On this day in 1980…

I married my best friend!

It’s been 33 years, and I just keep falling love….

success

….Over and over and over again!

And now we are off to celebrate our successful marriage!

God has been so good to us! 🙂

Wordless Wednesday: Story time

bed time story

Keep looking up!

It’s orientation week at the college where my daughter works. It’s also the same college that she attended and graduated from. (4 yrs in 3!)

Oh my, how I remember that first year of college so very well.

It was a tough one for her.

I think it just might have been even harder for me. Her school was several hours away from home, so I was extremely limited in what I could do to help her.

I hurt for her. I wanted to fix her problems. Make all the bad things go away. Because really, that’s what a good mom is supposed to do, right?

Or so I thought.

But things don’t always work like we think they should. Something we both learned only too well that first year.

I listened to her troubles on almost a daily basis on the phone. My heart ached for her broken heart.

I prayed for her. A lot.

She was just too far away for me to give her a hug when she needed it the most. Wipe the tears from her cheeks and let her know, everything is going to be okay.

It was probably one of the most painful experiences of my life, and it was during this time that my encouragement skills got stretched to the max.

I was constantly telling her to keep looking up, among many, many other things.

Look above

He never fails. Not this time. Not ever!

Yep, we survived that first year of college, and of course she learned a lot of valuable life lessons in the process.

Well…we both did! I knew we would, but the process is oh so painful and just downright uncomfortable at times.

Oh…we also learned a lot about living with an extremely high maintenance personality! 🙂 Whew…her first roommate was a bit of a challenge!

Thankfully, the next year was much better. I’m convinced her roommate was an angel in disguise. Oh how I love that girl!

Today, I am happy to say, my daughter is a well-adjusted, happily married young lady and momma of one delightful little boy!

I am so proud of her!

I often find myself looking at her and wondering “just who is this girl and where did she come from?”

The scared, sad little girl from that first year of college is long gone, and in her place is a very strong, confident young lady!

My beautiful daughter.

Always my baby.

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts in light

3 gifts in light that I am thankful for…

1. I’m thankful for electricity and the gift of light it brings us on a dark night.

Downtown San Diego - 15

2. I’m thankful for the way the sun lights up the day and shines on the big white clouds, and down through the trees to me!

sun through the clouds

3.  When the day is over, and the sun fades away, the last bit of light that shines is a reminder to me that yes…I am once again thankful for another good day, and for the Creator who made this great light for me!

sunset

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want.”
~Unknown

Wordless Wednesday – Purple flowers

purple flowers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

A swimming pool + summer = carefree and fun!

Carefree!

For more carefree photos, check out this link!

Have some fun!

Be the reason

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts of family

3 gifts of family….

It’s really hard to narrow this one down to just 3, but I think I’ll just keep it to the 3 that I often refer to as my “heart melters.”

My grandkids…3 very special gifts of my family, and from my family!

1. Grandson #1 – The first time he said the word “Grandma”…I knew my life would never be the same from that moment on! He’s fascinating and smart, my treasure hunter, and my treasure! He holds a pretty special place in my heart, that’s for sure!

My first heart melt

My first heart melt

2. Granddaughter #1 – My one and only! I love her style! I love her smile! My heart skips a beat when she looks up at me with those big blue eyes and says to me, “I’ll love you forever, Grandma“. Forever and always…she’s my girl!

My little princess

My little princess

3. Grandson #2 – There’s Just one word for this little guy….delightfull! O.K., there are a few more…joyful, happy, cute, lovable, snuggable, just about perfect…one sweet little guy. Yep. He’s got me right where he’ll want me.

books from Grandma - photo by my daughter

My littlest heart melt…he captured my heart! – (photo by my daughter)

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel

I have a joke for you!

I’m sitting at the table with my 5-year-old granddaughter watching her paint a picture, when my mind takes a leave of absence, and I decide I’m going to tell her a joke!

Now for anyone who has ever told a kid a joke before, you know that you must be prepared for, well…failure.

So in my absent state of mind, I proceed to tell her the only joke I can remember the punch line for.

Me: Knock, knock

Her: Who’s there

Me: Boo

Her: Boo who

Me: Boo who!! Why are you crying? 🙂

Her: That’s not funny grandma. 😦

Hmmm. I guess I won’t be telling that one again!

But before you leave disappointed with the bad joke as well….she let me know that she had a “good joke” for me!

Are you ready for this?

Her: So Grandma, what do you call a princess that takes all day long to clean her room?

Me: I don’t know. What do you call her?

Her: You call her “Slow White“! Get it Grandma? I changed “Snow” to “Slow” to make it funny!! (at which she begins to laugh uproariously!)

Me: Oh I get it! 🙂 That’s a good one! You are soooo funny!

Because that’s what Grandma’s do.  They laugh at their grandkids jokes.

All of them!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

My grandson got the train track out of the closet the other day, and set up this lay-out in the living room.

Interestingly enough, he always wants me to take a picture of his creations…but he never wants to see how the picture turns out.

Of course, I’m happy to oblige and take the picture.

Capturing another memory, one shot, two ways!

train track - portrait
train track - landscape

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