Happy Birthday Brianna!

YOU’RENineteen TODAY!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIANNA!

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MAMA LOVES YOU!

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Author’s Quote for the Day – Family Reunion

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In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit. – Marge Kennedy

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We ate at this restaurant in Dallas, Texas.

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Organizing and Planning Session

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Touring the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, Texas

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My son, Jordan, at the Cowboy’s Stadium

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Dallas Cowboy’s Helmets

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My husband, Charles, at the family picnic

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More helmets!

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Cousin Antoine sneaking a hug

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The beautiful downtown buildings of Arlington

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Convention Center

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This stadium is HUGE!

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Spearman family meeting

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Waiting in hotel lobby for bus to tour the city

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Me and my baby! I’m so proud to be a Spearman!

Happy Birthday Erica Jay!

erica in blue shirthappy birthday ericaTo my baby of 14 years, I celebrate your special day! Happy Birthday, Erica Jay!

You’re growing up, aren’t you?

It feels like just yesterday, when I held you in my arms, kissed your velvet cheeks and inhaled the fragrance of new life that seeped from your pores. The intoxicating aroma of innocence.

Happy Birthday, Erica Jay!

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You have become a beautiful child, with a tender heart and a gentle spirit. I love you more than life.

You’re smart, talented, gifted, loving, and most importantly, you’re my daughter.

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Happy Birthday, Erica Jay!

Love,
Mom

Jazz Appreciation Month – Wayman Tisdale (Week One)

April is celebrated as the National Jazz Appreciation Month! Yeah!

Jazz, a smooth blend of African and European music which was birthed somewhere around the early 20th century, is a combination of rhythm and blues. It is a harmonious intertwining of instruments and melodies that releases dopamine (a pleasure chemical) in the brain, causing one to experience a euphoric stimuli, a feel good sensation.

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT IT SURE DOES WORK FOR ME! JAZZ MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!

So I decided to highlight a few of my favorite jazz artists and share some of their greatest hits with you this month of April. My husband was instrumental in introducing me to some of the best jazz musicians and artists this world has ever known. Thank you baby.

Week One, we will celebrate the unique sound of a left-handed bass player from my home town of Tulsa, Ok, named Wayman Tisdale. He graced this world with his beautiful gift of urban jazz before he went home to be with the Lord in 2009. We miss you Wayman, but thank you for leaving your legacy of splendor for us to enjoy. Your music.

Love,
Toni

Happy Friday! It’s A Brand New Day by 21:03

Happy Friday WordPress family and beyond! I just wanted to say I wish the absolute best for everyone today and hope your weekend is filled with excitement. Do something fun, enjoy your family and friends, read a good book, listen to your favorite music, PRAY, relax, go to a museum ( a concert, a park, the beach), depending upon where you are, have a fabulous Friday and just know It’s A Brand New Day to embrace God’s goodness. Here is a new song by a young group of Christian brothers, 21:03, featuring J. Moss. I hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Toni