Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Happy birthday, dear Audrey!

It's hard to believe, but tomorrow is my granddaughter's 1st birthday. In the 365 days since she's been born, she has brought more joy and sunshine into my life than she could possibly know. No matter how tired I am, or how many burdens I carry, just a glimpse of her smiling face and the gray skies turn blue.

Of course, I have taken hundreds of pictures this past year, and I wish I could post each one for your viewing pleasure, but, alas, that would take a lot of time for all involved. Instead, I've created a collage for each month, and even THAT was hard to do, since I love every picture I took. Really. At any rate, Nonni had to reign it in, but I hope you enjoy the pictures I finally chose.

I love Miss Audrey more than words can tell, and I pray we have many more years together, sharing sunshine, sugar and smiles.

June 2013
(Audrey discovers America.)

July 2013
(Sleeping soundly and having sweet dreams.)

August 2013
(Admiring her blue shoes and mesmerizing Nonni with her blue eyes.)

September 2013
(Sugar and spice, and all things nice.)

October 2013
(Discovering her feet.)

November 2013
(A fun weekend with Nonni.)

December 2013
(Christmas Memories)

January 2014
(Sleeping peacefully in her bed at Nonni's house.)

February 2014
(Another fun weekend with Nonni.)

March 2014
(Being her silly little self.)

April 2014
(Sleeping Beauty. A special month in Aunt Dayle's loving care.)

May 2014
(A month of changes and chicken pox.)

June 2014
(Practicing her raspberries, and looking gorgeous in pink.)
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Happy birthday, my dear Audrey. I hope you have many, many more.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

May Ends and June Begins ~ Savoring the Moments

May was filled with more stress than I have experienced in a very long time. But God is still on the throne, and out of the thick clouds of gray, occasional rays of sunlight peeked through.
Miss Audrey was among the brightest of rays. Every chance I get, I soak up these fleeting moments of time.
Mother's Day weekend was lovely. I visited  my mother on Saturday and spent Sunday with my only child and grandchild.
Dear Dad celebrated another birthday. I am grateful for the sound of his voice in my life.
We celebrated Memorial Day with family members at my daughter's beautiful apartment. Guess who kept us laughing.
My niece turned 30. It seems impossible. I treasure the memories we share and am proud of the woman she has become.
I did a little gardening. Nothing big, but digging in the dirt among God's unique creation always soothes my soul.

I found an accent table at the antique mall that filled a spot I had been seeking to fill for a while. It wasn't exactly what I had envisioned, but it is filling the spot just the same.

And Mom and Dad celebrated  65 years of marriage. Wow. I'm so grateful they stayed together when times were hard. Loving each other till death is the best gift they could ever give to their three daughters.

Until next time, my blogging friends, I'm finding silver linings behind every cloud and counting my blessings. ♦