Sunday, December 24, 2006

Rein deer need love too!

Dad made sure the rein deer had a treat too.

Cody and Courtney putting out the treat for the rein deer.

Christmas Eve with the Bennett Herd!

On this day we remember the birth of our Lord and give thanks for the love we share everyday as a family.


8 of our 9 children: Big Austin, Little Austin, Brooke, Cole, Chelsey, Courtney, Cody and Chase.

Kenny was still shopping HEHEHE, my son is now a man, shopping on Christmas Eve for a girlfriend.

This is our Christmas card door. We have 61 cards on it and we would like to thank everyone for sharing their love and spirit of Christmas with us.

Brooke and Big Austin

I got candy! And it"s even good with the wrapper on!

Chase and Chels listening to music.

Cody, Big Austin and Chase goofing off.

Chels on the phone to her boyfriend Grant.

Chelsey and Courtney.

Big Austin, Cole and Brooke opening gifts.

Chase and Daddy, who looks sleepy, dad or Chase.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Cody and Chase playing in the tree! 2006

This is what Christmas is all about. WONDER!!
I love to watch my younger boys redo the tree 10 or 20 times a day. As Cody touches the ornaments on the tree he wants to hear the story behind each of them. I even have one that my husband made as a boy scout for his mom that she gave me a few years ago. Each of them have a story and I hold very close to my heart. But the ones that I love the most are the ones that they have made. Paper plate Santas, ect. I still hang the ones my 25 year sons has made. I pack each one like fine china in the Christmas boxes for the next year.
I have never had a " Prefect Tree", just one full of love and memories.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Cody and Chase waiting to tell Santa
what they want him to bring them.

They both made the "nice" list this year!

The boys on Santas lap, Chase
was not to sure about this man in red. But Cody did just fine.

I took some time out of shopping and we went to our church Christmas party tonight. It was so much fun and I love the people in our ward. We had the best roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, rolls and tons of different cakes, pies and cookies. The best part was I DID NOT HAVE TO COOK! Selfish, I know but it was so nice to sit and visit with friends and not have to run off into the kitchen and cook. We did help clean up which was even fun too. Chase loved chasing the brooms around.
We where entertained with singing and stories about the birth of our Lord. It was so touching to see Chase run up to the picture of Jesus and give him a kiss. Yep, I cried like a baby and when I picked him up I said to him " it must be so wonderful to always feel the Lord around you". I think at that moment it dawned on me that my life with Chase is going to filled with the spirit of the Lord forever.
Not all of our kids went with us as they where working or on a date or just decided it is not all that cool to hang out with the parents. So we took Courtney 12, Cody 7 and Chase 2. It was I have to say kinda nice in some ways that we for the first time in years did not have to push 2 tables together so our whole family could set together.
Here are some pictures from the party tonight. They are not to good so I think I will have to take the little kids to the mall and have pix done again.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Where to start with my update.........

Lets see, Chase was in the hospital for a short stay. He had Roto Virus which gave him a diaper rash which in turn gave him Cellulitis on his rear end. It was sooooooo bad. I will never feel the same about a rash again. He was given 10 rounds of 2 different antibiotics every few hours. Chase is doing better now. That was on the 7th.

We had a wonderful THANKSGIVING. We had most of our kids here. We were only missing 1 and he was working a double shift so the workers with children could be home for dinner.
My mom came too. It is my year to have my mom to dinner. I have to share her. The Kids helped me make a center peace of candles and flowers. Then we got out my grandmas china that we only use once a year. As I was washing them a rush of memories flooded my mind and heart. I remember the first time I ever seen these plates and the story behind them.

I was around 6 or 7 years old and we came to Utah from California to spend Thanksgiving at my Grandmas farm in Milford. It was always fun to go to grandmas farm because we could run around like wild animals and no one seemed to care. It was out in the middle of no where and my grandma and Uncle raised cattle, corn, wheat and hay on this family owned farm of 2000 acres. It was so much fun and my grandma was the happiest person I have ever known. She loved to dance and sing. She always had funny stories to tell us kids about my mom when she was a girl. I asked if I could help dry the dishes we were going to use for our Thanksgiving dinner. She smiled and said yes, then she told me the story behind these dishes I now use once a year on my own table.

