Taking Time to Enjoy the View

No, I am not going to make a guest appearance on “The View” .

Rather, making a conscious effort to truly “enjoy the view” ~ ~

To stop and take time to smell the wonderful scent of my granddaughter’s hair.

~ ~ to listen to her laugh and try not to cry when she says “I Love You Grandma”

I am an “early bird” ~ ~

I love to watch the sun rise and took these pictures last week:

The first thing I do when I awake is to head to my little coffee room ~ ~

The sun was just starting to rise.

I grabbed my cup of coffee and started to watch the sky turn to glorious colors.

~ ~ This was taken from my dining room.

That morning it was bitter cold ~ and the skies that day were a beautiful Carolina Blue!

Waking up to such magnificent beauty makes you stop and put things into perspective ~

~ ~ to realize that life is not a dress rehearsal ~ ~ to enjoy every moment!

I am going to truly try very hard this year to “LIVE” . .

~ ~ to heed to my mother’s attitude of being happy to be alive.

As I have stated here many times before ~ ~

When you ask my mom how she is, she will respond:

“I am good, because today I woke up and saw the sun”

Have a wonderful day!! ~ ~ and if you want to find out how to enhance your home . .

~ ~ and make it warm and cozy . . take time to visit the following blogs ~ ~

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  1. Lovely pictures. I noticed our sunset the other night look exactly like your first picture. We live in a woods, also, so it looked so similar. Beautiful!

  2. I love a pretty sunrise and that one is glorious. I get to smell Leila’s hair today! Enjoy the day.

  3. Your morning views are spectacular, Shirley!!! That would be enough to get me up early. I love the quietness of the early morning. Good reminders of living life to the fullest and enjoy each day.
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  4. That’s a great way to think, Shirley! Your pictures of the sunrise are beautiful. A sight like that is definitely something to make you glad to be alive.
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  5. Oh Shirley, what a beautiful post. I love that sunrise! Wow! Thank you for brightening my day! Have a wonderful one!
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  6. Good for you Shirley! and what a view too!!
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  7. Gorgeous photos !
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  8. Shirley, you photos are stunning! I love this post! Your Mom is a wise lady and we are blessed by her wisdom! You are right, we all need to “live”, be happy and be thankful for sunrises!You have brightened my day with this story! Thank you.

  9. STUNNING view and a great way to think!!
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  10. Beautiful post and photos!
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  11. I love this post! You know my thoughts about life being short. Every day is precious and a gift from God. We need to take time to enjoy the sunrise as well as every moment of each day.

    P.S. Photos are gorgeous!
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  12. That is such a wonderful way to live! I like your mom’s attitude. I’m sure it is contagious. I love being around positive people. The pictures you took are really gorgeous. You have some amazing views from your house! Wish I was an early riser, but I’m more of a night owl instead.
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  13. Beautiful pics, Shirley! And some wonderful advice… I think we all could use a slower pace!
    xo Heidi
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  14. Shirley,
    Now that is the way to start the day. Beautiful.
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  15. Beautiful post, Shirley! You’ve got it right, dear! Enjoy your mornings and God Bless You!~~Angela
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  16. Shirley, That is a beautiful sight to behold. What a great thing to wake up to on a cold winter morning. I love your dear Mom’s saying. I know she is a delight as is your sweet granddaughter.
    Have a great evening 🙂 Ginger
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  17. What glorious pictures, Shirley. I am with you- I want to live every moment of every day as best I can. What a beautiful morning you awoke to-those are good days!!! xo Diana
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  18. I keep thinking that one of these days I’ll grow up and be an early riser. It just hasn’t happened yet! But I feel like I’m really missing out on some of God’s best work! Beautiful pictures, Shirley!
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  19. Your pictures are beautiful. I always love to get up early and watch the sun rise and sit outside and have a cup of coffee.
    One of the most wonderful things is when your grandchildren say ” I love your grandma” I almost want to cry – they are so special.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
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  20. Just seeing those views in your pictures was uplifting, so I can only imagine what it feels like to see them first hand. Your mother has the right attitude to life, we should all follow her example.
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  21. I try very hard to live in the moment and to appreciate what it has to offer. That has been a bit of a challenge the last couple of days as I haven’t felt very well!
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  22. Shirley, your sunrise pictures are amazing. I am an early riser too and I love to be up when the sun comes up. The world just seems so fresh and new. Hugs, Marty
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  23. Wow, gorgeous sunset! I really love the picture from your dining room! That would look so cool blown up and printed out on a canvas!
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  24. So beautiful! Both the scene outside your window and your whole post. Thanks for putting life into clear perspective! I love how you learned your beautiful attitude from you darling mother! She must be smiling… from above!
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  25. What a beautiful start to your day Shirley! Our house faces west so we get wonderful sunset views but also blistering heat in the summer 🙂
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  26. What a gorgeous post Shirley, it is the little things in life that mean so much, isn’t it??? My pups making me laugh at some point every day makes me so happy. Sounds a bit odd but it is so true. I am playing catch up with emails big time. Busy making decisions, will post soon.

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  27. Wow, those photos are spectacular! You make me want to get up early, but I don’t have a view like that. I love what your mother says…we could all take a lesson in that! Great post!
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  28. Beautiful pictures. Nice and colorful…

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