Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Remember little Ivan Stevens from Camden, New Jersey? Who could forget this little guy's face & story, right?
I just talked to his minister, Rev. David King (http://www.dkingministries.com/)
Guess what???? Someone donated money to Habitat for Humanity and they are building Ivan and his family a brand new home! It will be complete in 6 months.
Ivan's mom, Precious, is employed now too and they are still receiving packages at the church daily for Ivan and his family. I wasn't the only person touched by this little guy. He said they've received hundreds of calls and emails and have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring. Ivan now has everything he needs and soon he'll have his own home to go home to.
Rev. King said there are lots of little "Ivan's" in Camden and he's trying to raise money to open an after school center across the street from the church. He wants the kids from a nearby elementary school to be able to come there for a hot meal.
Rev. King was out on the street ministering to people when 20/20 came up to him - that's how Ivan's story and other's ended up in the documentary.
Everyone please pray for Rev. King - this man is not taking a salary and is handing out money he really doesn't even have. He's doing great things and says he's already touched thousands of lives since coming to the church in Camden - but there are lots more that need his help and he knows it's his calling to help other people. Actually I think the Bible tells us - it's the calling for each of us to reach out and help others who need it.
I'm going to get a Walmart giftcard for him to use for anyone or even himself. Anyone interested in donating to his church or to the needy in Camden can do so by sending a giftcard or money to:
Community Baptist Church
1529 Mt. Ephraim Ave.
Camden, N.J. 08104

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Do you want to watch this video?

Cancel or Allow

For those heavy PC users now suffering through the whole Vista upgrade thing, the cancel and allow that Microsoft thrives on does get a little old. This commercial nails it. I love how PC guy sounds so defeated when he says "allow" at the very end of the commercial. To be honest though, Vista does have a few really cool features. We're experimenting with it at work right now.
Too funny!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

More Fog on the Blog

I had a chance go through my camera and get the rest of the fog pictures off of it.
These are some of my favorites.

Here's my pick for this season's American Idol.

Yep, I'm stepping out and predicting the winner before the show even really begins. This is Lakisha Jones from Flint Michigan. I LOVE THIS GIRL. She's a bank teller with a little 4 year old girl. They both cried and cried when she made it to Hollywood. She really wants to change her life and the fire in her belly is obvious as she sings.
Lakisha, girl, you can SANG!

I snapped some cool fog shots on the way to work this morning.
Here are the best of the best.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Duane Petition

I know you've probably all read on Rosie's blog - the dog and is crew (including my future husband Leland) may have to go back to Mexico to stand trial. Here's a petition to sign from Dog's site. Let's try to keep the Dog free! Andrew Luster was the scum of the earth and deserves to be behind bars!!!

Sign Here to Free the Dog (and Leland too)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

spray paint art.wmv

You won't believe this. What an amazing artist! It's long but so worth it. Check it out.

Thanks MOM for sending it to me!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Here's our view outside "Livie and Manda's" bedroom window

Our neighbors across the street

Old Man Winter.......Welcome to Indiana!!!!!
Looking out our back door
A Giant Drift at our Front Door

A drift on the East side of our house

The drift on the West side of our house

Hey, it's Old Man Winter at my front door!!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Last night was "game night" at our house. We had Kellie and Brian come over and we played games all night. We started with a rousing tournament of Connect 4, then moved to basketball (one of those little b-ball goals that hooks on a door) then played 5 card stud poker, then name that tune, we moved on to our slot machine from there. It was a really fun night!!!

Here's a picture of our slot machine. We bought it from my boss. It takes quarters or tokens (it came with a huge amount of tokens).

Stop by and drop some dough in our slot machine some time!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

This pretty much says it all........

The colts praying in Miami after winning the SuperBowl!!!!

Monday, February 05, 2007

We're proud of you!

How cute is he?????

Thanks for making us proud Tony! If there's a coach who deserves it more, I can't think of who it would be. Tony is such a cool, good guy!

It sure is fun living in Indy right now. The city is totally buzzing with excitement! I was downtown first thing this morning (Monday) and it was almost like a ghost town. So many people took the day off work to hang out and celebrate. It was cool seeing all the people and buildings decked out in blue and white and all the Colts signs all over town. At night, most of the buildings around here have had blue lights shining on them.

Finally! They did it!

Way to go Colts!

Sunday, February 04, 2007


Friday, February 02, 2007

DA BEARS!!!!!!
Rich's Shrine to His Beloved Bears!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Update on Ivan:

Found this in an Philadelphia newspaper

The Camden children who broke America's heart on network television with a view into their desperate poverty and their dreams of a better life are being showered with gifts from across the country.

On ABC's 20/20 Friday night special "Waiting on the World to Change," Diane Sawyer introduced eight endearing children struggling in what has been called America's poorest city.

Viewer response to the program has been overwhelming, said leaders of two organizations featured in the special.

"It's astounding. The phones have been ringing off the hook," said Shannon Oberg, development coordinator at Urban Promise Ministries, a faith-based educational campus in East Camden, where several of the children attend programs.

Urban Promise is acting as coordinator for donations for the Camden children.

One of the featured children, a 4-year-old homeless boy named Ivan Stevens, told Sawyer that he wanted to be Superman so he could help his family.

On Monday, stacks of Superman comics - along with Superman pajamas and Superman blankets - began to arrive at the Urban Promise complex.

A 13-year-old girl in Massachusetts sent Ivan a note, along with $200 of her bat mitzvah money. A woman in Texas, writing on an ABC Internet message board, offered to adopt him.

A man offered Ivan and his family a house, said the Rev. Tony Evans, spokesman for the city of Camden. Unfortunately, the house was in Knoxville, Tenn., the man wasn't going to pay to move Ivan to Tennessee, and Ivan and his family have no intention of leaving New Jersey.

Yesterday, producers from 20/20 remained in Camden, helping Ivan's mother, Precious, look for a house.

"They want to make sure it gets handled right," Oberg said. "I'm sure by Friday he'll have a house. In the meantime, all his needs are being met.

Ivan was basking in all the attention Saturday at church, said his pastor, the Rev. David King.
"He was singing 'Down by the Riverside' at the top of his lungs in church on Saturday," King said.

"They're going to get a home. I'm just praying that other good things come out of this, too."
Urban Promise has received 3,500 donations and gotten 20,000 hits on its Web site, urbanpromiseusa.org, since the program aired.

Trust funds have been set up for the children and area lawyers have donated services to create them, Oberg said.

The outpouring of charity doesn't appear to be limited to just the eight children spotlighted on the Sawyer special.

Urban Promise has asked people to consider pairing with some of the 700 other Camden children their program serves. Many have complied.

The city yesterday announced its own Camden Youth Enrichment Fund to take donations for needy Camden children.

Thousands of e-mails have been received at ABC, said Claire Weinraub, who produced the show.

"I've been really impressed at the number of kids across America who saw the program and see it as a call to action," Weinraub said. "I was really touched by it."

A teenage girl in Orlando, Fla., wrote that she planned to start a club at her high school to draw attention to poverty in Camden, Weinraub said.

A boy in Monroe, N.Y., said he wanted to do whatever it takes so that any kid in Camden could be "a regular kid like me."