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May I just Say You’re All Amazing? :)

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May I just say you’re all amazing? I may, why then I shall! I now have, including e-mail subscribers, have 501 people who read my blog. I am so very humbled by this. I truly appreciate all of you for taking the time to read my ramblings, poetry, rants, etc. Thank you for the comments, advice, encouragement, re-blogs, and likes. Your support, friendship, and kindness mean a lot to me. You inspire me with your funny stories, heartfelt tales, recipes, music videos, pictures, and poetry. I hope that this post finds you all doing well. Before I wrap this up, I will again say thank you for all you bring to my life. I love you guys and dolls. Keep on sharing/writing!!!!

Merry Christmas to all!

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I won’t be online much after this morning for a little while. We begin our traveling and family festivities today and I am so excited. To me, Christmas is first about celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior. Second, it is about celebrating love. I want to give the love I have for others throughout the year, no matter what day it is on the calendar, but during this season…when so many struggle financially and emotionally, all the more do I want to do this. Third, it is about family & friends, our most cherished loved ones. I have spent some holidays alone and it isn’t a fun experience. I have also spent some of them with friends because they didn’t want me to be alone. I am grateful for their love, kindness, and hospitality. When I am given the chance to do the same for others, I do because I know how it feels to spend them alone and want to help others feel loved and remind them they’re not alone. Fourth, while it’s not truly about the presents, I will admit it feels good to give and to receive. God teaches us to give, encourages us to do so, and so this is why I do it…not to dishonor Him by putting up decorations and buying gifts…forgetting about Him….no, this is to honor Him and what He wants us all to do…to love one another and to give of our love, time, and whatever we can to those around us.

This year, we will be incredibly busy. When you’re in a serious relationship, things change. It’s no longer about just me, it’s about us. So, we’ll be going to some of his family celebrations and then also to some of mine. We are family now and so this is how that goes. 😉 Oh, it will be crazy with all the traveling, the bad weather afoot, and so on….but like I said earlier, I am so very excited. I will get to see people I so rarely get to spend time with. Throughout the year, they’re so busy, but this is the one time we all gather together. Family means so much to me. I hope all of you who read this has a very Merry Christmas! To those who don’t celebrate Christmas, whatever it is, may it be full of love, family, and togetherness. If you don’t celebrate anything, then still I wish for you good days filled with happiness, friendship, and love. It doesn’t matter what day it is, what season, what holiday, or any of that…I try to celebrate love every single day of the year. ❤

Birthday Celebrations Are NOT Just For Kids. ;)

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I turn 35 on the 18th of this month and I find that I am just as excited for my birthday as I was when I was a kid. Some argue that when you become an adult that birthday parties should be a thing of the past. Some feel that there just isn’t a reason to celebrate like there was when you were a child. I disagree and in fact, I feel there are many more reasons to celebrate. I have a handsome son who is so intelligent, talented, witty, and someone I am so proud of. I finally have a good relationship with my mom and now my dad and I are talking more as well. I have such amazing aunts, uncles, cousins, and still have two very loving grandmothers. I have five awesome nephews and one incredibly adorable niece. I have the most wonderful boyfriend on the planet and thank God for him every single day. I have a job, a place to call home, a working vehicle, and so much more. I am doing something with my writing, have a beautiful voice that I am finally brave enough to use, and am doing more with my photography. There are so many things in my life worth celebrating. And, I also feel that I am a person worth celebrating too! Also, I love spending time with my friends and family. The most special part of my birthday is being able to bring so many people I love together and in that time, we can celebrate life and love. Over the next week, I will get to see family and friends and this makes me happier than any present could ever make me. I think that you’re never too old to celebrate your birthday; it’s just that the celebrations change as we get older. ❤

Thank you

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I just wanted to tell you all today how very thankful I am for all of you. Thank you for supporting me, my blog, and for being my friend. 🙂

Thank you

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On this the day before Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks for the blessings in my life, including all of you…my WordPress family. I have so much to be thankful for. I listed something every single day since November 1st on my Facebook account. I found the closer I got to Thanksgiving, the harder it got for me to choose something because I realize now more than ever how very blessed I am, how beautiful my life is, even in its darkest moments. 

I am thankful for God and His goodness, forgiveness, and grace. I am thankful for all He does for me, for how many times He’s saved me both physically and mentally. I am thankful for the many family and friends that I have had and currently have in my life. I am thankful for the many ways my life has been enriched and blessed because of them. I am thankful for the joy they bring me, the lessons they teach me, the ways they inspire me, the encouragement they give, the push and drive they instill in me, & most of all the laughter and love. I am thankful for most of all for my son. He has taught me more about unconditional love than I thought I’d ever know. He is a light in my life that I thank God for every single day. I am thankful for my amazing boyfriend, for the rock he’s been, for the love he gives me, for getting to know me and accepting me as is, for all he does, and for all he is. I am thankful for the joy my pets have brought to my life. My cats have all been so loyal, friendly, and loving. They’ve been more than just pets; they’ve been family. 

