Wednesday, January 01, 2014
2013 has been filled with challenges, some more difficult than others, with a few milestones that made us proud. Two painful losses and a few that filled our hearts to overflowing… As A. A. Milne so poignantly wrote “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
Over all it was a wonderful year as I continued to learn how to live my life to the fullest no matter what!!! That’s the trick I’ve learned and yes it has taken me 66 years to put it into practice… just one of the perks of living a long life.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. ~ Henry David Thoreau
"In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra.
In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless." ~Victoria Moran
Welcome 2014… and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last… "CHEERS"
Friday, November 29, 2013
Autumn is my favorite season, Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. Reflecting on yesterday I’ve concluded that every year just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Our family continues to grow… this was our youngest grandson’s 1st Thanksgiving and at 10 months he participated to the fullest while his mommy & daddy savored the poignant reality that babies do indeed grow up to quickly.
Thanksgiving always reminds me of my 1st child’s birth day… born 43 years ago he sits now with his family and reminisces about all the years he and his three siblings have sat at this very same table and given Thanks for ALL our blessings.
His son, our 1st grandchild, lead the prayer while we all held hands… his voice cracking as he eagerly approaches his teens. This year there was lots of back-to-back measuring going on before dinner.. he is now taller than his mother, great-grandmother and one Aunty. I have no doubt he will be taller than me and his other Aunts by next Thanksgiving as his voice will be many octaves lower by then as well. His sister, 10, wore her braces and first bra… blushing when great-grandma hugged her tightly commenting on both.
Our 2nd son continued the prayer with his new found voice, having been baptized this month, he is very aware of God’s infinite blessings and had no problem thanking Him. Their little ones sat next to me as we proceeded to decorate our finger tips with black olives in honor of my Dad who joined my brother in Heaven six years ago. Our oldest daughter and her family couldn’t make it this year so they were sorely missed as well.
Of course the feast was enjoyed by all but the hours we sat around the table talking about Thanksgivings past is what made this one so memorable. All our children and their spouses are adults now with families of their own. Their daddy and I sat across the table from each other sharing a smile and a knowing wink, for this Thanksgiving we are most grateful for what wonderful parents they all have become and I so enjoyed telling them when it was my turn to share.
I pray your day was filled with sweet memories as I look forward to future Thanksgivings’ where my favorite side dish will always be a healthy serving of lovely memories… past, present & future.
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~Meister Eckhart
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