MDH Is My Hero

April 23, 2008

My Dearest Husband is my hero.  He joined the volunteer fire department in our community.  He is doing all kinds of training for it: knocking down doors to get into burning buildings, EMT training, Fire Truck School, how to move around inside of a raging inferno when you can’t see, etc.  He loves it. 

I love that he’s doing it.  I also am in awe of him.  Because, to be perfectly honest, I want nothing to do with fire ever again in my whole entire life!  Especially not going into a burning building on purpose!  Having been inside of an inferno against my will once was enough.  Technically it’s probably twice if you count the time I caught on fire.

However, I have the utmost respect for anyone who does it intentionally.  My nephew is one of those people and now MDH is one too.  You have to have a sense of duty far beyond the norm in order to do something like that.  And for MDH to do it, after also  having been inside of a trailer the size of a cracker box that was nothing but a black wall of smoke and fire hot enough to singe your tush, it’s amazing in the extreme.

I totally feel his need to give back to the people who left the safety of their homes, the comfort of their families, the softness of their beds, to come out in the middle of the night to help people that most of them never heard of.  I’m more proud of him than I can put into words for wanting to do for others what was done for him. 

This is not the first time he’s been in a VFD.  He did it when he was younger in his hometown.  But this is different.  He’s been on the receiving end of it now, he knows how devastating it is to see everything you own go up in smoke.  He understands the aftermath in a way that you never can without having been there yourself.  He knows what it feels like to live in a hospital waiting room because you literally have no place else to go.  He knows the sickening feeling of watching a child being life flighted to a burn unit.

And he’s still doing it!  He has amazed me often in our marriage.  His kindness, generosity, and just plain empathy is astounding.  He has literally given the shirt off his back to someone.  His philosophy is “If I have a dime, my friends have a nickel.”  But THIS  is just so far beyond that. 

My Dearest Husband is an amazing man and I feel so lucky that we are together.  Besides, he’s HOT as a two dollar pistol in that uniform!  Yummy! 

Hate to see you leave but I love to watch you go!


How HOT is this???



Random Thoughts – April 22, 2008

April 23, 2008

The heathens have been out of school for the past two days.  They have technically been out for three days if you count Friday.  *sigh*  This leads me to thoughts of the summer coming up.  They have exactly thirty-one days of school left.  *sob*  That is not nearly enough.  I can tell by the past three days that summer will NOT be my favorite time of year.

One good thing that has come about recently is that The Buddha has decided to become a social butterfly.  What this means is that he is actually leaving the house of his own volition to go hang out with his friends.  He goes to the roller skating rink, the arcade, soccer games, etc.  (I’m not counting detention at school, that is a completely different animal)  I keep checking the top of his head for the little antenna that have to be there.  This is obviously a replacement Buddha. 

In the past, from the day he came to live with me, he has refused to leave home for any reason without a fight.  Now I can’t keep him home!  Who IS this kid and what did he do with the REAL Buddha??????  On the other hand, it gives Princess Bella some one-on-one time with me that she wouldn’t get otherwise.  Now, if he just manages to get through all of this without stomping the living crap out of my last nerve, we’ll all be happy.


I have seven puppies to give away.  PLEASE COME TAKE THEM!!!!!!!  Take two, they’re small!

Cute as a speckled pup!







I wonder if Wally World would let me give them away in the parking lot?  They are darlins, but they are eating me out of house and home!  MDH said that every time he walks out of the house he looks like he’s wearing speckled puppy boots!  They gather around you every time you are within catching distance. 


My heart is broken in a bazillion pieces.  I gave away one of Dee Dee’s babies.  *sob*  Dot is now in a great home with three teenage girls who love her to pieces.  She must have been the Alpha puppy because ever since she left, the other babies are rambunctious hooligans!  They have chewed up three of the guitars for the Guitar Hero games.  MDH had to replace one cord and still has two more to go.  Sheesh.

They are cute as a button though.  Every once in a while you will see a tiny blur and when you look to see what it was, there they are, running like tiny bats out of hell around and around the coffee table just for the sheer joy of running.  They beat up the teeny tiny stuffed animal toys they have.  The funny part of that is that the toys are still way bigger than they are so when they shake them, they always fall over.  LOL  I love puppies, babies, and small kids.  They crack me up every time!

Dash is the little boy.  He’s my babykins.  He’s my replacement for Theo, who burned to death in the fire.  He will let me hold him like a baby and rub his tiny tummy.  He looks at me while I talk to him and he seems to understand.  He’s going to be my bud.  I’m going to teach him to ride in my truck with me.  And I’ll teach him to ride on the golf cart with me too.  He’ll like that.  He will find me where ever I’m at.  I have to be careful not to step on him while I’m cooking or doing other stuff in the kitchen.  He follows me everywhere. 

They like to go outside and play with the big puppies, but the big puppies scare them.  And MDH’s dog, Jeremiah, will herd them.  He puts his nose under them and rolls them to where he thinks they are safe.  He’s a mother hen with all the babies.  I think they make him feel like a big guy. 

They all try to chase the birds that feed at the feeders in the yard.  They are hilarious!  Luckily, I have a very low entertainment threshold.  Give me a few kids, some puppies and other small animals and I’ll be set!  I’m such a goon sometimes.  I tell myself it’s because I have the uncluttered mind of a child.  We won’t talk about the implications of that.  :p

The weather is getting warmer.  Time to put away all those pesky winter clothes.  Of course, as soon as I do that the weather will dip below freezing for a month!  But, I push the warm weather whenever I can.  The porch swing calls to me every day.  I love it out there.  The hummingbirds come visit me when I’m out there.  I love those little guys!

Okay, I’m sick of all this sweetness and light.  I’m going to bed.  Maybe I’ll have something worth saying later.


Butterflies on Azaleas


Maria Lauterbach, Cesar Laurean, Christina Laurean Part 2

April 12, 2008

They caught Cesar Laurean in Mexico.  It’s been three months since he fled the U.S.  But here’s the thing:  This whole time his wife has been slithering over to a relative’s house to use a computer to contact him.  Big surprise, right?  Not exactly.  Especially when you consider that she was kind enough to give him a twenty-four hour head start on his escape to begin with. 

Unfortunately, in the state of North Carolina, it isn’t against the law to communicate with a fugitive.  It’s not against the law to know the whereabouts of a fugitive and refuse to reveal that information.  So, Christina Laurean once again gets away with helping out her husband. 

Cesar had 10 pesos in his pocket when he was apprehended.  He was living in a two room wooden house outside of Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico.  Locals stated that he frequented an internet cafe there.  It will be interesting to hear what all they find on the computer they confiscated, which contained the email contacts between Christina and Cesar Laurean.  I will be glued to truTV when this one comes to trial.  I might just see if I can get down there to the courthouse and watch a little bit of it in person.  

The DNA test on Maria’s baby hasn’t been done yet.  According to NCIS, they are waiting until Laurean is returned to the U.S.  They want a reliable DNA sample from him when he is returned.   

Mary Lauterbach talked today about the last conversation she had with Maria.  It was only a few hours before she went missing.  Maria never said anything about leaving.  As a matter of fact Maria spoke to her about a get together they had planned in the near future.  She thinks it’s possible that Maria wrote the letter found in her apartment under duress.  She said the wording was awkward.  We talked about that before. 

They haven’t charged Christina Laurean with anything yet, however charges could be brought in the future depending on what they find on the computer.  I still have a hinky feeling about Christina Laurean’s involvement.  I think at minimum she knew a lot more than she admits to.  She certainly has been in contact with Cesar and I believe that they were making plans for him to come back to the states to visit. 

I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next!

How about you?


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