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NEWS from the Vest abode

My wonderful son, the oldest of my brood. Gave me a wonderful delight, Bucky got his GED. Yeah rah and double YEAHHHHHHHH!. I am so proud of him. he struggled so much thru out his school life and now he has over come that hurdle. Now he is a SSU freshman, wow I have 2 in college. Can you say expensive-- but so worth it. I am such a lucky mom. Sorry I dont have a recent picture yet. I'll make him stand still enough soon to get you one. and Bucky mom is so proud of you. I wish for you the best.

A few things I missed posting this past spring.

I really wanted to share these pics. this was Sarah's senior prom. Boo Hoo her last one. She looked so beautiful. I am glas the night went so well for them. I love the look on daddy's face in the first pic. Then one wonderful and sad day in one -her graduation. The end of one part of her life and the beginning of another. I am so proud of her Way to go Sarah.
Sarah,Sean and John. Minford Prom 2010
Sarah and Sean (boyfriend)

Sarah and Christine (friend)

Tender Moment at Prom
Our Graduate

Hey I am back YEAH

It's been a long summer. I am getting back into the swing of things hopefully in full force soon. Wow I can't believe time has gone by so quickly. School starting, college buying, kids moving, babies coming alot has passed. Now looking forward to what's to come.

Junior Prom 2009

I only have these 2 pictures done so far. I will upload some more when I get them resized. Wasn't she so pretty? Her daddy didn't want to let her out of the house cause he said "my little girl looks so grown up!" sniff sniff. And if you are wondering yes that is her real hair. Everyone kept asking her if it was a wig or extensions. She was in the chair for 3 hours getting it done. More patients than I would have had. Her date was so sweet, he took her to Outback for dinner and treated her like a princess. Thank you Sean for making my angel so happy. Hopefully I will have the pics done this afternoon I promise I will try.

Wanted to share this with you

I received this in an email. I am not sure who wrote it but I was so moved that I wanted to share it with you:
I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me. 'Hello Barry, how are you today?'
'H'lo , Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'
'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'
'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'
'Good. Anything I can help you with?'
'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'
'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr.. Miller.
'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'
'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'
'All I got's my prize marble here.'
'Is that righ t? Let me see it' said Miller..
'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'
'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.
'Not zackley but almost..'
'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'.. Mr. Miller told the boy.
'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community. All three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever ... When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.' I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles. Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr.. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her, and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes. Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. 'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size.....they came to pay their debt.' 'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world ,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.' With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath....

A Poem for John

This light that shines within
It sticks me like a pin;
Opening up my heart
Yes you have done your part;
Showing me how to love
Sent right from heaven above;
Sharing time and space
You keep me in this race;
To have and to hold
Dare I be so bold;
As to tell you how I feel
I know this is so real;
There is no way for me to hide
These feelings that I have inside;
As steady and as strong as a tree
I know you are the man for me;
This thing that I am trying to say
Is "I love you" everyday!
by Pami Kay

It's official!

We are going to have a grand-daughter!! Don't get me wrong I love so totally our grandsons, but they seem to like being with papaw better ( with good reasoning, meemaw is to girly lol). Now I will get my turn to have more in common with one, that is unless she turns out like Kayla and is more into the boys stuff. Kayla always love things like BB guns and riding tractors more than dolls. But I win with the shopping lol. Anyhow back to the subject, Our new grandbaby is supposed to arrive the middle of august. I am so honored they chose a name (if they don't change it that is) that is after me in a way, my middle name is Kay and the name they chose is Kaylee Marie. I am so excited. I want to take all her cousins to the hospital after she is born to introduce her. I remember growing up with cousins and such fond memories they are. I am hoping they will bond and have the same. I will let you know more as the time goes on. Because of my docs appointment I did not get to be there for the ultrasound, I hope they got me a picture so I can post it. They have done wonders with the ultrasounds, mine just looked like globs of black and white stuff, now they are so clear. It amazes me at times what they can do.

