Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 12th Birthday Shannon!

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  
~e.e. cummings~

You have that courage and strength more than anyone that I have ever known!
I am so proud of who you are and who you are becoming!
Always be true to the beauty that is inside of you.
Know that you are loved and loved well.
You are never alone and we will always be here!
Happiest of Birthdays my little Hobbit!
I love you so much!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Make Orange Juice

When life throws you lemons, make orange juice.  
It will leave them wondering how the hell you did that.  
~Author Unknown~

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Confront the dark parts of yourself,
 and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.  
Your willingness to wrestle with your demons 
will cause your angels to sing.  
Use the pain as fuel,
 as a reminder of your strength.  
~August Wilson~

Saturday, December 28, 2013



With ordinary talent 
and extraordinary perseverance, 
all things are attainable.  
~Thomas Foxwell Buxton~

Friday, December 27, 2013

To Give It Sweetness

What good is the warmth of summer 
without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. 
~Author Unknown~

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Get Better SOON!

Feel better and come home soon Papa!  
We love and miss you!!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Mankind is a great,
 an immense family.
  This is proved by 
what we feel in our hearts 
at Christmas. 
 ~Pope John XXIII~ 

From our Hearts
to yours.
Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Hole in the World

Where you used to be, 
there is a hole in the world, 
which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, 
and falling in at night.  
I miss you like hell.  
~Edna St Vincent Millay~

 Happy Birthday

Monday, December 23, 2013

Time To Take Risks

We have all taken risks in the making of war. 
 Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace?  
~J. Ramsay MacDonald~

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Silence is a source 
of great strength.
  ~Lao Tzu~ 
I Love to Silent
Hush that snow creates.
It makes the world
seem so very peaceful.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Magical Event

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
  it is a magical event. 
 You go to bed in one kind of world 
and wake up in another quite different, 
and if this is not enchantment 
then where is it to be found? 
 ~J.B. Priestley~

Thursday, December 19, 2013

All The Whole Year Through

Wouldn't life be worth the living
Wouldn't dreams be coming true
If we kept the Christmas spirit
All the whole year through?

~Author Unknown~

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Greatest Hunger

For the spirit of Christmas
 fulfills the greatest hunger 
of mankind.  
~Loring A. Schuler~

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy Happy Christmas

Happy, happy Christmas, 
that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; 
that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; 
that can transport the sailor and the traveller, 
thousands of miles away, 
 back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  
~Charles Dickens~

Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy Bithday Sean


Sean it is so hard to believe
that you are 15 today.
You are growing up
to be a truly 
remarkable person.
I could not be more
I love you!

Boys are beyond the range of anyone's sure understanding,
 at least when they are between the ages of
 18 months and 90 years. 
 ~James Thurber~

Sunday, December 15, 2013


I don't sing because I'm happy; 
I'm happy because I sing.  
~William James~

Saturday, December 14, 2013


No one could ever know me
No one could ever see me
Seems you're the only one who knows
What it's like to be me
Someone to face the day with
Make it through all the rest with
Someone I'll always laugh with
Even at my worst I'm best with you, yeah

It's like you're always stuck in second gear
And it hasn't been your day, your week, your month,
or even your year...

I'll be there for you
When the rain starts to pour
I'll be there for you
Like I've been there before
I'll be there for you
'Cuz you're there for me too...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Every Month

I wish we could 
put up some of the 
Christmas spirit in jars
 and open a jar of it
 every month.  
~Harlan Miller~

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Challenge Your Beliefs

All of us cherish our beliefs. 
They are, to a degree, self-defining. 
When someone comes along who challenges our belief system as insufficiently well-based 
– or who, like Socrates, merely asks embarrassing questions that we haven’t thought of, 
or demonstrates that we’ve swept key underlying assumptions under the rug 
– it becomes much more than a search for knowledge. 
It feels like a personal assault.
—Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World~

Challenge your beliefs!
Ask the embarrassing questions.
Search for knowledge.
It is not a personal assault.
It is a privilege and an obligation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More than Gold

This December,
That love weighs 
more than gold!
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon~

