Monday, July 23, 2012

My 40th.....here's the scoop

yesterday was my big birthday.......
the party part was fun, 
but i'm not that thrilled about the number. :0)





 but sometimes you just need a reason
 to get together with your buddies....






and your family......



my lil brother and his wifey


and people who have touched your life since your childhood.....



my mentor and childhood friend from across the street--now my son's principal


and you have to remind yourself 
that life is good
and age isn't really that big-a-deal.....







so you jump on the highest ride
 you can find.....








even though you're scared to death.....








with the ones you love......








and you realize that this isn't a free-fall.....




zach on the alpine slides by mt. rushmore



and going "up" is just as fun as coming down.......








 so you sit back 
and take a breather 
while everyone else is running by.......








to cherish
 this.....







this.....






this......






and this......






and you count your blessings
cause
 getting 
"older" 
isn't that scary....







when you have your peeps
to lean on.






love 
shows it's
face
once 
again......



loves this man



and when it feels like the world
 turns it's 
back on you
 .......








you find the beauty
 in the funny.....
(and he truly is hysterical)







and share your childhood 
dreams.....




the taffy shop in downtown keystone



with your sweet-hearts.







flowers seem to bloom
 where you walk.....






and storm clouds 
go away......






 cause you've found the good
 in everything around you







you start to sing 
a different tune......




ending the night with Mercy Me in concert at Hills Alive--awesomeness



and you're finally at peace....




loving the fact that my kids love to listen to and sing about Jesus.




with where you are in your life.
the people who have touched you.
and hopefully you've touched some as well.
and you know that
 this is the beginning.
not the end.
of 
something
amazing.

it's just another step
to something
beautiful.

i was reminded yesterday
by my smart older brother
that i may be ten years from 50,
but at least
i'm alive.
time to start seeing 
the BRIGHT 
side. 




today was a great day!
starting to get "over" the  "F" #.









Wednesday, July 11, 2012

life's just a beach


there's a feeling 
when summer feels as though it's just begun 
because the big things are behind us....
and it's time to relax.




 the feeling when nothing else matters but the water
and the sand
and your friends.




it just feels good to throw someone overboard 
and be able to laugh about it.




 and not having anything else to worry about......
like getting pink dresses 
dirty




and what you catch on your line makes no difference at all




siblings see things from the same perspective




and we make new buddies over the catch of the day

 



and life seems like one-big-splashy-ride




when winning isn't important for the first time

  


and being buried is actually freeing and satisfying




and then the sun goes down,
but not without pizzazz 




and friends are still around




then the next day....




you do it all over again


  
with a smile.



really
 big 
one.





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