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WHEN I WAS HOMELESS....

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

We lived in so many places when we were growing up! We barely had gotten used to one place before we moved again.We didnt get to put roots anywhere.Finally,out of nowhere an angel appeared!Actually it was a man tapping on our windshield.We were sleeping in our station wagon.Dad jumped awake and looked bleary eyed at the stranger.Hello there sir!he was cheerful.Mom was looking rather surprised at him too!Dad cautiously rolled down the window and the stranger reached out his hand.How do?My name is Clay Hamilton!He looked just like George C.Scott!!!We 5 kids were staring wide eyed like we'd been caught sneaking in the movies.Dad got out of the car and stood there talking for what seemed like hours.A look of shock crossed dads face and he grinned like a chesire cat!Jumping back in the car dad said I have a surprise!!We all stared at him,WHAT????we all asked.You'll see he answered. We followed Mr.Clays car for a long time.Finally pulling into the driveway of a house we waited while dad got out and walked over to Mr.Clay.To say we were puzzled was an understatement.We saw keys being handed over to dad.Dad walked up on the porch and unlocked the door to the house,What are ya'll waiting for? Welcome Home!! he grinned.We screamed and laughed and danced around like crazy people.The house needed alot of work but,we finally had a home.It was our home for about 5 years and mom and dad split up...leaving me homeless once again.I realize a home is what you make it.I realize that we can lose our homes to disaster,foreclosure,fire,flood.I have had roots in my current home for 14 years and I wake up daily,Thankful for it and I take care of it everyday!!God blessed us with Mr.Hamilton that day and I will never forget his kindness........ emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/17/2011 5:09PM

    This brought a tear to my eye. Wow you have been through so much and it has made you strong.

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MAMAG476 8/4/2011 1:34AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. It makes me stop to thank God for the roof over my head. Sometimes we let things get to us and we sometime forget to be thankful for what we do have. Thanks for the reminder how lucky I am to have what I do have. Because some people dont have a home to go to. Which is sad when we are suppose to be the riches country in the world.

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SHASSYSUE2 8/3/2011 10:11PM

    That truly proves a point, that there ARE ANGELS AMONG US!! What a wonderful story. It should make all of us grateful for having a roof over our heads!! I will lay down tonight, and say a special prayer for thanks!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MARTHASPARKS 8/3/2011 5:40PM

    Dear Lord, Susan, you have had so many trials in your life and look at your resilience. May God bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand! emoticon emoticon

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IILAAD65 8/3/2011 12:14PM

    Incredible!!!!

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PATTIE441 8/3/2011 11:38AM

    Wow! Thank you so much! You are awesome. Thank you for the reminder. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AGRLNKY 8/3/2011 11:27AM

    Thank you for such a great blog!

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DEVILICI0US 8/3/2011 11:18AM

    Wow, that gave me chills. So rarely do we get to hear of amazing people that help others in amazing ways.! I too will take today and be more helpful and kind to those around me in my daily excursions. Thank you for the reminder that life is more fulfilling when we take the time to share what we have with others.

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SLFRISBEY 8/3/2011 11:04AM

    So sweet! I love random acts of kindness... I think I will do some today!

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Alot of people have it worse!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I try not to complain about things because when my feet hurt,someone has no feet.When my head hurts,someone has a tumor.when im hot,someone is hotter.When im hungry,someone is starving to death.I try to get out and help when I can!we were at the community center giving out fans and accepting fans and cash to buy fans.It makes me irate that some people think they are above giving.One man thought we would give him a fan because,they were free to the poor.He drove up in a new SUV!!The tags were still on it!!hmmmm!My friend Tom even bought a young mama an AC window unit.AWWW that touched me alot.I do understand that people are having it rough right now and thats okay.It's free to volunteer lots of places!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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MNOT2THICK 8/3/2011 11:16AM

    What beautiful thoughts and deeds. You are so right. Lots of people have it worse. Appreciation of the blessings we have and compassion and charity for those we can help. emoticon emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/3/2011 5:31AM

    AMEN!!!! I loved this blog - thanks for posting it. GRATITUDE is the key to happiness. Happiness is a choice we make everyday - I feel that we can't truly be happy until we move beyond ourselves and our needs and help others. It doesn't have to be material things either. Sometimes we can cheer people up with our attitude or words or just be there to listen to them.

