Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Dr. Charles Lewis, Dothan Community Church, Pastor Ray Jones, Ridgecrest Baptist Church and Mayor Mike Schmitz along with a multitude of Dothan Christian Leaders gathered together with a great fellowship of Christian Believers on Wednesday evening at the Dothan Civic Center for a city-wide prayer meeting.

2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tonight we have an overnight guest...Charlie Brown.
It has been too long.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Dear Dad,

I miss you!

I heard all the advice…“Time heals”, “It’ll get better each day.”…etcetera, etcetera after you passed away but I found that those words were just hogwash.

I see our picture every night as I slip into bed and every morning I rise. There's a mint bowl...I know how you loved mints or hard candy. Yes, I have good days, now more than ever, just because I know it is what you would expect of me. 

You taught me love & respect. You showed me how to live life at the fullest measure. You showed me how to have fun, and taught me to be happy…and happy for others. You showed me by example, generosity. What great memories I have stored in my treasure chest!

There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts. 

I hear your voice as I work in the yard. Perhaps I fixed that leak because you taught me as you worked on a leak at the house. “GET UP!!! It’s time to pick those butterbeans/peas!” ………..I can hear you now. What about the times that you said, “C’mon, let’s go outside!” It was always a surprise journey with you. Oh to ride on the back of your truck. What joy!

Oh how I miss you!

Remember the Labor Day weekend before you passed away. I do. I remember how your cruel disease was capturing your moments more than I, or your family. The week before Labor Day I arrived to spend a couple of weeks with you & mom. That week is ingrained in my mind because you were “my dad”…the one who knew your daughter, me. Labor Day 2011 is forefront.

We spent time just wandering around the home property and driving around in the country on roads where you lived & traveled as a child, lad & young man. We had some wonderful days, and it felt so good knowing that we were having fun. 
My penguin you found on the land.

We were amazed at the size of this nut.

Then life began slowing sucking the breath from me. It became unbearable. I couldn’t breathe. I was suffocating. You were gone. I couldn’t…

Now here it’s almost five years later…

I still miss you like crazy. You know what though…Jesus carried me when I could not live. Thank you for teaching me Jesus.

I live because He, my Savior Jesus Christ, provides His love & strength to me every single day. He brings to my mind those special memories to show He cares for me, and that His provision of a wonderful earthly father to me was His love. He chose you for me. I love you dad.

Mel

P.S. I still roam the land talking to you & search for the unusual. Look at the snake I found in 2012.












Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's was a day early before the 76th AAHRA Convention at Sandestin, Florida. Our resort room in the main building was very cozy. We love coming to this resort.

Our sweet friends Wayne & Sandra East met up with us in the lobby, and we made plans for dinner at Captain Dave's on the Gulf. We enjoyed live music and catching up on family news. It was a wonderful evening.

We were definitely "getting the full 20%"...of rain Sunday morning. Kinda put a kink in our plans for a morning bike ride...so we changed to a short car ride to view the Links golf course.

With a slight lift of the rain we walked to Another Broken Egg where we dined on Bacquezo & Classic Biscuit & Gravy. Afterwards we took a walk around the resort. A short time of relaxing, then we went shopping and grabbed a quick bite to eat before returning to the resort.

Monday is Golf Day... Wayne and Glenn chair this event for the convention, and it was a sunny day. Their team tied for third place, and they lost in a tiebreaker.

Our meet & greet theme for Monday night's President Dinner was "Swing for the Fences". Executive Directors were given baseball shirts, and everyone received a cap to wear.


My favorite time of the convention is the Scholarship Luncheon. This year eleven scholarships were awarded. All scholarships are $2500.

This is the first year that Glenn has missed the luncheon. He, Wayne & Jeff went golfing.


The evening was spent with friends of AHARM and David Hyde of Travelers Insurance Company, the insurance provider for AHARM. Glenn serves on the AHARM Board. Our dinner at Bijoux was oh so delicious.
Philip Rutledge, Jeff Estes, Glenn
David Hyde & Wayne East



On the last day of the convention there is a banquet. Awards are presented at the end of the evening in various categories. One picture before we go to the banquet.

Glenn has always included his Section 8 Coordinator & Housing Manager in these trips to the convention.

Three of the DHA Commissioners have been attending the convention & workshops for a number of years.

Over a week ago I received a message from our sweet friends, Wayne & Sandra East, that Glenn would be presented the "Executive Director of the Year" award. I am very proud of my hubby and his hard work.
good friends...Wayne & Glenn

Wayne presents the award to Glenn.

my hubby



Carie Spann
ED for Ashford, Columbia, Hartford & Headland
Glenn is the accountant for these authorities.

Surprise...this gentleman & his wife heard "Lander College"
and came over to speak to Glenn.
 His brother Joe Cabri was @ Lander as tennis coach 
when Glenn & I attended.

Retired ED's...Ronnie & Kathy Jones and Carolyn Sutley


This convention was bittersweet as we spent time with many, many friends in the public housing authority family of Alabama. 

Our life will change in March of 2017 as Glenn retires after 40 years in public housing. He says he is ready. My prayer for him is that he will continue serving people and his community.