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

Friday, May 14, 2010

There is No Charge for Love

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.

He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and

set about nailing it to a post on the edge of

his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the

post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked

down into the eyes of little boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your


"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat

off the back of his neck, "These puppies come

from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then

reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a

handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take

a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out

a whistle.. "Here, Dolly!" he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran

Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain

link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the

dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy

noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...

"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the

runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence,

reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his


In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down

both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir,

I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone

who understands."

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and

picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

"How much?" asked the little boy.

"No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love.."

The world is full of people who need someone who



Yellow House Knits said...

Awww! That brought a tear to my eye. Nothing like love for the underdog!

Delilah said...

What a wonderful little story. It definitely brought a tear to my eye.

BTW I love your intro to your blog!! It sure did want me to read more!!

Owen's Mom said...

Love you blog! Very sweet.

Thanks for the follow. I am following you back and looking forward to getting to know you better.

Evelyn M Leon said...

Tears in my eyes. Beautiful story and a lesson that more people should remember.

Happy Friday Follow


Debi said...

Thanks for the follow. FOllowing you back

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

Stopping by from FF! I invite you to visit my blog, only 25 more follows till I reach 100! If I get to 100 this weekend I'll hold my first giveaway!

Happy Birthday Author said...

Stopping by for Follow Friday. I am a new follower. I love the feel of your blog. Very positive!

I hope you can stop by my blog, Happy Birthday Author. I celebrate children's authors on their birthdays.

Katie said...

That is so sweet!!! So much love.

Letherton said...

here from FF
Take a minute an check my blog out if you haven't already.
I have lots of great giveaways going on.
Thanks :)

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful story. I am a new follower from Friday Follow!

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Katie said...

I'm presenting you with an award for your greatness and blogginess (if that is a word). Go to Desperate for Coffee to check it out once you have the chance. It's not just another blogger award, there's some thought in it too!!!

Velvet Over Steel said...

Very touching ans Sweet story & blog you have! So glad I found it so I can follow and read more of your stories! :-)

Brandi said...

You have an award on my blog! Hope you are having a blessed weekend.

rose said...

Great story.Keep them comming. Ha good day.

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters
I am blessed!