Paul’s recommendations in Corinthian’s 7:26 “Because of the present crisis, I think it is good for you to remain as you are.”

My father’s response, “No Women b4 its time & then just 4 coffee!”

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Christmas is on it’s Way…

Black Friday was a chaotic mess to say the least. My family and I went to Wal-Mart 3x’s in a 24 hour period!! I know that’s crazy but you have to in order to get those deals. When we arrived at the first location, it looked liked a looting situation. I was honestly hoping to see the employees walking out in protest but instead, I went in and was greeted by happy, smiling faces that were more than willing to help us out. I was very surprised to say the least and am very happy to report that our Wal-Mart is a top notch!!!
With that being said, Christmas is in full swing with all of the weekend sales going on and let’s not forget our latest rage, cyber Monday.
I go back to work on Monday and will be putting up our decorations which includes my amazingly huge Christmas Village (only if my husband can find all of it before the holidays are gone, gone, gone)

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Thanksgiving Day

Today is thanksgiving and I am getting ready for my departure to Dana Point. I am looking forward to seeing family I haven’t seen in a few years due to my back surgery. So today, I am thankful for finally getting my back surgery, no thanks to Worker’s Comp.(2 years later).

I was in so much pain that I couldn’t even get in a car for more than 10 minutes so this day will be a very thankful one to say the least as I am going to travel for almost 2 hours.


God is Great!!

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Helping hands: Miami’s Venezuelan community rallies to help boy get prosthetic hands and legs

What a cutie pie!! I am so thankful that he is still with us and that his heart is bigger than most. What a great thing for a community to rally for what is most decent and caring. These stories should be the headlines that we all wake up to in the morning. If they were, maybe we would have more peace on earth.

NBC Latino

The average teen is thankful for having a cell phone, a computer and videogames. But 13-year-old Franklin Mejias is thankful for the prosthesis that allow him to walk.

Mejias , a Venezuelan boy who came to Miami with his family for vacation, was infected with a bacteria that almost took his life and caused him to lose his legs and all of his fingers.

The nightmare for this family started last year when Franklin had been enjoying a week of the beaches in Miami with his father of the same name, Franklin Mejias and his sister Frany Mejias. They had planned to go to Disney World in Orlando, but the night before the trip, Franklin had to be rushed to the hospital after high fevers, vomit and diarrhea.  The boy has since undergone 12 surgeries that saved his life.

Franklin has been diagnosed with IRAK-4 deficiency, a deficiency that does not allow…

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What is your definition of love? Where does it come from? and How do we know that we are in love, what are the signs?

Jon Hamlett (my father) writes, “What’s the reason for love if not to take away the lonliness. What’s the need for love if not to cover the pain. I want to love with all my heart and see the sadness go away. Maybe love is like the river swelling and bursting at times. Love and the sex combined are like a river. Hopefully, it doesn’t overflow or flood. Love w/in reason!

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March – April 1996 Notebook

My son was born November 8, 1996; therefore, beginning a new way of life outside the days of partying. This was the year that I stopped hanging out with the drug addicts and began thinking for myself. This was, as Dr. Phil says, my “defining moment.” Besides my new found love of life, my father journaled his defining moment in a notebook titled, “March – April 1996” in the form of a letter to his brother Rusty.

Dear Rusty and Sandy and Family,

I drove home from another 10 days in the hospital, should have called but not feeling good. We had more snow 2-3 inches and more on the way (he lived in Iowa and Rusty in California). I tried to quit smoking but haven’t completely stopped yet. Sandi, have you quit yet? I’m sorry I tried to eleviate some of the suffering by writing that smoking is permitted in Heaven! I know how really difficult it is. I’ve cut down but still have one now and then. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Anyway, I started with a group in Oelwein to work on our goals etc. but really haven’t got my heart in it(quit after4 sessions). Hope to see you guys soon, are you coming for Rusty’s reunion? The snow should be gone by then, haha.

Defining moments are the times that make you or break you. They are the moments in time where you see yourself a little differently. For my father, it was a matter of not smoking anymore. He tried and tried to quit for years but couldn’t seem to fully commit and even jokingly says, “it’s permitted in heaven” just to make himself feel better.

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Newbie in Town

My objective for this blog is to share the many amazing thoughts that my father has left behind in his many journals. I wanted to write a book but I don’t think that I would like to be turned down 100 x’s before someone says “YES!”

When my father was alive, he shared many random thoughts about money, religion, and even education. No one would listen because he was considered crazy. He wasn’t crazy, he just suffered from Manic Depression and was Bipolar. To many skeptics, that is considered crazy but to me, I considered him a genius. His mind would race with thoughts of world peace, unconditional love, and always wondering “What is normal?”

I am creating this space in his honor and will be blogging his thoughts along with my own little ancedotes.


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