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A Brighter Week

After a very sad weekEaster brought a little joy… k8835129

I had my little family over for dinner…

Consisting of 11 of us…

Seeing my Grandkids always brightens my day… and brings a smile to my face…

We had the best food… prepared by my daughter-in-law, her Mother and myself… and my sister shows up with a Boston Cream Pie…

Ham, sweet potatoes, potato salad, slaw, deviled eggs, fruit salad, green beans, hot rolls and Orange Dreamsicle Cake… 

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and all delicious…

Although I had set the table… We all ended up outside to eat… Too pretty to stay inside…

A perfect day!…

We hid Easter Eggs for the grandkids… even the 19-year-old hunted with her brother and sister… What fun!…

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Hunting for eggs…

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Granddaughters…

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Grandson… Never catch him still!… looking for eggs!

I then played “Bunny Bingo” with all of them… and had a great time… k1609624

Using Easter Words on the cards to cover and Easter Candy for markers…

I had bought 3 small prizes for each of them… and when they were all gone we were finished…

Today… the sun was shining… a little cooler… but, so shiny and bright I had to take a few photos…

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Out kitchen window…

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Kit Kit wanting out…

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Through front door…

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Kit Kit loves outside…

I planted Bright Yellow Dalias yesterday!… Loved the color!

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I found Jill… my old lady… still in bed…

Moving a little slower every day!

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Easter Thoughts

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My heart still feels the repercussions from this past week…

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A moment changed the lives of so many…

It seems the tears still come with just the thought of such a precious little girl feeling the call to end her beautiful life…

Maybe NOT so beautiful… the feelings inside her…

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Our lives will go on…

and time… the healer… will help… k12562490

Please love those you are near to…

Take time to express your love… u16186833

Be that helping hand when asked…

Hug often… u96230799

Kiss those sweet foreheads as they lift them up to you… k14630118

Use the gifts God has given you… u22999542

Pray daily… k12732505

and…

Remember Our Savior today on this Easter Day!…

who gave His Life for all of us to have an Everlasting Life if we only believe!…

Happy Easter to all! k8835129

Love, M. Griffin

 

 

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#FWF Free Write Friday:

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Love of Life   by: Marilyn Griffin

She loved him more than life itself…

He was her sanctuary…

Loved more than herself…

Life ending abruptly!

She was shattered…

Nothing burned inside… 

Life was altered…

Would she survive???

She couldn’t breathe…

Her soul seemed lost…

Her mind seethed…

Her blood was frost…

She cried out…

The pain so deep…

Her mind did doubt…

Her eyes did weep…

She was barely there…

Her grief so real…

She knelt in prayer!

Hard to deal!

Her head lifted…

Toward heaven’s light…

She then acted…

With all her might!

She rose on feet…

And made a plan…

Life… she would meet…

As she did stand…

She would live again…

On her own…

Whispering… AMEN!

Love had grown!

 

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Finish This: Week #14

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1. On Saturday morning, I usually…

do nothing productive until almost NOON!… It’s my day to chill… read my blogging friends work… write my own blog… enjoy my coffee and then breakfast with my Bobby in front of the TV… and then finally get out of my pajamas… k15146871

2. I feel beautiful when…

my hair does just right… and when my Bobby gives me that extra special hug for nothing…u17194001
3. I wake up every morning…

at 6:00am… like I was an alarm clock

I go to bathroom… wash my face… brush my teeth… run a comb through my hair… head for the coffee pot to make that special first cup… say hi to both of my girls (cats)… and then just chill in front of my computer… before anyone else wakes up… I love alone time in the morning!… vga0001
4. A happy home…

is a home with lots of LOVE!… fun times… and special people! k14767098

 

5. When I have down time, I…

I love to be home“piddling”… is what I call it… No certain time to do anything… Just do whatever comes up! u18065882

 

 

 

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I express myself better in my writings… and art…

Our family has been hit with a great tragedy

The loss of a Great-Niece to me…

A lovely… sweet… smart young lady…

Loved by so many!

Please comfort this sweet family with YOUR loving arms surrounding them and the Peace that only YOU can bring Dear Lord

AMEN

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Maddie    by: Marilyn Griffin

My heart is so heavy…

The tears are right there…

It seems blurry…

So hard to bear…

 

Their loss so great…

What will they do…

Is this fate?

They had no clue…

 

She smiled to the world…

But, hurt so inside…

Thoughts always whirled…

At night she cried…

 

All loved her…

She knew that…

But, thoughts would blur…

Feelings in conflict…

 

So pretty was she…

Blond hair flowing…

You felt her plea…

That she was aching…

 

Smart as a whip…

Friends surrounded…

But her grip…

Had depleted…

 

She tried to laugh…

Her family close…

On their behalf…

She fought her foes…

 

A young, sweet girl…

Loved so very much…

Her thoughts awhirl…

Longed for God‘s touch…

 

She wanted peace…

Could not find…

Thoughts would not cease…

As much she tried…

 

She left a message…

Of her deep concerns…

A beautiful image…

Her words… discerns…

 

Gone forever…

How could this be…

Always adored…

She’s  been set free!

 

 

 

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I had painted an Adirondack Chair for my son and his wife about two years ago… They had bought a heavy plastic blue one on clearance…

It turned out quite cute… with a Margaritaville Theme…

It was used on their pool deck and now is on their deck at their new house…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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A friend of theirs handmade a wooden Adirondack Chair… and wanted me to paint it… with a Beach Scene… to have on their pool deck…

I had to wait until the weather warmed up…and it finally did this weekend…

I was given free rein on what to paint on it…

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Jill had claimed the chair… Poor baby has to find a new place to sleep!

 

I chose an Aqua Blue color to paint it with…

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Had searched clip art pictures for several ideas… and finally got it drawn on and painted today…

I started on my deck painting… and it progressively got hotter and hotter…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I probably have blistered feet bottoms… but, being that I go barefoot all of the time… I’ll be fine…

I could also tell my face… arms and neck were getting a little pink…

I only need to spray the chair with some clear acrylic coating and it can be delivered or picked up…

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Kenny Chesney sings No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems!”

 

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I’ve sent several texts to keep my son updated on the progress…

I think he and Melanie are more excited than his friends…

Let’s hope they like it!

 

 

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Warmer weather has finally settled into Louisville…

The start of all of the Kentucky Derby Festivities began yesterday… kdf-logo

It started with Thunder Over Louisville“… the largest Fireworks Display in North America… ThunderOverLouisville2014

Downtown… on the Ohio River

Approximately 700,000 people made their way to all of the excitement!…

The weather was just perfect80 degrees with a breeze…

There is the Great Lawn… the Belvedere… to sit on… but, basically… every inch of the water front is covered with people, concessions, vendors, air show with the Blue Angels and such… 1397365561001-4-12-14-CopsThunder-03mg8832_600

We have been many times… but, the walking is not so fun any more… for my husband… and I too would probably be worn out afterwards… so our TV became our show… after the sun set on our city…

You can’t imagine that it could get better every year!… but, it does!… A most awesome display!… 

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Yesterday I met with a couple of friends from my previous job at school…

One friend has moved… and we met and went to her apartment…

It was just lovely!… an older place with huge rooms… and a quaint patio/yard area

Actually… my kind of place… I could definitely be happy in those surroundings…

My friend/husband says, “It is just temporary… we are looking for a smaller house”… but, with a one year lease… they will have time to find the right place…

I would just stay where they are… I love it that much!…

We had a snack of cheese/crackers and then decided on the Cheesecake Factory horizontal_logo for lunch… mpe0008

I’m trying to taste new items…

I had one of Cheryl’s appetizers of lettuce leaf wrap of oriental chicken… light and yummy!… menu_AsianLettuceWrapTacos

We all had a drink… I decided on Fruity Sangria made with the House Red Wine… and so did Cheryl… Linda opted for just the plain House Red Wine…

Veggie Burger with salad for C. burger_veg and Lettuce Wrapped Chicken/Mushroom mixture with a salad for L. lettuce_wraps … I had Shrimp Spring Rolls with two different sauces… Shrimp-Spring-Rolls-59662 and salad…

The homemade Thousand Island Dressing was wonderful!…

I could have just eaten it with a spoon!…

Of course we talked and talked… catching up as we do…

Just love these girls!…

As the name of the Restaurant indicates… “Cheesecake Factory”…

C. and I were not leaving without ordering some…

She had a Lemon Cake Cheesecake with Strawberries… and I am hooked on Peanut Butter Reese’s and Butterfinger Flavor… Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Cheeecake-recipe-Taste-and-Tell-3

YES!… it was good!… but, so full…

We parted ways at Linda’s… promising to get together soon… and we will!…

 

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