A special tribute to my parents this Thanksgiving season

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Usually, I don’t like boasting or airing details of my personal life, but lately I’ve been wanting to say something – and being that it is the season to give thanks, I want to acknowledge the 2 people who brought me into this world.

I finally understand what kind of people they are and how they demonstrate to those who know and love them what it means to be Godly people. Perfect? Of course not…their very imperfect daughter is evidence! Only One is perfect.

I’ve realized that oftentimes they stood on their own and not followed the crowd. I don’t recall them ever striving to get ahead of others, step on others’ toes, or try to keep up with the Joneses. We never sat around gossiping or condemning others because of their race, religion, or economic status.

Dad taught me to question everything and look at the bigger picture; “Mel, think!” Mom taught me to appreciate nature and animals and the simple things in life.

They are humble, kind, generous, hard-working, simple, peace-loving, thoughtful, gentle, loving, caring, honest-to-goodness people. They love their neighbors and do unto others as they would have done to them. ISN’T THAT WHAT JESUS TAUGHT US?

Hypocrites can “praise the Lord” all day long; the world can mock and fight and strive for things that ultimately will not survive death – but what my parents have built up for themselves and try to pass on to us, these things are intangible and priceless and will last forever. These people are the “real deal.”

Thank you mom and dad. I love you and honor you with all my heart. :)

South Jersey Strawberry Season 2014

South Jersey Strawberry Season 2014

Originally posted on Down-Home South Jersey:

Photo credit: J. Malme

The early strawberries are in and pick your own strawberry season is almost here! To help you get ready, here’s a list of farms and markets offering Jersey-fresh strawberries this year:

Duffields Farm Market  - Greentree and Chapel Heights Road, Sewell. Retail store, bakery, and Pick-your-own. 8 am to 6 pm. Duffieldsfarm.com

Ingraldi Farms - 1319 Cedar Avenue, Millville. Pick-your-own Strawberries. Call 856-451-1019 for more information.

Johnson’s Corner Farm - 133 Church Road, Medford. Pick-your-own Strawberries with hayride. Daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Johnsonsfarm.com

Marlboro Farm Market - 601 Route 49, Bridgeton. Farm Market with Jersey Fresh Strawberries daily.  Open daily, 9 am to 6 pm. Visit them on Facebook.

Pontano’s Farm Fresh Produce - 3937 South Lincoln Avenue, Vineland. Farm stand with Jersey Fresh Strawberries daily. 10 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm Sunday…

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Our house is just a little house but God knows where we live

That saying is on a little plaque given to me by Grandmom and it’s so fitting. We are happily settling down (finally!!??) in our cute, little home, and God-willing, our forever home, after moving so many times over the past few years. And just in time for spring and planting flowers, herbs, and of course GOURDS! Hope we get a good crop like we had down in North Carolina. At least living in rural south Jersey feels like living down south, but we’re still in my beloved state of New Jersey!

My little gourd patch

My little gourd patch

 

 

 

 

Garden pathway

Garden pathway

Our backyard friends, the house finch

Our backyard friends, the house finch

Fight for the Children

Originally posted on Sweet Simple Living:

 

After Newtown and Boston I found myself getting more and more disgusted with all the gun violence in our country. I wanted to become involved in the fight for more gun control by reaching out to national and grassroots campaigns and contacting my state legislators. As I listened to the news and personal stories of victims, read blogs and Facebook pages, I decided to create my own Facebook page devoted to the gun control cause. I thought that posting and highlighting gun crime news in my area and around the nation could be a constant reminder why more gun control is so important and necessary. I also post other articles and photos but my main purpose is to post daily gun crime stories. This is my way of contributing to the cause and honoring victims of gun violence. 

Please visit my Facebook page here: How Many More Must Die? – Delaware Valley

or my Twitter…

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Fight for the Children

 

After Newtown and Boston I found myself getting more and more disgusted with all the gun violence in our country. I wanted to become involved in the fight for more gun control by reaching out to national and grassroots campaigns and contacting my state legislators. As I listened to the news and personal stories of victims, read blogs and Facebook pages, I decided to create my own Facebook page devoted to the gun control cause. I thought that posting and highlighting gun crime news in my area and around the nation could be a constant reminder why more gun control is so important and necessary. I also post other articles and photos but my main purpose is to post daily gun crime stories. This is my way of contributing to the cause and honoring victims of gun violence. 

Please visit my Facebook page here: How Many More Must Die? – Delaware Valley

or my Twitter account: @howmanymore3

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Just a thought

There was a time when southern preachers argued FOR slavery because it was God’s will, the same way people preach today AGAINST gay rights.

The same people preaching against gay marriage have pre-marital sex, commit adultery and get divorced, which according to the Bible are all sins. Hmmm. Jesus said, “He without sin cast the first stone.” He also said to love your neighbor as yourself. How will people know the love of Christ if we don’t show them?

Living the way God wants us to live is not found only in trying to fulfill the law. It is impossible to do anyway. This world and all of us in it are full of sin. But the way to live for God IS done by Loving One Another as God Loved Us. When we are IN HIS LOVE, then our lives on the outside match up with His Love that resides inside us.