Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas with the Procters



The last three days Trevor and I visited Gordon for Christmas. We also saw the Dr Pepper Bottling Plant, a basketball tournament game and Claudette. Here's some illustrations for our journey. For more information of Dublin Dr Pepper visit

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

So this is Christmas and what have you done?

Merry Christmas everyone! Tomorrow, Trevor and I head to Texas for Christmas with my family. Here's a song that makes me think of how Christmas is a time to think about our Saviour and what we've done this year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas and Everything Else


We made our annual Christmas trip to Iowa and Missouri last week after a little late start. Let's just say I started the early celebration of my birthday over the porcelain chair.
Saturday, we (Trev, me, Jessica, Tyson,and Jess and Ty's mini poodle, Lucky) drove to Winterset, Iowa, birthplace of John Wayne to celebrated Christmas with my mother-in-law. My brother-in-law, Tyson and I almost share the same birthday. Good times.
Sunday, started out with a Christmas play at church starring our adorable nieces and nephew. We also had the big Taylor/Kalbus clan Christmas with the second annual Taco Bar/ Gift Exchange. I think Dylan had the best Christmas of all with the Pirates of the Carribean ship.
Monday, we hung out with Dylan and the nieces. That night we had dinner with the Danners.
Tuesday, I finally got to celebrate my birthday at the Cheesecake Factory in the Kansas City Plaza. It was splendid. I definitely recommend. And now

Monday, December 11, 2006

I Celebrate the Day

It was a long week last week again. I felt so blessed to be part of the celebration of Don Manion's life. Makes me think about how I live mine. Please continue to pray for some people who are truly amazing and truly hurting.
I also ask you would remember the community of Gordon in your prayers too. One of the youth has committed suicide and all are struggling to understand.
To everyone: When you think about your life, remember you are loved. Think of the gift God gave you.


"I Celebrate The Day"

And with this Christmas wish is missed
The point I could convey
If only I could find the words to say to let You know how much You've touched my life
Because here is where You're finding me, in the exact same place as New Year's eve
And from a lack of my persistency
We're less than half as close as I want to be

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

And so this Christmas I'll compare the things I felt in prior years
To what this midnight made so clear
That You have come to meet me here

To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
In the hope that what You did
That you were born so I might live
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me

And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life

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Thursday, December 07, 2006


Our new fridge arrived Tuesday. Yeah. I sure it's about to get loaded with pics and food.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Nothing exciting

On Friday our fridge went out. Our awesome landlords are buying us a new one but it won't get here til Tuesday at the earliest. We have been keeping things cold outside for the last few days but it is due to warm up tomorrow. Frustration. Any tips on how to cook and provide meals with no fridge. Even some nice cold ice from the freezer will be sweet after this!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Snowed in

The people from up North are probably laughing at my title but for Oklahoma we are snowed in. In fact, the plows didn't start on Kickapoo St (major street in Shawnee) until around 10:00. Barely made it to and from work yesterday. I guess we got about 8 inches of snow.

Here's some pictures I took with my camera phone yesterday at the hospital, a funny picture of Jack hating me taking his picture, my toes
(I should show my toes after I lost feeling in them) and pictures around the house today. Notice my feet are buried in the front yard. And so far its too powdery for snowballs. I checked. Maybe later today I will build a snowman.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Stillwater Visit

Today, Leslie and I had pedicures done to celebrate her feet being normal again. Of course Ephraim came along for the ride. Unintentionally we got the same pedicure, a red polish with a white flower-with blue jewels design ( and no I am not going to include a picture this time).
I also got a leg massage to go with it. Tomorrow, I head back to the salt mines.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Well the eye is doing somewhat better. I can see for the most part but it is hazy. The eye dr says that it is still irritated and not completely healed so I will take one steroid drop a day. Who knew eye problems could last so long? Keep praying for a recovery....I hope it goes quicker than it has so

Friday, November 24, 2006


Well I got a few pics of my family on my camera phone but for now I guess our Thanksgiving is for the dogs. (No it wasn't that bad either) We also saw Todd and Rachel, which I may get posted later, in Denton on Wednesday. They are doing well. Todd's in taking some dental school prereq's.
The big dog is my brother Marcus' named Rufus. He's a Beagle/Lab. The little dog is Dot and she is some kind of Rat Terrier/Chihuahua/Wienie Dog mix. And of course don't forget Jack Daniels who is Rottweiler/Beagle. I guess that's enough Mutt Show-and-Tell.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Welcome, Ephraim James!

