Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Life is too short

I went to Casey Chrystie’s Celebration of Life on Saturday. It was an eye opening experience for me…..really Casey’s whole trial with Cancer and his death have been a wake up call to me. Cancer took someone at age 24 that had totally given his life over to God. Totally. Did he achieve what he was put on this earth for in that short amount of time?

This got me thinking about my life and where I stand and my Faith in God. Do I have Faith? Have I given myself to God as I should? No, I haven’t. Do I plan on it? Absolutely.

To see the Chrystie family and their Faith at that Celebration of Life was amazing. They are mourning, yet they are celebrating the life that Casey had on this earth and now the life that Casey has with our God in Heaven. Just breath taking. I read the journal on Casey’s Caring Bridge website everyday as Gaylene and Bruce update it. Their Faith and verses and quotes sometimes are what inspires me to get through my day some days.

www.caringbridge.org and the journal is under caseychrystie.

It really is amazing. I forward the journal entries to several of my friends daily so that they can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. While some days, I cry reading the journal, I know that my Faith isn’t that strong, but I want it to be.

That leads me to what I wanted to say. Life is way too short to dwell on things, on the past, on the negativity, on drama. I am going to move forward and smile. I am going to pray. I cherish the relationships I have in my life with both my family and my friends. I am going to take more chances. I am going to move past the things and people that I know are causing harm or hurt in my life and bring on the positive ones. I am going to find my Faith in God.

With that…..Hope that everyone has a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


do you ever have those days where you feel completely and utterly OVERWHELMED? yeah, that has been me for the last week. Lots going on in my life right now. It's good to have the friends I have and great to have the family that supports me. I know I will be ok when it's all said and done, but right now, I just feel like that isn't possible. I don't know which way to go, who to REALLY turn to, who I can trust and confide in, or really who I am right now. I will find myself again, and when I do, I know I will be a better person because of it all. Just send a few up for me if you get a chance.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

this weekend and next

Well, the girl's only party was last night. I had a great time. It was good to hang out with my girls. I have tons of food left over, but it will get eaten....it's all good stuff.

Next weekend, I am watching Declin from Friday afternoon/evening until Sunday afternoon/evening. His parents are going on a much needed camping trip. Declin and myself will hang out and have fun.

Saturday evening at 5pm is the Celebration of Life for Casey Chrystie. It will be a sad time, but supposed to be a joyous one as well. RIP Casey, you will be missed!

Well, it's Sunday and my show is about to start. Hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

overwhelmed? sometimes

This past week has been nuts.....

Thursday (10/02) - went to Flips in Grapevine with Ozzy and a few of his co-workers.

Saturday (10/04) - Was Vitali's first birthday party!!!!

Sunday (10/05) - Chris and Valerie's wedding and reception. Then to Malone's in Ft Worth for a little after party.

Monday (10/06) - watched Monday Night Football at Logan's in Addison with Nicki and Ozzy.

Wednesday (10/07) - went to Ben and Jeannie's after work to spend some time with my precious nephew Declin.

Thursday (10/09) - went to Logan's again to meet up with Nicki, Ozzy, and Al. Ended up hanging out with Ron, Roland, Lindsay, and Haley as well. Great time!!!!

Saturday (10/11) - hanging out and pedicure with mom. over to hang out with Jeannie and Declin. This is the time that Declin has decided my name is "Puppy". WTF?!?!? Yeah, he will argue it too. Good thing he is so damn cute. HAHAHA! That evening was Stephanie Carrillo's 30th birthday party at her house.

and that leaves me at today. I am cleaning and going crazy trying to make lists of what needs to be done through out the week.

Tonight, I think I am meeting Daniel for a few drinks and maybe dinner or something. Haven't seen him in forever....and let's face it, sometimes we need that friendship of someone that knows us so well and can give us the advice we need. I love my Daniel. lol. Even if he is brutually honest sometimes.

This week is sure to be busy too......Living close to Nicki might possibly be the death of both of our livers. It has been a long time coming, but this next year.....could possibly be the breaking point. LMFAO!

This Friday (Oct 17) is the prep work and cooking/baking for the "Girl's Only Party" I am having. Saturday is the ALS walk at 8:30am and then home to prep and get ready for the party that evening. I can't wait to hang out with all of my girls. I am sad about the ones that can't make it, and we will have a drink or 10 for you. lol.

Last and certainly not least, I would like to request that everyone send some thoughts and prayers up for the Chrystie family. Casey Chrystie isn't doing well AT ALL as his cancer has now over taken his lungs. They have him on what is called "comfort care" which basically means they are keeping him as pain-free as possible until our Leader comes to take him Home. Please pray for Casey and for his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Well, my good friend Crystal and her hubby, Ty....had their 4th child today. It was a boy. 6 pounds, 9 ounces. 19 1/2 inches long. No name yet as they were told through the whole pregnancy that it was a girl. lol. goodness....I can't even imagine.

Friday, October 3, 2008

It's that time of the year again for the ALS walk

Dear Family and Friends,

Dust off your walking shoes! I am writing today to invite you to support a very important and exciting event, The ALS Association, North Texas Chapter Walk to Defeat ALS®.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal neuromuscular disease that can strike anyone without warning. Every 90 minutes someone in this country will be diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone will lose their battle against this devastating disease.The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association's national signature event. Each year, nearly 100,000 patients, men, women, children and corporations join together to raise funds in support of internationally driven cutting-edge ALS research and community-based patient services programs. Now in its ninth year, approximately 150 Walks will be held around the country in 2008.As a participant of the Fort Worth Walk, I am asking for your support by making a gift to The ALS Association or by joining me as a participant on Walk Day.

This year, I will Walk in honor of Betty Ann Bass (my grandmother)who was courageous in her battle with ALS. During her struggle with the debilitating effects of ALS, Grandma forever inspires us with her bravery and determination. This inspiration encouraged me to join the fight against ALS. I hope you will join me as we work to help everyone living with this disease.Supporting and joining the Walk to Defeat ALS® is very easy!

Simply click on the link below to visit my personal fundraising page and donate directly online or join me as a Walk participant.You may also choose to send your contribution in the form of a check.Please make all checks payable to The ALS Association and send them to me at the following address:PM me for the address pleaseThank you again for supporting me in the fight against ALS. I appreciate your generosity and participation and will continue to update you with my progress as Walk Day nears.

Amber Simmons

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Walk is in Ft Worth on Oct 18th at 8:30am at Billy Bobs if anyone wants to join me. I do this walk in memory of my grandmother every year.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Don't sweat the small petty things......

Lately, it seems that I am REALLY annoyed when people start bitching about small stuff. I don’t understand it and it takes everything I have not to tell those people to shut the hell up. I mean really? Have you seen all the shit that the hurricane victims are going through? Does it really matter if someone mis-spelled words on their email? At least you are alive and woke up this morning and are able to read their email!!!

I guess as I get older, I am realizing how precious life is and how important the people in my life are. I don’t want to dwell on the small things any longer. I want to live life to the fullest. I want to spend time with my family and friends. I want to meet new people and learn new things.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I don’t dwell on petty stuff. We all do occasionally. I am saying that I don’t think it should be ALL that we dwell on. Live life as a happy person. Not bitching or complaining all the time. Take time to smile…..it lightens a mood.