Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts in jars

3 gifts in jars…

1. The seashells in this jar are a great reminder to me of vacations spent with my family playing at the beach and in the ocean.  I’m so thankful for those special memories.

Seashells in a jar

2. The scented wax warms gently in this jar, and brings a pleasant aroma to my home. I’m thankful for how easy it easy to make my house smell like fresh baked cookies! 🙂

scented candle

3. Leaving the best for last…peanut butter in a jar.  An all-time favorite at our house. Goes great with apples! If you have never tried it, you should! I’m really thankful I did!

Skippy peanut butter

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?

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday“!

A Word a Week Challenge: Angle

This week the dictionary has fallen open at the word Angle….

This angle might present a bit of a challenge…

stairs

And life just doesn’t get much better from this angle

Guam

 

If you are interested in joining this challenge, go ahead…click the link to see more lovely photos and to join in the fun!

Weekly photo challenge: pattern

The most unusual and cool pattern can often be found in nature.

cool pattern

Want to see more cool photos?

Check out what others have done by clicking on this link: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/weekly-photo-challenge-pattern/

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Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts flat

3 gifts flat….

1. Flat shore by the ocean…

flat shore

2. Towels all folded nice and flat…

towels

3. A flat stove cook top…

stove top

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?

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”– Henry Ward Beecher

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

 

Thankful Thursday – 3 old things seen new

3 old things seen new…

1. New lights shining through the windows of an old building

Old building

2. A new plant growing through an old fence

old fence

3. A new sand castle in front of an old hotel

sand castle

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

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My 2012 in pictures.  A year full of new places and adventures!  I am so blessed by the love and care of a wonderful husband, and an amazing family.   I am looking forward to 2013, with hope in my heart, and a sincere desire to find the bright spot in each new day.

Mission accomplished!

A few weeks a go I was feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas, and all of the events that would take place in the month of December.

I was determined to not let it get the best of me, so I gave myself a few goals.

My goals were to relax and enjoy each moment of the season. Celebrate time-honored traditions, reflect on the special family memories, and be willing to make new ones!

No two Christmas’ are ever alike, and this year was no exception!

I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning with my very best friend. We went to the Hotel Del Coronado to see the huge Christmas tree, one of our time-honored traditions!

Christmas 2012 at the Del

We had good conversation and a great dinner at a quaint little restaurant. We laughed, we looked at the lights, we wrapped presents, and drank coffee together.

On Christmas morning, we exchanged a few, very special gifts. Gifts that we will treasure because of the love and the thought that was put into giving them.

I also learned a very valuable lesson, and it was probably my best gift of the year.

I learned that sometimes the unplanned events and moments can be the very best moments of all! The month was filled with these moments, Christmas day included.

I wasn’t able to be with my own kids at Christmas, but I did get to hear their voice, and the voice of my grandkids.  An unplanned moment, and priceless gift indeed!

The afternoon was spent with my best friend, my mom, my niece and her husband.  The plan for the day had always included lunch with my mom, but the bonus was my niece and her husband.  They were a much welcomed, surprise visit! Another unplanned moment.  I was able to celebrate Christmas with my sister’s daughter.  I know she really would have liked that a lot, and that makes me happy.

It was great to spend time together, talking and laughing, and enjoying the comfort and love of family.

And…I also met my goal!

In fact, I think this Christmas is going to hold a very fond memory for me.  I’m glad I gave myself these goals.  Especially the goal to try and enjoy each moment, because the moments, both planned and unplanned, were good, and I really did enjoy this Christmas!

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A perfect ending to beautiful day!  Mission accomplished!

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Weekly photo challenge: Surprise

It was a beautiful day at the beach, no surprise here!

As we were eating breakfast outside on the patio, we saw this young man set up his “band”. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the music he was able to make with a Home Depot bucket, 2 tambourines, and a ukulele.

He whistled and sang, and strummed a few happy tunes.  He graciously remarked “thank you” as the people passing by dropped money in his hat that was sitting on the sidewalk.

I think everyone got a little surprise that day!

The people, by the music, and he, by the people’s generosity.

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once in a lifetime

It probably was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The opportunity to go to the island of Guam.

Rarely, if ever, do you see Guam listed in one of the top ten destination places for a vacation, however, it might just be life as it was meant to be.

Palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

beach in Guam

It was an opportunity that I really enjoyed! I explored and took in the solitude and beauty of nature.  I relaxed, observed, and walked a lot. Oh, and apparently Guam is a great place to get married!   I witnessed a wedding on the beach almost every day that I was there!

But for now…it’s only in my mind!  In my mind, and in my memory.

"the beach" - Guam

If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, I would recommend going to Guam.  It’s beautiful, and there isn’t a lot to do but just sit back, and relax by the beach.

If you do happen to have the opportunity to go to Guam, check out “The Beach” while you are there!   I hear it gets a little rowdy at night, but during the day, this is island time at it’s best!  The perfect place for a nice cool drink with an amazing view!

Weekly photo challenge: solitary

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A white sand beach in Guam.

The perfect place to relax, and let world pass me by.