A Week Of Words

calendarHello and Happy Friday! Are you as happy as I am that it’s Friday?  I am so ready for the weekend.

This week I heard and read a lot of things that I have been thinking about.  I decided today I would publish some of those random thoughts, ideas, and quotes.

Some of these items are from my journal that I re-read this week and some are new items.

***”Dear Jesus, I love you God and love all in the world, except those who are bad,”  Ian said in a prayer.  I wrote this in my journal since it was one I wanted to remember.

He is at the age of learning the difference between right and wrong and there is no compromise or in between for him.  I told him that we still should love the bad people too, since that is something that God tells us to do.  They need love too, I told him.

***Another prayer of his that touched me was — “Dear Jesus, please don’t take me up to Heaven for a long time.”  This prayer made me cry, to be honest.  The fact that he is thinking about Heaven and leaving the earth already is amazing to me.  Also, it is amazing that he already can believe that there is a Heaven.  Jesus did say to have faith like a child and Ian certainly has that faith.

I wrote it down since it was such a beautiful prayer.  Little did I know the next day, there would be a death in the family.  As they say, from the mouths of babes.  He is such a sensitive little soul.

***At some point in the Super Bowl, there was a boy doing an activity who represented children who have taken a pledge to get one hour of activity per day.  At first this struck me as a great idea.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I though oh brother and how sad that things have changed so much.

We have truly changed in this country when a child has to plan to be active.  I remember growing up this was never an issue.  Since television was limited and we didn’t have our own phones, iPods, iPads or even computers, we had lots of time to play both inside and outside.  We didn’t know any differently and often had to be dragged in at dark from playing outside.  I remember Mom yelling at us to come in for dinner.  “But, we aren’t finished playing yet, Mom.”  But she insisted.

It is sad that we no longer can safely have our kids play outside on their own but instead have to be constantly watching them.  The innocence has gone, I guess and that is very telling.  In my family, I have noticed how much happier and better Ian can sleep at night when has been active during the day.  He loves to run outside around our neighborhood and also play at the playground.  I do my best to let him be active each day.  After all, I need it too!

***Here are some house rules that I saw a while ago and re-read again this week.  They are ideas of truly what I want to have in my family.  We try each day to live like this:

  • In this house, we do second chances
  • We do grace
  • We do mistakes
  • We do real
  • We do I’m sorry’s
  • We do loud really well
  • We do hugs
  • We do love
  • We do family

Isn’t this cool?  I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow up in a house like that?  Teaching and showing Ian that we do love him, we do say we are sorry when we make a mistake, and that it’s okay to make mistakes is very important!

We also have been teaching him that as part of a family, there are jobs for him and all of us to do and others to think about.  He is a great help in the kitchen and with laundry.  He’ll tell me, “Mommy, I want to cook with you.”  I say, “Okay Ian.”  Even though it’s often a messier kitchen, I so think it’s worth it.

***Books A Million posted a picture on their Facebook page this week about the birth date of Laura Ingalls Wilder.   She wrote a series of books that I loved as a young teenager — starting with “Little House on the Prairie.”  This series was a fascinating look at her growing up years.

I especially remember how excited Laura and Mary were one Christmas at getting a doll, an apple, and a peppermint stick.  That was all they received and they were thrilled and over the moon with excitement.  It was a good reminder that having a few gifts of real value are much better than a load of stuff that you don’t really appreciate or even remember a few weeks after you receive them.

This Christmas my motto was “It’s not the presents, but the presence.”  We in my family took this to heart.  It was great to spend a lot of hours together and visit, have a few gifts for the children to open, and raise money and help some needy and worthy causes.  You know what?  We all enjoyed it, including Ian who was thrilled with the items he did get!

*****What are some of your words of inspiration, thought, or appreciation from the week?  I’d love to hear from you and I am sure the other readers would like to as well!  Have a great weekend and God Bless!!!*****

Patti’s Ponderings

Hi friends!  Hope you have been having a great week!  Here are a few thoughts, observations and ponderings from the week.

Can you believe that we are more than halfway through August already?  I sure can’t.  Many school districts, private schools, and home schooling families have already started school for the year.

That to me is way too early.  When I was growing up, we didn’t start until after Labor Day!  The summer would start in June so we’d have nearly three months!  I really am showing my age, aren’t I?!  I know there are some places where that is still the case, but not many anymore.  I hope that we’ll switch back to that.


I found a paperweight with a great quote on it over the weekend.  It says, “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”  by Sir John Lubbock.

There is a lot of truth in that.  We read in our own thoughts to almost everything.  So, we can become predisposed to thinking a certain way.  For example, if you are having a bad day, or are just down or upset about something, you will more than likely see just the negative or the bad in things that day.

And, on the flip side, if you are having a fantastic day, you may not see or sense that a friend or family member isn’t as in the clouds as you.  And, you will sense only the positive.

This quote reminds me to think about others and what they may be going through and try to see the positive things in life, if possible.  That is what I got from it.

I would love your thoughts on this quote!


On of my favorite grocery stores opened this past week in Knoxville, but I was unable to make it and still haven’t been there.  Terrible, I say.

Trader Joe’s is now within driving distance of where I live and I am so excited!!  This is a great store that I have always enjoyed visiting while being in Mission Beach, California (San Diego).

My parents went on opening day and said it looked just like the one we are used to in CA!  YEAH!  They found all that they wanted.

The fact that it is close to home now is great.  They have organic food without colorings, preservatives, and other items that aren’t good for us.  And, they have a lot of special foods that we love!!

For example: all of the ingredients to make lentil bruschetta, lobster ravioli, butternut squash ravioli, pear sauce (like applesauce), mini chocolate-mint ice cream sandwiches, and sesame-covered cashews.  These are just some of the many items that I really like!!

I am so looking forward to shopping there very soon!  Thanks Trader Joe’s for coming to the Knoxville area!!


I have been buying many used books and one new one lately and am having a ball!

We have been to a consignment shop, several used book stores as well as Barnes and Noble and have enjoyed browsing in each location!!

The books that I bought were:

  • a book of inspirational thoughts that my former work supervisor had written and published (this was found at a consignment shop in Pacific Beach, CA — amazing!!).
  • a book on writings about children with special needs (can’t wait to start reading that one)
  • a book about people who live to be 100 years old and where they live (should be a fascinating book about why people can live that long — I want to know some secrets!)
  • Dick Van Dyke’s biography (I have liked him in Mary Poppins, his show with Mary Tyler Moore, and Diagnosis Murder – he is great) — this was on sale
  • Carol Burnett’s biography (her variety show was one the funniest every on television.  Have you seen it?  The best was when she dressed up as Scarlet O’Hara. “This was from my curtains (and included the rod) — makes me laugh every time. this was also on sale
  • “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender.  This one I bought because of the title.  I can’t wait to dive into the cake book!
  • and the new book that I bought was “The Family Beach House” by Holly Chamberlin.  I read a book this summer called “The Story of Us” that she wrote and loved it.  And, I can’t wait to read this one.  And, I may have to do a blog about that book and my own family’s beach house.

Later friends!  Happy days, happy reading, and happy shopping!