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Darby’s blog receives the Sunshine Blog Award!

Blog Award - SunshineI want to thank Sandra McLeod Humphrey for passing on the Sunshine Award to Darby’s Story and More Blog! –what an unexpected honor!

Sandra posts drop right into my inbox, just one of those simple pleasures to read. I enjoy Sandra’s writing style a blend of mystery with the history intrigues you to want to know… who was this person!!! Each post reflects the beauty within that featured person. Visit Sandra’s Blog ~ Dare to Dream Big! http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/

Now it’s my turn to share the Sunshine and pass this award on by paying it forward again to ten bloggers who inspire me and bring Sunshine into my blogging life.

1. http://10daybookclub.wordpress.com/ promotes reading, writing, and the visual arts online

2. http://scottspinks.wordpress.com/  Humor/fun Cartoons and children illustrator

3. http://raychelle-writes.blogspot.com/ interviewing authors and illustrators (budding, traditionally published, and indies)

4. http://momblog.momschoiceawards.com/  (Honoring Excellance) a resource for selecting quality materials for children and families

5. The Cows Are Coming Blog  Martin Rothery, this gentleman from the UK adds humor like no other, The blog is the ramblings of a bovine obsessed writer. His newly published book, ‘Cows” ~ Cows are trying to take over the world! But how would these normally docile creatures do such a thing?

6. Net Working Chick Elizabeth ~ The networking chick blog is for the 20 something woman and will discuss workplace issues, startups, social networking, and careers. Her articles are incredible insightful and joy to read. I could not resist, in my reply to Elizabeth, I mentioned what a great resource for boys and girls graduating from High School and College  looking to get out in the world.

7. The Illustrators Onion Blog Greg Jackson Freelance Illustrator Australia ~ Illustration can make you laugh, it can make you cry but it can’t make your lunch! Everday illustrators tackle the big questions…life? …love? …breakfast cereal? Greg posted his project ” Sketch Book Project 2012″. I so appreciate the arts. Thought this global art project needed to be shared for all ages to participate. You can review Greg’s work here: “The King of Toast”

8. http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com/ Adorable Beagle blogger inspiring hope for all furry creatures great and small.

9. http://community.blogpaws.com/ a gathering place for pet blogger

10.  http://www.dicymcculloughbooks.com/blog/ Dicy McCullough books are included in my Read Across America List for an all time great family read.

June 5, 2012 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Blog Award - Beautiful Blogger AwardThe complete joy to have a dear friend send you an award such as this….Sandra McLeod Humphry is an incredible author and blogger. A successful author her stories inspire greatness. Sandra’s blogg is a reflection of her work. A collection of 25 person personal “Who Dared to Dream Big” Please visit her blog http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog   Thank you Sandra : )

Instructions for the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award
2. Paste the award on your blog
3. Link the person who nominated you for the award
4. Nominate 7 bloggers
5. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated

So here are 7 random things about me:

1) While I was growing up, I lived on a farm in Topsfield, Mass.
2)  By the time I entered junior high, horses were my best friends.
3) For my son, I recaptured the joy and raised him on a farm with plenty of horses.
4) We made an effort to rescue or adopt the animals on the farm.
5) I’ve ridden  a motorbike, rather be on a horse.
6) I’m a Homeschool mopther and a Marine Mum.
7) During the summer I tend to my edible garden and the farm animals, kayak when we get the chance.

And here are some blogs worthy of the Beautiful Blogger Award and I’m passing the award on to them Please visit ~

1. http://scottspinks.wordpress.com/  Humor/fun Cartoons and children illustrator

2. http://raychelle-writes.blogspot.com/ interviewing authors and illustrators (budding, traditionally published, and indies)

3. http://momblog.momschoiceawards.com/  (Honoring Excellance) a resource for selecting quality materials for children and families

4. The Cows Are Coming Blog  Martin Rothery, this gentleman from the UK adds humor like no other, The blog is the ramblings of a bovine obsessed writer. His newly published book, ‘Cows” ~ Cows are trying to take over the world! But how would these normally docile creatures do such a thing?

5. Net Working Chick Elizabeth ~ The networking chick blog is for the 20 something woman and will discuss workplace issues, startups, social networking, and careers. Her articles are incredible insightful and joy to read. I could not resist, in my reply to Elizabeth, I mentioned what a great resource for boys and girls graduating from High School and College  looking to get out in the world.

6. The Illustrators Onion Blog Greg Jackson Freelance Illustrator Australia ~ Illustration can make you laugh, it can make you cry but it can’t make your lunch! Everday illustrators tackle the big questions…life? …love? …breakfast cereal? Greg posted his project ” Sketch Book Project 2012″. I so appreciate the arts. Thought this global art project needed to be shared for all ages to participate. You can review Greg’s work here: “The King of Toast”

7. http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com/   Adorable Beagle blogger inspiring hope for all furry creatures great and small.

Wow, there we go! Seven things about me you didn’t know and seven great blogs I visit regularly or I receive an email notice on their latest work.

June 1, 2012 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

Green Acres Report

Where have you been? One may ask….

Over the past several weeks, spring is abundant with green grass ripe for mowing, the barn is prepped for a fresh coat of paint. The geese have had their babies, and with 2 more female (doe) pigmy goats have arrived. The edible garden in the backyard is flourishing with large delicious artichokes, the squash is growing wild, the roses are in full bloom.

 Life is good.

The few short moments in the office, several projects have been completed, emails from dear friends have been replied, so I am taking this early morning hours to share with you. A book trailer near and dear to me. Bangle Bear our Manx cat has a message for you. I hope and so does she that you will share with others her special message.

