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Easter Sunday:) Sunday Sermon and MORE Cute Firemen

17 Apr

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ― Pope John Paul II

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“Easter says that every ending ever experienced by man is exquisitely crafted to find its own ending at the feet of a fresh beginning.” 

― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Easter is a time of renewal, rebirth, resurrection and rejoicing. As a child, sometimes I concentrated more on new clothes, Easter eggs, candy and family gatherings. As I matured, I learned the true meaning of the special day. Appreciation.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Mom and I had fun making four dozen cupcakes with the cute bunny Peeps, complete with mini marshmallow tail and two jelly beans in front.


It was a labor of love, and silliness. If you know me, lots of silliness.


We baked through the night and freshly frosted and decorated through the morning.

Oh, I forgot to show you the funny face I made before I started mixing. Yes, lots of silliness.

We went downstairs for the 10:30 Catholic Mass, and we brought a cupcake for everyone there, and a few extra for family.

The Gospel today, of course, was about finding the stone in front of the burial place of Jesus moved away and and the tomb empty, the burial clothes on the ground. The disciples and followers realized what had occurred. Thus, we have the first Easter. Alleluhlia! 

My take on it….the ultimate sacrifice redeemed us all. The small sacrifices we make for the good of others could never compare, but are a tribute to He who did. Also, a good lesson on appreciating all those who have and currently sacrifice for us.

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My post from yesterday was about the screeching fire alarm here at Mom’s place and the five fire trucks that were dispatched to The Greens of Elgin. Mom and I decided that it would be nice to share some bunny cupcakes with the local firemen who sacrifice so much for their community, willing to put their lives on the line every day. I went over to Elgin Station 2 with a dozen cupcakes. I showed them Mom’s picture above, and told them that we appreciated all they do for the community. (I’ve expanded my Firefighter cupcake drive-by stops to another city and state. I hope my McKinney MFD guys don’t get jealous.)


Mom still isn’t able to get around too well yet, but she had enough energy to take her walker down the hall to a few neighbors. (Hmmm? I wonder where I get it from?)


Isn’t Mom adorable!

Sunday Sermon and Some Special Firefighters

3 Apr

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A gloomy rainy dreary Sunday here, but that’s OK. It was a good day to grab an umbrella and go to church, stop at the store, catch up on chores and more. 

I was still outside greeting at the front door when Mass started. The opening hymn was “Change Our Hearts.” I love that song now. The first few times I heard it and sang it over three years ago, tears would come streaming down my face. Now, I smile and sing with a happier heart. 

The Gospel was the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead after he had been dead for four days. 

I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? She said to him, Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world. (Jn 11:25-27) 

Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, said that they believed and had faith that Jesus could perform this miracle, and He did. 

My take on it…a very common theme. If you believe, truly believe and continue to have faith, miracles can happen. Ask me how I know. That’s rhetorical. 

After church, I stopped at the store and scurried home just in time to beat the big storm that roared in. A lazy rainy day.

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Yesterday was a fun sunny day. I had to write my April Fools Day story, so I’m saving my firemen post for today. I’ve been baking my Peep bunny cupcakes for several years, and I always take some to neighbors and my local fire stations. They appreciate the effort, not to mention my wonderful baking skills.

Firefighter Thrasher answered the door at Station 5. He gave me a big smile and invited me back into the kitchen to say hi to the other guys.

My neighbor Diane went with me to Station 2 on our way to lunch. When I went to the front door, no one answered, but the large bay garage door on the side was open, and the fire truck was gone. They must have all been out on a call. Seeing as I was very familiar with the station, we just walked in the back unlocked door by the kitchen. I called out, “Hi, anybody here?” No one answered, so I just left the cupcakes on the counter with a note that just said, “Thanks for all you do.” They all know who brings the blue Peep cupcakes.


It was a good weekend. I hope you had a good one too.

