Saturday, 29 September 2012

4 months of Sparkle and Shine and Magic and Pure Love

Since there is no September 31st we shall celebrate Logan's 4 month birthday today and cherish all the pure love and magic he brings to us all.  We love you so very much sweet Prince.

Logan on his first trip to Costco

Sweet little Logan love turns 4 months of Age..........His first trip to Coscto...........Since there is no Sept 31st we shall celebrate your 4 months of Sparkle and shine and magic today. I love you and am counting the months until I get to meet you and hold you and treasure you ♥.
(⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫Logan you are our shining star...........Happy Chuseok to you and your Dad Justin Ouellette and Mom Ahram SeoOuellette and all of your loved ones and friends celebrating♥ Love your Halmeoni♥

  • Harvest Corn Chowder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 pound smoked farmer sausage, chopped (or four slices bacon, chopped and fried crisp)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 cups fresh potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • 4 ears corn, kernels cut from the cob (or 4 cups frozen whole kernel corn)
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk (or use half milk and half cream)
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. Heat oil in heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, pepper and pieces of smoked sausage. Cook until onion and pepper are soft.
  2. Add chicken broth, potatoes, corn, zucchini and thyme. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
  3. Combine flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Add 1/2 cup milk and whisk until smooth. Blend in remaining milk.
  4. Add milk mixture to soup pot.
  5. Cook while stirring until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  6. Add chopped parsley. Stir.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.
  8. As seen on the blog Mennonite Girls Can Cook

Latest News From Kristina  Sarah's Mom

Who knew miracles could be so exhausting :) I hope tomorrow Sarah can tell you in her own words what she is "feeling"... Burning in her Booty and her right foot buzzing. That annoying feeling when your foot is asleep that's almost painful. Watching my daughter deal with so much pain so beautifully with so much faith has been aw inspiring. And being surrounded by so much Love in a place like the trauma unit in Las Vegas, has been life changing. — with Sarah Murphy.

Such great news continues with our lovely and beautiful family member Sarah Murphy............
Love and prayers work miracles...............

•°*”˜ƸӜƷ˜”*°•.•.¸ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ 
(¯`v´¯)☼*¨*• "Wishing you a Soulful Sunday"
`*.¸.*.♥"Life is a gift" wrapped in miracles..
~Inspire, Be Positive, and Treasure your Blessings


Ahram sent me a message Justin's Lasek went well and now it's healing time for him............
I pray your eyes are perfect..............Son.  Love you all
Kisses to Logan♥

Update on Sarah

From her Mom Kristina:

  • We have a GREAT update today! On Wednesday Sarah will be moving to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. One of the top Brain and Spine Rehab Hospitals in the nation. It's a very upbeat environment and they are tough! They said they currently have about 60 patients all young and around her age with similar injuries. We have no doubt she will be bringing inspiration and hope to all of them! — with Sean Foley and Sarah Murphy.

    Love and Prayers work miracles..........Enjoy your Saturday in every way.............

    Love and prayers for our beautiful family member Sarah and her family and friends.

    A Post on Facebook from Sarah's Friend  Domina Holbeck:

Friday, 28 September 2012

My Son Gets Lasek eye surgery today

A Photo of my Son in Brazil
Taken in 2006

Sending good positive thoughts and love to my Son Justin as he gets Lasek eye surgery done today in Seoul.
Praying all goes well and your eyes are perfect.  Don't rush the healing process.

Happy Chuseok to you and Ahram and Logan and all your family and loved ones celebrating this most beautiful holiday.

My Dear friend Nia and her husband  Chris are having an open 
house for their Modern Settings photography business this Sunday
The address is They are located on 1327 Wyandotte Street East, corner of Hall. Windsor Ontario

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Chuseok Holiday in Korea

To learn more about this holiday this blog explains it well.

It's a big celebration in Korea right now most are on a big holiday about 6 days to celebrate 
Chuseok or Thanksgiving................

Wishing all my loved ones a most blessed Chuseok holiday.

