Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Tranquil Heart

As I have continued to step from one decade of my life to the next I have discovered something about myself. I think it was always in my original blueprint but it took the hand of Time to continuously polish and perfect it day after day, year after year over the many moments of my life. It can be summed up best in one simple, yet profound word...
Contentment.
In retrospect, I have basically always believed wholeheartedly in the theory that one should bloom where planted and, quite honestly, that seems to come rather naturally for me. Even my mother has always said this about me, which has always made me feel really good inside. When I reach for the stars, they are the stars in my own backyard. I am a nester, a homebody, a nurturer and, well, quite simply, content in the life God has blessed me with.
My husband is still my best friend after being together for 37 years. Our two grown daughters are a constant source of pure love and joy to me, along with their husbands. My grandchildren fill my heart to overflowing. They all make life a continual feast for me.
Amongst my many blessings, I also have beautiful friendships. The flowers were a gift from a sweet friend a couple of weeks ago when she came for an afternoon of knitting, laughter and tea on the front porch. I have reached a point in my life of taking pure pleasure in the sweet, simple things of life, like that afternoon with a friend, beautiful new twists of yarn, a new project to crochet or knit, an unexpected gift of flowers, a phone call from an old friend who I haven't heard from in awhile, a cozy kitty napping in my kitchen, the many wonders of nature and the sheer bliss of a good pot of tea.
A new shawl in the works

Leia ~ Hilary, Brandon & Archer's kitty


Mercedes
Tallulah, who eats from my hand
A friend who showed up on the porch
As Time carries on its march and I continue to stroll through this world,
 I am constantly aware that my heart becomes increasingly more full
of
peace and thankfulness
for the simple treasures that are my life.

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"A tranquil heart is life to the body ..."
Proverbs 14:30 a

20 comments:

  1. This brought a smile to my face this morning Danette. Have a beautiful day dear!

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    1. Well now THAT brings a smile to MY face dear friend...
      YOU have a beautiful day Kar.
      Love,
      Danette

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  2. Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for. Family is the most beautiful gift of all. You are a sweet ray of sunshine. Your words are always uplifting. Wishing you a wonderful day!
    xx Beca

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    1. Thank you so much Sweet Beca... And I mourn the loss of your Beloved Father with you. May you be Blessed at this time.
      With Love,
      Danette

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  3. The little things are so true, so organic and lovely! I love your sweet heart, Danette.

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    1. And I love your open and honest ❤️ my dear friend.
      I think YOU are lovely and organic..,
      Stay Golden my friend,
      Danette

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  4. Just lovely! I am a homebody, too, who loves those sweet and simple things.

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  5. This is a very thoughtful post. You are so blessed!

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  6. Such a beautiful reflection on a life full of good things. They say that a heart filled with gratitude continues to receive good things, so no doubt that your blessings will long continue, my friend! p.s. I adore that you named the squirrel Tallulah.

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    1. I love that Julie. Thank you.
      Gabby and I always name the squirrels together.

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  7. Beautiful photos and crafting. Love that little cottage♥

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    1. Thank you so much ... the cottage cozy gets a whole lot of use.

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  8. You are blessed my friend,
    Meredith

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  9. Yes, yes, and yes. As we get older, the true value of things emerges. Like the way the sun is warming a spot on the verandah where your favourite chair is, just long enough to have a cup of tea and a chat with a friend, or a few crochet stitches.

    Cheers
    Fi

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    1. It sure does Fi. It truly is the simple things ...

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  10. Hi Danette! I thought of you when I watched this video. It looks so easy I'm going to practice it so I can pick up speed, love purling and give my hands a break at the same time when knitting. :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j-1j8Z16OM

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    1. Hi Toni!
      Somehow I missed this comment! Thanks for sending the link! I'm heading that way ...

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Thank you for taking time to chat with me ~
Your comments make me so Happy!
Have a lovely day.
Danette