Friday, April 18, 2014

IT'S FRIDAY BUT SUNDAYS COMING! ~ HOPE




There are many things that symbolize hope.


The Iris



The Golden Daffodil



Doves



Then there is the Blessed Hope 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ
~
Easter,
 the reminder never to lose hope. 
He died for us, He loves us, and as His children He will never forsake nor abandon us. 


He has risen indeed!

My hope is you already knew this.......
Wishing all a Happy Easter
it's what echos from my heart today....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter a Few Years Back :-)



This is my son Mike age two  :-)
Easter egg hunt in Mamaw and Papaw's backyard,
sweet memories.....

I can sure see our little Khloe in that face!


Memories, some of the sweetest ones, it's what echos from my heart today.......

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Things That Matter ~


The thing I like about the usual Wednesday Hodgepodge (taking the week off)
is learning about my fellow bloggers, many whom have become friends.
In a small way it's like pen pals of yesteryear, we get to know each other as we correspond, 
the letter just goes out to many at one time and no stamp required :-)
Nothing wrong with growing stronger friendships right?

So with no time to think of a particular blog topic, I've decide to make some lists,
of things that matter to me.......

~

A short list of pet peeves.

Lying
Boasting
Pride
The inability to admit wrongs
Failure to offer apologies
Negativity
Short tempered
Double minded
Laziness
Critical
~

A short list of things admired.

Honesty
Humility
Transparency
Humor
Authenticity
Optimism
 Ethics
Sensitivity to others
Kindness
Mercy

~

Loves

God
Family
 Friends
Writing
Photography
Cooking
All things Outdoors
Montana
Babies
My Home
Reading
Ice Cream
(I wish I didn't love that last one)
~

 Things I need to improve upon or appreciate more

All of the above


So this is me on a Wednesday :-)

Just filling a page with what echos from my heart today!




Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Minute ~ One Thing That Matters


Accountability

From my perspective, accountability and maturity 
generally travel in pairs.
Pride is so often why accountability would be absent
from a life.
It tells me so much about an individual.
When we are accountable 
It keeps us focused on right things!
Doing right, making right choices....
Accountability, 
allows relationships to deepen to a place of authenticity, 
I ask the Lord to lead me to those types of relationships, the ones that require honesty,
where two people can lovingly point out to each other what we fail to want to see in ourselves!

It's not easy for everyone,
but boy it feels good to do so.
To those who have trouble with accountability,
wouldn't you like to see in yourself what others do?
It's honest, because they love you kinda stuff,
not always pretty, but its honest.
At any rate it means a lot to me.
I've made it known to my friends, I want the truth about me
from them on
how I behave, how I'm living my life.
It really does help me to make good choices,
focused on right things!

 I'm surround by friends that hold me accountable, they speak to me in truth and love.
  They aren't my friends to tell me that which I want to hear but often what I need to hear.

I don't take what they tell me as an attack,
I receive it as what it is, love....it's what love is, honest!
~
So I'm posting quotes on it..
Simple.
~
Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.
Wes Fessler

“I am not bound to win
but I am bound to be true;
I am not bound to succeed
but am bound to live up
to what light I have.
Abraham Lincoln


“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
Walter Anderson

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." ~ Benjamin Franklin  

You can't talk your way out of problems that  you behaved yourself into.
Stephen Covey (1932 -)
 
 Being accountable, and what it says about us..... it's what echos from my heart today......

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fresh on Friday ~ Be Encouraged Son....



heart images photo: Coffe heart images.jpg


Last night as I watched the evening news, I saw a young man who lost both of his legs
in the Boston Marathon bombings.
He's lost both his legs.
It's been very hard work, but today he is walking again!

He was alive and he was determined....

He life completely changed that day, initially thinking he was going to die.
He is now about to be married with a baby on the way.

He is happy, and thankful.

He is looking forward to all of his tomorrows, with a child he has not yet met.

He is excited about life again.
~

Be encouraged Joseph Horton,
you can do this!
The same praying people that got you this far,
are going to get you the rest of the way.

love you, Smom

The long haul, it's what echos from my heart today....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge ~



1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last 'shower' attention on someone or have attention 'showered' on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?
I love to shower attention on my grand kids... you can see how much it means to them
in there little faces. I personally don't care to be the object of attention, but do appreciate the
thought behind it :-)

2. Share a favorite 'spring break' memory. Not talking about just the 'college spring break' thing, but any favorite spring break memory you'd like to share. Keep it family friendly please!
That would be the first spring after my hubby retired we spent most days at the beach with
morning coffee in hand and lunch packed for the day.
Those were the best days.....


3. It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans?
Not a big fan of pecans....but put them on a cinnamon roll with lots of icing, I'm a fan.

4.  'Put all your eggs in one basket', 'egg on your face', 'rotten egg', 'walk on eggshells', or 'a good egg'...which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?
None actually apply to my life today but I am doing Atkins and have eaten more than my share of eggs!!


5.  In my experience,
Love is a verb.


 6. What's a  favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?
It Feels like Rain, by Aaron Neville

7. What does the word hope mean to you?
Jesus Christ, the great Hope !

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
I received a phone call from someone very special to me.
She called to tell me she loved me, was thankful for our relationship, she admires my faith,
and she is a stalker of my blog :-) She said much more to me that filled my heart, so much so
it reminded me of the importance of telling others how you feel about them,  now.
Why wait for the eulogy?  
Tell them now! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Minute ~



First weekend with the hubstir back home...
He's been working in the yard doing a lot of transplanting..
nice to have him home.
I was very thankful for the most beautiful weather ever to watch him work in.
This week is suppose to bring 80's at the beach :-)

I'm finding it crazy how fast time is going as I get older...seriously fast!
If only my weight came off  as fast...bothersome.....
I'm determined to be wearing my closet full of the wrong size clothes :-)
by July......

Looking forward to Easter at my sister Deanna's....
catching up with my friend Beth Mary for a couple fun nights!

Mostly I'm looking forward to flowers every where :-)



Have a great week!

....it's what echo's from my heart today.