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Louisiana, about to get off from work for the day, writes an email before she heads on home back to her family. She writes to her friend in Wisconsin, Tonya Michelle Givens, who lives in Racine.

Weds., June 1, 2005, 1:56 p.m., C.D.T.~

Dear Tonya Michelle~

Thank you for your beautiful letter; I loved the picture of the kids on your letter! I love that type of artwork! It is amazing what people can do with just some paper and some scissors! No, the picture wasn't one of one of my kids; it was just a picture I found on the Internet. Sometimes I DO put pictures of my kids on my letters, but not always. I also have put pictures of my dog, "Cajun Gold" (she is a little Pomeranian) and of my daughter's cat, "Cajun", a Maine Coon; but mostly what I use is of stuff I have found on the Internet. I also have put a picture of my son Todd and my daughter Jodie on different things that I have written.

In regards to your questions regarding Bill, Ronee', Roberto, and Johnny, here goes my husband hurt his arm and hand in an industrial accident prior to our getting married; he had to wear an external fixator in his hand because the bones were so badly shattered; but if it had not been for that external fixator device, my husband would be walking around with just one hand. He would have had to have his hand and arm amputated; but the external fixator device saved his limb; so he is a very fortunate man today. Sure, it does look evil, as you put it, but it sure does its job (MOST of the time!). As for the money on the veil, that is an old Cajun custom, and it is our way of wishing the bride and groom the best of what life has to offer. It was my turn when that picture was taken, so that was why there was money pinned to my veil.

My daughter, Ronee', did, indeed, have a tracheotomy, and now she has the scar on her neck. She was in a horrible vehicular accident when she was a year and a few months old, and was severely injured. She was in a coma for three months and had to relearn how to do everything again. Now you wouldn't even know she had even been in a wreck because she gets around so well, and is as smart as a whip! Now she has the scar on her neck as the only evidence. She is a model; she has modeled before in the past, but now that she is older, she isn't doing it nearly as much, and she would rather spend her time singing or being a typical preteen! :) Nothing, not even having JRA, slows her down much, and she is always on the go, it seems! In fact, she is on the go so much she wears me OUT! LOL

My son, Johnny, HAS been told before that he looks like child star, Johnathan Lipnicki, especially since he got his hair spiked. But my Johnny is NOT THE Johnathan Lipnicki! He does like him; he loves the movies "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2", and he also loves the movie "Like Mike" starring Li'l Romeo and Johnathan Lipnicki; he is also in the film. He plays Li'l Romeo's best friend. He models some as well, and he loves showing off for the camera (as does Ronee'; they are both extremely photogenic, and as long as there is a camera in the picture, they will do all they can to mug for the camera! LOL).

My son, Roberto, has been with our family since he was but six; he comes to us from Monterrey, in Mexico, and he has been a real angel. Now, he also has heart problems, and last year, during his surgery, he nearly died twice, once on the operating table, and once while in the PICU, after surgery; and he "coded", but the medical team was able to save his life; still, it was a very scary time, and now, every moment with him is a Gift from God. He may have more heart surgeries in the future, but for now, his heart has been behaving itself, thank goodness! We also have another son, Kwame', who has heart problems, but he has done beautifully since HIS surgery last year.

I attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (formerly called the University of Southwestern Louisiana) in Lafayette, Louisiana. As for my daughters Dwerlina and Tanya, they go to college now, Dwerlina to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Tanya, she goes to the University of Texas in Austin. My daughter, Steffi, will be going to college as well; she will be going to college here in Tennessee, at the University of Tennessee. She will be going this fall. I have three other daughters, Lightning, Melizza, and Dianna, and Dianna is going to college as well; she is going to Vanderbilt University here in Nashville. She is about to graduate next year with a degree in special education. She wants to teach visually impaired children. (She, herself, is visually impaired, but her handicap has never stopped her.) So there is a lot of college in my family, and I am proud of all my college "students". :)

Yes, we have a basement in our house, and we also have a built in "safe room" that we go to if it "goes severe" out. My son, Johnny, is very interested in the weather (in fact, he would love to become a meteorologist if he lives that long; he has Duchenne's muscular dystrophy; but he has already lived seven years longer than doctors predicted he would; so he is a living Miracle!), and he carries his NOAA weather radio around like a teddy bear; it is always with him! :) Ever since we nearly lost our house to a severe durecho that came through last year here, we had the safe room built; and so far, our house has held. (We pray and hope this continues!) No, I wouldn't want to live in Texas or any other place without a basement; I have already done that, and I don't care to do that ever again, thankyewverymuch...LOL (I was born in Louisiana, in the Cajun Bayou Country; they don't have basements there either; so I am VERY glad we have a basement--AND a safe room!--here! :) ) We really enjoy our basement, and we get a lot of use out of it too, especially on a rainy day! (You are so right: We ARE sick of the rain; it's rained so much here lately it's a wonder we haven't turned into DUCKS! *QUACK! QUACK!* LOL)

I hope Wynn didn't hurt himself..that is so scary when a child falls and then cries because you don't know if they really hurt themselves (more often than not, it's nothing worse than a scraped knee or a bruised up hand; it's when they DON'T cry when you worry!!). I have come across some of my kids lying there, unconscious or not breathing, and THAT is what is REALLY scary!! I pray and hope nothing like that happens to you; there is nothing more unnerving to me than to see one of my kids blue in the face, gasping for air, or NOT moving AT all! SHEESH!! I have plenty of grey hairs myself from my kids doing stuff like the above, and it's something I would NOT recommend, especially if kids make you nervous! But God got my kids through their "medical dramas", and for the most part, they turned out just fine, thank goodness! :)

Well, Tonya, I must go...I have to get home in time to hook up Jodie to her "feedings"; it's lunchtime for her. She is on tube feedings because of severe cerebral palsy and can't chew or swallow, so she has a gastrostomy tube in her belly, and she "eats" this way. Or she has a tube inserted into her nose, and she eats that way, too, but it's always a huge struggle to get the tube down her nose and to her stomach. For a little thing, she kicks like a mule, and she fights HARD! LOL So we would much rather feed her by way of her gastrostomy tube! :) I will write soon; take care, and thank you again for writing! Write back when you can, and God bless!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Music City, Louisiana in Nashville. :)

P.S.: Hey, that is too weird....our birthdays fall on the SAME DAY!! My birthday is on June 10, too! LOL


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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/2/2005
Another excellent write
God Bless
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 6/1/2005
Wonderful write as always Karen, I don't know how you keep doing it!

Peace and love, Carole
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/1/2005

Excellent write--richly detailed and so well penned!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)

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