Not on the water ….

but close!

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To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.

~Barbara Bush

Can you see it?  The river in the background?  Ah, isn’t it beautiful.  I am sure you were wondering what Anita and I do in the winter since we can’t paddleboard.  Well, today our brother Joe and Sister-in-law Anne decided to drive up from the Philadelphia area so that we could take advantage of the snow.  They needed to try out their Christmas present – cross country skis – and Anita and I were more than happy to take them on the trail and show them the river.  She and I were gazing at the water thinking of what a wonderful paddle boarding season we had last  year and how much fun we had together.  We are so lucky to have each other and to have such a great family.  We love being together.  Today was a great day made even better by having them here.  Just a fair warning … Now that we got out on the trail once, we are hooked.  You may have to endure some more photos of us playing in the snow, well, as long as the weather cooperates.  Enjoy the snow!

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Integrity

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 Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.

~ Barbara De Angelis

Anita has been speaking her truth for a long time and I am trying hard to do the same.  It has never been easy for me.  I hate conflict.  Peace and harmony are always what I am searching for – even when it means that I may be compromising my own wants and needs.  I am working hard at understanding and accepting conflict.  It may be uncomfortable in the moment, but in the long run I know I will be a better person for it.

This is a photo from our last paddle board on the river  – we are hoping it was not our last for the year!  The river is such a magical place – it will feel like a great loss when it is too cold to get out on the paddle boards.  Maybe we will be buying our dry suits so we can paddle all year round.  We will keep you posted!