November 27, 2011

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
By: Mother Theresa 
 "I don't associate with people who blame the world for their problems. You are your problem. You are also your solution." Megan (from Bridesmaids)

November 25, 2011

I'm so Thankful for my Family

 Above is my cousin Drill Sergeant-Scott West and myself.
Below is my sweet, sweet daddy, Gene and my oldest daughter Heaven.
 This is my handsome husband Tony.
 Mimi and her sweet grandson Treyton.
 My middle daughter V Sky and oldest Heaven Leigh.
 Again my cousin Scott with my loving brother Bo.
 Cousin Jane, sister Toni and Aunt Sue.
 2nd cuz Devin, Heaven, 2nd cuz Taylor, and 2nd cuz Dylan
 Me, cousin-Joanna, cousin Jane
 My very best friend Melanie and I
 I don't know what I'd do without her. She is my soul sister.
 Me ad my baby bro. How I love him.
 We are so silly
 Heaven and Bo
 Dylan and Heaven goofing off.
 Heaven and Devin
These pictures were all taken right before Thanksgiving and after my grandfather's funeral. I wish I had gotten lots more because so many of my family are missing here. I am so thankful for each and everyone.

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Life just rolls along. It doesn't matter if you are ready for it or not, come what may, you simply cannot slow down time. I'm rolling with it for a change, instead of laying back as it passes me by. I've set goals and I'm working hard.

Change is hard. It's not only hard on the one changing but on those who are affected by the one is who is changing.

Such is life.

I am so very thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful for His mercy and grace. My, oh my, how He blesses me each and every single day.

My papa passed away this week. It's been so hard letting go. When nannie passed, a year and a half ago, it was harder seeing papa mourn his wife of 65 years. When papa went, it helped to think of him meeting her on the other side. Yet, at the same time, there is such a thickness, this solidity in me, this deep knowing and understanding that this was the passing of a wonderful generation. How I wish that I could hear my papa tell me his stories again. If only I could have preserved their knowledge.

My girls are growing up. My Heaven was 21 this year and my grandson turned one. Sky turns 16 and Meadow turned 10. I hit 40. Such big years for all of us.

1-wow a year already?

10-double digits-the tween years begin!

16-ah sweet sixteen

21-wow I'm really an adult

and 40

40 has seemed so sad. Knowing that I'm halfway through this journey. And that is just a guesstimate.

My prayer if that I enjoy every moment, embrace every day, appreciate every tiny thing. That I open my eyes and not miss a thing. I pray for strength, for true grit, to fight for all that is right, to climb any mountain no matter how big or how tall, and to love with all my mite. Father, lead me, teach me, show me the way. Prepare me for battle.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

November 17, 2011