Four things you can’t recover

After they’re gone….

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Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Blue

3 Gifts Blue…

1. Oh those “blue eyes” – they get me every time! I can’t imagine life without either one of these guys in it.

Grandpa & Rick's eyes

2. The big blue ocean frequently calls my name…and yes, sometimes I answer back!

Pacific Ocean

3. My little blue car, faithfully gets me where I’m going.  Fast.

my car

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” – G.K.Chesterton

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

A Word a Week Challenge: Angle

This week the dictionary has fallen open at the word Angle….

This angle might present a bit of a challenge…

stairs

And life just doesn’t get much better from this angle

Guam

 

If you are interested in joining this challenge, go ahead…click the link to see more lovely photos and to join in the fun!

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

She was fascinated by her reflection in the window. It followed her everywhere she went!

Every bob of her head, every smile, every wiggle!

Just like a mirror – it reflected every move, and she loved watching that little girl in the background dance!

reflection

In memory of…

In memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom…

the price of freedom

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because freedom isn’t free.

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We set aside this day to reflect and honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
To say “thank-you” is really not enough, but still, it is something that should be said today and every day.

Thank you for giving your life for our freedom.  We honor, love and respect you!

Since our inception, we’ve been free
Praise those brave who’ve kept this to be

America, how blessed we are
By those who dare fight, each bright star

Our brave do not dodge, love bears pride
When called to move out, how they stride

They show they’re our absolute plus
They’ll not send mixed signals to us

They keep our strong freedom alive
In a world where it’s tough to survive

All who proudly marched in our past
Their deeds helped this nation to last

To the brave war has taken away
Hold Solemn Memorial Day

Honor each with love and respect
Take time to feel sorrow, reflect

Pray to God as our young march on
Leading liberty through each dawn

Show thankfulness, wholehearted care
They stand for us, with pride, sincere

©2006Roger J. Robicheau

The things I remember

Or maybe it should be…the things I forget!

My memory is not one of the best ones around. Partly because of some medication that I have to take everyday, and partly because, well…I guess because I’m getting older?

I have forgotten some of the details of what some people would consider the milestones in my life.  For the most part I remember the events, it’s the details, the little things that I just can’t remember.

It used to bother me a lot when people would say to me “remember when….” Nope, I don’t remember.  And trying to remember just seems to make it worse.  When I can’t remember something that everyone thinks I should remember, I have a tendency to just think of myself as a complete loser.

I mean really, everyone remembers their first kiss, right? Or their first date? Or how about how you felt when you held your newborn in your arms for the very first time?

That would be a big “no” for me. Don’t remember it, and I’m not even going to try to remember it anymore.

But it’s not that I don’t remember anything, ever.  I do have a memory, and my mind isn’t gone, it’s just that once in a while, something will escape my memory, and try as I might I can’t recollect the event, person, place or thing.  The details.

Sometimes it makes me sad.  Sometimes it frustrates me.  And sometimes I get discouraged because I want to be able to remember better than I do.

I’ve decided that if I can’t remember an event or a detail in my life history, it’s ok.  I’m not a loser, and life goes on.  I write things down, I’ll do my best to remember what I can, and if I don’t remember the details, well hopefully, my husband will! 🙂

There is one thing I will never forget, and I have no trouble remembering, and it is this…I am loved.

I am loved by my husband, my family, and my God.

A detail that will never be lost or forgotten.

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Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts found in community

3 gifts found in community…This is an interesting one.

What exactly does it mean?  Well, to find out, I did a little google search on the word, com·mu·ni·ty  /kəˈmyo͞onitē/

Noun
  1. A group of people living together in one place, esp. one practicing common ownership: “a community of nuns”.
  2. All the people living in a particular area or place: “local communities”.

Hmmm…well, that didn’t really help much!  I guess community just means a bunch of people who hang out together!

The value of community is probably what I am most thankful for.  The people who are there to support me, encourage me, and love me, just for who I am.

Nothing more, nothing less.  Just me.

Without a sense of community, life becomes a very lonely place.  It is important and yes, even necessary to belong to a group of people. People you can relate to, and feel comfortable with.  People who make your heart happy, and your soul soar.

1.  Our grandkids certainly fill up our community…a group of little people we love with all our hearts!

just the kids

2.  Sometimes, community can be found in a singular place.  The arms of someone who loves you very much.

Andrew and Grandpa
3.  And sometimes you witness the effects of community and the pride and joy it can bring when people join together for one common goal. A team victory!

Westmont wins

Just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Fredrick Koeing –

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!