Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thank Yous

I have gotten away from my list of thank yous. That is what happens when we allow life to interfere with our conversations with GOD.

  • Thank YOU, GOD for answering the prayers of friends suffering from breast cancer.
  • Thank YOU, GOD for answering the prayers of friends who are in mourning.
  • Thank YOU, GOD for answering the prayers of friends who are in transition.
  • Thank YOU, GOD for answering the prayers of friends need to see your clear direction.
  • Thank YOU, GOD for answering the prayers of friends who've recently become parents both naturally and through adoption.
  • Thank YOU, GOD for parents willing to give their babies a new life by giving them to others.
  • Thank YOU, GOD for  friends who follow YOU totally and follow no matter where you lead.

  • I am also thankful for the opportunity to tell my husband Happy 29th Father's Day.

  • I am thankful for an earthly Father, who has been in heaven for13 years, for loving me almost as unconditionally as my Heavenly Father.

  • I am thankful for the work ethic, compassion and honesty he instilled in me and hope I honor his memory every day.

  • I am thankful that he allowed me wings and a net.

  • I am thankful that he respected my marriage and my commitment to my husband.

  • I am thankful that he was always real and never hid behind a mask.

  • I am thankful that he faced his death sentence (lung cancer) with grace and perseverance. Teaching me that it isn't always about how you live but how you die.

  • I am thankful that he always said "I Love You."
He was my teacher, my hero, my standard and my fail safe for so many years. I look forward to seeing him again. I pray that I will be as good a mother as he was a daddy.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!

So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Just a reflection of our latest adventure!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Touring THE Capitol

My boys and I just returned from DC. We spent 3 LONG days hiking the Nation's Capitol. And I do mean hiking. Some of you may not realize HOW long the National Mall is. It is REALLY LONG! We saw the Capitol, the Whitehouse, Washington Monument, WW II Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Korean Memorial, WW I Memorial, Library of Congress, National Archives, Air & Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, the Old Post Office with clock tower, ESPN Zone, Hard Rock DC, Ford's Theatre, the Peterson House and spent and entire day at Mt. Vernon. Tired yet!

We still didn't see all we wanted to see. We couldn't get into Ford's due to a Presidential event happening Sunday night. We didn't make it to Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Memorial or the Jefferson Monument. Too little time, definitely needed at least 2 more days.

I was proud of my guys for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking the Metro and the bus! We only were misplaced once when I took the wrong exit from the Metro. We were actually on the streets behind our hotel but it was dark and deserted. Thankfully a bus driver and security guard set us on the right path. I don't think the boys appreciated the adventure as much as I did.

DC is an amazing city and is was awing to be be able to view so much history. Mt. Vernon was absolutely indescribable. To actually be in the home belonging to the 1st President! WOW! So much is unchanged since his time there. Thanks to recent technology we were able to see how he looked at age 17. He was quite a handsome man. It was a wonderful way to spend the first day of our trip.

I was enthralled with the architecture and interiors of each building we passed and most of the museums we entered. I could have spent days digesting the interiors of each building.

Here are just a few of the exquisite interiors I encountered.
Inside the Library of Congress.

Rotunda of the National Museum of National History
National Archives
Hope you enjoyed the visit.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


EMINISCE - To recollect and tell of past experiences or events.

This weekend  I spent time uploading photos to my FB page. I'm talking archival photos from 1972 - 1980. A looong time ago.  It's funny that a lot of my friends tell me I haven't changed a bit. But oh, how wrong they are. I can see the signs of youth that are no longer evident. I know the heart of the person in the photos and the heart of the person now. I see the fear that I had of the unknown and know that I've faced many of those fears and won.

I see an exclusive person who hopefully has become an inclusive one. I see a mask that has hopefully become transparent. I also see someone who was spiritually immature and who is growing (hopefully) closer to God each day.
I see someone who thought she had her whole life planned but who didn't count on God having other plans. OH, how happy I am that he did.

Reminisce - a nice place to visit to see how far GOD has brought me.