Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Dad and Sherry were in town this weekend to see a show at the Ryman, so we took the opportunity to have a impromptu family gathering. We decided to go to Brentwood Hills church on Sunday morning to visit with some of our cousins on the Tucker side of the family. My cousin Will and his precious family will be moving to Uganda later this week and we wanted to make sure we got to see them before they departed. After church the whole family group headed to Las Palmas for a nice tasty Mexican lunch. We were joined by Joyce, Elizabeth, Paul, Mike, Lori and their kids as well. 

Will told us some about where they will be living, types of food they will have access to and their work there. He says they have a Chinese restaurant in Uganda, which is very similar to our Chinese restaurants here, but no Mexican food. Maybe we can ship him some chips and salsa occasionally.

Please keep Will, Shawna, Gaines, Ana and Layla in your prayers! You can follow their story at: Will Tucker Family

Another Post it note Tuesday has rolled around

One of my favorite stores now carries a Thelma and a Louise t-shirt. 
I can't decide which one I want more! Junk Gypsy

Monday, March 14, 2011

March is National Nutrition Month

This month is National Nutrition Month and the ADA has some great resources on their site. They even have printouts that are helpful to teach your kids the importance of fruits and vegetables. The theme this year is "Eat right with color".

Some others like encourage people to Eat the Rainbow or Paint your Plate during this month. I am currently reading Kris Carr's new book titled Crazy Sexy Diet. I am enjoying it so far and I agree with her message to have a more plant based diet to keep our bodies and minds in tip-top shape.

Here are some of Kris' suggestions for eating the rainbow:
  • Red – Red peppers, tomatoes, grapefruit, radishes, kidney beans, red rice, red quinoa
  • Pink – Grapefruit, guava, pink beans
  • Green – Kale, collards, broccoli, green beans, lentils, edamame
  • Yellow – Pineapple, corn, squash, pears, split peas, millet
  • Orange ­– Sweet potatoes, mangoes, carrots, apricots
  • Purple and blue – Grapes, blueberries, eggplant
  • Black and brown – Black beans, black rice, brown rice
  • White – Cauliflower, mushrooms, quinoa, pearl barley
Make sure you check it out, eat those veggies, and don't forget to shake your tail! (exercise is important too)

Prayers for Japan

The images are of the damage from the tsunami in Japan are heartbreaking. I read a quote today from a mother who was caught in the tsunami and only able to save 2 of her 3 children. She said; nothing else matters except my family. I read another quote from a father who would not let go of his 3 week old baby so it could be examined. The reporter said he just kept saying; I must protect my children. This yet another reminder that the people we love are what really matters in this life.

My heart goes out to the people of Japan, the rescue workers and the many volunteers who will assist these people in their time of great need. Verizon is always good about matching their employees donations dollar for dollar. I am thankful they offer us this opportunity.

I can't stop smiling

Let me start by saying I realize God is good ALL the time, but sometimes he still amazes me.

Six months ago my best friend Amber began a journey with cancer. Originally they thought she had a dermoid cyst and when they went to remove that it was found instead to be colon cancer that had invaded and attached to her ovary. The doctor in Birmingham did a great job in removing all the cancer he could see. Further scans showed liver lesions as well. Amber endured six chemo treatments over the last few months which shrunk the liver lesions to operable size.

This is where Dr. Beau Kelly came in. On Thursday, he removed those remaining two liver tumors and was able to get clear margins in the surrounding tissue. As you can imagine, she has had some surgical pain and recovery will take a while but we are so thankful for the successful surgery. Amber will be watched very closely for the next couple of years, but as of now (we are praying forever will remain)  is cancer free!

I feel a celebration coming on!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

First prime time breast lump

Breast cancer, it's not a new thing but it wasn't talked about openly in public for a long time. Women used to suffer in silence and not discuss their womanly areas

I remember this episode vividly. I don't know if I saw the original airing in 1973 or if it was on re-run, but I remember it was shocking to me. Edith found a lump in her breast and she did not want to upset Archie, so she dealt with it all on her own. Archie wasn't known to be endearing and in this episode you saw a bit of his tender side.

Here's a link to the end of the episode. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFA0R72wxks

Through the years it became less and less taboo to talk about. I remember Kate Jackson, Olivia Newton John and Jacyln Smith all being diagnosed with breast cancer and speaking out about their personal battles. I think it is important for people, celebrity or not, to speak up and talk about their battle. It is encouraging as a survivor to hear others tell their story. I think it is also good for healthy people to hear, it makes them aware that it can happen to anyone anytime and we all need to be familiar enough with our own bodies to report any changes.

I'll get off my soap-box now - thank you for listening.

Bizarre or Priceless?

It was just too good not to share

Pre-surgery dinner for Amber

Lisa, Elizabeth, Laura, Amber, Carolee,
Bobbye, Linda and Jenni
Monday night, we gathered at Carrabbas in Green Hills to have a pre-surgery dinner with Amber. There were so many more friends who would have loved to join us but just could not make it that far on a weeknight.

Wonder-wear for a
speedy recovery!

Thank you Carrabbas for feeding us a delicious dinner and letting us take up space for all our girl talk.

 We love you Amber, and we are all praying for your healing!

Yes, I live in the South

Big truck - little SUV

Trip to Linden, TN

Last week my friend Susan lost her father William Clark Kirk, he was 93 years old. I know that children are supposed to outlive their parents, but it is still so hard when it happens. Clark was a veteran and seeing his widow presented with our flag and hearing taps played was an honor. Thank you Clark Kirk for all your contributions to our country, your community and thank you for giving us our wonderful friend Susan.

After the service, we stopped at the Rusty Fish Hook for a bite to eat. Evidently this was one of Clark's favorite restaurants.

We love you Susan and we are here for you!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Barbarino, Jesus and Miss Lora

I was talking to a friend recently and they brought up Miss Lora. Wow did that bring back memories! Miss Lora was a lady who never married who served as a dorm mother and also as a bible school teacher. She was actually my mother-in-law's dorm mother in the 50s.

Miss Lora was known for her passion for teaching children's bible classes and always made sure they were very interactive as well as educational. Miss Lora taught the 4 & 5 year old class at Henderson for decades. I can still picture the little wooden chairs all sitting in a circle. We would file in, take a seat and she would lead us in songs and tell us bible stories. Most weeks she used dolls to act out the parts of the story, while adding in  sound effects as needed. I still remember the story of the apostles and the rushing mighty wind (which sounded a lot like a vacuum cleaner). I always loved how she had the dolls dressed up in biblical attire. 

Vinnie Barbarino

All these memories of Miss Lora reminded me of something else; When Josh was 5 years old I took him to Miss Lora's class on one of our visits home to Henderson. By this time Miss Lora was assisted by a helper, because she was elderly. Josh was finishing up his project and I was looking around the room and drinking in all the memories there. That is when I realized that the part of Jesus all these years has been played by the Vinnie Barbarino doll!

John with the rest of the Welcome Back Kotter cast

For you youngsters who might be reading this: Vinnie Barbarino was a character played by a young John Travolta in the series Welcome Back Kotter. I really wouldn't compare his character to Jesus, but I guess he did have the right look.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose. 
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...

               ~ Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

Dinner Club

Saturday we hosted our monthly dinner club. This month's theme was "Guilty Pleasures" or as some called it "Dietician's gone wild!" We have three dieticians in our group and I think they enjoyed the evening more than anyone else.

The menu consisted of all those foods that we secretly love, but would not readily admit it. (after all we do work for a Wellness company). Everyone also submitted a song they love to sing along to, but only when alone in their car. Such a fun night!


Long John Silvers Chicken and Fish
McDonalds Fries
Krystal chili cheese pups
Wing Basket Wings
Papa John's cheese sticks
Strawberries and chocolate dip
Swiss Cake Rolls
and more....

Release me - Wilson Phillips
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice 
Blame it on the rain - Millie Vanilli 
All for love - Color me Bad 
Only in my dreams - Debbie Gibson 
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus 
Love Story - Taylor Swift 
9 to 5 - Dolly 
Seventeen - Winger 
Brady Bunch Theme Song 
Thank you for being a friend - Golden Girls