My Daddy’s 76th Birthday is TODAY!

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my family….I guess I realizing more and more how quickly time flies by…And…I chose when I went away from home to Arizona for college that I needed to find out who I was and where my place was in the world without any audience or influences…I was very easily led when I was younger and I knew as much as I loved ALL of my family that I wouldn’t be able to grow unless I was completely alone in a place where I knew no one…

This doesn’t mean my folks weren’t there for me they were and are…but for some reason years get in between us because I get so busy and do not fly anymore….And, my mom and her husband live in Charleston SC and my Dad and his wife live in San Diego CA…so they are not exactly close by….

Anyway, where I am going with this is….TIME FLIES!

It’s my Daddy’s 76th Birthday!  I need to see all of you more !!!! I promise to make a greater  effort to do so!

My Dad….He is the reason I have my own business…He has always made me feel SPECIAL SIGNIFICANT SMART BEAUTIFUL and MOST OF ALL like I am capable of doing ANYTHING I can dream up! He is a dreamer-my FAVORITE dreamer in all the world! But not just a dreamer he is A DOER! He has taught me how to gracefully handle failure and ALWAYS turn in into something else! That’s why failing doesn’t scare me and why expressing myself and what’s in my heart has always felt so right to me…Because I have ALWAYS known he would love me anyway NO MATTER WHAT! How many people can you REALLY say this about and MEAN IT!  I am the luckiest woman and little girl in the WORLD because of my Daddy! I love you Daddy with all of my heart !!! I wish I were with you today to CELEBRATE with you and eat some Rocky Road ice cream! Thank you for the life I have “because you loved me”!

Blackberries and the Knob….

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My dad has been in the hospital in San Diego the past two days trying to get a handle on a breathing problem that came out of nowhere…

As I sit at my desk this am thinking about the day to come and all that I want to accomplish….I am reminded everywhere I look of my  father’s love….He is the reason I have the confidence to try anything…at least once…..He has believed in me since the day I hit the ground and I have always known this….What an incredible gift that is….

A few years ago…when we were still living on Haynie Flat Road…my Dad was messing around with me in the market…which was in the front yard of a 50 year old house by the way…but you would think I had built a 50 ft skyscraper with my name on it by the look of pride he had looking at my little handmade market….

Anyways…he saw me struggling with trying to keep the blackberries I had for sale cool in the heat.  They were in coolers and the problem was that my customers needed the visual of the berries without having to constantly open the cooler….So my Dad disappeared for a while and when he came back from Lowes he had two knobs that had been attached just so… to two pieces of plexiglass…cut just so…and when he took the lids off the two coolers and replaced them with the clear plexiglass with the pretty painted knobs it was perfect…

That’s my Dad ….brilliant in business…always thinking….always loving his daughter with every move…

So that was about six years ago now….the plexiglass and coolers are long gone…but a few months ago while redoing a room in our new home for my office I came across one of the knobs…and I knew just what to do with it…

It is in front of me now…and is…every time I sit at my computer and write something I can look down and feel the love my father has for me…as I look at the pretty painted knob on the desk drawer…

Different from all the other knobs in the room….Just like my Dad…different from all the others in the room….

I love you Daddy….I am about to call the hospital to check on your progress …..I hope to see  you soon….

JLYL1333I will go out in my market today and make you proud of me…I will try and inspire people to do what makes them happy….like I get to do…I will try and add sunshine to their day…and be the woman you taught me to be…