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Shortly after getting married, Hil and I decided to start going back to Church.  The weekly bulletins occasionally carried a flyer with a message for the parish.  Over time, we picked up two which really touched us and we decided to frame them and keep them on our bedroom wall.  They’ve followed us around the world and been hanging there ever since (over 30 years now).
Yesterday, I posted the first.  Here is the second…
A Seventeenth Century Nun’s Prayer
Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
Amen
  —   Anonymous
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Shortly after getting married, Hil and I decided to start going back to Church.  The weekly bulletins occasionally carried a flyer with a message for the parish.  Over time, we picked up two which really touched us and we decided to frame them and keep them on our bedroom wall.  They’ve followed us around the world and been hanging there ever since (over 30 years now).
Here is the first…
The Art Of Marriage
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.
Written by:  Wilferd Arlan Peterson
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Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

[Happy Birthday, Hil !!  Here’s lookin’ at you, kid…
All my love,
— ALWAYS —
Your Kev
(XXX – OOO – XXX) ]
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To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.
   ―  Carl Sagan
[This quote was found at one of the blogs I follow: http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/
The specific post is located at:   http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/2017/03/02/valhalla/
Well worth a visit…   KMAB]

My Children

It is not how much I have gathered
Through my honest work or even greed
In the end possessions won’t matter
But what flowers from each planted seed
I wanted them to have all my heart
And leave no part of my love unused
Give them an easier place to start
Let them find their own dreams to pursue
I wonder will they remember well
The lessons that I have tried to teach
Those things that I tried to gently tell
To show that hope is within their reach
To show them not to stand on the stage
Instead intermingle with the crowd
Always have the want to turn the page
Be the one of whom they could be proud
They’re the footprints that I leave behind
They will be my only legacy
They will be the story brought to mind
When my grandchildren remember me
[This poem was found at one of the blogs I follow:  https://thebackyardpoet.com/
The specific location for the post is:   https://thebackyardpoet.com/2017/10/06/my-children/
Another site well worth visiting (if you have the time)…  —  KMAB
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As promised, more pictures…

Art, Patrice and Me

Art, Patrice and Me

Carm, Mom, Hil and Me

Carm, Mom, Hil and Me

Family Photo

Family Photo

James

James

James and Me

James and Me

Mom

Mom

Hil, Mom and me

Hil, Mom and me

Sarah, James, Carm and me

Sarah, James, Carm and me

Sarah, Shiva and me

Sarah, Shiva and me

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Retirement Pie

Retirement Pie

Retirement Pie Close Up

Retirement Pie Close Up

On Sunday (10/1/2017), Hil arranged for a family only retirement BBQ / party for me.  It was a complete surprise to me.  Everyone even parked away from the house, so I wouldn’t guess what was up as I drove home from Sunday Mass.  (I will add more photos as they become available…)  A big thank you to my family and (of course) to my wonderful wife!
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Hi Princess,
Here’s a quote for your birthday:
You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
    —  Eleanor Roosevelt
Happy Birthday!
We love you always,
Mum and Dad

XXX
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