Friday, November 27, 2009

A wonderful Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, getting together with my daughter-in-law's huge family. The grandkids have so much fun playing with their cousins. So much to be thankful for!

My grandchildren




Stella, the children's new au pair from Brazil, with Paige and turkey cookie

Paige playing foosball

Ty playing foosball

My grandchildren's cousins




Carly - yum!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

"The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me — a prayer to the God of my life." - Psalm 42:8

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with love and peace.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Need a gift?

I have some listings on ebay this week if you'd like to look!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

During this hectic season...

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths." - Etty Hillesum

See more cute pet photos at

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rules for Success

Bob Parson’s 16 Rules for Success (founder of and Parson's Software)

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

3. When you're ready to quit, you're closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you're doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance.
Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck.
None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There's always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: "We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time!"

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fingerprint Friday - All together!

I was thrilled this week to get some photos from my son and daughter-in-law of when our family was together in August! So thankful for all these Fingerprints!

Grandma Judy (me) with Jocie and Meg, both 7...

The youngest, Paige, 4...

Three generations...

Cute cousins: the oldest, Stewart, 12 and the youngest, Paige, 4...

My three granddaughters...

My three grandsons...

All of us...

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Monday, November 16, 2009


Ho ho ho! Santa has been featured on on November 15, 2009.

This one-of-a-kind necklace can be yours!

Day Brighteners

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Back from the Craft Show

Had a great show! Everything's back to normal in my Etsy shop now, and I'll be listing some new things this week.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Craft Show!

I am taking part in the 27th Annual Patchwork Craft Group Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday in Brevard NC. Come on by St. Timothy Methodist Church on Hwy. 280 if you're in the area!

I've deactivated most of the listings in my etsy shop for the show. ♥

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Fingerprint Friday - FIVE!

Happy 5th Birthday, Paige!

My youngest granddaughter - my "baby" - is turning 5 this week! When she was a baby, she had hair that would stick straight up. Here is what her mom did to tame it down.

Here are some more pictures of her at different ages.

She is the sweetest child. I love her so much. Thank you, Lord, for such a wonderful little girl.

Oh, and being the youngest of three, she's no pushover. My son said at her first soccer game this year, she got in there, got the ball, outran everybody, and got FOUR goals for her team! Go, Paige!

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