Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Joy, and relief, all wrapped up in one!

As I sat in the late afternoon Cape Cod sun, I was filled with anticipation.

Not only was my sister's oldest son about to be married....but, three of my four grandchildren were in the wedding.  Owen, 5, was to be one of two ring bearers and Audrey 3, and Celia 3 were two of the four flower girls.

Owen had some trepidation early on about beaing a ring bearer.  His sister, Audrey, told him not to worry....that he would be fine. (Ah, out of the mouths of babes!)  I even bought him a cute book about a little boy who was to be a ring bearer. The little boy in the story  thought that meant that he had to be a "ring BEAR"! Grrr. I'm not sure whether this story relaxed him or scared him even more....

The Massachusett's weather can be quite chilly and rainy this time of year.  We were all prepared for anything as we carried shawls and pashminas with us to the ceremony.  But, Mother Nature gave us a gift of a weekend filled with lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures! It was truly lovely.

Sitting in my seat, I heard a small child crying in the distance where the wedding party was organizing.  "Oh, dear, please don't let that be one of my grandkids..." I thought to myself. : )  I tried to see if the cry was recognizable...all to no avail.  I had no recourse but to sit and await the processional and hope for the best.

As I spotted Owen walking down the aisle, I was relieved to see that he had a huge smile on his face and was looking adorable in his minny tuxedo. He helped the younger ring bearer by putting his arm through his. He delivered the ring and took a seat. I began to relax.

Several seconds later came my two precious granddaughters, dressed in their adorable white dresses with an aqua ribbon around their waists, giggling with joy as they began to reach into their baskets and throw the white rose petals on the grass.  Audrey's giggles turned to laughter as she said to her cousin, Celia, "This is so silly!"  Everyone who was within earshot smiled at her comment and then she did the most adorable thing as she reached the end of the grassy aisle....she put her arm around Celia and gave her a hug....totally unsolicited or rehearsed!

Be still my heart.... :  )

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Any day that I can step out of my own little world and do a little something for others is a good day.

Today I joined several hundred (wish that it was several thousand!) people to take part in a walk for Ovarian Cancer awareness and research.

We were the "Rainbow Walkers" and we were honoring my dear friend, and two year ovarian cancer survivor, Sherri.  She is the one smack dab in the middle of the bottom photo....and, second from the left on the top photo.

She is the picture of health and nothing could make me happier!  Others are not as, for them....and my friend, I walked 3 miles today holding a sign for our team and smiling inside and out.

I have to believe that these walks are just stepping stones for more research....and, God willing,  possibly a cure.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thanks, Grannie Annie

I sometimes forget how important the blogging community really is.

I found myself blogging less and less often these past few months as other things began to take precedence in my days. Eventually, my posting became "a thing of the past".

I guess that I really didn't imagine that it would be noticed....that is, until today, when I got a sweet message from one of my favorite bloggers, Grannie Annie. 

She let me know that I was missed.

And, truth be told, I have missed posting on my blog.

I can't promise that I will be back to writing every fact, I know that will be impossible....but, I do want to get back to the feeling of being able to express my feelings on this simple blog as often as I can.

All is well in my world.  I have been doing a lot of traveling....mostly to see family sprinkled with some other fun trips such as my recent time in Kentucky at the Derby with Dave.  I even managed to place a couple of $2 bets on the longshot winner and walked away with $100.  : )

Next up will be my nephew's wedding up in Cape Cod!  I am so looking forward to that trip for so many reasons....seeing family and visiting a new place at the top of the list. Celia, Audrey and Owen will be taking part in the ceremony as flower girls and ring bearer.  You can bet that this Grammie will be smiling from ear to ear!

So, as I sit here typing my first post in two months (!) feels good....kind of like coming home again.

Thank you so much, Annie, for giving me the "kick" that I needed to find my way back.