June 15, 2004

News Bulletin

Associated Press released a report today that says Batter-coated french fries are a fresh vegetable. Say WHAAAAAAAAT?

In entertainment news, Prince Harry Hopes to Join British Army, which would make his mummy proud, I'm sure.

Top story is President Bush says the U.S. will turn over former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein but declines to set a timetable.

And last but not least, if you're an interior designer, whatever you do..... DON'T criticize anyone's deor!

...And now back to your regularly scheduled programs...

June 14, 2004


I'm successful and didn't even know it! After stumbling upon this article, I discovered that the one dream I've built my hopes upon came true over a year ago. I'm already a published author! hehehe

Kindergarten Camp

Emily has Kindergarten Camp this week. So I was none surprised that she was up and running when Elijah woke up at 5 this morning. Excitement! (<=Emily) Nervousness! (<=ME) My baby's growing up too fast!

June 13, 2004


I've been busy this week. I've been working on various things and doing a bit of writing. Sorry I haven't been around. Hopefully I'll be able to post more this week.

June 12, 2004


It's never easy saying good-bye to a loved one. My heart was wrenched with pain last night as we watched Mrs. Reagan say her last farewell. Robert and I were both moved to tears. The Reagan family has always been an American icon. They stood for family, honor, duty, morals. They had strong faith. I'd never given much thought to it until yesterday. But it almost seemed as though one of the last of the true Americans (in the full sense of the word) was laid to rest.

I especially enjoyed the stories that each of the children told. I thought they honored their dad by sharing the parts of him that they knew so well with the entire world. They shared with us a part of the man that made him so well-loved and respected. It was also amazing to see so many people, of vast nationalities and social statuses, to come together and pay respects to such a man.

June 09, 2004


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Meaning of a military funeral ceremony

I found this article, and thought I'd share it. I learned several things I didn't know. There is meaning for each of the 13 folds in a flag. Did you know that? Go check it out for yourself.

Goodbye, Mr. President

I've been watching the departure of Ronald Reagan's family from California to Washington. I am feeling overwhelmed at the moment as I listen to the band play "Amazing Grace" and hear the blasting of the 21-gun salute.

On one hand, it almost feels like an invasion of privacy. I wonder how I would feel, if I knew that people all over were watching such a personal affair. I think it is affecting me so greatly because of the latest news that Robert could very well leave us soon.

God Bless America!

June 07, 2004


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Okay, so I suppose I've gone music crazy. So sue me. If you liked the 80s (or the movie 'Mannequin'), hit Play.

I feel like I'm growing stronger within myself. I'm believing more in myself these days. My mantra this year has been "ACTION CONQUERS FEAR". I've said it continuously this year. I've written it at the end of nearly every journal entry I write. It became a natural habit to say it. The thing is, it became just a set of words. Mindless repetition.

Let me tell you, my friends, mindless repetition is sometimes a wonderful thing. Because in the oddest moments, realization will knock you off your feet, and you get one of those, "AHA!" moments.

Have you had an "AHA!" moment lately? What was it about?

June 06, 2004

Getting Stronger

I am growing more empowered by the minute. Who did this to me? ME! It is possible to encourage yourself and do things you never thought you'd do. Give it a whirl! What do you have to lose?

It's happening again

As if yesterday's song-playing-in-my-head-over-and-over-again wasn't enough, it's happening again this morning. CMT is playing all love songs this morning and now Faith Hill is playing in my head repeatedly. So I thought I'd share the love.

Hit the "Play" if you dare!

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Three words tickle my ears this morning. Dark. Roasted. Coffee. Ahhhhhh. For some reason I had the hair-brained idea to purchase medium roast coffee. MEDIUM roast??? What in the world was I thinking? So when I went back for a new package of dark roast last week, imagine my surprise and disgust when there was no dark roast Community Coffee! YIKES!

*Disclaimer: I was born in Tenneessee, but raised in Louisiana. You can take the girl out of Cajun country, but you can't take all the Cajun out of the girl!

