The Past and the Present

Hello my friends!

I hope all of you had a joyous and blessed Holiday season.  Now a new year begins and my hope and prayer is that it will be a good one for all of us.  This past year was one of turbulence and sadness for me and this one will be filled with change and new beginnings.  Little Emma turned three on December 27th and I just can’t believe it.  Many of you here have watched her grow up through my blogs and photos.  She is the love of my life and brings me continued joy and challenges; she is quite the little princess.

Many of you know that I had been hoping that Earl and I could salvage our marriage after agreeing to drop the divorce proceedings in June.  Sadly, I have had to accept the fact that there is too much water under the bridge and  we just cannot make things right.  I ask that you all keep us in your prayers and my hope is that we can get through the process as civilly as possible and with the least amount of strain for Emma.  I don’t know how it will all turn out but I am praying for the best possible outcome so that Emma can benefit from having both of her parents consistently in her life.

I am still enjoying my job as the Administrative Assistant at New Day Children’s Center.  Emma is getting ready to move up from the Toddler class to the 3 year old classroom which is right next to my office.  I am so blessed to have a job where I can take my daughter with me and know she is safe and enjoying learning new things and making new friends.  We have 120 children enrolled and have a waiting list for people needing childcare.  The teachers and staff I work with are amazing and it is so satisfying to work with people who put their heart into making each day an awesome one for the kids they care for.  I am amazed also at the compassion and outpouring of support from staff, the parents of our children and the community in a time of tragedy.  One of our teachers was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and last week another teacher lost everything in a house fire.  Everyone immediately rallied together to do all they could to help with stunning results. I was truly touched to see the genuine efforts to do whatever was necessary for someone in their time of need and ask that you keep them in your prayers as one tries to rebuild her life and one faces the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

The weather here has been brutal the past month with never ending snow and temperatures in the single digits by day and well below zero at night.  Along with the bitter cold and snow comes the beauty that Mother Nature reveals to us.  Yesterday was the first day in weeks that we had sun and blue skies so a road trip was on the agenda.  Henderson Harbor is a beautiful town about 1/2 hour South of here and the homes all back up to Lake Ontario which is now white with snow and frozen with ice.  I have been working hard on learning about and improving my photography skills as it is my joy to take photos of Emma and the beautiful scenery all around me.  I have been putting to use the tips from those of you who do it so well and finally feel like I’m beginning to see results that I am happy with. 

I will leave you with some photos from yesterday at Henderson Harbor and I will be adding my latest photos to some of my albums; hope you will stop by and take a look when you have a chance.  For now…cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the scenery! 



I plan to be more diligent in coming by to visit you all as I am hoping I can better manage my time and my life in this new year!

Take care and God Bless!


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Samuel J
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 12:27:37

    Hugs to you and Emma!!! Hope everything works out for you guys this year….I know the sadness of realizing a marriage can\’t be salvaged. Hopefully Earl will realize how much he\’s missing out on and still be a big part of her life… I know you will do fine….Having a good child care is wonderful., and you are blessed to be able to work there and be together throughout your day… It is so hard to find good child care with all the stories you here today. My daughter found one when her children were young in Virginia Beach and she still visits there when we go home….Of Course, that was when her baby was little….he\’s 9 now!! Beautiful Photos…looking forward to viewing more…What a beautiful place to "visit"!!!


  2. Gill.
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 12:28:20

    Hello Rhonda. Sorry to hear that you and Earl have not managed to work things out, but you know what it happens and you both gave it your best shot. Now it is down to you both to be friends even if its only for the sake of Emma. I wish you all the luck and happiness in your new life just you and Emma. Your pictures are beautiful Rhonda. xx


  3. Princess
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 12:40:23

    Yo Rhonda. so sorry 2 hear that u & Earl are unable 2 work things out. I am sending u Positive Vibes that ur relationship will remain amicable 4 the sake of Emma! Beautiful phots! Love Emma\’s trendy sun gigs! Thinking of u both, Big Hugs, Luv PF XXX


  4. Terry
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 12:58:51

    Sorry to hear you guys weren\’t about to make it. Prayers for you both in making it as easy on Emma as can possibly be. She is such a sweetie and needs you both. It\’s always good to hear how people come together in a time of need and help other who have a tragedy. The human race is a remarkable species even though there are some flies in the ointment. The pictures are beautiful. You did good.


  5. Amy
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 13:25:41

    Life goes on and so do we. I wish you and Emma well in your new life.


  6. Beth
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 13:35:19

    I am so sorry to read this Rhonda. My prayers are with you all.


  7. Windows Live
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 13:55:44

    Rhonda, prayers are with you and Emma,the photo\’s are great. Remember, were God closes one door, he always opens another. Hope the new door,leads to great happiness for you both. Bless u, take care,stay warm.


  8. Patsy
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 13:55:52

    You know you and Emma are in my thoughts. I\’m sorry this has happen to you, but sometimes these things are for the best , mostly your happiness. Sounds like you have a wonderful job , and your photos are GREAT!!!! You take care and know that I wish only the best for you this year. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


  9. Angel eyes
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 13:56:11

    so much sympathy for your co workers and i know how it is trying so hard angel eyes


  10. john
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 15:42:06

    There are pages to turn and there are new adventures to travel to. God will be with those who seek and walk with Him. May the God of peace be a beacon for you. Love the pics.. thanx.


  11. connie
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 17:21:30

    Rhonda I hope for the best. Maybe there\’s a good reason for everything.. My prayers and thinking of you always… I love the photos, they\’re great.


