Wednesday, August 22, 2012


 "I count myself lucky, having long ago won a lottery paid to me in seven sunrises a week for life."
- Robert Brault


This beautiful quote
{and so ingeniously clever as always with Robert Brault}
reminded me of what my father so often says...

"When I open my eyes each morning, I thank God for the gift of another day."
Dad will be 88 next month!
~
 ... to start each day with gratitude...
this is how we grow
JOY
 
{Thank you for the hot air balloon photo, Jason!}




26 comments:

Barb said...

Maria, Jason's photo really caught my attention! Fabulous silhouette. My Mother gave thanks for each new day, and I try to follow her example. Thankfulness gives a positive start to the day regardless of my responsibilities or what I must face. I know you're preparing for a new school year. Some of my Grands have already started and call me with happiness in their voices, telling me about their new teachers. I know the children you teach will also meet you with anticipation and joy. Good Luck as you begin a new school year. PS Happy Birthday to your father. Bob's father just flew to visit us - he's 89.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MARIA MY DEAR!!!! How are you?

I so understand this sentiment here; I often thank GOD for the fact that He thought of bringing me into existence, for giving me a soul and for all that I have. What a beautiful message for the day!

Are you getting ready for returning to school? Ruben already started retreats and meetings this week and his classes start next week! I on the other hand only have to think about subbing....YEAH!

Have a glorious day and happy birthday to your father! Anita

It's me said...

Yes so true words......wishing you you everyday darling....love Ria...xxx...

Gary said...

Great capture!! Boom & Gary of the vermilion River, Canada.

Luna Miranda said...

it's beautiful! the Brault quote is perfect.

joy said...

Very nice picture and the words that goes with it. God is really good and hIs creation is awesome!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Gorgeous perspective of the balloon highlighted by the burst of light!

HansHB said...

A lovely sky-post!
Great composition!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous capture and such wise words for the day! Thanks for sharing! Happy SWF!!

Lynne said...

Beautiful capture! Happy skywatching.

eileeninmd said...

You are so right, what a beautiful quote. And I love your photo! Gorgeous sky!

Linda said...

That picture is spectacular Maria. I am in that season of life where I am beginning to fully appreciate the gift of a new day. I have this one, who am I that I should have two.

ladyfi said...

That is a stunning shot!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wonderful quotes... very uplifting!

Light and Voices said...

Image speaks to my soul.
Joyce M

francis said...

I feel so blessed to know you Maria .
You are so you and so true !
You always make me smile
and count my blessings....
Even when times are more difficult there is always so much to be greatful for ....
You teach me that time after time ...
Thank you !
Eva still wears the blue and pink bibs every time she is with me !
So I always say a THANK YOU MARIA for that too !
Happy weekend dear friend

Diana said...

I love the balloon, check out my post! Hope you're planning a party for dad! Love Di ♥

Joyful said...

I like Robert Brault's inspirational quotes and your dad's advice ;-)

koralee said...

I am so thankful for you my friend....such a lovely quote and yahoooooo for your dear father turning 88! What a blessing and a gift.
I will be putting on my school shoes tomorrow and taking the first steps down the school hall outside my classroom...can it really be that time again?
I really do love this time of year..and I can truly say I am grateful for tomorrow! xoxoxo Hugs and will be thinking of you as you start your school year!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I love the picture and the quote. I've needed an attitude adjustment lately, maybe I should just read through the back posts on your blog...I'm always uplifted by your posts. Have a wonderful evening!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Maria,

It is SO GOOD TO SEE YOUR COMMENT !!! This has got to be one of the busiest summers for many of us, and to think that school is starting. I go in next week for a new substitutes meeting and I understand that my former colleagues are already in their classrooms preparing. It feels GOOD to not have to plan.

I wish you peace, strength and joy as you start a new year. There are so many changes ahead for everyone and may you have what I was not able to muster up: THE STRENGTH to keep up with all the change. BLESSINGS TO YOU MY DEAR, Anita

Gloria said...

Hi Maria,

I love that sunrise photo! It is VERY beautiful, it goes perfect with your inspiring words...:)

I hope you are having a fantastic day!!

xoxo...Gloria

Roo said...

amen. your daddy is a wise man....and a rich one! :)

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...I thought for sure I left you a comment on this post...I must be going crazy or have my mind elsewhere..or maybe BOTH! It is such a busy time right now...school is starting on Tuesday...same with you?
I am thankful for each day that God gives and thankful for our God of Peace. xoxoxo Hugs to you for a blessed Sunday. After church we are taking my 2 wheel "Maria" out for a family ride around the lovely Stanley park in Vancouver. It will be a great day with lots to be thankful for. xoxoxoxooxxoxo

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for your visit...yes, this is so true and like the quote on your side bar, it's the little things that we remember to thank God for that keep us in the mode of gratitude. Loved your post below too, beautiful place and times! :D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear Maria,

I want to wish you, along here with our dear Koralee, the best of a new school year! Do you start tomorrow? My district does too, but you know I will not be returning full-time. Rather, I go in Thursday for a new substitutes orientation.

WIshing you well! Anita