Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Language of Friendship

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them....Francesco Guicciardini

I was visiting with someone this past week who I have known for many, many years....We were discussing the difficulties in life and how when certain trials come our way, everyone wants to be your BEST friend.  ................ Is their motive based upon the fact that they really care about you, or is this person a {friend} that is mostly concerned with the details of what is happening????

Our conversation was mostly based upon the realities in life....

As we were leaving, she made a comment that went something like this...{ We all interact with numerous people on a daily basis and our relationship with each of these people varies greatly.  Take you and I for example.....We have known each other for a very long time, but I would not say that we are {FRIENDS}...we are more like acquaintances.  If time allows the next time we see each other, we may visit or we may not.  We may just wave at one another or just say HI...and that will be it} {On the other hand, if we were FRIENDS, we would see or call one another on a regular basis...We would spend time with one another and we would always have something to talk about} ..... 

While we do only see each other a couple times a year, I still consider her my friend.  She is a super sweet person and I always enjoy visiting with her.  We are Friends!

 ~   I don't know.. somehow, the word acquaintance just doesn't sound very personal to me.   I do have acquaintances in life, but these people fit into a  completely different category from my friends! ... Is there some kind of word that fits between Friend and Acquaintance?     BFF'S......BF'S.......FRIENDS.......??????????.......ACQUAINTANCES.

I never see or hear from most of the people that I graduated High School with, but I  believe that after 12 years of being connected to one another day end and day out, this qualifies us as friends.

And then, what about FACEBOOK?  I have over 600 people listed as friends and Sam has more like a 1000 people......does FB have it wrong?  Should there be a place that allows you to invite acquaintances to join you for conversation rather than friends?



It is true....We all have BFF's...we may even have BF's.... But for me...I also have FRIENDS!    I have friends far away, I have memories of friends, I have a husband that is my BEST-EST friend and two daughters that are my BEST friends, I have forever friends, and I have wonderful Blogging friends.

So....if you just want to consider yourself as an acquaintance of mine, then you better make sure you let me know.....Otherwise, you are my FRIEND!

Shug Sez....

I am so Blessed to call you my friend!

The Colors of The Rainbow...so pretty in the sky!

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel.....
All claimed that they were the best....the most important....the most useful....the favorite!



Green said:  "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope.  I was chosen for grass, trees, and leaves.  Without me, all animals would die.  Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

Blue interrupted:  "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea.  It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea.  The sky gives space and peace and serenity.  Without my peace, you would all be nothing."


Yellow chuckled: "You are all so serious.  I bring laughter and warmth to the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow.  Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."


Orange started next to blow her trumpet:  "I am the color of health and strength.  I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life.  I carry the most important vitamins.  Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and papayas.  I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."

Red could stand it no longer...he shouted out:  "I am the ruler of all of you.  I am blood - life's blood!  I am the color of danger and of bravery.  I am willing to fight for a cause.  I bring fire into the blood.  Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy."

Purple rose up to his full height:  He was very tall and spoke with greatness.... "I am the color of royalty and power.  Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me, for I am the sign of authority and wisdom.  People do not question me!  They listen and obey."



Finally Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination:  "Think of me.  I am the color of silence.  You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial.  I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water.  You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."

And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority.  Their quarreling became louder and louder.  Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening....thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly.  The colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak: " You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest.  Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different?  Join hands with one another and come to me."

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands.....

The rain continued:
"From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace.  The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow."



And so....Whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another!!!


Shug Sez....

All it takes is a simple smile .....!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Will Not Forget You...

"Even to your old age and to gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.    Isaiah 46:4

Every single day, my cry is "Oh Lord."

On any given day, I can count on my dad stopping by my house at 11:15 in the morning.  His life is surrounded by routine, and every day is the same as the day before,  with the exception of Sunday.  My dad is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's and as this disease attacks his mind, the cumulative knowledge and memories of a lifetime are gradually being erased.

This disease causes severe consequences for the person whose thought process in life is slowly slipping away from them.  It also causes stressful and overwhelming hardships on their family and friends. 

