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Life Lesson #198 ~ And the Rain Came Down

"We are praying that you make it through the rain. I know nothing's gonna break the will of Houston. Oh, and we can't wait to go down there again" ~ Coldplay
It's funny when I was a little girl I loved thunderstorms. I may have jumped a time or two when the lightning or thunder crashed a little too close but my mama was always there assuring me everything was going to be ok. When fear crept in she held on to me tightly, whispering a prayer for peace in my ear. I really do think I found my love for the rain through my mom. Even today she just loves to listen to the sound of the rain when she's sleeping. As a child and now as an adult I followed in her shoes. As a little girl I 'd listen to the rain falling and smile. It was beautiful, magical almost. Of course I also enjoyed listening to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in my room playing on my trusty old LP and turntable. I'd sing right along with whatever Disney story was playing. But I especia…

Life Lesson #199 ~ Touch the Sky

"Every test in our lives makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to break or make us. The choice is ours whether we become victim or victor." ~ Unknown

This month marks my 11th year recognizing BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. To be honest the color pink is not really my thing these days. I'm more than a number and far more than any color can define me. I'm a Survivor, and as such I understand the importance and necessity of honoring and recognizing all those who have fought and won this battle as much as remembering the lives of those taken far too soon. And so today I want to share some personal thoughts with you. Truthfully, I'm in a much better place than I was a decade ago. I've learned to accept my scars and to live free from fear. But this hasn't been an easy task, let me tell you. So today, why don't you come with me, back a ways. I think maybe it's time my story is told fully, not as a victim but as a woman who's come to terms wi…

Life Lesson #197 ~ Go The Distance

I want a courageous heart, a heart that does the right thing even when it's afraid. " ~ Lauren Gaskill

I've always had a thing for heroes. I mean who doesn't right? As a little girl I was either out fighting along side my favorite heroes or inside reading about them. I loved them all from Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Robin Hood, Sinbad, Mr. Frodo and Samwise Gamgee and of course Hercules. Sometimes I'd pretend I needed saving. After all a little made up, make believe role play as a child is not so bad. But mostly I preferred to step into the role of champion, fighter and hero. I was taught as a child not to see myself in the same light the world did. Sure I was as a small, tiny girl with red hair, pale skin, blue eyes and freckles but I knew from reading Tolkien, "Even the smallest person can change the future." I was a book worm and a comic book nerd. I loved Disney, Barbie and Star Wars. I played with dolls, enjoyed tea parties and…

Life Lesson #196 ~ Southern Mama's

"And she loved a little girl very, very much ---even more than she loved herself." ~ Unknown
If you've ever truly spent any real time in the south then you know the apple never falls too far from the tree. Ask any southern woman including myself about her greatest attributes and she'll tell you flat out, "I got it from my Mama!" And nine times out of ten we'll be out spoken enough to let you know once we open our mouths it's our mama coming out too! It's just how it is around here. There's simply a particular way we do things not only in the south, but in Texas I suppose. It's just a given thing here when you drive someone home you wait around until they've not only unlocked but closed the door behind them before driving away. Truth be told we love our sweet tea, probably a little too much actually. We call all soda's coke and absolutely nobody eats 'till you say amen. We wave to strangers, we carry pocketbooks, and we'll…

Life Lesson 195~ Casting Stones

"I'm a failure, He's my forgiver. I'm a sinner, He's my Savior. I'm broken, He's my Healer. I'm His child, He's my God." ~ Daystar

Today I'd like to take a look inside the world of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Honestly there's a lot of depth inside this book. As a teenage girl I saw this story in simpler terms. This literary classic is chalked full of amazing storytelling. The brainchild of Victor Hugo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame is written to stir passion and rouse thought provoking questions. Moving through each chapter there's this feeling Mr. Hugo intends to incite our emotions. As the reader we experience everything from anger, to exasperation, irritation, sadness and even those few but glorious moments of joy. Now add his unwavering degree of significance and purpose written into each of the main characters, and it really goes without saying my young mind couldn't grasp it all. I believe I was drawn into this literary ma…