One of my favorite holidays is near, Thanksgiving, the time when family and friends get together without obligation and share gratitude. It’s a time to reflect on the year and tally up the bounty of blessings.
Last month I was giving a talk in Delaware and a lady came up afterward to tell me it sounded good but she had nothing to be thankful for. As she rattled off her woes and all the things that had happened to her, I just had the urge to hug her. And I did.
Annie Varnadore sat in a motorized wheelchair at a sewing machine in the back room of her Radcliff clothing store, stitching material onto the hem of a denim skirt.
The work was not so much about adding a decorative touch as it is about adding length.
Varnadore, 47, who lives in Vine Grove, specializes in creating modest clothing for women. Earlier this year, Varnadore opened her store, Titus 2 Modest Woman’s Apparel, where she sells clothing she makes as well as some from manufacturers.
For Melanie Parker, loss is gain. Training for the upcoming Color Run 5K in Elizabethtown, Parker has lost 50 pounds and gained energy and confidence.
Her first experience with The Color Run was in October 2012. She went with some friends to a run in New Orleans. She met a lot of people from all over the country among the 13,000 involved. There were young and old, women running with babies and co-workers running together.
“I thought, ‘What a fabulous thing to bring to E’town’,” she said.
Yes, world, she is here. Lexi Grace landed all 6 pounds and 15 ounces of her in her daddy’s arms July 9.
As we gathered around the window at Hardin Memorial Hospital to view the newest member of our family, my heart was overwhelmed with joy, love and pride. I thought my first granddaughter, the things I want her to experience and the places I want her to go.