Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1.) I started my new job at Weyerhaeuser on September 22 and really enjoy it.... I work in the Pulp Machine which is where we get the pulp prepared and finalized for the shipping. They are a good company that have good benefits... Im starting on bottom so I have to work my way up. I hope to be able to be where I want to be out there in about 5 years. The roughest part is being away from my beautiful girls and working the swingshift. I only work 14 days a month but its crazy at times. I work 7 days and 7 nights a month and during the night shifts I dont see my girls which makes me sad. And even on my days by the time I get home Im so wore out that I only have about an hour to see them before I have to hit the sack. But the days off allow me to make up for it.
2.) Shelley started her new job at Citizens National Bank. She loves it. She has better hours and gets to do some of the things she wants now. Before, at Trustmark, she didnt get off until 6 and she was always so wore out that we didnt get alot of time together. SHe loves it at Citizens and we are happy for her. By the way she did a radio commercial for them and you can hear it here. Click on the Poinsettia commercial.
3.) Marlee is now 29 months old and is the joy of our life just like all of your children are to you. She has such a fun and outgoign personality. She is counting to 15 by herself, says all her ABC's, is almost all the way potty trained and she loves her baby dolls. She has 13 in all now and she is a good mommy.. LOL!
More to come so please stay tuned... I promise I will have it updated more frequently...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
First to give you a little background....
It was August 2002 and I had just wrapped up my summer by coaching my summer league high school team to the state title. It was an exciting summer and my first year as a coach. I had met a beautiful girl who I immediately fell head over heels for and started to date. It was a very busy and extremely stressful summer. We had spent 3 weeks in hotels playing ball and in the state tournament we had to defeat all odds by winning 5 games in 3 days and ultimately beat a Tupelo team with 5 future Division 1 players who we had not come close to beating all summer. And we had to beat them twice in one night! I never thought my kids would win it all because we had everything go against us. We had gone from 20 kids to 11 and if any of you know about baseball then you know it is hard to play competitive ball with only 11 kids and in a tournament day after day none the less. After we won the title game, there were some words exchanged by one of fans and the Tupelo coach that led to an all out fight on the field that was on every news channel in MS. Talk about going from one extreme to another...... Here I was 25 years old and I felt like I was 50 with all the stress of coaching, school, work and personal life.
Six years ago, on a Saturday night, I was at the races here in Columbus watching one of my friends get ready to race his open wheel modified race car. Earlier that day I had gone to a friends house to visit and hang out with their kids. While playing with them, I noticed a rash on my upper thigh. My friends wife noticed it and said it looked like Shingles. I decided to go to my local doctor and let him take a look at it. He said he didn't think it was shingles but maybe just an allergic reaction of some kind. He gave me some antibiotics and sent me on my way. So, back to the races. While I was there, I started to feel sick and got real tired. A friend of mine noticed that I had some whelps on the back of my neck and I felt of them and then decided to just go home.
I got home and took at look at my body and it was pretty red and the rash had started to grow across my body. I took a hot bath with Epsom salt in it and then went to bed. Around 1:00 that morning I woke up and couldn't breathe very well and couldn't see much at all. I made my way towards the bathroom and looked in the mirror and it was horrible. My face was twice the normal size and my eyes were almost completely swollen shut as well as my throat. If you have ever seen any of the Rocky movies then imagine Rocky's face after a fight and triple that. It was that bad. I woke my mom up and we took off the the emergency room. I'm sure many of you have experienced the emergency room and sitting there for hours waiting to see someone. Well, as soon as we walked in the nurse grabbed me and rushed me to the back. They took some vitals and gave me an IV drip and we waited to see the doc. The doctor admitted me to the hospital for test and observation. For the next 4 1/2 days, i spent the time in the Baptist hospital getting tests done to determine what happened. My entire body from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet were covered in huge whelps and rashes. I had skin doctors, brain doctors, cancer doctors and many other people coming in to see if they could figure it out. No one knew what happened. Well, slowly but surely the meds started to help and the whelps and rash started to disappear but still no sign as to what caused it.
On Wednesday night, my friend Jep Cole came by to spend the night with me and give my parents a rest. We ate supper from Peppers and we were watching the Little League World Series. A little after supper I told Jep my stomach felt really tight and bloated and it was unlike just having indigestion. Jep also said it looked as if I was pregnant. (I know, go ahead and insert smart comment here.) He called for the doctor and they decided to do another CT Scan and found nothing. The doctor then decided it had become too much out of his field and made a request to transfer me to UAB in Birmingham. They called but there were no rooms available and I was put on a waiting list. We went on to bed with plans to go to Bham by car with my mom the next afternoon.
The next morning came and I felt better than I did since the whole episode began. I was up and walking around and just getting ready to head out to Bham later. Several friends and some of my ball players had come to visit. My grandmother was there as well. Earlier that morning we still had not received a room at UAB and we desperately needed one so I could have all the tests done. Now here is where it all went wrong......
I was sitting in the chair in my hospital room and talking on the phone to a friends wife. She was asking about info on the situation. I remember saying goodbye and hanging up the phone. I stood up out of the chair and when I did it felt like I had been shot in the back of the head. The most excruciating pain that I cannot begin to describe. Imagine a migraine times 1000! I told Jep something wasn't right and I couldn't breathe and was in pain. He ran to the nurse's station and they came running. They tried to calm me down and took my blood pressure. I will never forget the look in my mothers eyes when that machine beeped. She looked as if she had seen someone killed. I knew then it wasn't good. Now I don't remember exactly what it was but it was in the neighborhood of 220/130 I believe. They immediately gave me meds to calm me and called for the doctors. They rushed me to have a CT scan done and found that my lungs had started filling with fluid. I was having trouble breathing and they placed me on oxygen. Dr. Waller made the decision to transfer me via ambulance to UAB and immediately we went on our way. While they were taking me out I remember seeing all my family, friends and players standing out in the hallway telling me to hang in there. I don't remember much from this point on except that I couldn't breathe hardly at all and the paramedic kept placing the mask on my face and it was forcing air in and out my lungs and it was very uncomfortable. I was really scared. I guess I kept going in and out cause I don't remember the ride at all and the last thing I can remember is laying on a cold table in UAB with my brother at my side. There were several nurses and doctors working on me and sticking me with needles, IV's, catheters and such. I kept fighting them because I was so panicked and scared and I don't know how they handled me because I called them every name in the book. The very last thing I do remember is looking at my brother and him giving me an odd look and while I kept fighting the nurses and doctors at one point the doctor grabbed my head and forced it onto the table and they tied my hands down to the bed. He looked from above me and said "Mr. Haines, if you do not cooperate with us, you are about to die!" I stopped and that is all I remember.
They intubated me and put me on a breathing machine. I was out. The only thing keeping me alive was that machine. I was placed in the CCU and they informed my family that the situation looked bad. My mother said that the doctor came in and told her "If there is anyone who needs to be here then you need to get them here tonight. We don't know if he will make it through the night." How hard that must have been on her. From the stories I have been told, word spread around Columbus and prayers were being sent up from everywhere. Several of my friends left out of Columbus around midnight to make the trip. There must have been 30 or 40 people in that waiting room waiting and waiting and waiting. Every hour that went by it didn't look any better. In the early hours of the morning my mom, brother, my pastor (Bro. Mick), my Aunt Brenda circled my bed and held hands to pray. My mom tells my Bro. Mick led a desperation prayer asking for a miracle. More hours passed and by morning the doctors said that it was looking slowly better. My tests were showing better results but there was still a long way to go. Somewhere after lunch, my brother made my mom go with him to grab a Subway sandwich. While they were gone the phone rang in the waiting room and my aunt Brenda answered. They wanted my mom to come up immediately. My aunt said she felt as if it was not a good thing. She ran to get my mother and they took off to the elevator. When they reached my floor and walked into the CCU unit, my doctor was there and said they needed her to sign some papers. My mom said "Ok". Then he said, "But first, would you like to see your son?". They thought at first that maybe it wasnt good news. It was not visiting time but they of course said they would like to go and see me.
They made their way around the corner and to my room. When they reached the room they pulled the curtain to my room open to enter and when they did they saw me sitting up in the bed staring at them. My aunt said my mothers reaction was priceless. She jumped onto the bed and hugged me for what probably was hours. They were shocked. How did it go from so bad just hours earlier where they called the family into the room you dont want to be in to hours later I am awake, sitting in my bed and breathing on my own? They asked me how I was feeling and they tell me I said "I want a hamburger!"
The news spread quickly and all my friends and family came up to the room. The doctors and nurses allowed everyone in. That's the first thing I remember. Sitting there looking at them and them looking at me. I remember saying "What in the heck are all you guys here for?" That's when they told me what happened. I didn't know what to think. Well to make this extremely long story short, I was later moved into a regular room and spent another week at UAB having tests done by every specialist they could find. One night while I was sitting in my room, my doctor walked in and wanted to speak with me. He looked me in the eyes and said "Brad, I don't know what happened and I can't explain it. We did nothing medically to save you. We thought you were gone." After our talk I spent all night awake and talking to God. I always believed in God and was a Christian but God had never revealed himself to me and what he did those long 3 days was a miracle. I have no doubts about that at all. I always wondered why God saved me that night. What is his plans for me? Well, 6 years later I sit here somewhat healthy and married to that beautiful woman I had just met before that happened. We have a beautiful 2 year old daughter named Marlee Grace who is my angel and reminds me everyday why God worked a miracle in my life in that hospital 6 years ago. Im still searching for God's plan for me. Maybe he has revealed it and I am not listening. Im not sure. I can say that I haven't taken full advantage of my second chance. I long to know him more but I kept getting myself in the way. Maybe I should get out of the way and just let God work.
