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2012 Comes to an End

As I sit here in our hotel room ‘home’ 2012 is only a few hours away. The clock is ticking away and so the time we have been here is also increasing. The world did not end as the Mayan calendar led us to speculate. But things are definitely not the same. Things have changed, but it has nothing to do with an ancient calendar.

One year ago I never would have thought I would be sitting in this tiny room without my ‘stuff’. My priorities have been pinpointed whether or not I had a choice. Well I guess I always had a choice.

We were gifted with a new daughter in law this year. It came as quite a surprise since we were told after the fact. We did not have the pleasure of meeting her until Christmas day, six months after the wedding. I suspect she was just as anxious at meeting us as we were of meeting her. We tend to let our imaginations take over when the unknown looms in the future.

We have done some things this year I never would have thought we would. We spent Christmas with our sons in Austin and not with our parents and siblings. We traveled Christmas evening on icy roads; something we would normally not have done.

Come to think of it the past five months have been littered with many such things. It has been a bitter sweet year on so many accounts. I never thought I would be on the road close to twenty five percent of each month. I never thought I would be living from a suitcase even when I am home. They say home is where your heart is but this year my heart is torn between two very different places. Our home is not where we are together most so does it still count as ‘home’? Do I leave my heart in the hotel room where we are usually together? It gets confusing at times.


You know what is really quaint? For forty years we have shared a king size bed even when traveling on vacations. Our first hotel room ‘home’ found us sharing a queen size bed. It was a little comfortable, but we made it work. Now since December 2 we have moved to another hotel room and the bed is now only full size. Wow! Now I must be cautious each time I turn over…where is the edge of the bed? I suppose God is forcing us to sleep closer and closer together. Maybe he has a plan here; he usually does.

All I can say about 2012 I have had experiences that have made me stop and think about what was of real importance to us. The conclusion is being together as much as we can is what really matters. We never know how much time we have together.

God put us in this situation and we are trying to make the best of it.

We have the sparkling wine chilled. We are waiting to pop the cork. The pink bubbles will rise in the glasses and we will toast another year together.

We are ready for 2013!

Here’s hoping it will bring joy and happiness not just for us, but for all of our friends and family.

with love

Another Year Ends -The Last 12 Months

Here we are the end of another year, but not just any year for me. The end of a year is often marked with celebrations at the stroke of midnight. But what are those celebrations really? Are we happy that we have survived another year? Are we excited that the passing year is finally over? Are we hopeful for a better year to come?

I guess for some it is a combination of all of the above. You know like the multiple choice test question answers where answer D is often all of the above or none of the above. I never did like those answers because you really had to know the material well. It was much easier when you could look at the answer choices and choose the ‘one’ that you believed to be the right answer.

Life is so not like a standardized test. It is more like a Kaleidoscope where all the tiny pieces of your daily life are collected. Each year a new kaleidoscope collection is created.

At the end of the year we look at the events of our life slowly as we make slight turns of the kaleidoscope carefully examining the last twelve months. Maybe they settle into pleasing patterns or perhaps they are a total mixture of dissonance. I wish I could remember all of the wondrous moments that occur in a year, but I cannot. It seems that I can only remember those times encased in intense emotion.

Think about your past year. What stands out the most?

I would say times of great joy, intense sorrow, sour disappointment, painful hurts both physical, emotional, and joyful surprises. We tend to overlook the insignificant …the passing smile from a stranger…

…the Blue Jay in the front yard…

…the blue sky on a clear day…

…the fleeting hug of a child…

…the smell of morning coffee brewing…

…the beauty of a rose bud…

we could go on and on creating an endless list.

Can you name your personal top 10 blessings for 2011?

Here are mine, not in any particular order:

  1. Total hip replacement
  2. Death of my best friend
  3. 28 day cruise with my husband
  4. Tenants in our rental house
  5. Both sons home for Christmas
  6. Visiting the Sargrada Familia in Barcelona
  7. Donating two cars to charity
  8. Writing each day
  9. Bringing Eucharist to my friends
  10. Love and support from friends

I invite you to spend some time today; make your own list. Maybe you will want to make two different lists. First list whatever easily comes to mind then go back and take some time to really reflect on the last twelve months.

Part of me is reluctant to see this year slip away and become the past. There are things I want to hold on to and never forget, but I know with time things fade and the colors are less intense. I have found writing a way to preserve some of life that I do not want to lose.

