Quote Challenge – Day Two

Does it mean consecutive days? Sorry…didn’t make that one!

I was nominated to participate in the Quote Challenge. I will give it a go, and try not to slave over which quotes to use…many more favorites than three!

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This challenge requires the nominee/s to do the following:

  • Post your 3 favorite quotes, one each for three consecutive days.
  • With each post nominate three bloggers for the challenge.
  • Recognize the blogger who nominated you.

Berryduchess nominated me. Check out her blog. She covers lots of fun and interesting topics.

For Day Two…

“I wish you enough” – Anonymous (this link sends you to the full quote)

In this busy world full of the desire for instant gratification, more things and, perhaps, lack of attention to the important things, I wish YOU enough.

Apparently, this quote is anonymous. Frankly, I don’t care who said it, when, where or why! The concept is what I think is so meaningful. I will be the first to admit that I am totally blessed with much…and I am grateful. I don’t have as much as some, but more than I might have ever thought about. What I know, though, in my heart is that enough is all I really need. And enough of the good things…love, family, friends, health…the things that don’t have a price. Like MasterCard (NOT) – PRICELESS!!!

My thanks and gratitude, from my heart, for all those who grant me this joy. I have enough!

I wish YOU enough!

Today, my three nominees are:

Jo – my very brand-new friend at charlieandjo (don’t hold it against me already)

Norm – so he can post something with or without a picture at miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind

Bekki – who says great things, so who would she quote? thecreativitycauldron

Quote Challenge – Day One

I was nominated to participate in the Quote Challenge. I will give it a go, and try not to slave over which quotes to use…many more favorites than three!

the-quote-challenge

This challenge requires the nominee/s to do the following:

  • Post your 3 favorite quotes, one each for three consecutive days.
  • With each post nominate three bloggers for the challenge.
  • Recognize the blogger who nominated you.

Berryduchess nominated me. Check out her blog. She covers lots of fun and interesting topics.

My quote for day one…the first one that came to my mind…

“Be still and know”

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This quote is from the Bible. (Psalm 46:10) It is completed with “that I am God”.

In itself, this quote could lead to much discussion. What is your belief in God? Does it imply a rigid God? I could go on, but you can go where you might with these questions.

What I like about the quote is the “be still” part. We are so rarely still in this busy world. When we are still and we listen, we can hear/learn so much about ourselves, the world, others. Be still and know your own heart. Be still and hear the needs of others. Be still and know who/what your source (or higher power, or whatever word you would use for God) is.

My nominees for today are:

Alex – https://ontheroadgoingnowhere.wordpress.com/about/

Emily – http://emilyannlou.com/about/

Carrie – https://mamacarriemakes.wordpress.com/about/

So, thank you, Berryduchess. I am going to go away from the computer now and find a still place to just be for a few minutes! Hope everyone finds even little moments of still time today!

 

BOOM – Encouraging Thunder Award!

Encouraging Thunder Award
Encouraging Thunder Award

What can you do with the award?

Post it on your blog.

Grant other bloggers with the award.

What you can’t do with the award?
Abuse or misuse the logo.

Claim that it’s your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving award:
Enjoy it and bask in the acknowledgement of this award.

Give thanks via comments and likes, mentioning the blog who gave the award.

Mention your purpose in blogging. Share your story.

Gail at Snapshotincursive granted me this award! Gail’s blog is full of beautiful pictures, great recipes and other good thoughts. Check it out!

It is always a surprise and a blessing to be nominated/granted any award. The idea is to share my purpose in blogging…

Well, to be honest, I started my blog, Facetfully, as a means to promote my Etsy shop. (That said, here is the link to that.) A big “however” follows that statement. Now that I have been blogging for a while, I find it really has nothing to do with that shop on Etsy. Actually, it seems I spend more time blogging than working on items for my shop! So, why blog now? It is an interesting addiction, you might say. I have made “friends” that I really enjoy “following” here. I find it much more interesting than Facebook or Twitter and it is a place where people feel free to express themselves. I am not one who likes to talk about the weather or your new red shoes very much, but I do like the real things that life is about. I read blogs from those who are younger, older, male, female, healthy, ill, happy, depressed, outspoken, shy…need I go on? I am inspired by them all. I begin to wonder how their days are going. I hope to be able to spark a good thought or a smile in them, at least occasionally. Generally, I am hooked on this thing called the blogosphere.

I have seen my blog evolve, as all things do in life. My posts are generally shorter in length and I have been using it as a way to get back into photography. Following photographers is inspiring to me and some of the challenges are fun.

I am not terribly outspoken. I believe people should be able to have their own opinions and beliefs, so I won’t generally go on about politics or religion or other hot topics. I do have my opinions, but that is not my mission. I write from my heart, often on the spur of the moment. I wish all to be at peace. I think we are here to love. Yes, I am probably the perfect “Pollyanna”…until I get mad! Thankfully, that is not often!

Gail, thanks again. I think I have rambled on enough here. My selections for the Encouraging Thunder Award are:

http://simplelivingover50.com/about/ – a blog that inspires about many things, including health and life (and look at his garden!)

http://inoirvelvet.com/about/ – a gorgeous blog…beautiful images and 6 to 50 word stories

http://beautifullifewithcancer.com/about/ – sharing from the heart about life, family, God and just good inspiration

What do I dislike about awards? The fact that I would nominate MANY of the blogs I follow. So, until next time, I hope you check out the ones noted here and thanks to all for sharing!

Be IN-joy!

Thinking of My Grandpas on Father’s Day

If any father figure you love is still alive, read this! If not, read it anyway!

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Father’s Day is upon us. I appreciate the idea, but I honestly don’t care about a “holiday” designed for my wife and kids to make me feel special. I mean it when I say that they do it every day. My dad knows how much I love him, and I don’t think he cares much about a day of attention either. Maybe it’s just how we are wired.

This year, however, I do find myself thinking about two important fathers that I can’t give happy wishes to. These are my grandpas — the fathers of my mom and dad. Both have been gone a number of years now. While I had very good relationships with them as a child and adolescent, I didn’t spend much time with them as an adult. I had opportunities, but I was a young (and dumb) man who thought I had better things to do…

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Father’s Day

What do you think of when you hear the word FATHER?

The first thought of many people, if not most, would be their dad. Some might say God, the Father. For some, they feel blessed to have a father who adopted them, or a terrific father-in-law. Many are missing their father that they called dad or daddy or pops or many other endearing terms.

For me today, I think of my dad, passed on, but certainly not forgotten. He was always my “daddy” and I miss him. I know he was not perfect, as no one is and perfect does not exist in this world. He was always there for me, there for my mom in ten years of care after her strokes. He loved his children, his grand-kids and greats. He just didn’t always show it in the way they may have wanted, or so it seems.

Harold 2 Handsome, eh? (I think my sister thinks he looks like a gangster!)

My daddy was a hard worker and often not at home, as he did extra jobs when employed and then had his own business, which usually meant lots of hours.

Valorie and Daddy Me and daddy on Easter Sunday in 1954.

The next person that comes to mind is my son. I think he is the best dad I know today!

Then, there is my husband, but not the father of my children. He is a great dad to his son. I have heard so many stories shared about dad and the boat, dad and the pool, dad and driving the kids, dad and football, etc., etc., etc. I just know he did a great job. His son is a reflection of this, as well.

I would not be honest, if I did not mention the man who is the father of my children in this post too. He did everything he was raised to do, as a father, and more. I am grateful in many ways.

So, with my dad not living and my husband and I agreeing that we don’t need to celebrate Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day) beyond a simple statement on the day, I have no one to call or send a card or gift to. Though I wish I did, I will just be happy that I have good memories and know of men…and it takes a man…doing all they can to be good parents. I wish them all Happy Father’s Day and hope that their children are aware of the blessing it is to have them!

Writing Challenge

I received this challenge from JOYFUL2BEE.

Here are the rules:

1. Open a blank document.
2. Set a stop watch timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever length you prefer.
3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!
4. Once you start writing do not stop until the alarm sounds!  Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write with correct spelling and grammar.)
5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals
6. At the end of your post write down the number of words to give an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
7. Put the whole document onto your post and nominate 5 others and give them a new topic. Remember to copy paste the rules in!

So, now that I have copied the rules in, let me say something that happened and why I am going to change this up a bit.

I read the entire post, which right off the bat, tells you not to read the question. Well, her entire post includes her question and answer. So, I sent her a reply and she gave me a new question. That worked well for me, but the snag was that I felt I had to write immediately, so as not to spend time thinking about my response! Wow, I take these things seriously, don’t I?

Here is what I wrote:

What quality do I like best in myself and how did I attain that quality?

I like that I am open-minded and non-judgemental. I know we all have opinions, as human beings, but it is important to me that people let me live and believe as I see appropriate for me and it is only right that I would do the same. This is not so much a quality that I inherited, at least not to my knowledge. My father had very strong opinions and he did not mind voicing them. My mother was pretty non-descript in her opinions and rarely voiced much. Occasionally, you would know she was mad.

What does it mean not to judge? Does it mean no opinion? Does it mean you have to always agree? To me, it means that I can accept the person, even if I don’t agree. When our children misbehave, we still love them. When they have different opinions, we still love them. We can get mad at them, but still love them. No, we don’t have to love everyone in the way we love our children, but the similar concept applies to judgment.

I believe it is not my place to judge. That belongs to a much higher power. “Judge not, that you be not judged.” I will never be perfect, in this life anyway, but I will strive to love others as I would like to be loved…or liked…or accepted.

That is almost 10 minutes…246 words. (with a few interruptions from my wonderful hubby!)

SOOOOO…drumroll please!

I will write the question as the last line of this post. I nominate these five blogging friends to play along:

Edward at mytwosentences (I KNOW you can write more than two at a time!)

Shawn at mojoshawn  (hailing from the Midwest, like me, what do you say?)

“Scotty” at Scotty73 (one of the wittiest bloggers I follow…is your name Scotty?)

“Jack” at Uptown Jack (I enjoy your combination of image and word…and think you might be named Jack.)

“Lumar” at Let There Be Peace On Earth (because I would love that too!)

OK…whew…tough to pick just five, but maybe another challenge will come along! And by the way, check out these blogs…you might find one you really like. I tried to pick some diverse bloggers.

So, the question is…

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Do you remember that time, say 5 years ago or so, when you were extremely upset…  does it really matter now?