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Happiness – 101 Simple Things

Happiness is what we all search for. We look for it in everything we do, everyone we meet, and everywhere we go. Scale Simple created her own and is asking for other bloggers to create their own lists of 101 happiness’s in their lives.

Happiness 101 Simple Things Challenge rules…

  • Write 101 Simple things that make you happy

  • Tag 5 bloggers who you would like to invite to take part in this challenge

  • Mention ScaleSimple in your post!

101 Simple things that bring me happiness…Pretty much everything under the sun, but I shall credit each one individually 🙂

  1. Happiness is…Sunday Mass
  2. Happiness is…Wednesday Mass
  3. Happiness is…ONLY the very first fresh fallen snow of the year (i hate winter, but that first snowfall is beautiful)
  4. Happiness is…the first cries of a newborn baby
  5. Happiness is…glasses that help me to see the world clearly
  6. Happiness is…cool, crisp Dr. Pepper 
  7. Happiness is…smell of bacon in the morning
  8. Happiness is…squeals of a happy toddler
  9. Happiness is…mutters of an aggravated teenager
  10. Happiness is…the smell of my husband 
  11. Happiness is…curling up with a good love story minus the in-depth sexual details….Nicholas Sparks is my fav!
  12. Happiness is…the first rays of the morning sun….such a peace it brings
  13. Happiness is…loud crashes of thunder
  14. Happiness is…the smell of lilacs
  15. Happiness is…whines and complaints of my pre-teen boys
  16. Happiness is…watching my little girls conversate with one another….it’s quite entertaining.
  17. Happiness is…sleeping with my fan. every night.
  18. Happiness is…camping in a tent on a stormy night.
  19. Happiness is…the neighbor kids over to play in the sprinkler.
  20. Happiness is….noticeable improvements in myself and my loved ones.
  21. Happiness is…my daddy’s devilish grin.
  22. Happiness is…my mama’s cooking.
  23. Happiness is…getting together with my sisters, feeling almost like kids again.
  24. Happiness is…snuggling with my hunny bunny.
  25. Happiness is…my hair straightener on date nights.
  26. Happiness is…hosting a social gathering of friends/family in the backyard.
  27. Happiness is…my neighbors.
  28. Happiness is…God’s presence in our home.
  29. Happiness is…my husband being able to get home each night versus the once-a-week that it used to be.
  30. Happiness is…soft breezes.
  31. Happiness is…chirping grasshoppers.
  32. Happiness is…singing birds.
  33. Happiness is…croaking frogs.
  34. Happiness is…my favorite flip-flops.
  35. Happiness is…creating a quilt.
  36. Happiness is…putting the last stitch in the quilt.
  37. Happiness is…being on the water, near the water, or in the water (bathtub excluded)
  38. Happiness is…a 5-10 minute soak in the hottest bath I can stand.
  39. Happiness is…watching reruns of my favorite romantic movies.
  40. Happiness is…memories of my children as babies.
  41. Happiness is…memories of family vacays as well as the stolen getaways with just my hubby.
  42. Happiness is…the sights of a horse (wild or not) running freely, its’ mane flowing carelessly in the wind.
  43. Happiness is…having conversation with the pastor at my church.
  44. Happiness is…listening to stories of older generations.
  45. Happiness is…snuggling all night with a sick child. if you’re a mom then you will understand the reasoning behind this one.
  46. Happiness is…childhood memories.
  47. Happiness is…traveling.
  48. Happiness is…the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  49. Happiness is…celebrations of any kind.
  50. Happiness is…giving to others without expectation of a return.
  51. Happiness is…lots and lots of laughter from adult and child alike.
  52. Happiness is…encouraging others in their own lives.
  53. Happiness is…Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July.
  54. Happiness is…red hair dye.
  55. Happiness is…getting all dolled up for a night out with my favorite guy.
  56. Happiness is…one on one time with each of my children.
  57. Happiness is…Red Lobster.
  58. Happiness is…the color purple.
  59. Happiness is…witnessing someone in their enjoyments.
  60. Happiness is…the colors of summer.
  61. Happiness is…the feels of summer.
  62. Happiness is…the sounds of summer.
  63. Happiness is…the smells of summer.
  64. Happiness is…summer.
  65. Happiness is…freeze pops on a super hot day.
  66. Happiness is…capturing life’s joys through my photo lens.
  67. Happiness is…walking barefoot through a mud puddle after a heavy rain.
  68. Happiness is…falling asleep in the car as my husband drives down the road.
  69. Happiness is…to watch my children try and try and try until they succeed.
  70. Happiness is…seeing my husband pull into the drive in the evenings, even more so if he’s home early.
  71. Happiness is…heart to heart conversations with my loved ones.
  72. Happiness is…watching my children grow and change.
  73. Happiness is…the sauciness and know-it-all attitude of my 4 year old (once they reach 10+ that same attitude is aggravating).
  74. Happiness is…watching my son interact with his girlfriend.
  75. Happiness is…the day my son gets back home from his dad’s.
  76. Happiness is…playing backyard games with my kiddos.
  77. Happiness is…working together as family to accomplish our goals.
  78. Happiness is…sleeping in.
  79. Happiness is…writing in my journal or on my blog.
  80. Happiness is…the smells of rain.
  81. Happiness is…putting together a puzzle.
  82. Happiness is…perusing the fabrics in a fabric store.
  83. Happiness is…meaningful tattoos.
  84. Happiness is…sitting in peaceful silence every so often.
  85. Happiness is…watching the sun rise or set.
  86. Happiness is…catching a fish.
  87. Happiness is…winning at pull-tabs.
  88. Happiness is…chances to be creative.
  89. Happiness is…adding something new to or making a change in decor.
  90. Happiness is…the smell of clean laundry.
  91. Happiness is…reading my girls their favorite story.
  92. Happiness is…saying nighttime prayers with all the kids.
  93. Happiness is…singing my girls their only, most favorite, not anything else but this one song: Down in the Valley.
  94. Happiness is…George Strait on the radio/cd player
  95. Happiness is…thoughts of love, kindness, and encouragement.
  96. Happiness is…reading my daily devotionals.
  97. Happiness is…family prayer time.
  98. Happiness is…prayer by myself.
  99. Happiness is…taking the kids to the waterpark.
  100. Happiness is…relaxing on a blanket under my favorite shade tree watching my children play.
  101. Happiness is…babies, babies, babies.



Can you name 101 simple things that bring you happiness in your life?

I challenge…

  1. The Richness of a Simple Life
  2. Shell’s Shizzle
  3. From Emma With Love
  4. Miss Mae’s Days
  5. Just Add Grace
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Meaningful Monday: Thoughtful Conversation

It’s that time already! Meaningful Monday!

What so meaningful has happened over the week?

For starters, camping over the weekend was meaningful. Since I no longer have a job, I was able to spend the weekend with my family, enjoying the windy weather. Quite a change from the last camping trip, but it was fun. On Sunday, which has already been posted on, we just spent the day together after church, enjoying what God has blessed us with….one another: the children, the husband, and the wife as well as my parents and siblings.

My husband and I were able to have some much needed time, here and there, in which we could conversate without children’s ears. You know, all that good, adult responsibility kind of conversation. However, we were also able to focus on some conversation as husband and wife and friends, the kind of conversation every relationship needs to flourish. It’s the kind of the conversation in which you discover something new about the other. Through the reading I’ve been doing to help improve myself as a wife and a mother and strengthen my walk with God, I have discovered quite a few things about love and marriage that I didn’t know. For instance, I’ve known for a long time that falling in love is pretty simple, but staying in love and building the relationship after the initial oohs and aahs have subsided is a choice. Choosing to love someone is the hardest part when right smack dab in the middle of what feels like total hell. Argument and after argument and after yet another argument. Hurt feelings covered by anger. A heart full of love that has become over-shadowed by one that has been broken multiple times. This is true for most any relationship and choosing to love through all of it is where the loving gets hard and harder yet. What I didn’t know is when choosing love, a person is making a conscious choice to put the other above themselves even in the midst of all the pain. So many times when a person gets hurt, he or she withdraws. When choosing to love, said person continues to do things that show love even when he or she doesn’t feel love at the moment. And that’s the kind of love that lasts.

What else made my week so meaningful?

Father’s Day. I wrote a Father’s Day post for my dad, who doesn’t get on the computer much and doesn’t know I have a blog so getting the letter is only possible if I actually gave him a copy in hand.

Which I did!

I copied and printed what I posted on my blog to give him a hard copy. It was wonderful! My dad is not much of a talker when it comes to emotions, a trait I inherited from him (although I’m working on it and improving), but he needed to know everything that I wrote to him. I wanted to let him know that even though it appeared as if I wasn’t paying attention in my youth, I really was.

And you know what?

Later, after he read the letter and I seen him again, he seemed a little different. Happier. And that makes me happy.

The week got even better after I spent some time talking with a gentleman that I’m acquainted with because my children have befriended, but have not really gotten to know. When I say befriended, they talk with him when they see him out and about. I live in a small town and he used to sit in the coffee shop and when they’d see him there, they’d visit with him. He’s a friendly guy and when I did make the time to speak with him for a lengthy conversation, I found that he has many of the same values that my husband and I have and he follows the same religious teachings that we follow. He’s very interesting and quite smart.

Beings I am not much of a people person, I generally stick to myself and my family. I am the kind of person who keeps a few close people in my life and take others as they come and go. I am quite content to have one super awesome, life-long friend before claiming to have 100 friends that really aren’t friends. In that respect, when I befriend someone it’s because that someone has made an impression on my heart that nobody else can.  I am not altogether certain if that’s the best way to be or not. A few things I’ve learned over the course of my life:

  • put God first. In everything. Marriage. Family relationships. Friendships. Work relationships. Everything.  When God comes first, everything else will fall into place just as He has planned.
  • accept everyone. I don’t have to agree with their lifestyle choices, but I do have to love them and accept them for who they are.
  • say what I mean and mean what I say. This is a little harder because I tend to speak first and think later.
  • judgments are not mine to make. I’ve had a lot of influence socially wise when it comes to judging others. I have judged and I have been judged. I spend much time praying about this.
  • be kind. Always. Even when it’s hard! The other day someone responded on FB to something I posted and said it was wrong. I just remember thinking that the person who responded with that response doesn’t really know me so how could she make that response? You know what? It doesn’t matter. I’ve met her a few times, spent some time with her as an acquaintance/friend, but not an in-depth amount of time for her to say what she said, but I realize, whatever she thought she knew about me is not who the ‘me’ really is. I thought about unfriending her, but then decided I wasn’t going to. Maybe I mis-read her response.

As anyone knows, life is not easy. We don’t always get back what we give. Sometimes, it seems like we get taken advantage of.

But rest assured, what you get back at this time is not nowhere near as important as what God promises. Many times, my husband and I discuss how we feel as if we are getting taken advantage of, but in the end, we are only doing what God has called us to do. In those moments in which we complain about being taken advantage of we stop and remember the reason that we are so helpful.

And then it all makes sense once again.

I hope you all have a blessed day. Go out or stay in, but make your Monday just as meaningful 🙂



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Week Three Kindness Challenge in Review

Oftentimes, after an argument with my husband, it’s easy to remain angry at him, but also at myself. One opportunity I had over this week to think kind thoughts was just after one such moment, an argument. Rather than let the thoughts of sadness of anger keep pulling further and further into the hole of despair, I reminded myself that although he was angry and I was angry, we do still love one another. Yes, angry words were spoken, but that’s all they are — angry words. I really work hard and pray much to let those angry words go. When I  choose to act in kindness instead of anger during stressful moments, he stops in his tracks. he doesn’t quite know how to respond. And it’s the same when he makes that same choice. In the heat of the moment, when someone is wanting to lash out, it’s quite disarming for said person which person on the receiving end gives nothing by way of argument or reprimand. As I’ve always heard, you can’t argue with yourself. A very true sentiment that carries a lot of weight. I have found it very hard to argue with myself.

Normally, I am a person that will engage in an argument for the sake of getting the other person to understand where I am coming from, what I am trying to say, and possibly to change their mind and agree with me. So many times, actually more often than not, it never works the way I want it to. In the midst of an argument, people are arguing because they disagree, are not understanding the others’ point of view, and are unwilling to let their mind be swayed. Over this week (actually something I’ve been working on for months) is to stop trying to change someone’s mind. We are all different and have something unique to offer. The differences are what create the relationship to be unique.

The other thing I’ve learned, is to be kind JUST FOR the SAKE of being kind even in disagreements. I am a kind person anyway. I always try to focus on the positive in most situations, but as I’ve said, most often I react first and think later in moments of stress. When this happens, I am not thinking of kindness. I am not thinking. This challenge has definitely taught me to think before I speak. It seems I am a work in progress.

Outside of disagreements, kind thoughts come easy for me. I generally try to be kind to everyone. As I’ve said previously, being aware of what’s going on around me and of my own thoughts and words makes it much easier to see the kindness. Sometimes, I will catch myself in the middle of a kind act and think to myself: “how nice that was for me to do or to say.” And then, just feel such a peace within myself to be followed by a rejuvenation in my spirit. I did something this past week so not like me at all and afterwards, when I was telling my husband about it, I felt on top of the world. What I did is not as important as how it made the person feel and how it made me feel.

The change in me and how I view the world around me is exciting. I look forward to the coming weeks.

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What I Love

Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length. – Fawn Weaver

me and luke

Happy Anniversary, my Love!

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My Best Friend

Twelve years ago next month, I met the man I call my husband, the man that has been a blessing in my life for these many years. In the beginning, I wouldn’t have much to do with him. It was challenging for me at first because of I was pregnant with another man’s child that didn’t want anything to do with me and who also denied the child was his. My husband understood I guess because although he would still come over to visit, sometimes, he’d visit the whole time with my parents because I refused to see him. He was insistent though and I finally realized that yes I was attracted him, but he was kind, respectful, funny, patient, full of life, and he sat for hours talking to my parents. And that was the best part, he could hold conversation with my parents. He made it a point to get to know them before trying to get into a relationship with me. So, we started actually dating. I mean we were already but now it became official. He even wanted to claim my child as his own, wanted to sign the birth certificate and let the baby carry his last name. Of course, that went against my better judgment so it didn’t happen that way. We eventually had a child together which actually turned out to be twins, two boys born on his birthday. And obviously, he asked me to marry him. And sadly, it wasn’t a romantic proposal with flowers and the words ‘will you marry me’ written in the sand or anything of the sort. It was,

“I’m driving out to mom’s, you want to go with me?”

me: “Yeah okay.”

At which point, we proceed to do exactly that. He asked me while we were driving down the rode. It wasn’t a romantic proposal by any means, but I will forever remember it. It’s tucked away, gently protected by the love and the disagreements we’ve had over the years where I will keep it always.

Now, here we are nine years later with 8 beautiful children, a home, and a marriage we work at every day.

Today, I want to wish my husband a happy anniversary. I want to tell him that no matter what has happened over the life of our marriage, my love for him has only grown, my commitment to him, to us, has only gotten stronger. I want him to know that he has been the greatest blessing in my life. He’s been a great father, a wonderful husband, and a source of strength in the uncertainties of life.His unfailing devotion to our family has shown me what commitment looks like. His unwavering love has created bonds between us that seem unshakable. His deeply ingrained integrity has been the leading image to our boys of what a man of God should look like. He works hard. He loves even harder. I am thankful for his companionship. I am thankful for the honor and the courage he carries. I am thankful for his willingness to keep going even when it’s not easy, when it’s curve ball after curve ball and then a few fast balls thrown in. I am thankful for every thing that he is and I am thankful that he chose me to share his life with. I am thankful that he turns to the Lord when he does. I am thankful he is leading our family to Christ. I am thankful for the man that he is.

Happy Anniversary, My Husband. I look forward to the rest of our lives together and the many years to come. I love you with all my heart.

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Quote of the Day: Yes, You Are….

Well, I borrowed this from a FB post a few days ago. And since I am a woman, I guess I find it rather important to let women know they make a difference and

Yes, You Are Everything…….

everything needed to make a house into a home, for your home to run smoothly, to encourage and build the self-esteem of your children, and to meet the needs of your husband as only a wife can (in most facets of his life). He still needs God and possibly alone time as well as time to hang out with his buddies I suppose. However, to help fulfill those needs you only have to encourage your husband to hang out, talk to God daily, and take a couple of hours to himself just doing whatever men do.



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Marriage Quotes

I did a boo-boo. I didn’t post Day 2’s quotes until really late last night or super early this morning so Day 2 and Day 3 are going to coincide. Now, that I confessed to that….moving on.

June is a good month, a great month actually. My youngest daughter was born in this month and this is the month I got married oh so many or so few years ago, depending on how you look at it. To newlyweds it might be a long time, but to those that have been married for a couple decades, it’s a short time 🙂

So in honor of our anniversary month and the birthday of my youngest child, my quotes will center on those two things. And since I failed to make a birthday tribute to my smiling, happy little girl, I will honor her with a quote just for her. But, the highest honor here goes to the Lord as He is the reason I have been so blessed.

Quote #1 focuses on the many different ways we can receive grace from God to endure or sustain our lives.

I asked for strength…And God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom…And God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity…And God gave me a brain and energy to work. I asked for courage…And God gave me danger to overcome. I asked for love…And God gave me troubled people to help. I asked for favors…And God gave me opportunities. I received nothing I wanted, but I received everything I needed. – Unknown

Quote #2 as promised, goes to my husband. I once said that you’d probably hear much about him as he is the part that makes me whole. I will forever be thankful for God’s help in bringing us together. And I want to do whatever I can to help him to be the very best that he can be.

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. – Proverbs 12:4

Quote #3 is to honor my beautiful, happy, smiling, loving, tow-headed, lively 3 y/o whom fills that space in my heart that only she can fill. Nobody else would suffice in the space reserved just for her. But, that same sentiment applies to all 8 of my children. She, as with each of her siblings, has taught me many things about being a mother. I am grateful for each of them.

Her Smile makes me smile. Her laugh is infectious. Her heart is pure and true. Above all, I love that she is my daughter. – Unknown

And that’s a wrap for the 3 day 3 a day quote challenge. As always, I hope the words have encouraged someone. My words (or borrowed quotes in these 3 days) were meant to focus on the goodness I have been blessed with, and I am confident that it helped others as well. In my heart, I know that we can’t ever hear (or read as the case may be) too much encouragement. Remembering to pull together, to reach out to others to help lift them up is the best way to create a world of kindness and love.

In my final words for this challenge, I’d like to nominate:

The Great Life of Wife

The Grizzle Grist Mill

Lovely Little Lives

And once more, many thanks to Good, Beautiful and True for the nomination to challenge. I really did enjoy it. Searching for the perfect quotes was very inspiring and rewarding. There so much to life, to God that gets skipped, ignored, or forgotten. It’s refreshing to recognize the goodness that surrounds us.

Don’t worry my nominees, if you don’t want to take part in this challenge, don’t fret. It’s not required, but it is highly encouraged.

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday afternoon. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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Nobody’s Perfect

Perfection is but a pipe dream. The only perfect being of all creation is God himself and Jesus, His son.

People strive and strive to meet the perfection expectation, but they fail. Not for any reason attributed to themselves or their abilities (maybe lack thereof if you must say), but simply for the fact that perfection was lost as soon as Eve was misled and encouraged by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit. She, then, influenced Adam to do the same.

And BAM!

There goes perfection straight into the serpents’ waiting arms. Or whatever.

So, from that point on, a person was born with original sin, inescapable.

Although, in that respect, we will not witness perfection until we are allowed into His kingdom, perfection is, nonetheless, aspired for or toward.

But, I believe, although we are all born with this original sin, perfection does exist in who we are, who God created us to be. In other words, God created perfection.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139:14

He made us exactly how He wanted us to be, how He knew we would live best to praise and glorify His name. That’s perfection. He knows us better than we know ourselves, better than our parents or our spouses, our friends, anyone knows us.

In my eyes, perfection is the heart of every child before life gets in the way. Yes, born with original, but has not sinned of his/her own accord as of yet.






Judging by the very definition of and knowing of God’s perfection, it’s something that will be attained only at God’s discretion, but is completely obtainable in the sense that He created it such as was Adam and Eve in the beginning.

When I held my newborn babies at the moment they were cleaned and placed in my arms, I caught a glimpse of perfection. Only a glimpse, as God and His promise after our bodily death is much more, so incredibly much more than my mind can fathom. A glimpse, so small in His universe that it would take the Hubble telescope to see it (to clarify: the Hubble telescope is one of, if not the most, powerful telescope created and in our earthly existence, that’s pretty powerful). Can you imagine how much more HE really is than what our minds can understand?

Through years and years and even more years of research, what our minds envision have not, cannot, and will not put a dent in what God actually is. We have created, through all the research, only a minuscule understanding  of how BIG our God is and what He can do. As humans, such as God intended, our minds can only comprehend so much before overload. To understand most things, we have to have something to measure against. We have to have something that helps us perceive the world around us; therefore, everything in our brain has a shape, a size, a color, a smell, a feel, a sound, etc to help discern what’s what. But it’s so much more than that. It’s quite sad that we think we know better than God and have taken what God created to claim as our own.

Accomplish what you will.

Reach the unattainable goal.

Work hard to make a difference.

Give God the glory.

Because perfection lies in our midst, but we will only reach perfection with God’s help.

I hope you all have a wonderfully, exciting, perfect day.

As always, comments are welcome, encouraged even. Please be kind 🙂

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Week Two Kindness Challenge in Review

So, this week’s kindness challenge had me observing kindnesses around me. Please forgive my repetitiveness with words. I am rather weak in the word department. I used to play Scrabble religiously, but I don’t think it helped much because , yeah, my vocabulary is pretty small. Anywhoo, maybe I should do  more reading 🙂

Buuut, back to kindness, we could all use a little more kindness. Honestly, I was very unobservant this week. I don’t fail to recognize the kindness in my midst or to practice kindness, but locking it into my memory (or lack thereof) is my downfall. So, would it still be considered true kindness?

Do I fail to remember it because I am too busy to really think about it or because I am so used to it that it has become second nature (like breathing–it happens all on its’ own without any help from me)?


Anyway, as I said, I was either unobservant or I just can’t remember every act of kindness I observed. Either way, I think I have a problem. Weeell, not a problem, more like a hiccup.

Let me think for a moment…….

and a moment more…..

and still…a moment more……

That’s not actually true and I will start with being at work…..I did notice one co-worker being a ton more helpful than normal. One kindness that sticks out so well in my mind is my bosses’ reaction to my resignation. She took it so well that I felt incredibly guilty about leaving, not her intentions of course. She was just so understanding and forgiving. I felt like a heel. I spent days and days going back and forth about the resignation, trying to find a way to stay working without it affecting my home life. No such luck. Schedule-wise, I just couldn’t get it to work out.

Outside of work, my neighbor brought me over some freshly caught and fried fish that tasted deli-licious!

Man, I just don’t know. Again, the observant quandary! I either didn’t notice or I didn’t leave my house and trust me, it could be both 🙂 Could be that being observant is not my greatest strength!

I’d like to believe, though, that I am so attuned to kindness that it’s presence is so normal in my life that I don’t ever see anything less. Taking part in this kindness challenge was one more step for me toward improving who I am as a child of God, a wife, and a mother as well as any other role I fill, working toward being the kind of person that God has asked me to be. I have always had a more positive outlook on life (I think) so maybe kindness is already all around me because that’s how I choose to see it.

Heck if I know!

But, it’s been a good week for me and I’ve tried to make it that way for others around me and that’s all that matters.


Oh yes, acts of kindness are a wonderful thing in this life. It adds to the beauty of living.

As always, feel free to comment because each one is welcome. All I ask if that you do choose to respond, please respond with kindness even in disagreement or challenge.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Meaningful Quotes

Okay, Day 2 of the 3 day 3 a day Quote Challenge. I know! It’s so terribly late. I’m sorry I didn’t post sooner, but I really have been busy. My children and I enjoyed an annual hunt for treasure troves — a highway sale that begins at one end of the highway and continues down the highway about 70 miles, maybe more — then we became last minute participants in this highway sale by setting up our own quickly put together sale (the kids did anyway) and then my oldest son and his girlfriend arrived so I spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with them.

It was an awesome day!

And since God is always so good to his children (me, you, every single person alive), then He will get the glory for this day as well as the first recognition here. But before I start with my encouraging, uplifting quotes for Day 2, I would again like to thank Good, Beautiful and True for the 3 day quote challenge nomination. Anytime she makes a comment, she’s always positive and encouraging which, if you haven’t heard me say already, the world needs more of.

Quote #1 is attributed to all of God’s goodness, never-ending love, and unfailing forgiveness. Having a faith outside of myself is the best thing I can do for my husband, my children, the world around me, and for myself.

The will of God will never take you, where the grace of God cannot keep you. So trust and believe in God without a doubt. – unknown –

Quote #2 focuses on life. Life isn’t easy, but it’s well worth it. It’s about trusting something bigger than myself. By doing so, my eyes open to a completely different view. My fear is present. My doubts weigh heavy on my mind. And my heart gets broken, but my faith keeps me going. Living His love and spreading His goodness is what I must do.

Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. – Randall Munroe –

Quote #3 is all about summer for no other reason that it’s my most favorite season. What more can I say than that. I am one of those whose emotions are in cahoots with the seasons. Winters bring the doldrums and summer brings the excitement. Fall is a welcome distraction until the winter comes again. Happy summer!

Hey, that’s the way we do it
New friends and blue skies that never end
Hey, that’s the way we like it
Good times, sunshine and summertime
-Faith Hill –

More awesome quotes to encourage and inspire! If you’re reading, I hope these quotes have somehow brought you a smile, a kind thought, or made you feel better about something in some way.

Today’s 3 nominees are:

From Emma With Love

Painting Beauty With Ashes

Courage From Within

I have to be honest, I am a little unsure of the rules in regards to number of followers for this challenge so if any of my nominees have surpassed that number (if any required), then please accept my apologies. However, I do want everyone to know that the nominees each have something good to offer the blogging community and are well-worth the nomination. So again, my most sincere apologies.

For the nominees: Please don’t feel obligated to participate if this isn’t your thing. It’s fun and I do encourage it, but it’s not required.