". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Thursday, April 11, 2013

SOME of My Favorite Quotes

*"I love people who can make me laugh when I don't even want to smile." ~Unknown  (Hubby can usually do this when he wants to. When he's around...)

*"A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away." ~Arabian Proverb   (One of my all time favorites!! How I need these kinds of friends! I have a lot to blow away!)

*"What music of the heart it is to have someone love you for who you are...not for what they thought you were, or what they wish you would become! ~James L. Giles  (People so often fall in love with the idea of who they want a person to be with the idea of molding them into that person in time. That is not love, that is manipulation.)

*"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves." ~William Arthur Ward  (How often do you seek faults in others? You WILL find them because we ALL have them. However, if we SEEK the GOOD in others, we WILL FIND THEM, because we ALL have THEM! Those qualities will be emphasized in both of us more and how much better will the world be if more of us did THAT??)

*". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne   (This should be the cornerstone for ever blogger and author out there. Notice it in my heading? It's dear to my heart. My story is a roller coaster and not always pretty and sometimes not comprehensible... but it's real... and somewhere along the ride, someone will relate with something and maybe it will make a difference.)

*"Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough."~Mary McLeod Bethune  (Think of all the great men and women of today... the ones you admire for the wonderful things they do... They started somewhere! As a child, in school, in church, in college, in sports, etc... Think of where you are and those you come in contact with. Treat each of those POTENTIAL SOULS as a future DIAMOND! Something precious! They need encouragement! They may not get it anywhere else. They ARE ALL precious to God. Help them in their journey.)

*"Be true to who you are and the family name you bear." -Gordon B. Hinckley  (As you can see, this hangs above our front door as you leave as a reminder... in the hopes that they will remember the things they've been taught about right and wrong and keep pride in our family name. We stick together no matter what, and it does get tested. That is the test of life and part of that is how we move forward. It is with love and family support and the atonement of Christ. We get back up, brush off, and try again!)

*“Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love." ~ Francis Bacon  (Ever been all alone in a crowded room? I have... That about sums it up. Alone is not a matter of how many people surround you.)

*"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (So true!! Gentle advice is received so much better from a humble giver than from a boisterous know-it-all that you turn off the instant they begin to speak. Say it ain't so... ?)

*"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~George Washington  (This has been an interesting one because I stress to my kids to be kind to everyone and they like to throw scenarios at me... SO the kids that SAY do things the shouldn't invite them to "hang out"... it would be RUDE NOT to... RIGHT??? WRONG!! Son, you CAN KINDLY decline the invitation and tell them to go have fun you'll see them later. Being KIND does NOT mean HANGING OUT! If you are out with them and they re doing things they shouldn't and you are NOT, YOU are assumed guilty by association. If they shoplift or paint graffiti, YOU are arrested, too. BOOM! YOU have a record for HANGING OUT! JUST be KIND and keep your distance. 'Nuff said!)

*"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."  ~Mother Teresa  (SO, so, so TRUE! Such a loving, kind, selfless woman! Leave the judging to God! If we love people, it will better help us and others get to Him!)

*"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."  ~Plato~  (I can't imagine life without music!! Music can transport me to another place and time. Thank you, God, for MUSIC!)

*"We are not diminished when someone else is added upon."  ~Jeffrey R Holland   (Why do some people get upset when someone else succeeds at something? We should be happy for them! Think about it! It doesn't take AWAY from US! We are not in a race with THEM. Are we? We shouldn't be. We should be doing our best for ourselves while they are doing their best for themselves... We should be cheering each other on!!)

*"The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog."  ~Mark Twain  (Come on... there are days we can all relate to this and that is why I love it. My dog loves unconditionally and is always happy to see me... even if I'm a grouch. She is SUCH a sweet soul!!)

*"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."  ~Victor Hugo  (Good to remember when going through hard times.)

*"Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow.""  Thomas S Monson  (Some people will never understand how much courage it takes for some to just get out of bed and face the world again... or if something went terribly wrong one day, to face all those that witnessed it the next. This is awesome!)

*"You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel."  ~Johnny Depp (Rather profound for a quirky actor... LOL! ~ Sometimes I wish I could turn my feelings off... things would hurt less. :p  Burying our heads in the sand only creates more problems, though. Open your eyes, people. Problems won't solve themselves and when you open them they will only be worse...)

*"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  ~Maya Anjelou  (This goes both ways... BUT... We should always think about the things we say and do and how they will make others feel because of those lasting impressions. ESPECIALLY when it comes to children!)

*"When life gets too hard to stand, KNEEL!"  ~Gordon B Hinckley  (Remeber that God can help us through the rough spots, but we need to humble ourselves enough to ask.)

"What e'er thou art, act well thy part"  ~Quentin L Cook  (Don't get it? It means that whatever task you're given, whatever role you play... DO IT WELL! Do your BEST! Do yourSELF proud knowing that whether the task was too difficult or you felt it beneath you, you gave it your all and no one can honestly consider you a slacker. If they think it, you and God KNOW better and who else matters?)

