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May
12

Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day - blog ready

 

Happy Mother’s Day, Momma.  I love you.

Always,

Sarah E.

 

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Oct
24

Flowers of Blessing

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My youngest son came through the door with an enthusiastic grin on his face.  He’d been gone a few hours helping his dad on a job.  Before I could say, “Hello” or ask how his morning had been, he asked, “Hey Mom, daisies are your favorite flower, right?”  I hadn’t noticed his hands behind his back until that moment.  “Yes, sir. They certainly are,” I replied with a note of anticipation.  “Here, I got this for you!” he said as he handed me the loveliest flower in the prettiest vase he’d been able to find.

“He loves me.  He loves me not…” 

Clearly, he loves me and I am one blessed momma!

Blessings to you and yours,

#Wendy’s  #Raising Boys to be Men  #Daisies

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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,

 

 

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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!

 

 

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Aug
10

Wordless Wednesday

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“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of The Lord is to be praised!”  Psalm 113:3

 

 

 

 

May the peace of The Lord be with you,

 

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Jul
13

Wordless Wednesday

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“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Blessings,

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Thank you for your comments.  May your life be enriched for having stopped here.  PK

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Jun
08

Wordless Wednesday

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HIS ATTITUDE

Colossians 3:23, 24

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive
an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
~ New International Version ~

 

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James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above,

coming down from The Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows.”

~ NIV ~

The clothes on our backs, the roof over our heads, the shoes on our feet, the food in our belly’s and more -

Most often, through the gifted and skilled hands of the artist-craftsman;

husband and father.

Blessings to you and yours,

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  PK


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May
25

Wordless Wednesday

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“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”   Ephesians 5:1-2

 

 

Abundant Blessings,

 

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Mar
23

Wordless Wednesday

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A Herald of Spring ~ Yellow Forsythias

 

 

“…and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Matthew 6:29-33

 

 

Blessings,

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Thank you.

 

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Mar
18

Friday’s Fave Five #102

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Living to tell The Story sponsors Friday’s Fave Five Meme.  An opportunity for me to pause and note 5 Favorite moments of my week or to give thanks for 5 wonders or blessings or

 

1.)  Loving memories of my mother.  A St. Patrick’s Day baby born during WWII.  Her daddy made her an Irish Kawleen.  We knew her as Ma, Mom and Gramma.  She died in 2003, just 3 months after being diagnosed with colon cancer.  She would be amazed at how often we think of her and how much we miss her.  Even I am amazed at how real her life seems to the children that didn’t even have a chance to know her.  One of my little ones walked into my room, yesterday, and said, “Today’s Gramma’s birthday and I have the perfect present for her.”  Before I could say anything, she blew a kiss Heavenward and said, “Happy Birthday, Gramma.”

It’s so easy to hear my mother’s voice and her laughter.  I hear them when I talk with my sister’s.  I hear them in my own voice and the way I phrase a sentence when I speak to my children.  I see the hint of her features when I look in the mirror and it makes me smile when one of my older children touches my hair and says, “Oh, Momma, your hair is starting to feel silky, like Gramma’s,”  and a younger one says, “I wanna feel.”

She was a good woman.  She loved God and she loved us.  Growing up, she was everything I wanted to be.  I look forward to “meeting her in the morning, just inside the Eastern gate, over there…”

A Skelton photograph


2.)  Ah, the sunshine.  The warm breeze.  The chill is out of my bones and I am sure that spring has arrived!  A sweet respite before the hot, humid; sometimes languid days of summer.

Photo by PK

 

3.)  $3.99 All You Can Eat Papa’s Pizza Buffet.  Tossed salad, cucumbers, tomatoes, banana peppers and shredded cheese; broccoli salad with raisins and dried cranberries, nuts and sunflower seeds.  Thin crust loaded veggie pizza, thick crust three meat… your way, any way!  Have you noticed grocery prices, lately?  I don’t know how he does it.  1 case of head lettuce – $62.  This time last year, 1 case of head lettuce – $38.  Good food.  Good people!

 

4.)  Older children licensed to drive themselves to work and thereby enabling this momma to sleep in, just in case she was up until 3 a.m. writing or some such nonsense.

A Mustang dream

 

5.)  A child’s laughter.  Anyone’s child.  Anywhere.  I love to hear a child giggle and laugh.  Innocent.  Trusting.  No inhibitions.  In spite of all of the tragedy and heartache in this world, when I hear a child’s laughter I hear the sound of hope.

Photo by PK

 

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“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”

 

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Thank you.

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