September 08, 2006

3 Words To Live By: Thank You Jesus

3 words to live by in computerland: EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE - why is it I didn't know how important those words were until about 10:30 yesterday morning. Backup - it was a word I had heard, but wasn't quite sure how it applied to me.
Let me tell you how it applies to me, if I don't want to lose everything on my computer again and spend 8 hours reloading dsl, scanner, word, ilife, all the updates that go along with that, then I must buy an external hard drive and back up my computer. The tech at Apple support told me that last year he had to re-install (I know that word now too) and it took 7 minutes to get his computer back to where it was....7 minutes...did he say 7 minutes? minutes.
Good lesson to learn, and a very good time to learn it. Outside of computerland this is very small in the scheme of things. I did not shed a tear, I did not freak out, I did try in vain to grab my info off my computer before the reinstall but decided, why? It is just information, yes there were pictures (most were on a cd), yes I lost itunes, but I was kinda sick of my songlist anyway. During the computer issue I just told myself, Jack is alive. This doesn't matter. The perspective I have gained over the last 2 years is enormous. Today I will count my blessings, 3 wonderful children, an awesome husband, friends that I am so blessed to have, and a really clean computer with plenty of disc space. 3 words to live by: Thank you Jesus.

Following is a poem my cousin Cheryl sent straight from Aussie Land.


Endless visions fill my head - this man - as large as life

And instantly my heart mourns for his angels and his wife

Because the way I see Steve Irwin - just put everything aside

It comes back to his family - it comes back to his pride

His animals inclusive - Crikey - light the place with love!

Shine his star with everything he fought to rise above

The crazy-man of Khaki from the day he left the pouch

Living out his dream and in that classic 'Stevo' crouch

Exploding forth with character and redefining cheek

It's one thing to be honoured as a champion unique

It's one thing to have microphones and spotlight cameras shoved

It's another to be taken in and genuinely loved

But that was where he had it right - I guess he always knew

From his fathers' modest reptile park and then Australia Zoo

We cringed at times and shook our heads - but true to natures call

There was something very Irwin in the make up of us all

Yes the more I care to think of it - the more he had it right

If you're going to make a difference - make it big and make it
Yes - he was a lunatic! Yes - he went head first!

But he made the world feel happy with his energetic burst

A world so large and loyal that it's hard to comprehend

I doubt we truly count the warmth until life meets an end

To count it now I say a prayer with words of inspiration

May the spotlight shine forever on his dream for conservation

...My daughter broke the news to me - my six year old in tears

It was like she'd just turned old enough to show her honest fears

I tried to make some sense of it but whilst her Dad was trying

His little girl explained it best...she said "The crocodiles are

Their best mate's up in heaven now - the crocs up there are smiling!

And as sure as flowers, poems and cards and memories are piling

As sure as we'll continue with the trademarks of his spiel

Of all the tributes worthy - he was rough...but he was real

As sure as 'Crikey!' fills the sky

I think we'll miss ya Steve...goodbye



Yvonne Akens said...

Tammy -
Wow! What a great perspective. Thanks for being such a light and reminding us about the important things. Our relationships. I love you girl!

Rebecca said...

That's amazing how much God has already brought you through. You're so so blessed. :)