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Friday, November 7, 2014


so, i was scrolling through my Facebook, feed, and saw a connection had posted a news article about a film crew filming here in oklahoma...

in guthrie, i had just visited gutherie a few weeks ago for a haunted house  i got to go through for free...and then saw this was being filmed in the same place.

guthries a small town in oklahoma, not too far from me here in oklahoma city, but far enough away, i havnt ever driven there myself. so i hesitated on emailing these ppl, but my desire to have another acting (extra) credit under my belt over rode my fear, so...i emailed them a pic of me and daniel...

heres what the article says:

Actors needed: Movie being filmed in Oklahoma looking for extras

GUTHRIE, Okla. – If you have ever dreamed of being in the spotlight, a film crew is looking for you.
Movie extras are needed on Sunday, Nov. 9 in Guthrie to appear in the suspense thriller “Monday At 11:01 AM.”
Extras between the ages of 16 and 75 and of any ethnicity are needed.
They will appear as restaurant patrons in the film.
“Monday At 11:01 AM” centers around Michael, who moves to a strange town. After the move, he begins to see and hear things that no one else can. He finds himself frantically questioning what is reality.
The film stars Charles Agron, Lauren Shaw and Lance Henriksen.
It is directed by Harvey Lowry, who worked on ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind.’
Filming begins in the morning and could last all day.
Extras will be paid $58 for up to eight hours of work, plus overtime if the shoot lasts over eight hours.
Lunch is provided.
If you would like to participate, email a photo of yourself with your name, a phone number, clothing size and the ages of anyone under 18.
Also, organizers ask that you place the word SUNDAY in the subject heading of the email and send it to
If you are selected to appear in the movie, you will receive a phone call from a member of the casting team.

so, yeah...i emailed them, awaiting a callback. how cool would that be?

im an extra in The Program
and might be an extra in this too....

wonder what big names are in this film? maybe i should look it up,

huh...1st hit on google led me to a facebook page set up just for oklahoma films being made,a nd yesterday there was this posted:

Oklahoma Movie Makers
Paid Extras Needed Monday
in Guthrie, OK for Feature Film

Paid extras are needed this Monday, November 10 for the feature film MONDAY AT 11:01 AM. Filming is in Guthrie,OK.

Most extras will appear as news reporters, prison guards, police officers, Druids or bystanders.

Extras need to be male or female, any ethnicity, aged 16-70.

Pay is a guarantee of at least $58 for up to 8 hours, plus overtime for any time after 8 hours. Lunch will be provided.

The film stars Charles Agron (DARK HOUSE), who also penned the script, Lauren Shaw (ZERO DARK THIRTY, PARKS & RECREATION) and Lance Henriksen, veteran of over 200 movies like THE TERMINATOR, THE RIGHT STUFF, PUMPKINHEAD and ALIENS as well as Australian music sensation Sam Clark, and just announced, Briana Evigan (STEP IT UP).

The film is directed by Special Effects Make-up guru Harvey Lowry (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, WATCHMEN, A BEAUTIFUL MIND).



Failure to follow the instructions will likely result in your submission being lost, mis-filed or accidentally deleted.

-Email recent photos and all contact information including NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS and CITY OF RESIDENCE.

- Please include a photo of head and shoulders and a front photo taken head to toe. Camera phone photos are fine.

--Also include your height and wardrobe sizes (shirt, pants). Men, please include waist sizes.

-Place the word MONDAY EXTRAS as the Subject Heading of your email. No other subject headings will be seen.

-Only submit if you are available for filming the entire day of the dates listed for the role.

-All photos MUST BE NO LARGER than 200KB in size.


-Send the email to (If you do not send to the email address listed, your submission will not be seen)

-If you are selected for the project, you will be notified by phone call. Please provide a good daytime telephone.

-Submissions must be received ASAP


 well. since the newpaper didnt include some of the finer details that the FB page has in it, i sent off what i had...may get a call back, might not.,...
well see.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


You Are Abigail!

Little is known about you, but you are a beautiful woman of strength, courage, intelligence, integrity and wisdom. You understand your place, and act with decisiveness. You are the source of wisdom and reason in your household. You Are Abigail!

its funny, cause i dont really know this story, mainly because its not one i have heard allot about.

im not gonna lie, here, im not an avid reader, i cant get into the stories if im this story of abigail has passed me by, or i read it and it had no impact on me..

i did a google seasrch on this story, because i was wanting to know WHY i was so much like her, with all these wondferful traits she carried (as i do too, lol) and found out shes a pretty awesome person...
more like me than i realized, lol

heres what i got from the net about her..

 you can read the original article HERE

Abigail and David - Abigail Was King David's Wisest Wife 

Abigail Was the Comrade David Needed to Succeed

By Cynthia Astle

The story of Abigail and David ranks almost as exciting and deceitful as that of David and his most famous wife, Bathsheba. The wife of a rich man when she met David, Abigail possessed beauty, intelligence, political shrewdness, and material wealth that helped David at a critical moment when he could have thrown away his chance at success.

