Friday, October 24, 2014

new life

sweet saturdays

one sweet moment
made it a bit hard to 
anything sweeter than this 
sweet moment---

a brand new grandson!

although we live so far apart
(our daughter and her family live overseas)
we are overjoyed by the birth
of our brand new baby 

born on tues. the 21st in Vienna, Austria
his name is

liam gabriel---

we are already deeply,
in love 
with this precious gift from

sweet moment?
oh yes, indeed.

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Friday, October 17, 2014


the power of a simple

have you ever thought about
the simple act of smiling
at someone
what it can mean to the

this week
i concentrated on offering a

in the crosswalks, the coffee shop,
 the grocery store, church,
while on my daily walks
 & to my own family! 

the simple act
 of turning UP the sides of your mouth
i believe,
can actually have
 an impact!

we never know
what kind of day
someone may have had
and that simple smile
could really lift their spirits!

i try to look at things with the glass-half full.

it is just easier for me to do.
to not dwell.

i do NOT like to dwell on the ugly---
i just don't.

so i try to see the good.
the good 
in the small things.
the good
in the little things.
the good
in the simple things.

most days it is pretty easy
for me to see at least
 a little something
that is

to savor 
 sweet moments--

soaking in the 
simple little things
that make me happy-

 to just disregard the uglies!

it is how i get through the day;
really it is!!
now,  let's be honest,
some days
when the world seems 
dark & the uglies
feel so BIG 

well, let's be honest
it is a lot harder to do!

but, i try to remember to
look around me.

to see the beauty
that i know
is in every single day!

and. i. smile.

so how about it friends.

did you share a simple
smile with anyone?

did you notice
something sweet
as you went about your day?

did you take time
to soak in a sweet moment?

did you laugh?
share a kind word?

maybe it was something small
something simple 
that made 
you stop and smile.

as for me?

here are a few of my sweet moments
this past week:

salted caramel mochas. (with whip!)
completing a super-hero 5k. (costume and all)
 scarf weather!
colorful pumpkins in my yard.
coffee dates.
dinner dates.
worship music.
scented candles.
starting a new book.
a warm fireplace.
 smiles shared
for daughters and son in laws who are 
raising their children to know & love Jesus!

i. am. grateful.

there are reasons to smile.

sweet moments,


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

savor. sweet. moments.

as i thought about what to share for my first Sweet Saturdays post---
i began by remembering some of the big & the small moments of this week.

any of my long time blog friends and readers know,
my mantra for years now has been:
to try to notice something beautiful...
i mean at least one thing lovely in each day!
this week was really no different than any other,
except i tried to take note of those moments-
so i could share some of them here, on the blog!

i truly believe that there is something in every single day
that we can see, that is beautiful. tender. sweet.

it isn't always the BIG things, (like me getting my new iphone 6!)
although it is super fun and i love my new phone!
it isn't always those things.

*it can be looking up from the table at the local coffee shop and seeing
your husband watching and smiling at you, as you read your book. :)

*the morning sun, shining through the window
leaving lovely shadows on the carpet.

*skyping and being able to talk and read with my grandson who lives overseas.

*getting hugs from another grandson who comes to play on our dairy-farm.

*i see on my daily walks---green fields being mowed, corn harvested,
beautiful flowers in one yard and orange pumpkins in another.

*a neighbor waving as i walk by their home.

*birds flying above me.

*the grocery checker who smiled.

*text messages from our daughter who is married and lives in a different state.

*watching television in the evening with a BIG bowl of popcorn in my lap!

*the leaves on the trees turning such vibrant colors. ahh, fall. i love you.

*a visit with my mother-in-law who has dementia,
leaving her a book to read and seeing her face light up,
just because i stopped by.

* looking up and seeing the full moon shining in the evening sky.

yes, beautiful things are there for us each & every day!
sometimes we are so busy, that we let those little things go unoticed...
but, they are there my friends!
something good and something lovely, if we only take the time to look.

i hope in this coming week, that you can see something sweet.
maybe something that makes you smile?

it's the little things that really matter because,
they add up over the course of time!

my prayer is that you my friend, will join me---
in taking the time to stop & savor!
to be still & know!

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