“Picked for a Purpose” poem with Lots of Photos

No matter how tough each new day seems to be,

There’s a plan for the challenges that daily face me. 

I know I can do it, I’ve made it this far,

I’ll work till I’m my personal best, I won’t lower the bar.

“I can’t”s just don’t work, I’ve learned through the years.

Never sink in your circumstances or succumb to the tears. 

The design for my life was carefully planned.

Discovering my purpose is what I need to understand.

I don’t want to make my life just a waste.

Each moment must count, do not live life in haste. 

It’s true, but it’s just another cliché,

“Make the most of every passing day.”


It’s exciting to wonder about the life I will lead on this earth,

And know that I am a person with purpose and worth.


(Bounce) Back Friday

No Black Friday deals here. My Bounce Back Friday biggest deal was much better than shopping: I was privileged to hang out with numerous former high school classmates I haven’t seen since my third relapse with leukemia, halfway through our senior year of high school in 2002, a whopping dozen years ago! 

Bouncing Back 12 years, the last time I saw these awesome people I walked sans my 4-point cane, was not yet affected by facial paralysis, didn’t need a knee replacement, my eyesight was better than normal, etc. And whaddya know? This extraordinary group wasn’t fazed one bit! 

I’ll let the following six pictures tell the rest.

redford 008

“I Swear to Tell the Truth . . .”

Mom & Ryan 060

            “Amy, my mom hits some button and then I see my name,” my 4-year-old and often blunt nephew told me on the way to church 13 days before most of the nation lapses into its annual Turkey Coma.

The little boy sat behind me in his Grandma’s navy blue Buick Regal. His family and mine both attended the place of worship where I was on my way as a volunteer to stuff church bulletins.

As is the case in a lot of conversations with small children, I had not the slightest clue what he was talking about. I made some agreeable comment like “That’s cool” while his younger sister sucked contentedly on her pacy two seats away from him in her car seat.

During the brief car ride his well-intended Grandma popped a tape of children’s cheerful Bible songs into the cassette player, despite having been forewarned by me that her grandson is used to listening to more rocky songs with a beat while riding in his mom’s white Suburban. To her credit, she took a commendable stab at providing listening enjoyment for all passengers.

This time around the preschooler’s dialogue left no one in doubt.

“Do you like this song?” asked his Grandma eagerly, wanting very much so to bring happiness to the ears of her second youngest grandson.

All efforts at feigning pleasure merely to appease his dear and doting Grandma were hopelessly lost on the very young boy. To his credit, honesty is said to be the best policy.

“Um … I think I don’t.” 

            THE END
Mom and Ryan in red headbands


Pass It On: DON’T Dare to Compare

What I’ve learned over the years, a lesson that’s been drilled into me even further due to my unique set of circumstances, is not to compare yourselves with others – EVER – at the risk of sparking negative views of yourself. 

This is the lesson – Don’t compare your life with anyone else’s – ringing true:

As shown here, happily EMBRACE your differences!

C.F.C. & P.S.P. – Man, I love palindromes


 This 15-year-old photo’s an oldie but a goodie.

This 15-year-old photo’s an oldie but a goodie.

Equally fabulous things from each older sis:  

Caps from Carrie 

Who doesn’t need a few cool snug caps to combat the oncoming chill?


 & Plastic Sarah Presented 

How awesome is it to receive plastic lids to help me increase my own stash I’m collecting to give to a friend whose granddaughter’s school recycles the plastic to make benches for sitting?

My kindergarten still-true sentiments

My kindergarten drawing & still-true sentiments



Purposeful Jam Session

Hi, my incredible nephew & I hope you enjoy the following.

Video Lyrics

All you people,

Have different strengths,

To each of you,

The world says “Thanks!”

For adding something to the lot,

And using from God what you’ve got,

Working is rad, rest is too,

People, just listen, it’s for you,

Make a difference, don’t just mask it,

There’s a real good reason, why we ask it!