A Love Story

Once upon a time
I know a bit cliché
There was a boy and a girl
At first sight it was anything but a delight
But a relationship did sprout
Soon distance between them seemed to put it all in pearl
Closer they grew and soon the two became one
Life was grand and their love did blossom
Bundles of joy soon did follow
Time went along and as always troubles did ensue
Eventually a breaking point did occur between these two
However the end was not to be
Perseverance was their way
A love that would not go away
Life continued on with bumps along the way
How they made it where others would falter
Then one day he made a decision that would put them to the test
A mistake it was looking back
What will become of these two is yet to be seen
But I believe that a love that once was can be again
To be continued…..


For the one I love……

Hope

Hope is such a small but exciting word
Even when things look bleakest
Hope is a knowledge that there is always light in the darkness
It allows you to continue on
And it shows you a path to go upon
Hope is just that an idea that things will get better
So when you feel like your life is down
Search for that word that will turn it around
Hope will find you when you least expect it
Providing you an idea of what life can be
So keep your chin up
And always look for the hope in the good
Because when you realize it
It is always darkest before the dawn
God gave us a hope in this world
Through his son who is the Light of this World
So find that hope and it will set you free.
As it has done for me


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For someone I hold dear, never lose hope…..

What I See When I Look At You

What I see when I look at you
I see a future that is so bright
Your smile shines right into my soul
Looking into your eyes puts me into a trance
I am unable to look away from your beauty
Yet you are so much more to me
Compassion for others, with a heart so big and loving
So beautiful on the outside, and so beautiful on the inside
A gift from God you are to me
Every moment you are on my thoughts
I talk to the breeze hoping it sends you my love
To hold you in my arms is one of my greatest desires
Holding you close and never letting go
So I send this note of love your way
To let you know that I am never going away
Two become one and we are stronger together
Always and Forever are not just words, but a promise to be together
No more insecurities of what we have
A bond made through time that will last until the end.


For the Love of my life or as you may know her: https://herwritinghaven.com/

Or: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/

She is my One and Only….

Macaroni Madness

Down the road beyond the turn in the bend

Upon which the road did end

There lived a peculiar family I do say

I first met them on a hot and muggy Wednesday

When I met them, they seemed just a normal sort

The Father seem I right spiffy old sport

And Mother you could tell was a looker back in her day

The children a boy and a girl seemed squared away

So how could this family be beyond the norm you ask

It was you see all a mask

For soon their true colors did appear

And it was something that should have been quite clear

Within there house it was told

Of a strange proclivity this family did hold

Upon their all the walls

Up and down the halls

In the cupboards and up on the ceiling

It was quite revealing

Was noodles of all kinds

Spaghetti, ziti, elbow, egg and all that you can imagine come to mind

The furniture was covered from one side to the next

Patterns that were really complex

When they took them away

The towns folk would often just say

Them parents must have been filled with badness

Because it seemed like it was nothing but macaroni madness


Prompt Courtesy of: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/02/01/february-2019-writing-prompts/

Wounds of My Past

Deep pains that I thought would never pass

Scars of my youth I tried to stay hidden

Running from what I thought was so wrong

Hiding within a mask wishing I would never be found

All these traumas and bruises of what I believed not right

Kept me from you and out of the light

For years I hid from you what was hidden in my head

I thought I was a monster who should have been dead

You came to me with only your tenderness

I hid from you in the wilderness

Then a day came where it all began to crack

Letting my guard down I came out of the black

Opening up to you about my pains and my past

I thought you would flee

But instead you stayed with me

Freedom I found that day not long ago

Breaking these chains from my that which held me low

With that freedom came a love I had denied

It flowed from me like river run wild

My scars and pains laid bare

A love I have for you is eternal I swear


Picture Credit: Asoldierswalk

My Rock

Upon a rash decision in my life
Things nearly came undone
I left my family in strife
Thinking to myself what have I done
Took a path that led me away
Wished upon an unlikely outcome
It led me down a darkened highway
Leaving my mind and body numb
Luckily for me I have an angel in my life
Someone who loves me even though I’ve caused nothing but strife
She is my foundation and my rock
Into her arms is where I will always go back
Upon her my love pours out
Together forever we will be no doubt


