Posts Tagged: joy

Friends Bring Joy

Lately I have been really blessed in the friend department. It’s been an amazing journey, and I am especially lucky because my whole family has been embraced by another family; one that is a lot like ours. They are kind, giving, understanding, fun, and loving. It’s just what we need while living in a town far away from our immediate family.

This year our friends had a wonderful exchange student from Ukraine. He has become a good friend to all of my children. So-much-so that in the past week my eldest son has probably been at their house more than he’s been at ours. I only wish they would have become friends sooner than this late spring/early summer. It doesn’t matter, though, because they are friends now. They’ll probably be friends forever, too. Thanks to the internet, of course.

I wanted to do something special for our friends and their “son”. Yesterday morning I took some photos of them, so that they could have some really nice framed prints. It took all of a half and hour, and I was so happy to do it for them.

Giving to the people you love is tremendously fulfilling.
Giving friendship to one another is invaluable.
Giving love to your friends brings joy.


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On Motherhood {Part III}

As a mother I have hopes and dreams for my children. There’s so much to teach them, so much for them to learn, but if they only remember one thing about life, it would have to be….

…to smile,


…to be gracious,

…to beam,

…to express pure joy and friendliness,

…to ALWAYS be tender, love each other, open their hearts, and express it—always—on their beautiful faces.

It is my hope and wish that with love, happiness, and smiles they will radiate; the world will be a better place for it, I know!

On Motherhood {Part I}
On Motherhood {Part II}

This post is part of a four part sponsored Tiny Prints Mother’s Day campaign. Tiny Prints has Mother’s Day cards that are fully customizable, and can be sent straight to the recipient. For someone, such as myself, who always forgets to send out cards on time, this new service that Tiny Prints is offering is just awesome. You can schedule your cards or gifts to go out, letting all the mothers in your life know how special they are, and how much you treasure them! Stay tuned for more of my reflections on motherhood.

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