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leighlo

leighlo
Date Joined: May 5, 2010
Last Online: November 29, 2017
Birthday: April 21, 1975
Country: United States

Home & Family:

My home is in the Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. My husband, "Cowboy" is the love of my life. We were married 6/17/94 in a little church called Dixie Park Full Gospel Baptist in Berea, KY.

We have three wonderful children [Austin (19), Ashley (17) and our newly adopted 32 month old baby boy]. We are also owned by 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 kitten.

I am the oldest of four girls (and of all the grand-kids from mom & dad's families). I don't know what I would do without my wonderful sisters. Our ages range from 39 to 26.

Faith, Hope & Love:

I was raised the grand-daughter of a Southern Baptist Minister who is married to the best woman in the world. My Mamaw is the inspiration of my life.

My daddy became a preacher for Pentecostal Holiness Church when I was in high school. I called him a holy roller during this transition, but later grew spiritually closer to my daddy. He gave me a Bible when I got saved and put a note in it that says, "This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book." Although I have not read the entire Bible, I know wherein my faith lies.

September 27 my Daddy moved to Colorado Springs to attend a Bible College. We are so very proud of him. Seeing him pack up the house, sell most everything and drive away was really hard to do this month.

HiHo-HiHo Off To Work I Go:

My current job is Program Assistant with a mental & behavioral health service. I work with the Assertive Community Treatment Team. I have a lot of experience over the years as I have worn many hats...what woman doesn't?

Historically I worked certified nursing assistant, fast food manager, family care homes, pharmacies,security guard, 9-1-1 dispatcher, administrative assistant, casino cashier and professional student.

My Learnins:

August 1994: Berea College, KY - 2 quarters in the Nursing program.

January 2001 - May 2003: Southwestern Community College, NC - Health Information Technology, AAS.

May 2003 - August 2006: Southwestern Community College, NC - Classes toward my Associate In Arts College Transfer degree (still lack 2 classes).

August 2006 - August 2007: Southwestern Community College - Therapeutic Massage Diploma.

August 2007 - March 2012: I attended SCC; Liberty University, VA; Ashford University, AZ; and Western Carolina University, NC - Working on more courses toward my AA degree and my Bachelors in Psychology degree.

My educational goal is to have my Bachelor's Degree. One day my children will look at my life and need inspiration. I don't want to let them down. When they say they can't do something I can remind them of what I did while being a full time wife, mommy and foster mommy.

Collections:

  • Princess Dianna
  • Penpals

  • Postcards - I feel this is my snapshot of the world through the eyes of others that I may never be able to physically visit.

  • Cancelled postage stamps

  • Metal tins
  • State spoons
  • Magnets
  • Friendship books
  • Label bags
  • Stickers
  • Ink pens
  • Pins
  • Scrapbooking items
  • Angels
  • Miniature things
  • Police cars or anything with a police or sheriff department badge or writing
  • Stationary, notepads, or pen/pad sets
  • Bookmarks
  • Coins
  • Birds & cute animals
  • Gorgeous landscapes & flowers
  • Amazing architecture
  • Butterflies

**Coupons - baby diapers & wipes, hot pockets, poptarts, Herbal Essence shampoo, Noxzema razors, sugar, bath soaps, Pillsbury rolls, Sister Shubert frozen breads, toaster strudels, fruit snacks, Lipton or Luzianne family size tea bags, Hellmann's or Dukes mayo, Revlon foundation, Colgate toothpaste, Dawn dish soap, Cascade for dishwasher, Suave lotion/shampoo/deoderant, Totino's pizza & pizza rolls, Arm & Hammer laundry detergent, Smithfield spiral hams, Hormel snacks, Angel Soft toilet tissue, Kraft mac & cheese, Chef-Boy-RD items, LA Looks hairgel...

Books & Authors I've Enjoyed:

  • Richard Paul Evans The Christmas Box, The Timepiece, The Carosel

  • Karen Kingsbury Coming Home Redemption Remember Return (Currently reading May 2014)

  • Fireproof for 40 Days

  • Heaven Is For Real (Ashley & I also saw the movie. We were able to follow it very close since we had read the book.)

Food & Beverages:

We go through southern style sweet tea really fast in our house. Making it unsweet and adding sweetner, just ain't right. If I visit a restaurant with bad sweet tea, I won't go back for a while.

Fresh corn cut off the cob, green beans, mashed potatoes, okra & squash are a few garden veggies I love in season.

My favorite place to eat is a Japanese Steakhouse, and I love Outback Steakhouse (especially their baby green beans with a filet). We now have a Kobe Express in town. When it first opened, I visited at least 3 days a week. The workers have learned what we like. It is nice to talk with different ethnicities. They are from Vietnam.

I love CHOCOLATE. Dunkin Donuts has frozen hot chocolate like a slushy and Dairy Queen has a fudge, frozen hot chocolate milk shake.

I also love Worther's Original candies, grape gummies I received in a swap from Singapore, Nutter Butter cookies, and Oreo cookies to name a few.

Tunes, Flicks & TV:

I love country music, gospel, 80s rock, some oldies & some Christian alternative. I'm not into heavy metal, classical, jazz or bluegrass. A few of my favorite musicians/songs would include: George Strait, Rascal Flats, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntire, Jason Aldean, Conway Twitty, The McKameys, The Brooks Family (my family locally) and Nichole Mullins.

