The Gift of Life (10 IMAGES)

You never know
what the morrow brings
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so just for today
live life to the fullest
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no matter what space
you find yourself in
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LIVE IT!
FEEL IT!
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Do not push it
but pull it to you
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and celebrate the fact
you are alive
yes you are alive! …
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Being alive is a Gift
the Gift of Life itself
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treasure it now …
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for you do not know
what the morrow brings
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Again, I have been quiet for a reason.  This past Tuesday, I received devastating news involving two people I Love.  A Beloved Friend died that very day from a massive heart attack, and my Mother on that day as well was told she has months left to live.  Friends, I’m reeling.

Since Storm Knife of Oct. 2014, the hard hits just have not stopped.  It’s getting to the point I don’t know how much more I can endure.  I am clinging so hard to a very thin string to keep on seeing the beauty and the glass half full, but that hold at times is non-existent.  My Heart is literally breaking.  How many times have you all witnessed me getting knocked down but I just continue to insist on getting back up again?

I’m doing what I know how to do in times like these.  Move until I drop.  Pray.  Keep doing those things that I Love.  Hubby and I are in involved in house repairs which is a very good thing right now as it is keeping me busy.  I’m also staying in contact with those Important People whose lives have become as shattered as mine has.  For days the tears would not stop no matter what I did, yet I would not cave in to Tempter Depression knocking at my door.  I hiked a 7-miler at Chestnut Ridge Park.  And I also took my longest bike ride yet, a wee shy of 17 miles.  Here take a look if you don’t believe me …

The words in my musing came to me while hiking this past week at Chestnut Ridge Park as I was battling to get to Calm.  Every word that burst forth I meant.  Yes with a breaking Heart I meant those words.  Even in this space I am in, this Color of my Life I will celebrate and feel, choosing to LIVE it fully.  I will cry, I will mourn, I will laugh, I will angst, I will do whatever it takes to get me to embrace Acceptance.  You cannot change What Is but you sure can choose how you deal with What Is.

Part of my therapy to get me to Calm as many of you know, is my camera.  I will continue to take pictures and hike and bike and ride the Winds of Change with as much dignity as I can muster.  When this phase of my life is completed, and it will be, many many Gifts I will have brought forth with me.  And one of those Gifts is here, my blog, and my interactions with you.  *lump in throat*  Thank you.

Much Love to all of you this day.
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Photography/ “The Gift Of Life”/ August 2017©AmyRose
http://www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

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115 thoughts on “The Gift of Life (10 IMAGES)

  1. I am so sorry, Amy. Reading what you are dealing with and seeing your photos and pictures is an amazing combination. You never know what life has in store for you in the next moment. That’s why we need to live this one with all sense to make it a memory that strengthens us for the moments that bring us to our limits. I know you have so many blooming moments stored within and they will always carry you through the worst times. Sending you the warmest embrace, my sweet friend 💖

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    1. Thank you, Erika. I was just thinking this morning that the older we get the more incidences of tragedy will be taking place as we begin to loose those we Love. None of us is immune to our one way ticket out of here. And yes as you easily can see my Inner Beauty is not about to shrivel up and blow away. Bless you for the embrace, dear friend. 💕😚💕

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      1. Yes, that’s true. The longer we are here the more losses we have to deal with and of course the harder it is because we are used to them for so long. I love how you never dim your inner beauty because it is who you are and not what you go through! 💖

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      2. There are times I must admit that I’m not able to feel that Inner Beauty but I will not let it go and will continue to merge with it. When I saw what I captured the day after the devastating news I was shocked that my Beauty still came through. 🌹

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  2. Dear Amy, thank you very much for your calming and beautiful photos.
    You will go through this time too, just as you have gone through many other difficult times before.
    Send you much love and and healing. Irene ❤

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    1. Garfield, bless you! I am so touched by your comment. Yes this is so very hard but this too is a part of life. I choose (again) to do my best and to continue to create Love and Beauty from my own pain. Much Love to you! 💖🐾🐾💖

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  3. The longer we live, the deeper our connections, the greater the loss. But it is all worth it. You will struggle, but you will emerge, Amy. There is great strength there. And you never fail to see the beauty around you, even in tragedy.

