Sam and Mary Lawhorn
A short story about our family. Welcome to our home page! We are Sam and Mary Louise Lawhorn. We were married February 19, 2000.
Sam was born in Kentucky and is a wonderful man. He has 2 girls from a prior marriage and together we have a toddler girl who is four...and they are all his pride and joy! His oldest daughter is getting married in May 2007.
Mary Louise was born in Pennsylvania but has lived all her life in the South...even has the accent to prove it. We have a life full of blessings, and our greatest joy is in watching our children grow up.
Sam is a mechanic in the U.S. Army and a non-commissioned officer. I just love the NCO creed and the Soldier's creed. Please see those creeds below. Mary Louise is an accountant for a property/casualty insurance agency. She works in reinsurance handling the administration of a pool of reinsurance business.
Both Sam and Mary Louise are rather simple in terms of their likes and dislikes...fairly easy to please...easy to get along with. They have learned to not take anything for granted, knowing all too well what a blessing today is and that tomorrow is not promised to any of us. They just go with the flow and roll with the punches. They love all kinds of music but prefer country music.
Life gives none of us any guarantees. There is an element of risk involved. But live life fully...knowing that the risk is worth whatever costs. We don't see how anyone can be content to view life from the sidelines...you miss out on some great victories...but then you also don't have to experience the defeats. Oh, but the victories can be so sweet. So take the risk...get in the game...and live life with all you have.
See Mary's story below about risks.
Sam and I love long walks...quiet time together with our family, or time spent with our friends.
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Thanks for stopping by our neighborhood. Take care and God Bless!!!
The song link was played at our wedding. It's a favorite of ours. Right click over "Back at One". Then choose SAVE LINK AS. Save it to your hard drive. Then go to Real Player and you can listen to it.
Back at One
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Our Wedding Page Photos
On April 26, 2004, less than a month after my husband returned from a year in Iraq I was involved in a head on collision. It was just one of those freak things. A young man, 19 years old, jumped the center median and struck me. He apparently had a seizure. Unfortunately, he lost his life. I had cracked ribs which punctured a lung, broke my left distal ulna (the outer wrist bone), and broke my distal tibia (my right ankle area). These are the things we knew from the admittance in the emergency room. The second day I was in emergency surgery fighting for my life...the consequence of going from 60 to 0 in nothing flat were that organs were dying inside me...I lost nine inches of my bowel (you may know them as intestines) and the remainder was resectioned. Funny thing, the doctor told me unless a patient complains he doesn't normally do the exploratory surgery he performed. Hmmmm...I think God directed him to do that as many people were praying for me. I am, however, alive. That is a great blessing that isn't lost on me.
Soapbox Time...in Texas minimum automobile liability requirements are a joke. They are $15,000 total for property and $20,000 total for bodily injury. While having had a seizure which was beyond his control (and I don't know if he had a history of seizures...because in Texas with a history of seizures you are not supposed to drive unless you are medically discharged which means seizure free for a year.), the accident was still his fault. It was his sister's car and there was only minimum insurance (NOTE: I found her insurance company to be less than reputable. This is an industry I work in. I take pride in my ethics...the at fault party's insurance has no integrity, no ethics, and obviously no pride. They outright lied to me during the settlement saying they mailed a check which they hadn't even cut yet. The company...which I won't publicly name...has a 15% complaint rating with the Texas Department of Insurance. These are valid complaints lodged against them. The percentage is high, and this company's management has done little to nothing to correct this percentage. I know...I checked historical information. They have historically had a high complaint rating.). Another car was hit after me, and total property damage was more than double what was available. My hospital bill alone (which doesn't factor in ongoing orthopedist bills, physical and occupational therapy, medications, and durable medical equipment - splints) was 700% more than what was available. I'd strongly urge every person who owns property to re-evaluate your coverages on your automobile...property, bodily injury, PIP, un/underinsured motorists. I know I have. I won't go through this again...and I would never want to put anyone else through what I've been through. I was in the hospital for just over a month, flat on my back for three months, off work for four months...I didn't drive for eight months...and if you're figuring yes, I've only recently started driving again. I've endured seven surgeries so far...and one more to go. I've been in physical and occupational therapy for seven months...who knows how much more of that I'll need. I am alive, though...so I count my blessings. It doesn't mean things don't need to change.
I can't even begin to fathom what my husband went through...after just coming back from Iraq and facing this...it was rough on him to say the least. I am not the same person I was before. I don't trust hardly anyone...not even myself...in a car. I'm trying to work through this...it's hard.
No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone of the Army". I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.
Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind -- accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers. I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All Soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my Soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my Soldiers and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.
Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my Soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!
The Soldier's Creed
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.