Thankful Thursday: This little guy

Today is his special day…he’s celebrating his 8th birthday!

Our grandson!

I am so thankful for him and the joy he has brought to our lives. Can’t imagine a world without him in it!

In honor of his birthday, a list of eight reasons why I am so thankful for this amazing little guy!

1. I am so thankful for his great big smile! Always ready for the camera!

Grandpa & A

2.  The way he loves to look for treasures…always looking for treasures. When you’re 8 years old, the world is a virtual gold mine!
discovery time

3. I’m thankful for the changes in his life, like the milestone of loosing his first tooth!


A looses his 1st tooth

4. I love his thrill of adventure, and how proud he is of himself when he accomplishes something he didn’t think he could do!

in the tree

5. I’m thankful for the opportunities I have to share special moments with him, and that he likes to be with me! (at least for now)

special day

6.  I’m thankful for his ability to learn new things and sometimes he’s even willing to teach me how to play those crazy games!

game time

7. I love the creative side of him, and I’m thankful for the fun times we can have together just being silly!

"super" powers!

8. But most of all…I’m just thankful for him!  Every little detail that makes him who he is.  He is so very special to me. He’s captured my heart, and I love him so very much!

Happy Birthday little man…hope it’s a very special day for you!

I love you!

at the lake

Boys Are Found Everywhere

on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from,

running around or jumping to…A boy is Truth with dirt on its face,

Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,

and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.

~Alan Marshall Beck

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

This bracelet is a represents “The Hue of Me” on a few different levels.
One…because I love bracelets, and I rarely go a day without wearing one. (This one in particular reminds me of my daughter because it was a gift from her!)

Two, because I love all the colors, and I usually have a hard time deciding on one…but quite often I lean toward the blues and the purples.

A sparkly collection of “The Hue of Me…or You“!

bracelet

There’s more!  Check out this link to see what other’s have come up with for this challenge!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Today is her day! Her special day for celebrating her life!

A life that hasn’t always been easy. A life that’s knocked her down a few times, but somehow, she has always managed to get back up….with a smile!

Aubrey Rose Tea Room - 10

Thank you for teaching me how to keep smiling through the hard times, and thank you for your unconditional love!

You are amazing, and I love you! Happy Birthday to YOU!

happiness

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Flourishing

3 Gifts Flourishing…

When I think of something that is “flourishing“, the first thing that comes to mind is relationships, life and love.

Each one flourishes in its own unique way, and yet they often interconnect. It might even be safe to say that one often has influence on another. It certainly makes for a happier life, when it’s filled with healthy, loving, relationships. 🙂

So I took a look at those three things again today, from another level, and I came up with this.

I’m pretty sure it’s nothing new or profound, it’s just my take on things that are flourishing, and how very thankful I am for all of them!

1. I am so thankful for the growing relationship of books, flourishing in the life of this little guy!

R reading books

2. My beautiful rose plant that just keeps giving life and flourishing year after year, in spite of my lack of knowledge of rose care!

rose

3. And last, but certainly not the least of all, the most important thing that is flourishing in my life is my love for my amazing man! Can I just shout it out from the mountain top?

I am so VERY thankful for him, and I love him so much! 🙂

me and my man

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

What are your “heavenly blessings“?

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

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

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! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Companionablepossessing the qualities of a good companion, one who is pleasant to be with.

And who is that companionable person in my life?

Well, the only person that comes to my mind when I think of who this could be…is this guy!

He is my husband.  The love of my life!

my boyfriend

He is my true and faithful companion.  He is my very best friend.

I have been so blessed to have spent 33 + years with him.  I can’t imagine my life without him, so I try not to.

Time spent with him, is pleasant indeed!

For more intriguing takes on this challenge, click on this link!

A life of regret

I heard a song about the value of time, and looking back on life with only regret.  The old guy in the song is talking to a younger guy, telling him all about his regrets in life, because he didn’t take time.

Time for his family, time for his friends, time for a smile, time for a hug. His advice was to slow down, and enjoy what you have each day, because before you know it… it will be gone.

I know that time goes by quickly.  Every day it seems to go by just a little bit faster.  I’m not sure how that happens, but it does!

And, I guess we will all end up with a few regrets at the end of our life.  I know I have a few, and there will probably be a few more as my life goes on.

Of course there will be things in this life that are out of my control, that may or may not cause regret.  I realize this.

But is it necessary to live a life full of regret? I sure hope not.

So, what does the word regret mean?  I looked it up.

  • sorrw aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control or power to repair
  • an expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow)

It looks to me like I won’t be able to get though life without them.  But I think that by making good choices, I just might be able to limit the number of regrets, and maybe even eliminate a few along the way.

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And that’s what I want.

I want to smile, and enjoy the moments of every day, and hopefully not end up like that old guy in the song!