Much of my time now is spent making memories. Time spent with my grandchildren is so precious to me because it brings back memories of my childhood. Family has always been very important to me. I was the oldest child in my family, and a lot of responsibility came with that role. I had three brothers and one sister. My mother and daddy worked long hours so that meant I had to “take care of” my siblings. From a very young age, I learned to be a “mother figure.”
The past year has been a learning process for me. For the first time in my life, I know what it is like to be absolutely alone. God has been my strength and my constant companion, and He has wiped many tears. With much trepidation, I have approached many “firsts!” I have done so many things I have never attempted before, especially by myself. To be perfectly honest, sometimes I was really scared. I believe Clyde would be proud of me.
Family and friends took on an entirely new meaning. My wonderful children(both the ones I gave birth to and the ones who “joined” my family by marriage and love) and grandchildren surrounded me with love, comfort, and support. Longtime, new, and Facebook Friends who I have never met personally have been such a comfort to me. I am truly blessed.
I am approaching this phase of my life with optimism and caution and with God always first. I am thankful for everything and everyone I encounter because of opportunities to witness for Christ. My hopes and dreams are to make a difference and help all God’s Children that I meet.