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An Idea to Nurture

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I keep hearing ads about how kids are dependent on school breakfast/lunch programs, but when off school they aren't eating, let alone eating healthy. It occured to me to fill in the gap, if only for one child.

At first I thought being available to single mothers out there by providing a few fun and nutricious meals. That doesn't seem fair. The way things are going with the "E" word it's not just kids from single mothers that are suffering. There are families all around us who need help. There are grandparents raising grandkids. There are families who have enormous medical bills. There are families needing to spend time at a hospital with a loved one.

The list goes on. What about the pre-schoolers?Today my little contribution is going to make some breakfast cookies and bring them to church tomorrow. Someone is sure to help me get them to a few people.

"Thank you, God, for providing me with food and shelter"

Little things I can do can make a difference.



NOTE: I am adding a public cookbook here on SP called Only BreaKfast Cookies. They are the ones I think are the most nutricious and do-able. I'll try to add other recipes.

  
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SPEEDY143 9/30/2011 9:01PM

    And who doesn't like cookies???? emoticonidea. Please share your recipe emoticon

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EVANIAN 9/28/2011 6:12PM

    THAT'S A REALLY GOOD IDEA. I WISH MORE PEOPLE WOULD THINK THAT WAY AND THIS WORLD MIGHT NOT BE IN THE STATE THAT IT IS. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/26/2011 2:05PM

    Hey, I think that is a great idea about making healthy cookies! Can you send me the link? emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/26/2011 1:17AM

    emoticonidea Deborah! Glad you can help in any way you can! Every person who can help can / will make a difference even if it's for just a few! You have a kind heart!!

emoticon my dear friend!

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GOATGIRLJM 9/26/2011 12:53AM

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GOATGIRLJM 9/26/2011 12:16AM

    I had commented on this blog and my comment disappeared. Anyway what u r doing is great. And one person can make a difference. We might not be able to help the untie world, but the child that u do help matters. That child doesn't have a rumbully tummy. If more people that c!n help would just help one person, what a great thimg that would be.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/25/2011 12:15PM

    Great ideas and what a wonderful Godly thing to do.
I'm going to look up your cookbook. Maybe I can get my kids to eat them too!
Karen
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BLUEANGELLK 9/25/2011 9:58AM

    You have a great big heart! I am glad to know people like you!!

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JOANNS4 9/24/2011 9:32PM

    You are so thoughtful. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 9/24/2011 7:30PM

    Hmmmmmmm... Breakfast cookies!

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SMIDGON 9/24/2011 4:28PM

    Our Church usually provide free hot lunches in the summer. This just past summer the state wouldn't give a grant. It wasn't just our Church, either. About 1/3 of the applying Churches in our state didn't received either.

Janet

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PARAEAST 9/24/2011 1:45PM

    Breakfast cookies sound good.
Yes working in a public school I see so much. so many kids may not eat breakfast and some have no money. It's sad!
So good of you to help!

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WINDSWEPTACRES 9/24/2011 1:42PM

    Schoolkids here are fed breakfast and lunch during the school year, and some schools sent home backpacks with food for the weekend -- microwavable mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, etc. We also have a summer lunch program where kids from toddlers up to age 13 can get their lunches at designated places in town for free.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2011 12:26PM

    Great idea! People always feel like their little contribution isn't going to make a difference, but the truth is it DOES make an impact.

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TABBYARTS 9/24/2011 11:46AM

    Breakfast cookies? Like a granola bar shaped like a gingerbread man?

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DEBBIEDAY 9/24/2011 11:37AM

    What a neat idea!!! Care to share your breakfast cookie recipe? Witha preK granddaughter that has to catch the bus by 7 AM a healthy cookie and a glass of milk might get her to eat something before getting on the bus!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/24/2011 11:36AM

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GOATGIRLJM 9/24/2011 11:35AM

    This is a real problem that most people don't no exist in the USA. I was at the store last Sunday after church and two little kids came in and asked what they could buy to eat with 1.33. I wish I knew where they lived so I could bring them some food. The store manager gave them each two pieces of fruit., but that won't keep them full all day. It made me so sad.

