It's been a hard day today in many ways for so many people both locally and across the ocean. I guess there are always tough challenges to face in life and some days you have to do things that you find very difficult.
I guess it comes with the territory really. But today was hard as I had to do something I was dreading and had had a sleepless night about and so I did as I always do when I have to face something difficult ... I just asked the Lord for help with it and, as always, the help was there.
I was inspired to say the right thing in what was hopefully the right way and I got through something I was dreading. And once again I am grateful for HIS never ending support ... and support from many others today too.
We were also shocked last night to get a phone call from my MIL very late to say my BIL was OK. We hadn't had the TV on and had seen no news and so had no idea what she was talking about. She was referring to the Boston Marathon tragedy. My BIL lives near Boston, has run the Boston Marathon in the past and often goes to watch. Thankfully he was not there but our hearts went out to the countless others who were injured and the family andfriends of those who lost their lives.
I am sorry this is quite a morbid post in many ways ... it will brighten later I promise ... but I also have to record the sense of loss felt by so many in our local area with the news that on Sunday the head of a local primary school was killed in a horrendous traffic accident. She was with two of her children who are still seriously ill and when I saw the pictures of the car they had been in it was barely recognisable as a vehicle. I cannot imagine how awful it must be for her family and friends and for the whole school community to be dealing with such a sudden and brutal loss and I know, along with countless others, my prayers are with them all.
But on to happier things.
WOW to the number of comments yesterday and WOW to the other people on the blog hop. Amazing projects - all of them - and lots that I will be trying too.
If you haven't caught up with them all do pop along to yesterday's post and have a look at the links.
I have a new project to share today which is very typically US. Now I have chosen that phrase US very carefully as it can mean Nigel and I or it can mean THE US as in United States. Both work in this instance!
My Venice album has been very soft and gentle thus far with beautiful photographs and subtle colours. Well, I guess this changes it.
We had a back up plan for eating if we didn't find the perfect Italian restaurant. And we didn't.
It was Easter Monday and many places were closed as Venetians were onholiday enjoying the day with their families too. The restaurants we found were either far too posh for us or really little better than pizzeria fast food places. So we used our back up plan .... OK we were probably always going to use our back up plan.
We are Hard Rock addicts and have been to so many across the world from as far away as Tel Aviv and San Francisco to Rekyavik and Salt Lake City. We have been to several Eurpoen ones such as London, Rome and Paris and so ... well why not Venice!
It was a tiny restaurant - the smallest Hard Rock we have ever seen - but it was by the area where the canal widens and they 'park' the gondolas and so there was a lovely view, lots to watch and ... of course ... great food and fabulous service.
as always I kept the flags and the receipt and they feature on the layour.
As you can see .... very US!
Today I am thankful for
- Support from many people to get a hard job done
- Faith - which sees me through everything
- Sunshine ... so good for the soul