Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Recently,  my husband got me a gift…

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I was very surprised, since it was HIS birthday, not mine.

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It was beautiful… a dozen red roses, each one a masterpiece.

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I smelled them, gazed at them, took many, many photos of them.

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I don’t particularly like the color red.  I own very few items (maybe 2 or 3) that are red.
How can I not like these??
Together they make a truly amazing display.

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I didn’t have any place to put them except for this glass jar I bought at an antique store…

I’m learning to look at the details…
They can be beautiful, too.

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My husband is always thinking of me, how to make me laugh, bring me joy…
Every time I looked over at the roses, I couldn’t help smiling.
Even now…

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things I’ve been
re-learning this year is that, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Let your loved ones know you care.
In our house, we say the words, “I love you” many times a day to each other…
But somehow when we do something totally unexpected,
it speaks so loudly,
and unforgettably.


Have fun thinking up ways to surprise your loved ones!

(Let me know how it goes :))



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Today, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to mention my father.



He has been an inspiration and a joy to me my whole life.

When I was just a toddler, he left his country to bring his family (my Mom, my brother, and me) to a country in which he did not know one single person and could not speak the language.  He gave up the career he was studying back in his country and signed up for some English language classes and a program in the nearest technical/career school.  He graduated from both and though he did not become wealthy, he was successful in his field and was able to provide for his family.  He is a hard worker and is also one of the kindest and most generous men I know.

Growing up, not a day went by that I did not know for certain that my Dad loved me.  The older I get, the more I realize what a tremendous gift that was.  I thank God for my father, and my desire is to show him everyday that I love him, too.  I call him every single day, we chat for a bit, and always end every conversation by saying, “I love you”.

I feel very blessed and thank God everyday that my Dad is still healthy.  I almost lost him many years ago and he was miraculously healed.  I often tell people not to take their loved ones for granted.  Cherish them.  Call them.  Tell them over & over how much you love them.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!



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This is the word I’ve chosen for 2013.

I’m keeping a journal, filled with photography and writing as I find joy in each day.  I’m really looking forward to it!

As I look ahead to 2013,
Here are just a few of the many things in 2012 that brought joy to me…


Taking photos of our friends’ kids and blessing them with a scrapbook filled with the prints as a gift.


So much fun to take photos of children!




Trip to Venice Beach, FL with my daughter and son-in-law.




Playing with Kitty and finding a home for her and her kittens.




My son’s graduation from College!




Trips to the beach.




My son’s wedding!




Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.




Lloyd, the wonder dog 🙂



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Trip to the Capital and the Smithsonian museums.




Sewing and Quilting…


And I have tons of other photos I could include here,
but I’ll look forward to many, many other reasons for joy in 2013
and I’ll be posting about them.

Have a blessed Sunday!!

Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with JOYful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
Psalm 126:2

Love to you all,


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Walking the Dog

We visited our son & daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving.  They just got a dog recently and we volunteered to walk him early in the morning.  The weather was beautiful and I was so glad I took my camera with me…


It was so quiet and peaceful.  I love this time of the morning…(once I’m up).



Lloyd is a beautiful, well-behaved doggie.  We immediately took to each other.  He is a sweetie! 🙂  He enjoyed the walk immensely.  He tried chasing the squirrels but we kinda discouraged him.  Kinda.




I tried to keep up with my husband and Lloyd, but I kept getting off the trail…
(I had to take pictures!!).

There were a few other people out for their morning jog/walk/run… One of them stared at me for a while… I guess it’s not everyday you see someone taking photos
on an exercise trail.  I just want to say, for the record, that I did exercise…
I had to run between photos in order to catch up with my husband & Lloyd.



I think Lloyd enjoyed the scenery, too…don’t you?



When we got back, Lloyd was tired out.
By the way, my husband asked if we could call the dog, “Nacho”…  We tried but he wouldn’t respond to that name.  I guess he’s stuck with Lloyd.  🙂



After just a few minutes, Lloyd was asleep.
What a life!



