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Our Girl


We had the opportunity to visit with our daughter at our house this past weekend, who will soon be having a daughter of her very own.  While she was here we happened to come across an old box with some of her papers from when she was younger that had something I had written about her when she was only about 3 or 4 years old.  Here is the original paper I had hand written those so many years ago.


Our Girl

“She came into our lives as a blessing from above.  So tiny, so beautiful.  GOD blessed us with our little bundle of love.  At first she barely crawled, and now look at her run.  At first she could hardly talk.  Now look at her; she hardly stops talking!  Each day we grow to love her more.  Thank you LORD for our little blessing.  Thank you LORD for Valerie.  Brown eyes, brown hair, and that special warm caring smile.

 Each time I look at her, I hear GOD whispering in my ear.  Be good to her, and raise her to learn of me.  Teach her love, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and train her in the way she should go.  Teach her right from wrong.  Teach her to love others, to give unto others.  Look at her now how big she is growing, changing every day.  Thank you LORD for our gift from heaven above.  May we love her and show her your ways each day. Thank you LORD for our Valerie.”


Valerie and Papa

The picture above is of our daughter Valerie and her own grandfather, my wife’s dad.  His name was “Papa”  I can’t wait to have a photo taken with my own granddaughter.  I know people say it often, but it does seem like only yesterday when our daughter was this age.  As a matter of fact, it still seems like only yesterday that I was carrying her to her first bed to lay in after being born in the hospital.  As the days pass, I pray that I will be able to be the grandfather that my granddaughter deserves me to be.  I pray that I will be able to show her the right road to take too, and that we will have many good years together.  If we are together, they can’t help but be good!

I promise again LORD that I will teach her just like I taught her own mother.  I will teach her the road to take, right from wrong, to love others, and to give unto others….. and I promise you I will love her every single day!



I Love My Job

Taco Bell

Today I had the pleasure of stopping in at a local Taco Bell here in Oklahoma for a quick lunch.  I say pleasure because that’s exactly what it was!  The whole experience today was superb.

When I first entered the door a gentleman welcomed me to Taco Bell. He was probably 19 or 20 years old, rather tall and had wire rim glasses on. “Welcome to Taco Bell” he said.  I thought to myself – “wow”.  That’s how every business should greet a customer that first enters the door. It’s nice to have a welcome mat thrown down for you.  I then approached the counter area and he had the biggest grin on his face I have ever seen.  It’s like he was welcoming me into his home.

He asked “How can I help you sir?” I told him I just wanted a bean burrito and a small Pepsi.  He asked me if that would be all, and then told me how much my order would be.  He then just blurted out to me. “I love my job”, “I love working for Taco Bell, especially with such nice customers like Mrs. Thomas who is here today too.” The lady next to me smiles. “What are you having today Mrs. Thomas?”, he asks. I pulled out some change and a few dollar bills and he inspects each piece of money in jest as he holds it up to the overhead lights and says, “Yep, it looks like it’s real money.”  I just laughed and smiled at him. He completes my order and looks me square in the face and says – “My name is JT if you need anything else, just let me know okay?” He then said before I walked away “I love my job so much I think I am getting cavities from smiling so much.”

I filled up my Pepsi cup and had a seat in a booth nearby.  Within a few minutes someone else called my name which JT had put on the order.  As I approached the counter I noticed that JT had scooted from behind the counter and was busy in the seating area cleaning up a few tables.  He still had that big smile on his face.  Just then, another customer walked in the door and said “Hello JT , how’s it going?” Once again, he called the person by name and was very happy to see them.

I left Taco Bell today very happy myself. I was happy that I had met someone like JT that made me feel important. Will I come back to Taco Bell? You bet, and you can bet it will be the one where JT is working.  We need more people in the world like JT. People that make us feel like they really want to help us and people who love their jobs.  I have had way to many experiences with people behind the counters that act like they really just do not want to be there.  It’s as if I am imposing on them in some way.  It’s amazing what a sincere smile and a little kindness can do for others and for a business.

A little kindness goes a long way in this world.  Thanks again JT for making my day!

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Cowgirl Smiling Dachshund

I just wanted to let you know that my new children’s book “Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie” has just been published and is now available on Amazon.  I really have had a fun time putting together this little book for children and I think they will really enjoy it.

You can’t help but fall in love with this adorable little animal.  She really is a little sweetheart.  If you know of anyone who might be interested please let them know.  Thank you for all of your support!

You can find “Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie” by clicking on the link here.





It’s getting to be that time of year when you can sleep in a few days with the holidays on the horizon! Take a cue from this little guy who has already started his holiday slumbering. This is a photo of my daughter’s cat. His name is Teddy and he is quite the talker. He always answers when you speak to him. Except when he’s sleeping of course!

So take a lesson from Teddy and sleep in at least one day over the holidays!




When we lived in Michigan, a neighbor of ours started something called a “Drive-Thru” blessing which she talked about on her radio show that she hosts at WMUZ 103.5 FM in Detroit. The concept is pretty simple in that when you are in line you pay for the person behind you and thus they are blessed. Think about how that little act of kindness might be an encouragement to someone else and change the outlook on their day and the people around them.

There is a card from Robin’s website that listeners can print off if they like or you can simply give the cashier a note of your own to pass along to the car behind you in line to make their day. It might be something as simple as “Have a great day! GOD bless you!”.” If you are interested you can check out the information directly at wmuz online. The cards that Robin has can be printed off with the following information.

“You have now been a recipient of a drive-thru blessing. This is a small gift from me to you, but the gift of GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord! He loves you!

What a great way to encourage someone along their journey!