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Footprints in the Sand

Al & Jeffrey Footprints on the Sand1024.webJeffrey & Poppy walk the Beach

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I’ll walk with you
Footprints in the Sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going
2018©Leona Lewis

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Love transcends through the nurturing of our future sons and daughters.
In this case, I chose my grandson who will one day be the voice that may change the world.
Where there is LOVE there is hope.
Teach your children well …
Isadora

For my grandson, Jeffrey. He gives unconditional LOVE

leona lewis – footprints in the sand lyrics

 

 


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Pencil Parable

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Sister Mary Annunciata handed out the list of things we had to bring to school by the end of the week. It was September 15, 1953. It was the first week of 1st grade. Although I had attended kindergarten at the same school, I was scared. The thought of filling a list of things to bring to school was intimidating. I wanted to make sure I got it right.

After school my mother sent me out with my older sister to get the supplies on the list:

a) a notebook

b) 2 – #2 pencils

c) a pencil sharpener

d) a pencil box

e) an eraser

f) a ruler

 

images4574PYC7I was excited as I picked out each item. The pencil box was made of smooth pale wood with a flat surface that slid the box open when you pushed on the notch. Everything fit inside of it perfectly. The next day I was ready with all of my items. The students who brought all of the items to class received a gold star next to their name. I was proud. I smiled all the way back to my seat. You see, we got to put the gold star next to our own names.

imagesDHOSP21DDuring the first week we received our catechism book, prayer book, rosary beads and a laminated bookmark with an image of a saint on the front and a prayer on the back. We were supposed to mark where we were in our catechism book with it. We were to recite the pray to the saint on the back of the bookmark whenever we found ourselves in a moment of weakness or loss of faith. I often did as I always found myself in a state of fear of not meeting up to getting that gold star again.

cath%20BN156_BN156M[1] Sister Mary Annunciata was angelic in her features. She was petite and had a pretty smile. A stiff white material surrounded her face showcasing her pink skin and white teeth. The black habit covered her all the way down to her ankles. Tiny black leather tips from her shoes stuck out.  Long rosary beads hung from her waist and jingled as she walked. All of this meant nothing, since her harsh tone could let you know, instantly, if you were not in her favor.

imagesZHL4X2RBThe second week of school we were going to learn how to write the letters of the alphabet. Eventually, we would be learning to how write our names. I was thrilled. I wanted to learn how to write so much.

First there were rules we needed to know:

1) No pointing our pencil at anyone

2) We could not sharpen our pencils unless we raised our hand and asked

3) No erasing what we had written

4) No writing on our desks

Finally, after waiting and waiting, we were going to write. I took out my #2 yellow pencil and held it in my hand. It fit perfectly. Now, I was going to be a writer. My journey was about to begin.

No other instrument has had as much influence on my life as that pencil did. There was something powerful in that first encounter. When I read the short inspirational parable below I felt all of the same feelings I felt when I first held that # 2 yellow pencil.

I hope you can remember your feelings when you first became enamored with the art of writing.

What were they????

2017©Isadora De La Vega

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Pencil Parable – an Inspirational story

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

1) “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.”

2) “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”

3) “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”

4) “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”

5) “On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with yourself. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

4) The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

5) On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

Allow this parable of the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

2017©Isadora DeLaVega

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Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

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                    I’ve been having some computer issues but it looks like I’ve had a bit of writers block too. Rereading this post brought back my first writing memories. Although I’ve posted this one before, I thought it might help someone else who may be having a difficult time getting back in the saddle of writing.

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Sunday Song – Down to the River to Pray

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One of my favorite movies is O’ Brother Where Art Though. It’s on the cable channels all of the time.

If I’m not busy, I sit to watch it. I think it’s a classic.

If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on enjoying few hours of fun with a wholesome movie.

George Clooney isn’t too bad on the eyes either. Although these songs are religious, Alision Krauss sings them with a mesmerizing tone.

