God-worshiper, wife, mother, grandmother, author, lover of all things domestic, gardener, photographer, nature lover--no telling what you'll get on any given day, but thank you for joining me on the second half of this journey called life.
What you do screams so loud I can't hear what you say.
George Bernard Shaw
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Henry David Thoreau
What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
St. Francis of Assisi
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
I've got a plan. I don't know what it is yet.
Be free from the burden of meeting expectations that were never meant for you.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
My home is in heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
Difficult situations fall into three categories: things we can fix, things we have to put up with and things we should walk away from.
Booker T. Washington
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Sir Winston Churchill
If you're going through hell, keep going.
Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you'll be criticized anyway.
It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Our stamina is sapped, not so much by external troubles surrounding us, but by problems in our thinking.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Henry David Thoreau
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you have imagined.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Little girls with dreams become women with vision.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Be watchful. A clear sign of someone's character is how they treat people they don't need.
Sir Winston Churchill
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood for something sometime in your life.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
"Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you."
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
"The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
"Write something worth reading or do things worth writing."
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Sir Edwin Arnold
"No power on earth compares to a mother's tender prayers."
"It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing--that's the Lord's test."
"When people tell you who they are -- believe them."
"Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible."
"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."
"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
"A steady diet of negativity will inevitably leave you stressed to the limit. Don’t give up what you have, by focusing on what you lost!"
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."
"The strongest take to the hardroad with nothing more to lose, nothing more to fear, because they’ve been broken and they’ve survived. Life begins from there."
Robert Louis Stevenson
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
"I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become."
A. W. Tozer
"A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself."
"If the hatred of men can kill your dream, then the dream was not born of God. A dreamer must have a tenacious commitment to his dream."
Unsolicited advice is criticism.
Leonardo da Vinci
"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence."
"A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be."
The kiss of the sun for pardon The song of the birds for mirth One is nearer to God's heart in the garden Than anywhere else on earth
St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light,and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive-- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
a prayer of Blessed Teresa to Jesus
Let nothing trouble you Let nothing frighten you Everything passes God never changes Patience obtains all Whoever has God Wants for nothing God alone is enough
Woman's Home Companion, December 1935
"Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities."
"Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves."
Sarah ban Breathnach
"Please let me never forget how rich my wonderful life is right at this moment. Please let me never forget that all I have is all I need. Please never let me forget to give thanks."
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition."
"The optimistic thoughts in our minds and the love in our hearts will give off an ambience that becomes the mood of the house."
in "Feeling At Home"
"Guard me against the arrogance of privilege, against the indulgence of feeling that I don't have enough, and the poverty of spirit that refuses to acknowledge what is daily given me."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Pastor S. Lee Barnes
"...more people are "killed" by backbiting than by guns and knives.
And just like a murderer's fingerprints are on the gun, a backbiter's prints are all over the back of the person THEY hurt, providing the evidence God will use against the backbiter in His time."
John Andrew Holmes
"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others."
"What YOU think is your problem--not mine! I'm having trouble enough with what I'm thinking--let alone what you're thinking."
Thomas P. Amiot
"People who live their lives by other people's quotes should make their own. Get a life."
(my firstborn son, then a 20-year-old college sophomore)