Ain’t No ‘Body’ Like the One I’ve Got

Day 30~

Here we are….. the end of my 30 day challenge to be grateful for my body!  There were days I didn’t think it would come.  Days when the thoughts of posting about certain parts of my body seemed a little too much….. so I chose not to.  But others…. well, I gave in.

But here we are.  And did we cover everything?  Oh…. Heavens no!  But I think I covered the obvious ones and stretched on a few other things, but honestly?  Aren’t our bodies amazing?pg-photo-funhouse-human-body-01-full

Today I’m grateful for the whole package….. my entire body, because everything is connected and they don’t function well on their own.  One system depends on the other system working properly to be healthy.  The whole package wrapped up together.

I’m grateful my body parts are functioning on what appears to be a fairly healthy level right now.  Am I perfect?  No!  But I am on a journey to try and do what I can to make my body function even better.  I learn so much every day about how important my awareness is in all that.  The choices I make about what to eat, or whether or not to exercise or not (even a little) make a big impact on how my body functions.

I’m grateful for the technology that is available to help me learn and understand what I personally can do to be as healthy as I can be….. but mostly today….. I’m grateful for this amazing ‘house’ my spirit lives in.  There’s so much about it that I don’t know and understand, but I do understand what a miracle it all is!

Thank you, Heavenly Father for blessing me with a healthy body and for giving me the desire to want to take better care of it!

How about you?  Be grateful for your body and the amazing things it can do!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?



It’s All In The Heart

Day 29~

The heart.  Isn’t that where it all starts?  Isn’t that really who we are?

Besides being a vital part of how our bodies function, it really is the center of our emotions.  When someone experiences heart break, there really is a physical sensation that goes with that.  I remember going through that when I was in college and it was truly painful…. but my heart mended and my life lead me to things so much better for me. heart-quotes-131


Nobody views the heart merely as a blood pumping station, anymore. We know that the heart is an emotional organ and has a relationship with the “emotional brain.” Beside the emotions, could the heart also be an organ of intelligence that works in unison with the brain?

According to folk wisdom, the heart is the seat of intuition, love, creativity, wisdom, gratitude, faith and the like. The finest values and qualities are associated with the heart rather than the mind. How do we know this? We know it in our heart. But, is there a scientific basis for this intuitive knowledge?

The heart physically communicates with the brain and the rest of the body. The communication pathways, which originate in the heart, travel through the emotional memory section of the brain and go all the way to the top of the brain responsible for thinking and reasoning. The heart has a complex nervous system, with the capability to learn and remember.

So science shows that our hearts really are more than a pumping vehicle for our blood!  We really do feel with our hearts.

There are so many quotes regarding our heart being an emotional organ.  Like ‘open your heart’, ‘my heart goes out to you’, she wears her heart on her sleeve’, ‘follow your heart’, ‘love you with all my heart’ and SO many more.  I’m sure you could add to the list.

I’m so grateful for my heart.  Grateful for it’s capacity to let me love, and feel and even think.  For the life blood it gives me to live and breath!  Our heart is truly who we are!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

If You Chance to Meet a Frown…… SMILE!

Day 29~

When I was a little girl, I learned a song about smiling when you’re feeling bad.  The words go like this:

If you chance to meet a frown, do not let it stay!  
Quickly turn it upside down and smile that frown away.
No one likes a frowny face, change it for a smile!  
Make the world a better place by smiling all the while

Isn’t that a great little lyric?  Good advice for anyone!  

Sometimes when we feel bad, we need to try and do things to cheer ourselves up.  It may not always work, but trying to think about happier things can help.  Learning to have a positive attitude about everything can make all the difference.  The lyrics to the Nat King Cole song, SMILE explains that pretty well.


Smile though your heart is achingif-you-dont-have-a-smile-ill-give-you-one-of-mine
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

And being happy can rub off on other people!  My husband has a great smile and he smiles a lot.  People are always telling me that they notice that he smiles a lot and seems to always be happy.  He is a pretty happy go lucky guy… and it rubs off.  Smiling at others can cheer them up too.

I’m grateful for smiles.  For others who smile at me and for my own smile.  I do try to share it and help lift others up!   How about you?  Who have you smiled at today?

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


And of course…… when you smile, you’re Happy!  And minions always make me Smile!


Something to Talk About…..or Sing About

Day 26 & 27~

Crazy few busy days has got me behind again.  Thanksgiving prep and Thanksgiving take a lot of time and bring on some exhaustion!  But it was a great day with loved ones and friends near and full of many blessings!

I want to combine a couple of things again today.  In a way, I guess you could consider them the same thing, but I want to break them apart a little.  Since I am a singer and I like to talk a lot….. today I’m grateful for my voice and my vocal chords!

My voice I will consider partly as having a voice.  A voice in what I think, or what I want.  Being able to voice my opinion.  Isn’t freedom of speech a great thing?  I don’t consider myself one to be outspoken on many issues…..(at least not publicly) but I’m grateful that I can be if I so choose.

This is a photo of me singing to my husband at our wedding reception in 1979.
This is a photo of me singing to my husband at our wedding reception in 1979.

But having a voice…. one that makes sound, requires the use of vocal chords.  Apparently I was blessed with ones that can be very loud!  🙂  I was told many times when I was young that I was loud…. especially by my siblings.

Thankfully, I must have been blessed with a little of my Mom’s genes when it comes to my vocal chords because I’ve always been able to sing.  It’s just something that’s come naturally to me and has afforded me many opportunities to perform which I LOVE to do!  In fact, as I get older, I get fewer and fewer of those opportunities and I miss it terribly!  Especially this time of year!  I love singing Christmas music!  About 13 years ago, I made a quick little Christmas album just for fun for my parents.  Since that time I have shared it with several friends and they seem to like it.  Which brings me a lot of joy.

My voice and vocal chords are a part of my body that I use everyday, as I’m sure most of you do!  I’m grateful to have and use them.

As a way to start off your Holiday season…. I’d like to share a little video my husband put together with a song from my Christmas album.  It’s one of my favorites…. Amy Grant’s arrangement of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas…. but sung by me!!  I hope you enjoy it!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?



I’m A Woman….. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

Day 25~

I can’t think of a time in my life when I wasn’t happy that I was a woman.  Not once.  Which I’m grateful for.  Well…. OK… when it comes to all the time it takes to get ready for the day…… I do get a little jealous that my husband can be showered and ready to go in like 15 minutes….. but I still wouldn’t trade it!

So, because I’m grateful to be a woman…. today I’m grateful for my female body parts.  Though going through 16 hours of labor like I did with my firstborn wasn’t an easy thing to do….. I wouldn’t change the experience for anything.  I was lucky enough to be able to do it 2 more times.  And each time it got a little easier.

quote-i-m-very-definitely-a-woman-and-i-enjoy-it-marilyn-monroe-129273There’s nothing quite as amazing as the miracle of life growing within your womb.  It’s truly amazing.  When I had my kids…. the internet was a thing of the future, so I didn’t have all the information at my fingertips like we have now.  With technology being the way it is today, you can actually see the stages of the baby growing in the womb through ultra sounds and even artist renderings which I find very fascinating!

Then, through another miracle of our creator, woman was made to be able to feed and nurture that child.  Another amazing thing to me!  A very intimate and sweet experience with your own baby.  It creates a bonding like no other.

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have a child 3 times, and to now watch as my children are starting their own families.  What a joy it is to be a Grandma!  I’m a woman…. what a miracle my body is!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


This video is fascinating to me.  What a miracle.


Pain Is Your Friend

Day 24~

Really?  Pain is my friend?  Are you crazy Wanda?  Yep…. I’m a little crazy for sure, but I have learned over the years that pain IS my friend!

As many of you know that have followed me for a few years, I had a battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2012.  It was pain that got me to the emergency room that led to my diagnosis.  And it took several weeks of pain before I finally gave in.  I kept thinking (and hoping) the pain would go away.  By the time I got to a doctor and was completely diagnosed, it was at Stage 4 and in some of the vertebra in my back.   I don’t know if maybe it wouldn’t have gotten that far had I paid attention to the pain weeks earlier…. but it does make one wonder.  Luckily, it was very treatable and I am now in complete remission.  If you’re interested in reading about my journey with Hodgkins Lymphoma, go here.

o-BACK-PAIN-facebookPain is usually an indicator that there is something wrong that needs attention, perhaps even medical attention.  While some issues cause chronic pain and there isn’t always an easy solution to them, other pain is our body’s way of communicating to us that it’s time to admit, “Houston, we have a problem!”.  Like take for instance the pain signals the body sends out when it’s thinking about having a heart attack or a stroke.  Pay attention!

I’m by no means an expert on what physical pain is trying to tell you….. I just know that in most instances for me, my pain has indicated I needed some kind of help.  Even if slowing down and taking it easy was the answer for instance for a strained muscle.  It’s still not something to ignore.

Now, I’ve been talking about physical pain here….. but with time, most emotional pain can be a friend and a blessing too, if you allow it to be.  It’s usually a great learning lesson, though we may not see it at the time.  Very often, emotional pain needs help and attention from others too.

Today, I’m grateful my body gives me signals of physical pain.  It makes me know that I need to pay attention and try to figure out the problem.  What an amazing thing this body is!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


Open Arms

Day 23~

There’s nothing like being in the arms of a loved one….. or being the arms that are loving another!

I’m so grateful for my arms.  I’m grateful I can hold my loved ones with them. I use them to carry so many things and do so many things.  I already posted about my hands, but really, without my arms it would be hard to do all I do with my hands!hugs and arms

Let’s see…. let’s think of some of the things we do everyday using our arms (and hands, since they are attached).  Push ourselves up out of a chair, help ourselves with bathroom needs, get ready for the day, cook, clean, play piano, drive, exercise, play sports, crafting, creating, gardening, typing, working, serving…… I could obviously go on!  We all use our arms and hands for different things, so the list could be extensive.  Point being…… that we use them pretty much every hour of every day!

