Almost Heaven


a place for capturing thoughts, quotes, ideas, pictures that I want to remember, express or share.

I am a wife, mom to 6, home maker, teacher and most importantly a disciple of Jesus.

Ask me anything
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we  are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this  understanding as a guide to our communication with others.   -Tony Robbins 
I am thankful for people who can accept the differences, attempt to understand and exhibit kindness.

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.   -Tony Robbins

I am thankful for people who can accept the differences, attempt to understand and exhibit kindness.

Tagged: gratitudethankfulnessdifferenceacceptanceunderstandingcommunication

I am thankful for a news story like this…  TREE OF HOPE FAIR  "Thousands of Christmas decorations, everything from tabletop displays to  trees to lights, were free for those who could use them to help  brighten the Christmas season. The purpose was to lend a friendly  helping hand to those who lost their Christmas decorations to flooding  earlier this year and were facing a less than decorative holiday season."
http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/560612/Tree-of-Hope-Fair—-First-Lutheran-event-brightens-Christmas-for-area-residents.html?nav=5010

I am thankful for a news story like this…  TREE OF HOPE FAIR  "Thousands of Christmas decorations, everything from tabletop displays to trees to lights, were free for those who could use them to help brighten the Christmas season. The purpose was to lend a friendly helping hand to those who lost their Christmas decorations to flooding earlier this year and were facing a less than decorative holiday season."

http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/560612/Tree-of-Hope-Fair—-First-Lutheran-event-brightens-Christmas-for-area-residents.html?nav=5010

Tagged: thankfulnessgratitudehopeChristmasgivingfloodingMinot

That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.    -Aphra Behn 
I am thankful to have had a time of retreat with some faithful friends, a tranquil setting and time to create and read.


That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.    -Aphra Behn

I am thankful to have had a time of retreat with some faithful friends, a tranquil setting and time to create and read.

Tagged: thankfulnessgratituderetreattranquilityfriendslibraryreading

Lucy Van Pelt: Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big  commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.
I am thankful to get started on the annual youth Christmas Program.  Just call me ‘Charlie Brown, director’!

Lucy Van Pelt: Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.

I am thankful to get started on the annual youth Christmas Program.  Just call me ‘Charlie Brown, director’!

Tagged: thankfulnessgratitudeChristmasCharlie Brown

I am thankful for those who, in the past & today, have made a difference and spoke the truth, despite the cost.  
“All throughout history The loneliest people Were the ones who always spoke the truth The ones who made a difference By withstanding the indifference”
—
Misread by Kings of Convenience

I am thankful for those who, in the past & today, have made a difference and spoke the truth, despite the cost. 
All throughout history
The loneliest people
Were the ones who always spoke the truth
The ones who made a difference
By withstanding the indifference

Misread by Kings of Convenience

Tagged: thankfulnessgratitudehistorylonelinessindifferencetruthheros

“Sometimes the most productive thing one can do is to sleep.”  Anon
I am thankful that in the midst of a busy day I can enjoy a nap when the feeling hits!

“Sometimes the most productive thing one can do is to sleep.”  Anon

I am thankful that in the midst of a busy day I can enjoy a nap when the feeling hits!

Tagged: thankfulnessgratitudesleeptigernapproductivity

How do you like to go up in a swing,    Up in the air so blue?  Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing    Ever a child can do!
I am thankful for this author…as a child “A Child’s Garden of Verses” , with photos and poems, was a favorite of mine.
i12bent:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer,  was born Nov. 13, 1850 (d. 1894, probable cause a cerebral hemorrhage).
Stevenson was long considered a children’s author and a genre hack,  but lately critics have re-assessed his work as that of a major 19th  century novelist. Books such as Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped and Catriona are  not only thrilling adventure stories but stylistically well-wrought  works of fiction, often containing surprisingly critical views on  colonial history.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s own life was nearly as colourful as his  novels, culminating with his 3 long sea voyages in the Pacific and his  ultimate settlement in Samoa.
Stevenson usually looks great-eyed and hollow-cheeked in pictures,  and indeed was a lifelong sufferer of some chest-ailment - whether  tuberculosis or bronchitis or another disease is unknown…
“Everyone should always have two books with him, one to read and one to write in.”     ―       Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,    Up in the air so blue?  Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing    Ever a child can do!

I am thankful for this author…as a child “A Child’s Garden of Verses” , with photos and poems, was a favorite of mine.

i12bent:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, was born Nov. 13, 1850 (d. 1894, probable cause a cerebral hemorrhage).

Stevenson was long considered a children’s author and a genre hack, but lately critics have re-assessed his work as that of a major 19th century novelist. Books such as Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped and Catriona are not only thrilling adventure stories but stylistically well-wrought works of fiction, often containing surprisingly critical views on colonial history.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s own life was nearly as colourful as his novels, culminating with his 3 long sea voyages in the Pacific and his ultimate settlement in Samoa.

Stevenson usually looks great-eyed and hollow-cheeked in pictures, and indeed was a lifelong sufferer of some chest-ailment - whether tuberculosis or bronchitis or another disease is unknown…

“Everyone should always have two books with him, one to read and one to write in.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson

Tagged: gratitudethankfulnessRobert Louise StevensonA Child's Garden of Verses

Source: i12bent

Industry need not wish.  Benjamin Franklin   (aka-Mr. Practical and Rational!!)
So, has anyone’s “11/11/11 wish” come true yet?  I am thankful I really didn’t have anything to wish for…I am blessed by the things that really matter.

Industry need not wish.
Benjamin Franklin   (aka-Mr. Practical and Rational!!)

So, has anyone’s “11/11/11 wish” come true yet?  I am thankful I really didn’t have anything to wish for…I am blessed by the things that really matter.

Tagged: thankfulnessgratitudeBen Franklinwishes11/11/11work

"Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of justice." — Harrison Ford 
I am thankful for all who have served our country to ensure ‘freedom and justice for all’.

"Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of justice." — Harrison Ford
I am thankful for all who have served our country to ensure ‘freedom and justice for all’.

Tagged: thankfulnessgratitudeveteransjusticepeacehonor

(I am amazed at how few good bird quotes there are…)
I am thankful for the beauty of the cardinal at my feeder today and the sound of hundreds of leaves as they fell and fluttered to the ground of the woods.

(I am amazed at how few good bird quotes there are…)

I am thankful for the beauty of the cardinal at my feeder today and the sound of hundreds of leaves as they fell and fluttered to the ground of the woods.

Tagged: gratitudethankfulnesscardinalbirdautumnleaves