Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grateful for the day

Today was almost the most eventful day in my life to date. And that is saying a lot. My last post was about motorcycle riders I believe. This morning while I was on my way to work, I was attempting to change lanes, triple checked all my mirrors as I always do and checked over my shoulder to my right. All clear. I start to change lanes and there is this "fog horn" going off just behind me to my right. It was a cyclist driving in my blind spot. I am glad he saw me coming over because had I hit him at 45 mph I would have killed him. Now, that said, he was in my blind spot. He apparently had been there several yards because I check my mirrors often and no one was behind or beside me for quite some time. I try not to travel in someone's blind spot for that very reason and I hate to change lanes because I am always afraid of someone being there. What is  a person supposed to do? My right eye is not as good as my left even with glasses and I have to have a right side mirror on my car which I do and I checked 3 times before moving over. Had he not been in my blind spot there would not have been a problem. I watched him for the remainder of the time we were going the same way. He rides in peoples blind spot a lot....or at least did this morning. I am grateful his (or my) guardian angel was watching.  And I do believe in them.

It was a good day at work, and we have a new to us nurse who started today, she will fit in quite nicely!

Home alone again, it's OK though, Nick will be here soon and I will sleep and get up in the morning to start a new day.

I don't remember if I said it yet here but all our court drama is over. A bit over 2 years, but it is done with the outcome we deserved. Had a few unhappy folks on the other side but that is OK. As I said 2 years ago, truth will prevail! And it did!

And I know I have posted about it before, but have you noticed the signs of the times are coming to pass? Pay attention. Get ready if you're not! This scripture speaks to what is happening in our world today. It is not predicting the future, it is reminding us it is near.

Matthew 24
King James Version (KJV)
24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.All these are the beginning of sorrows.Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got home tonight! Thanks Fairy God Mother! I love you!
I love all y'all!
To be continued.............

Monday, July 23, 2012

It is a new day

Today is a new day once more and I thank God for being part of it. I was given the privilege yesterday of attending two wonderful church services. I thank Him for that gift as well.

I do have a something to get out of my pea brain today. Saturday I was driving up to Cave City to meet Greg, Michaelle and Nathan for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel before they went on to Rick's sister, Sue's for the day. I was about 2 miles from Cave City on 31W North. There was no traffic - it was a good drive until I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a couple on a motor cycle no helmets on either (I know we have a no helmet law but common sense people) gaining on me quickly. They got very close and did zigzags in the lane, did not cross the yellow line - which they could have passed me easily traffic was light, remember - had I been going 40 or 45 in a 55 I might have understood why they would be impatient; but, I was doing 55 - 60 in a 55. If they wanted to go faster they could have passed me on several occasions. There was no need to act like that. It is people like them who give bad names to cyclists. Lots of people I love have motorcycles. They don't act like that. I see someone on a bike nearly every day and most don't act like that. And to beat it all, when we got to the light to turn, they missed the light. I got there and parked and guess who drove in the lot behaving? That same couple. They were meeting other people at Cracker Barrel for breakfast too.  There is a picture/saying going around Facebook now about checking twice before turning or changing lanes and other things to keep cyclists safe and I agree 100% with that AND I believe the cyclists have some responsibility to watch what they are doing AND most of them do but that a few cause potentially dangerous situations.

We all had pancakes and bacon. It was yummy.

I don't know if it is the heat and humidity or if my meds need adjusting more, but shew, it is all I can do to get through the day sometimes. Breath is short most of the time and I just want to feel better. The foot I had surgery on a few years ago is killing me, has numb areas around where the cyst was and the heel hurts so bad I can't get up and down steps or inclines for the pain. I guess it goes with age and I am no spring chicken at all. I wish my rich uncle would get out of the poor house and help me so I can retire. hahahaha.

It is time to get this day started. Y'all have a great day!

The following was talked about at church this weekend.

Jeremiah 6:16
King James Version (KJV)
16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
I love all y'all!
To be continued...............

