Poems/Songs, Seasonal

Fathers’ Day

“My Father didn’t tell me how to live;

He lived and let me watch him do it.”

–Clarence B. Kelland

Today we celebrate all of our Fathers.

  • They have many names: Dad, Daddy, Papa, Poppy, Grandad…..our own children called my Dad: Dado.
  • They are a most important and necessary person in our lives.
  • They were designed to be roll models, leaders, protectors, providers, the strength of our homes.
  • I learned many things from my own Father who I called Daddy until the end of his days.
  • I married into a family and gained one of the greatest men I have ever known as a “Father.”
  • My own husband has filled that vital role for our children.
  • As adults, they still express their love and appreciation to him.

As we pause today to remember the Fathers in our lives, keep in mind that many of them have given their all for country and family.

  • Remember the children they left behind; the void in their lives.
  • Many men have stepped up to shoulder responsibility for these children.
  • They are men of a special make-up and are true Fathers in every sense.

Years ago there lived an unusual Father and poet, Edgar A. Guest.

  • Personally, I have enjoyed many of his verses.
  • He looked at the common experience of life with humor and great insight.
  • The poem following these words is by no means disparaging to Father’s.
  • It is the words of a man who in addition to being a writer was a Father himself.

To Fathers everywhere: enjoy your day, relax, smile and laugh a lot. You deserve it.

FATHER TO SON

The times have proved my judgement bad.

I’ve followed foolish hope in vain,

And as you look upon your dad

You see him commonplace and plain.

No brilliant wisdom I enjoy;

The jests I tell have grown to bore you,

But just remember this, my boy:

‘Twas I who chose your mother for you!

Against the blunders I have made

And all the things I’ve failed to do,

The weaknesses which I’ve displayed,

This fact remains forever true;

This to my credit still must stay

And don’t forget it, I implore you;

Whatever else you think or say:

‘Twas I who chose your mother for you!

Chuckle at times behind my back

About the ties and hats I wear.

Sound judgment I am known to lack.

Smile at the ancient views I air.

Say if you will I’m often wrong,

But with my faults strewn out before you,

Remember this your whole life long:

‘Twas I who chose your mother for you!

Your life from babyhood to now

Has known the sweetness of her care;

Her tender hand has soothed your brow;

Her love gone with you everywhere.

Through every day and every night

You’ve had an angel to adore you,

So bear in mind I once was right:

‘Twas I who chose your mother for you!

(From Collected Verse of:  Edgar A. Guest)

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Poems/Songs

A Mother’s Creed

 

I Believe in the eternal importance of the home

as the fundamental institution of society.

I Believe in the immeasurable possibilities

of every boy and girl

I Believe in the imagination, the trust, the hopes

and the ideals which dwell in the hearts of all children.

I Believe in the beauty of nature, of art, of books, and of friendship

I Believe in the satisfactions of duty.

I Believe in the little homely joys of everyday life.

I Believe in the goodness of the great design

which lives behind our complex world.

I Believe in the safety and peace which surround us all

through the over-brooding love of God.

Ozora Davis

(From the Book: A Little Girl is Something to Love)

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Recipes

Cranberry Relish Salad

 

December 16, 2014

 

This recipe was my mother’s. As long as I can remember, she made it every Christmas. At our home it’s become a family tradition to serve every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make this the day before serving, so it will set up firmly. Can be molded, if you desire.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Knox Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound cranberries**
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 large apple, seeded and chopped, leave peeling on
  • 1 large navel orange, peeled, segmented and cut into smaller pieces**
  • 1 lemon, squeezed for juice**
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup boiling water

 

Directions:

  1. Soak Knox Gelatin in 1/2 cup water
  2. Wash, drain and grind the cranberries**
  3. Add sugar, chopped pecans, chopped apple and orange pieces
  4. Sprinkle with lemon juice and orange juice
  5. Add 1 cup boiling water to the soaked gelatin. Stir until fully dissolved
  6. Add dissolved gelatin to the fruit and nut mixture
  7. Mix well and chill until firm

 

**Note: I use the grinder attachment to my mixer. A Ninja or food processor would also work.

In addition, I grind up a little of the lemon and orange rind to add to the taste.

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Life's Journey, Seasonal

Christmas

 

……December 6, 2014

Truly this is a most joyous time of the year.

  • Plans are being made, secrets being kept and wonderful smells of cookies, candies, and all sorts of delicious goodies (diet of course) coming from the kitchens in our homes.

Each of us remembers the eager anticipation we felt as children.

  • I hope you still have the same sense of excitement and of wonder.
  • As much as I loved Christmas as a child, it became even more enjoyable as I looked upon this season through the eyes of a mother who made special plans for her own children.
  • This year we look forward to being together with our now grown family and celebrating this blessed time of year with the traditions we have all grown to love.

What a joy!  What a wonderful time of the year!

Before we get too caught up in business, let all of us take time to stop and think.

  • In your mind go back to that little town and to the hills where the shepherds stood watch over their flocks.
  • There has never been a night like that again in over two thousand years.
  • In your imagination put yourself there with all the principle players in the greatest drama to ever unfold.

And….as you do, keep in mind that it was all planned for you.

  • We see Joseph and the concern he has on his face as he goes from door to door looking for warm, clean shelter for his wife to bear the most special child ever to be born. 
  • And what of Mary?  From the very beginning she gave herself humbly to the will of her God.  But remember, she was only a very young girl.  What did she feel?  Was she afraid of the unknown?  Did she wonder about the important task ahead of her; being the mother of the Son of God?

Outside the city we encounter two very different groups of people.

  • First –  there were the shepherds faithfully caring for their sheep who were settled down for the night.  These men were among the poorest of the poor.
  • Second –  if we look hard enough, we can see a far away group of travelers.  These men came from a life never experienced by the shepherds. This small group were wise men who possessed great knowledge and wealth. Some say they were kings.

But rich or poor, they all had the same need.

  • The same need you and I have, a Savior. Their need, our need is about to be met.

Suddenly, the scene is totally changed.

  • Both in Bethlehem and out on the silent hills.
  • Music is everywhere, angels are singing; joy reigns on this dark night and a star shines brightly.
  • The shepherds, kings, animals and angels all join together; to celebrate a journey started long ago when mankind itself was born.
  • Fear and sadness gone. Hope, promise, restoration, eternity has come together this night; born in the form of a baby in a simple manger.

THIS, THIS IS WHAT WE CELEBRATE !!

 

“…And the angel said unto them,

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

which shall be to all people. 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”     

(Luke 2:8-9 kjv)

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