Join me in my daily walk through the joys and struggles of parenthood. Share a word of encouragement or be encouraged. Cry a little, laugh a lot, but know it is all in divine order.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Black History Month: A Piece of History - What is the Chitlin' Circuit?

Bobby Rush - Legendary Bluesman, known as the King of the Chitlin' Circuit

Monday, February 17, 2020

Motivational Monday – Black History Month – Who Are the Heroes?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, W.E.B. DuBois, and Maya Angelou, are just some of the well-known African Americans who left their mark in history. What memories or stories in Black History do you share with your children or family?

As you turn the pages of your life what do you see? Who are your heroes? What legacy will you leave? Think about the people who are considered great, successful, leaders. They are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. You can too.

You are a hero. As you celebrate Black History Month, celebrate your greatness. Here are a few ways you can celebrate:

1.      Read a book by an African American author
2.      Support an African American owned business
3.      Share the history of African American inventors with someone (Garrett Morgan, George Washington Carver, etc.)

Here are a few ways to celebrate who you are:

1.      Share a story of how you overcame an obstacle
2.      Tell about something you are most proud of
3.      What is one piece of advice that you would give to someone about a lesson learned?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, W.E.B. DuBois, and you, are all heroes.

Leave your mark in society or your family.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fun Friday – Crazy in love

Photo Credit: Bloom Nation

Petals of beauty sprinkle your tabletop - reds, yellows, or pink surround a glass vase. Delicate flowers. Expressions of love. Some people have used the word crazy when talking about love. They use phrases like crazy in love or love will make you do crazy things. What are your views on love?

I recently participated in an event where the theme was love. We were given a question to answer to practice impromptu speaking. Here are a few of the questions/statements for you to ponder:

1.      Is it more important to do what you love or love what you do?
2.      Tell about one activity that you love to do.
3.      When have you worked hard and loved every minute of it?

Choose one of the questions and give your response by submitting a comment. Just for laughs and giggles check out the video below to see what comedian Kevin Bozeman says about being crazy in love.

Kevin Bozeman

YouTube Video Credit: Dry Bar Comedy

Happy Valentine's Day Wishing you a day filled with love.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Motivational Monday – Love is in the air - 7 Ways to express love

Photo Credit: The Chronicle

“Let all that you do be done in love.”  - 1 Corinthians 16:14

Hearts, Valentine’s Day, Roses…February has been called the month of love. All my blog posts this week will focus on some form of Love. There are numerous forms of love – love for the Lord, parent/child love, love of a spouse, pet, and love for family and friends.  

Today let’s look at expressions of love. The way one expresses love is a personal choice, but just for fun below are 7 creative ways to express love.

1.      Be a listening ear – a friend or loved one may find comfort in having someone to listen to how their day went or listen to a struggle their facing.
2.      Cuddle with someone
3.      Listen to soothing music with someone
4.      Visit someone who is ill
5.      Perform a random act of kindness
6.      Give a love coupon – create a specialized coupon; It could be for a romantic lunch, a date to the movies, a foot massage/neck massage (at home). Taylor the couple to the taste of the person you’ll give it to.
7.      Schedule time to love yourself – do something for yourself…guilt free. If you feel like taking a nap in the middle of the day. Take a nap. You decide.

Here’s a challenge for you – every day for the next 7 days, show an expression of love to someone. You can say I love you, express love through action, write a love letter or anything else your creative mind stirs up. However, this expression of love must be expressed to a different person each day.

At the end of this challenge, you will have touched 7 lives in a special way, and you may feel differently as well. Leave a comment about your experience by midnight (EST) on February 17th and be entered in a drawing for a special gift (mailed to a winner within the US).

Just because I like music, below are two gospel songs related to love, for your listening pleasure.

YouTube Video Credit: Kirk Franklin

YouTube Video Credit: Earllegg423

Friday, January 31, 2020

Fun Friday – All in the Family – Funny Side Up

Do your family members say or do funny things? Let them unleash their comedic side and enjoy the ride.

Dinner with Mom

I was out to dinner with my mama. She was indecisive as to what to order. She finally settled on a cup of chili and a chicken salad. When the salad arrived it looked delectable. The lettuce was fresh, the chicken fried to perfection. Everything was piled high…on a little bitty salad plate; just a little bigger than a saucer.

I asked my mom, “How do you like your salad?”

She said, “It looks good, but…I may need a guard rail to keep the food from falling off the plate.”

Nursery Rhymes – Jimmy Crack Corn
Did you grow up singing nursery rhymes? There was one that said, “Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care, Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care.”

I’m just wondering… Who the heck is Jimmy? Why did he crack corn? If you don’t care, I don’t either.

Caption This
Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. On the ride home from the grocery store, I decided to have a little fun. So, I strapped my jumbo bag of popcorn in the passenger seat of my car.
How would you caption the photo below?

A conversation with Mom
Me:      I may stop by the bookstore today to browse.

Mom:  Do they have your book there?

Me:      No

Mom:  Tell them they need to carry my baby’s book.

I don’t know which was funnier, mom suggesting I tell the bookstore to carry my book or mom calling me her baby (at 53 years old).

What funny things have your family members said or done lately?