Happy Birthday & Thank You, Chelsea Leigh Rumsey!!!!!!!!!!!!

On this date, back in 1990, the good Lord allowed me to begin the most rewarding role I have ever had in life….. Uncle.

Early in the afternoon of May 8th, 1990, Chelsea Leigh Rumsey entered the world and turned our families hearts upside down.  With her first breath, she had us all wrapped around her finger.

For the last 28 years she has taken life by the horns and gone for a wild ride.  It hasn’t always been perfect, but whose life is, what is important is Chelsea has relied on her family and trust in God to make it through the good times as much as the difficult ones.

Chelsea is a strong, sensitive, cuss like a sailor, business woman, tomboy, make-up loving, jewelry wearing, fashionable, creative, family loving, smiling, Jeep driving, never give up lady and as she has grown, she has been a wonderful niece and now I am honored to say one of my best friends.

Four years ago, Chelsea brought another joy into our lives when she became a mom to Hadley Rae, I have watched her grow as a mom and look forward to seeing her in her next role as wife.

Chelsea, my advice for you today, on your birthday, is the same as it has always been, DREAM BIG, don’t ever let anyone or anything stop you from realizing your dreams.

I wish you a lifetime of joy and know you will continue to find your resting place with God and family.

Happy Birthday sweet girl and thank you for giving me the title I cherish above all others, Uncle.

That’s What Neighbors Do…

This afternoon, sometime after 3, we heard a horrible noise in the store.  Our door had been open all afternoon as the springtime breeze was creating a wonderful cross draft through the store.

Chelsea went to the door and I followed, when she announced there was a wreck.

As we walked out the door, she went into a full sprint across the parking lot and to the accident victims.

Without going into a lot of detail, the accident involved an SUV and a motorcycle.

We were the 3rd and 4th people on the scene.  Meredith who works with us was on the phone to 911.

Within seconds numerous people were stopping to see if there was anything they could do to help.

Some people prayed, others stood in disbelief and others tried to comfort the victims.

After what seemed like an eternity, but was probably only a couple of minutes, police and paramedics were on the scene.

And then paramedics who weren’t even on duty started showing up to help.

What touched me most was the response of the professionals who were there to take care of the victims, the passersby who stopped to help, and the general public who showed concern.

I was in a serious accident once in south Florida and witnessed the same neighborly support when it happened to me.

Sometimes the worst brings out our best.  With all the craziness in our world, it’s nice to know, when we need each other we are there.

I share this with prayers for those who were injured, but also with gratitude for those who came to them as neighbors.

Short Notes – 5.8.13

Today is my niece Chelsea’s birthday and the playlist was for her.  Where on earth did 23 years go?

Charles Ramsey you have to love this guy!

The blog hit a milestone today!

Words to Live By

Benghazi, what’s the truth?  FOX NEWS; MSNBC; CNN …. probably somewhere in the middle.

The Voice just keeps getting better and better, while American Idol …… well, doesn’t.

Young and the Restless Star Jeanne Cooper has died.

GUILTY!  Jodi Arias convicted of First Degree Murder, JUSTICE IS SERVED!


Life’s Playlist…. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

734621_10200301615767340_1203320895_nDedicated to Ms. Chelsea Leigh Rumsey, for 23 years you have made me proud.

For the woman you have become and the joy you have given, your beauty is immeasurable.

Happy Birthday!

I love you,  Uncle Ken

Life’s Playlist…. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

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2012 ~ A Year of Lessons

New year 2013The ball has dropped, the champagne popped and kisses delivered, 2012 is officially history.  Before we put the year away forever, I wanted to reflect on some of the lessons learned over the past 365.

With any year, there are ups and downs, 2012 was no different  but what was different were the lessons I learned this past year.

I don’t know if it because I am getting older, wiser or sappier, whatever the case the lessons learned in 2012 will serve me well moving forward.

From the people of God’s Country, I learned about heritage and taking care of our neighbors.  When daddy became ill, the people of my hometown stepped up, they reaffirmed their love for my family and held us up when our days seemed grim.

As he has every year of my life, my father taught me lessons again this year.  His lesson for 2012 was to never give up.  In all truth my father’s illness was very grave, it could have easily ended much differently.  All my life my father has taught me that quitting is not an option, this year he reinforced that with his daily struggle to live.

Through difficult circumstances I was reminded that having a big brother is one of God’s greatest gifts.

Young Denali Botolino taught me about dignity as he suffered until his last breath with childhood pancreatic cancer.  Denali’s battle was fought with dignity and grace, not only by him but his family as well.

Over 7,000 strangers taught me about compassion through a Facebook group designed as a prayer page for a child suffering from an unfair diagnosis.

My wonderful niece Chelsea reminded me that our best futures are ahead of us.  This year her college graduation provided reason for celebration, an excitement for the future and renewed anticipation for what can happen if we set our sites on achieving our goals.

Watching the Olympics helped me to remember that crying with pride is ok, success is a good thing, but making the attempt is what is most important.

My bosses have taught me how to be a better boss, how to honor employees and help them find their excellence.

My nephew Zack continues to teach me to live bold and proud of who I am, his example makes me a better man.

I was reminded over and over again just how ugly politics can be, on a national, state and local level.  I have found that the ones who have the greatest concerns for what others are doing often have the deepest cracks in their own glass houses.

Sitting with friends on a summer Sunday, laughing, telling stories and acting like pubescent misfits is good for the soul and keeps you young at heart.

In 2012, I learned about absolute fear with a Friday afternoon phone call.  A favorite 20-somethings fought for his life in April and won.  The fear that I felt with my Florida family was inconsolable, I have never been a parent but standing in the kitchen for an entire weekend pacing and waiting for any bit of news took me to a place that I don’t want to return to ever again.

I realized change is often a good thing and sometimes needed to grow.

I am renewed to find that while new friends are awesome, the rich bonds of youth and years of history make for the best partnerships moving through life.

While 2012 had its problems, it’s setbacks and it’s pitfalls, all in all it was a good year.

The lessons I learned weren’t really learned at all, they have always been with me and in my heart.  2012, just reminded me that it is the people in our lives who make this all worthwhile.

It is friends and family, sharing the good, the bad and the mundane.   Our friends and families are there to pick us up when we fall, provide a shoulder when we shed a tear and bring us the greatest joys of life.  The lessons of 2012 are about life, they will be with me in 2013 and beyond, and I hope they will be with you as well.

Bring it on 2013, let’s see what lessons we are in store for next!

2013 Challenge & Support