I was visiting with him this past week and I could see the sadness in his eyes and I could hear the weakness in his voice when he was trying his best to remember the names of his grandchildren.  Big tears were in his eyes and he just looked at me and said, "I don't know what is wrong with me."  My heart felt as if it were breaking into a thousand tiny pieces....

I asked God...."What can I do?....What if he forgets you Lord?"

Then, this scripture came to my mind...."I will never leave you nor forsake you"   Hebrews  13:5

What Great Comfort.......

No matter what shape our mind is in, God will never forget us!

Our salvation is not dependent upon the strength of any feeble or diseased mind! God does not close the gates of Heaven just because our memories are lost into a space of the unknown.

None of us know what the future holds, and if our minds are diseased way before our body gives up, then we can still rest assured that God will never leave....He will never forget....Praise God!!!!

Yes.....It is so sad to watch the memory of my dad fade away and to see the fear of the unknown on his face, but, I know ....God will be there to guide me, He will give me the comfort that I need and He will carry me when I can not stand alone.


Sweetest Blessings,

Shug

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Simple Pleasures Of Life....

Cherish Life's Simple Pleasures.......this is exactly what I have been doing...and what I plan to do the rest of the weekend!

I'm so glad you stopped in to visit me today...sit back and relax while I chat about the simple pleasures of my life!



I am so glad to have my hubby back home...He made a trip to the San Antonio area this week to cut Fig cuttings......This is really a hard job because you have to be so careful not to let the milk from the cuttings get on your skin...I know from experience, that the milk will cause big blisters on your hands and it HURTS!  (Simple pleasure #1....having my true love home safe and with me)

I have walked a total of 5 miles this week...OK...so I know this is not a lot for some of you, but for someone (ME) who is not in the habit of walking, this is GREAT!!
Sam walked two of these miles with me and we had the best conversation.  Have you ever heard this statement before?..."opposites attract"
New studies show that this is not true, but let me tell you they simply do not know everything.  Sam and I are as opposite as two people can be and we are extremely attracted to one another!
This was the main topic of our conversation...We were trying to figure out how we could be so different from one another but yet be sooooo In Love!!  (Simple pleasure #2....Enjoying a walk and sweet conversation with your hubby....)


I am now finishing up Chapter 3 of my book that I am writing.
I love writing and I really think that what I have to say will be a great inspiration to a whole lot of people....Can't wait to finish the writing  (Could be a while)  and can't wait to get it published! (Simple pleasure #3...Writing is great therapy for me....makes me happy)


This is going to be a full weekend......Watching my grandsons play ball.....We have one playing Baseball and two playing Basketball....And, we have one granddaughter playing basketball as well.  We all love sports and this is a simple thing that we can do as a family. (Simple pleasure #4....I am one proud Shug when I see mygrandchildren playing ball.....They make me happy!)




This one will make you get down and giggle!   New Sheets!  Sleeping on new sheets makes my world go round.....A good comfy rest on soft sheets,,,oh my. (Simple pleasure #5...a good nights rest on new sheets) 

It really is not that difficult to find simple pleasures in life...


Shug Sez...

Get out there and find your simple pleasures today!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Does Grace Know Your Name?

Does Grace Know Your Name?   This is a very important question!

I'm hoping you all will bear with me ....I don't know what it is that keeps bringing me back to that word...GRACE
....Grace from our hearts!    (It is my desire to honor God with every post I write....This word "GRACE" .... can one really ever say enough?


Do we show favor, kindness, compassion, forgiveness and love towards those that sometimes hurt us?

I would venture to say that to show kindness to someone who is kind would be a somewhat easy task on our part....But to show kindness to someone that has just kicked us in the gut would bring about our wanting to gain the pleasure of seeing them hurt.

We live in a world today that is filled with deceit and lies. There are those that have no mercy.  This kind of person longs to inflict punishment upon their enemies, what ever the cost.  How sad!  It makes me wander if this type of person has EVER known love of any kind.  How does one go through life without LOVE?

