Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Wishes

Ahh...a New Year...2010 to be exact. Upon the dawning of each New Year...I find myself musing, thinking, pondering, reflecting upon the past year and things that stand out to me from the past 365 days. The good, the bad and yes...the ugly. I try to take the lessons from the past year and hope to apply what I learned in the new one.
As you reflect upon the upcoming year, find forgiveness where it is needed; plant seeds of love and water daily to see them grow and blossom; keep hope and faith in your heart because where ever there is light...darkness will not prevail.
I wish you blessings, love, joy, peace and all good things this coming year. If you find that something is not so good, my prayer for you is that you will think of this precious verse from our Father in Heaven, from Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things".
God bless you and send you a Happy New Year! Happy 2010, friends!
Love,
Kasey

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The First Christmas

There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries. ~W. J. Cameron

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace". Isaiah 9:6

Amen and Amen! Praise God for that very first Christmas and what it means to mankind! I hope the spirit of Christmas will dwell in your hearts throughout this Season and the years to come of your life. Praise our heavenly Father for sending His beloved son Jesus, to forgive our sins and wash us clean, making us as pure white as snow. In the precious words of my friend Anne, "Thank you God for the best gift...Salvation, Forgiveness, Eternal Love, and Everlasting Peace".
Merry Christmas!!
God bless you and keep you, friends.
xoxo -
Kasey

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Poem (StreetLight)


As we drive down the street at night

I see the streetlights Shine

Then Fade

Then Shine

Then Fade

Then I think...is this really my life?

Is this me?

Is this the person I was meant to be?

Numbness...

Then reality hits...

Yes...this is it...this is your reality.

Check

We'll see...

Time always tells.

Time is my friend...

Peace...

I can change my reality.

Unbeknownst to those unlike me.

Watch and see.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Christmas...The Unprecedented Charles Dickens...

"Happy, happy Christmas that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home"! ~ Charles Dickens

What a beautiful quote by Charles Dickens; another extraordinary man of his time. There are so many lovely thoughts in this quote...and when I really think about it...Christmastime, is always such a beautiful time of year. I believe even the hardest of hearts soften even just a little during this special time. Children delight in the Christmas season and their parent's and grandparent's delight right along with them. There is no other time throughout the year quite like Christmastime.
Dear friends, I wish for you the quote above and more! I wish for you; quiet moments to reflect upon the beauty of Christmas...warm fires to sit by and enjoy, good books to curl up to, nice cups of coffee to share with a friend or enjoy by yourself, tall glasses of red wine to enjoy with family and friends, Christmas cards with beautiful photos of family and friends along with their beautiful inscriptions, most of all I wish you Love.
Let's remember to pray for and remember those let fortunate than us, those that cannot enjoy the things above and also for those that haven't heard the good news about what Christmas truly means; God's love for mankind and that He sent His son Jesus, for us.
Much love my friends,
Kasey

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Love and Loss: Redemption

Here is my 2nd "click" story that I submitted for my good friend Leslee's blog "Waiting for the Click"...please read and enjoy!
Love,
Kasey


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Caroling

When I was just a girl, I remember watching my sweet Grandma direct the choir at our church. She had such a love for music and still does...it seems to permeate through her. If you know anything about my Grandma...you would know she loves music. She can play the piano by ear...play the auto harp by ear...and sing beautifully...she is so gifted in that "department"...and she has certainly used her gifts to the best of her abilities. (She ended up directing the choir for 50 years...she did this as a volunteer).
This post is about one of the gifts that she impressed upon me...Christmas Caroling...when I think of Christmas...I always think of caroling with my Grandma years ago. I remember seeing injured people that we would sing for and their loved ones crying at the sweetness of the songs we sang...it truly touched their hearts that we were there and were singing these songs for them. I also remember singing for the elderly and the smiles that would light up their sweet faces as we sang to them...sometimes they would even sing along with us. I think the strongest emotion that was in the air during these times was love. Those songs, the fact that we were there, singing for them...letting them know that someone cared...that someone loved them...that was the most beautiful thing to me.
My Grandma knows this, thankfully she is still here...blessing me with her wisdom, love and kindness daily and I have discussed these wonderful memories with her and what they mean to me...and now...I try to follow in her footsteps. This was the second year that I was able to put together an evening for my fellow church members to go out and sing to the sick and elderly in our community. We travelled to two different assisted living places this year...and what a wonderful experience it was! To see the children in our group hugging and loving on these precious individuals was absolutely amazing! To see the faces of the folks we visited and sang for light up like Christmas lights was nothing short of awing...it fills my heart with joy to let these folks know that even though they may feel so alone at times...they are not. One of the ladies we had the privilege to sing for had just celebrated her 100th birthday.
I hope that my children will remember these special times and that it will forever be imprinted on their hearts...a love for the elderly...the injured...the less fortunate...and that when they are older, they will have the desire and the drive to go out and perhaps sing...but definitely "do" for and help others.
Love,
Kasey

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"Peacock today...Feather duster tomorrow"...

Ahh yes...those were the insightful words of one of my past co-workers. We worked in retail together...cosmetic retail to be exact...and those pompous men and women (mostly women) who would trudge through our counters was truly something to behold. Oh yes, they came in all different shapes and sizes...from many different backgrounds. They weren't the majority thank goodness...perhaps 25% who walked around with their noses in the air as if they didn't put their pants on the same way in the mornings as the rest of the "common world". At first I didn't know what to think of them...then after a while I felt myself feeling slightly "beneath" them myself...until those hysterical...but true words came rolling off of my friend's witty tongue, "Peacock today, feather duster tomorrow". How sad, but true that is for these persons...unfortunately for them. Now I see them for the lost individuals they are...constantly trying to keep up with - or outdo rather "The Jones'". The never ending shallow, empty relationships they pursued. What a terrible state!
I am thankful to be out of that "chapter" in my life...it was harder for me then, but, I did learn some valuable life lessons and came out...maybe not as a peacock...but perhaps...hopefully...a wise old owl (smile).
xoxo -
Kasey

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christianity: The Simple Truth: Take 1

