I Love Birthdays!

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Let me just tell you how much I really love birthdays, I adore them. Yes, most people are ducking and dodging their birthday when it starts to show up but not me. I start celebrating a whole month in advance. I tell people which birthday this will be and what I’ll be doing to celebrate and then I start partying. I just love celebrations so birthdays are particularly special. I even love other people’s birthdays because I love birthday cake, I’m not going to lie birthday cake is my favorite cake. This is how much I love birthday cake, I have a Chapstick that is flavored like birthday cake. It’s delicious on the lips! Yes, I’ll eat my birthday cake and eat yours too. I have no idea why some folks don’t like birthdays, you’ve made it through another year healthy, happy, and reasonably sane what’s not celebrate? Every year I celebrate my birthday with people I love and I’m never alone on my birthday. Now my husband and I have birthdays one day after one another. Mine is April 29th, his is April 30th and the first year we met we went Las Vegas to celebrate and tried to do it both days, bad idea, so now we celebrate both our birthdays on one of our birthdays. This year we’ll be celebrating on his birthday and giving gifts on mine. We are going to have a great time in our birthday trip. Just want to say again, I LOVE BIRTHDAYS! I’m about to celebrate life and all the wonderful blessings it’s given to me. Happy Birthday to me!!! Now gimme some cake!

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Which One?-Hot Sibs

I love doing siblings on this comparison and it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. Now I have one of my recent favorite pair of brothers, the Franco boys. James Franco who I not only find sexy, smart, talented but really funny. Then along comes another one, Dave Franco, who I saw in the remake of 21Jump Street and I was O-M-G they’re brothers, GET OUT! They’re both so cute but you need to just pick one of the Franco brothers. So which will it be?

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James Franco

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Dave Franco

Flowers and Family

I say time and time again how much I love my family. They are the best, I always feel overwhelmingly blessed because I have such a great family. This last Tuesday my husband,  my mom, and my best friend who’s really more of a sister than a friend and I all went up to Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I know many people may not know this but many of the world’s tulip bulbs come from the farms in Skagit Valley which is about 45 minutes away from where I live. Every April they bloom and they have a festival, beginning of May they whack off the heads of the flowers and gather the bulbs to send to the Netherlands and other places around the world. It’s beautiful but not only did we go there we ended up Whidbey Island watching the Navy planes flying, at Deception Pass watching some the fastest waters in the Pacific Northwest, and on the ferry headed to Port Townsend for late lunch. It was a beautiful fabulous Spring day and although it was chilly we had a good time, laughing, talking, and taking beautiful photographs I want to share with you. I always say how much I love living here and this is why, it’s God’s beauty as far as the eye can see, a wonder around every corner. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the day.

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There Is Still Joy

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As today ends, I’m sad and hopeful. With all the recent tragedy in this country Newtown, tragedies in Chicago, and today the Boston Marathon it seems all we hear about is tragic events. I wake up today and once again people are being killed senselessly.  But with my own recent tragedy that taught me something good can come from something bad I want to share something I got from gr8quotes on FB.

My dear friends, there has been a terrible tragedy in our world today. This is clear, apparent and obvious. There has been loss of life and harm done to many lives. People are shocked, sad, angry, outraged, fearful. This is very very understandable, and it’s justified.

But I want to remind you that amidst the pain, there is much joy today, still. Human beings are being conceived today. Babies are being born. Children are learning, playing and having fun. People are falling in love. People are getting married. People are forgiving and being forgiven. Aquaintances are becoming best friends. Rivals and are becoming teammates and enemies are becoming allies. Someone is changing his or her mind. Wayward men and women are turning their lives around. People are healing. People are praying for others, and people are being prayed for. Someone is getting a job that’s desperately needed. Somebody will win the lotery today. Deep wounds are being healed today. Someone who was very ill is becoming well, and someone who was dying is coming back to life and health.

People who were hopeless are being hopeful. Someone who is drug and alcohol addicted has hit bottom and is rising to recovery. People who hate others have hearts that are being softened. Somewhere, someone who was homeless has a warm, safe roof over his or her head today. A child’s cancer is being cured today. Someone suffering from domestic violence is getting help today, and isn’t going to be beaten to death. In some place in the world today, some stranger saved another stranger’s life. Someone who didn’t believe in God became a believer today. Families torn apart by bitterness are being reunited. Lost children are being found, alive. Perpetrators of horrible crimes are being brought to justice. Someone who was going to commit suicide was helped by someone else, and they decided that they have a reason to live. Someone’s dream is coming true today.

Today, somewhere in the world, a beautiful, tiny, delicate flower has dared to suddenly spring up from inbetween the cracks of asphalt parking lot. Wonderful, happy, joyous, amazing, beautiful miracles are happening all over the world today. Please don’t forget about the soft, warm things of life amidst the harsh, cold realities of life. Please don’t forget to look for them. And please don’t forget to recognize them and share them with others today. We cannot ignore the tragedies in life, but we must give our attention to the joys, too. Balance. ~By Karen Burch,WayPoints by Karen Burch

I don’t want anyone to forget as we pray for those effected by tragedy there is still joy.  We cannot appreciate joy without pain. But don’t let those that wish you harm steal your joy because they’ll do it. Prayers for Boston and the world tonight.