I know that there have been times in my own life when I have been angry about a situation, or I have been down right MAD at someone, but not to the extent of not being able to forgive.  I can recall many times when I have actually been the one that ends up apologizing to someone for something that wasn't even my fault.  The reason is because I do not want anyone to harbor ill feelings towards me and I had rather apologize and have forgiveness in my heart, than to have bitterness knocking at my door....

I am so thankful that I serve a loving God that is full of Grace.   Amazing Grace ...... this is God's gift of redemption to us.  HE shows us Mercy instead of judgement.  Through Grace, God is making us into HIS own image and teaching us about spiritual maturity.  Now this is an Awesome God!!!


Here are just a few things that I want to leave with you to ponder upon.  You can rest assured that Grace does know your name when we:

  Put others first.


  Don't give people what they deserve, but what they need, when we have the power to do so.

  Can sit and cry with someone who has just lost a love.

Listen to our spouses.

Listen to our kids.

Listen to the lady that talks for ever.

Give up our seat in order to let someone else sit down.

Show people that God loves them and wants them no matter what they've done.

Forgive and reconcile with others.

Accept forgiveness that is offered to us.

Let folks in on the highway.

Pray for people we don't particularly like because that's who we are; we can't do anything else.

Give a homeless person everything in our wallet without wondering whether he really needs it.

Our Heart aches at injustice.

Our heart aches at loss.

Our heart is aching but we forgive anyways.

Feel destroyed, but we are able to reach out to others despite our hurt.



Shug Sez.......

Because of God's Amazing Grace....I am Saved!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

If you're gonna DREAM, then dream BIG!

Hey there Y'all......Welcome to my kitchen....Want to know what's cooking today?

I 'm cooking up a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but mostly a bit of humor!


Wife:  The two things I cook the best are meatloaf and apple pie..
Husband: Which is this????

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I  am a kitchen kind of gal....and when my hands get well, I plan to be back in there cooking up all kinds of dishes! 


If you are like me, I believe that the kitchen is "THE" place in a home.

I've been dreaming of kitchens!......I just wander what a "Dream Therapist" would say about someone dreaming about kitchens?

Check these out....









Or these....


 


This one kinda warms MY heart......I already have the
big window, so it surely wouldn't be that difficult to
do a small make over....




Oh..Oh..Oh..  don't you just love the cabinets above the stove?
And see,.... there is that window again!




I simply love this one.....Just look at the shelves in the corner.  A perfect place to display my beautiful bowls and platters!!

I also love the idea of having a table in the middle of the kitchen!
This would be the perfect place to share a whole lot of good ol' family chit chatting.....
They say the "Kitchen is the Heart of the Home"


Oops...I think I see that window again!

Oh Well......

I think dreaming is a lot of fun..

Is there anyone else out there that dreams about kitchens?
I didn't think so.....


 
Hey,....don't worry...... if Oprah reads my blog....AND decides to SEND ME A NEW KITCHEN.....you will be the first to know!!

Hey....If you're gonna DREAM, then dream BIG!!

Shug Sez.........

Everyone is WELCOME in Shug's kitchen!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The What If's Of Life.....

Do you ever let yourself get caught up in the "What If 's" of life?

This is so easy to do.....What if this....What if that....But....What if?


What if I'd been that Hippie that I never wanted to be?
(way before my time anyways)

What if I had finally learned to swim.  What if I were a fabulous chef..
What if I were too skinny.............
What if I were a professional at anything?  What If I had a major degree?
What if I were stranded on an island.  (with Gus....joke)

And then there are these kind of "What If's"

What If I had taken the time to witness to that person, What if I had taken the time
to be a better mother, What if I had been a better friend, What if I had not been selfish and had taken the time to listen to the needs of others?

I am most certain that we all have experienced the "What If's" of life....

this is just a part of our human nature!

Regrets can certainly weigh heavy on our minds and can sometimes even become a burden.  This is why we must go before the Lord on a daily basis and ask God to direct our steps.....Make our paths straight in order for us to see what is ahead of us. 


The very first thing that I love to do each morning is to wake up and say...Good Morning Lord!  It's me again and I need your guidance today.  Help me to see with open eyes the things that YOU have ordered for me today.

The heavy burdens of regret and the constant worry of the "What if's" can only bog me down...This is why I accept the wonderful Blessing of letting God lead me!


