2015 is almost over

As 2015 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting, as many of us are, on this journey that we call ‘Life’.

I am thankful that I have a job and a steady paycheck unlike so many in our nation today. I pray that this changes for real, and not just on paper with bias statistics to further the political agenda of those in power.

I am also thankful for having made it through the year without the threat of (any type of) violence that is all too common in our nation today.  My prayer is the same as above in this respect.

I am thankful for my health and that difficulties from my MS have progressed somewhat mildly over the last year.

I am thankful that despite a few health scares, my family, though small we may be, is intact. I pray that this continues.

I am thankful that my nephew Brandon,  is home safe and sound after 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.  This Aunt could not be more proud of all that he accomplished along the way, and continues to.  You rock!!!  E-5 Sergeant Brandon ,  1st Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st MARDIV, 5th Marine Regiment.   Whew.. what a mouthful! I think I got it all right.

I am so thankful for being able to make a dream come true that I waited an awfully long time for (43 years!)  I finally made it to Venice Italy.   To say that it changed my life is a gross understatement.  I am more impassioned than I ever knew I could be about Italia. I had no idea that the hold it has on me is as fervent as it is.  It seems to deepen by the day.  Having set foot on Italian soil? has enveloped me in an embrace that is so tight I can’t begin to break free.  Not that I want to! I have written about it here in my blog many times.  And that brings me to –

My beginning a Blog in the first place, something I knew nothing about.  I have always loved to write but have not done much for a very long time.  Starting a Blog has brought back that love of taking pen to paper.   Thank you  Margie, for urging me to start a Blog as a means to share my passion with others.   And for all the advice, support , excitement and encouragement not just with the Blog but also in taking time to talk to and listen to me as I come to realize my passion for Italy.  For these things  I am thankful  twofold to you.

I am so very thankful and forever grateful  for those who inspired and supported me along the way this past year in pursuing my  Dream Trip and keeping true to that dream as it was meant to be for me.  A huge shout out in so many ways  to you,  ‘Shirl’, Gina,  Lorri  and  Margie  – la ringrazio molto i miei amici.

To those that are following along with me on my Blog, thank you! I am very happy in getting to know a few of you along the way.  I look forward to getting to know you a bit better.

And I simply cannot forget The Boys.  Richard and Dennie for joining me on my Dream Trip.  You provided camaraderie as we struggled with a few things along the way,  and to be able to laugh about things that were foreign to us (pun intended).  Just what do these light switches do anyway? and what is the trick/sequence to getting the lights to turn on?  For helping me when I stumbled and fell along the way, literally! For our deepening friendship from having shared in this experience.

I am humbled to see the stats for my Blog after such a short period of time.  Grazie Mille to you who are following, liking and commenting.

I look forward to the coming year and another year of pursing my passion(s).

Happy Travels to all in 2016!  Avere un felice anno nuovo e sano

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12 thoughts on “2015 is almost over

  1. Regina Belt

    And we are thankful for you, Rae! Your blog is a masterpiece of writing—don’t stop. Happy 2016!

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  2. I wish you a wonderful 2016 Rae. I understand your love and passion for Italy and I agree with your gratitude for your blog. It is not only a way of sharing what we love so much but also a way for us to keep reliving those wonderful times in Italy. Keep on enjoying Lyn

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  3. Deb Spitzbart

    Never stop writing Laverne! I’m always thrilled to ‘travel’ right along with you on all your journeys! I will continue to do so! I am forever grateful that you are in my life. Don’t know what I’d do without you! I wish you all the best in 2016! As always, safe and happy travels!

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  4. We’ve only just begun, Rae! Watch out 2016!

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    • Oh yeah, 2016 will be just the beginning….. Thanks so much Victoria I so appreciate your posts etc….and just maybe our paths will cross this year? I will be near Portofino 9/9 – 9/12. Don’t you have a tour near there? What fun it would be to meet in person ☺

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  5. Thank you Rae! I appreciate the mention but you write your blog and inspire many of us! So I still say keep writing and keep making Italy plans. I agree with Victoria. You’ve only just begun and there is no limit to your dreams!!

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  6. I’m so thrilled to have found another kindred spirit such as you Rae. I agree about Margie. She is super helpful and sweet not to mention very kind. So glad I found you through her blog 🙂 cheers and keep dreaming. Buon anno!

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    • I am loving this part of a Blog as well… meeting new people with the same passions and hopefully, getting to know them better. I am so very glad to have found you as well Ishita. May our paths one day cross and we shall have an espresso together and share stories. Until then, Happy travels wherever they may lead… Buon anno

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      • Me too. So glad for WordPress (I was on blogspot earlier and it was bad) I’m sure we will meet. I’m 100% 🙂 till then.. Safe travels and happy dreaming.

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