“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine the brightest”
I came across this picture the other day and had a deja vu moment. I felt like I might of been here before? It might sound weird, but sometimes when I dream about something I remember little things about what your dream was about and how it looked like. I’m positive my dream looked like this picture! Who knows maybe dreamland might exist after all? I hope when I dream tonight I can return to this beautiful place :) I’d like to explore it!
If I could design how I would like my future dream house to look like when I am older, I would choose a cottage style house! Something about it makes it look cozy and beautiful. Having a beautiful front yard and back yard with all types of colorful flowers would give it a wonderful touch and would make people waking by stop and gaze at just how beautiful my house is! This quote summarizes what a home means to me. “Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, a dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” I hope that everyone who reads is living in their dream house right now :)
One of Kyoto poet Buson’s most famous haikus reads: “On the one-ton temple bell a moon-moth, folded into sleep, sits still.” If Japan is the temple bell, Kyoto is the moth—tranquil, delicate, intricate, and wildly mysterious, centuries after the first outsider was drawn to its woodsy hilltop Shinto shrines and rarefied Buddhist temples. The city is about to get an influx of luxury hotels, making room for more tourists, but for now a walk along the Kamo riverbank still reveals the gentleness and gracefulness of Japan’s ancient capital. The Shigemori Residence features a dynamic Zen garden designed by mid-20th-century landscape architect Mirei Shigemori.
When to Go: Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season typically is late March through mid-April. Fall foliage peaks in November!
If you had the chance to meet Penny you would see how beautiful and loving she was! She was a remarkable sweet angel that I know God sent to me to teach me the beauty of life and how to love unconditionally. I brought her home on December 24th, 2010 and she left this world on February 21, 2013. I will never forget the day we met, her big brown eyes were sparkling when she saw my sister and I approach her kennel at the animal shelter. She got up and stared at us for a while, was she always waiting to meet us? I had never seen that look from any dog before, she communicated through our souls. Maybe she dreamed that she would see us one day and there we were standing right in front of her. I don’t exactly know how a dogs mind works, but I know that they see humans and the world in a very different way than people do. My sister and I saw her information on the fence that she was 10 years old and had been there for two weeks and unclaimed by anyone. We knew she was the one for us and brought her home! Little did I know that as I got to know her more we both had similar personalities and it just made me smile because I felt she was a mini me! She loved my whole family, but she would follow me the most and would sleep in my room. I guess you could say she choose me to be her mother. I felt my maternal instinct kick in, one of the most beautiful things any girl can exeprience. Wherever I walked she would follow no matter if it was up the stairs or down the stairs. She never asked for much, all she wanted was our love and our kisses :) and of course some food ;) what surprised me was that before I got her, I always wished to have a dog that would follow me around and then Penny came into our lives and that’s exactly what she did! She came into my life when I needed her the most..she made me laugh and smile with her cute personality and there wasn’t a single day when my family and I wouldn’t talk about her. Ever since she passed away, I have never felt so many emotions in me all at once, call it bitter sweet or the saddest thing I have ever gone through in my life, Penny will always be in my heart and let me tell you she holds a big part of my heart that no one will take. I feel better knowing that she is not in pain anymore and that she is happy running around heaven and knowing her, everyone up there is also falling in love with her too.
I dedicate these song to her:
My Sweet Little Baby Girl,
Perfect, that is the first word that comes to my mind when I think of you. Right from the start I knew that we both found a home for our hearts. You showed me how to love myself by seeing how much you showed your love towards me. The sound of your little feet walking behind me, your beautiful big brown eyes watching me, your gentle soft fur snuggling next to me, these precious little moments are my treasured memories of you. We would play dress up and you would let me put you on so many things, you had such an amazing patience that only love can give. The way you looked at me when I would walk away, I would run back and hug you letting you know that I would never leave you. You are and will always be my special little angel that God let me have for a few years. Even though I wish we could of had more time together, your mission in life was complete and God called you back home. Destiny was benevolent to us and brought us together and I thank him for that. I feel you sitting in the gates of heaven waiting for me to come, I’m sorry I cannot be where you are right now. It might seem like a long time, but before you know it, we will be together again and this time it will be forever. Until we meet again my little Penny, I know you will be first one running towards me greeting me in heaven. “Goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end, but in my heart is a memory and there you’ll always be.”
I was really touched when I heard the story about Brendan Marrocco a few days ago and thought I should share it all with you. The video explains more about the first arm transplant, but here is a little information about what happened to Brendan. On Sunday, April 12, 2009, while returning to base after a night mission, Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, 2nd Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment vehicle sustained a direct hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP) resulting in one fatality and two injuries. Following the attack, Brendan was kept from bleeding to death by his platoon’s medic and fellow soldiers long enough to be transported to the US Army trauma hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. At Tikrit he was resuscitated, stabilized and underwent emergency surgeries. Brendan sustained severe permanent and life changing injuries, he had an amputation on both his arms legs. Brendan is currently recovering and undergoing physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he is expected to remain for an extended period of time. His brother Michael has graciously put his life on hold by moving in with Brendan and assisting with his recovery.
Brendan may have lost his arms and legs, but he never lost his will to survive and has maintained an extremely positive yet realistic attitude about his recovery and life after recovery. He knows that his recovery will be long, setbacks will occur and that his future will be challenging. Regardless, he continues to focus and channel his energies on his recovery and is looking forward to the future. His spirit and will to continue to live is a great message to everyone who is going through some tough times right now. Never give up and always continue to fight to live! Life is such a beautiful gift and should not be taken for granted. Brendan is the first quadruple amputee to survive the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you are thinking of taking a little trip during spring, you should really think about visiting Holland! I have only been in the summer, but I can imagine how beautiful it must be in the spring time! Take to the waterways of the Netherlands aboard the newly renovated canal barge the M.S. Magnifique, and discover medieval towns and landscapes with spring’s bright blossoms. Stroll through a patchwork of flowers at the Keukenhof gardens, or ride a bike past the windmills of Kinderdijk. Explore The Hague, Haarlem, and the picturesque canals and markets of Amsterdam. Trace the footsteps of Anne Frank and view the artworks of the Dutch masters, from Rembrandt and Vermeer to Vincent van Gogh! Spend the morning amid a riot of colors and fragrances at the breathtaking Keukenhof gardens, where more than seven million vibrant tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowers display their bright hues. Stroll acre after acre of the world’s largest flower garden, taking in a beauty that lasts just a short time each spring. If you love flowers then you should go see the the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, where more than five billion flowers are sold every year! Witness the haggling and deal-making among flower vendors, and get a taste of life behind the scenes of the tulip trade.
Some great things you can do there are:
- Bike through the green heart” of the Netherlands and discover the verdant countryside
- Immerse yourself in the excitement of the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer
- Visit the cheese weighing house in Gouda and a working porcelain factory in Delft
A truly beautiful place to visit one day if you have the chance :)