Seventeen blessings that make growing older worth the effort!!...and 2 more blessings since this picture was taken!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if your family were the envy of all your neighborhood? Not because your family had the biggest house, the fanciest car or the very best interior decorator.

The reason isn't that you are the parents of the most beautiful children, you have a "to die for spouse" and you command a 6 figure income.

The fact of the matter is, you don't own a fancy house, your car is a CarMax reject, and your interior decorator is the local Goodwill Store.

Is all of that important? No! What is important is that your family is "The Happiest Family on the Block"!

I will be sharing our secrets that worked with our 6 children, 6 sons and daughters-in-laws and 19 grandchildren! I will share secrets and ideas that we did do and wished we hadn't, things we didn't do, but wished we had, AND things we did do and are glad we got something right!! Hindsight is 20/20 you know!

The "happy family" revolves around:


Raising children





Hobbies- cooking, sewing, crafts, decorating

Making money


Being friends with your grown up children

Being the best grandparents you can be

Etc, etc, etc

Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax and let's visit!

My Darling Grandaughter

My Darling Grandaughter

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism.
    They learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility,
    They learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule,
     They learn to be timid.
If children live with shame,
    They learn to feel guilty.
If children live with understanding,
    They learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement,
    They learn confidence.
If children live with praise,
    They learn to appreciate.
If children live with fairness,
    They learn justice.
If children live with security,
    They learn to have faith.
If hildren live with approval,
    They learn to like themselves.
If children live with acceptance and friendship,
    They learn to find love.


carissa @ lowercase letters said...

thank you so very much for the shipping advice!!! you made my day! : ) i love the concept of your blog. and man, is that ever a great poem. you have a beautiful family. i'm following you!

Happy Gramma said...

You are more than welcome! I know what it is like to have to ship a lot of e-Bay packages.
I will be adding more to my blog very frequently, so check back!

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Love this post! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier and for following my blog too! Hope to see you again in my blog sometime!

Btw, I'm your latest follower! God bless you & have a blessed weekend ahead! said...

Hi There, I found you on FF. I'm your newest follower. I love this poem, thanks for sharing.

Please stop by for a visit at

Have a beautiful day!

Peggy said...

SO happy you found me on FF!

Are you sure you we aren't related??:)As it is nice to hear from someone that feels the same way about family, and life in general...
It is great to meet you, and I will be following you back.

Sarah Lynne said...

Thank you for the nice comments on my blog!! I am following you back and I wish you a beautiful weekend!!


VKT said...

Hi there. I found your blog through Friday Follow. If you are interested in becoming a follower of my blog, I will happily follow yours.

Alison said...

Found you on Follow Friday and I love the theme of your blog. That intro was really touching and so true. I'm at, see you again soon!

Life Is A SandCastle said...

Thank you for finding me during FF:) I'm glad to learn of your blog and can't wait to read more.

Your Mommy Friend Lori said...

Just gorgeous. I am returning your FF love and I am so glad to have been able to find your site. I love the inspiration behind everything you've posted. Wonderful site, thanks for sharing.

VKT said...

I have always loved this inspirational poem. I wish all parents had a copy. Blessings to you sweet lady

rose said...

everything in this post is true and it offers to parents insight.

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Great reminder. Understanding, encouragement, praise, etc...all are so important. You'd really like the Fishful Thinking website - a resource for parenting positive kids. There are activities and articles centered on a lot of things you mentioned. (

Thanks for stopping by my blog. We just recently moved from VA. We've lived there for the past 13 years. I'm newly following you too!

Missy said...

I love this. Thank you so much for stopping by from FF.
I look forward to following you back.

Tiffanee said...

I love this poem. Thanks for the sweet reminders! Following you back!! Have a great week!!

jackie said...

I love this! I'm following from Friday Follow.

Have a great week!

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters
I am blessed!