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

Author Unknown

Saturday, April 30, 2011

CHAPTER 4, Page 30, Book 11


Things Work Out
Edgar A. Guest

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn't,
Because men do what they often shouldn't,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong-
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow, in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.

Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we'd like to play-
Some of us whimper along life's way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.

Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long-
Some of us whimper that life's all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.

So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break, and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out

After a week of lots of rain and storms we are to finally have a sunny day here. The sunshine will be all day long they say! I'm excited. We did see it now and then this past week, but it was in and out and didn't stay around long at all.

I'll be too chilly for having my coffee out on the deck here this morning , but I'll probably eat lunch and dinner sitting at the picnic table in the sun. And without a doubt it will be a day to spend outdoors. No sitting inside for me today!

It will be a SUPER Saturday for me today! I hope it's a SUPER one for you too!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, April 29, 2011

Chapter 4, Page 29, Book 11

This was a gift from DS#1 and family. It came with packages of hot cocoa but the label on the front of the bottle reads SUNSHINE!

My daughter in law said she thought it was perfect for me as I'm always wishing I could bottle some sunshine for the dreary winter months we have.

On sunny days I do try to soak up as much warmth as I can, but it just doesn't seem to stay with me very long.

I've emptied out the bottle and intend to put little slips of paper inside with notes on them about SUNSHINE or something that will cause me to remember something that just lit up my day.

Next winter I'll pull them out when I need that precious commodity and hopefully that will make me feel better.

Keep on Keepin' On
Poet Unknown

If the day looks kinder gloomy
And your chances kinder slim,
If the situation's puzzlin'
And the prospect's awful grim,
If perplexities keep pressin'
Till hope is nearly gone,
Just bristle up and grit your teeth
And keep on keepin' on.

Frettin' never wins a fight
And fumin' never pays;
There ain't no use in broodin'
In these pessimistic ways;
Smile just kinder cheerfully
Though hope is nearly gone,
And bristle up and grit your teeth
And keep on keepin' on.

There ain't no use in growlin'
And grumblin' all the time,
When music's ringin' everywhere
And everything's a rhyme.
Just keep on smilin' cheerfully
If hope is nearly gone,
And bristle up and grit your teeth
And keep on keepin' on.

I hope your Friday is a FANTASTIC one!

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chapter 4, Page 28, Book 11

THANKFUL Thursday!

I'm very thankful for these beautiful yellow tulips were a gift from DS#5 and his family for Easter. The Easter Lily in my entry for yesterday was a gift from DS#6 and his family.

I'm very thankful for all the gifts I received this Easter, it's always good to give gifts but to be thankful for the ones you get isn't always as easy. I often think that they should have saved their money and gotten something they needed for themselves, but I know that giving is a way of showing appreciation and it's always nice to be appreciated. I'll be showing another one of my many gifts in my post for Friday.

Spring’s warm weather means more and more things to be thankful for.

I'm thankful for being able to venture outside and putting away heavy clothing for yet another year.

I'm thankful for a whole new world of activities that await on the beautiful days to come, including gardening, hiking, camping, and picnics. A picnic outside, no matter how simple, it has a freshness and excitement, particularly after eating indoors all winter.

I'm thankful that I still have my camper to go to when weather permits. Having some of my family camping close by is what make it even more wonderful

As always, I give thanks for my all of my family, my health, my home, and for my faith too.

I am truly thankful for these and all the many blessings in my life. I have such a plentiful abundance of good things in my life that to list them all would be impossible.

Everything I Needed
Poet Unknown

I asked for strength and
God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom and
God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity and
God gave me brawn and brains to work.

I asked for courage and
God gave me dangers to overcome.

I asked for patience and
God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.

I asked for love and
God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for favors and
God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted
I received everything I needed.

My prayers have all been answered.

I hope your Thursday is one that is filled with things you can be thankful for too.

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chapter 4, Page 27, Book 11


MY MOMENT FOR TODAY: seeing my Easter Lilly bloom

Did you know: This lily is the traditional flower of spring and is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of beauty, hope, and life. Easter has its share of traditions: egg decorations and hunts; gift baskets and chocolate bunnies, sunrise church services, parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life, the spiritual essence of Easter.

The Legend of Easter Lily

When these wonderful blossoms start to wither I'll be planting it outside and hopefully it will bloom again. Because Easter lilies naturally bloom in June and July, not at Easter time, I won’t look for flowers next Easter. It will be a beautiful addition to my summer garden.

Have a WONDERFUL wonder-filled Wednesday!

'On Ya'-ma

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chapter 4, Page 26, Book 11


There is time for everything

Thomas Edison

There is specific time for every specific thing. There is time for everything under heaven. We think everything is important and we don’t want to give any of it up. So just how are we to outsmart time?

I've found that by living in the present moment and enjoying it for just what it is, gives me plenty of time to enjoy life Just to be aware of the grandness of the moment is a wonderful thing. For me living life in the present is part of living life to the fullest

Learning to live in the moment can mean getting up early to enjoy the beauty of an early sunrise, going for a hike instead of watching TV, or working at a hobby that destroys any trace of boredom. You just have to enjoy life's every moment as none of them will happen the same way again.

Every day I want to do something that takes my breath away. I can do this in lots of different ways: praying, watching nature programs, and reading stories of personal triumph, to name a few.

Just walking outside and viewing the beautiful spring flowers is another way I get that hard to define feeling. Even a small dose of nature can improve my mood

Physical contact with animals works wonders. It increases the brain chemicals associated with pleasure and decreases those associated with stress. While I no longer have dogs at my house I do have a lot of grand dogs and I love them all.

A baby's smile is another thing that can take my breath away. Thankfully, with my own children and now plenty of grandchildren I have plenty of opportunities for that.

Everyday, try and find these drops of small precious moments can build an ocean of JOY for a lifetime

There you have it my 2 for this Tuesday: Time for everything and ways to make more precious moments.

Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Monday, April 25, 2011

Merry Monday

Cherish every moment of your Life

The main trouble with mental notes is the ink fades so fast

I read somewhere that you are a reflection of your thoughts. If you think you can do great things, you will. If you
think you can’t, you won’t.

Too often I forget that I need to remember those good positive thoughts that will carry me through adversity and give me the
strength to climb mountains.

Too many times I have great thoughts and forget to write them down so when I decided to do a little redecorating around my house I chose a few prints to hang on the walls to remind me of what I often forget.

This one says: May Love be the Heart of this home.

This one says : Every day do one thing that will take your breath away

We can become as great as what we hold in our minds.

Since we painted the front room and the dining room here in March I had not been able to show you what was done due to the fact that I couldn't find my camera, but now you can see the color on the walls that all these lovely prints are hanging on.

I love my newly decorated and painted rooms. They do make me SMILE.

It will be a MERRY Monday for me today and I hope your Monday is a MERRY one too.

'On Ya'-ma

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chapter 4, Page 24, Book 11


All I Need to Know about Life I learned from the Easter Bunny!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Walk softly and carry a big carrot.

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

There's no such thing as too much candy.

All work and no play can make you a basket case.

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

Keep your paws off other people's jellybeans.

Good things come in small sugarcoated packages.

The grass is greener in someone else's basket.

An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.

To show your true colors you have to come out of the shell.

The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

Author Unknown
We had our wonderful family Easter celebration yesterday but today is the day we all be celebrating at church. Some of my family, there are always a few missing, will be joining me at church today. We plan to go early so we'll get a seat. So many Sundays I sit by myself so this is a real blessing!
It is always very crowded as we have many visitors and there are lots of people left standing at the rear of the church. Sure would be nice if it were that way every Sunday!
Easter is the gift of HOPE
Easter is the gift of PEACE
Easter is the gift of LOVE
Let us rejoice in Him,
Who gives them all.

May God bless you at Easter,
And keep you all year through.
May God give you all the faith it takes,
To make your dreams come true.
May His love and wisdom always help,
To guide you on your way.
May His light shine down upon you now,
To bless your Easter Day.

Author Unknown

I hope you are enjoying a little R and R....Relaxing and Refreshing, Rest and Renewal today! As always you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Happy Easter!

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chapter 4, Page 23, Book 11


I hope you all have enjoyed my journey through Lent this year. It is such a special time and I'm glad I have had the opportunity to share it with you all. Many people compare the Lenten season with a journey through the desert. I think of it as traveling through life. The gift we've been given to do the best we can with. I found that poem below seemed to sum things up very well

The Road Of Life

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong; so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was there sort of like a picture of a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him.

Later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life was like a bike ride, on a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don't recall when he suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, it was rather boring, and predictable . . . It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew the exciting paths to take, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds -- it was all I could do to just hang on! At times it seemed like madness. He said: Pedal!

And by faith I did, although I worried and was anxious. Where are you taking me? He laughed, but no answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure.

When I'd say, I'm scared, He'd lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people that had gifts that I needed. Gifts of healing, acceptance, love, and joy. So many priceless gifts to take on my journey -- my Lord's and mine. Then we were off again. He said, Give the gifts away -- they're extra baggage now -- there'll be more gifts to come. So I did, I gave them to people we met, and found that in giving I also received, and my burden was lighter.

I didn't trust him at first to be in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it -- but I discovered he knows how to handle even the roughest roads in my life. Now I'm learning to be quiet and pedal in the strangest places. I'm beginning to enjoy the view, the challenge of the ride, as well as the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

When it seems I just can't take anymore, I keep my eyes and faith on Him. He looks at me, with a big smile, and says: . . . Keep on Pedaling.


I will be having a SUPER Saturday today as it's the day when my family will get together to celebrate Easter. I do hope your Saturday is a super one too! Keep on Pedaling!

'On Ya'-ma