“Mother’s Day …Today”

“Mother’s Day Memories” 5/12/2019


            “Just wanted to  remind you  

                 how very much you’re loved…

                            and wish you  a

                        Happy Mother’s Day!”

                        Love and Blessing!


“  Alyssa  “

 It is just great to be remembered on “MOTHER’s DAY’ from one “Grandchild”    “Alyssa”  while holding the “Great Grandson LEX” – just a wonderful reminder,  that in LIFE – we need to always remember that which we LOVE the most … OUR FAMILY! 

The beautiful flowers are just the “topper on the cake” for the DAY –  just celebrating a very great day with FAMILY and FRIENDS – making it very clear for me to say,  that it is the “MEMORIES” that we share with one another – that makes  our “LIVES”   so wonderful … after all is said and done!     D.V.

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NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY – Saturday before Mother’s Day

National Birth Mother’s Day on the Saturday before Mother’s Day honors birth mothers and offers a show of support. It is a day to recognize the biological mothers of adopted children.

Each birth mother’s experience is personal. While the day originated as a day of solidarity, education, and compassion, it has evolved and may be received with a mixture of emotions. It may also be viewed as a celebration of the life a birth mother has brought into the world and has chosen to share with another family. Children of adoption may even also participate in the day, celebrating their birth mothers and the life they gave them. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBirthMothersDay

Approach National Birth Mother’s Day with gentleness and love. Everyone’s experience is different. It may be a day to learn about the adoption process. Understand that each birth mother comes to adoptions for different and very personal reasons. Families and birth mothers will experience this day differently from family to family. For some, it may be a quiet and solemn day spent bonding with other birth mothers. For others, the adoptive families and children may spend the day celebrating birth mothers with cards and gifts similar to Mother’s Day. 

Quote markLife can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Use #NationalBirthMothersDay to share on social media. 


Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh established National Birth Mother’s Day in 1990 to show support for birth mothers like herself.

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“Get ready for Mother’s Day”

“Mothers Day Memory from the 1940’s”

 “Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin”  – just one of my Mother’s favorite Ragtime pieces of music – –  and  NOW… just for her enjoyment … TODAY”


…and…  Mom’s favorite movie…  “The Razor’s Edge”


“If you have not read this book – – here is a “Book Review” and more  to follow – – just continue to listen.”


This movie may have come out in the 1945-1946 time frame and my Mother bought the book to read with a couple of other books – – one being “Song of Bernadette” which was for me – – but since I was in the Orphanage at the time – – my Mother left all the books with  me – – in case I would want to read???

There  was a policy that you wee to bring all books to your teacher for approval  – – and “Sister Florence” was my teacher at that time. I was so proud to have several books to read and with some of my classmates went to our class room after Visiting hours – – so that these books could be noted that they were mine and approved.

Sister Florence allowed  me to keep… the “Song of Bernadette book” – – but the others she kept – – I told  her that my MOTHER would want these books back – – as she had not meant for me to have – – and she also has not read. Sister Florence said she would give the books to my MOTHER the next Visiting Sunday. The only thing was – – that when the next Visiting Sunday arrived – – the books could not be found. Not then and never ever were they found???

Evidently some of the NUNS wanted to read these books and were too cheap to buy their  own – – and the money for these books was never given to my MOTHER – – so after that – – never again did I turn anything in to a teacher for approval – – no sense in giving away – – something that was given to me.

Many years later I did see the movie “The Razor’s Edge” – – and have seen it several times  since  and when it was available. The movie star, “Anne Baxter” was a favorite of my MOTHER’s and I also liked her in  this  movie  and several other movies, too – – and of course “Tyrone Power” was in this movie – – and he did such an excellent job – – if the movie were available today – – I would  turn it on  – – just to see…  if I remember  everything that  I liked then and if the movie  –   today  has new meaning – – since so many years have gone by – – and how things are seen today  as yesterday had  different meanings – – just one more time – – I would like to see it!

“In my opinion from what I remember – – there is a lot about LIFE in this movie – – makes you think about LIFE and what you could do – – what you want to do – – and just exactly what will you do in the circumstances – – and time frame of LIFE that you are living – – lots and lots  of brain time working things out this way  or that – – or would this be what is in LIFE for me to do??

“Check this movie out – – let me know if you also liked it?”       D.V.

“Happy Mother’s Day… MOM – – just LOVE remembering some of the good old days – – what we did and what we did  like  – – and just that we were HAPPY with all that we did…DO!”

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“Homemade Baked Churros Recipe”

What You’ll Need To Make Churros

  • Baking sheets, parchment paper
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Piping bag/Pastry Bag
  • Jug
  • Ziplock bag
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Can You Substitute The Eggs?

Eggs are a key ingredient in this recipe as they help to bind the dough while adding texture and richness. For this reason, eggs cannot be swapped for anything else in this recipe.

What If I Don’t Have A Piping Bag?

Piping the Homemade Churros might sound intimidating but it’s actually super simple. The dough will be loose enough to scoop into your piping bag fitted with a star tip. By applying just a bit of pressure to the piping bag you can smoothly pipe the churros into 3-4 inch strips. They will bake up looking super professional!

If you’ve never used a piping bag before, this is actually a great place to start, as the dough will do most of the work. If you do not have a piping bag you can always use a large plastic bag with the corner snipped off. This will not create the ridges like the star tip will, but will allow you to pipe nice even strips.

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How To Serve Homemade Baked Churros

After the churros have been baked, I toss them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture while still warm. This helps the sugar coating adhere to the churros and almost melt into them. I love to serve these fresh out of the oven with this Hot Chocolate — it’s a classic pairing.

