Thursday, October 26, 2006


Halloween 2000
Look at all that blissful ignorance on my face.

Amazing what 6 years will do to you eh?


  1. E, I still think you're beautiful...and if the smile has faded, it's not like you don't have cause. I don't think I am strong enough to live through the things you have.

    I love you. *hugs*

  2. Agree with Erin. The blissful ignorance may be gone, but what replaces it is still a beautiful woman.

  3. blissful ignorance be damned! I see a beautiful, radiating strength

  4. Around the turn of the twentieth century, a bar of steel was worth about $5. When forged into horseshoes, it was worth $10. When made into needles, its value was $350. When used to make small pocketknife blades, its worth was $32,000. When made into watch springs, its value increased to $250,000. What a pounding the steel bar had to endure to be worth this much. But the more is was shaped, hammered, put through fire, beaten, pounded and polished, the greater its value.

    May we use this analogy as a reminder to be still, silent, and long-suffering, for it is those who suffer the most who yield the most. It is through pain that God gets the most out of us, for His glory and for the blessing of others.

    Now my words: when I look at that picture, I see a loving family. Try to think about all you have been given, not what has been taken.

  5. ah, I do see a difference..... the beauty that was on the surface is now suffused throughout. :D

    nothing is more beautiful than a strong woman within.

  6. I see a great family.

  7. Lemme just cut through everything, E, and chime in with: Be proud!!!!! It's a lovely picture! You have a beautiful family!!!!! And ya ain't so bad yaself, kid! >win, wink!<

    Love ya, hon


    P.S. E2's right! If I'm having as much difficulty with the contents of a letter i sent you (in March of 07) 3 years ago, I can't even imagine when other crucial life's blows happen what will become of me? Will I be able to handle it with as much grace and dignity as my buddy E?

    Prolly not, hon!

    Be proud, be strong
    Stay safe, live long
    stay swell, stay sweet
    'n if we don't meat down here
    I hope "Up There" we'll meet!

    mwahs and hugs!

  8. First, I see a loving family. Then I hear time say, “I understand but one thing, that is simply that I must pass.” The rest are pieces, details that we try to make sense of. Was there a blissful ignorance on your face? Of course there was. Just as yesterday’s ignorance of bliss will be realized standing in the sun of today. Are you strong, special? Another given.