Grateful

I just met a women who I have been in contact with online for years. She collects the items for the “mommy bags” and delivers them to CHOP for the Oncology moms who are stuck at the hospital during the holidays with their ill children. Marie is an amazing person who I want to salute as an unsung hero in …

Fundraising Importance

There are so many charitable organizations and there are so many causes, how does one decide where or how to donate? There are some things you can think about before you donate to an organization. Here are some questions you can ask yourself. First, do I want to donate to a nationwide or global organization or something a bit smaller, …

Saying Goodbye

We said goodbye a few weeks ago to yet another young person who graduated high school with our son. Tori passed in a terrible car accident recently of which the details we do not know as of yet. Regardless, this is just another young person heading to heaven way too early. Tori and our son went all through grade school, …

Favorite Foods

We recently were away for a little trip and the conversation with friends was sharing what our favorite foods were. For those who know me, I love to eat and for me it is usually about eating well prepared foods that are healthy. I am not obsessed with healthy but close to it and love to try to prepare all …

Chicken Soup, Good for the Soul

This is a book and a saying and is so very true. I love to cook and making chicken soup is a specialty of mine. It is a staple in our freezer at all times and everyone we are close with looks forward to a “drop off” when they are feeling ill and under the weather. On a snowy day …

Appreciate What We Have

With all the election stuff (speaking mildly), and everyone bickering in the country (also putting it mildly), it’s time to stand up and sit back and wait. It is not going to matter who you voted for or not, we are all Americans, of every color and religion. We have to give it the time it needs to unfold and …

Family “Stuff”

We all have it, try to hide it,deal with hit, hate it. That pretty much sums up the whirlwind of a family. Whithout it we could not exist as a family. It feeds us positive and negative energy and the truth is to learn the balance and make it work for everyone.  It is impossible to please every kind of …

Illness and the Holidays

All of us have experienced illness during the holidays at one time or another. It really is not the “best” time to become ill, but for those of us who have something much more serious that we are dealing with throughout the year, the holidays can be challenging. If a child is hospitalized, then we have to work around it …

Holidays are Coming

Just when we thought you had all the time in the world, they are here again. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and all the other holidays that are celebrated around the world. I love them all and embrace each one as they come and go. We gather the family and laugh, eat, and catch up until the next time we can gather everyone …

Winter is Just Around the Corner

I hate to admit it but where we live, no matter how much we try to ignore it, the cold will blanket us soon and embrace our lungs with breathless mornings. At times I can say I enjoy the refreshing air but most of the time, by end of January, I am counting the days until spring and summer are …