Joyful Thursdays #53

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #53

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

 

1) a new angel as a gift…always makes me happy

2) finally, after over 30 years with my beloved Coach purse…I actually have 3, all the same style that has become my organizing fallback, I am moving on! I am not a ‘purse-changer’, so my purses are well-used! The Coach purses really did last for more than 30 years, gifts to me from F2! They are no longer made by Coach, so after having some updates done on them at the leather store, I finally found a purse made in exactly the same style…pockets, zippers, inside and out!!!…so I did it…I bought a new purse!! I hope it treats me as well as my previous ones:)

my well-used and loved purse...

...and the new one...

3) anyone looking for a gift for a teacher…or a mom….

I received this lovely box from a student at the end of the school year:


Inside the box were slips of paper…about 20 of them:

These are the kinds of comments on them:

One of my all-time favorite gifts:)))

What things bring you joy and make you happy? Share them with others and spread the joy!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C


 

The Five Steps

Have you heard of the five steps?? No?? that’s because one of our ‘group members’…you know who you are….came up with this plan!!

When the TLG kids were probably in junior high (ish)…one of the moms made sure every one knew about the five steps of life. Are you ready? Okay, hold up your hand and use your fingers:

Step 1: Graduate from high school

Step 2: Graduate from college

Step 3: Start a career

Step 4: Get married

Step 5: Have children

 

The kids heard about the 5 steps all the time, especially when they were together….uh,oh…which step are we on and where are we going?? We laughed as we subtly encouraged the actions we wanted:))))

Here are some of the kids early on:

3 of these little ones are now on step 4!

so cute!

all are now on step 3, 4 are on step 4, and 1 will be on step 5 next month

The first to be on step 5, coming on Valentine’s Day!

….and MY first to be on step 4 as of August 31 this year:)

What do you think of our ‘tongue-in-cheek’ five step plan? It was a great..yet humorous…plan for our group!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #52

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #52

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

 

1) knowing that I have family and friends who will support me, no matter what…


2) being able to support others in many different areas…parents and teachers, children and seniors…and any other groups you might suggest for me :)

Anyone in our area…Chad and I will be presenting at a MOPS meeting on Monday at 7:30, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Macomb…come visit us:))))

3) being retired, as a teacher…whew! Things are becoming completely unrealistic in the world of education…anyone want to put me on a committee for realism?!

 

Be happy!!!  Try harder!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Party!

Great Fun! Great People! Great Food! …..and a happy couple about to have their first baby:))


The Torch Lake Group, or at least 18 of us, came to the party hosted by kc and jc on Saturday afternoon. The house was beautifully decorated…especially when all of us have fun without any decorations at all!!!

Lots of appetizers, then comfort food: ham sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, and caesar salad….yummy! Dessert: chocolate cream pie, peanut butter pie, and cake pops!

Such a lot of cute presents for baby C….they are waiting to find out if they are having a boy or a girl…so lots of beautiful yellow, green, and orange onesies, and a book or two from everyone to add to baby’s collection:)

I love this group of people so much…and to have one of our ‘kids’ have a child is very special to all of us…a new generation added to the TLG!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

ps: to those of you who actually responded to my request from last post….thanks so much! So….I will continue… and hope to keep you happier and more positive while sending out a few tips on parenting here and there:))

Questions and Answers

I am totally behind with my posts and wondering what I should do….where am I  and who am I?? What are you looking for and what do I wish to share?

 

Would you prefer more info on parenting and tips that I might share, … or are you more interested in my life and my family, ….how can I know what you are interested in or maybe this is all about what I know and am interested in…it’s a very strange conundrum. I am here, but why???

 

Please leave me a note….let me know what you would like to see. I have lots of personal info, but I also would love to share parenting info for those of you who are interested. I’m  a bit stymied at the moment….should I just share random info with you, do you have particular interests, or what in particular would you like to see here????

 

Please respond….comments and questions are always welcome…let me know if my blog is even needed!

 

Thanks for reading….let me know if I’m needed:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D aand C

Intentions, Past and Future

Year #2 of doing a List of Intentions (instead of resolutions) is now complete. It is so much easier, and less stressful, to set your goals in terms of intentions. Then if your goal is not completed…it just continues into the next year.

For this past year, I had 21 intentions and completed 18!!! Not bad, at least in my own mind…

Some of the things I completed:

giving blood again

beginning to do Meals on Wheels

taking piano lessons

not quite ready for this, but I can play some 'Phantom' songs, Unchained Melody, and Somewhere in Time. :)

having the house (many rooms) scraped and painted

made recipe folders for the boys…they included some handwritten recipes from my gramma and from my mom’s great aunt.

bought and used a shredder

converted old slides for the computer

worked on geneology photos for books

 

and many others….  writing them down for you each year helps keep me on track, but just calling them intentions makes all the difference to me.

 

Do you have any intentions for this year? Make them all positive…such as, keep weight below present # instead of lose weight….easier on your brain and emotions:))

 

Good Luck!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #51

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #51

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

 

1) the puppy who visited for Christmas:


2) the kitty who lives here:

3) more delicious food:

mmmm, a great beef roast

asparagus, roasted with olive oil and parmesan, leads to crispy tips!!

I'm not big on fruits, but this was delicious

More joy and happiness, positive thoughts and behavior, and encouragement coming for you…and me…in the coming weeks!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Extra Holiday Stuff

Starting to take the ‘holiday’ stuff down and return it all to the basement…but I only do a little bit at a time. I really do love all the decorations, and it’s hard to go ‘cold turkey’ back to what all of a sudden seems very empty!!

still up...not quite ready to take it down

a yummy 'signature' drink

d making those cocktails

LOVE photo cards

the boys actually made these in the 5th grade!

the couples:)

love them lots!

Thanks for letting me share….

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Thanks, Santa!

Christmas is over…the giving, the receiving, the hoopla, and the excitement. Now is the time for the gratitude! I’m sure you and your children shared their thanks with those who were with them during the holidays, but what about those who sent their gifts?? Have your children written their thank you notes yet?

For some reason…I never seem to see the idea that kids could also send a thank you note to Santa! They are always eager to send out those ‘requesting’ letters before Christmas. But what about being grateful for what was received?  The poor old guy gets left behind…I wonder why…      Is it because we as little folks never wrote notes ourselves? I don’t remember ever writing a thank you letter to Santa, but now that I think about it, I think I should have!

So let’s start a grateful campaign…have your children write a sweet note to the ‘happy old soul’ and give them the idea that thank you notes are always a great way to go:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #50

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #50

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

 

1) A delightful New Year’s Eve:


leaving the winter footwear at the door!

the first to 'crash' :)

2) being ‘Up North’


a beautiful 'winter' tree

3) watching people enjoy the photos books they received for Christmas….fun to make, fun to give!!

wink, wink..you can also see that pretty ring!

and the TLG each got their own book, so up north everyone shared a peek with the others…

Always lots of fun, sharing memories!

 

Are you joining in with doing random acts of kindness? It’s a great way to encourage your kids to get outside of themselves and their own issues…and instead to focus on the needs of others.  Just a thought…..

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C