I Want My Kidney Back, Tramp

Dr. Richard Batista donated his kidney to his wife, Dawnell, in 2001.


Yes, you read the title right. There’s a nasty divorce going on, and one party wants their kidney back. Lets look at the players in this saga, Dr. Richard Batista and his wife Dawnelle, a nurse. The plot, Richard Batista wants the kidney back that he donated to his soon to be ex-wife. The soon to be ex-wife will most likely die if she doesn’t keep the kidney. If she doesn’t give the kidney back, Dr. Batista wants her to cough up (no pun intended) $1.5 million as a part of the divorce settlement.

In June 2001, Dr. Batista donated a kidney to his wife after two other transplants failed. Dr. Batista claims that he donated his kidney to save his wife’s life and to turn their marriage around. The marriage had been suffering as a result of his wife’s medical problems. The kidney transplant was successful; however, it failed to hold the marriage together as Dr. Batista had hoped. In 2005, Dawnell Batista, filed for divorce.

Dr. Batista states that it was a wonderful experience donating his kidney and he would do it again. He only regrets the marriage. Do I sense a lack of sincerity here? If he was sincere, why is he is asking for the kidney back? His wife obviously needed the organ to sustain her life or she wouldn’t have needed the transplant. A surgeon certainly understands this. He also knows that if his ex-wife gives the kidney back, she either goes on dialysis or dies waiting for another donor and another possible transplant failure. Did I mention, the recipient is the mother of his three daughters ages, 8, 11, and 14.

Why is this bitter divorce happening after such a loving and courageous act? Dawnelle Batista had an affair. That’s right after everything her husband did, she betrayed him. According to Dr. Batista, she became so healthy after the kidney transplant she started taking karate lessons. She became good enough to earn a black belt. She injured herself, and starting taking physical therapy. She also starting sleeping with the physical therapist. Tramp!

Dr. Batiste’s ego won’t allow him to get over the fact that his wife had an affair and moved on. He’s a surgeon, lives in a million dollar home, he’s a devoted father, and was a faithful husband. Dr. Batiste said the pain that his wife put him through was unbearable. Now I don’t condone anyone stepping outside of their marriage and I’m sure the good doctor’s pain is real, but must she pay for her indiscretion with her life? According to Dr. Bastiste, she’s going to pay one way or another. Either she gives the kidney back or she pays him $1.5 million dollars for the kidney. Is he enraged or what?

I’ve tried to imagine the conversation with his three daughters. Sit down girls, daddy wants to talk to you. Your mother had an affair, and now daddy wants his kidney back. Now that tramp, your mother, may die as a result, but let the chips fall where they may.  I only donated the kidney so we could keep the marriage together. Now that it has fallen apart, I want her to pay with her life. Whoa!

Now lets step way out there and discuss what’s he going to do with the kidney if she does give it back. Place it on a mantle like a trophy and gloat that he won. She’ll regret divorcing me when she’s on her death bed. Look kids, see what daddy retrieved from your worthless mother. His reason for taking this sick fight public, he’s tired of trying to negotiate with her and there have been times that she’s kept the children from him. I wonder why?
The good news is that experts believe that Dr. Batista has a very slim chance of getting his kidney back, and he’s just making a fool out of himself. On another note, I believe that Dr. Batista donating a kidney to his wife is an admiral act. I don’t know what went through his mind when he made his decision, but I’m sure he thought that his wife would truly have a part of him forever. I have to wonder if he told his wife his reasons for donating the kidney, to sustain her life and to turn their marriage around. If he did, his reasons obviously didn’t mean much to her.
I’ve seen Dr. Batista on the news, a very educated and handsome man who can surely find someone who can and will appreciate him with his one kidney now. My advice Dr. Batista, let her have the other kidney and move on with your life. She still has your children to raise regardless of her character.  Also, I would suggest that you move on because she is now considered a deadly weapon is capable of kicking your ass.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this bitter divorce and the Dr.’s demand for the return of his kidney .

Children’s Book Give Away

We’ve found a gifted writer of children’s books and wanted to share her site with our readers. Yolanda Cullagh, wife, mother of four, grandmother, and author, has written the Dragonfly Dreams Series of children’s books. Dragonflies are everywhere. They are in her books, and on her tee shirts and jewelry. They are adorable. Her first book is Sebastian the Dragonfly (shown). Sebastian is a beautiful bluish-green color. He loves to wind-surf and go on safaris. I fell in love with him. Her second book is Sabina. Sabina is a Beach Fly who loves to build sand castles.