In the world we live in today...Christianity and the need for God's Word (The Bible) has most definitely become "watered down"...and I'll even go as far as saying that it has become "a chore" , "a burden", even "routine" for the most devout Christians. How utterly and ridiculously sad is that? The Christians of today are not the same as the Christians of 2000 years ago...the martyrs...the crucified...the beheaded...the stoned. What a stand they took...what a love they had for their religion...no...their love was for their Father...God...and for their brother, savior, and teacher, Jesus Christ.
Over the next few weeks, years, decades...heck...I don't know...how ever long it takes...I want to discuss certain points of Christianity...I won't be doing it every day...only when the inspiration comes over me. I am going to take it very slowly...one point at a time...there is so much...it will be difficult...some posts will be longer than others...please just bear with me.
Let's start...well...at the beginning: God is. God always has been and always will be. Is it really that simple? Yes.
Before the earth was created, before the universe was created, God existed. God, his Holy Spirit, and his son, Jesus were in existence always. The Godhead, the three in One. That is a huge concept to take in...but...it is the simple and absolute truth. There are so very many things that we as humans cannot wrap our brains around...but you know what? We aren't supposed to be able to...that isn't how we were designed. Many people, because they cannot understand the Bible and God's creation, nor can they act on faith (which is key in the life of a Christian) and just trust in Him and the sufficient Word that He has given us, simply create another "thing"...or religion, etc. with their own personal beliefs and ideas in order to make sense of it all for themselves and perhaps others.
I think I will end here today with this point...moving on to the next point...whatever that is...next time.
I will leave you with this awesome verse from John:
"In the beginning there was the Word.* The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made by him, and nothing was made without him. In him there was life, and that life was the light of all people. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it". These are the words of John, chapter 1, verses 1-5
*Word - The Greek word is "logos", meaning any kind of communication; it could be translated "message". Here, it means Christ, because Christ was the way God told people about himself.
Thank you for reading.
Love,
Kasey

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mark Twain

"The problem with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so." ~ the illustrious...Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, more known by his pen name, Mark Twain. This is a man whom I would have loved to have met and been able to sit on the front porch with, rock in our chairs while perhaps smoking a cigar and enjoying a nice cold mug of moonshine. My oh my! The fascinating conversations we would have had! The knowledge and wisdom that I would have gained from him.
Mr. Twain was known for his wit and was admired and praised by his friends as well as his critics. During his lifetime, he became friends with industrialists, artists, European royalty and presidents. He was an amazing author and has been extensively quoted. One of my favorites is the quote above - so much truth there is in those simple words of his. How especially true in the world today...with so many things out there trying to grab our attention and make us lose focus. I try to remember to delight in and stay true to the simple things in life, simple truths.
I am thankful that folks like Mark Twain lived and left a great, positive mark on the world...so that we who came after him can learn and appreciate what he did and believed in and gain a bit of insight into the wisdom and knowledge he had.
Godspeed -
Kasey

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving


"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks to Him and praise His name". ~Psalm 100:4

What a wonderful verse! Not only for this wonderful holiday of the year...but throughout the years as well. We are so blessed friends.
I am thankful for:
The ups - the easy parts of life, in which I feel as though I am a bird...simply gliding across a beautiful sky that the Lord has made just for me.
The downs - the harder parts of life in which the Lord is teaching me a valuable lesson, that will make me more like Him...perhaps bring me closer to Him.
The middle roads - the parts of life that are even keel...I'm growing even then!
Let us really sit down and reflect on our blessings...as a nation, as mothers, fathers, friends, families...individuals. I am thankful for each one of you!
Godspeed-
Kasey

Monday, November 23, 2009

JFK


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them". -JFK

What a wonderful concept...how many times do we utter words and just say them...with the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude? Know anybody like that...a friend, relative...perhaps thyself? These words are so very true...even if spoken by a democrat...LOL people! (smiles and chuckles) I remember being a child and my parent's telling me, "because I said so". I was like...what the heck, man? Give me a reason...let me see you walk that talk. And you know what? My parents did. They walked that talk. They were not perfect by any means...but...who is here on earth? No one. The only perfect person that ever walked on earth was Jesus Christ and He rose from the grave and now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven...and I do know Him...and He is in my heart...and I know I will meet Him one day. I am grateful for my parents and their witness to me. I am trying to be that witness for my children these days too...it is hard...harder now today than it was then for my parents...but...I just remember...it is all about Him...and not me and He will guide my steps. I want my children to know that too. I love the quotes from us humans...that I feel are sent to us to be inspirations from God our Father...
Goodnight, friends!
xoxo -
Kasey

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grandma Moses

"Life is what you make of it. Always has been. Always will be." ~ Grandma Moses
My mother has a large print of one of Grandma Moses' works of art in her home. I love it because it is very simple, and it reminds me of simpler days gone by. Believe it or not, Grandma Moses started painting in her 70's - how cool is that? She started painting, because arthritis was getting in the way of her love for embroidery. Her birth name was Anna Mary Robertson, she lived a long and blessed life passing away at the age of 101. One of her most famous pieces, "Sugaring Off" (1943)...{the one shown in the picture} is one of my favorites and sold in 2006 for 1.2 million - what would she have thought of that??
I really admire this lady...not only because in her 70's she had the desire take up the art of painting, but the quote above is just as simple as her paintings...and I just feel that she was a wise, happy little lady (like I hope to one day be).
Here's to making the most of life and giving more than we receive!
xoxo -
Kasey

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Life and Time

Ahhh...life and time...they seem to be going by so very quickly for me these days...I feel the rush of the holidays setting in...and even though it gets hectic...I still get a shrill of excitement...butterflies even - in my belly. I absolutely love this time of year...I savor it...and I am one of those who gets depressed when Dec. 26 rolls around...thank goodness New Years Eve comes right around the corner from that...it always seems to zap my post holiday "depression" and put me in a good mood for the upcoming year...which will most assuredly fly by like the past one...it's so funny when you think about it; our Lives...and "Time" itself. What the world has seen throughout the ages...what the world will see in the future...holidays past and present. It wasn't that long ago that I was my children's age...enjoying Santa and the delights of the holiday season...it seemed to go by much slower then...dragging really. My, oh my!! The realization of time passing and what is yet to come. I am thankful to be happy where I am, and thankful for my friends and family...and where the Lord has me...I thank Him for His never ending, unconditional love and His infinite wisdom that I can't even fathom...
I will end with this verse from Proverbs 24:14. "Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul, if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off."
xoxo -
Kasey

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Soup Kitchen


So...I went and volunteered with some of my friends at the Uptown Soup Kitchen last week...and what an experience. This is the 5th year we've done this, and every year it is different...but yet the same. I see some of the same faces over and over...many of these folks, I can tell have severe emotional and psychological issues. Some have a harshness about them...you can tell with a single glance that their souls are dark. Others have a calming, peacefulness about them...very endearing...very thankful for what we are doing and that we are there. Some will tell you their life's story...others won't even meet your gaze.
We are always in charge of the drink to go with lunch. They like Kool-Aide...and they like it SWEET. I'll put it this way...we put into a large steel pot...two and a half of the x-tra large, HUGE, Kool-Aide round jar mixes that are pre-sweetened...and added a half a x-tra large bag of Domino sugar! EEEK - I just don't think I could get it down that sweet...nonetheless...that is how we make it...because that is how they love it.
It always strikes me who is at peace and who is happy and who is absolutely miserable. Happy you ask? Yes...I've met folks (albeit, they have some mental issues and that is clear)...but despite this...they are happy. They seem sweet and very humble and thankful. Still other folks...yes...mental issues and sometimes not...are miserable and dark. I pray for these people when I see them. Sometimes I wonder if they see me...because they won't look at me...they look in my direction, like they can tell I am (or someone is) standing there...but never directly at me. It is very interesting and makes me think of spiritual warfare.
Each year I am touched and blessed. I look forward to the times that I can share this with my children so that they will know what giving means...what compassion and love, truly mean.
Friends, we are so blessed, do we even realize it? I want to share this verse that I posted on my friend Joy's blog just yesterday. Jesus says in Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me".
xoxo -
Kasey

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rosalind Russell (1)


"Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses". ~ Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell, is hands down one of my top 3 old Hollywood actresses. She was such a lively, spirited woman. My favorite movie of hers was Auntie Mame. I feel such a connection to her that I know I will post more on this wonderful woman! What I want to focus on today is the aforementioned quote. What an awesome perspective...I have always felt this way throughout my life...but...never had the words to express my feelings. What can I say...I love life and I love food...so...I can totally relate with this quote. (sigh)
There have been "meals" in my life that I've tried...and definitely had to secretly spit back into my napkin and out of my system...and there have been other "meals" that I have gorged upon and gotten sick afterwards...still others that I have enjoyed and relished and will never forget.
Life is most definitely a banquet (another set of words from Rosalind) and it is how you approach the meal. Here's to full courses with lots of dessert, my friends!
xoxo -
Kasey

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Prayer


You know, I saw this somewhere the other day and can't remember where...but someone had posed the question, "When people tell me they are praying for me, I wonder if they really mean it or if they are just saying it." Hmmm...what an interesting notion. How many times have we told someone that we were going to pray for them and not remembered to do it? I will admit, yes, I have been guilty of it in the past. However, these days it seems that there are so many folks out there that have prayer requests...and honestly...what keeps me in check is my kiddos. I want them to pray, I want them to think of others. Each morning and evening we say our prayers, and sometimes in the car too. I will mention family members who need prayer and also friends that need prayer...and sometimes, I don't even know the person directly...but have been asked to pray for them. My children will sometimes ask me after the prayer...who is so-n-so? And I will tell them, oh, that's so-n-so's friend or mother...or neighbor...whomever. Nowadays, they will join in with names of the people they want to pray for and it is such a delight! It warms my heart that my sweet ones are learning to communicate with their Heavenly Father, and to have that relationship that the Lord covets with us...and I have grown to covet with Him. I pray that my children will never forget these moments and this special communication we/they have with God. What a wonderful thing prayer is! I would like to share a verse from the Bible with you on this very subject:
Phillipians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus".
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend, dear friends!
xoxo -
Kasey

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Love and Loss


A friend of mine that I've known since high school also has a blog that I love to read, "Waiting for the Click"...she has such a way with words and discusses interesting things. She decided to invite her friends to share their "click" stories...stories of the times in their lives when they had an "ah-ha" moment and realized that their life would no longer be the same. Here is the link to my first story with her: Love and Loss...I hope you will read it. http://lesleehorner.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/midnitemonologues-click/
xoxo -
Kasey

Monday, November 9, 2009

Judy Garland: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Ok...ok...I just can't help it! I LOVE this time of year and cannot get enough Christmas carols in. This is one of my most favorite movies, "Meet Me in St. Louis". If you haven't watched it...it is a must see...especially if you appreciate Old Hollywood. TMC or AMC will be playing it soon I'm sure. It's just a good ole movie with a sweet plot, beautiful characters, fabulous fashion...and of course...with Judy Garland...lots of great singing! Friends, have yourselves a merry little Christmas...Tis the Season! And of course...Jesus is the Reason for the Season! xoxo - Kasey

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Born Too Late


Ok, so have you ever thought...hmmm...I was born in the wrong time period? Well...I have. Anytime I watch an old Hollywood flick, or hear a song like, "Don't sit Under the Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me"...I think...dang...my Grandma is one lucky lady! I believe my Grandma lived during the best years ever, in world history. You see, I believe that the 1930-1960's America...were the best times ever. Sure, The Great Depression had to be endured for part of that time, but, according to my Grandma, who lived in rural NC, they didn't even realize it was going on. They were dirt poor, but happy. How can this be you ask? Well...life was so much simpler...no computers, no t-ball and soccer schedules, just fun, friends and family. No TV's for part of that time - how I would have LOVED to have been able to sit and listen in front of the big ole TV-sized radio (with my family) to President Roosevelt's "Fireside Chats"! Also, movies were just coming out...and some of the best ones, the most heartfelt ones, the most remembered ones came out during this era. Not many movies today have the moving plots and the fashion that this time period held. What can I say...the styles...the music...the movies...the things going on in America...all of these things were fabulous! God was still prevalent, morality was still prevalent...patriotism was still prevalent. Men were men, women were women. Don't get me wrong...I like to work outside of the home (part-time)...but...I just see and hear the happy picture that my Grandma paints...and I can't say enough about the music/movies...etc. Like James Stewart's movie, "What a Wonderful Life"! What a wonderful life indeed.
Ahh...at least nowadays, I can sit and watch the movies and listen to the music...and dream...I think Frank Sinatra and I would have been an item for sure... :)
xoxo -
Kasey

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Here's to New Endings!

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." ~ Maria Robinson

What a wonderful viewpoint! I read this today and just had to "muse" about it. Such simple words, yet they can totally alter your way of thinking on certain things. And when your way of thinking on things is altered for the better...how wonderful!
xoxo -
Kasey

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Sister and Me


Today I spent some time with my sister, Erin and her family, it was really nice and we had such a good time. My sis and I are at a wonderful place in our relationship, which makes me very happy. You see, when we were younger...things were not always so good. It must have been some sort of invisible rivalry or competition of sorts for us...or...it could be that we are just about polar opposites. Ha!
I remember one day long ago...Erin was about 5 and I was like 7 or 8, and she came up to me and said, "I want to run away"! And I said, "REEEEAALLY? Well - let me help you pack"! And that is just what I did. I remember going to get her little navy suitcase, with large purple and green flowers on it and packed a few days worth of clothing, oh, I threw in a few bananas and crackers for good measure too. Then, I bundled her up in her navy pea coat (it was a bit chilly out) and walked her down the driveway gave her a little push and said, "Love ya! See ya! Bye!" She walked a little ways down the street and then came back, and I was like, "Why are you back"?
"Didn't have nowhere to go"...she replied.
Is that crazy or what? Hilarious even!
Then there was the time we shared a room and we kept fighting about whose side was whose (we had twin beds on opposite sides of the room) and we ended up putting a line of masking tape all the way down the middle of our room on the hard wood floors. Later, I realized the closet with all of our clothes in it was on her side of the room...which leads me to my point. Erin has always, always, always had the brains of us 2 girls. (smile) She was always an honor student, tests and schoolwork just came naturally to her...especially in math and science which were my worst subjects. Erin is a girl who, at 8 mos. pregnant graduated from law school with honors - top 10 in her class!! She also took the bar exam and passed it on the first try a month and a half after her baby was born! I mean...come on...who can measure up to that...certainly not me...ha ha! Now, I'm not saying I'm a dummy or anything...and Erin wasn't as strongly suited in writing as I was, I won a few contests in grade school. I thought that was my passion and that I wanted to be a communications major...but...I realized that I just enjoy writing for myself...like this blog for instance. Erin and I are very opposite.
Nevertheless...at this stage in our life...we have been able to put aside our vast differences and embrace each other...like sisters should. I love our relationship and hope that as the years go by, we only grow closer. I love to talk on the phone with her...sure wish she lived closer. I am so thankful that the Lord stepped in and brought us together...don't know what I'd do without her!
I love you, Erin!
xoxo -
Kasey


