Time For a Little Humor!

Okay, enough with the heavy for a bit. The level of craziness in this world is reaching to an all-high-time high and the stress for many is unbearable – especially since the election.

Image by geralt (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by geralt (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Therefore, I thought I would share a little clean and pure humor. It is a joke I have heard before and it gives me a giggle every time I read it. Then, as I was poking around, I found it again on Fisheaters.com:

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.

Out of the mouth of babes! I love this and it reminds me of someone I used to know who told me that she hopes that heaven is one big, eternal, never-ending supply of chocolate! I like chocolate, for sure, but not that much!

Take some time to smile and laugh today! The future may be unsure but the power and sovereignty of God is not!

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The 10 Best Christmas Songs Ever!

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Aren’t you just loving all the wonderful Christmas music? I am! I love them all, but there are some that I can listen to over and over and never tire listening to them. For fun, I thought I would share a few of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Some are religious, some are not… and I’ve tried to link directly to the artist singing the song or to the lyrics.)

10 Christmas Songs Ever

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1. The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless us Everyone) by Celine Dion.

2. O Holy Night ( Il Divo Version).

3. Christmas Canon by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

4. Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth (David Bowie, Bing Crosby version).

5. Christmas Eve by Celine Dion (I love all the songs on Celine’s “These are Special Times” album actually.)

6. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Whitney Houston version).

7. The Holly and the Ivy (Traditional).

8. Baby it’s Cold Outside (Michael Buble version).

9. The Christmas Shoes by Newsong. This song makes me cry every time, but I still love it!

10. Don’t Save it All for Christmas Day (Avalon version).

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite Christmas song or Christmas album? Do tell in the comments!

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Ten Reasons to Love Autumn

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My favorite season has always been spring; but, I have to admit that autumn has slowly become my new favorite. I don’t tolerate winter very well, so for years, autumn was nothing more than a precursor to my most dreaded season. However, over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate the many joys of autumn. Here are the top ten reasons I’ve come to love the season of autumn:

10 Reasons to Love Autumn

1. Cooler weather. After the scorched days of August, the cooler weather of autumn is a welcome relief!

2. The colors. I love the deep, earthly colors of autumn! The reds, the oranges, the yellows and browns are comforting and homey.

3. Fall Foliage. When I lived in Ohio, I loved walking or driving around town to look at the leaves as they turned color and fell to the ground. Here, in NJ, I love to see the turning leaves. the NJ Parkway is lovely in the fall. And, who doesn’t love the reward of jumping into a newly raked pile of crunchy leaves?!!

4. Fall Festivals. Bring on the fall festival fun! The hay rides, the mazes, and all the harvest goodness that comes with fall festivals is definitely worth the onset of autumn. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Snuggling. It is so much fun to snuggle up on the couch with a good book and cup of tea. Or, better yet, to cuddle up on the couch with my husband and son and read or watch TV together!

6. Flannel sheets. I love the cozy warmth of flannel sheets (and pajamas). Although, I must confess, it makes getting out of bed so much harder. ๐Ÿ˜‰

7. Family gatherings. Summer gatherings and barbecues are fun; but, there’s nothing like Thanksgiving dinner or getting together around the kitchen to chat or for a rowdy game of Pictionary!

8. Pumpkin carving – and eating! Some people are so creative. It’s fun to see all the different designs and characters that are carved out of the pumpkins. Unfortunately, I’m not very creative, so I’ll stick to decorating with markers and stickers. LOL! And let’s not forget the wonderful pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin soup!

9. Apples, apples, everywhere!ย  Apple picking must be one of the best things about fall. And, even if you can’t get to an apple orchard, apples are so inexpensive now. There are so many varieties to try and choose from. I make a simple homemade applesauce that my family loves. Besides, who doesn’t love warm apple cider, apple pie and apple butter? I also like to toss apples in my sausage, peppers and potatoes recipe for a touch of sweetness.

10. Soups and Stews. There’s nothing better than a nice, hot bowl of soup to warm you up on a cold day, so I make lots of homemade soups and stews in the fall/winter. Just throw a few ingredients in the slow cooker and in a few hours you have a tasty and hearty supper. Add some bread and/or salad and you have a complete and healthy meal.

The one thing you aren’t going to find on my list is football. I’m sorry (Not!) to say that I don’t like football. {gasp!} It’s true. I find it boring. Did you know that during a 3 hour football game there’s only about 11 minutes of action. I’m not kidding. My father-in-law read it somewhere last year and then calculated it for himself. If you don’t believe me you ask him yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s not to say that I never watch a game. My husband watches it once in a while; so I’ll sort of watch bits and pieces of the game.

