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Baby Girl Granddaughter Photos

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Just wanted to share a quick photo of my granddaughter from 4 weeks ago.  This was done on an ultrasound machine in Arkansas and they say baby girl was 21 weeks and 5 days old at this point. The doctors were apparently concerned about low amniotic fluid and other complications which requires my daughter to give herself shots in her stomach area every day during the pregnancy. The medical team highly recommended that further testing be done because of the high risk.

We had been praying for her prior to the ultrasound test at our church and all along for good health.  My daughter was sleeping with her prayer cloth on her from the church every night.  We believe in Acts 19: 11-12 and the use of prayer cloths or handkerchiefs in our church. “According to Acts 19:11-12 “And GOD was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick and their diseases left them and evil spirits came out of them.”  When my daughter and granddaughter were tested they say everything was perfectly normal and the medical staff could find nothing wrong.  

Praise the LORD!  All is well!  She is a perfectly healthy little girl.  Please keep baby girl and my daughter in your prayers. 

Being Happy

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“Once upon a time, there were four little girls, who had enough to eat and drink and wear, a good many comforts and pleasures, kind friends and parents…. and yet they were not contented…. these girls…. made many excellent resolutions; but they… were constantly saying, “If we only had this,” or “If we could only do that”….So they asked an old woman what spell they could use to make them happy, and she said,, “When you feel discontented, think over your blessings, and be grateful.”

     “They decided to try her advice, and soon were surprised to see how well off they were.  One discovered that money couldn’t keep shame and sorrow out of rich people’s houses, another that she was a great deal happier with her youth. health, and good spirits than a certain fretful, feeble old lady, who couldn’t enjoy her comforts; a third that, disagreeable as it was to help get dinner, it was harder still to have to go begging for it; and the fourth, that even carnelian rings were not so valuable as good behavior.  So they agreed to stop complaining to enjoy the blessings already possessed.”

Written in the Book – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

True happiness is indeed something that comes from within and does not relate to what we have or don’t have.  It relates to what we make of the day and the time we are given.  I have found in my own life that I am happier when I choose to make the lives of others happier. Everything we have on this earth is a gift from GOD.  The very breath we breathe is a gift.  

This past weekend I was able to see my little grand baby on an ultra sound monitor at only 16 weeks old.  The little baby is 4 1/2 inches long now and weighs in at a whopping 5 ounces.  Yet, as small as our baby is – I saw tiny legs, arms, fingers, and toes moving around and legs kicking like a wild one already. Yes GOD breathes the very breath of life into each of us and what a precious gift a new life is.  I am thankful, and happy I have lived long enough after my widow maker heart attack to be able to see my little grand baby before even coming out of the womb.  

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When I was youngster growing up on the south side of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma we didn’t have much in the way of material things.  My brother and I got school clothes once a year which consisted of 2 pairs of jeans, 2 shirts and 4 or 5 pairs of socks.  That was supposed to last us the whole year.  If we got holes in our jeans, Dad ironed on a patch or two to get us through until the next year.  There were many days we went without lunch and breakfast simply because we didn’t have enough money to make it to the end of the week.  I can remember being so hungry sometimes that I even thought about eating the crab grass in our front yard. Dad had an old Chevy that he paid $50 for that hardly ever ran.  Not having much though didn’t seem to bother us. We were content with playing baseball, hide and seek, freeze tag, and enjoying time with our friends.  Even if our stomachs were growling at us begging for food as we sat our desks in school, we were still happy for what we did have. 

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Sometimes when we start feeling down about ourselves, about what we don’t have, or how our life is going, it is best to start thinking about what we do have and in how many ways we have been blessed.  It might be time to look for ways we can be a blessing to others who cross our path.  That’s the path where true happiness can be found. It won’t be found covered up with things, but is waiting for you to find it where it’s been all along.  

Grandpa Thanksgiving

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My wife Denise and I just found out we are going to be grandparents this summer. This has been the best Thanksgiving gift we could have ever received.  GOD is great and we can’t wait to see the new little blessing that is on the way.

This is our first one on both sides of the family so I am sure the little one will get an avalanche of spoiling. I am not quite sure I can wait until summertime though! There are so many things running through my mind about what I want to tell, teach, and do with our new grand baby.

Whether it’s a girl, or whether it’s a boy it makes no difference to me.  We are supposed to have some sort of a reveal party where that information, I guess is revealed? Something about blue or pink balloons popping out of a box. I know GOD has great things planned for this little one!

