Happy Sunday

It’s been almost a month since my last blog. I don’t know about you, but February may be the shortest month of the year, but I feel it’s the longest.

I think by the time February gets here, I’m done with the cold and gloomy days. I’m ready for sunshine and warmer weather.

I still have been finding things to be grateful for but here’s what I know. Just because you are grateful doesn’t mean you won’t have sad days or days of illness.

For the last two weeks, I’ve been dealing with both. Last week I was just tired of working and cleaning all the time and feeling as though I had no time for anything else. So, I managed to leave housework behind and go for a hike. It was chilly, but I needed the fresh air and a break from daily life.

The last few days, I’ve felt tired, and I can’t seem not to get tired no matter what I do. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get or caffeine I drink; nothing works.

So, I decided to try and be healthier, and in doing so, I think my body is in detox, and it’s not happy.

I know many people who can not make easy decisions without causing anxiety. That’s what life is, though, making decisions all day long. We decide what we will wear, eat, drink, exercise or not, and many other choices.

This is what makes me wonder about so many others who have been through so much pain and sickness. Some decide to give up on being happy, and others choose to hang on.

Do we all have a breaking point? Will we all give up on being happy eventually if things don’t get better?

If I didn’t have the Lord in my life, I would have given up already. I can remember many times when I just wanted to not live up to what I was capable of due to failure.

If I had given up on writing, I would have never published my children’s books. If I had stopped taking pictures, I would have missed some great shots. If I had given up on what I wanted because of being too tired or feeling sad and doubtful, I would have missed out on many things that brought me happiness.

Being grateful helps one be happier, but it doesn’t keep all the sadness out. We still need to know that life likes to throw things at us, and they can feel like too many minor inconveniences or one big hassle.

That’s when we need to be having those talks with Jesus and not to forget the things that bring happiness to our lives. I have a hard time not doing work that needs to be done first and then later realizing that the laundry will never be 100% done or anything else.

If I don’t take a break and do some much-needed self-care, then I’m just slowly destroying my happiness. It’s okay to take time and enjoy the sunshine because you can do laundry when the sun goes down.

I choose to hang on because the struggle is real, but this too shall pass.

Thank you for reading I hope it helped someone to hang on who planned on giving up. God Bless!

February 5th

How are you all doing? Have you been trying to stay positive or at least find something good in every day?

I have to say, until I got up today, I had been feeling pretty happy. This morning I was okay. I cleaned the house, and a few hours later, I started feeling blah.

I didn’t have a reason to feel sad, but I wasn’t feeling happy. Maybe it had to do with it being pretty outside, yet still so cold.

I was not enjoying my time in the house. I wanted to be outside, but did I want to go through the trouble to go out?

I decided to make myself go outside and absorb some vitamin D. It made a huge difference in my mood. Once I added an extra layer of clothes it wasn’t too cold out.

I first spent time with my cats. Spending time with your pets is great for raising serotonin and dopamine levels. I took their pictures while they enjoyed the sunshine and my company as I did theirs.

Then I found some ice around some moss and photographed that for awhile. Last but not least, I had a little talk with Jesus because it makes everything better.

That is how I turned my frown upside down. I still don’t know why I felt moody today, but I did take steps to improve it. It took some willpower to want to change it. It also took time and energy.

It can be such a struggle to find something positive. Some days you have to try harder. It was so worth it to push myself to find something good today. It’s easy to get defeated by sadness. I feel much happier now, and I can enjoy the rest of this beautiful day the Lord has made.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you find your happiness today!

Brr baby it’s cold outside

How is everyone holding up? Tomorrow we will be three weeks into the new year. How is life going so far? It feels like it’s been way longer than three weeks to me.

As I mentioned before, my goal is to try and find positivity every day. If it’s just something small to be grateful for, at least I’m trying to stay thankful for life even though last year felt like a complete mess.

The last week I won’t lie; it has been bumpy. We have had snow, rain, and more clouds than sunshine. I do miss the sun. I did get out Tuesday, and the sun was shining, and it did make me feel better. Sometimes I wonder if I don’t get seasonal depression.

I still find things to be thankful for, so I have not given up yet. I have to realize that life is not just a nice beautiful drive. There is plenty of roadwork and roadblocks that will get in our way from time to time. I’m one of those people that hate any traffic literally or in life itself. Patience is a virtue and one I can’t seem to acquire.

Now I’ll stop whining and tell you some good things I found during a cold, wet, and dull week.

I captured photos of cardinals and other birds by putting cat food outside for them to eat. I had to take the pictures inside the house, but I’m still pleased with the final photographs.

I also enjoyed making pancakes Sunday morning and sitting down with my family for breakfast which is rare. We usually eat dinner together, but for breakfast, we are generally on different schedules.

I did even go outside and take a few snow pictures. The first snow is always fun, but I find it not as appealing when it comes back again. I still tried to find something to photograph. I think I will have to challenge myself more on what I take pictures of. I need new inspiration.

I’m always thinking of things to do, but I usually change my mind quicker than I start because I’m afraid of failure. Who wants to give their heart and soul into something to find out nobody supports you. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not people finding fault in what I do as much as I find fault in myself. One of the hardest things to learn is validation from others is not needed, but validation from yourself is.

This week has been a little blah; Yet, God has seen fit to keep me here for a reason. I need to be thankful and keep trying to be the best person I can be. I need to keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel even though shadows try to block my sight. Today is a gift, and I need to be happy no matter how much or how little pleasure it brings.

Thank you for reading! My struggle is real, but I won’t quit ♥️

Have a great day and God Bless

Happy Sunday

Day 2 of finding something positive!

Sunday is an easy day to find something positive. Usually, We go to church, but we didn’t have church today due to a nasty weather forecast. I’m thankful we didn’t get any bad weather. Just lots of rain. Might get a tiny bit of snow tonight which would give me a extra day off which I’d love to have. If not, back to work tomorrow after a wonderful Christmas break.

Today my positivity comes from having the energy and time to get my house nice and clean, laundry done, a nice big supper which means no cooking tomorrow.

I’m going to get stuff ready for work tomorrow and relax the rest of the evening.

What was positive in your day?

Thanks for stopping by; God Bless!

Final Chapter Finding My Fairytale

I have everything but a happily ever after.
To live happily for the rest of my life.
How does one do that? We have no idea what our life is going to entail. There could be a lot of sadness or even much joy.


To say “they lived happily ever after” is forward-thinking on the writer’s part.
Movies that end happily leave us satisfied, knowing there are no more troubles for our characters, and we can rest easy.


Can we rest easy in our own lives? How can we imagine a life with a happy ending when we can not predict what comes next in our story?

John 14:1-4


Finding my happy ending is going to require some soul searching. I do not know what my end of life will hold.
To get even close to having a happy ending. I think one’s thoughts must be positive. My favorite saying is, “not every day is good, but there’s something good in every day.
I think to acquire a happy ending; one must have a positive outlook on life. We must find happiness in the storm. Life is too short to sit around and be depressed. We must uncover what makes us a happy person.
We may not know how much happiness the end of our life will have but, we can make every ending of every day happy.
I think that’s the secret to living happily ever after!

14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

The promises of Jesus!
We talk of a happily ever after in this chapter and finding it.
We can be happy on earth if we try hard and look for the good in any situation.
I know some moments can be absolutely heart wrenching that it makes it hard to find the good.
When those situations occur, the only way to get through the pain is to have Jesus. by your side. There is no one else that can give you the peace and understanding you need during those times of despair.


Sometimes, it’s easier to find the silver lining. You have to want to see it, though. Some would rather wallow in self-pity than to see the greater good.
I don’t wake up very often without some pain going on in my body. I could feel sorry for myself and stay in bed and have a poor outlook on life.
I choose life; I prefer to get out of bed and find my happiness for the day. I will find joy in little things because they matter as much as the large ones.
I feel it has rained here day in and day out. If it’s not raining, it’s snowing. The sun barely shows itself during this time of year.


