“Jill’s Birthday coming soon”

       “Happy Birthday to a SPECIAL GIRL”

“Happy Birthday to YOU….

Happy Birthday to YOU………

Happy Birthday … DEAR   JILL……….

Happy Birthday to YOU………

…  and…. many …more… and   some more……”

FROM…. all of us –  FAMILY and Fellow FLYERS in that   GREAT  BIG BLUE SKY … above  us all…                                                                                                         

********* May you always have   a  BRIGHT BLUE SKY  – HIGHWAY –  always  available – when ever  you want  –  to  travel  – giving to  you  –  so many  more  of  the BEST of DAYS –  doing what you LOVE –  to do! *********

     “Have the BEST BIRTHDAY… ever!”


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“51 CARDS in a Full DECK – Check these out”

“When approaching the Big 50 – see if there is HOPE  and or a nugget of  TRUTH in the following ‘cards’  just for you!”    ******  ******     *******    ******     ******

1. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

2. Time and experience heals pain. Even if you are going through an overwhelmingly painful event in your life right now….one day it will be part of your past and not nearly as significant as it seems.

3. Keep moving. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt. If we don’t, we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend.

4. Be the first to say you’re sorry.

5. Kindness matters. A lot. Being kind is more important than being right. Wherever there is a human being, there’s an opportunity for kindness.

6. Mother was right….everything seems worse at night. Our isolation and insignificance seem so much greater when everyone else is asleep. Try to rest and take comfort in the approaching sunrise.

7. Find ways of doing service. It’s some of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. You come to love those you serve.

8. For better, or for worse….means just that. Probably the five words most taken for granted in the English language.

9. Forgiving yourself is FAR harder than forgiving someone else. And, I believe, it’s never complete.

10. When the chips are down (I mean REALLY down)…family is who will come through.

11. Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

12. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”  ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

14. Stop worrying…and start living! 99% of what we worry about WON’T EVER HAPPEN!

15. Choose happiness. Walk cheerfully on the face of the earth.

16. Let go of resentment. Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head. KICK THEM OUT!

17. You don’t need everyone to like you. If the people closest to you love you, the ones who don’t, don’t matter.

18. Addiction is no respecter of persons. It will seek to destroy anyone who gets caught in its web.

19. Life is all about expectations. Stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others.

20. NO ONE gets through this life without some trial. Everyone is fighting a battle of some kind.

21. Goal-setting is overrated. Problem solving is underrated.

22. Debit ruins lives. Try to avoid it all cost.

23. Never send an email when you’re mad. If you want to write an angry e-mail, do it. Just don’t send it.

24. You can’t change people. You either have to accept people for who they are or not at all. There is very little gray area here.

25. Learn to embrace Change, even when it arrives with its companions, Fear and Uncertainty.

26. Giving is better than getting. If you continually give, you will continually have.

27. Gratitude is the best way to find contentment. Personally I don’t think there is any way to find contentment without gratitude. It takes our focus off what we don’t have and onto what we do have.

28. Learn the art of empathy and practice it. Never underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, or a listening ear.

29. On being a parent….stay out of the way of your kids becoming the amazing people they are. It’s more harmful to overparent than to underparent.

30. Everyone yearns for validation, love, security, enjoyment and a better future.

31. Live in the now. Don’t let yesterday use up today.

32. Live by example. Personal example carries much more weight than preaching.

33. You can’t buy happiness. Everything that is wonderful about life doesn’t cost a penny. A long walk, a hug, spending time with a good friend are all free.

34. You can’t please everyone! If you share something with enough people, you will upset someone, no matter what. That’s their problem, not yours.

35. Mistakes are how we learn. Failures are the stepping stones to success.

36. Wear sunscreen.

37. No matter how lonely you might feel, there is always someone who can relate to you. Perhaps you can’t talk to them right now, but they are out there.

38. Flowers and gardening are medicine for the soul.

39. Passionate love is overrated. Seek a mate whose values and background echo your own.

40. Relationships are messy because life is challenging. A conflict doesn’t mean the relationship has to come to an end.

41. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. Not your parents, not your spouse. You.

42. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay close.

43. However bad a situation is, you will get through it, one way or another.

44. Trust your gut instinct. It will be right 99% of the time.

45. Sometimes all you can do is B R E A T H E.

46. Failures are only lessons. So never regret anything that has happened in your life. Take it all as lessons learned and move on with grace.

47. The best is yet to come.

48. Experience is the greatest teacher of all.

49. This wise prayer….”God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

50. Find your passion. Discovering something you love to do has an amazing effect on your entire life.

51. I have a lot left to learn. Life still has many lessons left to teach me, and I’m looking forward to them all.

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“Best Wishes for ALL on this busy Weekend”

“WOW” – – This is going to be a very busy weekend for all most every person in this State of Missouri and across the Country – –  just so many things to do and plans to make  – – in hopes of not forgetting that  – – “everyone is really important” this next few days!

This weekend there should be Parades everywhere as on this SUNDAY, “V-J Day – 1943”  – The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay.

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That morning, on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese envoys Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed their names on the Instrument of Surrender. The time was recorded as 4 minutes past 9 o’clock.   Nothing like finally putting an end to WAR!


On  “MONDAY the 3rd”  we celebrate Labor Day – – – and  “Labor Day”  the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

So… as most of us AMERICANS, we will be celebrating this day as a “HOLIDAY”  with Parades and lots of  Barbecues – – playing lots of backyard games with the FAMILY and FRIENDS – – since everyone works at least “40” hours a week – – and we all need one special day to rest from our regular  busy week of HARD WORK! “Let’s do it and have rest for the old  and tired out bones!”

“September 4th, TUESDAY,  is a big “BIRTHDAY DAY” for “Jill Rempala” and with the good LUCK that it follows  “Labor Day” – – where everyone is already  celebrating a three day weekend off  from work – – as night  follows the day – – TUESDAY  just has to follow with some extra  special  “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”  celebrations as all of the FAMILY and Friends  –  will be wanting  for  “JILL”  to receive some extra special time with even  more celebrating!  

Let me be the first to wish  “JILL”  a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” and  with many more Blessings from the Almighty Yahweh – – as blessings are the best of gifts to receive!   D.V.

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“We do have a KING and Queen”

Something for the “scrap-book” – – a memory that will last forever and  a memory that is so good – – all the fun and fame for that day – – this is what LIFE is all about – -“Good Time Memories” and a very happy family!

         “A KING and QUEEN – Forever!”


At this time of year – your child could be a “KING and or QUEEN”  – it’s never too late – when the Community  that you live in  – has a “Festival” –  take  your children.  You never know –  there may not be too many children competing – all they have to do  –  is to be there!

When the child is older and sees the photos  of when they were picked  – for  the  – 1st  place  –  or as in this case –  selected for KING and QUEEN – your child will know that –  you were always thinking that  your child was  always a KING and QUEEN  – for the day!  Your family just went for “FUN”  – but –  in addition  – you received your  -15- minutes of fame –  – and maybe that will be  the beginning of more  -15- minutes of success  – all through your life?

I just “LOVE” this   old  Newspaper clipping – of children – getting attention – “they do not know what for”   – but that they just might be in the right place at the right  time?

“What do you think?”


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“Hot Visiting Sunday in August”

Some PHOTOS show more things when they are large enough to see the little things – – that can not be seen at a first glance!

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When you are young – – like I was when I was taking this PHOTO – –  YOU would never think to make notes as to what is going on – – who is in the PHOTO – – what day of the week and what is this occasion – – and any other special things that if  possible,  were of importance – – “if”  only,  I would have made written notes – – as  to “HOW”  in the world will  I  be able to remember,  for tomorrow – – what,  ever happened yesterday?

It does have to be a “Visiting Sunday at the Orphanage – but,  also, must be too HOT for too many parents to make the long  journey,   which takes at least an hour or more for most of the  families to travel, way back in the 1940’s and then,   by BUS on Sunday –  “WOW” – that was the ‘slow-poke’   Bus  travel day – – who or what is  the hurry?

There is one thing, for sure, that I can give my PARENTS and that is an  extra big  “A”  on their report cards and  that would be  with lots of   “Gold STARS” – – as they never missed a time to  come out to the ORPHANAGE , to visit and be with  us – – they even came out during the week and even when they were told in some very harsh ways – – only visit when allowed!