Down to the River to Pray by Alison Kraus from O Brother Where Art Thou

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If you have a favorite movie with enjoyable music I’d love to have the recommendation. Leave the url in the comments.
Have a Blessed Sunday …
Isadora

Kossoy Sisters-I’ll Fly Away-O Brother Where Art Through


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My Bucket List

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I’m here. Finally.

“One more item off my Bucket List”, I say to Carlotta.

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My eyes can’t seem to absorb all of the beauty. The walls of this cathedral are covered with masterful art from top to bottom.

My heart is beating fast.

Every inch of me is shaking at the thought that I’m standing in the midst of all this creative spiritual beauty.

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“Children! Remember, God is everywhere but never more present than in the Sistine Chapel”, said Sister Mary Annunziciata in a raised tone.

I can hear her, clearly, as I stand here taking in the ecclesiastically magnificent imagery of all this reverent artistry.

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Tears begin to well in my eyes from the breathtaking splendor. I never imagined I’d step foot in this majestic cathedral.

Overwhelming chills wrap their arms around me. My head throbs from the excitement. I’ve arrived at a place I never thought I’d see.

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“Ignacia?”

“Ignacia, are you alright?”, I hear my friend shouting.

Loud sirens.

Fast driving.

Serene white light.

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

Word Count: 167

Genre: Flash Fiction

 

 

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Sunday Song – Footprints in the Sand

