Wednesday, December 8, 2010

8 Things I Know to be True

Country Living

This is a post out of the norm. (The above picture is in reference to #6 below.) I usually do not accept awards; this will probably be the first and last.  But I'm making an exception today. It's the "most wonderful time of the year,"  and my wonderful friend, Nita from Mod Vintage Life passed this on to me.  Nita is just as sweet and sparkly as her blog.  Her style is uniquely beautiful. She's also very humorous and transparent.  Thanks for the mention, Nita.  Coming from you, it's a huge honor. Miss Nita's blog will be the first on the B List ( a list of blogs noticed by Beatrice Banks.)
 (See what I mean about her style?)
Directions: Share 8 things about myself.  Sorry it's lengthy but it's over 40 years worth of learning.

1.  You are never too old to start over. Let's see, I've lost count how many times now.  Let's just say, I'm the queen of starting over. We are currently in the biggest starting over process ever with hubby in med school.  The joke is, I will probably be in the nursing home by the time we settle down.  Doc says he will make sure I get in a nice one.  (He's younger than me.)  Isn't that sweet?
Maybe I'll be as spunky as Maxine.

2.  You can have a baby after 40.  Not recommended for the body (gravity and pregnancy are the ugly step sisters,) but for happiness, it's great.  Yes, it's a chore to keep up with a little one but when you're old and your mind is mushy, it really doesn't matter.   They can read for you when your eyes start failing.  They can run to the mailbox and back before you make it to the front door.  And they can rub your back when it hurts.  Life is all good.  Kids make it fun.

3.  It's the journey not the destination.  This is how I keep my sanity and still enjoy life.  We do not put all our eggs in one basket.  If we blink, we'll miss the here and now.  If something happened to one of us, then the destination may never come.  Today.  Live in it.  Love in it.

4.  There is such a thing as happily ever after.  Thank God for His grace and 2nd chances. I have absolutely the best husband in the world. I have the 3 greatest kids ever. So grateful.

5.  Romance is not fancy dinners, gifts, trips or flowers. (If doc's reading- But go ahead with your plans, babe.) It's the laundry being folded, bringing home my favorite candy bar, a wink or a compliment.  It's a certain look or an "I can't imagine my life without you."  This morning doc stopped long enough to send me this love song via email.  I'll take that any day over flowers.
Southern Living
 Ok, those flowers are pretty. To give him credit, he does come through on Valentine's and a couple of times he even surprised me for no reason.

(can you believe I had this post ready and he calls to say, "part of our Christmas gift to each other is going to be a little trip for just the two of us." Scratch what I said about trips. I'm a full blown romantic and can't help myself.)

6.  It pays to make your house a home.  No matter where you are or what your circumstances, life is richer just by making the most of what you have.  That's the anatomy of my blog.  And if you can't generate the beauty yourself, go look at other people's stuff. It's ok to live vicariously through others as long as you don't obsess and become unhappy with your own stuff. One of the best things about blogging: slobbering over pretty stuff.
Case in point-  see my last post.

7. You can never have too many friends.  Never dreamed I would actually make friends, like... good friends, like... best friends, through blogging.  What a beautiful place to be.  It's scary when you're the new kid on the playground.  Have you ever felt like, what if no one likes me, what if no one picks me?  Every time I gain a new follower/friend, it makes me feel accepted.  Maybe that sounds silly but this is my little playground and it would be awfully lonely by myself. 
My deepest heartfelt thanks to each of you who bring your toys aka ideas and come play with me. You all are some of the sweetest, most creative and talented people I've ever met.

8.  I owe my whole existence to Jesus Christ.  This should have been first on the list, but since it's the most important, I'd like to leave it as the lasting impression. Thank you Lord for your love and grace.

I am now supposed to pass this on to 8 people.  Well, Merry Christmas.  It's yours for the taking.  


Donnie said...

That was lovely, just like you. I feel I know you even better than before and am proud to be your blogging buddy. Take care.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Tammy Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share and your sentiments are just lovely.

So there is going to be a dr. and a nurse in the family. Love it. You can always take care of each other with degrees.

You are so richly blessed with the littlest guy, he will keep you young. Wise to not put all your eggs into one basket. They get broken if you do.

You know what those candy bars and winks are what get me through. We have never had money for BIG things. It's the little things that make me happy. I am so thrilled to see that someone else feels the same way.

Yes home is where your heart is, whether it is big or small, rich or poor, fancy or plain, your heart doesn't know the difference. Love will always find a way.

I am never to busy at the end of the day to find my knees and thank God for the beautiful day he has given me. Each a gift to be treasured and opened to share.

Have a gorgeous week my friend. Thank you for the beautiful share of your heart. I have so enjoyed my visit today. You should write more often of your thoughts. They are so worth sharing.

Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Blondie's Journal said...