Friday:) A Firey Sky and Some Firey Firemen

11 Feb

C. JoyBell C.“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” 

― C. JoyBell C.

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A beautiful fiery sunset in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


I would like to thank my friend Justin Crader for the gift of several 2016 McKinney Firefighter caklenders. They are greatley appereciated, appreciated by many. Thank you. Last year’s calendar, but who’s looking at the dates?

 

Have a great Friday!!! 

Friday:) Firemen Like Cupcakes Too~ The Other Men and Women in Blue

15 Jul

Firefighting – one of the few professions left that still makes house calls. ~Author Unknown
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Yesterday, I posted pictures of my cupcake baking frenzy, and about taking over a hundred mini cupcakes to the police station. Some of you may already know that I like to take homemade baked goodies over to the fire stations on a regular basis. So, I didn’t want my other friends in blue to feel left out, so I took a few over to Station 5. I didn’t have to explain who I was or that the cupcakes were safe to eat. They know me there. (A little blurry picture. My quick snap iPhone photo skills aren’t always the best.)


They were happy. I think they just feel good that people appreciate what they do. I always shake their hands and say, “Thanks for all you do, guys!” Who else would be willing to sacrifice their life to help a total stranger? They’re a special breed. God bless our firefighters!


Wednesday Words of Wisdom:Firemen Love Cupcakes Too

26 Mar

Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. 

~Lora Brody

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Yesterday, Mom and I stopped by McKinney Fire Station #5 with a dozen bunny Peep cupcakes and some brownies. I thought Mom would get a kick out of having her picture taken with a cute fireman. Well, turns out that they were having a training session with several stations. One of the visiting firemen from station #7 said, “Let me just grab one of these before they’re all gone.”

I just wanted a quick picture, but he insisted we go back to meet the other firemen and get a photo with the new shiny red fire engine in the back. They were so kind to Mom, even helping her walk down the long hall, then later one gentleman helped her into my car. We have the nicest firemen!

  

I’m always telling my mom about my many trips with cupcakes, brownies, or cookies to the fire station. Now, she got to see firsthand why I do this. Firemen and police officers are willing to risk their lives every day for us, the least I can to is bake a few cupcakes. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

  

   

 

  

Friday Night Light and Firemen

14 Feb

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
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The other day, when I made my brownies for Creative Community, I made a double batch so I could take some over to Fire Station #2. When I arrived at the station, they didn’t have a call phone in the hall like they do at station #5. I tapped at a few windows and tapped on the door, but no one answerd. I walked around to the side and peeked in where the trucks were, but no one was in sight. Just as I was walking back to my car, an ambulance was returning to the station, so I flagged the guys down. They rolled down the window, and of course recognized me from my many visits. I’m glad I caught them or I would have had to drive over to station #5 later. (Or eat them all myself…oh no!)

I love the big smiles I get from the guys. I know it’s mostly because they love being appreciated, but a little chocolate never hurst.

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This evening, when I arrived home from an impromptu dinner with my friend Lynne, it was dark out. When I got out of my car, I noticed the wonderful rays of light and shadows made from the solar light on the lawn. It’s just an inexpensive $3 light from Lowes, but how amazing is the glow. Just goes to show, beauty and light can be found in the darkness. You just have to open your eyes and look.

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Isn’t that cool?

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Sunday Sermon and Service

1 Feb

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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My fourth day of humility challenge and encouraging others. I’d like to honor those who serve our community and encourage all of you to do the same.

Today after Mass, I stopped at Fire Station #5 to drop of a special Super Bowl Sunday snack for the guys. Normally I bake brownies or cookies, but I figured the folks who were on shift today would appreciate something savory. So, I took some of my homemade black bean/black eyed pea/roasted corn salsa. I think they’ll appreciate that more than some cutesy cup cakes.

Just a little something extra, going out of your way, and showing your appreciation for others can mean so much. I hope you feel the same. Have a great Sunday!

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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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