This is the week….

September 13, 2009 by  

Well, the week has arrived, though we anticipated the newest Lil’ B, Brody, would have already come. If he doesn’t make an appearance before Friday, will be induced and he should arrive probably midday on Friday. I am so excited to have a son on the way, but afraid as well. Life will drastically change… again… with the second infant in the house. has done much of the with , but I am going to have to step my game up quite a bit. It will be challenging, with going 100 mph, but it will definitely be worth it. Our will be complete… yep, I am proclaiming right here, right now that this will be the last. How to make that happen is subject to debate here in my house, but one way or another, I think we’re done!

Brody’s room is coming along… the walls are painted, quite a bit of decor has arrived (but has not been hung). The new carpet is in, the crib, chainging table and rocking chair have been relocated from ’s room to Brody’s. I have a guy who is going to build me some cool wooden lockers for his room, and those won’t be done for about 4-6 weeks, but that will be the finishing touch. Now, if I could just get his baseball ceiling light working… the fan works, but not the lite. Someday I will master being an electrician. That someday will probably be right after my pops arrives mid week.

Yep, mom and dad are heading here from Casper to be here to welcome Brody into the world. Will be great to have them around to help out. I know will love it… though she absolutely loves visiting with ba-pa and grandma on the computer. Webcams make a lot closer, that’s for sure. And anytime I am on my laptop, comes running to talk to ba-pa.

is quite the girl. I am nervous as to how she is going to react to having a new brother… one that will inevitably take much attention. There is a 6 month old at her daycare who she isn’t too fond of. I think she will be a great big sister. I know in about 2 years, we’ll love the fact that and Bro are so close in age. Of course, daddy and will spend a bunch of time with while mom is feeding Brody. Ah, the sleepless nights are approaching quickly!

So it was nice to have some football to watch. I did ok with my picks for week one, though I must admit I did not pick the Broncos. Don’t get me wrong, I am ecstatic that they won… I just didn’t anticipate it. Was awesome to see the Chiefs lose again… that’s pretty normal though.

Quickie on politics… I am just so amazed at how many people pretend they know what the health care bill(s) being pushed are really about and what they will do. How could any of us really know how good or how bad the bills are… even our Congress hasn’t even read them! What I do know is I am very opposed to the government running anything more. They fail, fail, fail in everything they put their magical touch on. And I don’t like businesses being punished, nor individuals being mandated to. I love the legacy concept of America being a free-country. Those days are behind us all, I must say.

I do have to give major kudos to President for his 9/11 speech. I was actually quite amazed at it, really. The speech was very thoughtful and sincere and well delivered (thanks, teleprompter!) The amazing part to me was the religious overtures that gave during his speech. He cited scripture and referenced God. Oh, how that must just irritate the left. Oh well, I bag on the buy enough so may as well give him props when he deserves it.

Speaking of 9/11, that is my mom’s birthday. Of course I called her and wished her a happy birthday, but let this be my public proclamation of such, and that I am so thankful for my mother (and my whole ). She is a tremendous woman who cares so much about her and . I pray my daughter will grow up to be the same way. I am thrilled that suggested that Brody’s middle name be Carlen, my mother’s maiden name.

Oh, and 9/12 was the Biggest B’s birthday… my nephew Brandon turned 20! Can’t believe it… I remember vividly holding him and dancing to Lollipop when he was younger than is today… what a great kid. He’s off traveling in Europe right now for the next week. I pray he has a wonderful, safe time over there. What a great kid, er, young man he is.

Well, is laying at my feet snoring, has been in (and out) of bed for the past two hours (mostly in, but she did tumble out of her bed tonight), and and just ventured to bed themselves. I guess that is my clue it is time for me to do the same. After a shower, though… I am FILTHY from finishing my firepit today. Will have to throw some pictures up in my gallery sometime in the next few days. Pretty happy with how it turned out. It isn’t perfect, but for never having done anything like it before, I must say I did a pretty damn good job.

Peace to all ya’ll out there in cyber land. Wish us well as we bring another Elledge into the world…

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And The World Keeps GOING!

