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“A POEM AS LOVELY AS A TREE”

Hey everyone… hope your week has been a great one, pull up a chair, we’ve got fresh cucumbers cut, blueberries, yeh so thankful for all those veggies and fruit, and of course a cup of java or tea to compliment it! 🙂 Soooo, trying to be healthy and run most days, and the last few have been full of waving warm skies, and beach-like constant wind, beautiful! …We love nature, something about being surrounded by God’s art of perfection in every bright color palate you can imagine, brings such a sense of peace… yeh. The trees are bursting with every green rolling along the hillsides! Speaking of trees y’all… Arbor Day is celebrated this month! According to Wikipedia… The first Arbor Day was celebrated in America on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska! They say approximately ONE MILLION trees were planted, Wow!

Trees

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

-Joyce Kilmer

PLANT A TREE

So as we go along this month, we hope to plant a tree, or three. Let’s celebrate nature! Hope that your day is filled with good things, have a wonderful weekend everyone… love and blessings… and chat with you soon!



APRIL SHOWERS

Hey everyone! Welcome, how bout we all take a break from the taxes (Yay)! …pull up a chair and savor a cup of coffee and toast to the wonderful month of April… the month of rain showers… yes, the rain that nourishes those beautiful May flowers and fills the rivers and oceans. We love the way the flowers, leaves, rivers and oceans hold the raindrops and you can see the sun’s reflection like diamonds (April’s Birthstone)! Do any of you have an April Birthday? We would love to hear from you! …Sometimes April reminds us of new beginnings, change, and strength. It’s like hanging up the winter jacket, and reaching for the sunglasses yehhhh 🙂

NEW BEGINNINGS, CHANGE, STRENGTH

Speaking of “new beginnings” …The quote in our book, “New beginnings all start from caring ideas” to us… truly resonates a passionate message. It seems that when we are caring, the motion starting the new idea, beginning, change… is from a genuine place. A place that makes us think about every day, and how we treat others, and a constant reminder to be thankful along the way. Change can bring strength. Y’all know what we’re talking about. It’s like you get used to something being one way, and when you have to change, it’s scary sometimes! However, when you make it through and look back, there is a feeling of strength and accomplishment. I love this song “How Would you live Today” (by Nate Sallie)… how would you change, if you just had today? “New beginnings all start from caring ideas”.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

Love and blessings, and chat again next week!



RESURRECTION

Happy Good Friday… and Happy Easter Sunday! …Time to dust and open windows and let the sunshine warm the kitchen table and fill the room! …Yes, let’s rejoice, sing, and celebrate together the Resurrection of Christ! What a wonderful time of year where families and friends gather and enjoy their own special way to welcome Easter! I remember one Easter we went to a church service where you could bring your pets …and there were even llamas there! It was an outside service under cobalt blue skies with wisps of feather white clouds. The breeze seemed to know just when to send a coolness, as the bright green leaves tossed over the tin roof as we sat on wooden benches. We all may have our special things we do for Easter …our traditions… they are like comfort foods that tend to warm the soul with a breath of familiarity. Whether its dying Easter eggs, and having your own Easter egg hunt in the back yard, or going to the church’s big eggstravaganza 😉 …night church service, or sunrise service, …it is a tradition with family and friends! We would love to hear what some of your Easter plans are, and let’s share in this happy time of celebrating the Resurrection!

WE BELIEVE

As we all may know, sometimes there are phases in life where doubts linger around and try to steal our attention. Imagine being at the tomb of Christ and having that faith that He will arise again. Sometimes when fear overrides our faith, we just have to believe, step out and know that Christ is in every part of life… guiding and protecting. Like seasons are to a year, and tides are to oceans, the history of the words in red resound the ignited truth, that He lives!

We can’t wait to hear from you! Chat again soon, …and … I’m thinking coffee sure goes great with Reese’s chocolate and peanut butter Easter candy 🙂 Yum! 😉



“GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE”

Good morning everyone! You will be glad to know that we have officially (finally) changed out the place mats at the kitchen table to bright spring colors as a reminder of this joyous time of year. A season of color, of everything in blossom, as the birds await the final cue to sing! …Also, ummm… We need extra coffee, as it is kinda still dark these early hours in the morn 🙂 …Sooo let’s talk… Grace, oh the beautiful warmth of grace… like warm honey… from God, from a friend, from someone you just met! Yes… We are so thankful everyday for grace, and for the opportunity in this amazing country to worship and believe the way we want. There are so many lives that have fought for that. So many families that have lost a loved one so that we can all enjoy that freedom of worship. As Easter approaches, we are constantly reminded of the sacrifices that so many brave men and women made so that we can “Praise” in any fashion we want!

