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Therapy, You Say?

Good evening, everyone. Hope you are doing well today.

I am trying to get back into making sure that I keep blogging on a regular basis. Today, I had to go see my therapist. Yes, I have to see him about every three to four weeks on a regular basis to keep me on the kidney transplant list. So far, he tells me that I am doing great in having a positive outlook on everything with all the crap that I have to deal with.

All in all, I am still doing my dialysis treatments on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I work five days a week. I try to go to church weekly, give or take a week off here and there due to how I am feeling that morning. But, the one thing that gets me is that I am having a harder time right now doing outgoing things. I really have to get back into walking on a regular basis. We got out of it (Ashleigh and I) about a month ago and haven't been back since.

All I can say is to help a friend out by being their buddy in exercising. Everyone needs a buddy.

Ciao for now.

Today's Dialysis Treatment

Good evening, everyone.

Hope you all are doing well this evening. I am doing okay these days. Today, I had a dialysis treatment. Things went as well as possible until about an hour before my get-off time of about 3:35 pm. I started cramping and to top things off, I ended up getting a headache. So, instead of attempting to work outside on the porch once I got home, I laid on the couch and fell asleep. I hate it when I get these cramps and don't feel like doing anything.

Since a lot of the dialysis patients come in at the same time, I have managed to get some of them to agree to come in an hour early so that we can talk about different things. We do this anyway, so why not do it on a weekend when we are more than likely to participate. This is one way that I can give back to the patients and nurses. We have some of the best assistants in the center, and yet not many people know how much they help the patients out.

We, the patients, welcome these assistants into our lives and they do…

What's Going On?

Good evening, everyone.

I know, I know. It has been exactly one month since my last blog, and I am really sorry for that. I am trying not to say that I have too much going on. Because if this is the case, then I don't need a blog, right? Yes, that's right. Therefore, I am promising every one of you that I will try my best to donate at least 2 - 3 entries a week so that I won't fall behind.

I have been making sure that I make my dialysis treatments three days a week. I am still working part-time at the church each weekday. There for awhile, I was not making it to choir practice. But, I feel that I am back on track now. I am also trying to make sure that I lose the little bit of weight that I have gained over the last month or so. We have got to start back walking at the gym.

Please say a prayer for me in trying to get a grip on my life and my health issues. I know that I have to stay on goal these days no matter what I am going through. So, please bear with me on getting so…

Fundraising Results

Good morning, everyone!
Hope you all are doing well.

Yes, it's been over a month since I last blogged. But, hey, give me credit. I am trying the best that I can with the way things have been going lately.

I had a death on my mother's side of the family. Her sister, my Aunt Cookie, died. We were kind of expecting it, but it still hurt me a lot. I was really close to my aunt when I was younger.

All in all, the yard sale/bake sale went well. The yard sale was a great success, but the bake sale was not as great as I would have liked. We had just a few people to donate baked goods, but that was okay. We brought in $397 all together. So, yes, it was a good day.

Ciao for now.

Fundraising Once Again

Good evening, everyone. Hope you have been doing well today. I have been doing okay myself.

I am sorry that I haven't blogged in the last month. It has been crazy here with me and my family. Getting my youngest daughter to college last Friday was very trying. She has been looking forward to getting back to college to be with her friends. But all in all, she has been a blessing these last three months. I always love to spend time with my daughters and my family.

This week, though, I had an aunt (my mother's sister) to die. She had alzheimer's and only weighed about 100 pounds. I am so glad that she is not suffering any more. But, I was close to her and will truly miss her. And God bless my mother for being able to deal with having to call all of the brothers and sisters in.

Well, with all of this going on, we are also getting ready for another fundraiser (Bake Sale and Yard Sale) on Saturday. It will start at 8:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. The location is at Myrtle United Meth…

The Desire

Good morning, everyone. Hope you all are doing well today.

