Friday, September 21, 2012

World Peace Day

Today is 


One of my favorite mantras is Snatam Kaur's Servant of Peace


 Aad Sach,
 Jugaad Sach 
Haibhay Sach,
 Nanak Hosee Bhay Sach 

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi:

 Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace;
 Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
 Where there is injury, pardon;
 Where there is doubt, faith;
 Where there is despair, hope;
 Where there is darkness, light; 
Where there is sadness, joy.

 Oh Divine Master,
 Grant that I may not so much seek 
To be consoled as to console;
 To be understood, as to understand;
 To be loved, as to love;
 For it is in giving that we receive,
 It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
 It is in dying that we are born into eternal life.

Will there be a day that we will all live as one, in peace?
I find it hard to believe. But I would like to..........
I know there are a lot of people with good intentions.
Tonight I will meditate for peace at 8 o'clock together with my mantra group.
Just as thousands will do with me.

How will you celebrate this day?

May peace be with you :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Cactus Monday :)

These were taken Saturday. Spook is enjoying a lovely sunny afternoon in the garden.
Today I will fly to Dar Es Salaam and will leave very early so I pre-posted these pictures.

Happy Cactus Monday :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weekend :)

(made this mandala for Cris to accompany my little painting she won)

My week went different than planned.............
Tuesday I went to Rotterdam for a stand by period of 5 days. On my way I drove to Delft to bring Lars his books (which arrived late).
I spent day 1 at my brothers home and in the afternoon we were called that my Mom had fallen and taken to hospital. 
She broke her hip and had to be operated. After surgery she had a delirium. Poor Mom and we (my 2 brothers and I ) were quite upset by this.
But yesterday she was doing better. She already walked a few steps with a walker! After visiting her I went home to see how my DH was doing . He has developed a pneumonia :( Hope his medicines will kick in soon.
So now my employer (the best) changed my schedule and Monday I will fly to Dar Es Sallaam for a short trip.
Today I will drive to Rotterdam to collect a laptop for Felix and my son Lars from the train station. I am happy to be home for 2 days. I am very tired by this roller coaster of emotions this week...................

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Special Day

Felix 03-09-1998

Today is a special day for both of my sons.
Felix turned  14  and Lars is starting Applied Physics today.
We brought Lars to his new town yesterday and without a place of his own he will sleepover at members of his Students Union. He is confident and so am I that all will turn out fine.
 We brought him with his bike and backpack to Delft, where he will study the coming 4 years.

I remember 14 years ago when Felix came with a cesarean. I remember we tried to tell Lars he was going to have a baby brother and we couldn't communicate with him as he had aphasia and didn't speak until he was 4 years old. We had no idea if he understood what was about to happen. But when he came to the hospital  and held his brother for the first time it was love at  first sight.
Our 3 boys. (Reinier is a son of my DH)
From day one they were the best of friends ♥
No words were needed. Lars understood and fell in love the moment he saw him.
 I just went up the attic to search for these and I just look at all of them.
They made me laugh and cry again :)

This was yesterday . Still best friends
My 2 boys :) How time flies.

The New Church in the background, which contains the Dutch royal family's burial vault.
Happy with my boys.
The city center retains a large number of monumental buildings, whereas in many streets there are canals of which the borders are connected by typical bridges.
Here we had to leave him behind    

We will miss him, but I am happy for him as I know he will have a great time there :)
Lars 06-08-1994

Happy Birthday Felix :)
Have a happy time in Delft Lars:)