Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Some of you are not old enough to remember when the original Memorial day was celebrated on May 30th regardless of what day of week it fell on. I am. You see my oldest daughter Aimee` chose that day to make her entry into the world. That year it was still a holiday.

Aimee 001 To read more about my special girl you can read last years birthday blog written especially for her.  I have to apologize for the quality of the photograph. It was taken over 30 years ago when we lived in the south Bronx. It has withstood many moves and much handling, as my children and grandchildren are very fond of handling the old photos I have stored away. Aimee` is still very shy and would not let me take a new one. I could have posted one with her hands in her face, because that was all I could get and to top that off, she turned the lights down low! :-)



It is such an honor for me to have had her on such a special day. She was due 28 days earlier, but she has always been one to hold out for something more special or unique, never ordinary. When I got in from the country I drove to her home where the siblings and various other relatives and friends had assembled. They were playing cards and cooking out. The house rung with laughter. As we laugh and celebrate with family and friends, let us pause to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made for us that we may enjoy life more fully. I created this collage and found this message I would like to share with you:


Memorial day

It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is
the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is
the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is
the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is
the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is
the VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the
VETERAN who
salutes the Flag,
It is
the
VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag,
ETERNAL
REST GRANT THEM Oh LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON
THEM. 


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I’ll never leave you nor forsake you…

Saturday, May 29, 2010

We have that promise from God. God can do all, but he cannot break a promise.

Our loved ones, with the best of intentions, break promises and even our hearts sometimes, but even when human frailty causes us to be less than we what we would like to be, God gives us power to be so much more…

 


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I’ll never go away
I’ll follow what you do
But there might be a day


When you’ll think that I left you

But every time you see a cloud
So fluffy, large, and white…
Please notice how it is
Completely full of light.

Every light within the castle
Is shining bright as bright can be
For God has made a castle
Just for you and me

I sit upon this cloud
Where you’re never out of view
And ask our God to bless you
In all you say and do



Judy Sheldon-Walker

I love writing poetry and am trying a relatively new site out that publishes and pays. I don’t want to recommend them until I see how it goes for awhile. More of my poetry can be read here.








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Watery Wednesday – Grand River

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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The Grand River covers over 300 miles of territory in Michigan.   Not only are we surrounded by water (the Great lakes) but we have lakes and rivers dotted all over our state which make us an ideal location for fishing and water sports. Is it any wonder they call us a "water wonderland"?

Wading through cool water on a hot day can be very refreshing or just gazing into the water. Watching the movement of water can lower blood pressure and help relieve stress. For more watery photos please take a look at Watery Wednesdays. Get your feet wet and your eyes. :-)








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Ruby Tuesday

Monday, May 24, 2010

When I came across this particular meme it took on special significance to me as both my mother and my baby girl are named Ruby. Their names mean precious gems, and that fits them very well. :-)

I have a picture of a thermometer. It actually reached 78 F yesterday. See the red indicating the temperature?
I could not resist these flowers heading out of WalMarts, and the ballet dancers were at my grand children's dance recital posted earlier on my blog.




How about some red hot cinnamon candy? It helps improve concentration, so we can study better. I have a dictionary handy and one of my many health books.

For more Ruby Tuesday photos please travel over to WorkofthePoet.blogspot.





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Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, May 22, 2010

GEDC6644 GEDC6675 I like comparing the shadows of the first picture to that of the second. With the first the lines are crisper. In fact there are shadows within the shadows. I even used a drop shadow frame on the photos. :-)

The second picture has softer lighting and the shadows are muted and have little detail, but the oranges in both pictures compliment one another, don’t you think?  For more shadows travel over to  HeyHarriet.


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Our Miracle

Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Ruby went into labor at just 25 weeks. I was working second shift at the prison and the control center received a call from my frantic daughter .They immediately called the unit I was working in then sent a replacement officer to fill in for me, as I rushed home to take her to the hospital.



She had my youngest son dressed and ready to go. It was a cold wintry day as we rushed through snowy streets to our local hospital, which in turn sent us to Sparrow hospital in Lansing. Ruby was given medications to postpone his delivery as long as possible and placed in an inverted bed, but just a few days later, Shaon made his entry. Our precious DeShaon weighed  only 1 pound 7 ounces, and actually went down to 1 pound 2 ounces before he started gaining weight, but as you can see, he/we persevered.  For those who do not believe our God is one who performs miracles, I present our son/grandson. He is truly an answer to our prayers. I tease Shaon about his beginnings, telling him he fit in the palm of my hand, and a tub of margarine weighed more than he did.

