Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Can I Speak My Mind?


Hello, Dear Ones.
Today's post is going to be a little different.
No Fall vignettes yet, no more grandbaby snaps 
and no cookies.

 Don't we love to receive comments? I know I do. I thank you all who take the time to comment on my posts. Some of you comment through email and that's okay too. And, I get some emails from you asking me a question or little personal things.

 That's what my post is about today.
Emails.
A blogger emailed me to say she thought I was just 'too happy' in my posts and I needed to 'get real'. She said she thought if I would 'be more real and tell more about my ups, downs and struggles people would enjoy my blog more.'

 I have to admit this did hurt my feelings a little. 
Well, more than a little.
But I got over it and have been thinking about my blog and what I'm trying to say.

 I have not lived a charmed life, 
although I know my life has been blessed by God and I try to live my life for Him. 
I have had issues happen in my life that would curl your hair or make it straight like it did to mine! :)

 I have had heartaches in my life. 
I've been mistreated, been made fun of, had health issues and scares.
I have had my heart ripped out when my children have been harmed.


 Just like most of you, I've been knocked down at times but have struggled to get up and continue living.

I am a happy person by nature and try to look on the bright side.
I've been called a Pollyanna and that's okay too.
I want my blog to bring joy to you.
I know I'm silly most of the time but that's just who I am.
Take me or leave me and I hope you won't leave me.

I'm just not one to wear my feelings on my sleeve. Sure all my days are not rosy and sparkly but I do believe I have a choice each day as to how I'm going to live my live and I do choose joy and happiness.
But if I need you to pray for me or my family, I come right here because I know blogland is filled with some mighty prayer warriors.

I really think this email was good for me as it gave me cause to look at my blog content 
and look at who I am and what I want to say.
Our blogs belong to us and we just need to be ourselves and post as we feel. 

I do hope the blogger who emailed me will read this post and understand that my wish for my little blog is to bring a little joy, happiness and hopefully a little sunshine in your day now and then.

You're all a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

That's What Friends Are For

And I never thought I'd feel this way
And as far as I'm concerned
I'm glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try to feel
The way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Well, you came and opened me
And now there's so much more I see
And so by the way I thank you

Whoa, and then for the times when we're apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
These words are comin' from my heart
And then if you can remember, oh

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for

Whoa... oh... oh... keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, oh, for sure
'Cause I tell you that's what friends are for
For good times and for bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for (That's what friends are for)

On me, for sure
That's what friends are for
Keep smilin', keep shinin'

~ sung by Dionne Warwick





137 comments:

  1. <<>>> I have received emails. It makes you want to go hit the "delete blog" button sometimes. I, too, have decided to (mostly) leave personal things out of my blog. It is my place to escape from the worries of the day...and if others don't like it..they don't have to follow my blog!!

    Know for every ONE bad comment/email you get...from someone who probably just had a bad day... that there are many of us that love you...just the way you are....so don't change a thing!!

    and more <<>> cause you can't ever have too many!!!

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  2. Hmmm....most blogs are mostly positive. Which is one reason why we follow and enjoy. I hope I never get a bad comment, but if I do, I'll understand that everyone sees things diffently. Makes the world go round. But would hurt my feelings a bit. You make me smile all the time!

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  3. I love your blog and I hope you never change a thing! I LOVE the songs at the end and your joyful nature. There are quite a few blogs I visit for various reasons, which I won't go into, and yours always makes me smile.
    Keep on singing, Sister!
    Have a great day!

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  4. Shelia, stay your sweet self. I loved the photos in your post.

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  5. aww Miss Sheila..Be Happy, thats why we love ya..

    I get emails to once in awhile asking me if I should be so Opinionated about a few issues. I always answer YES :) I we cant be ourselves and share as we choose then why bother to post at all..

    stay as ya are and SMILE.

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  6. One glance at that happy, perky, smiling face of yours ~~ we know what drives you, and we love it!!!

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  7. I love you and I love your blog - never, ever change, it is totally perfect just as it is. Your pictures are gorgeous and your words ... ah, your words never cease to bring joy to my day, regardless of the "reality" of my day. You make me smile or even laugh so often. I missed your posts so much when you were on vacation recently and was thrilled the day a new post popped up in my sidebar. So just keep on doing what you do because there are tons of us who love you. Hugs ~ Mary

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  8. You make my life happy, pretty lady from NOTE SONGS..you are sweet, fun and warm and that's just why I love you and your blog, you are one of my very special bloggers and when I don't see you around?..I immediately miss you! Keep been yourself, as I am a happy person by nature TOO..we weren't promised a "Rose Garden",(like the song) in this life..so better smile thru it all!! Big hugs and I luv ya!!
    FABBY

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  9. Miss Sheila, every time I read a post here or a comment you have left on our blog, I smile! YOU bring a joy to so many people and for anyone to try to change that is just absurd and hurtful. The way you approach life with zeal and a desire to serve God is so evident and you just keep on being YOU...because there's only one Sheila and we love her! :-)
    Big hugs to you friend,
    Vanessa

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  10. In my opinion, you are one of Blogland's shining stars. I've read blogs where people are willing to spill their guts with too much personal info, and describe every depressing detail of financial woes and hard times, and some actually seeking monetary help. That doesn't sit right with me. Some people show every square inch of their homes, again, a little mystery is a good thing. And sometimes I think people can covet other people's stuff and even their lives, without knowing a darn thing about them. Stay just the way you are, Shelia, you and your blog are wonderful. xo

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  11. I keep coming back to be uplifted. Do not change a thing!

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  12. Shelia I am a bit of a Pollyanna myself and just plan to keep it that way! I'm who I am and like you it is reflected on my blog. I have begun occasionally to share some personal issues and ask for prayer but most of the time, I'm just darn happy! Your blog is one I look forward to for your sunny outlook and always,ALWAYS sweet words! Thank you for being you! Hugs, Linda

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  13. Shelia, you *are* you and that's what people love abut you! I personally want to be lifted up not down, and I don't feel I need to know anyone's personal issues to enjoy or be blessed by what they do. You are a blessing, a light that shines brightly, and an encourager in a world too full of negativity and mean intentions. You share what you want to share knowing that's what people love about you. Thank you for being so positive:-)

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  14. Now, Shelia, you KNOW how much I love you and your blog! Don't you change a single thing!! Your happiness is one of the things that makes me click over whenever I see a new post from you! You are, obviously, living out God's purpose for your life. And if that means bringing some sunshine into the lives of others, so be it!!

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  15. Tears are stinging my eyes as I write this Shelia but for good reasons. Firstly each of us who owns a Blog has the total right to do with it as we please. If it doesn't 'fit' or 'please' a "Follower" then I hope that they will simply move on if its not for them. Secondly I have different reasons for following blogs which are totally different to each other in content and the way with which they are presented. My choice, my reasons to follow. Thirdly, I am experiencing some very dark days in my life at present and if your beautiful sunny face and your gorgeous blog ceased to be there for me to get a 'happy lift' I swear I would cry buckets of tears. The person who wrote the email really isn't blessed with a lot of intellect and the reason is simple - funny isn't it how the 800+ rest of us can figure out that you 'choose' to only air what you wish to on your Blog and, that your emphasis is on 'happy', 'cheerful' 'pretty'.
    Well dear Shelia, aside from the fact that you are 'normal' and 'human' like the rest of us and cop your fair share of knocks and heartaches that make up 'life', I think you are utterly delightful; I would 'hang out' with you any day and I instinctively know that you would give me all of your cookies if I had none.
    Hugs Rose

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  16. Firstly, my friend, no one has to read your blog. I have found myself moving away from a blog if the content bothers me. Move away. I don't criticize that blogger in any way. I enjoy your posts and your southern good nature and humor. Your's is the type of blog that I'm drawn to. Don't let yourself be too bothered by the sort of criticism that your e-mailer gave you. Just be yourself. If there comes a time when you need to unburden yourself, we'll be here to listen and encourage you!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  17. This is your blog, Sheila, and you have the right to do with it what you want. I like your happiness here. There are so many out there who have a lot on their plate and it helps to stop by a blog like yours because it makes you feel good. I am like you, I prefer to keep my blog as upbeat as possible. All is not rosy in my world all the time either but I like to think on the positive side of things, Philippians 4:8. Things can always be worse! Sending you hugs.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. I love your blog--just the way you do it!! Delete those emails that bring you down--they aren't worth a minutes time. I hope the emailer was having a bad day and you were jut the unlucky receiver. Be you-be your own style of blog-be happy and content in what you do-and don't let any one else who doesn't even know you bring you down!Know that so many others love what you do and how you do it. Thanks.....

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandy! I appreciate your kindness.
      You're a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  19. Well, one of the things I love most about your blog is how happy you make me feel by reading it. Happiness is contagious and I agree that it is a choice that you make. I know not all days can be happy, but you don't have to pour out your soul on your blog every time you're feeling down either. That just pulls other people down. I wouldn't worry too much about one comment by someone you don't even know! I believe you can't please all of the people all of the time, just some of the people some of the time. That motto works for me! Furthermore, I can't believe someone even bothered to tell you to change your blog content. It's your blog, if they don't like it, then there are 10 trillion others they can go check out! Enough said!

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  20. Oh my that saddens me to know someone would send a comment to you like that. The first thing a person figures out about you is that you give off happy vibes! I agree with you 100% about only sharing what you want and not putting every detail out there. Keeping some things a mystery is important. Just because we chose to share some things about ourselves doesn't mean we are willing to give every intimate detail. I say if you don't like a person's blog then move on. I hope that person is reading all of these remarks and realizes what a foolish thing they've done. Don't change a thing! Be yourself and never compromise!
    Hugs, Liz

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  21. Keep showing your shiny, happy personality - we love you for that!!! Sally

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  22. Shelia I love the person you are so don't ever change and definitely don't change how you blog!! You put a smile on my face all the time when I read your posts and when you leave me your sweet comments! Don't worry about that one e-mail, we can't please everyone and if they don't like a blog then they should just move on and say nothing!

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  23. Sheila, Your blog always makes me smile. No matter what is going on, I know I can get a smile by reading it. I often find myself singing the song you leave at the end. I personally don't feel it is anyone's business what anyone else decides to blog about. It's very easy to click away, or not go there in the first place. People can be so hurtful. I don't agree with everything everyone does, but I don't have to, and like the others have said, Our blog belongs to Us. We can have it anyway we like it. Keep smiling and singing, and spreading cheer in a troubled world! We love you!

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  24. I don't know what to say, some people are just miserable in their lives and I guess feel everyone should be as pitiful as they are..Please don't change a thing about you or your blog hun; As long with many others I love reading your cheerful stories and the pics of that beautiful grandbaby.

    Hugs, Shar

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  25. well, I guess something is really off in her world. Sad really. I for one am glad for your joy, you write what you want, when you want, we all love you just the way you are!! I know people who are generally unhappy and they tend to avoid good things, In the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp- the dogs are all sitting in the pound howling. One says "miserable being must find more miserable being....then, is happy" I have someone in my life that is like that, she sucks the life out of me, and I feel sad for her.
    Your a sweet example of how to enjoy life, keep that up, tonight I will say a prayer for your commenter, perhaps she needs some.

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  26. I love your blog! It is a ray of sunshine to my sometimes hectic day! Joy comes from within! It isn't dependent on our circumstances. Thank you for choosing Joy!

