Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday Serenity...on a Monday

Welcome to our newest fambly member!

~Mikey Bear~


We are conceived

in ecstasy,
born in pain,
grow through childhood
and adolescence
in frustration and indecision,
stumble into maturity,
and grow old
much faster
than we like.

~ Peter J. Steincrohn

Hold on tight mama & papa - time really does fly...much too fast!


expect family goodness!

Above photo was taken by Mikey Bear's grandma, aka my aunt Micki, of my beautiful youngest daughter Brynn Lee holding our newest family member. Mikey Bear does nothing but sleep and then coo and ~smile~ every once in a while. He's a mama's most precious dream-come-true.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


The first day of school
At least for us support staff
Kids? Not till next week!


expecting new beginnings!

Photo of my parents' wonderful Missourahhh pond, August 2010


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I'd like to tell you I've been very very busy this summer.
But that's not the truth.
I've just been very very curiously challenged. (sigh)

I hope that changes soon.
Because I don't particularly like being stagnant!

blah at times!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So Long...

That frog's leap kinda says it all for me


I'm bound once again for my other home...

Connecticut...(I love you too)

my favorite place - which one?

P.S. Isn't that a most spectacular photo my brother bbum took???

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Serenity

Roger Under Grand Old Tree, originally uploaded by bbum.

My Dodgie under my favorite Missourah tree.
Nephew is quickly becoming bigger.
Grand Old Tree is quickly becoming smaller.

That old Circle of Life



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Small Blip on Life's Journey

This quote is on a plaque in the rose garden of TIRR hospital in Houston:

"...The realization of potential usefulness remaining to any man appears to be entirely apart from muscular weakness...It is an adjustment that repeatedly demonstrates to all of us that success in living is not success in bodily movement.. Creativity, responsiveness, fraternity, responsibility, and equality are not measured by muscle strength...It is as if the man within the shell of mortal clay unleashes himself from the bonds of muscular might
and uses the tiniest strengths for the greatest purposes."

William A. Spencer, M.D.
Founder and First President of TIRR
Feb. 1958


Our good friends' son, (and a close friend of our son, Bly) traveled to Cancun for a vacation with a bunch of his buddies in early July. The first day they all arrived, this young man, with the entire world at his feet, and all his friends went to the beach to play in the surf. Something most of us have done at one time or another. Within 45 minutes, he had dived into the surf and hit his head on a rock. Thank God one of his friends was an EMT. He was rushed to Houston, one of the best spinal cord injury treatment cities and has been there ever since. Thankfully, he could not possibly have a better support system. His parents, along with his girlfriend are just amazing in their attitude and support of and devotion to him. He also has legions of friends who are standing by his side as well.

It's the small victories that get him through the days now.

As his mom wrote yesterday: "....4 p.m. came all too fast when {his girlfriend} had to leave once again and the reality of being "stuck" in Houston was difficult. We had a talk about how he and all of us take even the smallest of things for granted, like even being able to scratch your nose! He waited for {his girlfriend's} phone call to hear that she got home safe and sound before turning in for the night. All in all it was a good weekend after much advancement since arriving here late Monday. He would rather be back home with everyone but knows that TIRR will give him the best there is to offer. Once again a small blip on his life's journey."

I can't stop thinking how in the blink of an eye an entire life can change irrevocably.


The above quote was originally posted on CaringBridge at the request of his father. I am honored to repost it here.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sunday Serenity

Come sit with me by the edge of the sea
And rest your weary mind...



Photo was taken by moi this past July '10 in Mathews, VA in our VA Blogfest hostess with the mostest Janice's beautiful back yard. Actually that body of water is Queen's Creek. Queen's Creek is just as peaceful as the sea. For me, there's no better place than living by water. Well, except during a hurricane or a Nor'easter.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Rainbows in Unexpected Places

My dad took this photo of their pond early last Tuesday. For whatever reason, be it the extreme MO heat of late, a strange new pollen, (and no, it's not oil), brilliant rainbows are showing up most mornings on the surface of the water. As the day goes on, the winds and possibly the sun's rays disperse it. I wonder what's causing it...

Hmmm...quite perplexing!


in MO and very happy about that!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Around 4:00 PM Today...

This is the sign I'll be passing by on I-70...
I love this sign
I don't know why
It just ~speaks~ to me...
(Don't even ask.)

Around 5:30 PM today,
This is what I'll be seeing
Can't think of anything better...

Being greeted by Cody-dog,
With gin & soda in hand...
(Me, not Cody)
Yup, that's just over the top!


expect MO good times!

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Dock...Sorta

I've been having issues of late.
Lots and lots of issues.
Computer issues.
Camera issues.
Upload issues.
Edit issues.
Enough about issues!

The one photo I was able to upload is above.
A scene from Mathews, VA.
A place most dear to my heart.

Tho that dock isn't ~complete~,
It still serves its purpose,
And gets the job done.

Kinda like all of us...