I remember so well this day 13 years ago!! It was the day that Jim and I became grandparents for the first time. I remember holding him and kissing that sweet little face, whispering in his ear "I love you, sweet little Jimmy Doyle McDermott." He had sooooo much black hair!!! Now 13 years later I look back at how quickly the years have gone....and what a special young man Jimmy is....compassionate, loving and kind, gentle hearted, bright and motivated, fun.....and I still say "I love you, sweet Jimmy Doyle McDermott...we have made wonderful memories and I just know there are more to come."
Ok, I'll admit it......I'm addicted to zumba....that is if one can be "addicted" to an hour of constant turns, whirls, twists, crazy footwork, hip flexing, squats, strange arm moves, jumping (altho every instructor is good about saying u don't have to jump if u don't want to....or simply c - a - n - 't).
(PAUSE....need to take some advil before I continue)
After six months of attending zumba classes I have determined that one has to be somewhat of a contortionist.....and I am a contortionist wannabe. BUT....I LOVE the music, the pace, the dances, the teachers.....did I say the music ;) ! And I smiiiiiiiiiiiiiiile for the whole class.
So, if you have an opportunity to zumba, go for it. If you can't get to a class, take the video out of the library. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.
Oops! Did I mention that the weight loss from zumba is a nice benefit, too?
Last year our daughter shared a very special book with me. A brief description follows...
Where had it come from? Whose money was it? Was I to spend it? Save it? Pass it on to the someone more needy? Above all else, why was I chosen? Certainly there were others, countless others more needy than I...
Her reporter’s intuition insisted that a remarkable story was on the verge of the front page.
Rising newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the
"Christmas Jars" – glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously given to
people in need. But Hope discovers much more than she bargained for when some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness and brings above a Christmas Eve wish come true.
You are probably wondering WHY I am sharing this with you now....right? Since I read the book, I have been filling a jar with extra change so that I can surprise someone anonymously with a Christmas Jar filled with coins. Christmas is 6 months away, so there is still time to share in this joyful expression of giving. If you do join in doing this trust that when the time comes you will be directed where to leave the jar. But remember that it must be anonymous. Fill a jar, any jar, and just attach a little note that says A Christmas Jar just for you..."
It was a glorious day! Temperatures a little cooler....sun shining....gentle breezes.......Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of today.
Today marks a milestone birthday for me. While age never has bothered me, this one is different. Now my grandmother used to fib a little about her age....by about 9 years. And while she and I were very much alike, I have never done that. Now, however, I wish I could! But I have much to be grateful for.
Our daughter surprised me with a memory book (creative memories) filled with pictures and letters of love from sooooooooooo many people I love. The tears began flowing the minute I opened the book...and they're still flowing. What greater treasure than having loving memories from family and friends (and acquaintances!) to let me know how I have touched their lives! There was a time many years ago, after our little Meggan died, when I questioned the "purpose" of my life....and what was the reason for me to continue living. And so, almost 21 years later, I have received more affirmation than I could ever have hoped for. It has both overwhelmed and overjoyed me to know that the love in my heart has embraced others. During times ahead when I might feel/question my purpose, I have only to open the memory book to any page....and I know I will be uplifted.
If there is someone in your life who is especially important to you, don't hesitate to let them know what role they have played in your life. We never really know how much we have made a difference in others' lives, do we....unless someone tells us.
Remember that the heart has an enormous capacity for loving, even tho it may have been broken over and over. Don't be afraid to share that love.
I love keeping a journal of some of the things our little grandchildren have said over the years. This is one that ranks at the top. A couple of weeks ago Patrick, who is 3 years old, was telling me he loved me and wanted to marry me. As you would expect he had a little problem understanding that I was ALREADY married to Grampa and that we believe in mongamy. :} Patrick decided that he and Grampa could both be married to me. Being that I am a "playful" Gramma, an agreement was made. On that same day he happened to see my wedding dress and thought it was booooooootiful. Two days later the wedding was to be performed by his sister, our granddaughter, Erin, who is 9! Erin was the official minister/priest/whatever.
On the day of the planned ceremony, our daughter in law pulled up with Patrick and Erin. Both were dressed very nicely, Patrick with his dress shoes....a BIG deal. And he carried a long stem pink rose for me. He was disappointed that I was not wearing the boooooootiful wedding dress. I convinced him that I could not retrieve it, BUT, in true Gramma creativity I had a long white nightgown....but no veil. Sooooooooooo a cherished doiley served as the veil. The whole thing took about 3 minutes....and he was ready to ride the bigwheel.
So you are probably wondering "what's the point?" Well, the point is don't be afraid to let your hair down (or wear a doiley) and pretend when you are with your grandchildren. They will cherish the memory and put it in the treasure chest of the memories they carry in their hearts and minds...and so will you.
I wish you joy and peace.....
The thermometer registered 98 degrees this afternoon as I was driving home. In the heat of the moment ;) I was thinking about how fortunate we are to have air conditioning in our home and our vehicles. At the same time I couldn't help but wonder about all those who are not as fortunate. Energy lags terribly in heat like this....and not just for people.......
When I walked our sweet Maverick late this morning, he was dragging! He is only 3 1/2 years old, so I would think he would be able to handle it. Well, after a couple of blocks he stopped, looked at a tree shaded area on someone's lawn.....and he just plopped himself down and laid in the cool grass. He wasn't about to get up. I finally picked the pooch up and carried him a very short distance. He barely made it the final block.
Please remember to offer a prayer up for those who are suffering from the heat
Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband, Jim! He's been a great dad and he is a loving, very present grandpa/papa to his 7 blessings.
I also want to wish our son, Scott, and our son in law, Chad, a wonderful Father's Day. Their children are blessed with positive, loving role models.
Today I have also spent a lot of time thinking about all the men who have lost a child. We know all too well the feelings that are ever present, especially during days like this. Be gentle with yourselves.....
Well, Jimmy and Molly have had such a great experience at Nationals. Jimmy and Molly made the first cut in their duet. Incredible!!! They were rated in the top 16 in the nation! In Jimmy's declamation he has proceeded to the final round of 6. Tomorrow morning is the final decision.
We are so proud of both of them and, of course, of their coach....their dad! They will remember this time for many years to come.
Last night Jim and I had the pleasure of seeing Molly and Jimmy perform a dress rehearsal for the upcoming National (forensics) Competition in Indianapolis. Now I KNOW we are a little biased because they are our grandchildren. But, SERIOUSLY, they were amazing. In addition, a high school duo also performed….they were incredible!
Now the awesome thing is that our grandchildren are performing in a relatively new competition developed for kids in junior high. The experience has helped to mold them….providing self confidence in the purest form. How awesome that at 11 and 12 they already have an awareness of how to engage an audience….what elements must be used in public speaking …. that they believe in themselves …. that they are loving life through their stage experiences. Pretty amazing. Now, it helps a wee bit that their coach is an expert in the field ….their Dad, our son, Scott. As I watched Jimmy performing, scenes of Scott on stage in high school flashed thru my mind….and history repeated itself.
How very proud we are of Scott, that he has shared his love and expertise on stage with so many young people, furthering their development for their life jurneys
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable