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This song is one of David Haas’ songs. He and his group sang at our wedding. Mike used to sing with them.


I would have to say the time around our wedding day 9/15/84 was a time of vivid imagery, great dreams, and great plans….We were at a time where anything goes, trying so hard to make all our dreams and imagination come to life. It was a time of new beginnings innocence,
laughter, when there was a lot of uplifting and constructive dialogue about life and it wonders.

I am in the process of becoming an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, SSND, who taught me in Saint Paul Minnesota in the 70’s and I now visit Mankato, Minnesota every so often to visit. It is a blessing to go there and have so many sisters in one place, who knew I could have over a 150 grandmothers in one place! They take very good care of me. I sometimes wonder if my path had been slightly different, I would have probably became a Sister working in HealthCare. Being an Associate helps me keep connected with SSND in another way that gives me peace and joy. some of the pictures in the video might look familiar, as I have posted photos I have taken on the Mankato Hill as well.

Gratitude is a subject that is seldom talked about in todays fast paced society. The clear cut attitude to be grateful for all of life not what just feels safe and comfortable. There is such blessing in the land that we live in. Abundance is really an understatement. There is so much Divine Presence if we take the time, look and listen to what is in the here and now. The life we live, the oxygen we breath, the water that is clear to drink, the land that sustains the crops, the sun, the moon, and even the stars, all created for us to sustain our gratefulness. when I look at the abundance that is here in our land, I think of others that do not have so much and are still grateful for what they do have without any need for more, without any gratefulness for what they do not have. There is a true love for anything that comes wether it be of their own volition or someone elses.
There is such a small window that we live on the earth and a small window to be truly, deeply, mind fully, grateful and thankful for all we have minute by minute and share our gratefulness with all we come in contact with and spread the joy.

I really feel at peace with my accomplishments and really never thought I would have gotten as far as I have. My children are my biggest and best, I am truly blessed by them and their ability to live their lives in such a caring and accomplished way by themselves. They have good hearts and love to be of service to others.
I feel most accomplished when something happens whether I was involved directly or indirectly. The moment when I hear something changed or was made better makes me feel very peaceful. I especially feel at peace when something I put forth affects patients and medical facilities nationwide, as in my work with Patient Safety and Quality nationally. I am a very humble person and perform my duties in the name of God, I am the vehicle…..

I would love to give the gift of my time, to be present, to listen, to love, to show them I care, hold them, play with a puppy with them, and most of all my love. I remember when I was a kid. I would ride my bike to one Grandma or another, I had three that I knew. They lived close, so I could ride my bike any time I wanted to. especially in the summer I spent all my time visiting, listening, loving,helping, and just being there for them.Talking about dreams, challenges, struggles, happenings, and just life…Playing games like Scrabble, Tri-onimos, Dominos, Cribbage, all kinds of card games, watch game shows and soap operas together, I have watched All My Children for 40 years!
There is so much richness in just being there for the elderly, especially now, due to the isolation that some experience because of all the technology now. Working to bridge the gaps between the past and the future by being present.

We have had some classic cars show up today. I thought I would share my first car with you. A 1971 Dodge Dart, it was a 7-year-old car when I got it. This car pictured is very close in color and design. It was really difficult to find a picture online that looked like the original, as most of them have had a paint job or two since then.

My father was a used car salesman. He called me one day and I went down to the car lot. Of course like a 16-year-old would say, I said to myself, “OMG! what kind of car does Dad have picked out, I know I am going to hate it” or “I wanted to pick it out, as I am extremely independent”

Well, let me tell you, I loved it.
Even though I had to pay my own payments, gas, and insurance (I worked at A & W as a carhop, and at a nursing Home as a nursing assistant. The freedom of being able to have my own wheels was awesome. Not to mention my all time favorite color-BLUE.

My friend mentioned the following on her blog: Per Laurie Buchanon–What if when we were born we were issued one car, a single vehicle that had to last us our entire life? We don’t get to trade it in for a new model or sign a new lease. We must take such good care of the vehicle that it will serve us well as long as we live. This is, in effect, exactly what happens. When we’re born we have one physical body that has to last us our entire life. The condition we keep it in is totally up to us. The famous actor and comedian, George Burns, lived to be 100 years old (1896 – 1996). He is well remembered for saying, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!”

As such I have a 1962 model….1962 Ford Thunderbird………Needs a tune up and new tires!

I got the picture from http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=1962+ford+thunderbird+blue+photos&FORM=IGRE#

I have to say that I have two extremes of my caring nature; not a good middle ground. I either smother with too much, too fast, or stifle the light, myself, and the relationship with not enough.

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