Sunday, June 17, 2012
If I could send a special shout out to those who've been gone from this world, for far too long, the first would be to the first man I ever loved, the one I called Papa. It doesn't seem like it has been 23 years since I told him, how much I loved him, and good night. The 10 short years he was in my life was more than a child could have asked for, because he was a hands on dad, who made such a huge impression on my life. I will never forget riding around Trent Court with him in his bright orange Dodge Ram pickup truck, selling his catch of the day, and me, sitting on the cooler, while he was telling his customers about Jesus. How he used to lay in the bed, reading his Bible so often, then how he refused to compromise what the Bible said. Not a night went by, that he didn't hug and kiss me, telling me to remember, "Purty is, purty are" (Meaning: Pretty is, pretty are. Or: Always act pretty, and you'll be pretty. Beauty comes from inside & your actions!) I owe my manners to him and my mama. (Taking orders from an Army drill seargent helped, there was a fine line to walk!!) They've served me well through the years, and that's something I've tried to pass on to my kids too. Yes sir, I still love you, & miss you, Papa...
Next, I would send a big hug up to the next one who stepped into a father role in my life, Carlos Williams. He was my sweet husband, Gary's dad. But you'd swear I was one of his own children! That man took me right into his heart, cracking jokes and laughing with me, from the first day I walked into his house. For 10 precious years, a bond formed, that I thank Jesus for. I'll never forget how he acted when he found out I was pregnant with his first grandbaby. He went out and got a cell phone, so he would be able to rush to the hospital when I went into labor! Little Gary was that man's heart, and he was the picture of what a grandfather should look like! That's when I heard those sweet sweet words again, Papa loves you. Anyone can be called a father, but it takes someone very special to fill the name Papa or Daddy...
Which brings me to the next amazing man in my life, my husband, whom I love SO much, my children's Daddy! This man is wonderful to me and to my children. He was the best blind date I could've ever dreamed of. Who knew when I met him on Spring Break, we would be marrying in just a few short months? (I know our families were shocked as well! But all came around!) We will be celebrating our 14th anniversary this year. I have to thank Jesus for seeing us through this far. Life certainly brought ups and downs into our marriage, but He has seen us through each one. Without God, we'd be nowhere. I give Him ALL the praise and glory for where He has brought us from, and what our future holds.I love you honey, my ol' peanut man!
Finally, I wish my step dad, Tommie, a Happy Father's Day. You haven't been in the family as long as the others, but you are a special part, none the less. Your love is felt whether we are close by, or far apart. You are a wonderful Grandpa! I'll never forget how you took my sweet Hailey into your lap, allowing her to eat gobs of fresh tomatoes out of your garden, or entirely polish off YOUR snacks! Then, making her a stool to sit up at the table, so she could reach it better. That was so special, and all of your grandchildren have gotten use out of it, since then too! None of your grandchildren can name even one person who has so much "cool" stuff under their shed! Haha! Others could call it junk, but to them, it's awesome!! Just like you! I'm happy that you and Mama have found each other, to share your lives with. As a grown daughter, it does my heart so good, to see her happy. I wish you the best day today, and send my love!
To all fathers out there, enjoy your day & your family!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Now, the question is,
- Are you in church?? -first step, is you have to find a church that preaches out of the Bible.
- Are you faithfully attending? Hint: 2 times a month is not nearly enough!
- Are you there for the right reason?
- 2 hay rides, (never stopping for the weather) It wasn't a bit spooky, until you went through muddy puddle, thinking, 'maybe it wasn't such a good idea to go hayriding in the rain!';
- a train for the kiddos
- a big 'ol bouncy slide-super slippery, from the rain, and all those youngins' little feet!! Yep, my daughter got about halfway up, informing all, "It's too slippery, I need help" Here I go, pulling off socks and shoes, make it halfway up Mount Everest, oops, I mean the steps. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but my little girl already sliding down. She didn't need help, I think it was just a ploy to get me up there!! haha! KIDS!
As if the slide wasn't enough, as soon as I wobbled off of there to get my shoes, I rounded the corner and all I felt was the squish, and the splash of stepping in a mud puddle! ---I may have lost that pair of socks to the garbage can, but I gained a whole lot of fun!
- pit crew challenge-where people could race against the other player using tools to change the tires on the car
- cake walk
- other small carnival games
- hot dog dinner
- "trick or treating" going from one Sunday School class to the next, getting candy from decorated rooms lit by orange lights and lamps
It was an absolutely wonderful time!! Remember us, if you're in the Florence area next year!!
Just so you know,I have a seriously strong conscious and heart, that HAS to believe in the job that I do, and just "know" that I'm in the "right" place. That has been a problem since moving from out of state, a little over a year ago. As, I left a most wonderful position, a 4K preschool teacher at our church. It has been difficult to find "my" spotI had gone down so many different paths, working so hard, trying to get "the" job to pan out. Do you know that I didn't even have to find this job? It found me! Through a grapevine consisting of several people. It worked out way easier than all of the hoops that I had been jumping through just weeks and months before.I have been working with young children for the past several years, because that is just where my heart is, and I am happy to say, that this job opportunity that I have, is right on target. It feels like God's target, and that I am right where I am supposed to be for now. (praising God!)