Monday, September 1, 2014

Unexpected Surprise & Birthday Reflections

Today is my birthday, it’s a big one but I’ll get to that later.  In the span of a week (give or take a few days), my husband, son-in-law, and mother had a birthday.  But…the icing on the cake, was my sweet little grandson arriving in the world this week, much to our surprise, 3 weeks early.   I can’t ask for a better birthday present than that.  He is a healthy 7 lbs, 1 oz.

My daughter called me week and said "I just thought I'd wake you in the middle of the night to see if you think August 28th would be a good day for the baby to have a birthday?"  Well, the rest is history.  When he arrived later that day, he was officially declared a baby boy, although ultrasound suspected as such.

So . . reality struck that I'm actually 50 years old now.  Half a century; I’ve lived 5 decades;  I’m officially “over the hill”.   Being a grandmother helps it to sink in a little better.  

I’d like to think that over these 50 years that I've been alive, I've learned a thing or two.  On my 50th birthday, I’d like to share 50 things I've learned. I’m certainly not perfect, but as I age, the things on this list have become easier to accomplish.  In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Less is more, keep it simple
  2. Teach children Bible verses at a young age
  3. Sometimes it's better to listen than to speak
  4. Apologize when appropriate, Forgiveness is mandatory
  5. Don't speak when angry
  6. The gas gauge in my car is there for a reason
  7. Things don't matter, people do
  8. Appreciate every day
  9. Have peace, and rest in the promise that God is in control
  10. Look for the blessings each day has to offer
  11. Be a good mother-in-law
  12. Respect my husband
  13. Giving is better than receiving
  14. Don't panic
  15. Help if I see a need and am able to fulfill it
  16. Teach children to be respectful
  17. Be kind
  18. Read my Bible every day
  19. Pray before I make decisions
  20. Children are people too, be respectful of their feelings
  21. Send real mail more often
  22. Don't be judgmental
  23. Take children to Sunday School & Church as young as possible
  24. Compliment others
  25. Don't think of myself as better than others
  26. Don't use social media as a place to get out frustration
  27. Send thank you notes
  28. Think before I speak
  29. Put the needs of my family ahead of my own
  30. Candid photos are sometimes better than posed
  31. Family doesn't have to be blood relation
  32. Be silly with kids, they love it
  33. If I have nothing nice to say, be silent
  34. If it's not my news, don't tell it, text it, tweet it, or type it
  35. Laughter is good
  36. Be content with what I have, don't be jealous of others
  37. Be sensitive to the needs & feelings of others
  38. Don't leave wet laundry in machine more than a day
  39. Give hugs
  40. Patience is a virtue
  41. Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there
  42. Be Thankful
  43. Don't be surprised with answered prayer
  44. Trust God's will for my life, wholeheartedly
  45. Accept a compliment or gift with gratitude
  46. Reading a book to a child is more important than dishes
  47. Go outside, breathe in God's creation
  48. Don't sweat the small stuff, it will steal my joy
  49. Prioritize family over obligations
  50. Accept help when needed or offered

This list is certainly not complete, but I enjoyed reflecting on these 50 things. My life has not been without trials, but I believe they have helped shape my character.  I can truly say I am content, and have a joyful heart.  My contentment and joy comes from a faith based belief in Jesus as my Savior. I've put two links below if you'd like to know more about that.  

Little Birdie Blessings ~ Eternal Destination

FYI - My post "Eternal Destination", since it was published in 2012 has been viewed close to 10,000 times - making it one of the top posts of the hundreds I've written. 

Proverbs 31 Ministries ~ Do you Know Jesus?

Thank you for visiting today.  Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Scripture

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed
by the word of God, so that the things which are seen
 were not made of things which are visible. 
Hebrews 11:3
Have a blessed Lord's day.  If you are reading this on the blog, comments will be closed today.  ~ Abby ~

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Abigail is Seaworthy

I live in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine.  One of the many hats my husband wears, is that of a lobster fisherman.   His lobster boat "The Abigail" is stored in a prominent place at our home for all who drive by to see. The detriment to that is the barrage of questions from townsfolk . . when is the boat going in? the boat in yet?  Are you not fishing this year?  

You see . . not much happens around here, and we're all kind of laid back (some more than others).  So a lobsterman's boat which gets launched late in the season, is a topic of conversation.  

Today was the big day.  I surprised my husband by being at the dock to wait the arrival of the big truck and trailer hauling his boat.  

backing down the boat ramp

For as many people that have discussed the boat being in or out of the water, you would think there would have been a big crowd.  Ironically, it was just me, Bill (hubby) a few seagulls, and the guy driving the truck. Of course we didn't make a big announcement that it was going in.  If we had... well, I'm sure it would have been standing room only.  

Getting closer to the water
Bill jumped out of the truck to climb aboard the boat

He's had this boat for a long time.  When he first got it, he didn't tell me it would be named after me.  He proudly showed me the lettering on the stern. My first thought was the letters were so big no one would need binoculars to read the name.  I felt the only thing missing were the neon lights around it. My daughter,  (a teenager at the time) sensed my embarrassment and said to Bill with firmness . . "If you were going to name a boat after someone, you should have named it after someone who would appreciate it."  Evidently that was her.  I've gotten accustomed to the name and big letters over the years.  

I know this look, he's saying with his eyes - -
I know it's seaworthy, I'm sure there's not a problem, please pray 

Splash!  See the hand waving . . that's the signal all is well

Still waving, all is well!  The Abigail is seaworthy!  

As I was waiting for Bill to arrive at the dock, I enjoyed the quietness of the morning watching the rippling of the water, and the various birds.  I thought of our state slogan "Maine, the way life should be"..  I looked down at the skiffs tied to the dock and saw "Mike" painted across one of them (far right). I liked the simplicity of it.   

Bill's just a regular guy who grew up in this little community from birth and was raised by his grandparents. He has a typical Maine accent (I don't as I lived in Connecticut till I was 7).  On Sundays he hangs up his oilskins for a suit and tie, as he's the pastor of the church in the center of town.  

This Sunday is his birthday and we'll celebrate with all of our church family at our annual church picnic, after the morning service.  He will be privileged to dedicate his 7th grandchild to the Lord during that service, on his birthday.  

Not my typical blog post, but I thought you'd enjoy reading a little bit about my supporter behind "Little Birdie Blessings".  A man who helped me be the woman I am today.  Happy Birthday Bill.  

Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters;
They have seen the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
Psalm 107:23-24

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Simple Things

This sweet little girl is happy despite her simple surroundings. A reminder that material items do not make for contentment of the heart. 

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:2

Have a blessed day friends.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rejoicing in Hope

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, 
continuing steadfastly in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Have a blessed Lord's day my friends.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Times are in His Hands

So wait before the Lord. Wait in the stillness.
And in that stillness, assurance will come to you.
You will know that you are heard;
you will know that your Lord ponders
the voice of your humble desires;
you will hear quiet words spoken to you yourself,
perhaps to your grateful surprise and refreshment.
~ Amy Carmichael ~

But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.” 
Psalm 31:14-15a

You can click **here** to read a previous post I wrote about a Swedish woman named Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell, born in 1832.  She understood this verse and her woes led her to write one of the most famous hymns of our day.

Have a blessed day my friends.  I'm sorry for my absence here on the blog. I've missed you, and missed being here.  

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Free Strawberries for You

The fruit of our placing all things in God's hands
is the presence of His abiding peace in our hearts.
~ Hannah Whitall Smith ~ 


These luscious strawberries were painted by artist Catherine Klein.  She was well known for painting flowers, however there are many images of various fruits that she painted.  Don't these look like you could just pick one up and eat it?  This graphic is free for you today, please enjoy.

I had a question this week about printing the images.  Most of the images can be clicked on to enlarge, you then would right click your mouse to save the image to your computer.  It could then be printed just like any photo you would normally print.

If you collect graphics in your computer from various sites, I'd recommend setting up a folder in your computer for each site you save from.  For example, if you save from my blog or Facebook page, you could call your folder "Graphics Birdie Blessings" and save anything from me in that folder.  Another site that offers free graphics is Free Pretty Things for You.  Saving from Keren's site, your folder could be called "Graphics FPTFY".  I like to have the same word such as  "Graphics" as the first word on each folder, that way all my graphic folders are together in one group.

Have a blessed day my friends, I hope these tips have been helpful to you.

This post is linked to:
What Joy is Mine

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Father of love, our guide and friend,
O lead us gently on,
Until life’s trial time shall end,
And heav’nly peace be won.
~ William Irons, 1844 ~ 

My earthly father has passed, but I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who watches over me. I also have the peace of knowing I'll be reunited with my earthly father again someday.

Look at the birds of the air,
for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
 Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 6:26

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Free Refreshing Graphic

Here's a fresh new graphic I made for you.  Isn't this one a gem?  Free for personal use or sharing.  I hope you enjoy it.

A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

This post is linked to:  Free Pretty Things for You, Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, Monday's Musings

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free Pretty Things for You

I have some exciting news.  Keren, from Free Pretty Things For You, has invited me to be a guest today on her blog.  If you've never visited Keren's place, also known as FPTFY, you are missing out.  She has the most delightful free digital graphics, scrapbook paper, facebook banners, and so much more.

I have designed a number of different graphics which she is featuring, all focusing on blessings.  These are made fresh for you, free for your personal use.  See graphics assortment below:

To download the images:
you can find links for page 1 and 2 on Keren's blog **here**

A link to page 3 is **here**

and a link to page 4 is **here**

You would need to visit both of our pages to have access to all the images pictured.  Thanks so much dear ones.  I appreciate you visiting us both today, and appreciate sweet Keren for inviting me to share in this way with her.  Remember you can add to your JOY by counting your BLESSINGS.