Monday, May 16, 2011

Freedom is One Word Away

Picture from Little Angels Photography Blog

"One word frees us of all weight and pain in this life.
That word is love."
Sophocles

Monday, April 25, 2011

Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows?

Posted by: JoAlice

There is definitely a moral to this short story. Instead of posting it, I decided anyone who read it could come to their own conclusion:

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the sea, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.
Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.

Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get Up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”
The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir, I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”
Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured.

Everything was tied down.  Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This Month Has Gone By Fast

Four weeks ago today, my Dad passed away from lung cancer.  Well....lung cancer is what was put on the death certificate as cause of death, but we have since learned cancer was in other areas of his body.  He also had an enlarged heart.

I was able to be at my parents for a few weeks before my Dad passed away.  I helped in any way I could around the house and of course helped my Dad.  Any time he was asked, he said he was in no pain; just uncomfortable because of so much fluid that had replaced the muscle in his abdomen following his surgery in Sept. of last year.

January 5th, 2011, he had an irregular heartbeat and quite a bit of swelling.  The doctor had him go to the emergency room to be checked.  He was admitted to the hospital early that afternoon and came home on the 8th.  The prognosis was not good and Hospice came to the house to help a couple times a week.  Exactly 4 weeks to the day he was released from the hospital, he passed away...February 8th, 2011.  He was an absolute amazing father and husband.  My heart breaks because I miss him so much sometimes, and most other times, it breaks for my Mom.  May 4th they would have been married 61 years.  Although on the outside my Mom is doing well, I know how sad she is and how much she misses him.  His funeral was beautiful and there were so many people there to show their love and respect for him and our family.  I know he is watching over each of us because he is that kind of Dad.  I am so thankful he didn't suffer and that he was asleep when he died.  The experience, although I hope never to go through it again, was amazing in the way that so many family members were there at the time.  The feeling of love and tenderness was overwhelming.  I belong to such a wonderful family and I am grateful each day they are in my life.

Dreams

Posted by Brenda

"If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." – Flavia Weedn

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Family is Still My Priority

I was looking through the posts on this blog and saw the last post I left in November about "What is Your Priority?"  I mentioned if the opportunity ever came up again I would go to AZ and help out in a heartbeat.  January 7th I was given that opportunity and I took it without question.  My Dad was diagnosed with cancer once more and I went to help my parents.  No one could have been blessed more than myself for the service and help and I gave to them....especially my Dad.  He passed away peacefully on Feb. 8th, exactly one month after leaving the hospital.  The bond that grew over the 7 weeks I was there is amazing.  I cannot put into words the feeling of love that I have.  It seems strange that 2 weeks ago today (within minutes from now), he took his last breath.  I am so thankful the hospice nurse was there when it happened.  My Mom was amazing and continues to be just that!  She was laying down by my dad for over an hour before he passed away, holding his hand and softly crying....telling him she loved him.  She continued laying by him holding his hand until the nurse took his hand out of hers and put my dad's arm by his side.  My mom still continued to lay by him until a few minutes before the mortuary came to take his body which was about 4 1/2 hours after he died.  We waited for my brother to get to the house before having the body moved.  The love of family and friends gathered in the bedroom was amazing.  Helping  dress my dad at the mortuary was amazing!  The funeral was wonderful and was such an honorable tribute to my dad.  Dad, I love you and will always be grateful for everything you ever taught me in life.  You are a true hero to those who knew you!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Proverbs

Posted by Brenda

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not lean on your own understanding.
(If he said, "do it", don't try to figure it out, just "do it")

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hebrews

Posted by Brenda

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Love

Posted by Brenda

God already knows your deepest, darkest secret, and LOVES YOU nonetheless.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Journey On

I saw this video today and had to share it here.  Country music star Ty Herndon has teamed up with Kevin Turner, former full-back for the Patriots and Eagles in the NFL.  In May Kevin was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig's disease).  I love the message in this song.  I needed a tissue after the opening message.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Courage

Posted by Brenda

‎"Happiness is a form of courage." - Holbrook Jackson