David Was on the Run from Saul

When Abigail and David encounter one another in 1 Samuel 25, David is on the run from King Saul, who has rightly discerned that David is a threat to his throne. This makes David an outlaw, camping out in the wilderness while trying to build up some following among the people.
In contrast, Abigail lived in Carmel in the north of Israel as the wife of a rich man named Nabal. Her marriage gave her considerable social standing, judging by the fact that she had five maidservants (1 Samuel 25:42). However, Abigail's husband is described in scripture as "a hard man and an evildoer," making us wonder why such a paragon of virtue as Abigail would have married him in the first place. Yet it's Nabal's rude and intemperate actions that bring Abigail and David together.
According to 1 Samuel 25:4-12, David, in need of supplies, sends 10 men to seek provisions from Nabal. He tells the messengers to remind Nabal that David's band had protected Nabal's shepherds in the wilderness. Some scholars say this reference implies that David was merely seeking a quid pro quo from Nabal, but others argue that David was really trying to extort the ancient Israelite equivalent of "protection money" from Nabal.
Nabal appears to think David's request falls into the latter category, for he sneers at their message. "Who is this David?" Nabal says, meaning essentially "who is this upstart?" Nabal then accuses David of disloyalty to Saul by saying, "There are many slaves nowadays who run away from their masters. Should I then take my bread and my water, and the meat that I slaughtered for my own shearers, and give them to men [who come] from I don't know where?"
In other words, Nabal gave David the ancient Israelite version of "Buzz off, kid."

Abigail Gets the Word and Acts

When the messengers report this unhappy exchange, David orders his men to "gird on your swords" to take provisions from Nabal by force. The phrase "gird on your swords" is key here, says the book Women in Scripture. That's because in ancient Israelite warfare, girding involved wrapping a sword belt around the waist 3 times to make it secure in battle. In short, violence was about to ensue.
However, a servant brought word of David's request and Nabal's rejection to Nabal's wife, Abigail. Fearing that David and his army would take what they wanted by force, Abigail was prompted to act.
The fact that Abigail would gather supplies in defiance of her husband's wishes and ride out to meet David herself implies that she was not a woman oppressed by her culture's patriarchy. Carol Meyers, in her book Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, writes this of gender relationships in pre-state Israel: "When a household occupies the preeminent place in society, women have a strong role in decision making and consequently exercise considerable power in the household. This is especially true for complex households such as the extended or multiple-family units that made up a significant number of domestic compounds in Israelite villages."
Abigail was clearly one of these women, according to 1 Samuel 25. She not only has five women servants of her own, but her husband's male servants also do her bidding, as seen when she sent them out with provisions for David.

Abigail Used Courtesy and Diplomacy

Riding a donkey, Abigail was just coming into view of David when she heard him cursing Nabal for his stinginess, and swearing vengeance against all of Nabal's extended family. Abigail prostrated herself before David and begged him to take his anger at Nabal out on her instead, because she didn't see the messengers he sent and therefore didn't know of his needs.
Then she apologized for Nabal's behavior, telling David that her husband's name means "boor" and that Nabal had acted like a boor toward David. Far more polite and diplomatic than a woman of her standing needed to be with an outlaw like David, Abigail assured him that he has God's favor, which will keep him from harm and give him both the throne of Israel and a noble house of many descendents.
By diverting David from vengeance against Nabal, Abigail not only saved her family and its wealth, she also saved David from committing murders that could have brought retribution upon him. For his part, David was captivated by Abigail's beauty and apparent wisdom. He accepted the food she brought and sent her home with a promise that he would remember her good counsel and her kindness.

Nabal Is Literally Scared to Death

After placating David with sweet words and stores of food, Abigail returned to her home with Nabal. There she found her boorish husband enjoying a feast fit for a king, utterly clueless to the danger he was in from David's wrath (1 Samuel 25:36-38). Nabal got so drunk that Abigail didn't tell him what she had done until the next morning when he sobered up. A boor he might be, but Nabal was no fool; he realized that his wife's intervention saved him and their family from slaughter. Nonetheless, scripture says that at this point, "his courage failed him, and he became like a stone. About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died" (1 Samuel 25: 37-38). His wife Abigail inherited Nabal's fortune.
As soon as David heard that Nabal had died, he shouted praises to God and immediately sent a proposal of marriage to wise, beautiful and rich Abigail. The implication of scripture is that David recognized what an asset Abigail would be to him as a wife, since she was clearly someone who managed well, protected her husband's interests, and could recognize dangers in time to avert disaster.

Was Abigail a Model Wife or a Betrayer?

Abigail is often held up as a model spouse among King David's wives, the epitome of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31. However, Jewish studies scholar Sandra S. Williams has proposed another possible motivation for Abigail's actions.
In her paper published online, "David and Abigail: A Non-Traditional View," Williams argues that Abigail actually betrayed her husband Nabal by siding with the outlaw David. Since scripture describes both David and Abigail as good-looking people in their sexual prime, it's entirely possible that some undercurrent of sexual attraction pulled Abigail toward David. After all, as Waylon Jennings wrote in his classic country song, "Ladies Love Outlaws."
Given their respective physical beauty and characters described in scripture, Williams theorizes that David found in Abigail the kind of comrade he needed to achieve the kingship of a unified Israel. Williams cites David and Abigail's common characteristics: both were intelligent, attractive people, charismatic leaders with good diplomatic and communicating skills, masters of diplomacy who knew how to play situations to their advantage, yet deceptive creatures who could feign victimhood while betraying the trust of others.
In short, Williams says that David and Abigail recognized in one another their mutual strengths and weaknesses, a realization that probably made their union, although ethically ambiguous, inevitable and successful.

Abigail and David References:

  • The Jewish Study Bible (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • "David and Abigail: A Non-Traditional View," Sandra W. Williams
  • "Abigail 2" Women in Scripture, Carol Meyers, General Editor (Houghton Mifflin, 2000).
  • Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, Carol Meyers (Oxford University Press, 1988).
upon further  searching, (and i really am a slacker, here) i found out that Abigail is the mother of...DANIEL , from Daniel and the lions den (a story i know well), and David.
and this of particular embarrasment, because, well, my sons named

how could i NOT know this info? lol

She became the mother of one of David's sons, who is listed in the Book of Chronicles under the name Daniel.
ugh. makes me feel ashamed to be called Christian, i SHOULD know that stuff, and yet, i dont.
no ones fault but my own.

Monday, May 12, 2014

it was a PIZZA SPAGHETTI kinda night.

i didnt take pics of the dinner so anything you see here is from the net, but looks exactly the same as what craig had made.

we have several jars of pizza sauce in my closet, we havent used and should really get used simply because they are glass jars and i dont like glass stuff, if we have some tornado or something come thtough they will break..

so we had like, i dont know, 6 jars maybe? we hadnt used.

so i saw them, and said to craig one day, ya know we can make a PIZZA spaghetti, sometime.
he was like, "whats that?"

same way you do traditional, except you make the sauce have PIZZA SAUCE and STUFF for pizzas in it..

so we went out and got the supplies about a month ago,
peperoni slices,
mizzarella cheese
black olives
 we went basic, because my son isnt much into STUFF, but if i had MY way, id also include:

Red onion- chopped
Bell pepper -chopped

basicaly whatever YOUR fav pizza is you go get that as part of your sauce.

so, he came to me and asked me how to make this idea...
so simple, really? geeze, nothing major, make it like youd do regular spaghetti, just use the pizza sauce as  your spaghetti saucr, and add the with mozzarella cheese

so he made it, was..ok, i really think it would have been so much better with the other ingredients, but i could tell it was pizza and not traditional...


Pizza Sauce (we used 2 jars)
Ground beef (you know your family, use what you normally do for spageetti, we do a pound a person) (we also, use ground turkey - sausage flavor)
Mozzarealla cheese
Olives (gree & Black, or either)
Red onion, diced
Bell pepper, diced
ham (if you like it meatier)
heck, go wild, want  pineapple? you can throw that in as well, it would be awesome too, anything and everything you can think of thats on a pizza, you make this to YOUR preference..
SLICES PEPPERONI (the most important part, lol)

make the noodles par the directions
heat the sauce  in a sauce pan till heated through
add your ingredients.

1) all togerther by mixing it all up in the pot.
2) noodles then top with the auce mixture.

with the mozzarella cheese


it was just enough different it broke our routine, which can become dull and boring if your always eating the same stuff, and still allot like what we normally do to not be too "out of the box"

it was..pleasantly different, and i ate all mine up.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

MOTHERS DAY 2014..filled with Love & Surprises! (UPDATED)

went to church today and expected the normal mothers day routine to happen.
wed have several talks by members all about moms, and the the kids would get up and sing a song to all us moms out there. and then wed get carnations and dismiss to our next class we have to attend.

but things change, lol
we had fast and testimony meeting today, so we were blessed with a various amount of individuals who shared their love for, of course mothers.

and the kids sang, somehow i missed it, must have been when i was trying to reconnect to the network at church to upload my selfie pic i had taken of me in my awesome new necklace.
and, then we got ROSES!! not carnations today! that was quite the change, and they were ALL red. not any other color but red..

before church started, and i MUST add thisd part because its important that i do..
i was handed a small gold box by a friend of mine who told me his wife (rachel) wanted me to have this gift.
i had NO idea i was even getting this item, let alone what could be in it...
so THIS was a real surprise and its so hard to surprise me, because i usually have to ge there with ppl to let them know whatever it is thats yellow, or a monkey is ok to

so, i had NO idea what was in this box. at all.., so with excitement i opened it to find, a small monkey zipper pull! and i was so tickled! it really doesnt take allot to make me smile in my heart, seriously...i actually got emotional about it, and had  goosebumps because of it, because it tickeled me so much to get.

and i went about my business, didnt think anything other than what a wonderful gift that was, and was handed another gift as i was socializing, i also had to open.

so i get done with talking, and go back to sit down next to my feind andrea, and start to pull the zipper pull out to get a closer look, and saw there was a silver chain it may be attached to, so i think its on a necklace or something, so i pull the chain, to revela, not one more thing, but TWO!
i in fact do have a necklace, but thats not the zipper pull..its in fact a whole different gift, with yet another gift inside the pouch it was in!

but the next item was prolly the one ill hold the most and cherish the most.
it was a hand written letter from rachel, expressing her appreciation for me towards her family and her son noah, who is currently serving a mission (i need to email him, ive been kinda slack on that, thats my fault)

so, im going to type her letter to me here, i dont think anything was private or secret, or couldnt be shared, and it was such a wonderful gift to me, in all actuallity, its all i needed, i didnt even need the other things she gave me, her letter (i call it a love letter) was far more precious to me.

so, heres what she said to me:

im not sure how easy that is to read, so ill retype what she said here:
 May 11, 2014
Dear Michelle, Happy Mothers Day!
I just wanted to say, Thank you for always being there for Noah. (hes currently serving a mission for my church in Mexico City, Mexico). I know he consideres you a very good friend and that you have always been so kind to him and been like his mamma. Im so thankful to you, you have been a blessing in our lives and such a very good friend. I know this little token (the zipper pull, & Necklace & letter) isnt much, but i know you like monkeys and these little guys needed a friend. (AWW!) I hope you enjoy them. I hope that you have a wonderful mothers day filled with love of your wonderful family, lots of fun and maybe if your lucky a nice nap (im always  on facebook, posting how i cant sleep, seems to be a pattern in my life, lol), and awaken with sweet little puppy kisses from baby. (baby is my newest furry family (dog) member who came from this family, shes a joy!) Noah is going to skype (ill talk about this new thing latter in my letter as well as touch on some points in this i wanted to make sure i made) us around 5:00pm today if you want me to pass a message to him just let me know before then.( i sent a message via Larry, rachels husband when we were at church, on the back of a receipt, lol hope it made it to Noah!) And i already know he will be sending you lots of wishes for you to have a special day and be blessed to have you as a very special friend and mom. He told me one day that one of the things that he likes most about you is that you are yourself, no matter where you are, or who your with your you 100% present. you have such a giving heart. He was so proud to wear the tie you made for him and it is a gift he will cherish from now on. Well, i better go, have a very blessed and happy mothers day! 
 Love Rachel.

