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Some of My Favorite Things

I love golfing and I love guns!   They are definitely my favorites. And no doubt one of my favorite things is our military.  These folks sacrifice a lot for us to ensure we are safe at home and definitely do not get enough appreciation.  We all get to be home in Sanger, Denton, Pilot Point and Argyle tonight because they are not.  They sacrifice.
Steve Phethean – Sanger

My favorite things have to include living in Denton, all the places I have worked and the friends I have made.  Friends are a wonderful commodity! They are something you cannot buy.  I have made friends that are forever and my friends make me happy.  They are just something special in the heart.
Reva Drake – Denton

Probably my favorite thing is reading.  I love to read for relaxation.  I also love to travel because I like to see new places and that relaxes me too. I really love being a hairdresser (at The Downtowner Salon) because I am constantly meeting new people and I like hearing about their lives.  And I love the women I work with!!
Lisa Garrett – Denton

My Wife, I am so appreciative of her!   Also the neighborhood I live in and enjoy so much.  I am happy that I got to move down here and made such good friends and have gotten to know so many great people.  I feel very fortunate and happy with where I am in my life.
Tim Zimmerman – Ponder

On a Final Note from the Lifestyles Staff,

Our Favorite Things include:

•    I still love Dainties from Davis Purity Bakery.  They are one of the best little treats I have ever had, simple, tried and true goodness.  They have been around for as long as I can remember.

•    Pinterest, because it helps me remember all my favorite things.

•    Cozy warm socks on cold nights, hot chocolate, afternoon movies, sunshine on my face, puppies (that are not mine), getting a new car (before the first payment is due), springtime.

•    Family time is just about my very most favorite thing.  Whether we are hanging out at home or on a vacation away, I enjoy getting to be with my clan.

•    I love having Denton as home because it is still a bit cozy and not too big. We still can have that small town feel and it offers so much in that area, but then we have Dallas and Ft Worth right down the road so we have all the extras at our doorstep.  Food, theater, museums, sports…hey, thanks Dallas/ Ft Worth for building the hustle ‘n’ bustle down the road enough to be convenient without me having to put up with the extra hassles.

•    Eating dinner with family or friends, a new book, and planning a trip.  Any kitchen item from IKEA, pancakes, scarves, dog kisses, horror movies on a Friday night, and chocolate cake.  Winter boots and jeans, my iPad, college sports…and hearing I love you.

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What are you thankful for?

It’s the Holiday Season in Denton

First and foremost I am thankful that I have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my savior.  I am thankful that Jesus gave his life for my sins. I am thankful for all of the poor choices and difficult people in my life because they led me to where I am today. I am thankful for my wonderful family; a husband that I truly think is the total image of a perfect mate, Father and friend, my children that are perfect in my eyes as a Mother, and my awesome grandchildren that all bring the wondrous joy of love to my heart. I am thankful for my nights that turn into another morning for me, dreams that have turned into reality and likes that have turned into love.
I am thankful that I live in America and so thankful for the military men and women that keep me safe and let me live a free life where I choose to.  I am thankful I have a job and thankful that that job has been good to me for the last 25 years.  I am thankful that there is a possibility for retirement in the future and I will be able to live the “good life.”
Donna Riley, Sanger

I am thankful for shelter and food and animals. I am thankful for snow and family and snow angels and giving presents. The leaves change color and fall off the trees. I am also thankful for my cat Violet.

Isabelle Warren, Age 7, Denton

I am thankful first for my faith and for my God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am also thankful for all my family and friends, especially my beautiful wife Dixie, my daughter Lauren, and my son Drew. I am very proud of both of my children for the upstanding adults they have grown to be. I am thankful for my parents who have always been there for me with their love and support. I am also thankful for this great country and for all our troops that sacrifice so much so we can continue to live in freedom. I am thankful for our schools and the teachers and administrators who do so much to ensure our children are educated so they can grow into productive members of our society. And lastly, I am thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends.
Terry Knight, Krum

I am thankful for my job at Twice as Nice.  I have never worked for a ministry before and been able to be open about God with everything I do.  I am thankful for my two beautiful kids, my daughter Tori who is 14 and my son Drew who is 7.  I love the holidays and for the first time in several years I have a girlfriend, Barbie, to share them with and I am thankful for that.

