Tag Archive: Family

In December 2011 my husband and I made a cross-country drive from Seattle to Southern Illinois to be of support to my Mom during a very difficult time. Having grown up in Chicago, my family spent many a summer in Southern Illinois where my Mom grew up, my Aunt’s & cousins lived, yada, yada.. 🙂

I remembered those summers with fondness, though there were many other aspects of my childhood I did not remember fondly at all. Can you relate?

During that trip, Art & I began dreaming… “Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to move here”. Traffic, was a breeze, the area had a country feel, someone asked for my autograph at Walgreens… (REALLY! It was cool!) It felt homey.

We made another cross-country drive the next year, just because it felt right & we had the time available. Not long after our return to Washington, Art came home from work one day and said…. There’s talk of people possibly getting transferred to Charleston, South Carolina”. I thought COOL! That would be closer anyhow! I started looking online at homes in that area. Despite the continued talk, Art believed it “was just a rumor”. I kept dreaming.

In May of 2013, I attended a celebration at Art’s work for his 25 year anniversary with the company. His supervisor who I’d met during our last trip was in attendance. He said something to the effect of, “I don’t think South Carolina’s going to happen”. I expressed my disappointment while he went on to say, “but I would love to have Art in Saint Louis.” I was overjoyed! If that happened, we COULD live in Southern Illinois! Once again I began searching the internet for houses in our hopeful new area.

I love how Facebook has the “on this day” feature, keeping memories for you. I was scrolling through today’s & came upon the following that I’d written 2 years ago.

“Had way too much fun today dreaming and drooling over houses that have room for dreams to happen… with especially roomy kitchens & stuff.

Will likely have LOTS more time to dream & drool before anything official happens, so for the moment, I’ma gonna close my eyes & dream with my eyes closed cause its way past my bedtime!! G’nite!! 🙂 “

In March 2014, Art’s supervisor officially asked him to consider a relocation to St. Louis. We talked, I squealed, we waited for the red tape to clear & oddly enough almost a year later to the day of the aforementioned Facebook post we were in the midst our Home-Finding trip.

Looking back I know that God led us on an incredible journey. We did relocate and find a home in Southern Illinois that is to us, dream worthy. There are so many amazing things that have happened since we’ve been here. Even dreams come with obstacles, but who says dreams don’t come true?!! Obviously they do. They really, really do! So keep dreamin, if it’s meant to be, it most assuredly will.

Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!


Oh to Scatter Joy!

  • What does that mean to you?
  • How might you apply it in the area you live in?
  • Who’s life might you touch in an incredible way?

These are just a few questions I asked myself when I created the above poster.  I hope they are questions you might embrace each day as you go about your errands, work, commute, etc.

The world needs more joy…

Honestly speaking I try, sometimes even without giving it a second thought, to scatter joy in the lives of those I encounter.  Some days are easier than others, but think about it…  How many people do you know, or are acquainted with, who struggle.

Many, do not share their struggles.  It would seem that their lives are perfectly a.o.k…, on the surface.  But scatter a little joy into it, and you will ease their struggle.

So how might YOU, make a difference?

Scatter joy throughout the world…  in doing so, you will likely scatter joy on yourself, and THAT would be FUN!

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

Today I wish to once again express my deepest gratitude for each and every one of you who pop in, visit, share, and comment…  I am so very blessed to have you here each and every day, or as often as you’re able. 😉  I am truly humbled every time I see a new like, a comment, a link back, etc

This being the day most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of History I came across.

I’m sure somewhere hidden away in the deep dark recesses of my brain are all the things I’d learned as a child about Thanksgiving, but for as long as I can remember I think I REALLY thought Turkey & Pumpkin pie were ALWAYS a part of the Thanksgiving Feast.  The video I’ve included in this post, I found entertaining, educational, and informative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

For years on this holiday, I have chosen to wear sweat pants, (mainly so I would have enough room for all the goodies).  I’ve also delighted in going around the table sharing what I’m thankful for.

I’ve learned the positive impact of making a daily list of at least 5 things you’re grateful for.   I try to add to my list each day, though there are times I forget to do this, & fall out of the habit.  So Thanksgiving for me is also a reminder to get back in that groove if I’ve fallen out of it.

Yesterday on my Positively Amazing You! ™ Facebook page, I posted a list of several things I’m thankful for, so I’m going to try to not repeat any of them as I share 5 more.

1.  I’m thankful for books of every kind; they teach me things, or take me to faraway places through the word pictures they portray.

2.  I’m thankful for Movies; they help me laugh, sometimes make me cry, and often teach me other ways to show compassion.

3.  I’m thankful that I was able to get a knee scooter yesterday so that I can get around easier while my ankle heals.

4.  I’m thankful for computers which have the ability to connect us in an instant to people we might never have otherwise met.

5.  I’m thankful for chocolate; hot chocolate; dark chocolate, chocolate milk; chocolate covered marshmallows, etc. all of which helps to keep me sweet.  😉

Picture a table with all of us virtually gathered round.  Are you willing to join in and share with us 5 things you’re grateful for?

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you live, or what path in life you’re on. All are welcome to share at our virtual table. Have a seat. There’s a row of coffee urns all set, some snacks to share, & feel free to bring & share your favorite snacks to add to the table as well.

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E., Positively Amazing You! (TM)
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™


Held Fast, Cradled In The Palm of His Hand

I’m not a regular watcher of “The Ellen Degeneres show”.  I do however admire her humor, spunk, and zest for life, as well as the sensitivity and compassion she shows as she addresses the tough issues. I would not be one to live the life that is under attack in this video. There is NO excuse for such cruelty on another person. Not one!!

An Important Message from Ellen Degeneres

I can’t begin to describe how I felt when I saw this,…. Shocked, Saddened, Humbled, Alarmed & Compassionate, are a few words that spring to mind. As I wrestled with the emotions that surfaced, I thought of my own children, my grandchildren, and those who are near and dear to me, and found myself writing as I picture each victim of such cruelty Held Fast, Cradled in the Mighty Hand of God, Safe, Secure, and Free at last!

Senseless bullying resulting in death is no laughing matter. Each person on this earth is different in some way shape or form. It’s best, in my opinion, to embrace our differences, as well as our similarities, and to recognize the contributions we ALL have the ability to make in society. Ultimately, rather than tearing one another down, we ought to encourage and empower one another to be all we were each meant and designed to be.

Mark 12:30-31
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Exodus 20:13
“Thou shalt not kill.”

Luke 6:37 -38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

To those who have nearly lost their lives to senseless acts of brutality of any type and to the families of those who have nearly lost a loved one to such acts, I pray that you find peace and comfort in the words below:

Psalm 56
“Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;
all day long they press their attack.

My slanderers pursue me all day long;
many are attacking me in their pride.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
they are always plotting to harm me.

They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life.
On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.

By this I will know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise-
in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

I am under vows to you, O God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

ESPECIALLY for those who have lost a loved one, know that God, and God alone judges those who have acted so brutally. I pray you find comfort and healing in the words of Isaiah 49 as written in “The Message” version of the Bible;

“I’d never forget you—never.

Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands.
The walls you’re rebuilding are never out of my sight.

Your builders are faster than your wreckers.
The demolition crews are gone for good.

Look up, look around, look well!”

Wishing each of you peace in the days ahead,

Held Fast, Cradled in the Palm of His Hand
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2010 – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32

The Brotherhood of Shawn & Art

Miles away from my familiar surroundings I found myself at an extended (of sorts) kitchen table eating a scrumptious Spaghetti Dinner in the home of Shawn of Davenport. 

Early Saturday morning, I along with Art, his daughter Aubrey, and her boyfriend Adam we set out on a journey “out of dodge”.  This is from everything I’ve learned through the years a regular ritual.

It was at one point during the dinner conversation that the Brotherhood of Shawn and Art came up, totally catching Art off guard.  Secretly I have a hunch about how this came about initially, but I’ll get to that later.

From the other table extension Miranda sat, along with Alysha and their Mom Laurie (THE spaghetti chef), and Shawn.  Now in ordinary times one might not have suspected a thing.  Dinners happen often in this place, the faces may change, but Shawn’s house is a gathering place of sorts. 

On this particular occasion however, Miranda kept stealing glances…  back and forth between Art and Shawn her eyes traveled quizzically, focusing longer than anything on Art.  It was truly humorous actually, probably one of those most people would say you’d have to be there to truly experience, but some stories are simply meant to be told.  This is one of those.

Unaware of Miranda’s earlier quizzical glances towards Art, which I wasn’t aware of until this morning, It all made sense.  Miranda you see, was trying unsuccessfully, to solve a puzzle.

After she could take it no longer she finally blurted out the question… “Are you two REALLY brothers”? Art nearly fell out of his chair laughing while asking “Where on EARTH did you get THAT idea?”  Shawn’s reaction though laughing as well, led me to believe, that hunch I had earlier was correct. 

If you knew these two guys, for any length of time, you would see that they both have a knack for what some would call “tom-foolery”, Art I KNOW is a MASTER of blarney, he could tell a tale a mile long and have you believing it.  Shawn, from the little I know of him, is much the same.  Indeed these two could be brothers, but they’re not the blood related kind. 

The Brotherhood of Shawn and Art began in 2001 when they met through involvement in the Boy Scouts.   It’s no surprise that they became fast friends, and though they now live miles apart, there is a bond that resembles a Brotherhood of Sorts.  They have weathered many of life’s storms through knowing they had one anothers back.  It’s rather neat to see them together.   Their camaraderie is something to be admired!

The Brotherhood of Shawn & Art
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2010 – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32