Today and every day....
I wish you Peace...
And Love to embrace you.
Jim and I just returned home from my cousin's wedding in MD, followed by a couple of days at Niagara Falls to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Although 45 years have passed since we spent our honeymoon at Niagara Falls, and the area has been built up, the majestic beauty of the falls remains untouched. We rode on the Maid of the Mist, as we did then. And we laughed ourselves silly when the spray of the mist drenched us....as it did then. Simple memories but so vivid and joyful.
Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of Your creation and especially for the chance to revisit memories with the Love of my life.
In just a few days Jim and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We met five years before we married. So the majority of our lives have been together. I knew when my girlfriend, Aggie, introduced us that HE was THE ONE! For so many reasons, I love this man with every inch of my being.
Jim is selfless and totally committed to family.
Jim is passionate and loving.
When I am sad, he makes me laugh.
(and sometimes when I am angry, he also makes me laugh.....sometimes...and sometimes that makes me even ANGRIER ;] )
When I accomplish something I've been working on (or agonizing over!) he rejoices with me and for me.
When I need encouragement, he is my biggest supporter....he always believes in me.
When I am uncertain about how to handle something, he gives me perspective.
When I am afraid, he makes me feel secure.
When tragedy hit our family, he picked up all my pieces....every day for years. I survived because of him.
I have ALWAYS KNOWN that I am LOVED....UNCONDITIONALLY!
I love you, my dearest Jim, forever and a day.
If you have never volunteered at this site I encourage you to do so. It's a excellent way to give children the opportunity to see a glimpse of what life is like in other countries. They were amazed and somewhat puzzled that there are actually children in the world who are starving! It's a concept they are unfamiliar with. But they thoroughly enjoyed doing it and knowing that their efforts have helped to feed many children throughout the year.
Together let us pray that ALL of God's children have food and shelter....and so
My Mom died unexpectedly in her sleep 13 years ago today. She was a vibrant, joyful 74 year old.
Mommy had asthma, but she never let it interfere with living. In the end, I think the stress of the asthma and the added stresses of two individuals who were a constant drain on her emotionally and physically, weakened her heart. For her, death was peaceful. I imagine that when the angels came to bring her to her eternal reward, she probably thought she was just dreaming. And when she entered the glorious light of heaven her own light added to the radiance.
Mommy's light will continue to shine in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. I am so grateful that she was my mother, for all that she taught me, for her unconditional love, for nurturing and guiding me....and so much more.
Dance Mommy, dance.....I miss you.....
Can anyone forget what they were doing....where they were....on that fateful 9-11, 2011? The memories are haunting. I can still recall seeing the plane strike the first tower....and thinking it must be a horrible movie!
All that we knew and trusted in regards to safety, security....gone. Traveling has taken on a whole new set of rules.
The mentality of those who performed the atrocities is foreign to me. How could they POSSIBLY BELIEVE that what they did was a message from God?! Thousands would disagree!
I lift up all those who continue to suffer the loss of their loved ones, children who never had the chance to know their mommy and/or daddy. The list is endless.
Today, Lord, I thank you for the many blessings I have.
And I ask You to hold all those left behind in the palm of Your hands.
Well, here she is, looking very important, sitting in the principal's chair! Jansen school, where Ally attends first grade, has a tradition of giving children doggone good bones when they do something good/positive. At the beginning of the week a "bone" is picked out of a bucket of bones....each bone represents different students. Some students may have 5 or 6 bones in the bucket. Ally had only ONE doggone good bone in the drawing. Lo and behold, her dog bone was randomly chosen. The award allows the recipient to sit in the (traveling) principal's chair for a whole week!!!
Who knows what other awards will come her way. We love you, Ally! Such spontaneity!
Yes, indeed, those are stars on Patrick's head. Aunt Jenny put them on his head and then convinced him that he was MAGIC and the stars were coming out of his head. And, of course he believed her. I mean what 4 1/2 year old WOULDN'T believe it! One more feather in Paddy's hat. Heaven only knows what problems this newly found power will cause at home.
Siblings, be on guard! If he has a bad moment he might just "magic" you into oblivion.
How we love you, Patrick!!
Meggan (top) Erin, Molly, Ally, Jack
Such a fun day today....lots of cuzzin times .... at a feis in St Charles....then lunch at Portillos.....followed by ice cream at Capanaris......then home to Nama and Papa's. While Jack played outside, the four girls had fun with make up and nails.....Nothin' quite like these treasured moments and making new memories.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable