Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

Five Friday Happy Bringers 2/17/23

1. Understanding why someone might decide to become a thief …

2. HR and me — renewing our vows at our church’s annual ceremony.

3. Believing that most people are at their core, good.

4. Back to the first Happy Bringer, the ability to savor chocolate.

(I didn’t steal it.)

5. The expression on grandson Matthew’s face as he was given his certificate announcing that he is now a part of the gifted program at his school.

(And Robert congratulating him.)

May this weekend bring you gifts of peace, health and joy.

Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

Five Friday Happy Bringers 12/23/22

1. Walking through our local mall the other day, HR and I came upon our grandson Daniel, fresh from a haircut nearby, aimlessly meandering around, waiting for his mom to pick him up. We confiscated him and took him out to lunch at Chick-fil-A.

Family Joy. Daniel is especially excited because he just got the part of Marius in a local production of Les Mis.

2. Our deliciously sweet tradition of getting a tin of peppermint bark from Williams Sonoma.

3. Having expectations, hopes, dreams, things we still want to accomplish during our short time here.

4. This nutcracker.

In the souvenir area at the Atlanta Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

5. My early Friday morning view right now from the couch.

May you have an abundance of beautiful holiday views this weekend.

Posted in Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/19/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Priestly Peaceful Fun

Yesterday, three of my grandchildren were baptized in the beautiful St. Thomas Episcopal Church, on Isle of Hope (isn’t that a cool name for a community?) near Savannah.

After the service, during picture-taking time with the Bishop, he paused to show the children his balancing skills with his staff (or “crosier”).

The kids and adults all joined God in laughing, appreciatively.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 12/16/22

1. Our new turtle ornament!

2. Savannah holiday wreathes near us.

3. Our fingers. Our toes. What a blessing.

4. The incredible beauty of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights.” Each year it gets better and brighter!

The Garden Goddess

A little video featuring some of the musical lights hanging from the tall garden trees.

5. The cutest holiday grandchild in the history of grandchildren.


May you have a holly jolly weekend ahead.

Posted in Family, Holiday Joy


Robert and I have been enjoying (well, mostly) leftovers from our Thanksgiving family gathering. He likes the turkey heated up, while I prefer it cold (#152 on our list of differences).

The green bean casserole and sweet potato pie may be reduced to near crumbs in our fridge, but not the memories of the fun and laughter from Thanksgiving Day.

Here are a few leftover smiles and laughs.

HR and several grandchildren.

Grandson Daniel finding something hilariously, funny, as he poses with his family.

Adam’s patents joined us.

Ex-wife/Best Friend Donna and our TEN grandchildren!

Daughter Emily’s three beautiful girls.
Daughter Amy also finding something hilariously funny. (Like mother, like son.)

A smiling selfie with HR …

… and his festive holiday pins.

Leftovers can be deliciously fulfilling.