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

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guest Blogger -Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle

I would like to welcome a guest blogger who so graciously allowed me to post this article from her blog, Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle.  Please take the time to visit her @ .

This article goes along great with the second of the three R's....Responsibility

Succeeding on Your Job- (or, I would say, Succeeding at Living!)
When it comes to having a work ethic, "Go to the ant, consider it's ways and be wise." These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principles for living. Observe three things about them: 1) The ant "has no commander, no overseer or ruler" (Pr 6:7) Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises it's work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage it's time on the job or make sure it starts punctually, puts in a full day, pulls it's weight and doesn't quit early. It's self-motivated and driven by it's own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired. 2) It "stores it's provisions in summer and gathers it's food at harvest" (Pr 6:8) While everybody else is complaining about the heat (weather, economy, politics, etc.), the hard-working ant just keeps preparing for the future. 3) The ant is no haphazard, disorganized drifter wandering around aimlessly, looking for something to do. He knows exactly what he's there for and where and how to do it. He's goal-directed, focused, determined and unstoppable. "But my job's a dead end," you say. As long as you're in this job, do it "heartily, as to the Lord" (Col 3:23). Prove yourself where you are and God will promote you to better things.

That last sentence is my favorite and I always go back to it. I tend to get lazy and think that it doesn't really matter because I don't like my job anyway or I won't be here long...well, we can't think like that. We must work hard in whatever we are doing and do it to the absolute best of our ability. God will take notice and bless us with better things eventually. Remember this when you start to get lazy or careless in your job. I wish ya'll the best in whatever you are doing and I hope ya'll have a wonderful week!


Gaertegang said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. You mention Tag along Tuesday is how you found me....what is that? Anyhow, I am so glad you stopped to visit me! I am even more thrilled that you grabbed my button! So sweet of you! I don't have the time to look around here right now...but I'll be back! Have a blessed day!
BTW: Love the guest post...well written.

Paula said...

Hi! I'm from Welcome Wednesday. Great blog! You can visit me at

Kathy said...

Hello! It is a wonderful thing to know you have a happy family. I will be following to read more!
Thanks for sharing,

Southern Loves said...

I love her; she has a GREAT blog...I am following through Welcome Wednesdays!!

~ Marlie

Rachel said...

Thanks for the follow! I really like your blog. I'm your newest follower (a day late from Tuesday Tag-Along). Looking forward to future posts. Have a great day!!


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Clements Family said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now following you!

Jackie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
I checked out your daughter's too. Great stuff!

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters
I am blessed!