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07-31-20 - LAST BUT NOT LEASTDay 31 of my birthMONTH celebration. Well, today is the last ‘official’ day of my birthMONTH celebration. My plan was to save the best for last, but since I missed a few days and still have a few others on my list I haven’t been able to share yet, it may not actually be my ‘last post’ like this. However, today IS the last day in my ‘official’ birth month, so I’m still sharing about this person today.

I met this person in my early teens and we have continued to stay in touch ever since. I really don’t even know where to begin sharing about what a difference this person has made in my life, but I’m gonna do my best to start at the beginning and go from there. As I said, we met when I was in my early teens. Our relationship then was tenuous but has grown oh so much over the years! This person has definitely made a difference in so many areas of my life!

I started writing this early this morning (around 4:00) but didn’t get to finish. Now here it is, 11:49 p.m., which means I probably won’t finish until after midnight, making it August 1st, but that’s okay, too.

This is probably the one that should be the easiest to share about and, yet, there is so much to share, it’s hard to get it condensed down. Truth is, I don’t want to condense it, but it is necessary that I do or it would be way too long for anyone to read.

This person has taught me about kindness, compassion, love, hope, forgiveness, God, humility, serving others and the list goes on and on. This person not only continues to teach me about these things, He was the absolute, only PERFECT living example of everything He taught.

His name is Jesus and oh, how I wish I had known earlier what it meant to have a relationship with Him. You see, I asked Him to come into my heart when I was in my early teens. I remember the church I was in and the person who was standing beside me before I walked down that aisle. But, even though I asked Him into my heart that day, it was many years ago and not much was taught in those days about having a relationship with Him. It was more like, okay, you’re a Christian now so here’s a list of things you do and a list of things you don’t do – no, I wasn’t actually given a list, it just seemed that way, as I look back on it.

Fast forward to July 2006, though, and that is when I actually began building a relationship with Jesus. I can remember it like it was yesterday, yet it’s been 14 years and so much growth has happened since then. Oh, how He has changed me, changed my heart and my whole outlook over the last 14 years. He continues to grow me, stretch me beyond anything I could ever imagine and……that comfort zone I used to live in? Please! It’s been so long since I lived there, I barely even remember it! I truly never want to live there again! Sure, it was nice and comfortable and I sort of knew what to expect, but nothing grew there. It was all stagnant and had no room for growth.

We are living in the days where we (especially Christians) could very well have to make some really tough choices. We can’t wait until it’s time to make that choice to decide what we will do. We have to choose NOW – TODAY – what we will do when faced with those choices. Y’ALL!!! It is NOT going to be easy! What we are currently living through is nothing compared to what it could become.

Are YOU ready to make the hard choices, if you have to? Do you know what you would do, if you had to choose between taking a vaccine and being able to shop for groceries or not take it and not be able to buy food for your family? These are the type of choices I am talking about.

I sincerely hope you are ready for what may be coming, but more than that, I pray you are ready for what is DEFINITELY coming one day (and I feel it is coming very soon) and that is the return of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! If you aren’t and would like to talk to someone about it, PLEASE feel free to message me – I certainly don’t have all the answers, but we can certainly search them out, together, in His Word!

Interesting note here before I end this – I don’t know how many of you reading this know my butterfly story from last year, but as I was typing today’s entry, my eyes glanced over at the calendar I keep on my desk. It’s a calendar I got from Thirty-One years ago and each month has one of the company’s core values listed on it. Two things I noticed about the one for July – it has butterflies on it (every month’s value has something different) and the core value for July was curious. I find those two things very interesting because last July (2019) is when my butterfly story happened and the core value curious is to remind me to seek new opportunities and new ways to expand my mind. What better way to expand my mind and seek those opportunities than by going deeper and deeper into His Word to find all He has for me there?

Are you on this journey with me? Would you like to be? If you’re not already on this journey, I truly hope you will message me so we can talk. I have so much more to share than I can fit here.