Thursday, October 29, 2009

In Loving Memory of Amy Christine Stephens Pardue


Dear Friends,
This has been one of the saddest weeks I've ever lived in my 34 years...probably THE saddest. However, amidst the sorrow and devastation, I can feel God's Peace that surpasses understanding. Heather W, chose to celebrate Amy's life in her words yesterday, and I choose to do the same here today.
I went to High School with Amy, she graduated in my class of 1993. We also went to the same grade school, and I am going to find out where my k-3 class photos are to see if we were in any of the same classes...I am feeling that we were.
At the funeral and visitation yesterday, the outpouring of family and loved ones to show their love and support for Amy and her family was nothing short of awing. God's comforting presence was there...you could feel it, you could also feel Amy's love and sweetness there among us. As Heather said, "Amy was smiling yesterday to see all her friends that came to honor her life". I agree completely. You know, human words fail us at such times as these; however family, friends and the feelings that God gives us such as Love, Compassion and Peace are what get us through these difficult times.
Yesterday, I learned just what a ray of sunshine Amy was. Strong, bold, funny, compassionate, loving...one could go on and on with the positive attributes of Amy. She was a daughter, grand-daughter, sister, wife, best friend and a mother. In her death, she gave 4 other people life by being an organ donor - what a blessing she was here on earth and even so in death! It reminds me of the verse from I Corinthians 15:55, "Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting"? Praise the Lord for His precious child, Amy!
Amy, you have forever imprinted love and kindness on my heart. God bless you and your beautiful baby boys and the family that loves you so much that are left here with us. We will see you and rejoice together one day. Godspeed, dear one.
xoxo -
Kasey
p.s. I learned yesterday, that Amy had a white unicorn that she carried around for 27 years (he'd lost his horn from being so loved...) his name was "Puny", not sure if I spelled that correctly...Puny was with her as she passed away on Sunday...the photo attached to this post is in honor of she and him. I think he is a wonderful representation of Amy herself; unicorns are unique creatures, fierce yet good, selfless and always mysteriously beautiful...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Miley Cyrus - "The Climb"

Miley Cyrus - "The Climb": "Hannah Montana The Movie"

The Climb

I love Miley Cyrus' song "The Climb". What a great message and so true. This song speaks to each and everyone of us as human beings. We will always have mountain after mountain to conquer throughout our lives. It isn't a matter of whether we move the mountain, plow through the mountain, etc. What matters is how we decide to conquer it. We will all have times that are difficult, hard...impossible even...but, those are the times when we must keep pushing and moving onward...keeping our faith strong. People are always watching and cognisant of choices we make...will we make the right choice? Will we do the right thing? Will we take the narrow road or the wide road? So many decisions...
I pray that throughout each mountain that comes my/your way in life, that we will choose the way that God would have us choose. It may not be the easiest for us...but...there will be blessings and good things in store when we do what is right in His Eyes. Always remember...it's all about The Climb...
xoxo -
Kasey

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pleasing Everybody?


"I cannot give you the formula for success, but, I can give you the formula for failure -- which is: Try to please everybody." ~Herbert Bayard Swope
A saw this quote the other day, and wow...it hit me. I sure do wish I'd learned this life lesson earlier on. I've known it for years now...but...back in the day, Jr. High and High School, how great would it have been to actually understand and comprehend this quote. I wouldn't actually say that back then I tried to please everyone...but...in ways I did...I was naive enough to think that I could anyway. Ignorance is bliss...until you wake up to what you've been ignorant to, haha...I can look back and chuckle now. I remember thinking I knew it all...very much like the song from Mongomery Gentry, "Back When I Knew it All". That was totally me...hard headed...a donkey with it's little heels sticking in the mud...saying "you ain't makin me go no further...that ain't no real carrot" - ha! Over the years I am still as stubborn, but, I feel that if there is something or someone with an idea on how to lighten my load...I'll listen...I may not budge...but at least I'll listen and learn rather than have my wall up and just say...nope...my way or the highway...
Now, I am thankful to be able to stand my ground on certain issues and things, but, I am also glad to be wiser in listening and taking others words to heart. I realize that you cannot please everybody, and thus the quote..."birds of a feather usually stick together". However, I do have many friends who think differently from me on many issues, and I value those friendships just as much as I value the ones where we see eye to eye on pretty much anything.
God sure did make the world a colorful place! I am happy to be in the "summertime" of my life and able to appreciate the ups and downs. It's the downs that make us stronger & I'm glad I can take the lessons and appreciate each one.
xoxo -
Kasey

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lillie Boyte: An Angel who has touched my life forever...


Neuroblastoma is a rare form of childhood cancer that is particularly aggressive. Several years ago, a co-worker of mine sent me a link to a little girl named Lillie Boyte on http://www.caringbridge.org/. I did not know this little girl directly, but, the friend who submitted the link did. She asked that we check in and pray for this little girl who was suffering from Neuroblastoma. Caringbridge is an awesome website that allows family members and loved ones to write and document their family members journey through serious health events. I believe that it is a wonderful site, because it allows others to check in and be able to read about what is going on, people can sign in and write loving comments, etc. I believe that writing is theraputic, and that alone is huge if you are a parent or loved one going through this with your family member.
Lillie was born on Good Friday, 2004. She was 2 1/2 when she was diagnosed with this terrible disease called Neuroblastoma in October of 2006. NB causes tumors to build up all over your body. Lillie's primary tumor was on her adrenal gland (which is right above the kidney). On Caringbridge, her mother has documented her NB journey . When I was first signed on and praying for little Lillie, she was going through rounds of chemo treatments, yes, a 2 1/2 year old, going through this (it's awful for any adult)! Then, in July of 2007, the doctors discovered that Lillie was developing brain tumors. One erupted while she was playing it the hospital playroom where she was receiving treatment and required immediate surgery. Despite surgeries and radiation treatment, the disease had spread to her bone marrow, liver and lungs. According to her mama, Lillie's pain was severe and her life was a living hell.
To put it in her Mama's own words, "August 28, 2007 Lillie earned her angel wings and was cured of this horrific disease".
I can not begin tell you all the many reasons why this little girl means so much to me. I was never able to touch her with my own hands persay or to look directly into her sweet eyes...only her beautiful photos...what I was able to do was read the beautiful tapestry of words that her mama wrote about her sweet life, and through that, Lillie has touched my heart. Lillie left behind 2 sisters and a mother and father. Her mother gets on to write and journal still, and that is what brought her to my mind today. If you would like to read Lillie's story, you can find it here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lillieboyte
Friends, love your children, realize what a gift they are...what a gift family is. Stop reading this and go give those babies a hug and a kiss...make a wrong relationship right...love deeply no matter what the cost. This life is short...make the most of it...each day is a gift, that is why it is called the "present".
xoxo -
Kasey