“TO YOU, WITH LOVE”

In our day-to-day lives, we all may want to achieve a greatness that we can call our own. Somehow make a difference, to impact, to leave an impression on the world, hoping to make it a better place, right? …We love this quote by Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with GREAT LOVE!” …How amazing and everlasting is this thought. That no matter how small YOU think your actions are making, if you do them “out of love” it is yet a GREAT act that makes a BIG difference! Yehhh! We want to hear from y’all. What is something that YOU want to do for others, what kind of grace have you experienced from others, or God? We welcome your stories. Let’s build community together, get to know each other, and spread love and grace. Talk with you soon, and don’t y’all love all the bright colors of spring! If happiness was a color what would that be for you? Chat soon, until next time, much love.



ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Hey everyone, welcome to March! 🙂 … The month is being a little sneaky this year, winter, spring, winter, spring, lol! But, the Bradford pear trees (which I call snow trees) are gracing the horizon with a promise of beautiful blooms forming a segue into the days of warmth that await, …yeh!!! Sooo guess what?!! …March is National Women’s month. OH YES. Let’ s get our hair done, paint our nails, appreciate and salute the amazing women that have trail blazed in history, and into present times paving roads so we can venture and feel confident that no matter what, we can achieve! Today we look at the story of Ann Dunwoody, the FIRST woman four-star General!! WHAT!!! An amazing achievement! Thank you, Ann!

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-iry-fullyhosted_003&hsimp=yhs-fullyhosted_003&hspart=iry&p=FIRST+FEMALE+FOUR+STAR+GENERA#action=view&id=25&vid=807d5313df7cd350a3eab8407123fb07

Every day we are aware of the challenges that await… sometimes we get knocked down, but no matter what we have to remember we can get back up, and go after all the dreams that we imagined!!

GET BACK UP Y’ALL 

We would love to hear from you! What are your favorite stories of achievement, who do you admire?! Please let us hear from you and feel free to post your female heroes of all times, there are so many!!! Good things and talk with you again soon, oh, and put on another cup of coffee! 🙂



LET’S JOURNEY TOGETHER

Hey everyone! Gather round, relax… and let’s have a great time talking about… Spring Break! Yeh! Many of you are probably on your way soon to a Spring family vacay. Yes, it’s that beautiful time of year, the transition to warmer weather, short sleeves, flip flops, and the kaleidoscope of flowers and trees that sprinkle Easter colors along the roadsides. This month has us thinking about all the amazing places in America that there are to visit, and learn about! There are so many journeys that await, and we are so proud of this vast, different, enriched, and fascinating nation that we live in. Soooo here are just a few of the destinations that are definitely on our list, hopefully one day! Please share your favorite locations you have visited in the U.S., or the ones you dream to road trip to! 🙂

Wow!

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

America… YOU are awesome, and we salute you, and all those that have fought throughout history to preserve you and our freedom! We truly believe that our epic landscapes and terrains and the vibrant people that make up the fabric of “who we are” …totally reflect the spirit that prevails in our country, giving it complete artistic freedom to express itself. God Bless America! We love you!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone, and we shall chat again soon! Blessings!



ECHOES OF HEROES

Hey y’all. Here we are towards the end of February, whhhaat! Double yikes:) As we are sipping life over coffee (and green tea), we are reminded all too clearly how fast time fast forwards, blips and blurs, and we toast to taking a few hours to just slow down this flash tech world and appreciate the past, the history, the stepping stones that led this great country to where we are now. Imagine walking down a path of history, and getting to talk to all the heroes that echo greatness. Some well known, some not, from all different backgrounds of life, the essence of America.

From Amazing Civil Rights Activist, Harriet Tubman, to John Adams (1735-1826) who was one of the” Founding Fathers” of the United States, to Helen Keller (an American author and inspiration who despite the adversity of being deaf and blind, was the 1st blind person to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree). To Audie Murphy who won every award available (one of the most decorated) for heroism as a great combat soldier of World War II (also an actor and songwriter), to Susan “Doc Susie” Anderson (1870-1960) who was one of the first female physicians to practice in Colorado and often got paid with food or wood! To Janet Harmon Bragg, 1st African American commercial pilot. Her quote: “I’m not afraid of tomorrow because I’ve seen yesterday, and today is beautiful.” To Alexander Graham Bell, an inventor, as well as scientist and engineer, and who was the inventor of the first telephone. Heroes. America. We are One!