  12. Sue
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 20:53:30

    Wishing you and Emma the bestplease know i am thinking of you bothtake careSue


  13. ROCKET
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 21:03:03

    Homegirl, you\’re shooting postcards! That\’s what the girls say about my shots and I take it as high praise. Hoping the coming year is an improvement over the one just past. I know it\’s tough but remember we\’re here for you and of course you\’ll be in our prayers.


  14. ☆° Lady Jude
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 21:08:11

    Nice to see you again on updates. Lovely photo\’s of you and your daughter.


  15. Lisa ♥
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 21:48:33

    Beautiful updat Rhonda. Happy Belated Brithday to Emma. Love all your photos in this blog. Outstanding. Love all the blue.Thanks for the update.Hugs xoLisa. and I love this photo of you and your baby girl who is growing and growing.


  16. account closed
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 22:48:15

    Hello Rhonda..lovely photos..and lovely to see you around again, take care & stay warm if you can…lol… we also have arctic weather in the uk. hugs xxx


  17. kimi
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 04:24:40

    Hello Rhonda, your pictures are beautiful,Emma is the little princess!! Hugs~~((-_-))~~ Kimi


  18. Jan 11, 2010 @ 04:51:43

    Hi Rhonda, Thinking of you and Emma. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world and many new and wonderful beginnings. A lovely photo of you and Emma. I don\’t think you need any photograhpy tips… Your a natural. Your photo\’s are brillant! I love the snow on the pine trees and that blue sky is divine! Thank you also for the Guestbook messages. Take Care. Love and blessings, Kerrie. xXx


  19. Mei's
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 06:49:44

    Hope you and Emma find peace and joy with a new beginning… full of happiness and good health. Emma look gorgeous in the photo. Take care and keep warm. Mei


  20. sunee
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 11:52:26

    With a new year ahead I wish you and Emma a new year of peace and happiness , God Bless You Both!!Please Take Care~ Sunee


  21. Here I Am
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 16:40:51

    Hi Rhonda, You have always had a special eye for your photos. I am sadden to hear that path you will have to take I hope this time the journey will be easier. I am happy though this time you will have a support group of your co-workers around you. You are blessed to have the job you have this time around.. May your journey take you to true happiness. I am still here at the Salton Sea for the winter. A balmy sunny 75. I am learning to be thankful so yes I am enjoying the warm sun. We are working most days but outside in the sun. I am only catching a wave in the air for interent. Its weak and slow and comes and goes. But so happy to visit my dear friends like you if even only quickly. Hugs and stay warm Carrie


  22. Leona
    Jan 18, 2010 @ 23:46:40

    Hi, Rhonda. I just wanted to stop by to see how you are doing and wish you a Happy New Year! Little Emma certainly has grown and she is such a beauty. I hope you two the best in 2010.(((((Hugs))))) – Leona


  23. Happy
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 22:54:04

    Just taking time to catch up with some blog rdng. She looks the treasure or your life and so loved. Sorry to read of other things but so glad work is working out. Photos so beautiful.


  24. Dianne
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 23:37:44

    Rhonda , somehow I missed this update and I am so sorry I did. You have so much happening in your life right now . It is good to see you have a job you like and your precious little Emma so close by. What a Blessing that is. Love the photo of you and Emma. You can tell you are a good mom and want what is best for your little girl. I am sorry to hear that things didn\’t work out concerning your marrage but I am sure it was not for a lack of trying. I hope and pray that you all can get on with your lives and do what is best for Emma. As hard as it has been and will be at times ,you will be okay and find that there is life after divorce. I can testify to that. I am always here if you need an ear. Love your photos Rhonda. It is a wonderful and fulfilling hobby and you are well on your way. Keep clicking and I wish you all the best for this year and many more to come.God Bless You my friend.You remain in my thoughts and prayers, even when you don\’t see me on spaces. You know how busy life can be and that is a good thing.Hugs and Smiles Dianne 🙂


  25. Denny
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 00:38:50

    Rhonda, Sorry to read this my spaces friend . I know this all to well for I to went through this and it was tough. But remember this (Every time a door closes another one opens!)At this time you think your alone and you are not.The one set of footprints you see is where God is carrying you.Keep your faith strong and it will help you all the way through this. peace to you!


  26. Denny
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 00:41:26

    Your Pictures are like everyone says BEAUTIFUL!


  27. Kuskulana
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 00:48:19

    Turbulence and sadness, the love of your life. hope and moving foward, and enjoyment in one\’s work…Pretty good life I\’d say, balanced out, and you and Emma make a pretty picture I might add.Hugs from Alaska


  28. Unknown
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 00:53:20

    Sweet Rhonda …. You can’t force other people to change. If they’re really going to change in the long-term, that impulse has to come from within them. And the same can be said about ourselves. Ultimately, the greatest kindness we can do is to accept other people for who they are… what they stand for…. etc, and to accept that their path in life is not going to be the same as ours. Unfortunately. Everyone is different and every break up is different so no-one knows how long it is going to take for the pain to diminish and the hurt to go away. This very unpleasant experience will make you a stronger person, and will no doubt be a life changing. It may push you in directions you would have never imagine going… perhaps even for the better. I know it can be hard to believe at the time you are going through this but you will get back to \’normal\’. You are not the first and you will not be the last to have to let go of a marriage.Every journey starts with a single step, and every cloud has a silver lining. Good luck…..


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