I do not want to let anything keep me from losing sight of God.....

Shug Sez....

Allow yourself to be free of the "What If's" of life.....Let God be direct your paths!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oh Spring....You Are Almost Here!

What a wonderful surprise!  As I opened my door this morning, I was greeted with a beautiful gift from God......


My daffodils are blooming...

Oh Spring......you are almost here! 

I am so full of excitement as I wait with great anticipation for the full arrival of Spring.  This is the season that brings such Hope and Joy!  There is new life all around us and I can see God's hand at work in each new day....

It is also a season for dancing in the rain!  I have so many pleasant memories of playing in the rain when I was a child.  (The kind of thing that few kids do these days)  There were so many times that the Spring showers would fill up the ditches in front of our home and all of us kids would play for what seemed to be hours.
Running and splashing in the water was a thrill of a life time even if we were covered in mud from head to toe!



As I stepped outside early this morning, I could smell the freshness of the morning air and I could hear the sweet melodies of the birds as they sang their morning songs.

I also took some time to walk around the yard, and to my amazement, there were tiny little buds springing forth on many of my bushes and trees.


Yesterday was a beautiful day as well.....Mylee and I enjoyed a fabulous afternoon playing in the sun.  We also took a ride with the top down on my little red bug!    

Oh Yes....Spring, you are almost here and I welcome you with gladness in
my heart...

 

Shug Sez.....

Today is a great day and I will Praise God for His Sweet Goodness.

Take a walk in the park with someone you love...You'll be glad you did!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Do you have the Magic Formula that I Need?

I don't know about all of you, but this aging thing is really giving me a headache!



OK... my 40 year class reunion is just around the corner, so you can understand why I would really like to get these wrinkles under control.

There are always new products out on the market that promise to correct any issue that one might have in regards to wrinkles, crows feet, blemishes, aging spots and some products even claim to plump up areas that need a little lift.

Right now, in my bathroom I have.......Pevonia Power Repair, Pevonia Power Repair lotion hydratante, Lancome Genifique Eye, Lancome Absolue Eye,
Regenerating Serum, Absolue Replinishing Cream,  Toleriane Soothing Protective, Intensive Rehydrating Skincare, Clinque Dramatically difference lotion, and these are just to name a few..........


I am looking for the magic formula and I need your help...

Tell me what you use and what it is that you do to hide or reduce the signs of aging.  Do you drink several glasses of water each day?  Do you exercise two or three times a week?  Is it the sunscreen you use that helps in the aging process?

Ok, My dear Blogging Friends....I know the secret is out there and I have two and a half months to do a miracle job here. 

Let me know what it is that you think works the Best!!

I'm Counting on You!!



Shug Sez....

We all need a little laughter in our day.....
Enjoy your Blessings!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thankfulness Is Something


I love the sweet smell of Dawn.....and I love Sunday Mornings!

When was the last time you stopped to give thanks for even the smallest of things in your life?  Do we even realize that it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving day in order for us to be thankful?  Wouldn't it be nice if we all woke up each and every morning and started our day with Thanksgiving...Wouldn't it feel great to start our day with excitement just knowing that God has placed a hidden treasure somewhere in our day?

I love the following quote:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow....

Melody Beattie

We need to let the truth of these words sink into our hearts.  These are great words and they paint a pretty picture of thankfulness.



Craig Morgan sings a beautiful song....."This ain't Nothing"

Every time I hear this song, I am so reminded of how life can be so unforgiving....What counts is our gratitude and how willing we are to see good in everything!

This song is about a man who has seen many difficult times in his life.  The loss of his father, the loss of his brother and best friend, and the loss of his loving wife.  These losses were something to him but yet, he was given strength to endure them all.  When other tragedies come his way, he just smiles and says..."This ain't nothing"

It is true, we all have those somethings in our life that brings sadness to our hearts, however, a heart full of gratitude is what our heavenly father loves...It is important for us to understand that God know our hearts even in sad times and we should trust HIM enough to say thank you Lord


Be thankful for the important people in your life...Be thankful for your salvation....be thankful for each new day....