March 29, 2009 by  

I am sitting here not sure what is quite going on here. I seem to be just lounging around lately with no sense of direction or purpose. There has been a lot of “growing up” that I have been having to do lately and it seems that in life you never stop these changes. Well enough about that…lol. So tomarrow I step into the world of Banking one more time as I have just recently accepted a position with Hilltop National Bank. I will be a Revolving Credit Representative, which means I will be involved with approving and denying credit card applications and such things. I think I am really going to enjoy it, but what the hey, if I dont love it, I am in LOVE with the hours, Monday thru Friday, 8-5. You cant beat that as a 19 year old college kid! Speaking of College I guess that I should start taking a look at the those classes at night and online. This should be interesting, I have always wanted to try online classes so I think this could be fun! My trip to England is still in the works, I have found a place and the airline, now I just have to find the money! lol. I am really excited about this, I think that I am going to have blast over and also have a lot of fun. I have always wanted to do something like that. Well Mom turned 40 yesterday, wow Ma your old!!! Speaking of her, gets me thinking how truly blessed I am to have such great parents. My mother is the most caring and loving person I have ever met in my life! I as a child have had to go through some stuff that know child or family should ever have to go through. Luckily for me there was a woman by my side every step of the way! From my very first surgrey to the most recent in December. This woman was my mother and without her I know I probably wouldn’t have made it through so much. Mom has always been my rock and she has always tried to guide me in the right direction, even if it just made me mad! I LOVE this woman with everything in my heart! My father IS the greatest man alive, I say that with all that these two have given me. Lord knows that I have given these people their punishment (for their acts as children, lol) and more. We have gone through some pretty serious things over the years, but I have just recently realized that there are no two other people I would want to call Dad and Mom, besides Tony and Wendy Lecher. They are my favorite two people in the entire world. Well I am kind of hungry so I think I will go make a wrap and then maybe, just maybe I will try to organize my room! Love to all!

Brandon

Q109 – Tough Quarter for Dogs

March 26, 2009 by  

Tonight, a fellow employee at Aplus.net is spending her last night with her dog, Dru. I just learned on Facebook about 4 or 5 weeks ago that Tracey Seib had an English Mastiff. I think I must have posted something about Hoover or somehow she ran across his pictures on my site. Anyway, she told me she had a 10 1/2 year old male English Mastiff named Dru. Just a week or two later, she learned that Dru had terminal cancer… a lump developed rapidly in his leg, and she was forced with the dreaded decision of what to do. Sadly, it came to her having to make the decision to put Dru down, and she scheduled the date just a week ago to take place tomorrow, March 27th. It has become very clear that Dru is a major part of Tracey’s life, just like Hoover is in my life. I have lost sleep and been very uneasy the past few weeks because Hoover is having a leg problem, has developed a small bump on his leg, and hasn’t been eating quite right. The bump on his leg, combined with the timing of Tracey finding out about Dru has weighed heavily on my mind. Fortunately for me, Hoover is eating better and his blood tests came back indicating no issues. Tomorrow, he begins new medication to hopefully help his leg, else we will have to have some x-rays taken with him sedated — something I don’t want to do. But for me, I am so fortunate because Hoover is in good health, yet his “brother” Dru is spending his final night (for now, at least) with Tracey. Last night I got out of bed and went and layed down with Hoover and thought hard about what Tracey is going through, and how someday that very well be me. I know Dru has been getting extra special attention from Tracey these past two weeks, and I was pleased to read on her Facebook page just moments ago that Dru has been enjoying some cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, while popcorn and ice cream await him later this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with Tracey and Dru tonight… it will be a tough night for Tracey, followed by many tough days ahead, but Dru will leave this earth tomorrow having had a very good life and knowing that he was loved.

Dru and Tracey

Dru and Tracey

This follows just two weeks after my sister Wendy and her family had to go through the exact same situation with their dog, Casey. Casey was 13 years old and had a tremendous life and brought joy to my sister, my brother-in-law Tony, my nephews Brandon, Nathan and Keegan, and my niece Courtney. Of course, she was a great dog to her extended family as well, and it will be hard next time I am in Fort Collins (in less than 2 months to celebrate Nathan’s pending graduation — you will be graduating, won’t you Nate?) Won’t get to see that cute little dog Casey-Casey. She, too, was diagonsed with cancer, but she made it on drugs and love for about a year before they had to make the ultimate decision to let Casey go before the pain was too much. Like Tracey and Dru tomorrow, they had the act performed at their home with the whole family there.

