Life Changing Moments Part II

Again, it’s been awhile since an update. Work and kids have me busy as usual. Adding to the life changing moments once again, without them life would be nothing I would imagine. I have overcome many obstacles throughout my adult life and it has come to my attention that no one is perfect, ? go figure. This leads me to say that mistakes are made everyday and if you don’t learn from them then what is life all about anyway? Some are minor and some are mistakes that you will live with the rest of your life. Some effect just you and some effect others. No details will be given but mine has been the latter. I am in the process of getting through it, and looking to the future with somewhat of a positive attitude. It’s been a very rough week and I have many more ahead of me.  My family is my rock as always, and my friends are amazing. It’s gong to be a roller coaster of a ride once again, and even though this is something totally new to me, I can overcome it somehow. God will show me the way, He always does. No matter how hard it has been or how hard it is going to get, He will always be by my side.  I will keep praying, keep asking for forgiveness and move on. Whatever happens, happens, I have no control over it now.  God Bless everyone and their families. Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 6.28.29 AM

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Relay for LIFE!

This weekend was the Relay for life, which the girls took part in with the Young Marines. They had a lot of fun and was able to spend the night and walk for a great cause. It has been a pretty good, laid back weekend. The weather has cooperated so far,  but today it’s a dreary day outside. I go back to the daily grind tomorrow and anticipate the  next couple of months to be long and hectic. But, I hope to see some days off  in between and look forward to spending that time with family, old friends, new friends, and many more who make this life of mine a long-lasting memory. Life is what you make of it, and if you spend it working all the time you will definitely miss out on the best it has to offer. I thank God each and every day he grants me, and to do what I can for my family, and to grab each and every moment that is possible.  I’m not saying that life isn’t a struggle, it most definitely is. With that being said, don’t take it for granted, tell everyone that you care about how you feel, how much you appreciate them being in your life. Without these special people you could not be who you are today. The many people who have touched my life in the past and even now have made me who I am today. I strive each day to do better, love more, thank more, and complain less. God is Good…….. He will provide, it may take a while to realize it but he will never give up on us.

God Bless….

Easter 2012

Well it’s been a pretty laid back day. The girls are at that age where I don’t have to go all out and hide easter eggs and make a big easter dinner. So it made my day easier needless to say. They had the chance to hunt for eggs anyway on Saturday with some great friends of mine. We started the day with Sunday mass which was outstanding as usual. Father Don knows exactly  what to say to grab my attention and makes me realize how much I miss going to church. It’s so hard to get away these days with the way my work schedule is set up, but I try to go as much as I can. I spent the weekend trying to soak up as much rest time as I can get, I have a busy week ahead of me. The girls are off for spring break and even though I love them to death, they need to get out and spend the night with friends. Keeps me from worrying about them while I’m at work. Saturday night was of course Awesome!!! Scearce & Ketner rocked the PUB as usual. It was a packed house and everyone was on their feet dancing, singing, and of course having a few Guinesses.  A really good friend was able to come out and enjoy some great music and good beer as well.

All in all it’s been a good weekend, if only it was longer! Looking forward to my next day off, should be interesting??  🙂   Happy Easter, Luvs to All…. and GOD BLESS!!!!

Loving the Weather!

Well, it has been a beautiful past two days. I was lucky enough to have them off, and took advantage of them both. I got an early start on my summer tan and started running again. I feel really good, and  happy with the way my life is going right now. It has been a rough couple of weeks, loosing a good friend and coping with all the unanswered questions. But I have to say, he has given me a greater respect for life, and a determination to live it to the fullest, with no regrets. I now believe that if you truly want something bad enough, don’t put it off till tomorrow,  because you may not have a tomorrow. So with that being said, I’m planning for some up and coming trips, excursions, and so forth. I have Maine or even Key West in my sights, and will be getting my passport here soon for some out of the country travel, “God willing”. My job keeps me so busy that I can’t think at times, and my kids let me know it. But with this demanding job also comes the benefits of being able to afford these up and coming excursions. I thank the Lord each and every day for the opportunity to hold my own, pay off my debt, and give my kids much more now, than I could a year ago. Yes, it’s almost a year now that I have been with the Sheriffs Department. I was hired May 16, of last year. I’m surprised I have lasted this long. There were times when I just wanted to walk out, being locked in for 12 hours is not for everyone. Enough with that, so the weather has been awesome. I have a long weekend coming up, but will plan on getting out and about on Monday or Tuesday. It’s nice to know your schedule at least for a while, that way I can plan for some great adventures. I have a life’s to do list going, and I must complete some if not all before I get so old, that I forget what I have even done.

This past weekend was so much fun. I was able to get out of the house and spend some time with a really great person and listen to some good music at the pub. I even had a chance to do some shooting, even if it was with my phone. It doesnt matter what I shoot with, when I get in that mode I’m unstoppable. I hope that I get the chance to do it again and have as much fun, if not more. This little town I live in is my home. I really can’t see myself living anywhere else, well except Denver, but that may come later, after the girls graduate and move out. Life is so short, and I need to grab whatever I can that makes me happy, makes my kids happy, and just run with it.

