Category Archives: Reflection

Peach State says: Isn’t That Grand!?

What an incredible view I was able to share with my hubby and youngest!  It was our first time at the Grand Canyon and I have to admit I was in awe!  Pictures don’t do it justice!  “Isn’t That Grand!?”  Every nook and cranny was a revolving door of shadow and light.  The flow of the clouds danced along the peaks and layers providing photographers multiple chances to catch the perfect shot.  “If I may state for the record…There is no way a person can take a bad picture of the Grand Canyon.

It is important to share with you that you may need to have a designated non-photographer in your group.  This way you can move around and not worry about running into others taking the same picture.  Small groups of visitors moved around in the same familiar state…Phones and tripods with multiple lenses all focused on the amazing sight.  Selfies and groups with an ever changing backdrop scattered along the rocky and uneven edge of the South Rim.  There were a few photo enthusiasts who dared to attempt the best phot on the edge. I spoke with them…the title of their picture was “Giving Birth to the World!”  I won’t tell you what the pose was…you have already let your mind run with the thought.  “You should probably stop before you embarrass me as well as yourself.”

The weather on this beautiful day was chilly-windy-glad-I-had-my-thermal-shirt-and-sweatshirt day.  The wind was sustained winds between 25-30 mph with temperatures in the lower to mid 50’s.  “BURR!!!”
I had seen documentaries about the Grand Canyon and knew about the clouds flowing over the edge.  I have a few others with the varied depth of flow.  But, I knew there was a chance of wintry mix and with the cloudy overcast skies moving in we decided to leave this overwhelming and heart fluttering place.  I am, as you know, a weather watcher and a prepared mama…just wait!

As we were strolling along the path, toward the car, a wonder sentiment burst in my direction …”War Eagle!” I smiled and replied “War Eagle” and kept moving.  My hubby asked how he knew I was an Auburn fan…I just laughed and said “Honey I do have my Auburn strap on my glasses and a perfect shade of orange sweatshirt.  We recognize each other!”  He simply shook his head.  Auburn fans are everywhere!

As we said goodbye to the Grand Canyon and drove out of the park, with the heat on, we were privileged to see a group of elk.Sorry for the blur…hubby was driving a bit over the speed limit.  

I have more to share but don’t want to overload you with my unedited pictures.  I will do my best to give you a beautiful insight into our vacation!  Till then…

Coffee is my _______! Fill it in!

Peach State

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Peach State says: ┬áThe Power of Invisible Mosquitos!

  

Now that you have finished the laughing and nodding your head in total agreement…think about it!  

We try to keep our emotions in check!  The proverbial straight-jacket-squad stands ready, at all sides, to jump in and wrap you up like a snug-little-bug-in-a-rug to keep us from flying off our assorted handles.  Yes, assorted handles!  The handles may be oversized, large, small or even loose needing to be tightened…but that doesn’t mean anything.  Size doesn’t matter because they are individually related to each of us!  What may be small for some may be huge for others!  So my lecture for the day…mainly speaking to myself…is:

Shake your head, shed a tear, and don’t forget “The Power Of Invisible Mosquitos!”…Then laugh!  And when you are done remember one thing!  (Am I listening?)

  

Let go!…God has stronger hands to hold my circumstances, and the those belonging to those close to me, in order.  He’s got this!!! Oh, and He gave us the ability to laugh when thinking about those wonderful “Invisible Mosquitos!”

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: RIP Precious Princess

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The vacant pillow bed, sitting beside my bed, is a silent reminder of my Precious Princess! The sound of her jingle pacing between the door and her bed is just an echo in the shadowy, sleepy darkness.

RIP Precious Princess!

It has been an uphill battle…my Precious Princess and Constant Shadow tried to follow me on my daily trek throughout the house but, her legs just couldn’t keep up. She would collapse, slide down or just plain fall on any surface. She couldn’t see me from a distance much less hear me. My heart just ached for her!

Sooo…Saturday night, after many tears were shed, I said my goodbyes! I rocked her and whispered in her ear. She was a sweet girl and I loved her…after all she had been there for me in every struggle and life confused situation. She never judged or talked back and was quick with a snuggle and an understanding look.

For those of you who have pets, that are more like a family member, you understand the emptiness and little reminders that fill the simplest of tasks. Just walking down the stairs with clothes I look for her…I caught myself turning to let her out, one last time, before leaving for church Sunday morning…the tears rolled down my cheeks as I found myself getting ready to set down my dessert bowl for her to enjoy. The click of her wandering through the house on the wood floors and the jingle of her collar are just memories. This may take a while to get use to…she had been part of our family for 16 years! That is a long time and our little family will never be the same without her.

We, hubby and I, wanted to tell each of the boys and asked them not to tell anyone until after we talked with our 21 year old son in the Army. “He was going to be the hardest to tell!” They practically grew up together!

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“This picture was the day he left, for BASIC in January!” He talked with her, very quietly, and then silently walked out the door. I remember she looked at me with these bloodshot puppy dog eyes and shook her head and then laid down. She was in the same place when I got home. He took it the hardest, of the four boys, and asked for pics. I sent him these two! I had been trying to prepare him and even stressed that she was waiting to see him after graduation from BASIC.

