Monday, November 26, 2012


On my drive home yesterday, I was reflecting on my weekend and what I was most thankful for when I saw a rainbow cloud!  Yes, you heard me correctly.  It was a rainbow that was only reflected on a single cloud and while it wasn’t grand in size, it was vibrant in color.  Naturally, the wheels in my head started turning and I thought of my father and only my father.  He is a humble man, and actually a quite small in stature man, whom can make you feel like the most precious gem with a simple smile.  When he speaks, he speaks with passion.  Listen and you will be thankful.  He only says about 80% of what he's thinking, but that 80% is powerful.  He has a way about him that exudes the love he feels for his wife and children that is so natural.  There isn’t an effort or a desire to impress.  He simply is who he is and he is wonderful. 

Just look at the love in my parents’ eyes. 

Some people were gifted with an eloquence in their words and my friend is one of them.  He wrote the following on Thanksgiving Day and it touched me:

 In spite of any cynicism that one receives after reading the world news, balancing a checkbook or simply being stuck in one's own mind while traversing through the motions of life...I am ever thankful for the breath in our chests, a stomach that is sated, the warmth in our hearts, the smiles and laughter on our faces but most of all, I thank you for being simply you. Be well today, my friend.

Thank you, friend, for writing your thoughts of thanks.  I struggle daily to put what I am feeling in my heart into words.  I feel so passionately that my vocabulary simply cannot keep up.  :)

Beautiful sunset that welcomed me back to Virginia after a 5 hour drive.
I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family.  God has blessed me with a family that makes me laugh when I am sad, picks me up when I have fallen, carries me when I am weak, loves me when I fail, comforts me when I need comforting, makes fun of me when it's deserved and loves me unconditionally, crazy quirks and all.  I’m in a “sappy, missing my family” mood. 

My pretty preteen sister

Younger, but taller brainiac brother :)
I love his smile!  This is my younger, older brother.
My precious niece!  Love her smile too!
My crazy little nephew!
That's just a handful of my family members.  Family rocks! 
Much love.


  1. I'm glad you had such a great trip back home. Sounds like it was a needed breath of fresh air!

    1. Thank you! It was a breath of fresh air for sure!!


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