Hopefully soon, I can buy a new camera and get out and REALLY shoot. I love photography, its my stress reliever and bringing home hundreds of photos just have that one perfect shot, is exhilarating. I have so many plans running through my head, I have no idea which one I want to do first. It’s great knowing that I can actually do them, eventually. Well it’s about that time and I must sign off for now.

From the words of a very good friend….

“Life isn’t about the 9-5 job. Breathe out and live your life. Take off with no destination. See the world, don’t trap yourself in your little reality. Life is short and has no point. So make your life count for You. Act on every impulse with no Regrets”.

Ross Rogers….  Miss U!!

Merry Christmas!

Well it’s finally Christmas day and the sun is shining with no chance for snow. I do believe that today does not feel like Christmas. Me and the girls will be heading over to my brothers here in a few to spend a couple hours with them. Then it’s back home to relax, watch movies, eat and possibly watch the sunset this evening. I must say that this year has been a good one, but it went by so fast. Everyday I struggle with lifes ups and downs, and today seems like a mixture of both. I miss being with all of my family this year. I thank the Lord for my dads health and my families closeness in all the hard times. I’m hoping for a fabulous year to come, filled with lots of joy and hopefully love. The girls had  a good Christmas and received a lot of gifts, and money to spend on anything. So I sit here updating my blog possibly the last until the new year. I go back to work on Monday, back to the mad house and some great friends. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Peace and Love for All!!!!

     

The Consumption of Christmas cont.

I have been looking at this piece for a couple of days and only added a few things here and there. I don’t want to Consume this piece with a lot of clutter so I think I am almost done. Just a few more additions and I will be done. Then it will be time to decide how I will present it.

Thanks for my followers. Hoping for another epiphany in 2012.

The Consumption of Christmas.

I awoke  this morning and had an idea of a very new and inspiring project. It is something that I have never done before but I am inspired by a very close friend of mine. His work is very different and indeed the basis for my new creation. Thank you in advance Patrick. 🙂 I can honestly say that Christmas has been so misconstrued and geared toward buying the right gift or the amount. This piece represents all the chaos and consumption that everyone gets wrapped up in. We all forget the whole purpose of Christmas and I myself get tangled up in all the material side effects of it. Not sure when I will be finished with it, it is a work in progress but I finally am able to feel free, and hoping to add more to this project in the future… Will post my progress.

Christmas Morning.

Christmas Morning Sunrise 2010

I sit here in a very quite house, no kids, no laughter of opening presents, no Christmas paper all over the floor, drinking a cup of coffee and waiting for the new year. It is very different this year I must admit. Previous years I would have had someone to celebrate it with but not this year. I can’t say that I’m alone because of course I’m not. I have a great family and so many friends to think of. The East Coast is awaiting some snow this evening so maybe I will be able to get out and shoot a bit. I will be headed to church then off to my brothers for a little while, then back home.

This new year is going to be a busy one. I’m headed back to school to work on my Bachelors and hopefully working for the Sheriffs department soon. I’m thinking positive and praying for a much better year too come. As for my personal life, it’s still a work in progress as usual. It is very hard to get out there into the dating scene. It takes a lot of effort and time but sooner or later I know it will happen. I just have to be patient because this path that God has me on is the right one for me. Maybe my path will lead me to a holiday with someone this new year who knows. Anyway, here are some more pictures of the family get together.

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR…………..

Home Sweet Home..

I pulled into the driveway around 6pm last night and was exhausted. I loved seeing all of my family and had a great time with them all. It is so nice to be able to catch up and talk about previous Christmases and outings we all have shared throughout our lives. The girls made it too their dads safe and sound. I do miss them but know that they are having a lot of fun. I’m still running on fumes so this will be short and sweet. I will update with more  in a day or two.

The Family, minus a few. 🙂

Merry Christmas!!!!

Christmas Trip, back to Arkansas

Hannah, Alexis and Charlie

Well it’s about that time so I figured I would update my blog before heading out tomorrow night. I’m not taking my computer this time because I don’t want any kind of crap going through security at the airport.

Michelle, Me, & Julia

Me and the girls are packing VERY lite so we can avoid any problems on the way. We will be traveling to Raleigh after Julia’s orchestra concert tomorrow night and plan on hanging out at the airport until the early morning. I can’t wait to see everyone and even though my brother Charlie and his wife Hannah and my niece Alexis will not be making the trip this year they will be missed.

This will be a great but short trip, and I hoping we don’t get stranded because of some freak weather. The girls will be flying out of Little Rock on the 22 to finish the Holidays with their dad and stepmom. As for me, I will make my way back to the Boro for Christmas. I’m not quite sure how my Christmas will turn out but I know it will be good anyway I choose. I have some special friends and a great family to hang out with if I get lonely. So with that being said, I want to wish all of my friends and loved ones a very special Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know I’m looking forward to the new year with great anticipation. I’m hoping that 2011 will be the best year yet. Has to be better than 2010.

To all those who may “think” that they are alone. You are NOT..

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” Taylor Caldwell

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” – Donald E. Westlake