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Holiday Joys

Roseville CA 2015 Christmas Parade via Kaye Swain Real Estate agent Santa on Denios vintage firetruck and lots of cute company

Such a lovely week past and another delightful one to come. Yesterday was our Holiday Parade. I believe they schedule it a bit early to celebrate Thanksgiving as well as Christmas AND to hopefully avoid bad weather. That worked beautifully yesterday as it was in the mid-60s most of the day, beautiful sunshine, bright blue skies, and no rain due til Monday at least. Hooray!

I had so much fun watching the parade with all ages participating from young kids and grandkids on up to senior citizens. I loved the oranges Kaiser handed out, the unicyclists who did an awesome job, the adorable kids dancing, twirling, and waving away. And getting to see friends and neighbors while walking along. A delightful time full of new memories along with lovely old memories of times gone by with grandkids in tow.

Roseville CA parade had great team of unicyclists via Kaye Swain real estate agent blogger.jpg

Does your hometown do parades? You can usually find out by checking the city’s website or the Chamber of Commerce’s. It’s a fun tradition in so many cities and a delightful expedition with the grandkids.

Today I  visited a delightful Quilt Show put on by the River City Quilters’ Guild in Sacramento CA. I enjoyed looking at so many creative and colorful quilts including several lovely ones by dear friends. I snapped a cute photo of an owl quilt for my senior mom. She will love seeing it!

Not only were there many delightful quilts on display. They also had several interesting vendors with a wide variety of quilt, craft and other products. And oh my, I was especially tickled by this cute quilt one of the many intriguing vendors, The Quilt House, had displayed. As I told her, I bet if my grandsons could see it, they’d wish their grandma had better sewing skills. :)

Cute caterpillar quilt my grandkids would love via Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent and from The Quilt House

This was the second year I had admired the cute crafts shared by the sweet husband and wife team of Generation to Generation Heirlooms and I had a great time taking his….errrrrr….Santa’s photo.

Sacramento CA Quilt Show had Generation to Generation Heirlooms with an adorable nativity set and more via Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent


Santa at the Quilt Show in Sacramento CA via Kaye Swain blogger and REALTOR

I love the Bible verse that is on their business cards – “But, LORD, You remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation. Lam. 5:19” :)

Long Distance Joys

Are all your grandchildren nearby or long distance or both? At the moment all my grandkids are long distance in different directions so probably no quilt shows or crafting projects with them over the holidays this year. But I was blessed to visit one set of grandkids a few weeks ago and they were so sweet. They put up their Christmas tree way early and the grandkids and I had a wonderful time playing Christmas music and decorating the tree just as we’ve done many times in the past. It was a wonderful treat for all of us and something I’ll treasure in my heart. I do love flexibility on all sides. As I tell my grandkids, we aren’t changing dates! We’re just spreading out the fun!

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I’m looking forward to visiting the other set of sweeties down the road. And how I cherish the various phone conversations with my different “phone buddies.” It’s not easy being so far apart. But I continue to give thanks to God for cell phones, email, texting, and more! What’s your favorite way of long distance grandparenting?

Thankful Joys

Christian encouragement for Thanksgiving and beyond via Kaye Swain Roseville CA blogger real estate agent



Giving Thanks for and with Music

Isn’t that a lovely photo of an autumn waterfall, courtesy of a grand app – WordSwag. So peaceful to see and such a lovely Bible verse. Both of which reminded me of a favorite contemporary praise and worship hymn song, Waterfall, by Chris Tomlin. My grandkids and I enjoyed listening to this a few times on my visit. Some of the lyrics include:

“Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

That is so true. When we receive Him into our heart as Savior, surrender our lives to Him daily as our Lord, we will see such sweet wonders of His love! He has proven this to me over and over through the years. Isn’t He wonderful. What a great song for this week of Thanksgiving, don’t you think?

Sweet Words of Encouragement for Boomers and Seniors

Continuing on in the book of John, here is part 10 – covering John 5:1-9 – Opposed by Hopelessness. I know this story well, but Pastor David Guzik had some intriguing highlights and gave me new food for thought as I listened. Always a nice treat! :)

Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults

Here’s another fun Thanksgiving coloring page for our grandkids, senior adults, and others who might enjoy it.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Sandwich Generation caregivers and grandparents everywhere via Kaye Swain Roseville CA


And I thought todays Scripture Picture might make an interesting and challenging coloring page for adults.

