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Today is the day!  Some days I wonder how in the world I got here.  How did the eighteen year old high school graduate, 20 year old bride and then a thirty year old mother of five become a mid-century old woman?

The minutes turned into days, days into weeks and weeks into years.  My children grew up, the house became an empty nest and when I look in the mirror there’s a lady whose face has gained wrinkles and her body, well….let’s just not go there!

I determined a few years ago my birthday would forever be a day to honor my folks.  Both of whom are sitting at the feet of Jesus.  While I would love to be celebrating this mid-century with them, it would be selfish of me.  Mom had struggled with a mental illness for years and Dad fought lung cancer for two and a half years.  So, when God called them both home it truly was to live with no more pain or sorrow.  How could I not want that for someone I cherish?

Today in remembering my folks,  there are some treasured “gifts” I am forever grateful for:

  • A Legacy of Faith
  • Realization that sometimes in life we have to “Let Go and Let God!”
  • The importance to be “real” even when  life isn’t what the world determines it should be
  • Unconditional love and acceptance for other Ragmuffins.
  • Determination to forge ahead when life gets difficult
  • Gentleness for others
  • A life of humility
  • Humor at the right time can diffuse any situation and help make life bearable

Mom and Dad,
I look forward to the day when together we will dance at the feet of Jesus!   I miss you, love you and am eternally grateful for the “gifts” you gave me.

Western Kansas Child Advocacy Care Center:

To celebrate this mid-century, I committed to be 1 of 100 women to raise funds for the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center.

Taken from their website:

WKCAC mission is: To heal the trauma of child abuse to children and families through prevention, support and services.

Their vision:  To ensure that every child has access to a child advocacy center in their community.

Would  you considering being one of 100 people to donate $10.00 to this cause? If so, here is the paypal link for you to donate.

Thank you for your consideration and your gift.


By |2013-01-15T09:27:52+00:00January 15th, 2013|Blog Tour, Family|1 Comment

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  1. Dawnita Reese January 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Awww – Happy 50th Gracie. Your folks ARE celebrating with you and I can only imagine how proud of you they must be. You are a wonderful, real reflection of all the things you listed that they instilled in you. You have become that list dear friend to your own children. The legacy continues and that is how you got here today… <3
    Love you dear friend~

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