Once Upon A Baby

Once upon a time, just last week, there was a baby shower for the precious princess. It was to be her first child.

The princess was overwhelmed and excited at the same time by how her grandmas, aunts, sister and bridesmaids expressed their love for her. The princess did not know what to say, so she just smiled from ear to ear.

She sat in a comfortable chair and started opening gifts. She received many, many story books for her baby. She also received toys for boys and girls. (The princess and her prince had decided not to find out if they are having a boy or a girl. They also refuse to give out any names for their child.)

When the baby shower was over, it hit home for the princess. Her baby would arrive in one month. She was ecstatic but also filled with joy. A huge smile came across her face as she sat and rubbed her tummy ever so gently.

May your day be filled with countless blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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The Waiting Game

I absolutely hate the waiting game. What am I talking about? Well, grab a beverage and a comfy chair and I shall tell you.

The waiting game is where you have to wait for everything. I mean, one doctor tells you perhaps you should get to a neurologist as soon as possible. I mean, there is only a weakness to the side of your mouth. No big deal. Uh-huh. Sure. I won’t believe that until I see some results. So, now Alex and I have to wait until Friday to see the neurologist for him.

I’m trying to have faith and trust in God that nothing will be wrong with Alex. He has mentioned to me that his mother used to have mini strokes. I’ve noticed with Alex that he struggles with finding the correct word he wants to say. At first, I was getting agitated with him because he took forever with saying what he wanted to say. He was told that the words are on his brain but his mouth refuses to say the words. Now, after what the doctor has said, I understand.

I am not the most patient person. When I want something, I usually want it right now, especially when it comes to medical information. I, for one, am tired of having to wait ten business days for results from tests. Why so long? Give me a break!! So, hurry up, Friday! I’m waiting!!!

Okay, okay. I’ll get off my soapbox and take a deep breath. I have talked with God about whatever it is going on with Alex. I will continue to chat with Him. I trust in Him and love Him more than life itself.

As long as I stay positive, all will be well with the world.

May your day be full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Counting Down the Days

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until Spring! Winter has not been all that bad yet. We still have to go through February and March. Those two months are always so much “fun”.

I love Spring! Everything is waking up from a winter’s sleep. I can once again sit outdoors and write. I enjoy having the sun on my face. Listening to the birds and getting ideas for writing. Sitting in the sun helps me with my depression. Breathing in the fresh air also helps.

When I get to feeling like I am getting depressed, I try to get positive thoughts flowing. I think of all the blessings in my life. Words my mother used to say were “Talk to God. Remember, there is always someone, somewhere worse off than yourself.”

I’ve started writing letters to God. I am learning to sit quietly and listen to Him. It helps me in so many ways.

Hope you have a fun filled day!

Laurie Jackson

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Fireside Chat

Alex and I have only lived here a little over a year. We are both shy and quiet people. We do not go out very often. We have met a few of the neighbors, though.

There is a neighbor lady that I would truly enjoy sitting with and getting to know her better. She reminds me of my own grandmother. I’ve only spoken with her twice. Each time, I felt very comfortable and at ease chatting with her. She loves to quilt. I am just a beginner quilter. So, perhaps she will be willing to show me some of her tips on quilting.

This particular neighbor is within walking distance. So, when the weather warms up, I hope to be able to visit with her.

May your day be filled with blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Two Right Feet

Within thirty minutes of waking up, I have to get my good morning kiss(es) from my wonderful husband. Coffee needs to be brewing, too. My day is off kilter if I especially do not get a kiss from my husband. Of course, if I don’t get caffeine soon after waking up, I am cranky and irritable… Enough said…

Hope your day is wonderful!

Laurie Jackson

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A Moment In Time

The last photo that I took was one of my uncle. This particular photo is of him sitting on the ground leaning against the tractor wheel. More than likely, Grandma brought him an afternoon snack out to the field.

My uncle was a great man. He was a strong man, built like a brick house. He was born with cerebral palsy. Let me just say, that disability did not slow him down at all. Yes, it took him a while for him to grasp the concept of walking but around the age of two he achieved that ability. My dad taught him how to walk. Dad helped Elvin (my uncle) to stand behind their little red wagon. Dad walked slowly around the yard with Elvin trying to learn to walk.

Elvin never married and had no kids of his own. His nieces and nephews were his children. To be honest, Elvin was more of a dad to me than my own dad. Elvin had patience with me. He also taught me how to ride a bike.

With Elvin’s disability, he taught me and my siblings to never give up. To always be strong and have confidence in ourselves. I learned so much from my wonderful, smart, and strong uncle. I miss him each and every day.

May you feel the warmth of the sun on your face.

Laurie Jackson

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Re-Springing Your Step

What charges me up the most is being outdoors enjoying nature. Sitting there with paper and pen in hand and write whatever comes to mind. I love being outside listening to the birds sing and any other noises that happen. Just feeling the sun’s warmth on my face is relaxing.

I am counting down the days until Spring arrives. I do not get out much during the winter. I cannot handle the cold temperatures. Besides, walking on snow and ice is extremely hard for me because of my ‘crippled’ foot.

I finished school November 2014. Knowing that I had no more classes, no more assignments to complete, I felt a sense of accomplishment. There were times when I wanted to quit. Thanks to the patience of my wonderful husband, I kept working toward my Bachelor’s Degree.

May your day be filled with many blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Pens and Pencils

Could I ever imagine returning to the pre-keyboard era? Yes, because I am from the “old school”. Given a choice, I would much prefer pen and paper to a keyboard every time. Why, you ask? It’s just the way I am.

This may seem weird for some of you but my thoughts flow better when I use pen and paper. I can concentrate better with pen and paper because the clicking of the keyboard is not distracting my thoughts. Strange how that works, isn’t it?

We had typewriters when I was in high school. Every time a mistake was made, we had to use the eraser pencil or whiteout. Even then, I wanted my pen and paper. After high school, I had a typewriter that once the tape was used up, I had to go buy new tape.

One time, on the bus ride home, I started writing. Normally, the ride would take forever (forty-five minutes). Well, on this particular day, I lost all track of time. By the time, we reached my mailbox, I had written several pages (front and back) about my baby sister.

Coming from a large family, I knew Mom and Dad could not afford to buy a keyboard for me. Back in the ’70s, I’m not even sure keyboards were around.

I’m happy with pen and paper each and every time.

May your day be full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Simple Life

It’s 1:35 am and I am wide awake. I’m usually asleep by now. For some reason, I can’t fall asleep tonight. My mind is racing with too many story ideas and my thoughts of my children. A conversation that my sweet husband and I had before he fell asleep goes round and round in my head. Even though we spend each and every day together, at night, tucked in bed, we lie there and ask the other one how their day was. My response tonight was that my day was okay. I told him that sometimes I feel that our life is in a rut. As I sit here now, I hear the furnace on and feel the warmth from it fill the bedroom. In the distance, there is highway noise. Down the dirt road a dog barks. The house is silent, except, for the moment, the furnace. There is a night light that shines from the bathroom. Other than that, the house is dark. I am comforted by the light snoring coming from my husband. I am not alone. It is also comforting to know that God is watching over us.

Alex and I may not have a lot of money but we have each other. We have much to be thankful for. We have been blessed many, many, many times over. We laugh and love every day.

I have to admit that I miss our kids. I understand that they are all grown up with lives of their own. It’s been over a year since we moved to Callao. I get depressed sometimes. I guess I am not used to the silence of not having that constant chatter and laughter that kids make. I know our kids love us. I’m just wishing that they would come see their ole mom once in awhile.

Anyway, Alex and I have, what some would call, a simple life. We are blessed and we are happy. This is what works for us.

May you have sweet dreams!

Laurie Jackson

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Connect the Dots

I took my third sentence from the book, “When God Winks At You”. The third sentence was, “Of course, fat chance she could find red Mary Janes in her size for twenty bucks.”

This sentence brings back a memory when I was in junior high school (or nowadays middle school). I had a pair of tennis shoes that I wore all the time with the exception on Sundays. On those days, I was allowed to wear my “good” shoes; only to church, though.

I wore these tennis shoes to school and when I had to feed the pigs and cows. Eventually, these shoes wore out and had holes where my toes stuck out. I don’t blame my parents for not buying me shoes when I needed them. There were eight of us, after all. On top of that, my baby sister was fighting cancer. So, I wasn’t about to tell Mom that I needed shoes. One day, while at school, someone made the comment that I was from a poor family because of my shoes. I told that person that I was not poor! I just wasn’t about to bother Mom with a simple pair of shoes when she had to give all her attention to my sister.

The tennis shoes were comfortable. Yeah, the cloth had torn around my toes. There was ink all over them where I had doodled. The soles were still attached. To be honest, I didn’t want to get rid of them. One day, Mom had gone and bought me a new pair of tennis shoes. As she handed the shoes to me, she said not to wait so long in telling her when I needed something.

Today, I have two pair of tennis shoes and a pair of slippers. All of you who have a closet full of shoes, do you actually wear each pair more than once? I’m just curious.

May your day be filled with sunshine!

Laurie Jackson

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