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  27. Shelia, you are the sweetest person!! I love coming over to your blog it always cheers up my day! I may not comment on each post but I try to come around when I get time. Having a 3 year old and being pregnant doesn't always allow me to spend as much time as I'd like :) It is your blog and you blog the way you want. I haven't yet received any nasty emails but I am sure we all will at some point in blogging. I couldn't imagine emailing someone and telling them to quit being so happy.. Ridiculous!! Carry on with your happiness!! :)

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  28. Sheila, I absolutely love your uplifting blog, and your sweet, kind, positive spirit! I know that when I hit that link to visit your blog, I'm going to be greeted by a post that brings a smile, through the joy you exude! Please know that you are loved, just the way you are! Your outlook is a testament, that with all you have endured in life, you still have joy ...and I think that just has to be a God thing! He shines through you! :)

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  29. Hi darrling, well said..wouldn't change a thing about you. You're one of the most real bloggers I know...hugs ~lynne~

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  30. My gosh, I am stunned that someone would be so rude to you in an email.....you don't have to follow blogs that you don't like, so move on, don't be hurtful!!!

    Personally, I love you and your blog!!! Joyful and uplifting, that's you all the way, why would you change your personality??? I look forward to all your posts, you make me smile and I too will sing your song during the day....bless you sweet child!!! hugs...cleo

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  31. Shelia,
    I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog this year! After reading this today I just want you to know that I thoroughly enjoy every little word, detail and song you add to your posts! Since following you I feel I have come to know a sweet and wonderful woman I can enjoy through the world of blogging! Thank you for being YOU!!!

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  32. I know I'm one of the last to respond here, but I must say that your blog, in particular, is one that I enjoy most. You were one of the first to follow me, and you always leave a comment. I can't say how much I appreciate that. You keep on being you, my dear. You are much, MUCH appreciated by so many. BRAVA!
    Nancy

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  33. Arrrrrrrrrrgh, Shelia!

    Don't you DARE change one thing about yourself.

    What is going on?

    This is the second blogger friend of mine who has been insulted in the last few weeks.

    With as many comments and followers as you have, you are obviously doing something very right, my friend. I wouldn't listen to that person. Listen to US. We read every word you type and love it and YOU.

    If you change one thing about your happy, silly, funny self, I am going to be MAD as a wet magpie. And that's not a pretty sight. No, Shelia, we love and adore you and don't want you to change. There's enough change in the world without one of my favorite sunny spots in the world trying to be all somber and serious. NO. That is not YOU. YOu are sunshine. Keep on shining. You do it WELL.

    Love you to pieces...

    XO,

    Sheila

    I adore you just the way you are, and I love your happy attitude.

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  34. Shelia,I think there are some very unhappy people in this world and some who are just bitter. I don't want you to change one bit. I love you just the way you are. I so enjoy coming to visit and enjoy your sense of humour and the way you write. I love your songs you post at the end,and always tell my hubby what song you have posted this week as he loves all the old ones.
    Please Please don't change your lovely blog. xx hugs.

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  35. Shelia, when I think of you & your blog an old hymn comes to mind, "Let Others See Jesus In You". You are a ray of sunshine to me. I would like to think if I lived close to you we would be friends in real life. Your happy posts keep me coming back. Also, the comments you leave on my blog are so special & appreciated. Everyone knows that each person's life is not perfect & we all face challenges. Don't change a thing about your blog, my friend. Thank you for spreading happiness and sunshine.

    Smiles & Hugs,
    Carol

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  36. The reason I visit here-with you- is because of how you write, what you write about, your lovely photos, and mainly--- Just Because You Are You !!
    I always smile at a photo or something cute you say... Don't let somebody rain on your parade Girl !! You do this thing how You want it done !!
    xoxo
    Karen

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  37. Shelia, this is your blog and you can do whatever you intend it to be...I find your blog inspiring with your cheerful and joyful spirit that you care to share with others... keep smiling:) XOX

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  38. You are a wonderful caring person Sheila and your blog reflects just that! I love and enjoy my every visit with you so please don't change a think! Enjoy your day my friend, Gail

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  39. Shelia,
    Don't change a thing! Your blog is a breath of fresh air. If anyone needs doom, gloom and troubles, just turn on the TV! Just stay you!!!
    Sandy

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  40. I'm sorry to hear someone sent you that e-mail Sheila. I think one of the highest compliments is when someone says they enjoy visiting because my blog is a "safe, happy place". Your blog is a happy place too! Please continue to post that which makes you happy and feel good:@)

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  41. Well said, Shelia! I always leave with a smile on my face after reading your blog. :@

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  42. oh my word, don't you dare change just for her do you hear me? there's song that says " this happy face that I'm wearing, the world did't give it to me & the world can't take it away, yes we all have ups & downs but, there are way too many people out there that like to take pleasure in other peoples pain, when God prompts to share something then we share, when someone can say about us that we're the same inside church as we are outside of church, that's as real as it gets & is'nt that what's it all about, not being fakey? I pray that she comes to the knowledge of knowing what true joy of the Lord is, Matt.7:6 warns us not to share too much for the world wasn't with us when we went through things to acheive sweet victory, I know you know all this (((hugs)))) I'm here if you need to talk or vent
    Helen

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  43. Another vote for a "safe, happy place". I look on your blog as a place of retreat.

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  44. Your blog always makes me smile, every time - that is why I keep coming back! In a world where there is so much to be sad, concerned, and cautious about, you and some other fine bloggers are a bright spot for me!! Why should all of our dirty laundry be aired on our blogs? We are each human and have our difficulties, why not choose to be positive, as you have so elegantly done.

    You are doing a fine job of providing a happy place that readers can visit and smile about what we are reading. We feel good when we read your blog!! Yes, there are some prayer warriors in blog land, and I am grateful for them!!! Please keep doing the excellent job that you are doing, we enjoy it!!!!

