Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sending the word

I received an e-mail from Bucky this morning. For those of you who don't know our Bucky, he's the wonderful youth Pastor at AMRBC. He said in his e-mail that he has a special burden for our young people and he wants us to pray in earnest for them.

I too have a burden for this great group of people. They are our future America and the country they are to inherit is in sad shape. "Recession" I believe is the word on the news report this morning.

In addition to a floundering country, these young people have so much pressure on them now. I have to admit, things were so much simpler when I was growing up. Of course parents were more involved in their kid's lives. Today, parents have their own agenda and unfortunately in some cases it doesn't include their own children.

Justin will be 22 years old on May 3oth and our little Meredith will be 13 years old on the 20th of July. They are my greatest accomplishment and if I do say so myself, they are great kids. They are mine for a time and it is my responsibility to equip them for the world.

You may be a parent with young babies, teens or even grown children. You may even be a grandparent or have no children at all but today's children are the responsibilty of all of us.

Add this group along with our babies, to your prayer time. They need us and one day, we will need them.

Have a Jesus filled week and remember I love you guys. God bless you all.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Have you ever....?

Said a prayer for a complete stranger? Someone that just happened to cross your path briefly, maybe you never spoke to them but, you looked into each other's eyes.

Started up a conversation with a complete stranger? I know you guys don't find this surprising at all. My Daddy always said that I could talk to a pole and then pull it up and then talk to the hole. He also said I was born talking. Anyway, have you just started talking to someone you don't know and then before parting ways you ask their name and tell them you're going to say a prayer for them?

You know how much I enjoy sitting on my front porch. I love to look up and the night skies with the moon and twinkling stars that look like little diamonds. Whenever I see an airplane, which is very often because we live in the flight path between GSP and Charlotte, I love to think about the people on board. Who are they? Where did they come from and where are they going? Before they get out of sight, I always ask the Lord to bless thier lives and give them safe passage.

When I was a little girl, as you know, my Daddy was a truck driver. He would be gone for weeks at a time. We could hear his truck coming before we ever saw him. I remember that thrill and how my heart would beat so fast, cause Daddy was coming home. Sometimes he would be home for a week but, sometimes just for a day or two. When he would leave he would pull out and go around the block. We would run the other way and be standing on the other street corner waving when he passed us by. Then we would run back to our front porch and watch him but we would always turn around before he went out of sight. Funny. Lord, how I miss that man and when ever I pass a tractor/trailer or hear that big diesel engine, I'm that little girl again.

There are people who pass through our lives. For just a brief glance or even a conversation. Then there are people in our lives that we love and cherish but even that is for a brief time. We should love and laugh often, because the time we spend together may be gone in an instant. We should always encourage and pray for one another, even the people who make us angry. That's what Jesus would do.

I want each of you to know, how much I love and cherish you. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your families. Thanks for your love and encouragement and for your prayers that have brought me through.

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God Bless you all and make a stranger's day..., speak to them and tell them you'll pray for them. You might be surprised and I know that you'll be blessed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What to wear??

As a woman of large proportion (fat-fluffy-dimply-squishy), it's sometimes very difficult to find something to wear. I have many different sizes in my closet. Clothes from 52 pounds ago, clothes worn before I ever gained that 52 pounds. Newer clothes since I lost some weight and then others that I can't really remember ever wearing. Some of them still have the price tags. Ususally in those cases, it's a birthday gift or a Christmas present from a well-meaning relative who's not sure of your size and really doesn't want to insult you by buying the size you really wear. Omar the tent maker sizes.

I hate people who can walk in a department store and pick anything off of the rack and wear it. I have to hold it out and see how far it stretches. I can't wear button-up blouses at all, I prefer the pull over. It seems you have more material that stretches in a pull-over.

Another thing, I absolutely refuse to wear anything clingy!! Why would anybody of ample size want to show off their rolls by wearing something that fits that tightly? If you watch them, they are constantly pulling and tugging. Short skirts and mid-drift tops!! A big no-no for us BIG GALS.

The problem that all of us are having now is, the weather. One day it's in the high 70's and you're wearing short sleeves. The next day it's in the 50's and you've pulled the coats and gloves back out of the closet. When it's in the middle (60's) you wear short sleeves with a coat or shorts with your socks pulled up to your knees and flip flops(Jed).

It wasn't in God's plan for us to have to worry about what to wear. However, Eve had to have a bite of that apple and well, here we are! I'm glad that we don't have to wear fig leaves. I'm not so sure figs have leaves large enough to cover big people do they? I guess that's where you would have to sew two or three together, depending on the look you're going for. Total coverage or a little leg. There's a nudist colony here in Chesnee, red-necks aren't too modest. I've often thought that maybe I could be a nudist but, then I think of all of the people I would send into fits of laughter. I mean side-splitting, pig-snorting, horse laughter. I think I detected a sigh of relief, besides I would have no way to cover up my embarassment. So, I guess I'll just hang around here and wear my gown and socks (my feet get cold).

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Life here at 71 Grand Five Drive, Chesnee, SC

I'm sure that some of you don't have a clue where our road name came from. My Mom and Dad built out here over twenty years ago and they just used the Sandy Ford Road address. That's the name of the main road at the top of our road, just off of Parris Bridge Road. However, when Ronnie and I built here 14 years ago (June) and then Cookie and Pudge built out here 12 years ago (Nov) we decided to name our road. At the time there were only five grand children, hence the name, Grand Five.Our Meredith McKenzie made it six a little over a year later. We've thought several times about changing the name but, now we just say the name represents the five original members of our little family.

Things have settled down a bit since Mama came home. She's adjusting pretty well to being home and she's doing a great job with her therapy. I'm a little worried that she will become inactive and fall into another deep depression. It's a fact that she still needs to build up her strength and her stamina and we are trying our best to encourage her. Please continue to pray for her, that she will have the will-power to get out and get involved when she feels stronger.

Ronnie and I are childless this week-end. Meredith is in Garden City with the youth and, Justin has gone racing for the week-end. They'll both be back tomorrow. We got our showers early this morning and went out for breakfast. We rode around for a little while and now, Ronnie and the pups are watching a murder mystery on TV and I'm blogging. We have a birthday dinner to go to tonight, can't say who it is though. I'm not sure if it's a surprise or not but, better to be safe than sorry.

I've checked in with my CaringBridge buddies this afternoon. Also remember them in your prayers. The Bachman family, still struggling with the loss of their sweet Caylyn and, Jim Berg. He's doing pretty well coping with the loss of his precious wife Barb but, he still feels so lost and lonely without her,especially at night.

I'll list my other buddies so you can call them by name;

Brook Waddle
Chelsey Mitchell
Jaxon Burns
Connor Bowden
Andrew Kirby (my new buddy)
Nicholas Deyo

If you have a chance,you should visit their sites. They are so sweet and so amazing.
The four little guys at the bottom of the list, are very young, like Caylyn was, with the oldest turning 7 years old on April,22nd. Brook is 20 years old and Chelsey is 16 years old. If you have followed my blog you may notice that Meredith Grace Dyar's name is missing from the list above. She's still on my list but, she no longer has cancer!! Praise the Lord. She's the youngest of my buddies (1 year old). Her Mom still posts to up-date us on how well she's doing and how much she's growing. Please don't forget my friend, Jonathan Melton from Care Pages.

Well, that the news from my house. By the way, Callie Rose, Odie and Sophia Belle are doing very well. We had all three of them in here last night during the thunderstorm. The older two mind very well but, the baby (So-So) is a handful.

I pray that your week-end will be safe and happy and Jesus filled. I hope to see most of you at AMRBC tomorrow morning.

If you drop by, leave me a note.

Love to all and God Bless.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Back to Normal

Actually, I don't even know what normal is. It's certainly not a word that describes me in any kind of way. Spring Break is over and it's back to the regular schedule.

We had a wonderful time this week. First of all, my Mom is home and doing great! She is actually stronger and healthier than she was before. She doesn't quite remember everything that happened and, I'm sure that's a good thing but, she wants to be a blessing to people. She wants to be able to tell them what God has done in her life. He's given her a second chance and she doesn't want to let it pass her by.

Secondly, Meredith and I traveled with Ronnie this week. We put over 1500 miles on my van. We went to Dacatur Alabama and Cottondale, Alabama. While Ronnie was working, Meredith and I went shopping and site seeing. We also slept and watched movies, played ball and ate. We really had so much fun. On the way back home from Alabama, we stopped by Pell City, Alabama to see a friend of mine that I haven't seen in 25 years. His name is Wendell. For those of you who read my blog, I have mentioned him before. He use to work for my Dad (truck driver) and I was the young kid (15 years old) who would check his trip records and write his checks. We became fast friends but somewhere along the years, we lost touch. After my Dad passed away, I knew that Wendell would want to know. So I tracked him down over the internet a year ago and we've been writing back and forth. Ronnie has heard all about Wendell for the past 17 years but, on Wednesday they finally met. Two of my favorite guys in the world.

On Thursday, Meredith and I traveled to Greensboro and Gastonia, NC with Ronnie. Sometimes, if he's not going to be in the plant for very long, we just stay in the car, if security permits. Other times we shop or ride around. On one of the stops, I had to go potty. Now, I am very picky about where I go and I have found that Waffle House has pretty clean restrooms and they are private. My first choice is a Welcome Center but, we were near a Waffle House. Meredith decided that she was staying in the van to watch her DVD so, I locked her in the van, with the keys (both sets) and my cell. She was sitting right in front of the window so I felt she would be safe. As I reached the door, I heard my van door close and looked around and there she stood, right at my shoulder. I asked her..., "Did you lock the door?" Of course she said.., "Yes." There we were in a strange town and the keys were locked in the van.
I couldn't get in touch with Ronnie because my phone was in the van and so were his keys. Now you know my temper, needless to say I had Meredith in tears and my B/P was at stroke level, honestly. She said that a man in one of the booths was looking at her and it scared her and, I said..., "Well guess what? Everybody in here is looking at us now!" Of course the people in Waffle House were sympathetic to Meredith and thought I was some kind of nut. We called a wrecker service and the guy came out, popped the door open and charged me $40.00. While we were locked out, Ronnie had called, in fact, the phone was ringing when I opened the door. I just told him I had something to take care of and I would see him in a minute. He thought I didn't make it to the bathroom on time and I was in need of clean clothes. Then he thought, she backed in to somebody and she's getting a ticket. I drive forward real well but, the backing up is not so easy for me. Anyway, we picked him up and he could see that Meredith was upset. When she told him what had happened, well, let's just say that his tantrum made me look like a wimp.

Anyway, we calmed down and told Sis that we were sorry that we had lost our temper and she said she was sorry for being silly and a wimp. We kissed and hugged and made up and the rest of the day was great.

All in all, it was a good week except now, Ronnie is sick. He told Meredith it was because he had to stand outside in the cold while the wrecker guy unlocked our van.

I'm glad that summer is just around the corner and we will be travelling some more with Ronnie. We're planning to go back to Alabama to spend a little more time with Wendell. No matter where we go, I will have my keys and my cell with me at all times and Meredith will just have to go to the potty with me.