The Right Place at the Right Time

This morning the boys in our family (bed-heads and all) decided we should go out for breakfast to a little breakfast club we belong to.  Fred’s is an establishment of it’s own kind.  We love it and enjoy every breakfast we eat there.  The environment is the best by some distance as there truly is no stranger.  Today as we waited for stools along the counter and sipped our coffee I caught an older couple watching my children from their stools.  The gentleman smiled a rather large smile at me and tapped his chest.  I wasn’t sure what he meant exactly, but simply smiled back in return.  He seemed like a very nice person with a lovely, gentle smile and joyful eyes.  As our name was called and we went to take the 5 stools next to their two he said to me “I thought they (meaning my boys) looked like angels but now I know why.”  And he pointed to his chest again as to say the logo on their shirts gave it away.  He then said, “we belong to that parish too”.  Once we established that we belonged to the same church the conversation didn’t end until it was time for them to give up their stools to the next couple waiting to be served.  It was truly one of those mornings where we were in the right place at the right time.

As the gentleman introduced himself  as Gonzolo Ponce-De-Leon my 11 year old asked, “like the explorer?”  Mr. Ponce-De-Leon proceeded to tell us how he is of the same lineage, in fact is the 13th generation, of the family of Juan Ponce-De-Leon.  Talk about perfect timing.  My son is studying the expedition of Juan Ponce-De-Leon to find the fountain of youth, which led to the discovery of Florida, in social studies class.  Once this fact was established, Mr. Ponce-De-Leon gave my son a quick history lesson on a napkin.  He told my son that he should now be guaranteed an A+ on his project.  As always, I had my camera with me and asked Mr. Ponce-De-Leon if he would mind if I took a picture of him with my son to show his teacher and classmates.  Mr. Ponce-De-Leon very graciously obliged my request, thus the photos you see below.

We always meet fabulous and interesting people when we visit Fred’s for breakfast, but today was the best yet!  And we look forward to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Ponce-De-Leon at church now that we know them and will recognize them.

The Right Place at the Right Time

The Right Place at the Right Time

A History Lesson over Breakfast

A History Lesson over Breakfast

 

 

To learn more about the life of Juan Ponce-De-Leon you can visit the link below:

http://www.biography.com/people/juan-ponce-de-león-9444105

Silence

 

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence.  See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grow in silence;  see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.  We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa

Find Silence, Find God, and Touch Souls

Find God, Find Silence, and Touch Souls

Tragedy

Time is bereaved,

Rage surges,

Anguish and sorrow swell in the hearts of some, while

Gratitude permeates the very being of those who were delivered.

Emotions, intertwined, ebb and flow,

Yielding never.

copyright Robyn Graham

Tragedy struck yet again.  Tonight’s post is in honor of the families in Newtown, CT who lost a child or loved one today in the horrific shooting event that occurred at an elementary school.  I cannot fathom the emotions that must be going through the hearts and minds of the victims’ families. My heart breaks for them.  They will ever be in my thoughts and prayers.  Please join me in hoping and praying that all people nearing the point of extreme emotional or mental instability obtain the help needed to prevent such devastating tragedies in the future.

Prayers Raised through the  Smoke of the Flame

Prayers Raised through the Smoke of the Flame