bubble-gum surprises!


We are mid-way into November and the normal “Brrrrrrr!” most of our local hometown residents should be exclaiming is no where in sight. (Yet!) But the traditional hustle-bustle of preparing for the Winter Season is everywhere!  Snow-stakes are being installed and Christmas lights hung (ready for the annual Thanksgiving Day  lighting,) and you can find bags of Snow Salt in every hardware store displayed proudly at the check-out counters.

November for me is an annual cleaning of closets, office-folders & such.  It is an opportunity to de-clutter and begin the preparation for starting a New Year with a clean slate!  So yesterday found me going through my office folder labeled “TO DO,” which contained scribbled messages of ‘this & that’ stuff I hoped TO DO during the course of this past year.  I was happy with the small amount of remaining projects needing completion before the hustle-bustle of the holidays rolled in:  one more crocheted wedding blanket to complete for a very special December Wedding, a shepherd & sheep yard project that’s been swirl-twirling through my creative mind, and organizing a….well, sshhhhh– I cannot say because…it’s a secret!

And there was one little note, scratchily-scribbled on a piece of bubble-gum pink paper reminding me to make a visit to our local Catholic Gift Shop for a gift Dan & I hoped to donate to a special organization.

I hope they have what we wanted!

When I stopped in to the Catholic Shop today I had no idea that not only would I be able to toss the TO DO note in the waste-basket once I made the necessary purchase, but with the twinkling of a surprise I also happily discovered I could cross off an item from my Bucket List to boot!  Alas, God had heard a spoken desire I’d made many moons ago!

Lo & behold with every person I came upon within the shop they personally greeted me by name!  Who’d have thunk that this would be the place that “EVERYBODY KNOWS MY NAME…AND THEY’RE ALWAYS GLAD I CAME!”  winnie+the+pooh+ehs+ilustratorGod is so funny how he wraps up our wishes sometimes, isn’t he?  He knew I’d hoped for & needed a place that felt like a homecoming...and He delivered in a way I hadn’t quite expected but deliver it He did in a far better way! (I guess God was keeping a secret too!)

And so began my 3hugs&blessings for the Week:

  1.  Crossing off item #14 on my Bucket List,  Have a special place where “everybody knows my name. And they’re always glad I came!”
  2. Finding a delightful spot to host a special bridal shower for our daughter.
  3. The peace & strength that has enveloped me by focusing only on what lies ahead!Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philipines 3:13-14

(All that’s left now is to make a fresh new folder…TO DO it all!!)


hugs n’ may you find 3 bubble-gum pink surprise blessings too!



Bearing my Blessings out to dry!

Hip-Hip-Hooray, it is 3hugs&blessings Thursday!!

And although I’ve been neglectful to share…the blessings have continued to hang-out with me and be there!

My recent blessings:

  1. The Saints God sent me this week to guard & guide me. Most especially St. Pontian (for his understanding heart,) and St. Hippolytus (for his loving obedience.)
  2. The ridiculously-fun-real-life-relationships I have with my 3 adult children and how we have all stuck together these past 2 years, despite the messiness of life!🙈  They fulfill me, challenge me & bring me closer to God every day in various ways! No matter how exhausted I may become there is always energy to laugh together!🙉 #ohhowilovethem #notmymonkeysnotmycircus🙊
  3. The new friends I made during our pilgrimage to see our Papa, Pope Francis, in Philadelphia, Pa!  This includes ‘The Mexicans’ (and all those I met from all over the World!)

I  do pray pardon for bear-ly keeping up with this challenge & invite you, once again,  to forage your thoughts before hibernating tonight and give thanks for your 3hugs&blessings this day/week too!

Let’s all keep spreading happiness with 3hugs&blessings at a time!


(And may this not be to awfully botherly-bother for you to do!)oh-bother

I can bearly wait to count my blessings for the week ahead! (Think. Think. Think.)

These 3hugs&blessings are for you, as I’m praying you’ll count your blessings too!!

“In the world you will have trouble but take courage I have conquered the world!!!!”

John 16:33