November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old & the new." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent & dissatisfaction." ― Harry A. Ironside

Thanksgiving Day
November 24, 2016

Dear FATHER,

I thank YOU for making it halfway to 100!

I thank YOU for making me & then saving me.

I thank YOU for Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

I thank YOU for the crystal clear lakes of Minnesota.

I thank YOU for the grace & mercy that YOU continuously shower upon me.

I thank YOU for my natural mother making the choice of adoption rather than abortion.

I thank YOU for the family that YOU placed me in.

I thank YOU for New Richmond, Wisconsin.

I thank YOU for my Mom & Dad.

I thank YOU that they cared enough about me to teach me about YOU.

I thank YOU for adopting me as YOUR son.

I thank YOU for the many people who taught me the BIBLE & how they helped to prepare me to live in a way that is pleasing to YOU.

I thank YOU for Saint Louis, Missouri.

I thank YOU for countless visits to Rossino's.

I thank YOU for the honor of being a STL Cardinals baseball fan.

I thank YOU for Creve Coeur Park.

I thank YOU for all my friends in the USA & throughout the world.

I thank YOU for Santo Tomás, El Salvador.

I thank YOU for protecting me during the years of drifting away from YOU.

I thank YOU for Cristiana, Jamaica.

I thank YOU for the trials & bad experiences that have built my faith & trust in YOU.

I thank YOU for Miami, Florida.

I thank YOU for the privilege of being part of "The U" family.

I thank YOU for continually filling me with faith, hope, joy, love, & peace in the midst of unbearable daily pain that YOU somehow convert into a desire within me to encourage others.

I thank YOU for Prospect Heights, Illinois.

I thank YOU for the amazing brothers & sisters in CHRIST that YOU have brought into my life.

I thank YOU for Alajuela, Costa Rica.

I thank YOU for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.

I thank YOU for creating the perfect wife for me.

I thank YOU for Medellín, Colombia.

I thank YOU for Atlético Nacional.

I thank YOU loving me every day through my wife.

I thank YOU for Homestead, Florida.

I thank YOU for an alligator I saw just a few yards from my patio which prompted me to glide across Lake Wolfe in my kayak at night while a sliver of the moon was illuminating the water with several shades of silver & I was awestruck that something so simple exuded such an intense beauty & peace.

I thank YOU for the uniqueness of the Florida Everglades. 

I thank YOU for Key West, Florida

I thank YOU for the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys.

I thank YOU for the bayous & the swamps.

I thank YOU for the mountains & the valleys.

I thank YOU for Oro Valley, Arizona.

I thank YOU for the abundant desert life.

I thank YOU for the awesomeness of the Grand Canyon.

I thank YOU for the peacefulness of a babbling brook.

Most of all, I thank YOU for YOUR unconditional love.

YOUR son,

BPK

"Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving." — W.T. Purkiser

"Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle." ― Ann Voskamp

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, & change ordinary opportunities into blessings." ― William Arthur Ward

"I am grateful for what I am & have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment." ― Henry David Thoreau

"GOD smiles when we praise & thank HIM continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise & appreciation from someone else. GOD loves it, too. An amazing thing happens when we offer praise & thanksgiving to GOD. When we give GOD enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy." ― William Law

"Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity & for the greatest adversity. He blesses GOD for all things, looks on them as coming from HIM, & receives them for HIS sake―not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking, anything but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to HIS perfect will." ― John Wesley


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May 10, 2015

Mom's Love!


This is the first Mother's Day since my Mom died last year & I want to honor her caring love for me by enjoying the animal kingdom displaying a mum's love along with quotes that remind us of the vital role of a mother!


"A mother’s love grows by giving." ― Charles Lamb


"Motherhood doesn't have a nationality." ― Melinda Cross


"The phrase "working mother" is redundant." ― Jane Sellmans


"The best academy, a mother's knee." ― James Russell Lowell


"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." ― Spanish Proverb


"Men are what their mothers made them." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." ― Henry Ward Beecher


"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." ― Lin Yutang


"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." ― Oprah Winfrey


"A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive." ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge


"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." ― Abraham Lincoln


"Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like." ― Arnold Bennett


"The only thing a lawyer won't question is the legitimacy of his mother." ― W. C. Fields


"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." ― Mark Twain


"A mother’s arms are made of tenderness & children sleep soundly in them." ― Victor Hugo


"Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." ― Erich Fromm


"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." ― Oscar Wilde


"Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not." ― James Joyce


"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." ― Theodore Hesburgh


"Mom — the person most likely to write an autobiography & never mention herself." ― Robert Brault


"Mother is the name for GOD in the lips & hearts of little children." ― William Makepeace Thackeray


"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary." ― Dorothy Canfield Fisher


"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." ― Maya Angelou


"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." — Marion C. Garretty


"When you look into your mothers eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth." — Mitch Albom


"Motherhood is like Albania ― you can't trust the descriptions in the books, you have to go there." ― Marni Jackson


"The tie which links mother & child is of such pure & immaculate strength as to be never violated." ― Washington Irving


"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." ― Cardinal Mermillod


"A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it." ― W. D. Howells


"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." ― Honore' de Balzac


"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all." ― Oliver Wendell Holmes


"I remember my mother's prayers & they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." ― Abraham Lincoln


"Motherhood: The most exhausting, emotional, rewarding & life-enhancing journey a woman can take." ― Charlotte Pearson


"I love my mother as the trees love water & sunshine — she helps me grow, prosper, & reach great heights." ― Terri Guillemets


"There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child — & an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own." ― Robert Brault



"How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it." ― Jules Michelet



"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process." ― John Fitzgerald Kennedy


"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing." ― Toni Morrison


"Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard & planted by the water; it was fruitful & full of branches because of abundant water." — EZEKIEL 19:10


"What is more powerful than the love of a mother? Perhaps only GOD's hand in answering her earnest pleadings on your behalf." ― Richelle E. Goodrich


"By & large, mothers & housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class." ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh


"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." — Tenneva Jordan


"Education commences at the mother's knee, & every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character." ― Hosea Ballou


"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things & crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ― Agatha Christie


"Over the years I have learned that motherhood is much like an austere religious order, the joining of which obligates one to relinquish all claims to personal possessions." ― Nancy Stahl


"The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother — which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician." ― Sydney J. Harris


"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter & wound up as Picasso." ― Pablo Picasso


"A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, & the smile that lights on the first born babe, & assures it of a mother's love." ― Thomas C. Haliburton


"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual & physical education I received from her." ― George Washington


"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos & threes, by dozens & hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers & sisters, aunts & cousins, comrades & friends — but only one mother in the whole world." ― Kate Douglas Wiggin


"No language can express the power, & beauty, & heroism, & majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, & grows stronger where man faints, & over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star." ― Edwin Hubbell Chapin



"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy & sudden, fall upon us when adversity takes the place of prosperity, when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, & endeavor by her kind precepts & counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, & cause peace to return to our hearts." ― Washington Irving


I thank the LORD for my birth mother who I've never met because without you putting me up for adoption, I would not have enjoyed a lifetime with my mother whose parenting prepared me to be a house parent at GAP Ministries in Oro Valley, Arizona!


¡Pura Vida!


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