One year ago today I started this blog. It started on my 40th birthday. I wanted to do something different. However, if you’ve been following me, i’m sure you’ve noticed that this blog took a turn. Ha! I hope you enjoy it anyway. Usually when my birthday comes around, I take a “birthday trip” anywhere. Last year I was in Columbus, OH celebrating my 40th birthday with my other family. Unfortunately, my celebration took a nose dive when I got a call from my niece that her Dad passed away. He was sick for quite some time and the Lord decided to put him to sleep. How in the world do you celebrate after getting news like that?? It was a bitter sweet day to say the very least. Throughout that day I found it hard to be my usual happy-go-lucky self. Thank God I had a whole lot of love surrounding me that day and my family made sure that I still had a great 40th birthday…and I did. It was a day mixed with tears and laughter.
I heavily contemplated writing anything at all about this. But I couldn’t start my FABULOUS 41st BIRTHDAY without first remembering my brother-in-law, Everette. He was the coolest person I knew and I know that God personally designed him for my sister. She can be a handful 😉 He loved his children dearly, he loved family, he was an awesome cook, always had a calming spirit, and can always make you laugh even when you’re mad. Today, not only do I celebrate my life…I celebrate his life. Right now…he sleeps until that loud trumpet will sound. (1Thessalonians 4:16-18) Can’t wait to see him again!
Death is inevitable for all of us. However, the beauty of this life is that we can CHOOSE to celebrate life every day…and not just on birthdays. Yes…we’re human and remembering the loss of a family member or friend can bring about a sadness. It’s a common emotion. We also have the emotion of happiness where we can reflect on the wonderful and great memories about that person and how they’ve impacted our life in some way. Thank God sadness isn’t the ONLY emotion we have. So today, CELEBRATE LIFE…if you’ve lost someone…CELEBRATE THEM…HONOR THEM BY CELEBRATING YOUR LIFE. That’s what I’m gonna do! R.I.P. Ev! See ya later bruh! AND HAPPY 41ST BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!! xoxo