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
For loved ones beside us where many walk alone
We thank you God for your many blessings♥

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Update on Sarah from her Mom

Update on our beautiful family member Sarah Murphy from her Mom:

Our beautiful Sarah Murphy Update from her lovely Mom Kristina Paras: Sarah's spirits are soaring tonight! The operation on her clavicle went great and she's starving which is wonderful!! She just read through some of hundreds of posts.... Her words were, "I'm so lucky" :) her next words were, I'm going to be just fine :)) That is the power of love... She is looking forward to the week of visitors she has lined up! Love and prayers work miracles•°*”˜ƸӜƷ˜”*°•.•.¸ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ 
(¯`v´¯)☼*¨*• "Wishing you a Soulful Wednesday"
`*.¸.*.♥"Life is a gift" wrapped in miracles..
~Inspire Positive Energy and Love and prayers for Sarah and her famiily 
Live,Love,Laugh..and enjoy every blessing♥

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

My Son's Trips to Costco in Seoul

My Son's trips to Costco in Seoul with his family
and Logan just made his first trip there last week♥

Monday, 24 September 2012

Love and Prayers for Sarah

Love and prayers for our beautiful family
member Sarah who was in an ATV
accident on the weekend and broke her back.
She was air lifted from Brian Head Utah
to the trauma center in Vegas.
She has yet no feeling from her chest down.

We are all praying for you Sarah and love you..........
Love and Prayers work miracles.

Prayers for your Mom Tina  and Dad and all the Murphy family
and your loved ones and friends praying for you.

Keep your strong positive spirit alive...............
God bless you Sarah♥

♥♥♫ Lღ√Ƹ ♫ レo√乇 ♫ ♥¸.☆¨¯`♥ ♫ レo√乇 ♫ ♥¸.☆¨¯`♥

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Happy Family is But An Earlier Heaven

A Happy Family is But an Earlier Heaven

My Son and his lovely wife and their precious baby boy
who willl be 4 months old at the end of this month.

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▌ *˛˚ღ •˚ ˚...just sprinkling a little Love ˚ ✰* ★
/ \ ˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥"

A montage I made yesterday for my Son and his Wife and their precious Son Logan♥

Enjoy your Sunday on this first Fall Weekend

A photograph taken by me some years ago
at the Beautiful Shop Elizabeth R's
In South Windsor

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Happy First Day of Fall

Can love really travel back in time and heal a broken heart? Was it our joined hands that finally lifted Maria's curse? I'd like to think so. But there are some things I know for certain: always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can

Quote from the movie Practical Magic which is so wonderful to watch this time of year or anytime at all.

Happy First Day of Fall..................

I love fall shoes...............

Best Taste Of Home 2010 Magazine
Black forest Cheesecake
Patricia Plett -Blumenort, Manitoba

1-1/4 cups of chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 ounces semi sweet, chocolate melted and cooled
1 teaspoon brandy extract or vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Maraschino cherries and additional whipped cream and melted chocolate for garnish, optional

1. Combine crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand until gelatin is moistened. Add the boiling water and stir constantly until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine 1/3 cup gelatin with pie filling and almond extract; pour into crust and chill until set.
3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Add vanilla/brandy extract and remaining gelatin. Fold in whipped cream; spread over cherry layer. Chill at least 3 hours.
4. Remove from pan. If desired garnish with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate.
This is the recipe in the magazine I didn't...
Jennifer Hum 3:58pm Sep 20
This is the recipe in the magazine I didn't bother letting the melted chocolate cool it still worked and also you don't have to put the crumbs all the way up the sides only partially like an inch

This recipe is from my sweet friend Jennifer in Nova Scotia.........Thanks and much love♥

Friday, 21 September 2012

World Gratitude Day

This beautiful video as seen on the Blog The Dutchess.

Flowers on our table.
Flowers are food for the soul.

Happy Friday everyone.
Weekend weekend cha cha cha♥

♥♥♫ Lღ√Ƹ ♫ レo√乇 ♫ ♥¸.☆¨¯`♥ ♫ レo√乇 ♫ ♥¸.☆¨¯`♥

I love this fall container garden
So lovely
Let the ghourd times roll.

..░\¯ `•.\|/.•´¯/░
░)`•. (◠‿ ◠) .•´(░ be - YOU - tiful ♥

Today is world gratitude day
I am so very grateful for all of you 
Thanks for your visits and your love

Thursday, 20 September 2012

A Movie Recommended to Watch

A Gorgeous September Morn
From my home to yours with much love♥

This movie was recommended on Facebook.
It is one I will try and watch for..............

Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  Be the living expression of God's kindness.
Kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Mother Teresa

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

25 ideas for Halloween Windows

It's another glorious September day.
Enjoy it in every way.

This is from the Martha Stewart website.

Best witches everyone

An interesting tidbit from Mitch Albom regarding his book
The Time Keeper
His message as read on Facebook.

