Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Here we go again.

There's a couple of health issues I've had all of my life.

I was born with Turner Syndrome.

Secondly, I have hearing loss in both ears, which is in large part due to the Turner Syndrome.

I made yet another trip to the doctor this morning for my ears. It's an ongoing issue with these ears of mine. I have a hearing aid for my right ear. Anyway, my left ear has been giving me some issues for the last couple of months, it's been an on and off again thing. But the left ear is a mess. We've been keeping an eye on it and knew eventually it was going to need some surgical work. Well, it looks like surgery will be in my very near future here soon. I'm on medicine right now to get the ear under control and then have a follow-up in March to discuss surgery and proceed.

In life, it's easy to to define ourselves by our circumstances. But what life has given me, I've chosen to embrace it. Maybe one day God might open the doors for me to work with the hearing impaired, who the heck knows.

Trust me, there are moments where it sucks and I sit in my self-pity, but you can always look around and see people who have it way worse. And I say I'd do all this 100x over if this is all I have to deal with.

I'm blessed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Voice.

Do any of y'all watch the show "The Voice" on NBC?

It really is neat the whole concept of the judges not being able to see the performer but their opinion and decisions are based solely on what they hear. 

People get to share their voice. 

Isn't that kind of what this whole blogging thing is about?  We don't see the other person on the other side of the computer, but our opinions of that person are based on what we read. We have a voice and our sacred place on the internet is is where our voice lies.

I'm not a mommy blogger.
I'm not a married blogger.
I'm by no means a fashionista blogger.
I'm not a crafty blogger.

I feel like within the past couple of months I've kind of found where my voice lies.... To give people hope and to give a glimpse of how God can walk you through some of the hardest times when you choose to give it all to him. I feel like in sharing Larry's story with you, I was able to do that. I feel like if I did that then this whole blogging thing is so very worth it. I imagine it's the best voice to have.

It's so easy to compare. I may not be any of the above, but I'm going to grab that microphone with both hands. I may not be busting out any song lyrics, but this is my story and because this is my voice.

I guess it isn't so bad after all.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New beat.

Larry's gone. I'm still trying to process that.

He's the closest thing I've had to a father here on this earth and the closest anyone in my life has lived up to the name "Father." He's gone. It hurts.

I'm not going to lie, ever since his passing I've been in a funk. Depression might you call it. I'm trying to snap my way out, but the grieving, it hits you like a ton of bricks and you don't know when it's going to hit. It's at the strangest and most unexpected times.

I know the depression won't stay. It will eventually leave and it will get easier.  It's just a terribly hard season we're in right now.

Larry's memorial was last Saturday. Could not have been anymore beautiful of a tribute to a man's life. I was able to get up and speak and share what he meant to my life. Our family came together in such a way that honored him and know he would have been proud. It's been two weeks now. One thing you realize, time still marches on.

And I guess with that we're just trying to find our new beat.

Bare with me.

This song was sung at the very end of Larry's Memorial. It has ministered to me so much during this time.

If you're going through a season of your own, maybe these words might minster to you today. Thank you Lord, that there's no mountain, no valley, no gain or loss we know
could keep us from Your love and healing is in your hand.

Psalm 34:18 -  "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A promise.

Throughout Larry's illness, Larry told me each and every, and I mean EVERY single day "May the Lord bless you beyond your wildest dreams."

I've been thinking about what he said a lot since he's been gone.

While Larry was sick, I made a promise to him that I'd finish school. It's been a journey and so many times I've wanted to just give up. But Larry's biggest dream for me was that I'd finish and make something great of my life and achieve my dreams. Larry reminded me that Rowland's never quit. We weren't blood but he considered me a Rowland. Makes me cry just typing that out. So I WILL finish and I'll make him proud and I'll do it for him.

His favorite saying was "Work hard and Trust God for the results." 

I go back to school next week.

I'm going to work hard.

I'm Trusting for results.

I made a promise. There's no way I can even think about not making good on it.