    Pollyanna was one of my favorite books when I was a girl. I read it over and over. again and again! Thanks for providing a place where readers can come to read, see lovely pictures, get inspiration, enjoy silliness sometimes, and read the lyrics from a song that brings happy memories, feel good after leaving your blog, and all of the wonderful things that you are responsible for. You are having a positive impact, not a negative one. What more could one ask for? (((hugs)))

    Also, not only does your blog make me smile, but your comments make me smile too!!!!!

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  45. Hi Sheila,
    You handled that situation very, very, well with your comments. There is a saying "Hurting people, hurt people." And I sense that the person that wrote you that email is hurting in some way and does not know how to receive peace into their lives. I am so thankful that you shared what has given you joy in your life in spite of the difficulties that come in all our lives: and that is God. I pray that this person will find that peace also because then they will understand this "joy unspeakable and peace that passes all understanding" that you, I and many others have. Please remain your sweet, Pollyanna self. I've been called "Anne of Green Gables" for my positive look on life...so there ya go. :-)
    I LOVE your blog and enjoy reading it so much, thank you for allowing the Lord to use you, for you are blessing many.
    Veronica

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  46. Your a beautiful person, and it shows thru your blog. Don't change a thing about your blog or the way you post! I think you can see from all of the comments that you bring lots of smiles in blogland :)

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  47. Shelia, I rarely if ever commment but I do read all of your blog posts. I love how you focus on the positive--just makes me happy when I visit your blog!

    Jeanie from Missouri

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting to me today and I really do appreciate you.
      You are a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  48. Hi Sheila, your blog is wonderful! Don't change a thing. What's wrong with being happy and positive-I think it brings joy to your followers. Keep doing what you're doing and have a great day!
    -Lynn

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  49. Shelia, I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. It has happened to me also and it just stays in your mind and in your heart. You are always such a sweet and caring person and not only I love your blog, I also love the wonderful comments you always leave me. You are like a ray of sunshine! I love your happiness and the way you make others feel through your caring words. Do NOT change a thing about you or the way you write your blog! You are the best!

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  50. Shelia, I love your blog, and I am sorry that someone is trying to bring you down. I like it that you chose not to give (I am assuming it is a her) that power. Eleanor Roosevelt said that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent! And as far as happiness goes, our brilliant founding fathers knew that the right to the pursuit of happiness is a God-given right. One cannot possibly pursue happiness if he/she is constantly dwelling on the negatives.

    You go, girl, and don't change your blog unless you are inspired to do so....

    Blessings!
    Ricki Jill

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  51. Our blogs are just that OUR BLOGS. I love yours! We can share what we we want. I look forward to upbeat blogs and understand that don't want to share I respect that. And I am always here if you need any extra prayers:) Keep up your great blog. I always enjoy reading it:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  52. I love your blog and the happiness you bring. I personally think that was a really mean email, I hope you just continue to be you. I don't think we all need to air our laundry all over the place. Blogging is suppossed to be fun. Hugs, Marty

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  53. Sheila,

    Please, do not change a thing about your blog. You ROCK! This is the reason we visit you!
    And remember to press the DELETE button when you need...I do.

    Hugs,

    Gabriela

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  54. Shelia, I've seen this subject discussed several times lately and it kind of bugs me. This blog is your space and nobody elses. Like you, I do not wish to share the tough parts of life too much because blogging is a time that I don't have to think about those. We all have hardships, that's no secret. It doesn't mean we have to dwell on them all the time. I really hope that person (who meant well, I'm sure) didn't hurt your feelings. I love your sweetness and silliness. I love knowing you are my fellow Texan too. :)

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  55. Oh Shelia, I had to come back and say that I hope you know I love the songs you share every day too. Can't tell you how many times they've stuck in my head and I go around singing all day.

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  56. Oh, Shelia, I love your blog just the way it is!
    People are so funny. As if we want to change who we are so we'll get more readers.
    I don't know if I'd keep blogging if no one ever commented but I've never been concerned about having followers!

    No one has said anything to me about my blog voice but in 3D life, yes, I've even been told that I'm a *dishonest* person because I don't talk about my problems or "speak my mind"! Ha-ha!

    If I'm going to talk about my problems, it's going to be to my family or closest friends. I'm private that way- plus I want to have the best possible out look on my problems and I don't want bad advice! Ha-ha!

    I'd much rather be a Pollyanna than the grumpy old lady who wanted to die! Let the grumpy old ladies enjoy their grumpy old selfs and we pollyanna's will be glad together!

    (HUG)

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  57. Hi Shelia, I love your blog just the way it is. I can't tell you how many mornings I have felt sad and down but your blog always brings a smile to my face. If you are trying to bring joy to peoples lives you absolutely do that to mine. It is your blog and no one else should tell you how it should be. Take care friend...Sue in Ohio.

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  58. Why do you give 1 grumpy person so much of your attention and allow them to upset you? Don't give away that much of your power. Who is this person to make judgments on anyone's content or say what others want to read? No One!! Just ignore the grouches and do what you want to do. After all, it is YOUR blog. If someone wants different content, let them go through the work of writing their own site and leave themselves open to critique. Don't let one "bad apple" affect you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and you're so right - I shouldn't let one negative one get me down. You've made me feel better.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  59. Oh, well, let me speak my mind. Nothing gets me more riled than someone who thinks they should tell someone else what they should do with their blog. I hope you deleted it....I try never to say hurtful things to people. It happens at times, without me realizing it but I don't do it on purpose. I read blogs where it is sad and gloom...REALITY to them. And usually I don't go back often if that is the constant tone.
    You are correct. We all have trials, frustrations, pains (I have my Teal blog for that and cancer) .....we don't have to tell the world everything. That is what the Lord is there for!!!
    And it is our blog. We write what we want....if they want to read it, fine, if NOT, there are plenty of whiney blogs out there....go find one!
    Well, Shelia, you probably didn't know I could speak my mind. I try not to do it too often, as I need the little bit I have left. Excuse me now, while I go take a calm down pill!!!
    I am getting ready to fly off to Denver. You keep your precious blog just how it is. You KNOW who your friends are.

