Saying “I DO!” In Ecuador

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Of the 107 couples who took part in a mass wedding at the Cathedral of Quito yesterday, 77-year-old José Muquinche and 86-year-old María Sánchez were the most photographed.

They were accompanied by two daughters who could not contain their tears when they saw their parents say “I do” after being together for 52 years.

The groom spent much of his life as a bricklayer. He says their civil marriage was registered in 1977. But they finally decided to take the step they felt they lacked: the church ceremony.

During the exchanging of vows, María said “I give myself to you, as a wife, and receive you as my husband, and I promise to love you in joy and in sorrow, in poverty and in prosperity, health and disease, and be faithful all the days of my life.”

After rings were placed on each other’s fingers, they sealed their marriage with a kiss.

Above Photo courtesy: La Hora

Photo below courtesy of El Comercio

Marriage Sealed With A Kiss....After 52 Years

Marriage Sealed With A Kiss….After 52 Years

In  my  book, Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador. I talk more specifically about All. Things. Ecuador. Feel free to purchase my new bookWords To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuadoravailable both on Kindle and Paperback formats. 

Personally, I prefer the kindle version as all my photos are in color in that version. However if you like a traditional paperback in your hands where you can make your own notes, feel free to purchase that version where the photos are in black and white.

Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador

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The Gift Of Gratitude- Thank You Dear Readers

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I wanted to take this opportunity today to express my deep gratitude to you, my readers. You live and work in more than 175 countries around the world. You form an amazing international web of connection to many different cultures and people. Together, we are shaping the future of our world by our many talents, gifts and contributions. I am extremely proud to be part of our shared international community.

As you know, I write and post on all of my various social media forums with the deep intention to serve through inspiration and motivation. (I was most recently described this week as “an instigator for getting others to move outside their comfort zone into seeing the options available to them.”)

Around the web on my various social media spaces, I post art and photographs, music and videos, quotes and other ideas. I always try to offer what I believe might be a helpful perspective to you or to give you some “food for thought” as you travel your journey, wherever you are in the world.

However, this is far from just a “one way street.” Every day I am equally blessed, inspired and moved by your wisdom, your many contributions, comments and posts as well. I wanted to make each of you aware of the exquisite gifts you give to me every single day and to express my gratitude to you for them.

I’ve always loved that old Zen saying, “When the student is ready the teacher appears.” We are always -and in turns – both “teacher” and “student” for each other’s growth, lessons and personal evolution. Our current ongoing “global conversation” together here in the social media stratosphere truly feeds my soul in innumerable ways. Thank you for that as well.

Warm regards,
Mary Anne Dorward

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Thanks again for everything! See and talk with you all soon!

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GRATITUDE Day 7- I Am Thankful For My Struggle To Strength

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Strength

As the quote above by Alex Elle suggests, “I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.”

On Day 7 of 9 Days of Gratitude here on Footprints In Ecuador, today  I am acknowledging the strength we all have within us, however we get there –

kicking, screaming, stumbling, bumbling, fumbling, being hit by a gentle nudge, sledge hammer or lightning bolt.

We will all get there eventually, one way or another.

And as long as you’re already here, below is a book I wrote about the stumbling into strength and understanding that I did while living in Ecuador for two years. Feel free to download my new book: Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador:

 

 

 

Gratitude Day 3: Grant Us A Heart Wide Open To All This Beauty.

How I like to think of my days here

How I like to think of my days. Period.

In Day 3 of my 9 Days Of Gratitude commitment, I thought I would share something really personal with you. The very first thing I say to myself within the first 17 seconds of waking up is, “Something truly AWESOME is going to happen to me today. Thank You! I am GRATEFUL!”

Whatever We Focus On Expands

Whatever we focus on expands and so I choose to focus on GRATITUDE. I want to focus on creating a heart wide open within myself to all the beauty and joy in the world.What do you focus on when you wake up?

A Thanksgiving Prayer For Every Day

Below is a “Thanksgiving Prayer” written Walter Rauschenbusch that could be repeated any day of the year. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

For the wide sky and the blessed sun,

For the salt sea and the running water,

For the everlasting hills

And the never-resting winds,

For trees and the common grass underfoot.

We thank you for our senses

By which we hear the songs of birds,

And see the splendor of the summer fields,

And taste of the autumn fruits,

And rejoice in the feel of the snow,

And smell the breath of the spring.

Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty.

• Walter Rauschenbusch •

Another thing I am thankful for is my freedom and ability to write about what I think of and see in my travels around the world. My experience in Ecuador has been truly life changing. Want to know more about that? Here ya go:

“Words To Thrive By® for World Travellers: Footprints in Ecuador” http://amzn.to/1KWKVs2 

The 9 Days of GRATITUDE- Day 2- Standing Still and Learning To Be Astonished

GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

Mary Oliver is my favorite living poet. I love what she says about learning to be grateful by “standing still and learning to be astonished.”

In light of ongoing current events around the entire world, I am doing what I can right now to put out positive energy and gratitude where I can in my work “loving the world.” Each of us can do one little thing every day to restore the balance in the world and to add to the positive.

This is how we will  keep our keep our minds and hearts on what really matters.

This 9 day GRATITUDE series is what I have chosen to do….for now.

So from me to you, wherever you are in the 135+ countries who currently follow this blog, I wish you the beauty and grace of learning how to  stand still and be astonished in your own life.

In any event, I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do.