And know in the end, God will bless me beyond my wildest dreams! And I know a certain angel in Heaven has some connections with the big guy upstairs now and will see to that :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

J. Edgar "Larry" Lawrence Rowland.

J Edgar “Larry” Lawrence Rowland, 61 of Sanford died peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Thursday, February 9, 2012.  Larry, a native Floridian, was born in Gainesville, FL on August 3, 1950.  Raised in Pompano Beach, FL he became an avid surfer and loved the water.   During college he was a youth pastor sharing the love of Jesus Christ for all to know Him as deeply as he did.  After graduating Florida Bible College in 1974 he started a career with Winn Dixie as a manager in Raleigh, North Carolina and then in Fort Pierce, Florida.  In 1986 Larry moved to Central Florida and started his career in sales.  In 1989 he joined the Tom James Company selling custom clothing and excelled so quickly that he achieved the President’s Club Award within three years.  Larry was an inspiring man to his family, friends and clients who were like family to him.  He took great pride in helping others look good and feel great in their new attire.  Larry was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors on January 4, 2012.  Even with this news, he never stopped trusting in Jesus or sharing the gospel with those around him often saying, “The good news is I get to see Jesus, the bad news is I get to see him before you do”.  He loved the Lord and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was extremely saddened that he had to leave his family behind.  Larry is survived by his loving wife, Mary; six children, Christy Peters, Deborah Calhoon, Joy Mentz, Blake Kelly, Lauren Kelly and Danielle Fredericks and six grandchildren, Emma, Adin, Ian, Taylor, Lexi and Mackenzie.   A Life Celebration will be held 10:30AM, Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Northland Church, (where he was a member for 20 years).
We got the news of Larry's passing out in the newspaper this week (I hate the word obituary). This is the picture we used and are using for the Memorial (It's our favorite of him) ..... We're looking forward to celebrating his life this weekend and honoring him. Hope we do him justice.

Also, there's is no doubt my Momma is one loved woman. She was showered with tons of love yesterday on her first Valentine's Day without Larry. But he was with her :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Today my heart is heavy for my Mom. She is missing her her Valentine like crazy.

My Mom and Larry will forever be my example of what love is all about it. It's not so much by what they said but by how they walked it out.

I know I'm sharing this picture again, but if you want to see love, real tangible love, this is it friends!

Today, as a single gal, I choose not to let it be a reminder to me of what I'm missing. But I instead choose to focus on what I have to look forward to, God bringing me a kind of love like this someday!

A love like theirs.

Monday, February 13, 2012

From Heaven with love.

Feels weird that this is now all over.

It's Monday and I'm back at work today. The reality is life goes on. It must go on.

The past month has been an emotional roller-coaster to say the least for all of us during Larry's illness. We're having Larry's Memorial this Saturday. I'm sure it will be a beautiful celebration of Larry's life and of a life well lived.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and my heart breaks for my Mom. She will be missing her Valentine like crazy.

I got the memo from above and per the orders of Larry I'm going to send my Mom some flowers with a card that says "From your Valentine in Heaven." And I think it's only fitting to use the flowers from their wedding.

Don't you think???

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Unexpected place.

First, thank you so much for your sweet and kind words regarding the passing of Larry, blessed me so so much. We are missing him like crazy but can't imagine the party he's having up in Heaven.

I just wanted to take a quick moment to share.

Are you experiencing a sorrow, disappointment, or a blow from a totally unexpected place?  Please read this. My Mom read this devotional to Larry which was for the day he passed away. I don't think God is a God of coincidences. He's a God that's ON TIME.

I pray this blesses and speaks to someone today right where you're at.

And speaking of a God that's on time. I am about 100% certain that God is in the fortune cookie business. I've had Chinese twice in the past couple of weeks!

Not by accident!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Welcome home, Larry!

The most amazing man I've ever had the pleasure of knowing got his healing today and met his Savior face to face. What a glorious day! We are saddened beyond belief but Heaven rejoices!

Welcome Home, Larry!

Also, wanted to add, my Mom won the "Woman of the Week" nomination with our local Christian radio station that I submitted her for that I talked about here. Also,click the link here to listen to the audio of me on the air this morning honoring my Mom. I was beyond thrilled to be able to do this for her! So deserving!

As this journey has now come to an end, for everyone that has lifted up prayers on our behalf and walked the journey with us, thank you does not seem like enough. We love you all.  It was an honor to share Larry's story with you and share his faith. There's great hope in eternity and knowing we'll see him again. We covet your prayers in the days ahead.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

They lived it.

Ephesians says, "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."

 They lived it. They've done their part.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sister time.

Saturday my sister and I got to get away for a little sister time and head to Gainesville for the Gator basketball game.