Just got a question from @Gina Challon about the significance of clock shop address in The Time Keeper—143 Orchard St. She noted the sum of 1-4-3 is 8, which is shaped like an hour glass and represents creativity and infinity. Wasn’t intentional, but what a great discovery! Like the significance of “5” in "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," it was just a decision I made for the story—4 seemed too few, 6 seemed too many.

But as I wrote in "The Time Keeper": “Mankind is connected in ways it does not understand— even in dreams.” I guess numbers, too.

What numbers are special to you? Birthdays? Lucky #s? Have you found other special connections while reading "The Time Keeper"?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Happy 2nd Anniversary Justin and Ahram

A champagne toast on Justin and Ahram's wedding day.  September 18, 2012.
Ahram and Justin you two are just like champagne
sparkling, bubbly and always reason to celebrate.
Cheers to you my darling ones.
You now have the best anniversary present

Happy 2nd Anniversary Justin and Ahram..................
The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return♥
Love is all you need♥

If I know what love is, it is because of you."

Herman Hesse

Sunday, 16 September 2012

When Prayers Go Up Blessings Come Down

Corey has the most lovely prayer on her blog today.

Praying for all my loved ones in South Korea to remain well while they await Super Typhoon Sanba to hit.

I pray for world peace and blessings for us all.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Straw Flowers

I  love straw flowers.......a native of Australia.  Straw flowers were used by the Egyptians to decorate statues of their Gods.  Greeks used straw flowers mixed with honey to soothe burns.  In the Victorian era straw flowers meant always remembered and were used to make fireplace screens and as house plants to decorate living rooms.  The flower heads are made up of papery petal like parts and are found in such colours as red, yellow, orange, pink and white and purple.♥

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

More than words letters mingle souls

More than words letters mingle souls.

I love this greeting card I received from my precious cousin Wendy today.
As she says we are jewels to each others eyes..........
We are so very close and always connected heart to heart♥

I love you dearly Wendy.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

11 years We always remember and never forget

9/11 was a reminder that the bonds of family can
be severed in an instant. They are essential, crucial,
valuable, fragile.
-- Peter Jennings

From Today's Heartwarmers

by Michael Smith

September 11, 2001, Shirley Brooks-Jones, a retired staff member at
Ohio State university and two hundred and seventeen fellow passengers sat
on Delta flight 15 from Germany to Atlanta, Georgia.
They sat in comfort, while unbeknownst to them, terrorists attacked
the United States of America. Hijacked passenger jets, filled with hundreds
of passengers were flown into the two towers of the World Trade Center in
Manhattan, New York and into the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
The United States made the unprecedented move to shut the airspace
over the United States to all but military aircraft. International flights
to the USA were diverted to Canada.
The small town of Gander, Newfoundland, was overwhelmed by
thirty-eight planes, carrying almost seven thousand passengers. In a matter
of hours, the “plane people”, as they became known, nearly doubled the
population of the town.
A plea went out to the residents, "Please do what you can for these
people. Come out, lend a hand, anything you can do will be accepted."
Gander residents opened their homes, their stores, their schools and
their hearts.
On Delta flight 15, Shirley Brooks-Jones, her fellow passengers, plus
the crew, sat on the runway, unable to disembark. Captain Michael Sweeney
kept things under control. The air conditioning and bathrooms continued to
work and food was provided. After more than twenty-eight hours, they were
allowed to leave the plane and to meet an amazing population of people.
They were greeted with open arms.
I had the opportunity to speak to Shirley Brooks-Jones recently. She
told a wonderful story of caring and love.
"Michael, you wouldn’t believe it. The residents of Gander took people
into their homes. Even in the stores, they wouldn’t accept our money.
People needed clothes, Walmart gave it to them. Many people had
prescription drugs on their checked baggage, which they couldn’t take off
the plane; doctors examined them and wrote new prescriptions for free. The
prescriptions were then filled at local drug stores at no cost.
"One man said he was at the store getting supplies and the cashier
offered her home to them, so they could shower.
"It was amazing, Michael. I remember being on the bus to Lewisporte
from Gander, where we would be housed after we were allowed off the plane.
I looked at the scenery. It reminded me of southeast Ohio, where I grew up
at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. I felt at home.
"The US airspace reopened on September 13th, but we didn’t leave until
the 15th. We spent four wonderful days with our now extended family."
On the flight to Atlanta, Shirley looked down at the small town of
Gander and nearby Lewisporte, thought about her wonderful experience there
and knew she had to do something.
She asked to speak to captain Michael Sweeney. "Captain Sweeney, I
would like to make an announcement over the intercom. I want to ask for
pledges to start a scholarship fund for the students of Lewisporte. These
people can’t afford to send many of the kids to university. I want to give
back what they gave us."
Captain Sweeney, against rules, agreed to Shirley’s request.
Several people helped Shirley create pledge sheets, which they handed
out to the passengers. At the end of the flight, they counted pledges
totaling more than fifteen thousand dollars. An anonymous donor matched
the total.
The fund, called Lewisporte Area Flight 15 Scholarship Fund and
managed by The Columbus Foundation has since raised more than one million
dollars and continues to grow. (Website is here: )
A committee in Lewisporte, made up by the principal, counselor and
teachers distribute the funds based on the guidelines agreed on by Shirley
and the Columbus Foundation.
The scholarships are given to children, as long as they maintain an
average of 85%, to receive help for further education. They need to be
active in the community and write an essay as to why they want to receive
the scholarship. Some of the students have gone into the ministry, medical
fields, etc.
Since that dreadful day in 2001, Shirley has returned to Gander and
Lewisporte twenty-two times. She returns for memorial services each year
on 9/11 and again in the spring to hand out scholarships.
When there, she walks through the streets and is greeted, "Hey,
Shirley! You’re back. It’s great to see you again."
She’s part of their family -- forever.
In 2007, Shirley received a call from a protocol office to announce
she was nominated to receive "The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador" and
asked if she would be willing to travel to Newfoundland to attend the
Shirley said, "Michael, my knees weakened. I almost fell to the
The date for the ceremony was December 7, the day Japan bombed Pearl
Nine people received the award that day. After the presentations, the
Lieutenant Governor held a luncheon. During the luncheon, a lady walked up
to Shirley and thanked her for all she had done for their community. She
then added, "You may not know this but you where the 9th person to receive
the award at the exact moment when the clock chimed 11."
Shirley has been interviewed many times since that tragic day. She
was once asked to describe how poor the communities of Gander and
Lewisporte were.
Shirley refused. "How can you ask me how poor they were? They are
not poor. They are richer than all of us. They are rich with family,
life, caring and heart."
The love and appreciation the people of Gander/Lewiesporte showed to
those stranded will never be forgotten.
It is their legacy.