Paul Juarez, Denton

I am thankful for my parents, they always take care of me and provide me with everything I need. I am thankful for my school it has the best teachers and the most awesome Principal. They make going to school fun. I am thankful for my best friend Ayden he rocks! We have been friends since we were 3 and we love playing baseball, basketball and football. I am thankful for my family they love me and their always there for me when I need them. I am thankful for Red Lobster they have really good food. I am also thankful to be healthy I hurt my finger a couple weeks ago and it has finally healed. I am most thankful for God giving me a good life.
Collin Urich, age 10, Aubrey

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What Motivates You?

Motivation through breast cancer treatment

I was motivated by just knowing that I had to do it and that there was “a light at the end of the tunnel.”  I didn’t feel I had a choice.  My support group, friends and family, all deserved for me to get well as much as I did.  I was determined to be well for all them as well as myself. After the fact I realized I had been an inspiration for others.

Debbie Hanks – Sanger

My cancer motivated me to live more for God.  To live with hope for the future and possibly to share that hope with others….And to glorify Him through it all.

Rita Sprabary – Krum

Probably my biggest motivator and inspiration to get well was my faith.  I had a deep assurance that I would get well, it was just always there.  Medically I had a lump removed, radiation and later Tamoxifen and personally I had Jesus to get me through the whole process.

Cathy Montgomery – Argyle

“Well, it’s cancer.” Those were the words that changed my life that fateful day in July of 2012. My faith in God got me through the next 11 months of surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. I saw firsthand how God works in the life of one of His own, as He walked with me day by day through my breast cancer journey. God gave me a husband that was as solid as a rock through my treatment; nothing moved him. He provided me with skilled doctors who gave me excellent care. He surrounded me with the love and support of my church family and friends who interceded in prayer when I didn’t know how to pray. He heard and answered those prayers, bringing me healing. I couldn’t have walked the road of breast cancer without Him.

Jeanine Stewart – Hickory Creek

Prayer – lots of it – my own along with countless others – family, friends, ministers and church congregations, caregivers, other cancer survivors, even someone who said he hadn’t prayed in 20 years.  I had constant assurance that I was in God’s hands and He had things under control.   A loving and devoted spouse who was by my side when the biopsy results were disclosed and remained there as my rock. A daughter and son-in-law who lifted my spirits with their visits and calls and special hugs and almost convinced me that being bald was a cool look for me. A Mother who at 88 is a feisty three time cancer survivor who showed me how it’s done with faith and a determined strength and who would have taken my cancer upon herself if she could have.

Professional and compassionate medical care at all levels.  The angels in ICU who cleaned up every mess and acted like it was no big deal.  The night nurses who made time in their hectic schedules to help me, after more than a week in ICU, take a most magnificently welcomed (and desperately needed) shower despite my not even being able to stand up.

A beautician and friend who came to the house and shaved my head, the friend who helped me select some wigs then paid for them as a gift .  A friend who spent the day with me searching out random acts of kindness for us to do for others. My work family who encouraged me to work from home, and never ending encouragement. The friend who slipped into the hospital a “real” Thanksgiving dinner, and made sure I had a pink Christmas tree in my room. The relative who made a point to send cards…for two years.  The elderly neighbor with casseroles and encouraging words, all the while never telling me that she, herself, had terminal cancer. The friends from elementary school who tracked me down and traveled to see me.   The friends who have carried my name or made donations in my honor at cancer awareness events.  The friends who finally went for the mammogram that was years overdue.  All those whose lives had been touched by cancer who shared their stories.  The friends who sent sock monkey pajamas and slippers, comfy robes,  pink gift baskets, pink flamingo hats, scarves, T shirts, bandanas that say “Cancer Sucks”, bottles of wine, journals, books, magazines, cartoons, funny movies. They all taught me how to be a gracious receiver. I suppose it took a village . . .

Ann Daniel – Denton

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What Is Your Favorite Childhood Vacation?

One year we went to Nashville.  We got to go to the Grand Ole Opry and even met some of the country stars that were there.  We also got to go into the Ryman Auditorium “The Mother Church of Country Music” and then around the corner to Tootsies Orchard Lounge.
Beverly King, Highland Village

That is an easy one for me.  The whole family went to Colorado to a Dude Ranch. Days and days of horses, cookouts and campfires, that is where my love for horses started and I still love the western life today.
Kylie Everhart, Sanger

When I was 12 or 13 years old we went from Louisiana to California to see my dad’s half sister.   It was me, my dad, mom, sister and sister’s best friend and my aunt, all six of us in an old Pontiac station wagon. Two weeks traveling and hey there were no interstates back then.

