Who's Will are You in?
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
Don't look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are
only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.~~Henry
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Just a Little Naughty!
Early this morning I looked over at the clock and my husband
Richard heard me turn, and said, "It's 3:30", before I even
had a chance to look. " Is it time to make a pot of coffee?" I
joked in my sleepy voice. "We could if you want to." Really I
just wanted to go back to sleep.
"How about a bowl of ice cream?" he asked. I was
instantly awake. Sounded naughty, didn't it? Sometimes naughty is
nice, especially when the worst that can happen is a few empty calories.
"I'm in!" I said as I brought my feet to the floor. Ice
cream had never tasted so good, but something even more surprising
happened. I thought our golden retriever Axle, might like to go
outdoors for a few minutes and when I opened the back door, I
couldn't believe it warm air! I checked the thermometer.
63.9 degrees! Oh my gosh! We stood out on the deck at 3:45 am enjoying
the warm breeze and listening to the night sounds. Even the frogs were
singing, which isn't a usual event in March here in Michigan.
Amazing. The grass is taking on a green tint, the snow is gone, and
daffodils are up four inches or so. Picnic weather in March.
Maybe on a warm evening when the kids don't have to get up
early, you can have a naughty bowl of ice cream in the middle of the
night and a few giggles, and just maybe if you're lucky it will be
so warm you can even go outdoors and see the stars and listen to the
frogs. Or go on a picnic, or roast some hotdogs, or go for a bike ride,
plant some seeds Spring!
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Are You In Anyone's Will?
They say Bill Gates, Microsoft mogul is the richest man in the
world. How would you like to be left in his will? Nicer than winning
the lottery, right? You wouldn't even have to buy a ticket. But
what would you say if you knew you were set to inherit from someone who
is even richer than Bill Gates? Sometimes its easy to forget that we
all every one of us is eligible to inherit from the one who
owns the universe, created it, in fact! Oh, sure we think we own our
small little plots of land, we think we own our cars, our homes, and we
even think our families `belong' to us. We might think we
`deserve' all the blessings in our lives. We think we've
`earned' them with sweat and hard work, while the fact is they
could be all swept away in moments and there is absolutely nothing we
could do about it. Sure, some of us make wiser decisions than others,
but none of us deserve more than a small pat on the back. We all have
our dark corners that we think no one will see or find.
The TV show "My Name is Earl", while at times crude
and rude, shows the life of a man who attempts to make up for the wrong
he's done in the past while comically falling into only more
trouble. If only it were that easy! There is nothing we can do on our
own power to make up for the times we have hurt those we loved, or the
true wrong we have done. Simply impossible. Come clean. It's the
single most important thing you can do. Apologize where you need to,
and find true forgiveness by asking God's forgiveness. Then you
will find the true spring in your heart and an inheritance that is out
of this world. None of us are perfect, but we all can be forgiven.
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First a howling blizzard woke us, then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus - Crocus. ~Lilja Rogers
Today is the day when bold kites fly, when cumulus clouds roar across
the sky. When robins return, when children cheer, when light rain
beckons spring to appear.~~Robert McCracken
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Simple Cool Cottage Cheese Salad
1 *20 oz. can crushed pineapple, UNDRAINED
1 *large (or two small) boxes raspberry gelatin, DRY (regular or sugar
1 32 oz. container cottage cheese (regular or low fat)
1 12 oz. container whipped topping, THAWED (regular or lite)
Mix UNDRAINED pineapple, DRY gelatin and cottage cheese together. Fold
whipped topping. *Any flavor combination can be used. It is delicious
with mandarin oranges and orange Jell-O. Firmer fruits add more texture
to the salad but it is delicious either way.
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Simple Personal Trainer
Who better to hire than your own children when you could use some
exercise? Set a fee and a distance, such as 50 cents a mile to walk
with mom, a dollar for 25 sit ups, etc. You will both get the benefit
of the exercise and the real bonus of great time together. Set it up to
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