Thursday, May 26, 2011

Walk to Defeat ALS 2011

I think it's time that I post a blog on the Walk to Defeat ALS 2011.

This is a walk that is very personally important to me, as I lost my Grandma to ALS on Christmas Eve in 1997.

Just what is ALS? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a motor neuron disease, first described in 1869 by the noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the last decade has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding about the disease that provides hope for the future.

Lou Gehrig first brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, composer Dimitri Shostakovich, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. A common first symptom is a painless weakness in a hand, foot, arm or leg, which occurs in more than half of all cases. Other early symptoms include speech swallowing or walking difficulty.

The biological mechanisms that cause ALS are only partially understood. The only known cause of ALS is a mutation of a specific gene: the SOD1 gene. This mutation is believed to make a defective protein that is toxic to motor nerve cells. The SOD1 mutation, however, accounts for only 1 or 2 percent of ALS cases, or 20 percent of the familial (inherited) cases.

Familial ALS represents between five to 10 percent of all cases. The rest arise spontaneously and mysteriously, making seemingly random attacks on previously healthy adults. ALS can strike anyone, anytime.

Physicians have limited choices for treating ALS, and the options that do exist have come into use within the last 10 years. Studies suggest that patients' length of survival and quality of life are enhanced by night-time breathing assistance early in the course of the disease and by aggressive application of alternate feeding options to assure good nutrition once swallowing becomes difficult. At this time, Riluzole® is the only drug that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of ALS. In clinical trials, Riluzole® has shown a slight benefit in modestly increasing survival time.

Stem cell and gene therapy are promising areas of research. In a variety of studies, ALS mouse models are being used to develop treatments that may someday lead to similar human clinical trials. Gene therapy is one field of research where The ALS Association is concentrating support for more study.

More significant advances of research into ALS has occurred in the last decade than all of the time since Charcot identified the disease. Advances in technology and the genetic revolution are aiding researchers in unlocking the ALS mystery. As more scientists focus on this perplexing disease, the outlook for new understanding brightens each day

For several years, I have been a team captain and raised money for this walk. However, for the last 2 years, I have participated in the walk commitee as the food and beverage coordinator for the walk. This involves me getting food/beverage donations while continuing to raise money to fight this horrible disease.

This is where I would like to step in and ask you wonderful bloggers for help. Our goal for the walk this year is to raise $300,000. Can you help me with this? Anything will help!

My personal webpage is: and it will give you info on donating, etc.

Thank you in Advance for those that are willing to help fight this horrible disease.

Day 25- What I would find in your bag

For those of you reading daily, I did skip yesterdays post for personal/private reasons.

Day 25- What I would find in your bag

oh goodness, my bag is the catch all. I will try to take some pictures later and add to the post, but right now, it's just going to be a list.

make up bag with feminine items, lotion, prevacid, advil, nail file, 3 chap sticks, and a lip gloss.
2 anti-bacterial hand gels
hair brush
multiple lighters
a small journal for taking notes during my ALS meetings and at Church
asthma inhaler
advil cold and sinus
multiple ink pens

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 23- Something you crave for a lot

Day 23- Something you crave for a lot

I crave Dr Pepper. yuuummmmmmmy! I keep trying to give up soft drinks and then I get that craving for Dr Pepper and I cave. It's terrible.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My savings for today!!!!

This is a Walgreens trip and a CVS trip

Items bought:
4 AXE body sprays
4 Suave body washes
4 Degree Deodorants
1 Reach Toothbrush
1 (375 count) QTips
1 cool mint Listerine (1L)
2 cans of AJAX with Bleach
1 (1.47L) Cheer liquid laundry detergent
2 (1.47L) Purex liquid laundry detergents
1 sunkist 20oz soft drink (not pictured)
2 plastic lawn chairs (not pictured)

Total spent: $47.61

Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else

Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else

hmmm. I like to think that my morals are better than a lot of people's in this world.

My love for God makes me different than a lot of people.

I think my past (the ups and downs) have made me more cautious than others.

I don't really know that I am THAT different than others. We all make choices that lead to our destiny, I just hope that I choose the correct one at that time.

Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 20- What does your future hold/where would you like to be?

Day 20- What does your future hold/where would you like to be?

Only one person/being knows what my future holds and that is our Heavenly Father.

I would like to think that one day I will re-marry and start a family, have the career of my dreams, live in the hill country with a big beautiful country style house with a wrap around porch and a porch swing.....but in all honestly, its not my choice, it is His.

So I wait to see what he chooses for me.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Women Judging other Women

I got this email this morning from Proverbs 31. It makes a LOT of sense in my life right now. It seems that women do this and its extremely hurtful to judge other women. I see it happening all around me all of the time. Now, I will not say I am innocent, but I am really trying hard to not judge people. Please look into the 2 websites I have listed below and read the email that was sent out today. If you get a chance, please answer the questions I have asked at the bottom of the post. God Bless!

Proverbs 31:
Lysa TerKeurst:

May 19, 2011
Women Judging Women
Lysa TerKeurst
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble…” 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

How differently might our lives be if we women didn’t have to fear the harsh criticisms of other women? Might we be willing to step out a little bolder for Jesus? Might we be willing to be a little more vulnerable? Might we live our lives a little less guarded?

Oh sweet sisters, women judging other women must absolutely break God’s heart. The crazy thing is when we judge others, we elevate ourselves past the ability to recognize our own propensity to sin in the very area we are criticizing. Show me a woman who is leveling a judgment against another person, and I will show you a woman who is wrapped in sin herself.

If it’s not the very same sin she’s criticizing, it will be a sin just as dangerous — pride.

It is a subtle shift that Satan invites us into. Voicing criticisms against others will coat the eyes of our soul with smut so thick, we become blinded to our own sin. Pride and self-righteousness will detour us from God’s best path and lead us on a treacherous journey of denial. We’ll deny our own sinfulness. We’ll deny our own need for grace.

Those who can’t see their own desperate need for grace, refuse to freely give grace to others.

Now, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to start making a mental list of those who you have felt judged by and you started praying a few sentences back: “Please let so and so read today’s devotion. Oh I hope she sees herself in this and gets a whammy of conviction.”

But, let’s stop making that mental list and receive this message personally. Even if we aren’t naturally critical people, this is an area we can all grow in.

I recently read a wonderful quote outlining a beautiful plan when we feel tempted to judge someone else. Francis Frangipane in his book Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God says, “Anyone can pass judgment — but can they lay down their lives in love, intercession and faith for the one judged? Can they target an area of need and rather than criticizing, fast and pray, asking God to supply the very virtue they feel lacking? And then persevere in that love — motivated prayer until that fallen area blooms in godliness? Such is the life Christ commands we follow!” (pg.11)

I know just posting this devotion will not suddenly make the world tip on it’s axis and shake all of us women into breaking the cycle of criticisms and judgment. However, maybe, it will be a start. If it causes even one of us to fall in front of Jesus in repentance and allow Him to wipe clean our spiritual eyes — it will be a great start. Now, let me be that one.

Dear Lord, may I first fall in repentance into Your loving arms of grace. Thank You for the harsh ways I have been judged lately for it has made me so aware of how hurtful this can be. Forgive me. I am a woman who desperately needs grace — therefore, I should be a woman who freely offers grace. When I am tempted to be critical of someone else, help me hold my thoughts and my tongue. Instead of voicing those things, help me bring them to You in honest, sincere and heartfelt prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Visit Lysa’s blog by clicking here if you’ve ever been blindsided by a harsh comment. She’ll be sharing 3 crucial things to remember before responding.

If this devotion resonated with you, don’t miss Lysa’s new 6 week DVD teaching set, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. For more information, click here.

The accompanying Yes to God Bible Study workbook can be found by clicking here.

Lysa will be speaking in more than 40 cities this year. Click here to see her schedule. She would be honored to meet you.

When you purchase resources through Proverbs 31 Ministries, you touch eternity because your purchase supports the many areas of hope-giving ministry we provide at no cost. We wish we could, but we simply can’t compete with prices offered by huge online warehouses. Therefore, we are extremely grateful for each and every purchase you make with us. Thank you!

