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Barbara Mandrell, American Musician ( December 25, 1948 - )

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There will come a time when the public will tire of me and let me know it. That's when I retire. But so far, I've continued to grow. I keep pushing myself to improve.~Barbara Mandrell


Time Myself Me

It's an exciting life. I don't know where God is leading us. I just know that He opens doors and He closes the doors, and it is always the best for us.~Barbara Mandrell


Life Best God

I have lots of favorite shows, but not reality! I don't like reality TV so much. I'm saddened by people who don't show respect to each other and to themselves. It's horrible. Unfortunately, that's demonstrated a lot on reality television.~Barbara Mandrell


Respect People Reality

I realize we're not promised tomorrow. Believe me, I realize that. But if God blesses me and lets me stay, I love my life so much, it is such a good life. I am eager to throw myself at His feet, but I don't want to get on the first busload that is going.~Barbara Mandrell


Life Love Myself

I learned mainly through television, but I learned how to do mosaic, where you can buy stones or things of that nature. But also where you bust the tile to decorate pots for flowers or table tops. Lots of different things. Wherever you want it, you can mosaic just about anything. It took me about two weeks to do a big birdbath.~Barbara Mandrell


Nature Flowers Me

I just like doing silly girly things. If I wrap a gift, I like to use specials ribbon and hot glue, silk flowers and things.~Barbara Mandrell


Flowers Gift Doing

The greatest gift God has given me is the capacity of love for people. I have so many faults, but caring about people is not one of them.~Barbara Mandrell


Love God Greatest

I've been told by a lot of people after concerts that they felt the show was just for them. And I try to make it that way.~Barbara Mandrell


People Try Way

I might not be very smart, but I surround myself with smart people.~Barbara Mandrell


Myself Smart People

And they just saw me on that and - from the time I was 11 until I was 12, I guess. And then when I had just turned 13, they asked me if I wanted to tour with Johnny Cash back East.~Barbara Mandrell


Time Me Back

By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us.~Barbara Mandrell


Marriage Father God

For the next approximately three years, I have got Nathan to take care of. I know that once he graduates from high school, he will be off doing whatever it is he is going to be doing - probably playing ice hockey.~Barbara Mandrell


School High School Care

I am loving being Momma. I really, really am.~Barbara Mandrell


I Am Loving Momma

I am not saying that I'm happy about what's going on right now in our nation, but I am at peace and I am comforted because I know that He's on the throne. That is good enough for me.~Barbara Mandrell


Happy Good Peace

I don't know what the future holds, but I know that God holds tomorrow, so it is exciting. Even when I have hard things happen, He loves me so big, so much. I come through it and I grow from it, because He has got me.~Barbara Mandrell


Future God Tomorrow

I think it was 37 years that I did music.~Barbara Mandrell


Music Think Years

It seems to me that unless you or someone very close to you has had a bad head injury, you really can't fathom it. You have no concept of what it is all about. It was so difficult for my whole family, not just me.~Barbara Mandrell


Family Me You

That is the exciting thing: I don't know what God has given me for tomorrow.~Barbara Mandrell


God Tomorrow Me

That's what I loved about show business, no two days were alike. It's an exciting life.~Barbara Mandrell


Life Business Loved

We had to go all through the night thinking that our baby was dead. When God showed him to us, he wasn't dead, he was sucking his thumb. God had him safe and sound. He is a miracle. He is so healthy, so perfect, and God has really, really blessed us.~Barbara Mandrell


God Blessed Thinking

When I retired from my music November 1997, it had been 37 years.~Barbara Mandrell


Music Years Retired

In my garden, which is a big garden, I have one part that is my bird garden, and every morning, 365 days a year, they get buckets of food - for the birds, for the squirrels, the chipmunks and the turtles in the summer.~Barbara Mandrell


Morning Food Summer

What I do miss that I don't get anymore? You're going to think I'm crazy, but you want the truth, so here it is. The lights! I miss the spotlights. I don't mean it figuratively. I mean it literally. I love the feeling of lights.~Barbara Mandrell


Love Truth Crazy

I'm a very competitive person, and I always competed with myself. Every year, I'd take six weeks with my band, crew and choreographer to put a new show together. We'd spend eight hours per day, seven days per week putting a show together to beat the last year's show.~Barbara Mandrell


Myself Day Week

We're only here to love God and each other. I'm not saying I've never gotten angry at anyone. I do. But you've got to forgive and move on.~Barbara Mandrell


Love God Forgive

When I had my television show, 'Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters,' it was my high hope to convert people to country music. It is wonderful and contagious!~Barbara Mandrell


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