The relationships in my life are most cherished indeed. I try so hard not to take anyone I love for granted. I want everyone I love to know how special they are to me for as long as I have the chance to do so. Life is fleeting and none of us knows how long we have here. I want to make sure I don’t waste what time I have. Not worrying or stressing out isn’t something I can stop outright, but I have been getting better at focusing more on the good in my life and there is a lot of that. 🙂

Besides the people and animals in my life, there is so much more to be thankful for. I have a job and even though my hours were cut, at least I have an income. I like what I do and am happy for the most part with where I work. Being able to pay bills and do things like provide for my son is very satisfying. Giving my son a good birthday a couple weeks back meant a lot to me. I live in a nice house in a decent neighborhood. It is a very good feeling for both Doug and I. I have a car that works, gets me to where I need to go, and looks nice too. I have enough clothes to wear, food to eat, books to read, music to listen to, games and puzzles to challenge me and that also allows my family and I many fun things to do together, and so on. I have my camera to make memories with and help others do the same. I have my voice…allowing me to speak and to sing. I have bad eyesight, but with the aid of glasses…I can do most things. I am thankful for technology that allows people like me to have a better quality of life. I have great hearing which allows me to enjoy music, the sound of my son’s laughter, and so much more. I have my wit, intelligence, and compassionate nature. God gave me so many talents and I am thankful for each one. Instead of complaining about what I can’t do, I focus more on what I can and also working together with others. When we combine our talents, we find we can do so much more than we could do alone. Seriously, when I really think about it, my life is really beautiful. There are bumps in the road, bad things happen, and sometimes my mood isn’t all that great….but I look at the bad now and see it all as lessons to learn and also it helps me appreciate the good in my life that much more. 

Like I said in the beginning, I am thankful to all of you who read my blog. Some have only run across one post and decided they liked it and I never heard from them again and some are avid readers. No matter how many times you read my words, listen to a video I post, or look at a picture I share doesn’t matter in the end. Any and all support is very much appreciated. Thank for each view, like, comment, and re-blog. I have said it before, I will say it now, and will undoubtedly say it again….thank you for inspiring me and letting me inspire you. I like reading your blogs. I don’t always have something to say, though when I do, I will. 😉 Do you realize that many of your posts have influenced mine? You guys and dolls are great! And then telling me many times that I inspire you is so humbling. I had no idea I’d touch so many hearts with my blog. It’s an amazing feeling. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this and for each of you that I have interacted with. I love ya guys and dolls, a lot. 🙂

I hope that those of you celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow will have an amazing day, filled with love….no matter who you spend it with. May it be filled with joy and may you make wonderful memories to last you a lifetime. Enjoy your family, friends, and of course the food too. 🙂 I know there are those across the world that don’t celebrate this day, so for you I just wish you a safe and happy day, whatever you do and whomever you spend your day with. Whether tomorrow is Thanksgiving to you or just another day, perhaps still take a moment to be thankful for your many blessings. Well, I am out of here for a few days…got a lot going on, take care and much love to all of you. Again, thank you for your support. YOU ALL ROCK! ❤

A new chapter….

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Life has been busy lately and it’s only about to get busier! I just got offered a job as a receptionist at a welding company. My friend gave me the idea to apply there, so glad she did! I start on Monday and I am so excited. Unlike my last few jobs, this one isn’t a temp job, it’s a direct hire from the beginning. This makes me beyond happy because I can caught up on bills, help Doug, do more for my son, and well then I am not beside myself trying to keep myself busy. I like to be busy, to be productive. One day shy of five weeks is all I was unemployed for, this is the shortest amount of time in between jobs and I am happy about that because I feel like less of a burden to those around me. I am so blessed to have had such an amazing and supportive boyfriend and some terrific friends, so very appreciative of all they have done for me while I was unemployed. When one hits what they feel is the bottom and it’s so dark, you find out who is truly there for you. God shone his light, reminded me often there’d be better days and until then, there’d be people to help me regain my footing once more, one day at a time. Thanks again to all those who never gave up on me and who have been there through it all, not just there when it was convenient.

