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...

Reunion Rainbow

As most children do, Nicole begged her parents for a puppy. It was all she ever thought about and the only thing she truly wanted for Christmas. It was December, 1997. This would be their first Christmas in the new house. Nicole was full of excitement and found it difficult to fall asleep Christmas Eve. She knew she had to though because she didn’t want Santa to skip her house. When morning finally broke she rushed to the Christmas tree to see her presents. Her parents knew the one thing she was anxiously looking for but they made her wait until all her other presents had been opened. As Nicole opened the last present under the tree you could see the disappointment in her eyes. She hadn’t gotten the puppy she wanted so badly. Then with great enthusiasm her parents announced they had one last surprise for her. A smile erupted on her face as the cutest puppy in the world wobbled into the room wearing a little red bow! Nicole screamed with excitement and scooped up the puppy and held her tight in her arms. Her parents looked at each other with obvious satisfaction at their daughter’s joy. It was a Christmas Nicole would never forget. http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/img20140702214736-333zydkqiwq412otcfxa16.jpg http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/phone-pics-050-333zyd76014joxg76udb7u.jpg http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/img20140702214700-333zydp9d79at4foqb3xmy.jpg http://heblewherakiss.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/img20140702214626-333zydyb1sbod7xfi1h8ui.jpg Previous Image Next Image The Cocker Spaniel puppy, which they named Auggie, was the runt of the litter so she was small in stature but overflowing with personality. As adorable as she was, they still found her training quite challenging in regards to where Auggie chose to go to the bathroom. But they never gave up and she...

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...

The Light Ray Over the Lake

This beautiful beam of light was captured after a family released their loved ones ashes just minutes before in a memorial ceremony.  This amazing sign along,with many others have been witnessed throughout time. These experiences are simply a way our departed loved ones communicate.  Sometimes it is something very simple only you would recognize and relate to, yet other times it can be quite dramatic as seen here in this picture.  Signs are meant to be a source of comfort so if you are fortunate enough to receive one just know and believe in your heart your loved one’s spirit is close at...