But for me, probably one of the most rewarding and satisfying ways to use my arms is to love someone.  Hugging my husband, holding my grandbaby…. those are some of the things that mean the most in life!

This is the time of year when most of us are blessed to spend time with family and friends.  A time to be thankful for them and a time to use our arms to hug them!

Let’s show some gratitude for our arms and see how many hugs we can give this Thanksgiving week!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

Hey…. 98.6!

Wow….. sitting in a cold theater, or restaurant makes me grateful for my own body heat!  How cold would I be without it?  Yowza.

My husband will tell you that I’m always cold.  Which seems to be true.  Let’s just say when I’m freezing, he’s comfortable.  I think that’s kind of a woman vs. man thing.  At least that’s the excuse I use.  But it seems to get worse as I get older.

Even though at times I’m colder than I like, I’m grateful for means to keep my body temperature at an endurable level.  Thank heavens for coats, jackets, shoes and hats!  And on the flip side of temperature…. thank heavens for air conditioning!  body thermal

But even without all that stuff…. our bodies are made to try and regulate our body heat to stay within certain boundaries.  Unless we are in extreme temperatures, it does it’s best to regulate itself.  After all, isn’t that what sweat if for?  To cool us off after our bodies have been heated up?  It does it’s best to give us warning signs that we are overheated or getting cold.  Then it’s up to us to do what we need to to help it along.

Thermoregulation.  That’s the technical term.  I’m grateful for my body heat!  And I understand new technology is being developed to use our own body heat to charge our electronic devices!  Now that’s just crazy….. but how handy could that be?  Check it out here.  Who knew it would ever come to that?  Certainly not me!!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


High Zygomatic Bones

Day 21~

Wow.  This one is kind of vain, I guess.  I can’t seem to find a lot of information on what cheekbones are actually for…. other than the structure of our face, which again is another thing that makes us each unique.High-Cheekbones

I guess, in considering what I like about my body, being grateful for things that I naturally have that help to make me look more attractive is an OK thing to state.  It just seems like cheekbones is a funny thing to pick!

I have been told over the years that I have high cheekbones.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“High cheekbones refers to the zygomatic bones in the face of primates, which in certain individuals may be more pronounced than others, causing the upper part of the cheeks to jut out and form a line cut into the sides of the face. High cheekbones, forming a symmetrical face shape, are very common in fashion models and are considered a beauty trait.[1] High cheekbones develop with maturity and are a sign a woman is old enough to be capable of reproduction.[1] According to Cartwright, in males prominent facial features such as high cheekbones and a strong jaw and chin are a sign of a high level of testosterone and are considered attractive physical traits in many cultures.[2]”

So I guess I like my zygomatic bones!  (LOL  Sounds like I’m bragging about ‘Greased Lightning’!)  But I think I’m long past that reproduction phase they mentioned in the definition…..

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This is a sketch of myself and the women I sing with. I’m in the center. As you can see, the artist felt my cheekbones were very pronounced and sketched it as such.

Though I’ve never thought myself to have really pronounced cheekbones, I do try to make them more pronounced when I apply my makeup.  You can see by the sketch I attached, that the friend that drew this saw my cheekbones as quite pronounced!  (I’m the one in the center)  Though this was drawn several years ago, I don’t think we’ve changed much.  (wink wink….)

I’m grateful to have another feature on my face that I feel makes me attractive.  But from now on, I’m calling them my zygomatic bones!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

Who’s Fingerprint Sherlock?

Day 20~

While our face is the way most people recognize us, it can be altered or changed to make us look different.  One distinguishing factor on our bodies that cannot be changed is our fingerprints.  It is one way that we can be identified if all other ways have been extinguished.sherlock

For criminals…. fingerprinting may not be something they like.  Criminal investigators have been lifting fingerprints from crime scenes for many years.  But for the rest of us, they can be a blessing!

The newer technology allows the use of fingerprints to open our devices and keep them safe from use by other people (unless of course they know your code).  I find this a wonderful feature when using my new iPhone.  (I only wish my iPad had the same thing on it because I keep my finger on the start button for a few seconds before I realize that I’m not on my phone and that I need to type my security code.)  Many businesses use this technology as security for entrance into parts or all of their business locations.

I’m grateful for my fingerprints…. that I can use it for security purposes on my devices, and as a unique way to identify me.  A few years ago when I was a substitute teacher, I had to have a background check done on me and as part of that, they took my fingerprints.  I suppose they are in police records now, but that could be a good thing if anything horrific were to every happen to me!fingerprint art

Besides….. haven’t you ever seen finger print art?  It looks like it could be fun and entertaining!  Just google fingerprint art and you’ll be amazed at the things people have done!

Now aren’t your grateful for your fingerprints?

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?