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  60. Shelia,
    Be a sweetie..the one we all love and adore! As your blog title Note Songs...I'll leave you with this Song refrain..."I LOVE you just the way you are"!!! AND...I'm NOT leaving!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  61. Shelia, don't change a thing. I love your blog because you are so upbeat and cheerful and you bring a smile and happiness to our day. Be Yourself! God bless you my friend. I love you just the way you are! Hugs, Pamela

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  62. Sheila...oh my sweet friend.....Love your blog and everything about you. It is your blog lady! Do like ya want to...when ya want to...and say what ya want too! I love happy! I love being Real! And I love you dear sister in the Lord.
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  63. Shelia
    I read your blog regularly but don't always comment. But today I wanted to tell you that I hope you don't change your blog one bit! As bloggers we do want to share the uplifting things in our lives, but it doesn't mean we don't have our own problems.
    Frankly, I find it bad taste to go into the nitty gritty details of ones problems. Maybe that's just me. However, I am happy to pray for any blogger friends who ask for prayer and am so thankful when many of you have prayed for me in my needs.
    So, please, keep doing what your doing and just ignore the ugly e-mail you received.
    Take care-Kimberly

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  64. I love you just the way you are. Now and forever. After all, you are my sister.♥

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  65. I love your blog! I don't do personal on my blog. It is "mine" almost like a diary for me. It is lovely that people read and want to comment I adore them all. I am not about how many followers I have or how many comments. I am so greatful for other uplifting blogs and just to get ideas and relax and yours is one of them! Grace xoox

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  66. Sheila, I find your happy spirit uplifting and THAT is just what I need. Keep it up. love ya, Olive

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  67. I love you Sheila, your blog makes my life better!!
    You have the joy of the Lord and the deposit of the the Holy Spirit in your life and that is why you are positive ! To those who do not have the blessed hope of eternal redemption life is bitter and the cross is foolishness to them, they cannot understand...
    I am sending you a big hug and am very happy to know you via your blog.
    Love, Lorraine

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  68. Sheila....I love coming here which I don't very often only because I am not blogging lately at all! You are the spring in our step....the frosting on our cakes...you are a lovely, lovely, woman who DOES try to see the good in all. You are one of God's children and you never let him forget that (praise God....and you do it without driving it down peoples throats. Don't ever change who you are because of one person's views of you. She doesn't know you from Adam. Isn't it just like us to get 40 or 50 comments that are all positive and one that's a bit negative and that's the one we focus on! I do that too!! Egad! That's me...wanting to please all and we can't please all...nor should we want to really. You're the best my friend and as long as your higher power knows it....who cares what that blogger says!! As they say....If God be for you...who be against you? Keep up the great work....we love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. Wow Sheila, how strange to recieve an email from a person who thinks you are unreal. I hope they read this, because life is too short
    and we need to enjoy it more. You bring alot of cheer and happiness to others. Don't change a thing.

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  70. I love your blog for who you are and your personal style. I agree with your perspective and Philippians 4:8 came to mind as I read your post: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

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  71. Shelia, What a wonderful post! You expressed yourself so well, I could see myself in your words. We all have our ups and downs in life, and myself - I enjoy reading the blogs I follow to be entertained, educated, have a laugh, be amazed at bloggers creativity, and so much more. If someone needs a shoulder to lean on or a prayer - I'm there, but I don't think most us are looking for misery when surfing blogland. Keep up your great blog & posts! ((hugs)) Pam

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  72. I've never commented before, but I love your blog. I started reading it because I collect roosters too. Now I read it because it always brings a little smile to my day and sometimes we just need that. Thank you for blog and keep those happy posts coming!

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      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  73. I wanted to write a comment telling you how much I look forward to reading your blog, but I see 73 others have commented before me! Wow! Stay as you are, my dear! Your posts always lift me up!

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  74. Wow! I am glad to know such a "real" sweet, kind, POSITIVE person!!! I have been on a blogging break and you are one of the friends I missed. Don't let someone's snarky comment hurt your feelings. Your being told you are "too happy" reminds me of something my husband was told years ago. His girlfriend-before-me broke up with him because he was "too nice!" Her loss - my gain! :D You are loved you just the way you are!

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  75. Your Blog is one of my favortites.Please don't let one persons opion change the way you blog. You have brightend my day so many times, when i did'nt even know I needed it. No body can steal your Joy!!!!God Bless you and remember there are more people out here that love you and your blog.Donna

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      You are a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  76. This is YOUR blog and you can post whatever you want to post. I'm just lucky I found you and regularly check to see what you are doing. I love your joyful outlook and quirky sense of humor.

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      Shelia :)

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  77. Oh, Shelia...it's as if I wrote this. If people knew of some of the things I have gone through, am going through, it would curl their hair! But it's my choice to keep things pleasant on my blog and it's a place for me to write about the things I am blessed with. No, it's not all hearts and roses, but it's nobody's business but mine. If we appear too "happy", maybe that's just how we like to celebrate life. I hope this blogger was just having an off day. She should apologize.

    XO,
    Jane

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  78. I like your blog just the way it is and love your cheerful personality. I hope you won't let that email bother you one bit more.

