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Showing posts with label Thankful and Blogging About It. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thankful and Blogging About It. Show all posts

6.25.2010

Thank You Mom

Over Mother's Day, I submitted the story of my amazing mother to the 2010 P & G "Thank You Mom" Campaign and I was notified yesterday that I am one of 30 FINALISTS!!!  15 of those with the most vote for their mom will win $1000 towards a reunion with their mom and a camcorder to record the time together. It sounds cliche to say that I have already won to have such a wonderful woman in my life-but I have - but it would be nice to fly her to Chicago to see my sister or to fly my sister here. :)


Click over here to VOTE VOTE VOTE for this amazing woman! 


YOU HAVE UNTIL TODAY  9am PST/12pm EST TO VOTE!
**Voting has closed, but please take a moment to read about how much I love my mother!


My entry was inspired by a post I wrote back in 2008 (reprinted with permission):


"She is my greatest cheerleader, my biggest believer, my heart's champion-She is my step-mother. I usually never refer to her in such a way: step-mother. She is no step orhalf-wayalmost, or only-on-the-weekendsmother. No ma'am. She is much more. She is is my better-than-bloodI-chose-you, loved-you-as-if-I gave-birth-to-you mother. She is my mother, and if you know me and hear me talking about this amazing woman in my life-you know she is my mother in every way that eternally matters.

My mother, the one who gave birth to me, the one who passed away last February, made choices in her life that affected everyone (mostly related to her addiction issues) around her and left me a confused tween. My step-mother was able to pick up the pieces with such grace, such love, such patience. She taught me, very early on in our relationship what it meant to be beautiful, both inside and out. She continues to teach me with her words of love and encouragement.

There is so much to her-so much I want to share with you. She has made a difference on such a profound level, it is difficult to adequately describe. Part of what keeps me in awe of her is that she chose me-well, she chose my father-but by choosing him, she chose me too- and I am honored to be loved in such a way. Another thing that blows me away, is that she has been present at every one of my major life events. College? She helped me move into my dorm-spent hours helping me make it mine. Wedding? She helped me plan it-was there at the "aha!" moment when you find your wedding dress. Babies? She was there, holding my precious daughter in the crook of her arms and tenderly rubbing the tips of her fingers along her brows. Cancer? She was there-praising God with me for His mercy and grace. And she is still here-in the everydayness of it all-a phone call away- the one I call for recipes, parenting advice and Godly counsel.

I wish you all could meet her-this mother of mine. She is so special to me-she lights up a room with her smile and her eyes sparkle when she talks lovingly of my father. I am so thankful for her. I am more than thankful. Is there a word for more than thankful? How about indebted?

I am indebted to you, Robyn. Thank you for being my mom.

Is there someone in your life who could use a "more-than-thank-you" or "I love you". Tell them. If it's too hard, write it down. Don't waste another minute.



Please Vote.

11.25.2009

Say Thank You With Photos

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Show your gratitude this holiday season with photos! Photo Thank You Cards are fun and easy to make. Before you know it, you will have a personal and creative thank you card ready for that special occasion. You’ll need a few things to get this simple project completed.

  • Magnetic Alphabet Letters
  • Digital Camera
  • Photo Printer
  • Cardstock in color of your choice
  • Glue stick (acid free) or photo corners

I happen to have been blessed with a photo printer thanks to the fine folks at HP. So this project was that much easier because I was able to print the photos at home. (If you don’t have a photo printer at home, then have them printed via your local 1 hour print shop. Many grocery stores have photo printing services available, so you can pick up your print when you are shopping.)

  • Arrange the magnetic letters to spell the words “Thank You”.
  • Photograph the words in good light near a window. Try not to use your flash
  • Print out the image on 4x6 photo paper, set aside
  • Cut  cardstock to 6 1/2 by 9
  • Fold cardstock in half to make a 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 folded card.
  • Adhere “Thank You” photo to front of card using photo corners or adhesive.
  • If cardstock is dark in color, think about lining the inside with a piece of white cardstock sized 4 x 6.

***I am including the “thank you” images in this post, so that you may use them if you wish. I put a creative commons liscense on them, so if you use them in a blog post, just attribute back to me. So, if you don’t have alphabet letters, you can just use mine!

***Click on the photos to be taken to the image in my flickr photstream.

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This idea would work great for other occasions like birthdays and get well cards.

11.22.2009

No Need For The Sunday Paper



It's almost that time...Thanksgiving. It's such a great holiday. Unlike Christmas, I tend to relax more at Thanksgiving. And I am looking forward to it. How about you?

While you are contemplating that, feel free to grab a cup o' joe and browse this week's links.

Looking to DIY a child's apron for less? Then look to this adorable potholder/tea towel apron combo from Dollar Store Crafts. So, so, so stinkin' cute. ACK!

High Fructose Craft: I just spilled water everywhere this weekend while trying to refill my iron. Wish I had seen this tutorial for altering an old dish soap bottle. Would have saved me a lot of mess!

I absolutely positively want to make one of these clothespin thankful wreaths from Chica and Jo (photo above via Chica and Jo). Interesting to look at and lovely to put together. It actually brough tears to my eyes to read some of the comments. (found via The Crafty Crow)

I made Cranberry Stuffing Muffins last year for Turkey day. They were dee-lish. May have to make those again this year, that and my mom's awesome Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe. Stay tuned also this week for Thanksgiving themed Muffin Tin Monday and some other fun and crafty stuff.

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Scripture For Sunday

From the Book of Psalms in the Bible:

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.

