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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 31, Book 12


Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year.  

Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer, October 2010

Very soon now all those pumpkins will be used for making Pumpkin Pies.  

It's the last day of October and November brings Thanksgiving!  I'm looking forward to celebrating a whole month of Gratitude and Thanks.

For some, November means pumpkin pie, corn mazes, cooler weather, thanksgiving dinner, football, the Macy’s parade, but here at my house I want November to be a month of reflection. a time to refocus our attention. a time to make lists about our Thanksgiving.  The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to Give thanks in everything for this is God’s will…. this verse has been in my heart and for the whole month of November I'll be sharing what I'm thankful for.

There is a book called, 1000 gifts by Ann Voskamp. I have purchased it, and will start my list of 1000 things that I am thankful for.  

 Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. 

Author Unknown 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 30, Book 12

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,

Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost 

The storms of this week are blowing our leaves away.

All the oranges and yellows are fast disappearing.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 29, Book 12

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife

Proverbs 17: 1

Or better a little with peace and quiet than a lot with strife.

God uses difficult seasons to help us grow. Sometimes having less opens our eyes to what is really important. 

Life is more than the quantity of food we eat or the things we have.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 28, Book 12

It is essential to our well-being and to our lives
that we play and enjoy life.
Every day do something
that makes your heart sing.

Author Unknown

We know happiness is personal and different for each individual. We know happiness is a matter of perspective. We also know happiness is fluid and ever changing. But, in my life's journey, I've concluded happiness is not an emotion, but rather a place where my content heart resides peacefully.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 27, Book 12

It's Up to You

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference,
You see, IT'S UP TO YOU!

Author Unknown 

Ponder with me today the meaning of this poem in your own life.  

When we think about it, other eople are affected by our thoughts, words, and actions. We can be a shining beam of light that brightens someone’s day or a dark cloud adding more dreary negativity

 We can choose to make a positive difference as many or as few times a day as we like. 

It's up to you. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 26, Book 12

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.

Stephen King

We all have monsters under the bed. You know the monsters that creep out when you are at your weakest point and when your defenses are down.

 Ghosts are all about our inability to move on with our lives, to put the past where it belongs

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 25, Book 12

Each day is an adventure in discovering the meaning of life. It is each little thing that you do that day - whether it be spending time with your friends, running in a cross-country meet or just simply staring at the crashing ocean- that holds the key to discovering the meaning of life. I would rather be out enjoying these things than pondering them. We may never really discover the meaning of life, but the knowledge we gain in our quest to discover it is truly more valuable. 

Jack Canfield

Beauty!  Color!  Invigorating Days!  Bittersweet Reflections!  All of these characterize the season at hand.

Each day is an adventure to be embraced and celebrated—regardless of the season!
Spring and summer will return.  In the meantime, what a wealth of joy! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 24, Book 12


So little time to say the things
You'd really like to say -
Before you even find the words,
The time just slips away.

So little time to do the things
You feel that you must do.
So treasure, like the purest gold,
The time God's given you.

So little time to dream your dreams,
For youth has passed its prime,
And all too soon you realize
That there's ... so little time.

So little time to reach the height
To which you're bound to climb,
For swiftly pass the waning years,
And there's ... so little time.

So little time to pass regrets,
And less, to make amends,
Yet God can heal the deepest wounds
In chosen, cherished friends.

So little time to share God's love
And beauty here on earth,
And know, before His endless time,
Their meaning and true worth.

Oh, yes, there is so little time
To seek the hidden door
That opens up to heaven's time,
Where time's forevermore.

 Author Unknown

If only there were an extra hour in the day, we'd get more rest, read more books. But in our frantic world, it's hard to find even a minute 

I can’t do it all, nor can I be all things to all people.  None of us can.  At some point we all have to decide just what’s important in our lives.  We have to decide what really makes us tick.

Lord, for days that are sunny or gray we simply
want to say, Thank You! And for the daily grace
You give us in Your Son, may we always be faithful
to say, Thank You! You are so good to us.

When your heart speaks,
take good notes....

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 23, Book 12

Everyday Life Survival Kit

Tea Bag - Relax and think of your list of life's blessings 
Toothpick - Pick out the good qualities in everyone, including yourself. 
Bandaid - To heal hurt feelings. 
Mint - You are worth a mint to your family and friends 
Glue - So you can stick with it and accomplish anything. 
Sunny smile - To remind you its not always raining. 
Guardian Angel - Because everyone needs one. 
Pencil - To write down your days blessings. 
Eraser - Everyone makes mistakes 
Umbrella - For those rainy days when it just seems to pour down. 
String -To tie up loose ends. 
Ball - So you can bounce back quickly. 
Glitter - To put the sparkle back in your life. 
Velcro dot - So you can keep things together.

