Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweetheart Cheesecake

1 1/3 cup(s) (crushed) chocolate wafer cookies
4 tablespoon(s) (1/2 stick unsalted) butter, melted
2 tablespoon(s) sugar

4 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup(s) (1 stick unsalted) butter, softened
2 package(s) (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup(s) sugar
1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
1 teaspoon(s) baking powder 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice

1 cup(s) sour cream
2 tablespoon(s) sugar
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1 can(s) (21-oz.) cherry pie filling
3 tablespoon(s) orange juice, or kirsch
Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.
Stir together crust ingredients and press onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Let cool in pan on wire rack.
In small bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
Set aside. Combine 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese and egg yolks in a bowl.
Beat at medium speed, scraping sides, until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add all remaining filling ingredients except egg whites.
Continue beating, scraping sides, until well mixed, 1 to 2 minutes.
Fold in egg whites by hand. Spoon filling into pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until center is set.
Cool 15 minutes; loosen sides of cheesecake from pan with a knife.
Leave to cool completely.
Stir together sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
Spread evenly over top of cooled cheesecake.
Spoon out 2 to 3 Tbsp. cherry sauce from pie filling; drop by teaspoonfuls onto topping.
Pull a knife through cherry sauce to form hearts.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
To serve, stir together remaining pie filling and orange juice in medium bowl; spoon over cheesecake.

Now to decide which one to make.............

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Brave Little Soul By:
John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world.
He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God.
One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world.
He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?"
God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts."
The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked.
God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering?
Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer.
All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.
" The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed.
I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone.
They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt.
But a suffering soul unlocks that love.
I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all.
Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."
Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself.
With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied.
"I am brave; let me go!
I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts!
I want to create that miracle!"
God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request.
But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone.
I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey.
Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others.
They have already chosen a name for you".
God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.
In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always.
Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength.
And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed."
Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts.
For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love.
Priorities became properly aligned.
People gave from their hearts.
Those that were always too busy found time.
Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God.
Parents hugged their children tighter.
Friends and family grew closer.
Old friends got together and new friendships were made.
Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together.
Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned.
Lives changed forever.
It was good.
The world was a better place.
The miracle had happened. God was pleased.

Thank you Kendrah for sending me this.
I love it and wanted to share with everyone.
Its just beauitful!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

First I need to say, "THIS is MY blog". I will wright how I feel.
Some blogs post are fun. Beautiful. Even the sad ones have meaning.
This is post is not one of those blog post.
But I need to write.

I am hurting.
I can't sleep.
I have prayed my guts out.
I am tired.

Bad things happen. They happen to good people.
Only God knows why.
I KNOW he has a PLAN.
Sometimes we just do not understand what it is. What it looks like.
I am strong.
But now I am tired. Tired from being that strong person.
There is right and wrong in this world.
I proud myself on choosing right. (We all mess up, I know this.)
I do all that I can to teach not just my kids right from wrong but all kids I have ever came in contact with.
I have been that room mom. I have listen & read with kids.
I have coached basketball, soccer. I have played & laughed with kids.
I have and am teaching Sunday school. I have talk & cried with kids.
I have been there for kids. I have had compassion for all kids.

Yesterday my kid was hurt, by your kid. This is WRONG.
To have good friends, is to be a good friend. This is RIGHT.
Kids fight, I KNOW this. This IS part of growing up.
This does not make it RIGHT.
This was WRONG.

My heart is hurting from this.
This is ugly to me.

Kids WILL be kids. We have to teach them right from wrong.
THIS is OUR jobs. We ARE their parents.

My plead to ALL PARENTS:
"Be very, VERY careful for the excuses you make for your children". WE are who molds them.

.............and I know
"In time this too will pass".
But this is NOW. And this is not OK.

There is no need for comments.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This is Baby Bella.
She is 4.5lbs and 16 inches long and was born yesterday.
has trisomy 18 and CDH, the same as Addison had.
Bella's parents are gearing up for a fight to get Bella the best care. It seems as though the hospital is using her T-18 as an excuse to not give Bella top of the line care. Her parents, Jinny and Tom are standing guard by Bella. The Dr is trying to coax them to turn off life support. Due to the hernia she needs a vent to breathe.
The whole family needs all our support and prayers.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reflection, Contemplation, Hope
By Judi Walker

A mother's love knows no bounds,
No stronger bond can be found,
Mother and child are connected from the start,
There is a string from heart to heart.

Nothing can break this heartstring,
No matter what the future may bring,
A mother loves her child forever,
The heartstrings hold them together.

It is a love of the sweetest kind,
There is nothing more beautiful you will ever find,
And even death cannot break this bond,
It knows no earthly ties, it is here and beyond.

We are connected to our children forever by this love,
Even when God calls them to this home above,
Nothing can change this love, not time, nor words or even
Death bitter sting,
We are connected forever by the "HEARTSTRINGS"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Valentines Subway

Her site has cool ones too!

I wanted to put all of Addison's pictures on here.

Birth accounement

And thank you on the other side

Funeral Program

Addison's and our rings, her toes, her ring

Will add more pictures of her service and try and upload the slide show soon!!

The day of Addi's service we did a balloon release were all wrote a message to Addison!

Addison's head stone

I have taken pictures of front and back and will replace them as soon as I upload them or find were I already upload them to.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

When I seen this picture,
of course it made me think of
our sweet baby girl.
We love & miss you

Happy New Year baby girl!