Once again, I must apologize for being away from my Blog for so long. January has been a hectic month and has left me with little time to myself.
Yesterday was my 64th Birthday. No big deal in my eyes. I have never been one to let age stop me from feeling very much alive and filled with desire to accomplish the many goals I see for my future. I very seldom sit still for very long as there is much to accomplish in a world that seems to be spinning faster each year. I must say that I feel blessed that many of the friends I've come to know through blogging, though younger, could care less about age. It pleases me, also, that a lot of bloggers are in their 60s and enjoying their creativity time and planning future events that will bring happiness into their lives and the lives of those they love. I hope to be around for a long time and, God-willing, I plan to fulfill some of those dreams that are still floating around in my head. Also, being the "baby" of the family always helps make me feel young.
My sister and bother-in-law arrived a week ago from Ohio and will be with us for another week. We have been spending time visiting and running here and there. Jake keeps me very busy. It is no joke that a puppy is much like having a baby in the home. He requires a lot of my time and attention. He is such a cute and good puppy, I am enjoying every minute as we form a solid bond.
My family gave me a very nice birthday ~ special gifts, a delicious cake, lunch with my husband, a little time away in the afternoon to run to some of my favorite places, a good dinner on my return, a fun and lengthy phone call from my son, and an evening of talk and laughter. I received many beautiful birthday cards which I love and an especially sweet one from my husband. The many wonderful birthday wishes I received on facebook and the videos and ecards received were fun and appreciated. They all made for a fun and happy birthday.
I received one gift in the mail that I would like to share with you. It has a special meaning to me and brought tears to my eyes when I opened it. It is from a dear Ohio friend. We grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same grade school and high school. The one thing that bound us together with many other wonderful people was our church ~ St. Paul's Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio. St. Paul's was our foundation while growing up. We attended Mass there every morning before going through the doors into the building that housed our school of St. Paul's.
There are many many memories there - my baptism, first communion, confirmation, the formation of friendships that taught me the true meaning of friendship, and eight years of schooling by Nuns, Priests, and others, who helped make me who I am today.
The verse reads:
We were the pillars that anchored you,
Yet without You, we should fall.
Our hearts forever shall remain,
In your loving arms, Saint Paul.
January 19, 2012