Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Dogwood Tree

With the spring season upon us, and Holy week here, we wanted to share this beautiful story. The next time you see a Dogwood tree, think of God's love and the blessing of his creation! Happy Easter.

Legend of the Dogwood

An old and beautiful legend says that, at the time of the crucifixion,
the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs
of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected
as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use
greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus
in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it:
"Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again
will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms
will be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two short petals.
In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be
nail prints ~ brown with rust and stained with red ~ and in the center
of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see this will remember."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Make Your Easter Plans In Cleveland - There is so much to do!

Check out this listing from Cleveland.com and if you have not done so already, I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy the remainder of the Cleveland International Film Festival down at Tower City!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Please Pray For Congress- Special Sunday Morning Serv.

I was just informed that there will be a church service of some sort inside the US Capital tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 a.m. This service was organized by members of Congress who will be unable to attend church due to the impending healthcare vote tomorrow and wish to have service and pray. I understand this is a first since the Civil War. Regardless of where you stand on the issue at hand we are called to pray for those in authority over us. Please pray for wisdom for members as they come together and seek God. (I don't know who is organizing or exactly what/where in the Capital but got word from 2 different sources so there must be something happening. We have just been asked to pray). Thank you and God bless.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Do You Remember The Days of Black & White?

"Good night and God bless.." Red Skelton

(Under age 40? You may not understand.) Len and Brooke asked if we would be better off without the Internet this morning and this article falls right in line. I don't know who wrote this but boy oh boy, did it bring back so many memories for me. Enjoy!


You could hardly see for all the snow. Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go. Pull a chair up to the TV set,

'Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.' (Famous News Reporters, Huntley & Brinkley).

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE...and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either, because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home. I recall when my friend from next door came over and did tricks on the front stoop, just before he falling off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that? We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societials, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!
How did we ever survive?


Sunday, March 14, 2010


I found this awesome article in the EW Magazine (Extraordinary Women), and just had to share it with all my Mom Squad friends out there.
It is by Linda Mintle and is Love the Life you Live.
Here are the first 2 points she made, stop by later in the week for the other 3.
1. Our Physical Bodies: We only have one in this lifetime, so our bodies have to be a priority for self-care.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you eating a healthy diet at regular intervals each day?
Are you exercising regularly?
Are you accepting the physical changes that come with age?
2. Our Minds: Renew them daily and stay positive.
We are told in the Word to think on things that are good, lovely, praiseworthy, noble and true. We are also instructed to be anxious about nothing and trust God to direct our paths. It doesn’t mean we won’t have problems, but rather that when we do, there is someone ever-present, ready to meet our needs.

Monday, March 08, 2010

The Tastiest Turkey Burgers Ever!!

Though I am a vegetarian, I still enjoy making tasty meat dishes for others in my family. Here is one that is definitely a winner.

Lean Turkey 85/15
Mississipi Sweet Apple Barbecue Sauce
Green Pepper
Garlic Powder
Worcheshire Sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Cheese of your choice (optional)

Chop green pepper and onion.
Place turkey in a bowl.
Add chopped green pepper, onions, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and 2 TBSP of Mississipi Sweet Apple Barbecue Sauce for every pound of turkey used. Mix and form pattys.
Add Worcheshire Sauce to cover the bottom of a skillet and simmer pattys a bit on each side til done. Amount of time will depend upon the thickness of the pattys.
Atop with cheese, place on a bun with any fixings you like but these burgers are so flavorful you just might want to try at least once without fixings.

These burgers will give you that good old outdoor barbecue feeling and from the look of the sunshine we've been having, it won't be long until we are outside once again. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Support Stefanie!

We are excited to cheer on a fellow mom as she runs for a good cause! Stefanie, from Uniontown, OH will be running in a half marathon on April 24 with TobyMac! She is part of team "Freakazoid", a group of people running with Team Toby to raise money for a good cause. She needs your help!

Click here for her website and find out how how you can donate to a worthy cause. We support you Stefanie and applaud your commitment and dedication!