Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Simple Pleasures ~ My Support Group

Welcome to Simple Pleasures. I decided to skip last week, due to the holiday, but it's good to be back. I missed my peeps and hope your Thanksgiving was filled with family, friends, food, faith, or whatever makes you happy. If you're new here, please visit the Simple Pleasures page for complete guidelines. The main things are 1) stay on topic, 2) enter your permalink (email me if unsure what that means), 3) don't link up until your post is active, and 4) include a link back to the party (or include the Simple Pleasures button in your post, if that's easier). That's pretty much it. I look forward to mingling with you all.



This photograph was taken at my house on Thanksgiving Day. It's one of about four, total, that I took this year. That's my twin sister Gayle on the left, my precious mother, my older sister Elaine, and yours truly. Three girls and their mother. We have so much fun when we're together. We laugh often and loud. The Man says we sound like cackling hens. I don't deny the charge.

But ... we don't just laugh together; sometimes we cry. These three people pictured with me have been my support group when the skies are sunny, and in the stormiest seasons of my life. They pray for me. They encourage me. They're just there for me, no matter what. Not only is that a simple pleasure many people never experience, it is a priceless gift that grows more valuable as time goes by.

What is your simple pleasure today? It can be funny, serious, silly, frivilous ... it's your call. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've come up with.

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo of you and your precious mom and sisters.

    Having four daughters (including twins), our times together can also get loud with giggling too.

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  2. Dayle, what a heartwarming simple pleasure post. I always wondered what it would be like to have a sister, a family of women and that kind of support system. I have friends that I'd call sister-friends, but what have I to compare them with? I admire that kind of relationship with ones who know you inside and out, watched you grow and learn and stumble, feel what you feel and love you even when you're not so lovable ♥ What a pure blessing :)

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  3. Oh Dayle, you're so incredibly blessed!
    My parents gave me most everything I wanted ... except siblings.
    Not only to have, but more importantly, to appreciate - that's the secret.
    Thanks for sharing "yours" with us! :)

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  4. Hi Dayle! What a wonderful post about wonderful women...you included! :-) I cannot imagine life without a sister and feel blessed knowing that I would choose her as my friend even if we weren't related! I'm so thrilled to be joining your party this week.
    Vanessa

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  5. Nothing like that support group. Lovely.

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  6. You know -- my support group. That is more than a simple pleasure -- it is a lifeline! So sweet to see a picture of your precious family!

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  7. What another absolutely perfect simple pleasure. I think this one falls into a "even more that that" category. To have the love of a godly mother is one of life's best blessings for sure, and to add to that the love and support of TWO wonderful sisters, well what could be better? I have also been blessed with this (though I have 3 sisters!)and I can tell you that without these precious women in my life who like yours have laughed with me until our stomach's hurt, and cried with me until our eye's were slits, and walked by my side through every sunny day and rainy night I have EVER experienced, I simply wouldn't be who I am today. Can't tell you how I enjoy these posts. HUGS, Debbie

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  8. I agree with you Dayle, to have a loving and supportive family is indeed priceless!! I've just returned from visiting with mine and am so thankful to God for my brothers and sisters. My beautiful mum is 94 in January and HER big sister wil be 100 in February. Sisters are special at any age :-)
    blessings..Trish

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  9. Hi Dayle...that's a great photo and you all look alike....you can definitely see the similiarities. Glad you're back too....love simple pleasures. ☺

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  10. Here we go again. I love all the Simple Pleasures that everyone shares. I look forward to this day every week.
    I don't think I've ever seen your older sister.
    What a great pictures!

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  11. Oh Dayle, I'm sure that you know how much I love this one. I could have written it myself, right on down to three sisters, a mom, and cackling, crying hens.

    You have a beautiful women in your family. I think I can safely say from reading your blog and Gayle's blog (MISS HER BTW!) that the beauty is not limited to that of the external sort, either.

    Wonderful simple pleasure.

    I'm going to take some time right now and start venturing to the others.

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  12. What a wonderful pleasure being with your peeps
    Love it !!
    I sure missed not reading all the pleasures last Thursday so glad to be here today

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  13. Awesome, inspiring blog you have, Dayle!! So glad I found you through Sarah! Following and will be back to participate in this soon!!!

    Blessings & Many Hugs,
    Coreen

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  14. Dayle,
    You've got the best sort of support group! How wonderful.
    Thanks for hosting Simple Pleasures. A Simple Pleasure in and of itself!

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  15. I'm with you all the way on this one, Dayle. I can't imagine life without my sisters.

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  16. To be there for each other is such a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. Dayle,
    What a super Simple Pleasure! Your Mom and your sisters are truly a wonderful support group - whether you are laughing or crying! I am also so very fortunate to have daughters who support me in that same way.


    ~Jean

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  18. I have two sisters, also....and two brothers. Our mother is 90. I'm closer to my youngest sister than to any other of my siblings (I'm the eldest of the 5), and she's a great support, just as I try to be to her. We have lived in the same town for 35 years, raising our children together.Her three daughters are like my own. Now her 5 granddaughters are my substitute ones...since my two sons seem reluctant to marry and have families. ;-)

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  19. How fabulous! Growing up, we had quite a trio that spent nearly every minute of every weekend together (even when I was in high school). Mom, Grandma, and I would shop til we dropped! Now it is just me and mom but we're training my boys well for future expeditions!

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  20. My name is barb and i have been introduced to your blog by my sister trish and i would like to join your group of lovely ladies

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  21. What a beautiful group of ladies you all are!

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