Posted in encouragement, faith, family, keeping it real, Melanie, moments of truth, Uncategorized

Let’s begin again….

It’s been 2 years, 3 months and 25 days ago that I last wrote on my blog. That post, One more Step, was about the loss of my sister, Melanie. This new post will make more sense if you read that one first.

That last post sure sounded like a positive person had written it.  But, I was anything and everything but positive. I was hurting. Through all these months I wanted to share the truth of what my heart was feeling, but I couldn’t. I tried…well, not really,  but I wanted to. The words just wouldn’t come. Most days blogging was the furthest thing from my mind, but there were also days I had a lot to say. Thankfully I knew better, because I am pretty sure none of it was worth saying.  Most of it was sad words and wouldn’t have been a benefit to anyone…most especially me.

I’ve enjoyed writing for most of  my life…I am not a scholar or an English major.  I am just me, a person who likes to write the things I see going on around me, my life, my family and God.  It actually brings me joy to share my life.  So, when I allowed my joy to wane, blogging was the first to go.  I actually let go of everything that brought me joy.  I could put on a good face, learned to be a great faker. I built a wall, a tall and thick wall.  There were very few that were allowed into the fortress I had built around me…and those few were only allowed at the door, no one was allowed all the way in.  I didn’t want anyone to know the pain and hurt I was hiding….I wasn’t allowing anyone to see that I was hurt and vulnerable.  I was afraid to show the weaker side of who I am.  But, alas….after these years of building a wall I am finally breaking it down.  It’s gonna take a while, but I am slowing allowing people in to see the vulnerable me.

My hope is that in the days and weeks to come I am able to share my heartache and struggle with others.  I want to write words of encouragement and  I hope that my story of loss will benefit others going through a similar situation.  Loss is hard.  Don’t let anyone tell you different.  All of us deal with it in different ways. God created each of us with a unique personality and that allows us to deal with things differently.  My way might not be the ‘right’ way or your way, but I can learn from you and hopefully you can learn from me.

My heart ached aches at the loss of my sister.  It’s been a long journey to get to where I am today….I am at a point of understanding. Understanding that His ways are higher than mine…that He knew her time here was complete.

So, reflecting back on the blog post from March 24, 2015 (31 days after Melanie passed away) I want to say ‘dance, little sister, dance.  And today I mean it sincerely.

Winnie

Posted in family, Melanie, memories, sisters

One More Step

I found this song and immediately fell in love with it. One More Step-Lindsay McCaul

Truth be told ~ I cried like a baby!  It reminded me so much of my sister, Melanie.

We did life together…I mean, everything.  We would talk or text every day…we prayed together in the morning, we argued and fought, she was my sandpaper and I was hers. We were always there for each other, walked through this life together.  She was the most beautiful person I know and I was blessed to spend my life as her sister and best friend.

In the last few months of her life she would often talk about what it would be like in heaven, who she would see, how she couldn’t wait to see God and she wanted to dance.

One day when we were sitting in her living room she asked me if I thought she would know all the steps. I asked her what steps and she said to her dance in heaven.  I told she would, it would be natural and she would be very good at it. A few days before she passed away she took the hands of one of her nurses and danced the best she could from her hospital bed. She swayed their hands, moved her feet and shook her shoulders.  She was really enjoying her little dance and then she looked at me and said ‘this is how I will dance in heaven.’

It wasn’t too many days later and she left earth and took One More Step onto heavens streets……

And then she danced!

Winnie

Check out Lindsay’s music!  You will be blessed!

Posted in Christmas, family, marriage, memories, traditions

Christmas Family Fun

One of my favorite family Christmas activities over the years has been driving around to see light displays.  When the kids were little we set Christmas Eve aside for that. Sometimes we would stop for hot chocolate or ice cream, then we would head home to open one gift. Of course every year it was the ‘gift’, you know the one…the new pajamas! 

The last few years Keith and I have looked at lights alone…the kids are grown and celebrating with their families now.  We always enjoy it, but I decided this year we need to make some new traditions for the 2 of us.

I googled OKC 2014 Christmas family fun to see if I could find something new for this year. I was surprised at how much I found.  Looks like we have a lot to choose from. 

Here is a list of places to go and things to do…we are going to do as much as we can…make some great 2014 memories.

Check these out and let me know if you have something I missed.

Downtown OKC has a lot to offer…lights, tubing, ice skating, etc.  I am looking forward to going downtown.



Chickasha’s lights are always a hit with us…has a bit of romance about it.

Of course, we typically drive by Chesapeake’s lights as well…

I also found a list of families who have great light displays.  I don’t think we have ever visited any of these neighborhoods.  I wonder if I could ever get Keith to do something this big…to draw a crowd…yeah, probably not! 

Here is a list of family activities for the kids…some are free….I like free!  

After checking out the previous link I decided to type in FREE family activities and this is what I found…some are repeats from above, but there are some that haven’t been mentioned. 

I hope you find something to do this season that is new and different. 

Make some new traditions and create lasting memories this year.

Merry Christmas!
Blessings! 

Winnie
Posted in family, information you may or may not want to know

Happy National Play-doh Day!


Today is National Playdoh day! 

Celebrate!!!!


I mean who doesn’t enjoy playing with some 
Play- doh? 


I did some ‘googling’ and found that Play doh was invented in 1956 by Noah and Joseph McVicker.

Not only is it vintage, but it has also been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame!


