Swoosh… the sweetest sound.

End of February brings March Madness as high school basketball tournament games ultimately determine the state champion.  It truly screams, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”  Every team loses, at some point, except for one.

A loss ceases the opportunity for advancement and thus ends the season for some and an era for others.  Juniors on down have next year to look forward to and work towards.

Seniors, on the other hand… well, this is the end of the road for most of you.  I have a tender spot in my heart for those hard working seniors that would love  these moments in life to just keep on going.  It’s tough to be done…

As a spectator, the excitement of a close game is nerve wracking, at best, but always adds a deeper layer of empathy, encouragement and community pride.  You love ’em when they’re up and you love ’em when they’re down.  This is the beauty of a small town high school…

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Why do we wear wedding rings?

The ring has no end or beginning ~ as does eternal love
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The jewelry industry may be able to thank the Egyptians for the custom of exchanging rings to symbolize marriage as early as 3000 BC. Society viewed the circle as a symbol of endless love between a man and woman and exchanged rings braided from reeds and hemp.

Ancient Greeks and later Romans also wore wedding bands on the ring finger of their left hands as believed this finger held a special vein directly connected to the heart, later called the vein of love.  So, if they had decided the vein of love was from our nose we would be exchanging nose rings today.  Personally, I’m glad the vein of love is on a finger.

Greek Orthodox men started wearing wedding rings in the 1300’s, but it didn’t catch on, especially in the United States, until men started wearing wedding rings during WWII to remind them of their sweetheart.     ~bhldn.com

It’s only a symbol.  When you think about it, Beyonce’s $5 million dollar ring from JAY-Z has just as much symbolic value as mine. Or, does mine have more value?

With this ring I thee wed…

The Wedding Gift

Young love is exciting, fresh and alive with anticipation of what lies ahead. If only young love knew what mature love would say or do…
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What a blessing to witness a couple that truly demonstrate love and commitment that is lasting. An enduring love that stays intact through triumph, tragedy and the predictable routine of everyday life. This is the best gift this wedding couple could ever receive from their grandparents.

A mother’s love…

God sure knew what he was doing when he designed this feature of human nature.
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Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. ~ Psalm 127:3

Love…in the purest form.

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A tender moment in time between a father and his newborn son.