So, I find happiness by seeing the birds out my window. Or I get out in whatever mother nature brings and take a walk to my happy place and pray to the one who made this day. There are so many things to be thankful for. Just look for the good instead of dwelling on the bad.
Then remember the scriptures above. Jesus has gone to make a place for us. He’s coming back for us to be with him for eternity.
That place, if we are ready when he comes, will be the ultimate happily ever after
Jesus loves you!
If for no other reason, smile about that!

What makes you happy? What do these verses mean to you?

Epilogue

In conclusion, life is good.
I know some of you are probably wondering why the fairytale outlook on life? I chose the fairytales and feel-good movies because they leave us wondering why our life isn’t that way. We tend to watch them when we are stressed or feel down and need a pick me up. Down deep, we all know that life isn’t that easy, but it doesn’t stop us from dreaming it was.


That’s why I added the scripture. Scripture lets me see what is tangible. It shows me that everyone has a life to live, and it really has nothing to do with what and how much you have.
In the end, it’s really about your relationship with God.
If we have God in our lives, we can be optimistic and find happiness in this world.


He doesn’t promise that our life will be easy, nor will there be no tears. There will be many problems and sadness, but we can get through anything with The Lord’s help. Then once our trial is over, we will find the blessing from it. I believe every triumph we conquer is for us to share with the world how the Lord helped us get through and survive.

There’s nothing too great that the Lord can’t get us through. We have to call out and let him shelter us through the storm.
Just think how wonderful life will be if we keep God the center of our life. The end of our life will be the beginning. We will have the best of everything in Heaven. More than we ever dreamed of trying to achieve on earth. No movie or fairytale can compete with that.
I hope you find your fairytale on earth until you get the real thing in Heaven.
Thanks for reading, and God Bless!

Chapter 5 Finding My Fairytale

Now I’ve got everything for my dream life except the perfect children. Let’s talk about that.
The children in fairytale life are so well-behaved, and even if they aren’t, they are so remorseful when they’re not. I do not find or have found this to be always correct with my children.


I have three children. Yes, they are blessings.
However, these three little blessings have caused more emotions out of me than I knew I had. I’ve yelled, I’ve cried, I’ve been embarrassed, and sometimes I even just been numb, wondering when the phase they were going through was going to pass.


Parenting is hard work. It also can be rewarding.
When a child loves you, they love you. You never have to wonder if it’s real. They are amazing to watch grow and celebrate each milestone they go through. Just as they have a first, there is also their last. The last time you carry them because they learned to walk and the last time they need you to hold their hand because they are now a big boy/girl.
We must cherish every moment and remember that they’re still your child no matter how old they get.
When they get older, you worry way more, and you realize you can’t control them as once before. Children have to learn to live for themselves. I believe that has been my most challenging trial with my children. You have to let go and let them grow.


No matter how big they get, you will still find those proud moments where you think to yourself, that’s my child!
My children are not perfect, innocent or, corrigible half the time. They are though the loves of my life. I’ve seen way more good than bad come from them. To me, they’re irreplaceable. They are perfect for my fairytale!

Proverbs 22:6
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I know children are a gift from the Lord. If you have children, you have been blessed.
Sometimes, you find yourself wanting to exchange your gift or return it all together, but that’s a different story.
I found that raising my children had some rewarding moments and some difficult ones. The only way I got through the hard times was by praying for them.
They will never get too big for that. Pray for your children always. It’s the best gift you can give them.
His scripture means that if I do my best to raise them the way he would have me to if they do go off the right path, they will find their way back to the road they need to be on with help from the Lord.
That’s how I interpret this verse.
I am comforted by the fact that God watches over my children night and day, and when I can’t see them, he does.

