A Good Life

Everyone has their idea of what a good life is; some feel it is in the job they have, the amount of money, designer clothes they’ve accumulated. Some want position and power.

In the 40’s kids played football in the street. If they didn’t have a real football they would play “kick the can.” The gutter, if it wasn’t raining, was a great place to play marbles.Sometimes they made their own toys, with the parents’ help, like, say, a bow and arrow made from a sturdy smaller tree limb. It might take a bit, but they would bend it enough to make a bow; Dad might help out getting the tension and then they were off! Running, playing, shooting every target in sight! They might make a slingshot. And kids were happy with what they had! A new home in 1940 cost just under $4,000, the average income was about $1,725.00 and gas cost 11 cents a gallon.

Let’s look at the 60’s. By then, a new house cost $12,700. The average income had risen to $5315.00, and gas cost 25 cents a gallon. Soda (or bottle of pop) cost ten cents, same as a newspaper! A postage stamp cost 4 cents. The Beatles came to America; watermelon cost 2.5 cents a pound. Kids still played football in the street; the only difference was they usually had a real football. Marbles were still in; my brother had some. He was very protective of his Shooters, Aggies, Cat’s eyes, all of them! If I remember right he played Keepsies.

It’s all in how you look at things. Possessions are cast to the side as we age for something new. Now in 2016, our “toys” are bigger and more expensive, but in reality, we get the same enjoyment from them. We all have a good life whether we recognize it or not. I don’t have a lot of money or possessions, and certainly not power the way it’s defined today.  What makes my life so good? God, the people in my life and my relationships with each of them makes me happy. I can write books, which has always been my dream. I’m fulfilled. I hope you are too.


What Would You Do?

It’s the 1880’s. You are 16 and find out your BFF has an incurable disease. What do you do? Find out in the sequel to Forever and Always, coming in 2017! #mystery #love #friendship #sisterhood #romance #life #Orleans parish

Are Prophesies Coming True?

I would like to share with you a recent interview on CBN News. Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Rev. Billy Graham speaks with CBN host Mark Martin commenting on the moral state of America and God’s judgment on sinful nations. She guides us to read Romans 1 where “describes the type of judgment where we sin, and we refuse to repent of our sin, then He backs away from us.”

At the start of the interview Anne Graham Lotz said that she herself and all Christians need to take prayer very seriously and pray for the United States because, she added, the solution to so many problems is not political but spiritual.


I have also added a link to Anne’s Blog.   CLICK HERE for Anne’s Blog

I believe we should all come together as one and turn our faces back to God NOW, praying it’s not too late. For me and mine, that is where we stand, with HIM. I pray each of you do too!

Book Signing Today!

We will be having a GREAT time, won’t you join us?


Christy Smith Will signing her fabulous book, FOREVER and ALWAYS at Six North Cafe at 11 AM. If you’ve been there you know what spectacular place this is and if you haven’t then you’re in for a real treat. The address is, 6 North Cafe, 14438 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, Missouri 63011.


Forever And AlwaysKindle Edition

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Pierce’s Traveling Embroidery Needle

In March 10, 2006, Pierce, our youngest grandson at the time, was eighteen months old. He was playing in his room with mom not far away. We still aren’t sure how it happened, but he swallowed an embroidery needle. He immediately started to cough, picked up the package and ran to mommy, showed her the empty package and pointed to his mouth. Heather, my daughter-in-law called me in a panic, of course, and through her tears, I realized what had happened. I met her at the hospital for the beginning of five excruciating days of worry for all involved.

Through the five days, we made daily trips to the hospital and there were a total of seven x-rays taken. We watched nervously as the needle slid down his esophagus, went completely through his intestines and entire digestive tract without nicking a thing. It was tumbling about, but settled in his stomach on the fifth x-ray. Throughout the whole process Pierce didn’t cry. He just wanted to be held by Mommy or Nani Popcorn (that’s me). He was in and out of hospital rooms. There were big machines wherever he went. When Daddy was there, he wanted Daddy.

Because they had us constantly checking his diaper, and neither of us ever found the needle, we asked if his stomach acids would dissolve it. They said no. In each of five x-rays, we saw the needle. We began to feel as if we were getting the run-around.

Finally, we grabbed the two most recent x-rays and took Pierce to a different hospital. Desperate for answers, we finally had him x-rayed naked. That way they could not tell us it was a diaper pin or a rivet on his blue jeans, which were “explanations” previously given. The last two x-rays showed no needle, and it was never found in his diaper either.

The doctors, nurses, x-ray techs and us watched the movement of that needle through my grand baby’s body. Everyone confirmed that his stomach acids could not dissolve it. There seems to be no other answer to me, than Divine intervention.

We took him home, crying and laughing at the same time. He was safe and healthy!

How is Pierce today? He is a rough-and-tumble eleven-year-old, full of spunk. He’s a Boy Scout. Does he remember what happened to him on his Dad’s twenty-ninth birthday? He never talks about it. I pray not, but we who love him do.

I believe that God has plans for our Pierce beyond our expectation or imagining. By His wounds we are healed. My faith is what brought me through this test. God supported me each step I took. I could not have walked it alone.

I have always lived my life with this Bible verse in mind. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV Bible, 2 Cor 12:9)

Autumn Leaves, God Does Not

Updated 6/14/2016

Driving home from church today,  I saw a church sign that said, Autumn Leaves, God Does Not. Those words really made me stop and think. Here we are in Fall. The Autumnal Equinox occurred September 23rd. The Winter Solstice will occur on December 21st. Just as the seasons change, so do people. God made us that way. He also gave us Free Will; that can be good or bad.

You see, we naturally like to think of it in a positive way; that bad people change into good people. It gives us hope for the future. If we are honest with ourselves, we know too, that good people can change into bad people also. People come in and out of our lives. Even circumstances change. We are living in a world of constant change.

It is comforting to my heart to know that God does not change. His love is constant, unchanging; everlasting. God does some pretty awesome stuff for us, His Children. He gives us life, gives us this beautiful and sometimes challenging world to live in; friends and loved one to care for and who care for us. He wants us all to return to Him. To aid us in doing so, He gives us His Word and chosen people to help guide us to Him. God is always with us. He will never leave us. We may not see Him, or realize, but no matter, He is there; to help us and give us guidance. Lean on Him today. He can take it!

I don’t know about anyone else, but these thoughts give he reassurance and make me smile.