Home Sweet Home

Hello my wonderful friends!
Emma and I have returned from our visit back home to Virginia Beach.  Thankfully, the return flight went much smoother than the departure.  I am so grateful to have had the chance to see my family and friends back home and, even though I had to take Emma to the Doctor on Thursday for strep throat, we managed to squeeze in a little bit of fun along the way.  Here are a few highlights of Emma’s day at the beach and I’ll post the rest of our vacation photos to an album as soon as I get them all edited.
Beach Girl                                                                            Sandy Feet
Sand and Seagulls                                                              Chillin Out

Footprints in the Sand                                                          Oops, the sand is moving!
Waves of Home
Soaring Gulls
One Lone Gull
Thank you for sharing a little piece of home with me and soaking in the ocean waves and shifting sands!

Emergency Landing

This is how our vacation started; click link below.
Emergency landing at Hancock Airport
Thank goodness God was watching over us but it was definitely an experience I hope to not go through again!
Emma and I are enjoying spending time with family and friends, even though she is having a hard time adjusting to being away from home and of all things to forget, I left her "blankie" at home so she hasn’t slept very well.  It should arrive via express mail on Tuesday as no other blankie will do.  My camera broke right before we left so Earl bought me a new one that I’m trying to figure out but I’ll return with photos for sure.
Take care everyone!

Leaving on a jet plane…

The time is finally here…yeah!
Emma and I are leaving in the morning to fly home for a visit.
It has been a year in a half since I’ve seen my family and I’m so excited.
I’ll think of you all while strolling along the beach and listening to the sounds of the ocean.
I’ll bring back plenty of pictures and memories to share!
Take care my dear friends and I’ll visit when I get back home.
Hugs, Rhonda
Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Trying to Find the Balance

Hello my dear friends!

I haven’t had time to blog anything significant lately so I thought I would take a little time today to try to catch up.  Life has been keeping me a little too busy these days and I miss my time on spaces and my visits to all of you.  My job is much busier than I thought it would be and more times than not, I’m working full time instead of part time.  I do love it, however and Emma is doing well and adjusting to her new surroundings.  I am so thankful that I can just walk down the hall and peek in on her when I’m missing her, which is all the time of course.

Emma and I are leaving next Saturday to go home to Virginia Beach for a week and am getting very excited.  I originally wanted to go for two weeks but that was before I went back to work and didn’t want to push it by asking for two weeks off after only being there a month.  I have a wonderful boss and everyone gets along so well with each other making it a very pleasurable work environment.  The time flies by so fast now that I find myself wondering where the week went.

Earl and I are still trying to make things work.  We don’t see much of each other, however as he is working in Oswego which is almost 2 hours away so he is only home on the weekends but I think the time apart has helped us gain a better perspective on things.  We have a long way to go but things are definitely better than they were.

On Labor Day, Emma and I went for a drive to Sackets Harbor which is a historical battlefield and the harbor is fed by Lake Ontario.  It is very beautiful and peaceful there and we had a great day.  I will leave you with some photos of our adventure and I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and happy weekend.  I love and miss you all!

Following the outbreak of war between the United States and Great Britain in June 1812, Sackets Harbor became the center of American naval and military activity for the upper St. Lawrence Valley and Lake Ontario.In an attempt to destroy the American shipyard, a British-Canadian force launched an attack on May 29, 1813, while the majority of the American forces were attacking Fort George. In December 1814, the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the War of 1812, and the fleet was placed in storage. After the war the earthen fortifications were graded off and the battlefield reverted to farmland.





Be good to yourself and enjoy the last bit of Summer!

The Tree


The calm quiet strength of a tree
Anchored deep in the earth
Reaching high in the sky
The calm quiet strength of a tree

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Full of life from its roots
To the tiniest branch
The calm quiet strength of a tree

And oh, how it comforts me
How it teaches me
Without a sound
Then I realize at once
That this tree and I are one
In eternity

The calm quiet strength of a tree
From the weight of its trunk
To its delicate leaves
The calm quiet strength of a tree

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Showing anyone near
All the secrets of time
The calm quiet strength of a tree

Copyright 1994 Tom Splitt

Wishing you all the calm quiet strength of the trees!