Here is what I found on the Hall of Fame site:
‘Play-Doh modeling compound started out as wallpaper cleaner. Joe McVicker learned from a teacher that kids usually found modeling clay too hard to manipulate. Discovering that the squishy cleaning product he manufactured could substitute, McVicker shipped some to the school. After teachers and kids raved, he offered to supply the product to all Cincinnati schools. More rave reviews followed. McVicker showcased the modeling clay at a national education convention in 1955, and word spread to Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. By 1956, the wallpaper cleaner had become Play-Doh. A year later, the manufacturer offered a softer Play-Doh in primary colors. Kids mixed these to make other colors, ending inevitably in brown. Captain Kangaroo endorsed Play-Doh, and so did Miss Frances from Ding Dong School. Play-Doh Pete appeared on product cans in 1960. The Fun Factory let kids extrude the material into interesting shapes, making mock hair, colorful spaghetti, and pretend ice cream that wouldn’t melt. In the 1980s, Play-Doh expanded its palette to eight colors.

Later versions sparkled with glitter, glowed in the dark, or smelled like shaving cream. Recent estimates say that kids have played with 

700 million pounds of Play-Doh.’
I say grab you some Play-doh and find your inner child today!

If you don’t have Play-doh, try making it at home…my recipe is easy and smells good, too!

This is a recipe I made when I taught pre-school about 20 years ago!  I’ve made it a few times since then and it is always a hit.  

Koolaid Play-doh
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 salt
2 packages of your favorite koolaid
1 Tblsp Alum

Bring 2 cups of water to boil; stir in 2 Tblsp of vegetable oil and pour over flour mixture.  Stir until mixed, then  pour onto floured counter and knead until smooth…it’s warm, but manageable! I have stored it in an air tight container or a ziplock baggie, both work well.

(To be politically correct, this is ‘molding stuff’, not play-doh or I guess I could call it ‘playdough’!)
Let’s all celebrate this national past-time by creating something with our Play-doh today!  I’d love to see your pictures! 

Have fun channeling your inner child!

Winnie
Posted in devotions, encouragement, faith, family, keeping it real, Thank You Jesus

Behind the Scenes

Keith and I have had several conversations lately about the future. We know that God still has great plans for us and we want to be sure that we are doing all He has called us to do.  We have committed it all to prayer and know that God will give us the direction and answers that we seek. 

His purpose and plan…not ours.
If there is one thing we have learned over the last few years it is that change happens. Sometimes it may sting for a while, but He has something better in that change.

My biggest  problem is that I am not much about waiting…but I have learned that in the waiting God is working. Quite often I need to be reminded though.

This morning I opened my email to read First Things First with Christine Caine

I love my early morning quiet time with God.  I love that He speaks to me and gives peace to my anxious heart!

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” 
(Isaiah 65:24).
Maybe you feel you have prayed and prayed and yet the 
heavens are like brass. Perhaps you feel that God is ignoring you, 
that He hasn’t heard your prayer.

NO, God is not ignoring you! He never ignores His children. 
The fact is, we have no idea what God is 
doing on our behalf in the heavenlies.

Think of it like this: we may ask God for one thing, but He has to
 rearrange ten thousand other things in order for our 
one thing to come to pass.

God is working on your behalf behind the scenes. 
Your answer is on its way!


The words that stuck out to me the most are ‘God is working on my behalf behind the scenes’. When I am waiting and wondering “when, God, when”, He is working…on MY behalf.
Did I know that already? Yes, I did.  However, God knew I needed that reminder today. 
Peace for my anxious heart!
Winnie

Posted in family, nana memories

Friday Fav



It’s been a while since I posted anything for my Friday Fav. So here you go….


I have viewed a ton of 1st day of school pictures this week on Facebook and Instagram, all of them were adorable. So, I decided this morning to give a big shout out to my favorite lil people with their 1st day of school pics! 






I can’t believe they are 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders! What? What happened to summer and who said they could grow so fast!


I am excited to hear all about their first days in a new grade, with a new teacher and new friends. The boys are bus riders now…remember those days? 

Treasuring the moments of their lives!

I absolutely, positively, love being their Nana. 

Blessings!

Winnie
P.S.  I borrowed these pictures from their parents!
Posted in faith, family, keeping it real, marriage, memories, Thank You Jesus

Keeping up with the Joneses

It happened…the day finally arrived… the Chandlers and the Joneses came together this weekend to celebrate the marriage of Michele and Jared and the union of two families into one.

A years worth of planning came together and we watched as they celebrated their love for each other and their children.  The chosen vows were from Ruth 1:16 “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” They exchanged rings and a kiss and with their children, they poured 6 colors of sand into a jar to represent the blending of their two families into one unit.

The bride was beautiful in her vintage dress and hair and her Captain America shoes were a fun addition!

The groom proudly wore his Army uniform.  He stood tall and proud as he watched his beautiful bride walk the aisle towards him. 

Nothing makes this woman’s  heart more happy than to watch her decked out Coast Guard husband salute the man who has vowed to love their daughter forever. 

It was a beautiful day………only God could keep the winds calm in OK and have the sunshine in mid July and it only be 84 degrees. Big shout out to God! 

We want to thank everyone who came to stand with them as they walk into this new journey of their lives. 

They look forward to all God has planned for them.

Pictures will follow soon….but, while you wait, enjoy this one from our Instabus fun photos.  By the way, check them out, they make any occasion tons of fun! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!
Winnie








P.S.I am so happy to be back to blogging…watch for updates and improvements…it’s gonna be awesome!