Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it. - Danny Kaye

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A new addition…

…well not my new addition, but one to the family.  This weekend my sister Adrienne and her boyfriend Paul drove to Aiken, SC to pick up a new puppy.  They found Madeline “Mady” two weeks ago and were lucky enough to bring this precious Golden Retriever home on Friday.  David and I (along with our Zoe) had a chance to stop by to see this new baby on Saturday afternoon and well, let’s just say I had my camera ready…isn’t she so cute?!?!!!

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

For Love of the Game…

In honor of Masters week, I thought I’d take a few photos to show the still remaining beautiful colors around our house on the trees and bushes. As most of you know (whether you’ve been there for yourself to see it in person or you’ve just watched it on TV every year), you know how beautiful Augusta National is during Masters week. From the very green grass to the colorful Azaleas, the springtime is always a joy to see as the wonderful colors come out and the winter goes away. And since we aren’t making it to the Masters this year (we were lucky enough to get a one-day trip in last year), we decided to make a trip to watch David’s cousin Taylor play baseball. So although it’s not real pictures from the Masters, it’s going to be a mix of springtime photos and America’s favorite pastime…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Signs…

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It’s like the Five Man Electrical Band song “Signs” (you know it, “Sign, sign everywhere a sign…”). That’s right, just like that. Signs, everywhere. That’s what I’ve seen at difficult times in my life, but lately it’s not me…it’s my mom. Since losing her two parents in a matter of a short 44 day span, she’s seen signs. Comfort signs. Religious signs. Sweet and sad signs. But most importantly signs that meant something to her, signs to help grieve, and signs to help her move forward.

From the song that wouldn’t leave her head last week on the day she buried her father to hearing it loud and clear the next Sunday in Church. From being alone sorting through her parents’ mail to stumbling across a piece of ‘ junk mail’ with the poem “Footprints in the Sand”. From the same table at Stax’s where she had her last breakfast out with her father before he passed to the same waitress last weekend who waited on my parents and asked “are you waiting for someone else?” Signs.

Generally if I’ve seen signs they were during tough or difficult times in my life. Whether it be a song on the radio who’s lyrics were coming across the airwaves as if they were written specifically for my reason of sadness or grief to just the right timing of a friend sending a letter of love and support in the mail. Signs.

And sometimes signs come in the form of dreams…especially for me.  From fears about wild animals to reliving the stresses of work.  In the subconscious even dreams can bring signs.

It’s nice to know that in times of sorrow and even in times of happiness & celebration, signs may show up to comfort you, on the good times and the bad. Read into them or miss them…it’s all in how you look at things, but if you step back for just a moment, you may be able to find signs in everyday life.

And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray"
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all,

I didn't have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."

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What signs have you seen?