A Gift – One More Photo.

Over the last year I’ve wished often I had more photos of my sweet Jean. When someone passes, all you have is what you got - in the tangible sense. Yes, that is pretty straight forward. You don’t get more photo opportunities. Even so, it didn’t make my want go…

The Value of TAKING Time

Last week I took a vacation with my family-mom, dad, sister and her family. The small Bretall crew. A first as adults for us to go away together. It doesn't have to be in the form of "vacation," it is just spending time together. The action being the taking of the…

Made For You.

Have you ever known when something was made for you? It's there waiting. For You. The timing could be years building or in an instant. It's for you to see it, grasp it, and take it. Makes me think of an image of a paraglider, you catch the flight ride,…

A Found Letter. 

Recently I found three letters from my grandparents, writing me back with dates of 2009, 2006 and 2001. 16 years ago! The 2001 letter has words written from both my grandmother and grandfather. Grandpa passed in 2002 and Grandma last year so I was touched to read their words about…

Rest Brings Restoration

"Rest brings restoration."-words given to me by my Dad. Have you ever received a few words that bring an immediate change in perspective? These did for me. In the summer of 2007, after a cycling accident brought many weeks of forced downtime from my active lifestyle, my patience was tested.…

Paraclete. Is it a bug?

Last March, talking to my 89 year old sweet Jean, I told her I learned a new word...Paraclete. I said she probably knew it, but it was new to me. She said it sounded familiar, but couldn't recall it. So I reviewed a little of what I just learned: "Paraclete…