A Year of Smiles – Day 209

Reason to SMILE #209: SPIDERMAN


Spiderman, Spiderman,

Does whatever a spider can

Spins a web, any size,

Catches thieves just like flies

Look out!

Here comes the Spiderman.

Did you sing along with me? I bet you did!

We love Spiderman at my house. In fact, we recently went to see the new Spiderman movie and it was fantastic! My older son actually previewed it for me. He had to see it the day it premièred – in an IMAX theater. He is still away for the summer but he asked us to visit him this past weekend so we could all see the movie together. We, of course, said “yes” because the theater we were going to attend has reclining seats and large aisles divided by half walls. It is awesome! You don’t have to worry about anyone kicking the back of your seat or if you’re able to see over the person in front of you or even other people talking.  I now have no desire to see a movie in any other type of theater – ever. The experience was that good.

But, I digress. Back to the movie. As I said, my older son previewed it for me and prepped me for what I was about to see. No, he didn’t spoil the movie but he let me know if I was going to need Kleenex or not. You see, Marvel has a knack for making movies that at some point make me cry. Their superhero movies are amazing but oh my goodness, why do they have to be so intense? I suppose that’s why they’re “the highest-grossing film franchise of all time”, though. (Wikipedia.org)

Marvel movies aren’t the only movies that make me cry. Many, many, many movies do. In fact, just the trailers can cause me to well up with tears. If there is even a hint of sadness, I’m going to cry. It’s not easy being filled with so much empathy! My family thinks it is hilarious, though. My tears bring them great joy. Good family, huh? No. It is pretty funny. As soon as a sad scene begins, all three of my boys (husband and sons) turn their heads in tandem to see if I am crying. Then they laugh at me which makes me laugh. It’s become a family tradition! HA!

Again, back to Spiderman. “It’s a lighthearted movie,” my son told me. “I don’t think you’ll cry or anything.” He was wrong. I cried. My family laughed (big, big SMILES all around). And the tradition lives on.

A Year of Smiles – Day 207



Summer is waning – 

Except for the heat.

And kids will soon be

At school in their seats.

Five days of freedom

Remain for a few.


But there’s so much to do!

There’s shopping for glue

And rulers and pens,

Pencils and paper –

Is that wide-ruled or thin?

There’s sports registration 

And after school care

There’s shopping for clothes – 

Do they need underwear?

There’s schedules to change 

And sleep to adjust;

There’s groceries to buy –

Those snacks are a must!

Oh, then there are shoes. 

I almost forgot.

For one little “swish”

Small fortunes are lost!

There’s so much to do

And so little time.

Oh, how did the days 

Of summer pass by?

While surveying lists

And mourning lost time,

Your kids in the house 

Are found running wild.

The TV is blaring;

Their rooms are a mess.

They’re fighting and nagging;

They’re being such pests.

You start to get up 

But halt in your tracks.

You look at the date,

Then SMILE and relax.

There’s only five days;

School soon will begin.

The house will be empty.

You’ll have peace once again! 😉



A Year of Smiles – Day 204


My husband, my younger son and I walk into a restaurant.

Sounds like the beginning of a good joke, doesn’t it? Keep reading. You’ll probably get a laugh. I certainly did!

We walk up to the counter but no cashier was in sight. While I survey the menu, my husband hands me some money (That’s always awesome!) and leaves me standing beside my son to wait for someone to take our order. 

Now, I have to interrupt my story to give you a bit of information pertinent to your understanding of what is to follow. My younger son has been taller than me for quite some time now. He’s 5’6″. I’m only 5′ – if I stand really tall. And since my older son is 5’10” or so, I’ll be looking up to everyone from now on. (But they still know who’s in charge! 😉)

Anyway, there we are waiting at the counter – short mama and tall son. A few moments later, a young lady walks up to the register and begins to giggle. Immediately she addresses me. “When I saw you from over there, I thought you were his little sister,” she says while pointing to my son, “and I was going to ask if you wanted to wait til your dad got back to order.”

I now have a new best friend! 😜

I’ve always been the victim of mistaken identity. My small stature gives others the notion that I am younger than I actually am. When I was younger, I would get offended. For instance, in my first youth director job, I took a group of young people to a function being hosted by another local church. As we were waiting to enter the event, the youth director from the other church walked straight toward our group, stood right in front of me, looked over my head to my youth standing behind me and asked, “Okay. Where’s your leader?” Yeah. If I didn’t have to set a good example that night, somebody would’ve gotten a swift kick to his shin! 

Now, however, that my age is showing in my face, my hair and I suppose everywhere else, the cases of mistaken identity are few and far between. So, when they happen, I can’t help but SMILE. What woman wouldn’t love to be mistaken for someone much younger?!

By the way, I’ve begun to make a correlation between my boys’ heights and these recent cases of mistaken identity… 

Have I ever told you how much I love hanging out with my boys? Hehe!!

A Year of Smiles – Day 195


Me: How did you get dirt on your forehead?

Son: I don’t know. I don’t remember falling on the ground.

Me: Well, it’s time for a bath.

Son: No, I got it….

Then he sticks his finger in his sweet tea and rubs it on his forehead!

So, how do you react to the shenanigans of a six year old boy? You handle it the best you can at the time then write it all down so you can embarrass him with it – oops! – I mean SMILE about it six years later!

A Year of Smiles – Day 190

I’ve replaced the link in yesterday’s post so the video included could be viewed by everyone! If I’m going to brag about my kid, I must have verifiable evidence! 😉 If you tried the link previously, try it again. I know you’ll enjoy what you find!


This video right here (I hope you can watch it!):



Hearing and seeing my son being faithful to his calling. It brings a SMILE to my face every time!

(He’s gonna strangle me when he discovers this. But that’s ok. I’m the mom. I have the right to embarrass him and the right to be proud! 😉)


A Year of Smiles – Day 190


This video right here (I hope you can watch it!):



Hearing and seeing my son being faithful to his calling. It brings a SMILE to my face every time!

(He’s gonna strangle me when he discovers this. But that’s ok. I’m the mom. I have the right to embarrass him and the right to be proud! 😉)

A Year of Smiles – Day 169

Reason to SMILE #169: SUPERMAN

“I’m Superman,” my dad declared. “Didn’t you know that?”

“No, you’re not!” my siblings and I all protested.

“I am! I can lift this car with one hand,” Dad claimed.

We all responded with cheers to see our dad prove he was indeed Superman.

“Ok, here goes.” Without hesitation, Dad continued, “Wanna see me do it again?”

We protested again, “You didn’t do anything!”

With a grin on his face, Dad explained, “I did it so fast you couldn’t see me!”

He may not have lifted our car but there has never been any doubt in my mind that my dad is Superman. There’s no better dad and I’m grateful for him. He is my biggest fan and I can always depend on him for support, for help, for wise advice and for prayer. 

I’m blessed to have such a good father in my life, someone I can look up to, follow in his footsteps and trust to always love and accept me. You may not be able to say the same – at least not about an earthly father.  But you do have a Heavenly Father who is always good. He loves you and will always be there for you. He will never let you down or disappoint you. He’s even better than Superman! 😉

Cape or no cape – my dad always makes me SMILE and I know it’s because he’s following the example of the greatest Father of all!

Psalm 68:5 (ESV) Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.

James 1:17 (ESV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

1 John 3:1 (NIV) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.


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A Year of Smiles – Day 166

Reason to SMILE #166: WILL POWER

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of WILL.” – Vince Lombardi

If this is true, I am the most successful person I know.  Why is that?

I’m married to WILL!  And as he so proudly proclaims:

“Where there’s a Will (pointing to himself), there’s a way!”

He makes me SMILE every time he says it.  Okay, okay!  I’m really laughing but you can’t laugh without smiling.  It counts. 😉

A Year of Smiles – Day 157

Reason to SMILE #157: TACO SALAD

4:29 PM.  I’m preparing for the third night of Vacation Bible School at my church.  I have an hour before the night begins so I’m pretty busy.  My phone whistles.  “On no!” I think. “Please don’t let it be someone who can’t make it.”

I pick up my phone and am pleasantly surprised to see that it’s my older son who is currently away for the summer interning at a church in North Georgia.  He has this question for me:

text 1Several things begin to run through my mind:

What a horrible mom I am for sending my kid off on his own without teaching him how to cook!

How am I supposed to get everything I need to do done in the little time I have and teach my kid how to cook at the same time?

And how in the world am I supposed to teach this kid to cook via text message?

Over the next few minutes, my son and I text back and forth while I go about prepping for VBS Night Three.  From how much meat is needed to browning the meat to heating up the black beans, I give the instructions as succinctly as I can and I say a quick prayer for safety.  Lord, please don’t let him burn down the Youth Minister’s house!

6:59 PM.  VBS was running smoothly.  I decide to find out how the cooking went.  So, I send my son another text:

text 2    taxo salad

He did good!  He made his momma SMILE.

I may have been busy when that text was sent to me this afternoon but it made no difference.  My son needed me and I was going to do everything I could to help – even if it meant giving a cooking lesson by text!

A Year of Smiles – Day 150

heart-home-imageReason to SMILE #150: HOME


Home is where the heart is.

It’s the place where I belong,

The place where rest comes easy,

Where I never feel alone.


Home is where guards are dropped –

True colors can be shown –

Where PJs can be worn about

And hair need not be combed.


Peace and love fill its walls;

It’s often filled with laughter.

Of course, no home is perfect –

It’s worth we must look after.


Times may get tough and bleak.

Trials may come and tempers flare

But a multitude of sins

Can a loving home repair.


I find it hard to wander

From this place that I call home

For it’s where my SMILES begin

And where my Loves are grown!



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