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To all of you who have liked my postings or made comments to what I have written, I am very thankful!

I enjoy writing and being able to get my thoughts down and out there.  So, it is very worthwhile to know that they are touching others as well.

And to those of you following me via e-mails or Facebook, I truly am honored.  There is so much to read online and in published items so I am appreciative you are reading my blog!

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Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing…”  the song states.

That is true.  Saying goodbye is often very hard to do.

My family likes to take time with our goodbyes and give hugs and wish one another well.  This is nice but can sometimes be dragged out and become quite emotional.  Some others whom I know don’t like to say bye at all.  Instead you just wait to see them the next time around.

In recent weeks, there have been several goodbyes that I have seen and/or been involved in.  Having family and friends leave at the end of a fabulous vacation is bittersweet.  You remember all of the fun times but are sad that they are ending.  Instead of being with the dear people, you have to hold on to the memories and enjoy the photos that captured your time together.

This week a friend got married.  She has been living with her two sisters for several years.  On her wedding day, she said goodbye to being single and being with her blood family to start a new family with the man who she loves.  She was so excited and I am thrilled for her, but never again will she be at the same house with his sisters without her hubby.  A new chapter of her life and theirs has begun.

This morning, we said goodbye to a friend who is a missionary in the Philippines.  She is going back to continue her work with children and to get married.  She is an amazing young woman who I am so blessed to have as a friend.  I wish her the best and hope to see her again one day.  And, I am in awe of her following this calling.

And with the tragedy last week at the movie theater, I can’t help but think that a lot of people never had the chance to say goodbye.  That to me is very, very sad.  It is important to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you.  Saying, “I love you and I will see you soon” makes total sense to me and is a cherished sentence.

I have to say that the Hawaiians have the right idea with goodbye.  They use the word Aloha which means goodbye as well as Hello.  That is wise because for each goodbye, there is hello.

I like the idea that the end of all things in life, there is some kind of new beginning.  When one amazing opportunity ends, a new opportunity or experience begins.  That is encouraging when feeling sad about having to say goodbye.

Perhaps the better thing to say is “Until we meet again.”

Or as the Irish Blessing goes:

  • May the road rise up to meet you. 
  • May the wind always be at your back. 
  • May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. 
  • And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Our Precious Life

The shooting a few days ago in Colorado has been shocking and unreal.  Yet it wasn’t a movie but rather a shocking and tragic event at a movie.

To think that people went for a fun time out by seeing a movie, yet that fun relaxing time was not to be.  Instead a terrible event ensues.  I can’t imagine what they must have been feeling.

It has made me think about how precious life is and that you never know how much time you have.  It is so important to make the most of the time that you do have and let those whom you love know how you feel about them.

My prayers go out for the victims, the families and friends of those lost, and the family and friends of the gunman.  I also pray that the gunman gets some help.

May God bless us and stretch out His healing and comforting hand to all of those affected.

Childhood Friends

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with one of my best friends from childhood.

We were best friends in elementary school and junior high school and had so much fun together.  Then when we were in 8th grade, she moved away.  That was hard on us but we survived and stayed in touch and are still friends to this day.

When Kirk and I got married, she surprised me and arrived for the wedding and rehearsal dinner the night before.  It was great having her there and meant the world to me.

We talked throughout the afternoon and enjoying hanging out together and it was like no time had passed.  We picked up right where we left off the last time we’d seen each other.

Two years ago was the last time and all of our kids have changed quite a bit in that time.  It was so fun to see them interacting and having such fun together.  It is great that the next generation is having as much fun as we always had together.

I am so happy and blessed that she is still in my life.  It is awesome to have known someone as long and as well as I have known her.

Tammy, thanks so much for your continued friendship!  You are awesome.

All Aboard!

All aboard… ready for the train to go.

Two days this week we went to train museums.  The first time was a model train museum.  It was great to see Ian’s excitement in looking at all of the small trains that were going around the tracks!

“Look Mommy, they are chugging,” he said.  There also was a room to play with Thomas trains as well as toy trains which went all over the tracks.  Again, fascination with the scenes that were depicted, seeing if it was freight train or passenger train, and finding the caboose.

The second museum was real trains.  The life-size ones that are being refurbished and are huge.  The photos included in the blog are from that museum.

We were able to walk through a post office car, an engine, a train car, and a caboose.  Ian was in awe and in hog heaven!  He kept saying, “Mommy, that looks like the train in the video (from the library).”

As I hope you can see in the above photo from the smile on his face, Ian was quite pleased to be up high in the caboose.  We saw the wood-burning stove, the beds, and a table where the train employees would work, eat, and sleep.

The train cars that we walked through were made of beautiful wood, stained glass windows, and plush seats.  The museum staff which has been refurbishing them has been quite busy and have done great work!

Seeing Ian’s fascination with the big and small trains was a lot of fun and made for a memorable week!

It is something to think about the fact that people used to ride on trains as the main form of transportation.  They would go for days on a trip that now takes several hours on an airplane.

I wonder what it must have been like to travel across the country by train?  I can just imagine the adventures and items that one would see along the way.

Have you traveled this way?  I’d love to hear from you.

Cousins at the Beach

You can’t beat time with family at the beach!

It was a real pleasure seeing my son recently playing at the beach with his cousins.

He had a blast digging holes in the sand and burying his feet and his cousins’ feet as well.

The coolest thing is that he enjoyed playing at the same beach I used to play on with my cousins.

I love seeing another generation who loves the sand, sun, and water!!!

Here is to more fun time with cousins at the beach, the house, and the surf!!!!

The beach beckons

I love the beach.  Plain and simple!  I love it.  How about you?

I have been going to the beach since I was a child.  And, I love that my son loves the beach as much as I do!

Going with family is full of fun and special memories.  Seeing Ian play with his cousins is wonderful.

And spending time with good friends is also great!  Catching up with those I haven’t seen in a while is priceless to me.

The sand and the sun beckon and the ocean waves ebb and flow.  I so love to watch the ocean and sit in the sand and follow the waves as they crash against the shore.

I also love to watch all of the people and the birds and other animals.  I always feel at peace when at the beach.

Here are few fabulous quotes about the beach and the ocean:

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” — Michelle Held

 “I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.”  — Anonymous

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” — Anonymous

I hope that you enjoy your time at the beach this summer!