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
My Homemade Baked Churros recipe just might be better than fried — you be the judge!
Author: Gemma Stafford/Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking
Servings: 30


  • 1 cup (8 oz/225g) water
  • ½ cup (4 oz/113g) butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (white if you don’t have brown)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (5 oz/143g) plain flour/ all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs (at room temperature)
  • For coating:
  • ¼ cups (4 oz/113g) sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Hot Chocolate
  • https://thenoshery.com/spanish-hot-cho…
  • Hot Chocolate
  • 6 oz (1 cup/180g) bittersweet chocolate (at least 58% cacao), chopped
  • 2 ½ cups (20 oz/570ml) milk
  • ½ tsp cornstarch/ cornflour (to be mixed with a 2 tsp of water)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place two baking sheets on top of each other to bake the churros. This protects your delicate pastry. Line parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add water, brown sugar, salt, and butter. Place over medium-high heat. Heat until butter is melted and the mixture starts to simmer. As soon as it is simmering, whisk in the flour. Whisk until there are no flour lumps and a dough ball has formed.
  • Now, using a wooden spoon you want to stir the dough around your pot and cook it for about a minute over LOW heat. The mixture will clump and pull away from the sides of the pan. Just do it for a minute :), then take it off the heat and set it aside.
  • In a jug, combine eggs and vanilla and whisk together.
  • Using your wooden spoon add incorporate a little of your egg mixture into your dough. Stir and mash, breaking up the dough until loosened. Stir well until eggs are incorporated and the mixture has the appearance of mashed potatoes.
  • Continue adding your eggs until combined
  • Transfer your dough to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
  • Pipe dough into long churros on the parchment-covered pans. Make sure to pipe them nice and thick. Do this by putting pressure on the bag and piping slowly.
  • Leave about 2 inches of space between the churros.
  • Bake for around 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. THEN turn off the oven and leave them in there for 10 minutes to dry a little. This step helps them keep their shape and not going flat once they cool.
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a ziplock baggie.
  • Take the churros straight from the oven and toss them in the mixture until well covered. It is best to do this when the churros are warm and fresh from the oven.
  • Enjoy your homemade churros with my decadent and thick hot chocolate
  • For the Hot Chocolate:
  • In a large heavy saucepan heat the milk until simmering.
  • Combine chocolate, Heat the chocolate over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is melted.
  • Whisk the cornstarch mixed with water (aka slurry) into the chocolate.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the chocolate mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes, whisking, until thick.
  • Remove chocolate from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Serve in large cups with churros.

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – First Thursday in May

The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” 

For many, prayer is an integral part of daily life. Prayer offers a rich connection to our spiritual lives, nurturing our relationships and faith. It also provides comfort in times of crisis or need. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfPrayer

People of many different faiths join in prayer on this day. While some will attend the church, synagogue, mosque, temple or monasteries of their choice to pray, others will attend interdenominational prayer events. Some will join prayer groups or meditate. Use #NationalDayOfPrayer to post on social media.


In the early 1950s, an evangelical movement called for Congress and the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer. The movement grew and a young leader, Evangelist Billy Graham, led services for approximately 20,000 on the steps of the Capitol on February 3, 1952. Later that year, Congress proclaimed a joint resolution for a National Day of Prayer. President Harry S. Truman proclaimed a National Day of Prayer to be observed on July 4, 1952. Each year since that date, Americans have observed the day in their own way. The observance moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan and has been proclaimed each year since.

As a Nation, presidents and government officials have called for national days of prayer or thanks intermittently since before the country’s existence. 

  • July 20, 1775 – The Continental Congress issued a proclamation recommending “a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer” be observed.
  • In 1795 –  George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.
  • May 9, 1798 – John Adams declared this day as “a day of solemn humility, fasting, and prayer.”
  • March 1863 –  On March 3,  Abraham Lincoln signed a Congressional resolution, during the Civil War, which called for April 30, 1863, as a day of fasting and prayer.

For more information on National Day of Prayer visit the website nationaldayofprayer.org.

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“A Very Special Birthday Greeting to Mary”

“Happy Birthday to Mary Crangle”

“May 5th, 2021 is Mary’s Day”

    “Happy Birthday to You…. Happy Birthday to You…

                  Happy Birthday, Dear Mary…

          Happy Birthday to you and many more…”

This is one of those special PHOTOS that I have  … can not put a date with the exact time frame, but one that I like because it reminds me of the good times that I also had back then but as we travel on our journey through LIFE –  we seem to feel we must travel here and there… and make moves that when we are older and stop and think we realize that we made some very unnecessary moves in fact, whatever we thought was important enough to make a change… were really not the best of moves for us… had we taken more time…and or just moved slowly in our decision making.


   In this PHOTO  which I feel everyone should see… that which  I see and think is so very important when it comes to small children and not just because this is  “Alan, my Grandson” he is pre-kindergarten – –  but I am amazed at seeing how he is so busy at work!

When I was at his age – – I can not remember being so organized as he is in this PHOTO – –  Alan has his sleeves rolled up… he is standing in a well bent over position as an “ARTIST” would stand at his  “ART-BOARD”  work paper in front of him and held down in place so as not to move while he does his artistic design … colors to use and art papers within reach… he knows his NAME and is able to write it down on the construction paper and more importantly… than anything else nothing else in this classroom is a distraction to keep him from doing the  “CREATIVE” project …that he has his mindset to produce.

My feelings on this are that teachers and parents may not have thought about this but when children are very young they have natural creative abilities something in their “DNA” and or genes and with the right guidance early in LIFE will make for the child to be able to do for his LIFE’S WORK – – that which he was created to do!

“Working with babies and very young children early in LIFE will be the best of all BLESSINGS that our CREATOR wants for each of the GIFTS of LIFE… He gives…to us!   D.V.

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