Monday, May 30, 2011

The Brave

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”

- Thucydides

"Bravery is testing your limits
daring to go past the fence which holds your self security;
It's standing tall for your beliefs so that no one can knock them down...
...Your motivation runs on perseverance to break your limits of courage.
- Megan 
{one of my former students}

“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” 
~ Thucydides
May we live a life of gratitude
treasuring freedom and the blessings that God has given us.

☆  ☆  ☆

Have a beautiful Memorial Day Everyone!
and may God be with our troops
...near, far and passed on...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Allons à Paris

~ It's Simply Irresistible!

There are two fun happenings this weekend in Blogland.

Happy 3rd Birthday Pink Saturday at Beverly's
and a
Paris Blog Tour with
Anita @ Castles, Crowns and Cottages

I'm loving it!

Several years ago ~ To remember Paris daughter, Amanda suggested that I make prints of my old slides.  
These hang in my dining room.

For my "Paris Tour," I browsed more of my photographs.

The Eiffel Tower was not lit up like this when I was there.
Some day, I'll see it again, and it will be

and I will shop here

and here

But, in the meantime,
I'll also enjoy browsing the internet for 
beautiful cupcakes.
This one reminds me that I was 21 when I went to France.

...and I will enjoy the lovely lilies of the valley in my garden.
to remind me of La Fête du Muguet
celebrated on May 1

If I were in Paris now,
I would send you lovely notes with these stamps on the envelopes. 

Merci Anita pour cette idée fabuleuse!
Vous êtes très douce.
Au revoir mes amis!
Bon weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wild, Wild Weather

Sometimes the clouds look like

wild horses

 thundering through the mountains and canyons

 Sometimes the clouds look like

cotton candy frosting

on a light as air cupcake.

*  *  *
Keeping those in severe weather areas in prayer.
Wishing the wild, wild weather to become calm once again
and for their days to be much, much sweeter!
*  *  *
Please stop by and
visit Sky Watch Friday for wild skies the world over!
 Skywatch Friday

The photos of the wild, wild clouds and the cotton candy clouds were taken by me earlier this week.
The amazing lightening photo was taken by Bo Insogna {The Lightening Man}
Cotton candy cupcake by Little Miss Cupcake*

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

cheerful helpers

every little bit helps
keep a smile on my face
while washing dishes!

{like a fun pair of gloves and a bright pink sponge}

. . . the cheerful heart has a continual feast . . .
-Proverbs 15: 15

Isn't it the little things in life
that bring cheer and joy
to your heart?

I hope you are having a happy week,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Someone Special

When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be Someone.
-Robert Brault 
* I believe * 

This Someone Special

is our Shepherd

who leads us to green pastures,

beside quiet waters,

and restores our soul.

He guides us in paths of righteousness,

is always with us

and comforts us.
.  .  .

Surely goodness and love will follow us

all the days of our lives,

and we will dwell in the house of the Lord

- Psalm 23

Wishing you goodness and love
all the days of
your life.
Blessings to you on this lovely Sunday,

~ Maria

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Scent from Heaven

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers. 
-Heinrich Heine

We watch for pauses in the rain
to walk in showers of JOY

through the blossoms

sprinkled on the grass and plants

and 'round every corner is

the scent of heaven!

 Wishing you fragrant paths
and  Joy always,