Posted by: Angie-la | August 5, 2008

Best PMS Question Ever

How many women with PMS does it take to change a light

Woman’s Answer:
ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this
house knows HOW to change a light bulb!
don’t even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out.
And, once they figured it out, they wouldn’t be able to find the #&%!* light bulbs despite the fact that they’ve been in the SAME CABINET for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them, 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER



I’m sorry. What was the question?

Posted by: Angie-la | July 9, 2008


They say bad things come in threes. I think I have had my three bad things over the past few months.

First was Josh, then on July 2nd, my friend Candy was killed in a car accident.  She was only 36 years old.  That poor woman had a hard life and was finally getting to the point where she felt accepted and knew people loved her, regardless of her past.  Now that funeral was a study in contrasts.  Candy had old friends from her ‘past life’ that looked like they had stepped outside to burn a doobie before they came in for the service AND business owners in their Sunday best.  There were even a few in jeans and t-shirts.  If the deceased can see those left behind, Candy would have been surprised at the number of people there.  We were expecting 30 or 40 and over 150 people came to pay their respects.  Godspeed Candace Joy. You will be missed.

And today, my next-door neighbor (and one of my best friends m-i-l) passed away.  Not unexpected, but depressing nevertheless.

I am in serious need of some good news.  Someone….tell me something good.  Anything.

Posted by: Angie-la | May 30, 2008

Joshua Joseph Zalunardo

It has taken me from my last post until now to be able to sit down and write this, my last post, about Josh.
Last week was…eventful, to say the least.
My husband and I arranged for meals for Gino and his family. There was such an out pouring from the church and the community we were able to feed Josh’s aunt’s family and his maternal grandmother as well. Three local restaurants; Dora’s Place, Sumo-to-Go, and The 27th Grill, donated enough food to feed 200 folks Saturday night with enough left over that Mark, Allisa and myself could feed the family again after church on Sunday. We are so blessed to live in a community that cares.Wednesday, the church helped Gino clear an acre and a half lot on their property which they transformed into a family cemetery. One of the advantages of living in Harris Co.; all you need is one to four acres, a certified survey and to file the request with the county and you can have a private burial ground right on your own property! It is so peaceful there. Josh loved to hunt that land. He would be pleased.

Thursday the youth pastor, Ben headed a service at the church for the middle and high school kids. The sanctuary was packed; there must have been 600 kids (and some adults as well) there. Ben led Worship and the Vision Band did some of Josh’s favorite praise and worship songs, because Josh wanted this to be a celebration, not a sad time. Then Pastor Gino and Diedere spoke. At the end Gino gave an invitation, around 100 kids accepted Christ. Gino has always told us that his heart for youth is the reason he moved to Harris Co. 7 years ago. Diedere shared about a dream she had the night before; Joshua was riding his 4-wheeler, jumping the clouds. She said, speaking to Josh’s friends and acquaintances (and this broke my heart) that ‘whenever you see me, come give me a big ol’ hug…and I’ll know it’s from Joshua.Friday was regular visitation for the community. For over 3 hours the family stood and accepted condolences. Saturday was Joshua’s celebration of life & homegoing service. The church sanctuary was standing room only and the cafe area was set up as an overflow video room. The family said their private good-byes to Joshua. The service opened with one of Joshua’s favorite songs “Friend of God.” Then Haden, Brooke, and Pastor Ben spoke on their memories of Josh. His older brother Caleb spoke and shared some funny memories. Tehn Caleb said one of the most profound things I can ever recall coming from a 17 year old boy. He said I don’t think I ever really told Josh I loved him. I know he knew it, but if I could go back I’d hug him so tight and tell him I loved him. His younger sister Victoria read a sweet poem she had written called “I Remember” that was all about her memories from the time she found out about his tumor until the day he passed, sprinkled with childhood recollections. 
I don’t know how he did it, but his daddy~ our pastor~ Gino gave a moving message about Joshua and God’s Sovereignty that included a prayer of salvation. There was a slideshow that brought me to tears. The two hour service was followed by a brief graveside service on Gino & Diedere’s land at sunset. Diedere released 15 white balloons, one for each year of Joshua’s life. As those balloons drifted above the tops of the trees the sky gently thundered. And half the people there (myself included) burst into tears. It was like a sign from the Lord to reassure us that Joshua was now in His keeping.I will never understand why our Joshua was taken from us. But I am thankful for having known Joshua and know that he has touched so many lives during his short time amongst us. He lived his last year in a way that was powerful, courageous, and inspirational. As Gino shared we have only begun to see the effect of Joshua’s life, his legacy will continue. 
View this montage created at One True Media
 On Saturday, May 31st, Cruising 4 A Cause, a fundraiser that we palnned months agao to help with medical expenses is being held. The sponsors have decided to make this an annual event naming it the Joshua Zalunardo Memorial Race. Each year in the future, it will benefit the building of a Youth Center for our Vision youth ministry at King’s Pasture Community Church.



Posted by: Angie-la | May 22, 2008

Joshua is my pastor’s middle child. He was diagnosed with a brainstem glioblastoma a year ago.

At about 9:30 Monday night May 19th, Joshua passed from this life & is free. Very peacefully he took his last breaths. His family was there with him. Joshua has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the faith. Now there is for Joshua a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to Joshua. 2 Tim. 4:7-8


This is my tribute to Joshua Joseph Zalunardo.
I love you always and I miss you terribly.
Like I told you on the morning that you took your last breath, I will see you again real soon.
Joshua Joseph Zalunardo
September 1992 – May 2008
You will live in my heart forever.
Posted by: Angie-la | May 15, 2008

I know I blog about Josh a lot. I guess that is because I so strongly identify with what his family is going through.
I lost my mom to an aggressive brain tumor several years ago, but I remember the whole process from diagnosis to the end most vividly.

