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June 19, 2008

She doesn't need to be wearing them anyway.

God Bless America.

June 15, 2008

Conner Sings Davey Crockett


Conner Sings Davey Crockett
Originally uploaded by Ceece


Happy Father's Day!

adam,conner,lilli

ready?

June 14, 2008

Save the Ouerbacker!

Any of you local readers or old house fanatics are probably familiar with the Ouerbacker Manion in the Russell Neighborhood in Louisville.

It was featured in Save this Old House in November, in This Old House Magazine, and several local photographers have shot it.

In todays Courier-Journal, it was announced that unless someone stepped forward soon, it would have to demolish it. According to the paper. "The city will sell the house for $1, and it would then spend $50,000 to stabilize it and give a buyer another $50,000 grant for restoration, Poynter said. The cost of restoration has been estimated to be at least $1 million."

The house holds special significance to me for several reasons, first of all it's a beautiful old house and the architectural and historical aspects of it are phenomenal, secondly the same architects of the Ouerbacker mansion also designed the Conrad-Caldwell House where, as many of you know, Adam and I were married. In fact, after the article in This Old House came out we actually discussed going for the house, but it didn't take long for us to figure out that we don't have near the assets!

Please spread the word to any and all old house fans!

June 13, 2008

Duty

Chloe Newman

If you're from Southern Indiana around New Albany, chances are you've heard of Chloe Newman. If your memory needs a jog, she's the 6 year old from Silver St. Elementary who had been battling Leukemia. Chloe stopped fighting this horrible disease early Thursday morning.

I didn't know this family, so everything I've seen has been from the outside, but I tell you what, she brought a big darn part of this community together. A few weeks ago, the school, church and neighborhood association where she lives put on a fundraiser and with the help of the community raised over $10,000 for this family! That right there is enough to make me proud of New Albany.

While I am of course grieving for this family and their loss, it has done a good job in strengthening my gratitude once again, if not shaming me for my actions and behavior. My children are amazing and (Praise God!) healthy, I have a wonderful husband, who's been working and helping other people in a time of need. I have an amazing family, consisting of my natural family and my in-laws who care about me very much. I have a wonderful church and church family, who, even though we don't see eye-to-eye on stuff, reach out to me and others to show their love on regular basis. I have friends who care for me and who's relationship I cherish, and have taught me many things about becoming a better person and friend.

I'll be stopping by the visitation to show my support for this family, I'll be saying a prayer that God touches his hand upon this family and eases their pain, and for Chloe to surround them with her love. If you're so inclined and able I implore you to do the same.

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Following service tomorrow, dinner will be served at Silver St. United Methodist Church, 413 Silver St., New Albany, IN (at the corner of Silver St., and Elm St., off of Spring St.) Someone will be at the church after 10am to except any food donations.

Visitation for our Chloe ~ 12noon to 8pm, Friday, June 13 and 11am- 1pm on Saturday at Generations Funeral Home (3308 Ballard Lane, New Albany--off of Grantline Rd) Funeral Service will be at 1pm on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

June 11, 2008

Awesome Music You Need to Own

Back in February, I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Over the Rhine at the Center for the Arts. Ben Sollee was the amazing opening act. His musical style is right up Adam's and mine's ally, with just a hint of bluegrass thrown in.

We've been patiently waiting for his cd, Learning to Bend, to be released and it officially was yesterday. It's just as good as he was live.

Here's a video for his song, "It's Not Impossible". The video's not my kind of thing, but the song kicks it and it was filmed right here in Louisville's own skate park.

I need a check-up please!

It's Hugh Laurie's birthday today. I got his present right over here!

(photo courtesy of Rolling Stone)

June 04, 2008

Growing up

Every now and then I get to feeling sorry for myself about the fact that my Bean is getting so big! He sleeps wonderfully in his bed and has no problems with the bathroom thing and can carry on a conversation with anyone about anything.

Monday night he and I walked over to the park behind the house so he could burn some energy. There were a couple other boys at the playground who were 6 or 7 and Conner immediately went up and tried to play with them. I saw him watching them and them ignoring him. I knew what they were thinking, they didn't want to play with the baby. My heart was aching, even though he had no idea what was going on. He was like a small, fragile baby whom I wanted to pick up and carry him home and protect him from everything. The hurt feelings, the struggles with school, the stress of every day life. But I knew I couldn't and wouldn't always be able too.

I led him over to another part of the playground and we played ice cream store. (he always orders the bear meat ice cream, you know like Davey Crocket). That's my bean.

That's why I take pictures like this of him, I always want to remember this.

last lick

Sweet boy

June 03, 2008

RIP Bo Diddley