How ‘Bout A Cup of Coffee?


Richard and I have always enjoyed coffee in the morning but it was in 2005 I learned to appreciate afternoon coffee. I even remember the exact moment our afternoon coffee ritual began…

We were living in Jones Creek, Richard was swinging on the porch swing and I was sweeping the patio when he said, “Baby, come sit with me and have a cup of coffee”. It was in that very moment I realized my husband didn’t care if the patio was swept…He desired my company and wanted my undivided attention. We sat in that swing for the longest time talking, laughing, and just loving each other.

The next day, I was working in the flowerbeds when I looked up and there was my precious husband holding two cups of coffee and he says, “How ’bout a cup of coffee”. I took off my gloves, set the rake aside, and made my way to the swing where we sat and once again shared memories of the girls, talked of the joys of being grandparents, and planned our future projects. Each day we would sit and have afternoon coffee and before I realized it, we had established a routine. Then, on the days he had to work I found myself craving a cup of coffee and our “together time”.

While that patio was one of my most favorite places to sit together, we have since found many places we love to have our afternoon coffee…floating in the pool, sitting by a camp fire, riding on a golf cart, sitting in the park, or our most recent…Sitting on a pier overlooking the lake at our daughter and son-in-laws home.

For Richard and me, coffee has become the code word for quality time. He recognized his “worker bee/ results oriented” wife did not know how or was ever allowed to just sit and relax. Not only did he teach me the art of relaxing, he also showed me the value of quality time, the importance of communication, how to dream and plan for the future. Richard believed in me and invested in me and while drinking coffee we have become closer friends.

Is there someone in your life worth investing your time in…someone you want to be closer to? A sister, brother, parent, friend, classmate, or co-worker?

Perhaps all you need to do is ask them…

“How ‘Bout A Cup of Coffee?”

Be ready…Some may not be willing to allow you to get close to them while others may try to suck the life right out of you. You will never know if your investment of time will be worth it unless you are willing to test the waters while visiting over that first cup of coffee…

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More Powerful Than Any Drug


Do you ever wonder how generations past managed to survive without all the drugs we have access to now?We now have medications for just about whatever ails you:

  • Pain
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiousness
  • Food sensitivities
  • Allergies
  • Irregular heart rate
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

In addition there are medications to help you stop:

  • Smoking
  • Putting on weight
  • Drinking
  • Doing recreational drugs
  • Laying in bed awake at night

You get my drift…

While watching a movie recently, “Awakening” based on a true story. Dr. Sayer played by Robin Williams makes the most profound statement ever…Sent chills over my entire body when I heard it.

“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and that’s what needs to be nourished.”

So, what is the human spirit? It is the ability to think, feel, love, design, create, and enjoy music, humor, and art. And it is because of the human spirit that we have a “free will” that no other creature on earth has.

So, if you think about it…When you can REALLY think, feel, love, design, create, and enjoy those things which God has given us for pleasure we have a tool at our disposal more powerful than drugs. Unfortunately for many life has become so complex and complicated. We get so stressed and overwhelmed that soon we begin to develop physical and emotional problems and turn to drugs first.

For many hearing this is a difficult pill to swallow…It is easier to grab an actual pill and go for the quick fix. However, I would like to recommend…

  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Listening to Music
  • Nature
  • Peaceful walks
  • Finding beauty in the little things
  • Verbalizing or demonstrating gratitude
  • Sing
  • Play
  • Dance
  • Spend time with a child
  • Volunteer
  • Spend time with those who lift you up rather than bring you down

You will find any of these activities to be…


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Do We Really Love?


When is the last time you said “I Love You”? Did you mean it? I mean did you really mean it? So many people say “I love you” giving no thought to the true meaning of love.

Really, think about it…Do you actions match your words?  Love is not a verb…It is a noun. Love is an intense feeling of deep affection and when the intense feeling is present there is:

  • Patience even when you want to rip someone’s head off
  • Kindness even for the meanest and most undesirable person
  • No envious thoughts no matter how bad you want ____ (you fill in the blank)
  • No boasting even though you are about to burst with excitement
  • No conceit despite how proud you are of ____ (you fill in the blank)

So, the short of it is…

If we say “I Love You” while harboring or expressing any of the following:

  • The opposite of patienceAgitation
    • Cowardice
    • Indifference
    • Resistance
    • Impatience
    • Intolerance
  • The opposite of kindnessAnimosity
    • Hatred
    • Hostility
    • Ill will
    • Indecency
    • Indifference
    • Intolerance
    • Meanness
    • Mercilessness
    • Selfishness
    • Thoughtlessness
    • Cruelty
    • Harshness
  • The opposite of no enviousness (Contentedness)Hatred
    • Ill will
    • Malice
    • Resentment
    • Coveting
    • Spite
    • Opposition
    • Resentfulness
    • Lusting
  • The opposite of no boasting (being modest)Gloat
    • Grandstand
    • Blow one’s own horn
  • The opposite of not conceitedArrogant
    • Cocky
    • Full of Hot Air
    • Ham
    • Know-it-all
    • Loud mouth
    • Narcissistic
    • Self-important
    • Stuck up

Do We Really Love?

