Had some wonderful family times this past week as my dad's Aunt Virginia and cousin Karen came to visit from Long Island. My father was so excited as he has not seen them in several years. I almost cried because I had not seen my dad that happy in a while. They even brought some Italian pastries that my dad loves! We had lots of laughs and memories galore as we reviewed hundreds of old pictures that had been scanned onto the computer. We hooked up the computer to a gigantic TV and we watched the show. My aunt and dad told us stories about the pictures and identify lots of relatives. There are still hundreds of pictures to be reviewed, but after spending about 3 hours that day looking we were done. We also had breakfast with them this morning before they headed back to New York. My sister posted the following picture on Facebook and I decided to share it here (I am the short one) I think you can tell that we are all related in some way shape or form!
I must say I wrote most of the above paragraph last night because it was really bothering me. I am looking at it this morning and thinking should I remove it, change it, add more and then I decided to leave it alone. I always promised myself that I would write what's on my mind as perhaps some of you are going through the same things. I really thought all night about the above. I decided to add that I want people in my life that are genuine and truly care about me and I care about them. For this reason, I will not have thousands of "friends" on Facebook or connect to those that only want to add numbers. I am not condoning any one that has thousands of people connected to them, I say more power to you. I also believe that the word family has many meanings. I consider many of my closest friends a type of family. What about you? What do you think of the above?
Oh well, enough of that rambling! I am still heavily involved in reviewing paperwork for my parents and daily visits with my mom. There are some good days and some not so good days. My dad and I spend several hours there daily. My parents are the talk of the hospital as they take therapy together and hold hands or he walk behind with the wheelchair as the therapist guides her. They truly demonstrate to me the hard work and dedication it takes to keep a marriage going. They have had their ups and downs as all relationships do, but kept on working so their marriage has lasted 57 years so far. I hope you cherish your relationships as I am seeing daily how love works.
All excitement in our family this coming week as my oldest nephew Shamus will be coming home for the first time since January 2013. He is in the Army and has been serving overseas. We keep mentioning to my mom every day that Shamus will be coming home and she gets a big smile on her face.
I have not had the opportunity to finish any books, but perhaps over the next couple of weeks I'll catch up. What are you reading?
I was going to write about asking for help today, but got sidetracked. My quotes today have to do with help.
I am going to leave it here. My dad woke me up this morning as he left the house for church. He should be back soon and expects me to be ready for breakfast. I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care of yourself and those you love. Don't be fearful of saying I LOVE YOU! Chat soon. Marie
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"All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people."
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"Needing help doesn't make you weak, in fact quite the opposite. It makes you strong, smart, resourceful, and realistic. Being prideful is a weakness. Asking for help when you know you're in over your head is STRENGTH. Don't ever forget that!"
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