Saturday, May 22, 2010

Summer and Beyond

The kids and I took a week-long vacation to DC with the Randolphs. We had a great time, and the kids enjoyed their first flight--turbulence and all.

Back at home, I am trying to tie up loose ends at the old house. The pool is still lacking cement around it although the kids can swim in it. It will be nice to have that all finished up. Kids will be out of school in another week. My part-time job has temporarily ended. I enjoyed it very much, but I know I will enjoy the summer with my kids too. I am waiting and watching (and getting my resume together to distribute) to see what doors will open next as far as employment this fall. Emotionally and physically I am feeling stronger. Still have good days and not so good but overall just feeling healthier in general...not so tired all the time.

Hope all is well with you guys. Gotta go cut some grass.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Strength for the Journey

I won't back down,
No, I won't back down.
You can stand me up at the gates of hell,
but I won't back down.

...gonna stand my ground,
...gonna keep this world from draggin' me down,

no, I won't back down.

Words from
I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

I really like just about anything Tom Petty, but I have always loved this song. There are many hurting people out there--and some of these people do their best to whip you down to numb their own pain. Because Christ lives in me, I am stronger than I ever thought possible because He is able when I am not.

"Gonna keep this world from draggin' me down,
no, I won't back down."

Saturday, May 1, 2010


It has been raining hard in West TN since last night...and no let-up in sight until tomorrow afternoon. There is already much flooding with this very slow moving storm...and it looks to get worse before it all ends. For those of you who grew up with me in Jackson, MS, you will remember the terrible flooding from the Easter Flood of 1979. This reminds me of that, but I hope I am wrong. I can still remember the devastation all around north Jackson-- people returned to their homes to find almost everything ruined and destroyed from the flood waters that had come so high into their homes. I almost think if I concentrate hard enough, I could remember the horrible smell that accompanied the receding waters.

The weather report just stated that some places have received over 6 inches of rain in the last 6 hours. It is bad.

My city has actually avoided the worst so far, but almost every other area is being hammered. Please keep the people in these communities in your prayers.