-- Michael T. Smith

Monday, 10 September 2012

Autumn Abundance

Our kitchen table
Orange you glad Autumn will soon be here?

Autumn Abundance by me Jeanne 

Coolness, crispness and colours galore
Autumn soon once again you will arrive at our door

The Hues, new shoes, school schedules appear once again
Before me all accents of the most autumn kind
Yes we are leaving our summer behind
Crickets casanova, birds spell out a V in flight
Chinese lanterns in our gardens, wind chimes more echoes abound
Birds soon fly south, and oh the taste in my mouth
of our glorious Thanksgiving feasts, a bountiful harvest
Pumpkins, ghourds and Halloween soon
and our Canadian Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie and the ice cream spoon

I'll embrace you autumn and again in silent prayer will say......... 
Thank you God for our beatuiful seasons.......
Thank you God for our reasons to embrace love and joy
and one another.

Jeanne Caron

Let us all live applely ever after~♥

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."

-Jim Rohn

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Happy Grandparents Day Everyone

We had a lovely morning skype date with Justin, Ahram and Logan.
What a lovely way to celebrate Grandparents day.

Thanks for making our day in every way.
We love you all so very very very much♥

Family faces are magic mirrors♥

Although we are many many miles apart
We shall always be next door neighbors of the heart♥

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies.  ~Rudolph Giuliani

A house needs a grandma in it.  ~Louisa May Alcott

"If" for New Grandparents

If you can't seem to keep yourself from grinning
and feel as if you are floating on thin air,
If you see this as only the beginning
of all the snuggly moments that you will share........

If you're a pro at giving hugs and kisses,
at tickling tummies, squeezing chubby cheeks,
And know just what a great occasion this is
for practicing your "how to spoil" techniques

If you can carry photos by the dozens,
not showing them to people far and near
But only family, friends and distant cousins
and people in the western hemisphere...........

If you can let things slide and never worry,
with chores undone and change in routine,
Remembering babies grow up in a hurry
and how much spending time with them will mean.......

If you can find making memories so appealing
and just cannot wait to hold that little hand,
Then you must have a very special feeling
for what makes having grandchildren so grand.