Category Archives: Holiday

Remembering Dr. King

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Today, as we inaugurate our 44th President, Barack Obama, for his second term, we also remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Today, the dream that was shared 50 years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial has come full circle.  A dream to unify people of all colors.  A dream to live, love and appreciate each other as brothers and sisters.  A dream to look past the exterior and see people for who they really are.

The celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of my favorite holidays as it recognizes a man who wasn’t afraid to fight for what he believed in.  He was a gentle leader who made a strong impact on our nation’s history.  Below is an incredible timeline created by Allison Morris highlighting MLK’s milestones and achievements.  I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.

MLK Infographic

(used with permission from OnlineCollegeCourses.com)

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Merry Christmas!

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I LOVE this time of year.  Nothing makes me more happy than humming cheerful carols in my head, feasting on delicious food or spending lots of time with my family.  Christmas is indeed the most joyful holiday of them all.  We celebrated tonight by attending a lovely Christmas Eve service at church, followed by a warm bowl of homemade bisque and an ornament swap.

Now its time to get cozy under the covers so that Santa can make his big appearance.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday.

Merry Christmas!

XOXO

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Happy 4th of July!

On the day in which we celebrate our country’s independence, I want to extend my gratitude to all of the men and women who have served in the armed forces to ensure our freedom.  I hope your day is filled with yummy food, lovely company and beautiful fireworks (my favorite part!).

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe 4th of July!

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In Remembrance…

Seven weeks ago my brother, a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, completed his year long deployment in Afghanistan. Our family was so grateful and relieved to have him return home safe and sound.  But some soldier’s and their families, weren’t as fortunate.

Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday of May, is a day in which we salute and honor those who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As an American, and a family member with multiple soldiers in my family, including my Uncle Joe (an Army Ranger), and my Uncle John (who served in the navy), I am extremely appreciative for the sacrifices that they made.  But, I can’t imagine what it would feel like to lose a family member to war.  Unfortunately, for many, this happens all too often.

As many people will be celebrating Memorial Day with cook-outs, pool parties and bargain shopping, I hope we can set aside a few moments to remember those who gave their all for our safety, our freedom and our country.  We salute you…

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the beautiful Mamas out there…especially mine…

Because I wouldn’t be who I am today without your love, encouragement and support.  Thank you for everything you do and everything you are.  You are the best!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Celebrating MLK

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircaseMartin Luther King, Jr.

Today, we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  An influential leader in the civil rights movement, he helped to fight for equality through non-violent methods, using the power of his words.  Although his life was cut short, his legacy lives on.

Growing up I was fortunate enough to be raised in a family that valued people for who they were.  Different skin color, religious beliefs and sexual orientations were acknowledged and appreciated, but labels were irrelevant.  Celebrating our differences and learning from each other is what life is all about.  I am grateful to be able to pass this lesson on to my daughter.

What I admire most about Dr. King is that he had the courage to stand up for what he believed in, regardless of the obstacles that stood in his way.  He understood that in order for change to happen, he had to be proactive, and used faith as a motivator to accomplish his goals.  I am grateful for his ongoing influence in our world and honor him for his works.

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Happy New Year!

After being greeted with a smile like this…there’s really nothing more I can say…wishing you the best in 2012!

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A Christmas Wish

Tonight we decorated our Christmas tree.  We strung it with lights, dangled it with ornaments, and sprinkled it with love.  It was a special evening because it is Harper’s first Christmas tree.  She was having a ball going through all the shiny ornaments and helping us hang them.  With a soundtrack of holiday music in the background, we couldn’t help but get into the Christmas spirit.

For me, the Christmas spirit is more than just trees, lights and presents.  Christmas is about spreading love, giving hope and having faith.

Today while reading Peanut Butter Fingers, one of the blogs I subscribe to, I was inspired to share some Christmas cheer.  Julie, who writes the blog, shared a story about an eight year old boy named Max.  Max is in the midst of battling Leukemia and therefore will be spending his Christmas in the hospital this year.  In order to brighten up his holiday season, he has made a special Christmas wish.  Max would like to receive 1 MILLION Christmas cards in the mail.  And I, would like to see Max’s wish come true!

If you would like to send Max a card, please mail it to:

Max c/o Hailey Remish

417 Jones Street

Belle Vernon, PA

15012

Feel free to pass the information on to your family and friends as well.  I can only imagine the smile on his face when he sees the piles and piles of cards with his name on it.  What a wonderful way to spread love, give hope and have faith this holiday season.

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Full of Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love it because it revolves around family, food and reflection.

For the past few years we have celebrated Thanksgiving in Texas with my sister and her family.  It has become a tradition that I look forward to.  This year, with all that we have going on, we were not able to make it.  So, we decided to have a small Thanksgiving with just the three of us, Harper, Freddie and me.

We started off the day with swimming.  Harper’s swim school offered pool time today for all the babies to show off their skills for their families.  We didn’t have any one in town to show off our skills for, but we can never pass up time in the pool.  Harper had a fun working on her skills and splashing around.  When we were leaving we found out that Harper’s swim teacher was going to spend Thanksgiving alone, so we asked her to join us.  She was a wonderful addition to our evening.

With all the time prepping, cooking, nursing, hosting, eating, nursing again, etc, I never got any pics of our delicious spread.  I did however snap a pic of Harper curiously inspecting her first Thanksgiving meal.

This year we had turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, creamed corn, cranberry sauce and rolls.  While we were waiting for the turkey to finish we enjoyed some slices of french baguette topped with melted brie cheese and pine nuts.  For dessert I made a homemade pecan pie with freshly whipped cream.  We were full!  There’s nothing like the traditional deliciousness of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving would not be complete if I didn’t take time to sit down and reflect on all that I am grateful for.  And to be honest it is hard to know where to start.  My greatest appreciation this year would have to be for my daughter.  I am extremely grateful to be her mom, it is by far the greatest gift I have ever known.  I am forever thankful for my loving and supportive husband, who always has my back and is my biggest fan.  To my family, from my parents, to my siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, who are scattered all across the globe, I am blessed to have each and every one of them in my life.  I am thankful for the wonderful people I have the honor of calling my friends, all special in their own unique way.

As we come to the end of another Thanksgiving day, my tummy, my heart and my life are full.  Full of food, full of love and full of thanks!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!  Until next year…Gobble Gobble!

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A Salute

Today we honor those who have served our country.  Their bravery has helped to ensure our safety and freedom.  I am forever grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of peace and democracy.  I am especially appreciative to my uncles and brother who inspire me with their courage.  Thank you for your selflessness.  I salute you.

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