Everybody could do with some little reminders to improve living your everyday life

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 22, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 12

Orange is the happiest color. 

Frank Sinatra

Orange is a power color. It is one of the healing colors. It is said to increase the craving for food. It also stimulates enthusiasm and creativity. Orange means vitality with endurance. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere. Lady luck's color is orange.

Orange is the most flamboyant color on the planet! It's the color tied most this fun times, happy and energetic days, warmth and organic products. It is also associated with ambition. There is nothing even remotely calm associated with this color. 

Put some orange in your life when you want:

to spice things up when you feel time is dragging
 to become more involved in something
to increase creativity
for relief from things becoming too serious

It's another beautiful fall day here in Ohio.  I'm so thankful for all the gorgeous fall colors.

Life is magic,
the way Nature works
seems to be quite magical.

Jonas Salk

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 21, Book 12

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination

Don Williams Jr.

But on any given day, at any given moment, all we have is all we need, except perhaps, the astonishing wonder of how much we really have and a grateful heart.

If you are waiting for someone else to make you happy, you’re missing out.  Smile because you can.  Choose happiness.  Be the change you want to see in the world.  Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 12

The best things in life are nearest, Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

Robert Louis Stevenson.

The sweetest things in life... We love sweets...sweet children, sweet moments, sweet memories and of course sweet treats!  

Remember to slow down and take time to focus on the little things, it might just help make your day a little less ordinary

Friday, October 19, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 12

Many of us have at some time dreamt of owning one of those magic purses that would never be empty. No matter how much money we would draw from it, it would remain full! As it turns out, we already have such a contraption in us and this one's worth a lot more than a trillion enchanted wallets. Our heart can love 24-hours a day without ever running empty. As a matter of fact, the more love we pass to others, the more love we'll have!

Author Unknown

If you want to feel rich, start with what you do with your time.  Annie Dillard said it well:  How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives

The Value of Time

To realize the value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple.
To realize the value of four years:
Ask a graduate.
To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.
To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour:
Ask lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics. 

To realize the value of a friend:
Lose one.

Time waits for no one.  Treasure every moment you have.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 12

There nothing stopping even the trees from enflaming joy, all glory.

When I hear someone else laughing, I often laugh too. Their chuckle or giggle makes me smile, and I feel joyful and lighthearted.   When I recall the blessings of my life, the times when I’ve experienced great joy and happiness. I let those memories wash over me, and I can feel my joy begin to grow.

God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.

Genesis 21:6

TODAYS THOUGHT:  What is the longest word in the English language?

SMILES!  There's a mile between the first and last letters!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 12

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. 

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Nobody likes making mistakes. But, unless you want to go through life as a complete recluse, you are guaranteed to make one every now and them. If you learn from mistakes correctly, they can propell will you forward.
 The best among us still make them frequently.  

If a driver makes a mistake, it’s an accident
If a teacher makes a mistake, it’s a new theory
If a barber makes a mistake, it’s a new hair style

It seems sometimes that we have so many opportunities to mess up in life

The important thing is to view mistakes as a useful stepping stone to a higher reality and better outlook on life.

Tom Bodett, once said, The difference between school and life? In school you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.  With the right attitude, with the right motivation, we can take those mistakes in life and turn them into little miracles that we can be proud of.

I always like to think it is the good Lord's way of keeping me humble.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 16, Book 12


God didn't promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow, sun without rain,
but He did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Disappointments are like road bumps,
they slow you down a bit but you enjoy
the smooth road after they're gone.
Don't stay on the bumps too long. Move on!

When you feel down because you didn't get
what you want, just sit tight and
be happy, because God is thinking of
something better to give you.

When something happens to you, good or bad,
consider what it means -- don't be sad.
There's a purpose to life's events, to teach
you how to laugh more, or not to cry too hard.

You can't make someone love you,
all you can do is be someone who can be loved;
the rest is up to the other person
to realize your worth.

What the heart gives away is never gone... 
It is kept in the hearts of others.
Remember that great love and great
achievements involve great risks.