Thanks for reminding us. Pat emoticon

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JENNYD97 8/2/2011 10:10PM

    I used to be involved alot in my church and community but when i got married and moved a couple towns over, I got very frustrated with the way things were going and found the excuse of not wanting to drive 20 minutes to get aggravated. I have helped out at our local Penguin plunge and relay for life the last couple of years through work. I have also donated for food bank and such because I know someone out there has it worse off then I do. I hope when my financial situation turns back to the upward swing I will be able to do more because traveling wont be such a hit in the pocket :)
It's all about paying it forward!

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TRESSWANN 8/2/2011 8:28PM

    I believe in volunteering. You get back so much more than you give.

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MARTHASPARKS 8/2/2011 7:11PM

    I am a serial volunteer. Sometimes my friends attend meetings with me to hit my arm and knock my hand down when people ask for volunteers. The way I see it, we weren't sent here to sit on our behinds while others suffer. It's not up to me to decide if the person is deserving or not - that is between them and their conscience. My mission in life is to make my own corner of the world as good a place as it can be - no matter what. I'm sick but lots of people are sicker. I am only one but because I am only one, I will not refuse to do what I can do to help. Caring is love. Love is God. When we care, we reflect Him and his will.

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/2/2011 4:19PM

    Good job! Getting out there and making a difference isn't easy, but it can make us thankful for what we have and it strengthens the community.

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BARBAELLEN 8/2/2011 2:42PM

    Volunteering is a great feeling. It's too bad that there are so many undeserving people with their hands out. I think more people would be willing to give if they knew their help was going to those who really need it.
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Man its HOT in Texas!

Monday, August 01, 2011

This is some serious heat and as long as we've been in Texas,it never has gotten this miserable!!!We rarely go anywhere due to the heat.My daughter wants to go shopping and it's supposed to be 107 tomorrow!!Can heat make a person tired?Because when I go outside for any time,I feel so worn out. My dog dont want no potty breaks and I have to push her out the door.Drinking plenty of water and staying cool is my life!.... emoticon Stay cool my friends!!SUSAN

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 8/2/2011 2:33PM

    Here's hoping that the Dog days of summer are over soon in Texas !!! Goodness, I don't know how all my poor Texas Spark Buddies have been dealing with the 100+ heat !!!

Hoping you folks get some of this SOON !

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MARYHOLMAN 8/2/2011 1:07PM

    That's really funny about your dog--must be the "dog days of August".

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RATFINKROB 8/2/2011 9:56AM

    I lived here during the summer of 1980 the hottest summer in Texas history, but this one is sure turning out to be one of the hot ones. I am still walking in the late afternoon but these 109 temp days are starting to take the fun out of it. Drink lots of water wear a hat and never over do it.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/2/2011 9:49AM

    Amen we were out and about yesterday and by bed time I was GONE. emoticon

That is one reason I'm doing the laundry this morning. I don't want to be out there this afternoon.

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TAMIK1964 8/1/2011 10:51PM

    I've been totally worn out lately and I'm sure part of it is the heat. Here in KS it's been over 100 for almost 40 days straight. 111 today with a high of 110 tomorrow. This is getting really old. Take care and hydrate well!!!

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SHASSYSUE2 8/1/2011 10:43PM

    I actually get sick on my stomach if I go in and out to many times from heat to air conditioning. So yes, you can feel tired and even weak!! Be careful, and I would put off that shopping trip!!! Try to stay cool!! I think it is always a good excuse to stay inside and read a good book!!!! Have a great week!! Shannon

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ARLENE_MOVES 8/1/2011 8:58PM

    I remember as a child, we travelled every other summer to Texas to visit my Mom's relatives (Greenville). Compared to PA, it was so terrible. My Aunt had AC and she covered the insides of her windows with aluminum foil to keep the heat out. Strange, but probably before insulated windows. I feel for you. Stay inside and stay cool!

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BARBAELLEN 8/1/2011 8:31PM

    It's been really hot in the mid-Atlantic, too. Hear tell Texas always does everything bigger! I guess y'all are proving it! As our weatherman forecasted, we had a cool weekend, only 98 degress.

The heat must be getting to everybody. The roads and stores were unusually light on traffic today -- maybe that's why. The dogs have to be PUSHED outside. Nobody (except your daughter) wants to leave the house, and walkers are nowhere to be seen. And when YOU of all people post that you're grouchy, well, that says it all!
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MARVEEME 8/1/2011 8:22PM

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Sending CHILLING thoughts and prayers!

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FRAN0426 8/1/2011 8:15PM

    Oh ya, I feel tired out from the heat--even more so from the high dew points and humidity we have been experiencing lately. I'm with you, need to stay cool and that means staying indoors. Sadly summers we look forward to here in Mn. and then get hit by this heat. Our dog is also not wanting to go out much in this heat either, poor gal she is a sheltie so has plenty of fur to heat her up quickly.

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DIZZYDOC 8/1/2011 8:11PM

    Wow! I lived in Texas (Houston) for 14 years and I don't remember heat like that. Arizona yes (120) but Texas ... not that I remember, anyway it has been a while and memories do fade at my age (senior moments). I will keep you all in my thoughts. Here in the Philippines we have had 4 back to back typhoons and I am hoping for one dry day.

Can heat make you tired? Yes, it can even kill you if you push too hard so keep doing what you are doing and drink, drink, drink... that is water emoticon NOT emoticon. Good Luck with your weather.....

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we were together!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

3of my 4 daughters were together for dinner!we ate,laughed and enjoyed our day!!I have a 4th daughter but right now she's not in her right spirit.And until she is I have to do whats right for the rest of us!I love her with all I have inside but she is not welcome to come and step inside my home until she is grown in her mind and personality.happy day my friends!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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BETTERHEALTH123 8/1/2011 7:46PM

    Those are the good times!

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MARTHASPARKS 8/1/2011 11:32AM

    Susan, you are growing so much. You are important and by saying no to daughter #4, the other 3 and you had a memorably wonderful time. Enjoy the love that surrounds you from all who care for you and remember that daughter #4 is troubled, in a dark place and won't be reasonable about how you can and will help her. Stay strong and take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 7/31/2011 11:51PM

    Praying for the forth. My one daughter has taken me through some things. Glad you enjoyed your three beautiful girls. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/31/2011 10:27PM

    I understand Susan. I'm having an issue with my middle son right now. I'm praying daily for change before it is too late.

So glad you had time with the kiddos. emoticon

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the new and improved me!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Who would have thought at this point in my life,that i would be watching what goes on my plate?exercising?having fun doing it? and changing my train of thought?my attitude? I have been so busy this summer.Taking the time to open the dreaded closet my daughter had and going through the clothes she didnt want! I was afraid of the emotions that might surface.No sad ones did!she and I had many fights and she just left for work one day and didnt return home.She put her family through HELL!We didnt know where she was for 8 weeks!All she would say when she called was she was having fun and she was safe!! She came to the door one day like LA-DEE-DAH!!!As hard as it was i wouldnt let her move back besides she was 18 and had a place to stay.It has taken a long time but,she is growing up for real!In September she will turn 21 and has a home and a car!She works for a firm that reposseses homes and autos.I had to make her decide for herself what she wanted.she would have used me as an excuse to sleep all day and party all night.I'm a push-over!I gave all her clothes to her niece and her jewelry to her sister.I have an EXTRA closet...woo hoo!!It wasn't easy but,its empty now.I gave birth to 4 daughters and have raised 3! One wont even speak to us but thats another story!!...... emoticonSUSAN

  
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ANNAMARIE1958 8/9/2011 12:16PM

    wow I know that was a tough thing to do...but it's called tough LOVE. You did the right thing! I have 2 sons and at one point they wanted to live with their dad...They did But now all these years later they hardly ever talk to their dad But is very close to me. I was blessed! They are now 29 & 26...

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KIND2ME 7/31/2011 8:57AM

    You are such an inspiration to me. You do so much good for people. Things will work out, it takes time. It takes perseverance and more strength than you can muster. But you are strong and courageous and things will get better for you. The number one thing is to give it to God and pray. Pray daily for your family. Just remember something that I had to learn the hard way, if you don't pray for your family who will?? emoticon

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FLAFLUTTERBY 7/31/2011 7:07AM

    Susan, I don't have kids so I can't offer any advice -- not that you asked for any -- but I admire your courage to be tough when the situation called for it. You are an inspiration to me in so many ways. I love reading your blogs.

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MARVEEME 7/30/2011 10:53PM

    Honeychild.....kids are like a crap shoot. You nurture the dice, and throw them out into the world, and hope for the best. Be what you want to be in the world, and try to keep your head up, chest out, and posture like a lady......sometimes they come back in their moments of weakness at which point you must be poised and ready to redirect. Ya follow?

You're an inspiration to so many of us, and yet we wonder why we can't influence the ones we want to.....could it be true? Even Jesus couldn't be a hero in his own home town. Pray accordingly, and it will work out.

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/30/2011 10:42PM

    I have one also. Many things happened (too many to mention) and he didn't start communicating with us until he got divorced and re-married. I have a granddaughter I just met at 9 years old. He's now 40 and has been around us for a couple years now. He was a godsend during my dh's heart surgery and always there for me. His sister and he are now best friends again. We never thought it would happen, but it did - We had to let it go because it was killing us - it seemed like the only ones worried about it was us!

Have faith that yours will turn out OK -- if it doesn't know that you did the right thing for you and her...

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IILAAD65 7/30/2011 8:16PM

    sorry forgot to say .. I admire you for doing what was hard and YET you give me hope that everything will turn out ok in the long run!

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IILAAD65 7/30/2011 8:15PM

    My oldest plans to live with me til she's 100 - and at this point, even though she's very into church etc, she's not paying me a cent at 19 lol But she's sweet and a good kid.

My youngest just got caught smoking YET AGAIN! I told her in a calm voice - I would be a bad parent if I condoned this. You have a choice, pack things and move to your dad's for your Senior year in another town, or tow the line this year.

She's smart but has failed too many classes and had to take English this summer. I think she will graduate - but I never EVER thought she would make such bad choices. I know this sounds like such a little thing, but it's the lies I can't stand.

I am a conservative soul and an educated teacher. Not graduating from High School is not acceptable.

Being a parent is a HARD job, period.

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MAMAG476 7/30/2011 7:56PM

    Kids they never come with instructional manual. I have 3 children my oldest a daughter that put our family thru the ringer. She left one weekend and never return home. She moved in with her low life of a boyfriend because later we found out she was pregnant. Kendra is now 26 has two daughters 7 and 5 who I adore. My daughter is my best friend now. A couple of years ago I had an operation that went terribly wrong, my daughter and my husband didnt speak until that happen I was in Rochester Mayo Clinic for 2 months. I died twice and they brought me back. So my daughter and husband had only each other. God has a weird way of answering prayers. But anyway moral of the story is I know what you are going thru but you are one up on me because I havent gone thru her room yet so good job.You are a good mom and a great spark friend. You are not alone. Hang in there. God bless emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/30/2011 6:13PM

    Kids are tough and some times we have to be tougher. How awesome she is standing on her own two feet. You did good. emoticon

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