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On This Labor Day – Remembering My Dad’s Passing, 16 Years Ago

On This Labor Day – Remembering My Dad’s Passing, 16 Years Ago

16 Years Ago…       On Labor Day 16 (!) years ago (actually September 2, 2002), my beloved Dad ceased his labors, escaped the suffering of lymphoma, and left the boundaries of this earth to enter heaven’s gates – to touch the face of God, and to return the embrace of the Lord Whom Dad served his entire life.   In a departure from my usual format, because of this day of remembrance,  I thought I would once again…

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Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment? My Dad’s Legacy of Gratitude

Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment? My Dad’s Legacy of Gratitude

Attitude Adjustment? OR Attitude of Gratitude?       Do you have an attitude of gratitude or do you need an attitude adjustment? I blogged yesterday about how attitude plays a role in our lives, and can affect whether we block or fulfill our destinies…how “attitude controls altitude.”  It’s also true that gratitude (or lack thereof) affects attitude. That focus brought to mind this post I shared a couple years ago, so I thought I’d update it and share it…

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Happy October 1st – and Why I Started Words of Encouragement

Happy October 1st – and Why I Started Words of Encouragement

Happy October 1st! Welcome to Words of Encouragement!     Happy October 1st to all! I have once again joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) this month, so for my first post, I thought I would re-introduce the back story and purpose of this blog (can also be found on my About page). I thought this would also be a good idea because I’ve recently joined several new blog groups on Facebook. I decided to revise this blog, which was…

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In Memory of My Dad – 15 Years Since His Passing

In Memory of My Dad – 15 Years Since His Passing

15 Years Ago…       On this day 15 (!) years ago, my beloved Dad escaped the suffering of lymphoma and left the boundaries of this earth to enter heaven’s gates – to touch the face of God, and to return the embrace of the Lord Whom Dad served his entire life.   In a departure from my usual format, because of this day of remembrance,  I thought I would share the WHY behind this blog – which I…

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Returning to Blogging after Hiatus – and Happy Father’s Day!

Returning to Blogging after Hiatus – and Happy Father’s Day!

**RETURNING TO BLOGGING… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! ** Greetings! It’s really me and I’m finally back to blogging after an unplanned hiatus. I was quite sick for most of May with “The COUGH” that wouldn’t go away! I wondered at one point if I would end up in the hospital. Toward the end of the month, after a lot of resting, fluids, and meds — along with prayers — I finally recovered. Following that, the dissertation process for my Doctor of…

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My Dad’s 84th Birthday – Wish He Was Here to Celebrate It!

My Dad’s 84th Birthday – Wish He Was Here to Celebrate It!

Today… is my Dad’s 84th Birthday… his 15th in Heaven! ~~*~~ ~~*~~   I am thankful that on this day 84 years ago, one of the best men ever was born. He grew up to serve his country in the army, to get married and raise 4 kids, to become grandfather to 11 grandchildren, and great-grandfather to 8 great-grandchildren (and another on the way this July). He never had the joy of meeting any of the great-grandchildren, nor have they…

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