EVERYDAY HEROES

As we reflect on history, it gives us clarity of the present, and the opportunity to be an “everyday hero.” Who are some of your heroes? We would love to hear the stories and the legends that make up who is a hero to you! So let your light shine and remember, no matter what you can be a hero to someone. Live, shine, and encourage! Talk with you soon, and have a beautiful and blessed week!



KINDNESS

Welcome everyone, pull up a chair, and let’s chat and share this beautiful bout of Spring that fringes the wind, and has graced our days…. let’s hope it continues. Yehh!!

Sooo, guess what February 17 is y’all? It’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day! We are blessed to say that we have been on the receiving end of kindness “for no other reason” at all… except that the person wanted to help! I remember when I first moved to Nashville, and my car battery went dead, and it was pouring, (I mean monsoon rain), and a nice woman offered to help me, she had some jumper cables. Neither one of us knew exactly “how” to jump off the battery, but we finally figured it out 🙂 …by the end we were both soaking wet, my mascara was running rivers down my face… I will never forget how thoughtful that lady was, and I am forever thankful.

MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Acts of kindness can filtrate our lives in so many different ways. Sometimes it is a simple smile to someone who may look sad, and saying hello, and asking how they are doing. Sometimes it is paying for someone’s coffee in the Starbucks line. Sometimes it is anonymous giving of funds to an individual or charity. Sometimes it is visiting and singing at the assisted living community. Maybe it’s helping an elderly person across the street, or surprising a friend with flowers. We truly believe that any act of kindness is an immense blessing and can definitely make a difference in a person’s life! It’s like a breath of fresh air, filling our lives with a belief in humanity’s heart. Please share your “random acts of kindness” that you have given, or received! We would love to hear them, and the difference it made in your day or life.

A WONDERFUL WORLD…

Respect and love for one another… As our world rotates around the sun, and the skies and stars look upon the oceans, lands, trees, streets, and the myriad of people… we can only hope and strive for a reflection that will showcase, “A Wonderful World” …a world that is ever trying to do its best… respecting one another, and most of all sharing love.



THE GREATEST IS LOVE

Hey Ya’ll… Welcome back!! Cheers and happy Friday! Woo hoo! Can you believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day? Yeh… so what is everyone really, truly wanting for Valentine’s Day?  We’ll take all the chocolate we can get haha! Soo… The greatest is LOVE… love of God, Family, Country, the all encompassing compassion of all of these bundled up into a beautiful light that lives within the heart.

 

EVERYDAY HEROES

When the sun shines and rises with every cup of coffee, there lies within not only another amazing day, but a gift. A gift to encourage and shine, and give! This is the month of love so pay it forward with an act of kindness. Love with all you have, and be blessed, and let’s all strive to be a blessing!

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

And we are reminded on this day that we celebrate… the greatest love… John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.”



THE THRILL OF VICTORY… ALL ABOARD THE USA TEAM!

Hey everyone, welcome to another Friday chat session! Can you believe it is already February? Whaaat???… So, we finalllly changed out the Christmas placemats to welcome a month of love, inspiration, and new beginnings. They are flowery, and kinda cool 🙂 …Speaking of super cool… We are so excited about the upcoming Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games that begin on February 8th. Yes! There is nothing like the beautiful American spirit that supports team USA… When you dream, you can achieve, Go team USA!

IGNITE THE WORLD WITH LOVE

Soon we will watch the top athletes from all over our nation compete with the world in sports. With this comes a sense of complete camaraderie. This sense of healthy competition encompasses an overall mutual respect and sportsmanship that magnifies the inspiration of the American spirit. This is seemingly the same type of spirit that our forefathers might have felt as they laid their lives down for our freedom. The freedom to chase every aspect of the American dream. Now, as the athletes come together, they push beyond any boundary, where they find that achievements are limitless, and can lead to gold. However, just as important, is the leadership, being an example of peace and love, and friendly competition. America, and the world are together at its best in Olympic spirit, humanity, and respect.

CHECK IT OUT!

As we tune in to watch the Olympics, check it out!!!

https://www.teamusa.org/Video/2017/01/27/Road-To-PyeongChang

NO AGONY OF DEFEAT

As we reflect and see over the years of Olympic history, the agony of defeat… well, it is not failure, it’s not lack of trying, but it is giving your best and never ever giving up! This is the underlying cheer of our great United States, never, ever, ever give up!! Please share with us your favorite Winter Olympic sport to watch, and we look forward to chatting with you again soon! Go Team USA!

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau



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