Friday, September 13, 2013

Celebrate Little Victories - Sands of Time

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour. - William Blake

This past week, we received our unaccompanied baggage from Hawaii (dishes, linens, etc).    No sooner had I unpacked (and recycled) the boxes, our stuff in storage arrived - European furniture, Polish pottery, even a piano.    We stored @ 2500 pounds before we moved to Hawaii four years ago ... so I was pleasantly surprised to find stuff that I had forgotten.  The very last box yielded the most precious gift - sand from the five beaches in Normandy that launched the D-Day Invasion.   

When we lived in the Netherlands, I traveled to Normandy with Jacqueline, Joy, and Ron.   At Omaha Beach, Joy shared her ziplock bags for us to take home a reminder of the greatest generation who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today.  

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Omaha Beach
National Archives - Public Domain

I thank Danielle G., Danielle D., Betty H. and Elizabeth H. for their recent boxes of goodies for military families.

I thank my kids for their extra effort to sort through our stuff ... and giving up toys they have outgrown.

I thank my in-laws for continuing to forward our mail.

And I thank my husband who, on midnight shifts, cares for his family.

Do you have a victory to celebrate?


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Sunset over Pearl Harbor


  1. We helped our American Legion make over $1,000 serving hot dogs, cheeseburgers and beer at a car cruise benefit. Good luck with all your unpacking!

  2. My most recent victory is actually my daughter's. She has a chronic condition & just recently it has knocked her about, but she's just turned the corner. Here's to good health - for now - but we will take what we can.

  3. I survived another week and that is a victory for me.

  4. Not yet but soon!!!! I'm going to start cleaning out the room that would make a hoarder proud!

  5. I got through one week with my 2 kids when my husband was away for work. It was tough but got through it finally!

  6. How kind of the girls to send you goodies for the military families. What sort of items are needed?

    My Dad was part of the D-Day landing.

    My victory was being able to quit smoking five years ago. I did it "cold turkey", so am extra proud of myself.

  7. I'm with Debby. I made it through the week. Still finding it difficult adjusting to all the changes in my life. And now feeling guilty when I see all the changes you are adjusting to, Kim! And also because I put the post about the military in a safe spot and haven't sent anything to you!! Argh!!!!!!

  8. Being able to just relax and enjoy the weekend by catching up on my favorite shows.

  9. Congrats on receiving all your stuff safely!! I just plain had a nice week!