When ever  my “PARENTS”  came to visit us – – they always had  shopping bags of stuff for us. One of the favorite things that we all liked was home made fudge. That was something that even my MOM would make with no problems  – – as it was always perfect – –  but and since we all enjoyed it so well – – it never lasted long!

Once that I had started writing and sending those “Penny Post CARDS” to my MOM – – “I’m guessing that the “Postman” thought we were starving – – since these “postcards” practically had a “grocery list” of foods that I liked and or wanted if my MOM hand the time and money to buy for us. That was one thing that  I should not have done – – ask for stuff that I thought that I needed – – as no one else would ask their “PARENTS” for stuff, like I did.

Getting back to the above PHOTO – –  I can see that “Tommy is in pain – – as those spots on his  left leg – – show where he has “poison ivy” – – and where ever it was growing – – he sure did find the  right place – -and  that  was every year. There must be something in our make up – – as I have that problem every year. For the last  maybe thirty years –  if,  I just walk  where green stuff is growing – – it hits me so hard – – that,   there have been  some times when my arms would  just blow up to the size of a “foot ball” –  and with my long finger nails  – – and a scratch or two  to and for  the itch – I know what “PAIN” is! 

“So to my “PARENTS” for being there to see us kids – – and always bringing us stuff – – whether we asked for something or not – – Thanks for being the BEST EVER – – as the Almighty  Yahweh,  knew way back and when – – that in the end – – we would see that, HE did a very good thing for all of US!    D.V.

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“Do I Qualify for a BABY-Sitting JOB”

Just thought that I would “POST” some of my previous “Baby-Sitting”  positions —  with PHOTOS so that “YOU” can see  that I have had a long and extensive period of TIME – – to obtain those qualities and knowledge of what it takes,  for taking good care of  a small child – – even “BABIES” – – and in some cases – – more than one child at a time.

In this PHOTO you see “Sister ZITA” bending over one of the children in the “BABY ROOM” as the Nuns’  did not like for their faces to be in a PHOTO. For two “six-month” periods one in 1946 and one in 1948 – – I worked in the “BABY ROOM” a job that required you to be with these children all the hours that you were awake – – excepting for “School Time” – and of course you never got into trouble with any of the NUNS – as you were never with the rest of the children.

You would go to the kitchen after getting up in the morning – – go to the KITCHEN and get the food for the “BABIES” and for yourself. Take to “Baby Room” and see to it- – that they all ate and you would get what they had for yourself, too.

You would play with the children and clean up after them – – You would run to the KITCHEN – – with empty containers and back again as the “Baby Room” was on the main floor and the Kitchen on the basement floor. A little mess here and there- – and their “Bath Room” and “Bed Room” were all connected – – so,  for no other reason would you be leaving  your assigned position.

 This is what their “BED ROOM” looked like. You would make these beds and change sheets and such stuff as needed – – and there was a small cubicle  cell that “Sister ZITA” had  as her private quarters –  as at night she would sleep there  and be ready in case of an emergency to care for the children  – – “twenty-four seven!”

When  ‘You’  had this job –  – the reward – – every other “FRIDAY NIGHT” when it was the “GIRL’s” turn to go to the “NORMANDY THEATER”  –  You were for sure to get to go – – as you were never anywhere to get into any kind of  trouble – – because if you receive “three” marks against you for whatever reason – you could not go to the theater  — but working in the “BABY ROOM” – – no trouble and a for sure thing, for you  to get to go!

How’s this… My two children and husband,Lee – – with our baby, “Al “trying to see what kind of big red furry animal that is – – that belongs to his older brother, Lee  – and Lee, Jr., showing  baby, brother, Al – – how to crawl and get to  other places faster – – if possible?

 Now this is the best of “Baby Sitting” positions you can have – – your very own “GRAND-CHILDREN”  – that is “Jaime on the lap of  “DADDY, AL”  – – and “ALAN” sharing chair  with sister, “ALYSSA” and it looks like a “good time was had by all” – – and with all this to show – – hope to  get another  “Baby-sitting” position – – and that would be for “great Grand-Son,Lex” – – I’m home and available most any time – – and of course… “Gramps” – himself  is here to supervise – – what a wonderful LIFE we have with the Almighty Yahweh – – to bless us in all of our comings and goings! D.V.

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