The beauty in all things
My Outlook on everyday things.|
They say that the eyes are the door to your soul. They can tell others if your happy, joyful, sad, angry, tired, even lie or tell the truth, shall I go on or do you get the picture?
|As we enter the holiday season I would like to remind others that we live in a country that knows how to give. But, do we really know what it is to give of ourselves? I have a feeling no one really does, especially the younger generations. I have a story to tell, that has touched my heart from the moment I saw what my son and his wonderful wife had taught my grand-daughters.
It is a beautiful fall day as they step out of the car and gather around the pile of wraths that are waiting to be homed for the holidays. They have done this tradition for 18+ years. Eric and his family have served the military and other families like theirs celebrate the holidays of the lost loved ones by placing a wrath on military graves. A tradition that they see as an honor to those who have served this great nation and our families. They arrive early and don't leave until the last wrath is placed. Like many others who donate their time to the placing of the wrath upon that dearly beloved ones grave. It warmed my heart tremendously that my son and daughter had taught my grand-daughters the beauty of remembering those who have fallen during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays.
Never forget the fallen and always thank a Vet for their service. If we would all remember what it is that we are supposed to do, maybe it would be an even sweeter place to be. Here's to this great holiday season. May you have a grand Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas. May all your wishes come true.
|Today, I have realized something. No matter how much you try there is always someone or something that gets in your way. Someone who wants to see you fail, see you in misery, see you hurting from pain and sorrow. He ravels in knowing that he is beating you up. So why do we continually let him invade our lives? We are weak beings. We are in need of a Savior, a White Knight. Someone who will stand up and fight with and for us. But we have to ask for that help. People don't understand that He is just asking to be spoken to, just as if you and I were talking to each other. I don't know if you need help unless you ask me for it. That means you have to call me, text me or even come see me. I would prefer a call or come see me rather than texting. But, I will be there for you, for anyone no matter who you are. I will pray for you or with you. To help you fight the Devil, he wants to see you fail, to see you hurting from pain and sorrow. God has given us each other to rise up and fight. To ask Him for his All-Mighty help to fight those who are battling to keep us down. To keep us from rising above and concurring our world. Why, do we not help each other to battle side by side to fight back. Because once again he thrives on enabling us to do so. Prayer Warrior's are a great way that we can fight him and his sergeant's. I think it's time to fight back and concur what is our's what is our God-given right. If anyone ever needs me, I am here for you no matter what time it is.
This past month, I've had a few friends who felt like they couldn't talk to someone or go anywhere. And they ended their lives. The pain and devastation that suicide leaves behind is never seen by them. They hide the pain, sorrow, loneliness, and despair from everyone. Sometimes even themselves. Please reach out to someone, look for the signs, ask questions. We stay hidden in this world we live in. We don't stop to look or listen. We go about our daily lives and before we know it a friend has died. Due to depression.
Please, just reach out to someone. They just might need to know someone is thinking of them. May God bless you and your family.
For those "SPAM LOVERS" out there. Heard it sold out in one day. Myself, I'm not sure about this one. I'll stick to Pumpkin pies if I want a little pumpkin spice in my life. Had no idea about the other flavors until I did some research on Spam. I will be giving my taste buds a flavor and try a few of the others. I also found out that it is gluten-free and a whole lot healthier than hot dogs. So, here is to SPAM for adding spice to our life's 😁
I grew up eating fried Spam. The only way I can eat it on most days. I have tried it uncooked, sliced into strips for dipping with mustard and crackers. My favorite way is fried with eggs over medium and hashbrowns wrapped into a tortilla. Now, that's breakfast. What's your favorite way? I do plan on trying the other flavors since I now know they exist. I hadn't had Spam in over 30 years and had it last year at my sister's. She got me hooked on it again. Thanks, sis, I love you to the moon and back. Well, that's it for tonight folks. Getting back to your roots might not be such a bad idea, in some cases.
|Should we revisit the past? Some people say yes, while others say that it's not a wise thing to do. Well, I think you should to some point. It's best not to ponder on things that happened in your past. While other times it's a good place to remember your successes, failures and everything in between. The lessons learned!
