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Sarah Palin – Piper Palin licks brother September 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 6:27 pm

I am not big into politics. I do vote, but I am not one to listen to all the debates and speaches made by the candidates. I usually get my info from Christian radio or other Christian sources.

I did however watch Sarah Palin’s speach. I was so impressed with her. She talked with such confidence and poise. I couldn’t stop watching and listening to her. I believe she is a women of conviction and principle. I believe she does have what it takes to be VP.

I especially liked meeting her family. The sweetest moment was when Piper licked her hand to smooth down her baby brothers hair…PRICELESS!!! It was one of those aahhh moments. Too cute!

If you missed it you can see a replay on you tube.

Also check out Piper Gel…hilarious.

This family has my prayers.


My Baby Turns 21 September 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 11:09 pm

It is hard to believe that little bundle of joy that I brought home 21 years ago is all grown up. It has been a wonderful journey. I feel blessed that God chose me to be Dustin’s mom. He is a very talented, gifted, intelligent and a godly young man. I know I am biased, but it is all true.

My sweet baby!

My sweet baby!Dustin

Dustin's 21st Birthday!

Dustin 21st. Birthday

We celebrated his birthday for 3 days. It was packed full with activities. We got up early Saturday morning and went to Nashville. We took Tanner our youngest son to get autographs from Cletus Hog and Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard. This was not my idea of fun. We were definetly out of our element. We were in redneckville. It was bad. However, Tanner loved it. We stood in line for 2 hours to get these autographs. He was so excited. What parents do for their kids.


We finally leave and head to the zoo. It was a hot and humid day to walk around the Nashville zoo to look at animals. This was Dustin’s favorite thing to do. He was in heaven. He was like a kid in a candy store. We ran from one animal to the next. We spent about 4 hours at the zoo.

At the Zoo!

At the Zoo!

Dustin and Kandace at the zoo!

Dustin and Kandace at the zoo!

Kiss Me!

Kiss Me!

 After we left the zoo, we were all nasty and sweaty, but we freshened up the best we could in the car and we went to eat at CozyMel’s Mexican Restaurant. It was ok. but not the best in the world. We had a rude waiter. The food was not that great either, but we made the most of it. Of course we had to stop by Lifeway for a few minutes and buy the next Loui Giglio video. We watched both videos one going to Nashville and the new one on the way home. When we got back to my parents we let them watch them too.

Sunday, I cooked a big meal and all of my family come over to celebrate. We ate and then we had a big cornhole tournement. We paired off and had a double elimination tournement. Dustin and Randy won. Me and my sister came in 3rd. My two nephews got second, Matthew and Dylan. They beat everyone except Randy and Dustin. We had a great time of competitive family time. It didn’t stop there though. We got so hot playing cornhole that my brother Donnie invited us all to his house for a pool party. There we had a big pool volleyball competition. When we get together we are going to find some type of competition. We love to play together. It was a blast. I love to hang out with my family.

Melanie concentrating!

Melanie concentrating!

The Champs!

The Champs!

Monday, the actually birthday. We go to Randy’s parents and have a cook out with his parents, they made homemade ice cream ,yummy, chocolate and vanilla. His mom also had homemade strawberry jam to put on the vanilla. It was all good. We played cornhole there too. Me and Randy played Dustin and Kandace of course me and Randy won. We even got Randy’s mom to play. Jonathan, Kayla and Gloria come down and get in on the cornhole action. Dustin leaves to go off to celebrate with Kandace so that ends his 3 day birthday celebration.


Union University “Back to School”

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 10:53 pm

As most of you know Union University was hit by an F4 tornado back in February. 17 buildings were damaged. It was an awful site. It reminded me of Hurricane Katrina pictures, that was all I could compare it to.

My husband just graduated from Union in December and our two sons Dustin and Cody go to Union. We live just about a couple of miles from Union.

Dustin lived in the dorms for 3 years and he decided in January that he was going to move back home. Cody lived on campus for one semester. Dustin was suppose to be giving a piano lesson the day of the tornado. His student didn’t show up, so he decided to come home. He arrives home just as the tornado alarms are going off. I was home alone when they went off. Randy and Tanner had ran to the store. They missed the tornado by 10 minutes. It hit across the road from the store they were at. Cody was at work and he heard the tornado. Everyone gets home except Cody. We keep hearing the alarms blaring and then sirens. Dustin gets a text message saying Union had been hit. We were in shock. We wanted to go and help, but the news said for everyone to stay put. We felt helpless. This was our school. We wanted to be there. Cody leaves work and goes to Union. He tells us how devastated Union was. That cars were piled up everywhere and that several buildings were destroyed. He has a heard time making it home because of all the debris. We feel helpless all we can do is pray and trust the creator of the universe to be with the students that are trapped under the rubble. God was indeed with our students. Out of over 2,000 students not one was killed and only few were hurt enough to go to the hospital. Praise the Lord!!

Today, Union University if back in business. The dorms have been rebuilt. Students head back to school today including my two sons. Union is almost back to normal. The only thing not fixed is our beautiful clock tower that stands in the middle of the campus. It is what gives Union its character. It is the centerpiece of Union. It is amazing how quickly our campus was rebuilt. We have a record number of students this year and already need to build more dorms to house the students. God has his hand on Union University.

Union after the storm
Union after the storm


Union’s Clock Tower