Jonathon and Leslie Hall welcomed Ephraim James into the world on Monday, November 13. Yesterday, Trevor and I went to see them in Stillwater. Ephraim was able to attend his own baby shower! We are so excited for the Halls. Mom and baby are doing well.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Please call

I received my "new" phone in the mail today and it is activated!
I ,however, have no motivation to do anything constructive around the house. I work the next three days and that fact is not motivating whatsoever. Mainly I think I am still frustrated with the slow progress of the eye. It is still quite blurry and sensitive to light. Tired of putting drops in my eye 5 times a day and ready to have my bearings about me again.

Jennifer and Matt's Wedding

Saturday, November 11, was my friend Jennifer's wedding. It was a very pretty wedding with few mishaps.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cell Phone

I better get ready for work but I broke my cell phone in half this morning, may it rest in peace. Lost a lot of numbers I won't be getting back. Hopefully, we can get Mom to mail one to us overnight. Thanks Mom!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Weekly Update

Friday: I went out with the girls (Kendal, Alicia, Peggy, Kim, and Addison) for Ladies Night. We ended up going out to Santa Fe. It was a lot of fun.

Saturday/Sunday: I worked at the hospital. I ended up being the Charge Nurse for the weekend, it was actually pretty interesting. I also found out how disgusting Flagyl (an antibiotic) is. I still can't drink water without a disgusting aftertaste. I will apologize to all those patients who complained it was nasty.

Monday: Today I am running errands. Trevor and I are also going to have dinner with the Manions tonight.

Better get started on that dinner! The eye is better but slowly getting there. I am trying to be patient with my eye.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat

Tonight I had the privilege to go trick-or-treating with the Greins. I went with a witch, a Stitch, Captain Jack Sparrow, a rock star, and a fairy. All in all we had a lot of fun. Sorry Kendal, don't mean to steal your show if you are gonna post pics.

On the mend

Well I can see but its still quite blurry. I may be wearing the patch to work in the AM to save myself a tremendous headache. Trusting God with all the things to make it through this week. Hubby gone again to San Antonio. Seen him here and there this past week.
Leslie and Jonathan drove out to see us last night. Leslie is such a cute pregnant lady, as I knew she'd be. Leslie and I are addicted to the show Scrubs so we watched about 5 episodes last night. The boys- ahem- sorry men, talked about Stephen King and Star Wars collecting the entire evening.
Today I am hanging out at home. I was so excited to get the invite to go trick-or-treating with the Greins! Its gonna be a blast!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I can see!

After almost a week of treatment, I can finally open my eye and see. Its pretty blurry and sensitive to light (probably because of the dilation) but it looks and feels a lot better. Thanks to all who have prayed for it. Continue to pray for the ulceration to heal completely.
I got a little stir crazy yesterday but Kendal saved me by taking me by Hollywood Video so I could rent the rest of the first season of Scrubs. I really like that show-- its funny and pretty accurate as far as I can tell.
Today I am going to church with the Greins (Micheal and Elise) and will probably take it easy the rest of the day. Trevor got in at about 2 or 3 o'clock last night, and left at this morning at 6:00 for west of San Antonio. He should be back about 2 or 3 again but at least he's off tomorrow. I can't wait for Halloween to be over. I get the eye checked again tomorrow. I guess that's about it.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Greetings from the blind one

Well for those of you don't know I woke up Monday morning with excrutiating pain, extreme sensitivity to light, and my left eye swollen shut. The doctors are still unsure of what caused this eye infection (which has caused a milimeter long ulceration on my eye, I guess from whatever it is munching on my cornea). Some theories are that this is the herpes simplex virus ( which 80% of people have been exposed to and have floating around in their bloodstream), shingles, or just some combo of bacterial and viral infection of unknown origin. I am now taking a steady regimen of eye drops/ ointments all day long. Things I know for sure: I will not be able to wear contacts again, Lortab makes me nauseous, and I don't like sunlight these days, I have some pretty amazing friends who have cooked for me, tucked me in bed and have been my eyes for me the last week, and an amazing husband who has patience with me in all this. Things I am waiting on: if I can have Lasik surgery done later( depends on how well the ulceration heals), just seeing how long this will take to heal. I have already missed three days of work but I guess, luckily had some overtime scheduled this week so all I am missing is three days. Doubtful I will work tomorrow. Oh and I have also lost my cell phone charger but Kendal says she will take me to get another this afternoon. Trevor is gone til about 5 this morning. Thanks to everyone, since I know many are praying for my recovery. My God will do amazing things!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


