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I have a birthday this week. I’m not dreading it, but I do wonder, ‘at what point are birthdays redundant’? Cake, candles, gifts, cards, friends and family. Repeat. I could live without the cake, I could forgo the candles and maybe even the gifts (I did say maybe!). BUT, I would be very sad if cards were not in the mail this week. I might even cry if there were no Facebook posts. I would hate a silent phone on my birthday.  I love hearing from old friends! I love the birthday song voice mail from my nephew–every year! I’m having a small family party and I’m very excited about a day for ME!

How about you? Is it a big family celebration? A night out on the town? A quiet moment with the ones you love? Do you embrace growing old, gracefully? Are you young enough to just love everything about the day?

So, it’s my birthday on Friday. Feel free to send a card, a gift, a cake 🙂 or just leave a post or comment. I am more sentimental then I want to admit!moms cake

My niece Sarah, has spent much time abroad and here in the states working on important issues like, child slavery, world hunger, oppression and much more. I have always loved her passion for everything she does. Never half-way. She is always ALL IN! Her latest venture is no different and today I wanted to highlight it and see if you might be interested in supporting her.

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Sarah and Cynthia in Zambia

 For 25 days, Sarah and a group of 25 others are giving up normal food and eating rice and beans. They will eat the same portion size as Cynthia, pictured above eats. Their goal is to get over 1750 partners to give $25 and agree to give up fast food for 25 days. The monetary challenge is not a lot. But in our society of fast food ‘addicts’ it would make a great statement if these 1750 also followed through on the second part of the challenge.

So here’s my challenge…will you join with Sarah and I? She needs a few more people to finish her portion of the pledge. The 25 will give up their rice and beans each day til they reach their goal. This morning Sarah confessed she was missing her morning coffee! This is definitely a life changing challenge for her and hopefully for the thousands who WILL receive much needed food. Their goal is to provide almost 200,000 WFP meals for schoolchildren in Africa and India.

You can read the rest of her story on her blog post at JVA Consulting. From her page you can sign up to support her. Thanks for considering!

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Although I am a huge fan of Christmas, today is my favorite day of the year. I am celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus. For those of the Christian faith today is the day to remember the reason for the Christmas Child. Christ came into the world as a baby and he left the world as a Savior. More than a good teacher, although his teachings are remarkable, his death on the Cross made it possible for me to know real love. His triumph over death makes it possible for me to know real life–here and forever. His example of how to live, to serve, to see the poor and to love others changes the way I live. I make different choices now. I see people the way the Creator sees them and I am moved to make a difference in this world. It’s not an easy path, but the blessings along the way make my joy complete.

It all started with a simple prayer and it has led to life well-lived. It began a transformation in my life and heart and it is not over. He holds me in His hand and calls me His beloved. I hope you know He loves you too!

Happy Easter.


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Those leaves look so peaceful don’t they? Well, my fall has been anything but peaceful. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I like to post a few times every week. I knew that my work schedule would go a little crazy once the school year started, but I had no idea how crazy it would get.

At the end of September, while my Mom was staying at my home, we had to rush her to the hospital. After 6 days of tests and very few answers, Mom was moved to a rehab facility to try to regain her strength and movement. She possibly had a stroke, but no conclusive results because of her pacemaker. She ended up staying in rehab for four weeks. My week consisted of frequent trips to visit and still trying to get all my work done. The therapists felt Mom did better when a family member was present for their sessions. We alternated and worked out a schedule where us kids could be with her. Of course, I loved hanging out with her and helping her relearn to walk, dress, eat and interact. After the four weeks, she was not back to her baseline of ability, but we felt she had made great strides. Mom and my sister are moving to a new home at the end of November, so in the meantime, she and Mom have moved in with me. Mom is getting ‘in home’ therapy sessions with the physical, occupation and speech therapists. It’s a busy and crazy schedule around here.

We survived ‘Sandy’ and even kept our power on the whole time. We were more fortunate than many of my other friends in the Northeast. My heart broke as I heard stories of friends in NY who lost their entire first floor and it pained me to see the pictures of New Jersey. I lived in Princeton for 5 years and spent many weekends and summer days at the shore. The pictures were so hard to watch!

So, even before I add in the two big events I ran this fall, a fund-raising Banquet and a fund-raising 5K race…I had a full plate. No regrets here though, I’m just thankful Mom did not have a debilitating stroke or a heart attack or some other life altering illness. We are hopeful this round of therapy will help her continue to walk and care for herself as much as she can.

SO…that’s why I have been silent. Not out of apathy, but out of necessity. I am back and the mad dash has slowed down. So, I will be posting more frequently. I have a giveaway for a $25 Target Gift Card coming up this week and a few other great reviews and giveaways this month.

AND let’s not forget that the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is coming soon! Mom loves Christmas music, so to keep her spirits up and to give her a sense of security we played Christmas carols in the rehab center. We got a few looks from some of the staff, but they saw how it brightened Mom’s spirit. We are now playing carols in the house. After all, the mall is full of decorations and holiday sales already, so I’m just trying to keep up! Can’t wait to get out the decorations!!

Thanks for being patient and for coming back to read!!!