A Year of Smiles – Day 179


They’re bite-sized pretzel pillows filled with delicious and creamy peanut butter. I was first introduced to them on Father’s Day. “There has to be something salty with all those sweet donuts,” the breakfast organizer said.

We wound up with plenty of the tasty treats leftover so I took some home. Now, I can’t get enough of them. They are the perfect snack when I want something to eat but don’t really know what I want.

The problem is they’re addictive. I can’t stop at just three or four. I’m weak – a slave to their charms because they make my tastebuds SMILE. I cannot resist such deliciousness.

Nom. Nom. Nom…. Oh, please come take these things from me! ūüėČ

A Year of Smiles – Day 178

smiley-singing-loudReason to SMILE #178: SINGING LIKE NO ONE IS LISTENING

There’s nothing like singing at the top of your lungs while driving down the road to work to help you find your SMILE.

Sometimes a few minutes of unashamedly belting out the lyrics to a favorite song is all it takes to drown out the cares of this world.¬† By the time I arrived at work today, my singing session had successfully fulfilled it’s purpose and I was indeed SMILING.

I’m fairly certain I made a few other drivers on the road SMILE, as well.¬† Although, they were most likely smiling for a completely different reason! ūüėČ


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A Year of Smiles – Day 177


I don’t know what came over me.¬† I was browsing through smiley-with-handbagthe¬†oodles of purses at a local department store and there it was.¬† I had to have it.¬† Now, I would normally gravitate toward the safe¬†and boring colors, like brown or¬†black, but I was¬†drawn to the pink¬†handbag.¬† Pink!¬† I don’t do pink.¬† At least, I didn’t until now.

I have come to the conclusion that¬†I am going through a mid-life crisis.¬† I’m buying clothes and accessories in colors I normally wouldn’t wear.¬† I’m wearing lipstick which I’ve rarely ever done.¬† I’m painting my toenails orange, for Pete’s sake!¬† It’s either a crisis or… hmmm… I don’t know what else it could be.

So, if you see me dressed in chartreuse polka dots¬†while toting my hot pink handbag, just SMILE.¬† I’m sure I’ll be¬†back to¬†my normal self in no time unless…

…this could be me not caring what anyone else thinks, choosing things that make me SMILE and¬†allowing my true self to¬†finally¬†shine.¬† Yeah.¬† That sounds much better than “mid-life crisis”, don’t you think?¬† ūüėČ


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A Year of Smiles – Day 175

Reason to SMILE #175: BARE FEET

The first thing I do when I get home is take feet-42939_640off my shoes.¬† Not because I’m worried about my carpet or anything – I live with three males so that¬†concern went out the window years ago.¬† No, I take off my shoes because I’d much rather go without them.¬† Who needs shoes when the feet God gave us are perfectly adequate!

Don’t get me wrong.¬† I’m no wild child longing to run rampant through the great outdoors barefoot and carefree.¬† Not me at all!¬† I love a cute pair of shoes but the older I get, the more I just want to be comfortable.¬† So off the shoes go when I hit my bedroom door.

The funny thing about¬†my longing to¬†unshod my feet is that¬†I have just the opposite desire for¬†my kids at church.¬† One of our rules is to keep your shoes on your feet.¬† What they don’t know is that all afternoon on Wednesdays, I’m usually running around the church¬†barefoot as I’m¬†preparing for our evening activities.¬† Pretty unfair, isn’t it?¬† No.¬† You try being in¬†the same¬†room with thirty kids who have just been playing out in the heat for twenty minutes and have all decided to kick off their sweaty, smelly¬†shoes.¬†Thus, the rule!

I wear my shoes¬†because society dictates.¬† And because my feet need protection!¬† I live in the South and I’d be suffering from third degree burns in the summer if I tried to walk on the asphalt with just my bare feet.¬† And speaking of the South…

What prompted this post today was all of the shoes I¬†see lying in the road.¬† Everywhere I go, I find that someone has lost a shoe.¬† Not both shoes just one!¬† How do you lose a shoe when you’re driving down the road?¬†¬†Does this happen other places?¬† Well, all I can say is that the South must be full of SMILING people free of their shoes and society’s restraints…¬†at least¬†they’re free of one shoe anyway!¬† ūüėČ

A Year of Smiles – Day 168

cheek-kissReason to SMILE #168: KISSES

I’ve tried my best to avoid this mushy stuff but I can hold out no longer.

I was sitting in bed with one earbud in while listening to¬†a song I was learning for church in the morning (Yes, I waited ’til the last minute. I’m a busy lady!).¬† The music was soft and soothing featuring a beautifully played soprano saxophone (think of Kenny G playing church music).¬† My husband had¬†been in the room a while.¬† He, of course, could hear¬†me singing but¬†could not hear the music.¬† Out of nowhere, he just¬†leaned over and kissed me on the cheek.¬† (And the crowd said, “Awww!”)¬† As far as I’m concerned, he couldn’t have timed that kiss any better.¬†¬†It made me SMILE!¬† Let’s hear that “Awww” one more time.

Okay.  Enough of the mushy stuff!  But take note.  If you wanna make that someone special SMILE, try a sweet little kiss on the cheek.

What are you waiting for?  Go try it!



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A Year of Smiles – Day 167

Reason to SMILE #167: ORANGE TOES

My older son wondered if it was for something to do with the kids at church.

My younger son just thought it was strange.

My husband asked if I had become a Tennessee fan. (Since when have I ever shown any interest in sports?)

It simply made me happy and that’s that. Sometimes, you have to make your own SMILES!

My orange toes – I’m sure that’s exactly what you wanted to see. ūüėČ

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. ūüėČ

A Year of Smiles – Day 164

Reason to SMILE #164: SUMMERTIME 

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime


(Summertime Summertime by The Jamies)

Yay! It’s summer! No more school. No more hurried schedules. Time for vacations, afternoons at the pool, picnics, walks on the beach, summer rain showers, evenings outside by the grill and…

Water Wednesdays!

Each summer, I plan special activities for the kids at my church all centered around water games. I love it! There’s nothing like hearing kids scream after getting bombed with a water balloon or squirted with a water gun or doused with ice cold water. Oh, what fun! And the kids love it, too! ūüėČ

Summertime – when the sunshine is generous, the fun is abounding and the SMILES are endless.

What summertime activity makes you SMILE?

A Year of Smiles – Day 163

Reason to SMILE #163: THE 5 SECOND RULE

I was cooking.

Yes, I was cooking.

This has been a year for cooking for me.  I’ve cooked more this year than I’ve ever cooked in my life! It’s strange since the cooking in my house is usually done by someone other than me. But I’ll let you in on a secret.

Are you ready?

Come close because I can’t speak this too loudly…

I really do enjoy cooking!

It’s relaxing and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Who knew!

I digress.

Tonight, I was bagging a few unneeded cobs of corn to put in the freezer. One slipped from my hand and fell to the kitchen floor. I immediately picked it up and just did catch myself trying to put it in the bag with all the rest. Ewww! I couldn’t help but laugh at myself, though, for the only thing going through my mind at the time was the voice of one of my church kids screaming, “Five second rule!”

It’s times like these when I know I’ve been in children’s ministry entirely too long! But what can I do? It’s my calling and it makes me SMILE – but not when it almost ruins my supper!!

A Year of Smiles – Day 160


It wasn’t until I saw them that I realized how much they make me SMILE.  They remind me of my childhood, of living out in the country, of camp meetings in the summer, of simpler times. So tonight, I sit in the wondrous beauty of God’s creation serenaded by the crickets and cicadas while watching the lightning bugs shine in the night…

…and I am SMILING. Oh, what peace!