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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

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April 26, 2020

My Sweet Dad

This verse is how my dad lived his life.

My dad passed away on April 5th. It was a surprise and a shock all wrapped up in one terrible package. He had suffered from Dementia for many years, and we knew there was no cure- no chance of him getting better. The shock came after. With this terrible virus invading our land, we couldn't have a proper service to celebrate his life. In fact, we felt that we needed to rush and have our small family service so that we could each get back home to "hunker down" as our states are requesting.

Grandkids didn't get to come. Family and friends didn't get to hug us and tell us stories. We didn't get to celebrate his life in a way that was worthy of the great man he was. It makes it very sad and very hard to cope with it all.

This post is my way of honoring him! He was such a good man and a wonderful influence on my life!

I spoke a few words at his service, and this is what I said.

They loved taking us on fun trips!!

Our worlds are all smaller today because someone we loved and cared for very much is no
longer on this earth with us. I will be as bold as to say that the state of Texas is a bit smaller
today because a true Texas character is gone. 

Daddy always said that someday he would write a book about his business dealings and he
would title it, Characters I Have Known. Well, he was the character of all characters!! A
shrewd businessman, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, a wonderful husband, a caring
grandfather, and most importantly to me, a loving father-- among many other wonderful

Daddy loved to tell stories. If you talked to him about anything, he had a story to tell you on
the subject. He just plain loved to talk. It was probably the thing that drove my mother the
most crazy- opposites truly do attract because she is a woman of very few words!! He was
a man of many words and many stories. 

It’s funny though, I sadly couldn’t tell you very many stories verbatim that I’ve heard over the
years. I had heard some of the same ones over and over… it wasn’t his stories that taught
me the most lessons. It was through his actions that I learned the most about living a good

Daddy lived out what he talked about. He lived out what he said he believed. He was a good
man. And, I’m so thankful that he was my dad.

So what did he teach me? I think the most valuable lesson was to live out my faith. He was
a Christian. He lived a Christian life. It’s as simple as that.

Daddy had a servant’s heart. He openly served his Lord. He loved to sing hymns. He served
as a deacon of First Baptist Church, Hereford, Texas and First Baptist Church of Gorman.
I remember specifically him going and sitting with people dying in the hospital so their families
could go home for rest. I remember once him going and sitting with a deceased man from our
church because the widow was worried about the body being alone. 

Daddy served his employees. He loved and cared for them all. He once employed a young
man fresh out of high school in whom he saw a lot of potential. The boy was somewhat lazy
and would sleep instead of showing up for work. Daddy would go to the boy's house and
drag him out of bed to come to work!!! He believed in him. That boy grew up and called him
several years ago to let him know that he is successful in his life. He thanked Daddy for
believing in him!!!-- what a legacy. 

I also remember once when an employee tragically took his own life. It was a terrible time,
and both of my parents were so upset by it. When my dad wasn’t home when he should be,
I asked my mom where he was. She said he had gone to that man’s house to clean up where
he had taken his life so his family wouldn’t have to do it. I will never forget that. 

Daddy served his family. I never doubted his love for me, my sister, Susan or my mom. And,
don’t get me started on his love for his grandkids!! There are no words to describe the joy,
pride, and love that he had for those four kids. 

He loved his grandkids!

There are endless stories that can be told about how he served us all. I remember calling
him on 9-11. I asked him how he was and what he was doing. He told me he was fine that
he was sitting at his desk praying!! That, in a nutshell, sums up my dad. 

I always felt safe knowing that I could turn to my mom and dad for anything no matter how
old I was. When my first husband passed away, my dad was one of the first people I called.
And, I have no doubt that when he hung up that phone he was praying. My parents came
immediately. They helped me physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. I will be
eternally grateful to them both. 

As much as we will all miss him, I hope we never forget hearing his voice reminding me to
“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps”
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a know in it and hang on.”

I’m hearing him say both these days!!

April 22, 2020

Peak of the Week- 4-22-20

This may or may not have been me last night.
Have you reached a Rock Bottom yet? I'd love to know!

Boy, it has been quite some time since I did a Peak of the Week!! Life has just been life. None of us are immune to hardships, but it does seem like sometimes those hardships come well HARD!!