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Best Decoration

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.  
~Author Unknown~

Monday, December 9, 2013

Teach Your Children

If you teach your children nothing else,
 teach them the Golden Rule 
and "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey." 
 ~Robert Brault~

Sunday, December 8, 2013


 Be careful how you interpret the world:  
It is like that.  
~Erich Heller~

Saturday, December 7, 2013


There is no way to happiness - 
happiness is the way. 
 ~Thich Nhat Hanh~

Friday, December 6, 2013

I'll Work It Out

Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, but I'll work it out... 
~Dave Matthews~

Thursday, December 5, 2013


The past is our definition. 
 We may strive, with good reason, 
to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it,
 but we will escape it only by
 adding something better to it. 
 ~Wendell Berry~

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Know that you are never so lost that we cannot find you!
You are so loved and so cherished 
by more people than you will ever know,
our beautiful girls!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Sometimes you believe a thing that isn't true 
because in the world you wish to live in,
 it would be true. 
 ~Robert Brault~

Monday, December 2, 2013

More Beautiful

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods during the sunrise.  
~George Washington Carver~

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Carry it with us

Though we travel the world 
over to find the beautiful,
 we must carry it with us
 or we find it not.
  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thin Ice

It's a strange world of language 
in which skating on thin ice 
can get you into hot water.  
~Franklin P. Jones~

Friday, November 29, 2013


Pie...it fills the cracks of the heart.  
Go away, pain.  
~Kevin James, Mall Cop~

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. 
I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, 
we had an enormous feast, 
and then I killed them and took their land.
~ Jon Stewart ~

Happy Thanksgiving
Susan & Becca

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From the Heart

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd~

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Highest Appreciation

As we express our gratitude, 
we must never forget that the highest appreciation 
is not to utter words, 
but to live by them.  
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy~

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Day


                                I welcome this new day. 
          It is a gift to me, a new creation, a promise of resurrection.
       Greetings to the Four Realms, the Goddesses and Gods, 
                              and the Kindred of Yore.
           I salute the Sun, the Earth, the Seas, and the Sky.
                 I am thankful for being alive this morning. 
               Thankful for the sleep that has refreshed me.
                      May my hands do the good work.
                           May my eyes see the truth.
                         May I speak compassionately.
                May I make the world a better place this day.
~Ceisiwr Serith~
                                  Book of Pagan Prayer

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saving Thanks

I don't save my thanks for one day a year.
I give it each day for the blessings in my life.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. 
 Action always generates inspiration.  
Inspiration seldom generates action. 
 ~Frank Tibolt~

Friday, November 22, 2013


Who is wise?  He that learns from everyone. 
 Who is powerful?  He that governs his passions. 
 Who is rich?  He that is content. 
 Who is that? 
~Benjamin Franklin~

Thursday, November 21, 2013


May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

~Irish Blessing~

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More Alive

I often think that the night is more alive
 and more richly colored
 than the day. 
 ~Vincent Van Gogh~

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Indecent Haste

Dawn seemed to follow midnight with indecent haste.  
~J.K. Rowling~

Monday, November 18, 2013

The closer one looks

Our dreams disturb us because 
they refuse to pander to our fondest notions of ourselves.  
The closer one looks, the more they seem to
 insist upon a challenging proposition:
 You must live truthfully.  Right now.  And always. 
 Few forces in life present, with an equal sense of inevitability, 
the bare-knuckle facts of who we are, 
and the demands of what we might become.  
~Marc Ian Barasch~

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I count myself lucky, 
having long ago won a lottery 
paid to me in seven sunrises a week for life. 
~Robert Brault~

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I am Free

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. 
If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them;
 if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. 
I am free because I know that I alone 
am morally responsible for 
everything I do.

Friday, November 15, 2013


Excellence is not a skill.  
It is an attitude.  
~Ralph Marston~

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Don't speak 
unless you can
 improve on
 the silence. 
 ~Spanish Proverb~

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


You can't deny laughter; 
when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair 
and stays as long as it wants.  
~Stephen King~

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Feeling Blue

Whenever I feel blue,
 I start breathing again. 
 ~L. Frank Baum~