Live Life Like You Were Dying....


Earthquake Jake


The only way I know HOW

The key word is HOW

To make sense of this great pain.this great loss.

I carry.we all carry.

From that moment we heard

Jake was no longer with us.

Is to first.Shut your eyes and recall

What was it about Jake that gave you

"strength.or great joy".

Now what ever Jake left in your heart.

consider it his personal GIFT to YOU!

It is yours to hold, cherish but most important.

to be shared with others.

From my personal account.

It is the way Jake laughed so much.

It wasn't until we saw his "home videos" that

Wendy and I realized this was something

we both needed more in our life!

Now remember I said the key word is HOW

Well...when we allow our head to go to the

WHY did this happen to Jake.

We lose the gift

Jake has given to us.

It is in asking God "HOW"

How do I live without my son?

How do my children live without their brother?

How do we make any sense out of great losses?

Only ask God HOW and say the "Our Father"

prayer.(it may be said 100 times today, tomorrow, the

next day 50 and each passing day a little less)


He will heal our sorrows!

Please pray the "Our Father" with me.


mom's eulogy



"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."


                For Christ does not give a mission without supplying the means to accomplish it.



Does your LIFE have balance?


                                                                                      33 1/3% GOD / SPIRITUALITY

33 1/3% 33 1/3%

                             FAMILY                                                      WORK or SCHOOL


Sometimes an area of your LIFE will spin out of control requiring more then

33 1/3% of your energy but it is essential to balance your LIFE back again!


"Where there is no love, put love -- and you will find love."  St. John the Cross


I believe- That either you control your attitude or it controls you.



The Stone and Its Force

Thinking back to his childhood, a man recalls a pivotal moment in his life.

My grandfather took me to the fish pond on the farm when I was about seven, and he told me to throw a stone into the water. He told me to watch the circles created by the stone. Then he asked me to think of myself as that stone.


“You may create lots of splashes in your life but the waves that come from those splashes will disturb the peace of all your fellow creatures,” he said. “Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle and that circle will also touch many other circles. You will need to live in a way that allows the good that comes from your circle to send the peace of that goodness to others. The splash that comes from anger or jealousy will send those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both.”


That was the first time I realized each person creates the inner peace or discord that flows out into the world. We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with inner conflict, hatred, doubt, or anger. We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside, whether we speak them or not. Whatever is splashing around inside of us is spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord with all other circles of life. Remember the eternal wisdom: “Whatever you focus on, expands.” author unknown


Think about what you are putting in your circle that will touch other circles? Even when Jesus knew that his best friends would scatter and abandon him, he put forgiveness in his circle. What do you need this day to keep negativity from taking over your circle? Sometimes it helps to take a breath and name your life treasures or simply to acknowledge a handful of benefits that bless your day.


How many people will pass your path today? You could treat these encounters as routine happenings or as significant passing’s. Maybe it’s only your smile, a caring hello, a sincere encouragement, a compassionate heart that simply listens – but this giving of yourself creates those circles that will touch so many others.


Suddenly the ordinary isn’t so ordinary. Suddenly the everyday becomes an enthusiastic embrace of your day.

"You never know when one kind act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever."  


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