Casey Casey

Casey Casey

Aside from Dru and Casey, my parents lost one of their two pugs, Maggie, just a few months ago. Unlike Dru and Casey, Maggie died unexpectedly when she went in to get her teeth cleaned. She was, so it seems, in good health, but they had to sedate her to do the procedure and she went into cardiac arrest. This is why I am trying hard to see if we can get Hoover healed without getting sedated xrays. Unlike Tracey and my sister’s family, my mom and dad didn’t get to say goodbye to Maggie… they didn’t get an opportunity to come-to-grips with it. In some ways, I think that’s good… I know when my day comes and I depart this earth, I want it to be sudden and quick, just like Maggie’s passing … a passing with no suffering. But, on the flip side, not getting to spend time saying goodbye… eating cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets… is something that you hate to think about missing out on.

Maggie Moo

Maggie Moo

I should mention, too, that though I don’t remember all the details about what my friend Shawn Porter told me (sorry Shawn, I *think* I may have had a few pre-birthday drinks when we talked last week), I know he lost his lab this year, too. I do remember him telling me how hard it is to explain to his daughter, and I know someday, I may be in that same place, too.

Time helps heal all wounds, but quarter one, 2009 sure has been a tough one for my family and friends when it comes to their four legged family members. My thoughts are with them all, and it is great to know that I am not the only nut in this world who loves his pet as if it were his child. Here’s to the four legged family members and those that have cared so much for them. Hang in there, Tracey, and though I didn’t get to meet Dru, give him a hug for me.

-RElledge

Busy couple of weeks

March 22, 2009 by  

I am home, Josh and Courtney renewed their vows, had a great party reception, Braelyn is back home with her mom and dad, Ryan had a birthday and I think if there is such a thing, normal returns tomorrow.
I am uploading pictures of Braelyn’s visit to Wyoming and Josh’s reception. Stevie hung out with grandpa and Brandon last night. Poor Sophie had to be the only girl around here for a few days.
Braelyn, grandma misses you. I have been really blessed to have gotten to see so much of my family in the last few weeks, even if it was only a few minutes. (as with Rebecca). Missed seeing Ryan and Spencer but think I got to spend time with everyone else, including Sister and family in California.
Good to be home. Now I have to find some help for dad and Betty. Will start on that project tomorrow.
Life is good, I am blessed. Thank you, Jesus

How Do You Say Good-bye

March 12, 2009 by  

As I sit here this afternoon, I am filled with so many different emotions that come from the journey called life. As Courtney already has mentioned before tonight we will be saying good-bye to one of my family’s best friends. I am not sure where I want to take this, I am not sure if I should reminisce about a lifetime of happy memories, or talk about this thing that always has been sitting in the back of my head, and comes out at these particular times. In my short 19 years of life I have been blessed to have only had one significant death in my entire family, that was back in 2004 (I hope that is right, I have such a bad memory), my Great-Grandma “Cookie” died in June and it was the hardest thing that I have ever had to go through in my entire life. To be honest sometimes I wonder why it was so hard, for the simple fact that to be honest I was never that close to Grandma Cookie, in fact there were times when I was younger that I was scared of her! Those of you in the family that are reading this are probably thinking what is the kid talking about? Grandma Cookie scary? What in the heck are you talking about? To be perfectly honest I am not sure and it is kind of beside the point. So I remember going to the hospital that day and walking up to her room. She was laying there in bed, her eyes were open. She was there surrounded by all of her loved ones that had come to say good-bye. Until that moment I did not realize how little I had really known this amazing woman. Grandma passed away later that day and I was devastated. I later realized what was so hard for me was that I never had any “real” memories with her in them. From that moment on, I decided that I was going to have those memories with the people and things I care most about in my life. Grandma taught me one final thing while she was with us, it is that no matter what we all must say good-bye at some point in our life, and we never know when that point will be. It was an interesting lesson that a fourteen year old boy learned one June day, and it is one that he has surely not forgotten. So as I go into tonight, I will be thinking of Grandma-Cookie and that lesson that she taught me, that lesson that is passed down from generation to generation, the lesson of how to say good-bye!

God Bless You Casey, and thank you for all the happiness that you have given to this family!

And God Bless You Grandma Cookie, for teaching me one of life’s most important lessons!

Love to both, and to all of you!

