Category Archives: Blessed

New Site Launch August 1, 2018


ANNOUNCEMENT:  Our new site will launch on August 1, 2018, and this little personal journal will be retired from the public.  I just want to take a minute and personally thank you all for your support over the past four years; it has been my privilege to share my thoughts with so many of you.

The new Praise, Gratitude, & Joy seeks to encourage, enlighten and convince today’s mature woman of a very important fact: “You are never too old to become what you were meant to be.” Stay Tuned!

I truly hope you will join us on this new adventure as we follow God’s leading.  I also hope you will pray that I stay focused on His purpose and that everything I write will be for His Glory.

Although it is not “quite ready for prime time”, you can sign up on the new site at any time.  Just visit  The signup form is on the right side of the front page.  While there you can sign up to become a Praise, Gratitude, & Joy Prayer Partner, agreeing to pray for the needs of others as they may be expressed through our prayer request page.

Please just remember there are a few things that are still being tweaked, but I wanted you all to be able to be registered by the go-live date.

If you have problems with the new site, suggestions, or would like to be a guest author on our blog, please just drop me a line at



Today I am Grateful for:

The most amazing Holy Week:


God is opening doors:

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Family:  Life would be so lonely without them God is so good!

Obviously my beautiful daughter is number one on the list: Since she moved to Alabama five years ago, my heart aches. In the beginning I was hopeful that she would get transferred back to Jacksonville. Alas that is not to be. She has met and married the love of her life and I will never get them to leave Alabama.

My sweet, sweet brother and his family: A sister-in-law, niece, nephew and a beautiful little grand niece round out this beautiful family.

Although I am older, I depend on my baby brother for advice in all manner of issues. He looks out for me, protects me and always makes time for me when I reach out. I don’t see the rest of his family very often, they don’t live in Jacksonville any more. We try to see each other at holidays, but sometimes we are going in different directions and can’t work out the logistics. Life is too busy sometimes.

My Cousins – Momma’s side of the family: Janice and I lost touch way back in the 60’s. We reconnected a few years ago through Facebook. The three of us had a fabulous weekend in St. Augustine a couple of summers ago, which is hard to do since Marilyn lives in North Dakota, which is a very long way from Florida. I love them both so much and I am so grateful they are in my life. We need another cousin weekend soon. Love you both to the moon and back.

My Cousin Andrea: This is another cousin (from my daddy’s side of the family). Again, we lost touch back in the 60’s. I love Facebook because it was through a post I put there that I found her. We met for lunch and some shopping in St. Augustine a few months ago and once outside of Daytona. Unfortunately we all stay so busy it is very hard to get together. She has a beautiful daughter and two granddaughters that live in Germany. They are here visiting right now and I have been trying to find a day to get to Cocoa Beach but my schedule is very hectic these days. I am going to be very disappointed if I don’t make it.

More Cousins, Nieces and Grand Nieces:  It would take a very long time to list all of the new family I have in my life. I will say again…God is so good. After my parents and my older brother died and my daughter got transferred to Alabama, I was feeling rather low. Some cousins that I never knew live right here in Jacksonville and reached out to me on Facebook. It is a lot of fun getting to know them. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of them is a member of the church I joined in January. I get to see her a couple of times a week.

I now have four beautiful, talented, amazing grand nieces.  I am truly blessed that my daughter’s husband’s family in Alabama have all opened their hearts and brought me right into the family.  Special thanks to Kenny’s mom for sharing her grands with me.


Father, I just want to thank you so much for clarity of mind and that You are opening doors of opportunity for me to use the talents you have given me. Thank you also that you don’t give up on me when I let things fall to the side. Keep me focused on the work you have for me.

Thank you so much for my amazing family. Wrap your arms around them all and protect them from the enemy.

Thank you that I am Blessed Beyond Measure.