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Oct
21

Cancer

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I wish I could say that cancer has never touched my life, but I can’t.  Actually, it touched my life before I was even born.  My father’s younger brother died of cancer, when he was still in his teens.  I never met him, but I was named after him.  I’m proud of my name and I wish I’d known my uncle.

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I am the oldest child in my family.  I have sisters and I had one dearly loved brother.  At 30 years of age, he died of cancer.  He had a beautiful wife, a toddling young son and a baby girl that didn’t make her grand appearance until several months after he was gone.  He worked hard for the M.D. after his name and barely had a chance to use it.  We adored him and our hearts ache for what might have been.

 

My brother, before he was diagnosed with cancer, and his son.


The daughter he never met and his growing boy, nearly a year after his death.  They’re both teenagers now.

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To me, my husband’s sister, my sister-in-law was most recognizable in her roles as wife, mother and art teacher.  I saw her as bright, capable, loving and healthy.  Out of all of us, she always made a conscious effort to take care of her body.  She died of cancer.  The mother in me has wept every time her sons accomplished a goal or achieved a milestone, because she wasn’t here to celebrate with them.  She’s missed graduations, marriages and the births of her grandsons.  I don’t know what they miss most about her, but I miss her laughter and her smile.

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My Ma, Gramma to my children and Mom to my husband, died of cancer 9 years ago.  It’s true what they say, that children won’t remember the dirty dishes in the sink, the piles of laundry waiting to be folded or the clutter.  Everything good about her life has been magnified with time.  The way the house looked sometimes, as I was growing up, is truly insignificant. The memories that last are memories of homemade finger-paints, pulling weeds together in the garden, and learning how to sew a straight stitch.  I hold close the memories of making paper dolls and Play-Doh creations, reading out loud, singing hymns and swingin’ to the “Oldies.”   When my daughter wants to play with my hair and “make it beautiful,” I have a flash of memory, brushing my mother’s long hair and “making it pretty”  -with barrettes and bows and bobbie pins, oh my!  I clearly recall the miles apart and hours on the phone together, laughter and tears; stern scoldings and warm embraces.  My memories say she was the most generous, had the biggest heart, and loved the deepest of any woman I’ve known.  My memories shout that taking the time to make memories with my own children is one of the greatest secret treasures my Ma ever shared with me!  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, remember; and love her all the more.

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There are many types of cancer.  There are days, weeks and entire months designated to the increased awareness of the disease.  It is an education I wish none of us ever needed, but one that we must embrace for lives to be saved.

 

Please, click the graphics for a complete list of Cancer Awareness Months and ways that you can help.

 

The American Cancer Society is devoted to raising awareness and funds to find a cure.  They offer information on prevention, early detection, research, support, and treatment.

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In 2011, it was “reported (by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) that more than 230,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 will die of the disease.”

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am so thankful for the survivors in my life.  Their faith, vulnerability and strength; courage and determination inspire me.  My beautiful, young niece is one of them.  She continues to write about her journey through breast cancer and life, offering encouragement and education; and building awareness at Pretty Pink Packages online.  She is an incredible woman and has given much of herself to others.

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I hope all is well with you and yours.


Blessings,

 

 

*Contents and photographs of this blog are copyrighted, they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

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Jun
20

Magazines Make Memories

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For almost 25 years my children have been receiving magazine subscriptions, as Christmas gifts, from two of the best aunts in the world!  When we had only small children they ordered Your Big Backyard; as we added children to our household, the aunts kept up with the older ones and added Ranger Rick.  We continued to add a newborn every couple of years, for several years, and the older ones just never stopped getting older; so, eventually National Geographic was added.  Last year was the first year in a long time that Big Backyard did not come to our house.  My “littles” have finally outgrown it.  You wouldn’t believe how many back issues of these magazines I have kept!  My children have always been interested in nature; animals, bugs, trees, water, etc.  They read about it, draw it, take photos of it, and generally appreciate God’s creation of it, every single day.

I wish I had known about Creation Illustrated!  It would have been at the top of my Humbly-Request-Your-Consideration-of-These-Magazines List for the aunts gift subscription choices.

 

 

Click the graphic to read, “Who Are We?

Creation Illustrated has been published, by Tom and Jennifer Ish, for 19 years, and they have dedicated it to “sharing the wonders of God’s creation in nature, in Scripture, and in living.”

