Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This Holiday season I would challenge everyone to do these simple things:
Give Thanks, Care, Share, Give of your time.
We live in a great country at an incredible time in the history of our nation. I believe that we have seen more change in our lifetime than any other period in the history of this country.
We have seen racial barriers come down.
We’ve experienced wars in places we knew little about – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq the first time - Desert storm, then Iraq again.
We’ve see the Baby boomers advance into retirement. As Dennis Hopper said “Your generation is definitely not headed for bingo night!”
The birth of Generation Xers , followed by Generation “Y” or Millennial.
Now we are experiencing the birth of Generation “Z’s” or sometimes referred to the “Internet Generation”.
We have seen technological advances far beyond anything the creators of Star Wars could dream up in the seventies.
We have seen record breaking profits and devastating losses.
Wow that wears me out just listing those things.
Bottom line is “we still live in a country where we are free to go where we want, do as we please, whenever it pleases us. We can choose to work wherever we want to work. Live where we want to live. We can be friends with anyone regardless of race, politics or religion. We can choose to worship how ever we want to.
That is not true in many parts of the world.
So I challenge you to give “Thanks” that we live in a country where we can have very successful businesses, and were we can have great careers in an industry that makes a difference. Give thanks that you have great families, together with them you can experience the Freedoms we have.
Out of the thankfulness comes “Caring”. Look around you and see those who are less fortunate. Don’t turn away, but get involved. Look for places to make a difference. Maybe it’s in your neighborhood with someone who has lost their job. Maybe it’s in your community where you can volunteer in a food pantry or work with less the fortunate. Perhaps it’s reaching out to an old friend who you have not seen for a long time.
Start small and watch the momentum build.
Through the many toys we collected at our Holiday Party, we will be touching the lives of many children. That’s a great start and I thank you for that!
If you take time to “Care” you will make time to “Share”. Share the financial resources you have been blessed with. Share the talents you have developed - teach others. Share the energy and the optimism you create - infect others. Motivate those around you to make a difference and improve the communities you live in.
Finally - Invest time. Invest time in yourself, you can’t help anyone when you are burned out! Invest time in family and friends. Slow down the pace long enough to relax and enjoy each other. Never loose focus on how bless we are. The time and energy you invest in others will bring you greater Joy than anything you can acquire for yourself. When all the dust clears and the chaos has ended - it’s family and friends that remain.
For me personally this season is a time to celebrate a miracle that happened 2000 years ago. But that is a whole other discussion that I’d be happy to have that discussion off line with you.
I don’t know this season means to you or how you will celebrate it. Do slow down and give thanks, care about those around you, share what you can and invest time wisely.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Actually he was quite sweet and very pleased with himself!
He made a great elephant and did very well at Trick or Treating.
Big Sis came with as the beautiful German Girl with braids and all!
Together they made quite the candy haul.
His new love is the blue antique car that we got him a while back.
He loves to sit in it and dream about driving around the block!
He's not there yet but it won't be long.
It's good to have a big sister who can take it out for a spin once in a while
Up keep is the critical part of owning a fine Automobile and Austin insists on doing his own work.
The fenders need constant adjusting...seems they bend at high speed!
Of course it is critical to keep the headlights pointed in the correct direction.
Wouldn't want them to fail us on an important trip.
I think I smell antifreeze?!?!?!?
Hum! This radiator cap seems to have come loose...better tighten it.
ZO!!!!!!!! That's how you adjust the windsheild.
BAPO - DID YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE THIS PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Austin Effect
Bapo loves him too!
Lauren still gets into the action too!
He loves his Grema very much.
He is quite the charactor keeping us all entertained for hours although he can be very demanding when he wants to be. He is very much like his Auntie Em, always happy, not sleeping very much, loud, and always moving!
Mom! What did you do with my clothes????
He really enjoys just laying around and making crazy faces.
Often he seems to be bored.
But lately things are changing, he has discovered mobility.
Notice he's quite proud of himself.
He really gets into playing with his little people house...literally!
But alas all good things must come to an end. That cute little thing that used to just lay around has found out that there is a whole other world out there. To get to it you just have to pull yourself up.
See I told you that I could do it.
Life has entered the next phase and he is very proud of himself.
I love to watch the expression in his eyes. He is so full of life. Stay tune - it's a safe bet that he will advance to the toddling stage before we realize it.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Though he never had any children of his own, we were all his children. I never knew him to walk past a child without stopping to talk to them. I can remember how Ashley used to love to be around him when she was about as old as Austin is here in this picture. The next generation experienced his love on this trip.
Look at the wonder in Lauren's eyes as he shows her this bear that he sculpted out of Pewter.
Here is another amazing flower from his garden.
He is now 87 years young! He told us he no longer mows his lawn...but he still does all of the gardening!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Lauren our oldest(6yrs old) is always smiling and always happy. Here she is with her cousin Gabby as they participate in a grand tea party. Life is one big party for her and I hope she will always feel that way!
This summer debi and I had the pleasure of taking Lauren, her brother - Austin (more on him later) and our daughter Ashley (their Mom) to Canada.
It was a great trip, one of the highlights being our visit to Niagara Falls. As she saw the falls for the first time it was amazing to see the wonder in her eyes. She had never see anything of this magnitude...even though we live in Texas and everything is bigger there!
She was amaze and couldn't see enough at first!
Here we both are doing the "Tourist" thing!
And here are Austin and Grema at the German Food Restaurant...great food!
Austin (6mo) really was a great traveler too. Being so young I know He didn't make the memories that Lauren made but he was always happy and fun to be with.
We had a great time. Lauren was constantly finding new treasures.
Maple Leaves were one of her favorites.
The house I grew up in.
Introducing her to Uncle Hans...more on him in another issue!
It was the type of trip that impacts you for the rest of your life, life at it's fullest...what we should strive to live everyday!
It was incredible watching her sense of adventure as new things kept happening everyday. Her sense of wonder is inspiring. When we as adults keep our eyes on our children we too can keep life fresh as we see the world through their eyes. To often we let the grind of making a living take the living out of us.
Children never forget to stop and smell the Roses, we need to learn from them.