Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Enjoyment of Life

"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun." Ecclesiastes 8:15

Isn't it wonderful to just simply "enjoy life"? The world around us has become such a busy, active place, which is sometimes not a bad thing. However, I hope we can all take time out (without feeling guilty about it) to partake in "the enjoyment of life". I really think God intends for us to be happy with the small, every day things He has blessed each of us with.

These days my "work" is taking care of my granddaughter, Gabby, keeping my hands busy with yarn, hooks and needles, and acting as number one zoo~keeper to this menagerie of pets I have!
And, I really must say, JOY does accompany me in my work!
O.K.~ maybe the house isn't as tidy as it could be and we occasionally run out of clean laundry, but everyone is happy and well~loved and I reap the benefits of peace and happiness that come from such basic things in life.
Pictured at the very top is a pair of pink slippers I started last night after completing the red ones for my neighbor, which are going to her mother for her 93rd birthday. She wears a size 11 shoe and has swollen feet from congestive heart failure. They are unable to get shoes on her feet when taking her to the doctor, so she needs something warm that will fit. I hope they work!


You'll notice that once again Phoebe couldn't resist curling up next to some warm wool for a little nap!
And then, I leave you with a picture of Gabby sitting on my bed reading a story, because now it's time for me to get back to "the enjoyment of life" as I know it!

14 comments:

Becky said...

Oh, Gabby looks beautiful today - and so grown up. Give her a big hug from me, will you, please?

I just love this blog entry. Just like tiny grains & flakes of spices, the little things are what enrich and flavor our lives.

Warm Hugs,
Me

P.S. Kathy, you've gone AWOL! I wanna hear all about your warm GA weather. I hope & pray you're having a lovely week.

Danette said...

Gabby is always ready for a big hug from you! Earlier today she fed her cookie to a picture of "Becky, Becky!".
And where ARE you Kathy?!

Kathy said...

Hi new friend Becky, and my long long forever friend Danette, Life is nuts at this time, just a quick note to tell you girls I am thinking about you everyday and look on the blog everyday,sounds hard to believe but I havent even had time to post a comment! Oh well when life is nuts I will just make peanut butter. I hear CAT is laying off many I know you both will probably know many affected by this so I wanted to let you know Morton is in my prayers! Danette Ecclesiastes is my Favorite book in the bible! I read it all the time and learn so much about life each time I read it. I love your photos, You are really good at capturing your subject! A collection of your photos would be a great table top book! I am very serious. Becky , i am hoping after this week ,life will be a little normal, I want to send you some pictures from our collection. Have a very blessed day and pray for our nation! Love you guys!

Becky said...

Kathy, hello! I can't wait to see your pictures whenever you get a chance to send them! At least if you're making peanut butter, you have nice Georgia peanuts to toss in! Hope the rest of your week is less hectic & peaceful.
Oh, that Gabby, feeding my picture a cookie! I just want to give her a squeeze right now! But do you think that cookie would go straight to my hips? ;D
Have a beatifully blessed day, dear friends!

Danette said...

Hi Girls!
This is Bridget's birthday (35) so I probably won't have time to post anything new today.
Mom, Bridget,& the boys will be here for lunch and stay through suppper. Dad will be joining us for supper. He just got his 45 year pin at Caterpillar yesterday and this Friday will be his last day of work.
So, I'll be having the whole gang back on Sunday afternoon, with my in~laws included, for a little family retirement dinner.
I know what you mean about HECTIC Kathy! We're just glad to hear from you again ~ getting worried. (Check your e-mail).
Don't worry Becky, Gabby figured out the no fat way to feed you cookies!
Have a great day everyone!
I must get to the kitchen & start baking a birthday cake!

Becky said...

Happy Birthday to Aunt Bridget! Will you tell her I hope and pray this will be her best year yet, full of friends, love, blessings, and delightfully charming surprises, and that all her prayers and dreams come true!
Love,
Becky
P.S. Gabby can feed cake to my picture if she wants. In fact, I think I'll just have her feed my picture everything from now on, so I don't have to worry about what I eat!

La Vie de Rountree said...

What a great post - and the perfect scripture verse that I needed to hear today. Thank you Danette!

Danette said...

La Vie de Rountree~
God is always so timely in getting the Scripture we need to us. I find the many ways He does this amazing! Glad it blessed you!!:)

Lallee said...

I had the best time visiting your blog! Your granddaughter is so beautiful, and your little puppy is too cute for words. How wonderful that you teach crochet! Your work is just wonderful. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Danette said...

Hello Lallee~
Thank YOU for stopping by MY blog!
Like I said before~ I love your blog & am always anxious to see what you're upto when I notice you have a new post. And your Etsy shop is wonderful.You are very creative!

Kathy said...

Wow - what a precious, precious grandbaby! No wonder you're so proud!
xo...Kathy

Danette said...

Oh Thanks Kathy~
I am crazy about Gabby! She's my first grandbaby and the light of my life these days. She's my constant companion since she lives with me & Chelsea {her mommy} works and goes to school. We have lots of fun together!
~Danette

carey said...

I love the slippers!

Danette said...

Hey Carey!
How's your hectic life going?!
I sure miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love you,
Danette