Monthly Archives: June 2012



“April showers bring May flowers”…is the saying for the transition into springtime weather. Well, May brought plenty of showers itself, so the flowers got pushed forward into June.


May also brought Mother’s Day & I was so fortunate to spend the day with some of my favorite Mom’s (as well as favorite woman), my Mom, Grandma, Sister in law, & nieces. We went to see the musical. “Cinderella” at French Creek Reservation, TruNorth Cultural Arts Center…a story that proves in the right shoes making all your dreams come true!


Haylie, Alexis, & Cinderella…love!


5/1“Ask yourself this question, ‘will this matter a year from now?’”-Richard Carlson-…what a great thought to keep in  mind when you’re stressing about stuff that really doesn’t matter.

5/3-“I think when you pray,’Bring me someone to forget about them’ & that person doesn’t. It’s time to move on, they’re not the right one.”-I’m so terrific at giving other people advice, now if only I’d take my own Smile

“Enjoy where you’re at on the way to where you’re going.”-Joyce Meyer-

“Wouldn’t it be pathetic if Jesus came tonight & you spent your last day on earth acting like this.”-Joyce Meyer- this statement was in a sermon she preached. Her husband told her that when she was in one of her “moods” that us woman can get in. What a great reminder to keep in the back of your mind when you know you’re in one of your “moods”.

“Trust requires unanswered questions.”-Joyce Meyers-…can you tell I was watching her this morning!

“The minute you trust God things get simple.”-John 11:40-…something I always struggle with. I’m controlling by nature & dishing out “trust” is something I struggle with daily. This is the translated version Joyce Meyer said, the NIV version is: Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

“Whenever you feel frustrated ask yourself, ‘what can I do in this situation to maintain my joy.”-Joyce Meyer (again)…she was killin’ it with quotes this morning!

5/8′-“Change the way you look at things & the things you look at change.”-Dr. Wayne Dyer-

5/9-“Courage is what it takes to stand up & speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down & listen.”-Amar Gupta-

Control your thoughts because they eventually become actions.”-Zoe Dyer-

5/10-“Oftentimes God changes us before he changes our circumstances. You may be thinking, ‘if only my circumstances would change.’ when God may be thinking, ‘if only your attitude would change’’-Joel Osteen-…all about perspective, baby (my Aunt Linda’s philosophy).

5/11-“Remember we’re madly in love, so its okay to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”-Peeta-….oh’ The Hunger Games, how I’m obsessed so!

Remember everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, & has lost something.”-H. Jackson Brown-

5/12-“When you blame others you give up your power to change. Take responsibility for your future!”-Francis Westin-

5/13-“You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.”-D.M. Dellinger-

5/15-“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.”-Sydnee Rice-

5/16-“I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.”-Isaiah 66:9-

“Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”-Judy Garland-

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”-Mother Teresa-

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.”-Mark Twain-

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”-Nelson Henderson-…just love this one!

“No you can’t help who you fall in love with, but its important to remember that love will always win over anything else. No matter who or what tries to intervene love with always win in the end.”-my friend, Michael Gatson’s, mom. What a smart lady!-

5/17-“You don’t have to feel like forgiving others to forgive them.”-Joyce Meyer-…this one took awhile to process & grow on me. I thought you shouldn’t ever forgive someone until your heart is ready to forgive, otherwise its just meaningless. However, I now think it means that you may want to hold onto bitterness, but as soon as you extend forgiveness, you’ll find your heart will catch up.

5/18-“Be careful about what you want to know, because once you know it, you can never not know it.”- Smile

5/19-“Having God’s unconditional love doesn’t mean you have God’s unconditional approval.”-Miles McPherson-…just like my Dad has always said, “I may not always love your decisions, but I’ll always love you.”

“Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.”-Clint Eastwood-…really? is anything he says not laced with gold?

“Take notice what you do while waiting on God. It can be an important observation to learn about yourself.”-Aranka Simon-

“Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past.”-Walt Disney-…just reiterates my pet peeve on people who say they’re “bored”…how in the world can you be bored in today’s society?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”-Philippians 4:6-…humbly go before God with prayer requests, he may not always answer them in the way you hope. But believe, with all your heart, that your best interest is his top priority. Trust in the answer.

5/21-“Choose to trust, even when you don’t understand.”-Joel Osteen-…one of my all-time favorite quotes. I remind myself of this constantly when things look bleak, struggles seem never-ending & God seems to be silent in my prayers.

5/26-“The difference between who you are & who you want to be is what you do.”-Bill Philips-

5/29-“We each get the same 168 hours each week. What we do with that time is the difference between a life well lived & merely staying alive.”-Peter Parry-

5/31-“Don’t hate your scars, appreciate their depths.”-Q&S 101-

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”-Dr. Seuss-






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A Graduation Letter to my brother, Luke!

Baby brother…

On June 9th, 2012 I saw you walk across the high school stage to receive your diploma.

You’re 12 (almost 13 years) younger than me, & 10 (almost 11) years younger than Chad, (the other brother). I think it’s a given that you were the “oops” baby…okay “technically” I think we all were, but you DEFINITELY were a surprise!

A surprise that I didn’t want!

I remember the exact moment when mom told Chad & I that she was having another baby (you!…even though I once had you convinced you were an alien child & our parents were just watching you until your alien family came to take you home…yeah, thanks for crying to dad on that one & getting me in all kinds of trouble!). We were standing in the kitchen, by the stove, at the house on Hollyview. Mom was cooking dinner & we were asking her what in the world was going on. We knew something was wrong-mom had been crying & upset for days, dad was short-tempered & angry (yep, you made everyone miserable at first). Mom told us she was having another baby, after we laughed & said, “whatever”, we realized she was telling the truth.

Boy, was I PISSED!

I don’t remember the exact moment when mom & dad told me about Chad (after all I was only 2 when he was born), but I highly doubt I reacted with such anger.

I was mean & hateful all during mom’s pregnancy.

Under no uncertain terms did I want to talk about the baby or the changes that our family would be going through. Besides I was at the age that I knew where babies came from & to think that my parents were doing…that…gross! Well, I still don’t want to think about it, so let’s just move on!

When you were finally born on July 7th, 1993 I remember how tiny you were & when I placed my hand in the hospital bassinet you held on tightly to my finger. After you were born & loved on by mom & dad, mom wouldn’t let anybody else hold you until Chad & I got our chance.

I was hooked. I truly had a baby brother.

I remember how scared I was when, as a toddler, you had to have surgery on your ears. How hilarious, (and still is), when in kindergarten you forged mom’s name on your book report when you forgot to bring it home for her to sign (seriously…even at 5 you had to know that mom’s real name isn’t “MOM”). When I graduated high school & moved to Texas, pictures you drew for me decorated my walls and a couple years later when I moved back home, I remember your little blonde head running down the airport terminal to greet me with a hug.

When you were 10, I remember crying with you & hugging you when Chad, who was in the military, was leaving for his first deployment to Iraq. What do you say to a child when he says, “I don’t want my brother to die.”…even though it was exactly what I was thinking.

Your first junior high dance you called me because you had, “something big” you wanted to ask me…it was to teach you how to dance. And I did, in the basement of mom & dad’s house for hours, until you could move your feet in a square without stepping on my toes. I watched you go from riding bicycles, to snowmobiles, to dirt bikes, to eventually driving big, obnoxious trucks (Dodge’s, of course). I laughed when girls were “gross”, teased you when you were “just friends” & hated it when it turned into a “relationship”.

You were an uncle at 9, & have buried 3 grandparents…all before you could even drink a beer (legally, that is!). When Grandma C. died almost 3 months ago, she wanted to see you graduate more than anything, but life didn’t work out like that. I was so proud of your compassion & heart when I saw your graduation cap attached to her grave the next day.

Through the years I’ve held you in my arms as a baby, looked down at you, & then eye-level with you…and in the blink of an eye, I now have to look up at your over 6” frame.

Graduation’s are always the same…people saying, “go out & conquer the world”, “you can do anything”…blah blah blah. And that is true, to an extent…but when you watch someone go from being a little boy to a nice, young man…you worry the world will take away the “nice, young man” part.

So, here’s some advice from your big sister:

1Trust in God. Even when its hard to! Always remember that he has a plan for your life beyond anything you can comprehend. Talk to him…he does listen.

2Forgive…forgive…forgive. Forgive others & forgive yourself for mistakes that are made. Unforgiveness can turn you bitter & its just not worth it. Always allow second chances (and sometimes 3 & 4). Just bestow forgiveness on everything & everybody because people (including you) can always change.

3Be honest & fair with everybody…all the time. The truth can sometimes hurt, but not nearly as much as lies do.

4Work hard. Don’t ever think that you’re “entitled” to something. You’re always replaceable in your career, & you’re never “safe”. Work as hard as you can, have a clean reputation, & have a backup saved “just in case”.

5Stay connected to your roots….your family. We’re nosey, we’re bossy, we’re always going to be in your business & think we know what’s best for you, & without a doubt we’re going to piss you off BIG TIME. But, we’re your family…and the only one you’ve got! You’re kind of stuck with us, and us you. Life changes, people change…but know we’re always going to support you, defend you, & love you. As dad once told me, “I don’t always love your decisions, but I’ll always love you.”…you’re always going to have your siblings within reach!

I’m proud of you then, I’m proud of you now, & I’ll be proud of you always. Whatever this life brings you, wherever this life takes you, know you’ll never be alone.



1993-The week you came home from the hospital…how tiny you were!



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