Friday, April 22, 2005


It will be a cold and windy day tomorrow, according to ye olde weathermen...but it will be SATURDAY! And it won't be just ANY will be the SATURDAY AFTER THE LAST DAY OF THE BUSINESS PERIOD! To me, that's like a special day of rest and relaxation! Looking forward to it.

We're having our first spend-the-night guests tomorrow night. Both girls are having friends over. Here's hoping all goes well...

2 more weeks 'til Shayne's 9th birthday! YES.....9 years old! ACK!

Sorry for the disjointed post. I need to go to bed but I'm waiting for one more email...

More intelligence in a future posting :)

I need a globe...

Pick a country, any country...

I'm looking forward to the day where world-travels can be tax-deducitble for my family's business! Here's one more country I can "work"! My personal business creeped into Korea recently (via Canada) and I hope that one day I will have business in each of the countries where we operate.

Life is sweet!

Mannatech Plans to Begin Operations in Taiwan in June 2005
Coppell, TX. – April 18, 2005 – (NASDAQ-MTEX) Mannatech, Inc. today announced that it will begin operations in Taiwan beginning June 20, 2005. The opening of the Taiwan market increases Mannatech’s countries of operation to eight and comes on the heels of the recent opening of operations in the Republic of Korea in September, 2004. Sam Caster, Chairman and CEO of Mannatech commented, "We are extremely excited about our entry into the Taiwan
market and proud of the enthusiasm with which our planned entry has been received. The citizens of Taiwan are known for their strong spirit of entrepreneurialism and their commitment to health and wellness. We see this as a perfect combination for the acceptance of our unique, scientifically based products and the business opportunity represented by
our network-marketing model. With the expansion of our business into Taiwan, we are realizing another step to share our products and our opportunity on a global basis."
Mannatech Taiwan will be headed by Ms. Jolene Kuo who will serve as Taiwan’s General Manager. Jack Crowley, Mannatech President of International stated, "We believe that Mannatech Taiwan is in very capable hands with Ms. Kuo as its General Manager. She is a seasoned veteran of our network-marketing industry and a true professional with proven
abilities to launch a new company and to work with our independent associate sales organization in expanding Mannatech’s presence into the Taiwan marketplace."
About Mannatech, Incorporated Mannatech, based in Coppell, Texas, is a wellness solution provider that sells its products through a global network-marketing system throughout the United States and the international markets of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, and Republic of Korea.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Writing this late

I really shouldn't be writing this late....and I shouldn't be writing in the fog of my 9:00 Mannatonin. But here I am.

Went to an awesome doctor today. He's new in town but I know his reputation for being a doctor of PREVENTATIVE medicine and one who is fairly well-educated (at least for a Internal Medicine doc) in Mannatech products. SO, I went for this general physical exam and got all my initial paperwork setup with him. Now, Heaven forbid I need to actually HAVE a physician, I am setup with a doctor that I trust.

The bad news. He wants to be my accountability for losing some weight. Ugh. I guess I should try harder now.

Had my very first pedicure today. It was A W E S O M E ! My feet aren't exactly CUTE (see post from a week or so ago) but they DO look better. And man oh man, they FEEL better! They're so silky smooth :) I will definitely be doing that again soon!

Got a haircut today, too. (Mom was babysitting this morning.) It's WAY shorter layers than I'm used to. I started out liking it but it's not looking so good after laying around watching TV. Hopefully I'll be cool with it. David REALLY likes it. Shayne was polite. I asked her, "Do you like it?" and she answered with the very mature, "Do YOU like it?"

My computer is making a weird noise. Better log this post before it loses it.

Monday, April 18, 2005

I know David didn't mean this the way it sounds but I thought it was cute and sweet anyway... (forgive the poor-man's-scan and forgive the lack of carriage returns -- the "Blogger Bot" for pictures doesn't allow it) -- Stacy: "David, do you know who this is?" (showing him this picture). David: "You?" Stacy: "Yep!" David: "When did you do that?" Stacy: "Before I got married." David: " Then why did Daddy like to play golf?" Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Nostalgic Fear

OK, another fear post.

When I was in junior high school, I caused lots of trouble for the cheerleading/dance squads when it came time to pick our uniforms. The reason is because my feet were too big for the shoes that were available. I needed men's shoes and it was nearly impossible to find cute cheerleading shoes that had similar (we weren't even looking for identical) styles for both men and women. (I guess surely things have improved now with the popularity of co-ed cheerleading). One year we pitifully PAINTED some white tennis shoes to look like saddle shoes! UNBELIEVEABLY UGLY!