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Forgiveness


"It really doesn't matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on".

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook today. Wow. What knowledge and power in those words. Forgiveness is such a wonderful, freeing, enlightening thing. In many ways it's truly miraculous. Forgiving can be such a hard thing to do, but the end result is glorious!
Thank the Good Lord for His forgiveness. He sent his Son to forgive us, how awesome and amazing is that!?!?!?!?
I was able to be a part of forgiving today, and let me tell you...it is delightful!! What a gift indeed for me, my family, and those on the other end who needed to forgive me. Thank goodness for the turning of new leaves, new chapters, new beginnings.
My prayer for you my friends is this: if you have anyone in your life that has hurt you...try to let that hurt go. It really is a prison. Release is freeing...forgive...and move on to bigger, better things. Even if you have no idea what you did...people are all so different, things are interpreted so differently...forgive, be forgiven and be all the wiser.
God bless you all!
xoxo -
Kasey

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Power in a WORD


Ahh...what a great feeling it is to know that you have radiated positivity to someone and not the opposite. I love to give compliments, and man, I'd forgotten how good it feels to get one! A friend of mine mentioned that I'd been an "inspiration" to her (about getting Christmas shopping done early so that one can enjoy and delight in the beautiful wonder of the Christmas Season). And I have to tell you...that just MADE my day! I want to encourage you to tell someone when they have impacted you in a good way, even if you like the perfume they are wearing. My goodness...in this weary world, a kind word and deed goes SO VERY far!
I really appreciate you all who follow my blog...and apologize for my "mini" hiatus...it's just been a bit busy around here, and I have to say, I sort of had the "wind taken out of my sails"...I had lost inspiration for awhile...on the good side - I think it's back. Thank you my friends for being my inspiration...and I hope to inspire you in positive ways as well.
Good night and God bless!
xoxo -
Kasey

Sunday, September 27, 2009

James Taylor: Walking Man

This song by James Taylor is one of my favorites...and...it happens to be about fall and the drawing near of winter. I love it...there isn't a good video of him singing it, so this is just the song from the CD - Live. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and it helps you to welcome in this glorious time of year!
xoxo -
Kasey
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome Fall...

These are a few of my favorite "fall"things:
Smell of a fire floating in the air from people's homes (usually the "family" room or "living" room); campfires; cooking smores in front of a campfire; falling leaves; the beautifully colored leaves; hot apple cider; driving through the mountains enjoying the leaves; walking down a trail and having the leaves "fall" over my head; the smell of the leaves as they turn colors and "fall" to the ground; glow of fireflies; shiny apples; freshly baked apple pies; hum of cicadas; big fat pumpkins; crisp air; crunch of sweet corn; comfy blue jeans; nice warm sweaters; mums; trick-or-treaters; Halloween costumes; Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin; warm days and chilly nights; good coffee with friends; good red wine with friends; sitting on my screened in porch cuddling with the family; breaking out the toasty scarves; carving pumpkins; cooking pumpkin seeds in the oven and eating them; my kids sweet long sleeve pajamas; hayrides; the Southern Christmas Show; Virginia Creeper Trail; black cats; dirt roads surrounded by beautiful red, orange, yellow, green leaves; marsh mellow pumpkins (I always go through a couple of bags all by myself..lol); cowboy boots; fall festivals at local small towns; and lastly, just realizing God's plan and His beautiful masterpiece...He gives us a fresh start every year.
What are your favorite things about fall?
xoxo -
Kasey

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cancer

Cancer of any kind is really awful. I think pretty much everyone can agree to that. But what I want to talk about today is "spiritual" cancer. Have you ever been in a negative situation/relationship with someone or several people perhaps that you can't get out of? For example, a work environment, family, etc. I feel that these types of situations are very cancerous to the core of us as humans, cancerous to our souls even. At times I find myself thinking, what can I do? How much of me is this cancer going to consume? Sometimes I can just feel the blackness surrounding me inside and outside. Do you ever get that sinking feeling? It's awful...you feel helpless, as if you are drowning on the inside.
But friends, thank the Good Lord for His Word. It is times like these that I really have to dive into God's word and seek His magnificent Face. I thank the Lord that He loves me. I certainly do not understand how people that don't know the Lord get through times like these. I don't know what I'd do with out scriptures like this:
"He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways." Psalm 91:10
"They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:12
"Because he loves Me" says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him for he acknowleges my name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him." Psalm 91:1 & Psalm 91:14-15
I thank the Lord for His Word, and His protection, and His love for me. As hard as this cancer is to me, I find myself reading scriptures such as these, over and over and over. And slowly...but surely...the cancer is forced to retreat! Hallelujah!
I love you my dear friends, and may these words be a blessing to you in times of strife as well.
xoxo -
Kasey

Monday, September 14, 2009

CLASS

Friends...I believe that I have just witnessed one of the best displays of CLASS this year...perhaps several years even. When I saw what Kanye West did to Taylor Swift at the VMA music awards, I was SHOCKED (well considering the source...maybe not so shocked...but still)! Artist to Artist - UNBELIEVABLE...inconceivable - her one moment for that award - STOLEN! Now...if that isn't racist...I don't know what is...but...let me not go towards that point of contention. How Taylor handled it (during and after) has been one of the most classiest things I've witnessed in a LONG time and from such a young person! To further the class...Beyonce gave Taylor back what she could of Taylor's "moment" (and congratulations to Beyonce for Video of the YEAR)! What an awesome and admirable thing for Beyonce to do...and I believe she's always handled herself with class.
These people are the ones our children look up to. These people hold our nation's youth "captive" for lack of a better word...everyone is into the "he said, she said" pop culture and all that...I will say now...I will NEVER buy a CD or anything for that matter from Kanye West. I cannot support such vile disrespect for any human being - and what a TERRIBLE example for our children...shame, shame, shame on you Kanye! I will continue to support the actors/actresses and singers/songwriters that continue to act with class.
And yes...just to be prudent, I am glad that Kanye apologized...via his blog and reportedly to Taylor's mother...but...I'm just not sure that I believe the sincerety of that apology...that is only my opinion...we shall see what Kanye proves to be true of his character in the future.
And now...I leave you with the 2009 VMA's BEST FEMALE VIDEO - and it is dang good! Go Taylor!! See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/ - and type in Taylor Swift You Belong With Me.
And to see just how classy Beyonce was go to http://www.mtv.com/ and look for the clip of her win.
xoxo -
Kasey




Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Gift of Smell: Often takes me back in time...

