A Story Of Christmas Back In 1881

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Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving.

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It was Christmas Eve, 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.

After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn’t in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But Pa didn’t get the Bible, instead he bundled up again and went outside.

I couldn’t figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn’t worry about it long though, I was too busy wallowing in self-pity.
Soon Pa came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. “Come on, Matt,” he said. “Bundle up good, it’s cold out tonight.” I was really upset then. Not only wasn’t I getting the rifle for Christmas, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see.We’d already done all the chores, and I couldn’t think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this.
But I  knew Pa was not very patient at one dragging one’s feet when he’d told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn’t know what.
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Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn’t going to be a short, quick, little job. I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Pa was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him. The cold was already biting at me. I wasn’t happy.

When I was on, Pa pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. “I think we’ll put on the high sideboards,” he said. “Here, help me.” The high sideboards! It had been a bigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high side boards on.After we had exchanged the sideboards, Pa went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood – the wood I’d spent all summer hauling down from the mountain, and then all fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing?

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Finally I said something. “Pa,” I asked, “what are you doing?” “You been by the Widow Jensen’s lately?” he asked. The Widow
Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I’d been by, but so what?

Yeah,” I said, “Why?”

“I rode by just today,” Pa said. “Little Jakey was out digging around in woodpile trying to find a few chips. They’re out of wood, Matt.” That was all he said and then he turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it.

Finally, Pa called a halt to our loading, then we went to the smoke house and Pa took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait. When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand. “What’s in the little sack?” I asked. Shoes, they’re out of shoes.

Little Jakey just had gunny sacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a little candy.”

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We rode the two miles to Widow Jensen’s pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Pa was doing. We didn’t have much by worldly standards. Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it.

We also had meat and flour, so we could spare that, but I knew we didn’t have any money, so why was Pa buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn’t have been our concern.

We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house and unloaded the wood as quietly as possible, then we took the meat and flour and shoes to the door. We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, “Who is it?” “Lucas Miles, Ma’am, and my son, Matt… could we come in for a bit?”

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Widow Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all. Widow Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp.

“We brought you a few things, Ma’am,” Pa said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then Pa handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out, one pair at a time.

There was a pair for her and one for each of the children – sturdy shoes, the best… shoes that would last. I watched her carefully.
She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks. She looked up at Pa like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn’t come out.

“We brought a load of wood too, Ma’am,” Pa said. He turned to me and said, “Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let’s get that fire up to size and heat this place up.”

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I wasn’t the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes too. In my mind I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn’t speak.

My heart swelled within me and a joy that I’d never known before, filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people.

I soon had the fire blazing and everyone’s spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Pa handed them each a piece of candy and Widow Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn’t crossed her face for a long time. She finally turned to us. “God bless you,” she said. “I know the Lord has sent you. The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us.”

In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears welled up in my eyes again. I’d never thought of Pa in those exact terms before, but  after Widow Jensen mentioned it, I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Pa had never walked the earth. I started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Ma and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it.

Pa insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit, and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Then I guessed that if he was on an errand for the Lord, that the Lord would make sure he got the right sizes.

Tears were running down Widow Jensen’s face again when we stood up to leave. Pa took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. … They clung to him and didn’t want us to go. I could see that they missed their Pa.

At the door Pa turned to Widow Jensen and said, “The Mrs. wanted me to invite you and the children over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The turkey will be more than the three of us can eat, and a man can get cantankerous if  has to eat turkey for too many meals.

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We’ll be by to get you about eleven. It’ll be nice to have some little ones around again. Matt, here, hasn’t been little for quite a spell.” I was the youngest… my two brothers and two sisters had all married and had moved away.

Widow Jensen nodded and said, “Thank you, Brother Miles. I don’t have to say, may the Lord bless you, I know for certain that He will.”

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Out on the sled I felt a warmth that came from deep within and I didn’t even notice the cold. When we had gone a ways, Pa turned to me and said, “Matt, I want you to know something. Your Ma and me have been tucking a little money away here and there all year so we could buy that rifle for you, but we didn’t have quite enough.Then yesterday a man who owed me a little money from years back came by to make things square.
Your Ma and me were real excited, thinking that now we could get you that rifle, and I started into town this morning to do just that, but on the way I saw little Jakey out scratching in the woodpile with his feet wrapped in those gunny
sacks and I knew what I had to do. Son, I spent the money for shoes and a little candy for those children. I hope you understand.”I understood alright… and my eyes became wet with tears again. I understood very well, and I was so glad Pa had done it.
Now the rifle seemed very low on my list of priorities. Pa had given me a lot more. He had given me the look on Widow Jensen’s face and the radiant smiles of her three children.For the rest of my life, whenever I saw any of the Jensen’s, or split a block of wood, I remembered, and remembering brought back that same joy I felt riding home beside Pa that night. Pa had given me much more than a rifle that night, he had given me the best Christmas of my life.
Merry Christmas and God bless you!
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How To Have an Awesome Spring Break

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Spring Break For Most Schools Starts Soon. Are You Going On a Vacation With The Family Or a Stay-cation In Your Own Town?