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it!

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It Has Been A Hard Year


Saying goodbye to 2016 will be one of the easiest things we could ever do!  This has been the hardest year of our adult life!!

The hard stuff started with Richard working a 100 day shut down. As if working shift work was not hard enough on both of us…The plant expected him to work 12/12’s in a row, take one day off, and return to work on the 14th day. Supper tough when transitioning from night shift to day shift as he slept his days off away!

Then, we decided to sell our home. Our grandson’s wife came in and helped us sell most of our furniture and interior decor only to discover our contract fell through…The buyers backed out! So, I redecorated the whole house again. Soon after we were settled in, our daughter and son-in-law approached us with a plan to downsize our lives and build a smaller more efficient home. After much discussion we were all in and placed the house on the market again. Before we knew it the house was sold and we were moving all our belongings into storage and we moved in with our daughter and son-in-law. Yep, that was the plan…Live with the kids while we built a house.

We found our land, our builder, and the process was in full motion! We worked the land, installed the culverts, obtained permits, had the electricity ran and we were well on our way then the neighborhood flooded. While where the house would sit was above the flood plain the roads to our land was under water. The flood delayed the building process and provided us more time with the kids. Then on July 30th our son-in-law presented an alternate plan…”Why don’t you just live with us rather than build? It just makes sense” he said. He offered us the second story of their home and again, after much discussion we were on board! He relocated his game room and we moved upstairs!

Also, during that same time Richard took a new job! He was finally going to be able to work Monday-Friday with weekend and holidays off. Woohoo…I had waited over 28yrs for a “Normal” life!!!

So, with us simplifying our lives and reducing our cost of living, I decided to retire. I gave my notice on August 1st. One day later we learned of our oldest daughter’s death. Tori lived in Austin and had passed away on July 31st but because we had move, they had a difficult time locating us. Our world as we knew it was rocked to the core and a giant hole was carved out of our hearts…The following days and weeks were a daze. We had a memorial service for Tori and celebrated her precious life. I am not sure we would have made it through those days without the support of Brandi, Robi, Cheyenne, and the kind words from family and friends.

Soon we realized we needed to get back to some resemblance of a life so we started the daunting task of emptying the storage buildings…4 of them to be exact! It was good to have something to keep our minds occupied because our hearts were aching! We sold, donated, and gifted people with our “stuff” by the trailer loads!  It was hard to believe all we had worked for our entire married life was gone in less than 2 months!!!

Once we finished all the hard work of downsizing we decided to buy a 5th wheel so we could do a little traveling. Richard’s schedule was 4/10’s with every Fri, Sat, and Sun off which was perfect for some weekend traveling! That is until what would be a 3yr assignment turned into 3 months and he finds himself without work.

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

While 2016 has been filled with mourning and despair, God has been faithful and provided us with beauty for ashes:

  • We have a gift of a lifetime given to us by our daughter and son-in-law. One of family, love, laughter, and simplicity
  • We have witnessed our granddaughter Cheyenne enjoy being drum major this year
  • We have an income and our financial needs are met
  • We have a home
  • We have each other
  • We know we WILL see Tori again

It Has Been A Hard Year…But God has held us Beneath His Sheltering Wings and Close to His Heart and His Promises Are My Hope for 2017

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Who Are You Listening To?

It’s the first real cool snap of Fall 2016 and though Richard and I are not fans of cold weather we made ourselves  get up and get moving yesterday morning. Walking shoes, sweat pants, jacket, and we are off…But wait, I forgot my earbuds and music!!! Back up the stairs I go, grab my earbuds and phone. Now, we are off for our morning walk.

I am sure you are thinking…But your waking with Richard, why do you need earbuds? How can you visit if you are listening to music? Well, the answer is quite simple…I am a woman. I can walk, talk and listen all at the same time!!! And I love my music!!! So, to ensure I am able hear Richard and the music, I wear only one earbud.

