Monday, June 13, 2016

For the Mouth Speaks What the Heart is Full Of.....

Oops, missed blogging two days in a row, but you know what, that's OK. It certainly didn't mean I didn't have joy filled days. It was dance recital time which always brings me great happiness.  This year Lisa decided to base her program on Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, primarily on the old movie where Gene Wilder characterized Willie. It's been years since I have seen that movie and after seeing Lisa's production I feel the need to search Netflix or Amazon Prime to enjoy it again. And it's always delightful that the people sitting behind you (who have no idea who you are) chat about how wonderful the show is, and how much craft, time and effort is put into the production, especially by Miss Lisa (my daughter..... insert proud mother)

Here's us, me, Lisa and Bailey. Bailey and Boone (the cat) came home for the weekend from her current job assignment in Champaigne, IL. to dance in the recital. And then she left again yesterday afternoon to return. It was a short, very short visit....and it feels a bit empty without them. Because she is staying in a Residence Inn, they allow pets so she was able to bring Boone. Makes her so happy to have someone to cuddle with after a long day of work.

Yesterday morning I went to church and the first words that our Pastor spoke was to talk and pray for the victims in Orlando, FL. Up to that point I had not read a newspaper or turned on the TV so it was a shock to hear of such devastation fueled by hate.  He continued with a reading from the Gospel of Luke 6:37-38
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 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.”

And continuing to verses 43-45,

43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Such lessons to be learned from these few verses, inwardly do not judge or condemn and outwardly forgive and give good things from the heart.  "Hate will never win", to quote James Cordon from the Tony Awards last evening. 

"In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of - moments when we human beings can say "I love you," "I'm proud of you," I forgive you," "I'm grateful for you." That's what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff."  ~  Fred Rogers 

Until next time,


  1. A very delightful and meaningful post, Deanna. I always love your portraits. The family resemblance between you three women is uncanny! All of you are gorgeous ladies!

  2. Glad you girls got to be together.

    The Orlando ordeal was quite awful. There is so much Evil in the world. Thankfully, there is even more Love.

  3. Oh, that Fred Rogers has some gems, doesn't he? Love your family pic. If you had turned around, those fans would have definitely known you were the proud mom. Beautiful ladies!

  4. Such a lovely family portrait of you girls! The production of Willie Wonka sounded such fun! I remember reading the story to my children and now to my grandson.

  5. Gorgeous photos of Lisa, Bailey and yourself Deanna! You have had a very special weekend.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful production!
    And such true words. So sad what happened.

  7. Lovely photo of the three of you. Definitely tell you are all related :) Oh the Bible and Mr. Rogers -- perfect!

  8. Three very beautiful ladies. Good words to live by from the Bible

  9. Look at those smiles. You can tell you all are so happy, and related. :)
    Very sad about what happened in hard not to judge...but you are right, hate will never win...

  10. Beautiful post Deanna . . .
    Scriptures . . .
    and Fred Rogers quote.
    Lovely photo of you, your daughter and Bailey . . .

  11. Deanna,
    Glad you had fun with your Daughter and Grand-daughter! And, glad the show went so well.

    Kudos for sharing the scripture passages and Fred Rogers quote, well said.

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  13. Sounds like a great production. Wow Bailey has the most gorgeous eyes and smile.
    Wise words to live by for sure


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