|My Bible given to me by my parents on my promotion from the Beginner to the Primary department!|
Gertrude B. French (October 23, 1893 – May 1, 1988) – Anyone who grew up in Brundidge, Alabama, during her life has to remember Mrs. French. She was every one’s piano teacher. It would be interesting to know how many people she taught piano lessons. I first knew Mrs. French as my first grade Sunday School teacher in the Primary department. I remember to this day walking into her classroom and being welcomed with open arms. Mrs. French loved the Lord and she loved children. Teaching children was her calling. She used her God given talent in her life’s work. An amazing life of 94 years, she will forever be in my heart for what she meant to me at a young age.
Rev. A. Ray Foreman (Pastor of Salem Baptist Church 1963 – 1986) – There’s never been a more faithful servant of the Lord. It was under his leadership that I became a Christian. Honored in 2011 by the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame with the Religion Award for serving the Lord 61 of his 81 years and for his work with Senior Adults, he was quoted “I’m not really deserving of this award and it is the Lord I really want to give credit to”. I give the Lord credit for placing him in Brundidge, Alabama, and the positive influence he had there.
Buddy Gray (Summer Youth Director Salem Baptist Church – 1978) – Now Rev. Buddy Gray, Pastor of Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover. Buddy was the youth minister at Salem Baptist Church the summer before I started to college. One summer night, a group of us went on jogging. Before you think that I might have one day been athletic, let me clarify that I only made it to the end of the street. Buddy walked with me the rest of the way and we talked about me going to college. He asked me the question, “will you still go to church?” In other words, he was asking if I would still go when I didn’t have to! My answer, “of course, I will”. Never did I ever forget that conversation when I went away to college, and that conversation inspired me to stay on course in my life.
Rev. Herb Thomas (Pastor of Circlewood Baptist Church) – There is much to be said about the influence of Bro. Herb. Compassion, Caring and Consistency come to mind. Bro. Herb was the minister who conducted our wedding. When we said, for better or worse, I think he took that vow also. He was definitely with us for better, for worse – our wedding, the birth of both babies as well as through Annie’s medical complications and surgeries and the diagnosis of my cancer and subsequent treatment. What awesome, caring ministers that both he and Mrs. Virginia have been to our family!
Rev. Billy Joy (Current Pastor of Valley View Baptist Church) – When we visited Valley View for the first time, it was Billy and Mary Jaque’s first day. We were the first family he visited. What an amazing testimony he has to share! I love how he shares messages directly from the Word of God that are relevant and easy to understand. Also, I love how he reminds us that God’s mercies are fresh each day! Aren’t we all glad that is true?
You know from my last blog that I am all about the “stories” behind the sport! Whether it’s football, baseball, basketball or any other sport, I love to hear the personal angle to the athletes or in this case, the coach. Today, I ran across this story of Ohio State’s basketball coach and how he deals with a “handicap” and yet is coaching his team to the Final Four. Here is the story of Thad Matta and his determination to live with the mobility problem that was caused by years of back problems and eventual surgery.
For anyone who has physical/mental challenges or “handicaps” (I am personally not offended by this word), there are certainly lessons to be learned from Coach Matta! First of all, there is no need to hide! Second, never give up – always work hard! Third, it is OK to accept help when needed! Fourth, live your life to the best of your ability!
|The definition of||
fortitude <a href=”http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/lunaWAV/F03/F0311700″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/g/d/speaker.gif” border=”0″ alt=” pronunciation” /> [fawr-ti-tood, -tyood]
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Definition:||strength of mind; guts|
|Synonyms:||backbone*, boldness, braveness, bravery, constancy, courage, courageousness, dauntlessness, determination, endurance, fearlessness, firmness, grit, gutsiness, hardihood, heart, intrepidity, mettle, moxie, nerve, patience, perseverance, pith, pluck, resoluteness, resolution, spine, spirit, spunk, stamina, starch, staying power, stick-to-itiveness, stomach, stoutheartedness, tenacity, true grit, valiancy, valor, valorousness, what it takes|
|Antonyms:||cowardice, helplessness, weakness
As a “Moma” of a child with multiple needs, I’m glad I read this story today. It helps me to remember to accept it for what it is, to always work toward our goals, to accept help and to keep living our life. With the kind of fortitude that Coach Matta displays, there is no telling what ladders she will climb. As for the Final Four, I am not a serious basketball fan but I’ll be watching for him to climb the next ladder and then the next one in New Orleans!
