Sunday, January 31, 2010


I was sitting here relaxing and watching some old Oprah shows from this past week and I started thinking about "family"...and what it means to be a part of a family.

We are VERY BLESSED to have such a large family with all the McCorkells and the Wilkinsons. I know that each of you understand that. Many children grow up never even getting to know a "great grandmother" or even a "grandmother", for that matter...let alone see them on a regular basis.

There isn't one bit of advice that I can give you about family...because you already "get it"! I am so extremely proud of each of you for your love, support and devotion to each member of our family...whether it is a sibling...a cousin...aunt...uncle...grandparent...or parent. I know that each of you knows that family comes first. You have shown me time and time again that you live with that uppermost in your minds at all times.

You have all grown up to be very special people with a great sense of "family" that just warms my heart. I love you all so much, and am so happy that God gave each of you to me to be my family. Thank you, God, for my four precious gifts!


Thursday, January 28, 2010


I have been blessed in my life with countless friends...those that I can go to at anytime, for anything...and they are there to support me, love me, set me straight or just give me a shoulder to cry on. I can not imagine going through life without a good friend...or two...or many!

Like most everything in life, it takes work to keep a friendship going. It is work that should be enjoyable and rewarding. If it is not, than that friendship is probably not the best of the best, but something more on the lines of being shallow. You can be "friendly" with many people, share enjoyable moments with many people, even consider them friends...but I do think that deep down inside you always KNOW which of them are your "true" friends, and which ones need or want something from you and therefore pose as a friend to get it.

To be a true friend you must be able to listen without interrupting when they have something they need to share with you...put your life on hold to help them in whatever way you honest respectful...and most importantly DO NOT be judgemental. Believe me when I say that even your closest and dearest friend(s) will not agree with you on everything...and sometimes very little at all. If they are seeking advice or ask for your opinion...give it freely.

I have learned from my friends. I do not always agree with their viewpoints on things, but I have been able to learn from those differences. It is crucial to learn to "agree to disagree". After all, we are all individuals.

Do not ever lose your individuality in a friendship...or in any relationship, for that matter. Do not try to be someone you are not so that the friendship will work. STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF!!! If you feel you need to change who you are...walk away from the friendship. It was not going to be long-lasting anyway...because they apparently were lacking in the friend qualities I listed above.

It is alright to take chances with friendships...and with your heart. Don't live in a bubble always being afraid to put your "true" self out there. We learn from all of our experiences...the good, the bad and the ugly!

Be a good all times.

As the saying goes..."Make new friends, but keep the is silver and the other gold". I have buckets full of silver and gold. My hope is that you all will one day also!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

There is never enough time

The one thing I have learned as I get older is that time moves more quickly. I really don't know why that is. I just know that when you were all small babybirds there were days that seemed to be neverending. Stressful days filled with tons of dirty diapers, runny noses, temper tantrums, booboos, tears....but always lots of hugs. Now the minutes, hours, days and years just fly by and I feel like I am missing out on so much. I miss your hugs! :(

Having three of you so far away from the "mothernest" is very hard for me. Yes, I want you to be strong independent individuals. And yes, I am VERY PROUD of how you have turned out, but I just wish I could be nearer to share in both your happy and sad moments.

I am hoping to use this blog to share a few of my thoughts with you. As I read Facebook, receive your texts and phone calls, and occasional emails I will add a few seeds of advice here for you to pick up when you are hungry.

I know, I am weird. :) But, I hope that you will land here once in a while just to see if I might just know a little bit about love and life...and that something that I say here gives your wings a little lift for the day.

I love you with all my heart...forever!
Mom, Momma, Mother, and sometimes still Mommy