Sunday, November 30, 2008

Just Have Fun! Day 20 of 30 days of Positive!

Try to do something "fun" everyday. Every ones "fun" is different but to everyone it is a necessity. It's a guide to show us we are on the right path, a sign that we are doing well and a confirmation that we are blessed.
"No man is a failure who is enjoying life & having fun."

"The more fun you have, the greater your value to yourself and to your society. The more fun you share with others, the more fun you have."

"A Playful path is the shortest road to happiness."

" He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day...needs to reorganize his life"

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Look On The Bright Side: Day 19 of 30 Days of Positive!

For every negative that consumes your happiness,
Affirm two positives that sustain you.
For every "should've" you wish you'd done,
Acknowledge something you're glad you did.
For every loss that has altered your world,
Count from it something you have gained.
For every limit that has ever beset you,
Consider your possibilities.
You can't always change the way things are,
But you can change the way you wish to see them.
Never stop looking
For the brighter side and beyond.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful! Day 17 of 30 Days of Positive!

Happy Thanksgiving

So I've been praying all night and morning on what to post. Thankful seemed almost a given being that it was Thanksgiving. I really wanted to come up with something eloquant or mystical...but God insisted I go with Thankful. I believe this is one of God's favorite holidays. He wants us all to be thankful for all He provides. So make sure you invite Him to your table today!

Thank Him for all your blessings- Let Him know you love Him.

So what am I Thankful for? Where do I start? I guess at the beginning...

I am thankful I was born

I am thankful for Jesus

I am thankful for the air I breathe

I am thankful for my heart... for it loves and feels love

I am thankful for my mind, so I can learn

I am thankful for my legs, so I can walk

I am thankful for my arms, so I can hug

I am thankful for my hands, so I can feel and touch

I am thankful for my eyes, so I can see

I am thankful for my ears, so I can hear

I am thankful for my nose, so I can smell

I am thankful for my behind, so I can rest

I am thankful for my tounge, so I can taste

I am thankful for my knees, so I can kneel

I am thankful for my children

Iam thankful for my husband

I am thankful for my family

I am thankful for my pets

I am thankful for all animals...yes even snakes I guess

I am thankful for all my friends

I am thankful for people

I am thankful for nature, because it is beautiful & brings me joy

I am thankful for water, so I can quench my thirst and bath

I am thankful for the sun, for it warms me and brightens my day

I am thankful for the rain, the wind, the dew, the frost, the seasons, the moon, the clouds...etc. etc. etc.etc.etc.etc...................I would go on but I don't know when I'd be able to stop.

It's funny because when you start to make the list all FREE things, Gods Gifts, if you will, that you can not buy come to mind first. We have all we need, we have all we could ever want- Be Grateful!


To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Family: Day 16 of 30 Days of Positive!

Be Thankful For Your Family. For a family teaches us what kind of person we want to be. From the good we can copy how we want to conduct ourselves and from the bad we can "not copy" how we want to conduct ourselves. Either way and in all ways we learn from them. It's how we use and apply what we learn that defines us as a person.
The older I get the more I am thankful for my family. I realize how important they are in my life. They know all about me and like me anyways.
We are not perfect...but we have perfect moments. We are not all the same...but we respect our differences. We don't always agree...but we try to understand. We sometimes cry...but more often we laugh. We always like...but more importantly we always love. I am grateful for all my family members! Thanks to you all- I Love You! (those pictured and those not)

Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
Anthony Brandt

Heirlooms we don't have in our family. But stories we've got.

Rose Cherin

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

Mother Teresa

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.

If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty.'
Jeff Foxworthy

A healthy family is sacred territory.

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Self Righteousness: Day 15 of 30 Days of Positive!

Be careful of Self Righteousness, for Self Righteous People are the hardest to reach. They are in a very lonely place where no one else is allowed!
Love Measures our stature: the more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in all the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself.
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

We Are All Something, But None Of Us Are Everything.

He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
George Eliot

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune.'
Carl Jung

Monday, November 24, 2008

Atonement: Day 14 of 30 Days of Positive!

1. Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation.
a. Reconciliation or an instance of reconciliation between God and humans.
b. Atonement Christianity The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.
3. Obsolete Reconciliation; concord.

