Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Mom, Jesus Died..."

This evening we were at Cole and Alicia's wedding rehearsal dinner (their big day is tomorrow!). Out of the blue, Calvin looked at me and Chris and very matter of factly stated,

"Mom, Jesus died."

Me: "Yes Calvin, Jesus died."

Calvin: "We buried him???"

Me: "Yes, when Jesus died his friends and family buried him."

Calvin: "We did???"

Me: "No... Jesus died a very long time ago. Such a long time ago that it was before Daddy and I were alive. Ask Grandma Susan, maybe she remembers."

Calvin: "Oh... Papa Doug died, too. We miss him."

Me: "Yes, we miss Papa Doug very much and we are still very sad."

Calvin: "I miss Jesus, too."


Seriously, where do kids get this stuff??? Jesus died?!? He's 2 (almost 3) - he shouldn't even know about death, yet. With two big funerals this Summer, he is so totally in the know of people dying, casket (although we call it a bed), and the burial. He knows that when people die they go to heaven and are with the angels. He even knows that you're supposed to be sad when someone dies. I feel like he has grown-up a lot this Summer - really matured - even beyond what he should have.
At Lisa Addis's funeral he hugged me through the entire mass, wiping away my tears, and giving me so many kisses. He got so worn out from taking care of me that he finally fell asleep in my arms. He still kept hugging me, letting me know he was just a dream away if I needed anything.
I am so fortunate to have the sweetest little boy that is full of hugs, kisses, and smiles.

A Wonderful Surprise

I arrived home this afternoon to find the most wonderful surprise on my front door steps.

My very dear friend Dawn brought me gorgeous flowers and had Dad's business card, obituary, and prayer card laminated for me. How sweet is she?!? I really needed some cheering up - and that's exactly what she did for me today.


SHOUT OUT TO DAWN... YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE I KNOW. YOUR KINDNESS DOES NOT GO UNNOTICED. I AM THE LUCKIEST TO HAVE A FRIEND LIKE YOU! Love ya!


Aren't they breathtaking???

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

CSS Project Finished!!!

I just spent close to 3 hours working on a CSS project for my web design class. This is the first project that I've had only guidelines to follow. I got to pick my own material, colors, layout, etc. Anyway, I know it's really pretty lame - and nothing I'd actually be proud to put on the Internet... but for the class, this site suficed. We'll see what kind of grade I get!
If you're interested check it out: http://www.csit.parkland.edu/~cgoeckner/cis152/practice/index.html

Not sure why I decided to do a site about weddings. I guess it's easy material to make-up. Billi from Walnut Street Cards has graciously allowed me to use her business in my Dreamweaver project next week... I can't wait to get it started!!! :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Puppy Prayers

I'd like to ask my readers to include my friend Beth's dog, Lexie, in their prayers. Lexie is like Beth's baby - really. She truly loves her like a mother would.
Beth accidentally ran her over last week. She suffered extensive inuries and really needs our prayers.
Beth is hearbroken. I feel so bad for her.

Thank-you,
Christina

"Me want MY boots!"


"Me want MY boots!"


"Me want MY boots!"


"Me want MY boots!"


Do you get the picture??? Calvin is bawling in time-out because his boots are in time-out.


Yes... his boots are in time-out. He threw a fit on the basement stairs about his boots and continued to throw a tantrum until finally I ripped the boots off of him and put them on top of the refrigerator where they will remain until Thursday morning.


Looking back - I really have no idea what he was screaming about on the steps... something about his boots... grrr... why can't I remember?!? Anyway, at the time I knew it was something about his boots and that's why they got taken away.


Calvin loves loves loves his camo boots. He wears them every single chance he can - that's why they're so dirty! So I know that taking them away will be something he will remember in the future.



~ In other news, Calvin had his 3-year check-up today. It went well. He's healthy.

He is:

36 1/4 inches tall

and

30 1/2 pounds - just 1 pound lighter than Daelyn. Which goes to show that Miss Daelyn is very petite because Calvin is small for his age.
~ And if you're wondering after typing this post, taking a pic of the camo boots, cropping the picture, and uploading it to Blogger... the background noise at my house is still...
"ME WANT MY BOOTS!!!"

