RIP Grandma Hess – Sand

RIP Grandma Hess – Sand

RIP Grandma Hess - Sand by Lou Rain
RIP Grandma Hess – Sand, a photo by Lou Rain on Flickr.

This summer has been a tough summer, my wife’s grandfather passed away suddenly and her grandmother was hospitalized. Gramma has returned home in hospice care and constant monitoring, my wife has been there every step of the way. Sadly, she passed away 2 days before we would leave for vacation.

Seeing how my wife has been there truly inspired me and made me realize even more how much I love her.

We are a very close family and love to spend time with family and friends, which we believe is the purpose of life. Spending time with the people you love is the greatest gift of life and I don’t every want to miss out on that. There is no amount of money in the world that can replace the quality time you spend with loved ones.

Seeing the smiles of their faces, hearing the laughing of their voices and comforting them in times of sorrow. This is what makes family and this is what I value about life. There are so many sad things in the world that you have to make time to share in the happiness of life. The real happiness is something that can be remember and be stored in your heart.

May God Bless You and Rest In Peace Grandma Hess.

9 Years Ago Today

Nine years ago today I married my soul mate and best friend. The woman who is there for me always and who I love dearly. We have 2 beautiful daughters that we cherish and enjoy spending time with.

Today, though, is about my beautiful wife Rhonda. Spending every day with her is a blessing and confiding in her is easy. She is the person who I wake to and fall asleep with. We laugh and cry together and comfort each other in times of sadness. Together we are raising a wonderful family that brings constant happiness to us.

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Tough times are made easier with her smile, her touch softens my heart and makes me feel so young. Sharing my life with her is a dream come true. Nine years ago today, we promised to stay true and love each other in front of our families and friends, a promise that was easy to make and keep.

I love you Rhonda, Happy Anniversary.


Never Forget 9/11

Never Forget 9/11

Thinking back to September 11th of 2001 brings such sadness but also happiness for me. On that day during the attacks on America, my wife and I saw our first daughter for the first time on a sonogram.  As we watched the images of our daughter being shown, we heard of the first plane that hit the towers.

As we left the doctor’s office, we heard the news of the second plane and at that point everyone knew that America was being attacked. We returned to my in-laws house in Pittsburgh and begin to call family to check on them.

We stood silently in front of the television and watched with disbelief as the Pentagon was hit and flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. Returning home, my wife and I continued to watch the news updates, seeing the towers fall, we thought of the families and all of the sadness.

A day that started with such joy went tragically wrong for so many, we stayed together watching and talking. Not knowing what to expect next as the world that we knew changed forever.

 Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.
Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes.
Time they took to fall: 12 seconds.
2819 dead from 115 different nations.
343 Fireman/paramedics, 23 NYPD, 37 Port Authority officers.
We will always REMEMBER.
Where were you?

In Mema’s Pond 2011

A view from inside Mema’s pond, see the fish in their environment.

The above video was taken with a Kodak Playsport Zx5 HD, I put my hand in my Mother-in-law’s pond to video the fish. Very impressed so far with this camera, let’s see if I can push it to the limit.

UPDATE (9/9/2011): The Kodak Playsport ZX5 HD is not a reliable product, you have a high likely hood of loosing your videos. I am returning this camera to Best Buy tomorrow. I will post a detailed review within the next day or two.