Mama’s Losin’ It

I'm sorry, I TRIPLED the requested 6 quotes, but I seriously could go ON and ON... going to the site and seeing  some of the samples, maybe she was looking for MOM quotes... BUT, these are LIFE quotes, and I definitely teach them to my kids, too. So here is just a smidgen of quotes I cherish.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How you liking those WINDS??

We're having plenty of it around here right now, so I 
decided to play with cooperation of a granddaughter.
Play we did... Get cold we did... 
and THIS is the shot that was voted to turn in. 
(There can only be 1) 
Hope you like it, too.  ;)

You can enter your WIND image until Saturday.
Photo Challenge Submission

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday Expressions: He is Risen

It is my prayer that you all have a 
beautiful Easter Sunday 
with your loved ones 
and that we will all take the time to reflect 
on the beautiful gift from our Lord 
for which we celebrate this day.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

You Raise Me Up

There are people in your life that have a way 
of making you smile even when you're low. 
This is dedicated to those beautiful people. 
Thanks for being you!
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Such a beautiful voice for a beautiful young lady. 
Enough said. 
Have a beautiful Sunday! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Our Grandson Has Got the MOVES!

Mama’s Losin’ It

5.) Write about the last time you 
laughed until it hurt…what happened? 

A couple weeks ago our grandson had his Blue and Gold Banquet. This is what he performed' He is so stinking cute!! I'm impressed with how good he did, especially how long it was. I actually missed the performance due to a migraine; but I am SO glad they recorded it. How delightful! I couldn't help but laugh at his adorable expressions. The song by Alex Boyé is SO PERFECT! He ROCKS!! Hope you enjoy it, too. Let me know if you laughed, as well.  ;D
This is a pic I took a few years ago that I LOVE!! 
Is this kid a clone of his dad, or WHAT?? 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sweet n Sour: New Grandbaby is HERE

GUILTY!! I've been a neglectful blogger... someday I MIGHT explain WHY! LOL!! But I HAD to share this... and I'm even late at this seeing as how this sweetie is already a week and a day old! I'll try to do better.

First of all, the doctor Country Gal went to is the one that delivered my 3rd, did my hysterectomy, and was doing the followup (which I've been procrastinating for 2 years now...) of the cysts on my ovaries... Daughter was due on the 11th (Hubby's birthday.) She went for an appointment and came over upset because he still wouldn't set a date to induce her. Monday she goes in again... She's not thinned out or dilating still, but he schedules her to be admitted Wednesday evening and he would come break her water around 9pm. She texts me how FURIOUS she is with him for not doing it YESTERDAY!! LOL!! (Emotional pregos.... Oh yeah, I was one... she IS my daughter...  ;p  )  The poor man has to deal with emotional woman ALL the time!! ;p

She made it clear that we were welcome to be at the hospital when she goes in, but ONLY Austin would be with her during the delivery. OK, I understand.... Panic sets in.... "Who else will be there?" I guess that was OBVIOUS... the "other" side of her coin... THUD!!! I think my heart stopped and jumped into my throat. I don't know if I have enough chill pills available to get through this... but this IS MY little girl... so it's not like I just don't go. I told her to let me know when she wants me to come up and I'll be there for her... AND step out when it's time and wait... AND I'll be nice... *HUFF*  ;p

Her husband is texting me updates all night and I'm responding right back. (Evidence that neither of us slept...) In the morning she texted me and said I could come up anytime I want. (Which I told her I would wait until she said she wanted me there because it was going to be a slow start and I didn't want to interfere with what sleep she could get...) So I get there... Holy Canoli!! Standing room only and I was quite a minority; so was her husband's mom. Her dad (EX), his mom  (whom I ADORE), his wife, her 4 daughters, her parents, their friend.... were ALL there, too. Not everyone at the same time all day, though...  WOW! I survived and everyone played pleasant enough... So I'll be good.  ;~)

When they announced she was at a 10 and they were going to have her start pushing that was our invitation to exit to the lobby. The lobby was right next to the "beverage station", so we could even help ourselves... When Dr Healy arrived, he was in there for about 20 minutes... He came out of the room (I could see because I'd positioned my chair so I could see any activity going on by her room...) He was heading our way and I got up to see how things were going. He said she was a trooper but she was going to be in there a while and Austin was thirsty. BAHAHAHA!! That did make me laugh. He went back in with 2 cups in his hands. She was at the PUSHING stage for almost 2 hours!! Poor kid... She just HAD to get MY birthing problems... I'm sorry baby... but she is so worth it...  and so were you!

The nurse that was assigned to her for the day just happened to be in our neighborhood when we lived in Washington Terrace. She was AWESOME! What WOULD doctors do without these wonderful nurses that do majority of the CARING part??? 

I had to take a picture of Tiffany holding the baby with the doctor! 
AND the proud new parents whose lives have just changed forever.
 and US... of COURSE!! 

