Posted: 5:59 pm Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
By Staff Writer
I think one of the greatest gifts of my parents gave us kids, was the gift of great memories.
I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood, growing up with my siblings, our family, and our circle of friends. We went camping and boating and fishing and had thousands of cookouts and barbecues… OK maybe hundreds. But every holiday, and especially in the summer, we spent countless hours at the beach, on a lake, or in a river, having fun.
I’ve tried to re-create those memories for my children and a multitude of other children that I love.
I’m acutely aware of the fact that many kids are in disadvantage situations and their family do not have the time the energy the funds or maybe even the desire to spend time camping or having cookouts and bonfires with their kids.
Many of my friends think I’m insane, but my idea of a fun summer get away is to take seven, eight, or ten kids to a beach or a park. This past weekend we I towed 8 kids, 5 bicycles, 2 horses and at least 10 pounds of marshmallows (all roasted and consumed!) to the Pacific Ocean. It was gloriously exhausting, but I hope, no, I KNOW, memories were made to last their life-times.
Memorial Day Weekend means so much to my family because of a great personal loss; over 30 years ago, our brother went missing. He was active duty military, an officer in the Air Force, but he died in a small plane accident while he was on holiday with his wife Ann (Warner.) The wreckage was not to be found for 5 long years. To this day there is a hole in the collective hearts of my family, and Ann’s that can never be filled.
We too, remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty while fighting for our country. Selfless, heroic and brave. We honor them for making the ultimate sacrifice, and send blessings to the families and friends who wept on Monday, their hearts aching for a fallen soldier.
Our freedom comes at a great cost, let us never forget that.
The Shack | Now on DVD
As you know, The Shack, is one of my favorite books and favorite movies! I was so excited to be asked to introduce the film on it’s special theater premier night. Now out on Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital HD, I’m honored that my introduction is included!
To show you just HOW tickled I am about this, Lionsgate and I will be giving away a stack of the DVD’s! Write to me HERE and tell me what you like about the movie, and you just might receive a DVD in the mail.
Orrrr… Just get to shopping and Buy Your Copy Today!
Puracyn Plus | Thank You!
The good, good, people at Puracyn Plus deserve a very loud shout-out! They have donated GALLONS of product to Point Hope and continue to give. Shoes are scarce in Africa, and little nicks, cuts, and abrasions can become life-threatening. Puracyn Plus is literally a life-saver there and I am so grateful for this gift!
At home, too, Puracyn, is a life-saver too and part of our Summer Survival Kit! Scrapes from climbing trees and riding bikes, stings from those onery bees, minor burns from over-enthusiastic s’mores roasters… All find relief with Puracyn Plus which keeps bacteria away and promotes faster healing! Slip some into your Summer Survival Kit!
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The End of May
~ Katharine Lee Bates
The fragrant air is full of down,
Of floating, fleecy things
From some forgotten fairy town
Where all the folk wear wings.
Or else the snowflakes, soft arrayed
In dainty suits of lace,
Have ventured back in masquerade,
Spring’s festival to grace.
Or these, perchance, are fleets of fluff,
Laden with rainbow seeds,
That count their cargo rich enough
Though all its wealth be weeds.
Or come they from the golden trees,
Where dancing blossoms were,
That now are drifting on the breeze,
Sweet ghosts of gossamer?
I leave you, and the merry month of May, with that sweet poem by Katherine Lee Bates.
The next time I write, June will be bustin’ out all over! All over the meadow and the hill! Buds’ll be bustin’ outa bushes, while the rompin’ river pushes ev’ry little wheel that wheels beside the mill…
But oh, how I have enjoyed May! The warmer days, the shoots and sprouts and babies it brought to the farm! All in preparedness for summa’ time! I hope you feel the same and are ready, set, GO, for flip-flop season! Bring. It. On.
My friends, my friends, be kind to one another, live each day to it’s fullest, and Love Someone!