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Thirteen

Today I have been married to the man of my dreams for thirteen years.  This is what he wrote on Facebook today:

Thirteen years ago today, I started on an amazing adventure, with the best partner that I could ever imagine. Together we have laughed often, cried rarely, and loved constantly. These years have passed in the blink of an eye, yet I feel like I have always been here, where I was meant to be. I must say, I had a fantastic life before I ever met Jerry Ann. But that was all just a preview. Since she came into my life, it has been turned up to 11! 

And not only did I become a husband that day, but I became a dad. (Well, I say that, but in reality I feel like being a dad is something that you have to earn every day.  ) It has been an incredible joy to spend these past 13 years as part of this family, and I am humbled that they chose me.

Happy Anniversary, my Beloved Jerry Ann!

img_1844I cherish this man, and all that we have together…and there is no way I could add anymore to what he stated.

Blessings!

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Gangster

Kindness is So Gangster!I went to visit Carmen in Tallahassee this weekend. We had a great time putting together finishing touches on her apartment, shopped and had some great food.

We had brunch/lunch at Jeri’s Midtown Cafe before I headed back home on Sunday. The service was impeccable, and the food was fresh and flavorful.  Their servers wore these shirts stating kindness statements, but this one really spoke to me.

Kindness is So Gangster!  Embracing this…as I have begun to love this phrase.

Happy Monday!  Go Gangster!!

Blessings.

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Days

I would love to change some things but I wouldn’t be where I am today without what brought me here.  Lots of experience, right? And lessons, and a ton of blessings.

Blessings.

Changes · family · friends · Seasons · Uncategorized

Family-Seasons

My definition of family keeps changing.  I have my husband (and his family), and our children.  But I also have friends that I have considered family for over twenty years.  Seasons change, and we have changed.  My chosen family has changed.

It isn’t personal, it is growth.  Change is hard sometimes for me.  I like variety in my work, but when it comes to structure of friends and family I tend to be very loyal.  That’s is the problem – loyalty isn’t always a good thing.  Seasons are required for growth.  Love and understanding is required for family.

How is your season of family and friends defined?

Blessings.

 

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Sunday Thoughts

Today is my Moms birthday. Thirteen years gone, and she would have been 83 today.

I miss her. Not a day goes by that I don’t want to chat with her.

I want to tell her so much.

I am certain she sees all but I just want to share with her…get her opinion-hear her thoughts. I will say I think I already know most of them as I hear them in my head.

But I hope you understand that I just miss her voice, her thoughts and everyday things.

Blessings.

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Sunday Thoughts

I have some friends that are going through times of uncertainty. I say that it will get better as it did for me but they are still unsure.

God takes us through something, I believe, to help those that go through it later. He brings you into their lives to show that His grace is enough.

Circumstances might be different, but the pain and healing are the same.

Looking back on my life, I never thought that I would be one to encourage others.

I am feeling blessed with my past (as difficult as it has been), because of who He has placed in my path. It is my choice if I assist, encourage or help. He places those that might need me to help…I feel anyway.

Blessings.

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Five

From my Passion Planner last week.  I have been praying – meditating on this all week.

When the kids were little, our concentration on friends were those with children of similar ages and interests.  As adults, those interests have changed.   My work has changed…David’s work has changed.  He has the time to be more involved with the local community theater.  We have met some incredible people along this path.  I am so very grateful for the exposure to so many cultures and groups.

I miss my Christian involvement, and have guilt about not being involved with church.  However, I feel as though I no longer belong there.  Again, it is about growth and change, and it isn’t all bad.

I like the people I/we that are surround us.  I love my besties, and miss them terribly when we can’t spend time together.  I love our friend groups, and they are most definitely a diverse group of people.

Need to remember that I should be a good person to be around, to encourage others to be better or bring them some amount of joy.  I also need to remind myself that it is okay to let some of them go, especially when they bring me down.

Thoughts?

Blessings.

 

 

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Guilt

No excuses but really…lupus and its symptoms hurt more than my body. There is so much that I want to do but physically sometimes just can’t.

I get into this terrible cycle of not calling because I don’t want to bother people…and then think it was just last week that I spoke with them.  Terrible because months will go by that I haven’t spoken with them.

What do you feel guilt over?  What do you do to overcome it?

I need to remember that those that love me understand.  Some days are better than others in this belief.

Blessings.