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Bonjour,

November 2014, first time traveling to Europe, first time in Paris. Merveilleux! étonnante!

Warning… heavy use of photos ahead. I snapped so many photos, trying to organize them is daunting. I was nervous I’d miss a photo that I have duplicate folders like “Paris Again” and “Paris 2″ on my hard drive. This isn’t because I’ve been to Paris more than once, no… this is because I really wanted to make sure I saved every single photo. Crazy.

Today I decided I needed some bling, here’s a few photos of Versailles, France. I love looking back at my photos, planing for the next visit. “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

When you come upon a photo of me posing very strangely… this was my attempt of posing as Louis XIV.  This pose was based on our tour guide coaching on what Louis XIV would pose like, showing off his calves as a sign of wealth.  As I look back online at pictures of Louis XIV, I’m not seeing it. I look pretty silly, oh well. Who cares… I’m standing at the Grand Canal at Chateau De Versailles!

The pictures are a sampling of pictures from the Palace to the surrounding grounds.
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“What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” – Charles Dickens

Je t’embrasse,

…there’s nothing better!

Singer Island, West Palm Beach.

We’ve been going to West Palm Beach, Singer Island for at least 7 years!

It all started with the Dave Matthew’s Band summer tour.  Incredible music, the ocean, and amazing friends, it’s a perfect weekend getaway.

Crystal blue aquamarine water, beautiful beach, and the Tiki Bar, we love it!

It’s a weekend we look forward to every year.

Thank you Singer Island for our weekend getaway. You never disappoint.

Here are a few more iPhone photos of weekend fun!

“Celebrate we will because life is short but sweet for certain” – Dave Matthews Band

ZBMothersDaySomeone recently said to me, “I can tell by your hashtags, ‘#gratefulness’ has a special meaning to you.”

You bet it does!

At the experienced age of 19, I was excitedly married in September 1987 and had our first child in March of 1989. Looking back, I think how in the heck did we do it. I’m so #grateful for it all! I’m grateful everyday for the life we provided for our children growing up. How did we figure out how to raise two children? We had examples in our lives, that helped… but we were extremely independent, especially after we got through the first few years. We rolled with it, we enjoyed every minute of being parents and we worked our butts off to provide the best life we could for our children.

Rules we lived by: (although back then we probably didn’t recognize them as rules)

1. Always be present. Don’t miss a game, volunteer at children’s school functions, provide support,  ALWAYS!

2. Support trying different things! The list is long, for that I’m grateful.

3. Everyone has a voice. As parents, we don’t always have all the answers.

4. Go with the flow, be silly, laugh and have fun.

5. For teenagers, ask questions but trust.  This can be very hard when there are challenges present.

6. Give unconditional love. Things are going to happen that we as parents might not like, it happens. Deal with it and move on. We learned to provide trust again. If it’s not provided, it can’t be obtained.

7. LISTEN

What does this have to do with my fabulous Mother’s Day? Well, I sat back, watched and let it all sink in that we DID do a good job of teaching and loving our children. We all did a great job together! The fantastic four, as my husband calls us. Our children are now 21 (22 on Thursday) and 25. I watched these two amazing adults prepare a wonderful Mother’s Day dinner, along with their father. They are so thoughtful, loving and kind. Such a joy to be around. We had entertaining conversations, good laughs and I thoroughly enjoyed the day and their visit.

It was a perfect day. A day I will always treasure. #grateful

Thank you,

  • Valerie Ziebarth - And I have never seen you without a smile!!! I am so glad your day was great. I love seeing all of your adventures with your family!

  • Kim - Valerie, Thank you that is the best very compliment. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. We are both so blessed with amazing families.

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