THE BABY

Posted on: July 30, 2020

07-30-20 - ME AND REX AND KITTY TOMDay 30 of my birthMONTH celebration. Only today and tomorrow left – oh wait! Except for the fact there were 5 days (4th, 5th and 23rd through 25th) that I didn’t get a chance to share, soooooo…I may just carry this over five days into August. I guess we’ll just wait and see how the Lord leads me on that 😊

Either way, here we are at day 30 of my birth month and I find it interesting that today would be the day I am sharing how this person has made a difference in my life. What makes it interesting that I’m sharing about this person today? I’ll fill in that part a little later.

I have known this person his entire life – literally! That’s right. I may not be able to tell you the year he was born because, well, y’all know about my memory – but I have definitely known him since the day he was born. You guessed it, I’m talking about my baby brother, Rex!

I already shared about my older brother and sister and I was wondering why I hadn’t shared about Rex, yet. Then, this morning, I knew it was the right time – what better day to share about my baby brother than on the day his oldest daughter was born, some (cough, cough, cough) years ago. Yep, today is the day his first child was born.

I really don’t even know where or how to begin sharing about Rex. I know we sure had our disagreements and arguments growing up and I’m sure there plenty of times I thought he was a pest! But, to be honest, I don’t remember (that memory thing again) much about those younger days. I do remember some things but what I remember the most is after we were both older. I remember thinking how we were alike in so many ways. Not exactly sure why, but I do remember having that thought.

Rex may be younger than me (only by a couple years or so), but he sure has made a difference in my life. First of all, he kept me from being the baby of the family, so there’s that – LOL We all know how the ‘babies’ of the family get picked on so much! In my eyes, Rex has always been one to go after what he wants, whether anyone else agrees with him or not. I’m not sure if he was always like that, but if not, I know he developed it at a very young age. I’m talking first day of first grade young age (Y’all can ask him about that story). I didn’t realize it then, but sitting here thinking back on it, I would say he taught me about bravery, even way back then.

In our adult years, he has become a true friend to me, as have my other siblings. I would say I guess that’s something that just happens as brothers and sisters get older, but I know that isn’t always true. That, however, is a story for another day. As adults, Rex has continued to teach me about bravery, without even realizing it. I watched him go through many things beginning in his young adult life on and, again, he was a model of bravery to me. He works hard and loves his family even harder. I’ve seen him face challenges head on and never buckle under. Oh, I’m sure he’s had his days when he didn’t feel it or think it, but he pressed on anyway and made it through. There have been many instances when I don’t know what I would have done, if it hadn’t been for my “baby” brother. He has seen me through a lot of tough times.

Not only has he taught me about bravery and loving fiercely, he is a great example of being firm, yet caring. In his career, those things really do need to go hand in hand and, I’m proud to say, they do in him.

Thank you for being such a great example to me, baby brother, of bravery, kindness and caring. You may not know or realize it, but you set the same example to many others every day and I am honored to call you my brother!

P.S. You know I have to give a shout out to your oldest here – especially since she’s been pretty much attached to you at the hip since she was born! She will always be a big Daddy’s girl, but I can understand that – you are a great Daddy! So, blessings to you, Leah, on your special day today! I love you, too! And, of course I had to include a picture of you and your Daddy 😊

07-30-20 - REX & LEAH

07-29-20 - AMBERDay 29 of my birthMONTH celebration. WOW! 29 days of praying and asking God to bring to my mind the people who have influenced or made an impact on my life in one way or another. To be honest, it’s like I shared with Him in our quiet time this morning, I truly did not realize there were so many! As He is bringing people and instances to my mind this month, I am realizing there are more than 31 – what a blessing! If you had asked me last month how many people had made a difference in my life, I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell you. Oh, I could have thought of a couple right off – just like I did when He gave me the idea to do this to celebrate my birthMONTH, but I couldn’t have listed 31 or more for sure!

I think that’s because when we are asked about people who have made a difference or had an impact on our life, we tend to think in ‘big’ ways. But God has shown me this month, just how people have made an impact on my life in many different little ways – or what we call ‘little’, that is. Truth is, sometimes the little things are more important and have an even greater impact than the things we call big!

