Posts Tagged ‘Lolly Pop Kid’

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Yesterday, family and friends came together and we planted Lolly’s tree. The week before, I prayed for cooler weather and that prayer was answered. I was a little worried a major storm might interrupted the planting but that did not happen. The tree was a little bigger than I expected. I have a VW bug. The tree is about 5 feet tall and it actually fit in my car. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. LCpl Honda dug the hole in the yard. Everyone arrived and we feasted on sub sandwiches and potato salad. Grandma M brought a carrot cake. Lolly loved baby carrots. Everyone took turns shoveling dirt into the hole. Then Butterfly and my friend’s daughter, Big Brown Eyes helped Lolly’s dad Tango make a well around the tree. Finally, we made a circle around Lolly’s tree and said a prayer and asked God to bless the tree.

It was a wonderful day.

After the planting, I gave everyone a picture of Lolly’s name in the sand.

I am posting our group picture, although we took many pictures that day. The rest I have chosen to keep private. I am also posting a picture of my dad, Grandpa DingDon, one of Lolly’s namesakes. No recipe today. Yesterday was simple, kind of like a picnic. Everyone knows how to make a picnic. Yes?

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We love you sweet boy. Donovan. Our Lolly Pop Kid.


I had to add this drawing, done by Butterfly, Lolly’s sissy.


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ps. The drawing was lying on my kitchen table today and my cat decided to walk on it. The blue background was done with pastel chalk. I just spent a whole bunch of time in my bathroom trying to wash the blue color off of my cat’s feet. Fun.


Yea, I think that is all I have to say about that…

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I am not ok either

Friday, September 4th, 2009

My daughter Cinderella wrote this awhile back because she can hardly bear people asking her if she is ok.


Are you okay?


 A piece of my heart is gone forever, I am not okay.


I may smile, laugh and make jokes, but I am not okay.


The pain in my heart hurts so badly and I am not okay.


It is hard for me to get out of bed everyday, I am not okay.


I am able to function everyday, but I am not okay.


Sometimes I want to end it all and I am not okay.


How can I go through life without him, I am not okay.


I am not the same person I once was, I am not okay.


Some people say I am strong, but that does not mean that I am okay.


I am really weak inside and I am not okay.


I want him back so badly and I am not okay.


I pray to the Lord to give me strength, but I am not okay.


 


Please stop asking if I am okay.


I am not ok either.


I can not fix anything.


I would if I could.


I can not change anybody.


People do as they choose.


I still want to scream some days.


And I do.


I wish I could go back in time.


But I can not.


I wish for my family to heal.


But I know they never will.


I still have tears everyday.


I am afraid of the day I don’t.


I can not change anything.


No, I am not ok either.

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Looking Forward to Saturday

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

This Saturday we will plant a tree for our Lolly Pop Kid. Our family and Tango’s family will gather at our home and together we will plant an orange tree for Lolly.

I prayed to God that the weather would be a little cooler since the temperature has been around 106 degrees. I mean I really prayed. I just want everyone to be comfortable.  However, I did not ask for a hurricane. We do not get full-force hurricanes where we live but we do get some nasty storms from them. So I am hoping the weather will be nice and not drench us with rain all day on Saturday.

I am happy about receiving this photo. There is a woman in Australia writes the names of Angel children in the sand on a beach. She then photos them at sunset and uploads them to her blog. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. I cried when I say Lolly’s photo. There appears to be a red halo over the sun. As I have said before, Lolly had wonderful flaming red hair. So everyone attending the tree planting will receive one of these photos. I think it will be a lovely addition.

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Angel Tuesday

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Today’s Angel is Brianna Sharp. Brianna was a lively 7th grader when last fall she was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a highly aggressive brain tumor. She went to heaven surrounded by her family on July 25, 2009.

Brianna loved running cross-country at school. She also played the Fluteflute in her school band and liked art.

Her father Matt said she had a contagious smile and laugh. She would laugh at his jokes even when they were not that funny.

Brianna kept a daily blog where she has chronicled her battle with cancer. She also describes her life with family and friends.

confirmation_rosary_cross-776364Brianna’s faith grew during her illness. She wore a cross, carried a rosary and said the Hail Mary. Many family and friends attended her 13th birthday party this past spring.