Picture Credit: Asoldierswalk

Thanks for sticking by me through all this. https://herwritinghaven.com/

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time not long ago

There was a young prince who only knew heartache

Along came a fair princess who stole his heart away

Upon this romance was formed a bond

Two hearts merged into one

A young fair princess was born of this love

Beautiful and full of life was she was a gift from up above

Such a joy this girl grew to be

A jewel to her father of immeasurable worth was she

As the years passed by, a joy to all she knew

Soon out into the world she flew

Seeking forth her calling she venture

A young man’s eye she did catch while on her adventure

Swooning to his voice and looks did she fall

For this fine young gentleman did call

Soon upon the castle’s gates

A question of forever did they seal their fates

Under a tree did he bow

With his love forever did he vow

The King and the Queen so approved

Upon a journey did the young princess and her prince did move

Two hearts merged into one

From this love did emerge the most precious gift of all

A young prince so small

The King and Queen did delight

At such a wonderous sight

Out of a love long ago

This family has continued to grow


Dedicated to my wife who is the rock of our family and to my daughter and her husband who graced us with our first grandson.

2019 The Year Ahead

Hello all and welcome to 2019. For once I can actually say I’m looking forward to the year ahead. After this past year which started in a tent in the Northern part of Iraq, to the nowhere area of Louisiana and finally ended at home in Wisconsin with my family. This year ahead is filled with firsts and exciting milestones. To start this year out with a bang, I’m proud to say I will become a Grandpa for the first time. My beautiful wife and I are so excited for our daughter and her husband who will be welcoming their first child. At this time, we know it will be a boy, but still no idea on the name. How is that for a way to start out the year. The following month, my wife and I will be celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Such a huge milestone for us after all we’ve gone through over the years. Come this summer, we will be celebrating daughter number 3 and her graduation from High School. Such an accomplishment for her. She has been homeschooled since 1st grade and decided to go back to for her senior year. It has been an interesting ride for her, but she has ridden it out in her own style. Come the end of summer in the month of September I will be celebrating my 50th birthday, I still can’t believe it myself. I personally don’t feel much older than 35. Then to end the year comes a day I have been looking forward to. On the last day of the year I will be officially retiring from the United States Army. It has been a long winding road through this part of my life. It is a little unnerving to be entering a new stage in my life, but I look forward to slowing down a bit. In the middle of all these events, my beautiful wife will continue to be working towards finishing her College Degree. My youngest daughter will be continuing her journey through 5th grade going into 6th grade while possibly being the only child left in our home. As I said this year is going to be a year I look forward to.  So again Happy New Year and may the year ahead be full of new experiences and be positive adventures.


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Looking Back

Looking back on a childhood so long ago

I think back to my neighborhood where I did roam

A group of friends we were all the same age

We were a group of eight young boys

Times were much simpler back then

There were no cellphones or digital cameras that tracked our lives

No exciting video games and only 4 or 5 channels on the boob tube

Our neighborhood was our play land

 Playing games like football in the mud and flashlight tag at night

Buying fireworks through the mail and the good kinds to boot

So many things we did, we were limited by our imagination alone

Running through the yards late into the night

Playing games like fake fight

Swimming in an old Recycle Pond

Going sledding in the dark well past one

It seemed those days would never end

But time has a way to change even those so close

High School came and we moved apart

Moving different places

Becoming parts of different groups

I miss those days, I miss those friends

But those memories are something I hold close

Oh those years ago when life was simple and friends were everything

I still talk to a few of my old mates

Some I haven’t seen since we officially became men

Now we all have families and such

But a bond built over those many summers and winters long ago

A life so simple but so yet so full of fun


Picture Credit: My Middle School Yearbook

Happy Thanksgiving

Pictures are of me by me so they aren’t for your use, but to enjoy.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

I am thankful for my beautiful loving wife and my 4 wonderful girls and two son-in-laws and all the rest of the family that comes with it. I am also thankful for all of you for enjoying my writing over these years. I am no writer, but thanks to that beautiful wife of mine I have discovered something I never knew I had inside me.