Smiles from the Smiley Lady; Ruth Kaiser

Today is the day! I am so thrilled to announce that our dear friend Ruth Kasier (AKA the Smiley Lady)’s first book,

The Smiley Book of Colors hits stores! Ruth has been a friend of MOAS for a while first on Twitter and then in real life and I am so thrilled to give you a sneak peek of her new book.  It is a wonderful gift for the child in your life (ages 0-100) and I can guarantee will start you on the QUEST to search for your own smileys EVERYWHERE!! That’s right soon  you will find yourself on countless photo safaris looking for hidden smiles.  So with that,  enjoy this guest post from author and artist Ruth Kaiser.

The Smileyest Times of Our Lives

Cell Phone Smiley

The happiest moments in our lives deserve more than a cursory nod once a year. I suggest that pausing for just a moment, every day, to remember the joy associated with these events, is a way to have a happier life. To that end, my cell phone sends me a little musical message four times a day (a.k.a. an alarm goes off).


Cell Phone Smiley

Each morning at 10:28 I am reminded that this was the moment that my wonderful little boy Lyle was born. To be clear, my phone chimes at 10:28 everyday, 365 days a year, not just on the day of his birth. Everyday my heart takes a moment to swell with the love I have for this great kid of mine. I literally stop what I am doing and conjure up a memory of Lyle. Five seconds later I return to what I was doing with a glow in my heart.

Cell Phone Smiley

In the middle of each afternoon, I am reminded of the moment of our wedding. I hear the chiming and take just a moment to mentally step away from my busy day to visualize something from the wedding and to remember how joyful I felt.

Cell Phone Smiley

Every day as the afternoon draws to an end, at 4:48, my phone lets me know it is time to remember the birth of my sweet daughter Hillary. I decide, the moment I hear the music, to consciously stop and think of that happy event when I first became a mommy and how much joy she has brought to my life.

Cell Phone Smiley

The final reminder comes as I settle in, each evening, for a cozy night. At 7:45 my phone reminds me of the birth of my last child. I pause to think of the happiness Darren brings me today and of the wonder and awe I felt when he arrived.

Some times I get into having a theme: think of a birthday party, remember a Halloween costume, conjure up a picture of their sweet sleeping face, marvel once more over a special achievement . . .

Birthday Cake Smiley

I hope this inspires you to take out your cell phone and program in some alarms to mark the Smiley-est moments of your life. It is a simple joy. Joy usually is.

Smile. Be Happy.

P.S.: For those births that occurred in the wee hours, I just tell moms and dads to add 12 hours and remember that child at a time that falls when they’re awake.

For more info about Ruth, follow these links!




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