New Beginnings

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love"; it is what counts in the end, after all. When we need to look back and see things we have done, it's always gratifying if they make us smile and happy that they were just so; no regrets or pain. As I am made to see the world, to be the best I was designed to be; be in that way, going on with a patient and accepting heart to master.

I have such a very challenging and unforgettable year, the highlight and another benchmark, but this time I have a lifelong companion, my loving husband, with people behind us, our supportive families. I'm so grateful for that. And it's a new beginning, a very good start, indeed.

Happy New Year!!

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Saddam Hussein executed in Baghdad!

I was watching HD net movies yesterday so I missed the news. Hubby told me about Saddam Hussein hanged yesterday! Well, what a history, but some said, he is now in the garbage of history. I hope that garbage will be filled with justice only, no more Flor Contemplacions. I just see there is no respect of person in justice, and good in Iraq. I wonder what will the outcome be in Iraq from now on with regards to the war in terror. Not that I'm against the war, I stand with the President's principle, but as Pres. Bush "said in a statement issued from his ranch in Texas that bringing Saddam to justice "is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror." Very important milestone, indeed. Hope his death will lessen violence in there if not halt it. I"m so looking forward to February when we will go to the Carolinas to visit Amanda before she will be deployed to Iraq.

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Every Moment Counts

And we should make it. I have access to the Internet 24hours a day and every time I come in here I would see some people I know of and some friends. Due to time difference I would not like to start for they might be about to go, but other than that, I just look at them being there without getting in touch. This makes me feel I have missed some important moments I could have reached out and comfort those people close to me. I'm guilty of this. This I humbly accept and I know it's within the bounds of my struggle to being positive. Now there are two dear friends whose times of weakness or loneliness had passed and I could have helped in those moments. Well, there are still time to amend and I learned something good today that will make this even better individual. And I'm glad that I have just started so. Let every moment counts and make a difference to someone's life, and counts to one of the good memories we will look back one day.

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My Best Christmas Present

is the one I hated most- a cat!! How surprised and irritated I was when hubby held the cat and let her hand get my attention. But what touched me was when he said "she needed a mother, she didn't know one, she needed a home, someone to care for her". That changed it. I still don't like to touch her though. But when I looked into her face she closed her eyes and oh so cute a creature, it touched my heart, so delicate, I pity her so much! I named her Lady Gishi. And she's a company. Who will go with someone whenever, wherever, even to the bathroom? So funny kitten, it amuses me, except when she scratched me with those curious arms, and claws. Alas, she also scratched the leather sofa!

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"The Most Beautiful Chapel in the World"

Thorncrown Chapel
Address: 12968 Hwy 62 West, Eureka Springs
Location: Countryside West
Follow Hwy 62 west, towards Beaver Lake. We are located on the right hand side of the highway about 5 miles out of Eureka Springs.
Web Address:


Thorncrown Chapel is a 48 foot tall glass structure with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It was designed by renowned architect E.Fay Jones. Available for daily visitation, retreats and weddings. Called the most beautiful chapel in the world, the glass and steel wonder hides deep in a woodland setting. There is no admission but donations are gratefully accepted

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Berlin Wall Section

There I saw the actual 10x10 Berlin Wall Section.

Address: Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs
Location: Passion Play Road
Hwy 62 East on Passion Play Road. Located on the grounds of the Great Passion Play

Description: As a symbol for freedom from tyranny, a 10 foot section of the Wall is displayed near the Christ of the Ozarks on the grounds of the Great Passion Play. Psalm 23 was lettered by East Berliners while imprisoned under Communism. Always open. Near the Christ of the Ozarks Statue. Free.

There I also know that

  • Between 1945-1961 2.7 million escaped East Germany
  • In 1960, 200,000 East Germans escaped to freedom
  • Order given to build Wall- Sunday Aug. 13, 1961
  • Construction began Aug. 16, 1961; completed 2 mos. later
  • Initially 6 ft. high bricks topped with barbed wire
  • 1970-Wall raised to 10ft. steel-reinforced concrete
  • Length 103 miles
  • 200 East Germans killed trying to escape
  • Most artwork on wall done at night
  • In darkness, this artist saw light; in despair, the word of God; in repression, hope for freedom
  • the Wall fell on November 9, 1989
  • so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed... John3:16

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    Eureka Springs!

    We woke up at two a.m. and headed north to the state of Arkansas quarter to three am. It would be a long trip and very memorable one. With the aid of an atlas and mapquest, we found our way to Arkansas' highest point. I was so excited for this "honeymoon trip". At last everything was set and all we needed to do was travel the 10-hour quest estimate. Along the way we picked some 19deg Fahrenheit the coldest yet I had been. It was so cold outside when we stop for few minutes for some knicks to knack and some gas about 5am and shortly after we entered the Arkansas state. The atlas shows that Eureka Springs City is in the north, so we have to cross the whole state of Arkansas to reach the destination. It was daylight already and we stopped again for breakfast at McDonald's. I thought it kind of funny if it is, but I brought 4 boiled eggs with me to eat along the way, but we ended up throwing it for I didn't eat them. It was a hilly and curvy highway we rode on and within the rocky mountains. So nice countryside scenery, and the water flowing from the rocks turned into ice! If it was on the cave it would have been like stalactite and stalagmite. So wonderful. We passed the city of Little Rock Arkansas, a nice place. When we were going still up north we begun to see some snow. So fair a thing, my first sight indeed.

    Finally we were on the city of Eureka Springs.

    but we still had to find the Bed and Breakfast Inn we booked into. So we followed the quest's direction and trekked into a 0.10mi turns there. Some streets there have more than one name and others don't have any, and it happened to be the one we would take following the turns and distances of the guide. We didn't imagine that that nameless street led to a road winding the mountain inclined to 50degrees with snow! I always appreciate snows before but I didn't actually realize they could be dangerous and so slippery on the road until I was there. I felt so safe with my husband driving, and trust his truck, but there were few seconds I was scared when we first advanced upward and slid back. It happened also that that road had no turning for trucks. Well, after some locking on the wheels we drove up in that slope with snow and released our breathes when we reached the top. We promised then never to pass that road again. But due to some confusion with the streets there, we ended up passing the same road again. Hehehe. Glad it was OK. We finally reached the Hotel, sorrounded with snow, after some turning back round and round looking for the signs and directions and beat the mapquest by two hours and we rested the whole afternoon. Just had no decent sleep and tired, but glad we arived there ok.

    Eureka Springs is an old, historic, little, compact town full of shops on Arkansas' peak, whose spring waters were thought to have healing properties. The City of Eureka Springs was founded and named on July 4, 1879. By late 1879, the estimated population of Eureka Springs reached 10,000 people and in 1881, the town was declared a "City of the First Class," the fourth largest city in Arkansas. Today, their history lives on and the entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On Spring Street, the mood is eclectic, the architecture is Victorian, the patrons are diverse and the cuisine is served with an international flair. Spring Street is populated by galleries, shops, nightclubs, coffee houses, quirky local hangouts, elegant gourmet restaurants, gardens, massage therapists, healers of various sorts, street musicians, artists, and starry-eyed lovers. While they're nowhere near the 4th largest in Arkansas, Eureka is still a "First Class City", featured in Ripley's "belive it or not" many times, more than any other town, so they say..

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    A Dickens of a Christmas!

    On our first evening there we rode around the town to be familiar with the streets and to eat in a local flavor. So good food. And as its holidays there, they had a parade on that night, and we saw people dressed like those a century back, with their canes, walking sticks, hats and fabulous clothes. I could imagine them dancing to the song "new york, new york", hehe. It was so cold and the snows thickening but it didnt hinder the fun..

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    Christmas Tree

    I had finished wrapping half of our Christmas gifts yesterday. There is so much joy in wrapping those presents knowing that the recepeints will be surprised and happy with what's inside those wraps. I enjoyed each scotch tape I sticked on the wraps. Christmas is a favorite! Just like what aunt Gert said. December 2nd Johnny and I brought out the Christmas tree from the attic and had it assembled, with his new Christmas Cd's on the background and some wine on the sides. The next day Tanner helped in the lights,on the fourth, I have done the finishing touches according to my hubby's taste:-). So lovely a tree. It's so Christmas in this house, our home, so good to be.

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    Mr. Sam Shot a Deer!

    My father-in-law shot a big deer today. It's the first time I actually see a deer here after so many talks of deer and tracts on the yards. Wow, it's really big a deer, and it had got blue eyes, lol, and it does not smell so good. Good shot, it was the only deer on that very cold morning that Mr. Sam saw. Great! Good prize. As it is my first sight of the creature, it is not that extraordinary though, it's just OK; the distinctive difference of the actual to the shows and pictures I saw of them is the smell, that make them what they are. Memorable though.

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