Thoughtful Friday

Happy New Year 2017

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, but they, while their companion slept, were toiling upward in the night."  ~Thomas S. Monson

May you all have a blessed new year, full of challenge, change, growth, love, laughter, and everything that makes life worth living. ♥

Thoughtful Friday


Years ago, before the store, before children, I used to blog somewhat regularly.  One of my favorite posts I used to do was Thoughtful Friday.  A favorite blogger of mine at the time started it, and invited her readers to join in.  You can read about it here, but basically the idea was to share a photo and a quote every Friday just as something fun and/or inspirational to carry you through the weekend.  I used to search for quotes each week, but I decided to do something different this time.  Rather search for the perfect quote each week, I prefer instead to be inspired by a quote provided to me, that I can ponder on.  


My mother has given me the same date book every since since I was a junior in high school (I won't tell you how long ago that was), and one of my favorite things about it is that every page spread has a different "Quote of the Week" listed.  For this year, I decided I would use the quote provided in my date book as each week's Thoughtful Friday post.  I do not read them ahead of time, so each post will be as new to me as it is to you.  I'm really looking forward to it!

So without any further ado, here is our first week's post for 2016!


"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved." - Victor Hugo

Have a happy weekend! :)

Thoughtful Friday, May 25 2012

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

Memorial Day is upon us this weekend, and all through America people will spend time picnicing, barbequing, and hanging out with their friends. We truly hope that you will spend some time this Memorial Day recognizing that there are thousands of dedicated, brave, and unselfish men and women who are putting themselves in harms way to keep us safe. They have families who sacrifice so much, on a daily basis - living life away from daddy or mommy, from their lovers and their soulmates.

Matt Mathews Photography: Remembering Our Lost Soldiers

While you play all weekend - and play you should - think about these men and women. If you know them, or their family, make it a point to call them and tell them thank you. Tell them you appreciate them, and all they do. If you're in a position, offer to help, if they need it. Think of them often, and always remember - every day - those that protect us.

And when you play, play hard, for that is what these brave soldiers would truly want.

Many thanks to Matt Mathews Photography for the generous use of his image. We'll feature a few more of his powerful works on Monday May 28, 2012 - and in the meantime, check him out on facebook, and take a gander at his website!

Memorial Day 2012