Richard was walking on my left and it was during one of his silent moments, I heard these words in my right ear…

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Dear younger me
Where do I start
If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far
Then you could be
One step ahead
Of all the painful memories still running thru my head
I wonder how much different things would be
Dear younger me,
Dear younger me
I cannot decide
Do I give some speech about how to get the most out of your life
Or do I go deep
And try to change
The choices that you’ll make cuz they’re choices that made me
Even though I love this crazy life
Sometimes I wish it was a smoother ride
Dear younger me, dear younger me
If I knew then what I know now
Condemnation would’ve had no power
My joy my pain would’ve never been my worth
If I knew then what I know now
Would’ve not been hard to figure out
What I would’ve changed if I had heard
Dear younger me
It’s not your fault
You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross
Dear younger me
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed
Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Dear younger me, dear younger me
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed
These words penetrated my entire being…I really heard them for the very first time!!!
Oh the things that would have been different if I could have whispered in the ear of the younger me…
While I have lived with much guilt, I have lived with even more regret…
I Regret
  • Not listening closer to the stories my parents and grandparents told me growing up
  • Not getting my college education prior to having my children. I regret putting them through that!
  • Not rocking my children more (there’s a story behind that one)
  • Not thinking before speaking when angry
  • Not reading to my children more
  • Not giving my children what they needed most…My full attention
  • Not taking more pictures

This list could go on for days…So many regrets have haunted me but yesterday I realized,

“Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Dear younger me, dear younger me”

Today, I reflect back on the words of the song “Dear Younger Me” and realize, I needed to hear that voice in my ear…The one that said to me,


Who’s voice is whispering in your ear?

Who Are You Listening To?

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A Love Lee Design


Yes, you read the title right! Now that I have had time to rest after retiring from my nursing career, I am eager to get back to fostering my creative side again. I have missed being spontaneous; waking up each morning to work on or plan my next project. You see it makes perfect sense because it is part of who I am… The Word says I was created in my Father’s image and let me tell you…He is the ultimate at being creative!!!

So, I knew what I wanted to do but so many questions began to flood my mind…

  • What am I most passionate about?
  • What shall I create?
  • Where do I start?
  • Who will be interested?
  • What if I’m not good enough?

Whoa…Strike that last question! There will always be doubters and those who just won’t like me or my work. In fact that reminds me of the piece I wrote on “How Juicy Do We Want to Be”. Yep, if He births a passion within me, then I know it will be good enough because…He is the One who gifted me and placed a desire in my heart to get back to being creative.

So, I sat and read over my list and I asked myself over and over…What am I most passionate about? Then like a ton of bricks it hit me!!! Other than God and my family which is a given…I realized the thing I am most passionate about is HOME! Of Course it is my Passion…HOME! I love everything about HOME!!!

Hmmm…OK, so now what? Funny how God works,  He didn’t make me wait long for that answer and he chose the perfect person to plant the seed…My dear friend Pam Stuckey is equally passionate about her home as I am mine. In-fact, our husbands shudder at the thought of us going to Hobby Lobby together! In a conversation with Pam she said, “You know, not everyone has the ability or vision for design. Would you consider helping me build Barndominiums?”. Well, after much discussion I was in and we were on our way! Pam consults on the build and I consult on the design of the floor plan, surfaces, color schemes, and flooring…Making the client’s Pinterest dreams come true!

In addition to making dreams come true for new builders, there are a lot of women who have commented, “I would love for you to help me decorate my house.” or “I wish you would give my house an overhaul.” or ” Would you consider staging my house for me so it will sale faster?”. Hmmm…More seeds planted and I have decided to nurture them and watch them grow. So, now I am expanding my services to include:

  • Re-Design by incorporating what you already have to create a whole new look by
    • Re-arranging furnitures
    • Re-hanging art
    • Changing the placement of accent pieces
  • New Design…Out with the old and in with the new. After a consultation visit to determine budget and your personal preference, I go to work making your dreams come true.
  • Seasonal and Holiday Decorating you have always wanted but just couldn’t figure out how to pull it off or don’t have time…Let me help!!!

Home should be welcoming and inviting to you, your family, and your guests. It should tantalize all your senses so you crave to be there…

Your HOME, Let’s Create it Together!!!


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Why Labels Are So Important


Wow, What a Week!!!

It’s finally here, the week we have planned for quite some time…Digging thru storage and going thru boxes to determine what to keep, sell, or donate has been a daunting task.

We knew the movers were coming on Monday so we had to decide what furniture would go upstairs in the area provided for us by our son-in-law and daughter which we refer to as “Meme & Papa’s Apartment”.  Then, we had to determine what we wanted to use to decorate with. So, off to storage we go…Digging thru furniture, boxes, and more boxes. Richard loads up the trailer and moves our “stuff” over to the garage so the movers can haul the heavy furniture upstairs for us.

Then, as if that was not enough work for us… we took delivery on our new 5th wheel so we also needed more “stuff” to set that up. This of course meant even more boxes!
And, you guessed it…The boxes of “stuff” were my assignment. Thankfully all the boxes were labeled which would make this process so much easier…WRONG! The boxes were labeled sure enough but of no help whatsoever!!! For example: Several boxes were labeled “Dishes”…Well, what does that mean? Dishes for serving, eating, cooking…What does dishes mean? So, like any good soldier I began opening each box and unwrapping each dish   to determine its type. Then, as I went through each box, I discovered some boxes did not contain dishes at all.

