Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just a reminder...

Colorado Cell Phone / Text Messaging Law
Effective - 12/1/2009

House Bill 1094 Prohibits operators of a motor vehicle who are under 18 years of age from
using a wireless telephone while a motor vehicle they are operating is in motion.

The new driving law will prohibit persons who are 18 years of age and older from using a wireless telephone to send text messages while operating a motor vehicle.

To be cited for these offenses an officer of the law must
"See" the driver engaging in the prohibited action.

Directly from the State of Colorado

" Motor vehicle safety and operation. House Bill 09-1094 imposes new statutory restrictions regarding the use of a cellular phone device while operating a motor vehicle.

For drivers 18 years of age and older, wireless telephones may not be used for text messaging or other similar forms of manual data entry or transmission.

Drivers under 18 years of age may not use wireless telephones for any purpose. Exceptions are provided for persons using a phone during an emergency or to contact a public safety entity.

Violations of this law are punishable by a class A traffic infraction and a $50 fine.

Subsequent violations incur a class A traffic infraction and a $100 fine.
The bill takes effect on December 1, 2009."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cheer Central Suns WSA

Looking at the photograph, Natalie is 3rd flyer.
1st flyer

Middle flyer
Youth Level 4
Grand Champions!

Friday, November 27, 2009

February Stars by The Foo Fighters

I'm hanging on
Here until I'm gone
I'm right where I belong
Just hanging on

Verse 1

Even though
I watched you come and go
How was I to know
You'd steal the show

One day I'll have enough to gamble
Ill wait to hear your final call
And bet it all

I'm hanging on
Here until I'm gone
I'm right where I belong
Just hanging on

Verse 2

Even though
Passed this time alone
Somewhere so unknown
It heals the soul

You'll ask for walls I'll build them higher
We'll lie in shadows of them all
I'd stand but they're much too tall
And I fall


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009



The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 16-13-901 through 16-13-905, which authorize law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when the offender has been determined to be a sexually violent predator. The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection.

The individual depicted in this notification has been convicted in Colorado as a sex offender who must register with law enforcement. He has been determined to present a high potential to re-offend and is therefore subject to community notification regarding his living in your community.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has no legal authority to prohibit sex offenders from living in our community. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but they were not required to notify law enforcement until registration laws were implemented.

Sexually Violent Predator

NAME: Larry Ivan Finell
AGE: 66
AKA: Larry Finell
DESC: White male, 6’1”, 218, blue eyes, gray hair
ADDRESS: 11953 West Stanford Drive, Morrison
VEHICLE: Unknown
CONVICTION: Attempted sex assault on a child (felony) 2007 & sex assault on a child (felony) 1988
OFFENSE PATTERNS: Sex assault on children

There are about 10,100 sex offenders registered in Colorado, including about 300 in unincorporated Jefferson County. The Sheriff’s Office is available to provide information regarding sexual assault and personal safety. The Rape Assistance Program (303) 322-7273 is available to make referrals to other local resources to help those who have been impacted by sexual assault or this notification process. If you have information regarding criminal activity by Schreiber or any other offender, please call 911 or (303) 271-0211.

For more information on sexual offenses, sexually violent predators, and personal safety tips, please visit our Web site at www.jeffcosheriff.com.

New Moon Premier...

12:35am November 20th, 2009
Highlands Ranch AMC 24

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2009/2010 School Pictures

Anna-8th Grade
Natalie-4th Grade

So Proud...

I am alittle behind in my posts. This was given in September. Near the beginning of school.
Way to go Girl! Mom and Dad are sooooo proud of you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stuff Christians Like

Today I just sat down at my computer, and my heart was heavy longing to have a little 4 year old boy running around my feet. Oh, how different my life would be...in so many ways! During times like this, it never fails that I receive a message from somebody, telling me about how their life was changed because of Maddux. I just wanted to share this message I received from Wendy Maybury today.

"Okay Cheryl, you have to hang with me for a second, because this is a little long...

Yesterday my friend Jon Acuff (he lives next door to my Mom and Dad) funded a $30,000 kindergarten in Vietnam in 18 hours.

He has a website with a lot of visitors.. (it's kind of a big deal..) www.firstgiving.com/SCL

He was inspired to do this because I built a well this year in Africa.

I did this because I wanted to do something proactive to help children, (and 4,500 kids die ever day from dirty water...)

I wanted to help children because of volunteering with nilmdts... it was leaving me a lot heartbroken because I couldn't do anything to save the babies I was photographing...

I volunteered with nilmdts because it existed only because of one little guy, Maddux.

So because of him, the whole nilmdts amazing work happened, 250 in Africa will have clean water when the well is finished, 260 kids got a school yesterday and now he's working on a second school today. (another 250 kids.)

I am so awestruck with the way that good moves... like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond.

I know you would rather hold Maddux and watch him grow. I thought you would be proud to hear of more good in the world he inspired."



Thanks for letting me share another part of my son with you....Cheryl

Homemade potato salad...

Grandma would be proud.

Happy 26th to my nephew, Sean.

We love you!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 5th-on his own!

Don't see anybody else in that car, except Chase...
My sleepless nights have started all over again!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

Just Breathe
(you can play on the bottom of my playlist)

Yes I understand that every life must end, aw huh,..
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, aw huh,..
I’m a lucky man to count on both hands
The ones I love,..

Some folks just have one,
Others they got none, aw huh,..