What do you love about Autumn? Do share!

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Put the Lime in the Coconut…

(I needed a break from all the course work and papers and reading from my classes and God in His wisdom reminded me of this post. After re-watching it, I decided to publish it again. I hope it puts a smile your face as it did mine!)

You know how sometimes you will hear something, a song usually, that gets stuck in your head? You find yourself singing it over and over? Well, thanks to Evan ( ๐Ÿ™‚ ), I have had a song in my head for a week!

In Evan’s Sunday Snippets post last week, I found his link to the Muppet Show’s version of “Put the Lime in the Coconut” song. It’s been in my head ever since! It doesn’t help either when I hear Andrew playing with his toys and all of a sudden I hear him sing the song!

Some of my younger readers might not remember the Muppet Show, but it was so funny! Here’s the embedded video:

Bubble Fun with Baking Soda and Vinegar!

How to Make Bubbles

This is a fun “science” project to do with your kids that I found in “More Mudpies to Magnets” (affiliate link). It can be a little messy, so summertime is the best time to do this project because you can do it outside!

Making Bubbles!

What you will need:

  • 1 small squeeze bottle of vinegar
  • 1 small bowl of baking soda
  • small spoons
  • small cups

Instructions

  1. Have child put a spoonful of baking soda into cup.
  2. Then have child start spraying the vinegar into cup.
  3. Mix until you get the consistency you want!
  4. Have fun trying to make the most bubbles!
You can find more fun bubble experiments here,ย  including this recipe for a

Bubble Bomb!

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • A paper towel
  • Zip-lock baggie

Instructions

  1. Place the baking soda in the center of a paper towel and fold up the towel into a square package to hold the powder inside.
  2. Into the zip-lock sandwich bag add half a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of warm water.
  3. Put the paper towel package into the mouth of the zip-lock bag and hold it out of the vinegar by pinching the sides of the plastic bag.
  4. Zip the bag closed then let the paper towel drop into the vinegar. The bag will fill up with carbon dioxide gas and pop with a bang, so make sure it’s in a sink or outside!

Be careful when doing these projects, especially the bubble bomb. Have fun!

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Bubble Fun!

How to make homemade bubbles

Baking soda and vinegar bubbles

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Pinewood Derby Fun 2013

cubs

On Sunday, Andrew participated in the Pinewood Derby race with his fellow cub scout troops from Pack 52. He missed the derby last year so this was his first time participating and he had a blast! Not only did he have some quality bonding time with his daddy (and mama had some quiet time to herself – yay!) but he even won two races!

On top of that he won an award for “best paint job.” I thought that was kind of funny because thanks to Michael’s schedule, putting the car together was last-minute and it didn’t turn out as polished or nice as some of the other cars – at least according to Michael. Still, Andrew had painted the car himself and I am very proud of him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pinewood Derby Fun 2013

Yes, Andrew wanted a “Spiderman” theme for his car. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any stickers like he wanted, but he made due with what he had. ๐Ÿ™‚ And now he’s all ready talking about next year and has several themes he wants to use for next year’s car!

Ode to Motherhood

Life is a gift. So is motherhood. Being a mother is a hard, often thankless, job. No doubt about that. But motherhood is beautiful and wonderful. I can’t even imagine what my life was like before my son. Sure I remember the ‘freedom’ of doing what I want, going where I want and not having the worries and duties I have now. But every second was (and is) worth it. Andrew has blessed my life in so many ways.

And I am so grateful to my own mom. She is an amazing, wonderful woman who sacrificed a lot for us – more than I think we will ever know.

This Sunday is Mother’s day, so I’d like to take this opportunity to honor my mom and all mothers with some quotes and images I’ve found on Pinterest. Enjoy!

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Emily Dickinson Saying

Pinned by Celinda Wickkiser from wishafriend.com

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A baby will make love stronger...

Pinned by Carita Lacount from Tumblr

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Untitled

Pinned by Marina Diaconasu (no link available)

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Quote by Jill Churchill

Pinned by Jan O'Neil from famousquotesabout.com

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Before the Baby Wakes

Pinned by Margo Norton from beforethebabywakes.com

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When she held her child

Pinned by Nikaa Photography (no link available)

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When she held

Pinned by Monica Blood from Etsy.com

Happy Mother’s day to all you wonderful moms! God bless.

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10 Words to Describe God

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Call it the joy of Easter, call it spring fever, or just call me crazy ๐Ÿ™‚ , but lately my heart has been full of the praises of the Lord, and I can’t resist sharing the many attributes of our great God!

