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Day 221/365 photos


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Only 145 days to go! It’s definitely interesting doing this challenge just using my cell phone. The quality of the photos is not good but it’s a lot more convenient!

144/365+ proof of God’s love

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In the past four and a half months, I’ve prayed harder and more purposefully than I have in years.  I’ve counted my blessings and sought God in my everyday life and lo and behold, I don’t have to look very hard anymore.  I just feel it, I feel His hand on my life, I’ve been blessed with enough and
I’ve seen so much beauty.  Today, I feel His love in the smile I’ve got in my heart.  Even when I’m feeling down and I need to vent, to blow off the steam of negativity my fears create, I still know that smile is there, ready to face a new day every morning.  I thank God for that smile and for His love.

142/365+ proof of God’s love

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I came across this picture of my daughter, shot on the day we celebrated her tenth Birthday back in March, and thought how life changes and how quickly those changes take place.  Ups and downs; I’d say “what a year” but I think it’s just life – not simply this particular year.  Through it all, there are happy memories, like those that flood my mind when I look at this picture, and I know we have to keep making these memories and in their making, realize we are sharing in God’s love.  Everything else is insignificant.

131/365+ proof of God’s love

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The top photo was taken today at sunset.  The bottom was taken a little after 8:00 this morning.  All of those in between were shot from the passenger seat of the car around 6:30 or 7:00 this evening.

Sunshine is a smile, to me.  A hug, a caress, a token of affection; a gift – as such, I’ve always felt God’s love in the sunshine.

Day 131/365 photos

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This is my high-spirited, sassy ten-year-old.  I adore her.

Life of a Mom: installment seven, fake it ‘ til ya make it

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There are days when I feel empty… I’m working on strong faith that will leave me saying only, “Lord, fill me up.”

My oder daughter, MK, is a lot like me:  a worrier, an “I-need-to-know-everything” girl.   As such, she (and I) tend to sometimes wear expressions of pain, sadness, or at least deep concentration that sometimes make us appear unapproachable, and, worse, miserable.  This world can be unkind to deep-thinkers.  So, at work, I’ve pretty much nailed the fake-smile that looks real.  It’s not lying.  At worst, it’s acting – at best, it’s showing the world an outward expression of how I WANT to feel.  This particular attitude really can work, when I’m not too down, and I’m trying hard to teach MK the art of the fake-it-’til-ya-make-it act.

Today, my husband lost his job.  Not only will I plaster that smile on my face, I will BELIEVE that everything will be okay and that God has a plan for my family.  If I falter in my faith, I’ll continue to pray, to fake it ’til I make it.

89/365+ proof of God’s love


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As I sit here tonight feeling like a failure as a mother, I remind myself that God’s love is there in a smile from a stranger, a word of encouragement from a friend, a hug from one of my kids… and I am so thankful that He loves me even when I’m not feeling loving toward myself.

65/365+ proof of God’s love

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My children make me smile, especially when they’re getting along & being silly.  They remind me, at those times, of the best of myself and in the best of myself, I find proof of God’s love.  I’m so tired, still recovering from a virus and I’ve been going, going, going since 6 AM, so it was a struggle to find a smile, but my girls are my smile when I can’t find my own.

55/365+ proof of God’s love


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On a Friday that was busy & cold, I found God’s love in things that make me smile – cute pictures like the one above, the Traverse City Cherry coffee I enjoyed this morning, the space heater at my desk that kept me warm at work and for my sweet husband’s purchase of a camera as a very early Birthday gift for me.  God is so good.

Happy


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I’m not one to believe that others dictate our happiness or any other emotion, but I do believe spending time with certain real, honest, upbeat people who choose to be happy can influence our mood.

I’m blessed with several family members and friends who just make me smile.  I spend time with them and when we part, I feel rejuvenated.  I know these people are indeed blessings to me & I’m so thankful for their love.

Is there one person in your life who can always make you smile?  An aunt who tells great stories that leave you feeling rooted in your family?  A friend who makes you laugh, a coworker who appreciates you and shows it, a waiter who knows your “usual” & makes you feel welcomed?  Are you that special person for someone else?