Thursday, January 14, 2010



Today, you are committed to something. What is it?

Are you committed to just getting by, to just getting through the day with as little effort as possible? Or are you committed to something greater, something magnificent and exciting and fulfilling?

Whatever you're truly committed to, is exactly what you'll achieve. Whatever you're truly committed to, determines the kind of life that you lead. Within you is a vision that longs to be brought to life. It's a vision that deserves your full commitment.

Commitment to your most profound vision is not easy, and will ask much of you. Yet you know it is the best choice.

Make that choice, make that commitment to the best that's within you, again and again, each moment of each day. And the life you create, your own life, will be nothing short of outstanding.
-- Ralph Marston

I read this today and liked it very much. So much so that I sent it out as an email to all my buds. It made me think of all I am committed to... all that I am... being a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend and being an artist, my marriage, etc. All strong committments, but the strongest is my committment to the Lord. What are you committed to?

A lot has happened since last week.... First, I must apologize for not responding to your comments. I loved everyone one of them. They made my day & made me smile when I finally had time to read them. I am thankful for all of them and you. I will respond individually asap. Paulie thanks for the b-day poem!

My Daddy is 84 years old and still working! Last Friday my Daddy fell ouside work! He hit his head, skinned both knees badly, but luckily was wearing gloves so hise hands were not hurt as bad. Thank goodness no bones were broken or stitches required. He was driven home and several people from work called to check on him. He bruised beneath his eye with his glasses which was a concern due to the way it looked by Sunday afternoon. I talked with two nurse friends about his condition. One scared me to death about brain bleeds! We are just so very thankful he is okay. So I have been going to the store for them all week. Because he was unable to drive, I had to pick up Rhett from school as well as drop him off each morning. So I changed my work hours. I have been staying later to make up for my time going to get him.

Saturday was really cold here. My folks didn't feel like going to celebrate my belated birthday at Red Lobster so it was the three of us, Steph, our youngest daughter (my step-daughter) and her friend. In Steph's card to me, she thanked me for always being there for her. That meant far more to me than any gift.

Monday I had the surprise of my life... Illy was back at work! My eyeballs must have almost popped out. We were told she was on family medical leave without pay indefinetly. Our preacher had preached Sunday that nothing should surprise us anymore yet I am always surprised. I think his sermon was a premonition... yet I was totally suprised by her presence. It feels like history repeating itself again because it has. Same time last year.

Tuesday I walked in my folks' house to see my mom with their checkbook while on the phone. I made her give me the phone. I demanded the caller to identify themself. The woman said she was Jenny Taylor with the Anti Fraud Div of Family Security. Supposedly Daddy had requested something, but he was on the other phone saying he didn't. The woman had the nerve to ask if he had a memory problem. I asked her to send me something in writing. She said she could not. Red flag. She said she was trying to protect them because their acct # had already been sold to various telemarketers & they could use their account. She could not tell me which ones. What worried me so was the fact that she said she already had their account # she was just verifying it. Mom said she didn't give it to her. I know Mom thinks I don't believe her. I asked this Jenny to hold on while I went in the other room to quickly dial that # on my cell phone. It was a 7-11 in Illinois! Jenny hung up while I did this. I called the 7-11 back. I told them what happened. They asked if I called yesterday. It seems someone else from the south with a southern accent had called about the same thing yesterday! I called the fraud div of the PD. Haven't completed a report yet. Called the bank to put a watch on the account. Had a terrible headache from it all. Called work to tell them I'd be running later. Came back to work to clean up what I had almost finished when I left to get Rhett & to get my bag although I was told not to worry about coming back to work. i passed Illy who asked me why I came back. Obviously she would not have returned like me. I am trying to show that I care about my job because I need it. I am committed to it. I don't think Illy liked my answer or tone, but it was because I was mad about the earlier episode.

It scared Rhett, but I told him not to be scared. I handled it. I just feel like I have 3 children now! Sometimes 4 with Don! Later all my friends said I did good & acted fast. My best friend Genie said she would have been a blubbering idiot! LOL She told me she'd hang in there if I will.

Rhett blew me away with a question I just couldn't answer or deal with at that moment in time. I'd just finished watching mom dressing Daddy's knees. Now Rhett wants to be a lawyer/welder. A welding lawyer. Lawyer at the Weld. LOL He is constantly making all sorts of noises. I figure he is going to be the next Robin Williams or Jim Carey. I told my sweet friend Patti she can tell folks she has known him all his life and can show them his autograph someday. Even told her once he buys me a mansion, she can come visit us and swim in the cement pond! LOL

I am thankful for all the free meals I had at work this week not to mention medical supplies for my Daddy. Because of this, I saved on gas which went up down here. Over $2.60 now.

I am so thankful Paulie & Abby started another blog! So glad to know Abby is okay. I was really worried about her.

I am thankful for the paper Rhett did where he wrote about Uncle Bert. Of course he took a lot of liberties, but his teacher wrote the neatest things about him. That he was very good at writing. (He gets this from me of course!LOL) That he writes far better than most kids his age and he should persue his writing. Amen. Maybe after his lawyer/welder/actor/commedian thing. LOL I am so proud of him. He wanted me to frame it, but it is a two pager and stapled. It will have to go in his scrapbook.

I am thankful for the pics finally I sent out via email last week even though I didn't finish them all because I had so many. I am thankful for the good feedback I always get from my friends.

I am thankful for the argyle socks I got at the dollar store for me, my 2 best friends and my daughter-in-law for Valentine's day.

I was NOT thankful for all the cold weather we had the past couple of weeks but it could be worse... I could be in Haiti!

What are you thankful for this week? Want to share? Then join us at...


shopannies said...

yes I agree with the weather bad here we always hope for warm but you are righ there is something that can find to be thankful for

Denise said...

Praying for you and your family, love you.

Paulie said...

I am thankful that I am getting to spend a week with my son and his family in Port Orchard. I am not thankful for all the rain they are having. It has not stopped me from hiking and finding lots of benches for my other blog tho.

Drop by when you can -- I ahve psots scheduled while I am gone and try to sue their computer to reply to people when I can get the chance to sue it when computer is not busy.

Lynn said...

A -Maz- ing

You arrived in just the nick of time. Probably saved your mom and dad a ton of hassle and heartbreak as well as money.

Great work. I always love stopping over and reading your stories. The Lord has an adventure for you every week. How lucky are you???

Fun... Hugging you and see you again next week. Love, Lynn

becky aka theRAV said...

Yes, Shopannies... Always something to be thankful for. Thank you Denise for the prayers. I am praying for you and your Lovebug as well. Paulie I am glad you are spending time with your son. Glad the rain didn't stop you! LOL I'll be by. Thanks Lynn. I am so glad you love stopping by & reading my stories. That means so much to me.Yes, it seems the Lord does indeed have an adventure for me each week and then some! LOL Yesterday I did not feel so lucky. Thanks for the hug!