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Happy Mother’s Day To All The Mother’s Around The World May 13, 2013


I am a Mother of four wonderful, smart and beautiful grown children and I was also given the gift of two amazing step children.  They have made me a proud mommy.  So, now I want to know where and how Mother’s Day came about.  Well, here goes.  Hope you like the information that I find.

I am going to use several references and you can make your own decision as to what is truth and fiction.  Also, I will give you some links.  I am going to put what I think are the more important parts of each link.  Let the reading begin.

First Link ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother’s_Day : Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May.  Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century.  The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.  The United States celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.

Second Linkhttp://www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/history/ : The majority of countries that celebrate Mother’s Day do so on the second Sunday of May. On this day, it is common for Mothers to be celebrated with presents and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones.  But it wasn’t always this way…  Goddess Isis – Early Egyptian Roots – One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis.

I will put more links at the bottom, but I found the following and thought it to be interesting :

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’sMother’s Day Proclamation in 1870.

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
Say firmly:
 
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of 
charity, mercy and patience.
 
“We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
  
From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with 
Our own. It says, “Disarm, Disarm!”
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!
Blood does not wipe out dishonor
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have of ten forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.
 
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
 
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
 
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
 
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace.

With that being introduced, I want to wish all Mother’s, soon to be Mother’s and those who step in and act like Mother’s,  Happy Mother’s Day to you all.

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/question634.htm

http://www.chiff.com/a/mothers-day-history.htm

http://mothers-day.123holiday.net/

http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjhol/a/mothersday.htm

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Part Two ~ Richard “Grasshopper” Leslie May 10, 2013


Richard “Dick” Arthur Leslie
Born to Charles & Esther Leslie on August 24, 1927 in Ashland, Kentucky. Dick had 2 brothers and 4 sisters and was a loving husband, father, Brother and Grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Mary, 8 children Sheila, Jim, Chet, Chris, Steve, Charles, Sandy and Sue; 23 Grandchildren and 35 Great Grandchildren. Dick was very proud of the service he was able to give his country and spent 23 years in the US Navy and seven years in the reserves. He enjoyed dropping a line in to the water, throwing a bowling ball, and shaking a leg on the dance floor. He spent many hours around the kitchen table playing games with friends and family. Dick cherished his time with his friends and family.  He cherished the Church also.  They were also his family.  More to come. Please come back again.

 

Richard “Grasshopper” Leslie ~ Part Two May 6, 2013


Richard “Dick” Arthur Leslie
Born to Charles & Esther Leslie on August 24, 1927 in Ashland, Kentucky. Dick had 2 brothers and 4 sisters and was a loving husband, father, Brother and Grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Mary, 8 children Sheila, Jim, Chet, Chris, Steve, Charles, Sandy and Sue; 23 Grandchildren and 35 Great Grandchildren. Dick was very proud of the service he was able to give his country and spent 23 years in the US Navy and seven years in the reserves. He enjoyed dropping a line in to the water, throwing a bowling ball, and shaking a leg on the dance floor. He spent many hours around the kitchen table playing games with friends and family. Dick cherished his time with his friends and family.  He cherished the Church also.  They were also his family.  More to come. Please come back again.   Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with me.  He is in Heaven looking down on all of his friends and family.

 

 

My Good Life May 3, 2013


I so appreciate my life today. I have come to realize what tragedies I have made for myself throughout the years. Why? I ask myself. God is the only one that knows. He has obviously had a purpose for me going through the hell that was in my life. It has made me a strong but changed individual today. I am in a very loving marriage, even through our trials and sins. I have beautiful children and an amazing family. I may have taken some or all of them for granted at some point, and for this I am truly sorry. I also have the most faithful and loving friends anyone could have. I know I have had to let some people go that I thought were friends, but have come to realize they were not helping, but hurting me. I pray for them. I think this has come about because I have learned to trust in God. I know not everyone believes in God, but please do not judge me because I do. Things will get even better the more I live my life in a great and positive way. And I have the help of a fabulous husband that keeps me on the path of good. Thank you all for letting speak these words. It is something I have needed to do for a long time, so that I can forgive myself for all the wrongdoings I have done over the years. God Bless you all.

