Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans' Day & Thank You

We have set aside today to say “thank you” to our soldiers and veterans. It is a day to honor those who fought and served on foreign soil to make us safe on our own. I searched for different poems, articles, and stories until I came across this on the blog site hosted by a young Army wife named Kodie. It was perfect for today and I am proud to share it with my readers. I thank her for the content of today’s blog and her husband for his service. Here is her site address:

On the Eighth Day

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a protector for this world I have made”; and so,
God Made a Soldier

God said, “I need someone ready to get up before dawn and clean his rifle, shine his boots, clean his rifle again, and then enter a world of foreign tongues who cuss his very existence, while he smiles and says how do you do;”
So God Made a Soldier

“I need someone with strong shoulders of which to carry the nation whose shoulders carry the world, but gentle enough to place his child on when and if he comes back alive;
Somebody able and willing to call men from different races, places, and walks of life his brothers while they enter the valley of the shadow of death;
and come home to a place where even his own spit on his morals, his beliefs;
the very same whom could not spit without him;”
So God Made a Soldier

God said, “I need somebody to stand beside a man for nine years and call him his brother, then carry the man home on his back, lower the man’s body six feet into the ground, dry his tears, turn to his comrade’s family and say, we’re proud of your son.
I need someone to clear his goggles with spit when he sweats too much, tie up his wounds with a tee shirt when he bleeds too much, and dry his eyes with whiskey when he weeps too much;
someone who will run when he can’t run anymore, stand up for his country when his legs are numb, and fight for liberty, even when liberty is fighting against him.”
So God Made a Soldier

God had to have someone willing to give 110% of himself to a world that requires only 20%;
someone who conducts himself the same whether in uniform, Sunday best, and a John Deere hat;
someone to work all day, all night, all year, and all his life until his beard becomes too gray.
So God Made a Soldier

God said, “I need somebody to do what he has to do so his country can lay down their heads at peace at night, while his enemies
sleep only when he does, which needless to say is not very often;”
So God Made a Soldier

It had to be someone who would put the needs of others above his own;
somebody to swear on a book that his enemies burn;
somebody to sweat, bleed, fight, and kill one day, and drive to church with his family the next;
and then, look, with eyes broken from seeing too much, as his son says he wants to spend his life doing what his dad does.
So God Made a Soldier

-Ben Morse, March 7, 2013

**Recipe of the Day**

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins
From Betty Crocker Recipes

½ Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
½ tsp. Almond Extract
!/2 Cup Sour Cream
¼ Cup Milk
1 1/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Baking Soda
2 Tblsp. Poppy Seed
3 tsp. Sugar
2 Tblsp. Sliced Almonds

Heat oven to 375°F. Line 12 medium muffin cups with paper baking cups (or spray cups with cooking spray or grease with shortening).
In large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, the oil, egg and almond extract. Beat in sour cream and milk with spoon until blended.
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and poppy seed until well blended. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle batter with 3 teaspoons sugar and the almonds.
Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack. Serve warm or cool.

***Pet Tip of the Day***

Honoring our Four-Legged Heroes

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