Life Lessons

"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Moving through the Void

My big brother Dave passed four years ago today. 

He was one of those guys that lived life to the fullest no matter what the consequence.  Can't you just tell by those well worn tennis shoes and that mischievous smile?

He was way too young, as he was only 59 years young.... but that was not my call to make.

And he was beautiful.

Dave and me at Mom & Dad's 50th Anniversary

He is more in my heart and soul now than when his body was here. We have conversations daily.  He brings me comfort.

Dave and my younger brother Tim

I have read and believe that when you are finished with what you were put on this earth to do, you pass.  And although I do not know exactly what he was here for, I know it was important.

Candy, Ryan, Katie, Brandon, Dave, Katie holding Cal and Brandon holding June.

He brought laughter, tears and joy to his family and friends.

He loved to play practical jokes.  So many were funny (when it was someone else) but some were painful if you were the target of his prank.

He did leave a huge void in our lives.

I mean who will be the prankster now???? We need some spirit in our lives!

Mom....Tim....Katie????  OK June, tag, you are it!

Love and miss you Dave -  Thank you for being a part of our lives!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Family Time

Song - In My Life by The Beatles

Sunday was a beautiful and warm day.  My brother and sister-in-law hosted Easter this year and it was so much fun to see all of their grandchildren growing up. 

The food, the weather, their home and yard were all wonderful.  But the best part for me were the little ones, who are not so little anymore!  Right Cal?  (He is seven now)

Calvin playing me in badminton or I should say beating me soundly at badminton

June twirling on the swings

Mom got plenty of baby holding time!  This is sweet little Luke.

The big kids played with the younger ones and the younger ones enjoyed each other.

Sophia jumping for joy when one of the big kids jumped into the pool

Calvin contemplating jumping off of the diving board.  Tough decision here folks!

Lily choosing just the right egg!  Another tough decision.

Time for the Pinata.......and maybe a lighter bat for Sophia

Every year mom makes a beautiful egg shaped pinata for the kids and dad does an $$ Easter egg hunt for the grownup kids!!!

And this is  handsome Harley who is watching the pinata being hit

TJ cheering on the little ones that are hitting the Pinata but secretly hoping that he gets to be the one to pop open that very strong Pinata!  And he did!!!

Sophia enjoying the bubbles

Kids are getting sleepy and that thumb tastes so good -  it's about time to head home

Mom and dad supervising the pinata games.....apparently we are not doing it just right and may need some help!

The quote for today is from me - " Do not fill your Pinata's with crackers and chips because after it's been bashed about 273 times, they turn into crumbs! Lesson learned."
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