Tennessee Orange

There are occasions when the world is given the gift of a truly caring & giving soul. Such was the case when Les Acree was born. Beloved by all, he spent a lifetime mentoring and inspiring those around him. He worked his way up the ranks where he was positioned perfectly to help many whose paths he crossed. Becoming a prominent and well-known country music disc jockey and program director, he was considered a friend by all. He spent countless hours helping others. One of his prouder accomplishments was realized when he successfully developed a partnership between St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and country music. As program director of a Memphis, Tennessee radio station in the early ‘70’s, Les was fundamental in developing a fundraiser for St. Jude aptly called “Country Cares.” As a direct result of his early efforts, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised to benefit not only the children and families battling cancer but the research needed to cure this devastating disease. In February of 2007, Les had the distinct honor of being inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. It was a proud moment for Les, his family and a multitude of friends. However, just 6 weeks later while staying with his sister Geri, he suffered a massive stroke. She awoke early in the morning to find him lying in the floor of the living room. They rushed him to the hospital where he survived, but not without cost. Previously a man in perpetual motion, Les was now paralyzed on the right side and unable to speak, with the exception of...

A Perfect Fit

Nona http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/Nona 3-333zye7cqde1xbf69ruk22.jpg Nona Sleeping http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/Nona 4-333zye7cqde1xbf69ruk22.jpg Nona and Chuck http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/Nona 5-333zye7cqde1xbf69ruk22.jpg Nona With Her Bandanna http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/Nona 6-333zye2tw2uv59oavwnwga.jpg Previous Image Next Image As many of you can relate, being a pet owner carries great responsibility, with both challenges and surprises. However, the payoff of companionship and unconditional love outweighs almost any sacrifices made along the way. Angie and her husband, Chuck, had the privilege of being “parents” to two sweet little Rat Terriers, Patches and Tana, for many years. Each had their own personality totally different from the other. And just as children have their moments, their “kids” had theirs, causing them to jokingly adopt the term “Rat Terrorists” when referring to the pair. After fourteen years as a happy little “family,” Angie and Chuck faced a terrible void. Their two four-legged children passed away about a year apart. It was with great sadness they had to say goodbye to such loyal companions. For some time, trying to replace Patches and Tana was the last thing on their minds. The couple also knew that having a pet oftentimes makes planning trips more difficult. So they decided it best to wait. After experiencing a year of no responsibility, so to speak, Angie had a moment of weakness and asked Chuck if they could look at adopting a dog. Angie, having such an affinity for helping others, wanted to rescue an orphan that needed a good home rather than seeking out a breeder. Chuck, being such a soft hearted individual, agreed so they went to a nearby kennel to check out what was available. They weren’t looking to acquire another terrier...

I’m Still Here

Our Loved Ones like to place objects in our path that are significant both to them and us. Feathers, coins, rocks, keys, are some of the most common objects our Loved Ones leave for us. Coins in particular are very common signs. If you find a coin in your path, look at its year and see if that year is important between you and your Loved One. Numbers are also a way our loved ones reach out to us. They love to send us numbers that are relevant to them and/or us. It could be a birthday, an anniversary, the date of their passing, the time of their passing, or even repeating numbers such as 111, 222, 333, etc. These numbers may appear on clocks, billboards, or any other familiar place. They can also come from family, friends, or even strangers. When driving, pay attention to license plates in front of you, to billboards you pass by. Some of the best signs of numbers can come from bumper stickers sitting right in front of you. Please enjoy our latest story from a woman fortunate enough to receive both numbers and coins from her loved one. “I’m still here” I started seeing the number 11 everywhere for months. I didn’t know why. I was with my father-in-law when he died about 5 months later at 11:11. Since then we often find a dime and a penny in unexpected places. My husband also started finding them. In one incidence when I was in the hospital, he went to the restroom and there was a dime and penny. It’s happened dozens of...

A Visit with Mom

In November of 2013, Angie and her husband, Chuck, decided it was time to visit her cousin in El Paso, Texas. Fortunate to have seen much of the United States they had in fact, never been to that part of the country. It was a neat place infused with the very essence of the Mexican culture. It was also amazing to be so close to Juarez, Mexico a place having quite the reputation of not being the safest place to travel to. In her cousin’s part of town Juarez dominated the horizon. With intrigue and curiosity Angie wondered what life was really like just across the border. During their stay Chuck and Angie walked everywhere soaking in the ambiance of the town. El Paso provided a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the authentic taste and culture of neighboring Mexico. They also spent time wandering the beautiful campus at which her cousin was employed as a professor. She and her husband both worked at UTEP (University of Texas El Paso). Angie & Chuck were even able to attend a few college games while in town, one football and one basketball. One particular day the mystique of the unfamiliar drew them toward the border. The bridge was something they really wanted to see but had been warned NOT to cross over. So they headed off just for a look. Walking for blocks they realized it was much further than they had anticipated. They stopped and asked for directions at a gas station. While the attendant was attempting to help them a sweet Mexican woman with a beautiful accent also chimed in. Chuck...

Absolute Blessings

  We lost our son, Pete, 15 months ago at the age of 33. Since then we have received many wonderful signs. When I was sorting out some of his belongings I heard him call me as clear as anything! No one was in the house. The night after he died I was lying in bed and every time I opened my eyes, I could see his face. It was surrounded by white light. When I would close my eyes he was gone. This happened about 10 times. My husband felt Pete touch his hand really firmly one night while he was in bed one. One day we took a picture of Pete’s son, Lenny, climbing a tree overlooking where his dad’s ashes are buried. When we printed the photo an amazing orb was in the photo with our grandson. When we showed it to him he looked at it and said, “Daddy.” I said, “What do you mean, Lenny?” He said, “Daddy made that rainbow circle around me when he was watching me climb the tree.” Another time during a Holiday we visited Buckfast Abbey which is the home of a Community of Roman Catholic Benedictine monks in Devon, England. We had just lit a candle for Pete and I was in tears walking around the gardens and grounds looked after by the monks. I suddenly looked down and saw a perfect heart in the lichen in the path where I was walking so I took a picture. I am sure it was a sign for why did I look down exactly at that time. I did not...

A Mother’s Gift

One evening right before Christmas my granddaughter asked me why we go to our family’s house for Christmas. I said to be with the people we love and who love us and that only one person will be missing and that’s her daddy, but he is with us in spirit. Well later that night around 2am my dogs wanted out so I let the first one out. When I went to let the other one out this was on my car hood. It was snowing and very cold so there is no way there was any heat coming off the car to melt this on there. I feel this was a sign my son was with...