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  79. I'm trying not to read your comments but I know I won't be saying anything 'original' here. OF COURSE I hope this person reads your post! You explained yourself perfectly....and how you live your life! To reach our age, you've had some hard times and bad things happen. Such is life. I have so much in common with you that I gasped a few times when I read what you wrote. I have not shared some of the bad times and hardships I've experienced on my blog....or even with some of my closest friends. I try not to dwell on them and I'm like you, I smile a lot and love my life! I give God thanks each and every day and I hope my blog reflects my personality. Yours sure does! I am blessed to have you for a friend! We would be CRAZY SILLY if we ever got together! And we could SING...and DANCE! heehee! I love your blog! You're doing everything exactly right! Keep up the good work...or 'play'! Sweet southern hugs, Diane

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  80. Hello Shelia~I had a gamete of emotions racing through my heart and mind while reading your words. I feel very protective over those I've come to know, who bring a constant joy to my life.
    When someone comes in soliciting hurtful advice under the guise of constructive criticism, on how to operate "YOUR" blog is like some eerie stranger coming off the street entering my home. It's obvious this person doesn't know you and how many friends who look to your blog as a soft place to fall. This person would be better off picking up a newspaper.
    As for me I rather pay a visit with my friend Shelia for some "real life" happiness!

    You're the first person I thought of when I ventured through the Palm Spring (CA) Rivera hotel restroom and snapped a pic of myself. I was laughing so hard at the thought...you would have been right by my side enjoying this photo opt.

    You continue just as you always have...true to yourself <3
    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  81. See....we all love you just the way you are! You know that saying....misery loves company? Well, maybe this holds true for the person that left the comment. You are cheerful, sweet, caring, and most of all genuine. I agree, don't change a single thing. ((HUGS)) ~Liz

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  82. Sheila, lo primero que me gusto cuando comencé a entrar en el post fue siempre su sonrisa y que es una persona muy alegre. No cambie nunca, uno siempre tiene que mostrar lo que es y no ocultarlo. Sigue adelante y no te desanimes. La persona que escribió debe tener alguna necesidad de cariño también. Saludos

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      Be a sweetie,
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  83. Oh my goodness! Are you kidding me? Too happy? In this world? We can always count on feeling uplifted when we visit you....or you visit us! Who would WANT to change that? Not me you can be certain. This is the way I feel about blogging and visitors. I'm happy to have visitors stop by....love it if they like what's there....but if they don't...that's ok too they can click out and move on to whatever floats their boat. I won't tell anybody what to post...or not to post. But if I don't want to read it....I just move on...It's really simple folks...like changing the channel if you don't want to watch the program. We love you Shelia...just the sweet way you are...and those of us who love you....would never ask you to change one pretty little hair on your head or happy thought on your blog! If someone wants grumpy and miserable, they can just go someplace else. They're wrong....we couldn't love you and your Note Songs more!

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  84. Insane person whoever they were.....I don't always have time to stop by your blog but I see that smiling face of yours on Facebook all the time and love it....You make me smile and if that's a crime then that person it just an idiot....I didn't post for a long time just because of other things going on in my life....a daughter who got divorced....a granddaughter that we thought had been kidnapped by her father all sorts of crazy things going on.....never would I put that on my blog...I sent individual e-mails to my closest friends who knew the situation....I then read a post from JoJo's Joys about a blog conference she went to where they basically insulted her on what her "purpose in life was"......very cruel....So I started writing again....because I have a purpose...I try to make light of stupid things I do (like dressing up like a lion for a baby shower) to the infamous one where I took a picture at the end of a play in NYC and was told to stay put while they got security and we ran out the back door camera in hand....I had a blogger who didn't leave her name say what horrible behavior that was.....I felt bad at the time but then thought I have fun in life and if I can write about my crazy antics and make someone else smile then I'm going to do it....SO continue what you do best my friend and be happy and make us all smile.....it's people like you that make this world a better place.....Hugs from the heart....Sue.

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  85. Sheila, you are a treasure! With your smile and your "Be a Sweetie"! That is who you are. And you bring joy to those around you and those in blogland as well. Thank you for all your precious comments and for being the smiling, joy-filled lady you are.

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  86. Sheila, you are such a bright ray of sunshine in this land of blogging. It's sad that there are people out there who find fault in every little thing. I hope that you will continue to be your beautiful self, and share as much JOY as the Lord has given to you. We ALL have our ups and downs. But we try to keep our chin up and share a smile instead of a frown. If someone doesn't appreciate you the way that we do, they really don't have to read your blog ;-) Keep the song in your heart. And THANK YOU for sharing it with all of us!!

    Hugs to you,
    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  87. Shelia, AKA Sweet Shelia, don't you worry another moment about what that person said. You are loved and admired by so many bloggers as evidenced by all these comments. Your blog is so uplifting and fun and it is a joy to read your wit. If that person prefers doom and gloom, there are probably blogs that would fill that need. You have been blessed with the ability to bring joy to many of us and it is sad that someone would criticize you for that. Do not feel self conscious or intimidated, just keep doing what you have always done which is brighten this bloggers day!!------------ Shannon

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  88. Please stay just like you are...you bless me....

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  89. I know I already commented, but just wanted to drop back by to give you a morning hug, and wow! Look at how many people love you and your blog. But you know what? I'm not one bit surprised. Not one bit. Because you, Shelia, are THE sweetie!

    I hope this gives you some indication that you are doing things right. And I agree with Teresa, "Please stay just like you are... you bless me."

    And you do. You bless me, and I am ever so grateful.

    Thank you, sweetness...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  90. Shelia, I always enjoy visiting your blog. Don't change for others as your blog is wonderful just as it is! Hope you have a wonderful day, Tani:)

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  91. I love you!...you are one of the sweet ones..I love visiting here!

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  92. Oh my, Shelia, I'm so sorry someone this petty hurt your feelings for one moment. That was an incredibly rude e-mail! Ironically, I just moved your blog to my sidebar so that I could see your updates every day. I signed on as one of your followers some time ago, but for some reason, I don't get your updates to my blogroll. I have the same problem with Kitty's blog at "Kitty's Kozy Kitchen", so I've moved both of you to my sidebar in order to see you everyday. I added your blog to my sidebar BEFORE I read this post because I really like reading your blog. You're so talented; I love the little felt ornaments you've made for your grandchildren, and I love your cheerful countenance and your lovely home.

