Thursday, October 29, 2015

We look for them at times, and at other times, we are too consumed with our lives that we
don't even notice them.  They are the tiny gifts, touches of beauty or joy that
brighten our journey, lift our spirits, or simply make us smile.  I have been praying
recently, that I take time to notice them, time to appreciate them, and time to be
thankful for them.  Today, I share a few of those unexpected gifts along my
journey lately.


Like the adorable edible acorns that my friend painstakingly made.  They were made with
a Hershey Kiss, Nutter Butters, and a chocolate chip, and then placed on a pretty
leaf plate.  FYI, the leaf plates can be found at the Christmas Tree Shop.


The three miniature horses that another friend so excitedly shared with me.  She treasured
her little friends and it was evident in her smile.


I recognized quickly, that they seemed to feel the same way about her.  What fun to share her
joy.


The full moon that graced the fall sky, this past week.  Silently, and without fanfare, it
filled the darkened sky with it's brilliant light.  I was thankful that I was outside long
enough to notice this special gift from God.


The unexpected visit that I had with my uncle.  We are the same age, we grew up
together, but now live thousands of miles apart.  For a few minutes last week, we
got to sit, share, and drink coffee together. 


The clever and beautiful way my friend served ice water recently.  It made me smile.
Something as ordinary as a glass of ice water, dressed up a notch for her friends.  It
said "I care" to all of us around her table.


I especially liked the spearmint tea leaves in the water glasses and the little vase
of the leaves sitting by her kitchen sink.


The bowls of homemade lobster chowder that our friends made recently, in a first time
endeavor.  It was my first lobster chowder ever, and I could not believe that someone
would take so much time and energy to make soup like this.  I smile every time I think
about how good it tasted.

 
The chocolate and caramel covered apples that another friend made and
served us at our Bible Study.  They looked so attractive sitting on her
kitchen island.  I liked the way she carefully sliced them and
placed them on a plate for everyone.
 

The gorgeous homemade bouquet, that my gifted friend put together for a centerpiece
recently.  It made the entire table look so festive and colorful!  I liked how she used
some of the remaining flowers from her garden.  I kept staring at it in amazement,
that she had done it herself.

"We make a living by what we get ~ we make a life by what we give."   ~Unknown


The early morning scenes that I've taken in recently, that offered views impossible
to describe.  I stopped by the side of the road to capture it all.


The simple, yet profound "concert" that these guys gave to me recently.  Their
grandfather is introducing them to music and the importance of it in life.  He
played the guitar, one was on the harmonica, one on the small guitar, and one
had the microphone of the singing machine ( as it is labeled on the box).  I
stood in the doorway and took it all in, thankful for the smile it brought to me, on
an ordinary weeknight as these little guys put their heart and soul into their
concert:).

"He who gives to me teaches me to give."   ~ A Danish Proverb

"Blessed are those who give without remembering and who receive without forgetting."
~Unknown

I hope maybe you were blessed by your visit here today.  Thank you for stopping by.

8 comments:

lindsey said...

My goodness each one of your photos brought me pleasure, I love how you see the important things in life and share them with your readers, I certainly appreciate your posts. How great that you got to spend time with your uncle and I love the little family band :)

Debbie said...

Good morning! Well your right EVERY one of these sweet photos and thoughts brought me joy, and put a smile on my face and in my heart. Thanks for sharing them and giving me such a nice start to my day!

corners of my life said...

Thanks for sharing your unexpected gifts today.
They surround us if only we take the time to notice.

Love Being A Nonny said...

Love all these pics! Thanks for sharing!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I think you take notice of those little gifts and treasures because you find great joy in gifting others through your hospitality, your creativity, your concern and your encouragement. Precious family moments with your uncle, friends and grandchildren. Lovely touches in each photo!

debi said...

Judy I am always blessed each time I stop by. Just beautiful photos and what great ideas from you friends! Love that Grandpa is introducing music, so good for the soul....

Hugs!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I love that impromptu concert you had a chance to hear! How nice to have them appreciating music from childhood on. So many 'little pleasures' here today! You always have a way of bringing a smile.

Christine said...

This post is FALL! And it ends with those yummy looking chocolate and caramel apples!

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