Saturday, June 23, 2012

Think on These Things #19 ~ nesting

I watched as a pair of sparrows flitted about this lantern on the patio and wasn't surprised when I saw a couple of days later they had built a nest atop the candle in the holder.  I think she found a perfect home for her young.

Hope
by Emily Dickinson   
Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune--without the words, 
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard; 
And sore must be the storm 
That could abash the little bird 
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land, 
And on the strangest sea; 
Yet, never, in extremity, 
It asked a crumb of me.
~~
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Whirlwind

As we get older, it seems we get busier and busier.  Our days have been filled with weddings, showers, graduations, parties, birthdays and get-togethers.  Nary a week goes by that we don't have an opportunity to gather and celebrate life and milestones.
Our oldest grandson, Jared, graduated Thursday night from Middle School and is heading to high school in September
Jared with his parents, Erin and AJ
Abbey and Jared
Jared and Pop-Pop
Jared and Mom-Mom
Celebrating after graduation
this is how we got to see Jared's graduation... in over-flow classrooms on tv with stink-o video and audio. Each student got just two tickets and everyone else filled classrooms to watch the ceremony 
Our daughter, Erin, also graduated this spring, with honors and a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She has already begun classes for her Master's. A great accomplishment as she works a full-time job as a beautician, is a mom and cares for her home with AJ all the while helping friends and family.
Memorial Day we visited the cemetery where my parents are buried.  It was the first time we saw the new marker that included both their names. I felt a little sad but was blessed as I looked a few rows ahead and saw dear friends visiting their daughters grave. Their daughter grew up with our twins and tragically died at age 24 giving birth to her second child. We spent over an hour together on this beautiful day.
This is what happens when you swerve to miss hitting a bunny in the street.  Abbey had just left for work very early in the morning.  A couple minutes later she called to say she hit a tree.  The air bag inflated and she hurt her nose and arm but was okay.  Her car was totaled and sadly just two days prior she paid $500 in repairs.  Ouch! I am once again chauffeur in this one-car family driving John to work each morning so I can have the car.
This dear couple have been our friends for over 26 years!  We connected at my nephews college graduation party and ended up in so much laughter.  Only true friends can find great humor in the unusual topics such as...  cremation. Light-hearted conversation that led to funny stories and happy laughter.
John and Ray were college buddies.  Ray was a groomsmen in our wedding. Somehow we lost contact and got involved in the busyness of raising children and careers.  We re-connected via facebook last summer and became fast-friends again, like we never skipped a beat.  We met Jan for the first time last year and it was like we knew each other for years. 
These beautiful ladies... well they mean the world to me.  They bring love, smiles, encouragement, help, hugs and sweet friendship with every visit!  We have prayed together, studied together and walked many journeys together.  Our birthday lunch on Tuesday was made even more special because our Texas sister was up for a visit! 
Saturday we visited John's Aunt Marie in Mays Landing.
We took her to lunch to celebrate her
95th Birthday!
She's a stitch and always fun to be with!

Jamie invited us for lunch on Father's Day. Chloe and her Pop-Pop chatted a bit.
Jared's 15th Birthday fell on Father's Day this year so last night we celebrated with dinner and ice-cream cake :)
We have been crazy busy doing yard work this spring but blossoms like this are a beautiful reward. Each year it returns I am reminded of the sweet person that gave it to me :)
And my constant companion that I love to pieces

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