wasnt that just the kindest and sweetest letter ever?

i had NO idea i impacted anyone in that family that way, and to be honest, feel the same in regards to them as well, with a situation i can point out about Noah, the son whos serving his mission right now.
about 4 years ago, maybe a bit longer, craig was out of work, and was coming to him  1 year mark on his unemplyment, with no job forseen in his future, i was getting desperate and  hurt that my faith hasdnt  carroed me over and allowed me some inner peace (mainly because i was worrying about the situation so close to the end like we were) well, one day it all spilled out when i was at church, i was overwhelmed with sadness, and hurt, and condfusion, and anger to some degree, that it all piured out of my eyes, happened on a wednesday night. scouts were all there, and they all shiffled by me as they went to class...
all, exept noah, who, saw my pain, and....stopped.
he stopped, and i felt bad, because i knew he was coming to ask me what was wrong. i couldnt hide it, i was extreemly emotional over the entire thing, i felt bad that he was so young, and any form of disclosure would make him have to carry some form of burden, which, for his gae, wasnt right for him to have to do, even if  it was only to share (in my mind anyway, at THAT time).
so, he comes over...and, of course asks me whats wrong.
all his buddies are gone and in the class, including, MY son, his friend, it was just me and noah, alone..and im in emotional pain, and spiritually struggling.
noah asked me what was wrong, and i gave a brief  explination, and he sat and patted my shoulder, and offered me some words of comfort.
off the top of my head i cant recall exactly what they were. it wasnt impotant, what i took away when he went to catch up with his freinds was a compassionate, caring, soul, that took the time to make sure i was ok, and offer me some form of comfort.
how very close, in that moment was he to Christ? in THAT moment? he WAS him!
"Do unto others what youd have done unto yourself" "for of these the greatest commandment is to love one another as i have loved you"

such a small, simple
and IT made a world of difference to me in MY life.

i can remember telling rachel about it. and larry as well. that action couldnt go without being told, because who noah is is a direct reflection of his upbringing and religious faith. and now..hes sharing that person hes become with others. i couldnt be more proud than if he were my own son doing that as well.

so, i mentioned id talk about noah SKYPING...thats something new that the LDS missionaries get to do, we have come so far in this faith since the opening up of social media, used to be, back in the day, missionaries would get to call home 2 times a year, mothers day and Christmas, now...they SKYPE, and have a video face-toface chat with each other! how awesomely cool is that? thats just amazing! moms can see thier kids faces, see the jy, the pain, the growth in REAL TIME!
since these kids take 2 years out of thier lives to serve these missions and they are often across the globe, it makes a mothers heart both happy and sad (i can imagine) to have the chance to engage in. but still, a blessing. :)

and onto my last notation of this letter i was handed and cherish so much...
"one of the things that he likes most about you is that you are yourself, no matter where you are, or who your with your you 100% present. you have such a giving heart. He was so proud to wear the tie you made for him and it is a gift he will cherish from now on."
i am an advocate, now, for being who God has allowed you to be. While it may seem awkward, and "out of the box" to allot of ppl, its what God, i believe wants to see us all be, who he has designed us to be. we cant effectivly ever be His mouth peices if were playing some role we think the world wants us to be, where the happiness in that? how, if were not happy inside can we effectivly be an example for him? i say we can not.
so, i always tell ppl, you can be you (that inner self your dyojgn to let out) and STILL be a representative of Christ.
who knows, maybe the fact that your actually honest about yourself, and are ALWAYS the same, no matter what, where you are or who your with, will make ppl see the truth and light inside you.

 you can be "odd" and "quirky" and "different" and STILL be a representative of the Lord.

all i ask, is you be the BEST at who you are ment to be..simple. be yourself, but be the best you.
no one else can fill THOSE shoes, they were menat and designed ONLY for you.
so be proud, and show who you are off...

i had made a rochet tie for both noah, and another younf man Brayde spain in the flag colors of the countris they were both going to be serving, Noahs was mexio, Braydes was Brazil.
when noah had the time, he sent me a message letting me know his tie i had made was a HUGE hit at the Mission Training Center. and helped him, break out of a shell he felt he was in a bit, he wasnt much for socializing, or haveing any sort of agressive nature, hes a quiet, soft young man, but the tie, well, that made him stand out, and be noticed (so glad it did too) and ppl asked him about it, talked to him, it basically forced noah to have to talk to strangers. HAVE to start his role as a missionary for the Lord. im so glad it did.
crochet tie in mexican flag colors

Crochet tie in Brazilian Flag
i had a pic, somewhere on my hard drive of  the boys together with me wearing the ties i made for them. ill have to hunt deeper for it, and add it.FOUND IT!! :)

onto my day with my kid...
we went out to eat at a chinese restaurant in CHOCKTAW, oklahoma, one of the fav places for you and craig.

and we had a buffet dinner, like we always have, and i got to open gifts craig and i had scouted out the day before and got, pickings were very slim for what i could get, but i did get things and i like tham all.

a yellow water bottle, i can use when i cut ppls hair.
a reversible yellow towel.
a big mug i can drink out of (thats kinda yellow, more green, but i liked it)
and some choclates.

i like to take a pic of our fortunes when we go out to eat asian, and these were ours, in order of  Craig, Myself and then you (at the bottom)

yours says: you will bring sunshine into someones life. :)

everyday, daniel, everyday i am brightened by your light.
i love you, and i thank you so very much for allowing ME to be YOUR mother. to me thats the best gift i could ever have had, ever.

you make all the pain and struggle i have ever had to go through emotionally, mentally, and physically, so worth it do it again, every bit, to be right where i am right now at this very moment i am in your life.
id trade NOTHING! because its been a wonderful experience to have you share my life.

i love you so very much, my words cant eeven come up with the words to say it the right way, its an deep to cover in our feble langauge. its spoken from the inners of the depth of my heart.

i love you, never ever forget that.!

UPDATE< i have neglected to mention another gift i was given..

while i stepped away to socialize another member of my congregation approached me, and handed me a very thick "card" .
opened it up to find a book in there!

she even wrote a note on the inside cover.

book is 13 pages of Christ-like knowledge about being a woman of God who also is a mother.
thank you Joan Stephenson! your one of the best Visiting Teachers a Mormon like me can ever hope to have!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


handed off one of my cell phone cases tonight.

individual wasnt at church to get it herself, for me to take a pic of her with it, she was sick at home, trying to feel better.

but this is hers:

she has a purse/ bag she has that matches these colors, so i wanted to make something to go with it.

now, onto the STITCH one, also for this same individual.

i have made 2 others for a larger smart phone (samsumg, etc.)
and i need to make  one more for a total of 4 in this design.

heres the young lady wearing her prized possession! and it DOES match her bag, so pleassed about that! :)

funny id see this across my timeline, because im actually making her the STITCH one as i saw this...
wonder WHICH one shed wear more? lol


so, im just sitting here doing my morning routine...checking emails, watching ppl tag others in some wedding pics i took on saturday (i need to blog about that)

and i get a message from a friend, she texted me, and told me she got me a yellow one of these:

these little flowers are way too cute!
they swing back and forth with the sun, because they have a small solar panel in the dirt part.

i had one before but it  kept sliding off my dash, so ill need some velcro to put this on my cars dash and make it stay..

more pics later when i get it..and place it in my yellow car..:)

what an awesome gift! from a really awesome freind!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe dies during surgery

original article can be found HERE

Kyah, a 6 month old giraffe from the Oklahoma City Zoo, was facing a life-threatening birth defect. She underwent surgery at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Tuesday.
By Matt Patterson April 8, 2014
— An Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe that underwent surgery Tuesday for a life-threatening birth defect has died, Oklahoma City Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.

Kyah, a 6 month old giraffe, died Tuesday during an operation to remove a persistent right aortic arch that had resulted in a blood vessel growing around her esophagus. The birth defect prevented her from eating solid foods. The first signs were noticed several months after her birth. Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome.
The hours-long operation was considered a long shot, but zoo officials and a team of veterinarians from Oklahoma State University determined it was her only chance to survive.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Magnitude-4 earthquake shakes central Oklahoma

A 4-magnitude earthquake Monday was the fifth 4.0-magnitude or higher earthquake measured in Oklahoma since March 30, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
— A 4-magnitude earthquake shook central Oklahoma on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake hit just after 11 a.m. with an epicenter three miles south-southwest of Langston and eight miles east of Guthrie. Social media was abuzz after the quake, with reports of shaking in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.
Earthquakes have become increasingly common in Oklahoma in the past few years. Monday’s earthquake had a preliminary depth of three miles, said Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The quake was felt widely through the central part of the state, including in Oklahoma City, where Mayor Mick Cornett asked via Twitter who felt the quake.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3. The U.S. Geological Survey, however, later reported a magnitude of 4. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.

Oklahoma has had 133 quakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater in the last 30 days. Geologists say earthquakes in the 2.5- to 3-magnitude range are generally the smallest felt by humans. Damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4. Monday’s quake was the fifth 4-magnitude or higher earthquake measured in Oklahoma since March 30, according to the Geological Survey.
Langston has been the site of several earthquakes over the past few months. Three hit over the weekend, including one that measured as a magnitude 4.
“I thought it was going to shake my house down to the ground,” Charlene Meeks said.
Meeks, CEO of the Langston Chamber of Commerce, said she was digging clothes out of her closet to donate to her church when Sunday’s quake struck shortly before 10 a.m.
“It almost scared me to death,” she said.
Langston Police Chief Jonathan Hallmark said he used to receive calls about the quakes regularly, but they have dropped off over time.
“I think everybody is pretty much used to them now,” he said.

daniel and i were talking about his choice and direction for life, weve kind of steared him towards a low cost, but high paying  career path, for now. it would get his feet wet anyway (Security) and we were discussing some things about it, like where hed have to go to school, how long the classes were, how much it would cost, etc. and i heard my window rattle that i sit next to, made a comment.
found out later that day, we had had enough of a shake here in midwest city, to do that.

Monday, March 31, 2014


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

THERE IS BALANCE IN ALL THINGS...i lost my mothers ring i just found. :(

so, tonight, after scouts, and dinner out, i got home and wasnt too long, i got a message asking if i could come get someone to take them to the ER.

i didnt have any issue with that.
got craig, myself, some yarn, crochet needles, and headed out.

decided to stay to make sure this individual could go home and not have to call a taxi..

but on the way in the hospital ER, outside in the parkinglot, as im just outside my car, having shut the doot, i hard the sound of metal hitting the  ground.
had that distinctive "ding" sound.

i THOUGHT i had dropped a crochet needle, so craig gets on his hands and knees uses his pocket flashlight, and we scour the area, and find..NOTHING!

so, i just  shrug that all off, go inside, and wait, crochet  to pass the time away.

eventually our freind comes out and we take her home, we head home, im almost to my driveway when i realize im NOT wearing that ring i love so much. the silver ring with my moms initials G.J.M. on it!

and i dawns on me..THAT was the sound i heard!

so we hurry back to the parkinglot, and thankfully its barren, and we look...still.NOTHING.
i go inside tell the guys at the desk, who come out and help me look, and we all find..NOTHING.

im sure its been picked up by some random person...possibly to be pawned off at a pawn shop for pennies.

why did i title this blog what i did?
cause there is balance in all things.

we USUSALLY say, for every trial, youll have a blessing, but we also have to remember for every blessing, there is always a trial as well.

so it was, i have a trial. i lost that ring. and i feel really bad about that. almost sure my mom would have had a fit, but then i also can hear her saying to me, "dont get all worked up over it, it was just a ring, cant take it with you when you die, anyway"..and this is truth. i cant.
but it was a speacial ring to me, forever (for now, anyway) lost.
and its MY fault.

thats what i get for loosing weight.
a positive, that has an equal negative.

Balance in ALL things.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DANIEL SET APART AS ASSITANT DEN LEADER for Cub Pack 42, Midwest City, Oklahoma -Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

because daniel didnt go to church to be set apart, on sunday we had to grab the chance on wednesday before he actually started his position as an assistant den leader.

turns out ben, hadnt been set apart wither, so they both were set apart one right behind eachother.

setting part, for those who are not LDS/Mormon, is simply being given a special blessing for that particular calling (job). no set words are said, except the very beginning, where the authpority holding the preisthood, makes it know they do, in fact hopld the authority, and because they do, give that blessing to the individual recieving it.

so daniel was told he would receive revelation, knowledge, and insight for his calling as an assistant den leader. along with the ability to do it, do it well, and be an example to the boys hes held accountable for.

im excited for this calling for him, fo a few reasons sited in other blogs, but ill repete here as well.
one, its a step towards responsibility. nows the time to learn that.
second, it keeps him close to the church where i pray he draws some love for and desire to learn more about, as well as grows a testimony of God and Jesus Christ. it would be great if that also included an understanding and love for the Church as well, but well cross THAT bridge as we approach it. i can pray eventually he will, but right now giving him a reason to be a part of something in the church, will do for me. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


original blog can be found HERE

The Inspirational Story of Harrison Bradford


Many of you have read the piece I wrote last week titled Doing Good Anyways where I talked about how we strive to do things in life but many times despite our best efforts, life throws us a curve ball but we continue to do our best regardless of the outcomes that are produced.  The inspiration for that piece came from a courageous young man by the name of Harrison Bradford.  I had come across his story on my Facebook feed but I couldn’t remember who out of my Facebook friends posted it.  I spent about a week trying to find the story but I wasn’t able to figure out which friend of mine had shared the story.  So I decided to write the article despite not having the amazing story to go along with it as I couldn’t remember much of the details of the story.  As it turns out, 16 days after his dad originally shared the post, it randomly just popped up again in my newsfeed last Thursday (maybe God really wanted his story to be shared).  I’m glad I was able to find the story again (which was a mini miracle in and of itself) and share the inspirational story of Harrison Bradford.

Harrison was like many 12 year-olds who wanted to participate in extracurricular sports activities at school.  For Harrison, he decided to go and try out for track.  As his father explains it ”For the last two weeks he has been going to school an hour early and staying an hour late. Late last week he broke down to my wife and told her several of the other kids have been laughing at him and making fun of him as he had yet to qualify for the team in any event. He told my wife how hard it has been trying out with so many kids making fun of him. She told him he didn’t need to continue tryouts but he insisted. Today was his last chance to qualify. My heart and thoughts were with him all day. We told him again that he didn’t have to go through with it. But again he insisted. He worked his hardest today as evidenced by the severe bruising on his knees from falling several times during the hurdles.

I wish I could say he qualified but he didn’t. I know his heart was broken as was both his mother’s and mine. But for some reason he didn’t give up. He knew his chances were not good but he still went out there and tried. He knew the second he stepped out there the other kids were going to make fun of him. He knew that the kid who was leading the charge against him had already made the team. But yet, each day he went out there and did his best. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Many kids his age would have just given up and said “what’s the point?  The kids will just make fun of me anyway.”  Heck most of us adults give up in similar situations whether it be at the workplace, at school or around the neighborhood.  I wish I would have had the foresight and courage that Harrison demonstrated that day when I was his age.  The reason I love this story so much is because of the fact that he was a shining, real life example of one of my favorite quotes of all time. 

Had Harrison just continued to fight and eventually made the team, his story would have been a feel good inspirational story that would make all of us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  However, the fact that he didn’t make the team actually makes the example all that much more powerful.  It’s that much more inspirational because it’s more reflective of what happens in real life.  It’s that resemblance to real life that makes the story so real.  Not everything we do has a happy ending or at least ends with the outcomes that we originally intended to see.  Life is full of these curve balls that get thrown our way. 

