Becky’s World

A Day in the Life of Becky

I Will Take Advantage of Life’s Opportunities

Words to live by. It’s one of those things I want to say to myself every morning.
I feel coming home after this adventure I will have a different outlook on life – and do already. I hope to appreciate everything more. I hope that the appreciation lasts for a long time. I think because I have spent two years of my life on this deployment I need to appreciate every year to come.
I have a great friend here who is turning 30 in a couple weeks. I received this speach in a forward. I like it and it spoke to me. Perhaps it will do the same for you.
In short it was given by an 80 year old lady who returned to college, made the most of her experience and gave this speach at her graduation.
“We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”
You are only as old as you want to be.

May 31, 2007 Posted by | My Thoughts | Leave a comment

Dust, Sand….Everywhere

Last night we had the worst dust storm I have ever witnessed. I walked out the trailer and couldn’t see more than 10 feet in front of me. By the time I walked to the bathroom and back – I was covered in sand. My hair, eyelashes, and clothes were coated; I looked like a ghost. It was actually pretty amazing! So, I slept with my head under the covers all night so I didn’t have to breathe all that dust in. Even though I was in my trailer, the AC (which is necessary in the 107 heat already) pumps the air into the trailer. There was an orange layer of dust on EVERYTHING this morning. Quite eerie.

May 17, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Live Well….Love Much…Laugh Often

I was going to write this in an attempt to update everyone on the ‘goings-on’ at home. However, you are there; I am here, and you probably know more than me. There has been a lot of big news from home, and many of you don’t always chat with each other so here goes.I did report on Bob and Tracey’s baby before. Mom says they should know if it’s a girl or boy soon. Abby must be so excited.
The other large piece of news is the upcoming weddings. I am hesitant to blog news right away because it doesn’t allow the party involved to spread the good news personally. I think it’s been enough time.
Paddy is engaged! I am so so so happy for her. Kevin, this wonderful man I have yet to meet, proposed. It’s such a great thing.
Also, the O’Connell side of the family is new owners of a cabin, up near Taylor’s Falls, on the WI side. Yahoo! A cabin in the family is going to be a blast. My boss here used to live up in that area and says the lake its on is really nice.

The other big news – Steve is engaged to Katie. That news was announced to the family a little while ago. I don’t know a lot of those plans, but I am happy for them.

My cousin Jennifer had her baby – Jane Ayla is so cute and looks just like her mommy. Anne and Brett are getting married soon. Kelly and Adam have moved to Ohio. Casey and Renee had there First Communions. Ellamay is born to Pat and Merri. Grandma and Grandpa O’Connell have a new home. Abby, Paul and Alex have a new home in Stillwater. Mary should be graduating college this spring. Casey and Sarah are graduating from law school. And, Sean and Ben are running their 24 hour race at the beginning of June.

I want to take a minute to reflect on some very strong women I know. They have been through, are going through, and have ahead of them some rough times. Colleen, Maureen and Rhonda, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength in yourself, God, and those around you and live life to the fullest with each and every day.

Everything at home continues, and overall things have been good; growing, healing, loving and new birth. Coming home will be fun. In my head I think I believe time stood still for 2 years, but in fact it’s moving faster than I every remembered. A wise woman once told me the speed of time goes by relative to your age: at 5 its 5 mph, at 20 its 20 mph, and at 50 its cruising pretty darn fast. So, turn up the jamming music, put your arms in the air, and enjoy every second.

And although this doesn’t compare to the other big news above, it’s still exciting – Sean and I now have central air. Yahoo!!

May 8, 2007 Posted by | Family | Leave a comment