She was never a very wealthy person but for the most part made ends meet which in her day to be a divorced woman with 3 children was not easy. She used mixed and matched dishes for many years before she had something nice and it all matched. How she got them was what I was so impressed with and to this day I still am.

When the grocery stores first came out with green stamps ( buy food get green stamps for every dollar you spend) you could buy china that was on display at the store. Each week there would be a new peace to the china set. My grandma wanted a set of nice dishes for thanksgiving so she started to collect this set of dishes. It took her 2 years to collect a service for 8.

On that Thanksgiving she proudly placed her new china on her table. She knew it was just cheap dime store China but to her and her guest that first year it was the most beautiful table in the world. That Christmas her brother surprised her with the matching serving bowls and plates.
She has had other sets of china given to her but she always used her dime store china. It was to remind her where she came from. My grandma told me when she pasted away the dishes would be mine.
When she pasted away in 1988 I was given a letter along with these dishes and it said always remember who you are and where you come from, remember me when you use these and know that I love you and will watch over you. As I looked at the wheat pattern on the plates and ran my finger over them I remembered her warm smile, dancing feet, and thanked her for all she had taught me and I ever so carefully dried the next plate and set it aside. Just then my daughter came in and said are you okay mom and I simply said to her " You're love of dance, that comes from your Grandma and could she cut a mean rug in her day"

My mom helped set the table and when she seen that I was using the dishes she held one close to her then ran her finger over the wheat pattern on the plate. I held her hand and we said nothing, we both missed her so much and were so thankful for her love and kindness and for these old dishes to remind us of her.

I miss you Grandma B.

Friday, November 03, 2006

50 things about me..........

I know it is 100 but I have to do this 50 at a time, this is the first half..............

1. Family is always first.

2. I have 9 siblings and I have 9 kids. And both are mixed families.

3. I hate to drive.

4. I love coffee and Long Island ice teas.

5. I love to ride horses in my bare feet.

6. I take very good care of my feet, I never want nasty feet and keep my toes painted.

7. I hate to go shopping just for fun. But I love to Christmas shop.

8. I have had 8 major surgeries. I have no guts, hehe

9. I love being LDS even if I am not the perfect picture of what one is. I have a deep belief in the gospel.

10. I love good debt's.

11. I wish I was a History teacher, I love History of any kind.

12. I was named after my Moms favorite Aunt who past away when she was young.

13. I don't like to receive roses, most people think it is funny to give them to me as per my name. But it is okay for my dad to give them to me if they are yellow.

14. I was born in Texas. So #13 will now make sense. You Know? Yellow rose of Texas she the only gal I love..........Dad still sings it to me. 42 and he still calls me Rosie Posie.

15. I am a daddies girl! I loved spending time with my dad when he was not overseas.

16. I am a Army Brat and damn proud of it!

17. Was married to service man who served in Desert Strom while I was at home awaiting the birth of our 3rd child.

18. I always have my babies at least 4 weeks early. Biggest was 5lbs 9 oz, smallest 3 lbs 5 ozs.

19. I have been lucky to have been deeply loved by 3 men in my life. One died 4 years ago, he was the father to my 3 oldest children and was my friend and a great dad. Dusty, the father of my 3 youngest children. He is my best friend and I see the love he has for me every day, in his kind voice, gentle hands, laughter he shares with our children and the love in his eyes when he looks at me.

