“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”
~Gordon B. Hinckley
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”
My favorite site for this week is Mama to Mama. Its purpose is to find meaningful ways to make a small but significance difference in the life of others. The idea is to connect handcrafters with mothers, children and families in need of a little bit of handmade love.
The first project that they are undertaking is to send handmade caps to aid the newborns in Haiti. Mama to Mama provides the downloadable infant cap pattern, you provide the fabric. They encourage us to use T-shirts that are no longer needed by our families to make the caps. One adult t-shirt will make two caps. The full details and pattern are on the Mama to Mama site.
Author and crafter, Amanda Blake Soule who is the creator of the project says:
“I invite you to join me in sharing your creativity, time and energy to aid our Caribbean sisters. Our life circumstances may be so very different from one another, but as women and mothers, we share so very much in common – the most basic being our desire to keep our children safe and healthy from the moment of birth onward. Please read on to find out how you can contribute to this project in a simple but meaningful way.”
I’ve sent my children looking for the T-shirts that they have no intention of wearing again. The pattern is simple and the hats go together very quickly–and just think, they help to save brand new lives. Imagine what we could do with one hour of our time. How much difference could we make?
See the final results of the Cap to Cap-Haitien Project HERE.
…in a far away place.
My son Dane is currently serving a full time, two year mission for the LDS church in Lithuania. He is having the time of his life. He loves the people and beautiful land and the companion he’s works with. He is struggling with the language, but it is coming along and he is determined to get better every day.
Dane in the Missionary Training Center
It is wonderful to read his letters and to know how happy he is–but as a mom…well, I never imagined how hard it would be to say good-bye to my boy. It was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I’m so proud of him…but man, I miss him.
I always imagined that it would be easy to be the “sturdy mountain woman” type about having him gone…but I’m more like a big, nerdy, cry baby.
Someone asks how he’s doing, and instead of answering…I cry. Someone tells me they’ve heard from him…I cry. We open his emails and read his weekly adventures…I cry. Ridiculous pattern here.
I have no doubt that this two year mission will be an incredible growing experience for all of us…especially his wussy mother.
The mood today was something fast and very easy…
Ten Can Taco Soup
Note: Don’t bother draining any of the juices–it makes the soup…soup!
Pour the following in a large soup pan.
2 cans shredded beef (or 1lb. ground beef- browned)
2 cans black beans
2 cans corn
2 lg. cans diced tomatoes
1 small can refried beans
1 can of water
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning.
Stir all ingredients together and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and cheese cubes. Great with tortillas or baked pita bread.
- 2 cans shredded beef (or 1lb. ground beef- browned)
- 2 cans black beans
- 2 cans corn
- 2 lg. cans diced tomatoes
- 1 small can refried beans
- 1 can of water
- 1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
- 1 pkg. Taco Seasoning.
- Don't bother draining any of the juices--it makes the soup...soup!
- Pour all ingredients in a large soup pan.
- Stir together and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and cheese cubes.
- Great with tortillas or baked pita bread.
and a pile of snow later.
It feels so good to be inside with all the wind and flurries on the other side of the window. Time to sort and fold and clean and…cook…hmmmm…soup–I think.
I’ll get back to you.