Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Am


I am Barbara Denise Oldham, formerly Barbara Denise Jenkins. I was born on November 20th, 1963, in Chicago Illinois. I am 49 years old, but, who cares? Age is just a number, of course turn my age around, and that makes me 94!! Woo Hoo. Believe me, I do not act my age, never have. I may look older than dirt, but, I act like a kid, forever young. I love to sing, dance, write, blog, do sand art, make videos, play with my puppy coco, walk, read, praise the Lord, spend time with my little nephew, talk to my sister, pray, encourage others. I am 4ft9, weigh toooooooo much. I have no hair, but, I have a heart full of love, ready, and willing to share. I have lived in Scottsboro Alabama, Huntsville Alabama, Flintstone Georgia, and currently live in Chattanooga Tennessee. I have visited Indiana, Florida, and Ohio. I collect angels, dolphins, and of course, teddy bears. I am a type 1 diabetic, which has caused nerve damage in my hands, eyes, feet, legs, and stomach. I am legally blind. I have blockages in my heart. I have thyroid disease, and sleep apnea. I have had several mini strokes, and a bad stroke on labor day 2011. The stroke caused memory loss, some speech problems, and problems with my hands and legs. I still have a 100% blocked artery in the back of my brain. But, guess what?? I am still here!! Unfortunately, I do not have any children, due to infertility issues. Tried for 16 years to have a baby, but, in April 2000, had to have a total hysterectomy. I have one sister Vicky, she is 58. Two brothers, Charles(went to heaven in 2008 from diabetes, was 56) Jim, 55. My momma went to heaven in 2006 from a stroke, my dad is still living, 78. If momma were alive, she would now be 80. My husband is Eddie, he is 49. We have been married for 28 years. Since we have been married, have always lived in an apartment, except for the first seven years, we lived in a duplex. We have lived in this apartment since September 2000. My dream is to one day swim with the dolphins, would love that so very much.

18 comments:

Jo Rose said...

I love the warmth and honesty of your post. Thank you for sharing. :)

Cathy said...

Thanks for sharing, sweet Denise. Love and Hugs ~

Terra said...

Your heart is beating with strength and love and you are keeping on keeping on. Well done.

Gilligan Maryanne said...

This is awesome idea for a blog. :)
Ur awesome
Love n hugs

Dawn Paoletta said...

You are beautiful, Denise. I am grateful to know you and share this side of Heaven with you...and onward we walk the journey! Hugs!

Angela said...

I am Angela Redekop and I would love to swim with Dolphins too and it would be awesome if we could do it together...

LeAnn said...

I really loved learning more about you. You are quite a brave and wonderful woman. I love your faith and optimism. You have great love coming from that heart of yours. Just keep spreading the light.
Blessing and hugs!

Cathy said...

Thanks for sharing Denise~! ♥

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

You're such a lovely lady. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Love ya.

Pia said...

Dear denise, love your honesty. You have touched my heart in more ways than one. My wish for you is to be blessed with more than enough financially, healing physically and joy emotionally. I love you, dear sis. God bless you!

Kimberly A Edwards said...

Denise...

That's lovely. However, just a couple quick questions ...

What's your true identity?

Is your identity in "this world" or is it in Eternity?

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

You are such an encouragement! You have been through so much and yet you have a happiness and love for Jesus that flows out into all you do. Love you sister, Lisa :O)

Ma said...

I hope that you will swim with the dolphins one day...soon!:)

Denise said...

Thank you Shortybear for sharing such personal details,for one, that clears up your name for Me :) I still would like to call you Denise ; )You are so strong My Sweets.Hugs to you Lil' sis. Denise

Denise said...

Oh yes,I want to swim with dolphins too :) If not here, Maybe we can in heaven.

Peggy said...

And YOU ARE the daughter of the King, a precious little sister in Christ to me and the BEST of FRIEND and BFF as I too would like to swim with a dolphin (I love your header and YOU!!!)

Have a blessed weekend!
(I saved this one)!
HUGS, prayers, and so much love,
Peggy

Peggy said...

And YOU ARE the most BEAUTIFUL daughter of the King, precious little singing voice, my sister in Christ and the BEST of FRIEND (my BFF) as I too would like to swim with a dolphin (I love your header and YOU!!!)

Have a blessed weekend!
(I saved this one)!
HUGS, prayers, and so much love,
Peggy

Jennifer Saake said...

Thank you for your sweet encouragements on my blog. Wow, do we have a lot in common! :)

jenni from StrokeOfGrace.blogspot.com