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I never realized how I have been blessed more than I will ever know. I had a student say to me…..Are you in my other class? My response was I have no Idea I cannot look behind my head. Yes indeed she was. For as long as I can remember I have sat in the front so that I can hear the instructors better. Then again…..I want to drown out the students and the world. I get laughed at. I get picked on. All in a good way. I never truly knew that I had such a sense of humor. Total strangers go to me………”You are REALLY funny.” I tell them no I am not and then the fun really begins. I challenge them to give me one word and with that one word I make up the most outrageous joke ever. Today will be no exception. My challenge will be my 11 year old son. Once again it will be the mother/son food cooking challenge. He told me the food he wants to learn how to cook the following is the recipe for slow cooker stew:

1-2 lbs of stew meat (depending how big your family is)

2 packages of frozen stew vegetables

1 can of tomato soup undiluted

1 can of cream of mushroom soup undiluted

1 packet of onion soup mix ( I prefer Lipton)

1-2 cups water depending on the amount of gravy you want


Place all of the ingredients in that order in the crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours.


I have been reading a book called Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World By Dr. David Jeremiah. Have you ever wondered what should you do in times of distress or difficulty? From the recent economic crisis to natural disasters. It makes you think….What’s coming next? What can you do to deal with life and its many challenges? The book breaks it down into 10 simple and easy chapters. Each chapter shares stories of people and their successes through some of life’s greatest difficulties. In order to live with confidence in this world, we must be willing to take the necessary steps to rebuild our lives from the ground up. We must make a commitment to better ourselves and the lives of others by following God’s plan for us. This may not always be apparent to some. But to others the answers can be found in the good book …..the Bible. Dr David Jeremiah’s book is a handbook to get you started on the right path. I highly recommend this book to those who have been searching for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions.

I recently had a conversation with a friend on the West coast who will be expecting a baby in a few short months. The topic lead to bonding with baby. I asked her if she was going to breastfeed her baby and she replied yes. I would personally have to say that is one of the best things a woman can do for her baby. It can be one of the most personal and bonding experiences a woman will ever have with her child. The next best thing would have to be kangaroo care for preterm infants. Kangaroo care is the practice of when a mother or father of a preterm infant holds the diapered baby on their chest. This promotes skin to skin contact between infant and parent. Another way to promote bonding would be the fine art of baby wearing. Baby wearing using a sling appears to calm fussy babies. The baby is snug in a sling it feels like it is in utero once again.

My dearest youngest son,

       Both yesterday and today you reminded me that you need to wear gym shoes to school. Today I told you twice to put on your shoes. Instead you didn’t listen to me. I watched you jump out in the middle of the yard with your boots on. I was too tired to think. When the school bus came, I noticed you had your boots on. I told you…..Oh well I told you to put your shoes on twice. The look on your face was of pure disappointment. I watched you go back to your seat. I ran into the house and got your shoes just as the school bus was about to pull away. She opened the door for me and we met on the steps…… Now you have your shoes my son. I am so proud of you. For today you will jump for a child who cannot jump. Today you will jump for a child with heart disease. Today I watched you jump in the snow. I can’t help but think about the child that can’t jump in the snow. The one who’s too sick. The one who’s heart beats with cardiovascular disease. I feel proud that you my son are doing something for another little one. Today I watched you grow up a little more. Through your little part in school today, I hope that another child will grow up healthy with a stronger heart free of disease.



The greatest valentine gift of  all came to me in the form of several hugs from my six year old. He was so excited to see me be at his Valentine’s party at school. He ran up to me several times to give me surprise hugs. Several times this past week he would come up to me and say….”Now close your eyes really tight……” I would try to peek but he would say…….” I told you to close your eyes.” All of a sudden he would plant a kiss on my cheek. It’s those simple moments in life that I want to remember of my son. A moment that could never be captured by a camera. I often tell myself that I need to write it down before I forget. I have decided to save the valentines he received at the valentines party plastic bag along with a few pictures that I took of him. One special picture will be of the both of us together. I cherish the moments of pure parental joy. The simple things my child says to me…. “Mom put on your seat belt or the policeman will get you.” Yes my son……I know you want me to be safe. No my son he won’t arrest me for being stopped for doing 37 mph in a 25 mph zone. The greatest gift from the policeman was……Next time don’t do it. I’ll always remember the day you distracted me by your chatter in the back seat my little one. Because I was paying attention to you and not the speed limit. I’ll pay attention to the signs next time. But for now I choose to listen to your chatter for as long as I can…….Before you grow up too fast. You are my funny Valentine. I love you so…….Love you to infinity and beyond……..MOM

I would have to admit that I have been busy preparing for the launch of a new craft idea I have been working on. I stumbled across this blog recently and have decided to donate some of my items to this site.