I feel like I know you so much better, Tammy...on the inside. You feel much the same as I do about a lot of things. Thanks for a great post!


Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} said...

That was a really nice post, Tammy. Good wisdom to share.


Marydon said...

G'morn, Terry ~
I am so deeply moved by your 'share' today ... IF if's were to be, how happy the world would be.

Without Jesus, there is no season.

Let love fill your heart & soul every day of the year.

Have a beautiful Christmas ~

Cindy said...

Hello dearest Tammy,
What a lovely post, I am going to go check out this Mod Vintage Life blog, her photos look fabulous! You have learned some important lessons in the last 40 years and I learned some things about you that I didn't know. You are blessed to have such a sweet husband, I thank God for 2nd chances, too. God is SO good, His mercy and Love is what gets me through each day. I am loving your new blog, the look and the content!
Love ya, Cindy

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

That is so beautiful and true, each and every single word. I feel blessed by your uplifting, loving words about life, family and friends.

D.B. said...

We have much in common my friend, starting over, a child after 40, and living in borrowed houses. Carpe Diem, and delight in the everyday simple things, has been my lesson this past year. Life certainly is good!

Anita said...

You are very blessed. May the peace of Christ continue to dwell in your heart. It naturally passes to your family and friends.

Gotta run and clean my house now! LOL

Hooked on Memes said...

A very beautiful post! You have your priorities right. God bless!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

You are such a wise woman! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with others. You are blessed and you've blessed us :)

CHRISTmas Blessings!

podso said...

Love this post! You really wrote well to tell us more about you! Thanks, and hope you are having a good week!

From the Kitchen said...

Tammy, I enjoyed my visit with you this afternoon. So nice to know you better. I liked you already but am even more drawn to you now. Thanks so much for sharing.


Janet said...

This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing from your heart. God's blessings to you!

Paul C said...

There is a lot of wisdom and inspiration here.

LV said...

A wonderful and inspiring post for today. You have some very pretty decorations. Sharing your personal thoughts and family was moving.

Julie Harward said...

I'm glad you shared all of that, all I can say is AMEN to every bit of it! I love my sweet blogging friends too, so glad we connected! ;D

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this post...and would like to do one myself soon! You and I share so many of the same beliefs! Thanks for sharing! I love having LOTS of friends! Hugs! ♥

Jillian said...

Great thoughts! Great things to learn about BB!

:0) Thanks for the award. Tee hee.

Bella Rosa Antiques

Renee Ann said...

Glad I stopped in to read this lovely post! Blessings!

Bella said...

Hi Tammy, This is a lovly post!! Life is a beautiful journey!
How fun to have the flakes falling, Our weather has been crazy, with a very early snow too... Hoping for more by Christmas :-)
Thanks for your sweet words!

Wendy said...

A very well written and beautiful post!

Shirl said...

Hi Tammy, I'm still making my Pink Saturday visits. Thank you for stopping by and for joining as a follower. Your post is beautiful today and also loved your pint post. Dip looks delish! Your blog is beautiful.
Hope you have a great week.
I wish you peace! Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Atelier de Charo said...

So nice to know more about you, very nice post!


Southwest Cottage Designs said...

LOL on that last pic of #1!! Your way with words is quite captivating, sweet Tammy:) Love reading this.

Diann said...

Hi Tammy!

What a great list! And it explains why we hit it off! I love number 2 since our princess came along at age 44 for me. All of your list is so perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, your blog is just too gorgeous for words!!! I loved reading through this post. I am inspired by your faith, AND, I'm from Georgia too! We just moved to Mississippi though, and I miss my home state already. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I so hope you'll check back! I'm following you now as well and can't wait to visit you often!


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I loved these and thanks for the big mention. I met some new people today because of it. This blogging thing is truly incredible. To think I've met so many women of like minds and a few men too!!!

Thanks my friend for doing this post!

xinex said...

This is such a beautiful post, Tammy. You have a wonderful family and what a sweet hubby! Enjoy the holidays!...Christine

mo said...
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mo said...

Hi Tammy, I have been calling you apologies...(duhhhhh!)

I love this post! It is so wonderful to learn about you. You are awsome!

CailinMarie said...

a lovely post!!! Merry Christmas

Judy said...

What a great post. I love the sentiment and will keep those thoughts with me today. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Along A Widowed Road said...

Your post was heart felt and funny. I cracked up how you wrote he'll be out of med school and your in the nursing home...
I too am a older mom. I had Savannah when I was 42.
I'm now a more patient, laid back mom then when I was in my late 20's when I had Jake.
I loved the song that your hubby sent you. So dang sweet.
Have a wonderful day!
Viola over at

Ola said...

you have good rules in your life and seem to be an optimistic person, I wish I could share your attitude:) I like esp. "It pays to make your house a home."