Sunday was Mother’s Day. Josh’s mom (our pastor’s wife) gave the message during service. Josh was having some difficulty breathing. After the service I went to speak to Josh, like I always do. When I looked into his eyes, I saw my mother.
That night Joshua had a dream that he was healed; up and walking. He also told his daddy he wanted to be healed.

I told my husband on Monday that Josh looked just like my mom did at the end. I was very afraid we were running out of time. Yesterday evening, they had to airlift him to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta.

Today they did the MRI to check the tumor growth. The news was not good. The doctors have stopped his experimental treatment and they are weaning him off the breathing tube.
Now would be a very good time for a miracle. Otherwise, it looks like my visit with Joshua on Sunday will be the last time I get to look into his eyes, kiss his cheek and let him know just how much he means to me and my family. The doctors say it is a matter of just a few days, max.

The sadness is overwhelming. The loss of such a sweet, beautiful and vibrant child is devastating me. But at the same time, there is a feeling of relief that once his soul leaves this mortal plain, his suffering will be over. And every time I see a goose fly over my house, see a deer in my pasture or hear the splash of a fishing lure hit the water, I’ll recall how much Josh loved those things. And this is how I will choose to remember him.
In his athletic shorts and Georgia boots wearing his baseball team’s t-shirt and grinning from ear to ear.

Posted by: Angie-la | March 19, 2008

This picture is Joshua on his 15th birthday in September of 2007. It is one of my favorites. Almost every boy here, I have known since they were small and watched them grow into young men.

Joshua was released from the hospital yesterday. He is very weak but his spirit’s are high.

Joshua’s results from the MRI he had last week came in, the tumor (he calls it ‘the lump”!) has shrunk another 5% in 3 weeks for a total of 44% since starting the ‘experimental’ treatment from the Burzynski Clinic.

He had developed 2 new spots in his brain. The doctors were not sure if this was new growth or dead cells. These 2 “spots” have increased some. The doctors are puzzled as to why the original tumor is shrinking & not the 2 new spots. It could be dead tissue or swelling.

Since the original tumor is responding they are going to keep Joshua on the medicine & gradually increase to full dosage. Please Pray that Joshua’s body will strengthen & tolerate the medicine. He has had some ill effects from the increases in the past.

Posted by: Angie-la | March 17, 2008

Wow, I can’t believe how lazy, er how long its been since I actually posted.What can I say? I suck. However, once again daylight savings time has kicked my keyster.I am still not used to the time change. Thank god for Starbucks….

Josh is still hanging in there. We had a scare this past week when he developed breathing problems as a result of the flu. The symptoms were the same as if the tumor had grown and was shutting down brain receptors. But it was determined to be a complication of the flu and not new growth.He is such a brave, strong kid. I *heart* him so much. We took him for a walk a couple weeks ago and even if it takes him longer to say it, he is still quite amusing. Y’all keep praying for him.

Posted by: Angie-la | June 15, 2007

Joshua is improving now that he has started chemo. He is also doing radiation. He is talking some and eating soft food. He still has trouble ambulating due to left sided weakness and dizziness from the tumor itself. Pray that his spirits remain high despite all the set backs he has had. Everyday his mom has him say positive, uplifting things out loud to encourage himself. He has been moved from ICU to a room. He still has a long, hard road ahead of him. But he and his family are greatly loved and supported.
Miss you Josh and hope you are home and healed real soon!
Posted by: Angie-la | June 10, 2007

Josh is my pastor’s son. He is 14 years old and has an inoperable brain tumor. This family needs your prayers.Visit his website and leave a message of encouragement on the message board.Josh came home from the hospital Friday, but had to be transported by ambulance back to Egleston this morning. Lets claim total healing for this brave young man. Josh is a warrior and a such a free-spirit! So, please pray to whomever you call your Higher Power. And if you are not a prayer person, please send healing thoughts and good wishes his way. Hugs,Angie
Posted by: Angie-la | April 17, 2007

What an F’d Up world in which we reside.

As quiet as it is in our lovely little town of Pine Mountain, GA, we have once again been touched by a national tragedy. Jamie Bishop, son of Sci-fi novelist Michael and wife Geri Bishop,was one of the victims of the Virginia Tech gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old undergraduate senior majoring in English.

Fox News says this about Jamie:
Bishop, 35, wore his hair long, rode his bike to campus and worked alongside his wife in the foreign languages department at Virginia Tech, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was known for his gentle manner and generosity toward students.
“I don’t think he was the type of person who had an enemy,” Troy Paddock, a close friend whose wife also teaches in the German program, told the Times. “He was a very friendly person. He was a nice and helpful person.”
The Georgia native was an avid hiker, movie and Atlanta Braves fan, and was said to be very popular with students.
“He was very outgoing, a very personable individual,” Richard Shryock, the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, told the Times. “He was someone who took teaching very seriously and was a good colleague to be with.”

The media vultures have descended upon Pine Mountain, harrassing the locals for any little scrap of info they can unearth. Scavengers. Part of me understands they are just doing their jobs, but part of me absolutely abhors the intrusion.
I have kids the same age as some of those victims. My God. What a world.

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