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

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 30, Book 08


We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas


Adopt the old European custom of Advent candles and/or an Advent calendar, fun and traditional ways to count-down to the big day

As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope.

Lord God,only you can see into my heart
and know that under all the busy-ness of my life,
there is a deep longing
to make this Advent
one that welcomes you
more deeply into my own life.
My heart desires the warmth of your love
and my mind searches for your
Light in the midst of the darkness.
Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent
and to give special love to those
who disagree with me.
Give me the strength and courage
to forgive those who have hurt me.
Help me to free my heart
from the prison of my anger and hurt.

We need to be aware that our guide and our map for this journey is our Lord. Despite any detours or delays, we need to open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we approach the holy celebration of the Incarnation of Our Lord

I’ll be finding my Advent Wreath today and putting it out on the dining room table where I’ll light my candles and pray each day now til Christmas. I love every moment of preparing for and celebrating Christmas. All the good smells and beautiful decorations make it a very festive event.
Of course Christmas also means more time to spend with my family and to be with them is a blessing always.
I’ll begin to undecorated the house and put away the fall things and bring out some Christmas ornaments. Lots of people that I know have already done so. Some complain that Thanksgiving is barely over and we are into the Christmas Season. I can’t thing of a better thing to celebrate.
Advent will start of the festivities and they will go on til the Feast of the Three Kings in January.

Hope Lives Christmas Story

For a moment or perhaps a long while,

we are dropped into the depths of despair,

a tragedy of intense proportions.

In the darkness we struggle with difficult

and often confusing feelings.

As Christians we often feel

guilty about these feelings.

All are true human emotions,

and necessary in enabling us to cope.
God understands our pain and our suffering.

He will wrap his loving arms around us,

He will be there when no one else can.

After a time we begin to feel his presence.

You can see a faint light in the distance.
This is the light of HOPE.

Moving toward the light -

The Holy Spirit takes us by the hand

and helps us to move even closer to the light.

The light of the Lord that shines into each of our lives.Here in The Lords loving presence our souls and our wounds begin to heal.God has a plan for us and we can rest assured that we have been called here for a purpose. Our job is not yet finished. We must continue to move forward.
We might not understand the sequence of events in our lives. We might not understand the meaning of our suffering. But we have not lost everything , we are not alone.
We will always have HOPE.
As the Holiday season approaches, let us remember that Hope was born at Christmas,His name is Jesus.
And Hope does live on.



1. STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN: If you discover yourself becoming dulled to the joys of the season, STOP! Slow the pace down and become still, taking time to LOOK and LISTEN. Take a winter walk, curl up in a favorite chair or before the fireplace.Helen Keller once observed, "The seeing see little."
So feel the comfort of the glow of a candle, or the red of the poinsettias. Listen with new ears to laughter and bells, and to the expression of love of found in the story of the first Christmas.

Remember that God can come in the least likely ways - a Holy Child born in a village stable, a brightly shining star, an angel song in the night sky.
Watch for Him to come in equally surprising ways to you, too. When we live as if God is going to "surprise" us at any moment, in any way, in any place, then He usually does!

How about keeping an advent calendar?
Commit yourself to perform at least one special act of kindness for each day of advent.
Write a note, letter, card or e-mail to someone to express your gratitude, to tell someone you love them, to forgive an old hurt, or just to count your blessings.

Jesus held up childlikeness as a quality to be cultivated. (Mark 10:15)
Children are experts at dreaming up simple things as delights that adults don't, or have forgotten how to do.
Can't you picture a little boy singing "Jingle Bells" to a plastic Jesus in a store?
Christmas often comes in precious moments like this, when we spontaneously show our adoration for the Baby in the manger.

Nothing multiplies the sense of wonder in your life like giving it away.

The more you share (not just things, but yourself) the brighter Christmas grows.I hope that these simple steps will help you, or someone you can share these with, keep the wonder and excitement of Christmas alive during this busy season.
Just remember that"Jesus is the reason for the season."

When it comes to counting blessings,

There are surely very few

As precious and as meaningful

as someone dear as you,

And that's the special reason

For this loving Christmas prayer...