    Sending you hugs, and healing thoughts.

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    1. I was just saying those very words to my neighbor today, Van. We tend to get to a certain age when these losses begin and continue to do so. But to NOT have Loved, that is the greater loss. Bless you for your kindness and your genuine concern. To create and see Beauty regardless of what is going on my life is one of my strong coping methods to stay above the depression and the despair. Much love to you and HUGS to you too!! 💞🌸💞

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  4. Dear Amy. I Am thinking of you. Sometimes it seems all one can do is put one floor in front of the other and keep going. It is contagious. It encourages those you love to do the same. Many hugs and love going
    Out to you.<3

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    1. My life it seems, Holly, is to show others how to take hits, fall, and to get right back up. Easy? Far from it! My knee jerk reaction is to curl up in a ball and succumb to depression. That will only end up destroying me and those that Love me would not wish that for me. So I do what I do like you said, by putting one foot in front of the other. And I continue creating Love and Beauty within my own life and sharing those very things with others. Many hugs and love in return, dear friend! 💞🌹💞

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  5. Oh Amy, I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a rough patch. What’s amazing is your strength and your determination to keep on seeing the beauty. It’s an inspiration to all of us. You’re right – we can never know what the future holds. Not everyone can appreciate beauty during difficult times. I’ll be sure to include you and your family in my prayers. Take care. Love and hugs from afar.

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    1. Dearest Shweta, your words spoke so eloquently and softly to my Heart, words that have instilled in me a deep resolution not to allow despair to win. The only way I know how to keep moving to the Flow of Life is to be real with all that is present in my Life yet in such a manner that reflects dignity, and honesty, and Love that far extends beyond this mortal world. These sorrows my Heart holds are as if a jagged sword were wedged within and yes the tears are still so near. I must look at the Beauty and stay in Calm even when I am shaking to my bones over the loss of a great and true friend and what is to come with my mother. Thank you for your prayers. May God Bless you! All we have is this Moment and nothing more. Much Love to you this day! 💞

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      1. Glad to know that my words have strengthened your resolve. Stay strong, Amy. I’m sure that you’ll definitely win this fight. May God bless you. You’re right. All we have is this moment and nothing more. You’re a inspiration to all of this. Take care, Amy!

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    1. Thank you, YellowCable! Yes that field of yellow was amazing. I honestly don’t know what it was but whatever it was made for a gorgeous view. And with that perfect cloud as a background, wow, just wow. Yes it is best for me to stay busy right now and I am. Much Love to you this day! 🌹

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  6. My friend I’m sorry for your loss, and for what you are going through. I know what it’s like to take one hit after another. I will lift you up in prayer.
    And these photos are some of your best.
    Peace and comfort to you.

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    1. Nico, tears stung my eyes as I read your words. Oh, dear Friend, how my Heart goes out to you as you walk through blinding pain. I in turn shall lift you up in prayer. May we both find Peace on this torturous path we seem to share. Bless you as well for what you said about my photos. I poured out my breaking Heart in that Meeting with Mother and once again I come away so touched and just amazed. Much Love to you! 💕😚💕

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  7. Such amazing captures dear Amy.. Yes we learn to cherish life and living, like you we as a family are grieving this week as my husbands brother in law passed away yesterday after a short illness.. So my heart is with you..
    Such beautiful words.. And sometimes working our way through trauma is the only way we get through..
    Sending Love your way Amy.. and Likewise my blogging community mean the world to me.. xxx Sue

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  8. Hi Amy,
    Have no doubt the beauty in your soul! These photos are more stunning than the mind can comprehend. You can tell you had (have) a flood of emotions going on. These photos speak LIVE! I can actually see the life in them. They are a gift to you too, as well as for us. Thanks for sharing your self here, brave soul!! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and hugs! Donna

