A Tradition Based on Love

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandmother’s house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow. Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
~Lydia Maria Child
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There is nothing more I love than getting together with my children and grandchildren. We have a tradition at holidays. As we welcome family from near and far,  we set an extra plate at our table to remind us of our troops unable to be home with their families and friends during the holidays.

Amidst the baking of pumpkin muffins, the mashing of potatoes, and the basting of the turkey, remember not only to count your blessings, but remember those that are serving and protecting us.Thank God for these brave men and women and all the freedoms we have. May God bless our servicemen and woman, our veterans, and our families and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!


How the Stars Look Tonight



The 4th of July is a day for picnics and backyard barbeques,

Parades on Main Street

People handing out miniature American flags.

We wear red, white, and blue

As we sit on quilts laid out like stripes at Freedom Park

Watching the fireworks booming and shining in the night sky,

We think about how the stars in the sky look

To our beloved  soldiers tonight.

Give a warm welcome to my special guest today, teacher and poet, Ann Magee. She lives in southern NJ. Ann has an identical twin sister and her husband has an identical twin brother!  She and her husband are celebrating 21 years of marriage. The Magee’s have three kids aged 10, 12, and 14 years old.

Ann says, “Substitute teaching is all I can manage right now, in addition to managing my children’s schedules and my own volunteer schedule–I teach Art Goes to School in our district, volunteer at the Middle School Library, and I’ve been the yearbook photographer and coordinator (ie I do everything) for our Elementary School for the past 10 years. Ann is an avid scrap-booker and cook.

Thank you, Ann for your beautiful words. God bless our troops and their families.