Here Are a Few Ideas To Help Jump Start Your Break if You Are Staying In Town.

Make Homemade Pizza Together.

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Make a Birdhouse.

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Call Your Local Theaters and See If They Have Free Dollar Movies During Spring Break Week.

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Plant Something- Start Your Garden Now.

Food Day. Eat Backwards (dinner, lunch, and then breakfast).

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Volunteer To Help Out In Your Community…Great For Older Kids.

Learn a New Craft.

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Learn How To Slackline.

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Make a Fairy Garden.

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Visit Grandparents. (if live locally)

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Keep The Kids Busy Over  With These **Crazy-Cute Rainbow Loom Caterpillars!*

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Make An Unbirthday Cake.

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Donate Old Winter Clothes.

Go on a Bike Ride.

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Go To Local Garage Sales to Look for Treasures.

Go Fly a Kite.

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Play Flashlight Tag.

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Dance In The Rain.

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Make 5-Minute Bird Feeders.

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Visit Someplace New.

Go Swimming.

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Get a Pedicure.

Take Your Kids On a  Date.

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Go Out For Ice Cream.

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Play Messy Twister….You place Colored Shaving Cream  the Color Of Each Dot On The Twister Dots Before You Play. (Turn the Page For a Video To Show You How.)

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Plant Some Flowers.

Do a Random Act Of Kindness.

Make Rock Candy.

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Make Shadow Puppets

 

Go To The Zoo.

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Enjoy a Farmer’s Market.

Unplug For a Day.

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Make a Tire Swing.

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What Are You Doing Over Spring Break? Have a Great Time With You Family.

 

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From Our Family 2 Yours… Happy Thanksgiving.

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Celebrated annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November, the holiday of Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621 and continues to be an American tradition today.

It can be a wonderful celebration of gratitude, appreciation, and family connection.  Take some time during your meal and allow each person at the table to talk about what they’re grateful for.

Let Our Family Share With You Some Tips On How To Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving This Year……

Send Some Invitations Your Guests Will Gobble Up At Punchbowl. (it’s FREE)

 

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Thanksgiving Playlist. Lighting, scents and music add so much ambiance to a home.

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Give Thanks With These Family Gratitude Projects.   (via .livingly.com)

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Cover the kid table with Kraft Paper and set out crayons to keep them entertained.

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Keep the little turkeys happy and busy with some gummy treats. source: Design, Wash, Rinse, Repeat

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This is such a simple thing to add to your Thanksgiving Dinner, but I think it will be one of the most meaningful.

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Is this the Cutest Cheeseball  you have ever seen? Angela From Handmade in the Heartland made this darling Cheeseball and you can to. 

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Step-by-Step Guide to The Best Roast Turkey… A tried-and-true recipe for making a perfectly cooked and moist turkey every time. (via The Yummy Life)

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Homestyle Thanksgiving sausage stuffing, a versatile recipe with a lot of options. You can use it to stuff a turkey or bake it in a casserole dish.

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The Best Mashed Potatoes…via Favorite Family Recipes.

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Perfect Turkey Gravy Made From Turkey Drippings  via Center Cut Cook. 

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The BEST Green Bean Casserole You Will Ever Try via All Recipes.

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The Perfect Rolls For Your Thanksgiving Dinner….via Dreaming In DIY.

 

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Cranberry Fluff Salad is an easy holiday side dish that’s always a crowd favorite! It’s creamy, sweet and delicious!

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These 12 Thanksgiving games are not only funny, they’re perfect for any age – for kids, for teens, for adults, for family, and even for toddlers! (via Play Party Plan)

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Delicious Pecan Pie Bars perfect for a Fall Party or for Thanksgiving!

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Pie? Easy? Yes and Yes! This Recipe takes the worry out of Pie-Making and has Step-By-Step Instructions. The end result will wow all your guests this holiday season! Save this Pumpkin Pie Recipe to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year!  (Via Pillsbury)

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What’s better than apple pie? Caramel apple pie, of course! The secret ingredient of this recipe? Use Granny Smith apples. Find out why, and Grab the recipe here.

Share The Meal App….With a tap on your smartphone you can “Share The Meal” with a child in need. It costs only US $ 0.50 to feed one child for a day.

Together with the United Nations, you can change the world and end global hunger – whenever you want and wherever you are.

I hope more people will do this and teach about giving is so important in this world.

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It’s Turkey Time…Check out his Adorable No-Sew Turkey Craft! Perfect Thanksgiving Craft From Easy Peasy and Fun.

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Enjoy Your Family and Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving,

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You Can Never Have Enough Pumpkin

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It’s That Time Of The Year Where Pumpkins Are Sitting Out By Our Neighbors Front Doors, and  Where I Live Pumpkins Are Sitting In Farmer’s Fields Waiting To Go To Markets.

When we lived at our farm we carved Many Pumpkins and always cooked in a Pumpkin for Halloween Dinner.

There is Something so Comforting About The Taste Of Pumpkin In The Fall.

Let me tell you some things  I learned about Pumpkin……

The world’s largest pumpkin measures 15 feet around, is over four feet tall and, according to the New York Times. It is larger than the pumpkin shown in this image, which weighs in at 1622 pounds.