Monday, July 28, 2008

Inspired to do homework...

I'm feeling inspired to do homework.
Homework that is way past due.
Homework that a very gracious professor allowed me to do
on my own time due to the tragic events of this Summer.
I'm up late.
I can't sleep.
I got my anti-crazy pills about 6 hours late today... Super Studly Husband was hungover and forgot to give them to me. In his defense, he was very busy hugging the toilet. ;-) Yes - he gives me my medicine - long story... he just does. Anyway, the meds keep me awake if I take them too late. That appears to be what has happened. I took advantage of the time and got a lot of homework done *250 points done so far!!!
I have to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Super Studly Husband because tonight he helped type up some paragraphs and research terms to put in the web pages I was creating. He literally saved me hours of work! THANK-YOU, CHRIS!!! I will keep up my end of the deal to thank you properly! ;-)
I have another project worth 50 points that I think I might get done yet tonight. I'm on a roll.
I am inspired to get some of this homework done! My final website is due August 7th. I still have to develop a few more pages and learn Dreamweaver by then!!! YIKES!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Unusual Happenings...

So, this week has presented some unusual happenings.
First, on Tuesday I was at the dinner at Montrose Church after Lisa Addis's funeral. I missed a call from "unknown number". Two minutes later my phone rang again from "unknown number." I of course answered it.
Me: "Hello."
nothing.
Me: "Hello?"
nothing.
Me: "Hello??? Is anyone there???"
I was in the church basement and assumed that I didn't have good reception.
The caller finally answered me.
He asked me something sexually disrespectful that I just won't post - it was that bad.
I replied, "What???" I was in shock! I couldn't believe my ears!
He repeated it.
Me: "Who the hell are you?!?"
Caller: "Jason..." And I couldn't make out his last name - something short that started with an S.
Me: "I don't know who the f**k you are, but don't ever f*****g call me again!!!"

I got off the phone a little shaken up because I don't get regular weirdo calls like that. The situation was even stranger because the guy called once and got my voicemail so he knew who he was calling and called back.
I took comfort in what my Aunt Jackie had to say: Some telemarketing companies allow prisoners to make their calls and then these prisoners can have access to phone numbers. She has gotten some collect calls from prisoners that appear to be a part of this scam. So, although it was super weird that I got that phone call... I tried to blow it off.

~

Today, Chris was running a little late getting to the Montrose Tractor Pull. When he got there he said that something weird was happening around home and at Meyer's gas station. I didn't understand the story until later in the day after we got home. Chris went outside and didn't come back for awhile. I yelled his name outside, looking for him - but no luck. No biggie, he returned a few minutes later. He had been at the neighbors.

When Chris went outside he found a wallet in our yard. He thought it might belong to the neighbors because they had been outside mowing. So, he brought it to the neighbors. It wasn't theirs but they said it may have belonged to the guy involved in an accident and drama at Meyer's.

So... now Chris got the scoop from the neighbors and filled me in on the day's events:

Chris had to work until noon today. He went home to change clothes to go to the tractor pull. He heard someone talking outside of our house. After looking out a couple windows he saw a guy in our yard. The guy took off running and jumped in the neighbor's pool. Chris thought maybe they were having a party and didn't think much of it. Not long later he heard ambulances. As he was leaving to go to the tractor pull he saw someone being carried out of Meyer's gas station on a stretcher. Hmmm...

Then, as he drove towards Montrose he had to pull over for several fire trucks to get to the scene of an accident by Dittamore's. Apparently the vehicle went way off of the road.

After talking with the neighbors tonight he learned that the man in our yard was the man involved in that accident. He walked from the scene of the accident towards Meyer's gas station - through our yard and our neighbor's. Apparently, he was not mentally stable - no details there. He was talking jibberish and hit some people - threatening others. The neighbors held him down until the authorities could get there. The paramedics had to strap him to a stretcher to control him - that explains what Chris saw.

