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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

 "Spring has returned. The earth is like 
a child that knows poems." 
~Rainer Maria Rilke

 "Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly
 received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon 
see the results of their love!" 
~Sitting Bull

March 20th, the first day of Spring! It is also the day, in 1976, that I met
my husband Bill so it is especially sweet to us.

Wishing each of you a glorious Spring season.

Susie Q

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Lenten Season Has Arrived

During this season of Lent, instead of just giving up chocolate or coffee, 
maybe we can also try to do something even more.

Just some ideas:

Pray for the people in your life who have disappointed you or hurt you

Walk, carpool, bike or bus ride to work and school

Don’t always flip on the car radio but spend the time is silence enjoying the world around you

Brighten someone’s day. Send a card, email, or phone a family member, friend, or acquaintance that shows you’re thinking about, and praying for, him/her

Look out of your window until you find something lovely you had not noticed before

Give items of clothing to Goodwill

Try to spend one day a week without a single complaint

Buy a few fast food gift cards to give to needy people you encounter

Call or write an old friend you haven't heard from in awhile

Pay a few sincere compliments to others

Forgive someone even if they don't deserve it. YOU deserve it

Take a no shopping day...maybe even a no shopping week! Spend that money on those who truly need the help and not on another purse or pair of shoes

Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher or spiritual person

Donate art supplies to your local elementary school or senior center

Worship at a friend’s mosque, synagogue or church and look for the beauty in other religions

Volunteer once a week. At a soup kitchen, your church, local school, whatever!

Have a family game night

Put up a bird feeder

Read a book aloud as a family

Try an eat no sugar day 

Plant a tree

Send flowers

Give $20 to a local non-profit

Take time out of Twitter, Facebook etc and instead spend time on meditation and prayer

Give up anger and be more patient. Try to be more understanding and patient with people.

Give up being judgmental.

Give up gossiping. Remember once you say it you can never take it back

Resolve to perform one random act of kindness each day. Hold a door open, let someone get in line first, do somebody’s chores for them, pay for someone else's order at a fast food drive through, pick up a stranger's tab at a restaurant...

Go to an art museum or a botanical gardens and just rejoice in the beauty

Take time to plan out and cook a healthy meal. Use your local markets and farm stands when possible.

Make cookies and give a few to people who help you every day: crossing guards, librarians, mail carriers, fire fighters, etc...
Cook and deliver a meal to someone who could use it

Smile at strangers

Let someone merge in front of you 

Spend 10 minutes each night talking to God about your day–thanking Him for the good and the bad and asking for the grace to be a better person the next day


May this Spring bring you joy and warm your heart as it warms your face. 
The long Winter is almost over!
And remember, we can change this world for the good 
with one act of kindness at a time.

Susie Q

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our New Chinese Friend

Betty, our Grace and one of Grace's best friends, Sarah.

In January we hosted a Chinese exchange student for two weeks. 
She asked that we call her "Betty" even though I thought her legal name was
so beautiful. All of the students chose what they considered
an "American" name to use while they were here.
She was such a sweet girl and we enjoyed our time with her.

Here is Betty with 2 of her fellow classmates from China.

The classmates from China, Grace and other host family
friends enjoyed shopping in Cincinnati.

Betty and her best friend Nina enjoyed a delicious dinner at
a local Maggiano's

Betty was so shy at first but opened up a little more each day.
We learned so much from her, and she, from us. She discovered bowling,
American hamburgers and hot dogs, Mexican food, 
The Middle and Modern Family on television, going to the movies (to see "Frozen"),
 American pop music, playing Monopoly (she was so good at it!), the AF Museum, 
baseball (tours of the minor and major league teams in the area) and taking pictures
 with the camera we gave her as a gift. Her school group toured universities in 
Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, the local Art Institute and several local historical sites.

She helped us discover Chinese Pop music, helped Grace reconnect with
her first language and culture, brought us sweet gifts and taught us so much about
China that we didn't know.  

We were all sad when the visit came to an end but we are able to stay in touch via email.

It was such a great experience that we are planning to host a longer term exchange student
 in the next year or so.

If you have the chance to do this, I encourage it! 

Stay warm!
Susie Q

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tea For Two...or Four As The Case May Be!

Last weekend we enjoyed afternoon tea at a local spot! 
Unique Celebrations in Centerville, Ohio.
The perfect respite for a cold, snowy February.

We shared our tea with Grace's best friend and her mom. 
Here are the girls with the lovely and talented owner, Kathy!

There are many beautiful hats to try on!

Such whimsical, lovely table settings.

The food was so delicious!

And even a sweet parting gift!

We will definitely return again soon!
If you are in he area, please stop in (reservations are
recommended) and relax, enjoy and savor!

I hope you are staying warm this Winter. 
Hold tight, Spring is on the way!

Susie Q

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another Year Has Slipped Away...

Another busy December and wow! 
The month sure flew by. It's New Year's Eve
and as I look back on the last month of the year, well, I feel so lucky.
It has been such a lovely month filled with friends, family and fun.

On one of the Date Nights Bill and I take each week it started to snow...
we were at The Greene for dinner.
It was just so pretty! It kicked off our holiday season in high fashion!

Grace is on the High School's Swim and Dive Team now so our evenings and 
weekends are often found near a pool!

We decided to downsize our decorating this year but
it was still pretty.

Our annual Christmas week visit to The Golden Lamb
was sweet as always.

And there is always a visit to Clifton Mill.

A few friends from Wilbur Wright High School
(We have developed a bond over the years, a bond among all of us 
who attended Wilbur Wright HS in Dayton no matter the year 
we graduated. Our group is huge! 
It also includes our extended group of children and grandchildren...all 
of whom have become close.)
 got together here to send good wishes, 
 love and sing a few carols
for another HS friend battling colon cancer.

Christmas Eve was at our home...

And we MUST have Christmas Crackers!

Christmas morning dawned bright...

Christmas Day afternoon and evening was at Mom's...

We have had a lot of  measurable snow falls in December 
so sledding on a school Snow Day is required!

We  attended our friend's annual Christmas party and, as always,
enjoyed ourselves!

All our snow meant it was back to the slopes!

I was able to do the Christmas card photos for 
some of our dear friends...

Grace went to her first High School dance and no Daddy was
ever prouder!

The annual visit from Tran Siberian Orchestra was amazing
and we also saw Mannheim Steamroller this year!

Winston likes the snow... 

...and looks forward to more in January!

Just a few December moments...there were so many others and each one
will stay in my memory always. It was a good month!

Now as we say farewell to 2013 let's look back at the good things we have all
experienced, the times with friends and family, the laughter and smiles. 
There has been sadness and worry for each of us but thankfully the year held
more sweet than bitter. 

Here's to 2014 and may it bring all of us more joy than sorrow, more
smiles than tears. 
God Bless you all.

Susie Q