Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cell phones and Funeral Etiquette

We attended a funeral yesterday for a church member and very good friend. He will truly be missed in our little church. While attending the funeral I was again reminded of what a rude society we have become.

After thinking about the use of cell phones at a funeral and other things I decided to see if there were any articles that would express what I was feeling better than I can say it.  I found just such and article.  I was blaming the 20 somethings for their bad behavior but I think she is right, maybe they just haven't been taught properly.  The one thing I would say is if you can't leave your cell phone in your car while attending a funeral maybe you should just send condolences.  Even if you put it on vibrate your are still tempted to check it numerous times.  Remember, at a funeral you are their for the family, not you. Your cell phone is not necessary.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pennies from Heaven

Early last week a friend shared a post on facebook, Pennies from Heaven.  After reading the post it made me rethink the way I have been thinking about finding coins.

I have always picked up pennies and other coins when I saw them.  I remember someone commenting to me one day when I had bent over to pick up a penny that most people don't waste their time picking up pennies.  I told him that was one more penny than I had when I started the day.

After reading the facebook post I decided to think of the pennies as being blessings from God.  On Wednesday, June 17th, I had gone to Kroger's before going to my mother-in-laws.  On the way in I found a dime and a penny and on the way out I found a dime and 2 pennies.  I told my grandson that God was going to bless us 23 times more than we deserved.  God did bless me that evening.  I arrived home later than usual from my mother-in-laws.  After arriving home I received a call from the chief physician of the VA in Shreveport wanting me to go and get dad and take him to the emergency room for fluids.  He was dehydrated and his potassium level was too high. It was a blessing that I was home and received the call.  The other blessing was that dad had gone that morning to get lab work done at the VA in Longview.  He had been dizzy that morning and almost didn't go.

On Monday, June 22nd I was taking my grandson back home to Austin and stopping at my daughters in Bryan to spend the night.  After arriving at my daughters I noticed that my back tire was low.  I left them and went and put air in the tire. When I got out of the car to get the air there was a penny laying in front of the machine.  I thought that God was going to bless me. After driving back to my daughters the tire went flat.  We called a road side service that changed the tire and I went and got a new tire.  God truly blessed me.  I was safe and sound for the night and not stranded on the side of the road in the heat with a three year old.

So if you find any coins think of them as blessings from God.  He is always there if we just realize it.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Feeling Blest

It has been 2 weeks since the storm that left the trees down in mom and dad's yard.  We have worked everyday trying to get some of it cleaned up.  Thankfully a neighbor came and got the 2 pecans that were in the yard.  He will be back on Monday to get the rest of the one in the back and move the limbs to the pasture.

It has been hard work cutting, racking and hauling limbs and leaves.   As I was headed to town yesterday before going out to dad's to work I was listening to ESPN.  On ESPN they were discussing Adrian Peterson and the fact that he was complaining about going to work.  The reporter, as a closing statement, stated that anyone making 12 million dollars a year should feel blest to be able to go to work everyday and thankful that they have a job.  This statement struck me that I am very blest to be able to go everyday and help my dad.  Yes, it is hard work but I get to go and work with my dad.  Not everyone has that opportunity.

I am very thankful for my dad and do feel very blest that I have gotten to help him everyday.

As I stepped out of my car at Kroger's yesterday morning there was a shinny new penny right at my door.  Then out at dad's as I was rolling up the water hose that had been under the tree when it fell laying on the ground was a shinny dime.  I guess mother was with us as we were working.

We will continue to work on dad's yard but we have done just about all we can do with out the assistance of a logger to haul off the large trunk of the oak.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Monday night storm

With the storms on Monday dad lost the large oak tree in his yard that had shaded so many family gatherings and provided swings for their grandchildren.  Thankfully dad is okay and the house suffered minimal damage.  Below are a few pictures of his trees.  He lost 2 oaks and 3 pecans in the yard.  We worked on Tuesday getting a path for him from the garage to the back door.  The large oak by the house landed on the house and the garage and covered his path.  Several neighbors and cousins came to help dad and us get that down.  Dad and I have been working on just racking up leaves and cutting a little.

As I was looking at all the trees that were down and racking the leaves up on the deck Tuesday morning I noticed the calla lilies that dad had planted years ago because they are mothers favorite flower.  They were in full bloom and so pretty. I couldn't help but think of all the happy memories under the old oak tree and the wonderful family reunion fish fry's that were shared.  What happy times and memories.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cure Alzheimer's Fund

Below is a link to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund Remember me campaign.  All proceeds go to help find a cure for Alzheimer's.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Holidays and Birthday

The holidays are past and my birthday weekend is almost over.  I miss my mother every day and as it is with most people who are missing loved ones the holidays are always the hardest.  I wish she could see her great grandson.  She would enjoy him so much.

For my birthday I decided to cook a meal for my family and my dad.  We had a roast and all the trimmings because that is my dad's favorite.  I am so thankful that I can cook for my family and I thank my mother for helping me in that ability. It was almost a perfect day, would have been perfect if mom had been here.  It is always a joy to cook for my dad and to send him home with leftovers and fried pies.

On Dec. 14th I had an encounter with an individual who after several comments shared by each of us told me that my sins would find me out.  I have thought about that for a month.  I can say that I am not guilty of the sin to which this person thinks will find me out but I am guilty of not honoring my mother.

Ephesians 6:2-3 says: "Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."  I am very sorry that I have not honored my mother and father by keeping our family together during this time of my mother's missing.  It has been very hard to think of my dad and what he lost that day my mother went missing and then to lose his family unit as a result has made me very sad.  I wish things could be different for my dad's sake but they cannot be.