The tears still flow and my heart still aches…it has only been two days. But, she is no longer in pain and she can have all the chocolate she wants.

RIP Precious Princess…you will be missed!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Oh Happy Day!

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Today we, my hubby, 2 sons and I, traveled to the military base where my now 21 year old is stationed. He has 2-12 hour passes this weekend!!!
Oh Happy Day!

We left the homestead at Zero-Dark-Thirty…sorry it was 4:43 am and it was still dark! We drove the endless expanse of rain soaked roads in the wee hours and as the sun began to rise, behind the clouds, we reached the main security gate. Following the signs to the meeting place we joined a group of people who shared the same desire…

After a short briefing we were released and walked out of the double doors onto the covered deck leading to the parking lot…There they were!

The formation of soldiers in parade rest was a beautiful and heart pounding moment. Anxious family members moved to better catch a glimpse of their elusive soldier. The final order was yelled over the whispering of family members and the soldiers moved…We moved down the steps and scanned the uniformed group and there, coming directly to us, was our son…
( sorry I just got a bit choked up just thinking about it!)
He went directly to my hubby and gave him a hug and led us to the parking lot. Once there he turned and caught my overly proud and motherly gaze and said “I Love You!” We hopped in the truck and our day began! The stories were many and filled with sound effects galore! “I have missed these sound effects!”

Tomorrow we will return to the base and pick him up again. 12 more hours with him…ending tomorrow at 8pm. Needless to say we have already planned our return trip in May for graduation.

I apologize for not being focused on writing…I have been a bit preoccupied on seeing him and packing…and Easter! I am tired but very happy!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Fall’s Morning Colors

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The slightly chilled driveway brought a smile to my face this morning as I, once again, took the trash bag out to the can by the street. “It is Monday which means Garbage day!” I said my final departures to my off-to-work hubby and walked back to the garage. The painted canvas was bright and cheerful as the sun began it’s peek-a-boo game on it’s steady climb into the morning sky.

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The splatter of colors mixed with the bright fire-orange glow make for a pretty picture to start the day! The pulled-apart-cotton-ball clouds float lazily across the sky with quickly changing hues. My mind moves along in a slightly faster pace…reminding me to continue with the chores laid out for me. I turn and go back inside…fix my small and quite cute designed bowl of oatmeal. (Yes I ate something!)
This is the last day of September and the final days with my 20 year are finally here. We will soon have his departure date…but until then I will be a sentimental and reflective mom. ” Wait…I have always been that type of mom!”

Just a few more minutes of solitude with my “morning companion” before the influx of pest control and shipments bombard my door. The shipments I can’t wait for…the bug-guy…well you know how it is!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: We Will Never Forget!

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I just want to honor the memory of those lost in the tragic events 12 years ago. How fresh the events of that morning remain in my heart. I remember the numbing silence as I sat watching the coverage of the first plane hitting the tower and running to tell my husband the news as he was getting ready for work. I stood there, with him, and witnessed the second plane hit the other tower. Stunned…sick at my stomach…with non-stop flowing tears of sadness and fear. The days events continued to unfold with the notification of the Pentagon being hit and the one lone plane still in the sky. The stories of the valiant, and their sacrifices, as the one lone plane was brought down in the quiet and solitary countryside. The first responders and the media coverage of the fear driven masses as they evacuated the areas. These tragic scenes are burned deep into my memory along with every other American…

We Will Never Forget!

Just a moment…just a pause…just remember!

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We returned to a new normal with a stronger resolve and spirit…facing the daily challenges with a new outlook and respect. Together we rose as a nation and a people. Thank you for taking this moment with me!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Wait! I’m Not Ready For A New Year!

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I have some good news and some bad news…
The good news:

Tomorrow is a new day and a New Year!

The bad news:

Today is Monday “OMG it’s Monday!” Could someone please stop this ever-spinning-hamster-wheel and let me do the things I need to do first. I need to finish my oversized cup of espresso, move the laundry, clean out the dishwasher, prepare and inhale another cup of coffee (espresso), and take my 19 year old to the dentist. “Sadly…these are just the items on my To-Do List before 8:30 this morning. You should see my continuous-stream-of-activities left on the handy-dandy-iPhone-yellow-pad. There is to much to be completed in the short 24 hour day! Wait…I am not ready to face what lies ahead. “Wait! I’m Not Ready For A New Year!

Time ticks very quickly by…as the excited yet annoying crowd counts down. The only problem is the fact that it is still early. I sit here trying to stuff these numerous thoughts into a sensical pattern while keeping my eye on the clock. Movement upstairs is a good sign but warns me that I need to get ready too. Today is starting out in the typical Monday blur which somehow feels comforting. Unusual stresses have attacked the sane front this week…death of a friends child, hospitalization of sweet member of the church, car accident last night of a dear couple in the church as they were going home from the child’s funeral visitation…

These tolls of life weigh heavy on many. These things mixed with the world events multiply the tension and stress in normal everyday life.

