked.

Confused but preoccupied, Debbie absentmindedly said, “Bring me a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver.”

The child came back and handed her a butter knife. – Contributed by Cori Cole

Don’t ignore the little things in life

May 4th, 2011

Wow- time just flies by. I just realized it has been a year since anything has happened on this page. What can I say, I have been busy –  but a good busy I must say. I am promising myself to keep this site updated more often, so I might have more random things to say. With me and our family, everyday is different.

My last post was about my mom. I don’t want to write only when I think of her, because everything I write would and could be about her. It’s not hard to have something to say about her. It’s really hard to believe that it’s been 2 years already. Why does it still feel like yesterday?  I will miss her more for everyday that I don’t see her. I see, read or hear things that remind me of her daily. Maybe it’s supposed to be like that.

Just the other day, my oldest daughter called me and says “Mom, what’s that recipe for the cobbler that ma always make?” What’s funny is that I had to call my mom every time I needed the same recipe. I had to look up the recipe and make sure I gave her the right information. I even have to ask Jack sometimes. Maybe I don’t want to remember. It was one of my excuses to always call my mom. I can only imagine how my mom felt every time I called and asked for this recipe, the same joy that I had when my daughter called.  It’s the little things that keep the memory alive. I know my mom loves me just as I loved her.

Just remember, the little things are just as precious as the big things we do in life. Don’t let them slip away.

The simple things we take for granted…

May 5th, 2010
Janette Hall

My Mommy

A year has gone by and I am still somewhat in denial about what happened this day, one year ago. Since then I have kept busy, I try not to think about that devastating day that changed my life forever. The day my Mommy went to heaven.

A lot of good things have happened in the last year, I got married to Jack, Nicole graduated from High school and started college, Jack and I took the girls to Maine and so many other good things … but still, I miss my Mommy. She has left a void that can never be filled, but has been showered with love from my family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Graduation Time!

September 2nd, 2009

May and into June was a busy time for our family. May started out with sadness, but ended great with some achievements worth celebrating. Jack and I both have daughters that graduated this school year.

Jack’s daughter Caitlin, graduated May 31st and my daughter Nicole, graduated on June 6th. Nicole also turned 18 on the 20th. So we were busy trying to get things ready for all the events that was about to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

The Healing Process

August 31st, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here. Let’s just say, it’s been very hectic these last few months. So many things have happened and I’m now ready to get a little more caught up and share some things with you all.

As most already know, my mother passed away on May 5th. It’s been very hard for me since her passing, more than I could have ever imagined. I had the most amazing relationship with my mom, I just didn’t realize how amazing until she left this world. I hope to have and cherish the same kind of relationship with my own daughters someday.

I’m told healing is a process. But, does one really heal completely? I am not sure yet, but I write this about my Mom and me, hoping that it helps me heal. That I find comfort by sharing her last few weeks on this earth with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Home at last

May 5th, 2009

Sherry and MomAt approximately 4:25 pm, May 6th, Sherry’s mother lost her long battle with Cancer.  She will be missed by all her knew her.  I will be forever grateful for the time I had with her.

I was fortunate to spend some time with her during her last few days.  This poem reflects some of the events from those days with her friends and family.

Home at Last

I lay here in the twilight
Remembering the daylight
Feeling the darkness approach

I watch him working in the garden
I smile inside
Darkness slips nearer

I hear friends telling stories of our youth
I smile inside
Darkness slips nearer

The house is filled childrens’ laughter
I smile inside
Darkness slips nearer

I feel hugs from my family
I smile inside
Darkness slips nearer

I see him watching me, waiting for me
I smile inside
Darkness slips nearer

I hear their tears but cannot speak
I feel his arms around me
Darkeness falls

All is bright
I smile with him
I am home at last

Rest in Peace Janette Sutton – you are already missed.

Help Fight Cancer

April 8th, 2009
Colton Sutton and his Dad

Colton Sutton and his Dad

Both of us have family members that have been diagnosed with Cancer – including both of Sherry’s parents. Our nephew, Colton Sutton will be taking part in the “Relay for Life”, raising money to help fight and beat cancer.  Colton is a tough little guy that knows a thing or two about hospitals – thats part of why he wants to help end cancer.

Colton has been called a walking miracle.  From the day he was born he has had one medical issue after another.  We asked his Dad to remind us of a few so we could list them here – this is what he sent:

  1. Coarctation- crimped artery not allowing proper blood flow to heart when he was roughly 15 days old.
  2. VSD- Ventricular Septic Defect large hole in heart 8mm in size. Surgery consisted of placing a patch over hole to keep blood in chambers to keep heart from over working. Surgery was to last 4 hours but stayed on by-pass machine for 9 hours due to weak heart. Had to be revived 3 different times on table before he finally accepted to live. Had to leave chest open after surgery due to heart being swollen because chest would not close. Chest is now wired shut with titanium steel. This surgery was performed about 20 days old. Spent a total of 6 weeks in hospital. Ambulance ride from Ennis to Childrens in Dallas.  By plane from Children’s in Dallas to Scott & White in Temple. Black Hawk helicopter from Scott & White in Temple to Breckenridge Children’s in Austin. Had to go every 6 months for cardiologist check up then every year & now on once every 2 years.
  3. 4 wheeler accident on May 13 (Friday). Lacerated liver, degloved left arm (removed all skin & muscle off of bone & hanging off hand), broke left arm at elbow,  80% facial fractures, 90% fracture to entire right eye orbit & numerous reconstructive facial surgeries while in hospital.
  4. 4 wheeler accident with grandmother where it flipped over giving him 10 staples to back of skull.
  5. 7 stitches to left eye brow from running into pole from being chased at school.

Ok, thank you for bringing back memories & making me cry damnit…!

So this little guy has been through a lot, yet he wants to help others. Let’s all help him do it. Sponsor Colton Sutton in the relay for life.

Mothers and Daughters

March 12th, 2009

A poem that I found that I like- it reminds me of my mom.


You can see it in their eyes,
in tender hugs and long  good-byes,
A love that only moms and daughters know.

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We Survived!

February 10th, 2009

Shelby by the moon bounceThe weekend party of the 13 year old…has come and gone. Luckily only half of the invitees came.  Which is good because she invited about 25 kids! So you can imagine what we were thinking… “25 kids, seriously?”  We rented a moon bounce and that was a big hit with all the kids. It was a surprise for Shelby, she had been asking for one for several weeks and finally we found one to rent (I love craigslist!).  It was hard not to say anything all week. She kept asking, “what are we going to do?”  I had to keep making excuses and come up with other ideas for the party. We were happy that the moon bounce folks came early and was able to set it up while she was at Cheer practice. However… on her way home , she could see it from the backside of our  house, Surprise no more. Oh well, at least she was a happy camper when she arrived home. Read the rest of this entry »