A Little Humor

Today has been one of those days, the morning started off fairly rough with getting the kids moving. This image on Facebook proves a little humor can help to make the day a little brighter.



Remember smiles are contagious, and you just might brighten someone else’s day.


Keep smiling,
Cheri

Reflection & Inspiration

During this busy time in our year, when the holidays are fast approaching, it is so easy to get caught up in all the hustle & bustle. It is also a time of even greater stress in our lives as we try to get a multitude of things done.
We may worry about money or running out of time to get things done. We may worry about all the family we will be seeing or the lack of family at this time when others are with theirs.
Even when we are excited about the upcoming holidays and if things are all coming together perfectly, it can still be stressful on our emotional and physical selves.
Do take time to reflect on all the good things that are in your life, no matter how small. Take time to touch base with family, friends, neighbors or others you haven’t seen in a while – just to say hello. Smile at a stranger – you may just make their day!

Focus on the positive things and more will follow!

Do you look forward to the holidays? What do you do to keep the stress to a minimum? I’d love to hear your tips for the holiday season.

Joyfully,
Cheri

Wisdom from Robert Fulghum

One of my favorite authors is Robert Fulghum, who wrote “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” It is still one of my favorite books, which I love to go back and read through often. So many great quotes of wisdom that we could all truly learn from. Here I will share three of my favorites.

If you have never read the book, I highly suggest checking it out. He also has other fantastic books worth reading as well, you can find more information about him and his books here: http://www.robertfulghum.com
Have you read All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” or any other Robert Fulghum books? What is your favorite quote? What authors do you find inspirational?
Have a great night,
~Cheri

A Tribute to Our Veterans

Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day in the US. A time to honor and remember all those who have served and are still serving in all areas of our countries military. I came across some touching media images, poems, and songs that I would like to share here.
“I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice
 
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all my family and friends who serve and have loved ones serving, as well as to all who serve. Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do.
~Cheri
Do you have Veteran’s Day poems, quotes, songs, or other things you want to share?

Hungry

Right now in church, I am working with the Outreach Committee to put together the Annual Thanksgiving Baskets for Neighbors In Need. They are the organization in charge of a number of food pantries in my local area, and have been around for 30 years.
Our goal this year is to put together 75 baskets, complete with turkey, pie, juice, and side dishes. With the help of our church family and friends, we are well on our way to accomplishing this goal.
Today at church, Linda Zimmerman, the Executive Director at Neighbors In Need spoke to the church during our service. She was there to thank the church for the help that has been given in the past, as well as to thank us for our help with the upcoming Thanksgiving Baskets. She reminded us that the hunger problem has been increasing and is a year round problem.
Hunger is getting worse everywhere, and even those who are working are having trouble making ends meet. A friend of mine sang a song, after Linda spoke that was very touching and fitting.
“Hungry” by Kathryn Scott
How do we help to turn this major problem around? How do we get ahead of this, before we can’t help fulfill the need?
 
Do you participate in any food pantry donations for Thanksgiving or other times? What organizations are there in your area that are dealing with helping the hungry?
~Cheri

Mom’s Job Never Ends

When my oldest son was born I was working full time in an office. I was lucky enough to be able to work part of the time at home. My days still were very structured, I had a lot of office work with dead lines for clients that had to get done. I only had the one baby, so it was fairly easy to keep up with the house and work. Fast forward 11 years, I now have a 3, 5 & 11 year old and have been home with the kids since the 5 year old was born.
Being a stay at home mom, definitely makes for some interesting days.
 
I love being able to be home for my kids, I am definitely grateful for that. I do find it much harder to constantly keep up with household things, like laundry and dishes. I always thought it would be easier to do that, but with kids home during the day there are more dishes & more laundry from cleaning up spills or toddler accidents.
No matter whether you are a stay at home mom or work outside the home, a mother’s job never ends.
I’d love to hear your stories. Are you a stay at home mom? Are you a working outside the home mom? What have your experiences been?
Have a good night!
~Cheri


A Little Gratitude

November typically is the month that people on social media start posting what they are grateful for. Some people try to post something new everyday of the month. It seems like a logical month to do this as we Americans prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
I may not post everyday, but I try to think of something everyday that I am grateful for. I am trying to take time each day, not just this month, to reflect on the positive things in my life. I think the more often we do this, the more likely we are to continue to move in a more positive direction in our lives.
Today, I will start with the fact that I am grateful for my family and friends, old and new. For life experiences, both good and bad. Our experiences help to shape our lives.
 
What are you grateful for?
Enjoy your night,
Cheri
 

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