Because I fell in love with Sabastian we chose to review that book, and found it to be quite delightful. It’s the perfect bedtime story for any little boy or girl. I was particularly impressed with the hardback cover on the book and the brilliant colors. It is beautifully illustrated as well. In addition to the books, Yolanda has adorable screen print shirts of Sebastian and Sabina. The books and tees would make a great gift set.

Yolanda has offered a signed copy of Sebastian the Dragonfly to our readers. You could be the winner of this unique book. Here’s how: visit Cwingbooks and leave us a comment on Yolanda’s site. You may earn extra entries by:

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This give away will end February 5, 2009. It is open to US and Canada residents 18+ only. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified, so be sure to enter a valid address. We will randomly select a winner from the posts. If you don’t leave a valid email address, we have no way of contacting you. Good luck!

Die, My Love

One of my goals for 2009 is to read more books. I’m a fan of true crime stories. Anything by Ann Rule is a must, I love her. I decided to pick up a few books by Kathryn Casey to add to my reading arsenial as well. I’m starting 2009 with Die, My Love. This book caught my attention because Ann Rule stated it was “One of the best in the true crime genre”. Also, because the murder took place two hours from me, in Richmond, Va. A murder in a familiar place is always intriguing.

You ask what is this book about? The murder of a Virginia college professor and two look alike sisters. One is his ex-wife, a pretty, little petite number from Texas. Did I mention she was an attorney?

I read Chapter 1 and it has my attention. I can’t wait to curl up in front of the fireplace with my blankie and a nice, hot, cup of tea with this one. What’s on your reading list for 2009? Leave us a comment and let us know what book you’re reading or you intend to read.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from my family to yours. Well, it’s hard to believe that 2008 is over. I’m looking foward to 2009, but I’ve been reflecting on 2008 today. All in all, it was a great year for me. I hope that 2009 is just as good. In 2008, I was able to spend time with my family and strenghten my love for them, make strides with my blog and business, keep my job of 30 years, travel, and meet new people. I lost a friend, but I made a new friend too. I believe I’m better off with the new friend, so maybe it really isn’t a lost but a tradeoff, lol.

I’m not into New Years Resolutions, but I do have a few goals for 2009:

  • Attend church more often
  • Give my on-line boutique more attention
  • Continue with my blog give aways/reviews
  • Work to increase traffic to my sites
  • Exercise more (Buying a treadmill)
  • Complete a few home projects that I’ve been wanting to do for years
  • Increase my savings account
  • Purchase new computer
  • Purchase new camera
  • Read more. (I love true stories by Ann Rule and Kathryn Casey)
  • Take a nice vacation or cruise
  • Keep my readers informed of my journey on all of the above

What’s your goals for the New Year? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re striving for in 2009.

Carseat Blankie Give Away

If you’re looking for a great baby shower gift or a soft and stylist blanket for your child’s carseat look no further. We’ve found them at Carseat Blankies. We were thrilled when were asked to do this review. When we actually received the blanket we were quite impressed. It was wrapped with a beautiful ribbon and tag with information and directions on how to care for your blanket. The blanket we received was approximately 21 x 26 and made out of a delicious soft, minky fabric. I loved the color combination of chocolate, tan and blue (shown above). The blanket is well constructed and my grandson adored it. He rubbed it constantly while drinking his bottle in his carseat.  He finds the blanket soothing. We have two words for this find, Oh Snap. This blanket goes in grandma’s bag of fabulicious finds.
My Carseat Blankie has a nice selection of fabrics to choose from, flannel, fleece, and the soft minky. I love the soft minky. Kim King, owner of Carseat Blankies, has offered a blanket to one of our readers.  You choose the blanket.  You could be our winner.  Here’s how: visit Carseat Blankie and let us know which blanket you would like to win.  You can earn extra entries:
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This give away is open to US and Canada Residents 18+ only.  We will randomly select a winner, so please leave a valid email address in your post.  Posts with invalid or no email addresses will be disqualified.  Give Away ends February 1, 2009.  Good Luck!

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Happy New Year!

