Sunday, June 12, 2011

Good health is not something to take lightly...

I have so much to be thankful for, and I am reminded of that daily. In my new job I travel around to clinics and hospitals to train staff on how to use electronic health records in order to view clinical data. As I walk into these offices I see people coming and going who are struggling with chronic illness, recent surgeries and all levels of disabilities. It is a good reminder to me that we need to take our health seriously. It definitely makes a difference what food we choose to eat, how much we choose to exercise and what harmful substances we choose to introduce into our bodies.

God gave us this wonderful earth on which to grow healthy foods, beautiful landscapes to explore and water to enjoy. All those things are good for us. He did not invent preservatives, genetically engineered foods and artificial sweetners. Even though I LOVE my Coke Zero - I am going to make a more conscious effort to eat foods in their more natural state whenever possible, and start using meat as more of a side dish.

The trailer for Forks over Knives is also a great reminder. I need to put this movie on my to-watch list!

Lunch with friends

I love getting together with friends - Katherine, Amy and I met up for lunch at Carrabbas recently and it was fun to chat, eat delicious food and catch up. I miss working with these gals!

Summertime in Tennessee

Emri loves to water and eat the berries!

We've been slowly working on our backyard since we moved in. The soil isn't great and it's difficult to get grass to grow in certain areas. We still need to plant some shade trees, but all in all it's come a long way.

We are enjoying hosting cookouts and having our own movies in the yard nights.

Concerts in the park

Each summer Crockett Park hosts a series of free concerts and I've always had it on my to-do list, but never had actually attended. I have always loved Centennial's Movies in the park and have enjoyed their Shakespeare in the park as well.

Lori and I had both read about Crockett's offerings this year and decided to make this the Spears/Hall Sunday night hang out. If you are available at 7pm on Sunday nights - grab your blanket or lawn chair and join us!

Here is this season’s schedule:
• June 12th – The Nashville Symphony

• June 19th – The Devonshires

• June 26th – The WannaBeatles

• July 4th – The Kaddillacs

• July 10th – The Michael Jackson Tribute Band

• July 17th – 7 Bridges: Ultimate Eagles Experience

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Mammogram Mobile!

The Nashville Komen affiliate will be having a ribbon cutting for the new Mobile Mammography Unit on June 13th at 2pm in Centennial park. If you are available that day, come join the celebration. This Mammogram Mobile will offer screenings to those women and communities that might not have the opportunity otherwise to get a screening. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the treatment and the outcome - I'm living proof of that one!

A big thank you to all those individuals and corporations who made this possible!