When things go Right!

Being in that ‘in-between’ season where my sons still need me, and aging parents start needing more help is somewhat stressful.

I took some time to reflect on my Mother-in-law’s situation this last year, and I noticed something remarkable.

Every time we needed to have something for her, it happened flawlessly:

She needed a new cardiologist.  A friend recommended the perfect doctor for her.  She got into to see him quickly, and he was able to change up some medication that helped her tremendously.

She needed to sell a piece of property.  A realtor reached out to her with a buyer who wanted to pay cash, at top of the market price, and it closed without a hitch in less than a month!  I’m so grateful that she got to put a little extra jingle in her pocket.

She needed daily assistance, and one of her neighbors had a friend that was between jobs, and the two of them are now inseparable buddies.  The young lady helped my Mother-in-law stay in her own home a year longer than we thought possible.

It’s now time for her to move into a full time assisted living facility.  Yesterday she went for an evaluation, loved the facility, they had a room available, and she moves in next week!  No arguing, crying, complaining, or dismay, she’s ready to move in and is super happy about it.  We thought it was going to be a difficult transition.

When I think back on all the really nice ways that things have come together for my 92 year old Mother-in-law I’m just in awe, and so grateful.

I’m a firm believer that God has been watching out for her, and it’s been such a blessing to witness such goodness.  Not only am I a witness, but in a way I get to benefit from that goodness because it’s taken so much off my list of things to manage.

I’m so grateful today to see the good things that God does for my family.


Happy Mother’s Day!

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To all the Moms out there, have a truly beautiful day.

For me, motherhood scared me.  I didn’t have a good relationship with my mom, and I was afraid that I would be perpetuating a problem.

My sons have blessed my life far over and above what I thought was ever possible.  They are the joy and light of my life, and I’m so happy to be their mom.

This may seem like a backwards tribute, but I’ve never been one to see motherhood as a sacrifice or a chore.  It has been a stewardship of two fine souls that I had the Privaledge and honor to steer and guide through life for a while.  Now I watch them sail and soar and I’m so glad that they call me mom.

Christmas Gratitude

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It’s the 12th, and the countdown to Christmas begins.  

Today I’m counting as the First Day of Christmas, and I’m grateful foremost for the Grace I’ve received this year to get through some very difficult challenges. 

When I look back of all the things that we faced, overcame, and achieved  I marvel at the Grace we were given.

Wherever you might be today, hug up your loved ones and count your blessings…even if your were a bit Naughty.😜

Grateful today. 

Not very many people I know like to be alone. There are times when it is vital to me.  

I can flow with the buzz of activities and chatter, but they drain me.

When my GAS (give a s#^t) tank is low, and I’ve extended too far.  Alone is necessary to bring myself back into balance.

Today I am grateful for good sales calls this week, safe travels, good company, reconnecting with friends, and rain. 

As I sink into the comfort of quiet and alone, I take time to count my blessings. They are many.  I smile.

Unexpected kindness


Remembering 9-11-2001 by taking flight without fear. God Bless America and the families of those who lost their loved ones 13 years ago.

Hot, busy, tired, and not looking forward to more rounds of MRI appointments at MD Anderson.

The business trip has been productive, and rewarding. The trip home is starting.

Rental car returned, bags checked, Sky Capp tipped, I had the honor to be selected for the quick pre-check line for TSA. The agents were friendly and efficient, and I didn’t have to take off my shoes, or take out my laptop. I thought I won the lottery.

Sitting at the only bar in my concourse, I sipped my Shock Top and stared blankly at the bank of TV monitors spewing the latest in the NFL scandal. If only the media had the same mentality toward our elected officials, as they do for the NFL commissioner…..I digress.

The travelers fill in around me, as I do my best to take up the least amount of space possible…it is a busy day in the airport.

Not being in a jocular mood, I stare at my IPad, the book is open to Emerson’s essay on Prudence. As much as I stare, it goes unread.

This voice intrudes my Boketto. It takes me a few minutes to register that the fellow traveler is speaking to me. He asks where I am headed. I reply “home”.

Little did I know that a one word reply would start such a torrent of unsolicited information. In short order he told me his marital status, how many dogs he owned, how many hours a week he worked, his profession, where he was going, why, and who he would see while he was there.

I asked him a few polite questions, he replied with more information on his Faith, his father, and the projects he had done around San Antonio.

He was off and away as quickly as he set down. He bought my beer, tipped the bartender $10 on an $18 tab. As he departed, he said “my father demonstrated through his life that whatever threshold you cross, be it church, school, business, or bar leave it better than how you found it.”

I wished him a 100 fold return on his generosity, thanked him for the beer, and he seemed surprised at my comment, but pleased.

After he was gone, I was a bit bemused by the encounter, then remembered the scripture about entertaining strangers.

It is those Heavenly Winks, and unexpected blessings that humble me so completely. God loves me, and he sends me that message of love and blessing continually….Sometimes in the strangest places, always when I least expect it, and always when I need it most. God is good to Wendy, even when she is having a beer at the airport .