Take today’s person, for instance, that I want to share about. This person has made a difference in my life in what some would call such a small way, yet this person is the one who helped me have courage and boldness to reach out when God moved us to a community, two years ago, where we knew absolutely no one! (Well, okay, my husband knew some people here, but they all live/lived behind the prison walls! LOL He is an Assistant Chaplain in the prison, for those who don’t know 😊)

Anywho – back to the person I want to share about. I met this person through Facebook. To be honest, I don’t even really know how I first came to know about her, even on Facebook. I’m thinking it must have been because of the wonderful bakery she has here. I think, maybe, I heard about the bakery and was checking it out on Facebook – anyway, for those who live here, I’m sure you know by now that I’m talking about Amber!

Other than speaking to her at the bakery and through Facebook, I’ve not really been around her or spent time with her; but, Amber is the first person from this town who made me feel welcome before I even actually arrived. As I said earlier, I somehow found her on Facebook and talked to her through messenger before we actually moved here. She absolutely made me feel like I was a long-lost friend or something and told me to be sure to come see her at the bakery and introduce myself (and hubby) when we got here. She showed me kindness and acceptance with absolutely no judgment of any kind.

Over the two years and four months since we’ve been here, I’ve seen her go through a lot of changes in her own life – personal and business – and I’ve seen her keep the same attitude, no matter what. She is a person that loves life and loves people and wants to see her community – our community – get back to the way it was in its ‘glory days’, as people around here call them. She wants to see improvement and growth and to see people flourish!

She has shown me, through her actions, what it means to have a heart for your community and the people in it. Through her actions, she is a constant reminder to me of how I need to treat others – with respect, love, care and concern, whether I agree with everything they say/do or not.

Amber is a special lady who, I believe, is destined for bigger and greater things in God’s timing and she will always have a special place in my heart as my first Union Springs friend – the one who welcomed me before she ever even knew me – and that was HUGE in my life! She gave me courage to reach out when I arrived in a new place and made it seem not so hard to start a new life in a new place with new friends. Thank you, Amber, I will be forever grateful God allowed our paths to cross and that I get to call you friend 😊

P.S. Had to ‘borrow’ one of your pics from Facebook – hope you don’t mind 😊

P.P.S. For anyone who might be interested, sadly for us, she has her ‘little’ bakery up for sale because she is feeling a call to new and different things, so if you’ve ever wanted to do anything like that, check it out here – this could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for 😉

07-28-20 - ADRIANEDay 28 of my birthMONTH celebration. It’s hard to believe I’ve known this lady for ten years already (or is it 9? I don’t really remember) and, then again, it seems I’ve known her my entire life. She came into my life at just the right time – isn’t it amazing how God does things like that for us? I actually met her through my daughter, who met her first. You see, when my daughter moved to Auburn to complete her college degree, my Father knew she was going to need a very special person to look out for her and keep an eye on her. So, He sent Adriane to be a ‘second Mom’ to my baby girl and I’m sure He did it just for me 😉

Adriane made a huge difference in my life all those years ago and she has come to be such a dear, sweet friend that I don’t know what I’d do without her. How did she make such a huge difference in my life? Let me just share a little bit with you….

My baby girl had moved three hours away from me and, it didn’t matter that she was in her twenties – she was (and is) still my baby girl and I wanted to be sure she was taken care of properly! LOL Not long after Jessica moved to Auburn, the Lord introduced her to Adriane. Adriane invited Jessica to visit their church, so she did and she and Adriane became good friends.

This made my Mama heart so happy because Adriane has two children of her own (including a daughter named Jessica) and I knew she would watch out for my baby girl for me. Adriane became like a second Mom to my Jessica and they attended the same church for quite a while.

Adriane made a huge difference in my life because I knew she was watching out for my baby girl and that means a lot to a Mama! As the years went by, however, Adriane made a difference in my life in other ways, too. She is a great friend who is always willing to listen, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve talked. She is sincere and she loves our Father the same way I do! Adriane has helped me grow in my own faith in many different ways. She also made a huge difference in my life because of the difference she made in my baby girl’s life! The way she watched out for her and was always there for her when I couldn’t be – I will never, ever forget that!

Time marches on, things change, we all get busy with our own lives and we don’t always have time to spend with the friends we love. I am really glad we made it a point to have a “girls day” a couple of years ago, when my Jessica was expecting her baby girl. That was a fun day!