Someone asked me what I want to be called?  I don’t know, but I have a few months to think about that one.  I suppose I’ll be called whatever the grand baby ends up calling me.  They say the grand babies end up calling the grand parents whatever the first one starts calling them. That’s what happened with our daughter too.  Whatever happens, is fine with me.

We are looking forward to this new adventure in our lives.  I am sure it will be a great ride!

Annoying

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Have you ever had anything that you are annoyed with or that just plain bothers you sometimes?  Some things bother me more than others, but then again there are some things that really bother me to an extreme. I started thinking about it the other day and decided that I had a pretty long list of bothersome things.

  • Why is it that parents can’t seem to put socks on little babies when they sit around with coats and hats on? Maybe they just don’t think about it.  I bet they would though if they walked around without any footwear on in the middle of winter!

  • People walking around while looking down on their cell phones and almost run in to you.  There should be a law banning texting and walking just like there are now laws in some states for texting and driving.  I am serious!

  • People who use texting on their cell phones to an extreme instead of talking on the phone when it is more appropriate.  I guess it’s easier to hide behind a few buttons.

  • Those who sneeze or cough without covering their mouth.  Really, do we all want a shower of all those germs propelled upon us?

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  • Those who don’t use turn signals when they drive and then look at you like you did something wrong when you almost slam into them.

  • People who cut in front of you with only inches to spare when they drive to get out of the way of someone wanting to pass them.  The only thing worse is someone who tailgates!  Really!

  • People who lie to you and smile like a big whisker-faced cat when doing it.

  • Those who let their children run wild in public places like restaurants and stores without saying a word to them pretending perhaps that they are not their little hoodlums who just ripped the wallpaper off the walls.

  • Loud talkers and those who blast their music with their windows rolled down sitting next to you at stop lights and stop signs with reckless abandon. Please!! You may not want any ear drums. But I prefer to keep mine!

 

  • Bug juice and bird droppings all over my car after I just washed it.  Guess I shouldn’t park so close to the trees and I’m praying for rain!

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  • Those who talk loud during a movie in a theater, in a library, or in church during the sermon.  There are just those times that should be reserved for quiet and for listening don’t you think? I suppose they should offer some duct tape with the price of ticket along with a no munch section for popcorn.

  • Cockroaches the size of mice that prowl at night in the kitchen looking for something or someone to devour.  I had some in Texas that I could have made saddles for!

  • Those who curse in public with no remorse in front of children and others.  Gutter talk should be reserved for the gutters.  Foul language contributes nothing!

  • Women – now I still can’t figure this one out.. But why do women have to go to the restroom in pairs and in groups when they are at a restaurant?  Does one hold the small mirror while the other adjusts their make-up?

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  • Why is it that some people can’t figure out how to put a roll of toilet paper on when it is time for a new one? Some people go so far as to make sure it comes out a certain way top, bottom, whatever… I don’t care what you do.. Just make sure you put a new roll on please!!

 

  • Those who talk in an elevator and don’t face the front wall where the door is.  Don’t you know there is no talking and your eyes are supposed to be forward when that door closes?

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  • Flies that never seem to die!  I must have some flies that have been around here for years.  Why is it they want to put their grimy mitts on everything I have?

  • Shopping too long!  I can’t stand to be in a store for very long periods of time or I start to get the hives. I know what I need when I go in so there is no need to linger like my wife does for hours on end.

  • People who use Facebook like a bragging book or “look who’s on top of the hill now” book.

  • Those who are constantly late wherever they go. There is a clock on most cell phones so pay attention when you have your head down…

  • Slurping loud when eating soup, or chewing with your mouth open, and people who waste food.

  • People who talk non-stop yet say nothing.  Sound like a politician doesn’t it?

    I know I have rambled on here today, but what about you? Surely there is something that annoys you or just plain old gets under your skin.  I would like to hear about it!  You will feel better if you vent it out a little.  I know I did!  So let it fly here today!!!  Oh no, did I just say that!!

