I am listening to Lady Soul by the Embers. Somehow it seems fitting to be listening to something old as my sister and I prepare to close today on the family home. While the music soothes my nerves it also reminds me of the good times my family and I had at the beach.

I can’t bring my parents back but I can remember the best of them. Lately with the state this world is in I have also been reminded of the values they taught me that other people don’t seem to have. While we did not always see eye-to-eye, we did always have respect for each other.

So today as we make an important step toward the closure of our parents’ estate, we will also find some closure ourselves. We have walked away from the homeplace feeling good that we “did right by them” as my Dad would say. While for the most part we have moved past the grief we can now move forward in our individual lives.

We will move forward and show the world that the best of us is yet to come!

God bless each and every one of you. The fact that you have tolerated my rants about life just makes you a part of my circle of friends. Thanks for reading and following me on my journey of life.

Christmases Past

Family and kids galore
A Father’s Love

Our Christmases of the past make me wonder what this Christmas will be like, for sure nothing like the last.

My Mother always enjoyed Christmas and last year was no exception. She laughed and ate well but somehow I knew it would be her last and three days later she did pass.

The parades we may have no more. As a family we have decided to take a risk and still get together. Family is not something we are willing to comprimise on or have the government tell us what to do. Families shape us in a way nothing else can. They define our moral structure, they support us when we are in need and celebrate us when we succeed.

After all, in sickness or in health our Heavenly Father still joins us. He still supports us and still celebrates with us even if our earthly family is unable to. Even if you do not have family, reach out to help someone to have that special Christmas.

This year is particularly hard. We have had many losses. Our Mother was our greatest loss but we have also lost our freedom to show our face, our religious rights and the right to an honest election. The old saying “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” is true for the most part. While we struggle to regain our footing, our faith is something that will never waiver even if we can’t attend church. I carry my faith with me. I am not ashamed of it and will always protect it. I am very vocal about my rights and desires to live a normal life and do not apologize for that. Dispite the evil in this country, I still stand for American and what our forefathers fought for.

Whatever your plans are this Christmas, keep Christ in your plans and hold your family close to you even if that means being six feet apart!

God bless you all.