Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Tenth Anniversary Jamiann and Michael!

They met online.  They chatted for well over a year before they actually met in person.  I insisted that she take precautions when meeting this young man in person.  After all there was always warnings on the news regarding the fact that people on the internet aren't always who they seem to be online.  I was at work over sixty miles away in New Jersey, so my friend Judy went along, and they met at the Olive Garden.  In my opinion I really felt that he must have been a great young man to approve of Jami bringing a friend along. 

I was already home from work by the time they returned from this first meeting.  Judy couldn't stop talking about how much she adored Jami's new friend.  Judy had been Jami's chosen Godmother as she was going through the process of joining Judy's church, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Parish in Bath, PA at the time. 

Judy rambled on about how Mike was Catholic, and he had an uncle who is a priest and aunt who is a nun.  Since Judy is a very devoted Catholic she felt that Jami's decision to join her church and meeting Mike were acts of  Divine Intervention.  I must agree, especially now that I know she was so right. 

It wasn't long before Mike asked Jami to marry him on Valentine's Day at a very romantic dinner. I had an engagement party for them where we made all of the wedding plans.   It was so much fun going to get Jamiann's gown and planning the wedding.

In my already established tradition we did everything for their wedding.  It was to be held at the Sacred Heart Church in Bath with Father Greg and Mike's uncle Father Edmund performing the ceremony.  Jamiann chose Judy to be her Maid of Honor, and Mike chose his dad to be his Best Man!  The reception was to be held at the Hickory Hills Club House.  Mike's friend and groomsman Dennis who is also a radio announcer in Bethlehem, PA doubled as the DJ.  My husband, Jamiann's step-dad walked her down the isle to the first pew, then her father took her to the alter and pulled back her veil, gave her a kiss and her hand to Mike. 

Jami and I shopped for everything necessary from the paper to be used for the invitations, to the linens  for the tables.  We decided to use round clear glass ball shaped vases filled with real flowers of all different varieties for centerpieces.  Jami had decided to follow in my tradition of baking and decorating her own wedding cake.  She chose fondant for the icing.  We decided on a practical solution for the bridesmaids and rented the gorgeous gowns.  My first granddaughter Emily was the flower girl she was three years old at the time.  I found an adorable princess like white dress, flower basket, and ring of flowers for her head. We made all the bouquets and boutonnieres. 

Some of my friends, family, and I made the food, and appetizers.  Everything came together beautifully, and all of our favorite friends and family were there to celebrate their special day.  Everyone who knows us well knows how Jamiann adored Barry Manilow ever since she saw him in person with her Aunt Irene at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA.  So, it was only right their first dance was a Barry Manilow song "Who Needs To Dream".  It was also very fitting that she had one entire table filled with all of her "Maniloonie" friends from the Manilow Fan Club. They came from all over to attend their wedding.  It was absolutely a joy, and also touching to have them there.  We all had attended many Manilow concerts, television show tapings, and other events together all over the country.

In order to make a long story short, here we are ten years down the road and Jamiann and Mike have such a beautiful family.  Three gorgeous, intelligent, and interesting children of their own, all two years apart in age, a girl, a boy, a girl.  During the last week of August 2012 all will be attending school.  They attend a parochial school, and are well versed in biblical stories and principals.  They all know how to pray and the two oldest know the Lord's Prayer by heart. 

One thing that makes me very proud is that they all always eat dinner together around the dining room table.  Every weekend Mike takes the family on day trips to fun local attractions or maybe just a day at a local playground.  They attend church together as a family.  As a mother Jamiann tries to buy organic whenever possible, and she is an excellent cook and baker.  Mike is such a wonderful husband and father.  He helps with all of the household chores even though he works out of the home for a local university.  Jamiann is a stay at home mom who walks to the bus stop rain or shine to greet the kids when they disembark.

They even planned their anniversary romantic getaway dates to precede the actual date of their anniversary so they could spend this evening with their children.  My granddaughter Abby the oldest of the three called me this morning to share the fact that she served her mommy and daddy breakfast in bed, toaster waffles with fruit on top, and orange juice.  She also was thrilled to fill me in on tonight's dinner plans of a family sit down dinner of roast turkey and all the trimmings with peach pie ala mode and white cake for dessert.

Yes, I can easily say that their meeting was most certainly divine intervention.  I wish them many years of happiness and God's infinite blessings! 

"In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit."

Sunday, June 24, 2012

An Author is Capable of Working Magic

I love this! That is exactly how I feel when I am writing. We can be anything or anybody we want to be in our imagination, and then share it with the world and many generations just by writing it down! 

The important thing to me is to write words and stories that I can share with my grandchildren, and be proud of what I had written.  Should there be mistakes in grammar or spelling I surely hope that my grandchildren will be more impressed by the ideas or story expressed than picking apart the sentence or word structure! I write for them, and if the world wishes to read, I surely hope I can touch them even if it is with just one sentence! 

To purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Ominous-Adventures-True-Blue-Farm/dp/1413797709

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beneath The Trees, Where Nobody Sees...

On the first day of Summer 2012 three of my granddaughters had a sleep over at my home in Tilden Township, PA. On Thursday June 21 they came to me with a touching request. They asked if they could get one of my picnic baskets from the attic to have a backyard picnic. I was thrilled, and happily complied. It was pleasing to me to see that my love of good old fashioned traditions had rubbed off onto them. In a video made by Abigayle of the picnic she said, "Here we are in a lovely meadow."  I thought that comment was so adorable.  Nice to see they also have a vivid imagination.  God Bless their little hearts.  They make my life so joyful!

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears,
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily dance about.
They love to play and shout.
And never have any cares.
At six o'clock their mommies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears.

If you go out in the woods today,
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Every teddy bear, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Weekend Getaway To Avon By The Sea

Me at the Atlantic View Nantucket Room 6/15/2012
My cousin Kathy and I spent the weekend at the Atlantic View Bed and Breakfast at Avon By The Sea, NJ. We relaxed on the beach, wrap around porch, and took an afternoon trip to Ocean Grove (five minutes away) to shop and lunch on Main Street.  Saturday night we had dinner(NYC thin crust pizza) at Pete and Elda's famous Italian Restaurant in Neptune City, 1.2 mi. from the Atlantic View Inn. On the way home we stopped at Bowman's Hill Tower, Washington's Crossing State Park., PA and rode through New Hope, PA.


Lovely Victorians Avon By the Sea

Lovely gardens and Victorians Avon By The Sea

The Columns Restaurant and Lounge where we had dinner on Friday Evening on the wrap around porch.
Beach Avon By The Sea


Atlantic View Inn B & B Wrap around porch


The Sea Grass Chicken Salad Salad, Main St. Ocean Grove, NJ

Pete & Elda's Neptune City We had peppers, onions, and mushrooms

 Ocean Grove's Tent City

Tent City Ocean Grove
Bowman's Hill Tower Washington's Crossing State Park

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Fabulous Jersey Shore Victorian Town Get Away

Leaving This Afternoon for the Jersey Shore with my cousin Kathy.  She is the cousin that took my daughter Jennifer and I to see U2 last July.  I have the most wonderful family!  We are not going online the entire weekend. We will just spend the entire weekend relaxing on the beach and exploring this beautiful Jersey Shore Victorian Town Get Away!  We are staying at a lovely Victorian B & B, and can't wait to snap some photos! Ahhhhh fresh ocean air and negative ions, soothing to the soul! Enjoy your weekend and I will possibly be posting on Monday! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Life sung by Pam Rose

My Life
I want to know
If I walk down a certain road, it was my choice
And I want to know
If I had something to say, I raised my voice

I don't wanna wake up a little too late

And say I could've done this or I should've done that
When I close my eyes at night
I wanna know I'm doing the best I can

When I'm sittin' there

In my rocking chair, looking at my life
I hope to God I would've done
Something good with my life

At the end of the day, I can only pray

That I can look back and say
I lived my life, oh, I lived my life

Don't want to take my father's father's path

I gotta make my own
Don't want my epitaph to read
"Wish they could've known me"
I don't want that carved in stone

I want to leave this place

With a smile on my face
Knowing what's in my heart
Didn't just stay in my heart
And whatever heaven gave me
I want to know I gave it all back

When I'm sittin' there

In my rocking chair, looking at my life
I hope to God I would've done
Something good with my life

At the end of the day, I can only pray

That I can look back and say
I lived my life, oh, I lived my life

When I'm sittin' there

In my rocking chair, looking at my life
I hope to God I would've done
Something good with my life

At the end of the day, I can only pray

That I can look back and say
I lived my life, oh, I lived my life

Well, I want to be an open book

Say I gave more than I took
My life, I lived my life, I lived my life
"My Life" as written by Gerald O'brien Catt Gravitt

I saw Pam Rose sing this song on PBS.  I found it very moving, and explains what I want from MY LIFE!