One of the great teaching moments that I’ve taken from this story and something that I feel we all could learn from is the fact that he didn’t allow others to dictate to him, the terms of how he was going to live his life.  He didn’t allow the actions of others to belittle his desires to try out and make the track team.  This has so many implications to us in our lives whether it be members in our local churches that “offend” us, causing us not to want to go to church or individuals telling us we are too dumb to try to go to school to work on our education.  We ought to have the fortitude to continue to press forward, despite the obstacles that stand in our way.  He knew it would be hard to go back and try again but he had the fortitude to see this through anyway.

As is often the case in life as we face the curve balls that are thrown our way, we many times find ourselves going down a different path or running into great individuals that we otherwise would have never met.  Thus was the case with Harrison.

First, J Scott Savage is an author of the middle-grade fantasy series Farworld.  After reading on Facebook about Harrison’s experience at school trying out for the track team, he sent Harrison three signed copies of his books in the Far World Series. Needless to say Savage now has a fan for life and vice versa.

Lastly, Harrison was able to meet a local legend Bill Allen of Bill Allen Motorcycles and the TV show Hairy Bikers. He had heard about Harrison’s experience and wanted to meet him.   As Harrison’s father explains “Bill is an amazing and inspirational man. So grateful that God has put so many wonderful people in Harrison’s path. Bill has a life time fan!”

While it’s nice for Harrison that he has been able to have the experiences that he has had with the various individuals, authors and celebrities that he has come across, the truth is that Harrison has provided so much more for the rest of us. He has become an example of perseverance and patience of someone who in the end, didn’t necessarily get the outcome that he wanted, but he still continued to pursue it anyways.

He has become an example for so many of his peers, who are going through similar situations in their own lives.  He has become a beacon of hope to those kids who are struggling with bullying and teasing, showing them as they stay strong, good things will inevitably come to them even if it’s not what you initially expected.  There will be many young adults who will read this inspirational story and will say of Harrison “because of you, I didn’t give up.”


original post can be found HERE

Being a Mormon misfit: And why that’s totally OK 

When I went to school in Idaho I loved a certain spot in the Rexburg temple in the waiting area of the baptistry. Each time I went there I sat right there–in that same spot– just because of a certain picture.
It was a painting of the Savior holding a little black sheep, right beside the pew in the back. I would stare at it and think about everything that it meant to me. Essentially, it seemed that I was actually the one in the Savior’s arms in that picture.
The misfit. 

And if you’re reading this and you’re a misfit too–perfect. I’m glad there’s two of us. Or three. Or maybe even more than that. Either way, it’s good to know I’m not alone in the category of “Mormon misfits”. So welcome, friend.

How am I a misfit, you might ask? I simply don’t fit the conventional mold of what an LDS woman should be like, or I should say, what an LDS woman is often like.

I have a tattoo, to start. A huge one, actually, on my ribcage. I wasn’t always a member, and I have physical signs to show it–that also includes a scar on my bellybutton from a past piercing.

I work long hours while my husband goes to school and I have an “I want to be the CEO of every department” mentality *Well, I’m just a writer and not a CEO, but you get the point*

I can’t have kids right now. That doesn’t mean I don’t have the desire–it’s just the way my body works because of an ailment that can only be fixed with expensive treatments that we just can’t do right now. And it constantly hurts–like a bruise that just won’t go away because it keeps getting poked at.

I can’t sew. Like, at all. I can’t even hem a pair of pants. And during Relief Society craft nights I’m pretty darn useless. And I haven’t canned even one jar of peaches in my entire life.

I question pretty much everything. I’m not saying I’m a doubter–ok, sometimes I am, and that’s a downfall. But mainly what I’m saying is I’m the type of person who analyzes everything and tries to figure out why things are the way they are. I think that’s why I over-studied the history of the church and even went on a week-long church history tour where I spent over an hour staring out of the window that Joseph tumbled from. I just wanted to know and feel it for myself, not just hang on to the coattails of others.

I’ve never really fit in with Relief Society. I try–but it’s hard for me sometimes. I love the women, I do, and this isn’t me saying that I don’t. Actually, on the contrary–I find myself being overly critical of myself because I wish I could be more like them. They’re all so–perfect. At least in my mind, they are. They come in with their line of cute children on sundays like a mother duck and her ducklings, and they seem to know everyone and have time to make soup for all the sick members and cook for the missionaries every Tuesday night and do their visiting teaching every single month. Perfect Mormon women, in my eyes.
Anyway, I could go on and on with my list of how I’m so different–but I’m not going to turn this into a trilogy of me. But if you’re a misfit I’m sure you have your own lengthy list and together we could make a seven-book series.

But lately it’s been heavy on my mind–this whole black sheep thing. Because sometimes you just don’t want to be.

And just this last weekend when I forced myself to go to the Relief Society broadcast (and even the food and mingle get-together beforehand which is very un-Kayla of me) the nagging feelings were very prominent.
I sat down at a table that on one half had sister missionaries and on the other half had mothers. The sisters chatted about investigators, school before their missions, and how tight the waist bands on their skirts have gotten while out on their missions and being fed all these good dinners. They’re cute girls–but I couldn’t relate much. So I decided to tune into the women on the right side of me. One woman chatted about how she could barely take a shower today because of her colicky baby and one said she couldn’t either because of the puddle of Elmer’s glue her son left on the carpet and another lady busily talked about her last C-section and how she thinks she’ll be induced in this next delivery. With my freshly washed hair and newly painted nails and absolute absence of any glue-smearing child, I decided I didn’t really fit in at the table.
But then the broadcast started. I chose a pew where I didn’t really know anyone and to be honest…yeah, I started watching it with a stink of an attitude. But that changed when Sister Reeves (The 2nd counselor in the General Relief Society) started talking.