One thing at a time…breathe…sip…breathe…sip!

Time for me to face the next item on my list…I need to get ready to leave. I promise I will continue this espresso-driven-event-filled day. Until then…start working on your resolutions…

Resolutions…I need to do that!

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Once I return home and settle in with another cup of coffee…espresso…I will delve into this topic…using as much humor as I can.

resolutions…really?” I will deal with that tomorrow!

Talk soon!

What is this? My 22 year old is taking my 19 year old to the dentist and the garbage is already out…call me giddy! I have some extra time….TIME!… ( Excuse me…I am doing the dance of joy!)
Moving a few things around and changing of the To-Do List is one of my specialities. My Shoot-from-the-hip-ADHD-mentality is a definite plus and one that I enjoy using. “Keep ’em guessing or as I like to call it…Amazing my hubby with my incredible abilities!”

I can leisurely finish my duties this morning and head out to buy the last needed items for the celebration tonight and the important re-supplying of the coffee pods for hubby. I can then return home and begin the mixing, rolling, stirring, baking and storing of the individual snacks for tonight and tomorrow.

Thought…Everything returns to normal on Wednesday…including choir practice and praise team practice which we have not had since November! I am so ready for that. Sorry! My ADHD is working overtime with lack of schedule.

The shortened check list is putting a smile on my face, for a split second, as my 12 year old begins to clean out the dishwasher. ( This is one of his chores which he has NOT done in many days…and he only started to clean it out after I, reading/proofing this post out loud, read the part about the dishwasher.) “I may have to re-think his chore list…but that can wait for another day!”

I will relax once these tasks are completed and the table of goodies is set out. Our little family celebration will include a movie and the traditional Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. We will enjoy each other as we usher in this New Year of 2013 all while hoping for a better year. I hope you have a wonderful time tonight with your family and friends! Make a good and lasting memory! We will!

With love and hope in my heart…Happy New Year and Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Over The River and Through The Woods

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Today is the day…I load up 3 of the 4 boys and head south. It is not that long of a journey. It’s not really a journey at all. We will however go “Over The River and Through The Woods” to get to my parents home. It will a short trip (sadly) as we will come home later today.
As I have mentioned before…my siblings and I serve in many aspects of our individual church music ministries. We all need to be at our own churches for the Christmas Services.

I need to finish getting the boys ready… “You would think that 22, 19 and 12 year olds could do this…but!” A Mother’s Job Is Never Done! I will probably need to wrap my 22 year old’s gifts up for him because he needs to complete a watch. (He is a watch-maker and has to do a service on a customers’s watch!). So much still to do and where is the time going? Sorry! I don’t have time to answer that question!

I hope you travel well…Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Moon River!

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A wonderful entertainer passed away this week…
I recently mentioned hearing the song “Moon River” and singing along with it to the surprise of my youngest. The beautiful melody flows at a peaceful pace transporting the listener to a quiet standing-at-the-edge-barefoot dream scene.

Here is a video link of Moon River! I hope you take a moment to hear it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xnCoo7vYqI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Andy Williams will truly missed!

Thank you for letting me remember and Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: You Know Those Words Too!

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If I am going to be in the car…I am going to sing along with the radio! “Who doesn’t?”
The fun thing about this is disturbing the children. The different styles of music available on Sirius XM is enough to blow their mind…BUT…when parents start singing along to Rock n Roll our boys take to picking up their proverbial-picket-signs.

The newest statement came from our youngest. (He is adopted and has only been with us 5 years now!). He is still learning about us and well…we do have fun showing him how diverse we really are.
Sooo…let me set up the scenario for you. It was just the two of us in the car and I was not in the mood for my regular channels sooo…I flipped over to Margaritaville and Sinatra. Two channels that incorporate beachy music and good old standards. “I love the standards…and Michael Buble’ and Frank Sinatra are just two of my favorites.” I switched between the two not liking the artist on the beachy channel and landed on “Moon River” and started singing along. All of the sudden this voice, clear as a bell, chimed in from the backseat! “You Know Those Words Too!”

I peeked back and shock and surprise filled his face and I kept singing. After the song finished I told him about the time spent with my grandparents and how I would watch my grandmother’s sister and her husband dance to songs like this. The concept was foreign to him…I thought for a moment and said…”They would do the same type dances you see on “Dancing with the Stars” and that is called Ballroom dancing!” He threw his hands in the air and said…”Oh great, you have dancers in your family too!” I explained that a true love of music includes many, many different types of music and a respect or appreciation for the differences. “But how do you remember all the words and the names and information of the people singing?” I smiled and told him that as you get older your brain just makes room for the important things. He laughed and said “Well that makes since because you are so old.”

“Don’t worry…I set him straight about that statement very quickly…besides I am not old!”
And because I am not old I will not say anything further about this subject matter!
He was quiet the rest of the ride. Ahhh…peace and quiet! Works every time! Hehe!

What type of music do you flip between? Do you sing along for pure enjoyment or to mess with those in the car with you? Both…I would say!

Well a basketball game is calling so I must close…Have a great day!

Peach State