Monday, May 26, 2008
I am proud to say that members of my family and close friends have honorably served our country through the military. My birth father, stepdad Larry and Uncle John all were members of the Army and served during Vietnam. My brother-in-law Larry was a Marine and also did a tour of Vietnam. Darrin's brother David spent time overseas with the Army in the late 80's. My cousin's husband, Ryan, was among the first National Guard members to patrol Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Regardless of where you stand politically, we all need to remember the sacrifices of the fallen men and women from the Revoluntionary War to the present who have died.
"The bugle has sounded
Its notes drift away, this time now belongs to you ...
On this day for one brief moment hear the silence fill the air.
Think of those who walked beside us; Now no longer there.
Then, don't cry, but hear their laughter for their spirit lives inside,
Let the mysic stream of mem'ry fill our hearts with pride!
Make us humble, make us knowing, and reflect on what is done ...
One this day for now, forever
Make this nation one!
On this day, fall all the fallen, make this nation one!"
"On This Day" by: Charles Strouse
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Darrin had to change out the batteries in the camera, so here's the second part of the show.
Caitlyn had talked about doing a fashion runway show for her 16th birthday for a long time. She was able to pull it off with the help of her friends. Details to come ...
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We spent last Saturday cheering on Alex at her track and field meet. She did very well, taking first place in the 5th & 6th grade girls 400 meter and 50 meter, as well as placing in the softball throw, running jump and girls' relay.
While at the meet, I had a flashback to the day I raced Monique T. in 9th grade at the Marquette Park track during a youth activity. I remember running as fast as I could and barely being able to catch my breath. I had to beat her because the boy I liked really liked her and, well, you know how those things go. We were neck and neck for most of the race, but I somehow managed to pull ahead at the end. My racing days are long over and I now look forward to running a 5K with Alex this Summer.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
World Vision is a Christian relief organization that helps people worldwide. They have been providing aid to the country of Burma/Myanmar for 40 years. World Vision currently has 500 aid workers stationed in Myanmar. Surprisingly, according to CNN, the junta has specifically asked World Vision to help provide aid to the survivors of the cyclone. They are in the right place at the right time. I encourage you to click on the title above which is a link to World Vision's website and if at all possible, please give to help the people of Myanmar.
Friday, May 02, 2008
I am almost at the seven month post-Ireland mark; which, in reality, should probably be defined as "five months to the one year anniversay of our trip to Ireland." I know, I'm a little OCD on these type of things.
The peonies in my garden are growing by leaps and bounds. I placed the ring supports around them last night because they're shooting up rapidly. My Japanese peony will be yielding blooms just in time for Caitlyn's 16th birthday.
Sounds that I like to hear:
- George Harrison's slide guitar towards the end of the song "What is Life";
- a groggy "I'm up" when I call up to Alex on a school morning;
- laughter among friends;
- the good news of babies being born to friends;
- joining along with a few thousand friends singing Psalm 40 ...
What sounds do you like to hear?