Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Good Morning! Today’s Thoughts are all kinds of Proverbs, I saw the first one and thought the words so true and the picture so cute that I had to look for more. Here is what I found, was worth staying  up late for 🙂 Hope you enjoy them as much as I did and as always, which is your favorite? 🙂

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2.Words to Live By....i learned this at camp as a young girl and think of it often

3.A mother understands what a child does not say. - Jewish Proverb <a class="pintag" href="/explore/proverbs/" title="#proverbs explore Pinterest">#proverbs</a> <a class="pintag" href="/explore/quotes/" title="#quotes explore Pinterest">#quotes</a>

4.If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot. - Italian Proverb #quotes #quotations:

5."When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind." Typo by ES

6.No matter ho long the nigh, the day is sure to come. #AfricanProverb #Hagereseb #Africa:

7.11 Native American proverbs. http://soulspottv.com/blog/11-inspiring-native-american-proverbs-that-will-change-your-life/:

8.Chinese Proverb    <a href="http://clearwebmedia.nl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">clearwebmedia.nl</a>

9."Kind words will unlock an iron door." Turkish #proverb #quotes:

10.“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills." --  Chinese Proverb – Image of the amazing travel location, The Great Wall of China, by Dr. Joseph T. McGinn -- Explore a unique collection of quotes on wanderlust at http://www.examiner.com/article/memorable-travel-quotes-on-wanderlust:

11.Texan proverb, graphic by @aida amira amira amira of Nubia:

So what are my favorites? Hard to choose, that is why I leave the choosing up to you all 🙂 I do have some that definitely strike more of a chord, but I like them all or they wouldn’t be posted. I would say number 3, 8 and 10 today and of course 1.

Cherish the Moments!

Thanks to Jodi from her

blog, I am writing about her favorite quote today. She often mentions this quote in her wonderful blog.

We all have heard it, but do we take it to heart? Its much too easy to let the days quickly pass and as the days pass the months pass and years fly by. STOP! Count your blessings, and Cherish the Moments!

“Mommy please read to me!” ( I am glad to say that books line the shelves of the ones  I have read to my girls, especially my youngest! We have read several  series, and no they weren’t little books!)

“Mom, come swing with me on the porch swing.” (Oh if our porch swing could talk, what memories would it share.”)

“Ready for a date my love?” (ALWAYS! Don’t have to ask me twice :)) One of the best things we can do for our kids, is to love our spouse and take time out for each other. I still remember our kids asking why we are going out on a date when we already are married. I said that is the very reason! )

“I’m so glad you are here!” ( her arm is around me as we walk up the beach together, when our family made a beach getaway week-end to welcome home dear hubby after 3 months away due to work)

“I think I could swim in that!” ( My 6 year old’s comment when seeing Niagara Falls for the first time. Hey she had just finished swim lessons, so  yup feeling confident!)

“I love you Mom!” ( Followed by tight hug)

“I’m rich cause of having you in my life! I love to hear you laugh! Do you know what I have planned for our 50th anniversary?” (comments from my sweet hubby and being that we just celebrated our 20th in December he has a long time to plan for the 50th! He is just trying to get me curious, as I may have shared before, I am a VERY curious person!) Even cherish the times when he puts a spider picture on your computer for the screen saver to help you WAKE UP in the morning! For you know he was thinking about you! Right honey! 😛 HA!

The tight hugs when there are no words, the I love you texts from your teens and special texts from your spouse, the cherished moments with your parents, your siblings , extended family and all your friends! Moments of rib aching laughter and even the moments of shared tears. Cherish the moments cause no day is exactly the same! Don’t go through this week in a typical rush or thinking its just going to be the same as any other week. Open your eyes and look for the moments that you don’t want to ignore. Like beautiful butterflies, don’t let their beauty fly right by you without noticing!

Happy Monday my friends!

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WELL had good intentions….

Was going to have a post today, in fact did sit up at the computer to type a post, but just didn’t happen. Brain took a day off today 🙂 Ok, not totally! Figured I would clarify that before my hubby made a “smart” comment below!  🙂

Tomorrow will bring a Fresh Day and a fresh post! It will be one of the quotes that you provided for me to do a story around.  Either, “Cherish the Moments”, When Life gives you lemons make lemonade”, Love is like a violin, all stringy and  covered in varnish”, or”Choices determine Destiny”. Will depend what direction my brain goes in tomorrow! Hope you all had a good week-end and enjoying a relaxing Sunday!

