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




One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award.pngI have just been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. A huge thank you to AliciaEatsHerWay for the nomination. You should definitely journey over her way and check out her blog.

I am not totally sure what the One Lovely Blog Award is totally all about but I have found out that once nominated I need to pass on to you at least 10 blogs that I like and enjoy. I also need to give 7 fun facts about myself that you may or may not know.

First for the blogs that I am currently enjoying:

  1. AliciaEatsHerWay – I have found this blog to really interesting.  I am learning a lot of new things about food, food prep and a healthy way of eating. I also learned you can use an entire carrot as food. And thank you for nominating The Chicken Grandma!
  2. Tell His Story – This is a great faith based blog.  In an earlier post I had included a link for her new book The Happiness Dare. I love how Jennifer weaves faith through her everyday life story.
  3. goldenbrodie – The Brodie Here page on this blog is hilarious. It is written from a golden retriever named Brodie’s point of view. Light hearted and lots of fun.  Her pictures are also great.
  4. A Nene’s Life – Another blog I love.  The author covers everything from her child’s wedding, the granddaughter, hot flashes to DIY furniture restoration. Definitely one to check out and enjoy.
  5. Nandini – This is a food based blog.  Her pictures are amazing and make you want to go get those ingredients and get in the kitchen.  She has all sorts of great tips and goes into detail complete with photos.
  6. Tammi Kale – I am so glad this woman stopped by my blog so I could lead back to hers and check it out. A woman of faith and convictions who is not afraid to tell her story. I am looking forward to getting to know Tammi better.
  7. theDaddyBlitz – This man, husband and father of 5 sons blogs about family, religion and politics.  (He is indeed fearless to take those on!) His insights are good and I really enjoyed his post on Wile E. Coyote Parenting.
  8. Goats and Grace – This is a new one I have discovered and I am really enjoying it.  The first post I read from this author was about her dad.  She is so very proud of him and I love that.  I highly recommend this blog.
  9. HelbergFarmStories – a good read on farming, gardening and all the things that are so much fun to try.
  10. The Free Gift – This one is by a college gal who is making her way through life.  It is full of her journey and encouragement for others making the same journey.  She does not post often but when she does it is a great read.
  11. SmokedFishHoney – This is a great place to look at beautiful pictures.  The photography is amazing.
  12. The Vanilla Tulip – I cannot believe I forgot to add this blog to my list!  I will confess this gal is my niece and she is an amazing mom. She covers topics such as living thrifty, home-schooling, and food. Make sure to check it out.

I love to share things so I went over the 10 and gave you 12!  Enjoy!


And now the 7 facts about me you may or may not know:

  1. I am a word-a-holic. I am unashamedly addicted to words.  As a kid (and even now) I will read words anywhere – T-shirts, catsup labels, books, closed captioning on the tv even when the sound is working………
  2. I love a good joke.  If it is on me that is okay.  If it is on someone else (as long as it does not hurt them emotionally or physically) it is all good.
  3. My faith and my family are the center of my life. Anytime I can have my husband, kids, and grandkids around -all at the same time- I am loving it.  Throw in my siblings, parents and the in-laws and life just got better.
  4. I love to travel and see things. If I had the finances I would do a little globe-trotting. God created a big world out there and I would love to see as much of it as I can.
  5. I do not like pictures of myself.  I am getting over this one after reading somewhere that if you never let your picture be taken; how will your grandkids be able to remember what you looked like. I do, however, like to be in the back row of a group photo but when you are short that does not happen very often.
  6. I love to be crafting.  My husband thinks I keep getting new hobbies. He does not understand it is all under the big umbrella of crafting. Making cards, Making decorated sheet cakes, blogging, repurposing items, essential oils……all crafting though my oils also fall under health.)
  7. I have learned more lessons on living life and getting along just from watching “my girls” (chickens). Living in the country has given me an appreciation for the things around me and allows me to have chickens.  One of my favorite things to do is sit on our porch with my husband in the morning, have a cup of tea and listen to the birds singing in the gully. This would be pre-mosquito season….

Thank you all so much for stopping by.  I look forward to getting to know all of you.  That is one of the best things about blogging.  I am finding out people are pretty much the same wherever they come from.  We all have dreams, hopes, love our families and want to make a difference in some way.

Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another

Proverbs 27:17