Are We There Yet?

This is one crazy journey.

As if it couldn’t get any worse… January 26, 2007

Filed under: I Love My Husband,Shitty Days — taramayrn @ 10:41 pm

my husband didn’t pass his module 4 exam for CASB (to get his CA).  We’re sad and bummed.  But life does go on…


Rest in peace Grandma Wheeler

Filed under: Family — taramayrn @ 1:32 pm

Last evening my Great Grandma Wheeler passed away at the age of 106 years old.  She was still mentally intact even though her body was failing her. 

Grandma Wheeler was an amazing woman.  She marveled at the changes she had seen over her 106 years. 

She was a woman of immense faith.  Her love of and trust in Jesus carried her through many difficult times – the loss of her husband in her early 60’s, the loss of her son and her daughter to name a few. 

My Grandma was a great inspiration to me and the rest of our family.  We were so proud of her. 

Grandma never wanted to live to be 106.  She said it was “unnatural”.  I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to see her childrens’ health fail while she was still relatively healthy.  I know she felt great guilt when her son and daughter died.  Even though she was surrounded by her living children and many other relatives she was lonely.  She longed to be in heaven.  The last week of her life she prayed for the Lord to take her home.

You’re at home now Grandma.  Your devotion to the Lord, your hardwork and your strength has been rewarded.  We will miss you. 

*I realize this post isn’t the most well written.  Please forgive me.*


Pictures of Cooper Zelrick January 24, 2007

Filed under: Adoption,Sweet Nothings — taramayrn @ 11:38 am

Here is a picture of Cooper Zelrick and one of him with his new mommy and daddy.  🙂


Happy Family


Welcome to the world little man January 23, 2007

Filed under: Adoption,Sweet Nothings — taramayrn @ 9:55 pm

Congratulations to my friend Natalie and her husband Keith on their new baby boy

 Cooper Zelrick

Cooper has joined their family today through the miracle of adoption.  I am just sooo happy for the two of you.  Cooper is one lucky baby. 


Flakey Guide Mom Saga Part 2 January 22, 2007

Filed under: Girl Guides — taramayrn @ 4:59 pm

See the post below for full story.  Today said mom left a message on my phone saying she got the letter, etc I dropped off there yesterday.  She then had about 2 excuses as to why she wasn’t around on the weekend – sob sob cry me a river.  Then she says that last time her and her daughter talked her daughter said she wasn’t sure she wanted to stay in Guides!  WTF??!!!  Where did this come from?  Is this a ploy by mom to avoid paying?  So, she says she will talk to her daughter again tonight when she is home from school and she will let me know tonight after 3:15.  So it’s now 5 and no phone call.  Suprise suprise. 

Stay tuned for further installments of this saga.


Flakey Guide Mom Saga Part 1

Filed under: Girl Guides — taramayrn @ 8:25 am

 Most of you know this, but if you don’t – I’m a Girl Guide leader.  I have been in Guiding all my life – just received my 20 year membership pin.  I also grew up in a “Guiding” family.  It was a given that I’d be involved as an adult…it’s in my blood.  I enjoy mentoring the girls, seeing their faces light up when they learn a new skill or accomplish something they didn’t think they could.  I enjoy the other leaders – some of my best friends.  I enjoy giving back.  I volunteer my time, I don’t get paid.  That’s okay because 99% of the time I love what I do as a Girl Guide leader.  The other 1% not so  much fun.

So, I have this girl in my group.  New to Guides.  Great kid, lots of fun, lots of potential.  Except her mom’s a flake.   Our registration fees for Girl Guides are $75.00/year.  Totally reasonable, I mean Scouting charges at least $150.00.  So she’s getting a steal of a deal, especially considering she still hasn’t paid the fees, yet her kid is still participating in all the activities.  Nice eh? 

So, I’ve done my duty and given her information on a payment plan or Member’s Assistance (where the district will pay her kid’s fees) – nope refused them.  Told me after Christmas she could pay them.  Okay, fine, I believe her.  I’m too nice I suppose.

Oh, I forgot to mention she also has 3 cases of Girl Guide cookies she hasn’t returned (so that’s $144.00) and her kid is signed up to go on this huge camp I’m taking a group of girls to.  The camp fees for that are $200 but the deposit of $50 was due in October.  Still haven’t received them yet either.

So, I call her a few days ago telling her I absolutely need the money and cookies by Friday.   Oh no problem she says, yeah we get paid that day.  So she is to call me that day so I can come pick the stuff up.  I’m not even asking her to drive to my house, which if I were smart I would have made her done.  Why waste my time!?  Anyways, I get a sob story later in the day about how her hubby can’t leave work and he has the money, but for sure the next day we’ll get together.  Okay, so me, Mrs. Nice Leader, gave her another chance.  Well, as you can guess Saturday came and went with no word from her.  I call many times – no answer, no answering machine.  Nice….

 Gee, thanks for taking advantage of an organization that runs off volunteer hours, etc.  So, my district commissioner and I wrote up a letter to her last night and I’ve dropped it off to her yesterday evening.  Essentially if she doesn’t pay by the end of the month or accept Member’s Assistance her kid’s out. 

Why is it that I feel like the bad guy though?  Clearly she is taking advantage of my good will and my generousity, even if it isn’t intentional.  So really I shouldn’t feel bad for laying the smack down.  But I do.  I feel bad for her daughter, she’s being punished because her mom’s a flake.  I’m hoping though that this letter will open her eyes.  I hope so anyways.  I wonder if she will come to the meeting tonight and if she’ll say anything about it to me.  I wonder what the excuse will be this time.

I just don’t understand some people.  I mean if that were me in her shoes I’d be so worried about paying the fees and returning the unsold cookies (I’m not even asking her to sell all of them).  If I knew my child really enjoyed an activity would I jeopardize that for my child?  Hell no!!  I suppose she doesn’t really realize how serious this situation is and how serious we are.  No payment= No Guides.

Did I ever tell you I hate being the bad guy?! 


African Watering Hole Webcam January 12, 2007

Filed under: Sweet Nothings — taramayrn @ 1:48 pm

 This is so cool -check it out.  It’s a webcam on an African watering hole.  Don’t forget to turn on your speakers – the sounds are cool and sometimes you can hear some drumming.

Remember it’s 8 hours ahead of our EST so depending on when you watch it you won’t see much, but it’s still really cool.