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~ Kathy M.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dr. Suess says:

"You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any 
direction you choose.

You're on your own.

And you know what you know.

You are the guy who'll 
decide where to go."

The ABC's of Achievement:

The ABC's of Achievement
 by Wanda Carter

A - Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.

B - Believe in yourself.

C - Consider things from every angle.

D - Don't give up and don't give in.

E - Enjoy life today; yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.

F - Family and friends are hidden treasures.  Seek them and enjoy their riches.

G - Give more than you planned to give.

H - Hang on to your dreams.

I - Ignore those who try to discourage you.


K - Keep on trying.  No matter how hard it seems, it will get easier.

L - Love yourself first and most.

M - Make it happen.

N - Never lie, cheat or steal.  Always strike a fair deal.

O - Open your eyes and see things as they really are.

P - Practice makes perfect.

Q - Quitters never win and winners never quit.

R - Read, study and learn about everything important in your life.

S - Stop procrastinating.

T - Take control of your own destiny.

U - Understand yourself in order to better understand others.

V - Visualize it.

W - Want it more than anything!

X - Accelerate your efforts. 

Y - You are unique of all God's creations.  Nothing can replace you.

Z - Zero in on your target and go for it! 

The Fellowship of Excellence:

Photo courtesy of  Art-E-Zine

While I was cleaning my creative room yesterday (the place I blog and sew and store my art supplies) I found the following affirmation.  I have had it for years, and I do not know who wrote it, but I wanted to share it with you guys.  It is very motivating to me.

"I am part of the fellowship of excellence.  I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made.  I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stored up, paid up and prayed up.  I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.  I am finished with low living, colorless dreams, small vision, cheap living and dwarfed goals.  I now live by faith, lean on God's presence, labor by power and lift by prayer.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of fear, negotiate at the table of the enemy or meander in the maze of mediocrity. 

From this day forward, my banner will be clear...
When you see me, you will see a woman of excellence!"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Photograpy: Bird Feeder Collage

Books: Ah Fu, A Chinese River Boy

Here is a nice Chinese version of finding an orphan baby on your doorstep that I really enjoy.  This book was one that I got from our old church, which closed down in the mid-90's.  I hope that you like it too!

The end.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Family: Golf Cart Rescue

You might be a redneck IF your mother-in-law gets a dead battery in her golf cart and you help your husband tow it next door with yours.

Photography: This Week's Favorites

Mama Deer brought her Baby to visit.

Kristin, my middle child, is simply beautiful.
(From Kristin's FB photos.)

My Hanna and her daughter Aleera.
(From Hanna's FB photos.)

Sweet Malia.
(From Malia's FB photos.)

Cousin Debba
(From Debbie's FB photos.)

Carly's Layla
(From Carly's FB photos.)

Keri rocking out at an 80's birthday party.
(From Keri's FB photos.)

Kathy and Cary
(From April's FB photos.)

Tatum and Rob
(April's FB photos.)

April holds her new skateboard.
(From April's FB photos.)

Mindy and Aubrey
(From Mindy's FB photos.)

 Savanna and Courtney
(From Savanna's FB photos.)

Hal and Bev, looking great!
(From Bev's FB photos.)

Patti B.
(From Patti's FB page.)

The Sunshine Twins:
Lisa and her sister Janice
(From Lisa's FB page.)

Thanks, everybody for sharing your photos with us on 
here, even if you didn't know about it ahead of time!

No Copying!


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