So my genius husband figured out how to rig a computer out of my laptop and his laptop. Don't ask how I don't know here's the pics!
Descriptions of pics in no particular order: Precious Moments fountain show, complete with gospel singing little person (Duke Mason), the neat old house was the Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast where we stayed in Carthage, MO, also pictures of the Precious Moments chapel.

Monday, October 16, 2006

our trip

I guess I won't have pics posted of our trip...due to technical difficulties. Trevor and I went to Missouri on Sat Oct 7 and stayed in Lawson for three days. On Tuesday afternoon, we headed to Carthage, MO to stay at Grand Ave Bed and Breakfast. It was fun and relaxing.We stayed in the Laura Ingalls Wilder room which had a (small) Jacuzzi tub/shower. We went to the square and went shopping in antique stores. We also had dinner one night at a rodeo arena/steakhouse. On Wednesday and Thursday we went to the Precious Moments chapel and fountain show, where a singing, I guess you call him a little person, sang gospel music. All in all we had a lot of fun.
This post was made possible by the Greins letting me use our computer. If anyone wants to contribute to the Taylor computer fund...let us know(: Just kidding.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Get thee to Ren Fest (or I want to be locked in a cage)

Today, Trevor and I visited Ren Fest in Kansas City, along with some family. It was pretty neat.
Having fun in Missouri with family.

Friday, September 22, 2006


I am off for a few days so I am going to see the fam in Texas. The last few days have been CRAZY!! at work. I stayed at work til 8:30 completing charts tonight. But I'm off!!! Hope everyone has a great weekend. Also, Don Manion is getting better. Praise the Lord. I also was able to speak to my good friend Erin Young this week ( who looks on this blog frequently but doesn't comment). You need a blog too Erin!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I went to get my hair cut at Supercuts in Shawnee and I was so impressed by the girl who cut my hair. I don't even know her name. Not even did she do a super job, she offered to braid my hair so I could work out afterwards. You bet she got a tip!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Prayer Request

Please pray for the Manion family. Don Manion has fallen ill and needs the King to send messengers of comfort and His own healing. Give the doctors wisdom. Also give them peace.

Shoutfest Rocks

I went to my 2nd Shoutfest this year! This one was in Somerset, KY. It was a lot of fun and I got to see Skillet live! It was pretty awesome. The only thing is now I can't get right up to the speakers because I have to protect my investment in Nursing. ( No such thing as a deaf nurse, if there is please let me know!) Check out Trev's blog for more details ( the husband link on the side). Flatfoot 56 was also cool. Irish punk rock is hot.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I finds it!

"This one's the kicker!"

Today at CD Warehouse,I found a copy of Glisten's 1999 Starlight Wishlist, a local band from Peaster, Tx. Brings back memories of the Halloween concerts in Peaster back in the day. Check it out. I was actually surprised they still exist, at least on Myspace.
Here's a real gem, though. If you locate this album, you must purchase it for me. Its a self-titled album by Between Thieves, formerly known as Judah (if you can find one of those Judah albums you will officially become my best friend).I loved the songs Two Pennies and Despite the Rain. In fact, Two Pennies has to be one of my favorite songs. Check them out here.
Also, I am now the proud owner of Jars of Clay Good Monsters. I am still in the process of previewing that one. I like it so far. And not to be outdone, we now own House, MD Season 2, one of the best shows on tv! I appreciate House's enthusiasm for life and the healthcare profession (uh yeah right, he is one the most bitterly sarcastic individuals ever).
Hopefully, you have enjoyed my show and tell. I will be in Somerset, Kentucky with Trev on an Extreme Inflatables trip as part of the Shoutfest Tour. Greetings to all! I will take some pics this
time. Remind me to tell you all about close encounter with Day of Fire upon our return.

