“EASTER TIME for the GRAND-Children”


How do you celebrate,  EASTER?

When you have “Grand-Children”  EASTER is  like CHRISTMAS,  go to CHURCH as a FAMILY , and stop by a RESTAURANT for BREAKFAST  and make that a  great big BREAKFAST,  since for  and during all of LENT,  everyone was on a low food intake  and did without a lot of the regular “FAST FOODS”  while  just trying  to be ever mindful of the season  and  trying to do with less food,  make that,  a whole  lot more of doing without  than  at any other time of the year!

So,  in the PHOTO below,   we see “ALYSSA”  and as you can see,  she is not being disturbed by the number of relatives,  coming in and bringing “EASTER GIFTS” for her and her sister, “JAIME”.  Whatever she is doing, nothing is stopping her from  this  very important task,  that she is working on,   so that  it will be done  ‘right’  because,  I know “ALYSSA”,  and she is very thorough in completing,  that which is  most important, as it  must be done with precision.

This next PHOTO is of  “JAIME”  and she is a year younger,  and has all the qualities as “ALYSSA,”  as she learns by watching what others do,  and usually ends up doing a much  faster  job,   since both girls work together on so many projects,  in my book,  it is  so wonderful to have a sister so close  in age, that you both can do things much better,  since   there is something in that old saying, “two heads are better than one”   and I believe that my two “GRAND-DAUGHTERS”  are “A # 1” in all that they  do together.

“HAPPY EASTER” to everyone , and do remember that the “ALMIGHTY YAHWEH” is the  LIFE of this world  and “YAHSHUA the Messiah,”  is  the real reason for celebrating  with,  HIS VICTORY over DEATH!    D.V.

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“Enjoy BREAKFAST after CHURCH on this SUNDAY”

Breakfast After Church!


After Church on Easter Sunday we took the children to eat at the Pancake House and meet the “Easter Bunny”  — left to right – Donald – Al – Lee Aldrich.

This picture was taken at least  “50”  years ago. Looks like “little Al” has his doubts about getting too close to this “Big Bunny” – something just isn’t right – this “Bunny” is bigger than anything “real” that, I’ve seen and, this  BIG BUNNY, takes the cake! I’m only guessing that maybe  little,Al  is thinking this – what would a little Kid think,  when he sees something so out of the normal order of things, and so  over sized  and, when you think about it –  that does not look like a  very real “BUNNY”  – nothing at all like the little “bunnies” you can hold in your arms!

The  next  PHOTO is two PHOTOS,  spliced together in  the front  of the Church, on the left side is DONALD holding LEE’s  right  hand and ME holding the other  hand,   and if you  will  observe  carefully, you will notice that the dress that I am wearing,  is the very same dress that my “AUNT IRENE RILEY”  had made for me, to  graduate in,  from the “eighth grade”  I  took the sleeves off,   and  used  a light cream color of dye,  so that,  the dress would be suitable   for SUMMER wear.

On the right side of the above PHOTO,   that is still DONALD holding baby Lee’s hands,  and TOM the oldest brother is standing with the dark color  trousers,  and since I am taking this PHOTO,  and not in  this one, do have my husband, Lee  standing  to the right of  his son, TOM,   since  LEE is tall and thin,  you may not be able to  clearly  see  or notice that,  that is him.

“HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT???”   “We are early for CHURCH,  sometimes  not  an easy thing to pull off,  and one other thing,  BACK then living in FLORIDA, we never locked the doors of  our  house,  some years later when we were all going to be together,   for a long trip to ST.LOUIS, we had to have a “KEY MAKER” make keys for us, but then,   when we arrived back HOME, and after the month away  from home,  we  could not find the  new “KEYS”  to get into the house,  so LEE, then had to use his magic  “KNOW HOW”  to get a door open.”

“HOW the “TIMES” do change – HOMES today have LOCKS and bolts and even cameras  surveying the front doors all the way out to the street and even in other places around the old homestead – just to see who is trying to break in – so that we now need more “keys” to lock ourselves in.

Talking about “KEYS” to open your doors to your HOME around  “1900” – my Mother told me,  that they had “Skeleton Keys”  – that would open  almost every door in your neighborhood. Most families thought,  that they were safe, locked in their homes – but, someone  with  one of these  keys,  well  could just  come into a HOME just as if they owned the place – and who would know the difference – I am  guessing,  that they are illegal, today?     D.V.

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“Easter Today and Yesterday”

When it comes  to EASTER – what can one say that  would be better,  than anything ever said,  before?

Everyone does go to Church for EASTER and CHRISTMAS -but,  do they go to Church any other time of the year?