Ruby and I will forever be grateful to Sparrow hospital for the wonderful care they gave our baby in his first few months and to McDonalds. My tribute to McDonalds is written here. Both played a huge part in his miraculous beginnings, and so did my daughter’s stubbornness. I know Shaon inherited it, but this is one time we are glad he did.  :-)

The first picture here is my daughter’s favorite, and she took it herself. She’s pretty clever, because she is in it. The camera was not on a tripod or a timer. She’ll have to share this trick with me. Take care and God bless! He blesses me and I know He is good.

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Thankful Thursday - Flowers

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I have been fascinated by the transformations taking place in this bush. It is right outside my place of employment and I cannot resist stopping for a moment to enjoy it’s fragrance and beauty as I head out the door. It is such a welcome sight after ten hours of sitting in the same spot.



The first sign of buds were very similar to the lilac, which stands right behind it, and if it had not been that close to the other bush, I have to be honest, I may have not noticed the differences. These leaves are much bigger. The flowers are

two different shades of pink on one bush, and some of the buds are tiny white ones and others purple.

Flowers are like eye candy. They sweeten our view. They are used as gifts of love, and I believe our father gives them to us as signs of his love. Many flowers are used for herbal remedies, others for fragrances, aroma therapy, and some simply to look at. I am grateful for these lovely flowers that end my day with a beautiful pause as I am hastening out to come home and switch hats.

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Join me at the Dance Recital

Monday, May 17, 2010

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We assemble for the show. This is the first dance recital I can recall going to and it is all the more special because three of my grand children will be participating. One will be performing ballet and tap, the youngest ballet, and the oldest  hip hop.


I deleted over 75% of the pictures and actually saved many I would not normally save. Let’s just say the conditions were not the best for taking photos. It was dark, there was a lot of movement; from the dancers and the audience, and my camera is a small point and shoot.  Oh, and did I say that I am not as steady as I should be?

The staff and the students performed an outstanding job. I only saw one case of tears, and many cheers and smiles. For the most part the children danced their hearts out and warmed ours.

One twin was selected to perform, the other one sat in the audience with us. He sits on his cousin TeLove`’s lap. Toya, Chris’ girl,  is on her left.




Baby boy, Chris, sits four seats over from me. He sits next to my daughter’s niece and then Aaron's mother, Carol, and my baby girl, Ruby, the performing children’s mother.
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Meet the proud mom, and yes, there is another one on the way. She’s got a little point and shoot too, so please say cheese. The children were more than happy to oblige! It was a proud moment for all. Hats off to their mom for getting them to all their practices and providing them with support and encouragement!

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They truly enjoyed their big day, maybe as much as we did! Not only did they get to dance but they got to dress up too. We loved their costumes. Several organizations were kind enough to donate them and the dancing lessons are based on ability to pay, giving many children who may not have otherwise had the opportunity, the opportunity.

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The oldest son, the husband and the youngest son and the other twin. My baby boy is not entirely pictured here. He was talking to Aaron. I have the utmost respect for my daughter’s husband. He is kind, gentle and understanding. I could not ask for a better husband for my daughter or father for their children. He is selfless and dedicated to the betterment of his family. They are a great team.

The sadness is because the very last day of L`Mear’s class his teacher decided to omit him from the performance.  He was taking creative movement dance and absolutely loved it, and looking forward to each class with great anticipation. The night of the recital he looked for his dance shoes. He could have cried and carried on, but he quietly watched as his sisters and step brother performed and received their flowers and accolades.  We felt that he could have performed as well as many children his age did, but it was a decision not made by us.

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Anthony,  bottom left, did an outstanding job of dancing hip hop. Re`membrence, 7,  danced both ballet and tap. She did a remarkable job remembering her steps. She is the second from the right, top.

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Mom and Dad, Aaron and Ruby, and  L’Mirrah, 4 the other twin in two of her performances. I apologize again for photo quality. I hope you enjoyed the show, and am sorry you could not have been here. It was great fun.


Take care and God bless. I hope you and yours had a great week end too.

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Shadow Shot Sunday and Yard Work

Sunday, May 16, 2010

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First stop today was a visit to Jeannie’s. Her irises have made their debut. Isn’t this one pretty?

Then my grandson came over to help me plant some flowers and dig up some trees that had planted themselves under my front step. I appreciated the extra help and muscle. We had a maple tree and two other kinds of trees that had taken root. One was similar to the one he is planting under. It had grown quite GEDC6311 tall. He laid them beside the steps for me to admire. Look at the roots on this rascal!



