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

Author Unknown

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 31, Book 12

I've learned...
to gather all the crumbs thrown my way.
They soon form a lovely, thick slice
of life and memories


I do try to take life one day at a time and enjoy the moments as they come.  Taking one slice at a time and savoring each bite.

There were many crumbs thrown my way this past week that really made for some wonderful memories.

Last Friday I had a wake up call early in the morning and I greeted the day with a new grandson.

Saturday I watched as family continually came by to welcome this new little one into our lives.  Smiles were abundant and joy was evident in each and every face.

Sunday, more of the same and dinner with some other members of my family where we all talked about how it does take a village to raise a child.  Mr. Wonderful sported a new hair cut making him seem older (he won't be 2 until the end of August) and he kept us in awe with his pleases and thank yous.  DS#1 and family made the long trip home to see the new baby too, and we loved having them come.

Monday, Memorial Day, Hot dogs and hamburgs, family and friends welcomed the new little one home.  I watched our little Lucky guy read a bedtime story to his new cousin.  Just precious!

Tuesday, a feeling of quiet and contentment knowing that the new babe and mom were home and that they have a loving daddy to help care for them.

Wednesday, we were blessed with some much cooler weather after having very hot temps.  I was able to work in the yard without being too hot.  I also got to visit with DD, her hubby and the new baby.  They are all doing great!

My goodness what a blessed week it was.  My slice of life was huge and flavorful!

Sometimes you can have your piece of cake and eat it too.  

I am blessed, and I am thankful!

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 30, Book 12


Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. It is the freshness of the deeper springs of life. 

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Whether 60 or 16, every human being may experience wonder, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing, childlike appetite for the future, the joy in living. For you are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your despair. 

As long as your heart receives messages of beauty hope, cheer, courage, and power from God and from your fellow human beings, you are young.


I've learned that life is tough
but I'm getting tougher

How we respond to our age and, for that matter, how others respond is really up to you. We all age in years, but we don’t have to get an I’m too old mindset.  Remember, confident people are positive and look at what they have, not what they have lost.
Today is a WONDERFUL new day, and I am excited about what just  I might be able to accomplish.  Each day brings new opportunities and a surprise or two.   I've no need to forget yesterday, I'm living in the present and looking at what I've got to work with...

Today, I'll probably doing yard work, but it is supposed to be cooler.  That is a good thing!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!

'On Ya'-ma

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 12

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Benjamin Franklin 


I've learned ....
that I always think of the right thing
to say when it's too late.

Isn’t it wonderful to be able to say the right thing at the right time?  Most of us wish we could have said the appropriate thing when confronted with situations that caught us off guard.

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
Proverbs 15:23

I greatly admire those that can always say the right word at the right moment.  And it's great fun to hear someone answer back with a good quip when they've been insulted.  I can never seem to come up with an quick enough answer at times like that.

Some people just always seem to be able to always say the right thing no matter what the occasion might be.  

I've heard it called the art of conversation and even diplomacy.  What ever name you give it, I sure do wish I had it.  My grandmother used to say that if you have nothing good to say, don't say it at all.  

I've found that there is always a right time to say thanks and there is much to be said for kindness too.  As long as our words are heart felt I think it is always ok to say, I'm praying for you or that I believe in you.

To tell some one that YOU can do it, or to say you MAKE a difference,  is always a positive and encouraging thing to say.

No matter how hard we try through we don't always get the words right.  But I think it is important to carefully consider what we say and to keep on trying to get it right.  After all, we are all human and not perfect at all, but in our own unique ways we can let people know we care a lot and want only the best for them

I hope you all have a TERRIFIC Tuesday, you do mean a lot to me.

'On Ya'-ma

Monday, May 28, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 28, Book 12

 Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. 

From a headstone in Ireland

Memorial Day, first observed in 1868, is about remembering those who gave their lives so we might enjoy ours

Today, while enjoying your barbecues and vacations and swimming pools and quality time with your families, remember those who have sacrificed everything so that we could continue to do so.

It's a day to remember too those that are harms way.  Our airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines risk death every day, not only at the hands of our enemies but also simply by doing their jobs, jobs that by their very nature can never be made safe. Remember them today, Memorial Day, and the sacrifice so many of them have made

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.  

George Eliot

We also use Memorial Day to also honor family members who have died, not just servicemen and women.  There are many in my family that I'll be remembering and missing this day.

On this Memorial Day, let us pray for peace and may all those remembered deep in our hearts be in our thoughts and prayers.

Somewhere, for everyone, there is that person, who, inside their mind , carries the memories of a person's soul  so that they might never be forgotten, and in that, we are all immortal. 

Julie Randolph

I'm sending you best wishes for a Happy Memorial Day!

'On Ya'-ma

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 27, Book 12

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life

Proverbs 4:23


Your heart refers to your mind, your attitudes, your opinions , and your motivations.  That would include every thing and everyone that influences your heart and mind.  Guard it well because it is the wellspring of life.  The source and supply of everything that happens in life.  Guard it well.

Guarding our hearts, the wellspring of our lives is definitely a challenge that we should all take up every day.

  When I hear those words, I automatically liken it to protecting the one thing that has the capability to control so many parts of me.  The heart is the muscle that is responsible for sending blood around your body and the blood provides all the nutrients and oxygen that you need to live.  The heart has dual functions.  The left side of your heart is responsible for receiving blood from your lungs and pumps it out to the body.  The right side receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs.  You cannot live without a heart.  It is the core of physical life.

The heart is also the place where your emotions live.  Although it is your thoughts that control your emotions, it is your emotions that control how you feel, which affects the heart. The HEART is the center of our being.

As busy people who juggle a lot we often don’t have time to contemplate what is going on within us.  We need to pay attention to what is causing us to feel anxious in our thoughts. What brought that tension to our shoulders?  We need to pay attention to what brought any anxieties into our souls.

How we behave or act in any situation – who we think we are – is controlled first by our heart. Our thoughts and attitude come from the heart, and not our intellect.

Faith, loyalty, commitment, integrity, wisdom, devotion, hard-work, understanding, beliefs, madness, evil, … all this is first determined in the heart, before the intellect. So many of our own maladies could be healed or corrected if we only took the time to discover something about our hearts, and preventatively guard them.

We learn to filter some of what influences our heart. We can accept love and give human definitions to how we feel it. Likewise we experience hatred or anger, and choose whether or not to take them to heart

Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart. Unknown

This Sunday as always is my day to rest and relax.  I'm going to be off to church a little earlier than usual today and then will stop by the hospital to visit with my daughter, her hubby and the baby.   Hopefully they were all able to get some rest last night.  They had little sleep at all the night before as DD was hit by a bad bout of nausea, but was feeling much better yesterday. 

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!  I hope today is a restful one for you.

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 26, Book 12

I've learned...

that having a child fall asleep in your
arms is one of he most peaceful
feelings in the world


We all know the words associated with getting older. We could list them off without even giving it a thought. Some are great words. They are words like grandchildren or  retirement. Some are not so wonderful. 

Some people believe that words can't hurt, but for me they do.

There are some things I wished I'd known sooner in life.  One of them is knowing that we don't have to do is always our choice.

The older I get I care less and less of what people think about me and more about enjoying life.

When you retire, make sure you have something to retire for and not from.

In life, nothing is certain and nothing is perfect. Just rise above the challenge.

I've been a mom for many years now and I've also been a grand'ma' for at almost half of those years.  One of my son's surprised us and married very young and was also a very young dad too.  

The ages of my grands runs from 19 to newborn.  I have at some point or the other been able to enjoy holding each and everyone of them.  It is a very good feeling.  

I loved holding my own babes and I love holding the grand'babes' too.

That's what I'll be doing this Saturday...holding the newest born.
I have 10 grandsons and 7 granddaughters now.  This one is a boy.  They are all very precious to me. 

I hope your Saturday is a SUPER one too!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, May 25, 2012

#17 is here! Meet our little X Factor

Born at 2:28 am this morning!

19 inches 8lbs.2oz

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 12

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together. 

Josh Billings 


Your eyes might be green,
Your eyes might be blue,
My imagination runs wild
With images of you.
Your hands and your feet,
How small they must be,
When you’re placed in my arms,
Whose face will I see.
Whether a handsome boy,
Or a beautiful little girl,
We shall cherish the day,
You are brought into this world.
A small child so precious and sweet,
Has come into your lives
to make them complete.
 Author Unknown 

It's time !  DD is to become a mom today!

Hope you all have a FANTASTIC FRIDAY!

'ON YA'- ma

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 12

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, 
for love and friends,
For everything 
Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

THANKFUL Thursday!
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! 
Psalm 100:4
Did you know that the word worship is, in fact, derived from an Old English word meaning to acknowledge the worth or value of something?  That was one of the new things I learned this week.

It's Thankful Thursday and as always I have a list of things I'm thankful for today.

Appreciation is like an
insurance policy.  It has
to be renewed every
now and then.

Dave McIntyre

There are moments when we just want to thank God for the good things in our lives, and praise God for the amazing world around us.

I can imagine that a prayer of thank you was the first prayer ever uttered: Thank you for the deep blue of sky and the green of grasses. Thank you for food to eat, clothes to wear and a place to sleep.

These simple things are still worthy of our thanks on a daily basis. Without these and other gifts such as air and water, we cannot live. 
I've learned...
that it is those small daily happenings
that make life so spectacular!

I'm always thankful too for my health and the good health of those in my family too

I'm thankful for smiles and hugs that make my days complete

I'm thankful for the beautiful spring days we've been having

I'm thankful tor the new life that is coming in our family this week.

All that we behold is full of blessings.  

William Wordsworth

We might do our hearts, minds and bodies a big favor if we could meet every day with an attitude of gratitude.  Of course, we already know it's good for the soul.

I'm thankful for this Thursday and I hope you all are too!

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chapter 5,Page 23, Book 12

If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred. 

Walt Whitman

Wonderful Wednesday / wonderful life!

And Whitman didn't know the half of it either.  The human body is made up of about 100 trillion cells and produces more than 1.5 million new blood cells ever second.

That is what I would call WONDERFUL for sure!

In an average lifetime, your brain can store up to 100 million bits of information.

The human body is a living miracle!

Where there is great love there are always miracles
Willa Cather

The age of miracles is forever here. 
Thomas Carlyle

Just a few thoughts on miracles today.  All life is a miracle and when we think about it.  We are all miracles.

I'll end with another Whitman quote today.

And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles. 

I hope your Wednesday is a WONDERFUL one!

'On Ya'-ma