Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Passover!

To all of our Jewish friends and to all fellow Christians who acknowledge, recognize, honor, celebrate, and/or observe the biblical holidays/feasts/appointed times. 
Chag Pesach Sameach.
That is
Happy Passover.
A time for family and friends and for re-telling the story. 
The time of liberation.
Best wishes for a blessed, meaningful, insightful celebration. May our look backward provide the faith and motivation to move forward joyfully and expectantly.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bonnie!

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! 
I start this birthday greeting with a picture of you and Grandma. She was a great communicator, and you have certainly inherited that gene. Painting, drawing, writing letters, email, social media—you keep in touch with family and friends around the world.
 That is such a commendable thing to do, and we so appreciate hearing what is happening in your life and watching the children grow up and live their lives. I love that you not only created these "Quote Cards" but that you sent them all out to people of whom they made you think.  They are very imaginative.
Now for a little nostalgia. The back of this one indicates you are just past your first birthday, so we were still in Rota.

Second birthday. Three little girls with birthdays within one week of one another. Puerto House.
With Mom, all dressed up for your second birthday party. 
Puerto de Santa Maria. 
Three years old. Chipiona. Birthday with the YWAM/Dilaram community. 
 Of course, that beautiful house with its marvelous tile is gone now, replaced by apartments, from what we've been told. Here's a shot on the front steps right before we were transferred to Gaeta.
It was such fun surprising you last year for your birthday. 
Kudos to Rory for a wonderful plan.
 And of course, the party he threw was nonpareil. 
So glad we could be there.
I'll finish with a couple of fun ones. There were so many people in your life who blessed you in so many ways, and Uncle Bob was/is certainly one of them. I love this picture. He looks so peaceful, and you look a bit mischievous.
 I came across this picture in my searches today. Of course, it is you modeling the hole in your windshield and kidding me about my penchant for using gray tape on everything. 
We celebrate you today and every day and wish you all the best in this new year of life.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bonnie's Virtual Gallery of Favorite Quotations

Our daughter Bonnie has been publishing her favorite quotations on Facebook, day by day, along with creative, original artwork. 
1. Always be kinder than necessary
They are so lovely, I thought they deserved a permanent place on the Internet and wider dissemination. 
2. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
So, here they are.
3. Comparison is the thief of Joy. --Theodore Roosevelt.
 I am calling this "Bonnie's Virtual Gallery of Favorite Quotations."
4. My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.
I was thinking of calling it "Bonnie's Virtual Garden of Favorite Quotations."
5. Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. --E.B. White
She loves to grow things in her garden, and many of her drawings include flowers and other living, growing things.
6. Normality is a paved road. it's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. --Vincent Van Gogh
7. Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. 
8. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. --Karin Seddiki
9. I do not want to just read books. I want to climb inside them and live there.
10. Be brave.
11. Dreams come a size too we can grow into them.
12. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven't. --Thomas Edison
13. Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it's the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying: I will try again tomorrow.
14. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing kind always. 
15. The older I get, the surer I am that I am not running the show.
16. More than anything, I must have flowers, always and always. --Claude Monet
The Artist's Workplace
 This is where it all happens.
17. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. 
--Theodore Roosevelt
18. I am an optimist. It does not seem much use to be anything else. --Winston Churchill
19. Adventure is worthwhile. --Amelia Earhart
20. At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again.
21. Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. --Oscar Wilde
22. Peace begins with a smile. --Mother Teresa
23. Sometimes the questions are complicated...and the answers are simple. --Dr. Seuss
24. Whatever you are, be a good one. --Abraham Lincoln
25. I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. --Pablo Picasso
26. When the world says, "Give up," hope whispers, "try it one more time...."
27. Always be kinder than necessary.
28. Nothing is impossible. The word itself ways "I'm possible." --Audrey Hepburn
29. Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
30. From Micah 6:8  Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God.
31. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. --William James
32. It always seems impossible until it is done. 
--Nelson Mandela
33. Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right. 
--Henry Ford
34. I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
--Abraham Lincoln
35. Little by little, one travels far.
--J.R.R. Tolkien
36. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world...
37. Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
38. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. --Christopher Columbus
39. Friends are the flowers in the Garden of Life.
40. There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. --C.S. Lewis
41. You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
--C.S. Lewis
42. There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
43. I love possibilities.
44. The expert in anything was once a beginner.
45. The best things in life aren't things.
46. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. --Vincent Van Gogh
47. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
48. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. --Henry David Thoreau
49. No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. --Aesop
50. All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, and I promise you something great will come of it. 
--Benjamin Mee in "We Bought a Zoo."
51. Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart. --Winnie the Pooh.
52. Vulgarity is no substitute for wit. --Lady Violet Crawley
53. No one has ever become poor by giving. --Anne Frank
54. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. 
--Agatha Christie
55. You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. --Maya Angelou
56. A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in a little thing becomes a great thing. --Plato
 57. A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss
  58. Joy comes in the morning. --Psalm 30:5
59. Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
60. Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together. --Brene Brown
61. If you can dream it, you can do it. 
--Walt Disney
62. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. --Thomas Jefferson
63. Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
64. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it. --Danny Kaye
65. There is always, always, something to be thankful for. 
66. A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
--Ruth Bell Graham
67. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. --C.S. Lewis