Friday, May 21, 2010

St Jude Memphis Marathon!

You may have noticed the St Jude Marathon info on the side of my page. Well, I officially registered to run the marathon (26.2 miles!) on December 4. I also signed up to participate in the Heroes program, which gives me the opportunity to raise additional funds for the children of St Jude Hospital.

Please consider making a donation to St Jude Hospital. You can click the image on the sidebar or this link to make a contribution online:
St Jude Children's Hospital Donation Form

If you're interested in learning a little bit about St Jude, here is some info from their website.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
About 5,700 active patients are seen at St. Jude yearly, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis as part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.
St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened on February 4, 1962. St. Jude is supported primarily by donations raised by its national fundraising organization, ALSAC, which was established by Danny Thomas expressly for the purpose of funding St. Jude.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes

This recipe is from the April issue of Southern Living. I haven't cooked many meals since Bryan has been gone, but this was good and really easy!

Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 28 minutes
Yield: Makes 4 servings

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeño peppers (optional)
1 tablespoon liquid from pickled jalapeño peppers (optional)
1 (11.25-oz.) package frozen garlic Texas toast
1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return to skillet. Stir in tomatoes, next 3 ingredients, and, if desired, jalapeño peppers and liquid. Cover and cook 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, prepare Texas toast according to package directions. Serve beef mixture over Texas toast; sprinkle with cheese.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Picking Strawberries

On Saturday, Marlie & I made our first trip to a strawberry farm. We invited some friends to join us and we had a great time picking our gallon of berries. I was scared that all the rain we had gotten would ruin the crops, but the strawberries were huge, red & delicious! M had a great time picking her strawberries (although I had to keep reminding her not to pick the green ones!) until she got stuck in the mud! We have been enjoying our strawberries for days now!

Showing off one of the first berries she picked.

Having fun

The "fruits" of our labor!

Addie & Marlie - notice the mud on her shoes!

Just barely tall enough!

Mother's Day was pretty low key for us. Bryan & Marlie gave me some flowers and chocolate earlier in the week before he left. On Sunday M & I just went to church, the commissary, and then spent the evening with some friends. Their husbands/dads were gone too so we had a little potluck and let the kids play. It's always good to spend time with friends who are in the same boat as you.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

How to Help

I was able to see downtown Clarksville in person yesterday for the first time. It was heartbreaking! Today our local newspaper has information on how to help the victims of the flood here in Montgomery County. For those out of town, it is obviously easiest to mail a check. If you have material donations you would like to give, I would be happy for you to mail them to me & I'll drop them off. I will also be in Georgia next weekend so I could collect things then too!
If you can help, please do. So many people have lost so much.

Here is what I copied from the newspaper's website:

Some options for people in Montgomery County who need help or want to help are listed below.

Helping Red Cross

Clothing and food donations are being channeled through the United Way office on Madison Street. Non-perishable food items are needed.

Adult Red Cross volunteers are needed.
People interested must be in good health, be willing to complete four hours of Red Cross volunteer training, and complete a background check paid for by Red Cross. Those interested in becoming a volunteer can go between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the temporary Red Cross shelter at Hilldale Baptist, 2001 Madison Street.

Monetary donations should be sent by mail to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, 585 S. Riverside Drive, Suite L, Clarksville, TN 37040. people wanting their donations to stay local need to memo 'local' or 'Clarksville' on checks.

Local efforts
If you need assistance because of flood damage call 211.

The Clarksville Area Ministerial Association has established a Flood Victim's Relief. Collection and distribution hours are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Faith Outreach Church, 731 Winderemere Drive. Donations of non-perishable foods, new and good, laundered clothes, shoes, blankets, and bottled water are needed. Call 931-358-3010.

Clarksville Association of Realtors has organized a furniture collection drive to assist people affected by the flooding. Exit Realty Clarksville has volunteered to be a collection point. They ask that if you have any gently used furniture, mattresses and sheet sets to please drop them off at their office (1289 Northfield Drive). Contact Tracy Duffy at (931) 338-2734.

New Providence Church of Christ. Flood victims can receive toiletries and canned food items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the New Providence Church of Christ, 421 Providence Boulevard. A truck load of food and hygiene items are coming from the Church of Christ Relief Center in Nashville. Anyone needing more information can call the church at 647-7825.
Long term help

Call Deborah Grubbs at 648-5774, ext. 103, if you want to volunteer your time for specific purposes. Grubbs is the retired Senior Volunteer Program director for the Community Action Agency. Grubbs is compiling a list of what people can offer services and what people might need.

The Rev. Ron Edmondson, pastor at Grace Community Church, said the church's website at is collecting names of people willing to volunteer in upcoming relief efforts.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Water Everywhere!

The rain & thunderstorms started here on Friday night/Saturday morning and we had no idea the result would be this bad! It rained all day on Saturday and on & off Sunday. Here in Clarksville the water is continuing to rise and they are having to close more roads as the day goes on. We are fine here on post and I don't expect conditions to worsen for us. I had to drive to the other side of Clarksville this morning and the road closures are affecting traffic all over the city. It was a mess! I have never seen this much water in my life. Please join us in praying for everyone that has been affected by these storms & flooding.
Here are a few pictures I borrowed from our babysitter and the local newspaper, The Leaf Chronicle.
Restaurant on Riverside Drive.

Riverside Drive & University