When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

If at First…

Encouraging you to keep trying first and always on near a river.

What do you do first when you do not succeed?

In November of last year, we tried to leave for our winter trip.  But life got in the way in the form of health issues.  At our first stop, my allergies gave me such an overwhelming migraine that my husband just drove right back to our home in the far north where my allergies do not bother me.  Then my doctor insisted on surgery for my right foot. While waiting for the surgery, the temperature here got as low as 20 degrees below zero and we were stuck in the extreme cold weather we try to avoid. (My husband has heart issues.)

Now I have had the foot surgery and am healing miraculously fast,  My surgeon released me from his care a few days ago, just 12 days after having amputation surgery.

Even after all of this, we are still determined to spend the remainder of the winter in a warmer climate.  So today we are leaving for our trip to the warmer southern part of the country.  We have already endured much of the cold harsh north country winter and we will enjoy our winter trip.

Thomas Palmer wrote a great message that we always follow in everything we do.  “Tis a lesson you should heed, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Although he wrote these words in 1840, they ring true still today.

We will not give up on getting to a warmer place this winter, and I hope you never give up on your goals.  Whatever your goals are, please follow Thomas Palmer’s advice until you reach all of them.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

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If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her encouraging children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!





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Hope you have a successful journey to a warmer climate. We had 70 degree temps today and the same is forecast for tomorrow. Blessings on this and every journey and may each one bring you much joy.


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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