Lyrics to Despite the Rain

I just cant move past these mistakes I've made
With every step I'm tripping as I try to walk away
I guess some kind of penance might ease my mind
The harder I try the more I find...

All I have to do is look to you
And I will never be the same
My lifes been changed
And like a child, I will play despite the rain

Why do I persist to ram my head against the wall?
Why do I pretend there's nothing wrong at all?
Sometimes I wonder why you still fight for me
Its a mystery
But whenever I'm in doubt...

All I have to do is look to you
And I will never be the same
My lifes been changed
And like a child, I will play despite the rain

All I have to do is live for you
And when I call upon your name
Your love remains
And like a child, I will play despite the rain

Staring in the mirror, I see more of you
The reflection of my hearts change
Now there is hope
Now there is peace
Your love has set me free, free, oh

All I have to do is look to you
And I will never be the same
My life's been changed
And like a child, I will play despite the rain

All I have to do is live for you
And when I call upon your name
Your love remains
And like a child, I will play despite the rain

I will play (3x)
Despite the rain

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

New Arrival

A Tri-State alumnus gave birth Sunday afternoon. Meet Sarah Hamilton, daughter of Jeremy and Kari Hamilton, granddaughter of Jim Eschenbrenner.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day!!

Today is Labor Day. In honor of it, I am actually off! Trev and I are heading to Tulsa to spend time with friends. Happy Labor Day. What is everyone else doing?

Moving on...

Well, thank you to everyone who attempted to listen to my opinion last post. Notice, I said no names. My intent was not to maim or hurt anyone, simply to say my view on things, which others agree with. I am also sick of the view that people who stay, love Calvary and our pastor and the others don't. That is not true. You can still love someone and say what they are doing is wrong. We want to see EVERONE get better. That is why I said those things.
I must also state my anger at people telling me to STOP! I will not STOP trying to do what is right just because someone disagrees with me or my view. The world does that to me all the time when I try to do what is right. They tell me I am stupid and that it doesn't really matter. Why is it that I hear that a lot from fellow believers lately? Even if you don't agree with someone doesn't mean you have to blast them. Listen, they might have a little something to say you need to hear. I did that many times in sermons I thought were hypocritical but had things I still needed to apply to me.
I now know a little of how the prophets felt. I will not continue in my discussion because some feel it is damaging. I will do so, even though they would not even listen to me. To that person who said things about me, I wish you could talk to me and not just label me a part of the problem. I also feel as a part of all this mess I had some right, if not obligation to say my piece. My mistake was in thinking that person would hear me out. Sadly enough, I don't think she really cares about me at all.
That being said, I will leave it alone. Don't think that I have forgotten about it though, since the problem still affects me and I still face danger if a certain person returns.
Now enough anger, I have a problem letting things go, yes. Please pray for me in that regard.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Oh where to begin....

Well I have purposely not said much about the "situation" at Calvary on my blog for two main reasons: 1) I did not want to be involved in idle talk
2) I did not want to hurt people needlessly who are involved.