1. Merciful. This past Sunday was Divine Mercy Sunday, and a great time to remember how merciful our Lord is, ready to reach down and lift us up when we fall, ready to fill our souls with His goodness.

2. Patient. God is patient, so, so patient. I always say, “Thank God, for God” because if I were God…well, the world would have been wiped out a long time ago! LOL! Okay, I’m kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Loving. The Life of Jesus. The Suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Need I say more?

4. Forgiving. As Catholics, we have tangible proof of God’s forgiveness every time we go to confession and hear the words of the absolution. I always leave confession feeling refreshed of soul and ready to continue the “good fight of faith” no matter how nervous I might feel before going in! Here’s a guide on how to make a good confession if you need it.

5. Holy. Our great God is a holy God, worthy of all our praise and gratitude!

6. Worthy. God is all worthy. Worthy of our adoration and worship!

7. Faithful. We may not always be faithful to God (speaking for myself) but God is ALWAYS faithful to us. This is comforting to remember as we pray for our loved ones who are far from the faith.

8. Our Salvation. Jesus is our Lord, our redeemer. Through Him, through is life, death and resurrection we are “adopted children of the Father.” Through Jesus we have access to heaven for all eternity.ย  How awesome is that?!

9. Healing. No one goes through life unscathed. It’s impossible. But, God is there with healing balm to soothe our spirits and fill our emptiness of heart, if only we let Him.

10. Perfect. God is all-good, all-knowing, all-loving. He is perfect in all things. He knows all, and NEVER makes mistakes. We can never “know the mind of God” but we can trust that all that He allows is for our own good, our holiness and our salvation.

Come, praise the Lord with me and share your words that describe our awesome God! Just leave your attributes of God in the comments.

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

7 Quick Takes: “Life Lessons Learned” Edition

Tomorrow (Saturday) officially marks my 42nd year of life. I don’t particularly feel 42, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Time has flown by so fast and it seems to go faster every minute. As I reflect, I feel truly blessed and thankful. Of course, I’ve been through bad times and challenges as everyone else. Due to my cerebral palsy, I’m almost always in pain. BUT the joys, the blessings, the goodness FAR outweighs the bad. And in those challenging times, I have learned some valuable lessons. Here are a few random ones:

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Miracles happen. I’ve seen them in my life. I have seen them in the life of others around me. Some miracles are obvious, stand-out ones; but, mostly you have to open your eyes to see them. Miracles reside in the little things.

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People CAN change. We might not see the fruits of our prayers in our lifetime; but, I truly believe that if there is life there is hope. There is no one so hopeless that they can’t be touched and transformed by God’s grace.

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Forgiveness is paramount. Oh, this is a hard lesson to learn. One that will take me a lifetime. When people have hurt us – sometimes very deeply – it can seem like an impossible task to forgive that person. Even perceived hurt, where we are offended or “betrayed” by someone who doesn’t even REALIZE they’ve done something wrong, can be hard to forgive. But forgive, we must. Not for their sake, but for ours.

Living in anger and bitterness changes us and darkens our souls like a cancer. God doesn’t want that for us. He wants to give us life, His abundant life! And it is only in HIM can we find strength and healing.

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Being able to laugh at oneself is essential. Another lesson I struggle with. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can be quite quirky at times, but tend to take things seriously – to seriously at times. Not everything is a catastrophe and needs immediate attention! And it is good to laugh at one’s mistakes and foibles and faults. No one’s perfect and perfectionism cause anxiety, frustration and stress – not a good combination for charity and peace!

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No one’s looking – they are too busy looking at themselves. As I grow older, I’ve gotten less self-conscious of what others think, especially when I realized that most people are so busy with their lives, they don’t usually notice yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Love is a choice. I read once that love is “a decision to will the good of another.” Love isn’t a sappy, feel-good emotion. Love is in the trenches. Love is holding your sick child’s head as he vomits in the toilet. It’s picking up your spouse’s dirty laundry off the floor -again. It’s in the gritty, dirty, exhausting living of life with those around you. And that is where love is its most glorious.

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Less is more. I’ve always been somewhat of a minimalist since I find clutter and “stuff” overwhelming. But, as I get older, I see more and more the wisdom of having less. There’s freedom in not being burdened with too much. And there’s less to clean and take care of, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are the life lessons you’ve learned over the years? Do share!

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I So Want to Make this!

ย Taste of Home Snowman Pretzels(Photo credit)

I found this fun recipe for White Chocolate Snowman Pretzels over at Homemade Mamas and I can’t wait to make these with my son. These actually look easy enough for someone as un-crafty as me! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find Taste of Home’s original recipe here.