Bloom Where you Are Planted

January 24, 2014 at 1:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

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Bloom where you are planted.

I have had many conversations on this topic. I love to hear others take on this thought. Some are miserable no matter where life takes them and then there are those who has made the best out of life they can. So many have lost everything in tornadoes, wildfires, personal tragedies. Sometimes when life throws you a curve ball you did not see it coming. Many families face a devastating disease, others financial crisis, and many are without health coverage.It is difficult when there are many distractions in our lives today.Sometimes it is hard to take time to smell the roses and see how sweet they do smell.

I have suffered person tragedies in my life. my son was involved in a fatal traffic accident in 2007. He was only 20. I did not know if I could ever recover from the loss. I have a strong faith in God who reassured me that I can keep moving forward in my life. sometimes as I have learned you take life one moment at a time. I truly have learned to bloom where I was planted. I get so many comments from people who say I am always smiling. Life is hard but i take time for a good cry everyday and have my coffee time with Jesus everyday. He is a very important part of my day. I have days where I grumble, but I realize my attitude is not going to change the outcome of the circumstance. I am blessed to have the  love and support from my family and friends. I think happiness is a choice,just like bitterness and anger.

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In Memory Of The 6 Teens Who Died In Ohio

March 12, 2013 at 3:27 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

 

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My prayers go out to the families  tonight who have lost their teens yesterday. What a truly heartbreaking story to read. I know the depth of grief each parent is feeling tonight. I lost my son in a traffic accident in July 2007. Levi was only 20. There are no words to describe the depth of grief you feel and continue to feel. Your whole world is changed forever in a moment. When I read the teens had drowned in a pond, my heart sank; My son Levi died the same way. My son was put on life support for five days. After five days and countless prayers later, Levi was taken off life support. What is also sad to me is the teens were not honest with their parents on spending the night at their friend’s house. The parents trusted their sons and daughters were safe and being supervised. Now the parents have pick up the pieces of their empty lives and try to make sense out a senseless tragedy.

Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. Our lives can be changed forever in a moment. I am healing more everyday. I still have days when I just cry over the loss of my son. I sometimes ponder where Levi would be today if he was still alive. I am thankful the privilege to raise the fine young man Levi had become.

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Have A Great weekend Everyone.

February 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Wishing You A Happy Valentine’s day

February 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

 

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Happy valentine’s day everyone.

I know today can be a hard day. For some, today may be the first Valentine’s day you have spent after a divorce, some may have children in the Military,for others it may be your first year since your children have left the nest. Some may have a special someone to celebrate with tonight and many do not. Wherever you are in your life, always remember how much you are loved by family and friends around you even if you didn’t receive a card or a phone call, you are very loved and thought of. I lost my husband to complications from his diabetes. I raised my young son alone from childhood through his teens. In July 2007, my son died in a tragic car accident. He was only 20.  I understand the pain many are feeling. Today is sweethearts day and I do have a sweetheart. God has walked me through some of the darkest days of my life. Through His grace, mercy, love and daily encouragement, I am walking forward in the good things that still lie ahead for my life. I had to realize the deaths of both my husband and son did not mean the death of me as well.  I am excited for my future and what it holds. Life is not easy, but with the love of friends and family I have learned how to live again. Life is good indeed!

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Author Question “Why Did You Write Your story?”

January 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

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I have been asked why did I decide

to write my first book “Healing in the storms.” Sometimes our lives are forever changed in the blink of an eye. When we marry, we envision a life growing old with our spouse, we imagine our lives retired and maybe traveling and enjoying our grandchildren. I do not live my life with what if.. or I wish.. I continue to live my life everyday looking forward to the good things God still has for my life. 

 What happens when a young woman finds herself raising her child alone after 6 short years of wedded bliss to her husband the love of her life? What happens when th son she bravely and tenderly raised is lost to a tragic car accident just 17 years later?

 

 

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Finding Happiness Again

January 21, 2013 at 3:35 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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When my husband and I married, we thought we would grow old together, we envisioned ourselves raising children, talked about traveling when we retired, and imagined a life as proud grandparents someday. We were blessed with a miracle baby. Because of my husband’s disease, we had a ten percent chance of ever conceiving a child. God had other plans for our lives. Levi was the best gift God could have given us. My life was forever changed 6 short years after we married. My husband’s life was cut short due to complications from his diabetes.

