Today I helped my church by making three floral arrrangements and baking up a storm of delectable sweets and treats for the memorial service and coffee hour. Here are a few pics to share with you.
A white confetti cake with almond buttercream frostening... chocloate cupcakes and strawberry cupcakes, nearly 6 dozen were eaten in addition to the cake... yummy!
Forever America Remembers 9 - 11
A solemn day filled with prayers and memories, well spent time with my new friends at church.
I did the remembrance walk and attended the town ceremonies. Ou town fire department received an artifact from the Trade Towers, not sure how I feel about that, but it was nice jus the same. Several politicians attended and spoke at the local memorial service as well as walked in the memorial walk... While in process all the firefighters of three towns were called into action for a fire.. doing what all first responders do... please pause and say a prayer for all those whose lives were touched
I cherish my family and children and am blessed to be their mother, daughter, or sister.
My first born Jenni...
Jenni and her brother Joey USMC (Lance Cpl Hranek)
Jenni and her loving boyfriend retired Army...
Lance CPl Joseph Hranek on the night deployed July 2010 to Afghanistan...
The going awy party for our GI Joe...y!
Oops can't delete this for some reason, another look at Lance Cpl Hranek...
In the midst of war and terror, a brief moment of laughtrer, Joey found a hedgehog which quickly became a temporary pet and mascot....
Prayers to all on this solemn day, may we move forward and feel God's love.
As the sun sets today, pause and bask in teh glory of God's world, and know that He is with us...
Land of the Brave, Land of The Free, In God We Trust To Eternity!
911 A Memorial Post and Tribute to Our Heroes, Victims, & Loved Ones
On this day more than any, I reflect, weep, pray, and weep some more over the senseless loss of lives from 9/11/01.
Did you know.....many people jumped hand in hand instead of being engulfed in flames? Did you now others were thrown from the windows by mere force of explosions? Can you believe Mayor Bloomberg excluded first responders such as firefighters from today's ceremonies?
I remember vividly this day in history. I taught at Montgomery Village Middle School, on relocation site at Tilden Lane, MD, minutes from The Pentagon. A day of terrorists attacks on the sanctity of innocent lives. We amassed to protect our children, the school in total locked down. The sky outside blackened not only from the smoke of the assault on our Pentagon, yet too filled with air responders, vipers, helicopters, it became more famous of a day than the Ride of Paul Revere, for truly this attack resonated the world over.
Please join me in solemn prayer and remember those whose lives were lost that day and others whose lives would be changed forever...
A serene tribute to these brave souls may they all rest in peace...
These people were not suicide victims THEY WERE VICTIMS, period, and in knowing they were going to die, they chose HOW to die. I do not see them as any less than human heroes who dealt with the tragedy they were thrown into by terrorists. Ten years later has anything changed? YES we harden our hearts and stand braver and taller as a country defying the odds YET still allowing these terrorists to have their dominion over us. STAND up AMERICANS, STAND UP for what we ARE and do NOT allow terrorists to take hold of our lives! Our soldiers, our firefighter, police, first responders, all HEROES, all unified as one. Rescuing some and never giving up hope that others would be found. This is my tribute to our Fallen and living heroes. I weep in knowing friends and family members were lost this day and some never being able to or saying good-bye.
Our Heroes 9/11 Remembered...
In sorrow we stood by and watched the towers fall,
Who knew that as they fell so did many Americans?
How would you have coped, plummet to death
Or burn in the flames of the suicide air plane bombers?
On the shore of disaster our tears flooded the parameters
But were not enough to squelch the erupting flames of terror
As they spread among the twins, engulfing destroying all...
One by one and side by side both humans and towers fell.
The heartbeat of America fallen, the culprits claiming victory
In falsehood for as a nation the moral fiber of our heroes
Shined through the Hell created on earth by terrorists
I only pray that the wrath of God burns eternally for them -
As the towers emploded, so did bodies trapped by flames
Or crushed as they bravely dove out windows, some blasted
Out by the force of flames and eruptions claiming their lives,
Hand in hand many joined and together faced their reality of death.
