Friday, August 30, 2013

I heArt Fridays - Love from Nina and Pennsylvania

Nina shot this heart when she was visiting her Birth Family in Pennsylvania. 
I kind of see another heart in the middle at the bottom of the photo also. 
Do you see it too?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Glen Falls, Williamsville, New York

This is a shot when Nina was about a year old. We would walk to this park, Glen Falls and watch the baby ducks. In the fall we would stop at the cider mill. This quaint little village was such a great place to live.
This summer we went back and walked through the park and Village. We both miss our home from the Village and the life we had there. I have to say, I miss it much more in the summer and fall than the winter but I have such great memories of the 9 years we lived there.
This picture sums it all up! 
When we really miss the Williamsville we take a ride to Old Towne Orange and we feel transported back to our little Village.

Friday, August 23, 2013

I heArt Friday - Buffalo Moss Heart

One of the best parts of going back to your Hometown is spending time with old friends. It was so nice to have a walking partner while I was back. We found this beauty when we went to the Buffalo Erie Basin Marina and Canalside and walked about 6 miles.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday - A Change in Plans

While I was trying to decide what Throwback Thursday photo to post this week, I decided to peruse some of my favorite blogs. I have my system: Kelly Rae Roberts then Jenny Doh then Alisa Burke, they are three of my favorites. Then I usually go to my friends: Brown Bobbin and Just Simply Divine.
My course of action for tonight was immediately changed when I got to my friend Mardy’s blog. As soon as I read her latest post my eyes started to well up with tears. 


Our friendship started in November of 2011; we worked for the same company but not at the same location until she was transferred to my office. Marivic, her given name is twenty years younger than I am, but we became fast friends. Mardy witnessed the craziness of my life two years ago: divorce, lawsuits, financial issues, children coping with the divorce, my return to work full-time in a new field and the learning curve that presents. She had come to the United States 8 years ago from the Philippines. We had such different beginnings, yet shared an amazing connection. We talked about so many different topics of life.
Whereas I had followed my dream of attending the college that I wanted and becoming an Interior Designer, Mardy felt that she did not follow her dream. She took what she felt as the safer route of computer science and it was starting to tug on her heart strings. Over the course of the next nine months we talked about what we would both like to do in the future. Whenever Mardy would say she felt old and that time had passed her by. I would remind her that I was 20 years her senior and if I could start over at 50 and re-create my life she surely could do it at 30.
Last summer she decided that she wanted to go to culinary school. She was accepted the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Starting last August she would work from 8:00 until 4:30, drive over an hour to school, attend classes from 6:00 until 10:00 and then drive over an hour back home, and do it all over the next day. The program consisted of six - 6 week sessions. When she was second guessing her decision I sent her the following quote:

"A year from now you will wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

After the second module, we identified Mardy’s pattern. The first 2 or 3 days of each module she would want to quit, but by day 5 she would enjoy it and then she was fine. From the beginning of the program she knew that she wanted to go to France for the 3 month externship requirement. Mardy has been in Bonnieux at the two Michelin star resort of Capelongue since May. Spend some time on her blog and enjoy the amazing pictures of her French experience. She has now completed her program and is spending some time vacationing in Italy. She will be in Paris next week for her 32 birthday and return to California to start her new career.


What a year.
What an amazing experience.
I am so proud of my dear friend.



Friday, August 16, 2013

I heArt Fridays - 30,000 feet above


I always love the window seat when I fly. I can spend the whole flight gazing out the window. In fact it drives me crazy when people sit next to the window and never look out.

On my flight back to Buffalo I spotted this beauty of a heart shadow out of the window.
You can only imagine my excitement and I waited two weeks to post it!

Have a great weekend and go find some hearts.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Married Man

Two weeks ago I posted a picture of my much younger self and my "nephew" Nick. I was heading back to my hometown for his wedding. Here is a photo of Nick at his One Year Birthday Party.

Then Bam ... 

26 years later he is getting married to this beauty... Lauren.
  There was so much love evident throughout the day. 
It was an amazing wedding.
My two pieces of advice were:
Always think of how your actions will affect your spouse and always tell your spouse the truth. In difficult times it is always easier to deal with truths then compounding life with lies.
 Congratulations to Nick and Lauren!

Friday, August 9, 2013

I heArt Fridays - San Clemente Beach Harrt

My friend recently moved to San Clemente and found this heart on one of her nightly walks on the beach.

Love this... 

do you see the small black heart in the upper right hand corner also?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Throwback Thursday - New Mom

This week's Throwback Thursday is a photo of my Niece, Gina and my Nina. This was Nina's first Thanksgiving, so it is almost 20 years ago. Gina is now a new Mom to a beautiful 2 month old baby girl of her own. the kids are definitely growing up...and the time went way. too. fast!

Friday, August 2, 2013

I heArt Fridays... Birth Family Finds

I love finding hearts in the world. 

I see hearts... all the time. 

It makes me so happy when people tell me that once they started to pay attention they started seeing hearts too.

Nina has gone back to Pennsylvania for the summer to spend time with her Birth Family. 
I received a text with 4 hearts that they found during an outing. 




 I see the face of a dear below this heart. Do you see it?

This makes me so happy.

Have a great weekend and feel free send me photos of any hearts that you spot!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Groom


This week for Throwback Thursday I chose a photo that  is about 26 years old. I am definitely rockin the 80's hair and the shoulder pads. This is my natural color hair before I decided that blondes have more fun! 

I am holding Nick who was not quite a year old in this photo. He was the first born of our closest friends. He is getting married this weekend.  I can't wait to go to the wedding and see old friends that I have not seen in quite awhile. Crazy how the years have flown by!



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