Thought For The Day 07/31/11

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Today is my father’s 84th Birthday and I am very blessed that he is here with me to celebrate it. I wrote the following blog in April, 2011 as part of the series about my family. I am re-printing it today as a birthday tribute to the very first man I ever shared my life with!

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The Miracle of Family

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“Daddy, some day I will meet my prince charming but you will always be my king!”

~ ~ Author Unknown ~ ~

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Dad at the Waxaw Scottish Games, 2008

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My father, Harold Pierce, is the man in my life that I compared every other man I ever encountered to. He was raised a Christian and his faith is a huge part of his life even today at 84 years young, although if the truth is told, he’s really only 44 years young with 40 more years of experience under his belt!

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He and my mother grew up in the same town, a couple of blocks apart and a couple of years apart. They knew each other but never were very close until my grandmother informed him that he was GOING to take the Stafford girl to Glassboro State College where he was already a student and she was entering as a Freshman. The rest is history.

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I was born, the eldest of four children. My parents afforded each of us with every opportunity for a successful life and it must have taken because all of us have/had successful careers, marriages and children. Each of us was raised to love God and each of us, in our own way, is still a Christian. That my mother passed away too young was a tragedy, but my father went on to find happiness yet a second time with my stepmother….a woman as different from my mother as night and day but a woman equally devout, loving and totally devoted to my dad. And once again, the profound sadness at losing a spouse was to happen to him. He then came to live with Dan and me as home base, traveling to CO for about half the year to stay with my baby sister and her family.

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My father is active, plays golf, goes to his church every Sunday and joins men from the congregation on Mondays at a local eatery for “The Larry Breakfast”…so called because there are so many in this group of men who happen to be named Larry. He is equally at home in CO where the women at the mall seem to enjoy when he comes in to shop. My sister tells me one week he came home with 4 golf shirts that, in all probability, he didn’t really need.

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I guess I should be ready to add some amazing point to this story right about now……but I don’t have one, except to say that I am so very blessed to have my dad be such a big part of my life.My father is responsible for raising me to know and love God. He is a wonderful singer who shared his gift with our family and friends by singing at each of my children’s weddings. Along with my mother, my dad taught and showed me the joy that could be found in music. He walked me to the bus stop my very first day of school in 1959 and walked me down the aisle in 1975. A high school mathematics teacher and then school principal, he managed to get some math through to my brain…enough, at least, that I could graduate HS and do an ok job on my SAT’s because I did go to  and graduate from college. He taught me to use power tools. He taught me to shoot and water ski. He bailed me out on more than one occasion when I was falling on my behind and lifted me up when I couldn’t do it for myself. Thank you daddy, for being such a wonderful man and for living a Christ filled life worth aspiring to. I love you very much!

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 I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now. 

~ ~ Author Unknown ~ ~

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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