I have a confession to make. I fell in love several months ago. Keeping it to myself until just recently when I shared it with my husband was difficult to do. He has been understanding and very accepting of my new love. He’s definitely my best friend and understands.
You see until recently, I enjoyed travel as long as it was recreational, short lived and I knew we were coming back home soon enough. But lately, so many things have changed in our lives. All the kids are “grown” or at least they think they are. They have all moved away from home now and declared their independence. We are now Empty-Nesters and have grown into a new class of people. One that I always assumed would never affect me much because I just knew that all the boys would still be around. I assumed that they would be around regularly and that the house they would always come home to- the house they grew up in, the house they matured in and had so many developmental memories and such- would somehow mean the world to them. Why I thought this way, I’ll never know.
I moved away from home at 18 and struck off on a life of my own too. I never looked back or even considered going back home. Actually, I saw going back home as a failure in life. If I couldn’t make it on my own, I would have been devastated! There was one point when I went back though, in 2001 for about a year and half when both my parents were in a terrible car accident. Mom begged me to come help her and I did. That was short lived as God gave her Grace and she was walking again when I left. Alas, I digress…. so back to my new love…
So delusional thoughts aside, reality is often not was we expect it to be. In an adventurous ever changing world that we cannot control, we are but passengers on this ride through life. A passenger doesn’t control the direction – and in my life God is the driver. So in recent years, I have just sat back and watched he scenery as I’ve been passing through. God is still my greatest love of all, number 1 in my life…my husband is number 2. But as for this new love I referred to, well it surprises me just as much as it has surprised my husband.
I love to travel! Not just leisure travel, but packing up and moving away travel. This travel is one that I had always denied before, absolutely refusing to leave East Tennessee. Now, I’m excited by the thought and look forward to many new adventures along the way!
My Daddy. Vietnam War Veteran.
Happy Memorial day everyone! As millions of workers are off today for remembrance of fallen American soldiers and their loved ones left behind, please take a moment to say thank you to a veteran or an active duty soldier. I believe there is more awareness now due to media coverage of all types, but there are still many soldiers that are forgotten, left behind and the memories of their unselfish service is forgotten or fading.
It only takes a moment of time to say thank you. Sometimes, that is all someone needs to hear… just 2 words – Thank You.
I personally thank you if you have ever served in any branch of our US military. I appreciate the freedoms you contributed to. I appreciate the peace you helped maintain. You didn’t have to be on the battle front to be important, you simply served. It’s an honor and my gratitude overflows.
It doesn’t matter where you are now or what you “became”. Your life matters. Your service matters. You matter!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!
**My father served. My Husband served and many other members of my family have served. A great number of my friends have served or are still serving. So my passion for veterans is well seated. Please pass along this note of gratitude to encourage others to say a simple THANK YOU to our men and women in uniform past and present.
I am honored to have received the WordPress Family award from a fellow blogger Mentalmom02. I have enjoyed reading her blog and her delightful humor. Please give her a holler over at http://mentalmom02.wordpress.com/
The rules for this award seem simple enough. I thank the person nominating me for the award and then I nominate others to receive it as well. Wow, now that I have a few thousand followers, it’s super hard to pick just a few. So, please bare with me as I list some newbies, some favorites, and some that you’ve simply gotta go read!!
I would like to nominate some of the authors of a few articles I’ve read lately that touched me. Whether they induced laughter, a smile, a tear, or touched my heart in another way, they were all awesomely written!
Narrowing an award nomination down is very difficult, so please do not feel slighted if you did not make this nomination list. I love you all and that’s why I come back day after day to read your posts!
And…the nominations go to:
The Adventures of Supermom
A Fresh Start
Check these folks out and I promise you’ll find variety and will not be disappointed. I follow over a thousand blogs and narrowing the list down was super hard! Maybe you’ll make the next list 🙂
1. When was the last time you tried something new?
Tonight. Nick & I went to Alibaba and had some fabulous eastern foods 😉 I ate a German desert that looked like a small turd 😉
2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
My mother & father
3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus
4. What gets you excited about life?
The little things.
5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
Hanging out with my kids
7. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
I ask many questions
8. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
Hold my tongue
9. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
10. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
11. Do you celebrate the things you do have?