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The "Middle Wife"

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The following came in my email today. I don't think I'll ever forget this one!


The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher



I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'

'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)

'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)

'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.

Now you have two choices...laugh and close this page or pass this along to someone else to spread the laughs. I know what I did!!!

Live every day as if it is your LAST chance to make someone happy!



  
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COMPUCATHY 9/23/2011 8:34PM

    Hi-larious! I shared it with my husband. He loved it! Thanks for the chuckle! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 9/16/2011 4:50PM

    I have seen this before and enjoyed it both times! Thank you for sharing.

Jane on Guam

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GOATGIRLJM 9/16/2011 11:33AM

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GOATGIRLJM 9/16/2011 11:27AM

    Kids can b sooo cute.

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GRANDMABABA 9/10/2011 4:20PM

    So cute!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/10/2011 1:01PM

    What kicks me is so many of us adults are "visual" as opposed to technical. I'm so glad y'all enjoyed it.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/10/2011 12:33PM

    AWESOME story!!! Thanks for sharing it!! Again, you just never know what a child will say but you can bet it will be their honest version!!!
Hugs,
Helen

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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/10/2011 11:02AM

    Wow, that was so cute. Thanks for posting this. I needed a good laugh.
Karen

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PRECIOUSMAZIE 9/10/2011 10:26AM

    In honor of this story and the last comment "Live everyday as if its your last chance to make someone happy." I would like to add this little story that came in my email.

A couple of senior couples were strolling along, wives in front, and husbands in back chatting. Bernie turns to Marv
and says, "Ya know, we went to a new restaurant last night and had the best meal ever. Great prices, too."
Marv smiles and says, "Well, we like to eat out too. So what was the name of this fine new eatery?"
Bernie says, "You're going to have to help me out here a little. What's the name of that pretty flower, smells sweet,
often red, grows on a thorny bush?"
Marv grins again, "Well now, Bernie, sounds like a rose to me."
"Yes, yes, that's it!" cries Bernie, and then he calls ahead to his wife.
"Rose! Rose, honey, what was the name of that little restaurant we ate at last night?"

Also have a look at this website this was so popular that it crashed their site. http://www.win7news.net/N14Z2N/1108
18-Fish The last few seconds in my opinion are the best.

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NDTEACHER1 9/10/2011 9:59AM

    Oh, my goodness! I could see some of my students doing this.

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The "Middle Wife"

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The following came in my email today. I don't think I'll ever forget this one!


The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher



I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'

'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)

'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)

'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.

Now you have two choices...laugh and close this page or pass this along to someone else to spread the laughs. I know what I did!!!

Live every day as if it is your LAST chance to make someone happy!



  
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CATHYGETSFIT 9/20/2011 6:22PM

    hahahaha That was hysterical! Loved it!! emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/12/2011 1:20PM

    Thank you all. Glad I got to brighten your day!

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CHLOESUE 9/10/2011 2:25PM

    I loved it.Thanks for sharing!

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AMANDAMUGNSTIK 9/10/2011 10:01AM

    Loved it!

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A Fresh Start with a Wonderful Buddy

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I have an accountability buddy. Honestly, if it weren't for her this day would have gone out the window. I"ve had heatlthy meals and snacks and am getting ready for a bit of exercise. My heart isn't in this, I must admit, but like someone told me, it's about putting one foot in front of the other.

Tomorrow will get easier. I get to go shopping for my produce. My meals for the next week are planned around that. The yuck part - I have to go get a new ID card made. Mine is about to expire. I guess that will be my "fat" picture that I have to carry around with me. There's a reason for everything.

Hugs to all of you who believe in me when it's all I can do to believe in myself.

  
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GOATGIRLJM 9/26/2011 12:12AM

    U r doing so great! Each good choice that u make changes your health and one good choice leads to another!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/20/2011 6:18PM

    We all have days like that Deborah!! Even people who don't have medical problems. I'm glad you have someone who can / will keep you accountable. DH and I exercise together part of the week. I think I'm the only one really who holds me accountable. lol Just remember that this isn't a race. Taking baby steps towards your goal will help to ensure that this will stick with you for the rest of your life!! I don't think I look any different in any of my pictures even after losing weight. But then I suppose I am harder on myself. :)

Big Hugs across the miles my dear friend!!
Cathy

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CHLOESUE 9/8/2011 9:34AM

    It's now 2 days later.Hope you have had two good days.It gets better and easier as the days go by.How are you doing? Hope the ID picture wasn't too painful for you.My driver's license was renewed last year with a new picture.I am happy to say that my picture would look better today after an almost 25 pound weight loss this year.I want you to enjoy that feeling too.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/7/2011 8:05PM

    So glad you have an accountability buddy to help you stay on track and keep moving. AWESOME!!!

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SACOST 9/7/2011 4:24PM

    emoticon I know you can.

emoticon that you have an accountability buddy to keep you focused.

emoticon you will reach your goals.

emoticon Sue

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SPEEDY143 9/7/2011 3:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonfor emoticon

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LABRYANT 9/7/2011 12:24PM

    It's never too late to start your day over! :D
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L.

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PRECIOUSMAZIE 9/7/2011 9:54AM

    I have so many days that are like that. I read in the Spark that when you take a step backwards take two forwards. And since I seem to take a lot of backwards steps lately it was good advice for me. I like your attitude. "just put one foot in front of the other." Not everyday feels good while in it but you can look back at see that you did make progress!

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ISPARKLE4YOU 9/6/2011 6:31PM

    You're going to do awesome! I just took some time yesterday to make a meal plan for the week- talk about planning! It's crazy how much time it takes! I'm glad you have an accountability partner- I do too, she's also my running buddy- and she has made a WORLD of difference! I also work with her, so I have to make sure I take healthy lunches and don't eat fast food too much! Lol..
Good luck!
M

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An Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Over the next few days hubby and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. Every bite of decadent food I taste (hubby is in charge of selecting the restaurants) I'm going to be snubbing my nose at the people who said we wouldn't last a year.

I will be so off track! It's ok. Everyone needs a little splurge time. I may regret it - my body has become used to the healthier side of meals and snacks. But tracking is out of the question.

I will be getting exercise. The little town we'll be in is full of steep hills to walk and trails to hike. In fact, the hotel is up narrow stairs, so just getting to our room will be a workout. Especially carrying our luggage, etc.

See you once I get back!

  
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CHLOESUE 9/8/2011 9:38AM

    Congratulations on your 19th wedding anniversary.Hope it was a very special time together with your husband. emoticon

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REBELBLITZ 9/3/2011 5:34PM

    Happy anniversary! Have a great time and laugh a lot and enjoy happy times.

Cheryl

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JOANNS4 9/3/2011 6:53AM

    Happy Anniversary. Enjoy yourself and the special time your have together.
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SPEEDY143 9/2/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon emoticontime sure does fly... glad you are still on your honeymoon emoticonI'm sure you'll get plenty of exercise so you'll need to fuel the passion emoticonENJOY!!!!!

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WAVE1946 8/30/2011 6:56PM

    Congradulations... Have a great time and eat as you like. Just have fun and smile at each other a lot~~~
Nick
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SMIDGON 8/30/2011 6:11PM

    When is your ann.? 19 years, did you say?

Sept 01 we will be married 49 years. After 3 kids, 5 grandchildren, I can snub people also. Most people said we'd never make it. We were and still are completely different.

God Bless You Both and many more.

Blessings,
Janet>
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/30/2011 5:37PM

    Congratulations on a wonderful and auspicious occasion!

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