Brandon

Another day

February 27, 2009 by  

Well all is going well in Lecherville. Tony stlill has a job, for this we are very thankkful. Brandon is still planning on coming back to Casper in the very near future, we are glad about that, but on the other hand we are not so sure. We will miss him lots!!!!!! Best of luck to you Big B, hope everything goes as planned. Nate, welll your guess is as good as mine. He always has something up his sleeve. I sure hope he realizes how inmportant it is to have a plan. But not sure he does!!! Natie had an awesome year at wrestling this year, he just has not figured that out yet! I understand that when you don’t do what you are expected to do it is very difficult, but he will see the light soon, I hope! I believe he will have many oppertunities to wrestle in college if he so choices. We hope he does, so it won’t cost so much. Well, little sis is doing just great. She has been very busy with volleyball try-outs. She is an amazing athelet, so we are sur she will make the team. (varsity if I am guessing).Keegan is getting ready for all state wrestling, he has to weigh in tonight. All seventy four pounds of him. He is such a great kid, we are very proud. Everyone sy a prayer for him to do well. We apperciate all the help we can get. Well our neice Ashley is dancing ing Billlings this weekend, we wish her the very best! Although she really does not need it, because she is awesome as it is. Good Luck Ashley!!!!!! Well it has been very nice talking to you all I better get going now. LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!

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February 25, 2009 by  

It is really great that you are on here. Nothing like keeping up with the family on the internet. We are all so proud of Nate and the maturity he has achieved this year. We are also glad that Brandon is going back to CC in the summer. Courtney’s tryouts and softball going well and Keeg… well he is going to do his best to keep everyone busy. Good job Keegan. Hope your week is going well. Love to all

a moms love

February 24, 2009 by  

Just checking in and letting everyone know how proud of my children I am. First ther is Brandon, you all know he has been strugling with the decision as to go back to Casper, or stay in Fort Collins? Well he has made the choice to go back to school in Casper, for this we are very proud of him. He is truely an amazing young man, and we feel his choice will serve him well in the future. Great choice Big B, know we will miss you lots but support your decision. Next there is Nathan, well he is a much stronger person than his father and I are. We have both been trying to figure out why he did not place at the state wrestling tourament. But Natie has the right answers. Just that it was not in Gods plan. How mature is that? Much better than I!!!!!!! Nate we are so proud of you, you are awesome at all you do! Keep up the great work. Sissy, well she is busting her you know what at volleyball try-outs. She is great because she always gives 100 percent at all she does. We are proud of her too! Good luck Courtney Morgan, go for all your dreams! Just so you all know she is doing awesome at softball, she is an amazing young lady. And then there is Keegan, well he is going to wrestle in the all state tournament this weekend. Along with wrestling he is busy with baseball practice. He is such a natual at all he does we are sure he will be just fine. Well Tony and I are good too. Just busy trying to keep up. We sure love you all and can’t wait to be able to spend some time with everyont. Just don’t know when that will be. Love you all so much! See I am getting better at this blogging thing! Love, Wendy

hey

January 25, 2009 by  

hey!!!! It is working! yea! but ok so brandon juct brought me home from Fort morgan. i guess my 2nd cousin got married so we went and saw her and the groom and went to the reception. it was pretty fun lots of fun things to do. anyways i just checked email and guess what.?!.?! i got invited to the all star game for 2009! im so happy but im very nervous cause all the college coaches will be there and some will be our coaches. that is pretty sweet. Im mostly going for 2nd base but i guess they have my secondary position at short. i wish we could change that to catcher cause i like catching better! it is alot more funnier. i know i dont think that is a word but oh well. it is in my vocabulary. i guess i am going to try out for volleyball with my friend but we are just going to do it for fun. We both dont think we will make it. which is so fine with me cause i rather try out and not try out cause who knows i may make it. but anyways how is everyone doing havent really heard anything from people. Nate did amazing yesterday he got first in his tourney and keegan is wrestling today to hopefully become a champ too! but i need to go et ready for softball i will talk to you all soon. love you all!
~COURTNEY~

I miss my BIG B

January 17, 2009 by  

It sure is weird not having brandon here at all. It is very sad!!!:( But anyways i hope

i get to see him soon cause he is like one of my best friends. When i need help i can

look to my older brother but know that he is gone i can only talk to him over phone.

I wonder how work is going. How college is going.  This is weir but i miss having little

fights with him lol. I guess this is just how my life goes. Anyways on the good side i

made varsity for softball it was pretty sweet! Also i had this meeting with my new team

and it was pretty fun. But it is almost time for bed so better go get ready!!! Love you all

and have a nice week. Hope god gives you as many miarcles as you would like!

<3 miss you b love you lots!

                                              Love,

                                                  Courtney

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