Sunday, June 28, 2015

Countless Candles and Gratitude's

Young Girl with a Candle
Godfried Schalcken (1670-1675)
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!”
Yesterday I entered a brand new decade in my life, and while I can’t help but think, “Where did the years go?” I am grateful to be here to celebrate! I am still eager to learn new things, healthy enough to travel, I am never bored, and my blessings are too numerous to count. Here are the ones at the top of my gratitude list:

A husband who puts up with my crazy Irish moods, celebrates my triumphs and supports my work, and most importantly, still makes me laugh!

My health, while not perfect, still allows me to run, to run, play and laugh with my two fabulous grandsons.
My son Christopher who is still the light of my life and makes me proud every day.
A daughter-in-law who is smart and caring, and can do anything she sets her mind too. (Plus, we share the same birthday!)
In-laws who are incredibly loving, and teach me every day how to live with generosity and kindness.
A sister who shares my history and memories, even if we don’t always agree on how things happened. (But just so we're clear, my memories are always right.)
Good friends who are right there to help when whenever trouble stops by to visit, and crazy friends who laugh with me, and sometimes at me, but always in good fun! And most of the time the good and the crazy are all rolled into one!
Work that I love.
Amazing colleagues from around the world!
Stories, always stories!
A husband who puts up with my crazy Irish moods, celebrates my triumphs and supports my work. And most importantly, still makes me laugh! (Yes, I listed this twice!)

Come on and celebrate with me and be HAPPY!


The Bearded Fool - India

Christmas Eve Light – Europe

Filling the Barn – United Kingdom

The Flame of a Candle – Turkey

Gaffer Death – Germany

The Hand of Glory - England

The Red Candles and the Mermaid - Japan   

The Rose Tree – England

The Three Laughs – Poland

The Three Princes and the Maiden – Portugal

The Triplets - Turkey

The Twist Mouth Family – United States


ActivityVillage – Ten easy candle crafts for children.

Craftionary – And for the adults and easy, gel wax candle tutorial.


Today’s Parents - 10 Birthday Books We Love

Good Reads – Children’s Books About Birthdays


From the Huffington Post: 60 Perfect Reasons You Should be Psyched About Turning 60!  My close friends will laugh at number 19! It is so ‘me’!
Sixty Thoughts About Turning 60 – From across the pond, some lovely, true, funny, and irreverent thoughts from Ian Martin.


25 Trips of a Lifetime - Greece, Ireland, Napa Valley, Bali, Provence and Antarctica are definitely on my list. Oh who am I kidding, they are ALL on my list!


Karen Chace 2015 ©

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