Dear Worry,

Dear Worry,

You know you are really getting on my last nerve! I have had enough of you! Do you hear me? Probably not, cause for now you are sleeping. Keep it that way! Monsters are best left not disturbed. You really don’t serve a purpose, other than to  make life more difficult.

I have never heard someone say. “I am so glad I was worried about that thing I couldn’t control! Sure helped me feel better. I got the rewards of no sleep, stomach ulcer and a constant headache!” Yeah, that really sounds like a tempting ad for WORRY doesn’t it? Yet people cling to you, why??

Why do we feel that we have to have you?? You make the water come out of our eyes more and you sure don’t bring any warm fuzzies with you. You cause concentration problems and make us more uptight, so that things are more quick to set us off. Draining the joy from life is what you do and its gotta STOP!

Life may give us many things that qualify us to own you, BUT  we can DISOWN you whenever we want! Faith, Hope, Joy and Peace help me a lot more to get through the rough times. Yeah, I know you don’t like them, they are enemies of yours. BUT you are not the one who gets to call the shots! For now you are going out the door!! Goodbye Worry, don’t bother coming around anymore. The door is locked and bolted and I am the one who holds the key!

Sincerely,

Your enemy!

Love bears all things….

“The worst battle is between what you feel and what you know.”

Your eyes are brimming with tears, you can’t take your eyes off of it! How can you be holding this newborn baby in your arms? How can it be yours? They look so adorable and you feel that you will be blissfully happy all the days of its life.  How could you not for of course it will be the perfect baby.

2 months down the road, your eyes are brimming with tears and you are  feeling like you are going to lose it for this “perfect” baby has been crying for the past 8 hours straight! “Welcome to the wonderful world of Colic”, your Dr says and you feel scared about the days to come, but you know that you still love this screaming baby no matter what!

3 years down the road your tired toddler does not want a nap! They do not feel tired they say, but you know different and you know how they will be later on if that nap is not taken. In ways you feel it would be easier to not fight with them to take a nap, but in the end you know it will be worth it.

10 years down the road your child becomes a teenager and news flash everything you thought you knew goes out the window!! You thought you had got a handle on this parenting thing but now you  are really beginning to question  your sanity. Or should I say what is left of your sanity. Your eyes brim with tears again. If this describes how you are feeling right now, this post is for you 🙂

We don’t mean to, but you you know we do. We think in our minds of what our children will be like and we kinda plan their future. “Yes honey arranged marriages do still exist, you are marrying the neighbor boy, we decided that when you were 5.”  Ok that problem solved. You feel that as a whole you got things planned out, but then SURPRISE! You realize that your children are not puppets on a string. They have their own minds and they make their own choices. Remember the independence you taught them. “This is how you use a spoon, this is how you get dressed, etc.” and you were so proud to see them growing up.

I will make it clear that I am very proud of my kids! They have come through some very hard obstacles and I wouldn’t trade them for the world! They each have such a unique personality and I could go on and on. What I wanted to stress in this post tho was that there are days, months, years where it can get very scary as a parent. Where things happen out of your control and you feel like , “What did I do? ” and you want to beat yourself up over thinking , what if…BUT you can’t do that! Get rid of those feelings and grab hold onto what YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW you love your kids unconditionally and you KNOW that your kids know that and that knowing your loved is so very important!

You may be saying, “But you don’t understand what I am dealing with?” ” I never thought my child would go through something like this, would get involved with this, would do this?” I want to tell you that you are not alone! That I have been there! That I am there and that there is really probably very little that you can say that I haven’t dealt with yet. It’s hard to open up about painful subjects I know, so I haven’t been real verbal online; but have been gently encouraged to let others know that they are not alone in this battle of raising the next generation. Kids are facing things today that my husband and I never had to face.  Any of you remember that comedy, “A Different World”, from back in the 80’s? The world is very different now!

I just want to encourage you to not give up and to  stop it with the guilt trip! Does no one any good. I mean now if there are things that you truly have to apologize to your kids for than by all means do it! A sincere apology definitely goes a long way, but don’t guilt yourself over your kids struggling with different issues.  Right now your kids need you more than ever. Yes when they were little they needed us to help them learn things, but they need us just as much now. Only in a different way. Don’t give up! Your love and your prayers will get everyone through! Even the darkest tunnel does eventually show light!

