52 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 14, Easter Blessings and Mowing Lawns

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I love Easter weekend, the sense of rebirth, the opening of one’s heart, and our greatest blessing…


And yet, I believe my Easter weekends might be very different was it not for my neighbor Ms. S. For it was her gentle invitations to church that began our families journey towards Christ.

First, I should return to the day Ms. S. moved next door. We were, also, fairly new to the neighborhood, and I was lucky to be stationed in Georgia–my home state.  As I peeked at the group passing in and out of the home, I wasn’t really sure who might become our neighbor. Later, I learned this was Ms. S.’ family, helping her settle into the new home.

As the weeks went by, we noticed the grass beginning to reach knee-high, and we also noticed she did not come out very much. So it seemed impossible to ask if she…

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 6

The Showers of Blessing


This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 6 at Haddon Musings

I’m thankful this week for having 45 minutes of touching, contemplative Good Friday Concert presented by the Choir and orchestra tonight. The concert presented the message of the Lamb of God sacrificed Himself for our redemption. We were grateful that our new pastor was part of presentation. He read the scripture and prayed before our singing. He appreciated the choir’s service to the church.

The choir has been singing for over 50 years. Some of the members have been together from the beginning. We are not merely a choir but a family, a support group that uplifts each other. Some members are in their 60s, 70s, even 80s. In the first photo, the members in the front row were sitting down because of their physical limitation. They don’t let their physical conditions discourage their participation in singing…

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Thankfulness Mondays – Can I Help You?


So it’s week 42 (of 52)  joining Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, of things large and small, that we have in our lives to be thankful for, in lieu of being overwhelmed by the negative things that sometimes get more notice.

Today I’m thankful for the many offers of help, from friends and family. The older one gets, the harder it is to organize a move.

There are so many details, and the energy and memory doesn’t always allow us to do what we need to. Trying to do it all is just not possible, even if we get movers. It’s all the little things like the De-cluttering that I wrote about, which in itself is trying because there’s some things we’ve kept for sentimental reasons, and now have to decide whether to let them finally go!

Then, trying to remember all the companies and individuals we have to advise of the move. I’ve…

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 42

Watching the Daisies


A gift from Barbara 

The blogging community is overflowing with creativity; I enjoy following authors, artists, cooks, photographers, gardeners, travellers, fashionista, health and wellness experts and gifted handcrafters:

Barbara Lindsey hails from Melbourne, and showcases a multitude of beautiful cards and gifts on her blog. She runs classes from her home “teaching card making, mini album making and scrapbooking.”

Barbara has created a tiny box with a picture gallery insert and secret compartment in her latest post. It is simply stunning. Please call round and visit her incredibly creative blog.


Three cards from Barbara

I was delighted to open a parcel from Barbara recently, containing several beautiful cards and an exquisite “Rose Garden in a Box.”


A Rose Garden in a Box

Thank you once again for your beautiful gifts. I am incredibly blessed to have such a thoughtful friend.

If you want to participate in Bernadette’s “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” writing prompt, please press…

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Women in sports have long struggled for not only acceptance as equal competitors and athletes but have always been grossly underpaid.  Like their predecessor in the fight for equality, Billie Jean King, the USA Women’s Hockey team took up the fight for equal pay for equal work.  Even with the threat of the League replacing them with other players, they stayed firm in their resolve to boycott the games.  They not only won equal pay but returned to the ice and became the world champions.


After almost boycotting the tournament the USA Women’s Hockey team takes home the gold medal with an overtime win over Canada in the IIHF Women’s World Championship.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team coach Robb Stauber likes to tell his players “we don’t care who scores, but trust me, we remember who blocks shots.”

Stauber, a former NHL goalie, is not likely to ever forget that it was a blocked shot by Hilary Knight that led to her scoring the game-winning overtime goal in Team USA’s 3-2 win against Canada at the IIHF World Championships.

“I don’t know what a fan paid for a ticket tonight, but they should have doubled it because it was a good hockey game,” Stauber said.

After the first period, former Canadian women’s hockey star Cassie Campbell tweeted that it was the fastest women’s game she had ever seen played.
It was a memorable game because it gave Team USA its seventh gold medal in the past eight World Championships, and three in a row since Team USA lost to Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

It was an emotional game for the American women because they had been riding a roller coaster since March 15, when they threatened to boycott the World Championships if they didn’t receive a new contract from USA Hockey that would give them the financial support they needed to stay active in the sport in non-Olympic years.

The American women didn’t even know they would be playing in the World Championships until USA Hockey officials agreed to a new deal three days before the start of the tournament.

The new financial package — paying players around $70,000 in non-Olympic years and potentially more than $100,000 in an Olympic year — was a major “win” that could change American women’s hockey for years to come, but players understood the story needed a happy ending to make it more meaningful.



Stauber thought Knight’s blocked shot was symbolic of the price the American women were willing to pay for the success. That was true on and off the ice.



I invite you to share a story about an inspiring woman in the comments section. Just leave us a link to your post. We can never read too many stories about inspiring women. 


The above information is from an article that was written by :
Kevin Allen , USA TODAY Sports Published 1:01 a.m. ET April 8, 2017



 “I think it shows girls and women within sport or without sport: Do more, be more, be better and put pressure on people. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in. I think that’s really important, and, if we can be role models in that aspect, I’m certainly proud to do so.”  Meghan Duggan







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I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Dom and I have lived in our small town for 38 years.  During that time we have had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people.  Some of the people have made a place in our hearts and became loved ones.  Other people have touched our lives and changed our lives and then moved on to different places.  Saturday night we had the rare opportunity of reconnecting with a couple who touched our family’s life and improved it.  When my oldest sons were little boys they went through a bad patch of seemingly not knowing how to go about making friends.  The couple we reconnected with had two children who went out of their way to befriend David and Andrew.  I don’t think Nancy and Dave probably even realize what a difference they made in my early days of mothering.  I am so thankful that the circle of life brought them back to me.

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Inspire Someone on April 10th Encourage a Young Writer Day

Tomorrow is encourage young writers day. Thank Annette for bring this to our attention and sharing all the fantastic ways to support young writers.

Annette Rochelle Aben

Every year, April 10th is known as Encourage a Young Writer Day. What a wonderful way to cultivate creativity.  I decided to post this a couple days early to give people the chance to arrange something for the young writers they may know.

You can gift a young person a journal, some pens and a bookmark.

You can write a letter of support and send it to a young person to bolster their confidence.

You could host an afternoon of writing fun with a small group of young writers. Bringing them together for writing exercises and sharing of their works.

You could mentor a young person through a specific project such as poem, short story or even a book.

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to let the young writers in your life know that there are no limits as to where their writing can take them.

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NaPoWriMo2017, Day 3: Reliquary

I enjoyed reading this so much that I am reflagging it so that I can share it with you. Enjoy!

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

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On Sunday morning under orange bougainvillea,
Your picture spills from an old album.
You were on a verandah under purple bougainvillea,
drinking the hot noon from your coffee cup
as I drank passion fruit and watched Lake Tana birth the Nile.

Later, kneeling by the river, I made my hand into a cup,

but you called out that slow death swam the blood
of those who touched the river,
while behind you on harsh branches,
black birds barked stark music.

Now, on Sunday morning under orange bougainvillea,
half a world and half a life away,
 I restore you to your proper place, remembering how,
when they laid you down to dream beneath the purple bougainvillea,
it was passionfruit’s sweet poison that flavored my life.

Please also see this elegy: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/10/11/look-up-poem-for-a-good-good-girl/

The NaPoWriMo prompt today was to write an elegy.

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