Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gratitude Lately

Lately I've been grateful for coworkers 
who remind me that sometimes it's best to Shake it off. 

For Sunday night dinners with a table full of friends.
(and a pup who thinks he deserves a seat)

For a husband who lets me have the heated seat, 
and holds all of the leftovers. 

For stories from loved ones and new acquaintances 
about a life very well lived...
and the laughter that comes from remembrance. 

For new hobbies and stout beers. 

And for nephews who want to share their treats...


...and then quickly take them back. 

 Cheers to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough. 

Also, a big thank you to everyone 
for the kind words, prayers and hugs. 
It means a lot. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Every day is a good day.......some are just better than others.

My Grandpa Dale spent his first morning in heaven today. 

Although I know it was a joyous reunion for him 
and those waiting to greet him,  
it was a tough day for our family. 

I grew up next door to him and my Grandma, Carole.  
He was a constant example of a man living a Christ-centered life, 
was a wonderful husband and father, 
and taught me the value of hard work and a positive attitude.

In the summers when I was home from college, 
we spent every morning together on his porch solving word scrambles. 

He served in the Army, 
loved woodworking,
traveled the world, 
managed a bank, 
lead hymns at church, 
proudly visited every US state,
traded spy novels with Anthony, 
taught Business at a local College,
was a regular at Habitat for Humanity
and played a really mean game of cribbage. 

He was the best Grandfather a girl could ever have. 

Papaw, I know this was what is best for you;
you were ready to go home. 

All of us that you left behind are really sad though
and miss you already. 

Please pray for our family as we grieve this loss.