A Mother’s Love

Here in the US, we recognize the second Sunday in May as “Mother’s Day.” It’s celebrated in hundreds of different ways, and of course last year differently than ever before. Hopefully many of you were able to spend time with your mother in person this year. And if you don’t have your mom (like my brother and me), or if you aren’t yet able to see her in person, I hope you were able to recall fond memories of time spent together.

I recently learned that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year! If you’re interested, you can find more “little known facts” about Mother’s Day here.

For me, I spent the day on the road, but not to Spartanburg as I had in years past. This makes my third Mother’s Day without my mom. But it’s just one day out of the year that I miss our our adventures together, our friendship, and mostly, her unconditional love. I was blessed, as many of you are or were, to have a remarkable mother that maybe never knew just how incredible she was. I’m sure I told her every once in a while, but definitely not every day or nearly as much as she deserved.

Interesting that last week we also celebrated Nurses Week & Teacher Appreciation Week. Talk about a grand slam of folks who understand what it means to be a nurturer and positive influence… WOW!

I never had children of my own, but I dearly love all my nieces and nephews (and great nieces and great nephews!) and would like to think I’ve had a small part in raising them (still do….the oldest is 40 but the youngest is 3!). Whether or not we are mothers or parents or teachers or nurses…I still believe we are all of the same race-the human one. And we can all have influence over those who may not seek it but definitely need it.

To all my many “adopted mothers” out there – and you know who you are – thank you for your influence on me still today. I’m grateful for the love and friendship of so many positive women of action.

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Zero-K for #TheCARTFund

On this date two years ago we were hosting the 3rd Annual Zero-K to raise money for The CART Fund. What a fun event and 100% of the proceeds went to cutting-edge research to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease! The only run where the start and finish lines are one and the same, and the only real race is to the bar and buffet!


Here’s a glimpse of how the event works…we can’t wait until we can host it again soon!! #PeopleOfAction #RotaryGeek

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“Tales From The Pulpit” – #Preacher Life

Everyone who has ever heard me speak knows I’m a PK (Preacher’s Kid)…now it’s time you hear directly from the Preacher himself as he shares some of his favorite stories from his #PreacherLife‚Äč.

I am recording stories from my Daddy, Rev. David F. Ervin, Sr., in his own words, and sharing them in a new video series on YouTube called “Tales From The Pulpit.” I hope you find them as entertaining as I do.

In this first episode, we focus on stories from some of the funerals he’s been part of in the past 40+ years… Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel so you’ll be notified of new videos. AND you’ll be helping me get one step closer to my goal of 1,000 subscribers!

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Our Sweet #AbbyGirl

I’ve struggled to find the words… She loved to sleep under my feet while I worked. She loved to “go for a ride” & “check the mail.” She loved to play with her friends Hokie, Cocoa, Bo & Kahlua, & all her two-legged friends & family too. She loved to “shake” & “high five.”

She was never simply a “d-o-g” in this house & she knew it. She was more popular on social media than me. She loved to sit at the front door & watch the traffic go by. She even became quite popular in Rotary meetings since I’ve attended so many online this last year. And let’s be honest….wasn’t she just the most beautiful girl you’ve ever seen in your entire life??

She was more than just #AbbyGirl – she was my faithful companion & she was loved so very much. My heart is broken tonight as I returned home to a quiet house and no one to greet me at the door. That will take some getting used to..

In the end, her age & her deteriorating health were just more than she could withstand. I am grateful for the many years I got to be her “mommy” & I hope she knows that in reality, SHE saved ME…

She was almost 13 years old (you can do the math in “doggy years” to figure out she was a “senior citizen”) but had so many wonderful adventures, several of which were part of my #50for50 this past year. I’ll share more about those soon, but here’s just one that you can watch for yourself!

I love you #AbbyGirl & we will never forget the happiness you brought into so many lives…

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Lean On Me

It never ceases to amaze me what a few people can do when asked. Especially “people of action” – Rotarians specifically.

Feed the hungry. Clothe the cold. Shelter the homeless. Heal the sick.

1.2 million Rotarians around the globe were doing all these things, and more, even before we were in a global pandemic. But since then? The stories are heartwarming and refreshing.

I asked one simple favor of Rotary members in my district, and they showed up. While stuck at home. Without any warning. And with one day’s notice.

Hope you enjoy…

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