 Happy Thanksgiving to the Sandwich Generation caregivers and grandparents everywhere via Kaye Swain Roseville CA

Happy Thanksgiving

My prayer for all of us is for a safe, peaceful, joy-filled holiday whether our sweet families are near or far away. And for us to keep our eyes fixed on the power of GOD no matter what. :)


P.S. If you’d like more Thanksgiving coloring pages for kids, grandkids, adults, elderly seniors, and more AND some cute resources, my local blog, Roseville California Joys, has some fun ideas in my post, Thanksgiving Fun in Roseville CA, in the section – Thanksgiving fun for kids and grandkids. And you don’t have to live in or around Roseville / Sacramento area to enjoy them. :)



God’s Comfort on Dark Days

Christian words of encouragement via Roseville CA social media blogger Kaye Swain

As our hearts and prayers are with the victims of terrorism everywhere along with their family and friends, I find myself clinging to one of my long-time favorite and very comforting Bible verses from Isaiah as well as sharing it with my family and friends.

Comforting Hymns and Songs for Difficult Seasons of Life

The God of Angel Armies, a lovely contemporary praise song by Chris Tomlin, is a favorite of one of my grandkids and myself. And it’s especially comforting during difficult seasons of life – whether brought about by terrorism, family grief and sorrow, personal woes, etc.

Here’s a lovely version with the lyrics showing and it’s part of a beautiful playlist to encourage and lift your spirits

Pastor Nates teaches the next in the series of verse by verse Bible studies in the book of John, part 09, from Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, California.

Coloring Page for Kids and Adults

Here’s another fun Thanksgiving coloring page plus I turned today’s Scripture picture into a coloring page. Enjoy!


Christian encouragement coloring page for adults and kids via Roseville CA social media blogger Kaye Swain


Fun Thanksgiving Coloring page for kids and adults via Kaye Swain Roseville CA blogger

Praying for Our World and Our Families

Praying for our world, our country and our families this week for a season of peace and God’s wisdom in the midst of sorrow. I was very blessed with the opportunity to pray about all that had happened with various grandkids nearby as well as long distance via cell phone. It was a sweet way to teach them to pray about everything that happens – good and bad – and put our trust in God. We also read the encouraging and comforting Bible verse in the photo above together. A sweet way of leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds.


P.S. Last week I shared resources for boomers and seniors, caregivers and grandparents in and out of the Sandwich Generation dealing with grief and sorrow during the holiday season. If you missed it or are interested in those resources in the wake of more international tragedy, it’s at Sweet Words of Comfort as Thanksgiving Draws Near.


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Words of Encouragement

Christian words of encouragement via Kaye Swain social media blogger and real estate agent

Day by day more leaves turn the lovely shades of autumn: gold, brown, red, orange and more. Such sweet joys to see them do just as they should. And such encouraging joy to read these sweet words of God’s promises for which I am so grateful!

Thanksgiving Coloring Page for Young and Old

Happy Thanksgiving pilgrim boy 2014 from Roseville California real estate agent Kaye Swain

Heavenly Worship and Thanksgiving

I picked the hymn The Throne sung by Michael W Smith because:

  • I love it
  • I love the reminder that no matter how gorgeous and colorful our earth is, Heaven will be even more wonderful
  • It’s part of a 10-song playlist of contemporary worship songs for Thanksgiving music

Be Blessed!

The next in the series of verse by verse Bible studies in the book of John, part 08, taught by Santa Barbara pastor, David Guzik:

Sweet blessings to you

Have a lovely week. Be encouraged in your day-to-day journey, including caregiving, enjoying grandkids and more, in our precious Lord and His awesome Word and world!


P.S. As much as I’m looking forward to the upcoming holidays, I know there are many caregivers who are grieving what has happened or will come. Or grandparents missing long distance grandkids. You’ll find great resources to help in my many Pinterest boards, my Caregiving Resources board. Just click here.