I hope you have honored through writing some of your most significant moments from 2011.

The beginning of a new year holds more than we could ever imagine. I hope to be more aware in 2012…to be more grateful…more loving…more compassionate…more joyful…more optimistic…remembering ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. Phil. 4:13

God has abundantly blessed me in 2011 in more ways than I could have ever imagined. We are embraced by a God who consistently showers us with surprises. I am ready to enter into this New Year…2012, believing God has more in store for me and for you.

Finally, (beloved), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Preserve all these things in the kaleidoscope of 2012…the days of your life.

What Time is it?

As another year has quickly come to an end; I thought I would share some thoughts on TIME.

Time is a mystery in so many ways. We have created a measurement for time because we needed it for some reason. I guess it makes things easier, better?          I am not sure. But then when I think about God time really has no meaning. It is just not necessary to measure anything in increments of time where God is concerned. So measuring time is only for us humans.

Maybe that is one of the wonderful things about death…Time no longer has any meaning.  Maybe that is where we get the popular saying…time flies when you are having fun…I do hope that I will be having fun in heaven whatever that may mean then.

Time…we never seem to have enough of it and yet sometimes time seems to drag on forever. Time…keeps us so confined to schedules. Can you imagine what life would be like with no way to measure Time. Everyone would be on their own schedule I guess. I think some scientist actually did research concerning the concept of Time. Surprisingly even if you do not know what the time is you somehow gravitate to a universal time schedule. Very curious, I think.

Time, time, time sometime I really do feel like the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland…running around…late for a very important date.

It’s funny how when you are doing certain tasks time does seem “to fly” and other events seem to be moving in slow motion.

Time is so fascinating. Time cannot be seen as we can observe other things. Twitter sends your precious thoughts and ideas out to the world in “real time”. “Real Time”…what other kind of time is there? Does someone have synthetic time out there pretending to be the “real” thing?

The book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-12 tells us “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.  A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What advantage has the worker from his toil? I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.  I recognized that there is nothing better than to be glad and to do well during life.”

In the business world there are numerous flashing sign posts about the benefits of “time management”. Admonitions to “use your time wisely” are lurking around every corporate corner.

~Here are a few quotes about time~

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Scottish Proverb

Time is the glue that bonds a broken heart, but love is the air which dries the glue. J. Franklin

There is time for everything.   Thomas Edison

Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.  Andy Warhol


It’s time to turn the
“Etch-a-Sketch” of 2010 on its side and



begin 2011 with a clean slate.

You are in control of how you use your time; choose wisely.

What time is it? Time to wish you a Happy New Year!

Wishing you all that is good in 2011!




“Blank Pages” of 2010


            The beginning of a new decade in this 21st Century; quite a mouthful to grab hold of…

As we reflect on yet another New Year’s Day consider the years of your life and how they compare to pages of a book. I recently came across an image of an open book. Not that unusual except that the facing pages were both blank. That is what the beginning of a new year is like in our lives. If you could, what would you write on those blank pages for 2010? I am not talking about New Year’s resolutions because they are always the same…followed by feeling bad about yourself when you do not accomplish what you so fervently desired.  We have a tendency in our house to hold on to magazines. You know how it is I want to read that article on “Growing an Herb Garden”, the recipe that you want to try because the picture looks sooo good. I cannot tell you how many magazines I have with folded pages never to be touched again…but saved. I think the magazine publishers’ just recycle the January issues because they always contain the same articles…how to become fit, healthy, and the latest exercises to trim everything from your ear lobes to your big toe. (More on that another time.)

Back to the blank pages of my book for 2010; I envision this book contains the pages of my life up to today. Written upon these previous pages are the past events of my life.

Pages that are dog-eared…

 pages that are soiled from being handled so many times…

missing pages that have been ripped out…

pages damp with tears…

pages decorated with flowers, smiley faces, and colorful rainbows…

pages with unfinished sentences…

 pages with edges tattered and torn…

pages with cherished memories…

pages with lessons learned…

pages yearning to be rewritten…

pages reread too many times to recall…

pages that are forgotten….

pages that are ignored…

pages that are musty…

pages that are dusty…

pages that are faded….

All pages of blessings some obvious some obscure.

The blank pages of this year hold hope and promise for better things to come.           

I invite you to join me and fill the blank pages of your book

in 2010 with moments of  Peace, Joy, and Love.