64 years ago today, I was born Joy Marie Clingerman in Youngstown, Ohio. When I was three years old, my parents moved to Phoenix, Arizona so my father could find work. When I was 17 years old, my father again moved because of work to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. When I was 25 years old, I met Jerry, and we have been married now for 39 years.
I received the best present in the whole wide world today -- seriously.
I had been SO WORRIED about something -- which is why you haven't heard from me in awhile -- and I was dreading going to work at our store today because I thought something terrible was going to happen. I tried to handle it ahead of time by talking to some key people about what MIGHT happen because I wanted them to know it was the complete opposite of what I wanted. They all felt like I did.
Please, please, please don't let it happen.
Jerry came up to me this morning as I was sitting on the bed putting my jewelry on, and he took my hands.
He could just see how upset I was. He said, "Let's pray about it, Joy."
He prayed the sweetest prayer, and I swear, God must have sent angels out on an EMERGENCY FLIGHT to prepare the events of today.
Everything went so smoothly, I could NOT have dreamt it. Hugs, and smiles and "I love you's", and where fear and dread had been -- peace flooded over and filled the space.
What was the best present ever? Peace of mind. I am SO thankful!
Jerry took me shopping yesterday. He insisted that he take me to buy me something for my birthday. I couldn't think of a single thing I wanted, but as it turned out, I saw a Fossil watch that I really loved, and Jerry bought it for me. He took me to Logan's for a steak dinner, and then back home where I shared the leftovers with a VERY EXCITED big, fluffy, black dog. It was a very nice day except for the turmoil going on inside of me -- which now, thank God, is gone. Being a boss is so hard. I would never CHOOSE to be one; but when you own the business, you have no choice.
I've got a meeting in the morning at 9 AM, and that means I need to get some chores done tonight.
I'll be back soon.