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Me and Aderika

Posted by hrgarippa on 27 September, 2007

So I posted some premature drama about Aderika. I should have waited until after she went to the doctor. She is fine. There are no broken bones. She is no longer wearing a cast, and has been cleared to play in all sporting activities.

Either they were being extremely cautious at Children’s or this is a West Dallas Miracle. Either way I’ll take it and we’re back to playing soccer.

Here we are lunch…


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Amazing Adventure

Posted by hrgarippa on 26 September, 2007

A friend of my sisters is on an amazing adventure in Iraq. She is an independent journalist living there and writing about what she sees. Please check out her blog.

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Here is the Q-Man

Posted by hrgarippa on 21 September, 2007

You’ve probably read about him on other West Dallas related blogs. He is a staple here at Mercy Street. We would be lost without him. He calls himself, Quincy Hill…sometimes Quincy Hill-Smith. He spends more time at The Hills, The Smiths, (Mindy and Garrett – Mercy Street employees that live in the neighborhood) and at Mercy Street than he does anywhere else. He is a collector of frogs, mice, snakes, bugs, anything that moves, and Mindy and I often talk about writing a book explaing the many moods of Quincy. He is one unique individual.

This is his mad face…scary isn’t it.

Whenever I tickle Q he says, “Stop, I’m going to use it on myself”. Let me explain that in these parts, instead of saying, I need to use the restroom, bathroom, potty or loo…the common expression is “I gotta use it.” So naturally if your going to pee your pants your going to “Use it on yourself.” I abhor this, however when Q says it and he his laughing hysterically I must keep tickling him…even if he is going to “use it on himself.”

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Posted by hrgarippa on 20 September, 2007

I don’t know who this child is, but I love the look in her eyes and sound in voice when she says forever at the end. It is priceless.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 17 September, 2007

My soccer star has been benched.

Sweet Aderika had her first soccer practice this weekend. I picked her up at 8:15am and she was ready to go, cleaks, guards, shorts, hair ribbon. She was the picture of a professional. She had a great time playing, and told me how much she was looking forward to her next practice and couldn’t wait until her first real game. (O, I love her enthusiasm.)

That evening I got a phone call from my brother, who mentors Aderika’s brother Jakari. He told me that Aderika had been in a car accident and was at Children’s. He didn’t know the seriousness of it. About 45 minutes later I spoke with Adrienne, her mother, she told me that she was okay, but that she had broken her right leg.

The next day, Sunday, I went over to see Aderika, Praise the Lord, she is just fine. She does have a broken leg…actually broken ankle, but she is a-okay otherwise. She has a great family, Aunts, Uncles, grandparents that love her dearly. While I was there several people gave her money, a few bucks here and there. They were sweet acts of kindness towards this precious child.

As I was leaving, She asked, “What about soccer, Miss Hannah” Aderika, Kids, Soccer, West Dallas, WD Kiddos,
I said “O, don’t you worry about it, we’ll find a special position just for you. You can be our watergirl.”
“ALRIGHT!!!! I’m really good at that.”

Driving away, I was reminded that every moment is special. This accident (which was actually quite serious…a man not paying attention because he was rubbernecking another accident hit his gas instead of his break and floored his car into their completely stopped car) could have just as easily been more serious. I do thank the Lord for his protection over not just Aderika, but over her sister Leeoshia, (16) and Leeoshia’s daughter Shakari (8 months) who were also in the car and walked away without a scratch.

I’m also thankful for her enthusiasm at being the new WDU watergirl.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 12 September, 2007

I want to give a shout out to my newest and I think youngest reader, my six year old niece, Rachel. I just learned that she can pull up my blog on her own and likes to read it….pretty cute.

Hi Rach, I love you.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 12 September, 2007

Last night Aderika and I set out to buy her cleats for soccer. We are both pretty excited that she is going to be playing for the West Dallas United soccer team this fall. So in preparation for her first practice I wanted her to be totally prepared; cleats, ball, shin guards, soccer socks, soccer shorts – the whole ensemble.

I’ve never purchased this stuff for me or a child before so I asked our sport ministry guys where to go and they pointed me to Luke’s Locker or Not Just Soccer, both located in Highland Park, and we headed out. Unfortunately Luke’s doesn’t sell soccer stuff and NJS was closed so we headed to Dick’s Sporting good store. As we drove down Preston road Aderika was climbing out of her seat looking at everything around her, I asked
“what are you looking at?”
“the cars, and the people.”
We sat in quiet for a while, and she continued to practically crawl around the car, her head doing 360’s while she took it all in.
Then she said,
“There’s a lot of people running around here, they sure like to exercise.”
“Yep, exercise is good and they do a lot of that around here.”

That was it….that was her summary of HP.

When we got to Dick’s she said to the store clerk, we are looking for cleaks…I said, Aderika their called Cleats. We picked out the perfect pair of pink and black cleats, to which Aderika exclaimed, “these are prettiest cleaks I’ve every seen.” I corrected her one more time, but as she continued to call them cleaks and I realized how cute it is I decided to leave it alone.

Our trip was successful. We found cleaks, guards, a cute pink ball, shorts, socks, and even these little odor protectors. We had a blast…and even got to talk about the importance of exercise.

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Hannah Montana

Posted by hrgarippa on 11 September, 2007

This last weekend we had an event with our mentors and student that was really fun and I thought went really well. We did a fun skit in which I came in at the end and impersonated, the famous Hannah Montana, (on a side note, all the kids here call me Hannah Montana, so it was kind of a nod to them.)

Here are some pictures,

My sweet friend Emily and her student Kiki as well as Kiki’s sister’s Summer (jade) and Brianna.

Ummm….Hannah Montana

Silvano and Jose

Hannah Montana and her posse.

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I love Fashion

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 September, 2007

This weekend I bought two things that I absolutely love…
The first is People Stylewatch magazine…I love this magazine, it makes me feel connected to a world where I do not live but that I do admire…the fashion world!
I learned that:

Red lips are in this season, last year it was a nude look.
Red nails are in, last year it was black.
Grey eye shadow is in, that smokey look. Last year it was a bronze eye.

I love all of this because it is very classic and I love a classic look.

The second thing I bought that I’m pretty excited about is a pair of Cowboy boots. It is pretty shocking, but I just feel in love with them
I’ve been looking for a pair of beige colored boots and when I discovered these…I just realized they were the ones. They are great quality…real cowboy boots…and they were really on sale.
I might be a real Texan, oye vey!!!!

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Posted by hrgarippa on 7 September, 2007

have a new mentee…Aderika. She is in the fourth grade and she is precious. Actually her nickname is Precious. She is so enthusiastic about life, she has been waiting for a mentor for over a year now. Her favorite t.v. show is Bernie Mac, she told me proudly yesterday that she never misses an episode. Her mother Adrienne was born and raised in West Dallas, and my brother Johnny mentors Aderika’s older brother Jakari.

Here is Aderika…

P.S. I’m still mentoring Rissah…

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