Tuesday, February 8, 2011
More of Dillon and a birthday
If I sit in my recliner, Scruffy immediately joins me. This time we had company.
Dillon didn't stay long on my lap, bouncing down to get into something else. This was Sunday morning and I was still showing signs of exhaustion, but was happy and no excess pain--just tired. I could not have kept Dillon overnight if I was by myself--my patience level decreases with less rest as does my energy level. I've had to say no to babysitting too many times because of being worn out after teaching all week.
Now that Mike is here, we have been able to keep them more which has been nice all way round.
The next picture Mike took on my birthday last year. I have several of me in this setting, but I like the more serious pose best. What are my eyes saying?
I am home from school today--Snow! Praise God! This was a great birthday gift although I sincerely doubt that Mother Nature arranged it for me! :) I hope to catch up on a lot of school work, bills, etc. and also sneak a nap in. They didn't cancel school until I had been up for quite awhile, having awakened early despite knowing it was a two-hour delay morning (we got that call last night).
When I taught at a junior high in Cincinnati, one year we had secret pals. One of the times we were to remember was the person's birthday. I received a cute little book entitled Happy Birthday!
I got the book out today and am going to share some thoughts and sayings from it.
"To avoid old age, keep taking on new thoughts and throwing off old habits." American Proverb
"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." Karen Kaiser Clark
"We all grow old. It's up to each of us individually to grow better and deeper." anonymous
"The small moment is the carrier of God's most endearing gift. It must not be permitted to slip away unsavored and unappreciated." Gerhard E. Frost
"Would I wish to be young again? No, for I've learned too much to wish to lose it." Pearl S. Buck
"As long as love flourishes in the center of your heart, you are young.
So, long as you radiate beauty, hope, cheer, and courage to your fellowmen, so long you are young."
John Greenleaf Whittier
(I've been surprised to see how many of his quotes pop up in inspirational books. Before this year in American literature, I barely knew Whittier had existed. I mean, the name would ring a bell in my head telling me "this was a famous writer," but I didn't appreciate him until I taught about him. I didn't realize he was an abolitionist either.)
Last quote (I hope to be this lady someday)----
"She wore age so gracefully, so carelessly,
that there was a sacred beauty about her faded cheek
more lovely and lovable than all the bloom of her youth.
Who was not afraid of growing old."
Dinah Maria Mulock Crair
Hope you have a happy day! I'm planning to! Oh--on more note: I received lovely earrings in the mail
yesterday from my daughter and family in Texas. Beautiful and different. I am thrilled--I really like
jewelry--it doesn't have to be expensive---just a little different than the norm. :)