11.24.2008

Muffin Tin Monday - Foods Your Kids are Thankful For

Muffin Tin Monday is a weekly blog gathering (here at HCO) of mommies who serve one meal a week (or more:) ) in a muffin tin! We post submissions every Monday and enjoy sharing and encouraging each other as parents. You can be as basic or as detailed as you want!

Welcome back to Muffin Tin Monday ladies! How was your weekend? I hope it was fun! We have to week off here at the Sybert Household, including coach, so there should be lots of fun to post about later in the week! I was hoping that this weeks tin might NOT be entirely made up of mac 'n cheese....And shockingly, when I asked what were their favorite foods-mac 'n cheese did not come up! Makes me wonder why they ask for it so much! The winners were fruit, cereal, pizza, and ice cream. Ice cream would have to wait till later and I threw in some chicken for good measure (it's their favorite meat!)

(Clockwise, from top left: cantelope, red grapes, honeydew melon, cold pizza bites, cubed chicken , trix cereal)

If you are new to Muffin Tin Monday, then welcome, we are so glad you decided to join us! We hope you will have fun sharing your tin and perusing all of the other mama's submissions! If you want to submit your tin to be among the list of muffin tin mamas you see here, just comment (or email) on any one of my posts and include the URL to your post about your tin. If you don't have a blog, just upload a photo to the muffin tin meals group at Flickr and leave me a comment that it's there!

Happy Muffin Tin Monday!

11.19.2008

For Robyn: Thankful and Blogging About It

She is my greatest cheerleader, my biggest believer, my heart's champion-She is my step-mother. I usually never refer to her in such a way: step-mother. She is no step or half-way, almost, or only-on-the-weekends mother. No ma'am. She is much more. She is is my better-than-blood, I-chose-you, loved-you-as-if-I gave-birth-to-you mother. She is my mother, and if you know me and hear me talking about this amazing woman in my life-you know she is my mother in every way that eternally matters.

My mother, the one who gave birth to me, the one who passed away last February, made choices in her life that affected everyone (mostly related to her addiction issues) around her and left me a confused tween. My step-mother was able to pick up the pieces with such grace, such love, such patience. She taught me, very early on in our relationship what it meant to be beautiful, both inside and out. She continues to teach me with her words of love and encouragement.

There is so much to her-so much I want to share with you. She has made a difference on such a profound level, it is difficult to adequately describe. Part of what keeps me in awe of her is that she chose me-well, she chose my father-but by choosing him, she chose me too- and I am honored to be loved in such a way. Another thing that blows me away, is that she has been present at every one of my major life events. College? She helped me move into my dorm-spent hours helping me make it mine. Wedding? She helped me plan it-was there at the "aha!" moment when you find your wedding dress. Babies? She was there, holding my precious daughter in the crook of her arms and tenderly rubbing the tips of her fingers along her brows. Cancer? She was there-praising God with me for His mercy and grace. And she is still here-in the everydayness of it all-a phone call away- the one I call for recipes, parenting advice and Godly counsel.

I wish you all could meet her-this mother of mine. She is so special to me-she lights up a room with her smile and her eyes sparkle when she talks lovingly of my father. I am so thankful for her. I am more than thankful. Is there a word for more than thankful? How about indebted?

I am indebted to you, Robyn. Thank you for being my mom.

Is there someone in your life who could use a "more-than-thank-you" or "I love you". Tell them. If it's too hard, write it down. It is, after all, called "Thanksgiving" for a reason, so go on, give thanks to that person (s) who means so much to you.

11.01.2008

November: Thankful and Blogging About It

So, I am officially declaring November "Thankful and Blogging About It" month. Not that we can't blog about how thankful we are at other times...but, this month seems appropriate-after all-the rest of the America has it on the brain! So my posts this month will largely (give or take a few posts) focus on thankfulness, things I am thankful for, the One I am thankful to, and teachable moments for our children to learn gratitude, etc! Hope you will join me this month as I take time to give thanks!

To start things off, I will share with you why I am thankful for the last three years of my life.

In January of 2006 I was diagnosed with Stage I Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma, which is a fancy word for uterine cancer. I had a low grade version of this extremely rare cancer and at 28, almost 29 years old, I was blown away by my diagnosis. It was stage one, yes...It certainly was not the end of the world, I was thankful to be alive, I did not have to have chemo or radiation and in what seemed like a whirlwind of events, I was diagnosed, treated and given the blessing of "no evidence of disease". What I haven't told you in this story is that at 29, I had a total abdominal hysterectomy. This meant they took everything-ovaries, tubes, uterus. It also meant that I would be enjoying premature menopause. Bleck! You cannot prepare for such a thing as this. Cancer. For me, however, there was little down time. Little Time to "reflect". With a 2 year old and 1 year old, there was little time to stop and contemplate what it all meant. At times, I felt like I never even had cancer-except that every time I put on my PJ's, I see the 6 inch scar on my tummy. I struggled for many months with depression and I never fully relied on the One who saved me. I battled the hormone fluxes inwardly alone. I am however thankful for these last three years because in July of this year I became a Christian (To read more about that, click here.). Had God decided that January of '06 was "my time", I might not have gone to heaven. And the last three years have made me continually thankful for two precious children. For you see, had my husband and I waited to have children-they might not exist. I was pregnant with my daughter 3 months after getting married and pregnant with my son 7 months after my daughter was born. I was diagnosed with cancer when my son was 9 months old........I am deeply deeply thankful for my two little blessings. Cancer survivors and those in the midst of battle often say they are thankful for each day they are alive. It's not just some pithy saying...they say it because it's true.

What are you thankful for today? Won't you share it with me?