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    1. Donna, dearest Donna. Your comments at times leave me stunned and so so touched. Bless you for SEEING what truly is within my images. Your eyes are Gifted and you know how to feel, to interpret. Oh yes I poured my Heart out in this Meeting with Mother and to be truthful I was SO taken aback by what was created. Yes deep emotions are contained in my work here and I cannot thank you enough for telling me you SEE. My work is done for you now have the impetus, the Secret, to do the very same in your Life … create LIFE. And thank you for your thoughts and prayers …. I say with a deep and shaky breath. Bless you!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Thank you Amy! What an amazing, special message you gave me! I think it finally sunk in – I can create LIFE. It must be time. I have a willingness and now it’s up to God to show me the way! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
        I just thought of something and now have a favor to ask you, would you mind if I used a photo of yours from this post for my next post – it’s going to be on creation. One of these photos will stand for and demonstrate creation. Let me know what you think. No worries – either way is fine!! xxx

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      2. You do create Life now yet there is more to come in ways you are about to unveil. I would be honored and proud if you used one of my photographs. All I ask is you give me credit and add the link from which that photograph is originally from. Happy creating! Your Inner Wee Ones should be jumping up and down with glee. Oh for the JOY!! 😘👏💕😘

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  9. Your photos and writing brought me to tears before I even read about what you are going through. It was on a Saturday night just like tonight that my daughter and grandson were visiting, and we all went to bed after a lovely day. We woke up the next morning to find that my husband had suffered a major stroke in the night. That was in February, and everything now is a new sort of “normal” as we move on with life, knowing he will never be the same… Life surely doesn’t get any easier as we get older…I will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts and prayers. Stay strong!

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    1. Oh, Honey! I am covered in goosebumps! I am SO sorry about what happened. No life does not get easier when we get older, that is the Truth! There are times as you can I am sure can relate I have trouble wrapping my head around what is happening just unable to comprehend the huge changes. And yeah getting to the new normal is so not easy. I keep you and your family in my prayers. You stay strong too! I have a pretty good idea the extent of what you have had to adjust to and still are. Bless you!!! BIG HUGS!!!! And Much Love to you!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh, OMG! LeeAnn! I have tears in my eyes for you! I am SO sorry, dear friend, for your loss. Have Faith that your broken Heart in time will mend little by little. It’s so hard, I know, God, I know! As I just told someone else I’m having so much trouble comprehending these huge life altering changes that slammed into my life. HUGE BIG HUGS to you!!! Hang in there and know really know, you will arrive to the day you will laugh freely again! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Thank you Amy! I appreciate it! I have been writing a lot of poetry lately (some are on my blog posts where I talk about my sister Lisa’s passing). Poetry is something I don’t write very often, usually when something big happens in my life, then I do. I was writing a poem the day after she passed away. There is something about it that helps me heal, helps me cope. This is a very difficult time for me & my family, but I know God is with us.

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      2. Do whatever it takes to heal the hurt, dear friend. My camera is my muse and there are times that words explode out of me which of course I write down or record on my phone. I understand fully how difficult a time like this is and what it takes to bring yourself to a place you can just finally let go and know all is well. BIG (((HUGS)))!!! 🤗💖🤗

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    1. Thank you, Julie, and yes my camera is seriously helping me. So are hikes and bike rides and my cats. This too is a part of life yes that hurts but yet when we get through we are more of who we are meant to be. That you for the hugs!! 🤗💝

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    1. John, I am not in charge of my Mother’s care but what I can do and I do do, is every phone conversation I have with her I make it count. With so many miles between us this is incredibly difficult to embrace because all I want to do is hug her and not let go. With the circumstances I do have in my life, I am doing my very very best to make sure she is happy in every way I can. 💝

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  10. I am so sorry to hear this news, and sad to be responding late, Amy. I am, in fact, taking your advice this weekend. You’ve brought us good thoughts and powerful beauty, amid some very sad news. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Dan, I’d rather see you comment late and know you are enjoying life then see you make yourself miserable by forcing yourself to be here while you really wanted to do something else. I say good for you doing LIFE! YES! And I thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. Tough times are again once here. But I will get through this, I promise! 🌈

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  11. Blessings to you Amy! I can identify. It’s in moments similar to yours that so often highlight for me appreciation of what I have now and to pay attention to the day – this moment – it’s really all I have and sometimes grief is part of my current experience – that’s just part of living.

