November 21, 2008


Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received;
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the result of that impulse.

Thanksgiving puts power in living,
because it opens the generators of the heart
to respond gratefully,
to receive joyfully,
to react creatively.

Every moment is full of wonder
and God is always present.

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want,
but the realization of how much you already have.
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

So what am I thankful for?

Just look at the previous blogs were we report and share:
about save travel, from the mid-west to Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.
about our family gatherings, celebrating the one life God has given us, in the company of those we love.
about enjoying our assurance in our marriage, our health, and even our wealth.
God (in Jesus Christ) is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
I am content and my hearts bursts with thankfulness.
May you also

November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day

Today is Veterans’ Day, 11-11-2008. What is a veteran? What emotion does this word evoke?
I am one, so I guess I should know. “Webster” says: a veteran is “old, of long experience” with the sub-definitions of “an old soldier;” a “previous member of the armed forces.” I qualify on all counts.
The definition applied most often today, is to the last one, particularly a soldier who has been at war.

Veterans Day honors all soldiers, young and older, and rightly so. Soldiers can “march-on” a long way on just some appreciation, a pat on the back, a “Thank you! For the job you are doing.”

It has been said: “A Nation that forgets its Veterans, shall itself someday be forgotten”
We are Veterans, Souvenirs of War
a part of the times: for some the worst of times...
We struggle with memories,
We see the world through scratchy lenses,
A sound or smell may awaken a horrible memory.
Yet, we who remain alive, we who are part of “society,” still do our part.
The tapestry of our life serves to hold us together and make us better citizens,
so we can help to hold
our nation together
by remembering our Veterans.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. He gave me life that I might enjoy all things." - Anonymous)

We walk the way God has prepared for us.

Memorial Day with my
grandsons passing on the heritage.

A reunion of VietNamVeterans soldiers and wives