I love most chick flick movies, action & adventure and children's cartoon movies. A few of my favorites would include: An American Tale, The Lion King (all), Gran Turino, Fast & Furious (all), Cop Land, Hope Floats, Alvin & the Chipmonks, Ya Ya Sisterhood, The Gameplan (almost anything with The Rock in it), The Blindside, What Women Want, The Book of Eli, The Bounty Hunter, Finding Nemo & The Apple Dumplin Gang. We visit the Tiger Drive-in a lot in Tiger, GA.

TV Shows I love: Brothers & Sisters, Greys Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Desperate Housewives, Castle, Meet the Browns, American Idol, The Voice & America's Got Tallent.

Swaparoo:

I will swap with anyone even if a newby would like to get her ratings up to participate in more swaps. PM me if you would like to set up a personal one-on-one swap or even just looking for a penpal.

I will NOT flake on any of my swaps! If I am ever late for any reason, I will send a notice to the swap administrator and my person to send to. If you do not receive anything from me, please PM me and let me know before giving me a negative rating.

I'm Late! I'm Late...Important

If I am ever late I will make every effort to notify you as to why and will send it!

September 8, 2014 - In the past few weeks/months, we have had a lot of changes take place in our lives. I signed up for a few swaps that seemed to have been flaked on; however, I have worked to rectify those swaps. I have notified each person as to the status of the swap and have even tried to make amends by sending something to make up for my tardiness. I remain with a few scars on my profile due to these flaws. One will notice that all of my other ratings are 5 with or without a heart. I enjoy swapping to have fun. I realize there are many people that do flake on their swaps and I can see where resentment will arise. I have not flaked on any swaps yet...even with them being late. Happy Swapping Friends!

Ratings

5
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Comment: Thank you Karen. It was late but you had the heart to send it off eventually and we loved it!
flynnfrogg rated for I Love Postcards on Oct 3, 2014
5
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Comment: Wow Karen, your house high up in the Great Smoky Mountains is, I am sure, a beautiful place to live in. Thanks for the postcard - I have put it in my blog at .. http://flynnfrogg.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/sw-ak-053-great-smoky-mountains.html .. Comments welcomed.
Cocobritt rated for I Love Postcards on Oct 2, 2014
1
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Comment: I never received anything for this swap.
denisedecker58 rated for Movin' Along those FB's on Sep 15, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you for both swaps Karen. They pretty much arrived at the same time. Your first envelope was ripped a bit, so I have a feeling the post office had it sitting somewhere. I enjoyed all the fb's you sent! Thanks!
5
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Comment: I want to find some treasure! Thanks for the card.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for I Love Postcards on Sep 5, 2014
5
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Comment: Thanks Karen! Great card! Love the possum!! Happy Swapping!
Goodmorningfelicity rated for I Love Postcards on Aug 30, 2014
5
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catnipitis rated for Movin' Along those FB's on Aug 30, 2014
1
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Comment: never sent. Repeated attempts at contact. Will be banned from further swaps I host, Even if it is eventually sent, rating may or may not br changed, due to lateness and lack of contact.
kimanets rated for Notebook Paper Swap on Aug 29, 2014
3
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Comment: I'm sorry to have to rate you a 3. The swap was sent very late, not just a week, but over 20 days late. I know you started a new job, but I feel like my rating must reflect that you were late. Also, I have it on my profile that I wish to not receive religious stuff, mostly because I have no use for it. I appreciate the rest of the papers, they are very cute. Thank you.
5
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Makes me want to visit and enjoy Alaskan hospitality :)
reikitah rated for Random Postcard Swap #20 on Mar 7, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful flower card!
Mlein rated for Blind Surprise Swap (January) on Mar 5, 2014
5
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Comment: Unfortunately all the chocolate was melted... Thnx for the goodies
ashpluscats rated for Long Letter Penpal on Mar 4, 2014
5
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ladyaries7 rated for A Sweet New Year (USA only) on Feb 4, 2014
5
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Comment: great list..good luck! and thanks for the candy..ive never had or seen those before..good!
5
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Comment: Thank you for your wonderful letter. I enjoyed reading about your family.
crimsonrivulet rated for 1st PC of 2014 ~ USA ONLY on Jan 18, 2014
5
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Comment: Karen- thank you for the beautiful bald eagle postcard!
Fritosmom rated for 1st PC of 2014 ~ USA ONLY on Jan 17, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you for the Great Smoky Mountains PC. I visited my brother in that area in 2011. Sending you a PM.
karenc5079 rated for 1st PC of 2014 ~ USA ONLY on Jan 16, 2014
5
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Comment: Great Card. Thank You
Junier rated for Simple Postcard Swap #2 on Oct 1, 2013
5
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard which arrived through my mail box this very day :: Love NC would love to visit sometime!
Capricorn31 rated for grocery coupon swap #34 on Sep 18, 2013
5
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Comment: Thank you..

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9099 75 4 6
Completed Fives Threes Ones
78 108 1 2
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 44 34 0
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Comments

catnipitis on Aug 28, 2014:

Looks as if you've flaked on Movin' Along those FB's. From the comments of late, looks like this is not the first time you've flaked.

Tone40ott on Aug 25, 2014:

Thanks for your letter:) Will write you back soon.

jogreene00 on Jul 1, 2010:

I just wanted to say thank you so much for that wonderful package of goodies you sent to my sister. She loved it! That was so sweet of you! You're the best! :O)

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