We sat right behind the band, ha!

The dancers

Our boys in action!

My beautiful sis and I.

Look at all that orange and blue!

My favorite Gator!!! :)

We beat Vanderbilt 73-65!! It was a fun time hanging out with my sister and getting our mind off things and to have some fun!!

GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) 

Update on Larry: It's nearing the end and will be any day now. Thank goodness that our last breath does not mean the end, but only marks the beginning. Can only imagine the amazing things that await Larry as he transitions to Heaven. Thank you for continuing to pray for our family. We'll need them in the days ahead. Love y'all. 

Friday, February 3, 2012


I've talked a lot about what's going on with our family right now.

You've allowed me to vent. You've allowed me to pour out my heart to you and thank you for that.

I haven't talked about the amazing support I've received.

I've been overwhelmed with the texts and tweets on Twitter simply just stating, "Praying for you. I'm here for you", or texts saying, "Just checking on you, how's Larry?

And the cards I've gotten in the mail, oh the cards (some which included gift cards).... I'm so so blessed. Beyond what I deserve. The emails from people I've never talked to before but read my blog to offer their love and support, they'll never know how much that means to me. I try to respond to each and every one, some not always timely, but I make a point.

I'm saying all this because a big chuck of the out pouring of love and support is coming from those of you in the blog/twitter world. This community is amazing, simply amazing, and I feel so incredibly blessed and fortunate to be a part of it.

A million thank you's to each and every one of you who has reached out. And maybe you haven't commented and I haven't heard from you, but you know our story and are praying, thank you!! Thank you, for those prayers don't go void.

You have never made a girl feel more loved as we're walking through one of the hardest times as a family right now and in the days ahead..

I've never been more aware in my life and appreciative of the people in my life who have shaped me for the better just by "knowing" them, and y'all are included!

You all have the best of my heart! Truly!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Woman of the week, month, year, and century!

Our local Christian radio station Z88.3 here in Orlando does a weekly thing called "Woman of the Week."

You can submit an amazing and inspiring woman who you feel deserves to be honored and recognized. In 200 words (it's possible but so hard to sum up in 200 words) you write and submit, and if she gets chosen I get to go on the air and tell about her. How awesome would it be to tell millions of listeners about my amazing Mom???

I IMMEDIATELY knew I had to submit and so in 200 words I did just that.

"I’m pretty biased but I happen to think my Mom is the most incredible woman you will EVER meet. To me she is woman of the week, month, year, and century. She has faced a lot of adversity in her life and is yet facing another one. Her husband and love of her life is going through the fight of his life. He was diagnosed with Glioplastoma, a terminal and rare form of brain cancer. He is under hospice care and only has a short time left with us. They’ve only been married a short 2.5 years, not long enough. She has been nothing short of amazing during this time. She has been such a pillar of strength when her husband has needed it the most. Her faith never waivers and continues to praise God during the storm. To me she gives new meaning to “during sickness and in health.” She will always be my example and inspiration. I would love to honor her and give her the recognition she so deserves. She truly is the most important woman in my life and my best friend! Thank you in advance for considering her as WOTW :) God Bless!"

I really REALLY hope she gets chosen. Keep your fingers crossed. She's so deserving of this and I'd love to be able to honor her in this way. I'll let you know!

To me she will always be my woman of the week, month, year, and century! 

Also, if you don't have a local Christian radio station in your area, you can listen to Z88.3 online. Go check it out, it's a wonderful ministry and blesses me so so much. It will you too :)

Have a GREAT day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thank you Dr. Pepper!

I am even having trouble formulating the words for this post.

These past couple of days have been rough.

We've been up in the middle of the night with Larry the past two nights. I woke up this morning, realized I had overslept. I shot straight out of bed with about 5-10 minutes to get ready for work. I have about an hour commute in the morning. I had a flashback to that scene in the movie Home Alone, where Claire and Peter realize they overslept, and shot up out of bed and screamed, "WE SLEPT IN!!!!" Ha!

All I can say is thank you Dr. Pepper for your assistance this morning. It was greatly needed!

I didn't even get to take a shower.

I brushed my teeth at work.

Seriously, I'll be glad to see you Thursday. Better yet! Skip Thursday, straight to Friday :)

On that note, have a great day peeps! And grab a Dr. Pepper, does wonders!