Here in Lowell, it has been a rainy week. All is well, though, as of right now. I have been doing well in dialysis, so this is why I am saying that. Lately, though, I have been tired more so and not feeling the desire to do much.

With this in mind, my darling daughters have been helping me out some. But to come home and not feel the desire to wash my dishes, clean up, and anything else necessary, it really irks my chain. I want to do the things that I say, but it is just so hard to do them when I feel worn out from dialysis or work. Yes, I get that way a lot.

So, for those of you who have a kidney disease, try to find someway to get up and move around at least. I, for one, know that moving is the best medicine, but when I have days like this, I need help. Find someone to go walking with, someone to talk to, or just someone to have a shoulder to lean on.

Ciao for now.

A Good Day of Treatment

Good evening, everyone.
I hope you all are doing well this evening. Of course, it is nearly 11:00 pm. So this may be just a short entry. It depends on how much I talk or babble to you all.

I had one of my dialysis treatments today. As I told you all before, I have been cramping for the last several treatments. Today, I didn't cramp, which is a good thing. It made me feel good. I made sure to take me something to drink (a Sobe drink), a pack of peanut butter crackers, some canned fruit, and some apple sauce. I should be able to remember that this is what I had to do when I first started doing the treatments.

All in all, I was also able to pen a poem about my treatments:

No one ever waned to be here
But unlike others, I enjoy my time
The workers here have become so very dear
So dear that I wanted a poem that rhymes.

I have become accustomed to this crazy world
As one will when they have a kidney disease
We get hooked to machines without a quarrel.
Instead, with all that is going on, my life…


Good afternoon, everyone. Hope you are doing well these days. And yes, I know that it has been over a month since I last blogged. I am sorry for the long length of time of being away from my computer. I have had a couple of tough weeks at dialysis and haven't been up to my normal energized self.

The reason that I have had it rough is that I have been cramping up the last 4 or 5 times while being at dialysis. When I get my cramps, they start in my toes. My toes start going every which way and then the cramp goes into the bottoms of my feet. After that, it starts heading up towards my lower leg. And when I get these cramps, it is way worse than when you get a charley horse. And I am sure that most of  you know how bad those can hurt.

On the days of these cramps, I am totally worn out when I get home. Therefore, I do not feel up to doing anything else. So please forgive me for not being able to blog as much. I will try to do better.

Other than the cramping, I would say that I am doin…

A Day in the Life of a Dialysis Treatment

Good afternoon, everyone!
I hope you all have had a great weekend. I had a decent weekend, too.

I know that I haven't been up to par on my blogging, but hey, I am only human. And today's entry is going to bring you into my lovely little world of a day at dialysis. This will also include something that came to me yesterday.

They called me on Friday afternoon asking me if I would like to come in early on Saturday morning for dialysis, Naturally, I said yes. For me, an ideal day of dialysis means that I get to go in early and still be able to do things with my kids in the afternoon.This meant that I got to go in at 6:30 am Saturday morning. And when I get there and they are ready for me, I head in to get weighed and my temperature's taken. They don't measure the patients in pounds, though. We get measured in kilograms.

Once the weighing and the temperature taking is done, they let me know which chair I am in  for the day. I head that way to put my stuff down and get the i…

And the Amount Is...

Good morning, everyone. Hope you are having a great holiday weekend so far.

First off, I would like to say that I am sorry for not blogging in the last two weeks. It has been a hectic two weeks trying to get things ready for the fundraiser that I held at my church, and speaking at the church that I work at  for their fundraiser for me. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about what I was going to talk about, but hey, my family was there to support me. Thank God for family.

I got through the talk just fine. The podium was there and I was able to support myself by holding onto it. The luncheon was great. We had spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and drink. As of right now, I was given a guesstimate of about $2400. Yes, can you believe it? I couldn't and I am still trying to comprehend the amount. And the total for my fundraiser was $1175. So all together, as a total, that would come to $3575. This really supersedes the total from last year's total...$2500.

