Friday, October 17, 2014

smile.



the power of a simple
smile.

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

this week
i concentrated on offering a
smile;

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
beautiful.

to savor 
 sweet moments--

soaking in the 
simple little things
that make me happy-

and
 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
or 
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.
laughter.
starting a new book.
a warm fireplace.
 smiles shared
&
for daughters and son in laws who are 
raising their children to know & love Jesus!


yes.
i. am. grateful.

yes.
there are reasons to smile.

yes.
sweet moments,
indeed.




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Please join us
link up
your sweet moments
by
clicking on the link underneath the button!!!

http://tawnimarie.wordpress.com/sweet-saturdays/




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!










Linking up HERE for Sweet Saturdays



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Sweet Saturdays (a link-up!)

hello my sweet friends!

today i am announcing a link-up 
that i am going to co-host 
with my daughter!

she has aptly named the link-up

'Sweet Saturdays'

you can read about her heart
more about the link-up


and of course the link-up

which starts THIS friday!

here!

up near the top of my blog
i have a new page
with the link to

sweet saturdays!

and on my sidebar
i have a
sweet saturday button
that you can also click on!

i myself will be sharing
things that i find
that bring me joy.
the little things.
maybe a photo or a verse.
something that reminds me
each and every day to find beauty.

because, i truly believe
there is something
 beautiful
in each and every day!
something that brings you 
joy.
that makes you
smile.

it's the little things
my friends.

join me this friday
will you?

oh, and please use the hashtags #sweetsaturdays and #sweetmoments
if you post on instagram or twitter!





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