"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happiness Is A By-product of Helping Someone Else

It made my day when my sister called me 
and said that her granddaughter,
( my great niece-8 years old )
wanted to know if I would come 
along with them on a Girls Day Away
and help her paint some pottery
for a Christmas present she wanted
to make for her mommy.

With my granddaughter and grandson
living 9 hours away,
I feel sad that we don't get to do these
spur of the moment grandparent
fun things like this together as often as I wish,
but I try and make up for it
when we are together ♥.

  spending this time with my niece
and my sister.
It warmed my heart up so much when I was
asked to come along and to help. 
But I can't tell you what she made because it's a surprise
and her mommy might be peeking in on this post.

My sister Melanie with her granddaughter Shay,  (my great-niece)

I decided to whip up a quick little pendant
to surprise my niece with.
I think she really liked it.  She wore it the rest of the day.

she held it up so we could take a photo.
  there are shadows from the light that aren't really on the pendant

Shay is such a beautiful little girl on the inside and the outside!
...and she has Shirley Temple curls!!

Sometimes it's just what we need in life,
for someone to ask us 
to come along for some FUN while helping them. 

Many times I have thought about
asking my girlfriends (includes sisters) over for some
 while they helped me
finish painting some of the rooms in my house,
that I've  put off getting started on. he he
Who knows, we might 
come up with some
really awesome ideas together
 to make those rooms awesome or
at least some crazy fun memories made in the process.

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too." - Winnie the Pooh

So in case one of them are reading this,
know you can ask me first
to come over to your house and
I will gladly have FUN helping you do whatever you
need help with.  I promise! 

I am honored that my sister and niece
asked me to join in and have fun 
with them.
(oh and Olive Garden Food too! Yummy)

Thank Y♥U
Melanie and Shay!
I love you both! 

"Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make
someone else happy."
Gretta Brooker Palmer

So.... have Y♥U ever 
asked someone to help you
and then found a fun way of doing it?
I would love to hear about it.

105.  a cup of Blackberry tea and my journal
106.  knowing there is a  purpose in trials because God tells me so in his word
107.  painting pottery with my sister and niece
108.  seeing my daughter love on her Hospice patients
109.  a beautiful sunshiny weekend
110.  the memories that finding old photos bring
111.  date night and a movie with my hubby
112.  good food eating out together for under $10.00!!!!
113. home owners insurance that takes care of repairing damages from a water leak
114.  creative new ideas and planning for a room in our house
115.  the happiness that children bring to us


Marydon said...

What a fun share & grand time you all had, Lee Ann. Your niece is just gorgeous.

BOO-T-ful Halloween wishes ~

Bren said...

Ah, that's pretty special. You're a great looking trio. Time with sisters and family is always a great time

Pain to Purpose said...

What a fun memory to make! thank you for sharing with us!

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Lee Ann ~ just beautiful pics of Family~ love it! and the wonders that spending time w/family bring is such a sweet Blessing! You all are so pretty:)~ have a super Saturday!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet, sweet post! You are blessed... love that little pendant you made for Shay...

Farm Girl said...

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog. (My Field of Dreams.) Your day sounds wonderful and fun.
You asked about rug hooking. No it is faster than needlepoint. I really enjoy it and since I had always done needlepoint, I did try to go back and it seemed so slow.
I think I like it because I can see to do it. You know how your eyes change. :)
Thanks for coming by,

Jennifer Richardson said...

You and your sister share the
same bright beauty;
Shay is blessed to have
both of you
in her life!
I have such a hard time
asking for help; it's wonderful
to be reminded that it's an
important part of loving and letting love happen to me.
You're such a blessing....thanks for the ponder:)

rachel awes said...

how dear is this?

Juli DJunaedi said...

hi Lee ann, I'm so happy that u notice me and even comment on my blog. I really love ur blog and your beautiful words. so inspiring.... can't wait to read ur next post... *Hug*


Lesley said...

You and your sister are so alike!!!! And your beautiful Grand-niece - what a special time you had.

I recently asked my middle son to help me with the garden and indeed, we had such a good day of chatting and working and just enjoying each others company. It was great fun too.

Jodene Shaw said...

How fun! And I love that "Pooh" quote too! Thanks for stopping by my fb page!

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

You and your sister look so similar, Lee Ann, both very cute. It sounds like you had a great girls' outing :)

Denise said...

What a delightful post! I cherish times like these when we build wonderful memories spent with our precious friends nd family.I feel like they have all been carefully selected for me, and that God has placed each and everyone into my life for a special reason. :)

Blessings and hugs!

Janie Fox said...

I came to visit you. I love the spur of the moment invites with loved ones. Sisters are wonderful. I have three and am blessed all live close enough to hang out. I will be back to learn more about you!

Kathy said...

Oh I do wish I had a sister~
What precious gifts, sisters, nieces, and cute necklaces!
Blessings, K

jgr said...

Such a beautiful post, your great-niece is lovely!
Thank you for your comment, too.

This Little Life of Mine said...

so cute. those pooh quotes always warm my heart too. lol. so simple yet, so profound. :)
your posts are like a big hug...they always make me feel good.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

This is great...and so true. I also loved Pooh's quote. I think we sometimes don't realize how much we need people.

How sweet of God to reach done and fill that gap left from your grand children with your niece...how fun.

Nancy said...

I love this post and as usual you have encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and do something different....Thank you sweet friend....

I wish I could come over and help you paint or whatever....wouldn't we have fun....

What a beautiful sister and niece.....

Love you girlfriend