He was standing in the rubble of an old farmhouse outside Birmingham
When some on the scene reporter stuck a camera in the face of that old man
He said "tell the folks please mister, what are you gonna do
Now that this twister has taken all that's dear to you"
The old man just smiled and said "boy let me tell you something, this ain't nothing"

He said I lost my daddy, when I was eight years old,
That cave in at the kincaid mine left a big old hole,
And I lost my baby brother, my best friend and my left hand
In a no win situation in a place called Vietnam
And last year I watched my lovin wife, of fifty years waste away and die
And I held her hand till her heart of gold stopped pumping
So, This ain't nothing

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This ain't nothing time won't erase
And this ain't nothing money can't replace
He said, you sit and watch your lovin wife of fifty years fighting for her life
Then you hold her hand till her heart of gold stops pumping
Yea boy....That's something
So this ain't nothing.....



Shug Sez....

Blessed are those who can be thankful for in all things!

Thankfullness is Something

Good Morning Friends....

Satan must be at work this morning......

I had a beautiful post this morning titled "Thankfullness Is Something"  I pressed the publish post button and the whole thing disappeared!.....So I am going to try to rewrite it this afternoon......

Don't you just hate it when things like this happen?

Thanks for stopping by....

Shug!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

In the seed in an Apple....you can't see it yet"

"In the seed is an APPLE....you can't see it yet"

This my friend, is a good statement!  It takes a tiny apple seed to make a tree that is full of healthy red apples.....Think of it this way. 
What if you had contracted to grow apples for a big super market and when you went to purchase the apple seeds, you could not find any.  To avoid having to give up the contract, you pick up another kind of seed and bring it home and plant it right there in the middle of the orchard.  Is the tree going to produce apples just because of where it is planted and because you are expecting apples to grow from the tree?    The answer is a big fat NO!
 
Isn't this true in life as well....We plant all kinds of seeds in our daily living.  Seeds of kindness, seeds of love, seeds of wisdom, seeds of knowing our Heavenly Father, and we sometimes allow ourselves to plant seeds of bitterness, or anger.

It is very important for us to remember that we need to be careful when planting seeds in life not to mix them all up...Are you understanding what I'm talking about here?

I'll give you a short example here without going into too much detail......In my life, God has Blessed Sam and I with the opportunity to plant a special seed in some one's life....We have tried in every way possible to plant the seeds that we know God would expect us to plant....We have been steadfast in making sure that these seeds have been watered and fed in order for them to mature and blossom into something beautiful.

This past week, a situation came up that caused me to plant a different kind of seed.  Instead of planting a seed of acceptance, I planted a seed of anger and a seed of disgust...

Do I really want these kind of seeds planted in my garden? A seed that might take over and spread throughout the good seeds that I have planted?
I had to ask myself the question,  "Was what I was angered about really worth the risk of seeing what we have planted go to waste?"

The answer is NO!....I need to get back in there and plant so many seeds of goodness until they gently take over and force the bad seeds to wither. 

I am so very thankful that I recognize this mistake and that I can clean up the garden and move on.  I can continue to be the gardener that I know God wants me to be!



Shug Sez.......

We all must be very careful when it comes to the seeds that we plant in life!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Bargain Crafty Kind of Gal.....

Does your calendar say the same thing as mine?  It's FRIDAY!!!!
                ~~ And I love it ~~

This is my favorite day of week.......................
              I love Sunday's too!!

Every day is really great when we spend time Praising the Lord!!

I'll bet you didn't know this, but I truly am a CRAFTY kind of gal...

I know you haven't seen anything from me lately, but the reason for that was because of my hands and now they are FIXED.....WooHoo!!


Thought I'd take a little time this morning to show you the project I finished just in time for one of Taylor's Christmas gifts.

First Monday is a wonderful place to go.....There once was a time when you could find some bargains, but honey let me tell you..... You won't find many bargains now days!.... {For those of you that are not familiar with First Monday, it is a HUGE event that happens the weekend prior to the first Monday of each month.  It's a gigantic indoor/outdoor shopping extravaganza.  Antiques, Junk, handmade crafts, clothes....anything and everything you would want to buy.}  It is in Canton, Texas and it just so happens that we only live 30 minutes away from there.  You could shop non-stop for 2 days, and probably not see it all!