So, that's weird, huh? It gets weirder - or more coincidental... the wallet Chris found in our yard. The license was Jason S. (I am not listing the last name)... remember a Jason called me earlier this week - a Jason that I was sure had a last name starting with S.

I know I can be dramatic... we all know that... and we all know I'm paranoid...
But isn't this a pretty big coincidence? My question to Chris was: How do we know that the wallet belonged to that specific person? What if there was a Jason - one that called me the other day - in our yard?

Friday, July 25, 2008


G.W.,

I thought we had a special kind of friendship. I can't believe I had to hear it on the News at Noon that you are in Peoria, Illinois. I'm disappointed that you didn't call, email, or even text me to invite me and our future President, Calvin, to join you for the fundraiser luncheon.

I guess you must have lost your cell phone again... it's ok... it happens. Next time just ask Laura to give me a shout when you'll be in the area.

Can't wait to see you!


Christina*

GREAT NEWS


Passing on some good news at Must Love Tots - that I think we all could use...

Reason to smile and celebrate!!!

Say What???




THANKS, AMY! :-)
And incase you're just tuning in... I'm a John McCain supporter... just ask my son!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

McDonald's Advertisement???

I have an art project due today for the Art Appreciation class I'm in this Summer. The instructions were very specific to use 2 different images cut them into strips and alternate them. I think my project turned out great!

Doesn't this look like a still photo from a McDonald's commercial or a McDonald's photo??? I should submit this to McDonald's so they'll make Calvin the next poster child for McDonald's! Can you say free Chicken McNuggets and Big Macs?!? ;-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"We're getting married."

Not two minutes ago, I was getting Calvin dressed in his suit for Lisa Addis's funeral. We were talking about getting dressed up and going to church.
He looked at me and said, "We're getting married!"
It was so cute. :-)

Monday, July 21, 2008

HOLIDAY WORLD!!!

On Saturday, we packed up and left for Santa Claus, Indiana - for HOLIDAY WORLD!!! Even better, Matt, Wendy, and Caleb went, too!!! Needless to say, we all had a fabulous time!

Here are some of my favorite pics:




More pics sometime soon - took them on a waterproof 35mm camera - must develop.

All of the pics at Dropshots!


*** The pic of Hardees - that's for my Newton readers - we stopped at the World's Best Hardees in Newton on our way there!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sugar Sweet Invitations

Calvin is turning 3!
I can hardly believe my baby boy will soon be a three year old. He's growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday Mom and I were bringing him home from the hospital. Sigh... time is flying by...

In lou of his upcoming birthday, I have started to plan his big birthday party.
Location - check!
Cake - check!
Present - check!

Invitations - Check, Check!

Today I picked up Calvin's adorable invitations from Billi at Walnut Street Cards.
They are perfect - just perfect!
Exactly what I was thinking of.
What do you think?


AND
Aren't they SUPER cute?!?
I started hand delivering invitations today and the ones left to mail will probably go out mid next week. Calvin can't stop talking about his upcoming party. We're having a puppy theme - Billi even stamped a puppy on the bottom left corner of the invitation envelope!


Billi also surprised me with some special cards just for me. I was so surprised! I LOVE stationary and cards! :-) She made me a few of the following cards... I LOVE 'EM! How perfect, right?!?


If you like what you see, check out the Walnut Street Cards website to order invitations for any occasion, thank-you cards, birthday cards, or even your very own Blogger themed cards! Or check out Dawn's give-away of Billi's cards by Friday at 6:00 pm.

SHOUT OUT TO BILLI - YOUR CARD MAKING SKILLS CAN'T BE BEAT! THANKS FOR ALL OF THE WONDERFUL CARDS! YOU ROCK!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Must Schedule: Time To Be Sad

I'm a planner... I can't help it... it's who I am.


