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A Mother's Hands

I originally took this picture to show off mom's fascination with bracelets (yes, she wears all of these at once!)...

but after looking at the picture a second time, it made me think about all the love she's shared with those two hands: changing diapers, bandaging skinned knees, cooking dinner, hugging, hand holding, etc.

She was having a good day today. They had an Elvis impersonator perform on Thursday, and the staff made sure she was front & center. He sang a song directly to her, and after the performance gave her a kiss and an autographed picture. She's still in seventh heaven!

I got Becky Higgin's PROJECT LIFE in the mail yesterday! YIPPEE!

I did this last year - documented our life for 365 days. I still have a bit to catch up on at the end of the year, but this system really works. If you're interested, go to and search for it. I believe both of the designs are on back order at this point, but I'm sure they will be back in stock soon. The price might sound expensive - it's $52.99 - but when you think you have everything you need to scrapbook your life for an entire year, it's really inexpensive.

The Wichita State Shockers beat Illinois State 65-51 last night. They are looking good! Their first 4-0 start in the MVC since the early 80's. The Kansas State Wildcats lost this afternoon to Oklahoma State to start their conference schedule.

Today's big national news is the shooting in Arizona at a rally for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The current reports are 6 dead and 12 injured. One critically injured is the Congresswoman. Among the dead are a 9 year old girl and an Arizona judge. The suspect, a 22 year old white male, is in custody. What a sad, sad story!


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