Yesterday, it was an absolutely gorgeous Labor Day holiday and Jim and I took the C's to Freedom Park. It really was a delightful afternoon - the park was abuzz with families walking, children playing, dogs and their owners walking...and the weather...ahh...picture perfect! As we were walking along one of the trails across the bridge...a strange...yet familiar scent rolled through the air. I took a deep breath and just shut my eyes and enjoyed the lingering nostalgic moment. It was the scent of wild honeysuckle vines, and pine sap from the trees hidden deep within the woods there. It also held notes of fresh dirt, ready to be run through...it even seemed to hold the crisp notes of autumn drifting in the air. As I inhaled this glorious scent...I was taken back to a certain time in my life. My memories ambled back to my Jr. High School days and I was with my brother wandering like we had all the time in the world through this old man's pasture back behind our neighborhood; my brother and I called it "Paradise". It was a wooded pasture with cows and bulls (that ended up chasing us one day...but that's another story entirely)...
What a wonderful moment for me. I relished my time with my family yesterday at the park, and was so thankful for the gift of scent...and the memories that come rushing back when I smell something familiar.
How about you? Do you have any favorite scents that bring back certain memories?
xoxo -
Kasey



Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day: Triumph in American History


Ahhh...Labor Day, the last, long summer weekend before fall. We all come to look forward to this weekend...it gives most of us an extra long weekend...but...do you really know the history of this historic, triumphant holiday?
As the Industrial Revolution swept over our great nation, the average American worked 12-hour days, 7 days a week, back in the late 1800's. That much hard work only provided a basic living. This was a time in which child labor laws were not strictly enforced and children were even working, providing cheap labor to employers.
Because of these ridiculous hours and terrible working conditions, American unions rose up and became more prominent demanding a better way of life. Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 American workers held the first ever Labor Day parade, they marched from city hall to Union Square in NYC. Those who participated took and unpaid day off to voice their issues with employers and honor American workers. As time went by, more states began to hold parades such as these, but Congress did not pass it as a legal holiday until 1894.
On May 11, 1894 Pullman Palace Car Co. workers in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. They looked to their union leader, Eugene V. Debs and on June 26, a boycott on all Pullman railway cars was issued by the American Railroad Union. Not even a week had passed before 50,000 workers complied and all traffic out of Chicago ceased. President Grover Cleveland dispatched troops to Chicago on July 4. The government's actions destroyed the strike and the boycott soon caved in, but only after much bloodshed and rebellion. Because they had disobeyed the injunction, Eugene Debs and three other union officials served jail time. Nonetheless, this strike brought workers rights to the public eye and Congress declared that the first Monday in September would be a holiday for the American workers, this is the day we now call Labor Day. How brave these men were and what an impact they made on our nation!
So as you celebrate this weekend and enjoy a nice day off of work, remember to also celebrate and appreciate the value and dignity of work and its role in our American way of life.
xoxo -
Kasey
p.s. the photo pictured is a girl in a Cherryville Mill, located in Cherryville, NC. taken by photographer Lewis Hine.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sand and Surf

Mmmm...my toes sure do love some sand and surf - let me tell you! Actually, my whole body seems to be drawn to it like a magnet. We arrived at the beach, me the C's and 5 other moms and their beloved kiddos. We are having a blast...needess to say we had a very nice, long nap today...the C's and I did anyway...now a good friend of ours is cooking a delicious Mexican dinner for us tonight and we will enjoy some more sand and surf later this evening...ahh...in the great words of Frank Sinatra, this is "the good life".xoxo -Kasey

Friday, August 28, 2009

Rose Colored Glasses: Take 1


Well, I'm either out of my mind...or living through rose colored glasses. One week from today, I'll know which one...
Months ago, I made plans to go on a beach trip with some of my mommie friends and their kiddos. Yes, you read that right. Just us and our kiddos. Actually, as it has been quickly approaching, I find myself getting butterflies in my stomach and feeling quite giddy...excited even. I keep imagining my babies playing in the sand and surf...building sand castles, chasing sand crabs, finding seashells together...ahh...I just love my rose colored glasses...they are so much fun to wear. When I take them off...well...I'm just not going to do that...not right now anyways.
There now...where was I...oh yes...sugarplums dancing and nothing but smiles and laughter - yes...that's it. (smile)
Friends, I will try to post over this little respite...not sure if I will be able to or not...there may just be too much laughter and sand...but hey, that's what memories are made of, right?
xoxo -
Kasey
p.s. Oh yes...by the way...if you'll notice...the title of this post is "Rose Colored Glasses: Take 1", that's because...I really, really, really enjoy wearing them...and I'm sure I'll have a lifetime more of them to post - it'll be fun to count along! ;)
p.p.s. Do YOU ever wear rose colored glasses too?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Summer Magic

My mother is the one who cultivated my love of old hollywood movies, and I'm so thankful! Thanks , Mom! Summer Magic, with Hayley Mills is a favorite of mine. It was a musical, and there were so many GREAT songs in it. The one I like the most and remember best, was sung by Burl Ives called "On the Front Porch". In the movie, they are all sitting outside on a gorgeous summer night, listening to Burl play the guitar and sing...he sings of summer love, fire flies flickin', squeaky rocking chairs and lingering on the front porch with his love when the day is through. On summer nights I always think of this song. One I own and will enjoy with my babies...I highly recommend it!
Enjoy my friends...
xoxo,
Kasey

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Moon River: Audrey Hepburn Style