    The world needs more people like you, and you brighten our world in blogland. What you choose to share on your blog is entirely your business; I'm frankly amazed that someone would presume to lecture you about your content. Please don't change a thing -- your blog makes me smile and sometimes even laugh out loud.

    I hope you have a wonderful day, Shelia! Just keep smiling and singing.

    Denise

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  93. Sheila, This is my first time to read your blog and I will visit you more for sure. it is your blog to post as you wish. I think it is great that we can find joy, encouragement and happiness in reading someone's blog. I wouldn't enjoy any blog that was all gloom and doom. I think the lady that e-mailed you should have just kept to herself and if she doesn't like what you have to say.....just quit reading your blog. It is as simple as that!

    My name is Debbi and I appreciate bloggers like you!

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      You are a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  94. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    Well now. I'm glad that you didn't seem to let that person's email upset you too much or at least for too long. It shouldn't. That wasn't very nice of that person. I think unfortunately she just isn't very happy herself and she would rather try to bring you down also. Its better for people like that not to visit your blog or my blog or the blog of so many other bloggers with whom we share our stories and lives with. We all have our own choice to visit who we please and blog or not blog.

    I enjoyed your pictures again today and your shared story and whatever you wanted to share with us.
    Just keep on doing what you enjoy doing on blogland and don't worry about other people...just be yourself right?

    Have a wonderful weekend Shelia, laugh and have fun..lots of fun! I hope "that" person is having a better day too.

    Judi

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  95. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    Well now. I'm glad that you didn't seem to let that person's email upset you too much or at least for too long. It shouldn't. That wasn't very nice of that person. I think unfortunately she just isn't very happy herself and she would rather try to bring you down also. Its better for people like that not to visit your blog or my blog or the blog of so many other bloggers with whom we share our stories and lives with. We all have our own choice to visit who we please and blog or not blog.

    I enjoyed your pictures again today and your shared story and whatever you wanted to share with us.
    Just keep on doing what you enjoy doing on blogland and don't worry about other people...just be yourself right?

    Have a wonderful weekend Shelia, laugh and have fun..lots of fun! I hope "that" person is having a better day too.

    Judi

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  96. Shame on that person who said you were too happy. I've found that it's usually unhappy people who make comments like that. At any rate, you keep on being the same happy person you are. I like you just the way you are.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  97. Shelia, I'm obviously late reading this post. Wow, look at all these comments. I'm chiming in too. What could possibly be wrong about upbeat, happy posts on one's blog? Keep sharing the happiness!!! ~ Sarah

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  98. Shelia, I've just been catching up on blogland, and I must say I really enjoy your posts - so upbeat and uplifting. You keep right on being you, those who are not happy with that are the ones who are losing out.

    blessings,
    Diana

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  99. First off I want to say how moved I was by this. I very much feel that our blogs are OUR blogs. Why would we write for anyone else but us? Our styles are our own and we should always post they way we want to post. Why doesn't that commenter start her own blog and put all her ups and downs out there. That is not for her to decided it is for you. I am so sorry that she hurt your feelings and I hope it didn't last long. Your blog is a respite from the often ugly world we live in. I am with you in that we have to do what we feel keeps us positive. If not life would be so depressing wouldn't it. Don't change Sheila. You are a lady with class and it shows.

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  100. I just discovered your blog through my blog friend, Elaine @ Sunny Simply Life. It's really a shame when someone finds it inappropriate to be cheerful. Mercy me. Such a person is probably living a sad existence and that makes me sad, as well, for them. My philosophy has always been, no matter what is going on in our lives (and, hello, we all have trials and troubles), we can, as you say, choose to remain cheerful through it all.

    Blogs are our personal space; we should be able to do with them whatever we please. I tend to include a bit of this and that in my blog, recording some of the hard times, but focusing on the great God that gets me through them, and always sharing good news and attempting to be a "happy" blogger. The Bible instructs us to think on things that are lovely and true and kind and of a good report, so please continue doing what you do, and I will be back to follow along with you. The world needs more cheerful people.

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  101. ok, trying to keep this short & sweet.. I read about someones reaction to your email commentor. So I came over to have a look see. What a delightful blog you have, this is what the "majority" of us are looking for..inspiration,friendship,and things on the lighter side. Life is real enough..you need not explain to the "majority" of us that times can be tough..we get it. Blog on sister...and take that comment as just an opinion which you do not agree with and move on..we're all out here and ready to read about the happy you have to share..we all need it, and look forward to it.
    you have a lovely blog, and make me feel glad I stopped...:)

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  102. Just read Elaine's post and commented there, but I wanted to say I am happy to have found another positive, pretty blog. I will be reading and look forward to getting to know you :-)

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  103. Love those cottage bowls and darling sheep!!!! Stay happy and delete the naysayers!! All The BEST ~Deanna PS New follower here..your blog is lovely!!

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  104. Hi Sheila! You seem to be such a precious lady with a wonderful blog! I've come over from Simple Sunny Life, but I'll be back more because I love what you're about! The Lord has given you joy despite circumstances, like me, and I love seeing that joy overflow! I'm so sorry about that email you received. By all of these comments, it looks like you're well loved and supported!! I can't wait to be your new follower!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  105. Oh, Shelia! I love!! Your "glass half full bubbliness!!" I don't want you to change at all. I can't imagine there is a one of us who hasn't had hardships. I mean real hardships, but I think we all gravitate toward each other because we love to share the beauty and fun we find in life. Keep up your singing and happy tunes because we love you for who you are and your spirit shows us that each and every day. Love and hugs!
    Sherry

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  106. Hi Shelia. Good grief. You put whatever you want on your blog. It appears that about 1,000 people have decided to follow you so don't sweat it. Phooey on that person.

