Friday Fill-in #108

1. Oh, I am so missing my mother-in-law!

2. It is so gratifying to be with my kids everyday, seeing all the changes, big and little.

3. During the funeral, I wasn't the only one laughing when my nephew started asking, "Is Pa being quiet? Is Aunt Fran being quiet? Is Uncle Joe being quiet? Is Daddy being quiet?" and on and on..

4. Drive in this ice and snow and traffic everyday; are you kidding me???

5. Right now I'd like to be sitting at the kitchen table having coffee with Mom.

6. My laptop is(was) my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to being done with laundry and unpacking. Tomorrow my plans include possibly attending the Port Salerno Annual Seafood Festival and Sunday I want to enjoy the warmer weather!



Over 27 years ago, when I was still in high school, I met and fell in love with my husband. But it was clear from the very beginning, that I fell for his family as hard as I fell for him. My husband has a large, loving, loyal, family that loves to laugh. Before meeting them, I truly doubted the existence of such intact, happy families. I thought they only existed in television sitcoms. I am so grateful that I found out I was wrong, and that I became a part of this wonderfully amazing family.

Last Wednesday, we got the devastating news that Chuck's mother, our Mom, had passed away. She had battled lung and brain cancer for over two years. I was so blessed to have her in my life these past years. I learned so much from her, in so many ways, and will forever be better for having known her. I want to write more, but the tears keep coming. When I can, I will.


Friday Fill-in #105

1. The world is wondering what 2009 will bring.

2. "Okay," was the last thing I said.

3. I wonder who wrote the book of love.

4. May there be peace at the end of all things.

5. There's something to be said for taking your time.

6. Right here is where I want to be.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having a full fridge . Tomorrow my plans include calling a few friends to make plans and on Sunday I want to take my daughter to the mall and the bookstore, and put away our Christmas decorations!


Open the Door to Joy in 2009!

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: Is Joy Knocking On Your Door? ::

She knocked on the huge palace door. The peepholecover slid open, revealing the grim face of thepalace guard. "Who goes there?"

"I am Joy," she answered with a smile, "I'm here tovisit the Queen."

The guard shut the peephole abruptly. A few minuteslater, it slid open again and the guard said, "TheQueen is upset because her children are misbehaving.You may not enter until conditions improve."

"But I bring good tidings, and if she would let mein, the children would surely abandon their mischief."

"Sorry," the guard grumbled, "I must do HerMajesty's bidding." Then he locked the door and left.

But Joy did not leave . . . She just kept knocking.

Today, if you feel upset for any reason, askyourself this: "Am I using these conditions as anexcuse to disallow my natural state of well-being?"
Decide that when JOY knocks on *your* door,you'll let it in... no matter what the conditions!

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