My uncle past away a couple of weeks ago.Â During his memorial service, my aunt read a beautiful piece of literature, which I would like to share.
“I AM” VERY SPECIAL
“I Am” special…In all the world there is nobody exactly like me…
Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person exactly like me…nor will there ever be in the future…
No one has my smile, my eyes, or nose, my hair, my hands or my voice.Â Nobody has my handwriting…”I Am” special…No one can paint my brush strokes.Â Nobody has my special taste in food or music or drama or art.Â No one in the world sees things just exactly as I do…
In all of time, there has never been anyone who laughs exactly as I do or cries or thinks exactly as I do…And what makes me laugh or cry or think in precisely my way might elicit a totally different reaction from someone else…”I Am” special.Â “I Am” different from every other person who has ever Lived or will ever Live in the history or future of the Universe…
“I Am” the only one in the whole of creation who has my particular set of abilities…Now, there is always someone who is better than “I Am” at one thing or another because every human being is superior to every other person in at least one regard…But, “I Am” special…And “I Am” superior to each other person in at least one regard…
No one in the Universe can reach the quality of the combination of my talents, my abilities, my feelings, my heart, my head, my hands…Like a room full of musical instruments–some may excel alone–but none can match the symphonic sound made when all are played together…”I Am” a unique symphony…
Through all eternity, no one will ever look, walk, talk, think or act exactly like I do…”I Am” special…”I Am” rare…And in all of rarity, there is enormous value…Because of my great value, I need not imitate any other person…I will accept, verily, celebrate my differences because…”I Am” special.
And it is no accident that “I Am” special…I must realize that God has made me special for a specific Purpose…He has chosen a job for me to do that no one else can do as well as I can…out of the billions of applicants, only one is qualified…Only one has that unique right combination of what it takes…And “I Am” that one…
“I Am” special… “I Am” very special…
AND SO IS EVERY OTHER HUMAN BEING.
October 21st, 2007
My husband justÂ had a birthday and a long wish list.Â Here’s a list of his top requests.
Mini dvd camcorder
BBQ grill accessories
Favorite sports team jersey or t-shirt
Tickets to his favorite sporting event
Homemade dessert like brownies or cake
Dinner at Benihana’s
- Golf accessories
NeedÂ more gift ideas for men?Â Â Click here.Â
Do you need gift ideas for other people in your life? Try my gift idea section.
October 20th, 2007
My site is back up!Â Thank goodness!Â
The server my site was on crashed.Â The recovery took a lot of hard workÂ and lots of long hours.Â A big thank you goesÂ out to the guys who made sure my site fully recovered.
October 11th, 2007
When my husband and I lived in Georgia, he got turned on to Brunswick Stew. Since we’ve been back in South Florida, he has not found a restaurant that makes good Brunswick Stew. Then, a few months ago I came across a Southern Living Magazine recipe for Easy Brunswick Stew using your crock pot. It takes about 12 hours to make, but it was definitely worth it. My husband loved it. Hereâ€™s the recipe:
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt)
3 medium-size new potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
1 (14-ounce) can of chicken broth
1 (9-ounce) package frozen lima beans, thawed
1 (9-ounce) package frozen corn, thawed
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Trim roast and cut into 2-inch pieces. Stir together all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove pork with a slotted spoon, and shred. Return shredded pork to slow cooker, and stir well. Ladle stew into bowls.
This recipe makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 12 hours
Cooking on LOW heat for a long time makes the meat extremely tender, so it shreds easily; HIGH heat yields a less tender product. I cooked my stew on LOW 10 hours. And next time I make it, I’m going to ask the butcher to cut the roast into 2 inch pieces for me.
To compliment the meal, I also served garlic bread and sweet tea. My husband can’t wait for me to make it again.
Looking for more easy recipes? Try my recipe section.
September 26th, 2007
A couple of weeks ago my mom e-mailed this joke to me.
Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.
My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high, I’d gained some weight, and I didn’t feel so hot.
My doctor said eating right doesn’t have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems.
He said just think in colors; fill your plate with bright colors: greens, yellows, reds, etc.
I went right home and ate an entire bowl of M&M’s and sure enough, I felt better immediately.
I never knew eating right could be so easy!!
This is what I call creative thinking or should I say creative dieting.
September 21st, 2007
In recognition of September as Library Cards Sign Up Month, the Read SmART program will reward students who have a Broward County Library card with:
- FREE admission to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, from September 8-30 and at special storytelling events on December 8, 2007 and February 9, 2008.
- Also, pick up a Borders’ Read SmART coupon at a Broward County Library or the Museum of Art in September, and redeem it during Library Benefit Days, October 18 & 19, 2007, for a 10% discount at participating Borders stores. (Borders will donate a matching sum to the Broward Public Library Foundation.)
Florida State Parks are also joining in to celebrate literacy in September by offering:
- Free admission to state parks in September
- with library card
- with library book
- with donation of new or gently used family appropriate book
- Educator/Learner Benefits
- Free educational programs
- Free admission for school groups
- Free admission for reading groups and book clubs
- Access to natural, cultural, and historical resources in state parks
Your library card is your ticket to a world of FREE information and entertainment.
September 16th, 2007
Every school day I spend 10 – 15 minutes in the carpool lane, waiting to pick up my kids. Over the course of a week, we’re talking about an hour of waiting.
Instead of just watching the time go by, I try to take care of some things that may otherwise get overlooked or just further delayed.
Here is a list of things I do while waiting in the carpool lane.
- Make phone calls
- Read mail
- Clean garbage out of car
- Pay bills
- Listen to audiobook
- Clean out purse
- Eat lunch or snack
- Balance checkbook
- Read magazine or book
- Put loose change away
- Make list of things I need to do
- Fill out school forms or paperwork
- Think about what to make for dinner
- Make out grocery list
- Wipe down inside of car with Wet Ones or ArmorAll wipes
- Write out cards (party invitations/thank you notes)
Taking care of these little things helps me to stay a little more organized and to focus less on the wait.
September 15th, 2007