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Wednesday:) What Ya Been Up To, Miss Toni?

15 Aug

“I’ve been busier than a horsefly at a rodeo.”

~Toni Andrukaitis and maybe someone else

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I’ve used this quote before many times, and I thought I made it up many years ago. I just Googled it again to see who may have said it originally, but the only name that comes up is mine. So, maybe I’m not the first one who said it, but I’m on Google’s short list.

Since I’ve gotten back from my wonderful relaxing vacation in California, I hit the ground running. Yesterday, I had my complete air conditioning system replaced. I wasn’t the busy one, but these poor young men spent well over 8 hours in the unbearable heat outside and in the attic. A big thank you to D and Brandon from Bill Joplin’s AC and Heating. I got a photo before they were drenched.

So, today I am cool and well, I’m just all around pretty cool! I got up and went over to pick up Bella, my little doggie buddy that I keep an eye on when Mr. Mike travels. It rained last night, so it was cool this morning. After our walk, I did my own solo walk of a couple miles.

I went over to the Independent Bank to take care of something that I could have done online, but I rather deal with people face to face. Plus, they know me there, and they say, “Good morning, Miss Toni.” And I say, “Hi, Miss Monica. How are you?” You don’t get that online. (Monica and Amber)

Then, my friend, Linda Grossman, (World’s Greatest Realtor) and I were texting and she asked what I was up to, so we met for lunch. She’s been super busy, (because she is the World’s greatest realtor) but we hadn’t seen each other in a while. She needed a little break and catch up time.

What else did I do? Oh, I returned something at the store, dropped off some brownies at Fire Station 5, then came home and walked the dog. The garbage truck was coming down the street, so I chased him down a couple houses to give him a cold Dr. Pepper. He’s fast. It was really hot out there.

It was after 6 pm, and I wanted to go visit Mr. Jerry over at Baylor Hospital. He was doing a little better this evening after having a rough morning. (If you can say a little prayer for Mr. Jerry?) I stopped in the chapel on the first floor on my way out.

Then, off to our St. Helen’s support group at church at 7. I got home a little before 9, then remembered when I saw mine, that Mr. Mike‘s garbage cans were still out. I scooted over there to take them in his garage. The moon was so big and beautiful. I had to stop and take some pictures. Isn’t that grand!

Home to walk Bella in the park in the dark with a big flashlight. She loves the park. I came in and started writing about my adventures of the day. Are you exhausted yet? I am. But, this was just a wonderful busy day in my wonderful busy life. I am blessed with so many friends and daily blessings.

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) The Trilogy of Miracles

11 Jul

“When God sends you a sign, you are blessed. When He sends you three, there’s no doubt in your mind that God performs miracles.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today is 7-11. July 11, 2013 was the worst, most painful and devastating day of my entire life. I will never forget that awful day, and all the trauma, heartache and betrayal that followed. That’s the day I confronted my now ex-husband about his affair with the waitress at his country club. But, there was so much more, and such unfathomable disgusting behavior that I can’t even begin to reveal. My heart was broken and my life was in turmoil. I said it was the “day that will live in infamy.” When I saw that day on the calendar, I cringed. Not any more.

Fast forward two years later…7-11 was the day my son got married to the most beautiful and amazing girl. 7-11-15, I danced at my son’s wedding and celebrated with friends and family. Now, this is a day of celebration and joy and love. They had no idea that this particular day was the worst day of my life, and was now transformed into a day to celebrate. BUT, God did.

Happy Anniversary Joe and Lindsay. May all your dreams come true. Thank you for blessing me with your beautiful family and my adorable grand-daughters.

There were only three dates on the calendar that were painful memories for me. 7-11, 8-23, and 12-5. This was just the first miracle. I’ll share the others when they come up. God erased all three horrible days, and now all three are celebrations. All my friends and family can be witness to this. One date, luck? Two dates, coincidence? Three dates, miracles. Yes, only God could have done that.

Montage Monday:)A Week In A Peek

19 Mar

“Whenever there are friends, there is a party!”
– Anonymous 

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I have been blessed with SO MANY friends that pretty much every day is a party. Literally! There were a lot of parties, dancing, singing, dinners, drinks, food and friends this week. Wait! Wednesday, I didn’t have a party to go to. Hmm? How did that happen?

A week in a peek… my beautiful blessed life…

Sunday Sermon and Special Friends and Family

4 Mar

“No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.”

~Shanina Shaik

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It was SO cold this morning! How cold was it? It was so cold that my sock monkey hat had a frozen banana for breakfast. (Just kidding) I was alone greeting before Mass this morning. As I held the huge heavy door of the new church open for people, everyone commented, “You must be freezing!” I just replied, “I’m from Chicago. I’m tough. This is a piece of cake.”

Today’s Gospel asked the question, can the blind lead the blind? Can a bad tree bear good fruit, etc.?

My take on it… you reap what you sow. If you fill your heart with evil and hate or associate with bad people, that is who you become. On the other hand, if you fill your heart with goodness and love, and associate with good, kind, loving people, that is who you become. I have been blessed with the kindest most loving family and friends. My heart is full with the best of the best.

Gospel, Luke 6:39-45

39 He also told them a parable, ‘Can one blind person guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit?

40 Disciple is not superior to teacher; but fully trained disciple will be like teacher…….

45 Good people draw what is good from the store of goodness in their hearts; bad people draw what is bad from the store of badness. For the words of the mouth flow out of what fills the heart.

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After Mass, I stopped for coffee with Mr. Jerry at McDonald’s. I don’t drink coffee and usually get an iced tea, but today it was a large hot chocolate.

I stopped at Sprouts to pick up a few things. Avocados were on sale 3 for $1!!!! Wow! I bought 9. Don’t judge me…I love avocados and you can freeze them, but I usually don’t get that far. Cucumbers 3 for $1 too. Be still heart.

Then at 12:30, I met Miss Pat (the cookie lady) and Miss Loretta for lunch at Braum’s. It was a quick 3 1/2 hour lunch. What can I say? We had a lot to catch up on, as we hadn’t seen each other in over a week.

Of course, Miss Pat had a big plate of cookies for each of us to take home. I didn’t get that far. I ate a cookie in my car on the way home. A girl’s gotta have a little dessert after lunch.

So, it was a fine Sunday. Of course, the highlight of my evening is when I get that call that asks if I want to FaceTime with the grandchildren. ❤️❤️

Truly blessed. I hope your heart is filled with love, kindness, goodness and that you are blessed with a wonderful family and loving friends.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

17 Feb

“Money gives you permission to just walk away from everything that isn’t pretty and perfect. You can’t put up with anything less than lovely. You spend your life running, avoiding, escaping.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

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A very chilly day again here in North Texas, but the good news was, another chance to wear my sock monkey hat while greeting before 9 o’clock Mass. The church is finished and the first Masses will start next week in the glorious new building. ( I wonder if my sock monkey hat is too tacky?)

Today’s Gospel was Jesus talking to the crowds about who will be blessed and welcomed on judgement day, also known as the Beatitudes…

20 Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said: How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours.

21 Blessed are you who are hungry now: you shall have your fill. Blessed are you who are weeping now: you shall laugh.

22 ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man.

23 Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look!-your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets….

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My take on it… No, you don’t have to be poor or impoverished to be blessed. You don’t have to go hungry or sad and crying all the time to be blessed. But, if you have been blessed here on earth with enough money, food, and other worldly blessings, you have to be humble and share this with others. Even a kind word or a good deed goes a long way in brightening up another’s spirit. Three words… SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS.

Now, for the other stuff. I did get over to Fire Station 5 last night to share some treats with them.

The, I called a few of my senior artist friends at Towne Creek Apartments for an impromptu dinner. Remember all those leftover sandwiches, snacks and sweets from my party? Well, they were a big hit with my ladies.

Well, so much for “Blessed are the hungry…” because no one goes hungry because Miss Toni loves to cook and bake and share.

Happy Blessed Sunday,

Saturday:) Sitting Here Counting My Blessings

20 Jan

“Don’t count your dollars to see how rich you are. Count your memories. Count your friends. Count the hugs you get every day. Count what really matters.”

― Toni Sorenson

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I’m just getting around to sitting down with my “GOOD JAR,” and reading the small squares of paper that I placed in the jar throughout the year. I wrote down things that made me happy, my blessings, special events, etc. I also put my lucky pennies and coins that I’d found along my walks and travels. (Pennies from heaven.) I wasn’t home on New Year’s Day when I had planned to do the official reading, then I just got busy and plum forgot. So, today is the day. My GOOD JAR…

My 2018 was filled with so many blessings, but also heartbreak. The most beautiful blessings include a new grand-daughter in December, a two year old birthday, trips, travels, parties, church, friends and family. The heartbreak, of course, was the loss of my sweet mother in February.

So, today I count my blessings, literally. This is what really matters in life. Plus, this physical and tangible reminder helps me to see how blessed I am every day. Then, I have this special opportunity to share my blessings with you.

I also counted my lucky pennies and coins. 37 pennies, 9 dimes, 2 quarters, and 6 nickels. PRICELESS. Now, if one of those pennies is like that million dollar 1943 penny recently found, then I’d really be lucky.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Jan

“Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.”

Steve Brunkhorst

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A cold dreary Sunday morning, but that’s ok. I had my sock monkey hat to keep me warm. It was fun greeting before Mass, and seeing all the smiles.

I had a little matchbox car for Liam and Matt in my pocket, and little stuffed animal for Avery. There was a lot of hugging and handshaking and smiling. Then, to make my day even brighter, Young Matt had a present for me. He remembered that I collected crosses, so look at my beautiful birthday gift.

Today’s Gospel was the story of people wondering if John the Baptist was the Savior, but the Holy Spirit descended to announce that Jesus was the true son of God.

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15As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 16John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

My take on it… we are not always certain of what is true and who we can rely on, but we just need to be patient and all will be released in good time.

Normally I stop at McDonald’s or the store on my way home, but I’m still feeling yucky and just wanted to come home and take a nap. I gave it a shot, but I just lay there coughing and stuffy, so I got up and did some housework. Later, I went for a long walk in the cold dreary afternoon. Yes, I’m crazy. I walk even when I feel lousy. It gives me energy and makes me feel better.

I got a call from my son asking if I wanted to FaceTime with my beautiful grand-daughters, so I scurried home. There were also some beautiful pictures waiting for me on the Cloud.

Who wouldn’t love that little face?

Sister time. How cute! I really appreciate our special Sunday FaceTime.

Today was a great day to appreciate my many blessings, but also what a great feeling to be appreciated by friends and family. Yes, I am blessed.