Daily Archives: December 27, 2014

THE “UNDERGROUND WORLD”…

of jail.

MGO (May God Offer) insight or understanding…

MGO, folks!!!  “I”… had NO idea what would be facing Christopher in jail when I pressed charges… simply seeking to “HELP” him.  “SOMETHING”… was wrong on that evening he approached Danielle and myself in an aggressive manner… “IN” the driveway of our home.  Oh yeah, “SOMETHING”… was, definitely, WRONG.  I had NEVER seen him before.  I DID NOT know him… AT ALL!!  I DID KNOW, however, that this young man needed “HELP”.   He was AFRAID of something or someone.

I pressed charges… “HOPING” that this young man would get the “HELP” he needs.  The “HELP”… he deserves.  Folks, I DO NOT know where he’s been, what he’s done, or ANYTHING much about him.  His “LIFE,” however… HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.  “THAT”… I AM SURE OF.  “My” LIFE… HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.  “YOUR” LIFE… HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.

Christopher… is still in jail.  I went to another court hearing regarding his case on Tues., 12/23/14.  People are trying to “HELP” this young man.  He is, however, STILL in jail.  NOT as a punishment.  As a chance.  For “HOPE” (Heaven Over-Powering Earth).  He is, basically, homeless.  No job.  No home.  Nothing.

I, originally, thought that jail would keep him safe and out of trouble.  He would have a place to sleep.  Food to eat.  PERFECT, right?  WRONG!!!  I was able to speak with him at the courthouse on Tuesday.  He does NOT want to be in jail, however, there is nowhere for him to go once released.  Back out on the streets?  In the woods?  Who knows where he would end up???

“I”… am torn, folks.  I wanted to “HELP” this young man.  Tell me, when does giving him food and shelter go from a GOOD thing to a BAD thing due to the negative consequences of keeping him jailed for TOO long???  PEOPLE ARE “TRYING” to “HELP” him.  “HELPING”… IS NOT EASY, folks.

I lifted the “NO CONTACT” order during court on Tues.  Christopher now has access to both my website:  numberoneteam.net AND my land-line, in association with that website.  We have been unable to connect, via phone, as the answering machine is unable to accept charges from his incoming calls.  Therefore, he can leave no message.

Now, JAIL, ya see, has this “underground world” of individuals seeking to “HELP” inmates by contacting their friends/loved ones on the “outside world”.  Of course, “SOME” of these dealings are…???…???…??? shady… to say the least.  BUT NOT ALL, folks.  I have been deeply touched by a very friendly young woman, named Jennifer, who contacted me on behalf of Christopher.  She… has a boyfriend in jail right now.  And “SHE”… is acting as the outside contact person for individuals currently in jail here in St. Johns County.

“WHY”… is she doing this?  Using her phone, her time, her money to “HELP” individuals in jail???  “I”… do not know, folks, but I want to find out.  I tried to call her today at the previous number she had called me from. “IT”… is no longer in service.  “SHE” has a good heart.  I heard that in her voice.  I felt that in her words.  I will keep trying that phone number, folks.  I am hoping she just needs to buy more minutes AND… that she will get the money needed FOR those minutes.

MGO, folks!!!  Call me naive, but guess what I have learned about jail???  Christopher has FEWER RIGHTS.  FEWER FREEDOMS… in jail.  Communication… is “DIFFICULT”.  I filled out an application just today to have video visitation with him.  It takes 3 days, at least, for me to be approved… just to talk to him via a video screen!!!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I am NOT complaining.  “IT IS… WHAT IT IS!!!”  I appreciate ALL the efforts made by our officials to keep the public safe while also allowing certain privileges to inmates.  REMEMBER… There is a “GOOD” side to EVERYTHING!!!

My heart aches, folks.  I, simply, wanted to “HELP” Christopher.  Somehow, “THIS” isn’t what I had in mind.  But, everyone, Everyone, EVERYONE… “IS” TRYING.  I have learned so, So, SO much about “LIFE” lately.  For instance… “LIFE”… is even more “DIFFICULT” than I thought I KNEW “IT” to be!!!  HA!!!  Now, “MY” LIFE… is DIFFICULT, but I have NO idea, WHAT-S0-EVER, how difficult “YOUR” LIFE is.  And I am realizing that most people don’t even care about the difficulties faced by “OTHERS”.  Now, “THIS”… is sad, but TRUE.  And I don’t even mean “THIS” in a bad way.  Simply stated, “IT IS… WHAT IT IS”!!!

I don’t believe “EVERY-DAY PEEPS” are, intentionally, “THAT” selfish or uncaring.  “LIFE”… is getting more and more “DIFFICULT”… BY DESIGN!!!  Now, you can blame who you want to blame, BUT blaming ANYONE DOES NOT FIX ANYTHING!!!  “IT IS… WHAT IT IS!!!”  As NIKE’ says it BEST… “JUST DO IT”… We ALL need to do what we can to try and “FIX” whatever we think is “BROKEN”.  DO NOT BE A COMPLAINER ABOUT PROBLEMS… FIX THEM!!!

