Friday, December 30, 2016

His Father's Day

You think that your Father’s Day is in June like everyone else’s?

It’s not.

It is in December.

December 30th.

When I took a pregnancy test and saw two lines. Two lines. Staring me in the face. My hands began to shake and my stomach started to feel as though I was on a roller coaster. I jumped up and ran out of the bathroom and jumped onto the bed where you and Janie were. I made Janie come closer to me so I could whisper to her, “We’re going to have a baby...” as softly as I could so that you couldn’t hear. Janie’s reaction was as priceless and beautiful as yours! She didn’t know if she could tell you (haha!! Why did she think I told her in front of you?!?) and of course I told her yes! I don’t know that you even believed us at first (I’m not 100% sure that Janie believed me, actually) because the look on your face was so happy and puzzled at the same time. Like you had just gotten some awesome news of winning the lottery but didn’t want to get to overly excited before you confirmed it...

That is your Father’s Day.

December 30, 2012

I use to worry that Janie would hate me one day for leaving her daddy. I was sure of it, actually. So I would make more of an effort than I should have to make sure that she was getting all of the attention and anything else that she needed -- even if it meant that I was short-changing other people in the process. It may have seemed as though I was doing it for Chris, but I assure you, I was doing it for Janie. My mother was always negative about my daddy. Still is sometimes. And I remember hating her for it. I could not stand the way she would talk about him. I don’t ever want to give Janie a reason to feel about me as I have felt about my own mom.

I am not trying to make an excuse. I am, however, trying to explain my actions. And my inactions. There really isn’t an excuse that could help this situation honestly. It is something that has passed and will never be visited again, unless someone invents time-travel and I assure you I have a list of times I hope to go back and revisit.

I love you.

You are the other half of me. You have always been.

Even when we were whatever we were in the beginning. I knew.

I hope that I can make you happy and I hope to be a better wife. I hope to be a better mother as well. Janie and Si are my world. And you helped me create that world.

So Happy Father’s Day, my Jason. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas Adam!! ☃πŸŽ„πŸŽ… #adamcamebeforeeve πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Merry Christmas Adam!! ☃πŸŽ„πŸŽ… #adamcamebeforeeve πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

December 23, 2016 at 09:16AM
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Got some last minute holiday errands?? ☃πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

Got some last minute holiday errands?? ☃πŸŽ„πŸŽ…
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December 18, 2016 at 10:47AM
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Still numb

I told him I was going to bring a dry erase marker to draw on his board in his hospital room today.

And now I can't.

The things that go through your mind after someone dies are so random and weird.


I knew as soon as Daddy walked into my classroom this morning that he was gone.

My PawPaw passed away this morning.

I am glad I went to see him yesterday.

I'm glad Janie was with me.

I feel kinda numb.

It's weird.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

5 Years

“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.” – Les Christopher

Love isn’t perfect. It isn’t a fairytale or a storybook and it doesn’t always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, and impossible to live without. Love is work, but most of all, love is realizing that every hour, every minute, every second of it was worth it because you did it together.

Once upon a time, I became yours and you became mine. And we’ll stay together through both the tears and the laughter... Because that’s what they call happily ever after.

On our anniversary, I want you to know how much I’ve enjoyed annoying you all this time and how excited I am to keep doing so in the future. J

I feel like everything in my life has led me to you. My choices, my heartbreaks, my regrets. Everything. And when we’re together, my past seems worth it. Because if I had done one thing differently, I might never have met you.

Most people get married believing a myth that marriage is a beautiful box full of the things they have longed for: companionship, intimacy, friendship, etc. The truth is that marriage at the start is an empty box. You must put something in before you can take anything out. There is no love in marriage. Love is in people. And people put love in marriage. There is no romance in marriage. You have to infuse it into your marriage. A couple must learn the art and form the habit of giving, loving, serving, praising keeping the box full. If you take out more than you put in, the box will be empty.

A perfect marriage is just two people who refuse to give up on each other.

I’d rather have bad times with you than good times with someone else. I’d rather be beside you in a storm than safe and warm by myself. I’d rather have hard times together, than to have it easy apart. I’d rather have the one who holds my heart.

You’re my compass when I’m lost. – Eric Church


A good marriage is like a casserole: only those responsible for it really knows what goes in it. 


When I first heard of Trump running for president, I took it about as seriously as Kanye West running. Then I found out that he was actually running. At this point I thought this was a joke and he would never win. Then I found out that Hillary was his main opponent and all I could think was SERIOUSLY?!?  Not her. She is way too deep into shady politics. We have to have Trump. Then the more I started to like Trump’s ideas and plans to make America great again, the more I was told I didn’t care about my gay friends or that I was racist, or that I was stupid as a woman to vote for him because of the things he has said about women and that he was now being accused of sexual assault (kinda find it interesting that he wasn’t accused until after he decided to run for POTUS, but I digress...). All of this made me hide in the shadows. I have always been a Republican. I firmly stand with the GOP but that does not mean that I discredit my family or friends whom voted differently.

