Sharing a Nice Find Today – Coping With the Death of Your Pet

Anyone that knows me well knows how I adore animals. While growing up, I always remember having dogs. Three I can remember well, however, I think there were more. I also, remember having a tiny grey kitten.

My parents made me get rid of it only due to the fact that I didn’t know how to properly care for a cat. 🙁

 

 

After I married, I have had many cats. I’ve had four, and currently have a tuxedo cat.

He IS precious and always LOVES to be in my lap. He is the most loving cat that I’ve ever known or had.

We had to put down the cat we had previously, (Jesse) back in October of 2015. <3

My heart was broken in a million pieces. It’s so very sad to lose a pet that you’ve loved and had in your home for many years. For many people, pets are their children, just as their human children, and are “family members.”


Small children don’t understand why pets have to pass away, and are truly affected and -saddened beyond measure when they lose their pets, also known as their best friends, and childhood companions.

I opened my emails today and found a nice article about coping with a death of a pet. I thought I’d share it with you.

I also found a few quotes about animals below…

Please be kind to ALL animals. They have a heart, a soul, feelings, and much intellegence. Respect them and love them just like you would love and respect yourself, as well as your family and friends!

“Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ― George Eliot

“Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.” ― Irene M. Pepperberg

“Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what’s missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we’re here.” ― Trisha McCagh

“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
― César Chávez

“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
― Milan Kundera

“Unnecessary violence against animals is a heinous crime. Be a voice for those who do not have one.”
― Debasish Mridha

You can find the article Here

Enjoy! 😉

Young Family? 5 Tips For Moving With A Large Family

babywithdad Moving can be a stressful and strenuous process due to the enormity of the project that has to be completed in a short period of time. For those who have little kids in tow, the task can be even more challenging. To ensure that you can have a smooth move with small children in your care, there are a few important tips to practice.

 
 

Purchase New Games and Toys

Your kids can be occupied if you give them new games or toys to play with during the move. This will allow them to take an interest in crafts or puzzles that will make it easy to have them remain quiet as you load the boxes.


Hire a Moving Company

Instead of attempting to lift heavy items while chasing your kids around the home, opt for hiring a moving company like Wheaton World Wide Moving. The professionals can pack up your personal belongings for you before loading them up into the moving van to ensure that you get on the road as soon as possible.

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Get a Helping Hand

It’s important to a family member or friend to watch your child as you begin to move out of your home, according to mom.me. You can have them entertain your little one with toys in an empty room in the home or even play with chalk in the backyard. Having someone to supervise your kids will make it easier to keep them safe and out of the way. Grandparents may be willing to help out as well.

Pack While They’re Asleep

Many parents quickly learn that it can be close to impossible to pack the home up with kids running around. Make it a point to load up the items and seal the boxes when the children are sleeping during their naps to ensure they don’t make more of a mess of everything, according to washingtonpost.com.

Start Early

Having children in your home can make the most basic tasks take longer than expected. Start packing your home and getting ready for the move several months in advance to ensure that you can avoid stress while caring for your kids.

When you’re getting ready to relocate to a new property, it’s important to ensure that you can complete the task smoothly with little kids in tow. By staying organized and planning ahead, you can successfully move homes and avoid excess anxiety during the process for an easy transition.

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5 Fun Summer Activities You Can Do Even In Winter

summerinwinter Although summer is swiftly coming to a close and chillier days are upon us, you don’t have to put away all your warm weather gear just yet. Luckily, there are a variety of fun ways to incorporate sunnier activities into your winter regimen.

Here are some favorites:

Go Glamping

While summer may be the time for outdoor campfires, s’mores, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets, winter is prime ‘glamping’ time: camping in luxurious style. Set up a tent in the living room and pile it high with comfy pillows, string up twinkling lights in lieu of fireflies, and play some fun nighttime nature sounds on the stereo.


Have an Indoor Luau

Hawaii may be miles from your home and current climate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the festivities indoors. Host a family (or neighborhood!) luau with Hawaiian music, snacks, and decorations. “Decorate with palm fronds and use grass skirting around the edges of tables,” writes Linda Donahue for Livestrong.com, “to go all out, add fake palm trees. For atmosphere, encourage your guests to come in Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and beach wear.”

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Hit The Swimming Pool

Indoor community pools generally stay open all year-round, so what better time to enjoy a beach day than on a snow day? Lay out brightly colored towels and blankets and bring suitable poolside snacks and toys to enjoy in between splashing around. You can even add some gorgeously fun flair with a mermaid Shimmer tail, and turn the pool into an instant tropical lagoon. This is definitely a great way to relive some of the joys of summer.

Head To The Kitchen

Barbecue, tacos, and burgers may seem like outdoor summer fare, but you can just easily fire up the proverbial grill indoors. Once a week plan a fun summer dinner with all your picnic favorites, with StyleAtHome adding: “Mix and match dishes in fun vibrant colors or with funky patterns like stripes and botanic prints.”

Cut A Rug

Head to the basement or family room, push the furniture aside, crank up the surf rock and hold a vintage-inspired indoor dance party, with all the #1 beach hits and appropriate styles to accompany. Serve up soda fountain classics like root beer floats and ice cream sundaes, with Madmen-style summer cocktails for the adults.

Winter is all about keeping the spirit of summer alive, and with a little creativity you can enjoy all your favorite activities long after summer vacation’s come to an end.

Back-to-School Health Checklist

meandgrands Grandmas need to step it up and get in on the safety and well being of their grandkids just as much as their parents…in my opinion. 🙂

From: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/

By Jean Lawrence

 

 

* Make for sure your child’s emergency contact info is correct. I think this one should be on top of the list for sure. 😉

* Updated Shots – This is essential and must be high up on the list of priorities…always! When your child is in a school environment, there are all types of germs floating around. These shots are just a logical way to help prevent illnesses and diseases.

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* Eye Site – Regular eye exams are important to your child’s schooling, and also, home life.

* Teeth and Gums – If you want to keep your child healthy and infection-free, it’s a good idea to make them brush and floss daily. A nice smile is an awesome thing to have too! =)


* Make sure the nurse is aware of your child’s allergies and medications they are taking. Good Golly Miss Molly, this is important; much needless to say! 😮 lol

* Get enough sleep – When I was a young child, I remember going to bed every (school night) at 8:00 – 8:30. What’s the best time for the kiddos to get tucked into bed at night? What’s your opinion?

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* Nutrition – Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day =) In addition, is it top priority that your kids don’t consume fast food?

* Make for sure your child has transportation scheduled, wether it be a bus, you, or someone else to drive them to school and back. You never know these days what can happen and WHERE!

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See What The Experts Have to Say

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You can read more @ http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/back-to-school-health-checklist

Happy Father’s Day To My Dear Sweet Dad

youngdad My dad was undeniably one of a kind. He ALWAYS went out of his way to spend time with me, teach me, console me, make me laugh, and raise me the best way he knew how.

Dad was indeed a profoundly special person in my life; I loved him dearly! I will miss him again this Father’s Day as usual.

Below are 12 things about my dad that made up his character 🙂

 


Dad was a perfectionist
Dad was a quiet man
Dad was tender hearted, and cried easily
Dad was consistently trying to make people laugh
Dad was quite shy; that is where I get my shyness 😉
Dad was not confident
Dad took extra care of himself
Dad always fought his inner deamons – depression and anxiety
Dad was a family man; when he felt good
Dad loved God
Dad loved me =)
Dad was loved (and is) loved by many

I searched this world over and could not find a better dad than MY dad! I got the best!

