Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

Wow, we haven't gotten our tree up this early in quite a while. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

"Freedom From Want" by Norman Rockwell

 Even though there have been some ups and downs this year, I still have much to be thankful for. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

8 years ago today... father took his last breath.

He died on November 24, 2006, after a brave battle with a variety of health issues.  He was loving, loyal, generous, kind, understanding--everything a father should be. He set a great example for my sisters and me, living his life with integrity and honesty.  He was the embodiment of "a good man," and I know that the reason I was able to find such a great husband and father for my own children is because of the standard my Dad set for me.

I miss him every single day.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A moving reminder of sacrifice

I had the privilege of seeing this art installation by Paul Cummins when I visited the Tower of London this summer. "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" is made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one representing a fallen soldier from the British and Commonwealth military during World War I.  A moving visual reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.

To all who have served to protect the freedom of others, thank you.

Saturday, November 8, 2014