Back From Vacation

IMG_7762We returned from our wonderful trip yesterday and yes, I am still jet-lagged. It’s harder to get back into the groove as you get older and was surprisingly unaware of how the time difference would impact me in such a huge way. I’m basically up with the chickens and asleep before the crowds but actually, its kind of nice.

I really do like getting up earlier in the morning because it seems to be such a fuller day than when your up at 9 am. Although I am physically in vacay-mode, I have returned to work! I figured I would start right away and ease myself back into the day to day routine slowly.

Today is Father’s Day, which accounts for the slow work in the past few days. It is a welcome blessing for me since I am transitioning back to the work flow. Anyways, about my trip!…Europe was absolutely a wonderful experience. We traveled to France, Spain and Italy. The weather was warmer than I had anticipated but the scenery all but made up for that. I have to say my favorite place of all was Italy.

The people are beautiful, food and wine was unbeatable and the architecture and history were amazing. I took a ton of photos which I will most likely post on my facebook account for those who care to view them aside from my family. So great to be back home though after a trip like that. I appreciate the little things we have here, like good tasting water!

Even the bottled water in the places I traveled was not at all good. Aside from that, I would definitely return. I can see myself living in Italy or Spain. France was my least favorite place but the places we did see were very interesting. I like the warmth of the people in Spain and Italy which is what makes me want to return. They were so nice and accommodating.

The photo above is the Vatican in Rome. This was a spectacular place and one that thousands of people are waiting in lines to enter. Luckily for us we had a VIP entry and did not have to wait in line for it.

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Ciao for now.

Preparing For A Vacation

suitcase-clipartIn a few days, I’m leaving to go to Italy. I feel like in the past 2 weeks I’ve worked a lifetime! Preparing for a vacation is no easy task, especially when you are going abroad! There’s so much to do– it can make your head spin.

Normally, I am an extreme list maker, but somehow I didn’t quite get around to even making up a list of to-do’s just before my trip. It’s a wonder I am even ready at all. When you run a business as I do, the BAU (business as usual) can certainly take the forefront of things, which is what it seemed to do for me.

I haven’t traveled outside the United States in a long time, since I was about 17…like I said, a long time! I imagine the customs and long air flights have changed quite a bit since then. I don’t usually mind flying but this time I’m a bit nervous about doing so since its such a long flight.

I am hoping to train myself on the time change before I leave. Since they are eight hours ahead of the U.S., I have woken extra early this morning (4 a.m. now) so on the day of departure, I can be awake when I need to be and sleep when I need to. Nothing worse than jetlag and I am no fun to be around when I have had lack of sleep.

Passports, itinerary and bags are packed and hoping I have not forgotten anything. But something in my mind feels and hopes that I have everything in check. Having a business does put an extra added wrinkle into the equation when you are preparing to go on a much needed vacay.

It’s best to create a list of to do’s if you are able, so you don’t have to keep all that you have to get done in your mind. Visit my Pinterest Funeral Page or like me on Facebook Funeral Page to find out more about my online business.

Ciao!

Mom’s Terminal Cancer

397718_534121476611737_1361885758_nHello again. Well…I write this with a heavy heart. I found out several weeks ago that my mother has terminal cancer. I am just now getting over the shock factor but since I found out she only has less than 6 months to live, it has been a turbulent amount of emotions.

I have experienced feelings of guilt, regret, sadness and worry almost on a daily basis. Not a good thing to do everyday and i’m sure its certainly not doing my health any good either. It’s hard to get one out of the pit of despair, yet I know people all over the world must be going through the same feelings as I have been.

I am now able to get through my work day and since the shock has worn off, I am able to somewhat get  things back to norm. She is currently residing in Florida with my sister so I have yet to make the trip out to see her and say my final goodbye’s. That is a trip that will be taken at the end of of this month and one I am not looking forward to.

I only hope for the strength to get through the visit. I am trying to remember in my mind that if we knew what lies ahead past death of the physical body, maybe we would not be so saddened. As a woman of faith, I know what the Bible says about being absent from the body. I am praying that my mother’s spiritual condition is ready and cleanse before she meets her maker.

Thinking of making the funeral arrangements is already overwhelming. Although I do create funeral programs for a living, its going to be very difficult to do it for my own mother. But peeking my head out of the despair pit, I know that this is happening for a reason and that it will make me into a better, stronger person in the long run.

Here is a beautiful funeral poem that I will most likely incorporate into her service:

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered,
“Come to Me”

With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.

A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
–Author Unknown

Footprints in the Sand

template088A4.footprints.webfrontI really love that historic poem, Footprints in the Sand. It has become so popular and widely used throughout various different kinds of venue or event. I’ve seen it printed on everything from t-shirts to funeral programs. I think the reason its so popular is because for those who are faith based or spiritual in nature, it is an encouraging remembrance of a Savior who is always with us.

I first read that poem when I was in my 20s (which was many moons ago!), during a very low point in my life, or what seemed to be at the time. Reading that poem gave my spirit a lift and reminded me I wasn’t alone walking through the difficult times. Even though I FELT alone and only saw one pair of footprints in the sands of life I was walking, I was being carried through it.

I am thankful that my travels have given me wisdom today (from not making the same mistakes again!). Life can sometimes throw sour apples but many people often cling to their faith for support. Too often as well, people who do cling to faith and not see answers may waver and question, like me. But in the end, in retrospect, you always see 20-20. At least that’s how it was for me and for that, i’m thankful.

Even writing this today, gives me goose-pimples! There is something supernatural that happens in faith. It’s something that surpasses all human understanding and something I am constantly amazed of. Maybe so many people in this world need that same kind of spiritual help. Maybe that is why this poem is very popular.