Friday, March 16, 2018

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate!

This meme made me laugh!! 😂

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Okay so we all know that this picture is exaggerating... but it's true that husbands and wives need to realize that their brains may process things differently! In my personal experience, I've found that my husband will focus on one idea at a time and I'll be bouncing all over, making connections, seeing a big grand picture in my mind. And it's so exciting! (so I go on...) "And this! And that! And the other!!"

But then I suddenly realize that he hasn't said anything for awhile and stop to ask him what he thinks. Turns out that he had formulated a response for the first thing I brought up and was waiting to say that, but it was now irrelevant because I have gone through ten more subjects since then. 🤣 So at this point he has ten different possible responses, and he's trying to decide which one to comment on. (silence... thinking... silence...)

In my excited enthusiasm (and lack of patience) I see his hesitancy as not having a response at all, so I start up again to fill the void... and leave him in the dust again! And the cycle repeats. Or at some point I may stop and be like, "How come you're not interested? This is exciting!!" But the poor man is just trying to keep up with the topic changes!!

As Jed Clampett once said on the Beverly Hillbillies, "What we have here is a failure to communicate!!" (This is one of my husband's favorite quotes. For context, just watch this funny video clip from 1:00 to 2:30. )

When communicating with my husband, no matter how enthusiastic I am, if I want him to participate in the conversation, I have had to learn to slow down and WAIT (and even count to ten in my head!) and patiently give him time to comment, one subject at a time. (It's so hard!!!) But it's amazing how much better we communicate when I do this! And he has had to learn to comment OUT LOUD, not just in his head haha. 🤔

It's a process! But it's worth it to take the time to learn how your spouse communicates and help him understand how you communicate, and then work hard on improving your interactions. Mostly it just takes understanding, love and patience. 💖

What can you do to better understand your spouse today?
Make it a priority for #FamilyFriday!
~JS~ 🌞

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Revolution to End Extreme Poverty

I came up with #ThankfulThursday as a way to remember what we are grateful for and look for ways to pay it forward. "Because I have been given much, I too must give" is the mantra for Thankful Thursday! There are so many ways to give back, from simply smiling at someone in the grocery store, to traveling across the world to help someone out of extreme poverty. All efforts are important to the individual touched by your actions. So don't think you can't give back just because your circle of influence is limited.

This week I attended the CHOICE Humanitarian Breakfast of Humanitarians where we were privileged to hear from Dr. James B. Mayfield, co-founder of CHOICE Humanitarian, and Bishnu Adhikari, who has worked with Jim for many years. These two men have spent a lifetime finding ways to give back to the world around them. It's such a blessing to know both of these great humanitarians personally.

I was very impressed with a video that was shown at the Breakfast of Humanitarians, so I thought I'd share it with you today. Imagine a world where extreme poverty no longer exists. Is it possible? Watch this video and see what we have been working on, in conjunction with great humanitarians like Jim and Bishnu, to make this dream a reality. Look for my husband, Lonny, at 1:59. 😇

We would love to visit with you more about the work we are doing through amazing organizations like CHOICE Humanitarian. Lonny regularly does presentations about his work in the developing world and would be happy to come share pictures, principles, and a bit of culture with your family, civic group, or church congregation. Send inquiries to:

I challenge you to celebrate #ThankfulThursday by finding something, big or small, that you can do to #giveback to others today.

~JS~ 🌞

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Burgers are Better with Cheese Sauce! (Or are they?!?)

Hey everyone! Here's your #WellnessWednesday video of the day:

😂😂😂 But seriously, let's do something to improve our health today! This morning I practiced Wellness Wednesday by doing my husband's morning calisthenics and stretching routine with him. 👏 He's been doing this quick exercise routine most mornings for nearly a year now and has totally gotten rid of his back and knee pain. I've been having a lot of aches and pains lately, so I figured it was about time I joined him!

What kinds of things do you do to take care of yourself with a busy life? Share in the comments below. And have a wonderful day!! 🌞 ~JS~

Monday, March 5, 2018

Motivation Monday Giveaway! "A Moment in My Hands: Treasure Your Moments" by Rosie Martinez

Hey everyone! It's #MotivationMonday!! I am so excited to share a special book with you, written by my good friend, Rosie Martinez of A moment in my hands. She recently published the Kindle version of her new book that you can find on Amazon here: Check it out! (And here's a secret... If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read the book right now at no additional cost!)

Rosie is a sought-after public speaker whose stories delight and inspire audiences. In fact, she can even keep a group of teenagers riveted on her story as they learn wonderful life lessons without even realizing it! I am so excited to read all of her wonderful real-life stories with that will inspire and motivate us all!

In fact, I got so excited about her success that I decided to give away FIVE COPIES of her new book!! So if you don't have Kindle unlimited, you can still get your hands on this awesome book as my guest. All you have to do to win is:

1) Like my Facebook page: Jumbled Sunshine
2) Make a comment on this post, telling us what you do to help motivate yourself on Mondays. :)
3) Send me a message (at the top of the Jumbled Sunshine page there is a blue button that says "send message") to tell me you've completed these two steps.

That's it! The first five people to respond will receive a reply giving them a unique, single-use Amazon link to a giveaway where everyone wins! You'll receive a free Kindle copy of Rosie's book, "Treasure Your Moments: A Moment in Your Hands" courtesy of Jumbled Sunshine Studios.

I hope you're having a fantastic Monday so far and I hope you share your light with everyone around you today. 🌞 ~ JS ~