Since Dad passed away, I feel like I've been very busy. If you look at my day planner for the next month you'll see that I have a lot coming up including finishing Summer semester, planning Calvin's bday party, Dr's appointments, weddings, tractor pulls, the fair, Holiday World, etc. This got me thinking tonight as I was laying in bed - unable to fall asleep. Am I going to have to pencil in a few days to be absolutely depressed about losing my dad??? I kind of laughed at myself as this thought went through my head. That's me... the planner.


Don't get me wrong, I cry. I rarely cry during the day, but, late at night after Chris and Calvin are asleep, my thoughts are consumed in my father. That is when I cry the most - when nobody can see. When nobody tries to find the words to make it better - when there are truly no words to cheer me up.


Lately, I have been trying to stay focused on the Addis family and be there for them. They were really there for me and my family after my dad passed away. The best way I can show my appreciation is to be there for them during their time of need.


Anyway, back to my point about planning... Yes, being busy does help in a way. But, I feel like I'm procrastinating on being too sad. Is that weird, or what? I still expect him to call. I still look for him in every Conway truck. I don't know how long this is supposed to take to sink in completely. Maybe never. However, I am going to try to pencil in a couple days of moping around the house in my pj's eating chocolate and Doritos, watching sad movies like Steel Magnolias, and carrying around a box of Kleenexes. Maybe late next week... I have a couple open days, then.

18-18-18

Calvin got out his tape measure and measured me.
My measurements according to Calvin:
Feet: 18
Belly: 18
Arms: 18


Yes - The Number Of The Day is 18!!!

Birthday Cake

I just ordered Calvin's birthday cake.
He's turning 3 next month!
So, I called Mary Niccum to order the cake. She made his 1st and 2nd birthday cakes and they were awesome. Check them out!



I can't wait to see his 3rd birthday cake!!! :-)

I just ordered a cake to serve 50-60 people and it was only $30! If you live in the Effingham area and are interested in ordering a cake through her, just let me know and I can give you her number.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Me and Tiff

Me and Tiffany in traffic in St. Louis.
Although we didn't get much bought - because we just couldn't find much to buy - we still had a great time! And, I needed some laughs - even at the expense of the Target drive-by-guy.
Seriously, lets go back a couple sentences - nothing much to buy: With me and Tiff you would NEVER think that there would be a day when we'd go to 3 malls and Target and bring home next to nothing! She bought absolutely nothing.
Anyway, maybe we'll have better luck next time!

Sonic Poll


FYI: 70% of my blog voters say that you should tip at Sonic when they deliver food to your car.

Pictures Pictures Pictures!


Hey guys! Great news! DropShots is working again! :-)

I'm so happy!


Check out new pictures since June 12th at www.dropshots.com/cgoeckner

Thursday, July 10, 2008

PROCEED WITH CAUTION!


WARNING: If you are under 18 or take offense easily, do not read the following. However, if you have a good sense of humor proceed. :-)



Funny story from the shopping excursion in St. Louis with Tiffany today.

Let me set the scene:

Tiffany and I were in the Target parking lot, headed towards the door. We were in a parking row - you know where cars drive.

A Ford Explorer was approaching from behind. We both had the same idea to get out of its way - duh. Tiffany went to one side of the row and I went to the other. The guy was driving soooo slowly. As he slowly started to pass us, Tiffany looked in his passenger window that was open - to give him a look like 'what's you're deal... why are you driving like 2mph'?!? She did not get to give him the look... she was shocked... so shocked she couldn't say anything for a few seconds. As he was pulling away, she ran over to me in hysteria! When she looked in the window at him, his pants were at his knees and his arm was moving rather rapidly!!! Without me saying it... you totally know what he was doing! Yeah - yuck!


Who does that sort of thing in public? In a target parking lot of all places?!? While he was driving?!? Whoa! We were so shocked!


Of course we laughed about it the entire time we were in Target. Yes, it was gross... but also so hilarious!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It Was A Super Bad Day...


Today was not just a bad day... but a Super Bad Day.

I don't wish these kinds of days on anyone.

I hope tomorrow will be better.

Tomorrow, I'm shopping in St. Louis with BFF, Tiffany.