Something to Smile About

Give Me a Reason to Smile

   Kittens

  Puppies

  The smell of fresh baby powder

  The smile of a newborn baby

 Mom seeing her daughter for the first time in her wedding dress

A dad seeing his son graduate from high school

A red rose in full bloom

Lush fresh-cut green grass

Dark chocolate

Forgiveness

Pure love

A baby’s first steps

Bright orange sunrises and purple sunsets

Rainbows after a rain

Letter from a friend

Breakfast in bed

A cat playing with a shoestring

Playing my favorite songs on the radio and singing along in the car

Eating a full plate of spaghetti with my favorite homemade sauce

Cherry cheese cake

Popcorn and a movie at home

Talking to old friends on the phone about our days of childhood

Going barefoot in the summertime

Jumping in the pool on the first day of summer and making a big splash with a cannonball

Someone who says thank you

Raindrops on an umbrella

Cloudy days that make me stop and think

Wise words

Grace

Goodness

Tears that heal and cleanse after it rains in life

Chocolate chip cookies

Hugs

Flying kites on a sunny and windy day

Pizza

Old cartoons

Mexican food with lots of hot peppers

A day at the beach and feeling the cold sand squish between my toes in the heat of the day with gulls flying high above

Colored water fountains at night dancing to music

The smell of hot dogs, mustard, and relish at a baseball game

Hearing the announcer at a pro baseball game say “Let’s Play Ball”

Birds singing in the morning to each other

Closing my eyes and feeling the gentle warm breeze brush against my face as I hear the leaves of the trees rubbing against each other nearby

Seeing the pinpoints of bright light against GOD’s black blanket on a clear night

Blowing soap bubbles with an entire bottle of liquid soap to see how big I can make the bubbles

Spending time with my best friend

Salsa and chips

Hope of heaven and what is yet to come

A glass of cold ice tea on a hot humid day as droplets of moisture run down all along the outside of the glass

Reading a good book I love

Succeeding

Making someone else happy

Building a snowman and making angels in the snow

Listening to the waves crash along the shoreline at the beach and then wait for them to return with reinforcements

Sound of silence after someone has stated something of profound truth

Being alone if I want to be and with people if I want to be

Those moments of calm after a storm and just before

The learning that results in the storms of life

Knowing GOD is with us always and will never leave us or forsake us

Knowing the answer to a question

Relaxing after a long week

Settling In

Settling In

Settling In

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Gigantic Fish

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I had an opportunity to visit my daughter down in the southeastern part of Oklahoma yesterday. It was sure good to see her.  What a great time we had!  We were able to go to a local pond and do some fishing.  She has been married now for about two months and we are all trying to get used to the idea of her being married.

She is our only one and now lives over a hundred miles from us. When she was younger her grandmother in Michigan had a good-sized pond on some property where we used to go fishing all the time.  We would generally have a contest and make an official award at the end of the fishing season for whoever caught the biggest fish of the season. More often than not, she would be the one who was declared the winner.

We did not do too good to start the year off with as you can tell from the photo. Isn’t that a huge fish?  It took the both of us to drag it to shore!  We did catch four fish in a short amount of time, and then went off to a local restaurant for a nice lunch and some quality daddy daughter time together.  We used to get together once a week for dinner to talk about life and how things were going when she got older so it was kind of nice to get to do that again.

Things are kind of different now that she got married and I guess it will take us all a while to kind of settle in to the new way of life.  Her Italian mama is having a little rougher time than me I believe and trying to get used to her not living nearby, but I know things will get better for us all.  It just takes some getting used to.

It was a beautiful day as far as the weather and after the ducks stopped bothering us for something to eat.  The best part was just getting to be with my daughter again.  It felt different though between us in a new kind of way. I know things can never be the same way they used to be between us and I don’t really think they are supposed to be.  I think it’s all just a part of settling in for all of us!

 

Four Weeks Ago

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Some ask me how I feel right now.

To feel you must be present somehow.

I am nowhere near.

You might have been a lawyer, a doctor, or a nurse.  

Perhaps you were to be an actor, an actress, or maybe a fireman, or a teacher.

Maybe you were to be Governor or President. 

Maybe you were to be just who you wanted to be and do just what you wanted to do.

The doctor just told me about you.

You died four weeks ago.

Please tell me GOD it isn’t so.

Some say I never knew you.

But that just isn’t true.

I knew you more than anyone could ever know.

I said a prayer for you today and hope that you’re okay.

I know that GOD is holding you and I will one day too.

My hopes and dreams for you will not fade no less than if you would have stayed.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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 The father has syphilis

 The mother has tuberculosis

 The first child is blind

 The second child died

 The third of four is deaf

 The fourth child has tuberculosis

Should mom and dad choose to abort the pregnancy based upon previous complications?

If you answered yes, then you would have just killed off perhaps the greatest composer of all time!

“Ludwig van Beethoven.” The world would never have known – Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 5, or Symphony No. 9 to name a few of his greatest works.

Since the 1973 supreme court case of Roe v Wade 56 million babies have been aborted. One hundred fifty-eight babies are killed every single hour on average in the United States.