And they’re off!

Finally!

Last year, around the time that I broke my arm, I came across this really cool blog called “Knitting Rays of Hope“.  I was so impressed by their commitment to reach out to others, and help children and babies who are battling the ravages of cancer, in a very practical way.

A soft hat.

I couldn’t wait until my arm healed, so that I could make some hats, and share in their efforts to help others.  I had never made these hats before, but they assured me that it was easy, and they even have some very helpful and handy tutorials on their blog site.

So….after several months of being in a cast, and recovery, my arm was feeling better, and I decided to give it a try!

It’s true! It’s easy, and fun!

I’m excited to announce that these “babies” are on their way today.  17 hats in different shapes and colors!

17 hats

It feels so good to help others. 🙂  Go ahead, check it out for yourself, and make a hat or two or three, and then pass them on to someone in need!

On this day in 1980…

I married my best friend!

It’s been 33 years, and I just keep falling love….

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….Over and over and over again!

And now we are off to celebrate our successful marriage!

God has been so good to us! 🙂

No more naps!

My 4-year-old granddaughter is in preschool.  She will turn 5 in May! Hard to believe it, but she assured me, it’s true.

For most kids, 5 is that magic age.  The age that qualifies them for the long-awaited moment of going to Kindergarten.

And she is ready to go!

When I asked her why she was so excited about going to Kindergarten, her very emphatic reply was…

No more naps!

If she only knew how wonderful a nap really is!

Ashlee

Some day she will think differently about those naps, I’m quite sure of it.

But for today….Kindergarten can’t get here soon enough for this little girl!

Thankful Thursday: A gift worn, given away, shared

A gift worn, given away, shared….

1.  A well-worn pair of jeans.  I hope they last forever!

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2.  I think it was the highlight of her year.  She was so excited to be able to give away a gift for her baby cousin at his baby shower.

Ashlee

3.  Some things are better shared.  This dessert was certainly one of them!  Shared with my best friend ever!

dessert

Thankful Thursday: A gift sour, sweet, just right

1. A lemon from my tree. I have waited so long for them to turn yellow, and they finally did! This is the first one I picked. It’s just the perfect kind of sour.

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2. A sweet gift for a sweet little girl! She loves her food, and ice cream and chocolate top the list!

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3. Just right! A delicious latte served with “love”. Ahhh…now all I need is a good book!

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Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts heard

3 gifts heard…

1. the roar of Niagara falls

Niagra Falls

2. the sweet sound of laughter coming from these 3 amazing little kids!

all 3 grandkids

3. the awesome sound of live music playing in a restaurant in downtown San Diego

band playing downtown SD

Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts remembering

3 Gifts Remembering…

There are a lot of things that I don’t remember….sometimes, my memory just isn’t the best one around.  But thankfully, there are things in life that are exactly what I need to help me remember, and for those things in life, I am truly thankful.

1.  The clever little pill-box, aids me in remembering to take my pills every day of the week. ( It  also comes in handy for remembering what day of the week it actually is! :))

pill box

2.  Visiting the Golden Gate bridge, and remembering the phone call from my daughter the night she got engaged.

San Francisco

3. Remembering the good times I have hanging out with my very best friend!

I am so very thankful for him!

Paul at the Green Flash

Mission accomplished!

A few weeks a go I was feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas, and all of the events that would take place in the month of December.

I was determined to not let it get the best of me, so I gave myself a few goals.

My goals were to relax and enjoy each moment of the season. Celebrate time-honored traditions, reflect on the special family memories, and be willing to make new ones!

No two Christmas’ are ever alike, and this year was no exception!

I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning with my very best friend. We went to the Hotel Del Coronado to see the huge Christmas tree, one of our time-honored traditions!

Christmas 2012 at the Del

We had good conversation and a great dinner at a quaint little restaurant. We laughed, we looked at the lights, we wrapped presents, and drank coffee together.

On Christmas morning, we exchanged a few, very special gifts. Gifts that we will treasure because of the love and the thought that was put into giving them.

I also learned a very valuable lesson, and it was probably my best gift of the year.

I learned that sometimes the unplanned events and moments can be the very best moments of all! The month was filled with these moments, Christmas day included.

I wasn’t able to be with my own kids at Christmas, but I did get to hear their voice, and the voice of my grandkids.  An unplanned moment, and priceless gift indeed!

The afternoon was spent with my best friend, my mom, my niece and her husband.  The plan for the day had always included lunch with my mom, but the bonus was my niece and her husband.  They were a much welcomed, surprise visit! Another unplanned moment.  I was able to celebrate Christmas with my sister’s daughter.  I know she really would have liked that a lot, and that makes me happy.

It was great to spend time together, talking and laughing, and enjoying the comfort and love of family.

And…I also met my goal!

In fact, I think this Christmas is going to hold a very fond memory for me.  I’m glad I gave myself these goals.  Especially the goal to try and enjoy each moment, because the moments, both planned and unplanned, were good, and I really did enjoy this Christmas!

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A perfect ending to beautiful day!  Mission accomplished!

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Merry Christmas 2012

Christmas in the manger

Christmas in the Manger

by: Nola Buck and Felicia Bond

I am the star that shines in the east,

I light the stable for man and beast.

I am the donkey, soft and gray,

I carried his mother from far away.

I am the ram, with my curly horn

I guard the stall where the child is born.

I am the ox, strong as steel,

before the only son I kneel.

We are the shepherds who watch the sheep,

tonight a holy watch we keep.

We are the wise men, gifts we bring

for baby Jesus, our newborn King.

I am Mary, the mother mild,

how I love my tiny child.

I am the baby asleep in the hay,

and I am the reason for Christmas Day.

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Shining

Three Gifts Shining

1. The sun shining on my shoulder, and the comfort and warmth that it gives

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2. The lights shining brightly on the Hotel Del Coronado at Christmas
Hotel Del at Christmas

3. The fire glowing and shining in our wood stove
wood stove