Twas the night before Christmas and all through the home
Not a creature was stirring, no vibrating on my cell phone
The stockings were hung, the garlands against the window bevel
The Christmas lights strung brought the electric bill to a new level.
My child is all snug, nestled, and tucked in bed
To give Mommie her quite time, so she doesn’t loose her head
Completing all the last minute gift prep and enjoying a special night cap
While watching technologically enhanced fireside sparkles and jazzy Christmas tunes, my toe steadily in tap
Reminiscing on the past year’s lows, highs and triumphs
Looking forward to what is ahead, reaching for my promises in great defiance
Wishing you the most Merrys of Christmas’ and a grand new year
May blessings chase you down, may everything you touch bloom and blossom, over all you hold dear.
I’ll finish this egg nog with warmth and delight
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
From the Lane-Crane Home.
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Today is a hard day for me, it always is. I got married on the 4th of July back in 08. In this pic taken on the 4th of July in 2013, I held a very bothered by the 98 degrees, 2 years old Caleb. I was just about to turn 40 and I was going through my divorce. I had also just lost 60 pounds. I was motivated to do that because my ex-husband told me that I was fat and that no one would ever want me.
I look at this picture in wonder now. It’s amazing how much my heart was bleeding and I was still going. Amazing how attacked I was by my ex, and by those who I once called family. I look at this picture with pride. That in spite the heartbreak, I was still handling my business, and I’ve been doing that ever since. I’m proud that I still had the courage of heart to wear a smile on my face, and that I have not darkened my heart towards people because of my experiences with a few. I’m encouraged when I look at the girl in this picture, that I can return to that weight, while still dropping the weights that so easily beset me.
I am now proclaiming some things on this very difficult day. I will have good things in life. I will love again, (I’ve never said publicly that this has been something I’ve questioned). Caleb will continue to shine and grow. And I’m not only going to be alright, but I will have a glorious end.
I’m not sure how I got though all that I’ve been through, but I did. Sometimes when I can’t quite find words that suffice, all can say is “Lord you’re a wonder!!” Thank you for keeping me then, and keeping me still.
So there are a few words in the English language that put smiles on faces. Babies. Kittens. Snowflakes. Cotton Candy. Christmas. Denzel.
There is one man who steals breath from the lungs of 3 generations of women. The word swag is defined somewhere between his walk, his voice and his smile. His talent is undeniable as he has commanded every role he has ever played like Michael Angelo commands art, and Stevie Wonder commands songs. There may be no better way to define of the word gifted than Denzel. Not that his gifts offered on stage and screen are not enough, but they happen to not be his best qualities. Mountains of women adore him because in his packaging lies a man with deep love for his wife, for his family and for his God. Amazing really.
So recently he has arisen to another level of blowing our minds. Never has salt and peppered hair been more beautiful as he encouraged doe eyed students that their future will be what they make of it during the commencement ceremony for Dillard University. Shoot I’ve got some years on these kids in the audience and I’m inspired. He in his modesty claimed to give only 3 nuggets of power, but as in all things Denzel, he offered much more than was promised. These life tools are what Denzel broke down so it would forever be broke….
You arrive to where you are by prayer.
Everything you have has been gifted to you.
You arrive to your success by the support of a team.
Put God first! In everything. Period.
Don’t be afraid to step out and take big chances.
Dreams without goals are just dreams.
Don’t confuse movement with progress.
Your money is not as important as your service.
Anything you want that is good, you can have.
When you arrive to your success, reach back and lift someone else up.