Friday, March 25, 2011

The happiest bug ...

Before ...
After ...

Little Moment with Lauren: “We love to laugh together. Her laugh is so contagious and once she starts - I start, and we laugh until it hurts. She has always been a very happy little girl. And at night when I would check on her (to make sure she was ok) - she would be asleep with a smile. In fact, she still sleeps with a smile! It’s only fitting that everything she draws has a smile too. In Lauren’s world, all things big and small are happy!”

Bug on Canvas by Tawna Allred!
For more details visit: Heirloom Children's Art

A love note (on canvas) ...

A few years ago, my son, Kaleb gave me a little love note and a few weeks ago, Tawna Allred had a contest on her website looking for children's art. The lucky winner would get a custom, canvas recreation of the artwork. Luckily, we won! And above is the canvas creation of my son's love note. So sweet...

Thanks Kaleb and Tawna for the gifts of love! :)

Kaleb - Fishing in Afton, Wyoming
I love you ... Thanks for being a 'rainbow' in my life!
PS - Do you have artwork by your children that you would like to have reproduced onto canvas? If so, visit this website and get all the details: Heirloom Children's Art

{Celebrating blog post # 400}

Tulips and Mountains ... (two of my favorite things)
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival / for more photos and tulip awe vist their website: TULIPS

I just realized that this is post number 400 on my blog! And ... I feel like celebrating! Looking back - When I started this blog, I hoped that my little thoughts, ideas, stories and dreams would touch someone. To my surprise - this little blog has reached thousands. :) Amazing what can happen when we dare to dream and DO!

Thank you for stopping in and for being a part of my 'little moments' ...

PS - Slow down and enjoy the beauty of this day! :)

All my love,

Sending tulips and sunshine your way!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It feels like spring ...

The sun is out today and it feels like spring ... And on beautiful days (like this one) there is nothing like being outside riding a bike! :)

PS - It's the little moments that matter - what will you do with today?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Little Moments" book buzz ...

Book cover - 2nd edition, paperback

Inside ...

One of my favorite segments ... Invite Happiness IN!

Book Buzz -

“Every once in a while a book comes along that really matters and this book does. The world needs more feel good, common sense, heartfelt books like, It's The Little Moments That Matter and more authors like Wendy Christensen who help us all appreciate a little bit more of what we already have.” ~Dana Robinson - Host of Spotlight

“What a great book – your words reminded me of many beautiful moments! You have brought your mother and I so much joy!” - Dad

“Reading your book was a happy time for me. It makes all the other happy moments come into focus and take center stage. I just this minute finished your book - my whole day will be more fun. "
- Jean J.

"I am absolutely in love with your book. I started reading last night and couldn't stop. It is so refreshing and energizing. It has completely changed my outlook on the little things. I am so grateful for your amazing insight. Thank you for writing such an awesome book and for helping me appreciate the world around me."
- Rachel K.

"Dear Wendy, I have been meaning to write and thank you for the beautiful book. I love what you have written and I read it as I am eating breakfast --good way to start the day! :)
Thanks again " ~ Emily C.

"Wow, I feel like going out and conquering the world." - Stacy M.

"An inspirational journey in self-discovery and a joyous celebration of life! This book will make you want to hug yourself." ~ Kersten Campbell, author of "Confessions of a Completely Insane Mother"

"What a darling book! ...Last night I read the chapter on hair extensions. OH MY! I was laughing so hard. Thanks for sharing your talents." ~ Kylene S.

PS: Amazing how much fun this little book has been and continues to be ... thanks for reading!

Find out how you can better enjoy the little moments in your life ...
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Friday, March 11, 2011

A long line of LOVE ...

The Evan and Bessie Call family

Life does not happen to us, it happens from us.
~Michael Wickett

Evan Call (my Grandpa) on a bike for 4 :) ...!!

My Grandma Call - In Afton, Wyoming ... She is truly one of my heroes.

At Christmas, my Mom gave me a little disc of photos. The other night, I had a few moments so I opened the images via my laptop and was surprised at the emotions the photos evoked.

Setting the scene -It was late, the house was quiet – everyone was asleep (except for me)… All I could hear was the little hum from my computer as I sat at my desk. For about an hour I devoured the photos and was inspired by the legacy of my ancestors.

Little history -My Mom comes from a family of 14 children. She was number 10. I am grandchild number 54 (give or take a few numbers). The photos from this Christmas gift disc were images of my Grandma and Grandpa Call’s life.

I laughed and cried as I enjoyed every moment from the past. And I couldn’t help but think – WOW! I have a lot to live up to. And then I went to that beautiful place of gratitude and had nothing but pure admiration for their love, their example and their hard work through the years.
They believed in family more than anything else.

Is there anything that really matters more?

Evan and Bessie Call
Afton, Wyoming
Families are forever.

The above photos (along with many others) are on display in the Call Heritage Museum in Afton, Wyoming. This museum is the old house in Afton where my Grandparents raised their amazing family and where I spent many summers as a kid. The museum opened last summer and I was able to go with my family and join 250 + relatives for a weekend reunion that I'll never forget!

Thanks Grandpa and Grandma for your legacy of love ...
I love you both.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Inside the little brown bag ...

My son, Kaleb, was sick at the beginning of the week and he missed school on Monday and Tuesday. Luckily, he was feeling good enough to hit the halls again on Wednesday. (He's in the seventh grade).

While making his lunch, I decided to drop in a little note. I smiled to myself as I dropped him off at the middle school as I imagined what he would do when he looked into the bag and saw a love note from his mom ...

After school, we were running a couple of errands and (out of the blue) he said, "I kept the note you gave me."

To my surprise, he pulled the note out of his sweatshirt pocket. It was a sweet moment and reminder that the kind things we do for each other matter.

They matter so much that we hold onto them and tuck them away to keep and remember later!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March ...

It's the first day of March ... and I find myself sitting here thinking about tulips, sunshine and SPRING! :)