Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tee and I

This is Tee grooving to "Hate On Me"

These pictures don't do her any justice. She is even more beautiful in person.

This is us tired but still looking fly after the concert. I am convinced the camera really does add 10 pounds. I am happy because Tee is like a size 8 and I can see how much smaller I am. Q

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Jill Scott pics

Raheem Devaughn singing "YOU"

Jill and Band stepping off the stage to "And I heard"

Jill Greeting some of the fans.

Jill clapping and grooving.

I will give a recap later. Q

Friday, February 15, 2008

Some Tee day food pics

I was too busy laughing and eating and forgot to take pics but thankfully Tee remembered.

Here is what was left of the red velvet cake Tee and I made. She doesn't like pecans so I left them off. I have made this cake about a thousand times but I think this is the best it has ever tasted. Probably because Tee helped and I didn't have to stop and add the ingredients.

Right now, the kids are in the playroom with their grandma. Thomas, some friends, and grandpa is in the living room with the playstation. Tee and I are in my bed, under the covers, watching t.v. and acting like school girls. Today was WONDERFUL!!! Tomorrow, we go see Jill Scott and Raheem Devaughn!!! Q

It's TEE day!!!!

What is Tee day you ask? I was blessed to meet a beautiful, wonderful, sweet and kind woman by the name of Letitia via the internet. She and I had spoken over the phone and just clicked. A few weeks ago, I found out Jill Scott was coming to AZ and told her about it and she said she would come here and go with me. How cool is that?

She lives in TN and she is flying in today. Because of that, I dubbed today Tee day!!! I have some friends from church coming over, along with my in-laws who are visiting and I will be throwing down in the kitchen.

Here is what's on the menu:
BBQ ribs with my homemade BBQ sauce
Fried Chicken
Homemade mashed potatoes
Brown rice
Macaroni and cheese
Red Velvet Cake
I will post pics later. Q

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Last night I stayed up while my family slept. I made out 4 cards with gifts inside of them. Then I placed an addition gift beside the cards. Three cards went into my kids' bedroom on their dresser with their names on them. The other was in Thomas' man room. I smiled because I really put a lot of thought into what I wrote in each card. I wanted them to know how I felt and how much I love each of them.

As I lie in bed I began to think about my first and true love and came up with this letter to him:

Dear Jesus,
Tomorrow everyone will be busy eating chocolate, smelling flowers and, reading cards. They will smile and feel happy that someone thought enough about them to give them something. Most will not even think about you even though it is your day. Valentine's day is a day of love and I know GOD is love.

So Lord, I just want you to know that I haven't forgotten about you. I love you more than anything in this world. I love you more than my husband, more than my kids, more than I love my life. Without You and your love that blesses me everyday whether I deserve it or not, I am nothing.

I thank you for being my first and true love. You love me more than anyone ever could. You loved me before my mother or father knew I even existed. I know there is nothing in this world I can give, or anything I can say to tell how much I love you. Instead I will do it with my actions. I will ALWAYS put you first. I will ALWAYS follow you. I will ALWAYS tell people about you. I will ALWAYS be yours. I love you and I look forward to spending eternity with you.

Thank you for my life, my family, my friends and all the many blessings I have because of you. I am everything I am and all I want to be because YOU love me!!! Q

Friday, February 01, 2008

Story #2


Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announces the conviction of a 36-year-old defendant who admits to raping and impregnating a then 11-year-old girl. Trianthony Timothy Cannon pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of aggravated stalking of a child, one count of aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation, one count of aggravated assault and one count of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. In addition, Cannon pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation related to the girl's 10-year-old brother. Assistant District Attorney Lee Young-Williams, who prosecuted the case, says there was evidence Cannon made the boy watch him rape and assault the child's sister and expose himself. There was also evidence, Young-Williams says, Cannon taught the boy to masturbate.

Cannon lived with Julia Johnson, the children's mother, who secured his release from jail after he was first arrested on charges of molesting her daughter. He moved back in with the family and began raping the little girl again. The DA's office asked for the maximum sentence of 181 years in prison. Judge Constance Russell imposed a life sentence plus 80 years.

Last month, the 12-year-old victim gave birth to a boy who is awaiting adoption. The little girl is also in the custody of the Department of Family and Children's Services. 39-year-old Julia Johnson has been indicted on charges of cruelty to children in the first degree, contributing to the deprivation of a minor and being party to a crime of rape. She is in custody awaiting a trial date.
District Attorney Howard says "this is the most egregious case of child sex abuse I've ever seen. Mr. Cannon deserves every minute of the sentence Judge Russell imposed."