I had such plans for blogging, writing, organizing my life in this new year, but that hasn't happened!! If I remember correctly, I had this great idea for my 2020 vision for the rest of my life! Each month of this year I was going to concentrate on a particular element on my life that I wanted to foster for this second half of my life- Yes, I plan on living to 112 years of age.

I did get off to a good start. January's focus was Health. I made my appointment with a functional medicine doctor and feel that I've had good results. I just need to write about it.

February's focus was Skincare. I had an appointment to get a Hydrafacial. I have plans to interview a friend who sells a great line of skincare products plus share some of my favorite Skincare finds. I've done some of this. I just need to write about it.

March's focus was supposed to be prayer. I have a great prayer practice that I'm trying to stick to... I just need to write about it.

 Do you notice a pattern here?

"I just need to write about it" is a constant theme in my life!!! I promise I will do better.

But, you are here for the Peak of the Week, I hope. So here is my list of things piquing my interest this week:

Kristin Allen Yoga-
I was able to do a Zoom yoga class with a yoga instructor that I loved to practice with here in New Mexico. She moved last year, and my life is just not the same without her in it. She truly changed my life here. She has a Facebook Page and is doing Zoom classes a few days a week. Like her page and be sure you understand how to use Zoom, Venmo, and Spotify to get the most out of the class. I loved it on Monday when I joined in!!!

Rodan and Fields Lash Serum-
I finally started using the serum that I bought over a year ago religiously right after Christmas. My lashes have doubled in length!! I love them!!!

Facial Self Tanning Serum- I tried this for the first time this morning, so I'll let you know how it goes! This self-tanner contains hyaluronic acid as well as organic oils for your skin. My favorite thing about this product is that it is sold from a small business owner. After my order, I received an email from the owner!! She attached two ebooks about using a self-tanner. Proof that you can order from Amazon and support small businesses!!

Jergens Natural Glow- I also just ordered Jergens Natural Glow. I have used this product for several years. It is a great lotion that allows your skin to tan slowly over time. I've never gotten that orange shade on my skin from this product either!

What I'm Reading--

Team of Vipers - I have started several tell-all books about the Trump Whitehouse, but I've never finished any of them. Each one I've started seems to have an agenda that I just wasn't going to buy into. This book is different. First, he admits that it is him who is writing! He adds fun, interesting facts about the White House in general to his anecdotes, which I'm loving. Did you know that the president's chair sits a few inches taller than the other chairs at the large conference room table that we always see in pictures of meetings with top officials?

Of Mess and Moxie- I love Jen Hatmaker!! I read Of Mess and Moxie while I was back in Texas, helping plan the small memorial service for my dad. It was just what I needed at night to be uplifted and settled before a (hopefully) good night's sleep!

She also has a new book out this week:

Fierce Free and Full of Fire will be my next read. If you aren't familiar with Jen, try a book. I promise you won't be disappointed!!

What I'm Listening to:

For The Love Podcast- Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy)-  In keeping with this Jen Hatmaker theme I've got going on here-- Jen's For The Love podcast is my favorite! This podcast is her interview with another one of my favorite people to follow- Anne Bogel. Anne is all about books, so what's not to love? This interview centers around what we can be reading right now during this quarantine time. She talks about good books for the entire family. She also shares some great ideas about where to buy your books to help Indy booksellers!!

Not Your Mothers Menopause with Dr. Fiona Lovely - Because of some health issues, I've been doing quite a bit of research on Health for women my age- Going Through The Change!! I found Dr. Lovely and enjoy what she shares in this podcast. She is a functional medicine Dr. I have been seeing a functional medicine doctor to get myself and my Health lined out. In this podcast, she shares ways for us to stay healthy. She lists 5 supplements that she recommends we take! I love this. You better believe I'll be asking my Dr. about them at my next check-in appointment.

What I'm Focusing On:
I'm still organizing, but yesterday I used my Murphy's Oil Soap and cleaned all of my kitchen cabinets.

Murphy Oil Soap 

I then went over all the cabinets and doors with Orange Glo. It made my kitchen feel so clean and smell so good.

Orange Glo
So, this is how I'm Choosing Life right now. How about you? What are you doing during this strange time? What's piquing your interest today?