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Today, October 2, 2017 I have officially done something neither of my parents was able to do. I was able to celebrate my 65th birthday. Daddy passed at 49 and mama left us at just a month shy of 65. So on this birthday in particular I am thinking of them, and that little girl who loved to play in the dirt in East Texas. The little girl who could not wait for the birthday parties held on the front porch with all the friends from Fox Hill.
When I tell friends that I worked on my birthday, they are a little confused since it is a day that I should be celebrating. My children inform me that they don’t, and will not work on their birthdays. At one time that was my position, but as life would have it circumstances change. Working on my birthday does not upset me since I have decided to celebrate my birthday everyday. There may not be an official celebration with cake, gifts and such, but nontheless there will be a celebration–a celebration of life for myself and those that did not make it to celebrate their 65th.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Happy Birthday–celebrate everyday.
2016 Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner–Tracy Marshall
Tracy is an amazing woman of a certain age. She is the creator of the lifestyle blog–Tracy Marshall 1961 Blog which features articles on topics from travel, great gifts, family adventures and more. She is the winner of our 2016 Mother’s Day Giveaway. Her lovely price is the beautiful statement necklace donated by Kendra Scott*
Congratulations Tracy! Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.
*Special thanks to Kendra Scott, 1612 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107
The Heroes Foundation presents the star-studded, fun-for-the-family celebrity baseball game. Benefiting the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes Foundation.
GREAT FAMILY FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE
People to see include:
Texas Rangers (former)
Dirk Nowitzki’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game and Fireworks Finale
Friday, June 10, 2016 (7 PM)*
Dr. Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trl., Frisco, TX 75034
The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation awards grants annually to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health and education. With this he offers all of us an opportunity to help give positive experiences to children around the world.
*5:15 PM–The Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game
**Will appear, but will not play
Tickets are now on sale for $9, $13, $17 and $20 at Ticketmaster or at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Tickets are also available at the door. LAST YEAR WAS SOLD OUT!
For more information, go to Dirks Foundation. Like the Heroes Foundation on Facebook for the latest updates.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Enjoy some family time or a great girlfriends night out with a little baseball where everyone wins.
Tracy Marshall has won the beautiful Kendra Scott signature necklace. Thanks to everyone who gave us their mother’s words of wisdom.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and most of the time “mom did know best”!
I love it when people say they are the same size they were way back when. At this stage of life I am probably about the same size I was before l had children. Even saying that the weight is distributed differently, you know not sitting like it use to unless of course you have visited your local cosmetic guru to have some work done, then it is probably sitting higher.
As we have become women of a certain age, we don’t want to look like our mothers and Lord forgive us surely not like our grandmothers when they were our age. Sadly though for most of us we can’t look the way our daughters and granddaughters look. Seriously Beyonce and her mom may be about the same size, but there is almost a 30 year age difference. One is Blue Ivy’s mom and the other is her grandmother.
Remember when you go shopping the sales lady is nice, but her job is to sell. She may tell you that you can pull something off, and you want to believe you can, but please look in the mirror. As we mature unless we are a dancer, have good genes or have always exercised and even then we may not avoid the inevitable–we sometimes just have to let some outfits go. Hey it may be time to try something new.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Same size or not, check the mirror before you leave home.
AMAL CLOONEY TO KEYNOTE WINGS LUNCHEON BENEFITING NEW FRIENDS NEW LIFE ON APRIL 14
Internationally Known Attorney and Human Rights Activist Shares Nonprofit’s Passion to Protect Women and Children, Combat Human Trafficking and Provide Healing and Hope
(From New Friends New Life) New Friends New Life, a nonprofit organization that restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and children, announces that Amal Clooney will headline its 13th Annual WINGS Luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. She and her husband, famed actor and director, George Clooney, share a passion for philanthropic work with a focus on protecting human rights. This will be her first trip to Dallas.
The Honorable Jeanne Johnson Phillips will serve as luncheon chair for the second year in a row. Honorary Co-Chairs the former First Lady Laura Bush and Ruth Altshuler, also in their second year with the WINGS Luncheon, are joined this year by Caren Prothro and Annette Simmons as well as Board Chair Nancy Ann Hunt.
“As a human rights activist on a global scale, Amal Clooney is a perfect voice to advocate against a crime that is happening in our own backyard,” said Jeanne Johnson Phillips. “The subject of sex trafficking and the sex industry as a whole were rarely spoken of just a few years ago, but thanks to the incredible work of organizations like New Friends New Life and a corporate community that is willing to step forward with funding, we are making huge strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and throughout Texas and empower its survivors. Clooney’s knowledge, experience, and presentation will help us educate the community and send a strong message that Dallas is a no tolerance zone for human trafficking as we strive to protect our children, an estimated 400 teens on the streets each night – the most vulnerable targets of human traffickers.”
A Lebanese-British barrister, human rights activist, philanthropist, and author, Amal Clooney’s long and accomplished career in the fields of international law and human rights have won her international acclaim. Her recent work as of 2015 has been in the field of advocating for the protection of women against physical and sexual violence in combat zones.
Serving more than 1,200 women and children annually, New Friends New Life provides holistic services for sexually exploited girls, women, and their children including access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support. By partnering with law enforcement, corporate sponsors, community organizations and individual donors and volunteers, New Friends New Life helps to provide legal assistance, medical services, budget counseling, job-readiness training, and educational opportunities. The nonprofit’s High Risk and Trafficked Teen Girls Program offers sexual abuse recovery groups for adolescents, teaching girls, ages 12 to 17, how to define, recognize, and ultimately recover from abuse. The program is an intervention and prevention effort to help girls avoid a lifetime of exploitation as human trafficking victims.
Past WINGS luncheon speakers have included Kevin Costner, Sally Field, Barbara P. Bush, Nicholas Sparks, and Harriet Miers.
As a non-hat wearer, it was a challenge to find a hat, and then find something that would kind of go with it to wear to the Easter Seals of North Texas annual “Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon”. It was well worth the effort. There are a variety of community organizations that honor women, and use the funds received to assist in their causes. I can truly say that the Easter Seals of North Texas is one of the best to attend.
The Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon honors outstanding mother’s in the North Texas area. These women are community minded, and are all loving mothers. Each one of the honorees has a story to tell concerning a hat that has a meaning to them personally.
Easter Seals of North Texas is a nonprofit that has for over 75 years in the North Texas area guided, supported and inspired those with disabilities to reach for the stars. They assist over 4500 people of all abilities with assistance each year.
There were demure hats, and those that seemed to have been worn the week before at the Kentucky Derby. It was a beautiful, fun sight to behold. There was good conversation, entertainment, cocktails and food, but most of all there was information and testimonies that inspired every person in the room.
A powerful testimony was given by Nicole Lasswell who told of the work that Easter Seals of North Texas had done with her son who is autistic. Her testimony was a mother’s heart felt thanks to those who had assisted her family.
You can learn about the amazing things that Easter Seals of North Texas does by going to: http://www.easterseals.com/northtexas/
HATS OFF TO MOTHERS EVERYWHERE
If you were to ask just about anyone to tell who was their first love, most would say it was their mother. Mother’s were the first faces that we gazed our eyes upon. They were the first ones that held us close and even sang to us. When we gave them that first smile, they were the ones that had an even bigger smile.
Over the years they have had many names, mother, mom, mama, madea and so many more. Have you ever noticed that the biggest defensive lineman when given a chance to say a word always tells his mother hello. It’s just something about the word “mother”.
Some of you are blessed that your mother is still with you, and some of us know the feeling that they are no longer here with us. This slide show is for all the moms, mothers, mamas, madeas and more. Each year I run the same article about my mother–Mrs. Ruby Dean Square Cooper. This year I’ve added some of your mother’s pictures. I hope you enjoy. There is a surprise for you at the end of the post. Just click on the link and enjoy!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Everything was done in the kitchen of our home. When were younger, we practiced our reading at the kitchen table. Mama would be cooking, and we would be reading out loud. I still wonder how she knew the words before we did. As we continued our education even college homework would be done at that table.
When my sister and I did our 4-H projects, the kitchen table became our workshop with everything from sewing machines to podiums. Mama was a leader in our 4-H club so we practiced everything there.
I remember the day we got a new dishwasher. Everyone was excited, even me. I had turned about 12 and thought that making pretend milkshakes in the soapy water was fun. Little did I know that I would forever be the dishwasher in our family. I remember that I would wash and mama would dry while my sister did her homework at the table. If my dad was home from work, he would be watching the Huntley Brinkley report while we did the dishes. My brother got out of washing dishes because mama believed that cleanliness was indeed next to Godliness. I remember the day that he popped me on the behind with the towel that he was drying the dishes with; it was the last time he was allowed to do anything in the kitchen except eat.
The smell of cooking was always prevalent in our kitchen even though both my parents worked full-time as educators. Mama had been a home economics major in college so everything was homemade from potato chips, wonderful cakes and pies and all that was in between.
One of my fondest memories is when my mother became my friend. She drank coffee every morning and some evenings at the kitchen table. I had always drank a milking cup of coffee as a child. One Saturday as she sat at the kitchen table reading the paper, I joined her for what would become “our time”. For the rest of her life, if I was home, I would make coffee and we would talk, sometimes our neighbors Miss Callie and Miss Adell would join us. Over the years to come at that table, we talked about high school graduation, going off to college, the death of daddy, how would she cope, my sister going off to college–mama in the house alone. My husband even asked her for my hand in marriage at the kitchen table. Grandchildren learned what the word “no” really meant at that table.
As I think back over these times, it is amazing that people now have to have libraries, great rooms, offices, etc., to do different activities. Mama did it all at the kitchen table.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who solve all the problems of today at the kitchen table. Remember, “thisisyourbestyear”.
Another video for you to enjoy!
“thisisyourbestyear” would like to feature your Mother on it’s post for Mother’s Day. If you have a picture of your Mother and/or a picture of you and your Mother please email it to us at: email@example.com. Don’t forget to give us your name and your Mother’s name. Please email us by May 2, 2015.