Honey Bear's BBQ Live on CBS 5 News

Friday, August 28, 2009

If you missed the live broadcast this morning of Mark on CBS 5 News visit our blog for 3 of the clips: http://honeybearsbbq.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

BEAUMONT, Texas -- A tornado swept through a Beaumont shopping district without warning Tuesday, collapsing a department store roof, overturning vehicles and leaving several people in stores and parking lots with minor injuries.

The tornado hit a Kohl’s Department Store— collapsing its roof—skipped over a Wal-Mart and continued on to Parkdale Mall, leaving a trail of destruction about a half-mile long

In the parking lot, cars and trucks were tossed like toys, shopping carts were twisted into a mess and huge sections of roofing material from another store hundreds of yards away were flying around like missiles.

DAY 12 ~ Tana's Move

Monday, August 17, 2009

Her first day of orientation and she's finding something fun about it...

Orientation was not in held in Beaumont, so she had to drive to Port Arthur, Texas but she carpooled with her friend Charmine. Did I mention yet that Charmaine graduated from nursing school with Santana back in October 08 and that Santana had told her about the job openings in Beaumont and Charmaine applied, accepted and moved there. So I do feel somewhat better about her having someone there that she knows. Charmaine even moved into the same apartment complex as Santana. Well anyways they carpooled over to Port Arthur together and that's a good thing in my book.

Air Force One

DAY 11 ~ Tana's Move

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Today I go back home to Arizona, and I leave her here in Texas. I can't see her to say good-bye, it's just to hard and I will make her to upset. I can't control the emotions no matter how hard I try. I know she'll be fine but my heart just doesn't like the separation. I send her a text to let her know that I'm at the airport getting ready to board the plane but I won't make the call, I can't make that call...

Once I'm on the plane and it begins to taxi I want to scream "STOP" let me off, and I want to run and grab her and bring her back home with me. But I don't, I sit and look out the window and I cry, and cry, and cry...

When I get to Houston, I make the call but the tears are in my voice and she knows it. She tells me to please don't call her crying because I'll make her cry. I knew this, I know this, but I had to try. We hang up and I tell her that I'll send a text when I'm land in Phoenix.

@ 8:00PM she calls to say goodnight because tomorrows a big day, she begins orientation for the new job and she has to get up at 5AM. I can sense the excitement in her voice and I like that. She'll do well, I know it.

DAY 10 ~ Tana's Move

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Slept in a little today, then we started framing the family pictures for the "Photo Wall" that I will put together so she will have all of those she loves as close as possible in memory.

These quiet moments, working together on this project are priceless to me. Memories we are making of even the simple things will carry me through the endless long days of having her live so far away. So far we have figured out how to put air in her tires, shopped for decorating items for the apartment, groceries & other supplies, put together a desk, hung draperies, sprayed for bugs, created our "Photo Wall", got her book for next class, picked up her uniforms for work, . . .

I think her apartment is so adorable. She has wood floors, so we put a pretty rug down in her living room and it was the perfect touch for the room. Took her ottoman and used it as a coffee table/center piece instead of just an ottoman. Draped the windows just a little and you have a warm little home away from home.

Happy 24th Birthday, Santana!

Friday, August 14, 2009

24 years ago this day, I gave birth to my 1st daughter. What a wonderful day that was and what a wonderful day today is, being able to celebrate her beautiful life and the joy that she has brought to my life all these past years.

When you were born I held you in my arms and just kept smiling at you. You always smiled back your big eyes wide open full of love. You were such a beautiful, good, sweet baby. Now as I watch you grow up and become your own person, I look at you, your laughter, your happiness, your simplicity, your beauty and I know that you will be able to enjoy a life of sensitivity, goodness, accomplishment, and love in a world that hopefully is at peace. I want to tell you that I am so proud of you and I dearly love you.

DAY 8 ~ Tana's Move

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Today is a very happy day for me, I will be getting on a plane heading to see Santana for a few days. Tomorrow is her 24th birthday and we will get to spend some mother-daughter time together decorating her apartment, etc. My heart is filled with joy, can't wait to get there...

Sabriya's 1st Day of 5th Grade

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Please visit Sabriya's page to see her back to school pictures . . .

DAY 7 ~ Tana's Move

Santana was really frustrated today because life just wasn't working out as she had planned. As you know her car is enroute to her. She received a call from the transport driver informing her that he would make the drop tomorrow (Thursday) between 2-4pm. Well she had her day planned and that window for the drop just ruinned the entire plan. Something about picking up Ebony (cousin) to have her braid her hair but needing to get her back home by 3pm in time for work, etc. Well I tried to offer her help by talking through other possible solutions but every single thing I came up with wouldn't work so I finally gave up and told her that she was going to have to figure it out on her own.