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The largest Pumpkin Pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

Pumpkins are Gluten Free.

A Pumpkin Is Not a Jack O’Lantern, Until It Is Carved.

 

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Cheesecake Caramel Pumpkin Cups via Something Swanky.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies via Two Twenty One.

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Power-of-Pumpkin Banana Pineapple Smoothie via Very Best Baking

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Oh-So-Good Pumpkin Granola Muffins via Very Best Baking.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops: via Just a Taste.

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  Pumpkin Spice Caramels via Mom On Time Out.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers via Willow Bird Baking…..

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Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Chili served IN a pumpkin?! Yes, please!! via a Pumpkin and a Princess

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Pumpkin Fry Bread…via A Few Shortcuts.

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Pumpkin Apple Spice Fruit Leathers…via Simply Taralynn.

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Have a Lovely Pumpkin Season!!

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You Can Live Gluten Free

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It took three decades to figure out what was making Donna Sawka  so sick. Her symptoms — bloating, chronic diarrhea  and weight loss — began early in childhood, and they only became worse as she aged.

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Nine years ago, after developing severe anemia, a specialist told Ms. Sawka that she had celiac disease.  The digestive disorder causes damage to the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is ingested. People with the disease need to follow a strict gluten-free diet for the rest of their lives to avoid serious complications like osteoporosis and lymphoma, an immune system cancer.

Ms. Sawka, 48, of Fairless Hills, Pa., said she “was overwhelmed” upon learning she had the disease.

In 2006, the National Institutes of Health started a campaign to raise awareness of the disease among both the general public and physicians. A goal was to increase rates of diagnosis because, unlike many ailments, there is a definitive way to stop Celiac disease from progressing once it is recognized.

“The vast majority of cases experience a complete remission from symptoms once they are diagnosed and go on a gluten-free diet.  “So essentially, you have no disease. That is what makes it all the more important to be diagnosed.”

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And there is no better time to be on a gluten-free diet. In 2008, 832 gluten-free products entered the market, nearly 6 times the number that debuted in 2003. Last year, gluten-free even emerged as a fad diet in the general population. Now we see the gluten-free products everywhere.

“The quantity and quality of these products is amazing,”

Dr. Fasano said gluten-free products used to taste like cardboard but had significantly improved in recent years. “The only problem,” he said, “is that they cost five or six times more than their normal counterparts.”

Researchers are also beginning to experiment with drugs that may be able to block the immune response  to gluten, much like a lactate pill. If the clinical trials are successful, individuals with Celiac disease may someday be  able to ingest small amounts of gluten.

Until then, the gluten-free diet is working for patients like Ms. Sawka. “I am perfect now,” she said after 35 years of feeling sick. “Every system in my body was in an uproar, and then everything just quieted down.”

By CAROLYN SAYRE

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Do you know how many foods contain gluten.  You have to learn that to begin with.  And  you will need to become an expert in reading the ingredients on food labels and become a detective for gluten in the food that is not labeled.

Check out this Gluten Free Food List that should help.

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How To Best Use Food Allergy Dining Cards – including this Gluten Free Dining Card! Find this  on Living Without’s Gluten Free & More from My Life With Food Allergies via – Celiac and the Beast!  

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“The Food You Eat Can Be Either The Safest and Most Powerful Form Of Medicine Or The Slowest Form Of Poison.”

 

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So What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Celiac Sprue?

It occurs mostly in whites of Northern European ancestry and is rare in Africans and Asians.

While the precise mechanism of intestinal damage is unknown, it is clear that removal of gluten from the diet results in resolution of symptoms and intestinal healing in most patients.

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Gluten refers to the protein component of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats (but not rice or corn).

The exact cause of  Celiac disease is unknown. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with Celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi.

This damage affects the ability to absorb nutrients properly. A person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food he or she eats.

The disease can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood.

Symptoms of Celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:

 

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Auto-immune” describes the way that the disease does damage; “auto” means “to oneself” so it is saying that the immune system of a Celiac mistakenly does damage to the Celiac rather than to the supposed invader.
What happens is that the immune system believes that a portion of the food eaten needs to be attacked, and as a side-effect of the attack, the lining of the small intestine gets damaged.
Celiacs who are not following a gluten-free diet will suffer from damage to the lining of their small intestines (specifically, to the “villi” the little hair-like growth that helps process food in the small intestine).
This damage slows and even prevents the digestion of food, which can lead to malnutrition (anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, and more)
An Open Letter Ms.Modify  wrote to Celiac Disease when she was sick in bed. People often don’t know the severity of this illness and tend to link it with food allergies (which it is not!!)
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 If you have been recently diagnosed and  struggling with transitioning to a gluten-free diet,  The Celiac Disease Foundation has a helpful 7 Day Gluten-Free Meal Plan. Full of ideas on how to get started! 
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(The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook offers more than 85 kid-friendly gluten-free recipes. The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook does the planning for you. The spiral-bound cookbook includes an introductory section filled with helpful tips and educational information to help parents understand celiac disease, including a description of the dairy-free and gluten-free (GFCF) diet, and recipes to fit.)