Tiffany spiked a fever during delivery, so they flushed her with antibiotics. The lab work on the baby came back with a high white blood count, so they think she got some kind of infection from Tiffany during delivery. Her bilirubin was also high. 
They took her to NICU for antibiotics and soaking up the rays in their baby tanning beds. LOL!! They released Tiffany on Sunday but allowed her to board there since they weren't full so she'd be close to the baby.  ;D  That helped.
 They sent them home Monday evening with things to do the light therapy at home. 

I LOVE this pic she got with her phone and sent to me!! This blanket is one of the light therapy tools... see how she's glowing around the blanket edge? LOL!! The smile is priceless and I'm pretty sure that's Tiffany's dimple I'm seeing there.  ;D

Her hubby took his 2 weeks off to be there and help Tiff. That's pretty impressive. He was quite attentive with her through the whole ordeal and quite a proud papa now. She's sore, but she's happy to be done with that part so she can enjoy being home with her newly transitioned cute family.

So of course I think Paisley is so adorable!! And now I AM OFFICIALLY and BIOLOGICALLY a grandma. HAH!! But on the larger scale of yours, mine, and ours, she evens up the girls and boys and comes in at #18!!
1 week adorableness!!
The sad part of all of this is that Tiffany has no doctor for her follow up now... Dr Healy's daughter found him dead on Monday morning and they put his time of death sometime the evening before. He came and released her Sunday morning and was gone that night... HOW does that happen?? He was only 64 and never got the chance to retire and learn what it means to relax. I think he worked himself to death... I'm so glad my hubby retired when he did!! NOW WHO CAN I TRUST to go to?? See what happens when you procrastinate, people?? This too, could happen to YOU!!
Images links to his obituary.
(((HUGS))) for his loved ones:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas: Told by a Child

Christ is the reason for the season to me and I'm not ashamed to say it. I wanted to share this clip because it's so sweet to hear the story told by a child! 

People with different beliefs celebrate for different reasons. I honestly get tired of all the tiptoeing around the subject of Christ in the world today. I hope whatever your beliefs are, you can find it in your heart to let me have mine. We should just respect each other's right of belief and let people share without worrying about every little thing offending someone? 
What about being offensive to my beliefs? 
Just sayin'... 
The image above is one I took and edited a few years ago of our daughter and her new baby boy. We love it so much that it's a framed 20x24 in our art niche year round. I hope you like it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Merry Christmas with Furry Faces

This photo will forever be dear to my heart! 
This week's theme: 
Furry Faces
Click on over to participate. 
You can link in until tomorrow night. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Silly TEEN!

WOW!! It's been another year 
and Silly Boy is now a TEEN!!! 
We were on a trip to the 
Mexican Riviera (Yes, I'll post on it) 
and bee-lined it home so 
we could share his day with him. 
We are so exhausted!! ;p 
We'll continue his celebration tomorrow, 
as if we left it at just today, 
he was sorely CHEATED! LOL!! 
It's been an eventful year for this boy! 
I guess that would be the case for everyone... 
We took him on a cruise in February 
(the same one we just returned from again) 
and he got a kick out of the deck chess game! 
He's quite a good chess player. 
He will hold his own against any challenger! 
He's advancing rapidly in scouts! 
Here he is at the Klondike Derby... 
Before you know it, I'll be posting about his 
EAGLE court of honor! 

Braces went back on his teeth for round 2! 
He had a THING 
(Yeah... WHAT WAS THAT?) 
removed from his tongue 
and had stitches. 
He made THIS his profile picture! LOL! 
Here he is on the 
BEST Halloween EVER! 
This was quite an event in itself! LOL! 
I will have to do a post for Halloween!! 
I've been such a blog SLACKER!! 

We had been gathering and 
bargain shopping for months! 
HEY!! If you're gonna be SPIKE 
you have to do it RIGHT!! 
Well, What can I say, We TRIED!!! 
We tried to color his hair...
it turned orange! (OOPS!)
Then we sprayed white on it. UGH! 
The fangs wouldn't work over braces! 
I wasn't a good enough 
make-up artist to make the 
prosthetic work right... LOL!
He even had the contacts in that night. 
It worked out fine in the end!! 
He had 3 opportunities to dress up 
and each time was slightly different. 
This is how it ended...  
Simple TAME adorable Spike. 
Just the way Buffy liked him. ;D
As you can see, 
he is a lot of FUN 
and I AM glad he's OURS! 
He has a way of making us smile 
with his many antics... 
He's is growing into a 
DELIGHTFUL young man! 
Happy birthday Silly TEEN!! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Expressions: Christmas Spirit

Let's try to remember what Christmas truly is about.
berries leaves greenish christmas pictures, backgrounds and images

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Saying Goodbye is So Hard

I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all. 
~Alfred Lord Tennyson


"If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; 
to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, 
prospectively, to equally profound sadness." 
-Marjorie Garber

"If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. 
Their lives become so interwoven with our own, 
it would take more than an archangel to detangle them." 
-Pam Brown

Somehow, it looks like "publish" never got pushed for this post and I need it to be in the line up of the history of my blog. This is back when we lost Jake, our sweet little CHUBS, our Silkie/Yorky mix, and an AWESOME dog we all love, cherish and miss.
I will look for him to greet me in Heaven!

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