20. I can't sing but I love to just to drive my kids nuts. I love to make up my own words.

21. I love my friends, and think I am a good one to them.

22. My fav color is purple.

23. I can golf, snow ski, play softball, basketball, ski drive, bowl.

24. I can't swim well, run fast or lose weight.

25. I love to cook but I can't bake very well.

26. Salt over Sweet anyday.

27. I am 42 and have no gray hairs yet, I just give them to Dusty. Sorry!

28. I still tell my mom EVERYTHING!

29. I am not to big on jeweler, but am always receiving it as gifts.

30. I love art.

31. I can quilt, sew, crochet but I can't knit.

32. I have smaller feet than my girls.

33. I love Christmas time!!!!!!!!!!!!

34. I love the rain! It does things for my soul.

35. I love the smell of fresh cut hay.

36. I think a baby smells like heaven until they can learn to talk.

37. I love being pregnant.

38. Dusty thinks I am soooooooo sexy when I am Pregnant too.

39. I am not a Grandma yet!!!!!!!!!

40. I am blind without my glasses or contacts on.

41. I have green eyes.

42. I love all music, but I love George Strait. I listen to all kinds of music.

43. I worry to much about little things.

44. I like dogs over cats any day. I am not a cat kinda gal.

45. I am a middle child.

46. I was born the day after New Years.

47. I have always been a night person.

48. I am affaid of moths and grasshoppers. Long story!

49. Money has never been important to me.

50. Love and family is the most important thing to me. Without them we are just an emety shell.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I Know it is kinda early but I love this time of the year.
I look forward to Nov. 1st all year long. It marks Peace, Joy and Togetherness for us.
We have tons of family parties and BIG family dinners together and it just gives me that warm feeling all over. Plus this will be the first time in 2 years that I will feel safe about Chases health that I might be able to go and do some of our family traditons without worrying or just flat missing them.
Yep I am excited to show him all of the wonders of Christmas. I have big plans for this year.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween 2006
Happy Halloween!

If you had any questions about my family being rednecks, here is proof !
Chase is a TUR-DUCK-EN !
A Turkey, a Duck and yes a Chicken!
Weird I know but thats my FAMILY!
How is a boy gonna get chicks I mean GIRLS?

Then my sister Chelsey who is to grown up to do the whole Trick or Treat thing made me wear a sign that says. " Will walk for seed and Pork the only white meat". Silly girls!!!

This is my cool brother Austin!
Isn't he sooooooooo Cool !
He is a dog or something like a dog.

This bone boy is my brother Cody. He glows in the dark. Maybe next year Dad will let me be something cool like this.

And this is my best sister Courtney. She is a gypsy. Hers has bells on it. You can't see her very well cause I was helping Mom take the picture. Mom is going to take a better one tonight.

Maybe next year I will get this whole halloween thing but I really like knocking on doors and getting candy. I think you eat it until you get sick or something?

Thanks everyone for taking a peek, have a safe and Happy Halloween! BOOOOOOOO

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sorry you had to hear this from one of your friends dads but yes your MOM WAS HOT!
Here is the story.

My daughter takes a friend home after school along with a girl she doesn't know very well. This girl invites Chels in for a coke and to goof off for awhile. The new friends hit it off really good until her step-dad comes home. He plays 50 questions with Chels, then it came to who is your parents and she tells him. The step-dad looks at her for along time and all of a sudden he says My maiden name. Chels looks at him funny and say yes that is my mom. He gets a big smile on his face and says YOUR MOM was one of the most beautiful woman I have ever met. I dated her when you were just a little girl!

Chels comes home and we get a good laugh about it.

A few days later Chelseys new friend calls and asks her to come hang out. When Chels gets ready to come home the step-dad comes out to her car from the back door and hands her this little box and tells her "these are your moms" Chels didn't know what to say. She brought it home and I opened it. These pictures where in it along with a note saying " Thank You for all of the memories, you were a great friend" When Chels seen them her jaw hit the ground, she said Oh Mom I had no idea!

So you see kids, MOM WAS HOT!

Thank you my old friend for my pictures back and for shocking my daughter! HEHEHE

Sunday, October 22, 2006

This is dedicated to those Born 1930-1979!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because .


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride downthe hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound, CD's or Ipods, no cell phones!, no personal computers , no Internet or chat rooms....... WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate ! worms an d mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and ! we learn ed


If YOU are one of them .. . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who
have had the luck to grow up as kids,
before the lawyers and the government regulated
so much of our lives for our own good

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


Chase, he has been doing this all day! Papa and brothers went hunting and poor Chase wants his Dad. I want Dad, the dog wants Dad. We all want Dad. He has only been gone 1 night, 5 more to go. Chaser is a big daddies boy and knows when it is dark out side Dad should be home. It took me 2 hours to get him in bed without crying for his papa.
It doesn't help that dear Dusty let me with the flu and I have been telling myself all day that I do feel better, really I do ( right ). I missed the wedding of a close friends daughter today as I felt like, well you know!
Then I go into my room and Cody is all curled up in my bed. I went to pick his 65 lbs body up and about died. He woke up long enough to say " mom I feel safer in your bed when dad is gone and dad said to watch over you ." WHAT! This kid is good! I wish dad would have said "and sleep in your OWN bed". Oh well, everyone is in bed and I am thinking Codys bed is looking pretty good. Bunk beds huh.
I miss daddy too!! But when I talked to him tonight he said they were having a ball. Oh and he is over HIS flu. NICE and thank you dear for giving it to me.
Well I am off to snuggle down in a twin bed to sleep with buzz light year sheets and comforter and a toy story pillow. JEALOUS!? Don't be it is not really that cool but a mom has to do what a mom has to do! Right?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

