NoH8. Ever.

I want to share a link with you.  I want to share an experience with you.  I want to share a feeling with you.

It’s the feeling of belonging to something bigger than you.  More powerful with each person.  It’s a feeling of WE can affect a change.  It’s within each of us.

In October, I, along with my wife and two of my dearest friends, participated in the Dallas NoH8 Photo Shoot.  It was simple enough, show up, look pretty, wear white and share a message.

A message that is simple….there’s not room for hate in love.  Love is love.  Period.  End.of.story.

Adam Bouska started this movement, to silently protest Prop 8 in California.  And he has continued to spread the word, to share the fight, to take breathtaking photos of everyday people who only have ONE thing in common.

We love.

Check his website, join the cause…. visit here.

And check this out….

photo courtesy of Adam Bouska

Photo Challenge – Day 30.

Here we are, the last Photo Challenge.  And it only took 60 days for me to finish.  Just think, now we go back to our regular broadcasting…

Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss.

If you know me, you know this…

My daddy.  My Hero.  My Protector.

No man will ever hold a candle to him.  I miss him to my core everyday.  I miss his laugh, his smile, his cologne, I miss everything about him.

When I am at my weakest, when I am at my saddest, I think of him…of how he would want me to act, how he would want me to hold my head high, to rise above it and most of all, to be a lady.

God…I miss him so….

I wonder if he would approve, not of my lifestyle, but of the woman I have become.  I have been told over and over, I am his likeness.  That I have grown into Sam’s daughter.  I am very proud of that.

I think that I am more like him every day.  I am more reserved like him, I sit back, take it all in and then make a move like him.  I talk like him and sadly as I get older, I am making those old people noises when I stand…like him, however I was recently told I am beginning to walk like my mother, which is hysterical…I think.

Dad…I miss you.  It breaks my heart that you aren’t here with me…you are always WITH me, but to not see you, to not be in your presence is a break that won’t go away.

I love you daddy….

Photo Challenge – Day 29.

Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile.

Calvin and Hobbes. Always.

I have always loved comics….it’s something from my father, who was a comic creator, so watching him draw his “Rank and File” artist cells, I was hooked and fascinated.  These two have long been a favorite of mine.

This happens to be my wallpaper on my computer at work.  And everyday, I smile, just seeing it.  Calvin could be EveryKid at some point…

And for the moms and dads out there deal with us….thank you and we are sorry….

Photo Challenge – Day 28.

Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of.

I can’t.  I can’t bear to post a picture of it…I literally got chills and gagged just trying to find a picture of one….

So, I will tell you, as long as you don’t laugh at me…

Locusts.

There.  I said it…

I know they are the sound of summer…but not when they are buzzing my head on the porch.  And not when the wife is videotaping me freak out as she picks one up.  Yeah, that was fun…

They completely freak me out and when they are close, I will turn into a 6-year-old girl and scream and run, er, walk very fast to get away!

Blech.

Photo Challenge – Day 27.

Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member.

I haven’t said much about these folks, but they are from my earliest memories, all sewn together as one…

Me (in the middle) with DebraDeanGayla.

This is in my backyard on Harvey and I was abbbbout….3, maybe 4…but I think 3.  ( I was SO cute…pfftp!)

These three were my first friends (well, with the exception of Johnny Buss that I followed around EVERYWHERE!) but it was always us…

They are my first cousins on my dad’s side…and before long, there was a Cindy and much later a Cheryl.  So I have lots of family that sadly, I miss more than I can admit, because it’s foolishly been way too long with most of them being so close.  *sigh*

Dean, seriously, the only boy cousin I have…has features and looks of his Uncle Sam.  And it hurts my heart and makes me love him more.

Gayla, the one chick I wanted to be like, ALL the time.  And my goodness, how she loved playing with me.  I couldn’t wait to see Gayla.

Debra…this chick is cool.  Always was…even as a young child, I remember thinking…”I will never be Debra.”  She is like Joan Jett cool…and TINY!!!  holy cow! she’s so cute!

I miss my extended family.  My Aunt Dovie, the second cousins I have never met…the cousins I never see.

Methinks a family reunion should be planned.  If for no other reason that I can play with my cousins again!

For all of you…my debradeangayla…my Cindy and yes, even Cheryl….you have a part of my heart…the best part of my past, of my dad, your uncle, our grandmother lives within each of us…

I miss you and love you very much!

Photo Challenge – Day 26.

Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you.

Many, many things run through my mind…my faith, my kids, my wife, my family…but they all know and they have already all been featured and well…I gotta keep their egos somewhat in check…so, this is a photo of somethings that mean a lot to me…

My friends, my soul sisters, my passion in life…the ones who are there, through thick and thin…who love me for me…

There are several that are missing from this picture, that makes them NO LESS important to me than this group does.  For my Sam & Glenn, for Pam and Maria, for Morgen and Dana….you too, are my dearest, my sweetest…I am so glad I met you, got to know you, reconnected with you and found a new appreciation for those around me. 

Folks, you won’t find people like this anywhere. They are amazing…from the hug when I walk through the door, to the phone call or text message just to let me know they care…I am in it with this group for the long haul.

And for as much as I will forever have their back…they have mine.  And that brings me a world of peace.  And happy…lots and lots of happy…