We were all meant to walk through storms. There is so much more waiting for us on the other side of those storms. We feel safe just looking at the storms and waiting for them to pass- but they never will. Life is not meant to be safe- the storms are ours and they are meant for us. For it is only in our mistakes, our errors, and our faults that we grow and truly live. Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you are worthy of the trip. Have trust that God will hold your hand throughout it. Get to the other side of the storm and feel the freedom.
No one ever has been lost to the storm- just Lost In It! You don't have to fight the storm, just quit feeding it- stop giving it power over you. No one ever wants to go back once they have made it through- I promise you that. Once you've made it you will find Atoneme

Atonement! It's a chance to fix the unfixable and start all over again. It begins when you forgive yourself for all you've done wrong, and forgive others for all they've done to you. Your mistakes aren't mistakes anymore, they're just things that make you stronger. Atonement is a great redeeming and equalizing force that leads to the fulfillment of all things: every hug you've longed for, every vacation, baseball game or walk in the snow you've missed. Everyone you've loved and lost. Atonement is "Heaven on Earth." It is not Heaven however, Heaven is Better! - some of these words were inspired by Glenn Becks book-"The Christmas Sweater"

Let Go Of All That Is Holding You Back- Let Go & Let God...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Don't Worry: Day13 of 30 Days of Positive!

Worry is a darkroom where negatives are developed!

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Proverbs 12:25

Don't even go there- it is hard to stay out of...but Keep Out of that negative place and don't let worry steal any more moments from your life!

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Matthew 6:27

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Accommodate: Day 12 of 30 Days of Positive!

When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.

Max DePree

Friday, November 21, 2008

Laughter- I thought everyone needs to see this one again (Posted in Nov. 2008)

You know, sometimes life just gets too serious...too busy...and too complicated. We don't mean for it to happen, but we wake up one morning to discover the fun has slipped away.
A few years ago a health study determined there are 3 main reasons people can't cope in life:
They live in the past.
They have a low self-esteem.
They can't laugh at themselves.
In fact, the study indicated that we need approximately 12 laughs a day to stay healthy!
Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
~Josh Billings

Remember, we need laughter sometimes more than food. ~Anna Fellows Johnston

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. ~e.e. cummings

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle

I came across this joke and thought it was really funny! It reminded me of something I would have said as a child! Seems I always encountered people like this teacher... Ouch!

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though a whale is a very large mammal, its throat is very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. The teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human, it was impossible. The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”The little girl replied, “Then you ask him!”

Just Laugh!- Innocence is so adorable!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

You're Beautiful! Day 10 of 30 Days of Positive!

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

Mother Teresa

Day 10- A Perfect 10... On a Scale of 1 to 10...Coincidence? Maybe...

Smile...You're Beautiful- It's True! - Don't let anyone else tell you different.

Beauty is the core to a woman- who she is and what she longs to be- and one of the most glorious ways to bear the image of God in a broken and often ugly world. It's messy to talk about. It's mysterious. And that should not surprise us. Women are creatures of mystery, not problems to be solved but mysteries to be enjoyed.

Woman want to impact the world for good. We want to make it more beautiful. We put flowers on the table, decorate our homes, paint our toenails, color our hair, pierce our ears, all in an effort to be ever more beautiful.

With beauty I don't mean " a perfect figure." The beauty of a woman is her soulish beauty. Deep within and so bright it comes shining out! Beauty is what the world longs to experience from a woman. We all know that. Somewhere deep down we know it's true. Beauty was given to all of us from God! Beauty is powerful, Beauty speaks, Beauty invites, Beauty nourishes, Beauty comforts, and Beauty inspires. Beauty draws us to God. (think sunsets, waterfalls, trees, flowers,)

Put your defenses down. Set aside your normal means of survival and let your heart show up- Beauty comes with it! A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy enough. She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that HE finds her beautiful, has deemned her worthy, and in HIM she is more than enough. A woman of true beauty offers others the grace to be and the room to become.

Beauty comes for most when we don't know it, when we are at rest with ourself. Loving, Helping and being the woman GOD intended us to be! - when we are not trying to make it come.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL...GOD DESIGNED US (woman) LAST...The Crescendo...The Cherry on Top...the final work of God. He saved the BEST for last and don't ever forget that. Look out the window right now- just do it... and say, "The whole vast world is incomplete without me, Creation reached its zenith in me."
Be The Beauty you want to see in the World- start today...
Many of these words were inspired from the book: "Captivating"- by John & Stasi Eldredge

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Be Grateful: Day 9 of 30 Days of Positive!

Remember That Not To Be Happy Is Not To Be Grateful!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Be Careful of Opinions: Day 8 of 30 Days of Positve!

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of our most influential Founding Fathers.

A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor, and founder of the University of Virginia. What most don't know is that he was considered Legally Deaf! He was offered at that time the "first hearing aid" and he declined, stating- "I don't want others opinions to affect my thinking!"

The key word there is opinions...

Educate yourself, read, pray, observe, always find the truth not the opinion, in all your endeavors.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Choose Friends Wisely: Day 7 of 30 Days of Positive!

We become like those with whom we associate: " A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses."

Proverbs 27:29

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Keep Life Simple- Day 6 of 30 Days of Positive!