Innocent victims of such repulsive terrorism aimed only to insult
Degrade and demoralize our men and women and yes our children.
Yet Americans were not the only injured or deceased, but still
Who came to us in our time of need in numbers other than Americans?
We are such a proud country YET still young, our birth so new
Compared to those of The Holy Wars, centuries of hate and anger
Aroused in them the audacity to strike the land of Liberty, the land of the free
How dare they, because they could and who enabled them, not us?
Ah but were you to truly know the hidden truths, I dare to say
Our government would change, yor anger unfold on them,
Not just the terrorists but the follies of politicians misled
By trust they placed, and bargains made, alas the price was paid.
A cleansing of this wave of terrorism yet awaits the world -
The wrath of God one day soon will unfold and lile our flag
Unfurled with a gust of pride and woes so strong that not
Even the shot heard around the world of colonial time
Will compare to the rage and rampage once unleashed by God
Upon His earth, will the rapture come to Thee and cleanse
The slime and unserving souls, casting them in the pits of Hell,
It will come, not IF my friend, yes indeed BUT when?
In solemn wait time fall upon your knees and ask for Grace,
Keep your fith and renew it every day, hold fast to Hope,
Place your efforts on rebulding the values upon which we were built
Rebuild The Towers, refuse the sacred burial ground to a foreign temple be -
Amass my friends in numbers and turn your face to God, time is near,
It is upon us, and the toils of the earth shall soon fade, will you?
Are you able to turn to God and plead for mercy, renew your
Vows of dedication, commit to a world without sin and begin?
Begin to build a world without terror, a world with ONE God,
Put back in print the oaths that minorities deplete, omit and negate.
You cannot negate what IS and God IS in control, the one true
Deity, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever and EVER AMEN!
Poems My Way - Valrie 09/08/2011
My son ia a Marine Lance Corporal, and just this past February returned home safe in body from serving 7 months abroad in Afghanistan. Those 7 months were Hell on earth for me and my family as we rarely heard from him. The senseless war on terrorism continues to claim the lives of so many innocents. Each time the phone rang in the wee hours of the morning I trembled fearful to answer it. Joey came home in one piece and has talked very little about those 7 months except to say it was 24/7 fight for your life, act, not think and having seen and done things he never thought he would have to do and all because of a war on terrorists and lithium for batteries.
The night Joey was deployed to North Marja Afghanistan, now serving at Camp Leguene, NC. May his last year of service keep him on the homeland and safe.
Please honor all the brave men and women who served are serving and the loved ones and their families. I have many friends who were there at ground zero, my dear friend Leno, an EMT first responder who relates the horror and the reality of this event that affected not only the USA but also the entire world.
Stand Up! Stand up for freedom and liberty and let the bell of freedom resonate forever in the ears of our aggressors that we as a nation stand undivided and will not relent until justice is served!
Be blessed and thankful that you are alive today. Love your children and your parents, your siblings, your friends, and too pray for the enemies to cease and desist. The war on terror will never end as long as the uneducated masses of the world are swayed with false beliefs, false religion and politicians that lie and do not deliver. Most of all as a single person STAND UP and make your voice be heard, your vote count. Become a change agent and plan with us a strong nation to achieve world peace in our lifetime.
Remember GOD loves you.
Fill your heart with love, live each day as if it were your last for we know not what tomorrow brings.
May God's angels watch over us all and keep us safe!
I so love antiquing, garage sales and baragin shopping! I always find plenty of PINKS!!!!Found this dainty pitcher and bowl set at a barn sale yesterday, ($4) the sparkly gittered miniature roses at the dollar store, 2 for 1$. Pretty enough alone but think I'll do some more...hmmmmmm....
These antique novelty dishes were also at the same barn sale! Can you believe they were only $3 each? The teddy bear riding into my china ($1) was found somewhere along my travels between sales!
