Today is our first grandson's 14th birthday and I am trying to figure out how this could be. 14 years is a loooooong time and there are so many precious moments and treasured memories packed into those years. It's been a wonderful journey with you, Jimmy, watching you grow from infancy to young adulthood . And with each passing year you have grown more dear. You have tremendous values and respect for others, a genuinely loving heart…..but there's so much more that cannot be written on a blog. And you know what else….even if you hadn't won Nationals (TWICE) you already were a winner. The world is a better place because you were born. We love you!
Just watched a show with a beautiful young girl who thinks she is hideous looking.....and, seriously, she is BEAUTIFUL. She loathes herself.....so very sad. Isn't it incredible that we so often do not see ourselves as others see us, be it outer beauty or inner beauty? How can our perception be so "off"?
Perhaps it's because we know our faults, our weaknesses, our fears. So when others see the beauty in us the thought that comes to mind is "oh, but they don't really know me."
For me, it helps to think about all my blessings and focus on that, trying to remember the positives, accepting what others see in us.
Think about the wonderful-ness of you and know you have touched many.
I wish you peace.
This picture is a PERFECT depiction of how I felt just an hour ago. It all started a week ago when we received a phone call from a travel company. They were targeting people who enjoyed traveling and "invited" (riiiiiiiiight) us to a 90 minute presentation. The "carrot " for attending was two free tickets to anywhere in the US......riiiiiiiiiiiiiight! Our first question was "Is this a time share?" They said no.
Now Jim and I have been to these presentations before, and, quite honestly I'd rather have a ROOT CANAL! But we went....out to Lombard. There were 5 couples and 3 singles. We had all told them where we wanted to go on our next vacation. (Foolishly) we told them Australia. SO, the presentation began with a very fast talking young man telling us he could get us the vacations of our dreams. When he was finished another man took over.....and he said all the same things (speaking even faster and without taking a breath). Did he think we didn't hear the first guy? Bottom line was they were selling travel.....set up by them, of course. After the presentation we were each assigned to a "travel pusher" and called into another room. And the bottom line came out.....for only $11, 900.00 we could get this great deal, travel pretty much anywhere for only $159.00 per week. In addition there was an "optional" annual fee of $389.00. What a deal! Within a very short period of time the man assigned to us had reduced the cost to $2,800.00. Woo Hoo! Imagine that for a two week trip to Australia. (And just HOW could they afford to lose the difference)?! While we sat with him the guy in charge would jump up, come to the front of the room, clap and announce that "so and so" had just bought a trip to....... And the music would play louder and everyone clapped and cheered. Their names and their destinations were then written on a big board. WOW!
There is NO question in my mind that many of these people were "plants." The questions they asked in the presentation fed right into the presenter's next line. Also, each couple or individual who suddenly "bought" their vacation was placed at a table with a bowl of candy on it.....those of us who were REAL were at plain tables. Also we were not shown a book on the travel sites, but the others were.
In the end we did NOT sign any forms and the "gift" of two free tickets for listening to has so many stipulations and hidden charges that it's just not worth it.
Will we do this again..............................N-E-V-E-R!
The one highlight was that Jim and I had uninterrupted time together during the long trip out there [rush hour ;) ]
I happened to be assigned to the new born unit at the hospital for ministry this morning. The unit was extremely busy (thanks to the full moon). Most births were single babies but there was one set of girl twins.
I had chills of happiness as I went from room to room. Touching these precious little velvet heads brought back clear vivid memories of my own children's births. And, actually, it took my breath away.
Lord, I ask you to surround these little ones with angels, keep them safe in their lives. And bless the parents.....who stood staring at their little miracle(s). What joy!!!!!
And it's 2 2nd place medals for Ally!!! Way to go sweetie!
AND 3RD AND 4TH FOR MEGGAN!!! AWESOME!!!!!
Ah, yes, the "season" of the day I was born. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with loved ones. So grateful that I'm loved.
Our two McDermott thespians have made it to finals at Nationals!!!! YES!!!!! Talk about Dad and Mom (and the rest of us) busting our buttons with pride and joy!!
Tomorrow our dear friends, Mari and Lu, Silvi and Sofi, are leaving for Spain....they will live there for 3 years. It is a marvelous opportunity for them. They haven't even boarded the plane and I miss them already.
It's difficult to let go of those you love, even tho we know they will return. In the meantime I will send gentle hugs to them every day. We love you, Mari and Lu, Sofi and Silvi. You have touched our lives in so many ways.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable