Seventeen blessings that make growing older worth the effort!!...and 2 more blessings since this picture was taken!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if your family were the envy of all your neighborhood? Not because your family had the biggest house, the fanciest car or the very best interior decorator.
The reason isn't that you are the parents of the most beautiful children, you have a "to die for spouse" and you command a 6 figure income.
The fact of the matter is, you don't own a fancy house, your car is a CarMax reject, and your interior decorator is the local Goodwill Store.
Is all of that important? No! What is important is that your family is "The Happiest Family on the Block"!
I will be sharing our secrets that worked with our 6 children, 6 sons and daughters-in-laws and 19 grandchildren! I will share secrets and ideas that we did do and wished we hadn't, things we didn't do, but wished we had, AND things we did do and are glad we got something right!! Hindsight is 20/20 you know!
The "happy family" revolves around:
Hobbies- cooking, sewing, crafts, decorating
Being friends with your grown up children
Being the best grandparents you can be
Etc, etc, etc
Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax and let's visit!
My Darling Grandaughter
Thursday, March 19, 2015
For those of you who are new to my blog, here is a worthy repost. We all know what TGIF means, don't we? Thank Goodness It's Friday! That is so true, and my husband can really relate to that one.... but I found a better meaning that I would like to share with all my friends! I saw this expression at a very dear friend's house and I might be posting this every Friday for a while.
Thank God I'm Forgiven!
Isn't that wonderful? We are forgiven! Praise God!!
Have you ever run across someone who personifies the definition of the word "saint"? I have been following a blog in the last few months, written by a young woman who is that person. She has all the odds stacked against her and yet she radiates joy, love, peace, faith and tranquility is the middle of the most devastating circumstances imaginable. She is dying of cancer. She is a wife, a mother of 4 little ones and above all, she is a follower of Jesus Christ! This is one of the most uplifting, soul searching, heartbreaking blogs you will ever read.. I really believe her faith would move mountains! If you have time, spend a few moments reading what she has to share.
Mundane Faithfulness@ http://www.mundanefaithfulness.com/
Hi everyone! Wow,it is good to be back! A lot has happened in my life, in our family's life in the last few years. I have been very busy....I am still very busy but I am not going to let that stop me! Hang on to your hats and keep checking back because I have a lot to share!
Today we are leaving for a week long anniversary celebration!! Don't you think we deserve it? We have been married to each other for 40 years!!! Has it been all rosy days, happy times? NO!! Has it been worth all the tears, the trials, the heartache? YES!! I hope we have 40 more years together!
Here are pictures of us then and now. How are we doing?
Lord, Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Realease me from the craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems pity not to use it all; but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends in the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details: give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing and the love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility, and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memory of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see the good things in unexpected places and give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. AMEN
We all know what TGIF means, don't we? Thank Goodness It's Friday! That is so true, and my husband can really relate to that one.... but I found a better meaning that I would like to share with all my friends! I saw this expression at a very dear friend's house and I might be posting this every Friday for a while.
Thank God I'm Forgiven!
Isn't that wonderful? We are forgiven! Praise God!!
Do you take time for each other? I remember too well when our kids were little, that we did not take enough time for each other. There were always legitimate reasons, we thought.. the children needed me, we didn't have any money, the Mr. was working two jobs, I was worn out, etc, etc. Yes those were all reasons for not doing it, but thinking back now I realize that they could have been easily overcome.
The children would be fine without me/us for a few hours.
No we didn't have any extra money, but a walk in the park, and ice cream cone somewhere, window shopping at the mall, a quiet drive in the country, just a walk around the block... any of these require very little to no money to do. it would have enriched our marriage a lot if we had done these things. Now we have no kids at home and we can run away occasionally! It is fun! So, go make a date with your honey.. you will be glad you did!
It is true, especially in these tough economic times that many are working two jobs. When there is added stress, it is even more important to make time to spend with each other. So hubby( or wife) comes home at 10PM...can you go anywhere...can you spend any extra money? No to all! So, what CAN you do? When he/she come home late do your best to make things pleasant for them. The house is straight and there are delicious aromas coming from the kitchen. The children are ready for bed and just waiting for a few minutes with Mom/Dad. Give them that time because that is important too. Then, get them in bed and finish preparing the dinner for your spouse. Spend an hour or two just sitting together on the sofa sharing your day with each one another... Go outside and sit on the porch together, snuggle on the porch swing.......
So many time at the end of the day you will be worn out.. totally exhausted... I can't put one foot in front of the other tired. You don't feel like doing a thing! That is the time to not do anytime but take the time to plan something for in the future.. It can be so much fun to take a few minutes to plan an outing for some time later. Then the anticipation of that time can carry you through the rough days you are both having!
None of these ideas are wildly exciting. Life isn't always going to be exciting, but it can be fulfilling and rewarding if you take the time to make it so. It is the little things, many times, that bring the most enjoyment, so take a minute and make things happen!!
Have you ever longed to have a luxurious top-of-the-line motor home? Sometimes I have thought it would so much fun to be able to just get in and travel wherever I wanted to go.. I don't think it will ever happen though. Yesterday my husband and I went to a "county fair", called Field Days of the Past, outside of Richmond, VA. It was the epitome of the old fashioned county fair from years ago. One of the displays was the first motor homes ever made, I think. Take a look at this!
This vintage motorhome had everything you could want... a bunk that converted into a sofa, a tiny wood stove in the corner... cooking and heat! Don't let me forget to mention that towed along behind was your own private bathroom. Your washing machine hung on the side along with your water supply. I mean this was first class!!! I bet it got a lot better gas mileage!
Oh yes, I forgot! If you bought this at the fair they had an incredible deal! They would throw in 3 dozen eggs and a chicken!! If I had needed eggs I might have been tempted!
Guess what!!! Marriage is work!!! But it is fun work. Having a sense of humor, playing some jokes, laughing a lot, loving a lot, praying a lot...making a journey of memories. My husband and I still laugh at the jokes we pulled on each other when we were first married. Now he knows I DON'T LIKE FROGS... He came home one night with his lunch box in hand. When I opened his thermos, out jumped a tree frog and landed right on me. I was not a happy camper then, but it is so funny now when I think about it. I got him back... One morning I crept into the bathroom as he was showering, knelt down in front of the tub, reached under the shower curtain and grabbed his ankles.. OHHH, I can still hear his yell!!!!! I thought he was coming over the top! We are still married, and it has been almost 40 years of fun, work, laughter, tears, sorrows and many, many joys!!
Relax and let me share a few tips.
Say, "I love you". Say it when you leave the house, say it on the phone, say it in a note, say it when you go to sleep. You can't say it too many times! It will be a soft whisper in the heart of your loved one throughout the day.
Say, "I am sorry." Ohhhhhhhhhhh, this is hard!! We all have an over-abundance of pride and we don't want to say these three simple little words. Maybe you aren't the only one who is wrong. Guess what, someone has to be first. Go ahead, swallow your pride and SAY IT!! What healing it will bring!
Come back for more. It will be exciting as we work through ways to make your home the "Happiest Family on the Block".
I am wondering... are all of you out there feeling the hit to your budgets as we are? Are you having to tighten your belts, put off retirement, forego the home improvements you wanted to do? Give me your thoughts. We have really felt it this year!!! I am trying to do all I can to help make ends meet, but it always seems we have too much month left over at the end o our money.
Here are some of the things I have tried to do:
Stay at home as much as possible
Make sure I consolidate all my town trips in to one trip a week.
Buying less convenience food
Eating out less
Purchasing clothes on e-Bay or at secondhand stores
AND, Selling on e-Bay, selling on Etsy, selling on Amazon, selling on Barnes and Noble... selling, selling, selling!!
Give me your ideas! I would love to hear them!
I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I have talked to you all! What happened, you might ask? Well, this last year has been one I never expected! Our beautiful, courageous daughter and her 2 precious little girls came to live with us, we had a granddaughter born in April and a grandson born in May, we survived an earthquake and a hurricane plus many more minor unexpected events. We are also waiting to meet a new grandchild, due in November!!
I will get back in the blogging mode shortly.. until then, these are my 2 newest grandchildren!
I am a happy wife, mom and grandmother. I have a wonderful husband, 6 GREAT children, and 15(with 1 more on the way) BEAUTIFUL grandchildren. I am a birth doula, a postpartum doula, I have a store on Etsy and I also sell books online. I love my family, my friends and my life. Above all, I love my Lord. He is the one who has made my life beautiful and for that I am so thankful!!!