New giveaway posted

Giveaway for chocolate here->http://pamdot.ning.com/profiles/blogs/chocolate-giveaway-3-winners

I have not given up on this blog

I am sorry for not posting very much lately. My headaches have returned. So I have not been feeling well lately. I am running 2 contests on Pamdot and that's about all I can manage with this pain. My vision gets pretty blurry so it's hard to focus for a very long on the screen. If you would like to be a guest writer on New and Old feel free to contact me. I would really like the help. Thanks so much for being patient with me. I hope to be back up and running soon. Please remember me in your prayers.

I am here.

Yesterday was a disaster! There was a mix up with the schedule and my doc wasn't in (what brain was missing when they told me to come in?) So they seen the pain I was in and sent me to the ER. Now don't get me wrong the ER can be a very very good place to be if the cause is warranted. But I have come to realize that if you are a woman , have a history of migraines and have a head ache they immediately turn the lights off in your room give you a pain shot and then ignore anything you have to say. I was truly grateful for the pain shot but still have no answers. They took a urine sample ( then told me it was clean, you know I needed them to tell me I don't do drugs lol) took blood and then just dismissed me like I was some kind of whiner or something. I'm not sure what John said to then but the doctor sent social workers in to see if I was being abused. I said what!?! I am going blind have a horrible head no bruises or broken bones what makes me look like I been beat on? My husband just wants you all to listen when we say this is something different. I'm not sure I am what's going to happen but I have to go to the neurologist the first of the week, this time he said there would be no mix up with the scheduling. In the mean time if you know of any doctors out there who are like doctor House and are willing to help plz let me know. I am tired of getting no where. I have been on so many different migraine meds and none of them are helping I am not sure why they will not listen and look for the real cause. I guess they are gonna wait till I need the white tip cane before I get any of them to understand. I hope I am strong enough to endure this. I know they may take away my pride and get me to beg but they will not take away my faith in God and the hope that the Lord will touch me. All I hope for is that I will be able to face what every hurtle that is placed in front of me. maybe this is my mountain to climb and if it is I am going to take it one step at a time and tie a knot in the end of the rope and hold on. The devil is not going to win! Just remember me in your prayers that I will be a light for our Lord and that I will have the strength to face this.

Remeber me today plz

I am heading to the doctor in a few minutes. I am sorry for neglecting my posts recently. I am in tremendous pain. My headaches have returned with fury. My eye site is starting to be affected so if I type something that doesn't quite seem right I am sorry for that. I am hoping the doctors will find something today. I may be in the hospital for a while so if you don't hear from me soon you'll know why. I am so scared that I will go blind again. It is hard not knowing why this is happening. I am trying to get the doctors to understand that this is different from the migraines I have, but when I go in usually they don't want to listen. That is so aggravating. I can tell the difference and they need to listen. I am going to beg him today to do something, because this pain is so intense that I can't take it. I went to my family doc yesterday and he gave me a pain shot to get me thru until today but this morning I am in tears. I will probably have a lumbar puncture and MRI and I am not looking forward to them. But if it will give us answers I will not fight. Please remember in in your prayers that the Lord will give me the strength to endure this trail I am facing. It is so hard to be dignified when you are in so much pain. I hope to be back soon but if not don't forget me lol.

Happy Anniversary to My wonderful Husband!!

16 years ago I went on a first date, (one that I had dreamed about for many years)and 14 years ago today I became Mrs. John Vest. I have been in love with John (aka hubby and DH) since I was 9 years old. He is 9 years older than I so he didn't know I existed other than his sister's boyfriends annoying little sis lol. After many years had passed his sister Mona brought us together. I had thought of John throughout the years and wondered how he was the love I felt for him was still hidden in my heart. I was leery of seeing John back then because I was afraid he would break my heart. I am glad I chanced it. While I will not say our life has been a bed of roses (any one who says that can not be real every one has trials) I can say it has been worth every moment. I am so lucky to have him. He is such a good father and loving husband. He has given me a good life and a happy home, what more could a woman want? John and I eloped (it was so romantic). He picked our day so he would never forget, we were married in 1995 and the date is 1-9-95, I thought how sweet that is. He has never forgotten either I am ashamed to say I have though (bad wife). I would like to take this time to tell him just how much I do appreciate him and how utterly in love I am with him! He has filled my life so completely. He asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I could not think of anything, he has spoiled me so. I mean we are not rich by any means, you know no million dollar cruises or $500 toilet paper (why?). I am so grateful he is standing by me thru all this drama with the doctors and my medical problems. That in itself is enough. So here goes the mushy stuff.

