Remembering Lessons from Daddy

Today was my Daddy’s birthday. I have been thinking of him a lot. I miss him. More than that, I wish my kids could have known him better. But I assembled a list of key facts and morality codes he lived by that will benefit them and anyone seeking wisdom.

1. Daddy always told the truth. He did not lie and detested lies. Yes, you have to face the consequences if you did something wrong but the consequences for lying are a slow death inside and misery along the way so far worse. Truth is always the right answer.

2. Daddy loved God, family and country in that order. No exceptions. Daddy would fight to the death for any of those and in that order. He was a junior high Sunday school teacher and church song leader, a faithful husband, great provider, loving father, and former Marine and lifelong farmer. This was proof, which you always provide when you believe in something.

4. Daddy was very generous and secretive about it. He loved anonymous gift giving and was quite sneaky about it. He saw more rewards for helping without notoriety or reward, knowing then that God gives greater eternal rewards in heaven. Pretty smart cookie.

5. Daddy saw black and white and had no time or patience for gray. It was right or wrong. Dismiss the wrong and live the right. No in betweens, no compromising the right ever.

6. Daddy loved nature. He tended his fields with a passion for their Maker and appreciated, knew and coaxed the soil and plants to perfection. He was an amazing farmer and loved nature.

7. Daddy sang like an angel. He was big and strong, had taught boxing in the service, ran and repaired heavy equipment, farmed, was tough as nails but always sang like an angel for Jesus. You use the gifts you were given. You just do.

8. Daddy put everyone first. God was first and foremost but everyone followed after. He never saw a stranger, picked up hitchhikers, helped countless people move, took great care of us and all our family members, helped out friends with car repairs, even after a double shift. If he could do it, he knew he should.

9. Daddy loved me unconditionally. He was the only one other than God. Yes, sometimes he disagreed with my choices, but he alway was there loving me, there for me, eager to provide for me, had my back. Always. My rock. My secure person.

10. Daddy was faithful to my mom. He is the only man I know of who has been. No porn, no cheating, turned off raunchy shows or even commercials, looked away at trashy dressed women, never even side glanced. He was faithful to her, even when she weighed over 300 pounds. Didn’t matter, that was his sweat heart and he loved her. Proved it.

So, I hope everyone sees the example of my daddy as one to follow as a human. Of course Jesus is a greater example, but daddy pretty good too. I am proud and honored to have been his daughter.

Happy birthday in heaven, daddy! I sure do love and miss you.❤❤

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Birthday of Times Past

Ever get to a date that used to be memorized and celebrated but that person is no longer anywhere around for one reason or another, they passed to heaven, they left traumatically, they abandoned you or moved on from your life, they are far physically now, whatever the case may be? But the date remains planted there because it had rooted deeply before the separation occurred. That day is still a celebration because that person is still important, still loved, still valued for lessons learned. This is one of those days for me. A day of celebratory contemplation and missing.

And we do not have a memory like God does. It is so cool and powerful that God can choose to forget. We cannot. The scene can dim over time and fade to sepia tones but it can still be recalled, it does not disappear. Which is why we must be careful what goes into our minds. But God can forget. And it says in His Truth (the Bible) that His love impel Him to choose to forget our sins when we confess and repent and ask Him to remove them through Jesus. It disappears, as if it never existed. The enemy will use our memory against us and recall it to torture us, but those are lies and the truth is that God has lovingly chosen to wipe them out of history and existence. Just don’t go back to it.❤

Birthday Blessings

I am 44 today! Love even numbers. So my hubby took us out for a nice steak yesterday for my birthday and Valentine’s Day even though he isn’t 100% yet. So I feel very blessed! And my best friend sent me a care pack of wonderful things (she is awesome!), so I feel doubly blessed!! And I am healthy and my voice is coming back so feel triply blessed! And I had some consulting work yesterday so am even more blessed! I used to believe that counting your blessing was a nice thought, kinda cheesy, but if you start doing that for real, you run out of room in your heart really fast for the bad stuff. It works! God bless you and have a blessed day!❤🎉🎊

My Birthday Month

Here we sit, the second day of my birthday month. My son looked at the calendar and saw all the great presidents birthdays and mentioned all of them were born the same month as I and around the same time. I responded “of course” and he mentioned also that they were great but also weird and stood against the tide. “Also, of course.” We Februarians are odd to everyone but us but also accomplish great things. God intended this the rarest of all birth months to be reserved for the oddballs, the creative leaders, the entrepreneurs, the freedom drivers. And this is just what we are designed to do to contribute to our world. We know ourselves and we know God called us to be very different and humanitarian. It is just how it is. And this is our birth month and I thank you humbly for the birthmonth wishes. And as I turn a whopping 44, I will enjoy being halfway to heaven, unless He sees fit to call me home before that. Yay, February! ❤

Luke 2:4-14

Luke 2:4. ‘So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7. and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”‘ 

Christmas Preparations

So, I have picked up some consulting audiology work lately for buying gifts and today we decorated our Christmas tree. So, here we are, preparing to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and I am finally getting into the mood of it all. And this downpour we are having does not dampen my spirits one bit either. I am happy. 😄 ❤ 

Once Upon an October

Once upon an October,

We celebrated three birthdays.

We had 4 parties also then

And deepened our relationship.

We feasted and went to the beach

And somehow still did school

But these very busy October’s

Are really very cool.

I miss those who are gone from life

I wish they partied too

But I know the party up in heaven

Is really hopping too.

So here upon this October,

With all its busy charm.

We celebrate our family with God

And He blesses us all month long.❤