I found this video and it touched me so much. I know if you watch it you will feel the same way. I really can’t summarize or add anything to it, because it is so well done; I don’t want to retract from it. I hope it inspires you as it has me.

With Gratitude,

"Wish You Were Here"

Even though the video is meant for teenagers, I believe it has a message for everyone. Be “present” with the one you are with. Loved it so much, just had to share…we all need a little reminder of this from time to time. We get so caught up with what’s going on in our lives that we think, “we just don’t have the time.” It’s not true, we make time for things that matter to us. I really believe this. For my own family…I am reminding myself too! :)

Time passes too quickly to let “things” take away precious moments we could have with the people we love.

Happy Wednesday,

36 Things

In honor of my Sister turning 36 today, I wanted to come up with 36 things I love about her.

36 Things I love about my Sister Carrie.

  1. She’s my Sister!
  2. Her smile.
  3. Her laugh!!!
  4. She has great taste in music. (only one exception so far…ha ha ha, you know which song I’m referring to. :) )
  5. She’s sentimental. If you give Carrie something and you mean something to her, she will keep it and cherish it.
  6. Good friend. She is loyal to her friends and still talks to friends she’s made over the years.
  7. She’s put up with me all these years :) Sorry!
  8. She’s loving.
  9. She cares deeply about people. Sometimes, too much to where she neglects her own feelings, wants or desires.
  10. She is a great Social Worker.
  11. Her funny “faces” she makes.
  12. She’s a great Aunt. The kids think you are so cool and love doing stuff with you. Remember, they used to call you Aunt Giggles.
  13. We both have brown hair.
  14. We both have brown eyes.
  15. She loves her family.
  16. She loves Twilight :) We will forever be able to talk about the Twilight Series!
  17. She loves Grease :) Remember all the times we danced around the room to the Grease Soundtrack!? Carrie also likes Grease 2 and knows all the lyrics. :)
  18. She loves to play games. I will never forget the countless number of times we have played: Uno, pass the ace, Yahtzee or whatever games we would play together. There were times we would laugh so hysterically we couldn’t breathe.
  19. She’s musically talented with the violin.
  20. Her niece says, “She’s fun to be around.” I totally agree!
  21. She is very intelligent.
  22. Straight ‘A’ student.
  23. She knows how to cross stitch.
  24. She loves to put together puzzles…very good at it too!
  25. She loves kids.
  26. She loves the Lord.
  27. She’s a Texan!
  28. She has always looked out for our baby brother, Ricky.
  29. Her brother-in-law says, “I love that she always goes to the family reunions.” I second that!
  30. She’s financially responsible by paying off her car note. That is HUGE!
  31. She always calls me on my birthday…thank you!
  32. Sometimes she comes to visit me, although not enough…whaaaa :)
  33. She listens to me when I want to talk.
  34. She has a great sense of humor.
  35. She makes me laugh.
  36. Last but not least, she’s Carrie…there’s nobody just like you in the world. You are very special.

However far our lives may take us,

some things will never be more than a memory away…

things like laughter, bright moments that never fade,

and the warmth and happiness we’ve shared as sisters.

Happy Birthday, Carrie!

I love you,


Happy Birthday Sister!

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Mama Mia!

I finally saw Mama Mia last night. I am a huge ABBA fan and wanted to see it at the movie theater but didn’t make it. My husband was not thrilled about watching it but said, “I would rather spend time watching Mama Mia with you than watching the Tour of California (bike race) alone.” That was a miracle in itself, as he has been glued to watching that race as soon as he gets home from work. So we were watching the previews and he says to me, “did you know this movie has ABBA’s music in it?” I laughed and told him of course I knew that. It was one of the reasons I wanted to watch it.

I wondered how well Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan (sp?…u know who I’m talking about) and all the other actors in the movie would be able to pull it off…the singing. I was kind of worried they would ruin the great music of ABBA. Fortunately, I was wrong and they did surprisingly well. Another surprise was how funny parts were. I know if my Mom, my Sister, Carrie & I watched it together we would be laughing out loud together. The storyline went very well with the music. I really enjoyed it and of course I sang along to all the songs. Hubby said, “I know all these songs.” He downloaded all my music on his ipod one time and I had the Best of ABBA in my library. So he had been listening to ABBA on his ipod while training for his marathon. (he he he, I was secretly preparing him for Mama Mia and I didn’t even know it! :) ) I know he liked it more than he thought he would. Two reasons: 1) He didn’t fall asleep…he always falls asleep during movies. 2) The comments he made during the movie. He would never admit he liked it though. Most men don’t want to admit they would like a ‘chick flick’

Besides the music, my most favorite part of the movie was the scenery. Ahhhhhh…it was breathtakingly beautiful. It was filmed in Greece and the ocean water is heavenly blue. It almost made me want to put Greece on my list of places to visit. I miss the ocean so much.

Anyway, I think it’s a keeper. What I mean by that is I think I’m going to have to purchase a bluray copy after we get our bluray player. This musical ranks up there with Grease for me. Okay, I’ll close my review now. :)

Happy Friday,

Here Comes the Sun!!!

The sun is shining today…oh happy day! We’ve had way too many drab, grey, dreary days lately. This does nothing for my mood, but bring it down. What a great way to start out the day…with the sun streaming in the windows! I decided while getting ready this morning I would listen to songs about the sun. They were so good and uplifting I thought I would spread the joy and share them with you.

Sunshine…a wonderful thing!

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