“JOY”

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“JOY”

Christmas Day is almost gone, mine was terrific. It’s my hope yours was too.

I’d been holding my breath for this, my second holiday day without any family. Narrowed down before my Mother died, to just Mother and me. She/We always wanted our entire family here to celebrate, they were unable to be with her, with us.

We did okay, through these times we became closer than I would ever have imagined possible. When she died she was to me Mother, Sister and Best-Friend. Nothing will ever be the same.

Now it is time for new traditions, new journeys.

This year I have gained new friends and managed to keep many great life long friends.  One called me today as we were leaving for the movies – I was so excited to see this film – when I told Stacey what we were seeing, “JOY” she buoyed me further with the reminder  my ‘outside’ the box thinking is why NBC’s Today Show began “Music on the Plaza”.  Forgotten that my pitch to have the legendary “Cathedrals” sing and outside, on the Plaza that early September morning marked a first for the show.  A smashing success, they were booked again for Christmas six hours later.

Stacey

Stacey – Thank you for your 15 + Years of true friendship and encouragement to me.  Stacey and Virginia and and and.  I am a blessed girl.  Going to be telling about why I love each of them so in upcoming posts.  Today?  Today is about the “JOY” of new traditions.

Melissa Batey long-time friend (and former personal assistant from my Nashville years) is relocating to Conway.  We are rearranging my house to make room for her tomorrow, it was Christmas. We did exactly as we desired! She made a wreath for my front door we went to the movies and made a favorite meal of Pasta with Marinara.

BEST of this holiday, unbeknownst to anyone, received my very first invitation from a family from church to join them for a Holiday Dinner.  The Eppersons. This Family, Ruth Ann Epperson will always have a special place in my heart for thinking of me.

New friends, new traditions. I am happy and filled with JOY.

For many of my friends, and those who actually read my blog posts :) — I want to encourage you that things will be better.  Different, but better.

For today, put some “JOY” in your life. “JOY” is a MUST. SEE. If you have ever had an idea (who hasn’t really?) and own your own voice, you will be encouraged, uplifted and motivated to own your dreams too.

THIS my wish and prayer for each of you this day.

***disclaimer PLEASE forgive any grammar or other mistakes.  I wanted this post to be as authentic as possible so I’m forgoing edits.  It was such a great day & don’t wish to be tied up in what is minutia for me.


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Jeanette Thomason – Beauty and Brains.

Jeanette Thomason

Isn’t she beautiful?  One of the most selfless women I’ve had the privilege to call friend. Jeanette Thomason is also a writer beyond compare.  Beauty and Brains, quite the nice combination!

Tell your friends and family how much they mean to you this season. You will be so happy you took the step — Love is our most valuable asset.

 

Our Words, Our Actions Will Make a Difference

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Marjie Johnson McGraw

We don’t send one another gifts, we are probably at opposite ends of the ‘pole’ on many issues.  Many issues that is except what it means to be a friend.

Marjie is a friend to me in every sense of the word.  If you read my recent post about the ABUNDANCE OF FRIENDSHIPS on the Arkansas Women Bloggers site:

http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/beautiful-abundance-gift-friendship/  

Remember the question Doug Smith asked?

“Is there anything I can do to make your life easier?”

I was humbled. It was something I will, obviously never forget. His quote and so many others changed me.

There are the Doug Smiths of this world, those working tirelessly to help so many others; and then there are the Marjie McGraws. Grateful to have both in my life.

Marjie is quiet, unassuming and always making my life easier.  She has never been unavailable when I’ve needed her — through both our years as new business owners and later, as we became the main caregivers for our parents.

 Marjie is a friend through THICK AND THIN!  To coin a phrase from Gloria Gaither’s book of the same name……

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She is there – now the only one of us still lucky enough to have her Mother.  She has always understood my need  for conversations of substance in good and bad times.

She is one of a kind.  She ‘gets’ it. She is Important to me.

For the remainder of December I want to share more about those in my life who are threaded through the fabric of who I am. Want them to know what they mean to me,  we can all learn from their behavior as friends…..

and BTW — this is the ONLY photo I can find of Marjie — and she will probably kill me for posting — but I must. Marjie has made the difference in my life.

Next up?  Stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.