Al & Jeffrey Footprints on the Sand1024.webJeffrey & Poppy walk the Beach

I’ll walk with you
Footprints in the Sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going
2016 ©Leona Lewis

~~~~~~

Love transcends through the nurturing of our future sons and daughters.
In this case, I chose my grandson who will one day be the voice that may change the world.
Where there is LOVE there is hope.
Teach your children well …
Isadora

For my grandson, Jeffrey. He gives unconditional LOVE

leona lewis – footprints in the sand lyrics

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is One Love.

I decided to add this as my Sunday Song to coordinate with my Photo Blog

Click here to view the photo challenge.

 

 


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Sunday Song – The Power of Love

Celine Dion - Rene Angelil 4581189_origRene Angelil Jeune 1942 – 2016 R.I.P.

See! I will not forget you …. I have carved you on the palm of my hand.  Isaiah 4:15

 Celine Dion – The Power Of Love

After a long bout with cancer, Rene Angelic passed away on January 22, 2016
in Hendersonville, Nevada. He was born on January 16, 1942 in Montreal, Canada.
He was a music producer, talent manager and singer.

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Rene Angelil was the husband/manager of Celine Dion
and the father of their 3 children. They were engaged in 1991.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by PONOPRESSE/REX/Shutterstock (238288a) CELINE DION AND RENE ANGELIL CELINE DION WEDDING TO RENE ANGELIL, MONTREAL, CANADA - 1994 /Rex_Celine_Dion_receives_Order_of_Canada_Queb_238288A//1601142311

The couple married in a lavish wedding ceremony at
Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica on December 17, 1994,
which was broadcast live on Canadian television.

 Celine Dion – The Last Goodbye To René Angélil – Full Ceremony

Celine Dion feels a strong connection with her fans.
Because of that, she decided to broadcast the funeral
 for them. She wanted to be a part of the her sorrow.
He was and will always be the love of her life.

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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2016©Photography by Isadora DeLaVega

THE PRAYER with Lyrics_Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli

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Information Researched from Wikipedia

Celine Dion & Rene Angelil Jeune – PHOTO CREDITS:

Mandatory Credit: Photo by PONOPRESSE/REX/Shutterstock (238288a)
CELINE DION AND RENE ANGELIL
CELINE DION WEDDING TO RENE ANGELIL, MONTREAL, CANADA – 1994
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How Great Thou Art

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2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

When I travel I enjoy visiting and taking photo of churches. I’m able to thank God for giving me the blessings I’m experiencing on my travels. Plus, I get the benefit of bringing back stories about the different churches.

This silver cross was in a shop in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I loved the simplicity of it. I was tempted to purchase it. I’m fond of religious items from all denominations. When I inquired about the price, I decided to reconsider. Price: $350.00 American Dollars.

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Church in Costa Rica 2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

This is a church in Costa Rica. It is across from the town center in the middle of town. Our guide gave us a great deal of time inside this one. There is beautiful stained glass on the walls throughout. It reminded me of the church I attended as a child. I will post more photos soon. The alter was majestic.

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Rainforest Chapel 2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

As we wandered through the rainforest in Costa Rica with our guide, we came across this little chapel. It was tiny but had a sacred holiness that was felt from the minute I entered. A perfect place to express the gratitude I felt to have been be able to enjoy his earthly creations I was seeing that day.

 

 Elvis Presley – How Great Thou Art (with lyrics)

 

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Ben Huberman’s photo challenge this week was to share what being

connectedclick here – means to us. I posted on my photography blog 

photos of my spine. A very important part of me. To view click here.

I thought these photo represented the word connected too.

Hope your enjoy … Isadora

 2015©isadora delavega


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Nurture Yourself – Don’t make Assumptions

A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others,

is stronger than any physical force in the universe ~ Wayne Dyer ~

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Nurture Yourself – Don’t make Assumptions

If you missed my previous two posts on the

Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz you can read

Nurture Yourself – Be Impeccable with Your Word

and Nurture Yourself – Don’t Take Anything Personally

by clicking on each title.

Do you judge others?

Are you snubbing your nose at the way another looks or lives their life?

It’s difficult to admit that we may have done this.

But, we all make assumptions about others based on our own beliefs and experiences.

With little thought, we continue with the assumptions and then believe them.

The story that follows says it best.

The Window from which We Look

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.
Another couple, who resided across from them, was having breakfast the next morning.

The woman watched as her neighbor hung the 
wash outside.

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“That laundry is not very clean,” she said.

“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.

Perhaps, she needs better laundry soap.’



Her husband looked up from his newspaper, but remained silent.

Every time the neighbor would hang her wash out to dry,

The woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see

nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.

I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and
 cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life.

What we see when watching others

depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

Namaste, Isadora
2015©isadoradelavega

Expression – Helen Jane Long

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The Four Agreements  
The First Agreements : Be Impeccable with Your Word
The Second Agreement : Don’t take Anything Personally
The Third Agreement : Don’t make Assumptions
The Fourth Agreement : Always Do your Best

Come Fly with Me

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 Come Fly with Me                         2015©art and photography by Isadora

A bit of artistic imagination with my photos created this marvelous image

that reminded me of the old fashioned post cards you pick-up when vacationing.

Frank Sinatra – Come Fly with Me

****** The original photo can be viewed here

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Nurture Yourself – by Being Amazing

Isadora Portrait A.webA Red-Header Day                                 Artist: Linda Molto

The Rules for being Amazing

Risk more than is required
Learn more than is normal
Be Strong
Show Courage
Breathe
Excel
Love
Lead
Speak your truth
Live your values
Laugh
Cry
Innovate
Simplify
Adore Yourself
Release Mediocrity
Aim for genius
Stay humble
Be kinder than expected
Deliver more then is needed
Exude Passion
Shelter your limits
Transcend you fears
Dream but start small
Inspire others by your bigness
Act now
Don’t stop
Change the world

~~~ Robin Sharma ~~~

******* Portrait – ‘A Red-Header Day’ is a lithography, created as a surprise gift for me, by

Award Winning Artist Linda Molto.

There are only 32 of them of which the artist has #1 and I #2.

As of our last conversation, 25 had been sold.

For me, it was an honor to have been selected to be one of her subject matters.

The title refers to the bright orange-red hair I wore when I started exhibiting at art shows.

It was my branding for my dedicated customers to find me among the many artists exhibiting.

I hope the people who have purchased them are enjoying my image on their walls.

  Elvis Presley ————— One Pair of Hands

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