Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Our community had a tragic accident last week that resulted in the death of a 24 year-veteran Tarboro police officer named Charles Johnson.

On Tuesday morning Officer Johnson was off duty and driving his family's van when a Department of Transportation excavator truck crossed the yellow line and slammed into the roof of the van, immediately killing Officer Johnson.

It was a horrible, horrible accident but while it has caused a lot of pain and suffering, it has also really brought the town together. 

The police station shut down so the officers could mourn the loss of their brother and the Edgecombe County Sheriff's department stepped up to help out.

Charles' police car was parked in our town square where officers and citizens alike placed flowers on the hood in memorial and a fund was set up at a local bank to help his wife and two children and to aid in the funeral costs.

But the biggest showing of respect and honor came on Friday afternoon during his funeral, which had to be held in the auditorium of our local community college to accommodate the amount of people wanting to pay their respects. The road from the college to the cemetery was shut down and citizens lined the streets waving flags as the funeral procession drove through and two fire trucks held a huge American flag that everyone drove under.

At the graveside service, the police officers did a "final call" for Charles over the radio saying:
“Central to all units.  Standby for last call for forty-one. Patrolman Charles Johnson of the Tarboro Police Department ended his watch April 15, 2014. Forty-one is ten-forty-two. Rest in peace brother. We'll take it from here.” And according to my husband, who was at the funeral, there wasn't a dry eye among a single one of those tough police officers or any other person there.

Please continue to pray for the Johnson's and their family and also pray for Allen, the driver of the excavator and his family as well.

Monday, April 21, 2014

a nice long weekend

We had a nice long weekend that ended up being exceptionally busy! On Good Friday, Sawyer and I picked up my daddy (who had back surgery 3 weeks ago) and took him with us to run some errands. He doesn't get out of the house that often since he hasn't been released to drive yet, so I decided a "short" trip to Target and to grab some lunch would be perfect for him. Sadly, my Jeep was not perfect for him and he had a really hard time getting in and out of it, oops.

Saturday morning Sawyer & I made the rounds visiting grandparents and picking up his Easter treats (and enjoying my Mema's amazing grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch) then hit the Easter egg hunt at church. Sadly, the rain and cold resulted in an indoor hunt, but the kiddos had a blast any way. 

my friend Dana reading the Easter story to the group... can you tell she's a first grade teacher?

how is my kid this big?!

Colton showing off his chocolate egg

Sawyer "won" the Easter egg hunt by finding 22 eggs and was pumped that he got a special prize ... which you totally can't tell by his blank stare here

little dare devils

Cheetoh dust everywhere.
Sunday we woke up and Sawyer got a great a silp-n-slide from the Easter bunny (that Josh & I are equally excited about)! After putting on our Easter outfits and heading to church for a great service we ate lunch at church, then ate more at Josh's Uncle Jack & Aunt Beth's before heading to Josh's grandma's for our regular Sunday dinner. 

I hope you and yours had a great Easter weekend, it is wonderful to get three days to spend with our families and celebrate our risen Savior (and enjoy some delicious Easter candy too).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sookie vs. the neighbors car

Sookie got hit by a car Monday night and thankfully (being the beast that she is) wasn't horribly injured or killed, but instead got a nice battle scar with some staples up her leg and lots of road rash. However, it was certainly a terrifying experience.

Monday night around 9:30 p.m. I was laying in bed with Sawyer trying to make him go to sleep. Josh was at his town council meeting so I let Sookie hang in our fenced-in backyard so she could have some extra freedom until Josh got home from the meeting and would let her in for the night (she sleeps in the laundry room).

Around 10 p.m. Josh finally got done with his meeting and came in the bedroom laughing and saying, "Sookie got out, and was just hanging in the front yard when I got home. I just got her inside." I thought nothing of it, she has managed to pop open our double fence gate before and we've had to chase after her in the car with a box full of bones to get her home, what I can say, she's a wild chocolate beast.

Just as Josh was getting settled and out of his work clothes, someone came knocking at our front door. Josh grabbed Sawyer's little aluminum baseball bat from the playroom and ordered me & Sawyer to stay in the bedroom, because you never know what is about to go down that late at night when someone is at your door.

It was our elderly neighbor, Mrs. Owens and her boyfriend and they were absolutely distraught. I heard Mrs. Owens say, with a shaky voice, "Josh, we hit Sookie with our car...".

Josh was so confused at first, and said, "Are you sure? I just put her in the laundry room".

They quickly informed him that they hit her around 9:45pm as they were slowing down to turn into their driveway. I heard Mrs. Owens' boyfriend say, "She just came out of  nowhere and she's so dark and fast!". She had apparently gotten hit, and limped back to the yard and that is where Josh had found her when he got home, but hadn't noticed anything wrong with her since it was so dark.

Josh told our neighbors not to worry, that we didn't blame them and that we would get their information so we could fix the boyfriend's Buick (which was dented up pretty good).

Once they left, I came flying out of the bedroom with Sawyer in tow to check on Sookie.

Now that we could really get a good look at her it was obvious she'd been in an accident. She had road rash all over her face, legs and abdomen and her leg had a nasty gash in it that went from her "knee" area to her foot. She was also limping pretty good, which Josh hadn't noticed when he'd carried all 100 lbs of her inside (he didn't have a leash, and she is a fast one).

We immediately called the emergency vet in Greenville and they told us to bring her on in so they could check to make sure nothing was going on internally. We grabbed an old comforter to put in Josh's backseat and Sookie and her daddy headed to Greenville while me and Sawyer waited at home.

Sawyer did fine during all the activity at home, but the second that door shut and Sawyer realized that Sookie was going "to the doctor", he fell to pieces.

He cried and cried (and I did too) saying, "Is her going to die?!", "Why can't I go with Sookie and daddy?", "Why was she 'bweeding'"?".

Sookie is Sawyer's best friend and he just couldn't handle the fact that she was hurt and he couldn't do anything about it.

I didn't know what to do at first. I couldn't guarantee she was going to be okay because we had no idea if her insides were injured or not. So, I told him, "Let's say a prayer for Sookie!" And he immediately said, "Jesus, 'pwease' don't take my Sookie to Heaven, I need her to stay with me."

He calmed down and I held him until he fell asleep then I stayed up reading and constantly checking in with Josh.

Then Josh's phone died and I had no idea what was going on at the vet.

Finally, at 1am Josh came home. Sookie was fine. She got several staples up her leg for the worst gash and they had shaved her hair off around the road rash and treated it. She was a little loopy after some pain meds so she was stumbling around the laundry room sporting a "cone of shame" to keep her from biting and licking the staples and wounds but was doing great otherwise.

So now our chocolate beast is on a round of antibiotics for a week along with some pain meds and anti inflammatory drugs, but she is fine.

Sawyer woke up yesterday morning and the first thing out of his mouth was "Where's Sookie!?!".  He ran to the laundry room and loved on her for awhile then told her "don't die." before heading off to daycare.