The change was long overdue and the road was long and not without great struggle. Here, I am thanking the City of Kent for recognizing the work done in Youth and Families programs.
It was a special day of honoring the President of the Cultural Center and the work that had made a big difference in the neighboring families, schools, and communities.


Sometimes we need to get away and think. This is a weekend on the Oregon coast that I looked out to the ocean and felt the peace that was calling my name. That peace that transcends all understanding in times of pain or confusion. Holding on to the word of God.


I got to visit Connecticut for the first time. Beautiful place. The weekend went by so fast, I was home in bed in a blink.

The Surroundings were calm and peaceful. I got to take in the fragrance of my favorite flower; Lilacs, which are all gone now in my hometown. All dried up.

There is nothing like walking in nature to keep you grounded. This will be marked as one of my favorite weekends of my life. I don't know if I'll ever return to this location, but I do have plenty of pictures should I feel the need to reflect on those moments.

Just a soft, rambling stream flowing as I walked along the path. I could have sat there for hours, but I had to keep moving.

Getting ready for the party. The picture is blurry but it's the best of the bunch. I'm not a selfie picture taking kind of person, but I thought... what the heck. I need to start picture journaling anyway.

Do you see that background? Isn't it gorgeous? I just had to get a picture taken with that back scenery. I can't even begin to tell you how breathtaking this place was. I had a great time at this reception and the whole weekend.

Do you remember photo booths? I know they're in shopping malls again but I hadn't been in one in years. What a treat and a surprise to have one at a reception! I was a little shy of it, crazy I know, but it had been years.

There were props available to add character to your pictures if you wanted. Go into the booth, get behind the curtain and then... snap 1, snap 2, snap 3 then finally snap 4. One minute later, there you go- your new fun pics!!

I had so much fun I went back for a second time. These here are the results of the second trip. The first one was with my mother, who thoroughly enjoyed the fun!!