things my special needs son taught me …

2022 marks the 19th year of my son’s passing.

How is it that 19 years seems like eternity and yesterday all at the same time??

Sometimes I try to imagine what he would be like at age 35, but I don’t stay there long because those thoughts can lead me down a long, dark tunnel wondering all the why questions and turning my spirit inward.

Instead, I thank God that he is whole in heaven! He’s not hidden away somewhere so Covid can’t touch him. He’s not in pain or restrained in his wheelchair. NO! He’s running! He’s dancing! He’s able to see and eat the most glorious food imaginable AND … he’s in the presence of Jesus.

This is how I am able to put one foot in front of the other.

This is how I am able to stand firm in my faith knowing I will see him again.

So what did this little guy teach me in the 15 1/2 years he was mine? Much….

First of all, Clay was blind. He couldn’t see the color of anyone’s skin, he listened to their voice and you could easily see in his expression who made the cut and who didn’t. To Clay, color doesn’t matter.

Secondly, Clay was confined to his wheelchair. In this he taught me patience. He didn’t know how to change his position in his chair so I became aware of the time he spent sitting and would either shift him to a new position, or perhaps lay him in his bed. I feel like I’m constantly moving, shifting my weight … never quite sitting still, so during the night I would get up many times to turn him so he wouldn’t be sore.

Thirdly, Clay taught be about total dependence. Where Clay relied on total dependence on me, I have learned to have total dependence on God. Clay entrusted me to carry him from one place to another and God has carried me the same way. I cannot imagine those years without the love of Jesus holding me tight … giving me strength … showing me how to care for this child that had faith in me, his mother.

Other things I learned along the way was that some (most) things Just. Don’t. Matter. But knowing that I matter to my Creator is all I need.

Psalm 91:1 says that ‘those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

I miss my son completely, but my faith in the One True God has never wavered. I find rest in Him.

hiroshima then……..hiroshima now…

We all know that  Hiroshima and  Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.
However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land  during the past 68 years.

Here is Hiroshima in 1945…

Now let’s look at Hiroshima today……..can you spot the differences?

fabulous rare celebrity photos…….

These were forwarded to me and unfortunately, I do not know where they originated….but they are absolute classics!!

So, please……ENJOY!!

Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger:

The Beatles and Muhammed Ali:

Martin Luther King, Jr and Marlon Brando:

Danny DeVito and Christopher Reeve:

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein:

Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee:

Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood:

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding, and Harvey Firestone

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates:

James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor:

Ian Fleming and Sean Connery:

Johnny Cash and Ray Charles:

Elvis Presley and Tom Jones:

Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash:

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong:

Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi:

Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr:

recipe for … ice?

Ok, normally I like to keep you all to myself…..however, today we’re going on a field trip.

There is a GREAT recipe on Food.com that I thought you might be interested in making, even if you haven’t mastered the joy of cooking. 

Yes, it’s for ice.  

Apparently, Chrissie G has some relatives of mine that do NOT know how to replace ice cube trays (these are also the family members that drop their dirty clothes next to the hamper, and the adorable ones that would rather place the toilet paper on TOP of the holder)

Thankfully, we have kept up with current times and have an ice maker now…. but oh, but I remember those days all too well.

So skip over with me to THIS SITE and click on RATINGS AND REVIEWS to read all the hilarious comments that go with this very important recipe!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to sign in to read all the reviews.  This is really funny, and I promise you will laugh!

Print out the recipe for those times when unexpected guests come over.  It will be a hit!!

Enjoy and don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think!!

fireworks in CA…

We just got back from a COOL  (in more ways than one) vacay in lovely San Diego!  Yep, we were there for the big 15 second fireworks show!  We thought it was a great beginning….only to find out that it was  also the end!  Oh well…..

The temperature was unbearable in Arizona, and with the fourth of July being a holiday….and the fifth of July being a birthday… we loaded up a few of our favorite things…

And drove to Coronado Island!!!  All of our grown kids, and two grandkids got to share the weekend with us!  And I must tell you….the youngest is 27 and the oldest is 33 years……..and they are absolutely hysterical.  We spent the weekend laughing and enjoying the weather with most of it being around the pool!!

Hello, girls!!!! 

Later the girls wanted mama to take them to the water….to play their guitars, of course..

   

These are true soul surfers…..(just ask them)

So while the fireworks show was a BUST……..the weekend with the family was absolutely PRICELESS!!!!

this is how I’m gonna love you…

“I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment,

and as a secret compartment loves a secret,

and as a secret loves to make a person gasp,

and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves,

and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor,

and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make everyone else gasp,

and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against,

even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer

and reveal a secret compartment.

I will love you until all such compartments are opened and discovered,

and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.

I will love you until all the codes and hearts

have been broken and until every anagram and egg

has been unscrambled.”

~ Lemony Snicket

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEETIE!

I LOVE YOU!

back in the day…

Remember Montgomery Ward’s?  Of course, when we were younger we called it Monkey Ward’s…. and don’t ask me why, just a silliness, I suppose.

Well, according to the Montgomery Ward’s 1934 Christmas Catalog, you could make some pretty good deals purchasing items from their store. What woman can resist a pair of shoes for $1.77, and who knew they had baby chicks??