Archive for November, 2008

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Payton’s First Football Sunday with Daddy

Monday, November 24th, 2008

My Favorite Time of Year

Monday, November 24th, 2008

This week is my favorite time of the year. I took the three days before Thanksgiving off just like last year. I am going to go for a ride a bit later on today, but I need to rest my back a bit more. I pulled it on Friday night hauling kitty liter to the car…I think. It is a week filled with family time and relaxing. We hope to go flying tomorrow with Branden as our pilot to Stephenville for BBQ. Should be a beautiful day for it.

I was able to hold Payton for quite a bit yesterday when we went to Branden’s for football. She is a sweet girl, and very content to sleep in your arms. I am so fortunate that my kids live so close to us. Who would have thought that we would be old enough to have two grandchildren already? I LOVE IT!

We have the annual Lewisville Toy Run coming up the weekend after next, and it is always a great time. Anytime you get to ride on a freeway that is closed to all traffic except motorcycles is a good time, and it is for a good cause as well.

We had a scary moment on Saturday morning as a group of 10 of us were going to ride to Granbury for lunch. We met Michael and Loyce at a gas station off of 35W and Hwy 170, and we all gassed up. Carla took the long way around the pumps to reposition herself after fueling up her brand new bike, and a Lexus backed out right in front of her. Carla caught the rear bumper with her highway peg, and peeled it right off, then went down on her stomach. Fortunately, she was only going a few miles an hour. As a precaution, she rode in an ambulance to the hospital for x-rays to make sure everything was OK. I think Carla liked her morphine. She was FUNNY! Fortunately she was only bruised, and we went to lunch closer by the hospital in the afternoon. Thanks Michael for staying there to coordinate having the bike picked up and returned to the shop for repairs. Great friends to ride with!

Enjoy your week, and I hope all of you get family time and relaxation.

OK Daddy, you are my protector now

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The proud new parents

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Payton, the newest addition to the Williams Family

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Watching Sesame Street with Papa before football

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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Garrett watching the water

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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We completed another 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk

Monday, November 10th, 2008

We have finished with another exhausting 3-Day Cancer Walk this year. Ashley took a year off from walking and did crew with Peggy and I. Ask Peggy and Ashley how challenging it was to serve lunch to over 3,200 people each day for 3 days with only 20 people for food, water, and Gatorade. Their arm muscles are very sore today. I did medical transport again this year, and unfortunately, we were very busy. From severe dehydration to sprains and fractures, to severe allergic reactions, to…………… I have never seen this many people just pass out….boom.

This event is always good to refocus us on what is important in life. Every person has his or her story. We met many survivors who were walking or crewing, thankful that they have continued to beat breast cancer. I worked with and transported 2 women who were in chemo, but still wanted to try to walk at least some part of the route every day…. remarkable. From Pam, the Dallas Police Officer working the medical tent that had a spinal tumor removed, to the many walkers who lost mothers and sisters to breast cancer, to Bill’s wife, who is an RN and a 7 year survivor and was on the medical crew; the stories were very touching. This disease touches 1 out of every 8 women, and impacts men as well. Very sobering.

This DFW event raised $7.9 million dollars to support finding a cure for breast cancer. We had about 3,200 walkers and over 375 crew members supporting this event. I slept in a car both nights, that is to say when I was not transporting and picking people up from hospitals or urgent care facilities. Friday night (Saturday morning), I finished at 3:00am and woke before 6:00am. Yet, my job was easy compared to the people who walked 60 miles in 3 days. It may not sound like much to you, but try it sometime. The sheer will power of these people was inspiring. It was also hard to watch women that were within 6 miles of the finish line, yet were deemed by the medical crew to be unable to complete the route…the risk was too great. To see them break down in tears was very hard. Kudos to the medical staff for having the patience and compassion to handle these emotions so professionally.

We are taking a year off next year due to another personal commitment the weekend of the walk, but I promised Mindy, the medical transport team captain, and Tara, the medical team captain, that I would be back. Those of you who know me well also know that I am a man of my word. As my father likes to say…life is a schoolroom. What I say is, life presents you with situations all the time. What you do with these situations determines whether you grow, learn, or stay stagnant. It determines who you ultimately become. The fight in these women who are either undergoing treatment for breast cancer, or who are survivors, is to be admired.

Every day that I wake up is a good day. Every day that I can say I am healthy is a good day. Every day that I can look at my family that loves me is a good day. Yes Garrett, earrings are for girls, Mr. potato Head, and since you have not noticed yet….Papa as well. Love life; live it to the fullest; hug someone today. Life and health are a gift not to be taken for granted. Lynee, we carried your picture on the back of our lanyards. This walk was dedicated to you. Fight hard!

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Closing ceremonies

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

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