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A to Z Reasons to Smile - "A"

It's here, it's time!  Today marks the beginning of the great Blogging from A to Z Challenge - 2015 Edition!  I'm so excited, it's a great way to meet some new friends! :-)  Each day this month I'll be sharing a list of things corresponding to the alphabet letter of the day that encourage and uplift me, the little things that make smile. I hope you'll join me, and maybe add some of your own in the comments!  Let's get this show on the road...
 
"A" Things That Make Me Smile...

Amethyst Quartz - Both in it's natural state such as this beautiful piece that Papa Bear gave me, and in jewelry like the ring I wear every day.  Amethyst is my birthstone!

Avocados - I love them, I could eat one every day!  I like them in omelets, sandwiches and tacos, stuffed with chicken salad, even sliced and drizzled with chocolate as a treat!

Acceptance - Something we all seek, that feels so good when we have it and even better when we extend it to others.  Acceptance of what life brings us is important too!

Afghans - Knitted or crocheted, and stitched together with love. Wonderful to give and to receive,  they feel so great to wrap up in on chilly nights.  I've made several over the years. I love working with soft, brightly-colored yarn!

Angels - I believe in angels... surrounding us, protecting us, guiding us, helping us, bringing us messages and gifts from the Spirit World. 

African Violets - Such beautiful little flowers amidst dark furry leaves.  I remember fondly a whole row of them in pots in a West-facing window sill when I lived in Germany. They love sunshine!

Appreciation - Both expressing it and receiving it.  It is so nice to know that you aren't being taken for granted, and having your efforts acknowledged!

Amazing Grace - the song - preferably accompanied by bagpipes.  One of my most favorite hymns.  Soul-stirring, to say the least!

Adventures -  What would life be without them?  The excitement of experiencing the unknown... and so much better when shared!

Agape - brotherly love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God - love in its purest form!

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19 comments:

  1. That is so funny that you mentioned Amazing Grace, especially when accompanied by bagpipes. Just 5 minutes ago I read Sandee's blog post, and she asked if we liked a particular version of Amazing Grace. It was with bagpipes! I never realized there were versions with bagpipes until I saw the video she posted. It was beautiful. Who knew bagpipes could sound so pretty?
    Agape love and adventure are my favorites from your list, though. :)

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  2. This is a beautiful list, Josie. Every item in it makes me smile, too.

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  3. A certainly makes me smile this morning, Josie, great job with these. Each is unique and well done.

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  4. What a beautiful list, Josie. I love avocados, Amazing Grace always brings tears to my eyes, played or sang any way, and adventures in every day life. Your quote is just perfect for your theme.

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  5. Such a beautiful list Josie. SO many spend their entire lives trying to gain acceptance from others but never end up receiving it and that really saddens me. I believe in Angels too and I know that everyone has a Guardian Angel. I <3 Adventures, it's like in that animated movie Up, one of the character says, "Adventure is out there."

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  6. Sandee posted "Amazing Grace" today. I think you would like it.

    http://comedyplus.blogspot.com/2015/04/wednesdays-question.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ComedyPlus+%28Comedy+Plus%29

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  7. I already commented but it seems to have disappeared. Aw well,the short version is I loved this post.

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  8. Avocadoes made it on my TToT list last week!

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  9. Amazing list! Agape wraps it up nicely. Blessings and happy blogging!

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  10. Like all items on your list, esp the hymn. In Addition, stuff I like includes Atlas (the titan and maps), Apricots, Aubergine, tree lined Avenues.. lazy Afternoons. Great to meet you

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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  11. wow... I dont think Ive ever identified with an ENTIRE list before...really! Cool stuff.... I must share my favorite sandwich with you... avocado, swiss, sprouts and hummus, with tomato on wheat toast... fabulous!

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  12. Josie! We're both back for more fun on A-Z! Cheers honey! Love your theme!

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  13. good, i am also participating,

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  14. Appreciation is an important thing to be grateful for. Without it, we would all succumb to our despair of self-doubt.

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  15. So many fun A's...amethyst, African Violet, and afghans...or anything knitted! Nice list.

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  16. Acceptance was actually what my A day blog was about! Avocados are awesome too :)

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  17. What an inspiring list. So pleased to find you at a-z. Should be a great month.

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  18. Of all these things, Angels are my favorite :) Thinking that we are surrounded by them, who keep looking out for us, makes me so happy :)

    My A post - A Stranger In The Mirror

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)