January, I Really Wish I Liked You

I must confess, I really have never been a fan of the month of January.  Of all twelve months, this one in particular stands out as one that I simply cannot wrap my arms around and give a big squeeze.  We need to have a few words… January, You are not dear to me, so …

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A Look Back at 2017

I must confess, 2017 was a pretty eventful year with some amazing, wonderful, and poignant memories.  Each New Year's Eve, my husband and I like to take a look back and reflect on the many blessings and experiences that comprised the moments of the previous year.  We typically sit down and go through my calendar, …

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Christmas Blessings

I must confess, I felt quite blessed this Christmas with the many gifts I received; not only the actual presents given to me, but the gifts of my family and the time we spent together for three days.  Yes, Christmas Day actually lasted for three days at my house!  My hubby and I hosted a …

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What’s On Your Christmas Playlist?

I must confess, each holiday season I look forward to listening to Christmas music from the beginning of December right through until early January.  I often listen to the same CDs that I have had for years, and I never stop enjoying them.  Perhaps you will indulge me as I share with you some of …

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Sunny’s Small Plate Saturday

I must confess, I absolutely had a blast this past Saturday with a cozy gathering of friends for small plates and wine tasting. I must further confess that I may have had an ulterior motive in planning this night in order to get my friend KB over to the house to give me a lesson …

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Waiting Joyfully

I must confess, I get swept up in the holiday season and not always in the best of ways.  My love of autumn, as I've written about previously, gives way to the post Thanksgiving checklists and the busy nature of the Advent/Christmas/New Year's season.  Decorating for Christmas, shopping for presents, baking cookies, planning dinners, and trying to …

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Expectations

I must confess, I have had to learn the hard way that having expectations has sometimes resulted in poor outcomes.  Take, for example, the fact that I love forget me nots and I would expect that I should be able to grow them on my windowsill, since they're just wildflowers.  Each time I see those …

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Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

I must confess, this past weekend was filled with dozens of blessings and when one is truly aware of how many little gifts God sends to us, it's actually pretty easy to be grateful.  Having any trouble with feeling grateful?  Might I suggest a great book that helped me to be more mindful of my …

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: ‘Growth Spurts’ in Holiness

I must confess, this story does not end as well as I hoped it would.  I took my sweet niece to the movies yesterday to watch a beautifully animated story about a young girl's desire to become a ballet dancer in spite of great obstacles.  It was a lesson in overcoming difficulties to achieve one's …

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Cook Like a Rockstar!

I must confess, certain dishes bring to mind wonderful memories.  Doesn't that happen to you, too, especially when smelling the aroma of sauce cooking, cookies baking, or grilling in the 'hood (I'm always hoping that amazing smell is coming from my home).  Aren't you instantly transported back to a time or place when you smelled …

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All Good Gifts

I must confess, I've always loved the Scripture from James 1:17, "...all that is good, all that is perfect, is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light..."  This past weekend there many "gifts" - blessings and experiences along the way in what was an extremely busy weekend.  Permit me to …

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I Was Going to Write Something Amazing…

I must confess, I was going to write something amazing, but I'm saving that for my next post.  In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a few facts about me, the Sunny Side of Me... as I am just starting this new endeavor and thought we should get acquainted.  I have always been …

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