 

Spring 2012 Issue of Creation Illustrated

Features of the Spring 2012 issue include:

  • A Creatures Near and Dear to Us feature on hummingbirds called “Flying Jewels”
  • An Outdoor Adventure story on Yellowstone National Park
  • A Lens on Creation snapshot of birds on “Bonaventure Island”
  • A Creation Day 6, Part 3 story on the Creation of Humans
  • Creation Highlights in the news
  • A Creation Resource Guide
  • A Creation Stewardship page
  • My Walk with God story called “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
  • A Genesis Cuisine recipe section featuring Smoothies for homemakers
  • A Wholesome Living Guide
  • An encouraging children’s story called “Bunny Surprise”
  • A Youth Photo Contest
  • An Instructional Guide to help homeschoolers and teachers glean key spiritual and character-building lessons from each article
  • An Educational Resource Guide
  • Uplifting poetry
  • And more!

 

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These magazines are stunning and impressive in their quality!  Every page is printed on heavy paper, using vivid color and high gloss.  A 55 page, Biblically founded, nature journal.  Unlike National Geographic, in the respect that I do not have to say, “Don’t browse through the magazine until I get the chance to look at it first,” when it comes in the mail.  With NG I had to have the opportunity to prepare for discussion of some content, ahead of time; some articles and pictures were not even approved for viewing, at certain ages.  I trust  Creation Illustrated and it is a free-for-all to see who gets it first!

 

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

email – ci@CreationIllustrated.com

phone – 1.800.360.2732

or write –

Creation Illustrated

P.O. Box 7955

Auburn, CA  95604-7955

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A 1-year subscription, 4 issues is $19.95, 2-yrs. (8) for $37.95, or 3-yrs. (12) for $53.95.  There are several back issues available for $2.99 each plus s/h.  Although, I understand the costs of publication, compared to the larger magazines, I acknowledge that some might find this a little steep in price.  I can get more issues, for less money, if I choose a different magazine, but also get a lack of my God in creation, old-earth mentality, evolution, and assundry other ideas I’d rather not deal with every time a page is turned.  I, personally, think the cost is worth it and I’ll adjust my budget, or put in a request to the aunts, to support the wonder that is Creation Illustrated magazine.

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Please, follow the links I’ve posted here and take a few minutes to read the opinions of an outstanding group of reviewers, by clicking the graphic below.

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  Four issues of this magazine were given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Thank you for your comments!

 

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

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Sep
30

A Hope of Publication

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In our home it wouldn’t be difficult to find a writer or composer, a photographer or three, or a designer, an engineer, an architect or a young inventor.  I could show you stories and poetry, music and lyrics, photographs, sketches, drawings and paintings, structures and gadgets built out of Legos, or Lincoln Logs, tin cans and wooden pallets.  Presently, there are few copy righted, less recorded and none published.  It’s difficult enough for adults to break into their field, but often it is even harder for a teenager to find a respectable outlet for their work.

We’ve made a recent discovery, though, and it’s one that gives us hope.  Aletheia Writing Magazine is a Christian magazine for teens, by youth, ages 13-19 years old.  Pronounced Ah-Lay-thei-uh, it is the Greek word for “truth” or “unveiling.”

 

Click graphic to read FAQs 

 

A one year subscription, published quarterly, costs just $26 when delivered to an address in the United States.  That’s four issues, 40 color pages, including shipping and handling.  My children found it interesting that many of the writers and artists, contributing to the magazine, have been homeschooled.  They were also pleased that they did not find this publication full of cookie-cutter stories and articles.  Yes, faith and hope are evident throughout, and the publishers state that they “will not accept work that contains profanity, tasteless violence, or inappropriate sexual content,”  but you can see the individual author in his writing or art.

You’ll find – stories, poetry, articles, reviews, photographs and contests.  Every issue features:  a Writer’s Challenge, the Featured Contributor, a book review, Glory to God for the beauty of nature, Ancient Ink, and an interview.  Aletheia Writing Magazine has made their entire Spring 2011 issue available for you to preview, for free.  It is full of energy, creativity and a bold freedom of expression.

 

Content page from the current issue – Fall 2011

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

writealetheia@gmail.com

or

Aletheia Writing Magazine

P.O. Box 1602

Lansdale, PA  19446

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You can also read other reviews of Aletheia on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew Blog.

 

Although, we hope that a submission will be accepted for publication in Aletheia Writing Magazine, the opinions expressed in this review are my own, and were not coerced in any way.

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  

 

 

Blessings,

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

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