You are NOT the target

you are not the target

  Wouldn’t it be great if cranky, grumpy, hot-tempered people took an extended, nay, permanent, vacation far, far, away? Ahhh, such a sweet dream. In the real world, though, there are crabby people who will launch their slings and arrows your way with hardly a thought. You get to choose how to respond, and I […]

Saturday Sips: Encourage the dreamers

encourage dreamers

    I recently wrote about giving your children the freedom to dream and shared an interview I had done with a young man who wished to become a Navy SEAL. Being a parent of any child is difficult, especially when they choose a goal that is challenging, takes a great deal of courage, and […]

Great expectations create happier marriages

great expectations create happier marriages

  If you have hung around here for any length of time, you know I am an optimist. Yes, I struggle with being discouraged, annoyed, and even angry sometimes when things aren’t working out as I had expected. However, I remain overall, a believer in expecting the best. You could say that in my world, […]

Saturday Sips: Sending Joy via Postagram

sending joy via postagram

  Hang on to your hats, friends: I finally moved up from my five year old flip phone to an iPhone. Yippeee! As one of my brothers said, “Welcome to 2005!”   I have already begun to populate my phone with different apps: Wunderground (weather), Camera+ (improved photography capabilities), Candy Crush *she admits with embarrassment*, […]

How to choose a Mother’s Day gift that hits the heart

how to choose mother's day gift

   A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to […]

Saturday Sips: You are a storyteller!

you are a storyteller

You are a storyteller. Yes, you are. Let’s get that right out there, and no sassing back. We all have stories to share about our lives. As someone once said, “Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.”   When my niece Amanda was little, she would ask for family stories. She adored […]

Are you a listener or a fixer?

are you a listener or fixer

  Admit it: You love it when folks listen to you, especially when it is your husband. There is almost a sexiness about it when his eyes are looking into yours, and his attention is fully focused what you have to say.   But what about when you feel you are not being heard? Stephen […]

Leaving a legacy of love

leaving a legacy of love

  If you’ve been visiting here for a while, you are probably familiar with this powerful question: What do I do that shows you I love you? The answers are more numerous than the shoes in your closet, the pounds you’ve lost and gained, and the hours you’ve spent waiting.   There are the especially […]

Valentine’s Day: 5 tips for a delightful celebration

valentines day

    Jay Leno said, “Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion day.” The best humor always has a smidge of truth in it, doesn’t it? Jay’s comment is no exception. There is an air of huge expectancy from the women for their men to perform above and beyond on […]

Quick and easy Christmas breakfasts and tasty treats

quick and easy Christmas breakfasts

  Why am I sharing quick and easy Christmas breakfasts and tasty treat ideas on a blog dedicated to finding happiness right where you are, that helps you build stronger and more satisfying relationships? I’m talking about simple and yummy food that you gives you more time to enjoy family and friends. Prepared with lots […]

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