What are some of your favorite qualities your child/children possess? What do they do that makes you smile?What does this verse mean to you?

Chapter 4 Finding My Fairytale

Prince, residence, castle, now what’s next? Hmmm, now it’s time for the best job ever.
I learned by watching feel-good movies and fairytales that the characters have the most extraordinary jobs.
They can make any job appear to be fun and exciting. I was watching a movie just the other day where the main character was a librarian. I kid you, not, I was thinking, wow, that is the job of my dreams. I find myself doing that a lot. They make everything look good.


I honestly never did go to school to fulfill my dream job. I had a few dreams. I wanted to be a dancer. I was going to college to get a degree in dance. My teacher said I was too old to be a dancer. I was only twenty. I quit going to school after that. I let an older woman tell me I was too old. I just thought it would be nice to have my very own dance school. I should of never let someone kill my hopes and dreams. I wish I kept going. Instead, I went in a different direction.
I love writing, I still dream of making a best new writers list somewhere. I published six children’s books, and I hope that if you’re reading this, it too is published. Not just in my blog or type of social media.


My next dream job was to be a stay-at-home mom. I was very blessed to be able to do this. I only had to work a couple of years here and there to help with bills. For most of my children’s lives, I have been able to be home with and for them.
I do not regret this decision. I have two still home. Within three years, I will be an empty nester looking for my next dream job.
I am not sure if others would see my life on television and dream they had one like it. I do know it was a very fulfilling dream with ups and downs. Because no matter what job you have or how much you love it. There are going to be days you want to close up shop or quit. We have to keep on going and remember tomorrow might be that big screen moment where your job is the most fun and most exciting of all.

Colossians 3:23-24 KJV
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Very few people are blessed with a job that they love going to everyday. Most of the time it seems that you’re working very hard for little money and you come home too tired to think about enjoying life.
This scripture reminds us in whatever we do, for the Lord, we need to do it to the best of our ability. I think it also lets us know that we need to do all things for the Lord no matter what it is.


I worked at the nursing home as a housekeeper. That job was anything but glamorous. It was hard work, and I’d come home very tired. I wasn’t happy, and I didn’t find any joy in cleaning. I did enough of that at home.
Then one day, instead of complaining all the time, I had to see how to give it my all. How did I do that? I had to pray a lot!
I loved the patients, and I found that a little kindness goes a long way. My job now didn’t seem so bad because I wasn’t just a housekeeper; I was a friend. I enjoyed seeing my friends at work and talking to them.
If you want to see the good in something, you have to let good come from you.


I would ask myself, what would Jesus do? I may not have always done everything he would have wanted, but I did my best to please him. No matter where you work, you can find what work the Lord wants you to do while there.
It might just be to show kindness to someone who never had anyone be nice to them till you came along. It might be more significant and lead someone to Christ.
God will put you where he needs you. Sometimes, we need to pray and ask what it is he wants us to do.
So, no matter what job you have to do today. Do it for the Lord, and do it with all your heart and give your very best.

What can you do for the Lord at your job? What part of your job makes you happy?what do these verses mean to you?

Chapter 3 Finding My Fairytale

I have my love and a city to live. Next on my list is a castle or dream house. Remember the Barbie dream house? I believe that was the first make-believe house I wanted. Then as I got older castles, and palaces in fairytales were the dream. Then the desire went to a big house with a big yard.
I do not live in either of these things. I live in a double-wide trailer. It’s not as fancy and elegant as I dreamed and still dream about from time to time. It’s not a horrible home. It’s quite homey and is cozy. I am a neat freak and, clutter brings out the worst in me so, it’s probably for the best my house is not the size of a castle or mansion. I do have a big yard that I do love.