Now, we may go for weeks or months without really seeing or talking to each other (except through Facebook), but I know, if I need Adriane for anything, all I have to do is call, text or message her and she’s there!

There is so much more I could share – LOTS more – but, I’m trying to keep these to just one page, so I guess I’ll have to save those stories for another day and time! Adriane has given me something that can’t be bought in a store anywhere – she has loved (and still loves) my baby girl as her own and that, my friends, is something you don’t find every day. It is a treasure that will be stored in my heart forever! Oh! Did I mention she is also one that God used to ‘nudge’ me to let Him give me the devotions for the year 2019? Yeah – she did that! Also, just look at her beautiful family…..

07-28-20 - ADRIANE AND FAMILY

FEARLESS

Posted on: July 27, 2020

07-27-20 - GRAMMY AND MYA - NEWBORNDay 27 of my birthMONTH celebration. I wanted to share about this person on the 13th of this month, but I needed to wait until I had shared about someone else first, so I decided to wait until today.

I haven’t known this person very long, but oh the difference she has made in my life! She has made me realize a love I never knew about before. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I’d heard a little bit about it, but I never experienced it for myself until I met her. Now I understand why no one ever really described it to me before – it’s really beyond description. I don’t think there are any words in the English language (or any other language) that could truly describe it. It’s something you have to experience to truly understand, I guess.

My baby girl’s baby girl – my granddaughter, Mya! Jessica had said for years she didn’t want to have any children. She had her reasons, I suppose, but then she met Anthony and they married. And the rest, as they say, is history – LOL

Anthony and Jessica welcomed Mya into their lives on August 13, 2018 and I am so glad Frank and I were able to be there for her arrival! (Frank actually got to be in the delivery room with them! He was one proud Paw Paw) That little girl had our hearts from the minute she made her entrance into this world – well, probably even before that, but definitely after! To see my daughter with her own little girl, well – as I said, it’s a feeling that just can’t be described – not by me, anyway. This tiny, little girl being held in her mother’s arms taught me about a new, different, exciting kind of love!

Watching her grow has taught me to remember to slow down and enjoy the things I have begun to take for granted and to remember to marvel at all the things around me that I just really didn’t see anymore. Oh, I knew they were there, I had just gotten to where I didn’t really notice them. Things like flowers, bushes and trees and butterflies (um, okay – maybe not butterflies cause that’s a whole other story) but you see what I mean. The things that bring wonderment and surprise to a child’s eyes that have become too familiar to adults for them to take notice.

07-27-20 - MYA - APRIL OF 2020

Mya has taught me to slow down, take a deep breath and appreciate God’s wonderful creation – all of it – right down to the tiny, crawling bug on the sidewalk or driveway. She has taught me to enjoy and appreciate life more. She is so full of energy and questions, even at her young age! She is eager to learn already and her Mom is doing such a terrific job of teaching her. Oh, that we adults could have some of the energy toddlers have! You know, I believe we could if we sincerely asked God for it! (Just a thought that popped in my head as I was typing this)

I’m sure there are many other things Mya has taught me in her short life that I’m not remembering right at this moment, but that’s okay. I am definitely very thankful for video calling! Even though they only live an hour away, it is still hard to make it to see them in person as often as we’d like, due to work and other obligations. So, video calling is the next best thing since we can at least “see” each other!

Oh! Another thing Mya is teaching me about – more like reminding me about – is to be fearless! That girl doesn’t seem to be afraid of much of anything! She loves to jump and climb and run and many other things. She is a great reminder to me that God calls me to be fearless in Him! He did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind! (II Timothy 1:7) Yep, I think this little girl is going to continue to have a huge impact on my life and, you never know, she just may be what I need to help me become fearless 😊

PAW PAW, GRANNY, JESSICA - 01-25-86Day 26 of my birthMONTH celebration. I’ve been waiting for this day to celebrate the one person who definitely changed my life forever. I knew this person for quite a while before I actually met her, but I knew her in a different way than anyone else I’d never met.

