Monday, August 29, 2011

Nothing short of a miracle...

My daughter and 8-month old grandson were among the many battered by Hurricane Irene in North Carolina (New Bern). Having lived in South Texas most of our lives, our immediate family is familiar with Hurricanes. This knowledge we came to realize was both a blessing and a curse. If you've ever experienced the inability to help a friend or loved one, whether due to distance or circumstance, you know the horrible feeling of helplessness we experienced. My son-in-law is currently deployed...I know the feeling of helplessness must have been amplified for him. Let me tell you, there were lots of prayers!!! Hunkered down in her home, my daughter, grandson and her sister-in-law rode out the "Wrath of Irene". They lost electricity in the early AM hours on Saturday (08-27). Communication was limited both due to the storm and loss of power. We were relieved to hear from our daughter around 4:30 PM. Though the storm continued to rage, it appeared the worst was over, but they remained without power. Today (08-29) was like Christmas for my daughter...around 3:30 PM, EST, electricity was restored to her home. Our family has breathed a collective sigh of is returning to normal. Amazingly, her home suffered no damage! We thank God for protecting and sustaining them through the storm, and continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Irene.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fall...come quickly!

I don't know about where you live, but man is it HOT in South Texas! In addition to a break from the heat, we desperately need rain. The heat has me longing for cooler, fall weather (South Texas doesn't have a true fall, but we take what we can get!). Although life's been hectic of late, I managed to pick up several little Halloween decorations a few weeks ago...can't wait for the weather to "nicen" up a bit so the fall decorating can begin!

Until next time...take care, Along the way!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday feature...

One of my many collection addictions includes quotes. Thought I'd take advantage of the blog forum to regularly share some of my favorites. To officially kick off my "Wednesday Wisdom" segment, I've selected a quote from Albert can you go wrong with a man that knows all too well what it's like to have a bad hair day! ;)

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."   
                 ~ Albert Einstein     
Happy Wednesday...make it count!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thankful, tired, & soon-to-be Retired!

Whew, the past month has been a blur! My daughter and grandson spent the last 3-weeks with us. My husband flew to a SC destination where our daughter met him and they proceeded to make the long drive to Texas. We enjoyed their visit SO much! I quickly remembered how much energy a 7-month old requires...I must get in shape to be a Nana! Coincidently, I'll soon have more time to focus on fitness and domestic projects because....I'm retiring!!! My employer offered eligible employees the opportunity to retire as a way to help address projected budget constraints (the caveat being retirement must occur by August 31st). Needless to say, retirement came a bit earlier than anticipated, but all the pieces just fell into place. So amid the joy of family festivities, I hustled to submit retirement paperwork. August 4th, I joined my daughter and grandson for the drive back to their home. I kick myself for not taking photos of her just may have set a new Guiness Book of World Records for the most stuff CRAMMED into a mid-sized SUV :))). Day 1 ended in Texarkana; Day 2 in Memphis, TN where my grandson was introduced to more family; Day 3...Memphis, TN to New Bern, NC. Let me tell you, that was a LOT of hours in a car, but  fun nonetheless! I was able to spend a few days at my daughters' then flew home August 9th. Life in the fast lane...gotta love it!

Until next time, take care...Along the way!