Monday, 3 August 2015

Small and Wonderful Things . . .

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"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.

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This sweet young couple.   We popped in to see them on Friday.  I had a few things for Ari and the house.  They are so cute together.   I am so happy for them.   This is such an exciting time in their lives . . .  the beginning of an eternity together.  I don't think I have ever seen Jose not smiling.

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That's my girl in the red shorts.  Ferocious!  Seriously a good player.  This is from a recent Ultimate tournament they had in Ottawa.  Amanda just finished her Masters Degree and has defended her thesis.   I am very proud of her.  She managed to do this whilst raising two children, working full time, and taking care of her home and husband.


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Sara is finally going to become a permanent member of the family.  I have loved this girl since the first time I met her.  She makes my son happy.  That is all any mother can ask for.  Joy is contageous.

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I love this precious photo of this precious little family.  My nephew Ben and his partner Krissy and their new additon, Atlas. He is such a beautiful little baby and this photo just exudes love and happiness.

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Serving those around me and in doing so, serving the Lord . . . and best of all, being able to do so with my best friend.   I love my husband so very much.  I can't imagine my life without him in it.  He is a good man, and quite simply all I ever hoped for. 

We are off to visit with the elderly mother of a friend today.  We'll spend a couple of hours with her so our friend can go out and get some things done.  I'm looking forward to it.   We may bring a game with us to play, or we may just sit and chat, get to know each other better.  Whatever we do, it will be good.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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A friend is one that knows you as you are,
understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become,
and still gently allows you to grow.
~Shakespeare
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In the kitchen today . . .  Buffalo Chicken Rolls.  Seriously scrumptious!


May the week ahead be filled with a multitude of small and wonderful things for you! Don't forget . .
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And I do too! Happy Monday!


9 comments:

Sybil said...

Morning Marie,looks a bit grey this morning down here,hope it clears up...yesterday we managed to get Mary out in the hospital garden for almost 2 hours. I the warm sunshine....I do think your Amanda has done so well....congratulations to her.....it is so lovely to see the new weds look so happy, I bet Arrrianne blesses the day she came to live with you and Tod...enjoy your day today, I am sure you will bring some sunshine into the old ladies life...and that of her carer it is so important that they get a few hours rest Gob Bless xxx

Suze said...

God bless you and your family and friends. I hope you have a happy day.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Wonderful pictures of your family there in your post today. They do make us happy when they are happy. Hope you have a good day, so nice you can help out your friend. Have a happy Monday !

La Table De Nana said...

They could be on TV.What a gorgeous couple..
Those teeth.LUCKY them.They radiate happiness..as do the other 2 couples you have featured♥
LOVE the name Atlas.
They look so young..what am I saying? I was too.
I know you love and are proud of ALL your children.
You are a wonderful mom/nana.

Marie Rayner said...

It's been a mix of sun and cloud here today Sybil, but not bad temperature wise! Happy to hear you were able to get Mary out in the hospital garden. xoxo

Thanks Suzan! xoxo

Thanks Pam! You have a happy Monday too! oxoxo

I know we were both very young also Monique, but somehow we seemed older! Or maybe it is just that we are so much older now that everyone young seems really young? Who knows! I am proud of all my babies, no matter what. xoxo

Tracy said...

Hi, Marie! Gosh, Ari / Jose are just the CUTEST couple--look at their sweet, happy, love faces!! Oh, such a sweet pic of your nephew and his little family. What a great name--Atlas! Enjoy your day out visiting. :o) WOW--Buffalo Chicken Rolls! Funnily enough I've got Buffalo Chicken Wraps on the menu for tomorrow evening here. Your recipe for the sauce looks more interesting than the one I've been using, so going to make your sauce tomorrow! We like them as wraps after having had them at a restaurant back home in the US. I like to use slivers of blue cheese--that dense saltiness and the kick of the sauce... YUM! Happy Week, dear friend... And thank you for all those lovely comments at my place! :o) ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

Marie Rayner said...

Tracy I have just been loving the posts at your new blog! I really love the feel there in your new space! but then I always have loved all of your spaces! I'm going to try your wrap idea! Yummo! xoxo

kate hazlehurst said...

Lovely photos Marie. You have a lovely family. And Ari and José at the Albert Dock! Hope they enjoyed it. I'm sure you'll have a nice time visiting your new friend to be! Lots of love xxx

Marie Rayner said...

Kate, aren't Ari and Jose just the cutest couple ever! Points to you for recognizing the Albert Dock! Our new friend loves word games which is great as we do too and helps to pass the time! Love and hugs. xoxo