Thursday, February 26, 2009

to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield

...Tho' much is taken, much abides;
And tho' we are not now that strength
Which in old days moved earth and heaven,
That which we are, we are,--
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate,
But strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Ulysses, Tennyson

I love you Dad and Mom.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Week 7 - Adult - B&W

Totally unplanned - V neck shirts, hands folded the same direction, necklaces, hair caught up!!
My daughter Rachael, right, and daughter-in-law, Valerie are friends.
This comfortable photo of them on the patio on a warm summer evening, with its grainy texture and soft lighting recalls the easy nature of our time together after a good dinner and the companionship of these young women.
I look forward to many more such times.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009


Larry's birthday is this Friday. He wanted to go to the Chicago concert at The Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Well, it was just wonderful. We both love their music. It was my first concert like this and a lot of fun to hear the music we listened to as we grew up and to hear it live. We were the average age!! It ended earlier than the concerts my children attend - probably for us old people!! It was a perfect evening with my dear husband.
Happy Birthday, Larry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wonder - week 6 - Adult and Child entry

My niece, Linnea, is a curious child. She explores EVERYthing to the delight of some and the consternation of others!! God's world is a constant source of wonder to her. Here's to you, little Linnea.

These two pictures are poignant as they sit next to each other. 82 years separate them. Love binds them. And both of them wonder about life.

My mother. Corinne. She has been dealing with cancer with grace and dignity for four years. This picture was taken not long after learning that the cancer had returned. The Dr. had told us that time was limited. She is on her patio with my dad, two of her four children, a son-in-law, two of her 11 grandchildren and one of her seven great-grandchildren. All but little Linnea are holding a cup like the one she has. It was a "cup of suffering" all were sharing with her. Each pledged to pray for her, to talk with her, to listen to her, to help, to be present, to love. All pledged to share in her suffering to the extent that they could. They would drink the cup she was being asked to drink, in as much as was possible. I called later and drank with her. Here, I see her wondering what the future holds as she holds her "cup of suffering". By God's grace, she is still with us, though slowly and gracefully fading. We all wonder.
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Week 5 - I Heart Faces - Silly Adult!!

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Dear sister Gracie has always kept us laughing!! A great sense of humor wrapped up in a great deep soul and a beautiful, caring heart - Gracie is a total package!! Love you, Gracie!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I Heart Faces - EYES

adult entry
A boat, a lake, eagles and osprey - and friends. It was a perfect day.

youth entry
What could be better than being a cluster of grapes for Halloween!!

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