This person wasn’t a friend on Facebook – in fact, Facebook wasn’t even a ‘thing’ when I met this person. Actually, I would venture to say there really weren’t many, if any, home computers at the time I met this person. Can y’all even remember a time when there were no personal computers, laptops, tablets or even cell phones??? How in the world did I manage to come to know someone, without actually meeting them face-to-face, in a time when there was no internet? I would love to tell you how.

I was able to get to know this person and love her before I ever even saw her sweet, beautiful face because this particular person began her life by growing right under my heart! This person is my amazing daughter, Jessica!

I chose today to share about her because it is the 26th – her “half plus one” birthday. I met her face-to-face on December 26, 1985, which was a Thursday. According to the old rhyme, Thursday’s child has far to go. This usually means that you will achieve a lot; go on a long journey either physically or in your spiritual or career development. I would say that is pretty accurate for Jessica. She has definitely come a long way in many areas of her life!

But, the purpose of this writing is to share how she made an impact on my life – in fact, how she continues, to this day, to have an impact on my life. Jessica is the one that made me a Mother, a Mom, a Mama and a Mommy. I can not even begin to describe the feeling I had when she was born. I couldn’t believe she was really mine (well, and her Dad’s, but you know what I mean). As happy and excited as I was, I was also scared to death! I’m responsible for another human being now! Oh my! Well, somehow, I managed and I guess I must not have messed up too bad because she is still alive and well today – LOL

Jessica taught me a lot about patience, love, encouragement, endurance, selflessness and many other things about life in general. Today, she is 415 months old (34 years, 7 months for those who don’t want to do the math) and she still has a great impact on my life! She still teaches me so many things that it would be hard to list them all here. She has given me many things as well – joy, love, fulfillment, lots of hugs and kisses over the years – in fact, if we are saying goodbye in person, she still gives me a hug and two kisses (one on each cheek and rubs them in) and says ‘I love you’ before leaving. She has done this since she was old enough to barely talk – I really don’t remember when she first started doing it because she was so very young!

A few years ago, Jessica brought another person into my life when she married Anthony. I love him because he treats my baby well. He loves her even on the days when it’s hard, just like I always did. Yes, Jessica will admit to anyone that she can be pretty hard to love some days – LOL – but she has come a long way – she IS a Thursday’s child, remember?

Then, almost two years ago, they both gave me (and Frank) the most wonderful gift ever – a beautiful granddaughter! We love her so much there are no words to describe it!

Jessica, thank you for the many things you have taught me through the years and continue to teach me. I love watching you be a Mommy to your very own daughter – it thrills my heart in a new and special way. You are so kind, loving and gentle with her. I know, sometimes, you think you aren’t and you don’t see yourself as a “good mother”, but I think we all have those days. Just know that you are doing a great job not only loving your daughter, but also in all the things you are teaching her – including how special she is to Jesus and how He loves her! You ARE a Thursday’s Child and I do believe God still has a journey to take you on – especially the journey of being a great Mom – but He has even more for you, when you’re ready 😊 I love you!

Oh – about the picture – I didn’t have one of me and Jessica readily available on my computer, but I found this one and I love it because it is my Dad and Mom with Jessica – hope y’all enjoy 🙂

07-21-20 - AUNT SUEDay 21 of my birthMONTH celebration finds me remembering someone who was very special to me when I was young. This lady was like a second mother to me for a few, short years. We didn’t live very close to her, so I didn’t get to see her very often, but what an impact she made in the little time I did get to spend with her.

My Aunt Sue was married to my Daddy’s brother, Uncle Vernon. Aunt Sue was a super-sweet and loving lady. I loved it when we would go visit them. I liked seeing my cousin, Genia. She was the only girl of Uncle Vernon and Aunt Sue’s children; the others were boys. Aunt Sue was a very gentle, soft-spoken woman, but she knew how to get a point across and people listened to her.