November 16th, 2008!!! My Baby Boy Is Thirteen Today.... Such a Special Gift I was Given 13 years ago today. I will never take for granted the Love of A Son!

Click On the Site above and Listen- Even Old Southern Rock can teach us a positive lesson! I have always loved this song- and even more after Hayden was born.

Keep life simple, slow down, love, don't lust after money, know & love what you do, don't worry, follow your heart (God dwells there), bad times will pass, don't sell your soul and most importantly- Don't forget there is a GOD!

Time is a Gift- Day 5 of 30 Days of Positive!

Imagine for a moment that a bank suddenly announced this new policy:

"Every morning your account will be credited with $86,400. You can carry no balance from day to day. Every evening your account will be canceled, and whatever money you have failed to use during the day will be returned to the bank."

What would you do? Why, you'd draw out every cent of the $86,400 each day and spend it, save it, or invest it. Before long, you could be a wealthy person, indeed!

Actually, you have a bank account with a similar policy. It is called time. Every morning, you are given the prospect of 86, 400 seconds. At the close of that twenty-four-hour period, the moments you have failed to withdraw and invest into a good purpose are ruled off your ledger. Time carries no balance from day to day. It allows no overdrafts. Each day a new account is opened to you. If you fail to withdraw and use the day's deposit, it's your loss.

Those who truly love life use time to the maximum. Make your days count rather than counting your days!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Appreciation! Day 4 of 30 Days of Positive!

Be an appreciator of the seemingly small things in life; a smile, a kind word, a beautiful flower, a few hours of unstructured time, a laughing child, for it is the small things that become the warp and weft of the fabric of your life.

Lucy MacDonald

This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24
(I just love this picture of the monkey and the pigeon! It makes me so happy! I don't know if it goes with the post but it definietly made me smile.)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Teachable Spirit- Day 3 of 30 Days of Positive!

Wisdom Of The Ages

Consider the progression of comments:

A child of five who has just completed a puzzle: Daddy, Daddy, I can do anything!

A twenty-one-year-old: Just ask me anything!

A forty-year-old -man: If it's in my line, I can tell you because I know my business
like an open book.

A man of fifty: The field of human knowledge is so vast that even a specialist can
hardly know all of it.

A man of seventy: I've lived a good many years, and I've come to realize that what I
know is little and what I don't know is vast.

A man of ninety: I really don't know much, and I can't recall even more.

The younger you are when you realize how little you really know, the better off you'll be. One of the greatest character traits is a teachable spirit.


When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No Failures- Day 2 of 30 Days of Positive!

Failure is an event, not a person.
Yesterday ended last night.

Zig Ziglar

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Faith!- Day 1 of 30 Days of Positive Thought!


Throw your faith over your difficulty, Throw your spiritual essence in you over the bar and your material self will follow in the victory groove thus pioneered by your faith inspired mind!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Tornado

" One" of Hayden's Halloween Costumes- The Joker
Paul & Me- Just Clownin Around on Halloween!

Aubrey (The Cowgirl) & Hayden (his other costume) ready for Halloween!

We Made Yummy Carmel Apples

The kiddos making the Carmel Apples

Me carving my pumpkin- I've never missed a year that I can remember!

Paul carving his pumpkin!

Hayden carving his pumpkin!

Aubrey carving her pumpkin!

My new "redneck" look! Just jokin- the hat was a free gift from the Jeep Festival!

Weekend project! Re-landscaping our front planter!

(The Lady in Red...) Aubrey and friends before "Homecoming Dance"

Lookin Good for the Homecoming!

Aubrey & Grandma Judy goofing around while shopping

It's "Paris Ericka" shopping at our new Kohl's!

Shawn & Mom!

Grandma gotta Harley!

Aubrey & Grandma at Orlando Airport/ Mall

I go go go... do do do and then I come up for a breath and realize October is over! October was a packed filled month. Two camping weekends, a visit from my sister in Idaho, Aubrey's homecoming, Aubrey and Hayden's Golf season, Sister's birthday, Mother-in-laws birthday, Re-landscaping our front planter area- (which was long over-do), Halloween and my normal work and workout schedules. I can hardly remember the month! I don't like when that happens... I love my life and don't want it to fly by so quickly. I want to remember the journey- for that is - my life. So hopefully November will be a little bit slower-(the bills come slower that way) or maybe I just need to slow down. Whatever happens I will be grateful for all I have. In the end it's the times, the memories and the insignifigant moments that are the most important.


Fun at the beach

St. Anthony's

St. Anthony's
Brooke, Aubrey & Cricket

I'm Tryin!

I'm Tryin!
You've Come Along Way Baby.

St Anthony's

St Anthony's
Go Paulser!