Friday, June 12, 2009

Josie Mia & G'Ma~rella...Everything's Just Ducky

Josie Mia & G'Ma~rella
*A Day At The Duck Pond*

There's just something about visiting the duck pond. I've been going there for over thirty five years, my favorite place to enjoy lunch during my college years and after my first child was born, it was our favorite place. Little has changed over the years, other than a once gravel parking area now being nicely paved and a few park benches have been installed~oh~and restrooms! YAY for restrooms! It's so bittersweet to look at my photo's taken in the late 70's and early 80's.
Photo's of visits to the pond with my own children, full of excitement, wonder and energy. Energy...I had lots of energy back then....Yesterday, my oldest Granddaughter Josie Mia and I spent the afternoon at the duck pond. Her Mommy, my daughter Katie, packed us up a nice little picnic lunch~much to my surprise (thank you Katie!)~her sandwiches are so much like the ones her own Father used to make...brought back some very bittersweet memories. It's been over twenty two years since I've had a sandwich like that!:::sigh:::
It was a nice, warm and sunny afternoon and the parking lot was full. Josie and I spotted a little park bench up yonder, just waiting for us and our basket of goodies. My 'Red Hat' is always in the back seat of my car, so my Josie decided to wear it~so precious! If one of my other hats would have been with me, you can bet G'Ma would have been topped in red, as well! Yes, I am proud of my 'red and purple!'

~*~Josie Mia~*~

~*~My 'Red Hat' Girl!~*~

Wondering if the ducks would find us...

OF COURSE! What duck wouldn't waddle right up to meet a beautiful little girl, in a Red Hat and carrying a basket of goodies?

Big ducks, little ducks, brown ducks, boy ducks, girls ducks and baby ducks!
So. Many. Ducks!
Geese, too!

"Oh Grandma! Will we have enough bread??" We did! We had enough ducky food to keep the little feathered friends content for nearly thirty minutes, which is quite a long time, in 'duck time.'

Red, purple, a little girl, ducks and bread....

...Ooooh, what a wonderful day...

Never go a day, without stopping to smell the flowers....

...and picking one for G'Ma, of course!
We had noticed a homeless woman, who appears to live beneath a tree at the duck pond and Josie Mia was worried she may be hungry. We had half a sandwich left in our basket...

...and a can of diet soda...
Josie was truly honored as she handed them to her new friend...

Thank you Jesus...for my Josie.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hailey's Hope...Prayer Warriors UNITE!

Hailey's Hope

Prayer Warriors....UNITE!
Please keep this precious family in your thought's and prayers
and take a moment to read about Hailey's journey
into the most loving arms of her
Mommy, Daddy, Big Brother...and Jesus.
They will be meeting little Hailey
tomorrow, Friday June 12th.
God, please bless this sweet family....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Meet Angelina~CHD Awareness

So...after a truly heartbreaking day today, I've decided this is the day to introduce you to a very special little friend of mine,

Created by my best friend and 'Sis' ~ a German native
, currently living in Germany. We 'met' online a couple of years ago and have worked together on many children's 'missions' ~ advocating for little ones who are very sick, and sometimes, terminally ill.
Sandra Kay is very active in CHD Awareness and has helped to raise medical and research funds, literally around the world. Please check out her sweet Angelina site, by simply clicking below.
There is a wealth of information on this site, be sure to check out each link in the left sidebar of each page.

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$1 of each book sold will be going to the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund, a fund for CHD research!

About the Book

Children have the natural ability to accept the reality of angels and this delightful first book of the "Angelina" Series will teach them about those heavenly beings. "Angelina in Don't be afraid of the Dark" is a comforting bed time story that gently reminds us that we are never alone. Its contents are written in easy-to-read, and it is wonderfully illustrated with saturated, rich colors. Plus, a bonus *surprise activity awaits the reader on the last page.

About Sandra Kay...the Author, Friend and Sister...

Having worked with sick children for over 10 years, Sandra Kay has a long background and profound experiences in Child Life and Child Psychology. As a constant observer involved in pain and suffering, she decided that it was time to take the next step in order to make people aware of the various diseases our children have to endure. She founded 2 organizations:

  • "Matters of the Heart", dedicated to educate the public about Congenital Heart Defects and to bring joy to little heart patients in the hospital
  • "Seraphim Children Projects", with the goal of raising Awareness for children with different illnesses like Autism, Childhood Cancer, etc

"Angelina – Don't be afraid of the Dark" is her first Children's book and she is very proud of having created a really unique and special book for soothing the fears of children.

For more information on Sandra Kay's work please visit her pages:

My Oldest granddaughter, Josie Mia

Reading the original version of

'Don't Be Afraid of The Dark'

See the little *'rainbow' card by her knee?

The children hold the card, leaving all their worries in the card,

then place it beneath their pillow at bed-time.

Josie was at one time a very anxious sleeper...

at nearly six years old now, she actually looks forward

to her nightly story, prayers and sleep. :)

Hope you take a few moments to check out the above sites and learn a little more about CHD. Matters of the heart....isn't this truly what life is all about?