Tuesday, October 18, 2011

it's where the heart is

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”
-Kahlil Gibran

my lifelong friend, patti, is one of those amazing people whose heart is so big you wonder how it even fits inside her body.   her enthusiasm for life is as contagious as her smile, she inspires me every day.  patti has indelible pride in her brother, alex, who serves in the army.  alex's wife, carrie, captured precious moments in her beautiful photographs.

baby jailyn

saying goodbye
Smile.  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday… and you will be.  
(from marc and angel hack life)

"Smile. This is not a drill. Please fasten your safety belts and restore your trays to their full upright and locked position. Dig into thoughts and memories until you've found power; that inner strength and the will to go on. Find the lingering smell that makes you think of that time... Look for the color that sparks the memory about... Show the world the person that can smile no matter what. Please keep all body parts away from the closing doors and prepare for take off. You know that in all darkness you will find a matching light. Conquer the fear of heights, spiders and ghosts. Take a shot of courage and march on through fire. Accomplish what you know you can do. It only takes a fraction of happiness and a moment of your time. Stride short and sweet with power in your footsteps. March to your own beat and rhythm. Excite the flip flops beneath you and fly on Hermes wings. Your time to shine is now, and aim that light at shadows below you. Light will stream out from you and catch others who will reflect it back. Your smile becomes their smile and show you every bit of comfortable strength it has to offer. Accept the offerings and be glad in this. This is a smile creeping across your face, and this is not a recording. Just don't forget to smile. You, this world and everyone in it is ALWAYS more beautiful when you smile."

alex returned home yesterday after his second deployment in iraq... 
into the arms of love

god bless our heroes and let us be grateful for the sacrifices they make while protecting our way of life, our freedom, and country.  
thank you, alex.

 thank you carrie, for sharing your snapshots of your loves and life.
alex and his son tyler

patti and her little brother

welcome home


  1. My Deer...Thank you so much for all of this. You are an inspiration to everyone around you.. you remind people to take notice of all of life's moments, because they are all very precious.. A wise woman once said we would do amazing things, and you've created something so beautiful for amazing brother and his family. You are just a beautifully gifted person that I am soooo very lucky to call my life-long friend XOXOXO :)

  2. Because of your blog...I have laughed and now I have cried! I love it! Thanks for posting and Thank You Alex!!


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