Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! Here are the winners. We will be sending an e-mail with further instructions. Barbara Leonard Brandie Smith Brenda Goode Cary Studer Connie Woods Debbie Beardmore Deborah Hayes Debra Emmons Dené Cizek Denise Good Donna Aldworth Felix Batista Hernandez Geneva Baird Gwenda Manuel Janice Holley Jeannie Fields Julie Petersen Karen Howell Karlea DeVries Kay Robbins Kellie Lawless Kimberly Shaver Linda Lauer Linda Stiver Linda Toplyn Lisa Horton Lori Meitzen Luella Eastman Marcia Powrozek Marlene Williford Mary Marin Merica Mills Nancy Schmidt Nanch Spears Nina Coulter Pat Jones Patricia Gillis Patricia Megarry Patsy Conaway Phyllis Beardsley Rena Gordon Sally Fernandez Samantha McBride Sarah Stewart Sharon Owens Sherri Chastain Tammy Pullifrone Terressa Hoskins Tina Post Vanessa Echazarreta
Think of the joy a firework display brings. It has a tremendous burst of energy and color. It causes those viewing it to be overcome with “oohs” and “ahhs” as they watch from afar. The tremendously beautiful lights cause a spectacular feeling to erupt from your core being. There are people in our lives that are like that; they bring forth tremendous bursts of color and beauty into our lives, and then they are gone and stop without warning. After the firework display is over, we can hold onto their memory as the sky turns dark again, but we will always have that wonderful memory tucked away. And the capability of having a memory is a gift from God so we can always see the sparks in our mind. -Ron Heitmann May wonderful new memories be created, and old ones never forgotten.
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers who are blessed with the gift of children. Peace to the fathers who have lost a child and to all the children who have lost a father. What You Don’t Know About Me What you don’t know is that I struggle every day. Sleeping has not been easy since Ellie died, especially waking up in the night and just wondering how I arrived at this point. I believe that we are what we eat, and that “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Waking up is hard. Who can control your first thought when you wake up? My first thoughts are usually not good ones. Then the battle of the mind begins. I become my own coach cheering me on. “You can do this! Your family needs you and loves you. I love my wife and kids, and I’m going to make a difference today in this world.” I pray for God’s help to do what I’m supposed to do today. And, I stand up. What you don’t know is how much I lost. Ellie was a sweet little daddy’s girl who was better than I ever imagined. I lost a child that understood me. She thought I was funny and wanted to be like me. I’ll never forget our talks in bed about her dreams and her struggles. We shared so much. I lost the warmest welcome home every time I came through the door. We shared […]