Also, easily view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast food restaurants. Find gluten-free pizza, bakeries, fast food, local businesses, and more!

Happy Gluten Free Eating! 🍴

 

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Saying Thank You To Mom

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Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognized and celebrated. The celebration takes many forms from house to house, and country to country, but for the most part it is a day where mothers get the chance to put their feet up and be well and truly spoiled!

I just came from visiting my dear mom who is now 86 and so bent over and almost blind. She is still trying to be so independent and wishes she could be years younger. It is an honor to be able to take care of her as she ages.

I have learned so much from her in her later years and she is a Wonderful Mother. Tell your MOM this year how much she means to you.

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If you wrote your mother a message… Would she be able to find it?

 

Top reasons to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day.

She wore your macaroni necklaces with pride to work, the grocery store and the mall.

She had a knack for finding missing objects such as your blankie, pet frog, retainer, lucky marble, homework, or belly button lint collection. Unfortunately she is still looking for the remnants of her mind, memory, and body that once fit into size 4 jeans.

She willingly baked five dozen cupcakes for the bake sale you “volunteered” her for, and which you told her about at 8pm the night before.

She is a human calendar, keeping track of every doctor appointment, birthday, anniversary, parent-teacher conference, field trip, play date, spelling bee contest, lesson, team practice, first word or bowel movement anyone in the family has ever had.

She put up with your “self-expression” years whereby you dyed your hair, pierced body parts, tattooed strange things upon your skin, wore strange clothing and makeup, and used the word “righteous” ad nauseam.

She sacrificed going back to work just so she’d have time to be your Girl Scout Leader, PTA president, field trip chaperone, and chauffeur to every sporting event or karate lesson you ever took.

Even when you were too upset to verbalize what was bothering you, she always knew exactly what was wrong based on the volume and urgency of your heavy sobs or the amount of boogers that ran from your nose.

She loved you even when you flushed her earrings down the toilet, set the living room rug on fire, practiced writing your letters in red marker on the living room couch, or used the contents of your diaper for wall art.

She has spent the majority of her adult years in two places: the kitchen and the laundry room.

She has never had a vacation, comp time, sick day or other “break” from motherhood, and even if she were given the opportunity for one, probably would never take one.

Remember to thank your Mom on Mother’s Day. There is no love that goes deeper or which transcends time and space more than a mother’s love.

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You Need To Spoil Mom On Mother’s Day With a Special Breakfast…..

These Handmade Vases will bring smiles to moms & grandmoms on their special day!

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Strawberry Pancakes With Cream Will Put a Smile On Her Face.   (via Thrifty Jinxy)

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Bacon Egg & Cheese Casserole…..via Six-Dollar Family.

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Moms Will Love One Of These…….10 Free Printable Cards for Mother’s Day via CountryLiving.

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Print kids’ Artwork on Photo Magnets as a Gift Grandma Will Cherish. Pick Up The Same Day!

 

 

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How to make an essential oils perfume locket. (via Glamour and Grace)

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If Mom isn’t one for full-on spa treatments, then a simple homemade body scrub is still a nice gesture, and something she’ll appreciate for a long bath. This Homemade Citrus Scrub is light, refreshing and perfect for spring.

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For anyone who has a mixed family or has ever asked the question, “How will I leave a legacy for my children?” this movie StepMom  is emotional, funny and tugs at the heart in a way that everyone can relate to.

 

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DIY These Pretty Coasters Instead Of Buying Flowers For Mom. (via .brit.co)

 

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Give Mom a Coloring Book…….From beloved author and Hallmark Channel favorite Debbie Macomber, this special adult coloring book features forty-five original illustrations depicting scenes from the Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series. Unplug and let the creativity flow!

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How To Crochet Washcloths…Awesome Mother’s Day Gift Idea.

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All Natural Mists…..A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way for mom to  keep cool this summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint.

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Mother’s Day Handprint Board Is One of My Favorite Gifts! (via LollyJane)

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Create a Gardening Bucket For Mom Via iHeartNaptime.

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Make Sure You Bake Up a Delicious Dessert For Mom and I Have One That Is Easy and She Will Love It…Turtle Cheesecake Pie. (via hoosierhomemade)

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A Mother’s Day Playlist…20 Songs For Mom

 

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Making Memories As a Family

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Your family is probably like many others these days—pulled in countless directions by educational, social, and recreational obligations. If you’re looking for a way to re-connect with each other, a family night might be exactly what you need.

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No matter how young your children are, assigning one night a week for Fun Family Night Ideas gives families a special opportunity to have fun together and create lasting memories.
The general concept of a weekly family night is to spend an evening once a week where the family is together having a meaningful experience together.

In other words, watching the latest installment of a favorite sitcom doesn’t count! Invariably, as soon as you decide to set aside a weekly family night, you will be inundated with conflicts. Have some integrity and be willing to say no more often.

It may be tempting to go to the big game with your friend, but be willing to say thanks, but no thanks. If the soccer team practices at the same time as family night, be willing to find another team or not play. It is important to make sure that your commitment is firm.

