There are days that start out happy, and end up sad. Yesterday was one of those days. Not long after I got to work I heard a news report that there was a tragic accident right across the water from where I live. A news helicopter lifted off from the helipad on their station, and something went wrong. The helicopter crashed, leaving very little recognizable of the craft, onto two cars. The fire extended down the block as the fuel ignited. Two dead and one in critical condition. As I watched the news unfold on my computer screen I started to cry, and throughout the day I just started crying again. I didn’t know those people, but I was so profoundly sad over the whole thing. I couldn’t get it out of my head that those people were just going to work like normal and in minutes, nothing will ever be the same again for their families. Did they say goodbye and I love you to their families? Or did they leave with harsh words that those left behind will hear in their memories forever? Were they right with God? Or had they not made time for Him? I will never know the answers to those questions, but I do know that I don’t want to leave those questions unanswered in my own life. I do not want to leave for work with negative words between my husband and myself. I do not want a day to go by that I don’t tell my kids that I love them. Those sunrises I have slept through on the weekends . . . I’m not going to get crazy and say I’ll start getting up to see them all . . . but once in awhile I should make the time. The plans my husband and I make to do “someday”, I don’t want to put those plans off . . .what if someday never happens? Most important is how I live my walk with God. Is He in my every waking moment? Do I lay my troubles at His feet as He asks of us? Do I trust that His plan for my life is better than my own ideas for it? Today is a new day, and I give it to God . . . that His will be done with my life, for my life and in my life. Please, don’t let the sun set on your anger, and don’t leave home without giving that day and your troubles to the Lord. You never know which moment may be the last one you have that chance.
Poultry Day – well YIPPEE for poultry! If you’re anything like me, you eat a lot of it. Red meat is more expensive, but more than that, it’s just not as good for us. Not that a lean steak is bad for you necessarily, but it’s a fact that poultry is just a healthier choice. Chicken and turkey are the most commonly consumed, but what other fowl may reach your dinner table? I personally LOVE ostrich, but it’s not something you find in the grocery store. Once in awhile you can find it at an exotic meat sale, but really not often. I have a better chance of finding elk in our local store than I am ostrich. It’s so delicious though! Anyway, not only do chicken and turkey reduce the fat intake in our meals, they provide us with eggs! Yum! Eggs! We have so many uses for them! Celebrate today by just going crazy with poultry – maybe eggs for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch and BBQ chicken for dinner. Do you know who the most famous chicken is? Looney Tune’s Foghorn Leghorn! I LOVED that cartoon growing up!
Kick Butts Day – Today is the 19th Annual Kick Butts Day! Today is a day that is designed to stand up and speak out against tobacco and the control it has over so many people’s lives and health. It is a day to take control against tobacco and for people who are addicted to smoking to take control of their lives, their health and their wallets. it is a day to kick smoking out of their lives. It can be done . . . so please, do it today. It isn’t just your life you may save, but the lives of everyone who you expose to the toxic poison that is 2nd hand smoke. I have to voice a personal opinion here that people who puff away endlessly on those vapor E-cigarettes are exposing themselves and others to just as bad poison, if not worse. Studies are starting to show that exposure to the vapor is just as bad as smoke. Just because it doesn’t smell as strong doesn’t mean it is safe. Just a thought to keep in mind.
Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day – Every year something pretty incredible happens . . . the American Cliff Swallows migrate between Argentina and San Juan Capistrano. According to legend, the birds set up housekeeping at the California Mission in San Juan Capistrano when an angry shopkeeper began destroying their mud nests. They have been an annual village tradition since 1777. As far back as 1915 there have been stories of the swallows returning on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th, to these nests between the eaves and archways of the Old California Mission. They stay there from the spring to fall before beginning their 6,000 mile trip back to Argentina in late October. It became a custom for people to visit the mission on St. Joseph’s Day hoping to see the birds as they flew home. The sightings of the birds became less and less over the years, and it is speculated that the development of the area in and around the Mission, and the reduction of their food source, has led the birds to find other places in Southern California to nest.
This Day In History –
1918 – Congress approves Daylight Savings Time. (time to reverse that – in my opinion)
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Chocolate Caramel Day – Cooking sugar into caramel releases hundreds of flavor compounds. Chocolate boasts more than 600 volatile molecules. Put them together? A delicious combination that can’t be beat . . . unless you sprinkle some sea salt on top. Oh my goodness – yum!
Today I am focusing on family, on how much I love them, and praying for them throughout not just today, but every day – giving them into God’s hands each day, to be kept safe and in His will. I think in the busy lives we lead, sometimes prayer for our loved ones becomes a habit that we aren’t necessarily focusing on, but it is important! If things work out I’ll be able to see my daughter and her hubby tonight . . . if not, then another night. I think I need the visit though and hope that their schedule allows for it. Have a lovely day today, no matter where you are, or how you are celebrating. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!