Today is my Uncle Billy Maxwell’s 88th Birthday.
For my entire life, Billy has been one of those people who automatically brings a smile to my face. A gregarious soul that has seen his share of struggles but always keeps smiling.
With his outgoing personality and southern drawl, a loving “hello pad’ner” greeting, Uncle Billy is full of love.
A few months ago I was sitting in my store when Uncle Billy and his lady friend stopped by for a visit. They had driven almost two hours for a 20 minute visit. I loved every second of it.
Uncle Billy has lived his 88 years to the fullest, I pray he has 88 more to bless those of us who love him.
Uncle Billy has been a constant, a classic, a man of God, Family and Love…… As Time Goes By.
Happy Birthday Uncle Billy and thanks for the joy!
Yesterday, in 1969, Neil Armstrong went where no other human had been before.
As part of the America’s mission to the moon, Armstrong strapped on his support pack, fastened his helmet in place and stepped on the moon, becoming a National Hero in the process.
His words…… “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” is seared into our brains and stands as a testament to the greatness of the human spirit.
I know my family was glued to our black and white television when this happened, but I don’t remember it. As most Americans, I have seen the videos and still get chills today when I think about this awesome accomplishment.
No one really knew what would happen when the astronauts escaped earth’s orbit headed to the moon. No one knew what would happen when the lunar explorer landed on the moon. No one knew what would happen when Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface and no one knew if we would be able to get our heroes home.
We now know, the mission went without major issues and the heroic work of our astronauts and those who sent them into space stands as one of the greatest accomplishments of mankind.
Isn’t it amazing what can happen when we work towards a purpose and dedicate our efforts to making those dreams come true? The possibilities are out of this world…….