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    1. Blessings to you, Catherine. You are absolutely right. It is the now moment and nothing more that we have. Yes grieving too is a part of life, something that many push away from. In order to move on though, it is of the utmost importance to embrace the pain along with the Joy. Much Love to you, dear friend. 💕🌸💕

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    1. Some days are easier then others, David. But I thank you deeply for these words, words by which you have encouraged me to keep being courageous by choosing Beauty, something I know my dear friend would want me to do. His motto was to live LIVE now and do so JOYFULLY. Yes true. His troubles may have been many but he maintained an attitude of Love and Joy, right to the very end. Now that humbles me! Bless you, dear friend. ❤

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  12. sending prayers and hugs your way my friend <3<3 lots of love and good thoughts to you as you stay strong during this difficult ordeal…so sorry to hear about your friend and mom…may you keep finding your strength through moments that make you weak….you remain one of my inspirations!

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  13. Oh Amy, my heart and prayers are with you, You are brave and courageous an I know that for you this too shall pass.Hang on to your mum as long as you can and cherish every little moment with her. You are in my thoughts everyday my friend. 🙂

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    1. Oh, Bless you, Celestine! Thank you for your prayers for it is Love and Prayers that are assisting me through this difficult passage. Much Love ❤️ to you this day!!! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Scott. Yes I am moving yet taking time to be quiet as well when the tears are near. I will not stop them from falling. My camera again has become my therapist so yes this too I shall continue to use. Much Love ❤️ to you, Scott.

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  14. Oddly enough, having just gone through some heartbreaking things myself, my own post this week was on choices, including our choice to choose positivity and life even in terrible moments. Thank you Amy for your beautiful photos and prayers sent to lift your heart until you can be free to laugh again. ❤ ❤

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    1. What a beautiful Soul you are, Melissa. It is so difficult to choose those things of the Light when one has a Heart that is just breaking. Yet to sink in the cesspool of darkness that I will not do. Tears yes. Grieving yes. But despair and depression, no. I’m sorry you are going through Tough Times as well. Hang on and have Faith this too shall pass and you as well as me will laugh and when we do, we’ll be in wonder that again our Hearts can smile. Much Love and prayers to you this day. ❤

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  15. Oh, Amy! Our lives seem to travel in similar ways! I send you beautiful love and healing…and I wish for you to be able to learn whatever lessons are necessary at this time. You look beautiful and I know that using your body helps to heal the hurting heart. Much love…your post is beautiful ❤ ❤

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    1. Much Love and (((HUGS))) to you, Lorrie. I send you beautiful Love and Healing in return. These painful parts of our journey are heartbreaking that I know. Yes there are always Lessons, usually life altering ones that go along with the life altering events that are current in one’s life. I’m presently going from quiet to active and even when active, I’m quiet. Much Love to you this day! 💝

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      1. Oh…Amy. Your words speak such truth and the lessons hit me with a powerful resonating sense of LOVE! As we wake to frightening news, that I try not to watch, I send out beautiful love to the world in hopes that it heals the broken places. Thank you for your beautiful soul and the message of love you always create!! Blessitude ❤

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      2. Lorrie, please especially now don’t watch the news. It will only feed into your pain. From what you have written you have enough to contend with. Get lost in Mother. Get lost in the Moment. Do something you Love to do even if you cannot feel Joy right now. We both may be broken yet we are NOT defeated. Hang tight to the Ray of Light that leads to All That Is Divine. 🌸🌸🌸

