Wednesday, July 30, 2008

As July draws to a close…

I began reviewing in my mind all the significant events that have taken place this month. Our first 4th of July family barbeque in eleven years, yes you heard me right eleven years. For the last eleven years we have been returning from a business/pleasure trip too exhausted to think about let alone plan a big family barbeque. But this year we did it, even if we did have it on the 5th of July, our only granddaughter turning ten and celebrating her birthday miles away from Grammy and Pop-Pop, having that long over due “heart to heart” talk with my Mother (I love you Mom), my sister-in-law’s critical status after a “more than we had anticipated” heart by pass surgery and last but not least being blessed to celebrate another birthday… Whew!

After returning from visiting my sister-in-law in the rehab hospital and noting how far she has come since seeing her lying unconscious with tubes and machines all around her I was reminded of a poem that I had read in one of our local papers. I liked it so much that I cut it out and put it near my computer. My sister-in-law’s body is weak right now but her inner strength and faith in God is tremendously strong. The strength and faith that she has demonstrated to me has blessed me more than she could ever imagine… may God continue to bless her.


Body and Mind

My get up and go
got up and went,
I am exhausted
Yes, I am spent.
My energy walked
out the door,
I no longer can do
what I once did before.
My body is weak
But I find,
I’m still going strong
within my mind.
I thank God that I got
A mind that makes me
think a lot.
A mind that plays
the biggest part,
In keeping me young
At heart!

Written by Naomi Rappaport, 81

Photos By: Trish At Through the Viewfinder

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Birthday Gift…

On Monday I celebrated my birthday. It was quiet but yet a very special birthday for me. Many of my family members and friends called singing and saying Happy Birthday. I was asked many times, are you doing anything special today? I heard myself responding with no, nothing much and I am not really doing anything.

You see some birthdays scream celebrate big and loud and then there are other birthdays that whisper to you small, simple, quiet. This birthday was one of those quiet celebrations for me. As I looked back over the last two years of my life, it was very easy for me to know that I had received the greatest gift of all today… Life! Life! Life! Through out the day I celebrated inwardly about the thought of just being alive today!
Photo By: Trish At Through the Viewfinder

If you can forgive the person you were, accept the person you are, and believe in the person you will become; you are headed for joy. So celebrate your life. - Barbara Johnson

Friday, July 11, 2008

As Dorothy put it “There’s no place like home.”

I recently returned from a business/pleasure trip and it’s so good to be home again. Don’t get me wrong the places that I visited were quite beautiful and culturally diverse. But nothing can compare to sleeping in your own bed and laying your head on your pillow. My travels took me to New Orleans, LA (the 9th ward), Cozumel, Mexico, and Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. I have included some photos of my trip and I hope that you can also take in a little bit of what I experienced.
"A person travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." -George Moore
Photo By: Trish At through the Viewfinder
Photo was taken in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico