August 19, 2013

Moments in time

This past week has been rough emotionally, but most of all its been about Moments that happen
Flash back to 1971, a moment happened, I was born,   Seemed odd to think that over 42 years has passed since that day but Moments have happened.

Flash forward to 1978 when I was told I would be a Big Sister to a beautiful new Brother, His name John,  after my dad.  but you see he is pretty special a gift because my mom never birthed him per say but he picked us out in an orphanage on a cold winter day and came to live with us.  

Flash forward to 1986, Moved to Louisiana, it was to be our final home in my parents life.   Felt weird we had lived in different countries, I had traveled all over the world and Pineville Louisiana would be our home.   Weird.  

Flash forward to 1989,  Poof I am graduating in 2 days its May 20th, on a whim I was invited to my girlfriend Carries house to celebrate her  graduating High school, and introduced to the Man of my dreams ( Klark Kerley)  seems so surreal that day I wrote I was going to Marry him in a journal from back in the day

Flash forward to 1994,  March to be exact We are going to be parents for the first time,   Caitiln was born, and her journey began as a little 6lb 6 oz girl,  perfect in every way,  Then we started traveling at the age of 4 months she started her first moment she became a Valley girl in California,  Traveled to Nevada to live in the city of Lights ( Las Vegas,)  then poof on to Singapore she learned Chinese,  saw cultures and adventures in her life that were above amazing,  Headed to Virginia where friendships were made that last a life time,  then on to Michigan and then to Ohio,  This past May she graduated, A moment.

Flash forward to 1995,  October to be exact a date was made to become a parent to a  bouncing baby boy we were in California  Yuba City as a fact and life was good.   2 kids under 2,  and then it happened, a moment we found out that we were Moving yet again ,  A moment.

Flash forward to 2006  Our travels have brought us full circle we are getting ready to retire,  we are heading to Michigan to catch up with my family and build a life.  a moment

Flash forward to 2008,  Life is going great in fact it seemed too good. a moment.   We get a callf rom a friend Andrew he has leukemia,  he is dying and just wanted to catch up.   We were stationed with him in Washington,  A moment a chance encounter, a placement of God in our lives for a moment. we were inseparable,  late night runs to Denny's for Dairy Queen, Sharing Cable thru windows in our apartments and living a good life as couples.   We get a notice in 2009, he has passed due to complications he had just been transplanted with Marrow was on the healing, and a cold knocked him down.  

Flash forward to 2011,  a late night phone call from a friend,  Marianne, it was 4 am ,   the phone rang,  on the other end a friend from Washington letting us know that Her husband of over 20 years had passed, a moment.

Flash forward to this past month,   A Facebook Message,  Christy My brother committed Suicide,   Christy,  My Husband Cheated on me,  Christy I need you,  A late night call form my husband who reads a message on facebook from a friend that his friend, one he had not spoken too in years passed,   Chris Was his name

A Moment.

The point of this is to remember the moments good and Bad,   you see one moment i did not mention was the fact that lately God has been Blessing us in ways we never understand til later.  Moments of time that passed with out incident, a chance encounter with a stranger that in turn makes your world Shatter, when you see the news that they have passed, went on to be with our lord, separated from the earth.  It seems surreal that none of us know the moment in time when our "earthly body " will expire,  SO I ASK THIS.

Do you live for the Moments in life or are you living in Moments?  

Does each day you awaken seem like another dreadful day or do you take charge, wipe the slate clean and start over.   Each day is a Moment, Each Hour is a Moment.

This past month I opened a store in town a small town of Hillsboro, Ohio, I am not from here not even close to being from anywhere but its where our roots are starting to grow.  The Moments that have happened since opening this store seem overpowering at some times.  Simply put Today I made a difference in some ones life. tomorrow who knows. what will come and if tonight is the last night that I get to make a Moment on this earth I want to make sure that I leave a mark.  ( not to say I was here) but to say Pass it forward, Live for your moments in life and make them the best.)

So I challenge you my readers today and tomorrow to record your moment. Simply comment on what that Moment in your life was today.

Did you Take a walk with a stranger,  Did you smile and say hi to a stranger, did you call up some one you love, know or just ask them if they were okay.   Did you stop to say Your sorry for their pain?  

Know this each person who walks thru the doors,  passes me on the street,  shows up in my "newsfeed"  and stumbles in by accident was not an accident but a moment.   Stand up and recognize those moments and be strong for who you are and believe in your self. for you are amazing, Stunning, beautiful, and breathtaking and each moment you breathe in a breath of air remember to make the most of it

This post was dedicated to those near and dear friends who are waiting on the other side for us.   Praying now for thier families as the pain never goes away it never heals it just becomes more tolerable.  And to my Grandma who sits waiting for me with her arms open.  My moments are not quite done yet.   Keep the arms open and watching over me and know you are in every moment of my life ... Love you Grams....  Christy

January 30, 2013

His Love Freebie Valentine Bookmark

Sometimes I wonder when people say you know Valentines day is coming up,  you know its that time of the year to buy some one Flowers, candy, or even better a piece of Jewelry,  However I wonder sometimes if we are totally missing the point on Valentines day?

I mean lets look at it .. its for Couples, its for Lovers, Its for those gooshy romantic things that none of us want to talk about.  But seriously have you made your valentines yet for your Lover, gooshy person in your life your crush?