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      3. Thank you beautiful soul…beautiful friend! I agree…the news is something I try to avoid…and especially now. All that it conjures is fear…and where there is fear there is no love….so I prefer to stay in the energy of LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! May you walk in sunshine and beautiful PEACE today ❤ ❤

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  16. I think we are walking in the same shoes Amy Rose….Maybe we should toss them away and buy new ones 🙂 The hits indeed just keep on coming. I keep asking why as everything happens for a reason but I haven’t found an answer yet. Frustrating. All I know is the thread I am balancing on is sagging from my weight and I am just hoping it continues to hold me up right now. I wish I had a hubby to ride this out with but these lessons are coming my way for a reason. They always say times like these make us strong. Well we must be Hercules by now! Hang in my friend. If we lived close by we could build a bonfire and roast marshmallows after we toss our shoes in to burn….Hugs your way…VK ❤
    Sending prayers your way so you can find some strength to make it through what lies ahead…

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    1. I’ve tossed my shoes away a long time ago, VK, and now go barefoot. I have no idea what is coming next and with the present circumstances each and every day I wake with dread yet I consciously lay there until I get to the Channel of Peace. There are times like you when the emotions plummet me fiercely, I don’t know how I’m going to take another step and I struggle so hard to return to Equilibrium. Again this morning I have to compose myself before I call my Mother … I fell apart yesterday …. It is so hard to hear her struggle for breath and know she is declining so quickly. Her dying passage could be made easier with Hospice involved IF she were at their facility but she is insistent on dying at home yes with Hospice involved but they can only do so much when you are at home. I pray she dies in her sleep, peacefully from a cardiac arrest. This is agony for her and for those she Loves to hear her ragged breath. You hang on as well. Get lost in Mother. Get lost in doing something you LOVE even if you don’t at first want to. Force yourself to do it. I’m so full of pain I’m not able to feel Joy yet I will not succumb to despair. I just won’t!! BIG HUGS!!! 💞🌹💞

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  17. Been there and done that AR..I feel your pain…I brought my mom to my home to die in peace vs a cold sterile hospital death. I did most of the tending but hospice was there to give me breaks. Thank goodness. It was exhausting but when all was said and done I felt so good for having made that effort for her. I know she appreciated it. I have found tremendous relief in taking the amino acids Tryptophan and Gaba! They changed my life and silenced the negative self talk and anxiety in my head. this book is what helped me understand what missing amino acids can do to our bodies. Best of everything in the days ahead for you. You know where to find me if you just want to share your pain….Hugs your way…VK ❤
    https://www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com I know it says food and it does talk about diet, but she is a wealth of information about such things as amino acids….

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    1. So hard to do, VK, but you put your Mom above and beyond your own needs. I say BLESS YOU! Regarding amino acids, I’m so happy for you that they help you. Me? Not so much. I have found that Kava Forte and Valerian (when needed) help tremendously as does my daily diet. I also do an inner Meditation (isn’t always doable!) but when I feel the emotions low and the anxiety high. I close my eyes and manually pull by breath the emotions to my Heart and then connect them to my 3rd Eye. I call this my Inner Elevator. I follow that up by doing facial stretches to ease the grief lines and then I set my face to a smile, deliberately, to stop my face from aching. And yes my face actually aches from all the tears shed and the sadness expressed there. BIG HUGS back to you!! One day we’ll both be able to SEE through the all of what we have been through and say …. OH! So THAT is why!!! Much LOVE!! 💖

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    1. Bless you, dear Angel. Bless you. You are so very right in saying at the time when you are actually walking through the difficult valleys, those valleys seem forever, yet when they are over, and they always are, in looking back, the ordeal doesn’t seem as long as you thought, and you hug closely to yourself the Gems of Wisdom you have gained from that very walk. May your day be a Blessed for Blessing me. Much Love ❤️ Pawkisses!! ❤

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