Way to go, frie…

Supporting a Great Cause

Good morning, everyone. I hope you all are doing great for it being a Monday morning.

This past week has been a whirlwind for me. It is getting closer and closer to my fundraisers and still in the process of getting things together for these events. They both are in two weeks. I will be having both on the same day. That's just how things fell into place. These fundraisers will be on Sunday, May 18. The first one (a spaghetti luncheon) will be from 12:00 until 2:00 pm while the second one (a fundraiser benefit) will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

The first fundraiser will be at First United Methodist Church in Dallas, NC. This is the church that I have worked for for six years as of the 12th of May. I have been blessed to have such a great church as a work place. The congregation and the pastor have been so great, and I hope to be here as long as the last secretary - 32 years. The meal that they have planned consists of spaghetti, salad, dessert, tea, and coffee. This sounds good, …

What Gets Me....

Good morning, everyone.

Hope you all are having a great weekend so far. I know I am.

Right now, I am hoping that the dialysis center will call me to ask if I would like to come in early today. This is the norm for me on Saturdays. Now, last week, they called me in because they knew that I wanted to spend as much time with my daughter as possible. She was home from NC STATE, and luckily, we were able to have Easter on Saturday since she had to leave on Sunday to head back.

What gets me, though, is that most of the dialysis patients try to get off of their dialysis procedures earlier than what they are scheduled for. For each 15 minutes that a patient gets off, that takes off a year of their lives. So, let's say that someone gets off 30 minutes early. That will be taking off two (2) years of their lives. It doesn't take long to add up. And this is why I am persistent about staying on my machine for the duration. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I enjoy my time at the center. …

A Week of Craziness

Good evening, everyone!

I haven't blogged in a week, so I would like to say that I am sorry for that.It has really been a doozy of a week for me, though. I have been busy with dialysis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. And this coming week will be another busy one with me getting things straightened out for my fundraiser in a month.

The worst thing that happened to me this past week, though, happened on Wednesday afternoon as I was coming from work and going to get my van washed. Well, the thing is, I never did get to wash my van. If I know most of you, you are probably asking why. Okay, I will tell you... As I was driving down the road near Pizza Hut on Ozark, I was hit by another vehicle. It's okay. The mid-2000's black blazer hit my driver-side mirror and if it were to have hit me any harder before swerving back over, I would have been seriously wounded. Trust me on this when I say that God was with me at that time. But, the worse thing of all was when she left the…

Fundraisers, Fundraisers, & Such

Good morning, everyone.
Yes, I know it's early, but hey, right now I have the time.

Not much is going on right now other than trying to get ready for two different fundraisers next month. The first fundraiser is the one that my church and I are giving ---- a fundraiser benefit which includes a bake sale, a silent auction, a singing, and a raffle. And with the raffle, there will be something really nice given away if all goes according to plan. So, just wish us luck or try your hand at luck and get in touch with me.

Now, the second fundraiser is actually the first one going on. This one was planned last, but will be on the same day as my benefit. They will be on Sunday, May 18. This luncheon will be from 12:00 until 2:00 pm. The other one will be from 4:00 until 7:00 or so. Therefore, my day will be very full.

With everything going on in my fundraising life, there are other aspects of my life that are just as busy, if not more so. Right now, my father-in-law is not doing well at a…

The Dentist, Part 2

Good morning, everyone. I know it has been a month since I last blogged, and I am sorry for that. With all that has been going on lately, I am sad to say that I have been in a rut.

Going forward with my life has been a strong suit for me even if I am toothless. Yep, I went in this past Wednesday thinking that I would get half of my top teeth out. And then I come out with no teeth at all. Dr. William Yeung has been my dental doctor this entire time and has changed my perception of some dentists. He didn't want me to have to wait two months to get the rest done, so since he had some time, he suggested that they get the rest out. And they did just that. While they did their thing, I layed back and listened to my daughter's music on her zune.

