It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 18

Promise only what you can deliver. then deliver more than you promise.

Author Unknown

I’ve promises to keep

Losers make promises they often break.  Winners make commitments they always keep.

Denis Waitley

When we don’t keep a promise, it communicates that we don’t value the people that we’ve made them to.  We have chosen to put something else ahead of our commitment.  Even when we break small promises, others learn they cannot count on us.

Keeping promises is important for happy and healthy relationships.  To know that you trust someone is one of the keys to friendship.

It’s easy to make promises but keeping and delivering on them show that you have integrity and honesty and that you are trustworthy.

If you can’t keep a promise don’t make it.  Make a promise and be committed.  

But  I’ve promises to keep, 
And miles to go before I sleep

Robert Frost

Monday, August 13, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 13, Book 18

Always Remember

Always remember to forget 
the things that made you sad

But never forget to REMEMBER
the things that made you glad...

Always remember to forget 
the friends that proved untrue.

But don’t forget to REMEMBER 
those that have stuck by you…

Always remember to forget 
the troubles that have passed away

But never forget to REMEMBER
the blessings that come each day…

Author Unknown

Celebrate the good memories

The best things in life are free.
Family, Friends, Smiles,
Hugs, Kisses, Nature,
Oxygen, Love, Sleep and 
Good Memories

Good times make for good memories and those are the ones I treasure. I try to never miss a celebration of any kind in our family because that is where memories are in the making.  It’s the people that we celebrate with who make our days joyful and meaningful.  The trick is to celebrate the good times in advance of the difficult times.  

Life is richer with good memories and I intend to make more of them.  It’s easy to lose sight of life’s little pleasures, but if you take the time to notice them, to bring them in to focus, you can make them last for years and years.

Don’t let the years pass with creating some good times that you and your family and friends will cherish.  The people in our lives, not places are what make the best memories.

your will never know
the true value of 
A MOMENT until it becomes 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 18

We all grow up with the weight of history on us.  Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.

Shirley Abbott

We are all similar, yet we are unique

To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.

Frank Delaney

I know very little about my ancestors but I do know they, more than not, came from England, Ireland, Germany, Hungary and France.  There could have been some that were Scottish and Dutch too.  I even discovered an American Indian in my maternal grandmothers family tree. I could only hope to know more about their lives.  

One thing I know for sure, maybe two, is that with the exception of the American Indian, they were all immigrants to the United States and where would I be without them.

I’m thinking that they had to have been courageous and adventuresome people to have left where they came from and travel to a virtually brand new country.  I only wish I knew what circumstance brought them here.

My dad said that his mother came from Hungary to join her husband and came through Ellis Island which is well known for processing immigrants into the US.  The story of how they met and why they choose to live here is unknown.  

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Maya Angelou

Yet for all the unknowns, they are all a part of me.  They make up my DNA.  They say that we’re all 99.9 percent alike .  Of the 3 billion base pairs in the human genome, only 0.1 percent are unique to us.  What that 0.1 percent is still what makes us unique, it means we’re all more similar than we are different.

I think it is good to remember those similarities as well to celebrate our differences.  We live in a world that is a rich blend of cultural traditions that all have something contribute to our way of life.  

Our history begins before we are born.  We represent the hereditary influences of our race and our ancestors virtually live in us.

James Nasmyth

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 18

Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out.  Live one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment.

Joel Osteen

Just for today I will choose joy 

One day at a time - this is enough.  Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.  Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

Ida Scott Taylor

I think living one day at a time means focusing on what you can do right now.  Life happens one day at a time.  Today I will do what I’m able to do now.  Today I’ll count my blessings.  I’m going to take each day as it comes and make the best of what I’ve got.

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

Ruth E. Renki

A great life is made up of a lot of good days. One thing about time is that it will pass no matter what.  We can’t make it go faster, or stop it from happening. What we can do is make the the most of the moments we get.

All we need to do is try each day to do our best and enjoy what we have. 

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.

Mark Twain

Friday, August 10, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 10, Book 18

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

Izaak Walton

Good friends are life’s best traveling companions

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he is always in good company.

Charles Hughes

When you live by yourself as I do, you learn to truly value good company , but very often it’s only me,  myself and I here at my house.  I really don’t mind that some days I’m the only one I see. 

 It almost seems impossible in this day and age that you can live in the middle of a community and never see another person, but it happens.  I may see a car or truck go by but don’t get an opportunity to see or speak with an actual person.

Over the years I’ve found that I don’t need to mix socially with others in order to be content.   But I do have some wonderful friends and family that help to make my life complete.  

You are only as good as the company your keep.

The friends I have are slightly different shades of me.  We have a lot of the same likes and dislikes.  We enjoying doing a lot of the same things and enjoy being in each others company.  It really doesn’t matter how much time goes by before our next visit, it seems as though we were never apart.

In order have a friend we must be a friend. We can’t be good friends to others if we aren’t friends with ourself.  The more you know yourself, the better you are to deal with anything life throws your way.  Friends are honest with us when no one else can be.  So it’s important to be honest with yourself, to be the best person you can be.

Best friends are not just good together, they are good for each other.

No road is long with good company.


Thursday, August 09, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 9, Book 18

It’s clear the future holds great opportunities.  It also holds pitfalls.  The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities and get back home by six o’clock.

Woody Allen

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Put your future in good hands — your own.

Author Unknown

The picture above is of two of my grandchildren that graduated from high school this year and will soon be off to college.  They have studies in mind that will lead them to great careers but as a mom I know that might change.  One of my sons switched his major 3 times before he settled on the right one for him.

The possibilities are endless and I’ll be waiting to see what comes in their future.  They’ll be going to new schools, making new friends and learning lots of new things, but they’ll be leaving behind their family and old friends that they are familiar with.  Hopefully their new life will bring many kind people their way.  And I hope that with all their endeavors for the future they will always remember to be kind.  

Sometimes life will take you to unhappy places or situations but when you live your life with courage and kindness, life will be good to you.

I found this advice to share and it remains true for the rest of your life.

Remember to always be kind. Say your prayers and call your mother .

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 8, Book 18

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.

Walt Whitman

Don’t miss the miracle of the moment

I am thankful for every moment.

Al Green

One of my sons recently told me that there is never a dull moment at his house and I replied:  there’s never been a dull moment in my life. 

Truthfully every moment has been busy and filled with good things for the most part.  Even the not so good moments were good ones if you consider that we learn and grow through it all.

Life is too short not to enjoy it.

Glen Campbell

There has been and still is something new and exciting happening every day of my life.  I feel sorry for those that say their lives are dull and boring.  I think that life is what we make it.  When you take the time to look for the beauty of life in every day, you’ll never experience a boring day again.

I may lead a quiet life but it never boring.  Just trying to keep up with all that there is to do and see makes it exciting.  There is always something new and different to do.  

Breathe, Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one your know you have for sure. 

Oprah Winfrey