It has been 13, almost 14 years now since I found out that I had another sister. I grew up with a sister that was 2 years younger than I. In 2003 I found out that I had an older sister that was born, raised, and currently living in France. Seriously. My dad called my sister (that I grew up with) and I and asked if we could have a family meeting; he wanted to tell us something. It was something he didn’t want to tell us over the phone. Both Chalan (my sister) and I figured that they were going to tell us either mom or dad had some bad medical condition. Nope. Just an extra sister. 🙂 What a relief.
My dad is awesome and he is my hero. He gave up so many things so that my sister and I could have things when we were little. They didn’t always have enough money for bills, but they made things work. Dad is a master plumber and has been for over 50 years now. He is 70 and still working as a plumber every day.
Long story short, he recently wrote a book about his daughter (Aude) finding him. This book is called “Abandoned in Paris”. He received a letter in the mail in 2003 and it was from the daughter whom with he had never met or spoken with. If you are interested you can purchase the book on Amazon as well as CreateSpace.
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Life is very brief. We all seem to be flying through life and doing our own things. We all need to get into God’s word and realize what is coming. We need to spend time with those that we love. Don’t take for granted one single day that you get to see your grandma, or your wife smile at you. A hug from your daughter or son. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid or shy. If you love someone tell them that before you are gone, or before they are gone.
Material things don’t matter. Friendship, brotherhood, a relationship with God is what matters. The amount of time we spend on this spinning beautiful rock we call Earth is brief. The rate at which time goes by seems to increase by the year. It is truly incredible.
There may be a lot of horrible vile things going on in this world, but there are still good. I see love on a daily basis and I am thankful to God for that. I see selfless acts that make me happy enough to cry. I see selfish stuff and mean stuff and generally insane stuff too. The good has always outweighed the bad.
Live for God and for your family. Don’t get caught up in too many material things. We are a society of excess. Try not to participate in that. Help others when you can. Go with your gut instinct, even when you are afraid to. God has given us intuition and you can count on it 95% of the time.
Life is brief. Turn off the TV. Heck turn it off for a month. Go outside. Plant a tree with someone you love. Build something. Garden. Carve something out of wood. Go for a walk in the woods. Go for a drive. Read.
Get right with God.
As I sit in my very comfortable and cozy home I realize how blessed I am. I am very thankful to God for all that He has provided me.
I started to think about different things that just take me back to my childhood or things that make you just feel ‘at home’ or ‘comfy’.
First off, all these memories or ‘things’ will come from a time where cell phones never existed. To me you cannot be comfy in a house where a cell phone is ringing. This probably stems from me having to be on-call where I work.
I think of how nice it is to be home on a chilly afternoon, sitting on the couch or chair, with my feet upon the ottoman (I call it a hassock but most people are like “WTF?”) watching a baseball game on TV and eating some peanuts. I think of being at my grandparents house and reading a book on the living room floor while my grandmother would be quilting or knitting. My grandfather would be reading the news paper with a toothpick in his mouth.
Today I sit here on the ‘love seat’ in the living room with my laptop typing this. My wife is at the store picking up some groceries and my daughter is sitting in the chair across from me coloring and watching ‘The Flintstones’ off and on. I’m sipping on a cup of Chock full o’Nuts coffee. It’s 2:30pm but it is about 43 degrees outside and very windy, so it’s nice to be inside and cozy.
I like sitting here in the living room during the fall and winter with a sweater on, a pair of jeans, and the fireplace roaring. We have a large wood burning fireplace that is right in the living room. Our cats love lying in front of the fireplace and warming their bodies while the fire is burning. Fire is amazing and there is nothing in the world like a good fire (outside or inside) to make you warm and cozy.
It is also very nice to lie across the bed with some peace and quiet and read a book or page through a magazine. For me, Popular Mechanics or Consumer Reports are a good start.
Add a slice of apple pie or pecan pie and we’re all set. 😉