Sale Season = Affordable Retail Therapy!


Is it sad that I'm ready for this year to be over?!? How far away is New Year's??? I'm gonna party so hard on New Year's because hopefully my family's crappy luck will go out with the new year! This year sucks!!!

Without getting into too many details, I just ask all of you for prayers for my family right now. We're having really hard times. We even know it's going to get tougher before it gets easier. More to come on this stuff in the next few weeks.


So, I'm like a big, fat, walking rain cloud - no, a thunderstorm - or a destructive tornado... anyway, you get the picture. Things aren't so sunny over here. I do hope that you are having a sunshine filled Summer!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Calvin and Stinky got haircuts!

Calvin has an imaginary friend. His name is Stinky Winky. We call him Stinky for short. :-)


Stinky has become a part of our family. Calvin holds his hand in parking lots - because of course we wouldn't want Stinky to get ran over and be Flat Like A Pancake!!! Last week I had to make Stinky a cheese sandwich for lunch because Calvin said he was hungry, too. The other night I had to give Stinky a kiss good-night when I tucked them and their dozen stuffed animals into bed. And often, Calvin says Stinky is in the trunk!!! Chris and I have even had to open the trunk to let Stinky out! Oh, and Snuglebuggy - who isn't as prominent as Stinky, but another imaginary friend!


The best was yesterday when I took Calvin to Great Clips to get his haircut. On the way there Calvin informed me that Stinky needed a haircut, too. He even had money to pay for it himself. He got the money from his job. Apparently, Stinky drives a truck to his job. But, I have no idea what he does for a living because he seems to be at our house all the time. Anyway, I agreed to let Stinky get his haircut since he could pay for it himself. So, Calvin, Stinky, and I walked into Great Clips - all holding hands. Calvin informed the barber that Stinky would also need a haircut. She was so polite and pretended to cut his hair, too!


I encourage Calvin to have imaginary friends. He is an only child and I believe that a big imagination is good for children. I had Udge as my imaginary friend when I was younger. With everything that Calvin has been through lately with losing his Grandpa Doug, he needs a good friend like Stinky.


Do your kids have imaginary friends?

Yes, Sir!

Calvin and I are laying in bed. He's watching Sponge Bob while I catch up on some blogs. He swings his leg over me and comes within 2 inches of kicking my laptop. I look at him with disbelief that he would ever try something like that and I explained that he better never try to kick my laptop again if he wants to keep his feet! (Scare tactics work!)


He looked at me and with a very snooty tone said, "Me do what me want!"


I couldn't believe he said that! I had him repeat it a few times to make sure I heard it right. That totally wasn't cool. The following happened:


me in firm voice: "Calvin get off my bed and stand at attention!"
He quickly did so, as he knew I meant business.


me in firm voice: "The next time I tell you to do something you need to quickly reply with a 'yes ma'am' and do exactly as I say. I'm you're mother. I'm the boss!"


Calvin: "Yes Sir!"
I don't know if this was just a mistake on his part or if he was trying to be a smart ass. I let it slide and reminded him I was a Ma'am. He followed with, "Yes, Ma'am!"


I hope this isn't how the rest of our day is going to be! I want a happy day.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July Patriotism

Our 4th of July was awesome! We got up early to make a great big special breakfast since Caleb was coming over. I introduced him to chocolate chip pancakes - yummo! Caleb, Calvin, and I got ready and headed to Dieterich. We were part of the Becky Jansen for Effingham County Circuit Clerk entourage*! After that parade, we packed up to get to the Effingham 4th of July parade to walk in it, too! Sure was a lot of walking... hope we got her some votes! Besides, what's more patriotic than campaigning on the 4th of July???


We picked up Chris and headed to Dieterich's 4th of July celebration. We couldn't miss the bed races!!! After Caleb went home and Calvin went to his dad's, Chris took me out to Lonestar for a steak dinner and back to Dieterich to watch the fireworks wth Troy. Met up with Mom and Clay there, too! The fireworks were spectacular!