Remember the feeling of the children in the movie Hook when their dad (Robin Williams) says, “My word is my bond”? Keep your word and put family first.

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Parents, YOU make the difference!

Family Night should be scheduled once a week as the time for recreation, work projects, skits, songs around the piano, games, special refreshments, and family prayers.  Choose a night when everyone gathers to enjoy a family activity.  Make sure all of you, from the oldest to the youngest, are involved.  Each week, a different family member can choose the evening’s theme or activity.

Studies show that families who eat meals together and enjoy activities together are closer.  This closeness extends to increased trust and comfort levels, which can help children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Children who grow up in this kind of environment are less likely to become involved in drugs and alcohol use, and they are more comfortable discussing problems with their parents.

I found a Great Sign to get your Family Time Started! Turn the Page and get the Download via BitznGiggles.

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Family Night Ideas…….

1. Visit the zoo……

2. Find out about your area’s community center and or/park activities…….

3. Wash the dog.  ( A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)

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5. Build a fort……(Use large appliance boxes outside, or pillows and sheets inside.)

6. Get out the family photo album…..

7. Research your family history……

8. Visit the Genealogical library…….

9. Play stick ball……

10. Play hopscotch…….

11. Clean the house together…(Have a pick-up party.)……………..

12. Make a play. Take it to a nursing home…….

13. Fly kites…….

14.  Go on a family trip/ historical excursion……

15. Did it snow?  Go sledding and make a snowman…….

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17. Set up a lemonade stand on a warm day……..

18. Shoot hoops together.  Play H.O.R.S.E……

19. Draw pictures of members of your family……

20. Tell Stories around a campfire.  ( or at the barbecue?)…….

21. Organize a game of capture the flag…..

22. Make miniature boats and float them in some water……

23. Write letters to grandparents or a missionary……

24. Play freeze-tag…….

25. Tell scary stories (With lights out)……

26. Play broom ball…..

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28. Go for a bike ride together……

29. Go get ice cream and walk around the temple grounds……

30. Learn to play the guitar together…..

31. Listen to classical music, lights off, lying on the floor, and take turns saying what is sounds like……

32. Attend community concerts or listen to a local band……

33. Organize a community clean-up…..

34. Visit the library….

35. Go ice skating or roller skating…..

36. Paint a picture, a mural or a room……

37. Learn how to use a compass…….

38. Organize 72 hour kits…..

39. Learn how to use a compass…..

40. Plant a tree or some flowers…..

41. Learn the metric system…..

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42. Learn sign language….

43. Learn the Morse Code…….

44. Go swimming……

45.  Go bird watching…..

46. Walk the dog. ( A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)

47. Visit the countryside…..

48. Visit the City. (Maybe on a bus?)

49.  Pick berries/ fruit together…..

50. Bake cookies or bread….

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52. Plant a garden……

53. Join a family choir……

54. Start a family journal……

55. Go to a museum

56. Take a nature hike trail……

57. Have Family Game Night…….

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58.  Start a family exercise group…..

50. Sing (in the car)….

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52. Make crafts together.  Give them away…

53. Make Christmas ornaments together…..

54. Write a story together…….

55. Learn how to fold the American Flag (or your country’s flag). Have a patriotic night. Have a flag ceremony.

56. Talk about drugs. Do role-playing.

57. Make a family cook book.

58. Write a story together………

59. Pizza making night– Make the dough from scratch or buy the pre-made pizza bread and let each person make their own little personalized pizzas.

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60. Star Gazing – Grab some pillows, jackets and discover the world above you.  There are apps you can download to your phone to help you recognize the stars.

61. Laser Tag- I must say this is one of my favorites.  It’s so much fun!

Family movie nights are just a bit more structured than simply renting a movie and letting the kids watch it. Remember, the point of a family fun night is to make it a simple, but a special event that involves all the family. Pop popcorn the old-fashioned way (on the stove) and pop in a DVD….. Let everyone in the family have a turn at deciding which movie to watch.

Remember Family Nights can be a lot of  FUN!

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Here Is Another Idea I Love The Jar …….Make a Family Night Activity Jar!  Printable includes 52 activity cards (one for each week of the year) plus blank ones to creat your own! (via CreateCraftLove.com)

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(This is a Digital Scrapbooking Software that allows you to create Scrapbooks, Photobooks, Custom Gifts and Printables. It’s pretty easy to use. This program is chock-full of all kinds of goodies and features from backgrounds and picture layouts to tons of embellishments — everything your little  creative, little heart desires If you do get a copy of your own, you won’t regret it!)

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 Most importantly though, the best way to have a successful Family Night is to have it. The purpose of Family Night  is to be (and learn) together as a family and all you have to do to achieve that goal is to simply hold Family Night.

The more regularly you bring your family together for Family Night , the more accustomed they will come to being together, participating in Family Night, and being united as a

SO HOW ABOUT SOME FAMILY NIGHT TREATS!!

