"At Christmas, all roads lead home." ~ Marjorie Holmes Print Available - HERE The cardinals always come around during the Christmas Holidays! This little lady was perched on a tree outside my window one Christmas Day.
I got the most AMAZING news on Friday! My daughter was accepted into Radford University. She will begin her freshman year of college in August. Not only did she get accepted...but she also got invited into the Honors Academy...AND she received an academic scholarship. I can't tell you how proud I am of her :) She is a smart and beautiful young lady. But best of all - she is a kind young lady. One of the kindest I know.
Another family emergency this week. My father had to have emergency surgery to insert a pacemaker. He was walking around and DRIVING with a heart rate of 30. NOT a good thing. While in surgery it dropped as low as 26. We are thankful that the surgery was a success and that he is doing well. I have been staying with my parents for the last few days...just home today long enough to do some laundry and get my family ready for next week. I will be heading back over today and stay with my parent's until Friday when my brother and sister will be continuing the care. Once I get back I'll catch up with all of your blogs.
Remember to: Cherish every sunrise, cherish every sunset, and cherish every moment in between.
To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor's except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ; and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God's out-of-doors -- these are the little guideposts on the footpath to peace. ~Henry Van Dyke
While out for a walk I saw this little guy and he brightened my day. As you can see I was in a shady area so this shot is not so bright.
But he is in the sun in this shot. I was not sure what he was, but my twitter friends ID'd him as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The males have a little tuft of red on their head that shows whey they are excited. Too bad I didn't get to see that!
More info on this little bird is found on Wikipedia - HERE
It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. We should all smile more often. ― Steve Maraboli Do you need a smile today? Can you see the smiling face on the tree? Ok - well maybe he's not smiling but he sure put a smile on my face!
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I sat and listened while this mockingbird made beautiful music in my yard. What a wonderful sound! Digital Watercolor Version -HERE