I’ll leave you with this lovely morning picture.

Hope you’re having wonderful weather as well…  Go walk your dog.  If you don’t have one, borrow the neighbors’.

Happy walking,

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This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, each day I’d like to “feature” different things I’m thankful for.  I’d like to start with my family, of course…


I am so grateful for my parents.  The older I get, the more I appreciate them and their wisdom!  Here they are with my brother, many years ago.  My Mom passed away 25 years ago but I’m still learning from the things she tried to teach me.  And my Dad… well, he’s pretty terrific.  He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.  He’s been a fantastic Dad and though we don’t live close, I call him everyday and catch up on how he’s doing and what he’s up to.  I tell him everyday how much I love him!



I’m thankful for my wonderful husband.  I think he gets more handsome the longer we’re married.  He’s sweet, kind, thoughtful, loving… all the things a woman dreams of in a husband.  I am so very blessed to have him!  Through all our 28 yrs of marriage, in exciting & wonderful times as well as in times of grief and loss, he has always been my closest friend and confidant.  I love being his wife!



My daughter… I call her my sunshine.  She is a joy and a delight and I am so thankful for her.  I am very proud of her.  She is beautiful not only on the outside, but especially on the inside.  She is very smart, she forgives easily, she loves deeply, and laughs often!  She is thoughtful & kind.  She is a gifted teacher in High School, and seeks to make a difference in those young people’s lives.  More than just mother/daughter,  we are best friends.  We have so much fun together!

Three years ago she graduated from college and 2 wks later was married…



We welcomed our new son into the family.  They recently moved about 8 hrs away… we miss them so much!  Good thing we have skype, texting, cell phones, facebook…



My son… he is my treasure.  He is a gifted musician and speaker.  He plays several different instruments, sings beautifully, and writes music.  He is sensitive, kind, thoughtful.  I am so proud of him.  He has a terrific sense of humor and is always making us laugh!  He cares a great deal about people and goes out of his way to make them feel special.  From the moment I first saw & held him, I have been thanking God for him!

This year he graduated from college and a week later was married…



Now we welcomed a new daughter into our family! They are enjoying married life and not having to go to school!




This year at my son’s and daughter-in-law’s graduation.



Recently we were all able to get together…

We sure do have a good time when we’re all together!!  Lots of fun, laughter, and TLC!

Yes, I am most thankful for my family.  I realize everyday anew, that I am truly blessed beyond measure!!

What are you most thankful for?

Enjoy this week!


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Today is my husband’s birthday.
This is one of only two photos we have of his early childhood.

Even then, he didn’t like having his picture taken.


Here he is with his family.  He is the younger brother.
What a cutie!

It’s fun to look at old photos.

I am so thankful for my husband.
He is my best friend and a wonderful husband and father.
Happy Birthday, Honey!
I love you!!


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Venice Beach, FL

In Florida, “summer” is so hot, that we prefer going to the beach when the heat is not quite so intense… usually before June and after August.  (At least I do; maybe I should just speak for myself!).

Earlier this year in April, while it was still nice outdoors, we went on a day trip to Venice Beach.

Somehow, the ocean has a therapeutic effect on me.  (God’s creation always does!)
I can sit there for hours, just staring at it.  I guess you could say (like John Denver’s song) it “fills up my senses.”

The sound of the waves seems to relieve any stress I feel.  The wind, the sand, the salty smell, and one of my favorites…the sand pipers chasing the waves only to turn around and run before they get their feet wet.  Sigh.

My daughter and I sat in the shade, talking, laughing, just enjoying one another’s company.  How good it felt to be together and just relax.  We swam for a bit, walked for a while, then came and enjoyed the shade again.

My husband and my son-in-law spent hours looking for shark teeth.

They always love a challenge.

They did find quite a bit.  I was impressed.  They were excited.

Here’s one of the shark teeth they found.  They were very proud.  As well they should be.

We left promising each other that we’d come back real soon.

I can’t wait.

Happy Summer!

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