|Sewell-Thomas Stadium “The Joe”
University of Alabama
|The American Flag|
Elle would certainly say that the ice cream, the dipping dots, the chills and the popcorn are her favorites! Especially if it comes in a batting helmet! We have a collection of batting helmets that we have collected from our baseball travels. We use them as serving dishes at baseball themed gatherings. Last spring, we even used them to serve grits from a grits bar at a brunch for baseball parents. It was a fun idea! Check out our collection!
As for me, it’s all about the stories. I enjoy the game and I enjoy it more when I know something about the players. Every time Hunter Gregory comes to bat for Alabama,
I remember how kind he was to Annie when the Bama Baseball Team hosted the Christmas Party at Annie’s school, Sprayberry Education Center. Stories like this one http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-05-29/sports/os-bianchi-tuscaloosa-tornado-0529-20110528_1_verse-fun-house-storm-sirens
or this one
show the character of the team and it’s the character of these guys and their coaches that makes me cheer for them – win or lose!
We love the friends we have made through baseball! Whether watching our home team or traveling, we’ve met so many great friends along the way. Elle has grown up hanging out at the ball park with our sweet friend, Katlin!
Here is a great treat to share with friends at the ball park:
Chocolate Pecan Pie Squares
‘Tis Blessed to Be a Daughter – On May 23, 1960, I was born to Robert and Nell McLendon – what a great day for me! I feel so blessed to be the daughter of a marriage that celebrated 55 years before my Dad passed away in 2010. Being their daughter taught me so much about love, life, responsibility and so much more!
‘Tis Blessed to Be a Child of God – On July 16, 1976, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and began the awesome journey of being a Christian. My faith has carried my through the ups and downs in my life.
whosoever believes in him shall have eternal life. John 3:16
Have you ever been the friend who was asked to record the gifts at a shower or party and you had to look around and find some paper – any paper – sometimes lined, sometimes not – just whatever you can find? Have you ever been the bride at a wedding shower or the expecting mom at a baby shower and gotten home to sort your gifts and then had questions about the gift and/or giver – maybe the gift cards were not attached? Well, I have created a form to use for gift giving events like showers, parties, etc. It includes: 1) The Occasion – church shower, work baby shower, family birthday party – you name it! Many times, a bride or expecting mom will have several parties. Labeling the gift list will help to keep her organized for writing her “thank you” notes. 2) The Recorder – include the name of the person(s) who recorded the gifts as they were opened. Often, the honoree is so busy greeting guests that they may not know who recorded the gifts. In case of questions, it will be helpful for her to know who to call. 3) The Date and 4) The Location. All of this information will help the honoree to stay organized and she will appreciate your efforts.
A few other points to remember:
1) Always print! It will be easier to read.
2) Be detailed – instead of “glasses”, use “set of six clear glasses”, for example.
2) For the giver, always include full name if given. There might be more than one Susan, for example.
3) Make notes, if needed, to help the honoree sort her gifts. For example, if you decide to put a gift in a box or bag with something else, be sure to let her know where to find them.
4) Print several copies of the form so that you don’t run out of spaces.
5) Use a clipboard for a secure writing surface.
6) Staple or paper clip the pages together.
7) Give the complete list directly to the honoree so that she doesn’t have to look through boxes and bags to find it.
You can download the “Gift Record” I created, for your own use, by following this link….
RADIATE was written by Marley Harbuck Gibson who grew up in my hometown of Brundidge, Alabama, and cheered at my high school, Pike Liberal Arts School. It is based on the true story of her cancer survival while a teenager in high school. The book is due out soon and I can’t wait to read it!
Editorial Reviews (Amazon.com)
“RADIATE shows readers that the power of positive thinking can change lives!” – Simone Elkeles, NYT Bestselling Author
“I have never read a writer with a voice as characteristic and consistent! I love it!” – Jennifer Echols, author of Going Too Far and Forget You
From the Author
Here is the book trailer for Radiate – Check it out!