Thanksgiving Craft!

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Oct 282015

This is something fun to do with the kids, and you will enjoy it, too.

Go for a walk with the intention of looking for pretty leavesleaf craft. Don’t forget to check out bushes if there aren’t many trees around. If you live in an area that has no fall foliage, then use ordinary leaves -just find different shapes for variety.

Collect about a dozen if you are doing a picture like the one a granddaughter and I worked on together. Press them for a few days between the pages of a book. Once they are totally flat, they make wonderful decorations to add to a picture.(Click on the photo to enlarge for detail.)

Or, if you’d rather, spread the pressed leaves across the Thanksgiving table. They won’t get in the way, like most decorations.

We used crayons, a glue stick, and  tried clear Elmer’s glue, which when liberally applied makes the picture look wet, like it rained. But you can use any glue you have on hand.

When you sit down to enjoy your meal, both you and the kids will remember the nice time spent gathering them.  💡 Nealie

Oct 252015

You may not want to even talk about Christmas yet, but I just heard a little story on the radio that might interest you.tag

A man said that one Christmas, his father gave him the promise of 365 hours with him for the coming year. One hour each day after dinner. It turned out to be the best and most important gift the son has ever received.

And it’s free!


Oct 212015

I saw this quote by Richard Gere on Facebook:

“When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just pass by me and look at me in disgrace. Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I’ll never forget. So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted. And if we can help someone in need, we should. That’s why after I was done, I walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person I saw. They cried and were so grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Oct 162015

“Brown Bear” has been six-year-old Tommy’s companion since he was tiny.

Brown Bear

Tommy’s Bear

Brown Bear is not a requirement for a good night’s sleep anymore, but he is still important to this boy.

A new dog in the family chewed off Brown Bear’s eyes and nose.

Tommy was sad and disappointed, but he didn’t love the bear any less.

We fixed up Brown Bear with buttons to replace the missing eyes and nose, and he looks different, but he is still HIM!

Like Brown Bear, there are children who have been traumatized and damaged.

Sometimes it’s not so obvious who they are, because unlike the bear, they still have their eyes and noses. The damage is hidden deep inside, but behaviors can be a giveaway.

Lying, stealing, aggression, fearfulness, disruptive behavior, depression, withdrawal, and poor grades are signs that some trauma may have occurred. Don’t brush these things off; instead, look a little deeper.



Oct 132015

151011_0001A good friend and her family were camping in the woods along a river. Her three school-age kids were down by the edge of the river, shooting their water-blaster guns at people who were floating along in tire inner-tubes.

That was all good fun until a woman in a leopard-print bikini floated by. She had her hair done in a beehive, and had on enough gold jewelry to sink a ship.

So this lady did not appreciate getting blasted with the water guns. She screamed at the kids to stop.

They didn’t. They were on land, and she was on the water, and they felt safe.


Said lady made a ferocious, hand-paddle launch for the river’s edge to get to the kids.

Kids ran to mamma.

My friend said that she heard her children yelling as they ran into the woods and up to their camp. All three talking at once, waving their water guns, and pointing in the direction of the river. A crazy woman was after them!

My friend said that she saw a female in a leopard bikini come charging up the path toward them. Uh oh.

The woman began shouting at my friend, who tried to reason with her. Reasoning did not work, so in short order and a fit of motherly rage, my friend grabbed the nearest kid’s water gun and began blasting the lady . . . all the way back to the water.

She said that she lost her Christianity that day. (I think God understands us more than we think, lol!)

And don’t forget, this isn’t the only story that may end differently than you expected. Maybe some children in your life have convinced you that they will never amount to anything. Be open to a different ending!

💡 Nealie


Oct 082015

There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for all that I have.

Children need to feel safe.

Running water, a shower, beds, heat, air conditioning, electricity . . . And then there is food! Grocery stores full of choices, restaurants everywhere, and a pantry that has lots.

We have so much that we take for granted, and complain about the littlest things. Spoiled. We in America are spoiled and so often unappreciative.

I think of the millions of refugees, sleeping outside in the cold and rain. Muddy, freezing, hungry -worried about their children living through the journey, or even the night.

We, on the other hand, worry about living through taking a trip with the kids to the grocery store!

I don’t know how much longer this nation will be in peace and safety. Do you ever think of that? I do.

Be praying for our leaders; they are going to need every shred of wisdom and cooperation for the days ahead.

And in the meantime, thank you, God, for what we have here! -Nealie

He Fell Over Backward

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Oct 062015

Yep, that’s what happens when you put too many things in your book bag.

This past week, a stone-faced little guy informed me that, “Once, I fell over backward when I was wearing my back pack.”

“You mean, you actually fell over backwards?”

“Yeah. There was ten pounds of books in my back pack, and I fell backward and couldn’t get up. I guess my knees got weak.”

How many times had I, as the parent of Lilly, fallen backward with a load like that? Flat on my back, pulled down by the  weight  of exhaustion, inability, and temporary hopelessness?

Any parent experiences setbacks and discouragement at times, but those who care for special-needs children often feel like they are in a struggle just to stand up at all.

I don’t know who helped this little fellow get up from the heavy weight  in his bag, but I know the people who helped me. If you were one of them, thank you! -Nealie