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Books for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

Books for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

When my husband was branched Field Artillery, we spent some time at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. We watched some violent storms and had some tornado warnings and watches but there was no major damage while we were there. This spring, the people of Oklahoma have had their lives literally torn apart by the destructive forces of major tornadoes. With the destruction of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island still fresh in my mind, I really feel for the … Read entire article »

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Hearts for Ana – A Project for Sandy Hook

Hearts for Ana – A Project for Sandy Hook

One of the beautiful children who was murdered at the Sandy Hook tragedy was due for heart surgery at Boston Children’s. As a “heart mom” (my daughter had open heart surgery at three months old), I can only imagine the roller coaster of emotion they went through to have so much hope and then to lose their baby to such random, awful violence. If, like us, you had been planning to make snowflakes for Sandy … Read entire article »

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Organizing a Sing-a-Long to Spread the Cheer

Organizing a Sing-a-Long to Spread the Cheer

This past weekend, we brought some Christmas Cheer to a local home for the elderly. We have been visiting since my two eldest were 3 and 1.5 and we caroled with a play group. That first year, my daughter asked if she could play piano. We didn’t have her music so she just played “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Every year since then she has wanted to go back, this time with Christmas carol sheet … Read entire article »

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Thank You, Guidecraft and Klutz, for Helping Kids Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Thank You, Guidecraft and Klutz, for Helping Kids Affected by Hurricane Sandy

I want to take a moment to thank Klutz and Guidecraft for bringing Christmas to some of the children devastated by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island. Many of these families lost everything in the storm. A toy at Christmas is a little bit of hope–it is the gift of caring to the parents and a sign to the children that things will, eventually, be normal again. We had a drive with my daughter’s Daisy scouts to … Read entire article »

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Call for Submissions: Crafting Hope After the Hurricane

Call for Submissions: Crafting Hope After the Hurricane

As I have shared with you, Hurricane Sandy was a disaster for much of the Tri-State area. There are people living in homes with giant holes, molding walls, and ruined furniture–or camping out next to their homes. These areas are still without power. Many of these areas are working-class neighborhoods. Places with hardworking families that were “getting by” before the storm but now have lost everything they had built. However, we will get by…with a little … Read entire article »

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25 Ways to Volunteer with Young Children for #GivingTuesday

25 Ways to Volunteer with Young Children for #GivingTuesday

Have you heard about #GivingTuesday? The idea is that we take a day after the frenzy of Black Friday (in which I do not participate) and Cyber Monday (in which I do because I can save money in my pajamas) to share our blessings with others. I know a lot of people with very charitable hearts. Once they have kids, they want to model giving. However, they do not know how to volunteer and bring their … Read entire article »

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Crafters Don’t Have Time for Arthritis Pain

Crafters Don’t Have Time for Arthritis Pain

My Granny passed away on the last day of 2009. I miss her so very much but I know that she was in a lot of pain during her final years.  Disease and old age is what finally took her from us but, even before that, she endured a lot of pain from arthritis. You might wonder why I am sharing this on my educational site. A lot of my memories of my Granny involve baking … Read entire article »

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