A Year of Smiles – Day 228

Reason to SMILE #228: CALENDARS & TIME TRAVEL (One can dream! ūüėČ) 

Apparently, I haven’t been paying attention to the calendar. As I was preparing to write today’s SMILE, I discovered that five days ago, I successfully turned back time by ten whole days! I went from Day 222 to Day 213. And I continued on that alternate timeline until today. Who knew I had that ability!

You know what that means, don’t you?

I really don’t have to face another birthday and my kids don’t have to grow up. All I have to do is turn back time by mis-numbering my daily SMILES.

Or, it means I need to write these things earlier in the day when I’m not so tired! 

One thing is for sure, though. I need to buy a calendar that numbers the days of the year and not just the days of the months. That would certainly keep my SMILES on track because time travel really makes a mess of one’s blog links!

 A Year of Smiles РDay 223


Do any of you ever post things on your favorite social media site then constantly check to see how many likes you have or if anyone has commented? 

Any of you? 



Yeah, me neither. 

Uhm, excuse me a moment. I need to go check something. ūüėČ

While I was randomly scrolling through Facebook today – I wasn’t checking on yesterday’s blog post or anything like that! – I came across one of those friendship videos that an old college friend shared. I paused my scrolling long enough to watch the slide show of pictures from his life, pictures of his wife and child, vacation fun and other memories that I’m sure meant very much to him. Each picture showed my friend and his family smiling and truly enjoying their lives together. And by time the little video had reached its end, I realized I was smiling, too. It was nice to see my friend’s joy. I couldn’t help but SMILE!

You know, this whole being part of the human race thing really does have its perks. We have each other to walk with through life, to help carry our burdens, to cry with. We also have each other to share in our joys, to celebrate our triumphs, to have fun together and to help us find a SMILE.

You see, it’s all part of God’s design. I have no doubt that you and I were made to make each other SMILE!

Romans 12:15 (NIV) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

1 Corinthians 12:26-27 (NIV) If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

A Year of Smiles – Day 222

Reason to SMILE #222: SHARING A SMILE WITH ME (Yes, me!)

Wow! I’ve made it to Day 222! That’s a whole lotta SMILES. Only 143 to go! I’m having so much fun sharing with you everyday but…

Lately, I’ve been thinking how unfair this relationship between you and me really is. And it’s time I got this off my chest. Day in and day out, I give and I give. I offer you the best SMILES I can and what do you give in return? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. 

<Insert awkward silence here.>

Hahaha! I’m only kidding!! I love sharing my SMILES with you. Bu-ut… 

I really would love to hear from you once in a while. Let me know what makes you SMILE. What turns the corners of your mouth toward the sky? What makes you happy? What delights your soul?

I know there’s a list forming in your mind right now so c’mon! Make me SMILE today. I want to hear from you. Remember, your SMILE can make a huge difference in the life of another. Don’t hold back. Let the whole world see!

A Year of Smiles – Day 218


The evening service was over. I was looking forward to going home, propping my feet up and watching something on Netflix. It didn’t matter what. I only wished to vegge out for a while. Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to happen as soon as I had hoped. You see, I had to make a stop before I could enjoy those desired moments of rest. I had one more item on my son’s school supplies list that I needed to purchase and it had to be done before tomorrow. Ugh!

As I made my way to the church exit, I was walking and talking with the student minister’s wife. Right as we were joined by the student minister, my phone rang. It was my husband wondering when I’d be home. I explained that I needed to stop at the store to pick up composition notebooks and suddenly the student minister’s face lit up. He motioned for me to wait and then he ran into his office. I told my husband I’d call him back. I had to see what was happening.

A few moments later, the student minister returned with two new composition notebooks in his hand! WooHoo! I didn’t have to make a stop before going home after all! What a blessing! My day ended with a SMILE…

… Of course, I was actually already SMILING.  Earlier in the afternoon, my older son returned home from his summer internship. And just before the evening service began, he stopped by to give me a great, big hug!

I’d say I’ve had a pretty good day!

A Year of Smiles – Day 212

Reason to SMILE #212: BLANKETS (Lots and lots of blankets!)

I don’t know about you but I have a difficult time sleeping at night without a fan running in the room.¬†The only¬†problem with that¬†is I tend to get cold.¬†Since I can’t sleep without the noise, I simply¬†pile on the blankets to stay warm. I have plenty – a hand-made quilt, a crocheted sunflower afghan, a soft and fuzzy throw and another sunflower blanket which seems to have run off to hide in my son’s room. (One might think that being adorned with sunflowers¬†would safeguard my blanket¬†from abduction by the male species in my household. One would be wrong. Sigh.)

Fortunately, my husband likes the noise of the fan at night, as well.¬†He also enjoys the drop in temperature.¬†In fact, he would adjust the thermostat to a¬†“if there were moisture in the air, it’d be snowing” temperature, if our budget would allow it! Although he loves the colder temperature, he also likes to sleep under a¬†nice, warm¬†blanket, as well. To suit his taste, the blanket must be a heavier weight, though¬†– which brings me to his favorite blanket right here.


I cannot stand this blanket although I really have no idea why.¬†It has nothing to do with the¬†colors or the design. I simply don’t like it.¬†My disdain for this blanket is so great, I don’t even like for it to touch me or be covering me, at all.¬†I have actually been awakened from a sound sleep when this blanket “accidentally” ended up covering part of my legs. Yeah. It’s strange. I know. I’m pretty sure a psychologist could draw some interesting conclusions from my aversion to this… thing!

As you might suspect, my husband thinks it’s hilarious.¬†He teases me by brushing it across my face at night or intentionally throwing it over me when he pushes the covers aside to get out of bed. I don’t think it’s quite as funny, especially the brushing it on my face thing¬†but that may be for another reason altogether. Have you seen The Mummy (1999) with those beetles that crawl all over a person and consume them? Yeah. Bugs and my husband’s blanket are pretty much tied for spot number one on my list of hated things.

Despite my dislike of his blanket, my husband sleeps nestled under this atrocity every night. I’ve learned to live with it – as long as it stays on his side of the bed! He has his blanket and I have mine. And¬†when the¬†fan is running, we can¬†both sleep with a SMILE!

A Year of Smiles – Day 210

How to make a fast food drive thru worker SMILE:

Order another restaurant’s dipping sauce!

“Welcome to Chick-fil-a. Can I take your order?”

“I’ll have a number 1 with no pickles, a sweet tea, some honey mustard and Zax Sauce – uh, not Zax Sauce – uhm, you know what I mean.”

Laughter erupts through the speaker. “Yes – hahahaha – I do. – hahaha – Do you need anything else? – hahaha

“That’s it. Unless you wanna throw in a Big Zax Snack!” ūüėČ

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 premi√®red – 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 208

Reasons to SMILE #208a – f: See below…

My day has been filled with SMILES:


b) Multiple COMPLIMENTS on my new ‘do ūüėČ

c) Many HUGS (not always my favorite thing – See Day 6)

d) Expressions of GRATITUDE for doing my job well

e) Being CHAUFFEURED from work to lunch and back – – Although, the driver was an 86 year old man who should no longer be driving and I feared for my life and prayed for God’s protection the entire time! We made it safely, though; that’s worth a SMILE!

f) FRESH STRAWBERRY SLUSHEE from Sonic with vanilla ice cream mixed in – Mmm, mmm! It’s yummy. You should try it.

Unfortunately, my day was cut short by a migraine (thus this short post – I can’t think!) Ugh. But I have an ice pack, a comfy bed, silence and, hopefully, a full night of rest and sleep ahead of me. I should be raring to go by morning and ready for another day of SMILES!

Image by Lilluna.com

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! ūüėČ