sing second!

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Our son celebrating a sing-second moment.

“Singing second”

is perhaps the most prized moment in the football career of a player

at one of the service academies.

 

The tradition after games between the Military Academies is for the “Alma Mater” of both teams to be performed by the respective school bands with the teams standing together at attention. The anthem of the losing team is performed first, then the anthem of the winning team is performed second.

 

In only 2 days and a butt we look forward to when

ARMY

sings second!

GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY!

 

 

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Our son’s final walk in his favorite Service Academy uniform. Circa Army/Navy c/o 2012.

And extra-special hugs n’ blessings to all the firsties who will play their final game.

Alma Mater

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near.
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let Duty be well performed.
Honor be e’er untarned
Country be ever armed.
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thine own, aright
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.

When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we stand loyal be,
West Point, to thee

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, “Well done”
Be thou at peace.”
E’er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

P.S. Reinecke, 1911

 

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Stephen Chase Prasnicki KIA 2012  None More American

*Video credit: Austin Lachance

*Photo credits: Danny Wild and myself.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Heidi-ho! It has been awhile since I’ve done a re-blog Saturday and it has not been because I haven’t experienced a plethora of great reading! There have been so many posts I have been eager to include in my cyber-space-say-I place…for my own benefit of re-reading and to share in this safe-place for any others who might stumble upon such words they are in need of.

Today, I have re-blogged (below) a great little-ditty from I am V.

If you read something that tugs at your heart I do pray you hold on tight to what you hear, re-read when necessary, and apply when called upon to do so!

Wouldn’t but life be a little brighter if we did?

I say, “Let there be light…”

hugs n’ blessings to what you will hear in the silence of your heart!

Music:  Jacob’s Song by Brother Isaiah

Brother Isaiah is a member of the Fransican Friars of the Renewal in New York City and you can purchase his music to help the Friars fund ‘the good works’ that they do either on itunes, amazon, and more!

I am V.

I know it’s been a while since I last blogged, but lately I have been inclined to share a lesson that I had to relearn recently. Whatever you allow to consume your thoughts will soon manifest into reality. Therefore, watch your thoughts for they will become your words. Mind your words for they will become your actions and your actions will be your habits. I know this! At least I thought I did.

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I preached it day in and day out to my friends, but here I was, not even following my own advice. Not following what I read and studied in books. I am here now holding myself accountable and sharing my experience. Recently, a situation came up where I allowed a negative thought to manifest. I began to act in them (only for a short while- which was still too long) I pushed my negative thoughts and insecurity…

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Life in Color!

As 2016 begins our family prepares for a full year of celebrations!

There will be bridal showers, baptisms, a daughter’s wedding, a golden birthday for me, and Cuppycake & I will celebrate 30 fun-filled years together.

And this is just in our immediate family of five! You cann0t imagine all the other hap-happiness that will be celebrated in our extended families as well!

Through all the party-planning to be done, surprisingly Cuppycake has become sentimental on me!  It’s not uncommon, in the last several months, to receive an endearing photo instagrammed or emailed to me with a sweet or funny message.

 

 

I am loving his out-reaches to remind me just why & HOW we have thrived, (or is it survived??? Giggles.) happily together. And admittedly all of this has been great…until these types of photos started showing up!!

 


Yes, I know I am about to enter the golden years with him, while celebrating 30 wonder-filled years together but seriously…WE ARE NOT READY FOR MATCHING JERSEYS (yet!)

I mean we are still living life ‘in color’ not black & white!

How Cuppycake sees us in 20 years.

 

Plus we still have a hop, skip, and a 36-inch box jump left in us!! (With of course a lot of giddy-up and go behind it…or a tidge of liquid courage.)

“What is all of this about??” I queeried.
“Well, we ARE grand-parents now.” he reminds me.  “Growing older together has officially become inevitable.”

He’s got me there.

And so I do what I usually do. I follow his lead, I trust his wisdom, as head of our home, and I become sentimental along with him.

I just haven’t broken it to him yet that we’ll be doing ALL of what growing older together entails….IN COLOR!!!!

How I see us in 20 years.

 

hugs & color-filled blessings!