 

Richard “Grasshopper” Leslie 1927-2012 April 23, 2013


Today was a day to celebrate the life of one of the most amazing men I have ever known.  His name is Richard Arthur Leslie.  He was my Grandfather or as we called him, Grasshopper.  I can’t remember a time when he was not in my life.  I have so many memories that it is hard to know where to start.  So, I will start from the time I can remember.

One of my youngest memories is when he was driving for Tri Met public transportation and I would wait for him to come home.  There was a small stool that would sit by the front door and I would sit there ad wait for him to walk through the door.  I was always excited when he came home.  ALWAYS!!

In that same house there was a huge backyard with some trees.  Grandpa would tell me to go out and check the “Bubble Gum” tree.  LOL.  Most of the time there was a piece of Double Bubble sitting in the crook of the tree.

I have so many more memories, but I am going to do a few at a time.  I want everyone to know this wonderful human being like I did.  So, please come back and check to get a new story about him.  I promise it will be worth it.

A Celebration of Life

Gather ’round and celebrate the joy that has been given.
A gift of love – of flesh and blood. A tiny bit of heaven.

See the wonder of it all, and marvel at the sight,
Share the happiness we know, celebrate the life.

Make memories of the times to come, of hours and days and years.
Mark down each step, each task, each word – the laughter and the tears.

For a celebration of life is such, that one must never be
In too big a hurry to stop and smell… to feel… to touch… to see.

Yes, gather ’round and celebrate the life that has been given,
A gift of love – of hope eternal. Our tiny bit of heaven.

 Author: unknown

 

Fidgett the ET April 16, 2013


Fidgett the ET

My dog, Fidgett. I woke him up and this is what happened.

 

Drugs and more….. January 27, 2012


Can anyone tell me what happened to our children.  Why do they insist on killing themselves?  Oh, I know, they are just experimenting, right?  Well, today the kids drug of choice seems to be one of the dirtiest and nastiest ones of all~~HEROIN.  I am mortified that people believe that it is ok to sell to our kids and adults for that matter.

I remember when I was growing up the drug that everyone seem to be into was CRANK.  Which basically is speed or meth.  I remember seeing friends and family getting so strung out that they wouldn’t sleep or eat for days.  Yuck!  I for one am happy that I never got into any of them.

I am worried about these young ones, that they think it won’t hurt them.  How do we make them understand that these drugs will eventually kill them or make them without a family?  Tough love is what I have always heard, but when I here tough love from people I hear how tough it will be on me as the parent.

Oh but wait, in this day we have another problem that almost seems just as bad if not worse~PRESCRIPTION drugs.  Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.

Most drug addictions start with casual or social use of a drug.

Recognizing drug abuse in teenagers~

  • Problems at school. Frequently missing classes or missing school, a sudden disinterest in school or school activities, or a drop in grades may be indicators of drug use.
  • Physical health issues. Lack of energy and motivation may indicate your child is using certain drugs.
  • Neglected appearance. Teenagers are generally concerned about how they look. A lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks may be a warning sign of drug use.
  • Changes in behavior. Teenagers enjoy privacy, but exaggerated efforts to bar family members from entering their rooms or knowing where they go with their friends might indicate drug use. Also, drastic changes in behavior and in relationships with family and friends may be linked to drug use.
  • Spending money. Sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation for its use may be a sign of drug use. You may also discover money stolen from previously safe places at home. Items may disappear from your home because they’re being sold to support a drug habit.

These are just a few of the things I found online.  I read and learn more everyday so that I recognize and all parents should.  Here is the link for an article http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-addiction/DS00183

Thank you for reading this blog and there will be more later.