Enjoy this book trailer and please share with others.

Have  great day!

 

May 31, 2012 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Celebrate Life, takes a moment in time….

To celebrate or not to celebrate is the question of the moment for those who loss a love one. The past month was a moment I knew one day would happen, just not so soon on that day. April 16th my Dad past away. A week later, the family gathered for a beautiful grave service then to the church for a memorial service. Dad enjoyed the moment for the each moment to celebrate and honor him was short and sweet. He was not one for fluff.

Afterwards family and the extended family, friends from elementrary school through his most current  came to share the grief of a great man at the social. The day and into the afternoon was a beautiful and peaceful sunny New England day. Those who have visited New England can relate to this weather report, ” Wait five minutes” the weather will most likely change. The weather held up for Dad’s Day.

This is why I have been so quiet, attempting to live by the moment, cause a day was just too long. I was lost in the fog of loss. I did not pay attention to the day or the hour. Upon my return I contacted several business projects to let them know… I’ll get my groove back on….. one at a time.

So here I am share a tender moment of my life. Gleening from Darby’s Story, I shall share with you a most befitting from his book.

Positive Healing

I have no idea how long I stayed over my best friend’s body, caressing his soft ears and just telling him, over and over again, how thankful I was to have had him in my life and how much I loved him. I was so going to miss this wonderful dog, and I needed to celebrate his life and find joy and comfort in knowing that he would always be with me. Death is not bad in the circle of life; death will happen to us all. I needed to remember and picture the memories we had shared. The joy and laughter this family had experienced. Would I miss Darby? Always. Could there be another dog to replace himno way. Maybe, just maybe, another dog needing a good home with lots of love would cross my path, just like Darby had. His collar and leash still hang by the front door.”

Dad, I miss you so much, Thank you for being the first to read Darby’s manuscript. Your words of encouragement, thoughtful tender suggestions helped me make the book.

In loving memory with buttons and bows

 

 

May 8, 2012 at 9:07 am 4 comments

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss

Read Across America Day

Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Once I was a little girl, who loved to read Dr Seuss book, then I became a mother and continued to read Dr Seuss books to my son. Now an adult I still enjoy the wonder stories and the lessons Dr Seuss provided.

Celebrate with me and continue to read. Read to your children, to yourself, your spouse, your dog and cats. Keep reading and celebrate the gifts authors share with us, there words.

Fourteen years ago the National Education Association designated March 2 as “Read Across America Day.” That date was chosen in celebration of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Each of the 48 books authored by the good Dr. contained a lesson wrapped in magic. There is Horton the egg hatching elephant who remained loyal to his cause; the Loraxes who fought for the environment; and perhaps most famous of all, the ubiquitous Cat in the Hat, who brought sunshine to a rainy day.

All of these characters operated in a world of brilliant colors, fantastical feats and inventive wordplay.

The celebration will continue Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts, Geisel’s hometown.

#Dr Seuss#catinthehat#horton#bestbooks#childrensbook

March 2, 2012 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

May the Holiday Season Begin!!!

Well I love the Christmas season, so I started early. The day after Thanksgiving a Noble Pine standing 10 feet now stands in the living room adorned with white light and a wide variety of ornaments. Reopening the boxes filled with years of memories is an annual treat. The first ornament on the tree was my son’s preschool gift, lollipop sticks glued together with sparkles and in the middle a photo of him.

That year, a few weeks before Christmas we decided together to include a special addition to the family. A boy and his dog stories have been around since well before Lassie. I grew up with dogs. The experience of a big dog warming your bed in the coldest of winters in New England is a warm memory. My son about the age of 2 fell in love with my parents dog, Casey a beautiful Golden retriever, she was one of the 2 pups we kept. My son and Casey bonded, Drew at nap time would not slept in the bed provided, choice to cuddle with Casey on the floor.

That Christmas our special addition; the boy had his own big dog, a red sable coat husky mix with the sweetest brown eyes. Darby about a year old was a perfect age and size for my son. As the weeks past the bond grew.  The following spring both athletic enjoyed playing Tennis. A wonder game of fetch and opportunity to practice serving the ball.

The adoption of Darby transformed the house, providing warmth on cold night, unconditional love, the bond of a young boy, and comfort to all.

Inspired? wish to inspire more… consider adopting a dog or providing a good book to inspire pet adoption through the pages this Christmas. You may have a dog named…. for Christmas this season. A family gift.

 

 

December 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

A Dog Named… for Christmas

The last day before December, the year is coming to an end. Seems like yesterday the year 2011 began. December is a magical month, inspiring hope, good cheer, the fellowship of friends and family. Yet, there are so many unsure and uncertain what Christmas means to that person.

What of the animals who remember the warmth and love of their best friend, a young child, the bond of his master, and the joy of being a family member, the soft bed, the smiles we shared? What could we do this Christmas Holiday to help those lost, seeking a home, the comfort of unconditional love?

Being a seeker of hope, a wonderful movie was shown on the Hallmark Channel. A young man with disabilities sought a solution to help his local animal shelter. He thought out of the box how to reach families willing to foster dogs from the shelter just for a few days for Christmas. A simple call to the local TV News station did the trick, the segment was aired. The young boys efforts to reach beyond his own comfort to make a holiday movement came true. All the dogs found a foster home for Christmas.

Feel inspired ask your local animal shelter if you can promote the gift of giving an animal a foster home for the holidays.

Share the message of hope Darby and Bangle Bear inspire pet adoption through the pages, you too can inspire this Christmas season.

November 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

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