Unexpected Joy

Not A Sky In The Clouds!

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Not A Sky In The Clouds!
I'm grateful my husband helped me change my attitude from fear to appreciation. A lot of things in life can seem scary on the outside but when we look a little deeper into it, and experience it, we just might come to understand that ultimately there may be a real treasure hidden inside.

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Summer Time!

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Summer Time!

   It's officially summer here, meaning my grandkids are out of school and may be stopping by during the day now instead of evenings and weekends.    Time to stock up on popsicles, ice cream bars, fruit snacks, rootbeer, and well, maybe something healthy here and there too.           It's time to check the bucket of sidewalk chalk--and make sure there are plenty of good colors, drag out the scooters, and put air in the wagon wheel tires.  Pop-its and fireworks will soon be available.  They'll be asking for those too.  Oh, and of course we can't forget...

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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day

Growing up in a simpler time, Memorial Day (or as my parents called it "Decoration Day") was a time to well, remember.  A time to remember grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even a sister by placing beautiful flowers on their graves.  Even just thinking about Memorial Day I can smell carnations, and see daisies, iris, and mums.  The cemetery was covered with not only colorful flowers but also flags to remember the men and women who served our country, some of them giving the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. It was a time to remember with love, with honor, and with...

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Creativity

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Creativity

There's just something magical about a brand new box of crayons.  Remember? Think about opening that box for the first time.  Remember how it smelled?   How it felt?  Think about the variety of colors all sharpened to a beautiful even point.  Magic.   It's magic because, really, it's a box of  possibilities. When my husband was growing up there were never coloring books in the house.  But there was a drawer full of blank paper and a big box of crayons.   We did the same thing when our kids came along and now the tradition continues for our...

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Unexpected Joy

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Unexpected Joy

I was awake at 4:30 this morning.  I don't know why.  I didn't want to be.  But then, I heard a bird start to sing.  I was fascinated.  It was still dark.  How did she know morning was coming?  As I lay pondering over this phenomenon, more and more birds started singing. Soon there was a chorus of birds, making  me glad i was awake, and providing me a beautiful start to my day. We recently sat in our back yard and counted eight or more different varieties of birds we regularly see.  Spring is here and we have feeders...

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