It has been a year….. A Dedication to Bernice

The Absence of You


It has been a year…..
Your smile and laughter is still so infectious
It continues to bring everyone overwhelming joy and peace
Your wisdom and kindness will always be remembered
For years to come
Down through the generations of families and friends
Your stories
Your history
Will be passed and retold as if they were new
Every touch of your hand filled with tenderness and love
That will radiate and impact so many lives and hearts
Where it will remain forever
It has been a year…..

RIP Grandma … I miss you.


A Mother’s Love…

Happy Mother’s Day OLTL Readers!!

A Mother’s love

Flower of a Dogwood Tree

A Mother’s love is something

that no one can explain,

It is made of deep devotion

and of sacrifice and pain,

It is endless and unselfish

and enduring come what may

For nothing can destroy it

or take that love away . . .

It is patient and forgiving

when all others are forsaking,

And it never fails or falters

even though the heart is breaking . . .

It believes beyond believing

when the world around condemns,

And it glows with all the beauty

of the rarest, brightest gems . . .

It is far beyond defining,

it defies all explanation,

And it still remains a secret

like the mysteries of creation . . .

A many splendored miracle

man cannot understand

And another wondrous evidence

of God’s tender guiding hand.


– Helen Steiner Rice

May you all have a wonderful day!!


Last Stop… Grand Cayman Islands

Hello OLTL Readers!!

After all the fun and touring of Mexico and Honduras, I was exhausted. I needed a little R&R… while on vacation. Imagine that! The hiking, sightseeing (mostly done on foot), swimming and even zip lining (in Mexico) was so much fun. I probably lost a few pounds, especially after eating the delicious cheesecake dessert I ordered from room service. There was not a dull moment in sight! But I needed to slow down a bit and just enjoy the remainder of the trip with my family and new friends.


Last sunrise of the trip!

Hunting For Food

Hunting for food

The Landmark Sign

Something about jewelry makes you smile…

Did I tell you I went to Hell and back?…. Really I did!!!

There is actually a village/town in Grand Cayman named Hell! It was named after the rock formations shown in the below photos. Now imagine getting a postcard from Hell mailed from their local post office!


Welcome to Hell… On Earth

Welcome to Hell

Take a closer look at the limestone rock formation from which Hell was named.

As a part of the sightseeing tour, we also toured the Dolphin Discovery Park, where you able to swim with the dolphins and learn about their natural habitats. Dolphins and porpoises have been my favorite mammals since I can remember. I couldn’t miss this!



I also met this little character below. I’m not sure if this was a male or female but he kept straying from his family to watch the dolphins and the tourists… or maybe just hunting for food.IMG_7442

All good things must come to an end and now it is time to go back to the ship and sail home…


I hope you have enjoyed the photos from my first cruise. Thanks for stopping by!!

And now back to our regular scheduled programming…. 🙂


Before the Sun

Good morning! I awoke this morning with an urgency to get out and shoot. I grabbed my Canon and keys and drove out to a nearby field. This small part of the world seemed so silent and calm. And the inspiration came….

….And then I went back to bed.

Now that I am awake again, it’s time for a bit of fun! See you soon with more photos!


Beauty is everywhere…now go and capture it!