I don’t really remember a lot of specific times spent with Aunt Sue, probably because I was so young. Other than what I shared above, the one thing I remember about Aunt Sue was finding out that she had something called Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now there may have been other things, I don’t remember (or possibly I never knew about), but I do remember the fingers on her hands beginning to draw up. I don’t even remember if I was in my teen years (but I think I was in my early teens, say 13 or 14) when Aunt Sue taught me about something that I had never been taught about before. I really didn’t like learning this particular lesson, but it’s one we all have to learn at some point in our lives, I guess. Aunt Sue taught me about death ☹ She was the first person I ever loved that I remember dying. Hers was the first funeral I ever remember attending. I couldn’t tell you today anything about that funeral except that I was extremely sad and not just for me – I was so sad for Genia! I’m sure I was sad for her brothers and Uncle Vernon, too, but I only remember being sad for Genia. Aunt Sue was such a wonderful lady, Aunt and Mom! She definitely left a legacy of love for her family, but her death really took a toll on my uncle and cousins. One thing I remember about Aunt Sue’s funeral was a song that was sung – it was her favorite song and, for a long time after her funeral, I hated that song. I hated it because it reminded me of my aunt that had left us, in my young mind, way too early! I hated it because it reminded me that my cousin, Genia, didn’t have her Mom anymore.

Somehow, as the years went by and I got older, I guess I came to realize it wasn’t the song I hated all that time – it was the fact it reminded me I could no longer see Aunt Sue and that made me sad. Y’all know the “titles” I’ve been giving to these posts? I never know what the title is going to be until I start writing and, sometimes, I’m completely done before I go back through and figure out what title would suit that post. Today’s post had the title before I even started writing. Aunt Sue’s favorite song and the one it took me years to be able to love and sing again is the title of this post, “Precious Memories”. You see, I DO have precious memories of Aunt Sue. If you’ve never heard the song, here’s Alan Jackson singing it and here are the words to it:

07-21-20 - PRECIOUS MEMORIES

SIDE NOTE: We didn’t visit Uncle Vernon much (that I remember) after Aunt Sue moved to Heaven and I pretty much lost all contact with Genia.

BONUS: Thanks to Facebook, I was able to reconnect with Genia a few years ago and it has been wonderful – I believe she has her Mother’s heart because I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t receive a beautiful Facebook message from her in the morning AND in the evening! She is definitely a sweetheart, just like her Mom was, and I am so thankful to have her back in my life – even if it is just on Facebook!

07-20-20 - WATSON AND JOSIEDay 20 of my birthMONTH celebration sort of goes hand-in-hand with yesterday’s. Today I celebrate my big brother, Watson! What an impact he has had on my life! Watson is the one who ‘seems’ to be so serious. I remember when we were growing up, it was a big deal if any of us could get Watson to crack a smile and, if we got him to actually LAUGH???? WHOA!!! THAT was almost cause for a celebration right there. However, truth of the matter is, while Watson is a pretty serious guy (like Daddy was), he also has a very dry sense of humor.

In case you don’t understand what I mean by a ‘dry sense of humor’, here’s a description: If someone has a dry sense of humor it means that their jokes aren’t obviously funny. Their jokes can be clever but not something that would make you laugh easily and the jokes are told with no emotion. I’m not sure where he got his dry sense of humor from, but it sure can make life interesting. To this day, it still seems like it’s a big deal when anyone gets Watson to crack a smile or laugh out loud. He doesn’t get on social media much, but I’m fairly certain he doesn’t even use LOL much when he does hop on for a minute or two!

Because Watson has always seemed so serious and was/is so much like Daddy, it’s hard for me to really know how to talk to him, but one thing I know and have always known, if I ever need him for anything, he is there! Watson has always been like a rock to me – not the kind of Rock my Savior, Jesus, is, but a rock here on this earth. Maybe I’m not saying it correctly, but I hope y’all understand what I’m talking about. I didn’t realize it when I was younger, but as I grew older, I began to understand more about how much he cares for me – for all of his siblings and family, in general.

Watson has taught me to understand that just because one person doesn’t show their emotions as much as others might, doesn’t mean they don’t care. It just means they care on a different level. He has shown me, over the years, that he not only cares for me, but that he most likely cares on a deeper level than I can truly understand.