Ok, so yes, I'll admit it...I absolutely adore old Hollywood! I love the movies, the actors/actresses, the songs, the styles...everything! So yes...Madonna's song Vogue...from back in my "hay day" was one of my favorite songs.
Audrey Hepburn is one of my all time favorite actresses from that era, not only because she was a great actress...but I just believe she was a down to earth, humble, sweet & caring lady who constantly gave of herself. God gave her a talent, she used it to the best of her ability and she was a blessing to the many people she crossed paths with. Following her war-time experiences, she developed an affinity for humanitarian work. She began work with UNICEF in the 1950's and later in her life, she dedicated much of her time/life to it's cause. She herself worked in some of the poorest and most underprivileged areas of Asia, Africa and South America. I find that amazing!! What a great person to look up to...one of her most inspiring quotes in my opinion is, "Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."
Audrey used her second had quite alot throughout her delightful life...
I aspire to be just like that...and hope that my children will also see the beauty in helping others and follow suit as well.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is probably my most favorite movie of hers, My Fair Lady is a close second. In Breafast at Tiffany's she sings a song that has become another of my most treasured lullaby's for my babies. I sing it to them often, and they love it...Cristian always requests it...I hope Carmen will too one day...right now she'll sing along to parts of it with me..."my Huckleberry Friend"...I love to hear her sing that part.
On that note dear friends, I leave you with Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany's singing Henry Mancini's, Moon River.
xoxo -
Kasey

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Little Clown


Yes, there he is...my little clown, my little man...the one who has captured my heart. Those blue eyes...that sweet smile...looking up telling me through those insanely thick, long lashes saying "I love you mommy" ...and then I hear a rustle in the background and SMACK! He's whacked Carmen with his blanket (or whatever at that point to make her scream)...
Ha ha! Yes, he is that charming little fellow with the "halo" over his head most of the time...and he and Carmen adore each other...but of course, at times...those little "horns" sprout on occasion.
My precious angel just turned 4 and we had such a grand time at his celebration! The Lord blessed us with a beautiful, dry day...it rained aplenty the day before and the day after his sweet little party. I cannot believe how quickly time goes by...especially when you are an adult...geesh...that makes me sound so old...Anyhoo - I love to watch my son grow and learn things daily...he has quite the imagination and quite a zest for life. I love to see his take on the world and how he reacts to certain things. He has the love for wildlife that his Maw-Maw has, he also LOVES music, like his Paw-Paw, Mommy and Daddy. Most everything he does is JUST like his father...it's truly amazing! Mind-boggling actually...I've seen that boy follow right behind his daddy while mowing the entire lawn...the entire time...while pulling his little John Deere mower behind him. Every Saturday...he exclaims with sheer delight, "Daddy, can we mow the grass today...and weed-whack? Can we...please?" Jim just chuckles and says "Of course"...and then we look at each other wondering if he will feel the same way in 10 years when he's the one in charge of doing the yard work and not daddy...hee hee. Yes, he is a miracle, and I love him dearly - and am thankful for the love and humor that he brings to my heart on a daily basis. I love you, Cristian!
xoxo -
Kasey

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Wine"-ding Down...

Ahhh...how sweet it is; the kiddos are in bed...I'm sitting in front of the 'puter, typing away with one hand...glass of vino in the other. There's nothing like a good ole glass of red to relax with and "wine"-down with. I mean, seriously...I'm getting my "fruit" food group in for the day, while helping my heart out - according to my doctor...and relaxing at the same time! Talk about multi-tasking...I think I'm pretty good at this! (smile)
I also enjoy going over to a friends house, or meeting up at a restaurant and enjoying a glass of wine that way too...oh, and there's the boat - we love to join Jim's folks out on a sunset cruise and enjoy a glass there too...there are just so many ways to enjoy a glass of wine. And there is such comraderie amongst us wine connoisseurs. We love to sit around, sniffing at our glasses and swirling the wonderful contents around...okay...maybe that's just me...NOT - ha ha!
Well, I toast you my friends, and wish you an enjoyable evening! Good night!
Now if I could just find a good cigar around here...
xoxo -
Kasey

Monday, August 17, 2009

Simple Beauty: Hummingbirds


There is almost nothing I look forward to more in the spring, summer and early fall months as my little Hummingbirds. I really cannot get enough of these charming little birds. I have two feeders for them at my house, one in the front and one in the back. They are very territorial , these little winged creatures...and all day long, they chase each other from one feeder to the other. I did actually catch a glimpse of two sitting and feeding at the same time the other day - it was marvelous! They are just the tiniest, most delightful little feathered characters. And yes - they are FULL of character!! Yesterday, I had actually needed to refill their feeder and was sitting out on my back porch reading a magazine...and one little fellow flew up to me and started chirping, as if to say "Hello...why are you just sitting there when we need to be fed"!?!?!? It was really a wonderful moment for me...I realized that he knew that I was looking out for him and taking care of him in the way of nourishment.
Hummingbirds are symbols of peace, love, happiness and accomplishing that which seems impossible while teaching the miracle of joyful living and finding happiness in our own life 's circumstances. There is something about their many colors that is just beautiful in my eyes; the purples, reds, greens, blues...just watching them from my window or porch brings me a feeling of happiness and inspiration...it's really hard to describe the effect these little birds have on me. Yes, I certainly do adore these sweet little birds, and they bring me much joy. Thankfully, I get to enjoy them for a few months more...
Now...I'm off to sit on my back porch and take in the chase of the day!
xoxo -
Kasey

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What's a Mother To Do?

Famous words from my Grandma, "What's a Mother to do"?...when she says it...I always have to laugh because she says it in jest about silly things that happen from day to day. I find myself repeating that same adage over and over sometimes when things are crazy around here and it brings a smile to my face as I think of my darling Grandma and what she means to me.
Of late...the past 3 days to be exact - I was with out the internet! OH THE HORROR!! I can laugh at that now...because NEVER in my life would I expect that I do SO much online...email...facebook...this blog...just to name a few. As time goes on and technology gets more and more advanced...I sit and think to myself..."what's a mother to do"? We are pulled in so many directions these days.
It was nice in the fact that I got a few more things around the house done...but...being without the internet...was very odd. I felt so disconnected. All is better now...the "Cable man" came and got us fixed up...for now...hee hee. Glad to be back on and able to be "connected". Missed y'all!
Well..."what this mother is about to do" is go take a Sunday afternoon nappy-pooh while the rest of the house sleeps.
Good day, friends! (as Paul Harvey would say)
xoxo -
Kasey

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Country Roads by John Denver