These are two days that, when you have small children, you just have to surprise them,  with all kinds of good things, candy, treats, and even toys that relate to that day, and since there, just  is not enough time in one day to do everything that, would come as a great big surprise for your children – you do have to do all of these    surprising things, in two or three days – just so that all basses are covered, and everyone feels that they have shared the  FUN and RESPECT for the day – in a way, that all FAMILY members feel very good about doing even more, for next year!

Now this PHOTO, above –  is “TOP DRAWER” stuff! All these many years of getting things ready and set up for EASTER or even any other HOLIDAY – I just think that the above set-up, for EASTER takes a “Blue Ribbon Award”  – if,  I say so myself!

That is my “Great Grand-son, LEX, himself – just  the best looking “EASTER BASKET” filled with the best of all the best of gifts for a FAMILY to have on display – in his very own basket, surrounded with such wonderful gifts, that,  when he is older and looks at these PHOTOS – “LEX”  will certainly know forever – that, from day  “ONE”  that, he was always wanted  – and  in this PHOTO,  it just  shows,  how  very much he was LOVED and WANTED –  just tops everything else in this world!


and  now…  for  a Yesterday’s Easter…


Easter Sunday and an “EASTER BUNNY” is all  foreign    information,  for a fifteenth month old baby, and we can see that,  “baby Al”  sitting in the “high-chair” just has no real idea of what all that stuff is doing on the dining room table,  and so early in the morning?

The table is set up,  for four boys,  “Tom” in high school gets the smallest basket, and  for  “baby Al”  the youngest boy,  gets the largest basket,  but it is not the size of the basket that makes you feel good,  it is all of the sweet treats that are spread out on the table,  that,  when  being  bigger and older,   you  already know , there is   more  that your hand can reach for  and grab,  “all”   without any help  as every  thing   on the table is there  for a variety of tastes,  for each boy  to enjoy  what they like,  while they   just share and even  enjoy sharing with their class mates, when they  will be  coming over!

“The early bird gets the worm”   he who gets up early, can start to try out some of those colorful and fancy wrapped candies, mostly chocolate,  who wants any thing else, but,  who will get the  big “Chocolate Bunny”  some of the larger size bunnies  are now made hollow inside, such a  big disappointment, I always enjoyed the solid “Chocolate Bunny” as you would have more of the good stuff,  and the longer it  will last,  the more you think about  “EASTER”  and all those goodies,  I can see  that you,   and your friends  are enjoying “EASTER”  too!”

That’s big brother, “Lee”  serving baby brother, “Al”   with some  of the “EASTER” treats,  the ones he knows he can give to  “baby Al”  but, he is big enough  and knows  what he likes, as  Lee has been around  a little longer, and NOW  can tell, his  little baby  brother, “Al”    all about the way,  that things happen on  “EASTER”  so nice to be the bigger brother,  the one who  NOW   knows  and has  all of  the answers  and  just knows so much  for being  a,   “so” big  four years old.

“PHOTOS” taken along time ago always,   have a good story, and  do help one to remember the “GOOD” old days!” ***    *******   D.V. 

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“Be Prepared for EASTER SUNDAY”

“Did You Prepare and Reflect this LENT – for EASTER”

40 Days from Ash Wednesday till Easter – so we are ‘almost  there’   starting on  March 6th, which was also  the day for you to receive your  “ashes” on the forehead, remembering from dust to dust – that is what happens – so we  then, should try to make some good changes in our LIFE – if at all possible.  This is what we did learn in the Orphanage,  as that was the case in Grade School, the NUNS were very strict, ” we were to be seen and not heard from”  but,  at long last when  “Easter SUNDAY” would  arrive, we knew it, there were two hard boiled eggs in our cereal bowl – the only eggs that we would ever receive, and if,  this was also a 2nd or  4th SUNDAY of the MONTH – that would be a “VISITING SUNDAY”  meaning my PARENTS would be there to see me and my brothers – and that, was worth more than all the “TEA” in China!

Also, when I was a kid – we were taught to reflect on our lives’ thus far, and start making some changes for the Resurrection of “Yahshua the Messiah” beginning with a plan, just for me to work on making myself  a  much better   person. I was to  “want to do” all these new things that were suggested by the NUNS – changes that by  implementing,  while still  a small child – would become second nature,  and also,  throughout all  of my LIFE , I would then,  know the right things to follow and do them  forever.

