Last year, I sacrificed myself of the altar of ritual humiliation by sharing several charming photos from my growing up years. I have no intention of repeating that today. Instead, I choose to do it by sharing some pics from this past year. Some have been posted..others are new--I hope you enjoy them!
But before that, here's a prayer attributed to St. Theresa of Avila. I'm going to try to remember this every day this year......
To everyone who reads about my life at Maison Cou Rouge...thank you for being part of my life.
Oh, and thanks again, Mama...I love you!!!
Lord, keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details- give me wings to get to the point.
I ask for Grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains- they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people and give me, oh Lord, the Grace to tell them so.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all-
Boy and me after he placed 3rd in 200m at the state track meet in May
At the Grand Mosque in Kuala Lampur in April
Bratislav and Borislav--aka "Big Bro" and "Little Bro" -they've been with us on Symphony then Serenity so long, they are family
Last Formal night on Serenity in April..yes, BIG, that's you.
Georgia Running Back Coach Tony Ball with me at Football 101 Fundraiser in June- I played fullback (like Boy) and I had just caught a pass in the scrimmage!
Grumpy Guy should know by now not to mess with my dessert on Symphony..especially if it's chocolate!
Our whole family on Symphony this summer- we disbursed Aunty Mame's ashes.
At the Pagoda in Burma in April
And finally early this morning.....October 3, 2008...
Boy not looking too awake...wearing his "away" jersey for the game tonight
Doesn't Girl look silly with a bow on her head at HER age??
I got bling!! An X's and O's tennis bracelet with diamonds!