John I love you so completely. Thank you for the years of happiness and tenderness you have given me. You have surpassed anything I could have imagined when you asked me to be your wife. You are such a wonderful husband and friend. I could not ask for anything more.

This family needs our Prayers

Please remember this family in your prayers. The sorrow they are feeling words cannot describe for little 4 year old Coleman Scott has went to be with our Lord. He lost the battle with cancer. our heart felt sympathy goes out to his family. I hope you can find peace in knowing his suffering has passed and he will now be at peace. Joining our Lord in heaven forevermore in no pain or sorrow. I will not pretend to understand your pain, I can only offer my deepest sympathies and prayers. May God ease your pain and let the wonderful memories of Coleman's life fill your heart with joy. You can read Coleman's story here->http://www.carepages.com/carepages/ColemanScott
The family has requested instead of flowers you may make a donation in Coleman Scott's memory to:
or The Hospice House of Fort Dodge, Iowa

What's your twitter temperature?

I came across this site just a few minutes ago. It's kinda neat to see what your twitter temperature is. here's the link-> http://twitemperature.com/
It's says mine is I'm volcanic 147 lol what's yours?

I am still kicking.

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. I miss everyone. I have been under the weather lately and just haven't felt up to writing alot. I did manage to get a couple of reviews done for pamdot though. I am still waiting on a few of y test results to come back to clinically diagnose the MS, but the doctor says that is what I have (you know all the need to be on paper stuff is what we are waiting on before he can start e on meds). I got really discouraged for a while because I can not get out that much. Of course the weather has helped that tremendously. You don't want to get out when it is so cold lol. I guess I got cabin fever or something. I need to try to get out and walk though. I did find out that my weight problem is from my thyroid. That at least gave me some good news, I mean I am not over weight because I eat to much lol. I am starting meds for that and the docs say I should see an improvement very quickly. Let's hope anyway. I am trying to save up money to get a treadmill. I have problems getting out and not being able to get back, so DR suggested I get one and that way I could walk and not worry about getting stuck way away from help. Seems like a good idea, but those things are expensive. I tried one of those ones that are not motor driven and with my muscle problems I can't seem to get them going. So I don't think wasting money on one of those kind would be a good idea. So I got me a jar and marked it walking fund (hubby says he hopes it doesn't walk off lol). I am placing all my change in it and when I get enough I will head to the store. Good thing it is a gallon jar lol. I have another ready cause somehow one doesn't seem like it's going to be enough. I thought about checking out our local goodwill to see if they may have one. sometimes you can find really good deals there. Maybe at one point I will be contacted to do a review for one. That would be such a blessing, but not gonna hold my breath lol. So if there are any companies that would like me to feel free to contact me I would be more than happy to do a full review. I am truly grateful that I can do the things I am able to do though. I know the Lord has really blessed me, if it were not for His grace I would be nothing. The girls and I have started a new hobby. We have been making shower gel, hair conditioner, candles and wax tarts. Nothing fancy with the candles just some tea lights. I made some that smell like popcorn balls. hubby loves the smell, he likes it when he walks up to the door that the scent greets you as he says. My step daughter Crystal is trying to get me to start a shop, but I don't know. I may do something like an online shop at one point but for now it is nice to share the time with my girls. It is a nice break from worry about the problems we face. I am so blessed with my girls (actually all my children), we have such a good relationship. They are so much fun to work with, not to mention shop. I took them to Catos the other day, Sarah got a gift card for Christmas. She found her the most adorable top and shoes, Kayla got her a couple of pairs of jeans and a cute top too. They have really nice clearance sales, for that I was grateful. We ended up spending only $35 nice on the wallet lol. We had so much fun. Sarah worries that it gets to hard on me, but it is so worth it to spend time with them for they will be grown and on their own all to quickly! I really dread that time, but it is going to happen whether I want it to or not. So I cherish every moment I can. Please remember us in your prayers. Hopefully I will have some good news next time I post. I hate to bring bad news all the time.