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Oreo Pie – It’s easy, you just get chocolate pudding and Oreo’s and whip cream. Crush the Oreo’s up and put them on the bottom of a pan. Then put the pudding on top .then more crushed up Oreos. then put the whip cream on top and spread it out.-

Homemade Ice-cream Sandwiches – Yummy and easy. First make a box of brownies, any kind. Let cool and cut into squares. Take aluminum foil and put one brownie square on it add vanilla ice cream (or any flavor you like) and top with another brownie. Wrap up and put into freezer. Do this with all the brownies. After FHE serve.

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Nachos Put corn chips on a cookie sheet and put on shredded cheese we like the four cheese blend the broil in the oven until the cheese is melted. don’t bake it too long! hard cheese is not very good.

Home Made Oreos – A favorite of my family is a joyous mix. It’s lots of fun to put together as well. Prepare one box of devils food cake. follow the recipe on back on how to prepare it for cookies.

Place the dough/batter on a cookie sheet and cook for app. 10 minutes, (the back of the box should say exactly.) After the cookies are cooked and cooled, spread vanilla frosting on the flat side of each cookie and place to together!!!! ENJOY! –

Orange Julius’ – Put 1 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate (regular size can), ice cubes (as much as you like, around 2 cups is good) into a blender. Blend until ice is well crushed. We almost always had this with popcorn!

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When you have older kids, like teens, most are  hard to get motivated.  One trick I learned is to show them you mean it, find a bowl or container of some sort and have them all put their extra little things in it.  Like for example, any electronic device like cell phones, ect. go into the basket.  It works like a charm!

Don’t  be discouraged if it takes little time to get your family night started. It’s well worth the effort to start a tradition that strengthens your family bond.

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“Because there is no one way to be a perfect parent, but there are a million ways to be a great one.”  Kelle Hampton
As President Ezra Taft Benson said about Family Home Evening, “… Like iron links in a chain, this practice will bind a family together, in love, pride, tradition, strength, and loyalty.

****(Have you ever  made a Photo Book before?  This is the perfect time of the year to do so. All those Pictures of the Special Moments in your Family’s Lives,  should all be Captured and Cherished Forever, and a Photo Book is the perfect way to do it.

You can use Blurb to create a family photo book anytime  It’s a Bound Book of LOVE to be Cherished for Years to Come.)******
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I wish that we had the sort of simple laid back life that afforded us the opportunity to have every night be Family Night. And I will admit that a part of me misses the days when all of my children were small and the evenings after dinner were spent reading a chapter from a book, all of us snuggled together on the couch.

But children have this annoying habit of growing up and having lives of their own, as parents we have to take the time to spend together with them wherever we can get it. Having one special night set aside every week to spend as a family has been transformative for my family.

When you have your teenagers putting in requests for the next Family Night and happily coming home on time, you know that you are doing something right.

 

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My Altra Running Shoe Review—–Our Family 2 Yours

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Recently I received a  Free Pair of Altra Intuition 3.0 Zero Drop Shoes (thanks Altra ) These  are my first pair of “Altra” shoes. They Are BRIGHT and I Love That!  My first impression was ” how light”. My second was ” how comfy!”

 

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They were my introduction into the Zero Drop Shoe. My feet are wide and I’m always looking for something comfortable.

“Every Altra Running Shoe features a fully cushioned Zero Drop™ platform that places the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground. This natural balance aligns the feet, back and body posture for less impact. It also strengthens the Achilles and lower calf muscles that have been weakened over a lifetime of running on elevated heels.” (Source: Altra Running ).

Altra running shoes feature a toe box that allows the toes to relax and spread naturally enhancing the stability to maximize your running. My feet are happy with the space in the toe box. The zero drop and wide toe are game-changers for me

I’m not a  runner,  I walk and I can say these shoes are made for walking too…
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I love that I can go for a long or short walk  and feel amazing wearing them!  They have changed my life. No kidding. I’m back to loving to go on long walks. Awesome Running and Walking shoes

Highly Recommend. Love, Love Them!  Great Work Altra!

Take a Look At The Shoe That Started It All……

Start Your Altra Journey Now. Run The Way Nature Intended by Lacing Into The Instinct 3.0 Running Shoe!

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Believe In The Magic Of Santa Clause

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There is hardly anything that can match the joy of a child coming under a Christmas tree in the early hours of the morning to see Santa’s presents.

Maybe the kid’s only regret then is not having managed to catch a glimpse of the merry bearded old man. For millions of years people have believed in Santa Claus..

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Santa Claus should be an inspiration to us all. Believing in Santa Claus is a lot like believing in yourself and remembering that you DO deserve to have your heart’s desires! In the 16oo’s the Dutch brought Sinter Klass to the American colonies. English speaking children pronounced his name “Sainty Claus,” and over the years it evolved  into Santa Claus.

In 1809, American writer Washington  Irving created a new version of the old Saint Nicholas. Irving described Santa as a jolly Dutchman who smoked a pipe, wore baggy pants, and rode over the treetops in a horse drawn wagon dropping gifts down chimneys.

Then in 1823, Clement C. Moore wrote the famous poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” Picking up on this image, cartoonist Thomas Nast added a North Pole toy workshop in his cartoons for Harper’s Weekly magazine.  

In 1925, a large corporation ran an advertising campaign of Santa Claus further defining him as a large man with a red and white fur suit, black boots and a long, flowing beard-the closest depiction of our present day Santa.

 

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Until Moore’s famous poem, Santa’s description was open to personal interperetation. Moore described Santa the way we think of him today—JOLLY.  Then in 1863, illustrator Thomas Nast solidified this new visual image of Santa Claus by drawing him as Moore had described him. Nast drew Santa dressed in red and gave him a home in the North Pole.

For  23 years  Nast drew Christmas pictures for Harpers Weekly magazine–helping to shape the image of Santa that we have today. Coca-Cola hired German artist Haddon Sundblom to draw Santa for an advertising campaign in 1931.

Sundblom’s rendition of Santa–a grandfatherly man with twinkling eyes–further fixed the public’s image of Santa Claus. Santa Claus has evolved over the centuries into the kind, loving figure we know today. He stands for all the goodness and innocence of childhood.

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So what does the word Santa Claus represent?

 S–See the possibility of having what you really want.

A–Acknowledge that you deserve to have it.

N–Never allow other people to steal your dreams.

T–Thank God for bringing it to you.

A–Assist others in getting what they want.

C–Consistently believe that Santa Claus is coming to town.

L–Love the process as much as the end result.

A–Align yourself with positive, supportive believers.

U–Unleash your inner brilliance and share it with others.

S–Stay in the positive action, keep the faith and enjoy your presents!

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Isn’t part of the fun of Christmas  seeing the EXCITEMENT of your children when they think that Santa Clause is going to come down chimneys and give all children wonderful gifts in the night.

It is MAGIC and KINDNESS and it always makes children HAPPY. It will be a sad time if some day children start to doubt that Santa exists or even no longer BELIEVE in Santa Clause and the MAGIC  of Christmas.

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If your older children start telling the younger that Santa doesn’t exist, talk to them.It might be that your older children have outgrown the belief in Santa, but you should explain to them the history behind Santa Clause.

Talk to them about Saint Nicholas who existed once and was a kind man that gave at Christmas to those who were less fortunate. Children learn from their parents and if you make it clear that you believe he exists, then they will believe in Santa Clause.

Explain to the children that Christmas is the season of giving, and remind them that Santa Clause always gives freely from his heart.

   

There is a story told of a bus driver who was transporting a young 20 year old coed to School. It was Christmas time and he turned to her and asked her..  “Do you  BELIEVE in Santa Claus?” She hesitantly said “yes” and kind of giggled nervously.

The bus driver replied, “I BELIEVE in him, too!  After all he did live, didn’t he?”She nodded her head hesitantly, yes.

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Then he went on to say, “Wasn’t he a real man, a GIVER OF GIFTS to children and the poor who inspired others to do the same?” She said, “Yes,” and started to brighten considerably. I continued, “Didn’t Santa Claus set an example for us all to be giving and to be charitable?”

She acknowledged that was true. “Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus raised or elevated our CONSCIOUSNESS and helped us rise above our selfish natures and put us on a higher level of frequency,” I explained.

“But of course Santa Claus doesn’t live anymore. He lived clear back in the 4th century and his remains are in Italy. But does that mean that there is no such person as Santa Claus?” I said to her, “No, of course not.

When we are inspired at this time of the year to give as Saint Nicholas did to one another we become a part of the Santa Claus Frequency. This is why we feel so HAPPY and MERRY this time of the year.

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We sing songs and acknowledge the REALITY of Jesus Christ as well as Santa Claus.  This is why I BELIEVE in Santa Claus.

The time came for the  coed to get off the bus and go home. As she stepped off the stairs she turned to me and said, “Thank you for the enlightenment. I can’t wait to go and tell my roommates,   I BELIEVE in Santa Claus.”

“Who is Santa?” if you ask me today, I will say, Santa is no mortal human being; he symbolizes ‘IMMORTAL’ HOPE; the HOPE that never dies. In fact, HOPE never dies; it’s we who lose it. And that’s so much like Santa, who we stop BELIEVING in as we grow old;   it’s WE who ‘lose’ him.

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He does not cease to exist. He exists in the FANTASIES that we sometimes need to live in, to stay away from life’s stark realities. Santa SYMBOLIZES the ‘IMPOSSIBLES’, we seldom dare to aspire for.

He SYMBOLIZES MIRACLES, we hardly BELIEVE in. Today, most of us have stopped BELIEVING that DREAMS can come TRUE and that things can have HAPPY ENDINGS!

Today, people have stopped BELIEVING in the POWER OF GOOD; they do not BELIEVE in the concepts of ‘DREAMS COME TRUE’ and ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER’. We think they are only a part of fiction.

But we often fail to understand that there is so much POSITIVITY IN PURSUING IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS; they may or may not come true (why care?) but their pursuit is WONDERFUL!

Why not wait for a HAPPY ENDING rather than fretting  about whether life will have one! How about never losing HOPE shatter our BELIEF in the GOOD?  

Our BELIEF in he who PERSONIFIES all the POSITIVES; Santa Claus!

