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So excited for the upcoming digital release of A Joyful Heart!

Dreams Do Come True

What is your dream? Mine is to become an Author.

Whatever your dream is: Time to pull it out, dust it off and make it happen!

My dream is coming true!


Thank You to all Healthcare Providers

Our Healthcare providers that work at the bedside are tired. They are overworked, short-staffed and are dealing with so much death and dying unlike any they’ve ever experienced. They find it is hard to keep up with the increased acuity of acutely ill patients.

I pray for all the people affected by this horrible Covid virus! I pray for all the Healthcare workers who are stressed and exhausted by the countless hours spent caring for patients. I pray for all the lives lost and for the families of those lost. I pray that soon we can see an end to the Covid surges that burden our healthcare systems.

I ask you to pray for all healthcare providers, patients and families that are affected by Covid. I also ask that if you have ideas on how to reduce the stress on our healthcare systems, please comment on this blog or send me a personal message.

I am a healthcare provider, a Respiratory Therapist. I work at a facility in middle Georgia. Covid has taken a toll on our healthcare team, just as it has on so many. If you see a healthcare worker, please thank them for what they do.

August Prayers for our Healthcare Team

I am a Respiratory Therapy Director at a facility in Middle Georgia. Our team, like so many others, has been hit hard with the increased surge of Covid patients. We’ve had a lot of staff turn-over as well as not enough staff to perform the vital functions of our profession. I am asking for prayers for our team and every healthcare worker. Please join me this month in prayer! I’m praying all these everyday!

We appreciate your support as we endure another round of this horrible pandemic!

Joyful Heart

So excited!! I have submitted my entry for this awesome book! Can’t wait for it’s release. Coming September 2021. God is Good all the time!

Finding Joy By Helping Others

One simple act of kindness can change change things! It doesn’t have to be something grand. It can be a simple as a smile to brighten someone’s day.

Helping others can lead to great joy. Look around, there are people everyone that need someone to encourage them.

I challenge you to help someone each day. Remember, “little things mean a lot”. What “little thing” will you do to help someone?

Leave a comment and share how it made you feel.

Finding Joy Challenge

Ever had one of those days where you need a recharge to put some excitement back in your step? I find that I need a boost most evening especially after a long day at work.

One of the things I like to do to kick off my shoes, turn on some old dance music and just dance. Now I’m not talking about just any old dance music, take it way back to 1950’s or 60’s music like Jerry Lee Lewis or Chuck Berry.

I challenge you, play some old dance music and get moving. Just have fun and get your Joy on!

Finding Joy Through The Eyes of a Child

Have you ever had a difficult time finding Joy? Have you gone through a difficult situation and struggled to find happiness? Have you ever had days that all you could do was put on a smiling face and act as everything was OK?

I have found myself in circumstances which caused deep pain, sorrow, grief and suffering. In 2008, I my husband chose to end his life. This was a very traumatic event for my family. I will never forget what happened that day. I recall putting on that mask, the smiling face, and pretending nothing happened. I cried myself to sleep many nights. I excused myself from anything that reminded me of what happened. I almost gave up.

I knew I could not allow this to consume my happiness. I prayed for God to help me overcome my sorrow. I returned to work and busied myself.

My daughter had come to stay with me, and it was then I realized I did have a reason to be happy. As she handed my granddaughter to me, I looked into her eyes and felt the weight of my heartache lighten. From that day forward, I chose to focus on what made me happy.  

My granddaughter

God tells us in scripture to focus on what is good and pure. Philippians 4:8 “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

I challenge you to find joy every day. Just look around many times it’s right in front of you! 

What in Tarnation?

What does Tarnation actually mean? Not sure, but I recall being asked “What in tarnation are you doing?” when I was a kid. Perhaps it was the tone of voice or the oddity of the word “tarnation”, but I knew it wasn’t good.

Now that I”m older, I’d like to ask them “Why in tarnation?” I mean, check out these outfits we wore.

Left to right: Stephanie, Ray, Dana, Cindy, Kenny and Lisa

Growing Up In the Early 1900’s

Have you ever wondered what it was like growing up in the early 1900’s? I love looking through old photographs and studying our family ancestry.  As a young girl I sat with my great grandmother, Granny Grunt, for hours listening to her stories of her life. She told many stories about the depression and her family.  Times were hard back then. Most families did not have much.  George and Mary, her parents, were share-croppers. A land owner contracted with them and several other families to plant and harvest crops in exchange for a place to live.  

Most families had several children. The entire family helped work the farms just so they could survive. By the time Effie was born there already was 8 children in their house.   Below is the 1900 census with their family highlighted in green. My Granny Ethel Mae was 4 years old when the census was taken.

1900 Census

Thomas, Henry and John; the oldest boys worked with their daddy in the fields cutting tobacco or sugar cane. The girls also helped in the fields, usually harvesting tobacco or vegetables and helping to prepare the crops for market. Granny used to tell me about having to hand tie the tobacco to get it ready to hang in the barn to dry.

Over the next few years a grocery store was built in their town. The older boys were excited at the opportunity to work at the store. They knew it would be easier than farming all day. Just thinking about the possibility of doing some other kind of work made them happy.

The town continued to grow over the next few years, a Paper Mill was built and then an Ice Plant. But, the boys quickly discovered that the family still needed everyone. Thomas had gotten a job at the grocery store delivering goods to people in town.  But even after he was done with his grocery job, he was still needed at the farm.  All the kids helped to work the farm, but it seemed as though the work was never done.

Effie married John Wesley in 1912. From my research, I found several events that took place prior to Effie and Wesley’s marriage. In 1912, both his wife of 17 years and his father died. John and Wesley married in December of 1912. They were only married for a year and half and had two children together, George and Thomas. The picture below was taken in 1915 of Effie with her two sons. By this time she had already left John Wesley, their marriage only lasted about 1.5 years.

Ethel Mae and her two sons, George and Thomas in 1915

After her divorce from John Wesley she returned home with her boys. She helped her family on the farm for several years as a farm laborer. Below is a picture from the 1920 Census. Her brother, Lindsey and her were the only siblings living at home at this time.

Granny Grunt loved her children and I loved hearing about her family and growing up as a share-cropper. Of all the stories she told, I never heard her say anything bad about anyone.