52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 11

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My husband I spent Mother’s Day weekend with Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon. We went to The Salty’s for a seafood buffet brunch on Saturday instead of Sunday.

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After brunch, we went to Kelley Point Park and enjoyed our walk in this fresh green park full of sky tall trees. At one corner of the park, we found an old dock with an abandoned anchor.

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I am thankful that Mercy has a healthy pregnancy. She and Will are leaving tomorrow to go on a 2-week vacation in Canada before the baby joins their family.

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Triathlon

The Showers of Blessing

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Mercy Rossi, my daughter, and Will Rossi, her husband participated in a triathlon in June 2015. They were in a competition, but not with each other! They did swimming first. In the process, she was off track a little bit. He waited for her. They came out of the water almost at the same time. It was just a few minutes apart according to the timer of my camera. They did bicycling second. Will was just a couple bike lengths ahead of Mercy. He always was within her sight. Finally, they did running. Again, they were running side by side. He might have been a few steps ahead sometimes.

They came to the final stretch, they were holding hands, pushed through the finishing line together, both with their hands in the air, and big smiles on their faces!

I was honored to be there to join the cheering team…

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Nonverbal Communication

My husband and I started work out at the gym together since November, 2016. We have been keeping up. When we use the weight resistant machines, he sets the height of the bench and the desired weight for him. On most of the machines, he lifts, pushes, or pulls 200 pounds. I only do 20 to 30 pounds with most of the machines, and have the bench a lot higher because I am short. Well, I’m not really doing muscle building. It’s just exercise for me.

We take turns to do two sets of 16 counts on each machine. After his set, he adjusts the height of the bench and weight for me. Anyway, this morning, he forgot to do the adjustment on one machine. I tried to push with both arms, but it didn’t make a move. I looked up at him and chuckled. He stared at me for a couple seconds, and got it.

I think I’m spoiled.

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Daily Prompt: Chuckle

Easter Eve Surprise

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My husband gave me an Easter Eve surprise. He made his first ever homemade pizza from scratch. We went shopping together after lunch today. I knew he bought pizza ingredients – bread flour, yeast, tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and canned pineapple.

I asked if he had a recipe. He said he did, but didn’t know when he would make pizza.

This evening, he decided to make it, all by himself without any help from me. I loved it – I didn’t have to do anything. My only help was to take out the rolling pin for him.

He made the dough, used the rolling pin to flatten the dough to the thinnest. He made 3/4 pepperoni and cheese for himself. I only wanted 1/4 with kale and pineapple.

He did the baking and slicing and served it to me. What a treat! What a nice surprise!

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Thin Crust Pizza Recipe:

Ingredients

1/2 cup lukewarm water

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings: Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and any other favorite items

Procedure

Mix water, yeast and honey, and let the mix sit for 10 minutes

Stir salt into flour, pour water mixture into flour, and knead well, let dough sit for 5 minutes

 Sprinkle flour on baking sheet, then use rolling pin to flatten dough in circular or square shape, let dough sit for 5-10 minutes

Add toppings evenly on pizza dough

Pre-heat over in 400o

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until cheese bubbles, and crust turns light brown

Slice pizza and serve

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 5

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This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 5 at Haddon Musings

My husband has been retired for six months. He is happy to spend more time at home. I’m thankful that we could do more things together. We have been keeping up our workout schedule at the gym three times a week in the morning. On the same gym day, we go to Laguna Lake where he runs and I walk in the afternoon. In the evening, we try to play board game together once a week. I’m very good at board games, so far I’m winning! This night we played Chinese checkers. I played on green and he played on blue. I reached the destination across the board to his side. He came to my side with two steps before all the checkers were in. ♥♥

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Beautiful Tiny Baby

Seven months being pregnant

Driving from California to Oregon

For a Christmas occasion

“Take breaks more often.” Doctor said

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Still, it was 1,000 miles in distance

When we arrived, I had contraction

Went to the hospital in Salem

 “We are not equipped to care for

Premature babies.” Doctor said

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I was taken by an ambulance

Traveled one hour to Portland

I was holding my baby tight

Praying, telling her, “I love you,”

All the way

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We arrived to the hospital safe and sound

The contraction seemed to quiet down

I had a belt on my belly strapped around

To monitor the frequency of contraction

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Not long after I had dinner

The monitor beeped a warning sound

Yes, my daughter wanted to come around

A Caesarean Section is in order

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 “An experimental drug could be

Injected to your spinal chord

To mature the baby’s lungs, so to

Breathe on her own support

The effect to you is unknown.” Doctor said

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Without hesitation, I wanted the injection

It turned out to be a right decision

Baby Mercy only needed twelve hours of

Respiratory help

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She was tiny and beautiful

I had her in my arms,

Her eyes followed my mine

My baby had the Angel’s guide

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Her birth was years ago,

The vivid memory never gets old

She started with her tiny feet

Her steps have been directed by

Her heavenly Father’s lead

Daily Prompt: Vivid

Daily Prompt: Hesitate

A Love Letter

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Dear Mercy,

I’m so proud to have you as my daughter. You gave meaning to my life! For more than ten years when you were young, I overlooked my disappointments and emotional turmoil. All I could see was your beautiful smile. It gave me strength to move my feet, one step at a time.

You delighted me with your intelligence, and made your learning fun. You were like a sponge, soaked in every new learning as fast as it came. I referred you as book gobbler as you read books after books in no time. You were placed in GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program at third grade. You had so much confidence. When we learned new things together, I said, “I can’t do it!” You said, “Mom, you can’t do it, if you believe you can!” I had to agree with you.

You were so kind and generous with your friends. When you had friends coming for “sleep over,” you sent them off the next day, with a whole bunch of your toys.

I was sad when we were isolated from each other for five long years. I only saw you once. It was during the time you were learning how to drive. I couldn’t call you because all the phone numbers were disconnected. The only contact I had was an email address. You couldn’t feel free to write.

The day we were reunited after you turned eighteen, was the most joyous day in my life. I wanted to be with you so much, even just sitting in the room while you did your college work or did things with your friends. I was just content that we were in each other’s life.

It touched my heart when you were growing into a kind, sensitive, considerate, helpful, tenderhearted, and compassionate young lady.

I enjoyed our hour-long conversation on the phone. I appreciated your trust and shared your feelings, concerns, or everyday life with me. You were not a little girl anymore. I shared my experience, my suggestions, but always encouraged you to make your own choices. My saying was always, “Don’t rush, listen and follow your heart!” In that, I believed that God would speak to your heart and helped you make the right choices.

I had so much fun doing ceramic painting with you just like we did when you were young. You know that I like to play table games with you.

I was thankful for your desire to serve the community and found a job that allowed you to help people in need. You could have worked for big financial firms and made good money. But your heart was, and is, with people. I’m so proud of you.

I’m grateful for God’s guidance in your life and bringing a loving husband to you. You both have a desire to learn and to grow. You both keep a healthy individual life by spending time with the gals and guys respectfully. I’m amazed of the closeness and helpfulness of your group of friends. Most of all, you also learn to be a sensitive spouse to each other and let your love and bonding grow. Your journey may have ups and downs but it is beautiful.

I’m privileged to have both you and Will in our life. I give thanks to God to keep us as a loving family. I always look forward to spending time with you both, either have you come to visit, or going to visit you. We’ll see you very soon, in less than a month.

I love you so very much!

Mom

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