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Below are a few quotes I found that touched my heart

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again
– Enid Bagnold

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. <3
– Anne Geddes

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.
– John Mayor

From:
http://quotations.about.com/

Graphic:
http://www.fathersday-2014.net/

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ LOVE AND MISS YOU DAD! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
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Dad And Me – Going Down Memory Lane

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I’m still a bit distressed about Dad’s passing. It’s still somewhat of a shock, but not as bad as it was. So, I am starting to find some peace with it.

Just yesterday, I saw some Cardinal shirts at Walmart. I immediately thought that would be a nice gift for Father’s Day 🙁 I know we all go through the grieving process when our parents pass; or any person that means the world to us.

However, this man was ultimately my favorite man in the world; although, my husband is mighty close up there. <3 I've had this blog post in my mind for quite some time. I've just been procrastinating...something I do regularly for a great deal of things. For Example: I'm still waiting for our taxes to be competed. Should be done today or tomorrow. Hello! Tomorrow is the deadline. 😮 lol I'm certain that this post is a great deal of therapy for me by looking back on all these memories I have tucked away in the pages of my mind. I can remember back in my youth some phenomenal memories.

Counting One Dozen Excellent Memories 🙂


My dad put spending time with me high up on his priority list. I don’t know about you, but that’s quite a lot to say in this day and age. Granted, that was 45 (or so) years ago.

Not an exceptional amount of individuals can say this about their parents today. Very sad, but true!

#1 I’ll never forget my first ride on my bike without training wheels or Dad holding on. Keep in mind the down-hill I was on; I ended up crashing and bruising myself up when I landed in an alley. Of course, my dad was right behind me. I could hear him cheering me on all the way down. I shed a few tears over that one, however, I got right back up and made sure my knees were ok – LOL and kept trying. Dad wouldn’t let me give up. He wasn’t mean by any means; he just kept me positive. He was just that way. I loved my banana seat and monkey bars bike! 🙂

#2 Ahh, the huge ice storm that hit St. Louis! I will NEVER forget this one. I was off school (I think) 3 days. Very early the morning of all that ice that fallen, Dad had me come outside with him. The neighborhood looked like something out of a Christmas wonderland calendar or book! It was genuinely breathtaking. Dad and I ice skated up and down our street that morning. It was my most memorable time with my dad.

#3 I was on a softball team with the younger members of the church I belonged to…probably (14 or 15 years of age). While I’m not into sports at all, and also didn’t have an ounce of confidence in myself, Dad helped me by pitching me the ball to bat. The memory is so vivid. He would hike up his leg just like the Cards do; so professional. He did help me with my lack of confidence considerably.

#4 Dad loved airplanes so much that he dreamed of being a pilot. I remember my dad taking me up in a helicopter ride. Lots of fun indeed! I don’t remember where we were; I just can recall the helicopter ride. How many Dad’s do that today, considering the many types of technology there is today? Really, I mean 60 to 75% of the world’s population are texting or surfing the net constantly.

#5 Not too long ago, I had gotten in a good habit of typing out yearly Christmas letters that highlighted the most memorable events of the year and mailing them to the people on my list. The last couple of years, I didn’t do it). Not sure why. 😉

Dad made it his mission to let me know how good those letters were written. As a freelance writer myself, that sure meant the world to me.

#6 My father’s laugh! Anyone that knew Dad at his best will tell you, he had the biggest laugh. When we went to the show, he sure didn’t hold back! 🙂 I was trying to remember the last time I heard it. I’m quite certain that it was here at my house at Christmas time. I miss those days so much!

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#7 Model airplane glue! I think this is a given back when he was feeling good. You would find him down in the basement building planes. You could smell it throughout the house. Dad was a pure perfectionist. Well, he was a perfectionist in everything he did!

#8 My closet spanking. I remember one spanking and only (1). My best friend, (BFF) was at the house. However, I don’t remember what I did, (honestly). My friend and I were hiding in the closet! LOL – Not sure how he coaxed me out of the closet. Once we were out, I remember the line, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” YES, he really said that. 😉

9. Singing songs. Dad sang songs to me quite often. Around Christmas was the most frequent. Although, he sang the song, “Tammy’s In Love.” It made me mad, and the madder I became, the more he would sing it! Lol – The Christmas songs I remember were; Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, and the Up on The House Top, Click, Click, Click song. 🙂

#10 Christmas! Dad adored Christmas. He loved trees and lighting up the house outside. This reminds me of an evergreen tree in front of the house I grew up in. Dad generously lit that tree! To see it now, it almost is bigger and taller than the house. Lol

# 11 The flying field. The flying field was a park that you could fly model airplanes, both standing in place and going in circles and the remote type. Dad loved going there. When he felt really good, he would go just about every weekend. He enjoyed this thoroughly! (y)

#12 Many trips to the park! I remember Dad taking me to various parks. He would push me on the swings. I remember walking with him too.

As you can see, there were many happy times and memories with my father. I loved him very much. Goodbye Daddy.

A Wake Up Call and Happy Thanksgiving

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My heart is heavy this morning with all the anger and hatred going on (not only in Ferguson) but in other areas of the country. I’m not going to comment either way on my thoughts on the decision that was made on the death of Michael Brown. The most important thing is what’s going on in reaction to it. I’ve never seen anything like this! 

I was glued to my TV the night before last from 5pm until about 2:30 yesterday morning. My heart goes out to the Brown family. What a painful loss. I could not even begin to imagine if that were my son! I watched in enormous disbelief, and all the while asking myself, “What is this cruel world coming to?” I know to an (end) in an hour that we do not suspect.  (Rapture) I truly believe that; as my mother taught me this, and the Bible tells us so. 

◄ Matthew 24: 43-45►

43″ But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

44″For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

45″Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?…

What was I witnessing as I sat there in horror? Violence, hatred, and anger…towards who and what?! 

We ARE living in the last days, specifically how many, we do not know. 

I agree with many…violence  is certainly not the answer! Again, I’m not commenting. I’m just leaving you with a few more scriptures… 🙂

*** From a few apps on my iPad…

O God, grant me a heart full of tender mercy.

Dear Lord, keep my thoughts fixed on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.

Dear Lord, help me to stay focused on Your word rather than what my human eyes can see.

Dear Lord, may we never retaliate when we feel wronged, but help us to make choices that would show that we love.

Good Jesus, give me a deep love for Thee, that nothing may be too hard for me to bear from Thee.

Let’s keep the Brown family in our hearts and in our prayers! I can only imagine what their holidays  will be like. 😉

With that said, my wish for everyone of you…have a SAFE and Happy Thanksgiving, and please continue to pray for our country and everyone that was affected by the non-indictment of officer Wilson. Pray for peace! 🙂

In addition, lets keep praying for all the police officers that are putting their lives at stake and while they are doing their job to the best of their abilities.

Parenting Tips – Psychological Aspects Of Parenting

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Of course, the following post accommodates Grandparents too. =)

Parenting is literally considered one of the toughest and most responsible jobs in the world. In fact, there is hardly anything more difficult, filled with doubt on every step of your child’s upbringing and more tiring than that.

What causes most of the troubles is that parents need to consider just so many things. To have a child means to live in a whole different world. What you should do, before introducing yourself to some special case advice, is to first consider the general tips, which many years of research have proven to be effective.

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Let’s see some of them

Slow down – being a parent requires multitasking, but what you really need to take into consideration is how that can affect upbringing. By rushing everything with your child, you are removing a fine way for them to learn along the way.

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Take cleaning routines for example – you will obviously want to have everything back in order asap, but by slowing down and explaining every step of the process to your child, why it has to be done and what is done exactly, you can cultivate a sense of understanding and set a positive example for them.

Attention – children require undivided attention. Nothing else is more important, and yet it is alarming how many parents do not fully devote themselves to parenting and activities that surround everyday life. Turn off your phone and use the time to talk with your kid, play and bond with them. They really need it.

