Sunday, December 14, 2014

finding sweetness

last weekend started out wonderful.

i met with a bunch of high school friends
(old friends Ha!)
we did an ugly sweater 5k in seattle.

it was so much fun, we laughed until we cried.
what a journey we have had through all these years.
we have all had good and bad and our friendship remains
stronger than ever.

i am so very thankful for these ladies and for their

a few pictures from the ugly sweater 5k. 12/6/14

i also did a jingle bell 5k with my eldest daughter this past saturday, 12/13/14
to benefit arthritis.
we had a great time. 

they had a great turn out with many from our community who came to run.

we wore antlers and red and white striped knee high socks. :) which made the 5k
all the more fun!

but, the biggest and most blessed thing that happend this week...
i am changed forever because of it.

i mean a giant sweet moment indeed. one i will never forget:
you see, i live in the community that  i went to school in.
so consequently there are many 'old' classmates still around this area.

last friday, i was contacted by an upperclassman of mine from high school.
she wanted to know if i would co-chair with her a project. a simple competition
between her classmates and mine. to give back to our community!

i contacted the district office at the high school and found out that
the school district had a giving tree!

we sponsored that tree and with some fun competition between the
two classes we have fullfilled the WHOLE giving tree. over 35 gifts!

when i found out that twin girls were wearing shoes with duct tape
and then that two of my classmates stepped up to buy these
girls some new boots, well....
i was over-come with emotion.
no other words. just tears of thankfullness.
i could not stop the tears from flowing.

what these two classees accomplished in one short week
is unbelievable.

there are children who are going to have a wonderful christmas!
their wishes are going to come true.

but, when all is said and done,
i am the one who was really, truly

this is a christmas
i will never forget!
the loving and giving of a community.
how team work came together and got it done.

my friend said, her heart felt like the grinches at the end of the book/film,
when his heart grows three times bigger.
i agree. totally.

these were sweet moments indeed.

i am thankful.
i am blessed.

may you find something good
something beautiful in
each and every day.

i challenge you to take the time
to find something lovely.
even in the smallest of things.

there is SOMETHING good about each day.

take the time to be still and know.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

six years?

where in the world 
did the time go?

i remember the day
so very clearly.

my first grandson
was born six years ago
and celebrated his birthday

i clearly remember
waiting in the waiting room
to hear the news 
that my grandson 
had arrived.
it wound up being 
an emergency c-section
and the little guy 
was only a little 4 pound 12 oz 
itty bitty peanut.

six years later
you would never
that my grandson
sweet, handsome, loving, intelligent, kind and
started out so tiny!

happy birthday to my
 sweet jack!
your granny loves you 
so very much!!!!

other sweet moments this week:
visiting my mom in law in the health care center.
she had just had her hair freshly done
and i told her she looked beautiful
and could i take a picture with her?

and then last but not least:
i did another 5k.

this one was an ugly sweater 5k in seattle
i ran it with some of my very dearest
friends from high school.
that was a VERY long time ago.
some of us
 have been friends since we were
in elementary school!

we call ourselves the YAYAs
i love them and their friendship!

before the race.

and after the 5k!

have a blessed week
may you always find
something in your week that you can treasure
there are sweet moments in each and every day!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

blessings and more


a beautifully quiet afternnoon
spent with our loved ones
visiting and eating 
far too much wonderful food!

we have more than enough blessings
to last a lifetime!

we came home after
visting and eating...
rested for a few hours
and then my husband and i
met our eldest daughter
in town
and we shopped!

oh yes, we did.

we met at approx eleven pm
and we stayed up all night long!
we did not arrive home
until 10 am friday!

we had a lot of fun.
of course we were a bit giddy
from lack of sleep
and too much coffee! :)

memories were made
and i wouldn't trade them
for the world!


sweet moments that i treasured this past week:

receiving text messages from all three of my daughters

giggles with my grandson and his gramps

packaging up birthday gifts for my grandson
 to send to austria...and knowing how excited he will be to receive them!

spending time with family over the holiday

warm fires in the evenings

skyping with family overseas

hearing the wind blowing my windchime and the music it makes

getting out the christmas decorations!!

cinnamon spice tea

twinkle lights going up in my home

scarves, boots and beanie hats

fleece jammie pants. 
every single day.
 fleece jammie pants!

staying up all night long- shopping and laughing

my husband

a warm and lovely place to call home


 love & acceptance.


may you have a wonderful week my friends.
and may i leave you with these final thoughts:

will you?
just share your smile.

this time of year
in the hustle and bustle
it is SO easy to get caught up in it all.
to forget about the people around us.

we can not pretend to know what others 
are going through
and especially during this time of year.

there are
people hurting.
people who are lonely.
people missing loved ones.

not everyone is happy and joyful
that the holidays are upon us!

there is pain, heartache
mixed in with all
 the cheer
this holiday brings.

so, will you join me?
will you shine your light this week?

all it takes is
just a smile...

one of
unique and special smiles...

shine it.

shine it to the:
mail carriers
retail workers
health care workers
family members
people at church
someone in line at the grocery store

people whose lives you 
touch on a daily or weekly basis...

because my dear friends
we never know what our smile
can mean
to someone.

maybe that simple act
of shining a smile
will be the 
bright and shining light
they see
all week long.

come on
join me
will you?

let's shine!


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