Goodbye 2011

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2011 was the year that taught me I need to change and to reach for the stars that make up my dreams.

The last time I post I wanted to win NaNoWriMo for the first time. I try every year for the past six years.

Well I didn’t win.

I got behind and then BAM the facts of life hit me like an 18 wheelers.

My Uncle died. 

The Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

I had just seen him the night before, at our prayer meeting.  He and my Aunt left the next morning, heading to South Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with their “girls.”  The girls are adults, late 20 and early 30.  But they always said they’re heading to see the girls.

My Aunt said they had a great trip up there.

Their younger is expecting.  Aunt brought baby clothes.  Excited to show her, they headed into the guest bedroom.  As they were looking at the clothes my uncle settled on the bed. 

The dog came in.  Uncle reached over to pat her, tumbled off the bed with the biggest grin on his face.

E (my cousin) and Aunt though he was playing. 

Only

He fell to the floor died.

When they realized, E does CPR on him.

Her husband called 911.

The ambulance came, rushed him away.

His pulse never returned.

Mama being the closes to Aunt in age and everything decided to go up there early.  The funeral was the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We arrived on Tuesday.

Two sleepless nights.

Thanksgiving came and went.

Even through E’s husband cooked us a turkey it didn’t feel like Thanksgiving.

Friday

The rest of the family arrived.  Crazy Aunts (my mama’s has 4 sisters and one brother. All married) Uncles and Cousins arrived.

Saturday

The funeral. (Blessed by God with his angels and everyone telling stories of Uncle.)

Everyone planned to go home the next day.

We never made it.

My Grandmamma who we all call Gran, had a stoke the night of the funeral. 

A massive stoke.

Doctors didn’t think she’s make it.

She slept

And slept

And slept for a week.

We decide to risk it and bring her home.

In the ambulance she woke up!  For the first 30 minutes Aunt T said (Aunt T is a nurse so she rode with Gran, all the way home.

My Uncle G (Mama’s only brother) set up Gran’s house with a hospital bed in her den.

Life twirled with each of us staying at Gran’s to do all the necessaries needed, feeding her through tube and the likes for a week.

And

Gran improved even more!

We put her in rehab for her recovery.

She feed herself ¼ of a fried chicken sandwich last night!

Goodbye 2011 I’m glad to see you go.

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On the hunt- Halloween Day

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No, not monster hunting.

Job hunting.
All the joy that goes with it, also known as editing resume, writing cover letter, and making sure the people on your reference list know that they might get a call or email from possible future employers in the days to come.

At time like this I turn to the bible verse:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11
It keep the worrying at bay.

What did y’all do this halloween?

Join Me On My Journey

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God once said to me in a dream “Don’t go left, don’t go right, but go straight.”

After that I had two women at different times pray those exact words over me.  The two women didn’t know each other or know about the dream.

In fact the first woman didn’t know me.

While suffering from an ear infection, I had gone to a Healing Wind Conference in North Carolina.  A older woman with wild gray hair, saw my mama putting drops in my ears.  She came up to me and started to pray.  While praying she found out my ear infection was not the only thing “wrong” with my ears.  I was born with hearing loss.  When she found out that I didn’t really want my hearing prayed for, she decided to pray for me to hear God’s voice.  She poured a whole bottle of blessed anointing oil over my head.  I washed my head two or three times later, and my hair was still oily.  Later at supper, she came up to me.  By this point the story had become a joke among my family and friends on the trip with me.  She prayed again for me, and this time, she said the same words God had said to me “Don’t go left, don’t go right, but go straight.”

I happened to have the notebook where I wrote about my dreams from God with me. Full of surprise, I showed her and everyone else at the table the words from God.  She just nodded and told me to never stop praising God.

At the time, I heard praise music in my head all the time and didn’t dream it would stop.

It stopped.

(But this and the notebook are for another story I plan to tell later)

After arriving home from the conference I attended a weekly prayer meeting.  At the meeting another woman, a friend, prayed for me.  She also prayed over me the words God had said, “Don’t go left, don’t go right, but go straight.”

Let just say God now has my attention.

So…

I invite you to join me on this journey down the path God has sent me.