Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mastering the Metro

It's taken me 47 years but I think I've finally done it.

What's that, you say?

I think I've mastered the Metro!  And the Tube!   The only thing I ask myself now, is why did I wait so long?

The Metro is the underground transit system in Paris and the Tube is the underground transit system in London.  For a country girl such as myself, I found them both intimidating.  For one thing, they're underground and I have slight claustrophobia issues.  For another they're both in extremely large cities.  For another, I don't speak French.  They also get extemely crowded and things move kind of quick down there.  Either get on the car or get out of the way!

However, all the negatives above don't outweigh their ability to speedily and efficiently and cheaply transport you all about these very large cities.  Amazing!  For hardly any money at all you can be from one side of the city to the other in mere minutes!  No traffic!  No parking!  No hassles!  (Well, a minimum of hassles...)

Last year's trip to London and Paris were my first experiences with mass transit and I wasn't sure I'd like it.  In fact, I was rather apprehensive about it.  We did manage to get on the wrong train more than once but I learned this rather apparent fact:  When you get on the wrong train, you just have to get off and get on the right train.  No harm done, really.  Such a revelation!  So we did use the trains/Metro & Tube but I can't say I liked it.

For some reason, this year is different.  Perhaps it was my exposure last year but I'm finding it so much easier.  Seriously, my transformation is nothing short of a miracle.  If I can master the trains, the Metro and the Tube I have no doubt that anyone reading this blog could.  Just another example of this old dog learning new tricks.  I hope I never get too old to learn new things and have fun doing it!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prom Preparations

Leah and her "hairdresser", Emily.

Look at the beautiful corsage that Dad bought for his sweet daughter.

Jessie, Leah and Emily who has changed hats from hairdresser to photographer.

Aren't they beautiful?

What the girls wish they could drive to the prom: Dad's jeep!

Emily, doing her world-famous scarf dance.

The girls standing by Tex, Jessie's car and transportation for the night.

Sparkly and beautiful!

Do you sense a theme here?

Leah stopped next door to show Grandma her dress.

I know, I know, I keep talking about how I can't believe how quickly my children are growing and Prom is but one more example of this truth.  Leah, our "baby" girl attended a homeschool prom on Friday night with her friend, Jessie at a local country club.

They had a great time and as you can see by the photos above, they were the belles of the ball.  While their outward beauty is obvious to see, what I appreciate even more is their inner beauty. 

As I watch my girls grow up (that includes their friend, Jessie, too) I feel blessed to be their mother.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity to raise such lovely young ladies!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sunset Storm

The sky was a gorgeous gold last night as the sun broke through the clouds during a rain.
This was my view to the west...

             And this was my view to the east.  A gorgeous rainbow that doesn't look nearly as bright
in this photo as it was in real life.

I love rainbows and their reminder of God's promise to us:

"Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every
kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the
rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant
between God and all living creatures of every kind  on the earth."  Genesis 9:14-16