I'm sorry it was so long but I wanted to go into detail about it. I hope you enjoyed it and may God touch your life like he did for me. If you don't get anything out of my story then please get this: God is real and he is powerful! He works miracles everyday and so many of us just go through our ordinary little lives and so many of us don't make the time to spend with him as we should. I am so guilty of that. God deserves our ultimate devotion and love.
1.) Shelley got a new job at Citizens National Bank. She had a tough decision to leave Trustmark but ultimately it came down to the fact that she got off at 6:00 at Trustmark and now gets off at 4:00 so we have more family time together.
2.) I am in the process of trying to get on with Weyerhaeuser. It is a paper mill company here in Columbus that has great benefits and is an excellant career oppurtunity.
3.) Shelley's sister, Brittney and her husband Johnny, had their first child Davis Kade Lambert. He was born on the 12th and weighed 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21 inches long. He is doing well and they are at home now.
4.) My 92 year old grandmother, "Mama Alice", moved into Homeplace last week. It is a wonderful nursing home and the people there are great. It was a tough decision and she has made the adjustment surprisingly well. She left her home of over 50 years and where so much of her life and our lives were spent in that house. It just wont be the same anymore.
5.) Marlee is without a doubt the best thing in our life these days. She keeps us busy with laughter, cartoons, hugs and kisses, bath time and best of all our evenings walks around the neighborhood.
6.) A belated Happy Birthday to my "Pops" who is the greatest man I know and turned 67 last week. Happy Birthday Pops and we love you!
More to come.....
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Not much going on in the Haines family these days. We are getting ready for Marlee's 2nd birthday party which will be at Jumpin G's Saturday July 5th. It should be lots of fun and we are all excited. Marlee has grown up so fast and I have alot of new pictures that I will put up soon.
Hope all is well with everyone and God Bless!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
In the state title game the Summerville team lead by 2 with 1.7 seconds left and they were at the foul line and had a chance to put the game away. One of their players had a 1 and 1 and he missed the first shot. The defending team got the rebound and shot a 3/4 shot and it hung in the air for what seemed like hours. And then..... it went in.... The dream was shattered and their hopes of winning a state title that Louis Mulkey (their coach who had promised a state title by 2008) had promised them was gone.
But wait.... The refs had to review the shot to see if it beat the buzzer. While the Summerville players shed tears of sadness and the other team was still celebrating a miracle shot. How could this be? This is supposed to be a storybook ending. A coach who loved his boys so much and gave them so much of himself. A coach who promised a state title 5 years earlier and was killed in a fire the year before their senior season? After all this team had been through, How could it end like that? Well......IT DIDN'T. The refs reviewed the shot and it didnt count. The player did not get the shot off in time and Summerville were the State Champs. The promise their coach made had come true. And he wasn't there to see it but I like to think he was there the whole time and so do the boys at Summerville High. The got their medals and celebrated with the coach's wife Lauren at center court but there was one thing left to do. On the bus ride home they went by the cemetary and gave Coach Louis Mulkey his state championship medal and placed it on his tombstone. What a story!
I have pasted a couple of links of the story written on ESPN.com. The first was written before the title game and the second was written afterwards... If you would like to know more about the death Google Louis Mulkey and it will have links to how he died and more....
I just had to share this...
Friday, May 30, 2008
My friend Jep was at the river with some friends this Memorial Day and while they were at the sandbar he got the genius idea to dive off the back of the boat. Well, right when he was about to dive he remembered he had his expensive sunglasses on and went to take them off right when he dove. That caused him to pretty much go head first to the shallow rock bottom river bottom below. He messed his face up pretty bad and has a very sore neck.
Of course he is so hard headed about getting x-rays done but lets pray there is nothing seriously wrong with his neck and spine. Im not worried about his face because it is actually an improvement from before!
I love you bro!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Shelley and Marlee went to the beach for a friends wedding with her family and they had a great time. Marlee really enjoyed the beach and they had a good time. I love the picture of Marlee with her sunglasses and hat. I am so blessed to have 2 beautiful girls in my life and I thank God for them everyday. I dont know what my ugly butt did to deserve those 2 precious girls......
Marlee is starting to become so grown up... She sings Jesus loves me and im predicting she wins American Idol season 23!!