So, as you can see, Watson is the type of person that very rarely shows his emotions to very many people and that is why his Facebook post, this past Saturday, the one I shared with y’all yesterday, had me in tears! Because, even though I know how important family is to him and I know how much he cares for each of us, it’s easy to ‘forget’ sometimes, since it isn’t always on ‘display’ for all to see. Watson is one of those ‘quiet, caring’ people – you know – the strong, silent type 😉

By now you may be wondering how this is goes hand-in-hand with yesterday’s post, so let me fill you in on that part. Yesterday morning in my quiet time with Father, I was thanking Him for leading Watson to Daddy’s old tool box after FORTY years and that’s when it hit me – forty is a significant number in the Bible. So, Father led me on a search. I found that forty is a significant number for many different reasons – It designates important time periods, it is a period of testing, trial or probation, it also represents the generation of man and, did you know, forty different people wrote the Bible??? In a summary of one article I read, the author stated, “Of all the types and shadows of the Old Testament, none is as pervasive and important as the shadows revealed in the relationship between forty and the fulfillment of promises”.

Now, what does it mean that He led Watson to that toolbox after 40 years? I have no idea – He hasn’t shown me anything about that. But I like the thought that came to my mind this morning and maybe it was from the Holy Spirit – I don’t know – but I thought maybe, just maybe, in this case, it is a reward after Watson’s growth through all his trials and tests of the past 40 years – a gift, a promise (that Watson wasn’t even aware of) fulfilled because of his faithfulness.

Like I said, I honestly don’t know, but I do know it was not a ‘coincidence’ that Watson mentioned it had been about forty years. Oh – another thought that came to my mind: I’m fairly certain it won’t be long before Watson has that toolbox all cleaned up and shining, almost like new and that made me think of how he is like Jesus in that respect. Watson loves to take old things (that have been discarded by others as being useless), restore them to looking almost new again and useful for many more years to come. Isn’t that just what Jesus loves to do for us?

I love you, brother, and I’m proud of all you have accomplished in your life! If you see something you want to build, you figure out how; if you hear an instrument you want to play, you figure it out – I doubt there is anything you couldn’t do or learn, if you set your mind to doing or learning it. You definitely do our family – and our earthly father, as well as our Heavenly Father – proud!

In case you’re wondering about the picture I chose for this blog – that is one of my favorite pictures of Watson. It is him and Josie. She was a wonderful dog and he loved her like he loves all of us and his other animals – with his whole heart. Josie crossed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago, but this will always be one of my favorite pics 😊

 I don’t know if Watson will ever read this or not and, chances are, even if he does, he likely won’t comment on it – but maybe, just maybe, it will at least make one corner of his mouth curl up a bit like it does when he’s trying hard not to smile, but he just can’t help it.

07-19-20 - A PICTURE OF LOVEDay 18 of my birthMONTH celebration was very busy going here and there and I never got anything written.

Day 19 now finds us FINALLY on our way home and I have time to write. So, maybe I’ll celebrate two people today – who knows?

I’ve been pondering sharing about this one for quite some time. I wasn’t sure what to share or how to go about it and then, unknowingly, my big brother helped me with it. In fact, he is going to be sharing at the end – by way of me copying and pasting his Facebook post here for y’all to see.

Today I am celebrating the impact my Dad had on my life. I don’t know that I was ever a “Daddy’s girl”, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love my Daddy because I did. Now, I will admit that for most of my young life, I had respect and fear mixed up, but not fear because my Dad was ever abusive – I assure you he was not! We grew up in the days where spanking your children was not frowned upon, as it seems to be these days. My Dad never ‘beat’ us, but he sure knew how to get our attention or get us back on the ‘straight and narrow’, if we decided we didn’t have to listen to or obey rules.

My Daddy loved his family and he always worked hard to take care of us. We never doubted that he loved us. Sometimes, when we were younger, we may have wished he didn’t love us quite so much so we could get away with being ‘bad’ sometimes. But, as we grew older, we understood better and we were glad that he and Mom both taught us right from wrong and how we should treat each other – with love.

My Dad not only taught me to work hard but to love hard and love well and treat everyone with respect – especially those older than myself. It was just what you did in those days.