I hope all of you had a terrific 4th of July, too! Can't wait to read all about it on your blogs!!!


Since DropShots still isn't working for me, yet - thought I'd share some pix on here! Enjoy the slide show!





*Yes, I know she's a Democrat. I look past that since she's family! :-)

Bloggy Love



Yesterday Tracie from Coffee with the Crains awarded Amanda and I with the "Sharing the Love" Bloggy award!!! Yay for Amanda and myself! :-)


I have never met Tracie in real life. I found her blog through Rebekah's and read it almost everyday!!! Tracie has morphed from a complete stranger to a friend that sent me a beautiful angel when my dad passed away. She has a big heart, creative talents, and a spunky personality... I like spunk!


The rules of this bloggy award require me to pass on the love. I spent the last day thinking about who I should give it to. I enjoy so many blogs.

And the award goes to:

Dawn at Must Love Tots!!!

She deserves some Bloggy Love!!! Dawn has been one of my dearest friends since the 7th grade... that's a long time! When she studied abroad in Geramany, she took a short flight to England to visit me for Easter of 2001. We've been through a lot together like boys, heartaches, junior high track, and now we are at a new level of friendship as we share our parenting experiences. She is a FABULOUS mother. She is an AMAZING friend - I could list a gazillion times Dawn has been there for me. And, she is proving to be an EXCELLENT daughter as she stays positive and a rock as her mother battles the evil cancer.


Dawn, enjoy your "Sharing The Love" Bloggy award!!! Make sure to pass it on!


Love ya,

C~

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July


Proud To Be An American
If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.


I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.


And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.


And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.


From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.


From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.


That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.


And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.


And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.


And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

I hope each and every one of you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July! It seems this is one of those holidays with traditions... ours is to go to the Dieterich parade. That's my FAVORITE parade of the year! It's full of genuine country patriotism. I love it! Plus, I get to show off my name on the Veteran's Memorial Wall to my family. This year Calvin, Caleb, and myself will be walking in the parade, campaigning for Becky Jansen for Effingham County Circuit Clerk! If you see me at the parade - give me an extra shout... we'll have CANDY! :-)

While we're out celebrating our freedom and our patriotism, let's all try to take a few minutes out of our day to think about the men and women in uniform serving our country. They proudly put their lives on the line for the safety of each and every U.S. citizen. We have a strong military - that we should be very proud of! God bless the U.S.A.!!! HOOAH!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Notice Anything Different???

I got my nose repierced today!!!
YAY!

I have been wanting to get it repierced for a couple years.
Yes... repierced.
I got my nose pierced in 2004 before I got preggers. Then, after I got prego, I decided I needed to look more professional w/o a nose ring because I needed a j-o-b! So, I took it out.
Calvin's almost 3, now. It was time to get it redone!

So, Chris and I met up during his lunch today to go to Living Color Tattoo in Mattoon. Chris watched Dave pierce me while I watched Chris... as if I wasn't nervous enough, Chris cringed in the middle of it all! Then I got more nervous!

Oh well, guess I'm just super lucky to have a husband that will go with me to get a piercing!
Overall, it didn't hurt all that bad - like a bee sting - it was just for a second.
I love the look!

Anyway, this pic isn't the best of me. And some of the ink is still under the jewel.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thank-you!

I am so fortunate to have wonderful friends and family to support me through this difficult time for me. Lots of my close friends and family sent flowers, plants, a picture arrangement, a Willow Tree figurine, and a garden stone to the church for me at Dad's visitation. Others have given me photo books for my Dad, crosses, pictures, and a bear for Calvin. Ohhh... and all of the cards that come pouring in each day... wow. If you haven't gotten your thank-you card... I'm finishing them up this week!


When I started blogging, I never would have guessed I would make such special friends online... ones that I never see, and many I have never met.


Special thanks to:

Rebekah, Sarah, Aubrey, Amber, Tracie, and Amanda for the beautiful Angel in a wreath of fresh flowes. I was so surprised when I got to my Dad's visitation to see this gift. You girls are so special to me... we all need to get together for a girls night out - I guess that will have to be planned for a time when Tracie and Amanda are home. Anyway, thank-you so much for your thoughtfulness. You are so sweet!