Reviews and Giveaways site.

I am transitioning all my reviews and giveaways to my other site. I am going to be posting here just on a much more personal level. I will still post the links here but it will on just to direct you to the Pamdot posts. I love blogger and this site, but I can not organize the items as I would like so I have started the other site so I can keep things simpler. I am starting the long road with my health and have decide to chronical it here. I will appologize ahead of time for delays in my site updates. If you haven't been following before now, I have RA and at times (especially in cold weather) I have trouble typing. I also have Relapsing Remitting MS, at times my muscles do not do what my brain tell them to do. I do not the brain lesions yet so I am stuck waiting to start meds for the MS. I will be posting when I can and hope you will be patient with me. I want to thank all my wonderful readers for you kind thoughts and prayers, You are an awesome group of people. here is the link to Pamdot->http://pamdot.ning.com. Please bookmark it on your browser. I hope you decide to join the groups and forum. I am also open to any ideas you may have for the site.

A Special Thank you for Making a Little's boys Christmas

I would like to extend a special thank you to the 5 minutes for Mom team. My cousin was sent a present from the under the tree program they had going. Thank you so much for making a little boy smile. This is truly the Christmas spirit. It is such a great gift to give happiness to some one so small and innocent. Again thank you for your kindness!

The winner is:

The winner of the RS Design $60 gift card is :
Number 4 Melissa of Mel's Mel's World said...
I love RS designs and have worked with Revka in the past...she's awesome! I love the Happy Days (Bubbles) and so many other designs they have!I would love to be a part of your give away...thanks!Melissa in Mel's World

You have72 hours to contct me or I will pick a new winner. An email has been sent to the address in your comment. Congrats to you!!!

Brand new site launched

hey head over and check out my new site at http://pamdot.ning.com/. It's called PamDot. I am still going to have New and Old but it will become more of a personal blog. PamDot is going to be alot of everything, that is where I am going to post my reviews and contests. Also I'll have a chance to chat with you. Hurry over you could be one of the first members there is also a contest link for a $10,ooo Best Buy shoppng spree!!!

We got our tree up!

We put our tree up finally. We are doing very many decoration done this year. Hopefully I will feel better soon. But couldn't resist doing a little. Hopefully it doesn't look to bad lol. I am a nutcracker nut. I love collecting them. So I found the ornaments at a craft shop, I was so happy to get them. Most of the nutcracker ornaments are to heavy for a artificial tree. When we got the decorations out of storage, I had a horrible surprise. A rat had chewed up my tree skirt and destroyed my lights. I was so upset! At least it didn't get my cloth ornaments too.
This is our version of "stocking hung by the ...with care". No fireplace for us, I found this stand online and thought it was adorable. Sarah helped me paint the stockings with our names and outlines. I thought we done a pretty good job. I got them after Christmas last year at a steal I paid a quarter a piece for them. I love the after Christmas clearance!!
Bucky got this snowman for me for my birthday. I love it. He plays jingle bells and dances to sound. John hates it but what does he know lol.

If we decide to do any more decorating I will get the pics posted. But I doubt if we will. I am just happy to get what we have up this year done. Usually we go all out decorating but just can't seem to find the energy to do it this year. I hope everyone has a happy and joyous Christmas this year. And truly understands the meaning of the holidays. The birth of our Lord and Saviour. I know historians say Jesus was not born on Dec. 25th. That may be true and may not be, we have no way of knowing for sure. But it is the day we have set aside to celebrate his birth and that's good enough for me.

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Hello. Let's see alittle about me, I am almost 40 now WOW. I can't believe it. I have 1 son and 2 daughters. 2 Step daughters and 1 step son, also 4 Step grandsons. Now that's out of the way. I married the man of my dreams. He and I have travelled the US alot and worked in some pretty interesting places. But nothing has compared to giving our lives to the Lord. This journey is by far the happiest and most important we have taken. By the grace of God we will remain and earn our place in paradise.
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