Application Steps:
The next time I feel critical of someone else, I want an action plan so that I can respond biblically. Don’t you? Why not write out today’s scripture verses on an index card and carry them in your purse. Below the Scriptures write, “Instead of criticizing, I will commit this person to prayer. I will stand in the gap for them with love and persevere in my prayers. I commit to keep my mouth closed but my heart wide open.”

How did it feel the last time I was judged by someone?

Why not resurrect that stinging feeling each time we are tempted to be harshly critical of someone else? The hurt we felt can be put to good use if it prevents us from falling into the trap of judging others.

Power Verses:
1 Peter 5:5b-6, “…All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (NIV)

Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (NIV)

© 2011 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

Are you guilty of judging other women? What are you doing to try to prevent yourself from judging others?

Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them

Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them

I have several nicknames.

Bear - my parents/grandparents have always called me "bear". I used to carry/drag around my pooh bear blanket.

Am - just a shortened version of my name that my mom calls me.

Ber - Nicole randomly started calling me that one day and it stuck. Only a few people use this nickname though.

AmberS and ASIMM are both screen names that I have been called over the last several years.

Nothing to spectacular on nicknames for me. Just different variations of my name.

However, my Grandpa used to call me "doll". I would give anything to hear him say that just one more time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday

Don't forget to link up with Jamie at

I am loving that it's Wednesday, which means only 2 work days left until the weekend.

I am loving that I just found a food co-op that's not too far from our apartment.

I am loving my great friends.

I am loving
my Mom!

I am loving my wonderful boyfriend, Ben.

Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have

Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have

This could turn into a long list. I have lots of plans, dreams, goals....don't we all? lol

continue working to get donations/sponsors/etc for the ALS walk in October.

I want to continue working on my Faith.
I want to go back and finish school with a degree in Social Services.
I want to get married and have babies.
I want to be happy. :)

Some of my goals/plans are personal and I would rather not share. There are many more for that above list, but most of them are the normal goals that everyone has for themselves and their families.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

I would love to switch lives with a labor/delivery nurse or doctor for one day. I think a majority of them are amazing people, and you get that honor of bringing a life into this world. While they do sometimes have to deliver death, it is still a life changing moment that they are a part of.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Catching up.....days 13-16

Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Ok, too many friends and family read this blog and this is not the appropriate place to air something like that. Sorry, but I will not be completing this one.

For days 14-16, I don’t have any pics uploaded to my computer like that and I am the only person in the world that doesn’t have an IPOD.
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself (baby pic!

These last few days with these have been challenging. I am hoping to get back on track though! Please bare (sp?) with me!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Day 12- Your Blog Story.

My blog story, hmmm. I really honestly don't remember why I started my blog.

I know that my blog was a great place to post updates on my Grandpa (while he was sick and dying) for the family. It kept everyone up to date without me having to email or call each person.

My family/friends that aren't close now get updates on my life via my blog.

What are your blog stories?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

So What Wednesdays

Head over to this blog: and link up if you want to participate in "So What Wednesdays"

So what if this is my 2nd post of the day.

So what if I overslept and got to work 10 minutes late.

So what if I am in a crappy mood because I was so rushed this morning.

So what if my triglycerides are high.

So what if I am irritated with stupid people today.

SO WHAT!?!?!?!?!?

Day 11- a person you would love to meet

Someone I would like to meet.

I think I would have to say Laura Bush.

she is extremely classy in my opinion. Her intelligence and the things she does to help children read, etc are amazing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

hmmm. I listen to mainly the Christian station in my car. When I decide to put the occasional CD in, it either Brandon Rhyder, Pat Green, Aerosmith, Zac Brown Band, Kidd Rock, Alabama's greatest hits, etc.

Music for the most part makes me happy in general.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 09- Something you’re proud of

I am very proud of myself and my participation in the ALS Walk to Defeat event. It's a very trying, emotional experience. But it is an amazing feeling.

Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why

My short term goals for this month:

my health - figure out why I am so tired but not sleeping. Get everything under control with this.

Walk to Defeat ALS - get more donations, etc set up.

Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you

The person in my life that has had the biggest impact on me is my Mom. She has been everything to me. Provider, protector, counselor, friend, and the list goes on and on.

I don't have a picture of her on my work computer though. :(

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 06- Favorite super hero and why

My favorite super hero (I have actually never thought about this until today) is Wonder Woman, if I had to pick one. She seems like a strong person and was someone I wanted to be as a child.

Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to

This is St Martin, in the Virgin Islands

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 04- something that you are looking forward to.

Something I am looking forward to......good question.

I am actually looking forward to volunteering more with my Church and deepening my Faith.

It's a short post tonight as I didn't sleep much at all last night. Can I please ask that everyone say some prayers for my family over the next couple of days?

What I'm loving Wednesday!

You can link up for WILW at:

~I am loving the 30 day blog challenge that I am doing below. (Day 4 post is soon to come)

~I am loving that my family and I can pull together when needed.

~I am loving working in the Children's Ministry at my Church!

~I am loving that we are having dinner at Babe's Chicken tonight

~I am loving that my blog has almost 5000 views

~and last but definitely not least, I love that Ben is such an amazing man!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 03- A picture of you and your friends

This is the only picture I had on this computer. lol.

This is from July of 2010.

Rachel is going to kill me for posting this. (sorry Rachie)

Monday, May 2, 2011

•Day 02- The meaning behind your Blogger name

•Day 02- The meaning behind your Blogger name

This is an easy one for me. The meaning behind my blogger name....its a Pat Green song. Many of you know of my love for Pat Green's music. My blogger name is some of the lyrics to my very favorite song of his, "Carry On". This song means a lot to me and has gotten me through some really tough times.

Baby's just a little bit tired of the city,
Billboards and bullshit got her down,
Seem like you need a little hill country,
A Little back roads driving, little bit of the old top down,

Yeah, everybody gotta get away sometime,
Forget about yourself for a while,
Seems to me that all you need is a ragtop car to ride with me,
Ok, alright, just might get a little high tonight,
Ok, alright, carry on,

Ol' Walt Wilkins lives up in Nashville,
You know his eyes have seen the miles,
Walt why don't you jump in Jim T's caddy,
Come down to Texas and drink with me a while,

Yeah, everybody gotta get away sometime,
Forget about yourself for a while,
We'll go down to El Arroyo have some tacos and beer, yeah and let ourselves go.
Ok, alright, just might try to get it right tonight,
Ok, alright, Carry On

Lover make sure that you got your troubles,
I'm gonna make sure that you work too hard,
Ain't nobody that don't get tired,
Watch your troubles pile up big in your own backyard,
Sometimes you've got to grab your world with your own two hands,
Set it spinning off on a course all your own,
Take yourself a big bag for your shoulder,
Find yourself some good times,
Bring them on back home,

Yeah, everybody gotta get away sometime,
Forget about yourself for a while,
Lay your whole life upon a shelf,
Got no one to blame but your own damn self,
Ok, alright, heaven only know what gonna happen tonight,
Ok, alright, I'm ok, I'm alright, I'm ok,
I'm all right, I'm ok, I'm all right, Oh carry on, yeah -

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 1 of my 30 day blogging challenge

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

This is the most recent picture I could find of myself that I wouldn't mind posting. It was at my Baptism in October.

15 interesting facts about myself. hmmm. this might be hard.
1. I am 32 years old
2. I have one older brother and 2 younger step sisters
3. I have 3 nieces and 5 nephews. wow.
4. I have the most amazing boyfriend ever.
5. my family and I moved to Texas when I was 4 years old.
6. Prior to living in Texas, we lived in Kentucky.
7. I worked in the travel industry for a little over 12 years.
8. I currently work in Mortgage
9. I am looking to go back to school (again! lol) in the Fall of this year.
10. When I grow up, I would like to be a patient advocate and work in social services.
11. I am extremely close with some of my family and others not so much
12. I met most of my boyfriends family for the first time a few weeks ago
13. I would someday like to get married and have THREE children.
14. I am scared to death of having a child in this world.
15. There are 2 males in my life that mean more than anything in this world. One is my boyfriend, Ben. The other, is my nephew, Declin.

Wow. That was way harder than I thought it would be. hahaha.