It’s difficult for me to find time to complete my yard work so I really appreciated his assistance and his promise to come back Sunday and finish planting all the flowers I have stashed. We could not dig out one of the trees that I cut down yearly; one that always stubbornly grows back, so I poured vinegar on the stump. It is growing too close to the house and could cause damage to my foundation. A plant can be so tenacious!



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It’s Just a Fence!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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GEDC5461  We came out to get in my husband’s truck to come home the other day
and I spotted this tree just a few yards away. I pointed it out to my husband and went to reach for my camera. He scowled so I climbed in the truck and decided I was not going to get the picture after all.

 



He then turned the key in the ignition and reached for the gear then said “Go ahead, you can get out and take your picture.” I smiled and jumped out quickly to get my picture.



This tree has decided it will grow despite the fence. Life hurls obstacles our way, and I like the tree’s response. It’s just a fence.

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My Backyard Mysteries

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all angles and there are no answers to be found


I drop what I am doing, go outside and walk around




GEDC5613 GEDC5633 GEDC5644 GEDC5636 There is so much to amaze me, so much to astound. GEDC5648 Not one seed have I planted, nor bulb within the ground, but God has shown His glory and it’s all around. I find it in the tree tops, in the tall blades of grass below. There is so much beauty and it’s every where I go……..

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What do all these pictures have in common?

Monday, May 10, 2010

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My little squirrel buddy tricked me quite a few months ago. I thought the birds were eating out of my home made “bird” feeder until I came home from work one day to witness the little rascal tipping the bottle up and emptying it into his mouth. Once he had emptied the bottle, he threw it to the ground.

The caper was long forgiven and forgotten. I bought some tulips and planted some of them for a friend of mine in her front yard, then placed a small fence around them. We stood back and appreciated our handiwork after she watered them with her hose.

The next morning I received a frantic message “Judy, they're gone! All my tulips are gone!” Come to find out tulips are fine eating for squirrels.

Lesson 1. Place moth balls down after planting tulips to deter the squirrels.

I still wasn't finished learning, however. I decided to try again to feed my fine feathered friends. I have a pair of gray morning doves that hang out in my backyard and want to keep them around. I gathered pine cones, tied slip knots on them, covered them with peanut butter, then rolled them in bird seed. I then tied them to a tree in the backyard.

Mr. Squirrel gnawed the hemp on the cones and carted them off to his personal stash. Will I ever learn? Perhaps I should post a sign in my front window “Beware of Squirrels!” For more squirrel pictures check out  Through Squirrel Eyes.

Thanks for visiting. Take care, God bless and don't go nuts like me!

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There’s a New Kid on the Block

Sunday, May 9, 2010

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The blogging block, that is.  Have you ever had a friend that would follow you to the ends of the earth? I have.  When I raved about Triond, she joined and she doesn’t even like to write.

She told me about SOAPhoto.com so I tried that.
Then I told her about redbubble.com and we both have accounts there. We also belong to Facebook and Twitter.

Now we have created a blog for her because she is a sharing individual. She has a passion for nature and photography. She would love to share her photos with you.

Because she is quite comfortable on her tractor, we have nicknamed her “tractorgal” and decided to call her blog Tractorgalsgalleria.  I went to visit her today and she had three posts created before I left. I think we have found her niche. She was grinning ear to ear. She is a wonderful and talented person and deserves to be happy, so I am thrilled to see her that way. If you can spare a moment, please check her out and leave her a comment.

Thanks for visiting me today. Take care and God bless.

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Happy Mother’s Day

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One thing my sister and I would get each year for our birthday was our choice of a cake any flavor we wanted with frosting any color that we asked for.

One year not having anything else to give Mom for her birthday, I asked her for her choices. I cannot remember the flavor, but I will always remember the color and each time I see it I smile and think of Mom. Her color choice was "sky-blue pink", and of course I tried to make frosting that color. It came out lavender, but Mom never complained. She praised my efforts.

Mom always praised my efforts. I tried to model my behavior after my mother's. It is not just the sky that reminds me of my mother's wisdom but several things throughout the day. Her words ring out in my ear. Words like "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

I went to see her today and we hugged and told each other that we loved one another I realized once again how lucky I am. Mom cannot say much more than "I love you" but the words are just that much more precious because I know she had to relearn them. Her efforts are much appreciated. We need to appreciate not just the gifts but the efforts.

Take care and God bless you today and every day.

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