Hey everyone, Happy August! We love this time of year where Fall is starting to cool off the wind, and the leaves are hinting on changing colors, with a few faintly falling. The katydids are singing of the new season, and in the background you can hear the roar of… FOOTBALL SEASON!!! Yehhh… just around the corner, and what a fun time of year. Of course, for all those great tailgate parties, you want to have some coolster recipes to take to the event! Please send us your favorite football recipe, we would love to share, and also, who is your favorite team? We have to say here, ummm WAR EAGLE! Except when they play the Tennessee Volunteers… we share the orange but Kathy goes for ROCKY TOP! HEY 🙂 Have a fun football season everyone, cheer, encourage, shine and love! 🙂

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism”


Hey Everyone! Happy August. Woo hoooo! August is that beautiful month that slowly interchanges summer into fall with all its beauty and subtle falling leaves. Sooo… August 5th-11th is National Smile Week 🙂 :)!!!!… Below are some “smile” quotes that we thought were awesome. A lot of times when we want to share kindness, love, and peace… all we have to do is smile. Shine on everyone. We would love to hear your favorite “smile” or encouragement quotes!! …Much love, and we look forward to chatting again next week!

“Let us always meet each other with a smile. For the smile is the beginning of love.” Mother Teresa

“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Every time you smile at someone, it is a gift.” Mother Teresa

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes. That I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” Paramahansa Yogananda

If we could share smiles, love, and peace… what a wonderful world… yehhhh! 🙂

~Connecting America with a Heart Of Patriotism~


Hey y’all. Pull up a chair and let’s welcome the end of summer and, for some… the beginning of Back to School. 🙂 Ohhh, I remember those early schedules (yep, more coffee, please). Hehe! …We reflect and are always reminded this time of year of all the wonderful educational opportunities our great country has! Thankful that we have the avenues to learn and to chase our dreams. When you get “back to basics”…it all started with our amazing Constitution that so beautifully describes our laws and liberties, and unites, “We the People.” Happy “Back to School!” …Smile, encourage, shine, and we look forward to chatting with you again next week!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~


Hey everyone, welcome to the beginning of the weekend… and the end of July! Whaaat… the summer is flying by us, but wait, not yet. July 30 is National Cheesecake Day! …YUMmmmy. Don’t you just love cheesecake? Do you have a favorite recipe? Please share it if you do! Thank You! We love all types of cheesecake, for me… especially peanut butter, blueberry, and on and on :/ Kathy is more of a classic cheesecake lover… But, for those “Hurry up I’m hungry” moments for dessert… this is an amazing quick and easy recipe that we found on the food network web site. 🙂

Remember we can always reach out to our friends, others, and invite them to share in our celebrations; like National Cheesecake Day! Smile, Encourage, and shine! We look forward to chatting with you again next week, and enjoy your cheesecake! 🙂

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~


Hey everyone, Happy Friday! Let’s toast a glass of sweet ice tea to the beautiful weekend ahead of us :). Also… guess what next Wednesday is? It is Hire a Veteran Day! This is an amazing way that companies can honor our great heroes, and invest in getting them access to civilian jobs. What a great opportunity for different businesses, and our amazing Veterans who have been serving and protecting our great Nations’ Freedoms! This tribute day was started by Hire Our Heroes. (Links below to sign up for the job fair and also information about, Hire Our Heroes organization) Y’all, …please be sure to check it out, and to share this information! Let’s give back to our military men and women who sacrifice so bravely for our great country! They are THE BEST! Thank you! Encourage, smile, and shine! 🙂

We look forward to chatting next week! Love and Blessings everyone!


Cheer Up The Lonely Day

Hey everyone! We hope that you had a great 4th of July! Pull up a chair, and let’s have some coffee! To our delight, more new research has shown that coffee is good for you. Yay! 🙂 Also guess what… this week on July 11th is “Cheer up the lonely day!” Yes, so if you know of someone who you think might be battling loneliness please reach out and talk with them, take them out, or offer some kind words.

Together as community, as Americans, we can unite this country and take care of our beautiful people! Have a wonderful weekend everyone, Encourage, love and shine!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~


Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! WOO HOO! Happy Birthday, America… as we all embark on celebrating our great country and its independence, let’s start the grills, and get out the RED, WHITE, and BLUE!!! What an amazing time to get together as community and honor this country and all those who have protected it over the years. The ring of freedom can be heard from every state from parades, cookouts, the essence of the American spirit, as one big family! Celebrate! Have fun… and from us to you, have a great and safe Fourth of July!!!


It was like an ominous colorful storm lingering behind the white wood farm house. Silently it peeked past the old oak trees whose leaves were laden with humidity, and the winding red dirt road and “no trespassing” signs. Nestled back beyond the back forty, there it stood. A staunch red barn, worn by the sun’s blessing and reflecting a rusted silver tin roof that invited all the critters of the night. To him, though, it was redemption, life, breath, and an escape from what the preacher calls, “daily perils of life.” The sawmill. Over the years he had saved his money to buy the equipment to inlay, and create from these simple cuts of wood. He didn’t have a favorite, he found them all mesmerizing. Sometimes he would just sit in the loft of the barn, in the October cold, and watch the moon’s own shadows of art, an inspiration of silent music that played within his heart to be heard through the grains of wood. He would spend hours and hours cutting and sanding, blowing the sawdust to the side. Tilting his head side to side, he would stand back and acknowledge his creation. He will never forget the night of his favorite piece. The dew set a precedence upon the saw, but he slowly dried it off and proceeded. His boots sank into the Georgia red clay, “art,” he said with a sly grin to the side… He held the small cross with its intricate inscriptions in his palm, for he had a lot of “time” in the veins of his hands. He will pass this on. A memory of complete dedication and honor to his son who had died fighting for America. Fourth of July. Freedom. Sacrifice. Tears of remembrance from a dad in an old saw mill down a red dirt road.

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~


Hey everyone! We hope that y’all are having a beautiful week, it’s Fridayyy, Yayy!!! So, today we want to talk about dreams… most all of us have “a dream”.., A dream that we want to achieve, and that propels us onto a directive path of knowing where our passion and gifts are… In our book, Grandpa states, “New beginnings all start from caring ideas.” These “new beginnings” give strength and the “caring ideas” are springboards that connect us with our community! This makes all the difference in the world. America embraces the entrepreneurial strength of the human spirit that connects us all. We appreciate and honor all the great military men and women who have bravely fought for our “New Beginnings”… our dreams… our passions, the essence of who we are as a nation!!! Hold onto your dreams, and together let’s make a difference! Smile, encourage shine, and we will chat again soon!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~

Happy Father’s Day!!

We want to wish everyone a very blessed Father’s Day! Have a beautiful weekend. My father is, and always will be, my hero!! He taught all of us five kids to love God, and to love others. He taught us that life is all about giving, doing your best, never giving up, and having character in every situation. He was a taller than life example of all this to his family. We love and miss you so much, Dad, and we know there is a great football team up in heaven that you are coaching right now! Happy Father’s Day everyone! Love, encourage and shine!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~


Hey everyone! Happy Flag Day!!! We hope that you all had a wonderful week, and are enjoying your summertime fun! Yessss, today is Flag Day!!! 🙂 We treasure our beautiful flag. Its colors and majestic presence represent our nation’s community of strength, freedom, and endless patriotic spirit!!! Its rich history is woven within the 13 stripes and 50 stars!!! Go U.S.A.!!!

We honor our amazing American flag with an unending respect for what it represents… the land of the free!!!


Love, encourage, and shine! We will chat again soon, Blessings.

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~