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Vote To Help Pa. Foodbanks Win $50,000

Originally posted on CBS Pittsburgh:

Walmart is holding a contest to benefit food banks across the country through the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” Campaign.

Fifty food banks will receive $50,000, but they need your help!

The winners will be determined by a vote on Walmart’s website. There are several in the state of Pennsylvania looking for your vote!

According to a press release, “The campaign comes at a critical time, as food insecurity remain at a historic high this fall, with 1 in 7 Americans in need of food assistance today – including 12 million children.”

If you’d like to cast a vote to help out our local food banks, visit Walmart’s website here: http://wm8.walmart.com/Hunger/#/

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Their Poisoned Flower

There once was a young girl that blossomed to be a beautiful flower. Her parents loved her and watched her grow to be a lovely young lady. Her smile was like sunshine. Her limbs were graceful and danced like the wind through a willow. When she was near, not only did her words touch their heart, but her eyes invited them to look deep into her soul. There she would pull them near and wrap them close with her love. There they would stay through the day.

She began to take walks, just to have her own time to be away. She mingled with some close friends, and they began to help lead her astray. They introduced her to a young man that had grown to be a weed. Poisoning every part of their promising flower. He pushed the evil drink to her full lips. He encouraged her fun times if she would just swallow what was in his hand. He even went so far as to get her to poison herself with the needle he placed in her hand.

Then one day, the flower and the weed went to far. They hovered above their broken bodies and looked at their soiled life. They were trampled, and mangled and cried out for some one to please help. The same time they were crying, the flower’s parents were kneeling. Praying for help. Praying for angels to appear. Angels to guide their souls back to their bodies. To heal them and protect them. To bring them back home. There they would wrap them in mercy and give them hope.

That night a prayer was answered.  Medicine poured over and through, like rain, healing their insides, and encouragement, like sunshine, helped them continue to grow. Now when people look, they see these two. Two young happy people. New parents. Living free.

 

Saturday Morning Deja Vu

Friday night movie night with Gary-Incredibly Relaxing.  Everything in life slowed waaaaay down and got better as the night progressed. The popcorn tasted like gourmet. We topped it off with Cheez-its and leaned back and relaxed. The movie theater held a total of 6. Us included. So quiet. We enjoyed the movie Lucy and went with whatever it had to offer. We both like Morgan Freeman a lot and I like Scarlett Johansson. When we got home,  for some reason we talked about week night evenings when we were children. Get home from school, play outside till supper, do homework, watch half an hour of tv, (parent’s pick), read, go to bed around nine. 

After our talk on how similar our weeknights were, we seemed to wake up and relive childhood Saturday mornings. Get up way before our mom’s, like around 5  in the  a.m., switch the button on the television, hear it turn on, watch the same regular line-up of awesome, wholesome, cartoons.  Then by 8;30 or 9:00, begin deep house cleaning. My husband said he had to mow the lawn,work on the cars, and do outside house repairs. I had to start at the ceiling practically, and work down to scrubbing the floors. Then we headed to the store for the weekly grocery shopping.

So this Saturday, we decided to have a little deja vu. We wandered out to the living room and watched Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends for like two whole hours,  then really, really cleaned, then grocery shopped. We hauled out our trusty old crock pot and slowly cooked the recipe of the weekend-Pork Tenderloin with onion, chicken broth, and sauerkraut served with creamy sweet basil mashed potatoes. 

We have changed the family schedule somewhat from growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. We have relaxed more on bed times, how much tv is watched, we try to get work done around the house quicker, but we still have a lot of time together and we listen to our kids talk about their own fond memories of a little bit of their Saturday morning deja vu. Memories. Jennifer

 

So Important to Set Goals

Sometimes is seems that life gets so hectic that time just passes so quickly.  In fact, with all the new technology available, much of our precious spare time is now filled before we know it.  This makes it so important, now as much as ever, to set goals and keep moving forward.

Keeping your eyes on the prize…

Starting out on a journey with no clear understanding of where we want to end up is certain to be full of surprises, both good and bad.  Life has enough of those, whether you plan or not.  Taking the time to look ahead, both short term and long term is critical to helping not only see the direction you want to travel, but in getting you there.

It is easy to forget…

Ever notice that our days are filled with ideas and thoughts that are so quickly forgotten.  Writing down daily thoughts and tasks helps to keep us straight.  So it works with writing down goals, and keeping them in plain site.  Tape them on your mirror, put them on your tablet or smart phone.  The key to remembering is seeing them often enough to keep moving in the right direction.

You are the one you need to make happy…

While it is great to encourage others on their way to achieving goals, never lose sight of what is important to you and those you love.  Your goals may be somehat silly to others, or like mine just downright crazy.  The fact is you need to make yourself happy.  Be honest with yourself on your dreams and where you want to go.  Be true to yourself.  Oh yeah, and keep moving forward – Walt Disney. 

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Hanging out with loved ones…

Something special about hanging out with loved ones. It is special when those people are family members. People you enjoy being with and appreciate their company. A couple of weeks ago we spent a long weekend at Fort Wilderness Campground in Disney World with some very special family members that we truly love spending time with. Doesn’t the time go so fast? Too fast! We had such a wonderful time and every moment felt like a special moment.

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God blesses us with these time as we draw closer to him. As the 4th of July draws closer to us as an American holiday tradition, I hope each of you are able to find those special people and spend time with them. Hopefully they are family members, but they may be friends, or people you work with, or workout with. It doesn’t really matter, but just know that you have special people around you each and every day that you need to appreciate their time and the love that your feel. Happy 4th of July weekend to everyone and may you enjoy it with those dear to you. GSN

I’m letting life happen

Whether I get up or not each day, my life and life around me is going to continue. There has been no tragedy, just many changes this year.  Some very stressful one’s that felt like they might break me, but as they passed through, beautifully, along came the blessings. These testings have just made me more fiercely, determined to stop! Stop worrying. Pray. Stop trying to fix what is wrong and just let it happen. Once I was able to clear the ugly from others out of my life, back came the smiles, the laughter, the happiness. The joy of getting up every morning to open the curtains, listen to the birds, take a walk, and plan out our goal list. Now, I concentrate on all the positive people around me that love me, for me. There will always be the mean and ugly, but who know’s what will happen to them? Maybe prayer and patience to let it happen will be the strong path to them healing and being a blessing to someone in their life that needs them. For now, I am moving forward,enjoying the blessings. Curiously excited to see what will happen in my life. Peace.