I found this list of insults as I was housecleaning in my computer today (I do it periodically, because it makes my brain feel neater!) and laughed for about 5 minutes straight.  Then I read some to Jerry, still laughing so hard I could hardly get them all out.  Then I wanted to pin them onto my “Lite Side” pinterest board, but I don’t know where I found them, and thus don’t have an “online” source to pin from.

So, I’m posting them here for you all to enjoy and for me to pin!  I don’t know where they came from, and would love to give credit if I did…if you know, please send me the link!  I’m not sure about the truth of the statements (if Abraham Lincoln ACTUALLY said that) but I don’t really care, because…I’m too busy laughing!  The ones in bold are my faaaaaaavorites!

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”

- Abraham Lincoln

 “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”

- Moses Hadas

 “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”

- Groucho Marx

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

- Oscar Wilde

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”

- Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

- John Bright

“He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.”

- Samuel Johnson

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”

- Paul Keating

“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.”

- Jack E. Leonard

“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.”

- Robert Redford

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

- Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

- Mae West

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

- Oscar Wilde

Today’s Treasure

Today we treasured a few hours with a Treasure — baby Janessa! It’s such a delight to see her defying the odds and statistics and growing bit by bit! Heart-warming to see Elianna’s love for her tiny cousin. I’m so glad we get to spend time with her again!

Savoring Summer

Lately I’ve been savoring my evening walks at work with various seniors who need to get out but have no one to walk with them.  It’s hard to slow down to their pace (or to the pace of my 2 year old at home!). But after I’ve slowed, I start to notice the robins hopping around under the trees, and the new roses planted this spring, and all the flowers that are still in bloom, in spite of the cooler night temperatures.  I notice the blueness of the sky, and how some leaves are already starting to turn.  The warmth of the sun as it lowers in the sky, yet the chill of the night creeping in already.

Sometimes I feel like summer’s rushed past without me being able to get my fill of it.  Then I realize that maybe I just didn’t slow down enough to enjoy it fully.  (well, it DID rush past — the last 7 months of snow make the 4 of warmth seem way too short!)

So I’m trying to spend a little more time outdoors while we still have September’s warm days.  Spending less time cleaning the inside of the house, and more time cleaning up the yard in the evenings with Jerry (old farmsites have LOADS of junk hidden everywhere!), watering and pampering and loving my tomatoes in hopes of making 5 plants produce like Dad’s 170 plants!  Chopping wood.  Going for rides in The Beast to humor my husband.  (Ah, yes, The Beast.  I’ll have to post pictures of it for you all sometime!)  Going for slow walks at work.  Bike rides at home with Elianna and the dogs.  Lying on the trampoline while Elianna jumps.  Trying to store up every last minute of summer before the winter comes!


Sunshine and blue skies

I’m not a heat-lover, but I do love sunshine and blue skies.  It can make a miserable day into a happier one, or a perk me up on a draggy, tired, headachy day.

It was starting to get quite chilly ad grey and rainy, but now the sun has come out again.  I’m happy that we have a few more days of summer and sunshine before fall comes.

These pictures are from an summer evening we spent outside on the grass, soaking up the sunshine and green of summer while trying to get some nice pictures of Elianna and the puppies.

Blue skies and happy smiles

Blue skies and happy smiles


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“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies”  ~ Mikey’s Funnies






Talking to the wind? Maybe not…

Sunday’s special moment was when Elianna wanted to go up and sit with the kids on the stage steps at church during childrens’ corner.  Last time she went up she was rather a bad influence on the kids around her!  So today I told her she could go up and sit by her friend, but she had to be QUIET, and keep her hands folded The. Whole. Time.

And she did!  The folded hands stayed out of trouble the entire time!  Whooohooo, she’s actually learning something!

Some days it seems like I may as well be talking to the wind.  Other days I repeat things so many times I wish I could just record myself and hit “play” every time the same instruction was needed.

But then there’s days when I’m not feeling well and I’m lying on the couch and she brings me a blanket and “tucks” me in, and pats my head and kisses my cheek and sits beside me to sing me a “lub-a-by” and asks, “Mommy, you okay??”  And I think that maybe, just maybe, I AM doing something right after all and she IS learning in spite of the days when it all seems impossibly hopeless!

I’m thankful for my little two year old!

Here's the folded hands working during the wedding, along with a candy in her mouth!

Here’s the folded hands working during the wedding, along with a candy in her mouth!

Stopping to Choose Joy … Again

I’ve pretty much stopped blogging, these last few years.  Mostly because life got a lot easier when I finally finished Bible school out east.  I didn’t need to make a conscious decision to “Choose Joy” anymore, because it came much easier.  I wasn’t homesick anymore.  I was starting a new life with my man, and loving it.  We were [FINALLY!] together.  No more long-distance torture.  No more aching heart.

Then I got pregnant and super-sick and kind of stopped living for a while.

Then we had a little girl who screamed a LOT and life was a blur.

Life is still a blur, but now I have a two year old.  She doesn’t scream herself to sleep anymore (I am SO thankful that is done!) but she does find many other reasons to scream.  Apparently little ones have a sin nature!  Who knew?!  Apparently their parents have a sin nature too, because there are a lot of days * I * feel like screaming!

And as I read this post by a friend the other day, I suddenly realized that I’ve lost perspective.  The strong will of my two year old firecracker, the tiredness, the stresses at work, the everyday trials of life, the extraordinary trials of life that always come — they are looming up and I am allowing them to too much time and space.

By focusing on those things, I’m missing out on the joy that our little firecracker brings.  I’m missing the happy fact that Jerry found more of my caffeine gum, which means I CAN be tired and still survive the day, with its help.  I’m missing the simple pleasure of just BEING there for the elderly people at work.  Someday, I want someone to genuinely care about me, when I’m that old and fragile.  Today, I can be that person to make their day brighter.

Sometimes I need to just stop.  And just breathe.  And look around for the good.  For the little things that make life special.  For the little blessings God sends each day.

Blessings like puppies, which people are willing pay money for, which in turn pays for another block of school for Jerry!  And the blessing of springtime puppies, which meant Elianna could spend hours outside loving on them!

Springtime puppies

Springtime puppies

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Cousin Love   Cousins.  Words can’t quite express the meaning this picture has for our family.

Two little girls.


So much love.

So much heartache.

So much hope.

So much miracle.

Janessa Zofeya — “God sees, and is merciful”

I am thankful God allowed these two little ones to meet.

We pray for many more days of love and laughter ahead for them.

We pray for God’s strength to face whatever comes in the journey ahead.