Believing in the EXISTENCE of Santa Claus and waiting for him with the EAGERNESS of a child is what each of us needs to do; as BELIEVING in him is BELIEVING in the STRENGTH of the GOOD.

BELIEVING in him is BELIEVING that HOPE never dies.

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 Come Santa, come this Christmas.  Rekindle HOPE in our minds; re-instill in our minds the BELIEF in HAPPY ENDINGS; restore in us, the COURAGE TO DREAM and the PATIENCE to PURSUEse DREAMS.

Help us find what we often keep losing – HOPE!  Help us recover from the losses in POSITIVITY.

Come Santa, I shall wait for you this Christmas. Visit every house and reach every heart. You are most awaited!

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I LOVE the MAGIC of CHRISTMAS.

 I love that SANTA embodies POSSIBILITIES and DREAMS.

BELIEVE in Santa Claus?

You bet I do.  

 Merry Christmas,

 

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With over 125 million videos viewed and millions of app downloads, Portable North Pole’s Personalized Video Messages from Santa Claus have been making Christmas unforgettable for families for nearly 10 years!

The site describes itself as follows:

“Portable North Pole is a magical online platform that lets Santa connect with his millions of friends around the world, all the way from here in the North Pole! Nothing makes Santa happier than making special “Merry Christmas!” video messages or creating one-of-a-kind puzzles for children he only gets to visit once a year on Christmas Eve…he loves it even more than the yummy treats you all leave out for him and the reindeer! Just remember that you don’t have to wait ’til Christmas to get in touch with Santa.”

This year 2016 The #1 Christmas App is back with Magical New Videos and Exciting New Features, like Storytime with Santa and the Reaction Recorder—you will never forget the look of surprise on your child’s face when Santa speaks directly to them!

 
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*Have a Fun-Filled Labor Day*

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For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

 

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Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy your Labor Day weekend:

Visit a Festival, Street Fair or Other Public Celebration

 

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 Neighborhood Block Party: Get to know your neighbors with an old-fashioned block party. Ask people to bring games and food to share. Take the kids to a discount movie that they really wanted to see but missed.

Day Trip It: Pull out a map, pick a tourist destination within 2-3 hours, and plan a day-long adventure to your new destination!

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  Why not Pack Up The Tents and hit the nearest Campground for some much deserved rest and relaxation? Family campgrounds will often host a variety of events just for the holiday, but plan early.

Most campsites book quickly for holiday weekends, so reserve your space well in advance.

 

 

 

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Find FREE Campgrounds throughout the US and Canada with this interactive map.

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Retro Labor Day FREE PRINTABLES For Party Decor.

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Labor Day”

Throw up our feet,
start up the grill,
toss on the ‘burgers
and we’ll all eat our fill.

Put up the tools,
watch the grass grow,
forget the leak
and the commode overflow.

The dishes can wait;
go out and play.
There’s good reason to be lazy…
it’s called Labor Day!

Author: Nancy Hughes

 

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How About a DIY Backyard Quidditch Game For Little Muggles.

DIY Jenga game

Have you ever sat around 54 wooden blocks stacked in rows of 3’s, strategically pulling blocks out one at a time, waiting for the tower to fall over so you can throws your hands in the air and yell “JENGA!”

Well if you answered yes, you’ve probably played Jenga and chances are you’re a good player too! To make a DIY outdoor version for this Labor Day get out some 2×4’s and cut them into approx 10 ½ ” long pieces.

Once you have 54 pieces, sand them up a little, stack ‘em, and challenge everyone to a match.

Want to impress everyone at your Labor Day party this weekend? Check out this Adorable Edible Centerpiece project!

 

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Guacamole? Salsa? Burger toppings and condiments? Whatever sides or add-ons you wish to offer at your party, they can all fit perfectly into Terra-Cotta Pots.

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What Would Labor Day Be Without Some Barbequed Burgers With a Special BBQ Sauce.

 

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Mac and Cheese Muffins Are a Must!

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Make Ahead Summertime Sun Tea….Your Guests Will Love These!

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Grilled Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce From Swanky Recipes

 

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The Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe From The Classy Chapter

 

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Have a Hot Dog Bar…Free Printables.

 

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Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dogs – Enjoy this all-American classic gone hot dog, it’s a meat-lovers dream!

Sonoran Hot Dog – Bacon, pinto beans and salsa verde make this hot dog unique and flavorful!

7 Layer Dip Hot Dog – A hot dog with all the fixings, you just can’t go wrong!

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Make Some Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag. This Is So Much Fun For Kids.

 

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Berry Patch Pie…..You Will Want More Than One Piece!

 

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S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches No Roasting Stick Required

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Patriotic Pallet Flags From The Magic Brush Inc…. In Time For LaborDay Weekend!

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Outdoor Yahtzee. How fun is that for a Labor Day party?

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In Honor Of Labor Day Let Me Share With You A Couple Of Songs…… Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen tons.

 

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 LABOR DAY IS A HOLIDAY.. NOT JUST A DAY OFF!! CELEBRATE AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO WORKED HARD TO GET US HERE. ♥

 

Use This Labor Day For Some Family Bonding Time!

 

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