3 Day Quote Challenge – Day #3

Today is the day we elect a new president here in the United States of America.

I rarely talk about politics outside of my immediate family and I won’t be starting today.

I have witnessed a lot of hateful words and actions while watching this election cycle. I’m ready for its end. Unfortunately, no matter the turn out, there will still be lots of hateful words for some time.

I chose this as my final quote for the challenge because I think kindness is important. In deed, in action, in words…

And in this same vein- I’ll leave you with a bonus “southern” quote – “You catch more bees with honey” (which I discovered, when trying to find its source, is actually “you catch more flies with honey” from a proverb “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar).

Thanks again to rothpoetry and ontheland for inviting me to join in this challenge. Should you want to join in, you can find the rules here.

Let your light shine!


3 Day Quote Challenge – Day #2

I love this quote.  It is a great reminder on those days where you are frustrated about not being where you want to be on your journey.

I had this photo quote printed and then I framed it so I could keep this important reminder in front of me.

Remember: if you are trying, you’ve made some forward progress 🙂

Thanks again to rothpoetry and ontheland for the invitation to this challenge.  To see the rules, check here.

Let your light shine!




3 Day Quote Challenge- Day #1

I have been invited by rothpoetry and ontheland to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

I don’t participate in many challenges, but I do love a good quote.




Rules of the challenge:

Post three quotes over three days.
Name three nominees each day (no repetition).
Thank the person who nominated you.
Inform the nominees.

I won’t be doing nominations, but wanted to be able to participate to kindly thank those above who invited me to join in.

If you love a good quote as much as I do, consider yourself nominated and join along. 🙂

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I want to thank Nicky from The Shimmer Within Her for inviting me to participate in this challenge.  Answering the questions in my handwriting.

I have been going from sick kid to sick kid so this was a welcome change. 🙂

So without further ado, here are my responses:

My name: Amy

My blog: Bedlam and Daisies

My favorite word: contentment- the state of being happy and satisfied:  the state of being content.

Something nice: A smile costs nothing and can be a priceless gift that we offer.

Favorite song: Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

Writing with: a purple pen

Fun fact: I write REALLY BIG

Favorite emoticon: 😘. Although I use this one most 😂

Silly message: The best angle from which to approach any problem is the TRYangle.

I ran out of room on who to invite, but anyone who’d like to participate is invited!

It was great to sit down and take the time to think through the answers.  Luckily, they weren’t too hard!  It was also good to write again even if it was just a few snippets.


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See the Light

Instead of my normal Wordless Wednesday photo, I’m going a little wordier.

A little more Wednesday Wisdom. 

Mostly because I’m hoping for some feedback. I enjoy putting quotes on my photos that I then typically post on my various social media accounts. I’m curious if any of you have an app that you use for this purpose that you absolutely love.

The one above was created on Wordswag and is a photo taken with my Iphone 5S. The app has many great fonts, but I’m also seeking  a modern calligraphy font.

Some of you may use a program on your computer. I’d love to hear about those also. I’m babying my laptop along while I ponder what I need for its replacement.

I am still very much a novice at all this:

Blogging, photography, editing said photography, figuring out what the best approach is if I want to print it out for my wall instead of a thumbnail on social media, will my entry-level DSLR do all that I want it to, and so on.

So if you have any apps, programs, tips, or general knowledge that you’d like to add in the comments – know that they are GREATLY appreciated!

You can also find me here:





Hope your day is awesome!

Let your light shine!







This is Home

Bloom where you are planted.

This is the thought that has been weaving its way in and out of my mind for the past week.  Summertime makes me restless.  People are in and out town.  I am in and out of town.  Routines are thrown out the window.  It makes me miss home.

And then I think, but what is home?  I spent the first 30 years of my life in the same town.  The majority of my family is there.  I thought I’d live in that town forever.  …And then I didn’t.

I recently started working through the book Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae.  On one of the days she recommends a personality test to discover your cleaning style.  I took some different ones.  They all came to a similar conclusion:

I don’t like change.

A few other traits mentioned were: careful, methodical, loyal, disciplined, likes a secure environment, concerned what people think, avoids conflict and change.  I had to laugh as I read them to my husband because this list didn’t surprise either of us.

But what do you do when change is upon you?  Since that moment when I drove away from the house that I thought I’d live in forever, change has been an ever-present part of my existence.  Even when things are steady, I think change is around the corner.  Sometimes I live in expectation of that change and so I don’t fully embrace where I am in that moment.

This is my third city since I left my hometown 8 years ago.  I have learned a lot about change and have grown, but I still have a long way to go. I am right upon the 3 year mark in this place.  My children have finally found their happiness here.  On our return back from Florida, there were some comments about liking Virginia better.  My first thought was “you traitors”, but in reality I was overjoyed that their hearts are content here.  I am still restless.  I have realized it’s because I haven’t fully tried to “bloom where I’ve been planted”.  Home is wherever you make it.

Like a child on their first trip to the ocean, I wander to the edge of the roaring sea. As soon as the waves touch my toes, I run back to my spot of safety on the shore.  After a while, I’m ready to make my way back again.  I do so with trepidation and this time I let the waves roll over my feet.

The biggest thing that I have realized through my moves is to just keep putting yourself out there.  This is not a strong trait of mine.  But I keep doing it.  It takes time.  It’s not always comfortable.  Sometimes it’s downright scary.  My advice is to keep pressing beyond your comfort.  If you take the time to sink in your roots or to brave jumping  into the waves, you will find joy and contentment.

You will bloom where you have been planted.

The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:11

Let your light shine!