I remember the day it was ready to move in. My husband and I came in and sat on the single step and was just so excited to own our first home. We thought the step down added character. I also was pleased to negotiate and get the chandelier. I learned early on that your home is what you want it to be.
We have a large room that has-been furnished in so many ways to fit our lifestyle needs.
We try to add or change something to our home each year to make it better. I’m still waiting on a bookshelf that has a door that goes into a quiet reading room. I also would like to turn my home into an Italian Tuscany house. That might take me awhile. When I figure how to slab rock on my walls, I’ll be good to go.


So, my house may not be what I dreamt of having. It did provide us with a roof over our heads. I also know that the first night in our home we were so happy. A larger house was far from our minds. It’s been a perfect home for us. Just like everything else you, must appreciate and take care of what you have. The more you care for something the, longer it lasts. My home can be anything I imagine it to be with a little work.
They say a man’s house is his castle. In this case, A woman’s home is hers.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I love these verses!
I love all parables, and they are my favorite thing to read in the Bible. This scripture shows us what to build our house on. We must have a good foundation for our home to stand, or it will fall when a storm comes.
This foundation rings true when it comes to our life. We must have a strong relationship with Jesus so that we can withstand anything. Without him, we will surely fall. It doesn’t matter if you have a castle, a mansion, or a little shack. Without God, you have an unstable shelter that will eventually fall with you inside.
Don’t let that happen to you and your house. Build that strong foundation and escape from the sinking sand.


🎶When the world all around me is sinking sand, on Christ, the solid rock I stand. 🎶I love this song!

Write down some ways you can make your foundation stronger with the Lord.
How has he blessed your home? What do these versus mean to you?

Chapter 2 Finding My Fairytale

Now that we have established that I have a Prince.
Where is this beautiful fairytale land? Where is this great town where everyone knows you and is nice?


Did you ever stop and notice how wonderful the towns are in the feel-good movies. Everyone knows who you are and treat you like family. Movies in the city have the characters going to places where people are pleasant and know them by name. They know where you live, your family members, and even your pets.


The scenery is always beautiful. The characters always seem to have this perfect spot for them where nobody is ever sitting. How is that possible? A bench that nobody is sitting on. A table that is always empty. No matter where the characters go, they don’t have to wait in line or change their plans due to other people occupying their favorite spots.
How unrealistic is that?


I don’t think I can spin my town to match the films.
Can I get close, though?
Let’s see, I do live in the mountains and there are some beautiful places.
I find myself walking to where I like to call my happy place. I don’t think nobody has ever been in my spot when I decided to hike there. I guess that is like the movie character’s favorite place being empty.
Most people know me or know of me. That can be good or bad depending on who told them about me. Let’s face it, no matter how good a person you are, everybody is not going to like you.


For the most part, people are polite. We have a few mean people that can quickly dampen your day. I will call them the Scrooge’s of our town. That way I’m still hopeful that one day they will awaken with a new outlook on life.
I do believe I have a wonderful place to call home. It may not be the best town. Some would be bored out of their minds here. Others love it here because it can be peaceful. I’m happy here for the most part. Most people are friendly and don’t care to smile at you. They will even help you out if you need it. Everyone may not be pleasant, but there’s more that are than not.


I need to try to be more friendly because how a stranger sees me is how they judge our little hometown. I’d hate to think because of me someone would not want to stop and visit our town.
My land may not be the fairest of all but it is pretty and peaceful.

Matthew 5:14-16 KJV

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In the second chapter, I talked about the city in which I dwell.
These verses explain what type of city is essential and what part we play in that.
If you are miles away and lost, all it takes is one light to shine for you to see how to get home.
I know that if my outside light is on and it’s dark out, that light will allow me to see to get inside.
My indoor lights allow me to see how to get around the house when it’s dark.


The light in these verses is much more than that. There is a light that shines from you that you can only get by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.
I’m blessed Because I know many that live in my town that has this light. Together we can make our city stand out from those that may be in darkness.
If you see the light shine out from others, you see Jesus in them.
My prayer is for others to see Jesus in me.

In your city, who do you know whose light shines so bright?
Where is your favorite spot to go that makes you feel happy? What do these verses mean to you?