Community Coffee ROCKS! Fortunately for me, I managed to dig around in the shelves until I found a canister of dark roasted Folgers. *SIGH* Okay, so Folgers isn't the same as my Community, but at least it's dark roast!

Try this for fun: Cooking with Coffee

June 05, 2004

The heat is on!

Ever get a song in your head, and it just keeps playing? After a tiny nap, I woke up and this song's stuck in my head. I have no idea why, because I haven't even heard it today.

Hit the "Play" if you dare!

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Blog sparingly

No, it's not just you. I haven't blogged as much lately. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to get here every day and post something. It isn't that I don't think about it. But I just don't seem to have anything to blog about lately. Perhaps it's because I have one too many blogs. I dunno. And I dislike posting dum-dum posts (like this one) where I don't really have anything to say and so I just blabber on and on.

I'm also getting bored with my site's appearance again. Jeepers. What do you think? Should I keep this look a while longer, or are you ready for something different, too?

June 04, 2004

I took Eli for his 6 month checkup and shots yesterday. I prepared myself for screaming when the first shot went in his leg. He didn't even flinch!! He just looked at the nurse, then at me. I couldn't believe it! I've never seen a baby not cry when they get shots.

Rob has drill tomorrow. They are going to have a Family Support meeting, but I don't know if I'll be able to go or not. I'd really like to, but I just don't know how I'll pull it off. Guess we'll see!

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June 03, 2004

I'm a Mom Writer!

Well, Eli woke up around 3:30 this morning. He went back to sleep, but Mommy didn't. And while I laid there counting sheep, this LOUD voice in my head kept saying, "GET UP AND WRITE! USE THIS TIME! IT'S QUIET! GO WRITE!" You know....THAT voice.

So I peeled away the covers, came in the living room, and spent a few minutes with God in prayer. I had to thank Him, you know, for waking me up so early this morning. :)

Afterwards, I got the laptop out and opened up my file and got to work. I got about 3-4 pages out pretty quick. However, this tiger inside, named Sleep Deprivation yawned, stretched, then yawned again.

By this time the hubby was up, asking for coffee. So I closed down my apps and made coffee. I nestled my big booty into our VERY lumpy sofa and sunggled up with my favorite granny-square afghan that my sister made. Alas, the afghan (much as I love it) isn't long enough to cover my long legs. So I wrestled with it for a few minutes, finally hooking my big toe into one of the holey spaces, and pulling it up under my chin as much as I could. I closed my eyes, and.........


The sound of Eli bucking his butt in the baby bed told me he was awake.

After a bottle and a burp, Eli was back in his bed, and I in mine.

June 02, 2004


Received a rejection this morning on one of the three pieces I emailed out. Oh well. :) I can't expect to be accepted every time I send something out. So now it's time to roll my sleeves up and get back to work again.

June 01, 2004

Riding the Wave

What in the world possessed me into thinking that I couldn't do this?

Today I submitted two devotionals to paying markets. That's a total of three submissions within a week. Now, some of you veterans are probably snorting at me, pointing your fingers and hee-hawing at my kitty-cat-meows. :) That's okay! Go ahead and laugh!

So why am I so thrilled at three submissions in one week, when none of them have been accepted yet? For the first time, I believe in myself. I'm trusting that my babies writing is good enough, and I am giving them wings to soar.

Better Known As...

I got this from Angela. I nearly peed in my pants when it generated my name. LOL

From now on, you may refer to me as...
Acorn Short of an Oak Tree
instead of Hope Wilbanks

Or better yet....
Dances with Chipmunks
instead of Hope

Get in touch with your inner squirrel, then come back and tell me your true squirrel name.


After a weekend filled with food, I'm feeling a bit yucky today. :) It's my own fault, really. I started out really good, but by the end of the night last night, I was as stuffed as a Thanksgiving Day turkey. So I decided this morning that I will do a liquid fast today. Of course, I can't do without my morning coffee, so I'm working on that as we speak. But the rest of the day will be water and maybe a little bit of juice only.

What was your Memorial Day weekend like?