We need this. We need this man to come in on his high horse where no one can look him face to face and intimidate him. We need this man to push and take back what is ours, our country. Help our homeless. Employ our jobless. Take care of our veterans. Fix our economy. He wants us to live up to our full potential of life and I hope and pray that every one of you do too. We are all his people. You heard those words from his mouth.

Welcome #donaldtrump as our #45president #makeamericagreatagain!

26 things about me:

A – age: 30-something
B – biggest fear: Janie and Si being hurt or unhappy
C – current time: right now
D – drink you last had: Pepsi Max
E – everyday starts with: snooze on my alarm
F – favorite song: At Last by Etta James
G – ghost, are they real? Yep
H – hometown: Jackson
I – in love? Definitely
J – jealous of? King Midas
K – killed someone? Not lately
L – last time you cried – yesterday watching Sophie’s Choice
M – middle name: Leigh
N – number of siblings: 1
O – one wish: my family to be happy
P – person you last called: Jason
Q – question you are always asked: how much weight have you lost??
R – reason to smile: my family
S – song last sang: heathens by 21 pilots
T – time you woke up: 5AM
U – underwear color: purple
V – vacation destination: Florida Keys in November
W – worst habit: biting my fingernails
X – x-rays you’ve had: oh gah, too many to remember
Y – your favorite food: Pop Secret popcorn & Atomic Fireballs
Z – zodiac sign: Cancer

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

πŸ€– Robotics! #betthefarm #BESTrobotics #gameweek #plowbot #farminators

πŸ€– Robotics! #betthefarm #BESTrobotics #gameweek #plowbot #farminators
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

November 01, 2016 at 06:54PM
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Tutoring day #1! ✏πŸ“πŸ“š #homework #math #mrturberville #myclaimtofame #itsnotaboutthegrade #itsabouttheknowledge

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A well regulated militia

I borrowed this from a Facebook friend...

My two cents on several vital current issues.
It seems like just about any time anymore I talk to people who don't understand what the 2nd Amendment means, I'm amazed by the genuine level of ignorance I encounter so I'm going to break it down for you, explain in terms even a Liberal or uneducated layperson can understand...what y'all choose to ignore or embrace remains to be seen.
The 2nd amendment:
The first thing people need to understand is what "well regulated" meant in the 17 and 1800's . It didn't mean the same thing as to what people think it means now. Today, Regulated means, to control or direct according to rule, principle, or law. In the 17 and 1800's Regulated meant, to put or maintain in order. So, when our founders wrote the 2nd Amendment and used "A Well Regulated" for the first 3 words, they were referring to "a well armed and well trained" militia, not that the government should, needs or has the authority to dictate what types of firearms we can and cannot KEEP, or where we have the right to BEAR them. People nowadays think it means that the government has the right to regulate our firearms. However any rational intelligent person would understand that if it meant what they thought it meant back when our founders wrote it today, it would contradict the "shall not be infringed" part, right?... We'll get to that in a minute, but first lets discuss what an actual militia is and isn't.
The "militia" was not a standing army like the U.S. Army or Marines now, or even the Colonial Army or Colonial Regulars during the revolution. They were every day ordinary citizens that could be called up at a moments notice in a time of need. They could fight with the regular Army or oppose them if they were ever to became tyrannical. The militias were all volunteer and were under no contractual obligation nor were they paid unless asked to stand or fight a long side the regular Army, but they could leave anytime and were under no oath or contract to stay. The Militias were not controlled by local, state or the federal governments, and as I said, it was all voluntary. But every citizens duty to be armed and ready should that need arise. Now, Liberals/Democrats and those who oppose the second amendment would like everyone to believe that National Guard is the Militia...and they would be wrong. Why? Because one, the National Guard is in fact a Branch of the U.S. Army and they are under contract with their state governments, the federal government and receive a paycheck from the government which is the very definition of a "Standing Army". Our founders intended for our militias to NOT be controlled by the government because if the government EVER became tyrannical they wanted a "citizens militia" to be able to take the power back, by force if necessary, and give it back to the people.
Now the citizens, Well Armed and Well Trained, and an uncontrolled militia, was necessary for the security of a free state...even if that meant against our own government(which I truly believe is the root motivate of the current administrations efforts to ban firearm ownership but I digress...) and in order for the security of a free state the "people" needed to be armed and be able to retain that "RIGHT" to be armed without any interference or infringement from the government...period... our founders knew and understood that if the people lost that right a free state was no longer guaranteed. Now to KEEP means in your home, to BEAR means wear it on your person...your chest, hip, leg, under your arm or even in your waist band, which I wouldn't do, but hey to each his bear means you can carry a gun in public...period!
Last but not least is my favorite, those four little words gun grabbers, liberals and traitor politicians hate to hear...SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Politicians are always talking about how they can ratify any amendment in the Constitution and I don't disagree...except for the 2nd Amendment. Why? Because it's the only amendment in the Constitution that has those four words that makes Liberals cringe, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Just like well regulated, Liberals obviously don't know what infringe[d] means either, and that the meaning of the word infringed hasn't changed since the 1700's. But, for the sake of argument, here's the definition so Liberals will better understand what infringed means by definition.
1. To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate: infringe a contract; infringe a patent or a right.
2. To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing:
1. (tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
2. (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
I honestly think no matter how many times we explain it to Liberals or even a large portion of the general public either their minds are so warped or they just don't care so I really don't think me explaining this to them really matters. They're willing to give up all of their rights and ours, yes all of our rights, because they're weak and scared...but they all love to point out that they have a First Amendment "right" to speak out against the Second Amendment but they're too ignorant to realize that the first amendment won't last very long without the second amendment, hand in hand with those who support it, to protect it...nor will any other amendments.
Sooooo....if this breakdown of the 2nd Amendment does anything or helps anyone to better understand it, maybe it'll wake up all those intelligent and rational people who've been lied to, deceived and betrayed by the Main Stream Media, the sellouts and puppets who refer to themselves as journalist and tragically our very own government. And if it doesn't, well, there's enough of us who do understand what the Second Amendment clearly states and those of us who will die defending it that have no problem making the other persons who try to take these rights see the light rapidly and with extreme prejudice.
Understand people, no man, group of men, organization, like the U.N....another country nor our own has the right to take, INFRINGE, on our right to KEEP and BEAR ARMS and anyone who tries will be met with, as a last but guaranteed resort in my case and many many others as well, deadly force. Your fear of us owning and carrying firearms does not trump our right to KEEP and BEAR them...understand, if the thought of us law abiding citizens owning and carrying firearms scares you, then what will happen if anyone tries to disarm us should terrify you.

