My wishes for 11/11/11

I can’t believe 11/11/11 is finally upon us. It seemed an unreachable date back in the year 2000 (which seems silly, but really, how is 2022 looking right now? Hmm?).

National Blog Posting Month asks us to make three wishes for 11/11/11 and write about them.

So, I looked up the definition of wishes, and have included it here.

Wishes – an expression of a desire, typically in the form of a request or instruction; an expression of a hope for someone’s success, happiness, or welfare;
a thing that is or has been wished for. To want; desire; long for; to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for: to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.

I don’t think wishes are just whims. I truly think…….they are the heart’s desire.

These are mine.

I wish for the beauty of the world to be seen, for a breath of hope to touch a lost soul, and for love to reach the hardest heart.

I wish my family a lifetime of dreams, for sparks of longing to be filled, and to always reach beyond what is possible. So you may feel the empowerment of what waits for you there.

I wish my husband – health, guidance, and reassurance. I wish him all the success he can handle. I wish for cures to be found; Type 1 diabetes, and Lupus. I wish you a long life with me!

To my youngest daughter, Bridget, I wish you laughter from your head to your toe. Because when you laugh, the world lights up.

To my second youngest daughter, Molly, I wish you the magic of play and fun. To always know the joy of being a child. And to find your path by faith, without using a map.

To my oldest daughter, Sydney, I wish you a lifetime of being cherished. That you always know your worth, and you give back as much as you get. I wish for you the sun and more.

To my mom, I wish you a warm blanket of comfort. It wraps you up, and holds you tight, so tight, that you never feel lonely or sad. I wish you rest and resilience.

To my second mom, Sue, I wish you strength of spirit and a left arm that works like new. I wish for all your joy and praise to be spread to every struggling soul who needs it. I wish that your light always shine as bright as you are.

To my sister, Deedy, I wish you a calm rocking boat of peace and patience. I wish that you could ride the current, and feel the sea breeze on your face. I wish you a life without loss, and that joy rises and sets each day with your husband and children.

To my brothers, Lonnie and Jay, I wish you memories of a lifetime. A brotherhood of love, and for you to be taken care of just as much as you have taken care of others. I wish all your good deeds be returned to you ten-fold.

And to those without family, I wish you the kindness of a stranger, and the gratefulness of a humble heart.

To my readers, and friends, I wish you a day that rains blessings. A day that you will never forget. That you feel something you have never felt before, and it moves you.

Maybe it is profound peace, or maybe a gut of gratitude, or maybe…’s just a very lucky day.

I know that is more than three wishes……..and I hope that is okay.

Happy 11/11/11 day! Tell me, what are you wishing for?

Ventura Beach, California

San Diego’s Ocean Beach

Initially, I thought I would take my vacation photographs in bite-sized pieces.

I would share with you step-by-step our progressive trip through Southern California.

But instead of showing you our first stop (Dana Point, CA), I am showing my second. Because really?

This is it. The beach from the summer I turned thirteen. This is where my obsession (and yearning) for California was born. My escape. My paradise.

I am so glad we found it. I am so glad it was a real place.

After so long, I just wasn’t sure.

Ocean Beach Pier Entrance

Sun Rays over Ocean Beach Pier.

Pink sun rays off the Ocean Beach Pier.

We landed here for our first sunset of our trip and the first sight of surfers and dolphins.

Dolphin sighting.

It was pretty dim when I took the last few photos of surfers. They are hard-core riding to the very last drop of sunshine.

The clouds part, the rays disappear, and the sun melts into the Pacific Ocean.

Pier Sunset at Ocean Beach.

We watch.

Ocean Beach at Sunset


The sinking sun into the Pacific,\.

It was a very moving display of color and light as the evening tide reached up to embrace the sun in its last good-bye for the day.

Jason standing at Water's Edge

We lingered in the glow until we headed back to the hotel. The beach was a little chilly after sunset. Not quite the 100 degrees we were used to. The cool was a welcome friend.

So far, our trip was pretty amazing.

Of course, this is just the beginning…………stay tuned!

Ocean Beach Pier, California 2011

Adding this to You Capture as best summer sunset.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Light

So many things to say about light.

Light of the world.

Light of my life.

Warm, bright, and cheerful.

So many ways to interpret light.

Observing, feeling, and seeking.

Light evokes emotions, thoughts, and desires.

Light lives, breathes, and dies.

But why say anything about light when you can see it’s brilliance in so many ways……..

Street Lights
A simple street lamp. A star.

Heart Light
A glowing heart. Love.

Neon Sign
A neon sign. A beacon of hospitality satisfying and full. Comfort in a dark night.

A gentle glimpse of soft light in shadow.

Lake Marble Falls
Flowing action. Fluid movement. The wind chases the light. The light chases the day.

A static charge in a dark sky. To light the path in happy colors.

Illumination. A simple beauty in color and style.

Golden Reflection
A golden path. A hazy hillside bathed in heaven’s reflection.

Lake Sunset
Sunset. The last breath of sun. The end of a dying day. A sigh. A whisper. A goodnight.

Glorious light fitted with so many shades and tones. Can you feel it?

I think light is contagious and it’s thrilling to share it in this weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.

May light shine in and around you today, and always. Happy Monday!