Care Packages For Troops

Operation Sugar Kisses will be launched January 2009. Each month Giggles & Sugar Kisses will send a Sugar Kiss (care package) to a soldier. They miss home and the modern conveniences that we take for granted, so we’ve decided to help brighten their day.

Sugar Kisses needs monthly donations and we would like our readers to become involved. Please place our Operations Sugar Kisses button (above) on your blog and let family, friends, your church and anyone who will support our initiative know about our program. We need donations as well as the name and address of a soldier who would appreciate a Sugar Kiss. The name and address of the soldier can be sent to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. We will build a list with the soldier’s name and post of duty. Each month we will randomly select who we will receive a Sugar Kiss.

Here’s a list of what our soldiers need:

  • hard candy
  • homemade cookies
  • chips/pretzels/cheese curls (snacks)
  • envelopes & writing paper
  • pens
  • deodorant
  • tooth brushes
  • tooth paste
  • foot powder
  • lotion
  • sun screen
  • chap stick
  • batteries (AA, AAA & D)
  • gum/mints
  • sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old
  • disposal razors
  • white socks
  • cheese & peanut butter crackers
  • ramen/cup o noodles
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • hair brushes & combs
  • unscented baby wipes
  • toilet paper on rolls
  • packets of Kleenex
  • shower shoes
  • cans or packages of nuts
  • facial moisturizer
  • unscented lotions
  • hand sanitizer
  • paper back books.


Donations may be sent to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Thank you for supporting for this worthy endeavor.

In Memory of Caylee Anthony

I’m sure everyone has heard Caylee Marie Anthony has been declared dead. I’ve been following this story on CNN for the past few months and I must say that it has truly touched me. I can’t imagine how Caylee’s grandparents are feeling at this time. Making it through this tragedy will be an enormous task. The fact that their daughter, Caylee’s mom, is being held for her murder is a double blow.

I look at this little girl, and I have asked over and over how anyone could harm such a precious child. Any child for that matter. When I see pictures of this beautiful little girl my heart breaks. I squeeze Xavier, my grandson, so much more these days.

I know that in this country people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but if Casey Anthony did murder this beautiful little girl, her own daughter, I wonder what would make her loose all sense of right or wrong. Motherhood is so sacred. I’ve thought about my own daughter and my grandson. I wonder what I would do or how I would feel if I received a phone call and someone told me that my daughter was being held for killing her son. I just can’t get that far in my thinking. I could never fathom that someone I gave birth to could take her own child’s life.

My thoughts and prayers are with this family this holiday season. I’m so looking forward to seeing my grandson Christmas morning. I feel so bad that they will never see Caylee Marie again. From one grandparent to another, I pray that they be given the strength, insight and endurance they will need to move forward. Would love to hear your thoughts on this child murder.

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Cookie?

There’s a whole lot of baking going on. Christmas cookies are being baked across America. We’re looking to taste yummy cookies in the blogosphere, so we want you to tell us your favorite cookie. My favorite holiday cookie is the Peanut Butter and Hershey Kiss cookie. So yummy!

I’ve used this recipe for years and it’s a favorite of kids young and old. I love serving them warm with a glass of milk to the kids. Their eyes light up and little fingers and faces are covered with yummy chocolate. We hope you enjoy it too. Leave us a comment and share your favorite holiday cookie.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add remaining flour and mix until you form a sticky dough. Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until just golden brown. Place Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie, while they are still hot. Should make approximately 48 cookies.

Packages for our Troops Needed

Giggles & Sugar Kisses will be shipping packages to our troops in Iraq from 12/16 /08 through 1/1/09. They’ve sent a list of items they would like to have and we’re looking for donations.

Their list includes hard candy, homemade cookies, chips, envelopes & writing paper, pens, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, food powder, lotion, sun screen, chap stick, batteries (AA, AAA & D), gum, sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old, disposal razors, white socks, cheese & peanut butter crackers, ramen/cup o noodles.

For the ladies, sanity products, magazines less than 2 months old, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes & combs, unscented baby wipes, toilet paper on rolls, packets of Kleenex, shower shoes, cans or packages of nuts, facial moisturizer, unscented lotions, hand sanitizer, and paper back books.

Homemade cards from your child or children would be a nice surprise for them. If you’re interested in participating please send your goods to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403
Lets wish our troops a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year from the Giggles & Sugar Kisses Family. Leave us a comment on what you’re doing to help someone this holiday season.