In God We Trust . . . It Says So On Our Money . . . It Is Our Nation’s Motto . . . But Do We Still Mean It?
Humor Month – Joke of the Day (An Oldie but a Goodie)
The Taco Bell Chihuahua, a Doberman and a Bulldog are in a bar having a drink when a great-looking female Collie comes up to them and says, “Whoever can say liver and cheese in a sentence can have me.” So the Doberman says, “I love liver and cheese.” The Collie replies, “That’s not good enough.” The Bulldog says, “I hate liver and cheese.” She says, “That’s not creative enough.” Finally, the Chihuahua says, “Liver alone . . . cheese mine.”
Girl Scout Leader Day – On April 22, 1982 a flag honoring Girl Scout leaders was flown over the capital building in Washington DC, marking it as the first Girl Scout Leader Day. Thousands of volunteers help make the Girl Scout program a success. Recognizing the time and effort of these volunteers will let them know how much they are appreciated. Sending a note, a card of thanks, or a small gift from the troop to the leader is a good way to show them. Girls in the troops can thank their leaders by paying attention and doing the best in everything they do.
Earth Day – This is probably not going to sit well with a bunch of folks – and that’s OK. You don’t have to agree with me, but like I’ve said before, my blog-my opinions. This day is set up to focus on climate change, which is a natural phenomenon that goes in cycles. The uproar over climate change is a bunch of hooey and people need to get a grip on reality. It’s been proven that the earth goes through heating and cooling cycles, has throughout the ages, and will continue to do so til the end of time. It’s the way God created it. Yes, we need to be aware of pollution issues and try to keep our planet clean. Yes, we need to keep our water clean. Of course we need to not litter, and dispose of our oil and other caustic products in a way that is best for people, animals and the soil. We’d be stupid NOT to know that this is necessary to be aware of, but the sky is falling mentality over the flatulence of cows is utter stupidity! The ice will melt, it will freeze again . . . repeat. Be respectful of the world God gave us, but stop trying to micromanage the people who live here. If we all claim responsibility for our actions, conserve where we can, be good to each other and the earth. . . it’ll all turn out the way it was intended to turn out. I won’t be running around crying about the sky falling today, or the ice caps melting, or the planet heating up. I figure it this way – God is a big God. He created it all in the first place, and He knows exactly what needs to be done to keep it spinning on its axis.
In God We Trust Day – What a wonderful day to remember and celebrate. On this day in 1864 Congress passed an act authorizing the coinage of a 2-cent piece that bore the motto “In God We Trust”. After that they extended it to be used on other coins. Time moved forward and on July 30, 1956 it became the national motto. It fills me with great sadness and heartache that there are those in our country who are doing their best to remove this important sentiment and reminder from existence in our nation. We NEED this! We NEED to be told every day, with every coin, with every dollar, with every breath we breathe that “IN GOD WE TRUST!” If we believe it on every level, and live by it, perhaps there will be hope for our nation after all.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Jelly Bean Day – When were jelly beans born? Did you ever wonder? If it weren’t for Easter time I wouldn’t give jelly beans a second thought, but as I saw what today was I had to wonder when they first started being made. Turns out that jelly beans date back to at the early 1800s! The original candy maker wasn’t something I could find in the time I spent looking, but there were advertisements promoting selling jelly beans to Union troops fighting in the Civil War! Wow! Celebrate this sweet treat by eating a handful of jelly beans – maybe even some of the gourmet flavored ones! I know the ones I WON’T be eating . . . the licorice flavored one. YUCK! My favorites are the yellow ones in the regular kind. How about yours? Here’s an interesting bit of trivia . . .If you lined up all the jelly beans folks ate around Easter time, they would circle the globe nearly three times! Here are some recipes that include recipes using jelly beans from the folks at www.food.com! Enjoy!
- Jelly Bean Easter Egg Nests
- Jelly Bean Biscotti
- Jelly Belly Banana Split
- Watermelon Cake
- No-Bake Chocolate Nests With Jelly Bean Eggs
- Pebbles Cupcakes
When we say “In God We Trust”, do we mean it? I know that every day I look at the news and I feel like the world has gone crazy, with everything spinning out of control. Trusting in Him shouldn’t be just the motto on our money, or something ignored by the masses of our country, it should be something that is deep in our hearts and second nature to us. Something to think about when everything feels hopeless. Have a few jelly beans, thank a Girl Scout Leader, and do your part to keep our planet clean. It was a pleasure celebrating with you today! God Bless You, and I’ll see you tomorrow.