Thursday, October 18, 2012

A walk down the aisle

Today is our 15th Wedding Anniversary

We are going to CELEBRATE!!!!

Lunch, walking hand in hand, coffee, shopping, dinner and perhaps even a Downtown Summer Session in Surfers Paradise. I think a visit to Melbas would be perfect! Why? because it's where we first kissed! Hehe

I'm not the centre stage kind of girl (I'm the side of stage kind of deal), but on my wedding day, I took centre stage and loved it. It was my moment. The moment in time where I walked ( a fairly long aisle) to say 'I do' to the man of my dreams.

It was a moment in time that I knew I would never want to forget. So, slowly and purposefully, I enjoyed this song as my three bridesmaids walked ahead of me. I still remember waiting for the crescendo, my moment, my 'yes' moment.

I loved every moment of my wedding day.
this was around 11pm as we were about to leave the reception
And the after party...which went on 'til the early hours of the morning.

And yes, we are blissfully in love fifteen years later ...

My husband is everything I ever dreamed of and more.

Now my hope and prayer is that our four children will find as much (or more) happiness in their future as we have found and will continue to seek as we cherish what we have.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck 
                     ~  a review  ~ 
Jade Benson embraces unexpected motherhood when her husband Max gains custody of his young son. As she and Max work out their newly formed family, an invitation to coach Texas high school football sends them on a journey.

Then a stranger reveals a painful secret, and Jade faces her hardest challenge yet. When she surrenders her heart to God and to her husband, Jade discovers the joy of love lifting her above her fears.
"All my songs tell a story. But this one is special. My first book series is about looking backward while moving forward. It's about chasing dreams, endless country roads, and tender faith." -Sara Evans  ~ Blurb copied from Goodreads 
When I saw this book on the Booksneeze site, a few things intrigued me… Sara and I have the same last name and the Sara is a singer/song writer - I had high expectations.
Love Lifted Me was well written and the story flowed well. The themes of forgiveness and letting the past go were strong and mostly well developed through the book.
I wasn’t expecting the American Football storyline to be quite as involved as it was. Unfortunately, I don’t understand the game and found myself skimming pages at a time when ‘plays’ or ‘positions’  were detailed in technical terms.

Another thread which many readers will love is one of vintage clothing. I’m not into vintage and again, I felt lost in detailed prose.

Despite my getting lost a few times, I did find the ending satisfying. Overall, this was an enjoyable book.  

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Blowing on the pipe dream.

When I was 13, I started to learn the trumpet. I wanted to learn flute, but my school had run out of those and had a few trumpets waiting to be picked up - so I said I'd give it a go.
I loved it!
I fell in love with brass, with jazz, with loud, with orchestra.
I had a dream of going to the Conservatorium of Music, and one day playing in our state, or national orchestra.

I still love listening to orchestral music. Any music live is wonderful.
There really isn't anything quite like sitting in the middle of 20+ musicians and playing a magnificent piece of music.
But, I had one major issue with my trumpet playing, I lacked confidence - and when you're playing first trumpet and you're about to hit that note that everyone will hear- you need to hit it with confidence.

Before my dreams to play trumpet in an orchestra, I dreamt of being a published author.
I did let go of my dream of a musical career, I'm not sure I was if ever that talented in the musical arena.
But I'm not giving up on my dream of writing a book that is deemed worthy to be published.

What dreams have you let go of?
What dreams are you still holding on to?