 

Suddenly I was left with the awesome responsibility of raising my young son alone. Single parenthood presented many hardships and difficulties. Levi and I survived them all.My life was once again forever changed. I lost Levi in a tragic car accident in July 2007. He was only 20. I am healing more everyday. If I had not had my life changing moments, I would not be the person I am today. I have a new purpose for my life. It has been a long, painful journey. I find strength in my morning devotions, my writing and many friendships. I am able to reach out to others with words of encouragement. As I heal, I remember things I have long forgotten. When I drive by Levi’s old grade school, I imagined seeing him playing on the playground, I had a lunch date with Levi in the school cafeteria (we would look over the school menu on the couch and plan when I would come), when I see the snow-covered ground reminds me when Levi spent hours outside making his snow tunnels and forts. I have cherished memories of a son I love and miss dearly.

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2013 Is Getting Off To A Productive start For Me

January 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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I cannot believe we are in 2013 already. Where has 2012 gone? They say the older you get time flies by more quickly. I anticipate a good year. I have heard 13 is the baker’s dozen so we should have plenty. Time will tell…

The end of the world did not take place on New Year’s Eve nor did an asteroid destroy out planet as predicted. We have not rotated off our axis and the world will keep going around. I was saddened at the thought so many were living in fear for the end of the world.There were so many people who contemplated committing suicide to escape the world’s end. 

May we start this new year off living with more joy, more peace, less complaining and more appeciation for the things we do have in our lives. I know there are some that nothing can make them happy, but there are some who has lost everything form a natural disaster, illness, job loss, bad choices etc.

I live each day with a thankful heart. I have endured many hardships and difficulties in my life, but God has walked with me through all the struggles I have faced. I am thankful for the time God allowed me to be a mother. I have so many fond memories of raising the son I love and miss so dearly. Levi was lost in a tragic car accident in July 2007. he was only 20. As I reflect back on his life, I remember a son so full of life, his laughter, his mischeivious smile,and his generous heart. We don’t know what tomorrow holds for us, live each day with thankfulness for what you have been given. 

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The End Of Another Year

December 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Where has the year gone? So much has happened this year. The Civil war in Syria; Gay Marriage Advances; US economy; The Bail Outs; US Elections; Obama Care approved by Supreme Court. SuperStorm Sandy caused Billons in damages. The Mass Shootings that took place this year. Many people choosing sides and are debating and struggling over gun control.

As this year ends and we ring in a New year, some are worried over the fiscal cliff;  We worry about food shortages due to the drought; We worry about the safety of our children in schools; Is it safe we wonder to go to a movie? Some parents worry their son or daughter will not come home from the war. We need to keep praying for our Leaders to come together and work to keep our Nation strong not divided.

Let us hold our children and grandchildren tight,let them know how much we love them. Let your children know you are proud of them, there are families who have lost the hope to go on, there is real fear in our Country. I pray peace be over our Nation, I pray our Leaders reach an agreement and care for the people, I pray Hope be restored where hope is lost. May God Bless you all in the coming New year.

 

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A Different Day

December 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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26 years ago today my son Levi was born.

Levi brought great joy to my late husband and my life. Levi’s dad died when Levi was four years old. I was left to raise my young son alone. Levi and I endured many hardships and difficulties but we survived them all. I am proud of the fine young man levi had become. 

My son laid my new carpeting in my house for me.  For one, it was a treat to have new carpeting and two to have your son help it. I have turned Levi’s old bedroom into my dressing room. I love to go in and get dressed every morning and put on my pajamas every night. I have such good memories of the son I love and miss  dearly.

I am working on some new stories to submit. One story is for another blog  Publish Memoirs.  I have been invited to be a guest Blogger for Journaling  and Creative writing. I am honored to be invited to participate in both projects. I have recently sent six stories in for Anthologies and a 365 day blessing Book. I am keeping busy in good things God still has for me.

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A Christmas Memory

December 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

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I have just finished watching

 

Christmas episode of a HGTV show “Decorating Cents”. The show treated a special family to a holiday make over for two rooms in the house. A loving and heart-broken dad, two young sons and a family dog named Winnie, lost their mom to cancer 6 months earlier. The show transformed this family’s home into a winter wonderland. I was impressed at how much of the boy’s mom was incorporated into the over all design. My favorite piece was the huge photos of both boys with a snow hat and scarf around the head with just the eyes exposed.

The program brought back a memory of my own. March 2007, a dear friend of mine came over to help me update my bedroom.My friend owned a B&B in Ireland . I told her that I have not updated my bedroom I shared with my husband before he had passed away several years earlier. My dear friend Katherine helped me to transformed my   bedroom  into a B&B bedroom.  friend also helped me to re-decorate my son Levi’s  old room into my dressing room. Levi had already moved out to help his grandma when his grandpa passed away. I appreciate the rooms being freshened up for me. My life was forever changed one sunny summer morning. My son Levi died in a tragic car accident in July 2007.  He was only 20. I love to get dressed in my dressing room. I have so many memories of the son I love and miss dearly. 

 

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