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My dad is having survery right now for a detached retina in his right eye. I wasn’t worried about it until last night, when my normally laid back dad was tense and worried, walking around not sure what to do. My mom at one point was telling him to “calm down and don’t think about it”. I think the fact my dad was worried hit me.

It’s hard when your parents start getting old and you can see their health degenerating. My parents aren’t “old” by any means, but recently they’ve been plagued with various maladies. My mom suffers from acid reflux disease which bars her from eating a lot of her favorite foods, including chocoalte, citrus fruits, caffeine, and coffee. Seven months ago my dad had cataracts in his eyes which he had to have removed. Now he’s in surgery for detached retina.

Well I need to work on being a good little daughter and clean up the house. :-p I’m so good about keeping my own apartment clean but so bad about cleaning my house when I’m at home. I still have not unpacked from Taylor yet.

update on my sister’s moth: still in the coccoon

evil books and climbing trees

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Today I stumbled upon a rather interesting website which made me laugh because it was quite ridiculous. A very fundamentalist group is doing book reviews of popular Christian series for children. The funny thing is they did all the series that I grew up on as a child. Their reasons for why all these books are evil are quite humorous. I could include lots of snippets, but I think I won’t. But if you want to read about how C.S. Lewis is bad (“Mr. Lewis proves everything through his own logical arguments and examples. Like some other apologists, he treats Christianity as a belief system, as opposed to other belief systems such as atheism or Buddhism.”) and how Chronicles of Narnia are leading our children down a very wrong path (“[Lewis] built entire surrealistic worlds for our children to escape into — escape from reality and from real life.”), then I would recommend this site. You should also check it out if you’re concerned about your children’s literature including the Mandie series, the American Girl series, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Christy.

I had to pick up my sister from the movies today and we went to the pet store afterwards. I wanted to check on the cost and details of baby turtles. I’ve been wanting a turtle for a long time; even before I got Zeke. While we were there, my sister and I wandered through the cat section. I usually avoid the cat section because it would remind me I didn’t have a cat, but today I joyfully went through to see how much I could spend on my newest charges. :-)

My mom’s been after me to construct some sort of climbing tree for them out of a bunch of wood and carpet we have. So my sister and I were trying to get ideas. We found one we liked:

Mom mom thinks the ladder is unnecessary, but we’re trying to convince her that the last two cats we had loved ladders. (They did. Whenever a ladder was out, they would climb on it. It got awkward when you were on the top of the ladder. :-)) Amy and I also found a catnip spray that we’re going to spray on the carpet to make them like it. This thing is 22 x 22 inches and 64 inches tall. My mom tells us we need to make it smaller. I don’t know yet. :-)

Here is the latest picture of Lewis and Ebony. Aren’t they sweet? I’m obsessed, I know. :-p

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ashalily26: you don’t want to burn your bridges before they hatch

holiday excitement

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“Think of me, think of me fondly, when we’ve said goodbye.
Remember me once in a while – please promise me you’ll try.”

“Say you love me every waking moment,
turn my head with talk of summertime…
Say you need me with you now and always…
Promise me that all you say is true -
that’s all I ask of you…”

Guess what I went to see last night? :-D That’s right – Phantom of the Opera – the movie – is in select theaters right now! So my dad, sister, and I went to to see it last night. It was incredible! Just being able to hear the music in theater surround sound was worth every penny spent.

I had a nice birthday, even though one person was missing from it. I hope next year we can be together! Thanks to everyone for all your birthday messages, e-cards, and phone calls. :-)

days till my birthday: 364 ;-)

a birthday message for me

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I asked Paul to write a birthday message for me to post on my blog today. Here is what he sent me:
I was asked to write a post for Ashley’s birthday since she felt weird talking about her own special day…
This I have to say is definitely a special day to me — the day that everyone returns the stuff that they get! No that’s not why I think its special…its cuz it’s Ashley’s birthday. I tend to make such a fuss because I think (as all of you with late December birthdays will agree) that birthday’s around holidays can become lost in the shuffle of parties and visiting relatives. And you end up with a birthday/Christmas card and present….or worst everyone forgets it is your birthday altogether. This is why I like remembering and making a big deal…So everyone reading this make it a point to wish her a happy birthday, I know it will mean alot to her. Meeting Ashley has been such a good influence in my life. A very fun person to be around with and really cares about people. She has encouraged me in my hard times and been there smiling in happier times. She has done her share of challenging me when she sees something not right in my life. And I have seen her struggle and grow in the Lord. I am proud to know and love her. Ashley, I hope you have a great and wonderful birthday today! May God bless you this year beyond your imagination as you follow His voice. I love you so much.

Thanks, Paul. :-D I love you too!

merry christmas!

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Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. :-)

Christmas is a time to be with loved ones, but unfortunately I am not able to be with my favorite person in the whole world. :-( So… I thought I would take a little time to leave a special message for Paul.

Paul is a wonderful person, and I hope everyone gets a chance to know him! I’ve certainly enjoyed the time I’ve spent with him. He’s one of the kindest, most caring, most selfless people ever – not just to me, but to anyone he meets. He is an awesome boyfriend, always willing to bend over backwards for me and do anything to show me he loves me. Not only does he love me, but I know he loves God more, and he’s always encouraging me in my walk with God. I appreciate that from Paul, and it’s wonderful to know that he has his priorities straight. He’s admirable and generous, and I can’t wait to stand proudly beside him as his wife!

Merry Christmas, darling, and here is a song for you, originally sung by the Carpenters. Every word describes perfectly how I feel. I love you, Paul!

Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one more wish to make
A special one for you

Merry Christmas darling
We’re apart that’s true
But I can dream and in my dreams
I’m Christmas-ing with you

Holidays are joyful
There’s always something new
But every day’s a holiday
When I’m near to you
The lights on my tree
I wish you could see
I wish it every day
The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say

That I wish you a Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
I’ve just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you
I wish I were with you