Secure a special place in your heart.
A certain place only you can enter.
There will come a time to find yourself,
and only your heart will show you the way.

The measure of love is when you love without measure.
In life there are very rare chances that you'll
meet the person you love and who loves you in return.
So once you have it don't ever let go,
the chance might never come your way again.

It's better to lose your pride to the one you love,
than to lose the one you love because of pride.
We spend so much time looking for the right person
to love or finding fault with those we already love,
when instead we should be perfecting the love we give.

When you truly care for someone, you don't look for faults,
you don't look for answers, you don't look for mistakes.
Instead, you fight the mistakes, you accept the faults,
and you overlook excuses.

Never abandon an old friend. You will never
find one who can take his or her place.
Friendship is like fine wine,
it gets better as it grows older.

Author Unknown 

Five rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

This is My commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:12 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 12

The Miracle Doctor

A new miracle doctor was in town. He could cure anything and anybody, and everyone was amazed with what he can do.

Everyone except for Mr. Smith, the town grouch.

So Mr. Smith went to this 'miracle doctor' to prove that he wasn't anybody special. So he goes and tells the doctor, Hey, doc, I have lost my sense of taste. I can't taste 'nothin, so what are 'ya going to do?

The doctor scratches his head and mumbles to himself a little, then tells Mr. Smith, What you need is jar number 43.

Jar number 43? Mr. Smith wonders.

So the doctor brings the jar and tells Mr. Smith to taste it. He tastes it and immediately spits it out, This is gross!, he yells.

I just restored your sense of taste Mr. Smith, says the doctor.

So Mr. Smith goes home very mad.

One month later, Mr. Smith goes back to the doctor along with a new problem, Doc, he starts, I can't remember!

Thinking he got the doctor, the doctor scratches his head and mumbles to himself a little and tells Mr. Smith, What you need is jar number 43...

Before the doctor finished his sentence, Mr. Smith fled the town.

 Author Unknown

It's been said that a smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart. 

If you can look at the sunset and smile, then you still have hope.

Anger and hatred too have been found to use up more energy and vitality than the body can replace while joy and love have actually been found to replenish your energy and vitality

We become blessed rather than stressed. We smile and feel good in the many wonderful choices we make each day.

To SMILE is a blessing!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 14, Book 12

Orange pumpkins,  a bounty of squash, ears of dried corn and pots of beautiful burgundy and yellow mums

Visual candy corn 

Autumn asks only that we just slow down and in a measured pace, consider making room in our hearts for blessings hidden 

I think Autumn reveals to us a lot about our faith. It's a season when things are reserved, calming. Leaves are changing colors and twirling to the ground. It's almost mystical. There is still color, but it's muted. The air is brisk and tangy. Some view the falling leaves as a peaceful wait period before the promises of Spring and renewal. 

Using the visual candy corn or the real thing, I think we can save up enough Candy Corn to last us till Spring

Sweet blessings to you all this day.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 13, Book 12

We are the music makers,And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world fo
r ever, it seems.

Arthur O’Shaughnessy

It’s pretty clear that music plays an important role in many people’s lives. I listen to music to lift my mood when I’m down, and to brighten an already radiant day.

 Whatever the reason may be, music touches our souls and uplifts our spirit.

What we sing and how we sing reveals much of who we are, and entering into another's song and music making provides a gateway into their world, which might be much different from our own. Something is shared in singing that goes beyond the words alone

Music lends its power to all the other practices that shape who we are. 

An Ode to Autumn
by  English Poet John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,-
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Autumn is represented metaphorically as one who conspires, who ripens fruit, who harvests, who makes music.

May music make your life sweeter and richer 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 12, Book 12

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.  It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.  

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Between seedtime and harvest comes a time of waiting. After a seed is planted, the heat, moisture and pressure of the ground finally cause the outer hull to crack open. Then roots shoot down, digging their way through the ground. It takes time for this to happen, and it takes place underground. Above the ground, you can't tell anything is happening. That's the way our lives are.

Sow a thought, reap an act;
Sow an act, reap a habit;
Sow a habit, reap a character;
Sow a character, reap a destiny

Today we are becoming what we will be the rest of our lives

By letting go of the past and taking care of today we provide for tomorrow or at least prepare for it.

You can't control the length of your life - but you can control its width and depth. You can't control the contour of your face - but you can control its expression. You can't control the weather - but you can control the atmosphere of your mind. Why worry about things you can't control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you. I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington