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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Santa takes time to visit us in the children's hospital and brings more than a teddy bear!

Before you read this post I must let you know that I still believe in Santa. I think it is a wonderful gift for children to have the opportunity to believe in Santa. Please keep the magic alive as you read and post. 

As many of you know, my daughter has been very ill and had to be admitted to the children's hospital. Yesterday in the hospital something amazing happened that actually made me cry.(happy tears) Santa came to visit one by one with the children to cheer them up. He went to each room and spoke to the children and had a wagon full of teddy bears. When they came to my daughter's room Santa couldn't come in because she was in isolation. He asked if it was still ok to stand outside the door and wave and talk to my baby girl. She had been crying and miserable for a couple days, but as soon as she saw Santa, she sat up, waved and began to giggle and smile. She's not big on strangers and everyone in the hospital made her cry with fear of more needles, but Santa had her laughing!  He handed a nurse a teddy bear to be brought in to my little girl and she grabbed it and snuggled it and waved back to Santa with a big grin. Even the nurses said they couldn't believe how happy my daughter was at seeing Santa. As she snuggled with her new teddy bear she drank some bottle. She needed to do that and show improvement to get discharged. A few hours later they allowed me to bring her home! 
I was just so touched that this Santa took the time, not only to visit the hospital, but that he took time with EVERY child that was there. He showed true love for the children and families spending this time of year in the hospital. We are lucky that we were able to come home after just a few days, but I keep thinking about those staying for much longer. This little visit and the wonderful teddy bear that was given to us absolutely cheered us up and brightened our day. 
The teddy bear is actually what I wanted to post about the most. Santa could have been giving out any toys. Actually he didn't have to give anything, but he choose these bears specifically. The bears have the words "I am Loved" stitched across them. Such a powerful thing that all children need to hear. (And it's nice for moms to hear too.) A tag hung from the bears ear and I began to read. These bears are actually made to be sold to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. $5.00 from every bear goes directly to Make a Wish. If you are unfamiliar with the Make a Wish Foundation, they find ways to grant wishes to individuals (usually children) that are terminally ill. It is a wonderful organization that strives to bring happiness in times of grief and pain. I have been blessed to know 2 families that were granted wishes from Make a Wish. Both were trips to Walt Disney World. In fact, the number one wish that is granted is a trip to Disney World for those ill and their families. 
I was able to find the teddy bears online. They are super soft and cuddly. They are also very well made and quite large. If you are looking for a teddy bear this Holiday season, I recommend these. The best part is that you will be helping The Make a Wish Foundation with your purchase. 
You can view and purchase the teddy bears by CLICKING HERE.

We will cherish our teddy bear that Santa brought us forever. Even my older boys who were not at the hospital at the time said that they didn't know that Santa came to hospitals. They thought it was very nice of Santa to take time to make their baby sister and other sick children happy at such a busy time for him! Santa will never know how much his generosity and dedication meant to me and my family personally, but I am glad that Santa still takes the time to bless children around the world.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The History of Thanksgiving.

I absolutely LOVE The History Channel. Even my sons will ask to watch programs on it, and I know they are learning. They strive to be as accurate as possible which is what I find to be the best aspect of their programs. Below is an article that comes from The History Channel website. I want to make sure everyone has access to learning about the first Thanksgiving to share with your family. You can find all of the below info here: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving
"In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
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Lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims' menu.


Thanksgiving at Plymouth

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.
In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

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