Six years in heaven.

Six years ago today my son walked out the front door, smiling and laughing.  I don’t know why, but I turned around from where I was sitting to watch him.  My last words to him, “I love you, Jody.”  That was the last time I saw my boy alive. A part of my heart died [...]

My birthday.

Today is my birthday. I am 57. While some may moan and groan about another year of aging, I embrace them.  They are a gift. We are blessed with each year.  Yes, I think my face tells a story, as the song goes, that life hasn’t always been easy.  Each line and wrinkle are distinctly [...]

Emotions in our bodies.

It is spring. It is a time of change. Change is all around us. Trees are beginning to bloom, flowers are popping out of the earth and we are quickly approaching the end of the school year. Change will happen in our lives whether we like it or not. The best thing we can do [...]

National Joe Day!

Today is National Joe day.  I have been thinking about my Joe a lot lately. It is nearly six years since I hugged my boy and told him I loved him. Well, that’s not really true. I tell him I love him often, but, I do miss wrapping my arms around his broad shoulders and [...]

Mother Teresa.

I love this. It was written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for the children of Calcutta.   People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some [...]

Happy Birthday, Sarah Katherine!

I woke up this morning with a heart full of gratitude. My baby girl is 23 today. When I think of all the things that had to happen so that Sadie could become my daughter it makes my head spin. When John and I filed for adoption in September of 1993 we requested a girl. [...]

Your words.

I was looking at my calendar this morning and I saw this: I think Barbara Bush had it right with this one. Recently I was in a bathroom in the Orlando Airport. I overheard a mother talking to her young child. Talking might be a stretch. She was screaming at her. The little girl was [...]

Five years an angel.

Today, it is five years since I had my last conversation with my dad.  Wow, five years. My dad was an awesome man.  A wonderful dad.  I think about my dad every day. Now, I think of my parents once again joined together, and my son, Joe with them. Each year, on this day, I post the [...]

National Endowment for the Arts.

With all of the talk of eliminating the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts I think it is important to show this video. I have always loved Mr. Rogers. Not only for the obvious reasons, but because he looks a lot like my dad. A lot. I loved that the filmed Mr. Roger’s [...]

Happy Birthday, Daddy.

My dad is turning 92 in heaven today. I am sure that the moment dad arrived in heaven, he was relieved to leave the aging body that was failing him in this life. I am glad that today, he can celebrate, pain free, with my mama and my son, Joe. This is my dad when [...]