Warm regards,

Mary Anne

The Messenger

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium. The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture. Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes, a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam, telling them all,
over and over, how it is that we live forever.

• Mary Oliver •

If you would like more information about Ecuador, Please feel free to go to Amazon and download my book. I would be ever so grateful for that too. Plus I think you’d like it too, especially if your reeeeeeally want to know what it is like to live there. There are lots of great tips for where to go, what to do and how to keep yourself safe while you do.

You can find my new book here:”Words To Thrive By® for World Travellers: Footprints in Ecuador”http://amzn.to/1KWKVs2

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Thanks and Gratitude

Hi All,

Today I was reviewing my WordPress stats on Footprints in Ecuador. I was amazed to learn that there are regular Readers of my Footprints in Ecuador blog in 135 countries around the world! Wow.

I just wanted to say to each and every one of you:

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With great gratitude,

Mary Anne Dorward

PS: Would you like more ACCURATE, AUTHENTIC and UP TO DATE INFORMATION about ECUADOR?

WORDS TO THRIVE BY FOR WORLD TRAVELERS: FOOTPRINTS IN ECUADOR by Mary Anne Dorward

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The Musical Angel Who Lives Below Me

I’d like you to imagine for a moment that you are in the middle of something, say reading or cooking or dressing or simply walking from one part of your living space to another. Suddenly you hear the heavenly sound of a beautiful violin playing.

For a moment, you think to yourself, “Are the Angels calling me?” or “Is it my time to go?” And then you realize, no, it’s just the Musical Angel one floor below playing. I have this wonderful musical experience almost every day living here in my condo in Ecuador. I love it.

Meet my lovely neighbors, Adine and John. Since John is so tall many affectionately refer to him here as “Big John.” I prefer to think of him as my very own Angel Violin Maestro Who Lives Downstairs.

Adine and John

Adine and John

Family

One of the reasons I think I love living above John and Adine is that my beloved grandfather Fred Dorward, otherwise known as “Pop,” played the violin. As a matter of fact, my grandmother was a pianist, just as I am, and they met at the University of California, where they were both music majors. Pop and Grama paid for my classical piano lessons from the time I was ten years old. I have very fond memories of them playing Christmas carols together at Christmas time and everyone shedding a tear when Pop started in on that old family favorite, “Edelweiss.” My brother Steven was also a fantastic and talented guitarist growing up and I always loved hearing his latest composition he was working on. So I’m sure John’s playing violin triggers some subliminal memory of Family.

 I feel right at home

Secondly, I was also a music major at UC Berkeley and I have great memories of walking into the practice room building and hearing the cacophony of different instruments being practiced as I made my way down the stairs and into my “dungeon” room as we used to call them. I would practice classical piano for hours and hours and hours and also the string bass as I was in the UC Berkeley Symphony which had very high standards for musicianship. So when John plays a particular passage over and over to get it pitch perfect, I feel right at home. I’m a perfectionist too.

I Love Music

Last, and perhaps most importantly, I just love the sound of music. My husband Rupe is a talented guitarist, (he was in a pro band when he was young in New Zealand) blues harmonica, didgeridoo, washboard player and he practices all the time in the back room of our condo which triples as a music, workout, guest room. I go in and practice my piano and singing when I am inspired.

Courage

I am hoping that at some point in the not too distant future that I get the courage to jam with Angel John and my Husband Rupe. I’m learning to loosen up and play some blues piano and am revisiting some of my own personal compositions which would be even more delightful with a violin and guitar accompaniment.

To Be Continued….

I had hoped to insert the recording of Angel John playing, “Amazing Grace” one of my favorite of the pieces that he plays. This blog program won’t let me do that right now as I think that I don’t have enough bandwidth. When I fix that, I will insert it here and reblog this post again with John’s beautiful music added!

Prepare to be In Heaven!

Angel John

Angel John

PS: Would you like more ACCURATE, AUTHENTIC and UP TO DATE INFORMATION about ECUADOR?

WORDS TO THRIVE BY FOR WORLD TRAVELERS: FOOTPRINTS IN ECUADOR by Mary Anne Dorward

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LINKS TO MORE FOOTPRINTS IN ECUADOR BLOGS

This blog is now being read in over 80 countries around the world. Below are links to the top 8 most frequently read Footprints in Ecuador blogs so far:

WHEN YOUR REAL LIFE DREAM COMES TRUE, THEN WHAT? http://wp.me/p47vLx-FR

THE REAL VALUE OF MONEY IN ECUADOR: HOW FAR DOES A DOLLAR GO?http://wp.me/p47vLx-Gd

ECUADOR: FIRST IMPRESSIONS: http://wp.me/p47vLx-1Q

ECUADOR: WHERE DO I FIT IN AS AN AMERICAN WOMAN?: http://wp.me/p47vLx-2v

BECOMING A WORLD CITIZEN AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: PART 1: http://wp.me/p47vLx-c4

BECOMING A WORLD CITIZEN AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: PART 2: http://wp.me/p47vLx-eN

ECUADOR: TRANQUILITY AND THE DRAMA IN YOUR HEAD: http://wp.me/p47vLx-8Q

CALDO DE GALLINA OR HOW I SLAUGHTERED MY FIRST CHICKEN: http://wp.me/p47vLx-Dg

 

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This blog is an excerpt from the upcoming book, “Footprints In Ecuador: An American Woman’s Life Changing Journey.”

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