Monday, July 16, 2012

More on family 6 generations of Sanders in photos

So I am on this family heritage information thing right now. This is not my blood family, but the family I spent 25 years part of. This is my husbands and children's family. I will describe who is who under each photo.
Sanders boys Generations 5 and 6
[I wanted this photo at the end but can't move it.]
left is Nick Sanders, (Rick's son); Greg Ashworth (Rick's son), Lester Sanders (Rick's brother), Anthony Sanders  (Lesther's son) and Nathan Ashworth (Greg's son)
Generations 1 and 2 (of photos)
Left is the Rev Elias Bolin Sanders (Carlos-Rick's dad's grandfather - Rick's great grandfather) Right is William Buckner "Buck" Sanders (Carolos's dad-Rick's grandpa.)

If you remember any stories Rick told over the years, the man on the right is the grandpa he lived with part of his growing up. The time when he "ran from grandpa" was this man. He is the one who followed him to the tree he was in hiding after pushing Teresa and she fell putting her head through the sheet rock wall. This is the man who called Rick to get out of bed once or twice one morning and he didn't get up so Rick got water thrown on him, after that all he had to do was call him and Rick jumped right up.  The man on the left was Rick's great grandfather and he was a preacher. If I am not mistaken, he is also the grandfather of "Little Roy Sanders" who was a beloved preacher in Edmonson County. That is how Rick was kin to Nelson and Clifton Sanders.
Generations 3 and 4 of photos
Rick Sanders on left, Carlos Sanders on right (son and father) doing their favorite thing next to gardening - sitting down a minute with a cup of coffee!

Valarie and 2 of her 3 babies, generations 5 and  6 of available photos.  

from left Perry Dale Suttle, Jr; Olivia Rhea Sullivan and October  Rose Suttle

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

family! Generations!

William "Billy" Stice, my great great grandfather
I know he had two children, Carter Stice and Ma Bird - Peachie Stice Bird. Carter had children one was Holland who was the father of a brother-in-law, Kevin Stice. His children are Rick's nephew and niece, Jeremy and Andrea Stice. Andrea has a son, Tristen.

My mom Aleen Childress James and my dad Farrell James
My parents had 4 children, I am oldest, (I have Valarie who has October Rose, Perry Dale, Jr & Olivia Rhea; and Nicholas) Greg (has Jeffrey Ryan James who has Thomas and Nolan James); Bruce James (who has Jessie Owen James); and Doug James (who has Heather James-Miller (who has Jonas Ian Miller, Jr), Jessica James (b. & d. August 12, 1984), Brittany James and Jacob James).

My dad's mother, my grandmother Lettie Bird James, daughter of Peachie and Norman Bird
Mammaw married Carl George James and they had four children: Hoyt and Howard were twins and died at birth, my dad Fletcher Farrell James (don't dare call him Fletcher) and Jimmie Lee James.  My Papaw James died in 1981 and my Mammaw James died in 1994. Both died in the ICU at the Medical Center. It was difficult when Rick was in ICU both times, the first time many years ago he almost died from a bowel obstruction and was in the room Mammaw died in. The last time when he spent 5 weeks in ICU on the ventilator it was the same room Papaw James spent many days on a vent and died in that very room. I really don't like to work ICU for obvious reasons. I love those folks but I have horrible memories as a family member in that unit.