This case was prosecuted under the DA's Crimes against Women and Children division headed by Deputy District Attorney Deborah Espy. Fulton County Investigator Calvin Thomas was the lead investigator on the case.

No words can describe how I feel about these 2 situations. Q

We must protect our children

Someone posted these two stories below and they brought me to tears. As a mother, I was mad as heck. As a human being, I was disgusted. People, WAKE UP. WE must protect our children at any cost. Not just your own but all children. Just because a woman gives birth, doesn't make her a good mother. A real mother would be careful of who she brings around her child. A real mother would cut a mofo who ever harms a hair on her child. A real mother protects her child at all costs. WARNING!!! These 2 stories will make you want to cuss. Q

The baby’s birth at University Hospital on Nov. 4 was routine.

What wasn’t routine was the fact the infant’s mother was just 10, impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend.

Now, social workers are trying to figure out how to unravel the mess involving one of the youngest children ever to give birth in Greater Cincinnati.

Prosecutors were in court Wednesday to discuss what to do with both children, the newborn and her now 11-year-old mom.

The court session in Hamilton County Dependency Court on Wednesday was primarily a status session on how both the baby and young mother are doing.
At the same time Wednesday, Lockland police were in Columbus talking to a convict whose DNA shows he’s the baby girl’s father.

Michael Chaffer, 40, is accused of impregnating his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter, according to Hamilton County prosecutors.

The baby’s birth set off an investigation by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services and stunned social workers because the baby’s mother is so young.

The baby has been taken from her mother and put in a foster home while the child-mother is now being taken care of by a relative. Her mother is not allowed to see the baby and can only see her daughter when supervised by social workers.
Lawyers jammed the courtroom Wednesday, representing the prosecutor’s office and all three generations of the family.

The girl’s mother was warned not to let any adult men in her Lockland home while caseworkers tried to track down the infant’s father.

Paternity was not determined until Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors say the girl’s mother ignored that order to keep adult men away from her child, and when a caseworker made a surprise visit to her Lockland home Jan. 4, they found Chaffer.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Slocum said Chaffer faces criminal charges for impregnating and sexually molesting a girl under the age of 13.
Lockland Police Chief James Toles said two officers were interviewing Chaffer on Wednesday in a Columbus prison, where he is serving a one-year sentence on an unrelated charge.

Sex with a child under 13 is considered statutory rape, a crime punishable with a life prison term.

As JFS investigated the case, several relatives of the 11-year-old girl contacted the agency saying Chaffer sexually abused the girl for a “period of time.”

The 11-year-old girl’s mother is also under investigation, Slocum said, for allowing her daughter to be abused.

Job and Family Services workers can’t remember a case in which a girl so young gave birth.

“Unfortunately, sexual abuse is pretty common in the cases we see,” said JFS Director Moira Weir. “But it is highly unusual and extremely sad to see a case where a 10-year-old becomes pregnant.

“This is an example of why everyone in the community needs to be extremely vigilant about watching for the signs of abuse and notifying us through our 241-KIDS hotline,” she added. “The sooner we can intervene, the sooner we can make sure the child is in a safe situation.”

Hamilton County prosecutors want a court designation that the 11-year-old girl was abused. They allege the 11-year-old’s mother failed to care for her by allowing Chaffer near her.

Prosecutors also want to take the infant away from the mother because the sixth-grade student is too young to care for the baby.

As she waited for the hearing to start, the child, who was wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt hoody with her hair tied into a ponytail, sat next to her mother. She chatted about school, music and Disney video games.

During the hearing, as prosecutors and attorneys discussed the case and the possibility that the 11-year-old could lose her baby, she wiped away tears with the palms of her hands.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Charles Milazzo determined the girl could visit her baby at least twice a week.

But he said the 11-year-old girl’s mother may see her only if social workers can supervise the visits, and that she may not see the baby.

Authorities became aware of the birth after the 11-year-old girl delivered the baby at University Hospital. Hospital officials notified JFS because the mother was so young.

The 11-year-old girl and the infant were allowed to remain in the mother’s home while JFS investigated the case. Two other men were eliminated as the baby’s father before Chaffer’s DNA was tested.

When the caseworker found Chaffer in the home Jan. 4 – a violation of JFS’ order that no men be in the home – they arrested him on a charge of obstruction of official business.

Court records show Chaffer slammed the door on the officer and refused to open it.
Chaffer pleaded guilty to that charge the next day, which violated his probation on an earlier drug charge. As a result he was sent to prison for one year.

JFS immediately took the 11-year-old girl and infant from the home.