Things I Have Learned Being A Mom

1. I still miss my own Mom just as much as ever. I wish there were visiting hours in Heaven.

2. I don’t stop being concerned just because she is grown.

3. My love is unconditional.

4.  I understand God better.

5. I can’t be both a Mom and a Dad since Barry died last year. I am not good at it.

6. I can’t keep her from making mistakes.

7. I can never say too many prayers for her.

8. I love her more and more each day.

9. She was my dearest SURPRISE I will have in life.

10. I still am learning to be the best possible mom.

11. As much as I want to be, she will NEVER think that I am a funny person!

 

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1 of My Inspirations in Life – Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born in 1880, a perfectly healthy baby. However in 1882, she caught what was then called “brain fever.”  It was probably either scarlet fever or meningitis. Up until then Helen had been a very precocious child; for example, she began to talk at just six months of age. However, the illness was very serious and robbed of her sight and hearing at about 19 months old. Helen became very angry and confused, and she began to act out in disturbing ways. She threw violent tantrums. Mealtime was a dreadful time because she would get down from her chair and steal food right from the plates of others. Unfortunately, her parents were at at loss as to what to do to help her. Her father wrote a letter to the Perkins Institute for the Blind pleading for help. Soon, an angel named Annie Sullivan arrived.Annie w Helen

At first, Annie took complete charge of her, tackling her inappropriate social behaviors first. Annie soon began to spell words, but how would teach Helen the meaning of these words? One day, they were at the water pump. Annie kept spelling W-A-T-E-R into her hand until the light bulb went off in Helen’s head! W-A-T-E-R was the wet liquid flowing on her hands. This led to countless other breakthroughs! She certainly had not lost her precociousness; Helen was very quick and curious to learn.

 

Helen Keller pump

 

 

HK graduation

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This is my favorite quote from Helen Keller.

 

My favorite HK quote

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Helen stayed close to Annie until Annie’s passing in 1936.

 

Older Annie & Helen

 

May 7th, Today is National Day of Prayer 2020

Our country and our world needs prayer more than any other time in my life. I was born in 1964. I think many of of us, including me, have become apathetic due  to the things that we here on the news and read on the web as well as the newspaper about corrupt leaders of our country and many other countries. Many of the “right things” they do are done to garner votes, instead of being done for the good of the people.

 

I made an error in judgement. I should have fought harder for the country I love! Instead of giving up, I should have prayed for leaders to exercise wisdom and integrity, qualities that my Grandpa Wally illustrated in his life to me and everyone else. Don’t forget to pray and to include those who are impacted by this terrible virus, physically, financially and emotionally.  I am still proud of my country!

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A New Mom So Long Ago

LOL, I had to edit this because I used too many syllables!

 

I am so sorry

that I might cause a slight bit

of your discomfort.

 

A tired Mom I was,

with a brand new babe because

God blessed us with her.

My reply to Haiku Challenge:

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 304: Might&Slight

A baby Kristie

Looking Up- When There is Nowhere Else to Look to be Okay!

When 2019 began, my message was about looking up!  I didn’t know at the time that I would have to do that so much. Just over a month later, my husband went Home to his rest eternal. My husband and I were very close. His passing made me more curious about Heaven and just what he might be doing up there. Of course, I received no definite answers to my questions. But, I did get closer to God in this process. I have had the wrong impression of Him. When I was little, I used to think of Him as a stern, corrective and rather joyless Father. My thought was that He could not wait to show us our mistakes, keeping a tally of each one. I felt as though God spent most of the time being greatly disappointed in everyone, especially me!

However, I am starting to really understand the grace given to you and me by His death on the cross and resurrection. None of us really deserve His love and grace, but we get because He is not only a kind and loving Father, a Dad, but an understanding friend. Grace is defined as “The love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us/me to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it.”  Another lesson that is finally sinking in is that getting into Heaven has nothing to do with our/ my own own good deeds. Good deeds come from wanting to please God and a desire to be like Him.

I don’t want to cram my beliefs down the throat of anyone, I am just sharing my thoughts with you, but I hope it is helpful to you. With the Covid-19 going on, so much is beyond anyone’s ability to control it. Some also say that the days of the U.S. being the most powerful nation in the world are few now. That is why we don’t appear in the book of Revelations. There is much talk about the New World Order, perhaps, there is truth to it; some signs are there for sure. In the meantime, I will put my hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee! I would rather think positive, especially since Barry is no longer here to lean on – not in the physical sense anyway. So why not look up and ask for His Help and protection. Let me know what you think!

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