My mom's mom, my grandmother Melinda "Lindy" Pierce Childrss
Mammaw Melinda (Linda or Lindy) Pierce Childress married Lawrence Lee Childress and there were 12 children, 4 girls 8 boys. I will try to list in order: Rosie Harrison (4 children Mary Frances Ashley, Roy Albert McDougal, Wayne McDougal, Joan Harrison Smith Skaggs), Georgie Childress (5 children Elsie Taylor, Christine Childress Brooks, Rita Fay Taylor, Jenean Childress Hampton &; Georgie Lyle Childress), Valaria Sue Childress Jeffries (1 child Anna Jill Schultz),  Howard Childress (11 children Larry Wayne Childress, Sammy Dale Childress, Freddie Childress, Clarence Lee Childress Linda Childress Thompson, William Edward Childress, Charles Ray Childress, Barbara Jo Childress , Bill Keith Childress, Susan Meredith, and Walt Jay Childress),  Lelan Childress (4 children Pauletta Childress Sanders, Ronnie Dale Childress, Randal Gene Childress and Mark Robbin Childress), Owen Childress(2 children Sherry Childress Stone and Connie Denise Childress Mahaney), Pauline Childress Sanders (3 children Sandra Sue Sanders Pennycuff, Jerry Ray Sanders and Terry K. Sanders), Floyd Childress (3 children Roger Childress, Garry Childress and Glen Childress), Wade Childress (2 children Keith Childress and Danita Childress ________), Kenneth Childress (3 children Kim Childress Ashley, Melanie Childress Vincent and Erin Childress), Aleen Childress James (4 children my brothers and I previously named) and David Elmo Childress (2 children David E. Childress, Jr - Davy and Scott Childress)

Valaria, Howard, Rosie and Georgie are already gone on. They are missed. Georgie could tell you some stories from when they were growing up. Some are on tape.

Georgie's older children are my mom's age and their children are my mom's children's ages. I had a difficult time figuring out how my cousin Vickie called my mom "Aunt Aleen" and her mom Elsie wasn't my aunt too. She was my first cousin, one of Georgie's girls.  I finally got it. HaHa.

My great grandparents, Mammaw Lettie's parents Peachie Stice Bird and Norman Bird
Ma and Pa Bird had six children. They were: Aunt Nellie Bird Cook (children: Rumsey, Dorothy, Marvin, Leo & Alvin), Uncle Lennie Bird (1 son Garland and 1 son Victor died very young ), Lettie Bird James (Mammaw 4 children 2 living) then when Mammaw was about 13 Aunt Norma Lee Bird Davis (2 daughters Linda Davis Allen and Jo Ann Davis Collins, Andrew Bird (1 son David Bird) and Mary Bird Bowles (2 children John David Bowles and Nancy Bowles Withers). Aunt Mary is still living and in fairly good health.

My mom's dad, my grandfather Lawrence Childress
Papaw Childress was a quiet man. He loved to watch wrestling. He thought it was real! He died when I was in the second grade. I will never forget when mom got that call. I was so scared! Had no clue what was going on and my dad was at work and there was no one there for her. We were little and had no clue what was going on.

Some of my aunts and uncles, mom's brothers and sisters. Rosie is not pictured, she is the oldest. 
My Valarie is named after my Aunt Valaria. She always wanted us to call her Aunt Sue or Suzie.

At the sides of this blog are pictures of my children and grandchildren and me. So, on my dad's side it goes from my great great grandfather to my grandchildren. That is a lot of generations! Great Great Grandpa Billy, Ma Bird, Mammaw, Pap, Me, Valarie and her children -- seven generations of one branch of my family. Makes me wanna cry a little. I think it is wonderful to know where and who we came from. I have a wish to learn everything I can learn about my family and I really, really wish I had more information! Maybe someday I will go after it! 
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:3 KJV
I love all y'all!
To be continued..........

*some of the photos are from personal photos, others are from "1825-1998 Pictorial History Edmonson County" those are photos of book pages.......

Monday, July 2, 2012


Tomorrow would have been our 27th anniversary. It is one of those anniversary of's that I have trouble with. Please remember me in your prayers.

This was taken the day we married, July 3, 1985 in Springfield TN

This was taken when we were getting ready to move to Massachusetts 1987

This was taken at Good Springs annual homecoming service Sunday May 26 2002 the year Rick got saved in his garden. I had been to Atlanta for a conference. 

This was taken when he had a surprise birthday party for me when I turned 50 in May 2009. It was after church and I was certainly surprised! Thanks to everyone who helped him with that party. It was to be that fall that the tumor would be found and he was actually a little forgetful but really we just attributed it to being tired because the man never stopped working.

I am having a bit of a difficult time. I will be ok though. I just miss him.......
Isaiah 43:2 "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." ~ KJV
I love all y'all.
To be continued........