Monday, September 27, 2010

54th Annual 2010 Greek Food Festival of Dallas

The first Greek Food Festival of Dallas was started in 1956, the year I was born.  My husband and I went to the Greek Festival the year we were dating in 1987.  We have been going as a tradtion ever since.

Each year the children dance to Greek Music and their parents say, "You are so beautiful, you are so handsome, I love you."  The audience feels the gift of life as they dance.  Hours of practice transforms into a melody of perfect steps and joyous kicks. 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is open for tours during the festival.  The tour guide talks of our Savior Jesus who died for our sins.   The choir sings Glory To God In The Highest.  Tears fall down cheeks because the presence of God is in this holy place.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bobby and Amber's Magical Wedding

My husband and I attended Bobby and Amber's magical wedding this weekend at the Adolphus Hotel.   Laura's son exchanged wedding vows with his high school sweetheart.  I have known  Laura since sixth grade.  We shared a dorm room  at Texas Tech on the 12th floor of Chitwood Hall.  She met Johnny her junior year and love blossomed into a beautiful southern bell marriage with matching hats.  Bobby and my son Alex have the same birthdays.  Laura came to the hospital room the evening Alex was born after a long day of Bobby's Six Year Ninja Turtle Birthday Party.  Laura always made a handmade lovingly decorated cake for each child's birthday.

As I watched the wedding rituals of first dance, cutting the cake, and passing the bouquet it felt soothing to know   traditions are still alive.  Amber was so gracious to visit every table with a smile and hug.  Bobby greeted his dad's high school buds with a familiar joke as if to say alls well with the world.  I married the most beautiful, sweet, kind woman today and I know my future is filled with blessings with God's grace.

We sat at the parent's friends table and felt honored to be invited.  We shared a common bond of Texas Tech memories.  The cell phone was passed to see the latest score of the Tech Game. We held our hands high with the Red Raider sign to show our support.

I'm having flashbacks of the wedding ceremony when the minister said how kind and thoughtful Bobby and Amber were.  They were so grateful their parents provided them a loving home, paid for their college education, and helped guide them to a bright future.  They know how important family is because they lived it.

Weddings are milestones.  They are a marker to see where we have been and where we are going.  Weddings are a sign of hope, love and new beginnings.  I'm so happy Amber and Bobby chose each other.  They are united in love and committed for life.  Can't wait to see the wonderful blessings in store for them.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Tale of Two Refrigerators by an Empty Nester CNN I Report Boot Camp

Our uncluttered stainless steel refrigerator in our kitchen shines to blend with the other stainless steel appliances.  The front is bare of photos, but the side holds links to the past or reminders of the present.  In our garage our cluttered refrigerator brings memories of our two son's journeys to adulthood.

On the garage frig I get glimpses of our son's childhood milestones.  I see my close girlfriends holding nine month Alex in their arms at a going away party before we move from Texas to California.  I see Alex and Michael's photo of matching sailor outfits on a white satin blanket stitched lovingly by my mother's hands and the feeling to know two adorable sons are God's Gift to us and the world.  I see their smiling faces eager to discover the nature on a whale watching expedition in San Diego Harbor. 

When my sons were in elementary school we moved back to Dallas.  I see a magnet holding Alex and Michaels silhouette of their Cub Scout Uniforms taken at the local Texas Boyscout Troop.  The Houston Space Center Magnet  is hanging as a reminder their troop spent the night at the Space Center Museum to learn about the history of space and the possibilities for the future.  A Christmas Card Photo is hanging with Michael and Alex in a Gondola floating in the canal of Venice.  

Refrigerator magnets adorn the front door of the fridge reminding me of family vacations and happy times with stories to tell.  We took a Jungle Adventure in Florida with a pic of Michael holding a live baby alligator.

When I open the stainless steel refrigerator on the side I see magnets of my husband Jim and my's latest summer vacation without the boys.  There is a picture of Kenmare, Ireland where we heard live Irish Music and met a couple from Australia who was also an empty nester.  A pic of the town square of York, England brings back the memory of the Sunday festival we happened to stumble upon. A flowing fountain shows the beauty of Savannah Ga and it reminds me of the bed and breakfast we stayed at.    I know  there will be many more trips ahead.  I feel blessed to have been apart of our two son's childhood and am excited to know many more memories are around the corner and new magnets to buy.