Friday, October 21, 2016

For couples

Who said I love you first? 
How long have you been together? 
Who asked who out? 
Did you go to the same school? 
Who is the most sensitive? 
Where do you eat out most as a couple? 
Where is the furthest you two have traveled? 
Who has the worst temper? 
Who does the all the cooking? 
Who is more social? 
Who is the neat freak? 
Who is the most stubborn? 
Who wakes up earlier? 
Where was the first date? 
Who has the bigger family?
Do you get flowers often? 
How long did it take to get serious?
Who eats more often? 
Who does the laundry? 
Who picks where you go to dinner? 
Who is the first one to admit when they're wrong? 
Who has the craziest ex? 
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Who cries the most? 
Who hogs the bed? 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Miranda has found her favorite cup! πŸ˜‚πŸ―πŸ’™ #wareagle #wareaglebaby #wareagleforever #boddagetta #couldnthelpmyself #hadto

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The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award 2017

How and why do you encourage young women to pursue technology/computing?  I am a woman with a degree in management information systems from Auburn University. I remember being one of the only females in my programming classes. I hope to broaden my students interests by helping them to see that gender does not pigeon-hole us into careers. 

How are your computer/technology teaching techniques inclusive of women and underserved students?  My teaching philosophy is based on an old Chinese proverb that states, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."  Teaching has been nothing less than a joy for me these past few years. My base objective as a teacher is to be sure that my students learn the fundamental content of the courses that I teach.  Currently I teach courses aimed at business, information technology and computer science.  Beyond the fundamentals of of these classes, I want my students to develop other proficiencies such as analytical thought process and life-long learning skills.  Developing problem solving strategies and helping ease the transition from an educational setting to a career world full of information technology are also goals that I have set for myself as an educator.

Biography: Hello!  I am Leigh, Information Technology and Computer Science teacher at Jackson High School.   I have been teaching at JHS since 2004. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, teacher, photog and all around nerd. Although not necessarily in that order. Yep, that's about it. ☮❤♾

Sunday, October 9, 2016

This showed up on my #timehop today! πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’˜ #babies #favoritecouple

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My Uncle Eric, my mom's baby brother as well as my daddy's best friend, is back in ICU in Mobile. He is having seizures. My mom and daddy are on their way to the hospital now. Please pray for our family and for my Uncle Eric! He is such an important part of our lives! Pray that the doctors figure out what is going on and that they are able to help him! ❤❤❤❤

My Uncle Eric, my mom's baby brother as well as my daddy's best friend, is back in ICU in Mobile. He is having seizures. My mom and daddy are on their way to the hospital now. Please pray for our family and for my Uncle Eric! He is such an important part of our lives! Pray that the doctors figure out what is going on and that they are able to help him! ❤❤❤❤
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October 09, 2016 at 10:57AM
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Separation anxiety

Si took a nap about 30 minutes after we got home from Atlanta. When he woke up he started crying and screaming for his daddy.

We got him calmed down and Jason walked back into the living room. Within 2 minutes Si was crying again and screaming for his daddy. He was scared that we had left him again...


Jason said it will be a very long time before he leaves his little man again...

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October 02, 2016 at 12:39PM
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