Want to see more?
The candles were bought in The Cooperstown General Store, and the dainty climbing ivy and pink roses candle holders were .... you guessed it only $1 for the pair.
The checkerboard linen vintage tablecloth ($4) and the pink woven placemats (4 for $1)
were both found along with the candle holders at the SPCA goodwwill shop in Index, NY.
Not bad barain hunting, all only $18.00. I don't know about you, but I adore finding these treasures expecially when the money is going to charity and a good cause. It brightens my day to know the needy, our abandoned animals, and through the Salvation Army and HARC Goodwill, I am able to help others like me, on a very limited budget, starting over, and want quality wares! The local folk have gotten to know me quite well thanks to my sister Vanessa, who is my partner when we go out on Friday mornings at the crack of dawn to beat the EBAYERS! So much fun!
Now if you would be so kind as to uplift my hometown Binghamton NY in prayers, they have been declared a state of disaster from the massive rain and flooding from the tropical storm that lasted 3 days in our area. My area too was severely flooded, schools closed, roads barricaded all through Friday (since Saturday last week)! The rain started late Saturday, by Sunday even my church was flooded inside, Monday the winds reached higher levels than during Irene, and the rain came on and on and on. The winds later hit at tornadoe gusts, I was right in the eye of the strom in my little farmhouse first floor haven. Rain poured in every side of the house. I ran to get the windows shut, too late as some had already flooded my living room window sills. It wa so weird to see and feel the wind twirling around the entire house. Across the road my neignbor's heavy duty dumptruck's lid blew open, and his flagpole snapped in two, the flag dragging on the ground. Doc could hardly wait to get out there when it was safe and rescue the flag. The next morning my backyard (about 3 acres) was flooded high enough to swim in. Fire engines pumped out homes and dips in the road.Whew! I do not want to be amidst another one of them anytime too soon!
May the angels above surround all our friends and family tomorrow as we pause for a moment of silence in remembrance of 911. Our Heroes, those who lived and those who died sacrificing their lives for others, or joining hands as they jumped from the towers, knowing they would die, yet nobly choosing how. I cannot imagine the loss of the lives of so many. Children and spouses, parents, sisters and brothers, best friends, and all the first responders, the EMT squads, police, firefighters, and all the good samaritans. Bless You and Thank You.
The Land of the Free!
America we must stand tall
We will not relent or cave -
Our God hears OUR call...
For this IS the Land of the Brave,
The Land of the Free, and We
Will fight for God, Our country...
Our Liberty, forever through Eternity!
Poems My Way Valrie 09/10/11
I dedicate this poem to the fallen, the survivors, and those who helped during 911. It was a very hard day for me as an educator I taught less than 9 miles as the crow flys fromThe Pentagon. While taking care of 785 middle school children, all I could think was that my own children's father was in the midst of it all., as he worked in NYC at a publishing firm, and was a straphanger commuter from Islip to NYC. It was into the evening hours before we heard that he was safe.
I often write poetry to express my deepest feelings and beliefs, and tomorow I will post the poem.
Please come back to see what I have done for my church's coffee hour for tomorrow's memoriam service and coffee hour. I made 3 floral arrangements of silk flowers, red, white , and blue; tons of cupcakes, cookies, and a megasize cake too!
Poetry is my life, that is serious! Everything else can wait! I have 2 beautiful adult children and a daughter-in-law who are my reason to breathe.God was kind and gave me one of each! Soon I will be a first time grandmother to fraternal boy/girl twins, God willing. They are due the end of July 2013.
I have moved around a great deal, lived in 5 states and traveled abroad, would like to do a lot more of that!
Poetry has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, life happens and all of my poems for the last 40 years have been lost. It crushed me. I have been building up my collections again, topics on LIFE and how I use poetry as my personal means of therapy and communing with God. Nearing completion of collection for publication soon! Stay tuned!