Hello! My name is Rhonda Styles and this is my husband, Bud (this
is the name everyone knows him by - his birth name is James).
We were married in November, 1991. We will be celebrating our 20th
wedding anniversary this year in 2011! The Lord has blessed us in so many ways!
|We have loved our
animals! Brandy and Amber:
|Patches and Jethro:
|We lost Patches in
April, 2004 after 20 years, we lost Brandy in December,
2005 after 15 years, and we lost Amber in January, 2006
after 14 years. We lost Jethro in June, 2007 after
14 years. Words can never describe the loss we
feel and how much we miss our babies. Our home has
never been - nor will it ever be - the same since we
lost our pets.
|There is healing!
Our Lord is so good! Look who he sent to our home
in October 2007 for us to care for and love! Meet
Spaz (the black male cat - yes, the name fits - he is a
bit of a wild man!) and Bella (the female white cat - we
named her Bella because her face is so pretty).
They were living in the woods behind our home - we believe they are
litter-mates. They were wild, dirty and starving. We have
brought them into our home, they have been given clean bills of health
from the vet, had all their shots, and are de-bugged. These
pictures were taken just this week (end of Oct, 2007) after they came
home from the hospital after being spayed and neutered.
We can never replace the ones we have lost, but there is healing with
this new life around our home. It is fun to have two young cats
running around playing, purring, and loving us again.
Bella and Spaz have been with us for 6 months now (April, 2008).
We are all getting into a routine with each other and loving each other
more all the time. They are wonderful companions and we love
having them around the house. They are healthy and happy and
around 1 year old now. They love to play and look out windows.
It is now October, 2010. Spaz and Bella have been with us for 3
years and have brought us so much entertainment! Hee!Hee!
|I graduated from
UNC-G and worked in the accounting
profession for many years. I was diagnosed with a
brain tumor in March, 1997. It is a benign growth
known as a
Pituitary Prolactinoma. I am fortunate this is
not life-threatening; but, I did experience a host of
other heath problems as a result from it. I have
been responding to Bromocriptine treatments very well
for many years, now.
|In May 1999, I started
experiencing dizzy and black-out spells, fatigue,
tinnitus (very loud ringing in the ears - it registered
85 Db which is the level of a shop vac or leaf blower on
a good day), hyperacusis (extreme sensitivity to sound -
certain sounds are actually magnified to me), pressure
and pain in the ears, fluctuating hearing loss (until
eventually permanent hearing loss). For the next
six months, we went from doctor to doctor and they ran a
battery of tests - every possibility kept being ruled
|Then, we received the
Meniere's Disease. I have been battling this
for several years now. I am one of the rare cases
in that I have bilateral Meniere's (both hears).
It has been a long, hard road; but, I have come a
long way. Some treatment options have worked -
some have not. There is no cure, you can only
learn to adapt. If you have been diagnosed with
this horrible disease, or know of someone that has it,
please feel free to
email me. I will be happy to share with you
what I have learned.
|Here are some helpful
Meniere's Disease links:
The EAR Foundation
Clinic - Meniere's Disease
MDIC - Meniere's Disease Information Center
|I was unable to
continue the high-stress field of public accounting, so
I resigned in 1999. I spent half of the year of
2000 healing and coping with what I now knew would be
with me until the day I die. I did not want to sit
idle and feel sorry for myself; so, I decided to
start a home-based jewelry business. I guess now
we can add crazy to my list!
|I have loved jewelry
for more than 25 years now - ever since my first job in
a jewelry store in my home town. I want to bring
you unique beautiful jewelry that does not "break the
bank"! I love
hand-crafting just the right jewelry
for brides. I want you to find items on my site
that you can not find elsewhere. Have fun with
this site. Please visit my
Fun Stuff to Know page.
|I have come to love
sterling silver jewelry over the last few years.
The white reflectiveness of
actually gives your face a "lift". It makes you
look younger! I love that and the older I get the
more I love it! You can experiment more with
sterling silver designs because it is affordable - I
love that, too!
Bud graduated from NC
State. He has worked in the textile industry for more than 20
years. He is Director of Sales with
|He has worked hard on
combining his love of sailing and the water with his
gift of teaching by completing Instructor certification
programs with the
American Sailing Association
(ASA). He is certified to teach Small Boat,
Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat
Chartering, Coastal Navigation and Celestial Navigation.
There are not many people out there that can still teach
the art of navigation by the sky.
|He also worked very
hard for his
US Coast Guard Captain's
License - he has an Inland Masters license
(including his Sailing and Towing endorsement). He
is also a
certified Instructor for the US
|He is also a certified
ASHI (American Safety & Health
Institute) First Aid/CPR (O2 and AED) Instructor.
He teaches USCG-approved classes to Coast Guard Captains
and other boaters. He likes to incorporate water
and boat specific elements in his classes.