Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cancer - The Reason Why I Have Been Away

                                                     The Reason Why I Have Been Away

As you all know, I have not posted since March of this year. The reason being my husband was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, yes I said Breast Cancer. This is occurring more and more in men and even some young teen boys. I have my suspicion of why, but no real evidence, maybe the hormones injected into our meats, maybe the environment. I really can't say for sure, this is just my opinion. But I have been buying organic meats, eggs and other foods when I can to possibly prevent this from happening to my son, myself or other love ones. 

As my husband endures the evil of this disease, I realized that I knew nothing about what people who face Cancer experience. The surgeries, the chemo treatments, the medications, the way the disease takes over your life. The weight of dread hangs over your family. But then a ray of sunshine peeks through the stormy clouds, someone brings a meal to you, sends you a card, or someone tells you they are praying for you. You see God's love and grace shine in the faces of your love ones, friends and church family. His healing hand working through your doctors and nurses treating this awful disease. More importantly how God was at work this whole time. 

You see it was a blessing that my husband's disease was discovered, if you read my last blog from March you know I redecorated my house. During moving furniture, a drawer from the coffee table opened and caught a piece of my husband's chest in the drawer and when he moved the drawer closed  and mashed a place on his chest. He did have some pain, but we thought nothing of this and assumed he would probably end up with a bruise in the spot. Well after some weeks of it not healing, we were still unalarmed about the spot. Then after approximately five weeks, my husband woke up one Sunday morning and could not walk.  He said, (don't laugh) his big toe was in severe pain and he could not walk. So this forced him to go to a doctor, (not our regular doctor) but a doctor that worked at a walk-in facility. This doctor, whom I will ever be grateful, looked at the mass on his chest and encouraged my husband to see a surgeon in a couple of weeks if it had not gone away. After seeing the surgeon, within a week surgery was performed and the mass was removed, followed by a mastectomy, then a port. Then we saw an oncologist for Stage II Cancer.

But what I am getting at, is we believe that God was in control. A certain doctor, pain for only one day,  God put my husband's healing into motion. If he had not had this pain and gone to this doctor, we might have never discovered this cancer until it was too late. So yes, this was a blessing. My husband is cancer free yet still receiving chemo treatments as a precautionary measure. But, he is going to be fine. The side effects he endures is just temporary and we sometimes have to remind ourselves of this. I am so thankful to the Lord for his love and healing that he has shown us during this time.  Yes, I believe God performs miracles.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blame It On Fixer Upper's, Joanna Gaines.

I was perfectly fine in my own little corner of the world with my dark, cherry wood coffee table and end tables that I have had for several years.  My chestnut wood lamps and my burgundy color rug and curtains. The pillows with dashes of gold and wine fabric that provided comfort for a sleepy head. The scarlet color candles that sat proudly in my slightly, aged candleholders, the gilded tones painted walls. The pictures that hung showcasing my home colors of gold with variations of red throughout. Yes, I was completely satisfied with my home. But then one day HGTV showed a marathon on a show called, "Fixer Upper." I sat on my couch fully immersed with the young couple that took old homes and converted them to dream homes fully furnished and decorated.  However, it wasn't so much the transformation of the home as it was the way Joanna Gaines decorated the house. The cool tones, the antiques, the signs, painted kitchen cabinets, open shelving, oh my, I'm hooked. So there it began my quest to redecorate my home. Gone are my heavy tables, which my husband has an injury to show for it. Gone are the dark lamps, the curtains, the rug, the candles. There it is an empty room. "Oh my goodness this is gonna cost a fortune," my husband states. Gradually, things appeared as I would spend my weekends shopping for just the perfect picture, mirror, antiques and tables. Linen, beige curtains hang proudly where the once dark burgundy and gold curtains hung. Taupe candleholders with cream candles now shown brightly. A whitewashed coffee table now gladly sits in its noble position. White and cream throws are placed meticulously on the arms of the recliner and loveseat. Yes, I have been converted. My living room, the dining room are so much brighter and I love it. Who knew that a little show could convert me from dark tone woods to a light tone girl. So thank you, Joanna Gaines. In this world overrunning with sadness, evil and darkness, we all could use a little brightness in it.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


November is one of my favorite times of the year. The fall scenery is just breathtaking in my little piece of this world. But this November holds a first for me, a book signing. Am I a little nervous?  Yes. Questions whirl in my mind. What if no one shows up?  Suppose I can't remember how to spell anyone's name, (I have been know to forget what I was doing as I was doing it.)  Having a book signing is stepping out of my comfort zone. I have decided that I will persevere and make it through this new adventure of signing my John Hancock to a book.  Except now, I wished I had used a shorter name.

I will be signing books in Trussville, AL on Saturday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heavenly Handmade Treasures Event. Located at 6644 Roper Road at Trussville Southside Baptist Church. For additional information go to Heavenly Handmade Treasures Event on Facebook.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

Hello everyone, it's been a while. After taking a long break this summer, I have came back to my monthly blogging refreshed and ready to write. Following a last minute trip to the mountains of Tennessee, I am finally ready to embrace fall. The trip also made me grasp the need to go out of my comfort zone. While I have always been shy, I realize that I have never been an adventurous person, always playing everything safe or refusing to step out of my desired zone. After witnessing this from my son, who is even shyer than myself, I decided that he and I needed a push to socialize more. So starting this week, we're both going to step out of our cocoons and see what the world brings us. Who knows, we might even become mountain climbers.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


What a long winter, we have been plagued by walking pneumonia, the flu and bronchitis the last few months that curtailed my goals. But now I feel wonderful and thankful that the winter months have passed and the sleeping spring flowers have finally woken. The sunshine has revived me. I have lost fourteen pounds and will continue on the desired path of losing more. I must confess my house, became some what of a mess while we struggled with various illnesses, but now I am eager to get back to organizing and redoing my closets. So remember if you have any setbacks on your New Year's goals, it's okay.  Just pick up where you left off and continue forward.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Time To Start Over

Well, well, January is here, my least favorite month of the year.  I'm not a fan of wintertime anyway and all the sickness that comes along with the winter month makes me cringe. But January is also a time to start over, a time to set new goals for your life.

So on this first day of January, I'm setting myself some new goals. To get healthy, I've lost six pounds recently in a month by eating healthy and every 3-4 hours. This is supposed to keep your metabolism up. So I will continue this January and see if I lose some additional weight. Second, to memorize a Bible verse every month. Third, to exercise at least three times a week. Fourth, to study some grammar techniques to help with my writing. Finally the last goal is to try to organize more of my house.

Now the hard part, putting each of the goals into action. Wish me luck.

Tell me in the comments below what your goals are for the new year?

So as I end this blog, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope everyone has good health, happiness, and God's blessings for the next year.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A New Book Release for December - The Christmas Journal

Hello everyone. Sorry about the late post. I have been busy this month with shopping, decorating and editing my new Christmas book release, The Christmas Journal. The Christmas Journal is an inspirational novella, available at and Barnes and Noble for 99 cents.

Ashley Moore's life forever changed the day her mother
died, and she was sent to live with relatives. Now, ten
years later, Ashley returns home, hoping to connect with her estranged father.  When she learns he's decided to reopen the family's Christmas lodge for the upcoming holiday season, Ashley volunteers to help. While cleaning, she discovers her mother's journal detailing the last month of her life. Will
the book hold the answer as to why her dad sent her
away? Who is the mysterious Adam her mother keeps
mentioning in the diary? Can the words of her mother
reconcile father and daughter in time for Christmas?