I have been troubled lately by the comments made by people in the local newspaper. Comments like……..There are starving people in America too. This is not about America. This is about a country devastated by a natural disaster. It could have happened anywhere in the world. But the world chose Haiti. Now nations around the world are helping this country get back on it’s feet again. It will probably take years to rebuild the towns devastated by the natural disaster. To give a new and renewed hope to the hopeless is priceless. To reach out to others is what we are called to do. If you don’t have the finances, consider making a difference in a different way.

Hold a bake sale

Hold a car wash

Ask that your birthday gifts be money……Donate it to a reputable fund

The list can go on and on. Let your creative imagination flow. Hand in hand. Together as one. We can make a difference for Haiti.

My experiences with crafting have taken me to many different places of healing. One recent encounter lead me to give away two angel bracelets that I have made. These bracelets symbolized new hope for the women that received them. I told one of the women that the new year would bring new blessings for her. She witnessed what true friendship could bring…….emotional support and a fresh outlook for a better tomorrow. Every day we encounter many people on our walk through life. How many of those people need encouragement? You will never know until you ask the question…..How can I help you? My six year old son taught me those five most important words. He showed me great kindness and concern on a recent trip to Subway at the mall. I was taking him to the mall to see Santa. Suddenly he said the words “I’m hungry I want Subway.” I was a little surprised at his request since I had never taken him to Subway. It was a first for me. I let him order what he wanted to eat and then we sat down at a booth. I helped him with holding his chocolate milk since I didn’t want it on his shirt. We had not taken a picture with Santa yet and I wanted his clothes to be fairly unstained. All of a sudden my son said……”Mom, you need to eat.” I didn’t buy myself a sandwich to eat because I wasn’t hungry. But I was forced to eat. I ended up buying a six inch sub. I then sat at the booth and watched my son eat. I thanked him for taking such good care of me. At such a young age he showed me an important lesson………..I need to sustain my emotional and physically energy in order to do the things that I need to get done. As the year is finishing up, I am finding myself on a new journey. I was recently told I needed to find a new career choice that was less physically demanding. I believe that I have found a new path to lead me to a better career and a better life for my  whole family. This will be the driving force for the next five years of my life. I will still continue to craft for my health. Over the next year, I will be finding new inspirations to incorporate into my new craft business. My life has come full circle. I am blessed.

This past October I bought a really cute angel holding a basket at a local florist. I thought that I would use it this Thanksgiving for a new family tradition. I want to pass slips of paper around and have everyone write how they were blessed this year. I will then have my youngest son read the papers with my help of course. I want my youngest son to experience the richness of having an attitude of gratitude each and every day. I just asked him……What are you thankful for? His reply was my brothers. He will experience the true meaning of family when he shares the Thanksgiving meal this year. It has been a year of reestablished relationships for me this year. His paternal grandmother called me in January and explained to me what was going on and the rest was history. I started talking to her after being alienated from the family for three years due to a less than perfect divorce. It’s just the way life is. It’s never perfect. Life just happens. Things happen in life for a reason. I am blessed with four boys and a very supportive family. 2010 will bring great blessings on me. But that is for a different blog. My wish for you is this……May you be blessed in a special way through this holiday season. May you find the true meaning of Christmas and not be caught up in thoughts of………..How can I get presents for my children. The greatest gift was already given to them. Life though Jesus Christ.

After checking out the local hospital’s new ER, I went to the local pharmacy to get some Tamiflu. Thank God for insurance. It saved me over $100.00. Oh the price of getting the flu. Tis the season for the flu. While at the pharmacy, I ran into an old friend from the Neonatal Unit. I didn’t want to get to close to her since she was there getting a flu shot. I have already been exposed to it. I have the immunity of a nurse still. Thank God for immunity and hand sanitizer. I told my friend that I would be making some hats for the unit and that she should keep an eye out for them. I have some Christmas colored yarn and have decided to make some festive hats for the unit.

Here are some other baby hat patterns too.

I stumbled across a new magazine that I have never seen before. It looks like it’s been out for a while but I just never noticed it. I picked up magazine Creative Knitting at a local Border’s Bookstore. I absolutely love the layout of the magazine. There are practically no ads in the magazine. There are a lot of fantastic patterns to  try for every knitter. Each project has great instructions to follow and the pictures are fantastic. I am actually thinking of ordering some of the back issues to share with the knitting group I belong to. Right now the ladies are working on prayer shawls for their prayer shawl ministry.

September 2020

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