No I will not drop names, however, I will refer to certain situations that the people involved will know all too well what I am speaking of.
For starters, Trevor and I, as of last Sunday, are no longer attending Calvary Baptist Church. Trevor and I have told few people this but it will be realized in the next few weeks. I will not delve into the entire sticky situation and details but let's just say it is a difference in a matter of opinion, particularly on the issue of unrepentant sin.
This summer has been a time where I have often been scared to even venture outside my own home. I told fellow church members of this fear and how Trevor taught me how to use our gun and felt passed off as gossip, and maybe I was. I have been angry with how people are willing to pass off responsibility for hurt on the basis of a simple diagnosis. People I know have been hurt and few, if any apologies have been made by the offending parties. That is not my point here, though I think apologies would go a long way in healing the body of believers.
Sin IS the issue I am talking about. In all my prayer and exploration of the matter in God's word, I learned that church discipline is the answer for sin, of any type but especially of the sexual variety. I sought out I Corinthian 5 which is subtitled Expel the immoral brother. Don't misunderstand me, I hate confrontation. God often has to specifically call me to it for me to do any confrontation. (Well, I suppose except in cases of my temper, which God is working with me on.)
After much prayer, I see a few things in these verses which point to addressing sin in the church. First, it says to "hand this man over to Satan so that the sinful nature (his body) may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord" Are we so afraid to call a brother or sister on sin? Someone might call us on our sin. Believe me, all of us involved in this have prayed long and hard that if sin remained concealed in us that it be revealed and dealt with. Yes, we need grace but grace is not forgetting about unconfessed sin. Sin not dealt with will spread. Paul talks about how some in this body in Corinthians who boasted. He told them, " Don't you know a little yeast works throughout the whole batch of dough?"
Paul also brings in some other sins that need to be addressed like greed, idolatry, and slander. Paul says about these people actively involved in sin, I Corinthians 5 verse 10"You must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother....With such a man do not even eat." So therefore, we are to stop associating with people who claim to believe in Christ, and are involved in sin. I would say that Paul would even say if you associate with such people, YOU are sinning. Paul says to, "Expel the immoral brother from among you(I Cor.5: 12)."
To me this seems pretty cut and dry. Christians who sin and go on their merry way need to be expelled from the fellowship. Many have argued, "We are sinners too so how can we judge?" I pray that if someone brought my sin before me that I would repent immediately. These same people have said that we need to give the sinner time to repent ( And I think two or three months is plenty of time), or how can we be God and determine if they have repented? There are instances in the Bible, even in the New Covenant, that refer to God striking down a sinner
(Acts 5 :1-11).
Without getting into specific details of the situation, I say some heartfelt apologies need to be voiced about why what was done was wrong would suffice. Even if this sinner doesn't believe he is wrong, his actions have hurt people. Sometimes we need to apologize even if we believe we are still right. In doing so, usually we discover we were actually wrong. God desires humility particularly in positions in the church that are supposed to serve.
This is the part where I tell where God has used this to change (or initiate change) in me.

Like this sinner, and many people, I have a problem with criticism. I have the tendency to "shoot the messenger." Aside, the sinner I refer to has also "shot" a lot of his messengers. I pray that if a brother or sister brings a sin to my attention that I will graciously accept their effort, no matter who it is that brings it. My point is that I have to learn to thank the messenger who saves my life. I must daily search my heart for hardness.
I am a cardiac nurse so I have many instances of a disease of the hardness of one' s heart. Though this hardness is a physical disease, it relates to the spiritual hardness of heart.
As in the hardening of one's heart vessels, usually one has an episode of chest pain, which brings to light partially occluded vessels by way of a visit to the local hospital. The person can either have a gracious attitude because he is not dead from the diseased vessels and he can go about changing his life to prevent further damage, or he can
1) Blame the doctor and or other health care professionals ( the messengers)
2) Focus on his genetics ( I'm just born a sinner)
3) ...And the fact that McDonald's is open 24/7( the sin was in front of me and couldn't help
4) .... Or that he can't exercise because he has to work all the time ( my excuse for not doing the right thing, resentment for having to miss things due to work)

and so forth...
And what's worse is that sin, unlike heart disease or most forms of it anyway, is transmitted to others. Sin spreads like a pandemic, a worldwide epidemic. The spread of bird flu is nothing like sin and what it can do. Sin can eat lives and souls from the inside out, like a putrid rotting wound that spreads its stench and is infested with maggots. Yes, that imagery is disgusting and makes you want to vomit. So it is with sin.
The truth is we are all sinners and without God we are like a leper, whose infected body parts go numb and fall off. Maybe if we treated sin, at least among brethren and not the world, the same way as leprosy was treated, we wouldn't spread it. Lepers were, and still are in some parts of the world, sent off to live out their days apart from the healthy world.(Sin in the world is also addressed I Corinthians 5, it is different). Another aside, leprosy wasn't what people thought it was, it is indeed a very curable disease in the modern world. I used it simply for its imagery.
I will not be silent anymore.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What a day

Well I can only sigh in relief after today. I almost had to break into my own house!
Someone took my nursing bag this morning by mistake and it had my keys in it. Praise God that someone realized it and she brought it back.

Friday, August 25, 2006


Here is a semi intelligent it won't get as many comments as my toes(: