The Happiness Tag


I have been chosen by the wonderful funny Mrs Cobbs to participate in the Happiness Tag. I have found out this means I need to share 5 things which make me happy. I am not quite sure how I am supposed to hold this down to only 5 things…..

While I am thinking of which 5 things I want to share with you; I invite you to go over to thecobwebemporium and have a great time meeting  my friend, Mrs. Cobbs. I guarantee you are in for a treat!

The last few days have been spent pondering what five things I would place on the list of things that make me happy.  Top on the list would have to be people. For me family is huge. I love nothing more than to have all my family in the same place at the same time. This can be any location……just so the bunch is together. There are also friends who are as close as family. These are the people who know me, know my flaws and still want to hang out with me anyway! You just gotta love those kind of people like they are family.

Another thing that makes me happy is sitting on our porch on a cool fall morning, drinking my cup of tea while my husband enjoys his morning cup of coffee. This morning as we sat there we could see our breath every time we took a swallow from our mugs. We also had the fun of watching a pair of deer playing in a large grassy area.  They reminded me of pups chasing each other in circles.

I am finding that gardening and preserving food also makes me happy. I am not sure if this is more of a contented feeling but it does translate into happiness when I see the shelves filling with produce. Seeing all those full jars makes all the hoeing weeds, swatting bugs and sore muscles worth while. There is just something so fulfilling about growing and preserving your own food and feeding your family with that same food.

Another satisfyingly happy thing is when Bible study season once again comes around. I get to hang out with women I don’t normally hang out with. We usually do a Beth Moore series each season. It is so rewarding to see someone else’s point of view and how they answered certain questions. I have learned so much from the different Beth Moore series and from the women who study with me.

I love when my husband decides we need to take a road trip. One of the funnest (is that actually a word?) road trips we have ever taken was only a day long. We went someplace in Minnesota to pick up a pair of tractor fenders that he had purchased on craigslist. We left early in the morning, packed our lemon sandwich crème cookies (these are a staple for traveling), and headed north. It was an incredibly hot day and the air conditioner did not work in our car. We made stops on the way home at little antique shops, Wal-Marts (to cool off), and anyplace else that looked interesting. We still laugh about how crazy hot it was but also how crazy fun it was.

So there we are: people, morning tea on the porch, gardening and preserving, Bible study and road trips are some items on my list. I could have included books (nothing like a good Ted Dekker or James Patterson book), crafting (of all kinds-stamping, knitting, crocheting etc.), a good movie, having a tea party with the grandkids, junking with my sister, going to the Lakes, aaaaahhhhhhh the list is really never ending!

I think what I am seeing as I write down my thoughts on what makes me happy is that relationships are what make me the happiest. They are such a blessing.

I now have to ask 5 other bloggers to let us know 5 things that make them happy. I do want them to know that if they are too busy or just would rather not take part that is no problem. There is no pressure because, Hey, I want it to make them happy to participate! I would love to nominate most of the blogs I read because they all make me happy but I am limited to 5.

The following are those I am nominating:

A Quiet and Peaceable Life – The pictures PeggyJoan puts on her blog make me very happy.

The Journey of a Million Miles – MariJo writes so honestly of her relationship with God and those around her.

The Vanilla Tulip – I love how Ashley gives young moms so many great words of advice. I am no longer a young mom (but I am a grandma) and I love how her family and her faith are what keep her centered.

Ruthie’s Crafting Corner – Ruthie has such a variety of things that she includes in her blog you are sure to find something to interest you!

Helberg Farm Stories – The Helberg sisters have a blog that talks about relationships and farming. For me this is a double win!

Just a reminder:  there is no pressure on those nominated to take part but should you choose to; this is what you are asked to do:  Tell your readers 5 things which make you happy.  This can be anything because everyone has a different list of things and that makes this really fun.  You are then asked to keep it going by picking 5 blogs to pass the Happiness Tag to.  You may go ahead and use the Happiness Tag graphic posted at the top as it was made by Mrs. Cobbs and she gave us the go-ahead to use it if we choose. She is good like that!!

Oh…..and one last thing…….have fun!!!!

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
Abraham Lincoln




11 thoughts on “The Happiness Tag

  1. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    What a truly wonderful read! Oh chicken … I have to confess that I almost ended in tears when I read how you were all gathered on the porch.

    My family (what’s lets of them) is scattered around the globe and I’ve lost touch with nearly all of them now. They move, they move again, we moved house (after saying that I’d never ever leave our old cottage). Then .. about a year ago, I was contacted to tell me that one of my relatives had died without leaving a will. This gentleman was not even known to me. There were about six relatives who had to be contacted and three of those I hadn’t heard of. I couldn’t believe that a relative had passed on – not alone, but in a nursing home, and he didn’t know us, and we didn’t know him. My mother had never mentioned him – so I do wonder if even she knew about him.

    But … I so wish I could go back some years and ensure that I was kept up to date on what everyone was doing, where they were going and how they were (are) … because now, it’s almost impossible to track them down. Divorces, name changes, re-marriages … house moves, country relocations. This and more mean people just disappear.

    I’m so thrilled to read that all your much loved folk are there with you, and those that cannot be there are where you can reach out to them. I could feel the love pouring out of every word and I loved every second.

    Oh .. and while I’m thinking about it … I did a smaller, improved Happiness Tag picture which fits the side bar perfectly … You can find it on my blog, over to the right of the page … and it’s even got a ribbon on it now!

    Please feel free to help yourself to it. Just save the picture to your computer, then load it onto your blog media and get the ‘address’ for it, then pop it in your sidebar.

    Sending oodles of love and squishes ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are just way to good to us!!! I will have to check out the new improved Happiness Tag. I love the original so I am very sure the new version will also be a favorite.
      That is so sad that you had a family member you never even knew about. My husbands family has a family tree book that we can trace everyone of his great grandparents family. It is fun to get it out every now and then and see all the connections.
      We had such a good time this weekend with the kids… house still has toys, tea party dishes, and “stuff” laying around but it is all good!
      Lots of love back to you!!!

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  2. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Reading your blog makes quite a few people happy…including me! And…I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday. Of course, I read the post a day or two after your birthday! I really think that birthday celebrations should last for a month…so Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

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