Brianna is loved and missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. Please say a prayer for Brianna and her family.

 


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Please continue to pray for Lolly Pop Kid and our families. We now have answers as to why Lolly went to Heaven. I will not post that here. The information does not make me feel better. It just breaks my heart more and gives my brain more stuff to think about.


Today is also the start of Childhood Cancer Awarness Month.  This is near ChildCancerRibbonMagnetand dear to my heart because Butterfly once battled Leukemia and won! Please take a moment to think about the littlist warriors today and through the month.

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Wordless Wednesday – Clouds

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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all of these clouds appeared on a different Angelversaries of our Lolly Pop Kid.

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Angel Tuesday

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Angel Tuesday profiles Asa Imad Mayle who became and angel on January 4, 2007. He was 6 years old and in the first grade. Asa was hit by a school bus as he was crossing the street.

I learned of Asa through Virtual Memorials. Lolly Pop Kid’s online memorial is at this site also. Please feel free to visit.

Asa was an inquisitive little boy with a big kool-aid smile and big brown eyes. He liked his clothes nice and neat and he especially loved his belt.

Asa absolutely loved everything Batman. He had Batman sheets and would tie them around his neck and make a cape. His mommie could not resit buying Asa Batman batman-022007-10stuff.

He once asked his mommie, “If Batman can’t fly why does he have a cape?” Good question.

Asa even at his young age would talk about growing up, getting married and going to college. He wanted to go to Ohio State. He also new what kind of car he would like to own. Asa wanted a PT Cruiser. Spotting PT Cruisers became a game for Asa. He would shout “PT Cruiser I saw it you missed it!!”

imagesAsa is loved and missed by his family and always will be. Please take a moment to visit his beautiful memorial made in loving memory of Asa by his mommie.

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Sunday Brunch

Monday, August 24th, 2009

We enjoyed a weekend with Cinderella, Tango & Butterfly. They came down to to visit and see Fuzzy & Wuzzy our new twins. The twins are doing well, but always seem to be sleeping when we visit.

Cinderella gifted Hippie Guy & Flower Child with a digital camera so they can provide us with lots of pictures of Fuzzy & Wuzzy. I have a few more to post and will do that at the end of this post.

I like my new blackberry phone but it has quite a learning curve. It is like a mini computer. Any help would be appreciated.

Today’s recipe is my most favorite potato salad. It doesn’t really have a name so I will just call it Juliannah’s Potato Salad.

Eight to Ten Red Potatoes

2 Hard Boiled Eggs

1 cup Mayonnaise

1/4 cup Rice Vinegar

1 Tbsp Sugar

1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

1/2 tsp Paprika

Boil the potatoes with the skins on until done. Boil the eggs until done. Cut up the potatoes and eggs. Cut the bell pepper into small pieces. Mix potatoes,eggs & peppers. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, spices & sugar into potatoes, eggs & peppers. That is it. You can also substitute green bell pepper, pickle relish or anything else you may desire.

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Here are another couple pics of the twins:

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Today is also the  2nd month angelversary for Lolly Pop Kid. We all miss him so much. I had a knock at the door today and it was Mormon missionaries. They gave me a card with a illustration of Jesus and on the back of the card it said, “Faith in Christ can help you resolve personal and family challenges.

God Just keeps knocking on our door.

Lolly Pop Kid we love you and miss you. We want you back.

And that is all I have to say about that.

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Angel Tuesday

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Today’s Angel Tuesday child is Ethan who became an Angel on July 26, 2008. He went to heaven because of a horrible drowning accident.

Ethan, a beautiful 6 year old with a smile that exudes radiant energy and a huge open-mouth laugh that delighted everyone. All that knew Ethan commented on his smile.

legosEthan loved creating ships with Legos and playing with Star Wars toys. He loved tossing a football and listening to his Veggie Tales CD.

 

 

 

 

On what would have been Ethan’s 7th Birthday his family held a Global Star Wars party where many people from all over the world watched the movie Star Wars.


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Ethan is and will always be very much loved and missed by his family. His mom Lisa keeps a blog where she has written so beautifully about Ethan, her family’s loss and how they manage the “new normal.” Lisa is also a wonderful photographer as there are many poignant photos of Ethan and her family.



