My friends sent this to me and I am sharing with you!

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love … I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.

But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).



TGIF~Military Letter

Subject: FW: Awesome letter

Don’t know whether this is true or not. Really doesn’t matter. It makes a point….This was a two-tissue email for me.  Please God, keep our soldiers safe and let them come home to their loved ones…

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain Lieutenant Colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall. When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:
‘Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:
Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special?
Any response would be appreciated.

The response:
Regarding ‘A wake-up call from Luke’s jets’ On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m. , a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.
At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer’s recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresquesas. I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.
A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, ‘Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives. Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you….Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.



How ALL phones SHOULD be answered!
And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ
And the American Soldier One died for your soul,
The other for your freedom.
If you agree…….Say a prayer for our military!

I got this in email x2 – message for me and someone else!

One Door Closes..Another Opens

Revelations 3:8

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He’ll teach you how to fly! ‘The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor. If you believe, send it. If you don’t believe, delete it. God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close.. If you need God to open, some doors for you…send this to ten people. Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing…

TGIF~The Truck Stop

Another great email – Have a safe weekend
A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and pair of running boards.” 
 The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?” 
 “No,” the cook said. “Three flat tires means three pancakes, a pair of 
headlights is two eggs sunny side up, and running boards are 2 slices of crisp bacon.” 
 “Oh, OK!” said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer. 
 The trucker asked, “What are the beans for, Blondie?” 
 She replied, “I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, 
you might as well gas



TGIF~As You Slide Down the Banister of Life Remember

I love these emails. Keep them coming.

  1. Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive. Bugs Bunny
  2. The difference between the Pope and Your boss: The Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.  
  3. It used to be only death and taxes…Now, of course, there’s shipping and  handling, too
  4. Definition of a teenager?
        God’s punishment…for enjoying sex.

Summer just started….

Live Life

Don’t wait for life, it’s moving on without you. Don’t wait until you’re 80 to decide your possessions are not too good to save. A 25 year old police officer died this week. Soldiers – male and female – die everyday. God never promised we’d live to wear that new dress, or the good suit, or use grandma’s china. Possessions should not possess you – you can’t take it with you when you die including your body. This is another great email with a lesson!



 ‘I Hope You Dance ..!!!

This was written by an 83-year-old

woman to her friend. *The last line

says it all. * 

 Dear Bertha .              

I’m reading more and dusting less.

 I’m sitting in the yard and admiring the view

without fussing about the weeds in the garden.

I’m spending more time with my family and friends

and less time working.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savour, not to endure.

I’m trying to recognize these moments now

and cherish them.

I’m not ‘saving’ anything; we use our

good china and crystal for every special event such

as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped,

or the first Amaryllis blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market.

My theory is if I look prosperous,

I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries.

 I’m not saving my good perfume for special parties,

 but wearing it for clerks in the hardware

store and tellers at the bank. 

‘Someday’ and ‘one of these days’

are losing their grip on my vocabulary.

If it’s worth seeing or hearing or doing,

I want to see and hear and do it now !! 

I’m not sure what others would’ve done

had they known they wouldn’t be here

for the tomorrow that we all take for granted.

I think they would have called family members

 and a few close friends.

They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles.

I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favourite food was. 

I’m guessing; I’ll never know.
It’s those little things left undone

that would make me angry if I knew

my hours were limited.

Angry because I hadn’t written certain letters that

I intended to write one of these days.

Angry and sorry that I didn’t tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them.



I’m trying very hard not to put off,

hold back, or save anything

that would add laughter and lustre to our lives.

 And every morning when I open my eyes,

tell myself that it is special.

Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God! 

If you received this, it is because someone cares for you. If you’re too busy to take the few minutes that

it takes right now to forward this, would it be the

first time you didn’t do the little thing that would make a difference in your relationships? I can tell you it certainly won’t be the last.

Take a few minutes to send this to a few people you care about, just to let them know that you’re thinking of them.

‘People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don’t need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there.’

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but

while we are here we might

as well dance !!