What really made me feel better this week was the fact that once all of this is done, I should be approved and be put on the Kidney Transplant List. All in all, things are looking good on this end. I have also been approved for Charity Care u…

Oh Boy, The Dentist!

Good morning, everyone.
Hope you are doing better than me this morning. Yep, you've got it. I went to the dentist at the Women's Hospital yesterday morning.

Oh. my. gosh! If I would have known what was to come, I don't know what I would have done instead of getting my teeth pulled at four different intervals of two weeks apart. Yesterday, we  (my mom and daughter, Ashleigh, came with me) got up to the hospital about an hour earlier than my appointment time which was for 10:30 a.m.

I am telling all of you about this just in case, okay? So bear with me please. I got back to the dental clinic and they took me in around 10:15 a.m. to my little individual cubical. There are several of these rooms where several patients can be worked on at the same time by different doctors. How many there are of these doctors, I don't know. I don't really care how many there are of them, though. As long as I am getting this done by a good dentist, I don't care.

They started with giv…

Bonding Time

Good evening, everyone.
I hope everyone is doing well tonight. As usual, I am doing well, also.

Today, my youngest daughter, Jessica, called me from college (NC STATE). She told me that she got a part-time job and will be starting on Sunday. I am so glad that she went out on her own in an area that she didn't know very well and applied for a job. She will be working at Jason's Deli. With the miles between us, I can say that we have bonded more so than I thought. She always calls me on the days that I have dialysis to make sure that I am okay.

Today, my oldest daughter, Ashleigh, and I had a day out since it was such a gorgeous day. We just went out for dinner and then window shopping to walk off some of what we ate. We actually bond better doing this. We talk more now. We laugh more, and we just enjoy our time together more.

With this in mind, do you do this with your kids or family? In the last two years, I have learned to listen to my daughters more and pay attention to ever…

No Dentist Today, But Yes, There is Snow

Well, the two weeks are up and I was supposed to go to the UNC Women's Hospital this morning. We had to call the hospital two days ago and let them know that we would have to reschedule due to bad weather. The rescheduled appointment has been rescheduled for April 30, more than a month after my last appointment in March (26th).

This is going to drive me crazy if I have to wait that long for the last of my teeth to get pulled. All in all, I guess I can't complain since I will be getting new teeth out of this.

On the other hand, the same thing as two weeks ago has happened. It has been snowing for the most part of the day here in Lowell, NC. It is so beautiful coming down. But when it comes to getting out in it, that is a different story. I drove in it today coming home from work, and I  had to go really slow to make sure that I didn't have an accident.

Yesterday, I had dialysis and had a decent day. I have gotten to where I try to communicate with those around me on a regul…

A Frightening Episode at Dialysis

Good evening, everyone! Hope you are doing well tonight.

I am doing as well as can be considering the day that I had at dialysis yesterday. I am not ashamed to tell you that yesterday was a very frightening experience for me. I am going to tell you something that will probably shock some of you. I still cannot understand it myself.

Yesterday was going just great at dialysis. It was one of the best days in awhile since I had several of the patients talking to me. I took a small nap. I watched some television. I even read some of my reading book. About 30 minutes or so before I was about to get off of my dialysis machine for the day, I attempted to sit up. I should have realized that I shouldn't have done that. The next thing that I remember is James (one of the nurses) talking to me and asking me questions.

Yep, it happened to me. Now, I am telling you that I thought I had just merely passed out. But this morning while I was getting gas, I was told by a friend that I had what you c…

The Word "Love"

Good evening, everyone. I hope you all are doing well tonight.

The one thing that I have felt the need to discuss tonight is one that we all can relate to. We all want it, and at one point or another, we eventually get it...

Love. The word "love" is defined in the dictionary as:
aprofoundlytender,passionateaffectionforanotherperson.afeelingofwarmpersonalattachmentordeepaffection,asforaparent,child,orfriend.sexualpassionordesire.apersontowardwhomloveisfelt;belovedperson;sweetheart.(usedindirectaddressasatermofendearment,affection,orthelike):Wouldyouliketoseeamovie,love?But, how can we say that we use the word wisely and yet not too loosely at the same time? We tell each other "I Love You", but do we really feel it when we say it? I know for a fact that when I say it, I really do mean it. Can you say the same for yourself, though?
Have you ever been told that you need to tell a specific someone that you love them? That this person needs to hear you tell them how much …

The Super Bowl, A Special Annioversary, and Catchy Commercials

Good evening, everyone! Hope you are feeling well after watching the super bowl.

Everyone knows that I love watching football, especially when it comes to the CAROLINA PANTHERS. But for once, I didn't watch very much of the super bowl tonight. It may have had something to do with the teams that were playing for one. The DENVER BRONCOS were playing against the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. And neither one of these were among my favorite teams.

Now, I will tell you this much. One of the biggest reasons that I didn't see very much of the game was that my brothers and sisters and I had an anniversary dinner for our parents this evening. Tomorrow is their 48th Wedding Anniversary. And I am so thankful for my close-knit family. The reason that I say close-knit is due to the fact that we often have gatherings for each family member when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Does this information tell you how old I am? Of course, if you know me well enough, then you will know that I am not …

A Day Out Of Work

Good morning, everyone!
Hope you are doing well today.

Well, I am doing as well as can be expected due to all of the snow that we received yesterday. I don't know right off how much we got, but it was enough to keep me home from work. And as usual, I do not have a definite subject that I want to talk about today. I do want to say that I have about two weeks before my first trip to the Women's Hospital in Durham to get some dental work done. And I am getting a little nervous about these trips.

Even though I kind of knew that I wouldn't be going in to work this morning, I still woke up to my alarm. I did about 20 minutes of my stretching exercises, and then got up out of bed. It was after this that I got on a kick and moved a few things around in my daughter's room (Jessica is away at NC State) to make it a bedroom/computer room. I just need to go through a lot of paperwork now. I do not look forward to this! I guess I will be putting most of my writing stuff in there, t…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Good evening, everyone.

I hope everyone has been keeping warm tonight. With the cold weather here in Lowell, North Carolina, I have been trying my best to stay warm and being happy at the same time. You want to know why I say that? Okay, I will tell you.

THE GOOD: This morning, I woke up and did some stretching for about 10 minutes before getting out of bed. Yeah, I did my stretching on my bed. Hope you learn to try this. Actually, I felt really good after this stretching session. All in all, my day at work was a busy one. Bulletins, newsletter prep, year-ending tax papers, and numerous phone calls today kept me busier than usual. But all in all, my work day was great.

THE BAD: This afternoon, I was expecting to go out to eat with my oldest daughter and her father. The usual happened. You really want to know what that could be? Okay, I will tell you. He laid down for a nap earlier in the day (he works nights) and wouldn't get back up to go out with Ashleigh and me. This is his way…

Being Giddy

Good evening, everyone. Hope your day is going well.

As usual, I do not have any idea of what I will be talking about; it won't take me long, though, to have a subject to talk about.

I do have some good news that I can share with everyone.

I had sent out emails letting everyone in my contact list know that I was needing donations for a raffle and bake sale that I was having as a fundraiser in May. I received an email from a friend from high school. She wasn't able to give money, but she would be able to give a $300 photography session for the fundraiser. So this will be my first raffle item to be donated . It makes me giddy and excited to be able to have something substantial to start off the year with.

If you would like to help someone out, donating time, items, or anything else would make their day. Trust me on this. This first item makes me feel so great, and yet so child-like at the same time. What I mean by this is that I could jump up and down for joy like a child. This…

A Special Talent

Good evening, everyone.
Hope you are doing well tonight. I have been doing well myself.

As usual, I never know where this blogging entry will lead me. Sometimes, what goes on during my day has an affect on what I blog about. And sometimes, there are those moments where something will spark my interest to talk about.

The main focal of my entry today is still not clear, but I do know that we all have a special purpose here on earth. There are some of us who have a clear talent. There are some who have a special talent in singing, preaching, teaching, arts/crafts, carpentry, etc.

I guess that I could say that one of my special talents would have to be feeling the music that I sing and doing paper work. But some wouldn't call either one of these a talent, though. Would you?

...Whether we have a special talent or not, we all have a passion in life. I would have to say that my passion in life is in the wonderful world of books. I love books and I have a large collection of books on han…

Give a Smile

Good evening, everyone.

Hope you all are doing well this evening. Everything is going well with me as of right now. And as usual, I do not have an inkling of an idea of what my subject matter will be tonight.

I did just get through talking to my youngest daughter. She is away at college and I hadn't talked to her in almost two weeks. But, hey, I have Ashleigh here with me and she has been a very remarkable young lady since Jessica's been away at NC State. She helps me out around the house. She also goes with me to the grocery store. But what I can say most about Ashleigh is that she shows her heart to me more now.

How do you show your heart to others? People who show their hearts on their sleeves usually like to smile. I tell everyone that if I could see them smile, then I am good to go. A smile can go a long ways for people.

Just today at dialysis, I got so many of the nurses to smile. It warms my heart to see smiles everywhere. So no matter what, give a smile and make someo…

One Of My "Down" Days

Good evening, everyone!
Hope you all are doing okay this evening.

I am feeling okay as of right now. However, I woke up this morning with one of my knees giving me a problem. So I did the next best thing that I knew would help at least a little bit. At 5:45 am this morning, I fixed me a bath as hot as I could stand it. As usual, it helped a little bit. But as the day went by, it began hurting once again.

This brings up an issue that I have. I was hoping to not have to start taking one of my medicines again, but with the knee flare up, I am going to have to go back on my tramadol. I was hoping to at least stay off of this medicine for awhile, but with the stretching that I have been doing in the mornings, I guess that will change. For awhile, I have been down to 9 medicines. This will make it 10 medicines once again, though. I just hope that this will do the trick for awhile.

Oh well, on to the main point that I had in mind for this entry. I hope you all are trying to make time for you…

My Burning Bush

Good evening, everyone!

Hope you are doing well tonight. I am doing good even though the Panthers lost yesterday. If you have been reading my blog, you know that I posted about their losing game yesterday.

I had an idea this morning about what I could blog about. But since I didn't get to write down the idea, I forgot what it was. I hope that I can remember what it was before I get finished with this paragraph.

Yesterday, I had someone to come up to me after our church service. They asked me how I was doing, and I responded with a "doing well" comment. They also made a comment about how I am doing so good considering all that I have been through these past two years or so. I have had a lot of testing that had to be done along with the next two months of dental work. When this young woman was talking to me, though, I told her that God has plans for me down the road.

Do all of you remember the story in the bible about God talking to Moses by the burning bush?
Well, I do.

The Positive and the Negative

Good evening, everyone!

As you may know by now, the CAROLINA PANTHERS lost this weekend to the 49ers. And I for one will say that at least we made it this far. The positive is that we can look forward to next year and hopefully will make it all the way.

Who says that we can't take the negative and make it into a positive? I always try to take everything in a positive way. I hope every one of you can try to do the same and make anything negative that comes your way into being positive. Being negative about everything is not good for you or the people around you.

Being positive can be one of the best things that you can ever do for yourself and others. Think of it this way... when I was younger, I had very low self-esteem. Do you want to know when my low self-esteem became something more? Well, to tell you the truth, it was a gradual thing. It started getting better when I started back to church and received God into my life. When I started putting Him before everything else, I knew…


Good afternoon, everyone.

Hope things are going well with all of you. Right now, I am watching the first of four NFL playoff games this weekend. The New Orlean Saints are up against the Seattle Seahawks first. This is a very important game for my team, the CAROLINA PANTHERS. Who do you want to win? As you can tell, you know who I am rooting for. I also believe that the PANTHERS will be heading towards the SUPER BOWL in three weeks. Good luck to you and your teams.

As usual, I did not have anything to talk about when I started a few minutes ago. But now that I have been going on about the PANTHERS, I can safely say that I am going to talk about my faith. Does everyone know what it means when you hear the saying "gotta have faith"?

My faith goes back a long ways. My faith in God has grown so much in the last 14 years. When my faith was truly tested for the first time that I can remember, I was having to take care of myself and my daughter, Ashleigh, after she was diagnosed wit…

Have A Shoulder? Let Someone Borrow It!

Good evening, everyone.

I hope everyone has had a great week so far. Unbelievably, I have had a really good week. Dialysis is going as good as it can considering that I go three days a week.The doctor came through today and talked to us about labs and such. They are very optimistic about my labs. He just had a question about my vein being thin for the blood to flow through. They will be looking at the results from my labs in the next couple of days to see why my numbers are lower than usual. He said that it could be just a mistake on their part, or that it could be that I may have to get a test done about the flow rate. I am hoping for the best, though.

At first, I didn't know what I was going to talk about tonight. But as I wrote that first paragraph, I did realize that there is something on my mind.

As I was growing up, I always had some of the lowest self-esteem possible. And if you know me now, you wouldn't believe it if I were to tell you that now. I can't say when ex…

Cherish Time and Love Unconditionally

January 8, 1935 - Do you even know what is so significant about this date?

Well, I do and I am sure a lot of my older readers more than likely know what it signifies. Okay, I will just go ahead and tell you. On this date seventy-nine years ago, the one and only King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley, was born. Elvis Presley was one of a kind, people. He was a great actor, a great singer, and just a great person all the way around.

I was at the beach with my family when we heard that he had died in August of 1977. Can you remember where you were?

The point that I am getting to here is that every day has a significance to someone around you. But, with days going by so quickly, we have a tendency to forget about others in the long run. Since we don't know when we are going to die, the emphasis is on knowing how to bide your time with the people you love.

I had an uncle to die this last November close to Thanksgiving. I had not seen him since the year before at our yearly family reunion.…

Carolina Panthers & Happy Anniversary!

Good evening, everyone!
I know this is later than I usually do my blogging entries. But hey, I can say that at least I am trying to be consistent here. I hope everyone has had a great new year so far.

I am going to start out with my usual high-five of my NFL team, the Carolina Panthers. How 'bout them Panthers? They are the second seed in our division, and we are thatmuch closer to the Super Bowl.  We are going up against the 49ers next week, and we will beat them. This team is a team worth rooting for. They have such a great defense.

Okay, now that that is out of the way, I just want to say that today was my 20th wedding anniversary. I just want to say Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to all of those who are having such memorable wedding anniversaries this year. My parents will be married 49 years on February 3. My Aunt Pat and Uncle Glenn just had their 50th anniversary yesterday. At least there are still some out there that has lasted a good long time like this two lovable…

Happy New Year and Get Involved!

Good afternoon, everyone!
Hope you are having a great New Year's Day so far. I know that I am.
I have already spent some quality time with my oldest daughter. We played a few rounds of a card game as I was cooking for our lunch this afternoon.

Who knows what the food in the southern meal for New Year's Day stands for?
I know what the greens and the black eyed peas stand for. But I can't remember the others: hog jawls, cornbread, etc.. The greens stand for the dollars that you will have throughout the year, and the black-eyed peas account for the change that you will keep throughout the year.

But all in all, don't be afraid to get involved in something outside of your comfort zone. I am going to get more involved with missions around my church and I hope to get even closer to God this year.

Ciao for now.