This picture may not seem to fit what I am about to say at first but keep reading:

In Utah the men folk have a very manly event that happens every year in the fall. It is the annual beer hunt, I mean deer hunt. We tease our men in the spring about putting their application for rejection in before the dead line. Then it is the waiting game for all of them young and old. My husband Dusty has a life time permit which makes him king of the rednecks. Well my 15 year old son also got a permit this year and can not wait to go out with the dads and sit around the camp fire and lie to their hearts content.
The deer hunt has always been a family thing until we had Chase. He has astma and a couple of other issues that keep me home with him over the hunt. I don't mind at all as it gives me time with him and the girls who are glad to stay home and get their nails done, eat out and sleep in moms bed ( while I take the couch ). The one thing I HATE is getting them ready to go. This year I told them I would do the shopping for food so they would have REAL food and not just snacks and pop or in dads chili and pork rines. This is where the story begins>

I decided to take all of the kids to school today and get an early start on my day of shopping for jerky, pop,TP and all of the other things on the list the boys gave me the night before. After dropping the little darlings who had been fighting ALL morning at school I decided to go to the ATM before going back home to feed and dress Chase who was home with his 24 year old brother.
I get to the ATM and go figure my card will not work. I go home get Chase ready to go and call the bank, I was told I needed to come in and get a new one . Another stop I did not plan on. After I do my thing at the bank I put Chase back in the car seat from hell and I bump the rear view mirror and it falls OFF. I unstrung Chase and we go into the store to buy super glue. Get that fixed and we are finally off to the store. 2 hours behind from my play of going home early to nap with Chase before picking up the kids.
I spend more on food for this hunt than I did for the last 2 weeks. But it is a good male bonding thing. As I am leaving the parking lot I notice that the 20 dollars in gas I put in 2 days ago was gone! ( 2 teenagers driving ) so knowing I would never make it home on what I had I decided to pull into the gas station. I normally go to the same gas station everytime but for some reason I stopped at this one.
When I pulled up to the pump I got out locked the door and went to put the gas in. Chase was sitting in the car seat from hell and these 4 teenage boys pull up next to us. I see one of the boys nug one of the other boys and begin to laugh.
Now I am not one of those people that think others are staring at my son because he has Down syndrome as most people who read my blog know. But this was bugging me so I looked into the car to see what Chase was doing that was so funny. Just as I looked in I seen him pull the ugliest face he could muster. Then he pulled every face that his dad and siblings have shown him at these boys. THAT is what they were laughing at, my son acting like a goof ball. I smiled at the boys and one of them said " Your baby is so cute, he reminds me of my brother who had Down syndrome, he pulled the same faces. He pasted away and I miss him very much". When he said those words my heart ached for this young man and the tears started to fall down my cheeks as he asked me may I open the door and hug him. I then told him to hang on and I take Chase out of the car seat, then handed him to this young man who by now was also crying held Chase in his arms. Chase gave him a big hug as to say I knew your brother too and he misses you as much as you miss him. After a few minutes the young man smelled Chase head and said " yep all babies with Down syndrome smell like heaven" then he handed my son back to me. I gave this stranger a big hug and my number, something 3 years ago I would have never done, but there was a bond, a bond of love for a child and the bond of common threads we all call Down syndrome. I know now why my day went the way it did today and I am so thankful I had all of these delays, with out them I might have never been able to witness the wonder of the bond between to PERFECT strangers. I know why I was given the honor of being Chases mom and it has changed my whole world for the better. I spent the rest of the afternoon just holding him, smelling the scent of heaven and feeling the Lords presents all around me.

Blessed are we the mothers of Angels.