Now I am going to share my brother’s Facebook post from yesterday. When I read it, I was sitting in a restaurant with my husband and father-in-love and I just started crying – like REALLY crying. His post is just one example of how much Daddy meant to all of us and I think y’all will enjoy this story. So, here is what Watson posted yesterday:

It’s just an old, rusty tool box. That’s what I thought when I saw it in the corner of the workshop. I did notice that it was a Snap-on and, for those who know tools, that name is as good as it gets. The workshop was part of a local business where I have been doing some part-time work lately. Later, I was talking to the owner and he was complaining that the tools he got with that toolbox were all gone. Then he said, “You know I got that box and the tools from your Dad when he closed his shop.” No, I did not know.

My Dad was a mechanic all his life and I often went to work with him as a child. He made his living out of that toolbox and taught me how to use the tools and figure out how to fix things.
My Dad closed his shop about 40 years ago and I had often wondered what happened to his tools. I was in my twenties back then and didn’t pay attention to what he did with the assets of the business.

I went back into that workshop to look closer at the toolbox and I then recognized it as my Father’s. The little sticker on the front saying don’t ask to borrow my tools sealed the deal.
I knew that toolbox had to come back to my shop and I told the owner that I had to have it.
So, we made a deal and, today, my Dad’s toolbox is back home. Yeah, it’s not just an old, rusty toolbox.

Now, I have more I want to share about that post of my brother’s, but I will save that for tomorrow’s post. Y’all will just have to tune in tomorrow for ‘the rest of the story’, as Paul Harvey used to say 😊

07-16-20 - JESSIE B - HEARTDay 16 of my birthMONTH celebration.  Day 16 is the day I didn’t get to share because my computer went ‘wonky’ yesterday morning. So, I will share yesterday’s and later this morning I will share Day 17.

Day 16 is the day I was thinking of someone who was very special to me for many years – well, she is still very special to me, she just isn’t on this earth with us anymore 😊 This lady was/is very special to many, many people that I know and, most likely, a lot that I don’t know because that’s the kind of woman she was. The love of Christ just ‘oozed’ out of her and she loved to love on people. And feed them – she loved to feed people – LOTS of food. Lots of good, home-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth wonderful food!

Jessie B was the only Grandmother I ever knew and she loved me as if I were her own. I don’t remember anything about when she was married to my Mom’s father because I’m pretty sure I was just a baby then; but, I remember going to see her in later years. She is the one that was like a Mom to my mother, I believe. She was a very special lady who loved the Lord and loved to love on everyone!

Now, just because I say she loved to love on everyone, don’t get me wrong – if you messed up and/or got out of line, she’d be the first to let you know it and she’d let you know what you needed to do to correct it. But, she still loved you and you knew she loved you and you knew that was why she cared enough to let you know when you messed up!

Jessie B loved to cook, too. Mostly, she loved to feed people – LOL I can remember nearly every time we went to her house, when we would arrive, there would be so much food on the table and, more times than not, more food still cooking on the stove or in the oven. It was always much more than enough for us and yet, she would be steady telling us – now, if there’s something you want that I don’t have, just let me know and I’ll fix it for you. She definitely had a gift for taking care of others.

One thing I remember about Jessie B was that nearly every time we’d visit her – and it may have been every time, I don’t really know – I just remember that, at least more times than not, she would give us kids money. Usually a quarter (which was a lot back then!) and I think I remember her giving us a whole dollar now and then, too. But that’s not why we loved Jessie B so much. We all loved Jessie B simply because SHE loved us! Also, because of her, we had more cousins 😊

Jessie B was an example to me of how to love on others, yet let them know when they step out of line and correct them in love. I may not have learned that lesson well from her, as I tend to not follow that example a lot of times, but it’s something I strive for in my walk with the Lord. It is way too easy to do things the ‘wrong’ way and I’m very thankful I have her example of the ‘right’ way to fall back on.

Oh – and those ‘bonus’ cousins, I mentioned? So happy to be reconnected, through Facebook, with most of them and even some of their children. Jessie B certainly left a wonderful legacy in her grandchildren and great grandchildren – a legacy of love. Jessie B is one I am certainly excited about seeing again in Heaven one day 😊

Jessie B is the one I attempted to draw a heart around in the picture. This is a picture of her, her daughter (Francis, who is also living in Heaven now) and her granddaughters: Donna, Sherry, Martha and Barbara.


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