Monday, November 7, 2011

Simple Abundance

Today my granddaughters and Amy came over for a visit. As Amy was putting the finishing touches on dinner this evening, the girls curled up on my lap and we just sat there and talked. One of the things we talked about was what we were thankful for, I went first, I told them I was thankful for our family, that we all have each other and no matter how far we live away from each other, we will always be there for one another. Jenny of course just repeated anything we said, but she did sit there and snuggle and sorta listened. When I asked Angie next, what she was grateful for….she said “I am thankful for my toys”. Honesty, that’s what you can count on kids for! Smile 
Then I said, well lets see what we have that maybe we could give or do for kids who don’t have as much. Angie immediately carried the rest of the conversation about what we could make or buy and give to other kids. She definitely has a big heart and her little eyes lit up when we talked about all the things we could do. She even remembered last year when we made and bought a few things and took them to a store to donate to the kids in foster care. She was so excited to talk about doing something like that again.
I realized that compared to some people…we don’t have very much ( such a things or money ) but then it only takes a moment to realize, compared to many others…we are rich!   All I know is that my biggest dreams as a child, have come true. I am married to an incredible man in whom I love dearly and trust. He is also a wonderful Father and Papa. We have our faith which gives us purpose and hope. We have 4 great kids, kids that I couldn’t even image loving this much and who are making the world a better place by the way they live their lives. We have a  son and daughter in law that we love dearly. These two cute granddaughters and a grandson on the way!  We have our health, neighbors and friends. And we have a beautiful home which is a safe place for us all,  and we have all  the necessities that we need. Yes, I would definitely say that we have Simple Abundance in our home and a lot of it!

It just reminded me today, that I need to be careful this Holiday Season to take the time to do things with this two cuties and also my kids and Jeff. I know like everyone else that December seems like a blur, but every year I pray that the days will go a little slower. I need to remember that! So easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and that isn’t even what Christmas is all about. Yes, these few minutes with the girls on my lap, was a great reminder for me to stay focused on the Simple Abundance in my life, especially during this holiday season!

Good night dear friends!

Make a Memory

Make a memory with your children, Spend some time to show you care;
Toys and trinkets can't replace those Precious moments that you share.

Money doesn't buy real pleasure, It doesn't matter where you live;
Children need your own attention, Something only you can give.

Childhood's days pass all too quickly, Happy memories all too few;
Plan to do that special something, Take the time to go or do.

Make a memory with your children, Take the time in busy days;.
Have some fun while they are growing, Show your love in gentle ways.

Written by Elaine Hardt

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into”.  ~Wayne Dyer

“Whatever we are waiting for-peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance-it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready
to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”  ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.’   ~ Wayne Dyer

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