I should have taken a picture right away - to show you exactly how gorgeous it was. Now, the flowers are starting to wilt. The Angel will always be very special to me. Thank-you sooo much!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

While You're Praying...


While you're praying for Amanda Martin's mom, Lisa French... could I ask you to add another name to your prayer list???


Lisa Addis


I come from a very close family - especially the Goeckner/Addis side. It doesn't matter if you're a 1st or 2nd cousin or inlaw... we're all very close! Lisa is my cousin Rick Addis's wife. They lived in Montrose for years and now live in rural Newton. They have 4 kids: Josh, Jason, Mitch, and Trisha. Lately, many of my thoughts have been about Trisha who is only 15. This truly is a difficult time for all of the kids - but for her... it is so hard because she has to watch her Mom be in so much pain.


Lisa has a rare type of cancer that has spread to various parts of her body. She is currently undergoing a new type of treatment administered in Houston, Tx. Although Lisa's will is strong, the cancer is giving her a tough fight.


Lisa is a beautiful woman, inside and out. One of the sweetest people I have ever met. If you know her, you know of her beautiful smile and caring heart. Please, if you could include Lisa in your daily prayers, I would be eternally grateful to you.


Thank-you,
Christina*

Prayer Chain

Amanda Martin's mother is fighting cancer.
It's not an easy fight and has forced her to make some decisions.
Please read Once In A Lifetime for a full update.

She needs our prayers more than anything.
I know I can count on my readers to add Lisa French as well as their entire family, including my blogger friend Amanda Martin to their daily prayer list.
Also if you have a blog, and haven't done so aleady, please make a post asking your readers for extra prayers.

Amanda, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Savor every moment with your mom. Take lots of pictures and make videos to watch in the future. If there is anything I can do for you, just say the word... I am here.

Dropshots


If you've ever worked in customer service/support, like many of my Patterson readers... you dread the angry callers. If I could just find a phone number for DropShots... I would be one of those callers! I have always loved the services at DropShots... just drag and drop the pictures to a Drop Box and they automatically sort by date. You know: www.drophots.com/cgoeckner - incase you've never looked at the gazillion pics (mostly of Calvin).


Anyway, I have not been able to upload pictures since June 12th. That's a long time for me, especially because I pay for this service. After you put so many pics on there you have the option to pay like $4.99/mo to have unlimited pics and videos stored on their site. I have always gladly paid because I have always love love loved their services. I've tried places like Shutterfly and Ofoto, but DropShots is my ultimate favorite. Besides, I have so many pics stored there that I don't want to switch services, now.

I have submitted a few trouble tickets to DropShots' online help desk. A support tech by the name of Susan has sent me a few replies and she finally said she couldn't figure it out and was forwarding it on to a higher support level... that's after she took about a week of my time trying to figure it out.

I know computers... that's my thing... I tried the regular troubleshooting :
1st I rebooted! - duh
2nd I tried different pictures that were unedited - no luck.
3rd I uninstalled the DropBox and reinstalled it to guarantee I have the latest version.
4th I have tried uploading almost every day since June 12th with no luck.



I don't understand what the problem is. I'm losing patience - like at this point I have much left to lose. Sunday night I emailed this Susan Support Tech gal. I wanted her to have my email for 1st thing Monday morning and I suggested that they relocate all of my images stored on their servers to a different profile since the little feedback I've gotten led me to believe that this is profile/user specific. I asked for a follow-up email sometime on Monday - anything... just so I know they haven't forgotten about me. I got no email. I get little reply from this Susan lady - and it's not that I'm saying she's not trying - it's just that well, I need feedback - is that too much to ask for?!?


I tried to find a phone number for DropShots so I could talk to a real person. I can't find a phone number. I want someone to fix my problem asap. I've been waiting for weeks! This is getting ridiculous.


Anyway, I will post something when it's up and running again and I have new pics on there.