As I unwrapped the contents of each box I realized this labeling process happens to people all the time. So often people are labeled based on a snapshot of their appearance, actions, or mannerisms. And, for many the label written on the exterior of a person is so very different from what actually exists on the inside.

  • The man standing on the street corner holding up a sign “Will work for food” may have a physical or mental ailment which prevents him from maintaining a job and is doing his best to feed his wife and children.
  • That snippy sales clerk might have just been chewed out by a customer before you walked up and he or she is trying to recover from the embarrassment.
  • The woman standing in line at the grocery store who appears distant and depressed may be grieving the loss of a child
  • The kid who sleeps through class each day may not be able to sleep at night because of a unstable home life.
  • The alcoholic stumbling in the street may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and trying to cope
  • The woman with bruises up and down her arms may have just moved several boxes which were probably heavier than she should have lifted

And OMGosh…I just remembered a perfect example! Richard was pastoring a church and he informed the congregation he would be growing a beard. The beard, he explained was to serve as a reminder to pray for the members of First Baptist Church Brazoria while they prepared for the annual Passion Play. You should have seen the looks on people’s faces when he was introduced in the community as a pastor. Yep, some even label people for having facial hair!

Bottom line we all can be very judgmental at times and should use caution when labeling people because sometimes the wrong label can stick with someone their entire life. And, the label on the outside of the box may not match the contents on the inside!!!

That my friend is Why…

Labels Are So Important!!!

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The Letter

Yesterday was HARD…It was a day filled with emotion, miscommunication, and a lot of “Stuff”! It seemed everything was a struggle until…The Letter!

A little over a week ago I received notification I would be getting a letter in the mail and to be on the look out for it. So, each day I would go to the mail box and…Nothing!

You know the old saying “Timing is Everything”? Well, it is true. I received the letter yesterday and the timing could not have been more perfect!

The letter was filled with one’s story of  struggles, failures, and hopelessness.  It was also filled with gratitude, hope, and success generated by a simple question I asked during a conversation we had over 18 months ago. The letter was a such a testimony of how God can use us to make a difference in the lives of others. Did I know that one question in a lengthy conversation would make such a profound impact on someone? No, but God did!

Nothing Comes as a Surprise to God but I do Believe He loves to Surprise Us!

Only God knew what kind of day I would be having yesterday and only God knew a simple question asked over 18 months ago would result in a “Thank You” letter I would receive on the very day I needed it most.

So, while my asking a simple question Made A Difference in the life of my friend…Her “Thank You” letter  Made A Difference in mine!

I Thank God for “The Letter” and I Thank God for My Friend!

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Finish With the Right Stuff

As many of you may already know, Richard and I decided to sell our home back in February. We listed our place and within a week we had a contract. It was then the reality hit…We have a lot of “Stuff” to deal with!

Our plan was to build so we knew we were going to have to put all our “Stuff” in storage. Well, that was easier said than done! Moving 3,600 square feet of a house into storage required 4 separate storage buildings. One might ask, If you knew you were down sizing then why didn’t you just get rid of some “Stuff”

Sounds easy enough right?


You see, for us…our “Stuff” represented all we’ve worked for our entire married lives! And, much of our stuff came at what seemed a very high price! We’ve worked shift-work, given up time with our family on weekends and holidays, and  made other sacrifices to ensure our home was pleasant and comfortable.  And, when you have 3,600 square feet… you’ve gotta have a lot of “Stuff” to fill up the place.

Interestingly enough Richard and I have come to the realization home is not about wood, bricks, and mortar but instead, it is all about being with those you love and cherish, making and sharing memories, and most of all…Each other!

We have found that home and it is with our Son-in-Law, Daughter, and Granddaughter. We are very humbled to be so loved!!!

Now, I will be going through our storage buildings to find the “Right Stuff” to put in our area of their home.

So, now the goal is to Let Go And…


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What Now?


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So Today Starts My First Official Week of Retirement…What Now?

In my mind, the word “Retirement” has always had such a negative connotation. It conjured up visions of old people sitting around and doing nothing. And while I am getting older, I will never consider myself old!

So, what will retirement mean for me…Here’s a few things that came to mind!

  • Coffee with Richard every morning before he leaves for work
  • Having morning Quiet Time with the Lord
  • Getting back to my passion…writing  posts for “A Love Lee Place”
  • Making myself available to spend as much time as possible with my daughter and granddaughter
  • Going to football games competitions to watch the band perform
  • Lending a hand when needed and spending time with friends
  • Being home to greet my husband in the evenings
  • Cooking meals again
  • Doing laundry
  • Cleaning

The possibilities are limitless so… I will definitely pace myself so that retirement does not become a full time job!!!

Today, I have already accomplished the first 3 tasks on my list.

The Day is Filled With Possibility…What Now?

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