It's become an every day practice for me to just stop and say thank you. Early on, I realized that nothing great can really come into your life without constant gratitude. I am thankful...for all of the good things and even the things that seemed not so good but taught me what I needed to know to overcome an obstacle. Thankful for my friends and for those who weren't ready to be a friend. Thankful for the process of learning and growing and seeing what is around me. Thankful for love - the opportunity to feel it and the ability to share it.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Friday, March 03, 2017
On Thursday, March 2, baby girl and her bestie were invited to participate in the Orlando City Soccer Club Kids vs. Pros game at the new stadium in downtown Orlando. It ended up being such a great event and an incredibly special way to kick off the season. We truly hope they do it again...maybe even every year. Many thanks to the Orlando City Foundation staff and volunteers for putting together such a fun time for the kids and a wonderful way to showcase the beautiful game. Below are a few photos from the evening:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
|My girls and I in the Carolina mountains. |
One of the most beautiful places in the world.
What ever you're doing today or wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying it and know that someone is here (me) thinking of you because your joy sparks my joy and your victories are my victories. That's what keeps the world turning for me. Thank you for being you today!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Enjoyed a quick class today at lunch today. So grateful for my mat, my breath and my body. The way the three work together to create movement and stability. I open my heart and clear my mind even if it's only for an hour. Such a special thing.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
|Doris and I at my baby shower in Orlando, circa 2008.|
Today, I celebrated the life of one of my best friends Doris. She was 90 years old, almost 91 early next month. She was the mother of three, grandmother to ten and great grandmother to four.
We met in the late 80's through The Salvation Army Orlando Corps through the Best Friend program, a mentoring program for teenagers to be paired with an elder of the church. The list had several people on it and I remember initially asking if Sam (her husband) could be best friends. Of course, at the time they were trying to pair women with girls and men with boys vs. the other way around. Well, it was meant to be because for the next 25 plus years, Doris and I became best of friends. And earlier at her funeral service, I shared that she was not only my Corps Cadet Best Friend (because of the program) but one of the best friends I've ever had.
I'm so glad I was able to attend her Celebration of Life this morning with friends and Doris' family. A friend's tribute was given by Thelma Birmingham and her son, Ken, gave a tribute to his mother. Beautiful words for a beautiful person.
On the back of the program was a poem written by Vickie Couture. Doris was a poet herself so it made my heart smile to read a poem dedicated for her.
I have known her for as long as I have lived,
To all she met, she did give and give,
She was our Sunday School teacher,
You know, a children's preacher,
Who showered us with love,
Offering guidance from above,
Pretty to look at, and oh how she smiled,
Patient and caring all the while.
Her time on earth is done, from here she did depart,
But forever she will live, in each and every heart.
For Heaven's gates would wait no more,
On earth, her memory, we shall adore.
I was honored to present the Benediction for the service. All morning my head was filled with memories where Doris showed her kindness and her sense of humor. She was one of a kind and so special for many reasons.
Dear Heavenly Father -Today we come to you in gratitude and love for the gift of life, for the gift of friendship and the gift of unconditional love through Doris Fowle. We thank you for the time - whether big or small - that we all had with Doris. She did great things for your Kingdom, and will be missed by her family and friends. She lived an amazing life as your child, your servant, as a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother and a beautiful person. She lived and did so much for others. (She did so much for me and for my family.) Thank you God for showing us your love through Doris. We will always remember her, and we are eternally grateful for her life. In your name we pray...Amen.
Thank you Doris for your friendship and your love. The world is a better place because of you.
Best friends always,
Friday, December 04, 2015
Day #4 - RED
Today's December Reflection is RED. Even though red is not my favorite color, it's one of my favorite colors to wear as an accent, especially as shoes. I love red shoes. Recently, I found these very comfortable red flats that can be worn to work or around town for errands. They are not only comfortable, they make me happy when skies are grey.
The woman with two red shoes,
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Day #3 - Best Day of 2015
During the summer, the family, including my baby girls' bestie Bells, headed down to Key West for a visit with good friends, the ocean and Florida sunshine. My favorite and best day of this year was watching Mr. Wonderful, baby girl and Bells snorkel together in the Atlantic Ocean. The sun was shining and the water was a beautiful crystal blue. It was as if the trip was just for us even though we shared the boat with about 40 other people. These are the moments that I'm happy to collect versus anything I could ever buy in a store.
Your moment collector,