Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Brother!

I hope it was as special as you are!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom, who has stood beside me through thick and thin!  I could not have made it this far without you!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sometimes I Wonder...

There are times that I wonder how I could be so blind!

A friend posted this on the book of face yesterday. The more I have listened to it, the more sense it made. And the more it sounded familiar. But I was extremely impressed with the video speaker.

In the effort to  locate the video link to post here, I came across the  entire YouTube channel of Mr. Derrick Jaxn. Video after video, all casually staged from the drivers seat of his car, on relationship advice. After a few moments, it is clear to see this is not your typical dude videoing himself in the front seat of his car!  Articulate, well spoken, and all points fully formed and well thought out. So I did a little more research and found him to be a lifestyle blogger, public speaker and author of several books!

You can enjoy his website here Derrick Jaxn

While not the intended audience, his message is universal.  

Take a listen!

Bonus Video shared by a girlfriend

Know the signs...Wish I had!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Life Is Good!!

I'm battling what seems to be my semi-annual upper respiratory infection, usually brought on by seasonal allergies. That is why I missed wishing Julz a Happy 29th Birthday!

I also missed congratulating her on her graduation!  It was a long time coming but I couldn't be more proud.

It's been a rough couple of days. I will post details later

Friday, April 27, 2018

Confession Time: Memories on April 27th

Facebook has a funny way of reminding you of events in your life, right when you need to remember them. A "memory" popped up today from six years ago.  I  had posted as we sat in a waiting room at UAB after my bother's wreck.  It mentioned how ironic that a year later we were all right back in practically the same place.

Time is a funny thing. It softens the blow on the most painful memory and heightens the emotions of others.

Seven years ago today, was the deadliest tornado in our most recent history.

The ex has supposedly fell off our roof and had gone by ambulance to UAB. I say supposedly because where he fell did not match the "injuries" the doctors were looking at. While I had believed him. everyone else felt that there was something that did not quite add up in his story.  The doctor had asked me out in the hall if he was an alcoholic. Looking back, I should have known.  He had a flair for the dramatic. Love makes one blind to so many things, especially deception.

 In that post, I also mention my lifelong friend, Leigh, an only child who lost both her parents to this storm. Being around her the last few weeks, at our weekly gathering at the local Mexican restaurant, she reminds me to cherish the time I have left  with my parents.  When we all complain how crazy our parents make us, she quietly reminds us that one day, they will no longer be there to complain about.

Six years ago today, my brother was in the trauma unit at UAB, recovering from a motorcycle accident. I am reminded of how fragile life is and how we shouldn't take anyone for granted. As my mother and I tried to steer Julz through last minute details of her upcoming graduation and the frustration of not being able to impress on her how important these details are, I remember that life is short and in five years, they may not even matter.  That we should look for the opportunities to be with those we love rather than slogging through the mundane. So when I had the opportunity to either cut my grass, or go celebrate a friend's birthday, I immediately chose the birthday.

Tomorrow I will be at UAB yet again. to watch my daughter graduate. Whether we sent out "proper" announcements or not, those who love her will be in attendance. Whether we got the cake with the dragon on it or not, we will gather to fellowship in her honor.

Lastly, I am thankful to God, for allowing me these memories, that my stroke could have easily stolen from me. I am reminded that everything under Heaven, good, bad, otherwise, He uses for His glory. I have no doubt that I have walked through everything I have walked through on April 27th o that I can appreciate the 364 other days. 

I reposted my memory, an added the thought:

 " Much like a boat, Life rises and falls with the waves, but my Anchor has me firmly in place still."


Sunday, April 1, 2018

He Is Risen!!

I have heard the Gaithers sing this or the more popular version made famous by Don Francisco. 

Many may be surprised that the late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant was a co-writer.

But this is my favorite version of this song. I know Dolly is a Believer. You can hear it in her voice.

He's Alive and I'm Forgiven!!
Happy Easter y'all