When you come to the end of your rope, God is there to take over.

DAY 6 ~ Tana's Move

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

They picked up her truck today, it is being transported across the states as I write this. She should have it sometime tomorrow or Thursday at the latest. I know she'll be happy about that because 1) it is not fun to drive a vehicle you are not use to driving and 2) the cost for a rental won't have to continue rising...

Shanel's on You Tube

Monday, August 10, 2009

3 Videos of Shanel singing is now on her page via You Tube, check it out....

DAY 5 ~ Tana's Move

I drove her truck today to run some errands. I listened to the music she listens to (since I couldn't figure out how to change the station). I could smell her scent, it made me feel as if I was wrapped in her presence. It made me miss her just a little bit more but gave me a sense of peace as well.

DAY 4 ~ Tana's Move

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I missed having her in church today, which wasn't so bad in itself since some Sunday's she wouldn't be sitting in the row with us if she was on nursery duty. The hard moment was thinking that she wouldn't be in church with us for alot more Sunday's to come...

She is suppose to do her 1st drive from Beaumont to Lake Charles to take Tweetie & Aisha home and I'm okay with that because she won't be alone in the car. Now the return trip puts me a little on edge and I'm hoping she'll do it before dark, I hate to think of her especially for the 1st time making that drive at night.

Well it's 5:30pm here and it's 7:30pm there and she's just leaving Beaumont for the drive to Lake Charles which means she will be returning after dark. I'll be anxiously awaiting that call to tell me she's back in the house with the doors locked...

Thank you Lord, she just called me back to tell me that she is going to spend the night with Nannie (my oldest sister), she is being sensitive to my feelings and for that I am deeply gracious.
She safe at my sister's house, the drive went well...

Pictures, Pictures, FINALLY!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Here are some before & after pictures of her cute little "home away from home." I love it, I think it is so adorable and I can't wait to see it in person. I'm already making a list of things we need to buy to finish decorating...

DAY 3 ~ Tana's Move

She's all set up in her new apartment (I'm still awaiting pictures). Mark & Antoine arrived back home this morning about 5:00 AM. So as she begins her transition into a normal schedule there, I will continue adjusting to her not being here. She says that she thinks she'll be okay, and I know that she will be okay in fact I'm 100% sure that she will do absolutely wonderful. It's me: when thoughts about her being safe crosses my mind. So I remind her to make sure that her truck is always filled with gas, and to always fill up during the day so that she never has to stop for gas after dark. Please be careful when walking to and from her vehicle at work, especially in parking garages. Be careful making new friends. Make sure your doors (car & home) are always locked, put the alarm on. Don't sleep with your windows open even when it's storming outside (it will be tempting). And so on, and so forth . . .

Having a daughter as special as you are . . . makes me happier than I will ever be able to say.

DAY 2 ~ Tana's Move

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mark & Twan made it to Beaumont. Charles, Josh, Jeremiah, Tweetie & Aisha are all there to help unload. I am trying to get somebody to take pictures, I need pictures. I'm not there, I wanna be there, I can't be there and it makes me so sad. How do you give a hug when the one you want to hug is 1253.92 miles, 17 hours & 58 minutes, and 2 states away???

DAY 1 ~ Tana's Move

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My heart is heavy, there are moments when it just simply overwhelms me. I watch quitely as she hugs her sisters goodbye. She's trying hard not to cry, they all are, we all are... I'm doing better than expected until she walks toward Shamara and their emotions swell and explode. Shamara says, "Oh Santana don't cry, you gonna make me cry." They embrace and I have to walk away because I can't hold it in any longer. It feels as if someone has shattered my heart, I can't breath... We are on our way to the airport trying to keep the conversation light but it's hard to put words together without the emotion cracking in our voices. We arrive at curb side, take her bags out and she's ready to go. We hug, kiss, and hug some more but it will never be enough. We share our "I love you's!" I have to let go (I do), she has to walk away (she does) taking my heart with her...


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Santana leaves tomorrow for her move to Beaumont, Texas... The family is here and friends are stopping by to say goodbye. I refuse to think about the meaning of this gathering until I absoulutely have to.

Louisiana 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Trey's 1st Birthday Party / Bash

Sunday, August 2, 2009

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