Learn the language of your child – according to psychologists, many parents misinterpret child behavior and “language”. Children have their way of saying, articulating and expressing things and in learning how to distinguish among them lies to key to proper communication with the kid. Make sure not to forget that the next time you are faced with crying or other behavior, the cause for it might be different than what you thought.

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Schedule and plan – a child feels safe and secure when they are able to predict the large and new world around them. What you should do is establish a schedule and stick to it whenever possible. This will help them feel secure and calm, which in turn will reflect positively in their behavior. It can also promote useful skills from young age, such as time management.

Let kids be themselves – clearly, you know what is best for your child, no doubt about that. But sometimes it can could have very positive impact on them when give them the option to choose.

For example, you can let them pick the color of their toothbrush. This will in fact encourage them to regularly brush their teeth, as they had a role in the process.


Another example: you can ask them to handpick the few vegetables you need for dinner. Decision-making is an important trait kids need to develop as early as possible. Be the person that helps this process.

Nothing else compares to parenting. It can be hard and challenging, but also a unique experience to watching your child become a grown up in front of your eyes and with your help.

Bio: Ella is blogger, writer, home décor enthusiast and a mother of two. Aside from her home improvement activities she likes to share her experience about parenting, as well. Find more helpful tips and tricks about your home here: Battersea household clearance

Getting Outside With The Grandkids

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Activities For All Grandparents and Moms and Dads 🙂

By: Nanci Wilson

The weather is warming up and it’s time to make good on that goal of spending more time outside, and getting your kids and grandkids to do the same. Why, you may ask? Well, being outside has some great health benefits, and I’ve always believed that moderation is the key to good living, and today’s technology-saturated society offers little opportunity for moderate exposure to nature.

My family has always had a healthy appreciation for nature, but it’s easier every day to get caught up in whatever technology has just come out. My daughter had to go a week without her cell phone because of an ill-placed spring puddle, and she said she felt completely cut off from the world. Funny, because usually technology inhibits me from really connecting with the world, whether it be people or nature.

Here’s a quick fun list of outdoor activities that you can incorporate into your spring and summer routine with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or whatever young people bless your life.

Swimming- A river, lake, or even the ocean is preferable, but if your area is low on natural bodies of water, an outdoor pool is sufficient. The kids will enjoy any water slides or pool toys available, and all age groups will benefit from the vitamin D and the opportunity to lounge by the water.

Gardening- Healthy eating habits don’t come naturally these days, so growing your own food can have a ton of benefits. Having the kids help you will teach them lessons on work ethic, nutrition, the science of plants, and more. To encourage them to be more invested, allow them to help with the planning, choosing the plants that go in meals they like to eat. You can also let them choose some outdoor décor items in order to let them personalize their garden sections even more.

Hiking- Hiking isn’t just for camping trips. Most cities have great day hikes within an hour’s drive of city center. Portland practically has a mountain right in a residential area at LowerMacleay Park. See what hiking spots your area has. If it’s a bit of a drive, plan some roadtrip games that focus on looking for wildlife, and observing the scenery.

Park Visits- the best and easiest outdoor activity is probably visiting the park. There are playgrounds, wide open spaces, and usually some areas with tree-cover. One park trip can include dozens of activity, whether it’s rambunctious games of tag, reading, having a picnic, or all of the above. If you have a group with varied interests, the park is an easy and cost-effective way to please everyone.

These are just my top few outdoor activities for my family. What is your family doing now that the weather is warming up?

Nanci Wilson writes for Carol Wright Gifts Outdoor Décor to tell the world about her greatest gardening accomplishments and her grandkids.

Happy Thanksgiving And a Prayer

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I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a great one with your families. 🙂

Take time to LOVE EACH OTHER!

 

 

 

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

–Scott Wesemann

From: – http://christianity.about.com/od/thanksgivingverses/a/thanksgivingpra.htm