Thursday, October 07, 2010
My favorite poem....
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” ~ Mary Stevenson, 1936
Thank you to all my SparkFriends who have walked with me through the process of finding my way. Just knowing we are all in this together and can take turns carrying each other on this journey gives me great hope for continued success. I promise I will carry you when you need a friend…….. Enjoy the video
Footnote: The picture was taken by my daughter on her honeymoon six months ago... Thanks Katy & Ryan I know you both support me in everything I do
Friday, October 01, 2010
1. Continue doing exactly what I’ve been doing. Oh, if it could only be that easy.
2. When I get stalled, tweak, tweak and then tweak some more. Notice I didn’t say “if.”
3. Learn from others’ experiences. I no longer use the word mistakes.
4. Be supportive while living fearless. Say what I mean and mean what I say.
5. Embrace life. Eat cake, drink champagne and enjoy the season. All in moderation of course.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Summer ends with the closure of September… good-bye to those sweet lazy hazy dayz. They kept us young and happy as we reminisced about childhood memories chasing foam laced waves back and forth while squinting into the Pacific as the sun set long past dinner time. No more hand churned ice cream with hunks of freshly picked peaches from our own backyard tree for dessert. Those days have given way to water aerobics in our pool and Healthy Choice 100 calorie fudge bars. The trade was well worth the loss. A thirty pound loss to be exact!!! The summer of 2010 was one of the best summers I’ve ever had.
Fall is my favorite season so I’m already looking forward to enjoying every moment. I gave birth to my first son on Thanksgiving so it’s no wonder I embrace it as my favorite holiday. I will be replacing some traditional favs this year with healthier substitutes but all the beauty of the season comes calorie free. The colors, the scents, the memories of all the handmade Halloween costumes we wore as children and all the decorations our now grown kids made that I’ve kept. We have five grandkids now who are giddy in anticipating of all the seasonal festivities. So we’ll follow along while they Trick-Or-Treat and help pull wagons full of freshly picked apples from trees we don’t own. The fruit will be as sweet, the giggles as precious and the memories as cherished once autumn envelopes us in all her glory.
Autumn, Queen of Year
When the pumpkins are so yellow
And the vines with grapes abound,
When the melons are so mellow
And the nuts fall to the ground;
When persimmons lose their bitters,
And the apples are so red;
When we love to eat corn fritters
Since the roasting ears have fled;
When vacation days are over
And the children go to school,
They no longer play in clover,
But must learn "Arithmos-rule,"
When weird Halloween's most naughty elves
With gnomes and sprites appear,
While fat Thanksgiving fills the shelves -
'Tis AUTUMN, QUEEN OF YEAR.~Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.
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