God bless you

for your thoughtfulness

And keep you in His care

‘On Ya’-ma

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 08

We find by losing.
We hold fast by letting go.
We become something new by ceasing to be something old.
This seems to be close to the heart of that mystery.
I know no more now than I ever did about the far side
of death as the last letting-go of all,
but now I know that I do not need to know,
and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing.
God knows.That is all that matters.
Frederick Buechner


Grief is something we go through for ourselves, something that allows us to make a transition from having to not having. When we grieve, we focus on our loss, our "new" life without this person, a response that allows us to deal with the pain of loss and get on with our lives.

Today we’ll be faced with the reality that my beloved little grandson will never be with us again . He’ll be forever alive in our thoughts and in our hearts so I don’t like to say we are saying good bye.

Please continue to hold my family fast in your prayers. My hope is that healing of hearts can now begin and that the JOY of family and life will remain in their spirits. Love endures and binds us together. Caring and sharing life’s joys and sorrows is what it is all about. Celebrating the lives of our loved ones in good times and bad, holding each other close and supporting them in times of need is what family is all about.

You all remain in my thoughts and prayers and although I’m not keeping in touch the way I should be I want you to know that I’m so thankful for all of you.


God can heal your heart.

God can rescue you from despair

and give yousomething to rejoice about again.

It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.

All you have to do is be willing

to give every piece of your broken heart to God

‘On Ya’- ma

Friday, November 28, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 28, Book 08

Anything that is given can be at once taken away.
We have to learn never to expect anything,
and when it comes it's no more than a gift on loan.
John McGahern

Everything's on loan, for one day we shall die, and we will take nothing with us but the lessons that we've learned while we've been here


This is the day our family will gather for the funeral home visitation for my darling precious grandson. It will be a very private visit with only near family there. The weather has cleared up considerably and for that I’m extremely thankful as we have so many traveling at this time.

The thoughts and quotes in today’s entry are probably repeats from a previous post, but I thought they were fitting words for today. I’m at such a loss right now for anything much to say.


Many of us cannot grasp the truth that the time allotted to us
on this earth is sufficient for all the Lord has planned for us to do.
We don’t need one minute more or one minute less to get the job done:
Our greatest fear is running out of time.
So we hurry through life trying desperately to get everything done: working overtime, eating fast food in the car, and racing down the freeway. . . .
Today, this very day, why don’t you think of something that takes a bit of extra time to do and do it. . . .
Maybe it will be an act of generosity or a moment of kindness directed towards a loved one or a stranger.
Perhaps it will be simply singing a hymn of praise and thanksgiving because your heart is so full of gratitude.
Don’t wait for another time.
Rejoice in this day and be glad.
Luci Swindoll
The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
‘On Ya’-ma

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 27, Book 08


We thank you, God for everything . . .

That we possess today . . .

Our happiness and comfort and . . .

Our democratic way . . .

The freedom of our country that . . .

We struggle to defend . . .

Against whatever enemy . . .

That tyranny may end . . .

We thank You for the turkey and . . .

Delicious dressing too . . .

And for our sweet potatoes we . . .

Are grateful unto you . . .

We thank You, God, for life on earth . . .

And for security . . .

As You have been The Guardian . . .

Of every family . . .

We thank You, God, with all our hearts . . .

On This Thanksgiving Day . . .

And with Your blessing may live . . .

According to Your way.


Thanksgiving Blessings to you all.

This afternoon my family and I will be all together to share a meal and thank God for his blessings. One of the greatest blessings our family has received is faith in God. Our faith keeps us strong as we believe that no matter what happens our God is with us. It is a great comfort.

My family isn’t perfect and neither am I. We often get rowdy when we’re together and a little noisy I fear. I’ll never forget when DS#6 had his cancer surgery we were in his hospital room laughing and joking and a hospital chaplain came into the room and said it sounded like a party going on. It was a party. We were celebrating the fact that he survived the surgery. Laughter is the best medicine I know.

Even though this is an entirely different situation for us, I’m sure there will still be a celebration. We will thank God and be joyful for even though we’ve lost a loved one, we know we will all meet again. Our little one is in heaven with our dear Lord. There is life after death and we have the promise of eternal life.