My Aunt cried every time we went over a mountain, she was scared to death. Our radiator hose broke and we stuck a match stick in the hole and wrapped it with electric tape to hold it.  We had to use water from our cooler til we got to Yuma AZ and could get it fixed. San Francisco, Golden Gate, Cradle Lake OR, then to Wyoming for the Cheyenne Rodeo, a trip to remember!
Craig McGuiness, Krum

My favorite trip as a child would have to be when I went to EsselWorld in Bombay India.  EsselWorld is the Six Flags of that area.  All my friends and classmates got to go because it was a school trip, I think we were 10 or 12 years old and we got to go for 4 days.    We had lots of fun.  It was my first time to get to do all those kinds of rides and such so I think it was definitely my favorite.
Tony Patel, Denton

My Favorite childhood vacation would have to be in 1999.  I was in 8th grade and I went to Hawaii with my mom, two aunts and my uncle. We visited Pearl Harbor and we walked The Leahi “Diamond Head” volcano. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the agriculture and country side of Hawaii. We also were able to visit my cousin who was stationed in the army there and we were able to stay on base. It was definitely a vacation I will never forget! I hope to take my kids there one day.
Chase Urich, Aubrey

My favorite trip so far was when we went to Disney World last April.  Our whole family flew together to Florida and we even got to stay at a hotel inside the Disney Park.  (Expedition) Mt. Everest, in the Animal Kingdom Park was my very favorite part of Disney.  It was all fun, we all had lots of fun.
Luke Johnson, Lantana

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Denton Speaks: Mother’s Day

Denton Speaks: Mother’s Day

Introducing Denton Speaks, our new column for the people of Denton County to give us their feedback on various topics, with the first being Mother’s Day. Moms come in all kinds of packages – tall, short, quiet, loud – and sometimes they come in other forms such as sisters, wives, aunts and friends. Once a year we get to honor the special mothers in our lives and tell them how special they are.

Mom never meets a stranger; she is the kind of person that people are naturally drawn to.  She taught me early in life to be kind to everyone.  She always told me to treat the poor man just as you do the rich man.  That has served me well in life.
Judie Craven, Krum

My mother was an amazing woman! She gave me a love for learning along with so many other invaluable things. She was headstrong and always knew exactly what she wanted for herself and our family, even when she wasn’t sure how to get there. I have been told I look just like her, I only hope one day I can be just like her too. Mother’s Day is a day to remember her and all she did for me and my sister, but it is also a day to thank someone who doesn’t replace her, but has done her best to do whatever she can for us. My step-mom has been there to help me with all the everyday things and that has made a huge difference in my life. She has become a mother-of-sorts to my sister, and while I don’t call her mom, she is a mother-of-sorts to me too. Mother’s Day is a day to remember my wonderful mother, and to thank the good Lord for both the amazing women He brought into my life.
Haley Evans, Pilot Point

Dear Mom,
There are so many things I want to tell you.  You have been the inspiration of my life.  You always seem to be near when I need a guiding light.  You listen at times when I need a friend.  You comfort me when I need to cry.  You cheer me up when I need a laugh. Your incredible influence has helped shape your two amazing grandchildren.   You are the rock that holds everything together.  I think of you so often.  You are so very dear to me.  Mom…I love you.
Kevin Hodges, Argyle

My Mother is just a good, strong Christian influence and she always has been. She has instilled that in me and it is that influence that has helped me through some tough trials in life and most recently my journey with breast cancer. She is a Proverbs 31 woman. She is a great spiritual example to all her children.
Rita Sprabary, Krum

Every Monday is Mother’s Day for me.  I pick my Mother up mid-morning on Monday’s and take her shopping, doctor appointments, we run errands and we go to lunch.  It is supposed to be her special time it’s mine too.  I get Mother’s Day every week.
Joe Powell, Denton

My mother, Joy is a caring Mom.  She has always done so much for others and enjoyed every minute of it.  She was such a help with my children when I needed her to pick up or take one of the boys somewhere.  She loved to watch them play ball and very rarely missed a game.  Now she can’t wait for the great-grandchildren to start sports!  I love her very much and want to thank her for being a GREAT Mom!
Kippie Wilkinson, Denton

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