Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Keepsake

Jess brought me back a gift when she was in the Caribbean.  It is an angel made out of stone, and I love it.

Here is the back side of it.

There is a little story that goes along with the angel.  I will share it with you.

Jess took a day to go cascading
down waterfalls (there are 27
total, but she cascaded down 7).
After hiking up hill, they came to
the waterfalls and were able to
jump off the cliffs or slide down
the waterfalls (she slid down most
because she doesn't like heights).
The crevasses and aqua blue waters
looked like a secluded paradise,
and it was one of the most
beautiful natural sites she has seen.
After sliding down the waterfalls,
they could swim in the refreshing
pools of water to the next
waterfall.  The bottom of the pools
and streams were filled with stones
that were used to carve the angel.
On her way out, a man had a
table of sculptures for sale that
he had carved himself, and he
was actually in the process of
carving one.  They were all so
intricately designed, and he was
very talented.  When she saw the
table full of his hard work, and
the angel specifically, she
knew I would love it.

Thank you, Jess, for your gift.

Do you like angels as much as I do?



Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Taste of Greece

The other day, we made a trip to the South Bay Greek Festival. 

The lively event was held in Redondo Beach, CA at a local Greek Orthodox Church.

It was filled with culture, shopping, great food, and music...

which just happen to be a few of our favorites in life. 

There was plenty of delicious Greek food to choose from:

Spanakopita, dolmathes, pastitsio, gyros, souvlaki... and one mustn't forget the olives and feta.

The dancing was one of our favorite parts of the afternoon.

Children of all ages performed choreographed routines while dressed in traditional clothing.

Adults even joined in on the fun!

We had to bring home a taste of Greece for later.  A Greek Festival just isn't complete without a bite of scrumptious baklava!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Two Frogs

As you know, I love poems.  From time to time, I will let you see some of my favorites.  Here is one of them.

Two  frogs fell into a deep cream bowl,
One was an optimistic soul.
But the other took a gloomy view,
"I shall drown," he said "and so will you."
So with a last despairing cry,
He closed his eyes and said "Good-bye."
But the other frog with a merry grin,
Said "I can't get out, but I won't give in.
I'll swim around til my strength is spent.
For bravely trying, I'll die content."
So on he swam until it would seem.
His struggles began to churn the cream.
On top of the butter at last he stopped,
And out of the bowl he happily hopped.
What's the message here.  It's easily found.
If you can't get out - keep swimming around.

~Author Unknown

Have a delightful week!

Friday, July 20, 2012

An Illumination

Let there be light...

To fill our days with industry

and our nights with interest.

To communicate with those near

and far.

Let there be light to see the world through each other's eyes,

and to guide us along this intriguing path of life.

"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

A special thanks to Marcia at The Shop Around the Corner for inviting us to her White-Themed Party and inspiring us to illuminate our lives.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Sunday Drive

We took a ride to Grass Valley recently and had lunch and walked around in their old town.   Here is a picture of the historical Holbrooke Hotel.

Every old town has a time clock.

I thought this wolf sculpture was interesting.

While driving in the country, these horses grazing in the field were so pretty.  It takes me back to a time when I rode my brother-in-law's horse at his ranch in Oregon.

Remember these old style mail boxes? 

Grass Valley is always a fun place to visit.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Special Little People

It seems to me that children have alot more to deal with today than when I was a kid.  It was a simpler time back then, and our idea of having fun was going to the fields and building dirt forts with our friends.  Now, it's easier for kids to get into mischief, and sometimes adults can be very harsh with them.  They are unique individuals who are still learning every day.

I'm not saying we shouldn't discipline.  Nel and Jess will tell you that I was the first to discipline them.  I'm just saying that kids will be kids.

They are carefree.
And they get scared, just like us.

They make us laugh.

They are curious.

And they are real.

Let us not forget what it's like to be young, and be more patient with the kids around us.

Children....they are God's special people.

They are to be appreciated
They are to be taught
They are to be protected
They are to be heard
They are to be loved

Thank you for listening.