Tears filled her eyes as she suddenly pinpointed the sister she wanted to talk to, out there somewhere in the world, who just doesn’t fit in to the cookie-cutter mold of an LDS woman or family. I felt like everyone had stepped out of the chapel as she spoke. She spoke about wounds you might carry that make you wonder where God is, and the things in your life that separates you from the norm. And then she told a beautiful story of the Provo tabernacle that was gutted with flames earlier this year. After the horrific event, members started questioning why the Lord allowed it to happen. But then, at the General Conference following the fire, President Monson announced that that gutted tabernacle would soon be revamped and dedicated as a new temple of the Lord. People couldn’t believe it. Mouths dropped. But it was true. And just like with us, she reminded, sometimes the Lord allows the fire so as to make us into a beautiful temple.

And then President Monson spoke–and he too, spoke to the misfit. Maybe not everyone caught that–but I sure did. He spoke about how everyone is in a different situation. Everyone has different journeys. Everyone is entirely different and sometimes takes a walk through the thorns. But no one is alone, for the Savior has walked the EXACT path you have, and continues to walk it, even now, WITH you.

With my face in my hands, I felt an overwhelming feeling of love wash over me. In that moment, I felt the arms of Heavenly Father literally wrap around my little misfit self and remind me that I’m EXACTLY who I should be and that being a member of the church doesn’t mean I’m supposed to carve myself into an ideal “LDS woman” image. It means that I can be just as I am–scars, questions, lack of sewing skills and all–and add to the rainbow of color that this gospel stands for.

You don’t have to fit in
We aren’t called to be the same. Yes, we all follow the same straight and narrow path and there are commandments we all need to abide by in the same way–but we can still be different.

I’ve always known it, I guess, deep inside. But often the culture makes you believe something that isn’t really even there. There seems to be a phantom ideal image that lurks in the minds of everyone and makes them believe they just don’t fit. But it isn’t true. Don’t buy into that thinking.

After all, as a member of the Mormon church, aren’t we really supposed to be misfits anyway? We’re supposed to think a little differently and all see the world a little differently, all the while on the same path toward salvation. I think sometimes we forget that–and that’s why we expect so much from others and ourselves.

As President Monson so sweetly said, the Lord has a specific love for you. Unique, different, beautiful, misfit you.

So, fellow Mormon misfit, come along this journey with me, because we all belong here on this path.

Bring your dinners that you often burn to a crisp, bring your lack of love for skirts, bring along your battle scars and wear them as a badge of how far the Lord has brought you, and bring questions and different perspectives that no one has acknowledged before.

Come along this journey, black sheep, and find comfort in the arms of the Savior of the world–the original misfit himself.

it sure is comforting to know that others are also  "ugly duckings" who may not feel exactly right in the family they were handed in, or grew up in, or have known, or moved too, or have...
its comforting to know that being different isnt so bad.
thids article confirms to me, all i have said, and will continue to say.

i am loved, i am blessed, and thats all that REALY matters, in the big eternal spectrum of the universe.
i am not perfect, i never will be. but i am loved regardless, of that/those imperfections.
in a measure thats beyond my comprehension. 
no matter HOW i come to Him, i am, and will be, forever, eternally loved by a Heavenly Father that places an infinate worth on my soul. 

im gonna copy this article, and hand it off to that sister missionary i spoke with at the conference in saturday.
i think shed like this as well, i also wrote her a letter, to keep. ill post that here later, after i give it to her.
both of these together, should be perfect for her heart and mind to sup on when needed.

im betting theres way more of us than we realize, while i have learned to embrace this "weirdness" i chose to have and show off, others find it difficult to do so. and i understand that, it hasnt always been easy for me either.
i dont cook, well, not well anyway.
i dont sew either, and i proved that at a reliefe society thing we recently had, where i was attmpting to sew a bag, simple right? not so for myself.
i sewed the bag shut, 3 different times. i dont know why i dont have the "gift", but i not.
i also dont have a bunch of kids. mormons (along with catholics) are notorious for having broods of children. i, have 1 here on this earth, and one in heaven. 
i never home schooled, and i did work when i was a single parent, i was divorced,  all things that in the past, have been looked at as  not what a "molly" mormon would, or should do.

but im not a molly. never was, and i never will be. simply because God didnt cut me, from that cloth that he cut so many of them from.
no, my fabric is rustic, and tattered, and worn, and most likely something that itches the eternal skin of some of those im around for great periods of time.

there used to be a time when i cried about the difference, and how far away from everyone i felt because i wasnt made from the same cloth as they all seem to be. 
but then, i came to a place that said, my fabric, to God, is divine, and beutiful, and has the SAME VALUE as all the other cuts He has made. mine isnt any less loved.
maybe mines loved BECAUSE its a different cloth.

so, i embrace the odd me, the different me, the  out-of-the-box me. 
and once i started to aprciate me, all of a sudden i saw others who were allot like me, different,  not as "molly" as i thought every other female was, some loud, some silly, some different to be different, some different because that just the way they feel, some dont cook, some have neve rhad kids, let alone been married, others  have positions in my church id never want to have, because the responsibility of having that position carries allot of weight, and im not cut out for that kind of thing...others have a ton of kids, some have none..and the list of odd-ball mormons goes on.

i bet, inside, we ALL feel like misfits, and were so painfully aware of our own differences we THINK, were alone in a sea of a million other misfits, when we all are just a little strange.

weve been told were "peculiar people". 
i say wear that with distinction! 
dont be afraid.
allow that toi be a wonderful facet to who you are.
theres only ONE you...make that ONE stand out, and be noticed!