What about your first True Love,  No I am not talking about the geeky boyfriend you had in High School   I am talking about the Love of your life right now that lives with in each of us?

Have you made "HIS" valentine yet?  I mean what would you give Jesus for Valentines day?  I mean he gives us each day but what would you give him for valentines day?  Would you give him a Crown of Jewels,  A Dozen Red Roses with Thorns?  A box of Sweet Chocolate?   or would you simply get down on your Knees and read the word?

So I challenge each of my readers today to grab up their bibles and read.. Read from the word today.   Simply pick up the bible better yet keep reading :)

Here it goes...

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Would you BE His this valentines day? 

 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
He is letting you know you are all His now will you let him be All yours?  

The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity[a] and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”
Look at the promise he makes for us to return to him on his land.  

 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]
Now if this is not powerful i don't know what is.. but think about it..  do you love the Lord god with all of your heart, Soul, Strength and Mind?  If not you are missing out on a lot of great things.  

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

I am Sure that soon we will all be in a room in our Father's house,   I cannot wait for that day.   

How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Just listen to the words of our lord as he speaks to you in your heart .. taste the sweetness he brings to your life every day if you allow him in .. 

If you love me, keep my commands.

Jesus Promises you to the Holy Land and the Holy Spirit.  How wonderful is that.  

With this I close with a prayer for my friends this year. 

May your Valentine be Pure, Sweet and Loving, May be in times of trouble and moments of weakness hold you tight and carry you thru the troubled waters,  may in times of praise and gladness may you see that he indeed is glad and praising you as well.   Be truthful to your father praise him in the Storm and Praise him in the calm but most of all Love him as you do your First true love with All of your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.  

Be Blessed friends..

Below you will find a bookmark that you can print,   I simply ask that you leave my blog address on the bottom for you to find me.  There are 5 of the bookmarks on one page.  Simply Print on a regular sheet of paper,  Cut and enjoy.  give to your friends and Love one another this valentines Day.  

PRAISES to all 

simply right click Save as .. and then open in your window and Print.  

I would like to thank my Girlfriend LeeAnne for offering me the inspiration on this post with out here this bookmark would not be possible.  God is so amazing .  

January 3, 2013


Today I sat and thought about Friends,  The ones I have here in Cyber space and the real ones that are tangible by feel touch and sight.  I sat and thought about what it means to be a friend,   where friends come from and then I sat and thought about Jesus and the 12 disciples.   He knew one would betray him he knew 11 would follow but why would he keep the one who betrayed him so close.

Often times I think of friends as season's and yes I can see every one of you wondering what season are you in in my life?   Well you see every one of us has fallen out of touch for years, decades and maybe what we would consider century's.   We reach out and touch each other occasionally and then you find those ones that make your heart flutter with excitement.   I am not talking about your "soul mate" but your "friend mate"  .

 Lets think about it.   Friend mate seems odd but its true its those friends that you can be apart from for Years ( and I mean years ) and never talk to them,   but yet you see a comment on their wall on facebook,  you see a statement they make and you connect.  You see I have those Friend Mates in my life right now.  Do I think they will be there forever?   Nope, why you ask yourself is it something you did something you said something that happened.

 Nope its not its God's Season's   I firmly believe he places me in lives of people that I would avoid.  I would run away from I would just "shun"  to friend.   Its weird but I never ever imagined that paths of some of you out there would ever cross other than in Cyber space,  then on a whim I start talking and poof some one shows up to visit with me from a distance they drive over or pop online and say what are you doing this weekend I really want to meet you in person.   its odd but its so amazing to think that this world is so small that in a blink of an eye those friends could be gone.  

Today is one of those days where three women became friends  J, T and C.   All three did not have a common bond til that fateful day 3 years ago when an unfortunate thing happened and all three of their spouses were killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.   All three were single mom's with young children all three had in one second, one blink of an eye, one brief moment of breath their lives changed.    Often times we never hear the what happens after effects but all three of these are friends of mine T & C coped differently and went their own ways,   I still follow them online and their blogs but we rarely talk.  but J and I have developed a close relationship so much that I often at night cry for her pain that she feels so that she can feel the comfort of love that we all have for her.    J remarried shortly after her husband passed to M.  M is a wonderful man and was saved by her spouse J and T's spouse B.  Both were killed in seconds but M lived.   It was amazing to watch God work in the lives of these two.  Placed together by a fateful day but forever remembered in their hearts.   So today I dedicate this blog to Josh Lengstorf, Bradley Smith, and Sgt Bowman.  and in living I also dedicate this to Michael Malarsie who is a hero in my eyes.   However the women left behind by this fateful day will forever be bound as friends by one thing one breath one second one action.    Please take a moment to look at this card I created,  I am also entering this in a competition for a blog called Tsunami Rose  They asked us to create anything that Goes.  Well today this is what goes.

I used basic craft paper card stock for the card base,  Paper is from We R Memory Keepers 4 x 6 memory pad  Anthologie,   Flowers are from Memory Works Simple Stories line,   and Stamp is unknown.   Enjoy this card and enjoy the meaning behind it.  

With many blessings and many thoughts today I wish you and yours the best.  Cherish those Friends and Friendships and cherish the times we have together.  Thanks for being here today.