Thursday, February 23, 2017

Daddy's Birthday

Hello everyone!
Hope this message finds everyone well.

As the minutes ticked by on my shift at work tonight, I had my dad on my mind most of the time. Today is his birthday.
I am in awe of him and all he has accomplished in his lifetime.
He retired from State Government with 40 plus years of service in 2007.
He retired from preaching in May of 2015.
He had two cancer surgeries and 7 months of chemo and had his chemo port removed on January 31st.

He is a fighter.
He is a quiet man for the most part.
Once he gets behind that pulpit he is in his element and I am so proud of all he has accomplished in his life. I am proud to be one of his daughters.

From my earliest memories of my father, I recall him having 3 jobs. When mom would let me call him at work, the first thing I would ask is "Which job are you at?"  When I was very young, Dad worked full time for State Government as well as worked part time with JCPenney in the Shoe Department and he preached on the weekends.

I carried that knowledge of a hard working parent with me until adult hood. Since 1993, I have worked at least 2 jobs. I was determined to work hard and do the best I could for my children when I was a single parent because I didn't want them to suffer or be without just because their dad had left us. I took it very personal.

My dad always supported me, listened to me and helped me any way he could.

So If you see my dad today, stop and say hello and tell him Happy Birthday. I am sure he will smile and say thank you. Daddy never meets a stranger.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Heart Week

Here I am on the successful side of training and med class. 

That class was no joke. It had me frightened to death that I would be terminated if I didn't pass the exams administered at the conclusion of the class.

I found out Friday afternoon that I passed both the written and skills tests. Then, I was given a training schedule and will soon settle in to working nights with clients here close to home. It feels good to be employed again. 

Last week was full of emotion and cramming for the exam all at the same time. Being without a job/income is very frightening and made me second guess everything. My health is my first concern and my first worry nearly every day. I am not my illness, but my illness sure does mess with my schedule at times. 

When you look at the calendar and see February, what do you think of? 

First thoughts for me are Valentine's Day, Girl Scout Cookies arriving and booth sales, My dad's Birthday and Abby Parish's birthday. 

February is also Heart Month and I know several women who have little ones with heart defects. I am holding a fundraiser for the Nashville Heart Walk and to raise CHD Awareness and money for research. If you would like to shop the fundraiser, the link is: https://www.mythirtyone.com/1799612/shop/Party/EventDetail/9723147

However you choose to celebrate or acknowledge Valentine's Day, I hope it is what YOU want to do and that the movie, meal, trip, etc give you true joy.  Do not worry about what others think. Love is to be celebrated and enjoyed. 

I have tackled a new project with my crochet. I started making a throw, but after working on it some, I believe I am going to gift this one to a little girl I know who loves the color pink. 

Have a wonderful week my friends! Please comment here on the blog and message me. I love to hear from those that read the blog. Share the blog link with your friends and on social media. I am on instagram, pinterest, facebook and twitter. Stop by and say hello there as well!

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