Friday, November 20, 2020

You Can Find Joy and Contentment No Matter What

Most of us plan our holidays to share with family and/or friends. Especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet, this year our plans may be altered or shattered for many of us.

This must be especially difficult for children to understand. I am thrilled that I have not had to make any changes to how we spend our holidays (dinners, travel, etc.) and look forward with enthusiasm and excitement to the impending celebrations. I trust you will be able to enjoy your holidays as well.

When Rochelle took the kids trick-or-treating, they passed a father walking with his kids. The father was dressed up as Jesus. 

In a loud scream of delight Brie shouted, "Mom, I see Jesus!" 

The man must have heard someone say Brie's name because he said, "Hello, Brie."

"Mommy. Jesus knows my name!" She was absolutely thrilled and I think the man felt pretty good about making that little girl's day.

When the grands were visiting the following week, Brie couldn't wait to tell me about it. What a wonderful teaching moment to share that God does know her name. She was fully aware that the man was only dressed up in character but she said she would never forget it and understands that God knows her and loves her.

Brie decided that the best place to put your stickers was Papa's belly - apparently, they stick better on fabric.

I have not worked at our store since last Christmas so try to imagine my shock when TWO bouquets were delivered to me there ...... on my birthday. 

"How did you know I was working here today?" 

"We saw you come in this morning," the delivery person told me. Awww... the joys of living in a small town.

My daughter sent me a beautiful bouquet which was a wonderful surprise. But who was the second one from? My precious and sneaky friend who lives in Texas, Christie Jones, figured out it was my birthday. 

Last week, my daughter and kids came to visit. After not seeing them for three months I was ecstatic and tried to cram as much activity into a two-day visit as possible. Rochelle, Brie, and I took Star for a walk in the park. I decided to sit on the 'adult' swing while Brie played with new-found friends at the park.

As I was sitting down on the swing, my bum missed the seat. I wish we had had a camera to take a picture so please try to imagine this in slow motion.

When I missed the swing I was holding onto the chains and S L O W L Y slid back onto the ground. I was lying on the ground, but my foot was tangled up in the chain. With one leg in the air, all I could see were people rushing towards me to see if I was okay. 

Rochelle's legs were crossed and I knew she was trying not to pee her pants. For me, it was too late. The crowd was confused. I was laughing too hard to stand up and Rochelle was trying to untwist my foot.....with her legs crossed the entire time. 

Throughout the day one of us would burst into laughter without warning....which started a chain of giggles.


William loves playing football and was so proud to share that he had four tackles during the last game - helping his teammates win!


Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:


Baking In A Tornado               

Menopausal Mother                   

Go Mama O.                              


  1. How wonderful that you got to see the kids again after 3 months. My son is home now and I hadn't seen him in an entire year.

  2. LOVE the photo of your granddaughter putting stickers on Papa's belly, ha-ha! I'm so sorry I did not do the Fly post on my blog today---I TOTALLY FORGOT!!! #CovidBrain

  3. What a great story about Brie and "Jesus," Carol! I think that's something she will always remember with delight. Loved the Halloween costumes, too.
    Blessings, and happy belated birthday!

  4. I can feel Brie excitement about seeing Jesus just through your writing! I can also picture you sliding off the swing ever so gentle and I truly tried not to giggle but it didn't work. Been there, done that!! LOL What an enjoyable blog to read!

    1. Thank you Martha. I always look forward to your comments

  5. It's so nice to read your blog again, Carol! Your grandkids are so sweet, and I'm glad you all laughed at your swing incident. We all need a chain of giggles!

    Happy birthday too!

    1. I was thrilled to see you in the line up this month