Good examples are when you got promoted on your own merits. Sweet reward's! Then on the flip side that very important thing that you forgot to do that cost you that promotion. Bet you won't forget that one.
How about that boyfriend or girlfriend that you trusted your heart with? Well, if you're still together and working on the relationship that's a sweet reward, too. But, if you're not it can be heartbreaking. But, and I know that it's hard to see the plus side to this, but you need to move on. God didn't have that person planned for you, He has a greater love waiting for you. Trust me! (Those famous last words.)
Now there are all those "What If's" you can't ponder on those either. You just waste valuable time and effort. Where you could be counterproductive and enjoying a very joyful life in bliss and happiness. Hey, we are all guilty of this, we are human and humans make mistakes. So don't beat yourself up over it and for Pete's sake visit your past, but DON'T stay there. It doesn't help you or anyone else.
On a high note, I want you to have a marvelous day and think of something positive. Like just how much God and I love you! It's a good start to a beautiful day.
|Today, I'd like to take a few moments to recognize someone who is very special to me. He has honored his country for 20 years, serving her with strength and courage. He and his family have been on several moves and deployments, including Germany. Today, my son retires from the United States Air Force.
I have watched him in all stages of his life. From his birth, kindergarten, grade school and high school. He even attended MSU and BU receiving his degree in (durn I should remember this, but can't at the moment.) He then attended Officer's school in Alabama, receiving his admission into flight school and from there becoming a Trainer and Pilot. He has had a number of positions and duties.
Today, when I look at you I still see that 5 years old at the airshow at Edwards AF base. Climbing up the steps to the C130, you climbed up into the pilot seat and look out the window to wave at me. The smile on your face should have told me what was in your future. That one day you would fly a C130J. But, when you were 6 you had decided to be a cardiologist until you went off to college. Far from a pilot in the Air Force, huh.
I've seen the highs and lows, and the sacrifices that you and your family have done for your country throughout the years. You bring the strength and courage to being a Warrior. The love and comfort of a husband, father, and son. I'm so proud of you and your accomplishments. Today we celebrate you and your career. Here is to your future as a Commercial Pilot. I know that you will be outstanding in it as you were in the Air Force. Thank you so much for your service and the sacrifices that you and the girls made. I know that it made all of you stronger together. I love you all so much.
| I would like to thank everyone for your thoughts, well wishes, and prayers. I am home now and after taking a nap, because if you have ever stayed overnight or long periods of time in the hospital you know you won't get any rest. It makes you wonder if you're there to get well. Why in the world do they wake you up every hour? Well, it is to make sure everything is going well. But, when a nurse came in at 4 am to ask me if I needed help with my shower, that took the cake. Come on, really I just fell asleep and you come in and wake me up out of a dead sleep to ask about a shower. What was strange she wasn't even my nurse. That being said that's why I needed a nap.
Here's the outcome of my surgery and diagnosis. The procedure was a heart cath and stent. The damage was to my left side artery that the other test results didn't find. This is the first surgery that I have ever been totally awake. It was the strangest feeling to feel my warm thick blood run down my leg as he inserted the scalpel into my skin to start inserting the heart cath. At first, I thought I had gone to the bathroom and started to get embarrassed until I realized it was my own blood running down my leg onto the table.
They had the EKG hooked up with wires going everywhere to monitor my heart rate. There were a couple of screens to my left, so I could watch it while he did it. But, when they hooked me up to everything they forgot to make sure I could see. He spoke in a melancholy tone as he described the procedure to me. It was like a soothing blanket covering me as I looked around the room and listened to them talk through step by step, I was at total ease. Yeah, hard to believe it, but I was totally into it.
After placing the stent where he wanted and stitching me up, he walked around the operating table to my left side to show me on the screen what he had done. He then realized that I hadn't been able to see what he had been doing. He gently moved the blanket down so I could see and explained that although he normally inserted stents at 75% he was placing one in my heart even though it was at a lower percentage rate. He said due to the build-up and damage to my heart it would be a matter of time before I would suffer a fatal attack and not recover from it. I laid there watching my arteries, blood vessels and my heart pumping out its own rhythmic heartbeat on one screen. While he showed me on the other screen the damage to my artery I could see what he was explaining to me. It really fascinated me, I could've stayed there all day watching MY HEART BEATING to its own sound. Wow, so amazing.
We discussed the fall that I had back in November 2017 and we both agreed that it was a blessing in disguise that leads us to the damage to my heart before something serious happened. If it wasn't for some of the health issues that I was suffering I probably wouldn't had been prompted to go see a cardiologist. God does work in mysterious ways.
My breathing is so much better and I don't have the severe pressure on my heart. As I have mentioned before that you need to listen to your body. And if the doctor doesn't listen to you find someone that will before something tragic happens to you. I have dedicated this to The Mightiest Physician of all God, my doctor John King and some of the best day nurses in Lowndes County, MS and to two of my dearest friends (Patsy and Kary) who stayed with me and chauffeured me back and forth when my family couldn't be with me on such short notice. For all the prayers that I received from family and friends from all over the globe. I love ya'll ❣️
|I love clouds, big, small, black, white fluffy cotton ball clouds. If you have a great imagination you will find all kinds of things hidden in the clouds. One of my fondest memories is when we traveled in the car, which we did a lot of. We would like to play with the clouds.
I remember one time I found a desk, you know the kind from school. There was a girl sitting at it. My mom was astounded by what I had found. I remember she pulled the car over so everyone could see it too. Everyone agreed that I won the game at the end of our trip. I have found rabbits, dogs, turtles, frogs, flowers, dragons among many other things.
You have clouds that give you shade from the sun, rain clouds and clouds that tell you the weather. Do you know the different types of clouds and how many there are? My son Eric can tell you, he's an Aviator and has taught his daughters the different types of clouds and their functions. I think that's really awesome.
If you're traveling and find yourself bored or the kids are bored, play a game of clouds. It makes the time go faster and it uses the imagination that was given to you. Happy travels everyone.
|Since my last post, something happened to me and I have been recouping from it. It has been a very nerve-racking couple of weeks. On June 10 at 7:22 am I was awakened by my landlord with a text confirming that the gas company would be out to check my house out for carbon monoxide. My smoke alarm had been going off all weekend. I got up and dressed to let him in. I figured it would be around 8 before he would arrive. I had about 5 minutes so I sat down to collect myself.
You know that feeling when you first wake up you still have cobwebs in your head. It wasn't 5 seconds after sitting down. I started gasping for air with sharp pains starting in the center of my chest. The more I tried to breathe the sharper the pain. Thinking about the carbon monoxide I headed for the front door to get fresh air. Swinging the door open with my left hand, still holding my chest trying to catch my breath, I start for the screen door. I look up as I open it and see the man walking up. He stops and notices that I'm having trouble as I bend over grabbing my chest.
"Ma'am, are you ok?" I shook my head no. The look on his face told me that he saw the panicked look on my face. He reaches for the door to help me. "Do you need me to call for help?" I shook my head yes, still holding my chest and gasping for any breathe I could get. He stepped back and pulled his phone out and dialed 911. I went to sit down. By the time the fire department arrived I was full-blown chest pains and still couldn't catch my breath. I was trying to answer his questions. Now, mind you the fire department is 1 block from my house. They were there quickly, now the ambulance and EMT's different story, 15 minutes out. I'm not going to go into great detail on the rest. I'm tired already and need to head to bed. I will give you the short version.
This has been a very hard year for my health, I'm in great need of prayer. We all know that when more than one pray in agreement God moves mountains. In the short of this last thing, here are my results once I left the ER, after 6 hours. I suffered from severe muscle spasms around the wall of my heart. It makes you feel like your having a heart attack. I have been to the cardiologist since and they will be running more test. I was going to let everyone know after the test were ran what happened and results. But, with my absence, I see that I have been missed. You guys really know how to show someone that you miss and love them. I'm sorry that I didn't let you know last week, but I have been recouping from it. The doctor did say that I was not a high risk for a heart attack or we would've had a different talk, surgery. He just wants to make sure that all my values and arteries are functioning well, with all the health risk I have with the auto-immune diseases.
So, God doesn't need me yet! He has great plans for me and besides, You are stuck with me for many years to come. I promise to keep you updated. It's just I haven't really felt like doing much anything. I am so far behind it's crazy, I miss reviewing, raids and most of all talking with YA'LL.
|There has been more rain this year than I can ever remember. We have had tornadoes which have claimed 7, here in my area, with flooding at the same time. Which the flooding has claimed many lives in Arkansas. This month it's Arkansas where my son's, their families and my niece with her family live. I want to ask for prayers for all who are in those areas of flooding, tornadoes throughout our country. I have family in several other states that are experiencing the same weather-related dangers.
I know that rain cleans the air of impurities, it waters the grass, trees, and flowers, it even purifies and replenishes us if you think about it. Along with the beauty and life that it gives us, it also gives us destruction. Although we can't understand the devastation that it brings in our lives, there is a purpose for it. It is still renewing what is needed to clean Mother Earth.
We ask that you protect our families during these storms. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
|I truly don't know where to begin on this journey. I could start at the beginning, but I think I should start here in my day to day life. Explaining what I battle with on a daily basis. I'm not here to complain, but I truly believe that other's should know about the silent battles that autoimmune patients have to deal with.
It is a daily battle, I do mean daily. Just to get out of bed after fighting all night just to get a few hour's sleep. I toss and turn so much I end up either wrapped like a burrito or no covers on me at all. Hot flashes are normal in the spring and summer, freezing in the fall and winter. Headaches and migraines have been a normal occurrence along with brain fog. I pray that I get a good night's sleep so I can have a normal day. They are few and far between. I celebrate when I do have them and cherish every moment I have without the pain running down my arms and legs. You don't see it because it's not visible to the naked eye.
If I eat something I'm allergic to I swell up like a balloon and I do mean balloon. The pain that goes with it is horrible and if you've never experienced it you have no idea. I would never wish that on my worst enemy. Some days I hurt from my hair to my toes all day long. You think I might be exaggerating about it. Well, folks, I'm not. Autoimmune diseases are silent painful diseases.
You have to watch what you eat, what you wear, what you drink, makeup, toothpaste, medications, vitamins, shampoos, conditioners, gels, even your laundry soap. Somedays I think why eat it's going to hurt. I put makeup on for a date that I had. I broke out in horrible blisters, never to hear from him again. Talk about embarrassing. Because unfortunately, you don't know what you're allergic to until you test yourself one by one. Most doctors don't even know what causes them. Because everybody is different and you need to figure out what your allergic to before you can find a diagnosis for yourself. The autoimmune diseases I have, the next person might not have, they might have a different one or even more than one.
We are individually battling our own battles within our own bodies. Some days, I have battles going on in three different parts of my body. Other days it could be just one and occasionally I have none. That's when I celebrate along with cleaning my house or anything else I need to do. I forced myself to get out of bed and to do at least something each day even if it's just to walk and open the front door and close it. Sometimes I tell myself not today but at least I'm out of bed.
I do know that I'm not the only one that is going through the silent battles there are thousands and thousands of people. The doctors don't even know what causes them. I think truly we have the answer and it is right in front of us. The mass production of our foods, drugs, and etc. The things that we put into our bodies and on our bodies. God made these bodies to function on natural resources.
So, if you know someone who is silently hurting talk to them, listen to them. Their lonely and truly feel lost, and desperately alone. There are support groups that really help each other. I'm on one that has over 10,000 members and growing every day. We help each other with moral support and things to ask your doctor about. What test that needs to run, trust me. Your doctor won't know what hit them.
I hope that I have helped anyone out there that has autoimmune diseases or knows someone that does. If you have questions I'll try and direct you as much as I can.