What’s in a sunrise?

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     When I was a little girl, I remember loving the ocean even though it was not a place that my family frequented. I’d look forward to the summers where we would drive from California into San Felipe, Mexico, and it would always turn into an ongoing party till the day that we headed back to California.

     I could probably count the times that I went to the beach as a teenager. My dad was very, very old school and the thought of his daughter in a bikini was unheard of. Still, the few times that I went I fell in love with the beach life. Fast track to my honeymoon in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida. Imagine my surprise when I heard the pilot welcoming us to Ft. Lauderdale and saying that the water temperature was 81 degrees. I remember laughing and thinking that cannot possibly be true, only to put my feet in that clear, blue, WARM water and falling in love all over again with the sea. That day I knew that South Florida would become my home one day.

     It’s no wonder that the first chance that I had, I made the move from Los Angeles (where the water is freezing, dark, and your body goes numb before you actually enjoy it) to Sunny South Florida. I moved a few blocks from the beach and from that moment on the beach life became a reality to me. My kids grew up on the ocean, playing on the beach, fishing with their dad and drinking coconut water from the actual coconuts in our backyard. It’s a very healthy way to grow up.

     Though I never acquired the home on the beach, I live close enough to enjoy the life that makes my soul rejoice. I can greet the morning by watching the sunrise over the ocean as I walk the boardwalk, and seeing the beautiful sky change colors right before my eyes. For me, that is the perfect way to begin my day. I can also have dinner with fun music playing in the background, people laughing as if they are on vacation as many are, and after dinner enjoy a walk on the sand. The life that I have is a simple one, but make no mistake about it, it’s a full life and the one my heart always longed for. So as the title to this blog reads, What’s in a sunrise? The answer is, everything.

     I leave you now with a little piece of my paradise.

     Peace and love.

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It’s A Baby Brody Weekend!

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     There’s a new baby getting ready to make his appearance into our family. Baby Brody, due this December, has us all waiting with excitement. My daughter moved away a few months ago, but that did not stop her from coming back home for her South Florida Baby Shower a few weeks ago. What a joyful weekend that was. All of you moms out there know that when your children are grown and living away, there is a certain kind of happiness we feel when we have them all together once again.

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From sisters to friends to family, we all gathered for a great Baby Shower with Mimosas in hand, and the Photo Booth that was a hit!                   

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The following day, the celebration continued with a typical Cuban party celebrating family. The music was playing, the guests were dancing, and we all indulged in great food and spectacular drinks. I’m content in saying that the beauty of our family parties is that we gather in love and good cheer, always leaving a good memory in everyone’s minds. I can only hope that my children will one day think back to all of the good times we’ve shared, and smile knowing that they were loved beyond words.

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     Sometimes we stop to take an assessment of where we are in life. I seem to do that every year around my birthday and on New Years Eve, but that weekend I did it again…… and I smiled.

     Thank you for visiting my blog, it’s greatly appreciated.

                                                 


WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FAMILY

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When seeing the weekly photo challenge, I immediately went looking for a family photo. I take pictures on a weekly basis, journaling my life and the lives of my loved ones with pictures. I would love to see old photos of my parents, grandparents, etc. but I know that I never, ever will. Because of this, and knowing how important it is to be able to look back and actually see where your family came from, I take shot after shot of every event. I do this so that one day, my children can actually look back at the memories we created and pass them on to their children.

The photo above was taken when we all went to see a Disney movie with my granddaughter. As usual, I’m behind the camera but pictured are my children, granddaughter and my mother. We normally run on different schedules, and rarely all go to the movies, and a Disney movie? Nah, that does not happen, but for our little one, we changed it all just to be there and we had a great time!

Thank you for stopping by and viewing my photo.

Peace and Love,

Lisa

Weekly Photo Challenge – BEGINNING

This weeks photo challenge is to show a picture that defines “beginning” to me.

I love the ocean and am there every chance that I get. When time allows, I wake up before the sun rises, I walk the beach, and wait for the dark, early morning to disappear and turn into a beautiful yellow and pink sky. This picture reminds me of how fortunate I am to wake up and enjoy a new beginning.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Peace and Love,

Lisa

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Weekly Photo Challenge – JOY

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When you love photography, you tend to see the world through your camera lens. On a recent photo shoot for a young lady, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since she was 8 years old, I was able to capture this photo. It was a few days before her Sweet 16, and her mother asked if I would take some pictures of her to later have blown up for the party. Of course I said yes, I love this kid.

The day of the shoot, things began normally. Stand here, sit there, raise your chin, smile more…..you get the picture (no pun intended). After a while, I chose to go outside and do things as I typically do….my way with no rhyme or reason. I photographed her as she is, beautiful, innocent, kind, and a free spirit. She was loosening up and having fun at that point and I said to her “Just let go.”  With that said, she did, I snapped the picture, and here I give you “JOY” as I see it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.

Peace and Love,

Lisa

Weekly Photo Challenge: ONE

Hi fellow bloggers and guests,

I stumbled upon the Weekly Photo Challenge this morning. When I saw what the challenge was, I knew that I had the perfect photo.  We are challenged to focus on ONE thing. A week and a half ago, I attended my nephews graduation. While playing with my camera, which I still don’t know how to use the majority of the settings, and trying to find the perfect lighting, I found myself quickly snapping pictures as he was walking back to his seat. Though many of the photos were OK at best, I was pleasantly surprised at one that made me give it a second look. I present to you my photo that represents “ONE” from my personal album.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing my picture.

Peace and Love,

Lisa

A single moms proud moment.

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Last night, my family and I went to my nephew’s graduation at Florida Atlantic University. Graduations have a way of making you reminisce about life, where it began, the roadblocks encountered and finally, how when you look back you realize that it was all worth it.

What a wonderful and proud moment for all of us to see Chris, my nephew, walk on stage and receive his diploma, but the proudest was my sister.  You see, she raised him as a single mom since he was 4 years old. There were times where she held three jobs just to make it and push forward in life. There were struggles and many self sacrifices but there were also many joyous times and proud moments, but in the end, she got him to the finish line just as she had planned, and now he will venture out on his own to begin his life journey and make his mark in the world.

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As customary, our evening continued with our clan having dinner and drinks, recounting the funny moments when the kids were little, telling old jokes and creating a few new ones. As a family, though we are not perfect, when it comes to supporting and encouraging one another, I can personally say that we do and we do it well.

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Our evening came to an end with hugs, kisses and talks about the next gathering, knowing that it won’t be too far away. It seems that the older I get and every time my family has a celebration, I realize that it can be the last one where we are all together. I say that because I’ve learned that life changes, children move on in life, people pass away and the old saying, “Tomorrow is not promised” is very true. So appreciate today, don’t take your loved ones for granted and live your life in a way that when you look back on it, you’ll smile.

Love and Peace,

Lisa