as her husband lovingly, compassionately and sweetly
coached her through the process.
Their son... who is already experiencing the
reality of God's kingdom.
And as I lay here tonight,
wanting to commemorate Jayce's life on this blog...
contemplating how to formulate into words
all that he has meant to us to this point,
I decided to check FB one more time
to read the sincere heartfelt messages sent
by so many loved ones.
And there I found the commemoration...
already written so eloquently by Charlie.
So it's only fitting to share his words here also...
"In life most people try and live by a certain set of values,
codes or another word for guidelines that lead us to how we act,
what we believe in and other choices that often reflect in the way our lives play out.
I know that I have a set I was raised with,
which has grown by being in the military and fine tuned with the great people
I have had the opportunity to work with,
go to church with, or some other way positively impacted my life.
Most of the values are applied in three aspects: God, work and family.
I try to be the same person, (like a great friend and boss once told me) at home, work and Walmart.
I am sure that most of us have similar thoughts. However, I must say that if I find myself weak in one of these areas, it is often family.
I would like to say I don't know why, but I do.
It's because they are the ones I am most comfortable with.
I have an expectation that they will understand.
I have time to explain and ask for forgiveness when I act in a way I would not otherwise act like.
I don't think this is very often, but it does happen. Why do I mention this?
Because I want to encourage you to not take those closest to you for granted.
Hold them close this holiday season.
I was reminded today how quickly life can change.
My nephew passed away in delivery. His parents are awesome people.
They would have (and one day will) make amazing parents.
But as I watched this process take place, and the tears flowed,
I looked at my wife and daughter in a new way.
They are the most important people in my life by far. They do so much for me.
But I at times take them for granted. This story is not unique to me or whoever is reading this.
We all know of people who are taken from this earth faster then anyone expected.
It is for that reason that I encourage you to let the little things go.
Use the values that guide you through success in the workplace and with friends in your own house. Take the time to love like there is no tomorrow, because you never know. I pray tonight that God bless each of you this Christmas.
I encourage you to forget the gifts. Put down the turkey leg. Turn off the football game for a second. Grab those true presents in your life around the neck and give them an extended hug and kiss.
Jayce, I love you.
Thank you for teaching me a lesson in love. You will be missed."
Yesterday, I had an encounter with a banana spider's web.
I have a 4' black racer who has taken up residence at the bottom of my stairs.
(I'll try to get his pic, but he is called "racer" for a reason :)
These two creatures gave me flashbacks to animal encounters over the years...
And once again, I think?, Christa may be the winner with the most encounters.
Although Michelle does win in the "Most Snakes Caught" category. And Rachel has won in the
"Yes, I had Yellowjackets Crawl Up my Jeans" category. Jessica, of course, wins in the "Looking Most Dignified with Lizards as Earrings" category. All the girls are equal in the "Had a Paynes Prairie Alligator Hiss at Me" category. And I, naturally, win in the "Lost-Frantic-Scary Bull Encounter" and the "Stand-Off With a Water Moccasin at the Clothes Line" categories.
But I do believe Christa wins for the most Categories:
~"Leapt Over a Rattlesnake on the Path" (not intentionally...thought it was a stick)
~"Leapt Over a Coral Snake in the Garage" (also not intentionally...thought it was a belt)
~"Caught a Wild Bird With Bare Hands"
~"Caught Another Wild Bird With Bare Hands" (That's two wild birds... I still don't know how that was possible.)
~"Chased Around a Ford Pick-Up Truck By an Angry Goose" (at least 4x's by a very angry goose just inches away... neck outstretched and wings flapping - both the goose and Christa!) ~"Gets Pecked Regularly by an Angry Rooster"
~"Rode a Runaway Horse With No Saddle or Bridle"
~"Swam with Barracudas and Learned That it is Possible to Scream Through a Snorkel."
~"Stung by a Scorpion"
and, of course, the....
~"Hurry!! Pull Off My Jeans!! I have a Spider Hiding in My Crotch Seam!!"` category!
Between all of us, we have covered quite a few wildlife categories... I think we missed out on our chance of our own reality show!
Hmmmm... maybe not. We can always recreate the scenes!
Now, just to come up with a good title!!
1st Amendment to this post:
Jessica thinks she is a contender... along with the Lizard as Earrings win, she did win the following categories:
~"Getting Bucked Off Two Horses Without Even Being in a Rodeo" category. (one time in the midst of a herd of cows!)
~"Got Bitten by an Angry Goose" (had a nasty bruise for awhile to earn this award!)
I now declare myself the winner after this encounter...
2nd Amendment to this post:
~"Had a cottonmouth rear back ready to strike, but didn't" category. Was a guardian angel involved...oh yes, I believe so! It's a miracle he didn't strike. I was close enough to literally see down its throat...yep, white as cotton... So, Christa, I take the title away from you :)
3rd Amendment to this post:
Now I certainly declare myself the official winner as I won the
~"Chased Off an Alligator (Twice) With a Pool Noodle" category!!