Sorry I have been absent so long but I will be posting lots more so please keep coming back....
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Since my last post alot has happened!
1.) New Hope won the 4A boys state title in basketball! Congrats Trojans! :)
2.) My daughter had to go to the ER with 102.5 fever. :( It wasn't as serious as we first thought! Ear infection and upper respratory infection. She is back to normal now playing and saying HUH? She gets that from her goofy momma! :)
3.) Mississippi State played in the SEC tourney and had to endure a tornado at the Georgia Dome! Eventually they got beat out by UGA! :(
4.) Terrelle Pryor (#1 QB in the country) committed to Ohio State over Michigan. :(
5.) MSU made the NCAA tourney as a #8 seed. :-/
So as you can tell it has been an up and down couple of weeks and really busy!
More to come.....
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Congrats Trojans and Coach Byrd! You guys deserve it and we wish you the best of luck Thursday!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We came out on fire and Rhodes was absolutly on
fire. We jumped out to a double digit halftime lead and we were well on our way to blowing the Hogs out. But to the Hog's credit they came out and went on a 16-4 run and took the lead on us. But this year's team has gelled together nicley during the SEC season and they weathered the storm. Jamont Gordon didn't have his best shooting day but he sealed the win with 7-9 free throws and 2 BIG BLOCKS of Beverly and former bulldog Gary "Turnover" Ervin at the end of the game. Jamont was hilarious at the end of the game also. Patrick Beverley and Gordon were talking smack the whold game and Jamont got the last laughs. Beverley shot a horrible free throw on a one & one chance at the line and Gordon gave it to him hard. He went down and sank his first free throw and looked at Beverley and told him "That's how its done!" and gave him a big smile. He then proceeded to block Beverley's 3 point attempt into the 3rd row.
Big win Dawgs! Now let's go beat those crappy Rebels at the Tad Pad!
Future SEC WEST CHAMPS!!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
2008 baseball is upon us and the DEFENDING (Man it feels good to say that) World Series champs have arrived. It is time for the pitchers and catchers to report and all looks good on the Red Sox front. Of course, Schill is not gonna be doing anything in spring training, which sucks, but he will be ok I believe.
My only wish is that we would be looking at Johan in the Sox uniform but not at the expense of Jacoby! I guess now I will go ahead and give my prediction for this years playoffs and World Champs, so here goes:
East - Mets
Central - Cubs
West - Dodgers
Wild Card - Braves
NL CHAMPS = METS
East - Red Sox
Central - Indians
West - Mariners
Wild Card - Yankees
AL CHAMPS = RED SOX
World Series = Red Sox vs. Mets and Sox win in 7! *Payback from the 86 series!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
She is getting so big and just amazes Shelley and I everyday. She tells Shelley, "I wan tak a bath momma." Or "I want bite." Or "I want nack (snack)"
And she loves to dance and sing. Anytime music comes on she breaks it down and dances and sings. I have some videos on youtube of her dancing and posted on on this blog last week.
I hope all is well with your families and God Bless!
Friday, February 8, 2008
No doubt this will be a blow to our rotation, but as 'ol Schill' has shown us before (i.e. the 2004 ALCS vs the Yanks) he can battle through some injuries and adversity.
Best wishes Curt!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I could have won if the Bengals RB, Kenny Watson, would have rushed for 1 more yard! There are so many ways I could have won! But I guess I have no one to blame but myself. Why?
Because I decided to sit Plaxico Burress and Brandon Jacobs, both members of the New York football Giants, because it was very unknown if 1.) They would start the game at all. 2.) If they did start, how long would they play or contribute?
So I sat them both and they put up 36 points combined! I decided not to start Jacobs because he had been hurting and it was thought that he may rest as well as Plaxico.
Well it cost me the title but I will live because: MICHIGAN BEAT FLORIDA AND I CAN TALK SMACK TO MY BOY CHIZ UNTIL THE NEXT TIME THEY PLAY!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
In my opinion, Lloyd Carr went out the way he should have gone out; A WINNER!
He was a winner on and off the field. He caught alot of heat for being conservative. (Starting with me) He was told the game had passed him by and he was too old. But let's just review a few of his accomplishments for one second:
1.) He coached Michigan to a 122-40 overall record.
2.) He coached Michigan to their first national title in over 50 years!
3.) He coached a team that sent over 100 players to the NFL.
4.) He coached a team that ran a clean program and was never placed on probation or investigated by the NCAA.
Lloyd Carr's players will be the first to tell you that he is like their second father. He instilled class, discipline and a love for Michigan football to each and every one of his players!
Here's to you Coach Carr! Thanks for ringing in 2008 on a great note for all of us "MICHIGAN MEN"!