Happy 101 Award

I'm thanking my friend, Diana, from Bits and Pieces today for honoring me with this cute award. I think the best way to introduce Diana to you would be: "Meet my friend, Diana.
She is a domestic diva who cooks, bakes and gardens and blogs about her love of it! Diana is great wife and mom and grandmom. Please visit her soon and say hello."

This is a fun award and requires me to share what I'm joyful about with you. I'm currently visiting my daughter in San Diego and would love to tell you about some joyful times:

My husband in AZ called and left a message on my cell to pray about his frustrations with getting the lawn mower to work. He couldn't finish cutting the grass so the job was only three quarters done. You won't believe how the Lord answered this prayer. The next morning, I got a call from hubby. Four bulls got loose and ended up on our property. They ate all the grass hubby couldn't cut. They managed to get into the vegetable garden, but didn't mess it up too bad. They were full from grazing!

We found a blogger on line that helped us with our road trip from AZ to San Diego. Her goal is blogging about Yuma and writing about the child-friendly places. Since Yuma is our halfway stop, we took Susanna to the recommended park. It was one joyfilled place. Imagine being in the car with a toddler for five hours; you need a break. Get a load of this fun park:

Last Sunday we went to Balboa Park after church. I love to walk through the International Houses. I had a good time at the House of Hungary. I met some old timers sitting nearby who fell in love with Susanna. Nothing like running into enthusiastic grandpas and grandmas who miss their grands and decide to shower you with thier love.

We went to the San Diego Zoo last Friday and got some exercise; it is so hilly. We saw the monkeys and giraffes. We saw Sookie, the Kaola.

I like to shop with my daughter when she goes to the Navy Exchange. I forgot to pack my makeup and found some bareMinerals at a great price when we were there today. I was happy.

The kitchen is off limits to Susanna and my daughter uses one of those boundary gates. I bet I have to lift my legs waist high at least 25 times a day or more as I cross over. Great thigh shaper!

Are you a joyful person? Remember John 15:11:
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Grab this award by leaving a comment and please let me know what you are joyful about today. I would love to hear from you!


  1. You have such a beautiful spirit, Mary! The joy of the Lord is my strenght.. It is so evident in you!

    Thanks for the info abt Sheila's book. Best to check with my church library in a couple of weeks' time.


  2. I love the pictures, your daughter, and precious Susanna are so beautiful. Congrats on your award. I am joyful because I have the wonderful love of my Father.

  3. looks like a lot of fun....and finding good prices too? yay!

    great Scripture!!!

  4. I love that you always make your post fun too! It's awesome how God answered that prayer for your husband and I'm sure He knows the right number of bulls that need to eat those grasses. LOL.

    Your gdaughter is soooo cute! Her smile is brighter than a sunny day! When my hubby was in the Navy, that's one thing I miss...going to the commissary and the exchange. I'm glad you are having a wonderful time sister and I pray the Lord will always protect you and your beautiful family and bless you even more. Thanks for your prayers and you are of course, in mine :) Love to you sister! You guys' smiles are contagious. Can't help but smile even as I leave now.

  5. Congrats on the award!

    We have a playground that looks just like that one. The community built it.

    Your trip sounds like a blast!

  6. Thank you, Mary, for your kind words. Now...if I can just live up to them. :-)

    It sounds as if you are having a wonderful time there with your daughter and granddaughter. Susanna is a beautiful little girl.

    Hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter.

  7. Oh Mary ~ You just make me smile and bring my heart so much JOY!!
    What a doll Susanna is :)

    Now that's funny about the bulls!! How does that happen LOLOLOL

    Love your new exercise program....who would have thought of that ;)!!

    Love you my friend

  8. Congrats on the award. The park looks like a lot of fun!

    Oh, gotta love the bulls. What an answer to prayer. hee hee


  9. What a precious post and loved the photos!!! You are such a sweet person Mary and your blog title so fits you...pile of smiles!

    Love you sister! Praying still...

  10. Mary, I don't know if I somehow keep missing your posts. I'm sorry I've not been by to visit you lately. I saw your sweet face on your comment on Denise's blog and had to stop by.

    Congrats on the award!

    Love that you got tips from a Yuma blogger. Love the photos of your daughter and grandbaby.

    I've missed you and did you know that I went to church with Sassy Granny and her hubby on Sunday? We mentioned you over our muffins and coffee afterwards. Only good ...of course.

    Love you,


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