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{November 3, 2011}   Weekly Photo Challenge:HIDDEN

My first thought at hearing the challenge theme this week was, “Oh, since it’s around Halloween, Hidden could be used for pictures of people in the masks and costumes because they are in a way hiding behind them.” Then I saw posts where things were sort of hidden from view until you look a bit longer and I started thinking of those Where’s Waldo? books where you have to look and look to find him. For that matter, there are also Hidden Object games and books out there. I didn’t feel like I had any pictures that fit a Hidden Object theme and I wasn’t completely sure how to go about making one. I had a brilliant idea of mixing objects or faces in a type of collage but didn’t really see that I had that kind of time on my hands, although if I had Photoshop and knew how to use it, it could have been really fun to try it on there. It could have been Where’s Sharon? instead of Where’s Waldo? 🙂

Since that idea is out the window, I got to thinking and remembered a post I did years ago, back in April of 2006, (I had to look it up to find the date!) where I had childhood pictures of me and some of my second oldest sister who looked a lot like me as a child. I made it in to a little fun quiz of sorts where I had people guess which pictures were ME and which were of my sister. While this whole idea may NOT exactly fit the Hidden Challenge exactly, to me, it fits it in a fun way! Since people who read my blog don’t know my face as well, I am putting a more recent picture of me first to compare. I think it may actually be more fun for you guys, because it’s more of a challenge! Family members are open to play along too, but just say the numbers you pick as me and don’t give it away by saying something like, “This one is definitely you, Sharon, I was there!” No giving it away! Some of my family and close friends may STILL get it wrong anyways because me and my middle sister looked a LOT alike as kids but not so much now!

Now for the childhood pictures!

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If you would like to participate, just leave in the comments the numbers you think are ME. I will reveal the answers at the end of my Saturday post, so hopefully that will give enough people time to guess. I don’t have any prizes to give away or anything, it’s just for fun, but I WILL say congratulations to the first NON family member person to get them all right or the closest number right and maybe do a special post dedicated to your blog or something? 😉 We’ll see!

Hope you enjoyed my take on this week’s challenge!

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Giving Thanks Day #3: Today, I am thankful for my husband, flaws and all. He finally got a CPAP machine for his Sleep Apnea yesterday and as I saw him sleeping while wearing it, a lot of thoughts crossed my mind. One was how cute he looks in the funny and strange looking mask. Another was how him wearing a mask to help him breathe also makes me think about his health and our life together and gives me a reality check. The mask could just as easily be a respirator in the hospital or something and I could be looking at him hanging on to life, you know? Seeing him with the mask on is like this very real reminder that life isn’t always guaranteed, for me, for him or for anyone. Knowing that my husband could get into a car wreck tomorrow or really just anything could happen to him and I could be alone scares me. Not because I think I HAVE to have a man in my life BUT because he is my husband and I love him. Losing him would truly NOW be losing a part of my heart. He is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing before I go to bed at night. Even when we fuss and fight, I can’t imagine a day where I would wish him gone from my life. When I see people that have lost their husbands or ones like my niece, who was away from hers for so long while he was fighting for our country, it really makes me be thankful each and every day that I have him, not only in my life, but beside me, day in and day out. I am so lucky and blessed and today, I am taking a moment to say Thank you to my husband for being in my life and giving me great big teddy bear hugs when I need them! I love you and I thank God for you!



Before I have the Pessimistic Police after me, please note that this post is actually very Optimistic. Things aren’t always what they seem….

It’s a popular saying that “The grass is always greener on the other side”. In other words, everything else always looks better to us than what we have ourselves. I think what we all need to realize is that the grass isn’t always greener…a lot of times it’s browner. The difference is that some people’s lawns are full of astro turf, or for those unfamiliar with such a thing, fake grass.

But even though we may know this to be a fact, it can still be hard for us not to secretly wish for the astro turf over our own grass. Do you suppose this is just human nature?

I, myself, try to not have regrets in life. If I did have one regret, it would be all the times in my past when I wasted my life wishing for greener pastures instead of cherishing what I already had in my front yard. It’s funny how we can have so MUCH to be thankful for right in front of our very eyes but not even realize how great we have it until it’s gone. There are times I look back on things from my past and remember the good times and wonder why didn’t I realize how great THIS moment was. I was focused on what could be, that’s why…..I was focused on things that could still be even better in life and wanting those things so much that I didn’t pay attention to how good it already was.

Now I look back and see how some things were greener then and I can’t help but wish for that back, but you can’t go back. You can’t bring back the green grass from your past…..now that I’m on the other side, that old side sure looks greener now.

The thing is it’s self defeating to spend all your time wishing for your past back or wishing your life was different from the way it is. You end up spending all your time wishing and no time LIVING. No time spent cherishing what you have now.

And what I have now is a lot to be thankful for in itself. Everything’s not perfect, but it never will be. The other side of the fence that looks greener is NOT perfect either. There’s no such thing and the sooner we realize that….the sooner I realize that, the better. Instead of wishing for things that I don’t have like I want them, I want to spend time thanking God for what I do have.

I have a wonderful husband who is kooky and crazy and can drive me insane at times, but he loves me just the way I am. I have my mom and dad still alive which is something not everyone can say. I have a nanny(grandma) on my mom’s side still here and I love her to death. I have so much family that I love so much and I am blessed with many nieces and nephews who are my world. I have some of the best friends ever who see this beauty and talent in me that I have yet to notice. I have a roof over my head and I never have to worry about doing without because no matter what, I have a family who will be there for me. I may not be the best Christian but I believe in God and I know he loves me and will always set his angels to watch over me. I may not weigh what I would like to weigh, but people love me regardless of that. I have had the blessing of living for 27 years when I have known many who have not been afforded the same.

I could really just go on and on but I am sure you would get tired of hearing it. For now, I choose to look at things as the other side is NOT greener. It’s browner. Others do NOT always have it better, it’s just what it may appear to be. Since I do not know everything that goes on in everyone else’s lives, I do NOT know if they do in fact have it truly better or not. Therefore, I choose to not waste time wanting another’s life. Instead, I want to put in the effort to really appreciate and love my own life and love what God has given me. If you agree with this perspective, then you are welcome to take up my new saying and use it to benefit your own life as well.

May YOUR own grass be greener than the other side!



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