 

Letting Quotes speak

“The worst battle is between what you feel and what you know.”

This was the other quote given to me as a way to start a post, and a post will follow I promise. Right now I am battling what direction to go with it 🙂 I am a little sleep deprived this morning staying up to late reading a book. If you are a dog lover, you will definitely want this book. A warm, endearing story about the love of a dog who is given a 2nd chance at a wonderful life!  Have your tissues handy!  Will say more later, but now gotta run! Remember if you know of a quote that you think would make a great lead in for a post, post it below :).

The Magic of Quotes

Good Morning! Today’s assignment is to start a story with a quote. With SO MANY quotes to choose from I asked for help last night from my readers. They were to pick a quote from my Tuesday’s Thoughts posts. It was late when I posted but 2 readers did respond and since the beginning is a good place to start I will start with the first one. 🙂 If you would like to see a story from a one of the quotes I post on Tuesday’s Thoughts, feel free to post it below in a comment. I love the inspiration quotes can give. And now I know how this story will start, but how will it end?

 

Comedy, Suspense, Drama??

“There will be many chapters in your life, don’t get lost in the one you’re in now.” It is no secret, I love to read! I am able to lose myself in a book no matter if the room is crowded and noisy or not. I can tune out the noise and soak in the chapters.

You know how it is when you get to that chapter that has you  holding your breath. Your heart is thumping and your brain is in shock of what may be happening. Everything else takes a back seat in that moment, for you have to keep turning the pages to find out the outcome.  Your eyes eyes are glued to the pages as the drama unfolds before you. If it gets too intense and you can’t handle everything that  the characters are going through, you simply close the book and take a breather.

In real life tho there is no closing the book and saying “Time Out, I do not like how this story is shaping up, think I am going to stop reading for awhile.” In real life we go through so many chapters. Comedy, Romance, Suspense, Drama, you name it… we have all been there. Some long for more romance and may want more comedy, but I don’t know any who say,”Gee, I sure wish my life was more suspenseful and that more dramatic things would happen to me!”

What chapter are you in right now? Does it seem never ending? Are you ready for a change?  Even in the longest books, no chapter goes on forever! It may seem like each chapter is bringing more of the same, but it will change and it can change in the blink of a eye.

Remember the times you turn the page and your heart jumps! You exclaim, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming!” Life can be exactly like that! So if bogged down by this chapter you are in  take courage my friend; the change could very well be in the very next page. I can hear you now, “Well will someone please HURRY and TURN THE PAGE!!”

What chapter am I in now? Well…..I ran out of time, that story will have to be told with another quote 🙂

You choose what it should be!

As I looked in my inbox and saw the topic for my next post for the Everyday Inspiration class by WordPress I started laughing. :”Choose a quote and start your story with it!” They don’t  know they are talking to someone who LOVES quotes! Have they seen my Tuesday’s Thoughts post each Tuesday?  How can I pick ONE?? So I am passing on the choice to you readers! Go to my Tuesday’s Thoughts post and comment below on which quote would make a good story. It doesn’t have to be from today’s thoughts, can be from another week. I will use what you write, may not be the one I use right away, but will use it in a story. Thanks for the help! 🙂 Will be interesting to see if I get several of the same one, or a lot of different ones.

 

Day Four: A Story in a Single Image

A four photo collage of a person in the woods, a person in a church, a person jumping in to a lake, and Grand Central Station

Yes, it says a Single Image in the title and your eyes are not playing tricks on you, there are 4 images you see. But the computer was playing tricks on me and wouldn’t let me just post the 1 picture I chose, so here you go. You can pick which one you think I chose and then see if you are right in the caption  below 🙂

 

The Dare

What had she been thinking when she made that bet?? Seriously! Here it is way too early in the morning and she is about to dive into the lake! Which if it isn’t at least 80 degree water, it is too cold! She tried to wheedle her way out of the bet, by naming some other options, but her friends were so “stubborn”, Ha! Well the quicker she does it the better, before she gets pushed in! Two things she knows for sure; # 1 is that she will definitely be wide awake once she hits the water and #2 is the next time she makes a bet, it won’t have anything to do with water!