7 Standout Father’s Day Quotes

7 Standout Father’s Day Quotes

7 Standout Father's Day Quotes

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'” –Michael Jordan

 

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.” –T. D. Jakes

 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” –Jim Valvano

 

“Mothers play an important role as the heart of the home, but this in no way lessens the equally important role fathers should play, as head of the home, in nurturing, training, and loving their children.” –Ezra Taft Benson

 

“The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad!” –Anonymous

 

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” –Anonymous

 

“By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” –Charles Wadsworth

Feel free to use on your own social media avenues, with friends, family and with your own fathers and sons!

Happy Father’s Day!

Julie

 

 

Christmas Blessings – Traditions

When you think of Christmas traditions, what comes to mind?

Christmas traditionsDecorations in your home?

A certain way you celebrate?

Something special you do during this blessed season?

Christmas Eve church service?

An annual baking day?

A wonderful Christmas meal, with all the special foods you only have once a year?

I think of a number of things.

For years now after the passing of my parents, my side of our family gathers at our home the evening of December 23 to celebrate Christmas. We are following that tradition again this year. I love the fun we all have together… and all the food! Soups, appetizers, desserts. We open presents, take the annual family picture, and share lots of laughs.

One year on Christmas Eve day when our kids were younger, they couldn’t wait any longer to open presents. We normally open them Christmas morning. Not wanting to break that tradition, we allowed them to each choose one of theirs from under the Christmas tree and open it a day early. Now that they are an adult and almost an adult, they still choose to open one gift up on Christmas Eve day. I love this tradition, and it’s one that might not last much longer as they move on in their own lives in the years to come. I’ll cherish it as long as I can!

And one more…

My mother passed away December 16 eight years ago. Christmas that year was difficult. I cried through most of the day. Christmas night my husband suggested we hop in the car and drive around to see Christmas lights. It blessed me so, and brought joy to this grieving heart of mine. It’s a night I’ve continued to look forward to each year. Again, this tradition might not continue as our kids begin their own families some day, but I imagine my husband and I will continue to do it in years to come.

So, what’s yours? What is a tradition you do at Christmastime? You might have many. I’d sure love to read yours! Would you share it below?

Enjoy celebrating this season with your special tradition(s).

Merry Christmas!

Julie

Slowing Down: A Gift To Ourselves

Sometimes, slowing down is the most precious gift we can give ourselves.

slowing down giftI don’t mean slowing down as in doing nothing. Nor do I mean to be lazy.

What I am talking about is slowing down to appreciate the little things in life.

Breathing in the fresh crisp air.

The sound of a distant train whistle.

The splash of colors across the sky as the sun sets.

The feel of your child’s small hand tucked inside yours.

Today I took the time to slow down. I experienced life happening all around me.

The sounds of happy children this morning.

The cold wind hitting my face as I walked to my car.

The mouth-watering aroma of fried chicken coming from a local restaurant.

The beautiful smile of a friend.

The warmth and peace of our home tonight.

Slowing down helps me recognize and appreciate the little gifts in life I would otherwise miss.

Slowing down relieves stress.

Slowing down brings me joy.

As one of the busiest seasons of the year approaches, may we fight the tendency to rush and race through it. May we intentionally slow down to experience all this season is filled with. To appreciate the little pleasures and gifts along the way. To not miss one single precious moment. To be blessed and to be a blessing.

What little gifts did you notice and appreciate today? Or, if you look back and realize you raced through this day (please don’t judge yourself or kick yourself), what can you do to intentionally slow down tomorrow?

Slowing down is one of the most precious gifts you can give yourself, especially this season.

May we each inspire others to do the same.

Julie

 

Favorite Things: What Are Yours?

I love un-rushed mornings.

love unrushed morningsI’m becoming intentional about slowing my pace each morning. Some days I do that well, some days not so much. I find getting up earlier helps me, but yet, if I don’t get the sleep I need, that doesn’t work so well. Still finding that balance…

“Un-rushing” brings me great joy.

And then there’s Friday mornings. Like an oasis for my parched soul. I am blessed to have Friday mornings off. My mere words cannot begin to describe what Friday mornings do for me.

I don’t have to wake up at a certain time. I enjoy my coffee a little more. I choose to either write, read, do my Bible study, exercise, do a little of all, or do nothing. It’s un-rushed time, and I absolutely love it.

Thinking of favorite things, how about you?

favorite things lll

What are some of your favorite things?? What brings you joy??

I would love to read them below

Here are a few of mine:

10 Of My Favorite Things (in no particular order)

1.   Un-rushed mornings 

2.   French fries (yes, I know how bad they are for me)

3.   Taking long walks

4.   Having coffee or lunch with a friend (or friends)

5.   Date nights with my husband

6.   When all four of us are at home (a rarity lately)

7.   Relaxing on the ocean’s (or gulf’s) shore

9.   Coffee

10. Writing

I have so many more, but these are all I can think of at this very moment.

Here’s a suggestion. Make a list of your favorite things, and keep your list in a special spot. Add to it when you think of more. Pull it out the next time you’re feeling bummed, or burned out, or need to be reminded of the things that bring you joy.

Looking at this list will warm your heart, encourage your soul, and lift your spirits.

I’ll head back to my un-rushed morning. May we each find ways to enjoy these favorite things in our lives today.

Blessings!

Julie