Each day of my life in good times and bad I thank God for my blessings and rejoice in His unending Love.


Just this once, Lord,

I want to come to you with no problems,

but simply to say, Thank You:

For your forgiveness when I fail...

For the sheer joy of sleep when I'm terribly tired...

For the remedies for sickness when I am ill...

For the assurance that You have made a place especially for me...

For the joy of helping others when I see people in need...

For the earthly evidences of Your will...

For the fun that refreshes when everything gets too serious...

For the renewal in moments of silence...

For your abiding presence that makes

every day I live a day of thanks.


May your and yours be blessed this day

and give thanks with a grateful heart.

'On Ya' - ma

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 26, Book 08

Thanksgiving opens our hearts,
and it gives us a clearer vision of the God
who loves us and all others equally.
The realization of that love-
-and our acceptance of it-
-can be one of the most beautiful,
life-affirming elements of our lives.
From one of my daily meditations

It’s over the Hump Day and for me it means the end of this tragic week is getting closer. I do have some things to be thankful for even in the midst of the heartbreak that has occurred in my family.

I’m most thankful for the love and prayers of everyone around me.
I’m thankful that the good Lord saw fit to make it possible for my family to be together.

I’m thankful for my grandchildren’s smiles and happy faces.

Children truly have the right idea.

They tend to live in the moment,

which would be a grand thing all together for all of us.


Two types of voice command your attention today
Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness and fear

Positive ones purvey hope and strength
Which one will you choose to heed?

You have a choice you know.

Max Lucado

‘On Ya’-ma

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 25, Book 08


Worship:It is the song of the heart that is grateful to God

Work:It is the secret of success

Play:It is the secret of youthfulness

Read:It is the source of knowledge

Dream:It is the soul of aspiration

Help:It is the secret of happiness

Laugh:It is the song of experience

Pray:It is the source of strength

Plan:It is the secret of being able to have time for all of the above

Author Unknown


As of today we sort of have a plan for the week ahead. DS#5 and I are headed for DS#3’ s house early this morning to be there in time to make breakfast for them all. We’ll be spending the entire day with them. DS#4 and family, DD and DS#6 and his wife will come in a little later in the day.

DS#1 and family will probably come in on Wednesday along with DS#2.

On Thanksgiving Day we are all going to DS#3’s for our family feast. My DDIL#3’s family and all my family will be there and we’ll all be taking something to share. At this point they need family around them and want all of us there

Funeral plans have been made. Thursday will be the visitation at the funeral home which will probably be limited to just family. My son and his wife are just not up to a lot of visitors and conversation right now. The funeral service at their church will be Saturday morning at 11:00 and all are invited to that. After the burial everyone there will be invited back to the church for a little luncheon. The ladies at the church provide everything which is so very generous of them..

At this point no determination has been made on the cause of death. They are still waiting for some of the tests to be returned and maybe something will show up in them. Right now it is totally unknown.

I’m just so overwhelmed by all the thoughts and prayers from so many people. When things are a little more peaceful, I’m making sure that my son and his wife take a look at this journal to see how many people left messages of prayers and concern.

I can tell those prayers are working too. THANK YOU!


Seven Things To Be Thankful For
for automatic dishwashers. They make it possible to get out of the kitchen before the family come in for their after-dinner snacks.
for husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house. They usually make them big enough to call in professionals.
for the bathtub -- the one place the family allows Mom some time to herself.
for children who put away their things and clean up after themselves. They're such a joy you hate to see them go home to their own parents.
for gardening. It's a relief to deal with dirt outside the house for a change.
for teenagers. They give parents an opportunity to learn a second language.
for smoke alarms. They let you know when the turkey's done

‘On Ya’- ma

Remember the day's blessings;

forget the day's troubles.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 24, Book 08

Downtown they've put up Christmas lights,
And decked the streets with tinsel bright.
The windows of each store you see
Contain at least one Christmas tree.
In shopping centers everywhere
Christmas carols fill the air.
And Santa's broad and merry face
Is seen in almost every place.
From all these signs, one thing is clear....
. .Thanksgiving Day is drawing near!
Author Unknown

I do not have to thank anyone
for anything I have," an old miser grumbled.
"Everything I have I got the hard way-
by the sweat of my own brow."
"But who gave you the sweat?" asked his neighbor.
The old miser hung his head in guilty silence.
He could not ignore the fact that God had given the "sweat,"
the strength to work hard and gain material wealth.
Yes, everything that we are or that we possess
is because of God's loving kindness.
Therefore, it is good for us all
to pause at least once a year and say,
"Thank You, God." Actually, everyday
should be one of thanksgiving.
Because of spiritual and material blessings


It does seem that our Thanksgivings gets pushed back in the corner where no one looks and that the Christmas season starts a little earlier each year. Our family has always had so much to be thankful for that we try to make a big ‘to do’ about it each year. This year the death of our little one is overshadowing the thankful spirit that we usually have.

We were supposed to have a grand family reunion and really celebrate so everyone was planning on being home anyway; however the plans have changed drastically. We can celebrate the life of my little ‘pumpkin’ as he was a blessing to us all. But we are so full of sorrow that the word celebration is taking on a whole new meaning. As I watched my children together at DS#3’s house this evening I experienced what love is all about. They bond together and just lean on each other. The kind words, the hugs and tears of all just made my heart want to burst.

Today we’ll know more about arrangements for the funeral and most of us will take the week off from work. I’m hoping that after I do payroll today I’ll be able to be off work till next Monday. My son and his wife and the children all need us to be with them for support.
The weeks following this one will still be very hard for them but due the distance we all live from them it won’t be so easy to be with them.

I’ve been overwhelmed by all your beautiful thoughts and prayers and I do thank you all for them. Just knowing that so many are praying is an awesome feeling. I know that God will hear those prayers and send his loving comfort and strength to my Son and his family.
Today I’m thankful for all the loving support from all the thoughts and prayers of so many wonderful people.


God’s love is just like the sun,

constant and shining for us all.

And just as the earth rotates around the sun,

it is the natural order for us to move away for a season,

and then to return closer,

but always within the appropriate time.

Betty J. Eadie

‘On Ya’-ma

Write it on your heart that every day

is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 23, Book 08

My dear family and friends,

I’m so sorry I just cannot send out my regular newsletter or make an entry like I usually do in my journals today.

Yesterday was a day full of sorrow and tears for me and for my family.

I find it very difficult to even write the words down.

Saturday morning I received a call from a paramedic that was at DS#3’s house. He said that something had happened there and that the family requested that I come there to be with them as soon as I could get there.

My first thought was that maybe they had the wrong number or that it was some kind of prank call but I did see on my caller ID that the call was being made from my son’s house. I told the man that I would be there as quickly as I could but that I lived some distance away so it would take time for me to get there.

You cannot imagine what went through my head at the time. I quickly called DD and DS#5 who live the closest to me and asked if they would come with me. They quickly got dressed and were at my house in a matter of minutes and we were off; and did not know at all what we would find out when we got there.

DSIL drove and made record time across the Ohio Turnpike. Our guardian angels were with us as he wasn’t stopped by the Highway Patrol and we did make it there safe and sound.

The worst fear of every parent had happened. During the night my darling little 2 year old grand son had died. The death of a child is so unthinkable, so incomprehensible that the shock of this news will remain in my mind and heart forever.

The effects of a child's death are forever. There aren't words in the English language to describe what happens to a family when a child dies. There's nothing you can say or do to fix the situation.

There is no bond greater than the bond between parent and child. When a child dies, the pain of parental loss is near the top of the scale of human grief

Loss and grief, just like joy and celebration, are part of life but it is so very difficult to accept. It’s like your worse nightmare that never ends.

I grieve for my son and daughter-in-law suffering this tragic loss and my grief is compounded as I suffer my son’s and his wife’s pain at the loss of their son and I grieve for a beloved grandchild.

As a grandparent who has outlasted a grandchild, I struggle with a death that seems so out of order. Some times we justify death of an older person, knowing that they lived a full and good life, but this little baby was just beginning life.

Our family will all unite to create a circle of unwavering support as they always do. In good times and bad they are there for each other. One thing I know for sure, maybe two. With love you can endure just about anything and I do know that they all love each other very much. DS#3 and his wife’s loss is just as much our loss too.