Monday, October 09, 2006

2 Year check up.

Chase had his 2 year check up today!
I can't believe he is 2! Boy does time fly.

Chase is now 21 lbs 9 oz and 30 inches tall. WOW! We can now finally go to the front facing car seat. Everything checks out great, he is in perfect health and I have been waiting to hear that for what seems to have been a life time.
We are going to take him up to Primary children's Hospital in a few weeks to see a ENT for just an evaluation as he has not been to one yet. Chase has only had 1 ear infection and his tonsils look fine. We are doing a "poor man" sleep test tonight at home with the sat monitor which should be fun. It is just to make sure he is still keeping his sats up when he sleeps.
All and All everything went great, all but...............

I was helping the nurse look in Chases file to see if we could find a paper I needed for my insurance and Chase was playing on the floor in his diaper when we heard him say "peep peep" I turned around and he was standing up with no diaper on peeing on the floor saying "peep peep" !
To be thrilled or not be thrilled that is the question?
The nurse just started to laugh and clap then the doctor came in and did the same thing!

As I was cleaning up the mess giggling to myself Chases doctor leaned over and said I think it is time to pottie train him, and I am so proud of the job you have done with him.
The tears welled up in both our eyes and I gave her a big hug and said thank you but without you I would not be here right now cleaning up pee off of your floor.
Chase was only given a 30% chance of make it when he was born. This Doctor/mom pulled and fought to keep Chase healthy enough to have his heart repair. She even drove out of her way to come see him when he was in the children's hospital, then called every day to check with the other team of Doctors just to see how he was doing. She has even brought dinner to me when she knew I did not leave his bed all day. She even sent her nurse over to my house to give Chase shots so he would not have to come to the clinic with all of the sick kids.
She has cried, laughed, and shared all of his milestones just like a friend would.
I am so grateful to have had the honor of Marcia Conner to be my sons doctor. I know with out her I would not have Chase to love today!
Blessed are those who give that kind of care and hope to a family who needs that little bite of faith that carrys us through to the next big step, CARING FOR A HEALTHY CHILD!

Friday, October 06, 2006


Happy Birthday Chase!
Today is our littlest guys birthday ! He is 2 today. This is the birthday I have been waiting for, Chase 2 years old and healthy. Something I thought 2 years ago would never happen and prayed everyday that he would see the light of the next.

Now we have this healthy, happy wild 2 year old thats favorite place to play is anywhere he is not supposed ! He is just a 2 year old now. Thank God !

THEN! Oct. 6th, 2004

Friday, September 29, 2006

Call 911!

Today 2 years ago was the most embarrassing day of my life!

When I was pregnant with Chase I was put on bed rest at 26 weeks ( he was born at 35 weeks) it was the most boring thing in the world. I don't watch much TV but I love to read. I read about everything under the moon. I still had our at the time 5 year old at home all day and had to care for. It is a good thing he is an independent boy and good helper. We watched a lot of Disney movies and I know all of the lines to them now. We played games and I read to him. When the alarm went off he know it was time for mom to take her pills so brother could "cook" a little longer. Bed rest is just what I do when I am in my last stage.

With the back round out of the way here is what happened.

I decided since I was so close to when I could deliver Chase and I had been such a good girl that I would treat myself and high light my sad hair and put some makeup on. I had planned on having a late dinner of Chinese food in the bedroom without any kids for Dusty. It had been a real long time since he had seen me fixed up. This was to be a surprise for him.
I sat on the bed with a mirror and started to pull my hair through a cap so I could high light my hair. After this task was complete with shampoo and conditioner in hand I went to the kitchen sink to rinse the dye from my hair and wash it. Setting the products on the counter I washed my hair. As I reached for the conditioner I flipped the switch on that runs the garbage disposal. Yep my hair was still in the sink and by the way it was very long! It grabbed my hair with a force I have never felt before and there I was with my head suck to the sink !!!