MGO!!!  “I”… have “rambled”… ALL OVER THE PLACE… in this one post.  Sorry, but “I”… am on a MISSION, folks.  Please stay tuned… there will, DEFINITELY, be MORE regarding this story.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, 2014

I CANNOT explain my personal and spiritual growth over the past few years.  WHAT A JOURNEY, folks!!!  HANDS DOWN… “THIS” has been “MY” VERY BEST CHRISTMAS… EVER!!!  2014… YEP… “MY”… VERY BEST CHRISTMASEVER!!!

As usual, we attended the Christmas Eve candle-light service at ABC  (Anastasia Baptist Church) on Anastasia Island here in St. Augustine, FL.  “THAT” evening was quite… “memorable,”  to say the least!!!  Yep… “I DID IT AGAIN”!!!  “YOU”… ARE NOT GONNA BELIEVE IT, folks.  I invite you to come along on ANOTHER trip to “JILL’S WORLD”.  READY OR NOT, HERE WE GO…

Okay, so I raced home from work Wed., 12/24/14 and simply HAD to lay down for a quick “POWER” nap.  IT WORKED.  I jumped up, readied myself for church in a HURRY, throwing on a pair of black nylons at the last minute prior to donning my knee-high black boots, which complimented my red dress and white, sheek wrap. (I admit it.  “I”… am from the North and “WE”… wear panty hose up North, folks!!!) So, our family RACED OUT THE DOOR… and, yep, we MADE IT TO THE CHURCH ON TIME!!!  We had to sit in the VERY back of the church, however, due to our last-minute arrival.  BUT… WE MADE IT TO THE CHURCH ON TIME!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Hhhmmm… “SOMETHING” was NOT right.  In fact, “SOMETHING”… was VERY WRONG!!!  The nylons I threw on did NOT “FEEL”…???…???…???… “RIGHT”.  We raced into the church and found 4 seats, together, in the back of the church and quickly sat down.  Sitting allowed me to forget about the “funny” fit and feel of those nylons  I quickly threw on to complete my “LOOK”… for church.

Our traditional choral minister???  Pastor David Elder???  He lead the songs, alright.  :/  AND???  He had us stand-up and sit back down, at least 5-10 times during the service!!!  Those black nylons kept falling more, and More, and MORE… DOWN MY WAIST… EACH TIME WE STOOD!!!  Thanks so much, Pastor David!!!  I could NOT, discreetly, pull them up!!!  So, what did I do, you might be wondering???  I DID NOTHING!!!  “THEY”… kept falling, and Falling, and FALLING… throughout the entire… stand-up/sit-down service!!!  Oh no!!!  NOT TONIGHT… NOT AT CHURCH!!!  WHY… oh, WHY do things like “THIS” ALWAYS  happen to “ME”???

Folks, “I”… WAS A MESS!!!  I, somehow, managed to walk out to the tables after service, turn in my candle and then quickly escape out the church doors into the dark of the night.  WHEW!!!  Had anyone inside the church noticed my sagging panty hose???  I DO NOT KNOW, BUT I SURE HOPE NOT!!!  The panties, however???  Had fallen below both knees to the top of my boots before I made it to the van!!!  HOW EMBARRASSING!!!

“I”… could only “LAUGH,” folks.  MGO (May God Offer) insight or understanding as to “WHY”… Oh, “WHY”… do these type of things keep right on happening to “ME”… over and Over and OVER… again, and Again, and AGAIN???  Upon inspection???  I noted that these were an old, Old, OLD pair of maternity nylons I had NEVER discarded after my last pregnancy… OVER 15 YEARS AGO!!!  Nope, I do NOT wear nylon panty hose very often here in FL.  As a matter of fact… I have NOT worn black panty hose here in FL for 15+ years!!!

“IT IS… WHAT IT IS!!!”  :/

I worked 4 hours on Christmas day at MCNRC… EARLY!!!  “I”… was fortunate enough to serve others on this VERY special day.  I enjoyed work.  Raced home to open gifts with my husband and children.  We then headed to our favorite holiday dinner restaurant in Palm Coast, FL:  Golden Corral!!!  We have eaten there quite a bit, lately.  In Oct. for my 50th B-day, Nov. for Thanksgiving and Dec. for Christmas!!!  TEAM ALLEN LOVES GOLDEN CORRAL!!!

I do hope you will refer back to the post regarding my B-day dinner, published on 10/27/14.  Well, that waiter who chased me around with a BURNING candle on top of a piece of cake… to sing “Happy B-day” to “ME”???  Jacob???  Well, he has been there EACH time we have returned for dinner!!!  And yep, “I” ALWAYS… remind him who I am.  (My poor daughter gets horrified by my behavior around him.  He must be about 21 years old)  Now, “HE” reminds me of Zac Efron.  “I”… am NOT kidding, folks.  JUST SAYIN’…

WOW!!!  What an AMAZING Christmas, 2014.  “THIS”… has been “MY” BEST CHRISTMAS… EVER!!!

Jesus is the reason for the season, folks!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.