Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

My son took this picture in our front yard today. Looks like this guy got him a nice squirrel for Christmas Dinner. Here’s the whole story…I sent my son, (23) home to pick up the dictionary because we were all over at my daughter’s fiance’s apartment getting ready to play UpWords. Of course we needed a dictionary to make sure no one was cheating. 🙂 So my son call’s me and say’s, “Mom, I just got a picture you are going to be so jealous of!” and he was so right. I couldn’t believe it when he told me. For a year I have been trying to get a ‘good’ bird picture and have failed miserably.

No, I am not jealous, I am so very proud of my son that when he saw it he thought it was important enough to go inside and grab my camera and capture this rare moment. What a great Christmas present we both received.

Coming Soon: One Year Without a Cigarette

On November 19, 2007 it was the ‘Great American Smokeout‘ and I had decided to try once again to quit smoking.  I didn’t think I would make it through the day but I was doing something different this time. I had decided to try Chantix.

Now you may be asking yourself, wait a minute, that was over a year ago. What happened?

Well, I was doing fantastic. Not smoking, cravings weren’t bad, so I decided to quit taking the Chantix. That’s typical of me. I find something that works and I quit doing it. Kind of like walking with my dog for 30 minutes every day. I felt great when I did that so I quit doing that! Why? Who knows.

Anyway, back to quitting smoking with Chantix. I quit taking it and 18 days later I was smoking again and it happened to be on January 1, 2008. I thought that was funny too. I started smoking on New Year’s Day. Most people quit on New Years. So, January 2, 2008 I smoked my last cigarette at 10:00 a.m. on my way to a Doctor appointment that had been scheduled a while back to discuss my Osteoporosis. As it turned out, we discussed that and my quitting smoking. He gave me a new Rx for Chantix and sent me on my way. I started on the Chantix again immediately and haven’t smoked a cigarette since. I have been off the Chantix since April, 2008 and I am happy to say, I am somewhat sane and still smoke free.

Yes indeed, I am a living miracle. It is almost as if I never smoked and it’s almost as if I never quit. Does that make sense? After smoking two packs a day for 27 years it’s hard for me to truly believe that I am a non-smoker. After this long without a cigarette, it’s hard for me to believe that I ever smoked at all. It’s very strange. I am looking forward to my one year anniversary without a cigarette. I am so thankful for all the support and encouragement from my children and family and friends.  I do have my moments when all I want to do is light up once again, but it does pass eventually. Don’t believe them when they tell you the cravings only last a few seconds and then pass. Some of mine have been days of crying and cursing, wanting some relief. It is God’s grace that has gotton me this far.

I have had many dreams where I smoke and I am always so relieved when I wake up and realize it was just a dream. That is how this last year has been for me, a dream, but a happy one!


…a New Beginning-Twelve Step Recovery Card w/envelope

…a New Beginning Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “Inside Verse: "…Congratulations! May your days be full of ‘New Beginnings’."”

This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards featuring my original fine art photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

The Promises-Twelve Step Recovery Card w/Envelope

The Promises Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “…May all the promises come true in your life. Congratulations on your recovery!" ” This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards I am doing with my photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 original fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

Let Go and Let God-Recovery Card w/envelope

Let Go Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “…Remember, God doesn’t make junk!” This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards I am doing with my photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 original fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

Twelve Step Recovery Cards w/Envelope

Easy Does It! Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “…but do IT!” This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards I am doing with my photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 original fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

Prayer is a Relationship

Prayer is neither black magic nor is it a form of demand note.  Prayer is a relationship.
–John Heuss