Labor Day

Leah and Rich enjoy some paddle boarding together during Labor Day weekend 2015.
Leah is determined to stay upright as she surfs behind the Malibu.
Friends, Rylee, age 9 and Gracie, age 7 run a Labor Day lemonade stand to support Ending Altzheimers. Proud of these girls!
Leah and Scott enjoy a starry boat ride with Dory Labor Day weekend.
My nephew, Chad, my sister, Kathy’s youngest, visits his grand-father in New Jersey.
This plaque will be placed in a shelter adjacent to the Virginia Creeper Trail, at Alvarado Station next to the Holston River. The shelter, designed by Taylor’s sister, Megan is being constructed in celebration of the life of our dear friends’ son, Taylor Read who passed away March 7, 2015.
Walker and Jessica attend an Auburn classmate of Jessica’s wedding in Jacksonville, Fla. over the long weekend.
My great nephews, Noah, (L at 14 1/2 months) and August, (R at 18 months) are busy playing on the beach over the Labor Day weekend.
All cleaned up from the beach, Noah (L) and August (R) first cousins and best friends! Noah’s Mommy and August’s Daddy are siblings, and my niece and nephew: Amy and Ricky.
L to R: Amy, Noah’s Mommy, Mary Ann “GoGo” to both boys, and Alison, August’s Mommy.

Labor Day has come and gone, and I am wondering what that means in your journey and in mine. We are likely all to agree that this is the final good-bye for Summer 2015, with the lazy, hazy days that went on and on and on. Labor Day Weekend may be spent in many ways. Our dear friends, Kelly and Paul caught up on some household projects as they prepare for a special weekend to celebrate the life of their son on October 3, 2015. My sis, Laura Lea and her family spent this weekend in preparation for their daughter’s wedding in mid-November. Some, like my sister, Kathy, took a long road trip this weekend to visit with aging family members, like her 90 year-old father-in-law, in New Jersey. Walker and Jessica attended a college friend’s wedding in Jacksonville. Countless of us spent the weekend cooking out, chilling in pools, lakes or on beaches, like my sis, Mary Ann who is spending this week at Blue Mountain Beach with her family, including two precious grandsons who are only 15 weeks apart in age. Many great football teams kicked off their seasons and our two favorites: University of Georgia and Auburn University both pulled an opening win!

No matter what you may have found yourself doing this Labor Day 2015, it is who you were with that matters the most.IMG_5567

Did you know?  Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Therefore, in 1887, the United States holiday was established in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored. (Wikipedia)

No matter how you spent your Labor Day Weekend, I hope you took time out to stop and remember how blessed we are to be alive. There are so many tragic circumstances today. Syrian’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. Click here to read more.  IMG_5561Officers are under attack, like this incident in Las Vegas on Sunday. The heroin epidemic grows bigger in our country. Yes, our world is full of struggles across the globe today, no doubt about it. Still, there is much to be grateful for.

What is it that you and I would like

to stop and be thankful for today?