Footprints (& pawprints)

Happy Wednesday at!  Earlier today I was chatting with a friend of mine about Cuddy and about yesterday’s blog post taking things “Day by Day” and they suggested the poem “Footprints in the Sand” and wanted to know if I was familiar with it.

Were you already familiar with the poem?  Turns out I was thinking about the Starfish Poem about making a difference to one starfish.

This poem – Footprints in the Sand – is the perfect sentiment for today.   Hope it is for you too!

It was very interesting to see at this one site that authenticating the author seems to be something up in the air and there were at least three versions attributed, I’m including the earliest version listed and it is the version that rang most familiar to me.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

dreamstime_xs_27339732“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”’

-Mary Stevenson, 1936 

It has been quite a year already with unexpectedly losing both my Dad in January and now our family dog Cuddy on Monday.  The recurring message I am being reminded of is to make the most of today and do not think we have unlimited time – to live each day fully.   I’m very grateful for our family and friends we have and this includes new friends made this year with this blog, and our many blessings.

Join me tomorrow for a fun unexpected item – will the blog post be something to do with stamps, stationery, Thank You notes (don’t feel guilty- meaning yes, we need to write them, but actually make a plan and get them written!), fountain pens, typewriters, a book, a movie, day in history related item, new gadget, or something entirely new – see  you tomorrow as we continue this journey together as we are encouraged to share our memories through our personal correspondence (written and/or digital) !


Anchors Aweigh,  



Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today —

Poem: Footprints in the sand by Mary Stevenson, 1936

Poem: The Starfish Poem blog posts: Over the Rainbow Bridge  November 02, 2015;  “Day by Day” November 03, 2015; and “There’s Been Talk!” February 26, 2015 – first blog post; all three blog posts by Helen Rittersporn






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