Love & Heart Smiles

Love~Heart Smiles

By Ann Marquette

I am not big on the commercialization or hype about Valentine’s day.

I believe we all should show love everyday to everyone.

There are various kinds/levels of love.

Everyone needs to know they are loved. Even little kindnesses, like giving someone a smile can make their day.

I hope your day is very special, and mostly I wish for you something special to make your heart smile.

The Dance Begins

English: Dancing couple illustration

English: Dancing couple illustration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Ann Marquette

You sit in this quiet place
Playing quiet beautiful music
A peace comes over you

You feel a joy you never knew
You look up to see her
There a short distance away

Her smile comes from deep within
She walks very slowly
She is coming to you

You are still playing
Yet you have stopped breathing
You feel you are in a dream

She is beside you now
She holds out her hand to you
You take her hand and rise

The music goes on in your souls
You hold each other
Softly, slowly you glide around the floor

The dance begins
To the quiet song within your hearts

January 8, 2005   Copyright

My Valentine Blessing



No matter what, we can be grateful. I wrote this in 2007 before Bear passed away.

My heart is filled with joy
You walk with me
You love me unconditionally
You have blessed me
With a wonderful Brother
Who fills me with joy
With a wonderful companion
My pet, Bear who fills me with joy
That You bless me
With beautiful experiences
By brining special people into my life

Thank You, Dear God,
For Your son, Jesus in my life
And remembering these blessings
Is my Valentine Blessing

© February 10, 2007

Sometimes I still pinch myself to be sure I am really here, in Greenville.  I knew back in 2007 that this is where I belong.  There is a reason; a purpose God has brought me here.  I am praying and trusting Him to show me how to do what it is I am to do on this part of my journey.

As today is kind of an anniversary of my actual move day, I celebrated.  Even celebrating the fact that yesterday I got the message the part job I had, sort of interviewed for has been filled.   And that is ok, because I’ve  always found that something better was around the corner.

I had a quick meeting with someone around 12 noon then decided I would take a mini adventure along Augusta Road (one of the most sought after areas to live).  There are a few small, very nice little strip malls along a section of Augusta Road and I found at one of them a French café “Le Grand Bakery.”  So I decided to check it out.  Just walking in there and looking at the beautiful and delicious looking goodies behind the glass case was committing a dieter’s sin.  I would have loved one of their pastries, but I decided instead on the small Quiche Vegetarian and coffee.  I chose a small table next to the window, and while enjoying my first time in this new-found café I could hear the group of ladies at a back table all speaking in French.  Ah, was I really in Greenville, SC or in France!  It sure added to the ambiance.

LeGrand Bakery Pastries by Ann Marquette

LeGrand Bakery Pastries by Ann Marquette

Next stop, about a block down the road was Foxfire Gallery & Kitchen Shops.  An interesting shop with many lovely things, but I was actually hoping to find a set of range covers for my electric stove.  No luck with that; however, I got in conversation with a young man working there.  It turns out his mother is an urban planner/designer and originally from Michigan.  He told me I should meet his mother as we have some things in common, so he gave me her name and where she works.  I got in touch with her this evening via Facebook and we agreed to meet for coffee some time soon.

Tonight’s adventure was attending a new writer’s group “Greenville Creative Writers” with Judy, my friend from here at Tapestry.  The Meetup was at Coffee Underground downtown.  It was fun, interesting, and we met more great people (my favorite thing to do…meeting more people).

So, it has been an awesome day celebrating my two month anniversary LIVING IN GREENVILLE.

I am so grateful for my blessings.

Letting Go…

It is a new year ~ 2014, and as usual I go through a time of remembering people who have come into my life in the previous year, become closer as friends, or others as we have drifted  apart.  And, as I recently moved and going through boxes which had been packed for several years I find things I forgot I had.  Being in a new place and no furniture to speak of it is a good time to let go of many things, either donate to Goodwill, give to family or friends, or toss:-) 

So as I am “letting go” again, I do so with love, peace and joy. 
It opens space for the gift of something or someone new.

Below is the piece I wrote some years ago.


One of the most painful things we have to do in our lives is Letting Go. Sometimes it is Letting Go of things…material things which mean a lot to us, even if only sentimental value. It may mean Letting Go of feelings. When we hold sadness inside, and try to mask it with only a show of happiness, it is better to let it go, to feel the sadness so it washes through us. A good cry can be cleansing. Sometimes, we have to let go of someone we care for very deeply when we realize that person does not care for us in the same way. Maybe it is best to leave them remembering us with whatever kind of feeling they may have for us, if any at all. It may not be possible to hide our own deeper feelings for that person, which could make their life uncomfortable. Letting Go may be the best gift we can give them because they may realize how we feel, yet care enough not to want to hurt us. Even when we know a relationship is not right, on both sides, or one person has a doubt about it, it is hard to let go of something that seems secure. We often accept less than the best because we can’t bear to let go. There are occasions when we feel something wonderful for someone, but we don’t express it for fear of being rejected. Sometimes our feelings will be rejected. Yet, what if we withhold it from the one person who could very well be that One Special Someone in our lives and they too have been afraid to express their true feelings, or don’t even realize their true feelings yet! How sad that we may miss The Best for fear of Letting Go of the expression of those feelings. Whatever the reason, or situation, it is never easy Letting Go. ©March 1994

I have been given permission to share this wonderful New Year’s Day post by my blogger friend Diane.  So much of her thoughts and feelings in this post could have come from my heart, had she not already done it :-)  Thank you Diane.


May all our blogger friends, facebook friends, ALL our friends and families be richly blessed this new year.


Believe ~ In New Beginnings by Ann Marquette

Believe ~ In New Beginnings by Ann Marquette

A vase.

A vase. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you God for this first day of 2014 and all the wonderful people in my life.

This past year was a very blessed one in so many ways, which included finally selling my house in Georgia, moving to Greenville SC in November, and already making some new friends.

I am looking forward to all the wonderful blessings, and awesome surprises you have in store for me God:-)  I begin with a  clean slate to write on, an empty vase to fill.  http://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/a-blank-slate-3/

The Greatest Gift…

The greatest gift of all time is God’s gift to us of His son Jesus.  Thank you God, and Happy Birthday Jesus.

Now remembering that He was born to give the gift of His life for our sins…that we are forgiven…let us give ourselves and others the GREAT GIFT OF FORGIVENESS.

It is “Time for Letting Go”   http://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/time-for-letting-go/  and you will be richly blessed.


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