My new job won’t be the only thing keeping me busy. I have a lot to do in the next several weeks. I have a family reunion, Brewer games, weddings, my kiddo’s football games, and so on to attend. I am excited for the many wonderful things I get to be a part of. My life is so full. I may not be wealthy when it comes to my bank account, but I most certainly am when it comes to the amount of love I am given and the love I am able to give unto others. I want to work, to pay bills, to do fun things, and so on…but without the love of my family and friends, my life would be empty and no amount of money and possessions could fill that void. I am excited to begin the newest chapter in my life and so grateful to have many wonderful people to share in it with. 

Life is good

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Many of my former years seemed to be cast in shadow. There’d be glimmers of light now and then, reminding me that one day I’d find my way out of the darkness. One day I’d have grown enough, enough to do what needs to be done, enough to fight for the life I’d only seen in my sweetest of dreams.

Sometimes life is taxing. Sometimes I deal with things on a particular day that knocks the wind out of my sails. We all deal with rough days, eh? Overall though, my life is good, very good in fact. My life may not always be easy, but then no one sails calm waters every day of their life…but I can say that it is beautiful.

I have so much to be grateful for. I have a handsome 10 year old son who is starting fifth grade once our summer inevitably passes by too quickly. 😉 He can be beyond a handful, but he is my greatest gift from God. He is so talented, intelligent, witty, and when he wants to…he has a heart of gold. I am beyond proud of my kiddo for how far he has come over the years, for how smart he is, and for how amazing he is.

I have the best boyfriend in the history of boyfriends. He is my best friend, the first one I go to when I am having my roughest of days and when I have the best of news to celebrate. He is supportive, patient, kind, and treats me with respect and love….in a way I’d never known before. He is my love, the one whom still gives me butterflies just by smiling his silly and sweet smile, by taking my hand and interlocking our fingers when we walk, by kissing me, and well by just being him. He is part of my family, one I would do anything for, and one whom I am proud to show to all I love. We haven’t truly argued in the time we have been together. Even still after living together now and seeing how we are day in and day out, with our masks strewn upon the floor…we still communicate the way we always have….telling one another how we feel about something and letting the other voice their side as well. When we disagree, we try our best to compromise and usually, we’re able to meet in the middle. When we can’t, we don’t belittle the other or fight, we just agree to disagree. All major areas of our life are things we agree on, so this helps. We both love God, our families, our friends, and do what we can to better ourselves and those around us. I have never been as happy as I am now and I thank God each day He gives us to spend together.

Something else to be grateful for is how my son and Doug get along. Zach adores Doug and Doug has been such a positive role model, so grateful that the two most important guys in my life are close. This means more to me than I could ever say. They both mean so much to me and seeing them when they’re talking wrestling, video games, baseball, cars, and just goofing off and being boys melts my heart.

I have a job, not one I am in love with, but one that allows me to pay my bills and actually contribute to the life Doug and I want. It is something that works until something better comes along one day. Early next year, my student loan comes out of default because I will at that point have made enough on time payments on it. Then I can go for my dream in accounting. For now, I work hard, and do what I must. I am grateful to be working, especially knowing that many out there fight to find a job. I am blessed.

Doug and I share a beautiful home, wonderful friends, and also have some pretty awesome family members….some of which have taken to the other and stand behind our relationship as well as us as individuals. I am blessed, he is blessed, well…we are blessed. Yes, life is good.

I encourage each of you to look at your lives and take a moment to think of the goodness. Sometimes it becomes really rough for us to find the joy, but it can always be found if we try. I want to thank each of you again who supports my blog. Thank you for the kind words, the encouragement, the friendship, the advice, the laughter, and the love. You have made more of a difference in my life than you know. I love you, my WordPress family, so much. God bless each of you and yours. ❤

Blessings

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Right now in this moment, I am so very grateful and so very happy. I am dating the greatest man ever. He’s more than my best friend, more than my lover, for you see…he’s become family. I have never been this happy in my entire life, never. I thank God every single day for bringing him into my life. 10 years ago, I remember being so depressed, so lonely. I wondered if I’d ever find love. Five years ago, same thing and even a year ago I wondered when I’d get to live my real life fairy-tale. I spent years chasing all the wrong guys and always ended up with a broken heart. But, here I am now in the longest, healthiest, and happiest relationship I have ever been in. Again, THANK YOU, GOD! Thank you. I now realize I had to wait as long as I did because when I thought I was ready, the man you had in store for me wasn’t and to be honest, neither was I. What matters though is that we’re ready now and we’ve been brought together.

Two weeks ago today, Doug & I began the moving process. We’re now all settled in. Zach loves the house and he already made some friends. We met some of the neighbors and they did seem pretty nice as well. This place really is home and I can’t begin to express my joy. I get to do more than “play house” with the man I love and my son, we really did find our home, the place where we all belong.

