Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thirty-Four for Thirty-Four

Sugared violets, I made with my mum and C, as a birthday treat. (Tutorial here)

To help celebrate my 34th birthday, I've collected thirty-four of my favorite morsels of wisdom. 

I could easily do a post on each and perhaps I shall. But, as I'm already more than covering my allergy to brevity, here we go:

Thirty-Four for Thirty-Four

1.) "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." -Helen Keller

2.) “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway

3.) "Opportunity is missed by most because it is usually covered in overalls and looks like work." -Thomas Edison


5.) "I don't mind work, it's what we do." - Jill Lane, neighbor

6.) "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." -Desmond Tutu

7.) “As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ” -Laura Ingalls Wilder 

8.) "Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance."-Epicurus 

9) "But do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life." -R.L. Stevenson

10.) Anything too nice to be used has no place in a home. 

11.) “Gratitude turns what we have into enough." -Melody Beattie

12.) Loving them deeply will always prevail over any sort of missteps I might make as a parent

13.) It doesn’t matter how much you love someone. What matters is that they know it.

14.) "Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” -Roger Lewin

15.) “The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” -Alden Nowlan

16.) You hold your world together.  Self-care is what holds you together.

17.) People with less have done more and been happier and more grateful

18.) “He who would travel happily must travel light.” -Antoine de St. Exupery

19.) Sometimes you just have to put on your big girl panties and deal with it.

20.) Take pride in the fact that you are working with what you’ve got and doing what you can.

21.) It's not supposed to be easy.

22.) You will never regret showing as much appreciation as you can. 

23.) "It is a short season. But an important one. For all of you. 
You're an amazing wife and mother. Right now. 
I know the lost feeling when your time and body belong to others. But in a way you aren't really lost. Just a little off center." - My mum

24.) "Know your number one job is to hold the balance when your child cannot hold it for themselves - be able to be a calm rock with a ho-hum attitude toward their emotional excess to help the child learn." -Carrie of Parenting Passageway

26.) "Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most." A. Lincoln


28.) "Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff. -Catherine M. Wallace

29.) "A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around." -Edgar Watson Howe

30.) "The opposite of play isn't work, it's depression." -Brian Sutton-Smith

31.) "All know the way, but few actually walk it." -Bodhidharma

32.) The cracks are where the light gets in

33.) You don't have to like me, I have to like me.


Wishing you and yours a happy birthday to me!


  1. Happy Birthday, my darling daughter! Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday.