My Blessed Mother’s Day 2018

❤ Blessed is the woman who walks with God! ❤

This is the overwhelming message You sent me this Mother’s Day 2018! How that touches my heart, Lord, that You would send me this message through the many blessings You showered me with!

First there was the Spasday You gave Anthoni and I as a combination of celebrating his birthday that just happened to fall on Mother’s Day this year, as it sometimes does.
I posted that day to the world as a testimony and praise to You in

Happy Birthday to My Son Anthoni

because You know we had to carefully follow You in making that day happen 3 days before the actual day. If it had been the actual day, it would not have happened. The actual day itself came so close to being a normal day of family warfare. We even lost the keys to the car during the stressful event. But You in Your loving mercy and omnipotent sovereignty displayed the omniscient Father You are to each of us! ❤

After getting Anthoni’s back up keys to the car, going to get pizza & breadsticks that were Anthoni’s chosen dinner, and watching Anthoni receive his birthday presents (reclining cot and chair from his aunt, a Gamestop giftcard and gaming t-shirt from his uncles), I was handed a bag of goodies. I first thought it was him showing me more of his presents. But it came with 2 cards for me!

The first one was from my brother and brother-in-law.Md18.6


The other card was from my son Anthoni.
(with his unique humor 😉 )


Then I opened the bag of goodies! 🙂
❤ Candy and a rose! ❤
My son knows I love some Reese Cups ❤ ,
and this one has Reese’s Pieces inside the cups! ❤Md18.1

And that wasn’t JUST a rose. It was a light-up rose! 🙂
I love a rose that won’t die! ❤

Also in the bag was a small note pad and stylus pen!

Then it was church time! I got to go to Your house, sing with Your people, pray with Your people, fellowship with Your people, and hear a powerful message from our family friend Pastor Boyer on Running Our Race. And these were not just any people, this was longtime familiar faces of dear friends, church family! And the Mother’s Day gift for us moms was so You… being so personal! ❤

The cutest little stationary book!
The cover read…
Blessed is the woman who walks with God.Md18.10

Inside was a note pad
(with the same message at the bottom of each sheet),
a pen, a sticky note pad, and sticky strips! 🙂
personally put together by a dear friend! ❤Md18.11

I’m familiar with the talent of that dear friend, as she has made me personal stationary books before! She is so talented, creative, sweet, and very dedicated to serving God! She is the same friend who treated me to a Wendy’s Frosty and Taco chips not too long ago! And that pen wasn’t just a pen! It has a light up too! With the same message on the pen!Md18.12

All day long, You were with me… with us as a family. Satan wanted to disrupt and ruin, but what he meant for evil You worked to good! Everyone had a good day! There was plenty of pizza, bread sticks, and even the homemade cookies and cream cake that Anthoni specifically asked his aunt for. Everyone was able to eat. No one was sick. The family squabbles were put on the back burner. And even the rain that threatened to interrupt was the sunniest day! Smiles! Laughs! My brother using his phone to take pictures while using snap chat with each of us to entertain himself!

Your message was personal and clear.

Blessed is the woman who walks with God.

❤ And for You to say that! ❤

❤ Confirmation of walking with You! ❤

❤ Be still my heart… and know He is God! ❤

Praise Your Holy name, Father!
Thank You for making me a Mom!
Thank You for Your many blessings!
Thank You for family!
Thank You for Your message…
From You to me! ❤
❤ I love You! ❤


Happy Birthday to My Son Anthoni!

Praise Ye! Praise Ye! Praise Ye! Our dear heavenly Father above! Creator and Maker of the Universe! And the Creator and Maker of my 30 year old son… Anthoni Lance Brookshire (aka InnerManTheatre on WordPress)! 30 years ago today, on a Friday the 13th, You looked down from Your heavenly throne and had mercy upon my soul… grace upon my life… and love yet to express itself in Your many ways that You taught me more about Your sovereign and parental love, as well as Your tender and nurturing love. So many of Your wonderful and mysterious ways manifest themselves so easily, so frequently, and so profoundly in the eyes, arms, heart, and soul of a child. Yet today He is not a child. Today He is 30! He will always be my babedoll! And He will always be Your son. A child of the King! ❤

Thank You , Father for the day we got to spend together at Cheddar’s and Cold Stone!!

Yup! That’s right! His birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, so it was a win/win.

We first went to Cheddar’s so that I could eat my favorite food…
Cheddars’s Famous Spasagna with garlic bread!
(the tomato was from Anthoni’s cheeseburger,
he always gives me his tomatoes 🙂 )

I was so excited to eat Spasagna that I didn’t even care that I literally had to ask the waitress if I had gotten the Spasagna with Chicken Alfredo instead. The texture of the cheese was so hard and clumped into crusty lumps, so I honestly thought I could be eating chicken meat. It was still GOOD! But it wasn’t tasting the least bit like spaghetti, lasagna, or the delicious cheeses that were supposed to flavor the whole meal. The only thing that tasted right was the marinara sauce!

In these pictures below You can see the CLUMP it really was.
It was so thick I had to use my knife.  😦
It looks nothing like the delicious noodles I miss!

But again, Lord, I was so excited. It had been a few years since I had gotten to eat it! I thought it was me somehow. I wanted to be thankful for what You gave me, especially with the opportunity to share this special time with Anthoni. I could tell he cared about my food being edible, and what I actually wanted. I will do a feedback on the survey on my receipt, and actually call this week to Cheddar’s as well. If they have changed how they make it or what is in it, it absolutely changes my love for it. I had hoped to get good pictures for every one who had been asking about it and loved the idea of it.
I’ll post an update later.

🙂 But today! Today I am celebrating Anthoni! Not Spasagna!  🙂
And what better way to remind me of the miracle You designed him to be in my life and the lives of so many others than to give us a waitress named Miracle! ❤Spasday5

Miracle was so incredibly nice, pleasant, sweet spirited, with a beautiful smile. She was kind to allow me to get a picture of her and my son to remember his special day.
She is from Troy! (Anthoni I had fun discussions of Helen of Troy). She was our birthday miracle for him. We didn’t need one though. Anthoni was the miracle God gave 30 years ago to save me many things about my life, and my family from the dysfunction that was eating us apart. The Lord used his presence to break down races barriers on both sides of my family, bring peace to family squabbles, and lead us all back into church… including several family friends.

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
– Isaiah 11:6 KJV

Next! On to Cold Stone for my other favorite!
That Founder’s Favorite Ice Cream without a brownie! 🙂

After watching them make it… the finished product!
Gotta Have It size! (That’s their Large! 🙂 )
I thought of Caz when I realized the wording was slightly wrong from when I had previously said the sizes are called Like It, Love It, and Have to Have It. 😉Spasday8

It was melting all over the place. It was all I could do to get it to the table safely!Spasday9

Then I had to get Anthoni’s safely to the table, as he went to the bathroom.
He had the Birthday Cake Delight! How fitting!
Gotta Have It size… of course! 🙂
I’ll have to remember that next month for my birthday! 😉Spasday10

When he got to the table we found his ice cream!
It does not show in this picture, but his ice cream ended up all over the table,
despite my using several napkins underneath, and TRYING to keep it clean.
He had an interesting time with it.Spasday11

It brought back a sweet memory of him when he was just 6 or 7 months old.
He was in his car seat, eating ice cream. When the ice cream started melting all over his hands, he intentionally dropped it to the floor and started crying. He wanted me to pull over right then and there to wipe his hands clean, which of course I did with some baby wipes. Once he was clean, he was back to being a happy baby. He didn’t care about the ice cream anymore. All my family and friends in the car said, “Yep. He’s yours alright! Just like you!.” I hate having sticky or icky hands! Or mouth! Or face! LOL. Even if it means giving up what I am eating or going without!

So far down his bowl today, Anthoni just put his spoon down, looked me directly in the eye as if to point out that with his next statement he was giving me a hint.
“I’m done. Anytime you want to leave, I’m ready.”
He wasn’t saying it as of to hurry me or to tell me what to do. He was letting me know that I didn’t have to wonder about his leftover ice cream.
“Did you get enough? Is it OK?” I ask.
“Yes. I am putting my spoon down while I am satisfied, before I regret not doing it.”
He was only 1/3 of the way down his bowl.
“You mean like I already do, and I’m only half way down?” We laugh.
“Very disciplined, Anthoni! I am well pleased for you! So I guess that means we really only Like It! 😉 We laugh again.

Thank You, Father, for such a blessed time! For laughs! For good food! For awesome workers! For weather that held out to make for a beautiful day! For the time that is so hard for Anthoni and I to get alone! And I NEVER get to go to my favorite places, even if I am willing to pay for someone else! Unless I bribe my son because his birthday falls on Mother’s Day! 😉 Companionship is my gift. But he smiles because he knows he loves it too. That’s how I knew You were in on this today! And You lovingly put Your signature on it when You sent us our very own Miracle! With a smile! 🙂
No one says Happy Birthday or Happy Mother’s Day like You do! ❤
Me and Anthoni love You!

Happy 74th Birthday, Pappy!

Happy Birthday to my Pappy! He’s 74 today, but having his 14th birthday with Jesus.
He has my mom and baby brother with him, as well as many other family & friends.
My birthday present to him is remembering what a good man he was.


He served in the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He was on one of the ships held hostage/in the crossfire
of Cuba and America’s famous standoff.
He was up every single day by 5am until he had lung surgery in 2003.

young dad

He worked hard, took care of his wife and family,
including those he took in as family,
and did whatever it took to make sure they were OK.
He was a very active and loving granddad to Anthoni.


He gave his all to his family,
and towards his latter years to His heavenly father.
His pastor was his buddy.


Thank you, Dad, for all that you did for us (your family)!
Thank you for being a man my son could look up to and count on.
Thank you for your unconditional love.
It helped me to see a very valuable side of our Father in heaven…
how much He loves us, His patience, His mercy, His grace,
and leaving His wisdom for us to grow in.


Thank you, Father God, for giving me the dad I had!
For giving Anthoni the granddad he had!
And for all the love and sweat you helped my daddy with
in providing for and caring for his family!
I sure do miss him. So much it hurts. I miss mom and Charlie too!
But I know you are taking care of them, and that I will see them again… SOON! ❤

Happy Birthday, Pappy! I love and Miss you!! ❤