Things I Have Learned Being A Mom

1. I still miss my own Mom just as much as ever. I wish there were visiting hours in Heaven.

2. I don’t stop being concerned just because she is grown.

3. My love is unconditional.

4.  I understand God better.

5. I can’t be both a Mom and a Dad since Barry died last year. I am not good at it.

6. I can’t keep her from making mistakes.

7. I can never say too many prayers for her.

8. I love her more and more each day.

9. She was my dearest SURPRISE I will have in life.

10. I still am learning to be the best possible mom.

11. As much as I want to be, she will NEVER think that I am a funny person!

 

1BA GRAD 9 2016

My Trio Watching A Squirrel

2018 - Mia, Mela & Isis

This was taken a year ago. The big 1, Mia started barking at a squirrel This made the little dog Mela, along with Isis, scurry over to watch the intruder – the poor squirrel! RIP my Mia.(2009 – 2019) .

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Aww Mondays

Ode to Cold 2016 and 2019

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Bright and sunny though it may be,

Winter’s here – it is clear to see.

The sun lies; it’s not warm in the least

Temperature is not fit for man or beast.

It threatens to snow

As the northern wind blows,

Oh no, here comes a blizzard

I’m COLD right down to the gizzard!

It is not very cold in 2019 so far!

Snow has yet to make a real mark.

Is this but the calm before the storm?

Before the cold arrives and takes its true form.

Or will it be a winter gentle and mild?

Similar to that of a newborn baby child.

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Peaks & Valleys

Living among valleys, 

it’s hard to believe mountain

peaks are so nearby.

 

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In response to: https://ronovanwrites.com/2019/11/18/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-4/

Happy Birthday & God Bless the U.S.M.C.

I will begin with a brief history of the U.S. Marines courtesy of http://www.military.com.  I am a proud wife, daughter and friend to several marines who served this country with honor: Barry A. Baker (husband), John K. Gilbertson (dad),  Albert Baker, (Barry’s Paw- Paw) Harold Deibert Sr. and Allen Weinert (friends). All of these great men, who have been in my life, have passed on now. I miss them all, especially my husband and my dad.

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Capt. (later Maj.) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy‘s ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence,

Following the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the “Shores of Tripoli.”

Marines took part in numerous naval operations during the War of 1812, as well as participating in the defense of Washington at Bladensburg, Maryland, and fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the defeat of the British at New Orleans.

The decades following the War of 1812 saw the Marines protecting American interests around the world, in the Caribbean, at the Falkland Islands, Sumatra and off the coast of West Africa, and also close to home in operations against the Seminole Indians in Florida. Marines have participated in all of the following wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp LejeuneCamp Pendleton, and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere on short notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful” in Latin.

Now, you can see why I have a special love and affection for the Marine Corp. My hometown of Oceanside, CA proudly houses a large part of Camp Pendleton. Unlike many other countries, our military is voluntary, except for a few times in history when there was a draft. May I say, God bless and keep the USA in Your care. God bless all our vets and thank you for your service. Semper Fi and OOO RAH Marines!!!!usmc-flag