Stay with me,..
Let’s just breathe.

Practiced are my sins,
Never gonna let me win, aw huh,..
Under everything, just another human being, aw huh,..
Yeh, I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world
To make me bleed.

Stay with me,..
You’re all I see.

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see,..
No one knows this more than me.
As I come clean.

I wonder everyday
as I look upon your face, aw huh,..
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take, aw huh,..
Nothing you would take,..
Everything you gave.

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see,..
No one know this more than me.
As I come clean.

Nothing you would take,..
everything you gave.
Hold me till I die,..
Meet you on the other side.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween 2009

Anna and her friend Danielle
Natalie and her friend Katie
Chase and his friend Cole

Friday, October 23, 2009

16 Years...

One more picture of my 16 year old son...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy 16th Birthday...Chase Emerson Haggard

Chase Emerson Haggard!
Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

The girl has got talent...

Anna's self portrait...don't let the flower fool you!

My nicest neighbors...

This herd was playing on the baseball field at 
Natalie's school last week when I went to pick her up.  
This little guy was hanging in our front yard...

Chase's New Ride

This '01 4Runner is out of state...
Keep the fingers crossed for a smooth transaction.  

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Mourning Booth


I find myself sitting in this booth, from early January to mid April, every year. I am soooo lucky to have one reserved just for me, with my name on it! (that was being sarcastic...)

This is a beautiful video...and explains this so well...Please take the time to watch it.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My beauty...

My daughter.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Peeling carrots...

Say Hello to my little helper...
Dinner last night:  Roast with carrots and potatoes, gravy, noodles and yeast rolls.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Photographs that...

Broke My Heart: This is an image of Baylee Almon and firefighter Chris Fields.  A police officer had handed Baylee to him from the rubble of the Alfred P. Murray Building in Oklahoma on April 19, 1995.  What alot of people don't know, is that the firefighter removed his rough gloves before cradling Baylee in his arms.  This image was hard for me, because Chase at the time was only 6 months older than Baylee.  I remember the day this happened, standing in the kitchen of our home in Olathe, Kansas, feeding my son.  

This photo was taken by Charles Porter, who was an amateur photographer.  Did you know that he developed his images at Walmart?  AND, his friends encouraged him to take the image to the media.

My prayers tonight will be with Baylee and her family.  I will never forget...

Photographs that...

I am going to do something a little different.  My memories are filled with images.  Images that have special meaning to me.  (If you know me, you don't have to guess at one of my favorites...) I want to share with you some others that have had an impact on my life.  I want you to do it too, and I want you to share your blog address in the comments.  It will be really interesting to see the images that have had an impact on your lives also... I have added the link to my side bar so it will be easier to find, instead of scrolling through the posts...

Awe Me:  This was taken by Lennart Nilsson.  I remember when I first found out I was pregnant with Chase, I was at a book store, buying What To Expect...and I came across the book A Child Is Born.  I was in such awe...still am, at the images he captured. I still have this book, and wore it out with each child, just trying to imagine what they looked like.  If you have never seen it, check it out!

Can you die from a broken heart?

How many times have I thought this question to myself? Life after the death of Maddux, will never be the same.  I literally have one foot in this world, and the other foot with Maddux.  Is this normal for a mother with living children, and deceased children? I think it is.  Heck, You bet it is!  

I came across this recently, and thought it was very interesting...

Washington Post Article (published the day Maddux died...)

October 29, 2007

Is it possible to literally die of a broken heart?


In the last few years, researchers at Brown University, Johns Hopkins University, and elsewhere have begun keeping track of people whose hearts have stopped - or almost stopped - after intense emotional or physical stress, a problem Japanese researchers began noticing in the 1990s.

In America, it's called "broken heart syndrome" or "stress cardiomyopathy." In Japan, it's "Takotsubo cardiomyopathy." That's because "takotsubo" is the name of a pot used to trap octopus, and in these cases, the heart walls squeeze together abnormally, taking on the shape of this pot.

"The heart muscle becomes weak after sudden stress," said Dr. Ilan Wittstein, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, probably because of the sudden flood of stress hormones - adrenalin and noradrenalin - causing the heart to become "stunned . . the heart is unprepared for the large surge of adrenalin."

In rare cases, broken heart syndrome can be fatal, said Dr. Richard Regnante, a cardiologist at Brown University.

But if a patient makes it through the first 48 hours - often in the intensive care unit - prognosis is excellent, with complete recovery of heart muscle function in two to three weeks, said Wittstein.

The key, for doctors, is to figure out whether a person who has just suffered a terrible stress - like suddenly losing a loved one or having a major medical trauma like a stroke or a severe flare-up of asthma or even major surgery - is having a heart attack or stress cardiomyopathy. Once doctors know to look for them, the differences are clear. In a heart attack, heart muscle cells are permanently killed. Heart attack patients also typically have blockages in the arteries supplying the heart; people with broken heart syndrome - the vast majority of whom are postmenopausal women - do not.

No one knows why postmenopausal women are at greater risk. But it could be because men who have severe emotional or physical stress may actually have real heart attacks under those circumstances.

So, if you have had a severe emotional or physical shock and then develop chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and low blood pressure, call 911 and get to the hospital immediately. Ninety-nine percent of the time, a real heart attack is probably in progress. Even if it's "only" broken heart syndrome, immediate treatment is necessary.


Monday, July 20, 2009