Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! Remember, it is never too late to follow your dreams!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A nice gift

One of the best gifts you can give to yourself is letting go of all resentment and anger and practice forgiveness.

art by Emma

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry CHRISTmas from Kyle, Christy, Ellie, Emma and Caraline Rose!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Donnie and Susan

My sister Debbie has been best friends with Susan her whole life. A few days ago Susan and her husband Donnie were in a car accident. They were coming home from an appointment at Vanderbilt (Susan recently had foot surgery), they stopped and had a nice dinner together, then on the way home, about a mile from their house, they hit ice and were slammed into a tree. Susan wasn't injured but Donnie was critically injured. Yesterday, he had a brain hemorrhage and died.

Susan and Donnie were very much in love and so happy together.

Please pray for Susan and for Donnie's family. This is a very hard time for them. Please pray for the people who received Donnie's organs, may they now be well.

It really gave me a reality check. We can be here one minute and gone the next. Each day is a gift. I want to use everyday to show love to others.

Also, please pray for my sister and her husband, Chuck. Chuck has been asked to do the funeral and it is going to be hard for him.

Praise God for the promise of being reunited with our loved ones!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Today!

You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart... You're gonna find, yes you will, that you're beautiful as you feel. --Carole King

Monday, December 13, 2010

Learning with the Purpose of Sharing

It is wonderful what happens

when we decide to live with

the purpose of sharing and

helping others in need

even if we look for one

person a day who

needs a kind word

and write them a note

of encouragement

the blessings are

beyond measure

In the pic- Cara loves my friend and adopted family member, Donna, and she painted this picture to make Donna smile! It is the small things that show love!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Living Without Labels

Life is such a learning experience. I'm so glad God is so gentle in teaching me.

All of my life I have gone through life like a bull in a china store. I was labeled that way as a kid, adhd, headstrong. My zodiac sign is the ram so I just figured I was destined to be this way. There are several issues with this because when you ram your head into everything head first, sometimes, your head gets stuck in the drywall. For years, I have thought this is just who I am and I am totally NOT able to change it. So, I put up prison walls around myself with this issue. I convinced myself that I am impulsive, headstrong, unorganized, flaky....but the good qualities, artistic, visionary, empathetic, intuitive, funny...were good enough to balance out the other ones.

FINALLY, after years of thinking this way, I am free of the label. There is no reason why I have to live with bars....I can learn to stop and think, I can learn to not go headfirst into a wall without thinking, I can learn to keep my mouth shut until I have thought about my answer. I CAN do these things. There is no bar that says "christy has to be impulsive and unorganized".

There is are no more prison bars around my brain. I am FREE. Thank you God!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

God's Peace

It is there for me now even in the midst of chaos

God provides it for us

we just have to take the time to accept it

then it comes over us like a white blanket of light

and softens all the jagged edges

God's Peace