Needless to was terribly embarrassing.

And today, as I get ready for a MOMS group at church, I have a little of this nostalgic fear. We're supposed to bring our own (thankfully) black flip-flops to decorate for the summer. I have to admit that I'm VERY nervous about others seeing the size of my GIGANTIC, men's black flip-flops.

The positive thing is that hopefully I can make them real cute so that when I wear them, no one will be able to tell that they're men's!

OK, I'm off to get David and the Hud-man ready to go! They LOVE going to MOMS group because they get to hang out with their friends and play and eat snack.... I like it because it's a multi-age group so Hudson gets to enjoy playing with big kids like he's used to. Hopefully the rain won't keep their friends away.

Monday, April 04, 2005

If you don't want to hear it...

If you don't want to hear anything about how much I love Mannatech, you might as well just x-out right now.

Today was AWESOME! GORGEOUS weather!

And I was able to enjoy it!

And when Donnie got home....he cut the grass....and I STILL enjoyed it!

You see, a few years back, I would have been SICK just from the idea of Donnie cutting grass. And with all this yellow pollen all over the place, my eyes would be itchy and swollen, I'd have a miserable nose, and a tickly cough that annoys the heck out of anyone nearby. But NOW that I have Mannatech in my life, I don't get bothered by my allergies when I'm outside in the springtime. Nor do I have to hide out inside when grass is being mowed.

I played outside with the kiddos today, pushing Hudson in his swing, helping David turn a backflip on the trapeze bar, laughing at Shayne and Harris Anne as they conducted their own VERY creative obstacle courses. And because of the time change, we even had time to go walking on the nature trails after Donnie got home. Ahhh, so awesome.

Put on your seatbelts for a super-fast topic change...

Napolean Dynamite.

Loved it.

Quirky and weird, but I still thought it was extremely charming. Donnie and I laughed several times.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Irrational Fears

I'm sitting here with a familiar sickness in my gut. It's a very faint feeling this time, and I'm thankful for that, but it's still a feeling I have now, nonetheless.

It's that feeling I get sometimes when I'm standing on the balcony of the condo at the beach and someone else is holding one of my children and I get sick to my stomach thinking, "Ohmygosh....if my child lurched forward, they'd go over the edge and....."

Or that feeling I got when I was standing in the Sears Tower in Chicago a year after the 9/11 attacks and I thought, "ohmygosh...those people in the attack....there were some up this high and they saw that plane coming...and there were some that fell from this height....and there were some who jumped...."

Or that feeling that I have fought quite successfully in the past couple of years but is on the verge or re-emerging since all the flooding we've experienced this week....that "what if we crashed over the side of this bridge? How would I get all of the children out and to safety?"


This feeling started tonight when Donnie and I were watching Conan O'Brien and the news ticker broke in and scrolled along the bottom that a police-involved shooting had occured in East M......... on A...... Highway. UGH! What if it's someone we know? Ohmygosh... one day my children are going to be driving on A...... Highway..... What if an idiot causes harm to my children who were in the wrong place at the wrong time? What if my children make terribly dumb decisions that result in horrible consequences?

And would you believe that I got nervous wondering if Shayne was OK just because she's spending the night at a birthday slumber party tonight? I think I'd be a lot sicker if the home where she is was in East M........ Thankfully it's on the other end of town.

Isn't that irrational? She's definitely not out on the streets yet, the idea crosses my mind...."what if?" and it gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.

But I'm really doing OK. I have that funny pit in my gut but I'm not in a panic. I'm concerned and curious but I'm really OK. I'm just reminded of those 'what if' days because the faint 'ick' I feel inside me is all too familiar.

I'm VERY GRATEFUL that these irrational panicks have diminished over the last several years. I give God all the glory because He answered my prayers when I asked for more faith. I gave God my fears and told Him I believed He was in charge and that I trusted His decisions and that I trusted Him to guide our paths. I also got serious about wanting to follow His will so that I would not be the cause of any consequences.

I also praise God for pulling me out of the start to a very bad depression. At the point of post-partum depression after David's birth, I was at my worst spot. God saved me from it. Thank you, Lord.

So my fears now are better than they used to be. But I'm still sitting here, staying up way too late, hoping I can find out a bit of info from the Internet or TV about what happened tonight. I just want to know before I go to bed.

God is in control.