Well....way back yonder, I saw this beautifully decorated mirror that I thought would look so cute in Taylor's room......The Price???  $250.00


You can rest assured that this lady was not going to pay that kind of price for something that I knew I could make....


I kept the image of the mirror at First Monday in my mind....so I gathered all my supplies and went right to work. 



Beads, Jewels, Old Buttons, Old Jewelry that I didn't wear any more, and I did pick up a few small items at Hobby Lobby......

The first thing I did was to cover the frame of the mirror with card stock and some decorative paper.  I used "The Basics" from the Paper studio.  I Cut the paper into the shapes that I wanted to use for my background.....I then used Mod Podge to cover the back of the paper before applying it to the frame.  After that was all done, I brushed a top layer of the Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it.

I had to let this dry for a day.....{This was the hard part for me, because I was trying to keep it a secret from Taylor, so I had to be careful not to leave anything out for her to see}

When the top layer had dried, I just started placing my Bling, Bling, all around the frame.  So simple, so easy! 



When I finished placing all the stones and bling where I wanted it, I then brushed another coat of Mod Podge on the top.

I let it Dry a couple of days.....and then I used felt on the back of
my mirror for an extra little boost!


The End Results....

The good thing here is that this mirror cost me less than $45.00
to make.

$15.00 for the mirror that I purchased at the dollar store.
$9.99 for the book of paper (and I have a lot of paper left over for other projects)
Glue, Mod Podge, Buttons, and Stones.......$12.00
Felt.....less than $5.00

Can't beat that!!

This was a fun project and Taylor loved the gift....




Shug Sez.....

I hope happiness will always find you!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Strength Of A Survivor


I just love this picture of our precious grandson
Tucker.....

~  The words written on this picture are "And if one door opens to another door closed, I hope you keep on walking till you find the window"

I know these are unusual words to find on a picture like this, but I am reminded each time I look at the picture, of the strength Tucker has had during the past four years.....

 Tucker had just turned eight when we found out he had leukemia, and he is now twelve.  He is a


SURVIVOR!


{This past Monday, Tucker went for his check-up}


cancer (and you might notice that I did not give this word a capital C) is not a disease that you want any child to have.  As I have said many times before, the treatments are so terrible and especially difficult for a growing child.   Chemo and radiation are used to treat cancer, and as much as we want it to do it's job to kill the cancer cells,  it can also cause a lot of harm to the good cells in our bodies.  

We are so very thankful that Tucker is a Survivor, but he still has to deal with a few things that are the results of  these harsh treatments. 


Needless to say, life can take you back a step or two after your body is filled with chemo and it can definitely weaken your abilities as an athlete.  The muscles in his legs are weak and he still has some neuropathy in his feet.  He struggles to lift his toes off of the ground which in turn causes him not to be able to run very fast.  It is somewhat of a challenge to run as fast as he once did, but he gives it his all.  Tucker still plays basketball and baseball, but he has to make greater efforts to make the moves that his brain is telling him he needs to make........

His love for hunting excites us all.....His Pops has spent many hours with him, teaching him how to shoot a Bow and Tucker has spent many hours perfecting his shot.  What a wonderful Blessing!

It is true that some doors may be  ~  1/2  ~   way closed for Tucker right now, but he has done an awesome job by not letting this be his focus.  He has kept on walking and he has found something that fulfills his happiness.

With this kind of attitude....there will not be anything that he can not accomplish.  Who knows what God has in store for him....He may grow up to be an excellent outdoors man.   God could also open a window for Tucker to work with kids that have cancer and teach them how to overcome obstacles.  One thing we know for sure....If God opens a window or a door, He will provide everything that Tucker needs to go through it!



{He is all smiles with all the goodies he got this past Monday at the hospital clinic}



{His Beads Of Courage from the hospital clinic}



{The beads are beautiful and each one stands for something that these kids have endured through the process of their treatments}


{We are so proud of our little SURVIVOR.....goofy faces and all}


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