Wednesday, April 20, 2011

25/21: I Haven't Given Up On You......

... Just been more than a bit busy. I'm so ready for school to be out -- I just can't stand it. In the meantime, though, we're running here and there with softball and school and church and everything in between.

Even though my blog postings took a bit of a bit of a break, I know your weight-loss didn't. AND since we only have 41 days till school's out, we better be rockin'. So.... let's see where we all stand!

Name -- Lost this Week -- Total for the Challenge
Aimee D. --
Amber B. -- Lost 1.4; Total Lost 7.8
Amy B. --
Amy S. --
Ann C. --
Annette T. --
Cindi C. --
Cissa N. --
Crystal V. --
Cyndi S. --
Cyndy G --
D'Lupe -- Lost 1; Total Lost 6
Jennifer M. -- Lost 2
Jimmie Sue L. --
Jolanda W. --
Julie N. --
Kara V. -- Lost 1.5; Total 9.5
Katie R. --
Kay R. --
Kayren B. --
Kelley B. --
Kristine F. -- Lost 1.5; Total 16.3
Laura Kay R. --
Laurie Y. --
Leanne J. --
Liz E. --
Lori A. --
Lori P --
Melanie H. --
Melissa H. --
Molly C. -- Holding Steady.....
Nadine L. -- Total Lost 7
Rachel R. --
Rebecca B. --
Sally P. --
Sarah A. -- Lost 1; Total Lost 10
Sharon V. --
Sherrie W. -- Lost 1.5
Suzi B. --
Tammy H. -- Lost 1.5; Total Lost 9
Taunda J. -- Holding Steady; Total Lost 5
Vicki T. --

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Help for West Texas

... And I have no idea why my posts have started formatting like this. But... Remember how everyone in Fairfield jumped in to help the Longs when their house burned down? I know you've all seen the footage on TV, and the terrible losses that families in West and North Texas are facing. Three years ago we lost 2 miles of fence on our home place to one of these fires. In comparison, we know of a family near Post that ranches on a section of land. That's one square mile. Earlier this week, they lost everything except their house. Barns, tack, feed... Fences. Everything. If you'd like to help the families devastated by the fires, the Biggs family is collecting gift cards to send up there. I'll be sending the first batch on Thursday. I'll let you know where they go and who you're helping. The love and support from complete strangers has brought great hope to our family and friends who are battling the fires. As fire trucks from as far away as Flower Mound, Wylie, Austin and Rockwall have rolled through town, they have been welcomed with open arms. If this is something you can help with, gift cards to Lowe's, Home Depot, Gebo's and Wal-Mart are great. (Think Building Supply and Small Towns.) If helping with gift cards isn't something you can do, please be praying for rain and light winds. The winds were supposed to give them a bit of a break this weekend, but they're bracing for high winds again on Monday. Thank you for your help and support!!! - D'Lyn Biggs p.s. These pictures were taken a few weeks after our fire. The pastures had started to green up again. While they don't fully convey what the damage looked like, they will give you a glimpse. And remember, this was just a drop in the bucket in comparison to what so many people are facing right now!
This shows just how close the fire got to our house.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Princess Guide: I've had about all I can stand...


... of hibernating.... Hi Ya'll, I've been head over heels in finishing the Yearbook for my girls' school, so I haven't been able to start focusing in on this year's 3-Day for the Cure fundraising. BUT Yearbook is due Monday, so ya'll hang onto your hats! I'm about to come out of hibernation in a BIG way! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you the very real stories of four women fighting breast cancer. Four YOUNG women. Four women in different stages of this battle. First, an update on Cheri. This is what Dione sent today: "She is home now- I talked to her today and I can tell she is struggling. Here is what Jeff posted on his page today. We saw the oncologist yesterday. Cheri will c the cardiologist today to have an echo done to c if her heart is strong enough for chemo. If it is then she will start back on chemo on tues w/a diff chemo drug that attacks cells instead of masses. It is n the same family of chemo drugs that she was on, so the side effects should b the same as before. Keep praying!" Second, an update from my friend Andrea. Andrea lives in Virginia, and her husband Matt is an old friend. Andrea is the reason I'm walking in DC this year -- in addition to DFW. I'll let you read Andrea's story on Caring Bridge. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. The reality of their situation really hits home with me. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/andrealohr Third, we have an update, also on Caring Bridge, for Cyndi Ritchie. Cyndi was Kaitlyn's preschool teacher at The Met's Lamb School when we first moved to Houston. She lives in Montana now. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/montana2010 Finally, the Caring Bridge link for Teri Colwell. Teri lives in Coles Crossing and goes to church at West Houston. Her boys are 6 and almost 9. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tericolwell/en I wanted to share all these stories with you for a couple of reasons. For one, much of my personal focus is on helping women understand that breast cancer isn't a Grandmother's diease. It knows no age, ethnic, gender, economic or religious boundaries. All four of these women are young. Teri and Andrea both have very young children. I also wanted you to know that part of the funds we raise for Team Tiara Foundation, above and beyond the dollars we raise for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, go to support women who are fighting this battle right now. Women like Cheri, Andrea, Cyndi and Teri. We have already sent Andrea an Isaiah 40:31 bracelet. We have given away all the bracelets that walked the walk in November, and I ordered 20 more today. Teri, Cheri and Cyndi will all be receiving a bracelet. We are looking into other means of support as well. In the next week or so, as I finish Yearbook and get ready to focus on Team Tiara's fundraising for 2011, you're going to start hearing more and more from me. We have plans beginning for a few major fundraisers, and I'll also let you know about individual fundraising. Corporate Sponsorships will be a major focus this year. I'll be in Dallas April 30-May 1 to help with event planning there, and we'll have a meeting in Houston in the very near future. As we kick all of this off, and you see a bigger passion than ever before, you'll understand what's driving me. This isn't your Grandmother's disease. This could be Your disease. And it could be MY disease. Let's stop it before that happens. Love to you all! - D'Lupe

We Built Hope on the Hill

Check it out This is a wonderful example of what can happen when an entire community comes together to do something amazing. We need to find a spot for Hope Field 2. Need a softball field for your league??

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bear With Me....

... We've been a bit busy.