Saturday, July 4, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day?

Isn't that a strange saying?  It's what we say, perhaps for lack of better words.  
When I think of Memorial Day, I instantly think of the men in my family, even though they
didn't die for their country (at least none I know of) they fought for their country and,
to say the least, death was definitely a possibility.  My father, maternal grandpa, at least one of his brothers, my Great Uncle Jack also served our country.  My brother in law, and the list goes on all the back to the Revolutionary War in my family.  

When I think of Memorial Day words like stalwart, resolute, courageous, sacrifice, and patriotism come to mind. I think of it as a solemn time.  I think of the condition of our country at present and I am THANKFUL for those willing to serve, to risk their lives for my personal safety.

Then I think of Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring me, someday, to heaven.  Who bled for me, died for me.  I think of those same words…especially sacrifice.  A sacrificial love beyond words express.  The One who laid down HIS life for my eternal freedom.

I think of being a patriot.  According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a patriot is one who loves his or her country and supports it's authority and interests.  So while I live in America and it is my country, my home, one day will be in heaven with Jesus Christ.  My interests are to be aligned with His.  His authority is to rule my life.  I hope I will continue to grow in this, to be stalwart, resolute, and courageous as those who've loved the U.S. so much they gave all they had here on earth, their lives.

Thank you, and the families and friends who live without you…we remember

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Taylor, RCHS Class of 2015

One of my greatest joys is photographing friends, especially when we have a long history.  I have known Taylor since she was about 2 1/2 years old!  Her mom, Cyndi and I became friends about that time through home schooling. One of the things that has never changed about "Tay" is her level of joy and enthusiasm!  She is truly one of the sweetest, kindest girls I've ever met.  It's been amazing to see her grow into the young lady she is today.

Here are a few words from Taylor about her K-12th grade education and her future plans

Taylor, I'm so excited to see what God has for your future.

Momma 2.0

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sunbeam, Guide Dog

Sunbeam came into our lives thirteen years ago.  My daughter, Courtney, took her to train as a guide dog for Guide Dogs of the Desert.  When we got Sunbeam, or as we more commonly called her, "Beamer", she was a 12 week old puppy.  We all instantly fell in love with her sweet personality.

She was always the sweetest dog!  My son used to say she was kind of like a beauty queen- beautiful and wants world peace:).  That completely described her.  And faithful.  She loved her raiser (Courtney) so much that when we returned her after her home training and raising, she was so attached, she couldn't be a guide dog.  She spent a brief time in training as a drug dog.  She eventually was offered back to us and we happily took her back!  While she was back at Guide Dogs, we had already taken on our second pup from them, Sarah, a black lab.  
When we brought Sunbeam home, they became the best of buddies.  In fact, Sarah wouldn't even want to lie down until Sunbeam was at rest.  That's because she slept with her head on Beamer's "hind" quarters, kind of like her very own pillow.  

Well, as with all good dogs (and bad ones I presume) the time comes when the just get too old.  We had to make the decision to NOT let her live in pain, to put her down before she was so uncomfortable that she couldn't walk comfortably.  
Anyone who has had to put down their beloved animal understands!
It aches in your stomach and you dread the goodbye.
Well, today was her day.  I am very thankful for LEAF, http://www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.comLake Elsinore Animal Friends for their kindness as I wept and they were so patient and waited until I was ready to hand her off.  And I'm very thankful for her wonderful vet, Dr. Bob http://lacrestavet.comWe will never forget how she "seemed" so dumb but always knew where she left her bone.  Or how when we got home she would  pick up something to give us, even a straw or piece of paper, like it was something special.  

She was the sweetest dog and if ever a dog could go to heaven, it would be her (that's another topic though:)
We love you Beamer Doodle Noodle!
Rest in Peace

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Temecula Snow Day

I awoke to a text, "Sorry, can't meet today.  The weather has caused me to change my plans.  I can't believe it's snowing!".  With one eye opened, I really just noticed the "can't" part.  I try to go back to sleep...wait...did it say S N O W?? I look out the window but it was still to dark to see.  I go downstairs, open the front door of my Temecula home and what do I see--a winter wonderland!!  Rubbing my eyes, I look again.  Yup, snow! So I take the dogs out (they really didn't know what to do:) and waited for the sun to come up, then traversed through the slushy roads to snap a few photos in Old Town, Temecula, my home for 25+ years.  To my knowledge this is only the second time it's snowed at my house since I've lived here and the last time was about 12 years ago, Thanksgiving weekend but it just lasted about an hour.
  I think the funniest thing I saw was the construction crew who were setting up for New Year's Eve stop to build a snow man (well, actually just a head) and take pictures of it, leaving behind the thoughts of their day, just a moment to enjoy.  I wish I could've snapped that moment but alas, I was driving!  As a SoCal Gal, I'm not accustom to dealing with this weather.  In fact, I honestly didn't even know if I like snow.  I've only had a few experiences with it in my entire life--to be exact, I remember three!  But today was the chance to live in the moment, something I rarely do.  I'm a planner although I do not always execute said plan.  I love to plan, organize, and "do".  It was fun to seize the day, even just for a few hours.  So my New Year's plan is to "Carpe Diem" a little more often.
Happy New Years All!!