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  107. Hi, this is my first visit here, and I signed up to follow. I love upbeat blogs and posts. As the saying goes "follow your bliss", and share what you want here, on this, your very own blog. I'd love if you come over to my blog and say hi.

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  108. I stopped my from Sunny Simple after I read her post about this. I just had to come over and comment. I tend to blog about the stuff that makes me happy - who in the world would want to hear about the crap I have to deal with on a daily basis? I was recently told I'm the resident optimist, and it wasn't meant in a good way. I just ignored it. I have 2 choices when I get out of bed in the morning, make the most of my day or cry about it. I tend to make the most of it whenever possible. So Shelia, you go ahead and continue to be your happy self. There are those of us who appreciate bloggers like you for making our worlds a little brighter!

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  109. Oh Sheila don't change a thing. You do bring joy and your blog is a delight to read. Yes our blogs belong to us and why post if you can't post what your heart desires!

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  110. Just a quick note to say you rock! I admire those who can smile through the heartbreaks of life and still go on to give encouraging words to others. The world could use a lot more people just like you!

    Keep on posting your cheerful posts. I hope you don't change a thing.

    ~cathy

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  111. What a powerful post! No matter what life's hard knocks deliver...We always have a choice in how we will respond. Life can be hard...Multiple Sclerosis, abandonment, a broken heart, an abusive childhood...Whatever the case may be we can choose JOY.
    My source of joy and happiness is living a life that is bolstered by my faith in a loving God who cares about my hurts, my successes, my failures, my disappointments.
    There is such a sweet fragrance that emits from a person that has chosen happiness, joy, contentment and gratitude.
    Thanks for being just who you are, my friend,
    Smiles,
    Carolynn

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  112. i hopped over from Elaine "Sunny Simple Life" & i just have to say sweet blog friend... you do what makes you happy. tell jokes, be silly, teach us a lesson, makes me laugh so hard we cry ... whatever makes you happy. there are party pooper out there in the world that want to bust our bubble & we just have to look another direction. squash it!! move on & keep posting ... you must have some great friends... i see a bunch here. ha. ha!! big big hugs. (:

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      I wish you blessings and you are a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  113. Hey sweet Sheila,
    So glad you came by for a visit! You leave the sweetest comments, and I am always so happy to get them. I hope your weekend is fabulous!

    Blessings to you my friend,
    Kathy

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  114. Shame on that person! This is my first visit, but not my last.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  115. It shouldn't surprise me, but it still does, when someone tries to make themselves look or feel better by belittling someone else. I'm always sorry to hear about such things in blogland, because I do feel like it is a "safe haven" to be yourself. I truly enjoy your posts and am happy that you don't plan to change the way you write them.

    xoxo,
    Carol

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  116. I love your blog Sheila and hope you don't change anything.

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      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  117. Well, Sheilaness....I can't even believe that someone had the nerve to question your blog. THE NERVE ! If I had a name, I would go beat her up.
    Well, I'd hit her and run like the wind. :))

    First off, the reason I left RMS was for this very thing. It got so mean and hateful over there, I couldn't stand it a minute longer.
    Then, here is Blogland, I found a happy, nice place where people really care about your feelings. So when one slips in under the gate and comes up with THEIR ideas of YOUR blog, I am always shocked. SHAME ON THEM.

    You are wise in choosing to do things YOUR WAY and we are thrilled to be able to come over for a little sunshine.
    I think you should add JOYFUL to your blog name....JOYFUL NOTE SONGS. :))
    I love ya, sweet lady.

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  118. I discovered the "Blog World" after the death of my husband 3 yrs ago. And I want to thank you & several whose names I see commenting here for what you share. I knew without you posting it that life wasn't just those pictures, because we've all walked thru those times. I've been cheered up, inspired and reassured that life does go on & I can do it. THANK YOU for being YOU, all of you!!

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    1. I so appreciate you taking the time to comment on this post. My heart goes out to you upon the death of your husband. I do know I've met some wonderful ones I consider my friends right here in Blogland. We rally around each other, lift each other up, pray, laugh and cry with each other. I think it's a marvelous place to be. If I've given you a little smile or a giggle, I feel very blessed.
      You are a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  119. No offense, Shelia, but I don't come to your blog or anyone else's for their "ups, downs and struggles" ...I 've got my own and I just want to enjoy the sweet words, lovely homey photos and uplifting warm feelings I get from your blog. I love you and your blog just the way it is, thank you very much. Be a sweetie!

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  120. Oh, and one more thing. Why do people think they have the right, when they weren't even asked in the first place, to speak for the masses? She clearly has her agenda and doesn't speak for any of us who posted here. People need to get off their high horses and quit giving unsolicited opinions. You wouldn't go into someone's home and do that, why think its okay concerning someone else's blog? Sorry, but I'm just getting feistier as I get older!

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      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  121. I'm visiting from Sunny Simple Life and I must say that I love your blog and your 'sunny disposition'! So I'm your newest follower :)
    Susan

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  122. I've never even read your blog before, but I came over here directly after Elaine at Sunny Simple Life wrote about you, saying somebody'd written to you that you're too happy! Well, that's why I came over; I LIKE HAPPY! I'm your new reader! And, yes, I use lots of exclamation points because...they make me HAPPY.

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  123. Don't change a thing, my friend! Be who you are and let your blog reflect you! Of course you have hard times in your life. That's what living is about but you are an inspiration. I love coming by to share the joy God has given you. Your true blog friends 'get it'! We love you just the way you are.
    ~Adrienne~

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  124. I don't know why people have to send hurtful things. But let me say...Your Blog, Your way. Perfect just as it is. xo

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)