I am transferring my website and there are certain blog post that I want to keep.  This post was my very first post and was written in the spring of 2008.

I really debated how I should start my first post on my outside Blog.  This will mainly be a blog about real estate in connection with the Northwest Harris and Southeast Montgomery County areas but it will also be interspersed with my ramblings.  You will I am sure hear about our flight attendant daughter living in New York City and our son who is an Intelligence Analyst with the Army and is just getting ready to leave for his second tour of Iraq.  

You are probably going to think I am starting it off a little bit on the heavy side but after much personal debate with myself I decided to start off with some words from Irma Bombeck.   At the first of the year a dear neighbor found out that she has terminal cancer and it really starts making you realize that we just don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  It has made me stop and think about how important it is to live our life to the fullest each day that the Lord blesses us with life.  I think I have received these words from Irma Brombeck in an email before but they did not impact me as much as when it gets personal.  She wrote the following words after she found out she was dying from cancer.  Her words are bolded and in italics and then I have added my thoughts.  She gives us some great advice!!

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER – by Erma Bombeck
(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day. As I am writing this I am home sick with a cold, case in point.

Irma Brombecks pink roseI would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I have to laugh at this one when we moved here in 1996 I had a beautiful big snowflake candle that I would not let anyone burn.  Somehow it got up in to the attic that first year and when we brought it down at Christmas it was now in the shape of the box it was stored in.

I would have talked less and listened more. A lesson we all need to learn.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. We went to my sister’s house for Christmas this year and had a wonderful time even though their house was not completely finished.  My brother-in-law was stressed because we were coming with the house not finished but I’m glad we went anyway.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. I’m over this one.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. Once they are gone there is no bringing them back so this is a biggy.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. Hmmmmmm I guess I need to help mowing that yard.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. My husband’s car has a sunroof and I have been guilty of this.  I guess I need to go with the flow and let my hair fly.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains. I love sitting on the grass so I guess I’m over this one; at least if the bugs aren’t biting.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I’m not a big television watcher but sometimes I need to get my head out of a book.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. It is no fun settling for second best because it is practical.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. This one is huge we blink and they are here and all grown up.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’; more ‘I’m sorry’s.’   Sometimes; well a lot of times that English side of our family comes out so this is something I need to work.

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute… look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!   Most of the stuff is that small stuff.

Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what! Okay this one I have learned with age.  This is one of the beauties of being middle aged; I’m over that.

Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. Those relationships are the ones to be cherished.

Let’s think about what you have been blessed with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you have a joyous day.  I HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED!!

Okay I promise that my post will not usually be this heavy.  With life I try to keep everything in perspective God – Family – Career so this just seemed like a good place to begin.