Please keep my son and his wife and their two other children in your prayers. May our dear Lord comfort them and give them strength. It is just so hard for all of us right now.

And please pray for the safety of my family as they travel with heavy hearts. The journey home for Thanksgiving will not be what we had planned.

May my sweet little grandson rest in peace and may the perpetual light our Lord and Savior shine upon him.

The Broken Cord

We little knew that morning that God
Was going to call your name
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone;
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home
You left us peaceful memories
Your loves is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us, one by one,
The chain will link again.

Author Unknown but deeply expressed by me.

‘On Ya’-ma

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 22, Book 08

Back in the 1920's when Polish-American entrepreneur Leo Gerstenzang invented cotton swabs as a safer way to clean his baby's ears, he called his product "Q-Tip. Mr. Gerstenzang chose "Q" for Quality . . . and he must have been on to something, because Q-Tip has become a household word

Which made Q-Tip a good choice for an acronym that's going 'round‘ these days:
Quit Taking It Personally!
I have a jar of those little white-tipped tools on my vanity, and every morning they remind me to use this quick-and-easy stress reduction technique:
Q-Tip It!
The traffic jam or the flat tire, or the keys that get locked in the car are not part of a plan to ruin your day. Q-Tip It - Quit Taking It Personally

The computer that freezes just when you've got an important report to print really IS just a stupid machine. Take a deep breath and repeat the maxim about accepting the things you cannot change. Above all -- Q-Tip It

The 5 pounds you can't seem to lose are just a ball of fat . . . not a moral failure. You know what to do - eat less, move more. So get moving . . . and Q-Tip It

The supervisor who wants everything done yesterday has a problem with time management and scheduling. You're more likely to find a constructive way to deal with this of persistent stress situation if you Q-Tip It

The kids who don't call often enough probably really ARE busy (and didn't you raise them to be independent?). Q-Tip It

Let Mr. Gerstenzang's little white-tipped tool be a memory-hook, a way to ease the your personal stress reactions, the way YOU choose to respond to the happenings of your days.

Bits and pieces from an article written by Maureen Killoran


Today I’m thankful for Q-TIPs!

It is so true that we often take things so personally that should not have been a personal thing at all. I used to consider my job a personal thing and after being very hurt several times, I finally realized that that job was just that – my real life is not at all about that job. It is just the means to support myself.

People are not always kind and we are quite torn apart when they make us feel like we are worthless or worse. Never let yourself become upset by that kind of useless talk. We are all of tremendous value and don’t let yourself forget it.

One of my Bible studies had a list of things to remember in it and the one thing I’ll never forget is that –

I am who God thinks I am…

I am a child of God.

We all are and that is something so extraordinary. Don’t ever forget it.

While I have those Q-Tips handy, I also have faith in the One who thinks I’m special
And so are you!


My Purpose
By Thomas Dekker
To awaken each morning with
a smile brightening my face;
To greet the day with reverence
for the opportunities it contains;
To approach my work with a clean mind;
To hold ever before me,
even in the doing of little things,
the ultimate purpose toward which I am working;
To meet men and women with laughter
on my lips and love in my heart;
To be gentle, kind and courteous through all the hours;
To approach the night with weariness that
ever woos sleep and the joy
that comes form work well done-
this is how I desire to waste wisely my days

‘On Ya’-ma

Friday, November 21, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 21, Book 08

1 part of knowing who you are
1 part of knowing who you aren't
1 part of knowing what you want
1 part of knowing who you wish to be
1 part of knowing what you already have
1 part of choosing wisely from what you have
1 part of loving
1 part of thanking for ALL you have
Combine ingredients together gently and carefully, along with prayer.
Mix together with strong faith until finely blended.
Use kind thoughts, words and actions for best results.
Bake until Blessed.
Give thanks again.
Yield: Unlimited servings

It’s another BRRRRCHILL day in here in Northern Ohio. The extreme cold we’ve been having is more like it usually is in January. I guess I don’t want to know what January will be bringing us in the way of weather.
It is FAB Friday! Yes, that is what it is in my books for sure. It is fabulous that I made it through another work week and for two days I can get caught up at home and relax a little too. I am so glad this work week is over and that next week I’ll have only 3 days of work. Then I’m going to be celebrating with my family and that is something to look forward to.
Have I mentioned that I’m getting very excited?
Today I’m thankful for weekends!

Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles
that we forget to count our blessings

‘On Ya’ - ma

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 20, Book 08

Once a reporter stood in front of a fire as it consumed a houseand then he turned to see the homeowners and their little sonwatching it burn. The reporter, fishing for a human interest angle,said to the boy, "Son, it looks like you don't have a home anymore."The little boy promptly answered, "Oh, yes, we have a home.We just don't have a house to put it in."
Barbara Johnson


There is a difference between a house and a home for sure. A home is a place where we can find rest. A home is a place where we can sit down and have our meals together. Here is something that is a great blessing. Meal time isn’t the same anymore for me. I eat while I watch TV or read a book ore even while I’m on the computer. Lack of having someone to share a meal with became a whole new thing for me when the ‘babe’s ‘ all left home.
The companionship of another person or persons is something to be thankful for. It’s great to be able to share the happenings of the day and little things that mean a lot to us. Except for my camping time this summer and a few family get togethers, I’ve had to learn a new way of life. Solitude is good for the soul but too much of it is not a good thing. I guess that is why I enjoy any precious time with my family that I do have.
Today I’m thankful for my family


It takes hands to build a house,

but only hearts can build a home.


‘On Ya’- ma

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that

at this moment, all you have is all you need.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 19, Book 08

A little story this morning.

A pastor was visiting some of his parishioners. He took his young daughter with him. As they visited an elderly couple, the man gave her a handful of peanuts. Expecting her to show a spirit of gratitude, the father asked his daughter, "Honey, what are you supposed to say?"
Sincerely, and with her eyes fixed upon the man, she asked, "You got any more?" That sounds like many of us. We accept God's gifts, never saying "thank you" but simply asking, "Have you got any more?" Yet God keeps giving. That is His nature

We all have dreams of a sudden windfall -- whether it's winning the lottery, inheriting from a distant relation or the old "bank error in your favor. As someone once said, "Enough is a little bit more than whatever you have now." The desire to pursue moremoremore often gains the upper hand. Knowing and accepting that you have enough is not a natural reflex


It is true that for many of us enough is not enough. To be happy and content with what you have is a secret that few know about. Most days I’m content. If I’d known 40 years ago what I know now I would have saved myself a lot of stress. For those of you that are still young I can only say…enjoy what you have.

I was supposed to meet with some friends of mine last night and one of them was ill so that didn’t happen. I wasn’t too upset about it at all because it was freezing cold outside and it felt good to be home and warm.
I got my pj’s on and my fleece robe and just enjoyed the evening.

Monday and Tuesday the boss was out of the office most of the day so I didn’t have a lunch hour. I always pack my lunch as I’ve had that happen a lot in the years I’ve worked there. Today I think he’ll be in so I might get to do a little shopping at lunch time. I don’t really need anything but I’ll check out the sales.

It’s OVER THE HUMP DAY so now the weekend isn’t far away ! It’ll be a busy one with getting everything ready for my Thanksgiving Break with all my children. I’m not sure exactly what one wears to a water park resort, but I do know I’m packing my swim suit for sure. A hot tub or Jacuzzi sound wonderful about now.


I’ve never made a fortune and it’s probably too late now;
But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow.
And as I go along life’s way I’m reaping better than I sow;
I’m drinking from my saucer ‘Cause my cup has overflowed.
Haven’t got a lot of riches and sometimes the going’s tough,
But I’ve got loving ones around me and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings and the mercies he’s bestowed;
I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed.
O, remember times when things went wrong my faith wore somewhat thin;
But all at once the dark clouds broke and sun peeped through again.
So Lord, help me not to gripe about the tough rows that I’ve hoed;
I’m drinking from my saucer ‘Cause my cup has overflowed.
If God gives me strength and courage when the way grows steep and rough,
I’ll not ask for other blessings I’m already blessed enough.
And may I never be too busy to help others bear their loads;
Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer ‘Cause my cup has overflowed
By Jimmy Stewart

‘On Ya’-ma

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.

John Greenleaf Whittier