 

 

Please visit Hey Jude. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Please also remember our Angel Lolly Pop Kid.

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Sunday Brunch

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I have not been posting too much lately. I guess that is because I just do not have the gumption (sp?) or the ideas to talk about. I am going to try and post everyday. I need to get back to posting because it helps me get through my life. I have already established Military Monday, Wordless Wednesday & Quote of the Week. I want to include Sunday Brunch which I think will be a little recap of my week and a recipe that maybe someone might like to try.

I decided to include Angel Tuesday. Lolly Pop Kid went to heaven on a Tuesday. I know that I will never live through a Tuesday without thinking about him leaving us. That is just the way it is. I think that I will profile a child that is going to heaven or a famly that has lost a child. I know what it is like to have a lived with one that is sick with a possible terminal illness. Please pray for Sydney

There are a lot of children out there that need prayers. There are a lot of parents’ that lost their child. I just need to reach out.

So here is the recipe that I would like to share:

Chipolte Chicken with Flaming_Tequelia Pepper Salsa Avocado Ranch Dressing

 

Ingredients

    4 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 6 slices smoky bacon, chopped

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons puréed chipotles in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 shots tequila
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • Crushed tortilla chips, for garnish


Preparation

Place a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken to the pot and continue cooking until golden brown, 5-6 minutes.

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until the veggies are tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the puréed chipotles, cumin, coriander, paprika and tomato paste to the pot and cook until the spices are aromatic and beginning to caramelize, about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, some salt and pepper to the pot and bring up to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step While the chili is simmering, place a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the peppers and red onion to the skillet and cook until the veggies are tender, 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and add in the tequila. Return the skillet to the heat and flame the tequila to burn off most of the alcohol. Add the lime juice, cilantro and some salt to the salsa. Reserve.

In the bowl of a food processor combine the avocado, buttermilk, lemon juice and chives. Process until smooth then season with salt and pepper.

Serve up the chili topped with some of the tequila-pepper salsa and avocado ranch. Garnish with some crushed tortilla chips.


All I can say is pray for us and we will pray for you. This recipe probaly seems over the top, but it is just the way I feel at this point.

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Sunday Brunch

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I have not been posting too much lately. I guess that is because I just do not have the gumption (sp?) or the ideas to talk about. I am going to try and post everyday. I need to get back to posting because it helps me get through my life. I have already established Military Monday, Wordless Wednesday & Quote of the Week. I want to include Sunday Brunch which I think will be a little recap of my week and a recipe that maybe someone might like to try.

I decided to include Angel Tuesday. Lolly Pop Kid went to heaven on a Tuesday. I know that I will never live through a Tuesday without thinking about him leaving us. That is just the way it is. I think that I will profile a child that is going to heaven or a famly that has lost a child. I know what it is like to have a lived with one that is sick with a possible terminal illness. Please pray for Sydney

There are a lot of children out there that need prayers. There are a lot of parents’ that lost their child. I just need to reach out.

So here is the recipe that I would like to share:

Chipolte Chicken with Flaming_Tequelia Pepper Salsa Avocado Ranch Dressing

 

Ingredients


    4 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 6 slices smoky bacon, chopped
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons puréed chipotles in adobo

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped

  • 3 to 4 shots tequila

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

  • 1 avocado, pitted

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives

  • Crushed tortilla chips, for garnish







Preparation




Place a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken to the pot and continue cooking until golden brown, 5-6 minutes.




Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until the veggies are tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the puréed chipotles, cumin, coriander, paprika and tomato paste to the pot and cook until the spices are aromatic and beginning to caramelize, about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, some salt and pepper to the pot and bring up to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.


Step While the chili is simmering, place a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the peppers and red onion to the skillet and cook until the veggies are tender, 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and add in the tequila. Return the skillet to the heat and flame the tequila to burn off most of the alcohol. Add the lime juice, cilantro and some salt to the salsa. Reserve.




In the bowl of a food processor combine the avocado, buttermilk, lemon juice and chives. Process until smooth then season with salt and pepper.




Serve up the chili topped with some of the tequila-pepper salsa and avocado ranch. Garnish with some crushed tortilla chips.





All I can say is pray for us and we will pray for you. This recipe probaly seems over the top, but it is just the way I feel at this point.

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