I yell for Cody to bring me something to cut my hair to free my head from the sink and he says " Mom, dad said I can't touch sharp things ( long story) I beg him to please hand me something so he hands me a butter knife! Have you ever tried to cut your hair with a butter knife? It doesn't work well. Then I notice that I am having contractions and they are getting harder the longer I stand there! I tell Cody to call 911 and hand me the phone. With excitement in his eyes HE was going to put to use the skill his Dad has shown his even night since I was on bed rest.
He instead of handing me the phone calls and says the words he had been rehearsing for weeks!
2 mins later I have an ambulance, police, EMT, and the fire department at my door!
I forgot to tell you that I was dying my hair in a pair of boxer shorts and a bra!!!!
We have friends on these forces! Guess who got lucky and everyone we known was working that day!!
After a lot of giggling and my hair free I with my very red face am checked over good, guess who drives up our road? My husband ! Surprise! Is all I could say and then the tears flowed. All he could say was are you okay? And 5 inches off will not make that much difference. We ended up in the hospital over night.
I did however get my dinner alone with Dusty and a new hair cut the next day, Oh and a new disposal!
Chase was born one week to the day later!

Laugh!!, it was funny then and is funnier now LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

Mom, Cody and baby Chase. 12 hours old!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Weird Looks or Stares!!

I get weird looks everytime I am in ANY store Because I am weird, I act like a nut, laugh to loud at times and am a little over weight and have been known to go to Wal mart in my JP pants holding a coffee mug. AND GUESS WHAT I DON'T GIVE A S**T. I am a good hearted person with a big herd of kids who think I am weird but love me whole hearted. So I guess I don't notice others looking a little bit to hard at Chase I just figure they are wondering what other world I came from.
When they do stare I just say " I know he is just to damn cute for words, isn't he"? And then they say something like " Yes he is" and " I have someone I love who also has Down syndrome" and I end up talking to this person about Ds in the middle of the store for what my kids say is FOREVER.
Sometimes people do stare because they don't know what to say, we are so easy to offend that I wouldn't want to talk to us either, we all need to be a little more open to the stare and find out why they are staring, PJ pants advocating is what I call it.
Educate don't just run away.
Sorry but I needed to put 4 cents in.
This is not posted to hurt anyone so if I did I am sorry!!!!!!!!!!

I also have a son who was hit by a car and almost lost his leg while crossing the cross walk at the school, and get this I was on my way to the hospital in labor with now my 16 year old when this happened. It left him with a leg that works for now with pain and scars so bad that you can't even tell where his knee should be.
He lies all of the time when people stare at him, he tells them it was a shark bit or some other bull.
He has never thought of himself as anything but normal even with one leg 3 inches shorter than the other, this happened when he was 8. He snow boards, water skis, golfs, play all kinds of ball. He is in pain, it is ugly but it has NEVER been a big deal in our family and we will tell Chase the same thing I told Kenny " Don't ever say you can't, just say you will try " There is no shame in being different, it just makes us more interesting than those who think they are perfect.

I posted this on a board and I think the message was a pretty good one so I decided to put it on my blog. I don't think people really stare to be mean but because they don't know what else to do.
For the most part people are kind and to the rest, I hope a house falls on them like the wicked witch in the wizard of oz.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

We all had a wonderful time at our first Buddy Walk! Pals came and entertains us, there was a hot air balloon, food, games, prizes for everyone, good friends and great weather! Who could ask for more! Our kids had a ball and Courtney won a scooter for collecting the most money for her age group, $ 408.00 all by herself. She even went out in the rain to collect money. I am very proud of her and all of my kids for helping out at this years Buddy Walk. What a honor to belong to a group of such loving and supportive families and friends. I feel very blessed to have this kind of a support group. THANK YOU to all who make this event possible for all of us to come together and enjoy!
Buddy Walk 2006, our team Chasers Racers !

Some of my family
Back row,Big Austin, little Austin, Chelsey, Courntney
middle row, Mom, Dad, Brooke and her friend Tim Marie
Fornt row, Chase & Cody

Dad, Mom, Chase & Brooke

The Herd!

Cody & Chelsey acting silly.

The family with my to cool 24 year old son Kenny in the sun glasses.He has a bad knee and did not walk with us but he came to support his little guy.

All girls go nuts for wrangle butts! (Chase)

Chase showing off his new moves to the girls.

And where was mom? Helping out at the Buddy Walk.

Austin, Chelsey & Courtney, arm in arm.

Here we go!

Chaser the Racer!

Chase, our little guy for whom we walk for!

One tired little boy and Chase was too.
Papas little man!