If there's anything I remember about my very first "camp" experience in the 5th grade at Camp Tekoa in the mountains of North Carolina, it's the song "Country Roads" by John Denver. I first heard it while sitting in a huge, old fashioned, wooden rocking chair on the porch of the log cabin "Cafeteria". Some of the camp counselors were rocking in their chairs singing it. And yes - it certainly was "music" to my ears. Somehow...my dad and I had missed that one (if you haven't yet read it; read my post on my father and I). Nonetheless, it was an instant favorite for me...and if you know me...you know I am like a broken record with something I like, I wanted to hear nothing else but that song for the rest of the trip (I'm like that with restaurants, etc., I'll ALWAYS order the same thing because I love it)! Anyways, I remember having them sing it like 10 times in a row (just that day only - not counting ALL the other days I made them sing it that week) so that I could memorize it. I remember a pretty, brown eyed counselor, with curly brown hair saying to me, "we need to give the other kids a chance for their song"...then I started giving the other kids the "eye" so that they would suggest Country Roads too...ha ha - good times!
There were so many other things that happened on that initial camping trip...ohh...I don't know...things like...waking up first thing in the morning to "grandaddy long leg" spiders ALL OVER ME and all over/in my sleeping bag (seriously, I was COVERED IN THEM - all of us campers were) that was the first night we camped out under a "tarp" - no closed or zippered tents there (the rest of the time we were in cabins)...and yes...that's where my phobia of spiders came from. Then, there was my very first kiss...or should I say "french kiss"...I had no idea what I was doing...yes...can you believe that...at Camp Tekoa of all places - ha!! We were playing "truth or dare" the night we camped out and yes...I had my very first kiss with a very cute boy I only just met at camp that week. (Our counselors had fallen in love and were talking dreamily by the campfire, whilst we 5th graders were working on learning a few things of our own accord back under the "tarp"). And then I remember another friend that was in the boys cabin...he and I really hit it off because we both LOVED Frank Sinatra...(who the heck in 5th grade liked Frank Sinatra, or had even heard of him for that matter)??? So, of course, we were instant buddies. We would be hiking through the woods...riding down the zip line singing, "Start spreading the news...I'm leavin today...I wanna be a part of it NEW YORK, NEW YORK"...ahhh yes...I have such fabulous memories from that week...but...the most prominent is my discovery of John Denver and my all time favorite hit of his...Country Roads...I actually sing it as a lullaby to my sweet angels every night before they go to bed...you should hear my son sing it with me...that sweet voice of his, "Mountain Mama...take me home...country roads"...with a lisp on the "s" at the end of the word "roads"...NOTHING more precious in the world to me!!!!
Well...goodnight ladies...and I leave you with this video of my favorite lullaby...
xoxo -
Kasey

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Monday, August 10, 2009

My Daughter's Eyes


Right now, my sweet little mini me is in here as I type and she is jumping off of Jim's briefcase (which is laying flat on the ground right next to me) and shouting "YAAAAY - High five mommie"! She is so funny - those bright, blue eyes - so full of life and happiness...that sweet smile and being so proud of herself for jumping so superbly and giving mommie "fives"! I just love looking at those little legs - very much like my own when I was her age. It's amazing to see just how far she has come in her little life...and I am so excited for where God will take her! Trust me though...I'm loving taking it slow...one day at a time...don't want to rush her growing process...as I've realized in her older brother, my darling son, Cristian's life...it goes by much too quickly.
Alas...I digress...
I simply love seeing my baby girl's reaction to different things, new things...the smell of a flower...a bird flying in the air; that's one thing she and I do often...not even realizing it. I'll just be driving in the car and I'm always spotting buzzards or hawks flying about or hiding in trees...scoping out the scene. I've even had friends that were riding in the car with me say, "you look up alot" every time I noticed a bird. And...every now and then, as I'm driving along, I'll hear - "bird mommie - look!! bird!!" - she is so cute, and then I realize...she is always looking towards the Heavens...much like me...
I love seeing the world through her eyes...much comes back to me from my childhood...very good memories of being a little girl. Heck, I still feel like I just graduated from high school half the time...where has the time gone? I thank the Lord for my daughter...she is such a precious little being (and of course so is her older brother...he's another blog entirely)! (smile) I'm thankful for the memories she's given me and the many more we will make together!! I love you Carmen!
xoxo -
Kasey




Saturday, August 8, 2009

Blessings

Hi Friends -
Today, during the kiddos nap time, I had some time to ponder. I love pondering...hee hee...seriously though...just sitting back, enjoying silence and thinking...it's nice...refreshing even. During my "pondering" this afternoon, I began to consider the many things going on in my life...where I've been...where I'm going...and you know what? It hit me that I rarely recognize and reflect upon the many blessings God has bestowed upon me...and my friends and family. But yes, it's true...there have been many...and I'm so thankful for each of them and sometimes without meaning to...I take the blessings in my life for granted. The fact that I have fingers and can sit here and type this message to you is a blessing. The fact that I have eyes that can see the beauty in a warm sunny day, the fact that I can see my sweet angels from Heaven (my children)...is a blessing - they are blessings! There are so many people in this world that face such hardships, remember Helen Keller...what an amazing person - she was deaf and blind, yet, she considered herself blessed. She was an awesome author and political enthusiast in her day. There are countless others like her, who didn't have things quite so easy as the rest of us, with the use of our 5 senses...and all of our limbs. Yet, they have made their mark in this world and God has used them divinely in one way or another. They have been a blessing to others through their own livelihoods. As I type this today, and the rain falls outside of my comfortable, dry home...I thank the Lord for his providence and blessings. I hope that you can take time out of your busy - or maybe not so busy, but blessed lives to count the many blessings you have too. And...I hope it leaves a smile on your face...and a tenderness lingering in your heart for a long, long time...
xoxo -
Kasey

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pen and Paper


Aaahh...to me...there is just something uplifting about sitting down and hand-writing a note/letter. This is definitely an attribute I can thank my mother for, because I saw her do it so often as a child and she had my brother, sister and I writing thank you notes from early on...and I am so thankful she did!! There's nothing better {well not much... :)} than getting a nice note or card in the mail - isn't it just great?? I love sifting through the bills and ridiculous "junk" mail to find some handwritten note/card...it really just makes my day! I remember when I was in college, I used to LOVE to get letters from my grandma (and I knew she loved me when she would write to me, because she told me that she got to where she really "disliked" writing, she had written so many letters to my grandfather and uncles when they were in different wars). My friend Meighan and I used to write letters to one another (we were at different colleges) and we would draw, color, you name it on the front and back of our envelopes...I remember once sending her an "under the sea" envelope...I had drawn all kinds of fish, bubbles, coral, etc. and colored the whole background "sea blue" - you could see absolutely no white on the outside of that large, standard white envelope. But...of course, the best part was on the inside...the handwritten, thought out sentiments that I had authored just for her. I loved it - that was really before computers and email were copious. I also remember during my time spent in Boston, getting letters from friends and boyfriends, I still have many of these letters saved today. I enjoy reading them every couple of years or so to remember what I was doing then and what was happening in my life.
A couple of my friends are in the "Stampin Up" business and I'm certainly an aficionado of their cards - Hallmark has lost a lot of business from me since I found these awesome card makers! Stampin Up provides the stamps and my friends use their "creative" expertise to design beautiful, unique cards (my friend Brandy has made me my very own custom cards)! I recently discovered that my friend Sally does the same thing - you can view their blogs on my "blog list". :) And yes, I have them...cards for every occasion..get well, thinking of you, thank you, etc. - and just plain old stationary to boot!
So...yes...in short, I am a card/stationary junkie...my husband just sits and shakes his head when he sees my plethora of writing papers and cards...
xoxo -
Kasey