My Wish

I write this for my beautiful Granddaughter, Sydney, on her eighteenth birthday.


Syd, I wrote this for your Mom, Aunt, and Uncle many years ago…it is also my wish for you.


“If I were granted but one wish for you, my children, it would be that you all be dreamers”

I would not wish you riches

of silver or of gold

nor that you would go through life

with anothers hand to hold.

I would not wish for you

a life devoid of tears

nor that you would go through life

completely without fears.

I would not wish you laughter

or one endless, happy day

nor that you would go through life

with naught to do but play.

Rather, I would wish for you, desire

to follow each and every dream

no matter how ridiculous

to others they may seem.

You see, dreams beget successes

so reach out and take a hold

Simply live out every dream that’s yours

you’ll not need this world’s gold

Stretch your mind–pursue your dreams

don’t let others tell you what to do

as you achieve each dream in life

relax–and dream anew!

This, alone, would be my wish for you…

Syd, I want you to know that I am so very proud of you for all your academic and athletic accomplishments, but am most proud of your inner beauty and the amazing young woman you are fast becoming!  And I want to thank you for the love you showed me last year when I was so very sick. Even though I wasn’t always consciously aware of your presence in the hospital, I know that many times you asked your Mom to wait to visit until you could go with her.  You, along with the rest of the family gave me the strength to carry on.  I love you SO very much, and am sending you the biggest hug ever for your special birthday!!!!

I love and miss you!


When love is felt it must be told

true love cannot be bought or sold

no more precious gift we give

a gift of love will ever live.


There are many kinds of love

as many kinds as stars above

friend, lover, child, husband, wife

without love what is life?


When I love you is hard to say

love can be shown some other way

sometimes through touch or a word

the words I love you, can be heard.


There is no gift on this earth

that is even near the worth

of the words I love you

unless it is I love you, too.




Gautier, Mississippi


My second stay was at Shepard State Park, a great campground that has been run by the city since 2013.  It sits on 305 beautiful acres, includes 8 miles of nature trails, and the cost for seniors was $13.00.  Can’t beat that!!

Shepard SP frisbee golf

This is Frisbee Golf…which I had never heard of, but people seemed to be enjoying it.

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My fantastic campsite..


Some of the other campsites.  There are 28 of these awesome spots!!


A great area to kayak


This picture is posted especially for my friend, Wandering Spirit.  Am I doomed to crossing a bridge EVERY day of my life.  I just know that this is it…the last day of my life…this is the one that is going to collapse into the water with me on it!  I’m sure it would have happened had I not immediately begun praying to Great Spirit.  As Wandering Spirit said previously….”another bridge crossed”…and I can breathe again!!