In the environment that I was in as a child, my Aunt Irene Riley, had the NUNS and everyone she knew, including  members at her Church –Our Lady of Sorrows, to pray for me,  that I would become a Nun. Lots of prayers and meditation and living at the Orphanage,  I almost thought that to be a “NUN” would be the LIFE for me. There was a “Brady  relative in Dublin, Ireland”  a  close relative to my Mother, and her sister, Irene Brady Riley, and  he was a very good Priest and I am guessing that several of my uncles were  also prayed for enough , so as to hope,  for more to enter the “Priesthood.”

Just because there might be some “HISTORY” in the family, for a vocation into the Religious Life,  it is something that you just cannot force. So, now with the LENTEN season, it would really be a good time to pray for everyone ,  for those who may be preachers and teachers,  for those in the world in areas that are in war-zones, that do not allow their citizens to go to Church,  and for those in areas where they are killing people,  just because of their FAITH.

“PAY-IT- Forward” with our Prayers and our Charities that we can do for those around the World,  those who are hurting and their very LIFE,  is at a total risk – just trying to survive under the “dictator type” run  countries,   where lives are consider worthless.

Let us remember our fellow-man, our neighbor, with LOVE, during this Lent Season,  just as “Yahshua  the  Messiah”   directed us, to do  in the New Testament.


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“The REST of the STORY”


(DENNY –  (TOM) –  (ME)  and  (DENNY – (ME) – (TOM)


      Since  Tom is the  ‘baby  senior citizen’  in our FAMILY  – if you  take a look   back  –  in TIME   – you will find pictures of the  “golden oldie trio” – at their finest hour  – by the edge  of  “Fairground Park Lake,  in North Saint Louis.”

The above Photos may have been taken in 1943 or 1944 and we lived  near and able to walk to the “Fairgrounds Park” every day,  if we wanted,  or even walk  going  in the opposite direction,  to the “O’Fallon Park” – as that is what,  we would do during the WWII  days.

We had the great outdoors to discover and  in walking every where – we did develop our legs and did receive     plenty of the “SUNSHINE  vitamin”  – just being in the great out doors. I guess you could  call us the  “Three MAC-eteers”  as,  we were always together and I was suppose to be watching my brothers, so that nothing would happen to them – in our wondering around.

Just talking to my brother, “Tommy”  the other day – just happened to be talking about this photo of us in the PARK – and I could never before, figure out why  “TOMMY”    was not dressed as “DENNY”  and I were for a PHOTO? In our conversation “TOMMY”  reminded me,  that he did  like to see a little   further,  than he should – in some situations.

Take a look at the “BRIDGE” in the PHOTO on the left side – well,  “TOMMY” was telling me, that he could not see the water below, while standing on the bridge – so he crawled up on  to the  “Stone Rail”  just to see below – and,  as he was up there,  then  looking down –  just went a little too far  out – and just fell over, and down into the LAKE, he landed!

In the falling, Tommy did lose a  shoe and sock and was  just so “LUCKY” that,  there was not that much water, as he  was not a swimmer, yet – but,  evidently there were people around to see and hear screams for “HELP” – and so  – his shirt and extra clothing that was all wet –  came off – and the good old “Sunshine” kind of dried him off – enough for this PHOTO – so that, for the rest of his LIFE  – maybe he would be more careful – when trying to see  – all that is not always fully available for him to see – at all times.

Isn’t it  “wonderful”  – to know the  “rest of the story,” after all of these years. – With such good LUCK in LIFE as a youngster,   one, that always wanted to see  “way” beyond ,  was  now, able to survive – so that when he was old enough – would you believe,  “TOM” did sign up to be a “Paratrooper” – You know, those people, that like to fall out of a perfectly,  good flying Machine –  so that now, we all call him, “Mr. Wonderful –  as he always lands fair and square on  his own two feet!     D.V.


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“Peach Cobbler” is one dessert that you can every day, just because it is so good – and made fresh in your home – with all of the best of todays’ fresh ingredients’.”



National Peach Cobbler Day is observed annually on April 13.  It recognizes a delicious dessert that originated during the 19th century.

Unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, the settlers instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together. When the dish is fully cooked, the surface has the appearance of a cobbled street.  The name may also derive from the fact that the ingredients are “cobbled” together. Some cobbler recipes resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both top and bottom crust.

In 2007, the world’s largest peach cobbler was made at the Georgia Peach Festival.  It consisted of:

  • 90 lbs of butter
  • 150 lbs of sugar
  • 150 lbs of flour
  • 32 gallons of milk
  • 75 gallons of peaches



Enjoy the following tried and true peach cobbler recipes.

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
Easy Peach Cobbler
Southern Peach Cobbler
Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

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Our research was unable to find the creator of National Peach Cobbler Day.

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