After 11 months of looking, I finally found a job. I was offered a temp to hire job at Ryder Transportation Services. I will be working at the front window, be the face that people see first. I will answer the phones, get the drivers their proper paperwork, file, price things, do inventory, etc. To know that the wait is finally over has me in tears, literally. I am so happy right now, I can’t even explain it properly. I am done depending on everyone else, I can finally take care of myself once more and this is such a good feeling. 

It took a long time to turn my life around, but I finally did it. I have had a lot of help doing so and I want to thank each of you that have helped me. Thank you for the prayers, emotional support, an ear to listen, shoulders to cry on, laughter, money given, time spent, friendship, and for the love you have all shown me. I love you all so much, much more than I can ever really say. Thank you especially to God for pushing me forward, for giving me the courage and the strength that I have needed to get through all of this. My life is so beautiful and I am so grateful for it.

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This is hanging on the wall, right next to our front door. God does have a plan and now that I am following it, life is truly wonderful.

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This is our home, take a seat won’t you?

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This is where I will sit and read…

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Movie time….

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We support the Green & Gold in this house! GO PACK GO!

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This is where I am right now. 😉

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My kiddo’s room 🙂

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Our room 🙂

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The room in which we bathe 😉

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Welcome to the kitchen….

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It’s not much, but it’s enough for us. 🙂

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This is I where I spent a lot of time….cooking for my boys. 😉

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Where we will have company come to play video games, board games, cards, etc

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Said video game consoles and such 😉

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Anyone fancy playing Phase 10? What about Farkle??

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My artsy stuff and some precious memories…..

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Our cute little yard and the back of our garage

 

So, I hope you liked the tour of our home…..thanks for stopping by. God Bless you all and I hope you have a great rest of the week. Make the best of what you have and the time you’re given. Sing, dance, laugh, and most definitely LOVE…..and LIVE! ❤

 

Home

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We’re mostly settled into our new place. It’s a tad small, but we’re making due with what we have. I love our little house! My son gets to see it for the first time this evening when I bring him home for the weekend. His room is all finished and I am excited for him to see it. There are a few surprises that await him, like some football and baseball cards that Doug was collecting from his childhood, a Packer’s helmet, a Brewer’s helmet, my old camera that had a SD card in it for him to use, etc. 

Really all that is left for us to do is hang pictures, put together the bookshelf, put the books away, break down boxes, then reorganize the laundry room, and get the new belts put on the washer and dryer. I thought about taking pictures of the inside of our home, but I want to wait till we’re DONE, but that will be SOON, I promise. 🙂 The internet will be installed tomorrow, right now I am using my computer at my grandma’s yet. (I would have posted sooner, but was quite busy packing, unpacking, rearranging, etc….my mind wasn’t on posting. *smiles*) I will be taking it there this afternoon so I can set it up so that Time Warner can do the installation. It’s all coming together!!! 

I hope all is well in the land of WordPress! End May with smiles and laughter and may June begin the same way. Much love to all of you, take care!

Just checking in

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I have been so busy lately, oi. (This has been mostly a good thing!) I swear I haven’t forgotten any of you though. 😉 Now on top of all the moving stuff and job hunting, I am sick too. Oh joy of joys. 😉 My son came home on Friday with what seemed like a minor cold and I seemed to escape it until Monday evening. (poor kiddo was worse for the wear on Saturday, but got right onto caring for him, so hopefully between myself and now what his dad is doing, he’s better now.) I now have bronchitis, not surprised because I have chronic bronchitis and asthma. However, enough whining!

The closing date on the house is tomorrow and we begin moving in and should be done this weekend. I am nearly ready to go, just have my pictures to wrap up once I have containers for them and I will have them when I am done with laundry (laughs) and keeping a few bathroom things out that I still need to use yet and will be putting those into my backpack later. We went shopping Monday evening for basics, it was so exciting, a bit expensive, but cool none the less. 🙂 I am so ready for this next chapter to begin!!!

I have a great guy in my life, a wonderful son, and some pretty terrific friends that I am surrounded by on a constant basis. There are some pretty outstanding family members and friends that I don”t get to see often as well, can’t forget to acknowledge the difference they make in my life, even if it is from afar. 😉 Doug’s dad gives me work when he can so that I can feel productive and have a little cash. Help is coming for Grandma and still doing the best I can for her until things change that way, glad I have been able to do this for her. Life has some pretty big bumps along the way, but the good outweighs them in the end and they also teach me and help me grow.

I won’t have internet for a little while once we move, so don’t be alarmed WordPress family, I am still here and will be back to posting more regularly once things have settled down a bit. Till then, I hope you all are out there living life to the fullest! Make cherished memories, let kindness and good deeds happen naturally, love fiercely and with all you have, and live each moment being grateful for the time you’re given. I love you all, be back soon!

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