Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Down In My Heart


What a fun song, eliciting smiles and memories of childhood songs from Sunday school or church-sponsored summer camps.  The Weekly Photo Challenge:  JOY,  put this song in my head and it's been there since last Friday (when the challenge was posted).  It also made this nice picture posted by Stephanie Ackerman Designs even more meaningful … Continue reading Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Down In My Heart

Betsy: New Year’s Revolution


The kid in the AT&T commercial may be on to something:  New Year's Revolution.  I'm sure I won't be the only blogger to use it as a prompt for my writing today; there are surely thousands of bloggers who will share their year-in-review thoughts or their promises for the year to come.  I hope thought … Continue reading Betsy: New Year’s Revolution

Judy, Judy, Judy (Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy)


My sister Judy and I used to date; each other.  For quite some time, throughout much of our 30's in fact, we were each single.  Some on-line dating efforts proved occasionally to be fruitful but nothing so long-term that we had to give up our shopping, movies and dinner dates.  We accompanied each other to … Continue reading Judy, Judy, Judy (Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy)

Weekly Photo Challenge, JOY: Liam at Five


The weekly photo challenge is JOY, here is what came to my mind when I saw the challenge!

3 Grandchildren, 2 Grandparents, 2 Cats

Joy is a baby boy’s 5th birthday.  While no one was sure he’d make it this far, we all share in the joy of my great-nephew’s birthday number 5 on December 26th.  We are all so proud of him and of his parents (check out his daddy’s blog: http://pressuresupport.com/)

These pictures show Liam at three months old, smaller than his stuffed monkey and; at 5 years old the monkey, well….the monkey is still same size!

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Where the Sidewalk Ends


I came across this Shel Silverstein poem that someone posted the other day. It reminded me of when I did my student teaching during my senior year of college; Where The Sidewalk Ends was a popular book among the third graders in my class.  You might be familiar with one of his other very popular books, The Giving … Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends

December 26th Remembered


The day after...the day kids actually get to play with the toys that were ferociously opened on Christmas day.  What I remember about the day after is going through the pile of opened gifts to choose a favorite. I may have mentioned that I grew up with seven siblings, so there were always lots of … Continue reading December 26th Remembered

Amy Grant Restored My Christmas Spirit


My holiday spirit has been a challenge to find this year.  I've baked, shopped, wrapped, sent cards, sponsored a family for the holiday drive, visited our elderly neighbor.  The house is decorated; tree is in the window, wreaths are on the door and porch, candles are lit and the house smells like Christmas. To get … Continue reading Amy Grant Restored My Christmas Spirit