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I would like to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Please enjoy your families. Life is so precious and we never know when we may leave this old world. Don’t hold grudges. Forgive and love like it’s your last day on earth. Take advantage of the days you have with each other. Tell the people you love “I Love You” as often as you can! Life is too short to do anything less.

Our blog will resume on Monday, December 2, 2013.


Be blessed





 6 medium strawberries

8 ounces chocolate candy melts

12 pieces candies, pearl candy, white

12 pieces candies, heart-shaped, orange

42 pieces candy corn, divided



  1. Place the chocolate candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in increments of 30 seconds, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Allow the chocolate to cool for a few minutes before using as it is easier to work with chocolate that is slightly thickened.
  2. Cut off the tops of the strawberries and reserve the tops (these will be used for the wattles). Place a strawberry in the bowl of melted chocolate and stir it around with a spoon until it is completely coated. Lift the strawberry up out of the chocolate and allow some of the excess to fall off. Place the strawberry onto wax paper. Repeat with the remaining strawberries.
  3. Assemble the “eyes”. Place two pearl candies side-by-side on the top part of the “face” of the turkey and hold them there for a few seconds, until they stay on their own. Dip the tip of a toothpick in the melted chocolate and dot the center of the pearl candies with the chocolate to complete the eyes. Repeat with the remaining strawberries.
  4. Make the “feet”. Place two orange candy hearts at the bottom where feet would go and hold them there for a few seconds, until they stay on their own. Repeat with the remaining strawberries.
  5. Make the “beak”. Take 6 pieces of the candy corn and cut the yellow and white parts off, so you have just the orange portion remaining. Cut each orange piece into a triangular shape. Dip the tip of a toothpick in the melted chocolate and apply some of the melted chocolate to the backside of a “beak”. Place the beak onto the strawberry under the eyes and hold it there for a few seconds, until it stays on its own. Repeat with the remaining “beaks”.



To my sweet younger self,

I know that you are scared, but I want to start off by saying that it all turns out OK. Those overwhelming “OH MY GOSH This just got really real” feelings quickly subside and blossom into absolutely beautiful love. Those feelings will take over your whole life, and become the biggest factor in every decision you make from here on out. And you are completely fine with that.

You will continue to get dirty looks from complete strangers as they make snap decisions and judgements about you as a parent and a person. You will also continue to get confused “Is that your sister or daughter” looks, especially once she starts school. You will, however, quickly discover that their thoughts and opinions have no effect on your ability to love and parent that sweet little bundle you now hold in your arms. That is probably one of the best realizations that you come to; and fortunately it doesn’t take long, because to have let other’s judgments interfere with the mom you become would have been a major injustice to that precious little girl.

You don’t do it alone. Ever. You definitely found a keeper with Ryan. You two will weather some major storms. You will have ups and downs, just like any relationship, but you will end up stronger in the end — something that makes you incredibly proud. You will wake up one day at only 34 (trust me, you get to this age faster than you can blink — and it’s really not that old) and suddenly be getting ready to celebrate being together for 19 years — 11 of those married!

Jessie is a daddy’s girl from the beginning, but you will be the one she runs to when she needs advice about a friend or gets her first broken heart. (Yes, you will cry right along with her.)

Your families get over any disappointment pretty much the instant they see that tiny, delicate face. They are there for you every step of the way, and you would be very hard-pressed to find a better support system anywhere. Don’t worry because they will always have your backs. Jessie has an incredible relationship with her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. It’s tremendously special to see how much love your families have for the beautiful being you created.

You will endure many late-night feedings, and more diaper changes than you can count. You will survive ear infections, fevers, antibiotics being spit all over you, and one awful bout of pink eye. You will wash load after load of dirty clothes, all while wondering how it is possible for one tiny human to create so many laundry. Your group of friends from high school will fade away, simply because your priorities drastically change — as they should, now that you’re a mom.

You will hear your sweet girl say “I hate her!” when she is about 8 or 9, but don’t take it too personally; she’s just upset that she has to clean her room. There will be times when you want to scream and cry right along with her. But as you watch her learn and develop and move from one stage to the next, you will be amazed at not only her growth, but yours as well.

You will look back on the last 16 years with nothing but tender, heartfelt memories. From that first smile, to her first steps (you should wait a minute to use the restroom, because the little stinker decides to take that first walk while you’re in there!), to watching her drive away on her own for the first time — it is all filled with love. Is it always easy? Heck no. But does that have anything to do with your age? Absolutely not. Being a mom is tough, regardless of how old you are when you start out on your journey.

So hang in there and don’t let anyone get you down, because in spite of — or maybe it is BECAUSE of — your young age, you will flourish. Motherhood is a job you were born to do. And while you would never encourage anyone else to get pregnant while in high school, you would do it again in an instant. You’ve become the person you are today because you were a teen mom.


Your older (and slightly wiser) self





Prep Time: 10 mins/ Servings: 10



  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup whipped cream cheese, or non-whipped at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 sleeves graham crackers, crushed (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 10 8-ounce mason jars


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes.
  2.  In a separate bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3.  Layer the parfait ingredients into mason jars in this order: graham crackers, pumpkin cream cheese mixture, whipped cream. Continue to layer to fill the jar, at least 2 layers of each ingredient.
  4.  Serve chilled.





A Mother At 15
What Would They Say
Everyone Else Had The choice
But She Couldn’t Walk Away

The Father Said It Wasn’t His
Her Friends Just Said Goodbye
So Smart,So Beautiful
Yet Just Wanting To Die

Her Parents Wouldn’t Say A Word
Just Give Her That Blank Stare
Collecting Her Books From School
Knowing She’d Never Be Back There

Crying For 9 Months Straight
Not Knowing What To Do
She Had Started This
And She Had To See It Through

Everyone Passed Judgment
People Shed Never Even Met
The Names Were So Very Horrible
That Part She’ll Never Forget

A Tiny Size 6
With Bright Blue Eyes
She Was Gonna Be A Lawyer
Sort Through The World Of Lies

Her Figure Faded Fast
No More Time For Fun
This Baby Was Coming Soon
He’d Be her Number One

So Many People Stared
As She Shopped For Baby Things
That Look In Their Eyes
You Couldn’t Imagine The Hurt It Brings

The Morning Sickness Went On
Till She Couldn’t Get Out Of Bed
but Yet She Struggled On
Everything About Babies She Read

9 Months Came And Went
And Her Gift Came From Above
A Tiny Little Angel
For Her To Cherish And Love

In All What Seemed Like Seconds
She Forget About All The Sacrifices Shed Made
She Had Given Up Her Teenagers Years
And All Those Things People Said Would Fade

It Didn’t Matter About Her Friends
That Would Never Be There
It Didn’t Matter About The Father
Who She Knew Would Never Care

A Mother At Only 15
Not Knowing What To Do
A Teenager Wise Beyond Her Years
Who Saw That Journey Through

A Mother That Fought The Battle
In World Where She Was Shunned
A New Beginning In Her Teenager Life
Her world Had Only Just Begun

She Cherished That Little Boy
Till This Very Day
And I Know Cause Shes My Mum
And Thats All I Have To Say……

by Hailey

This Is About My Mum..She Had My Bro when she was 15 and I Really Hate Seeing people judge teenage mums…its horrible..they struggle more than anyone could ever know..show em some respect..thanks



Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of my children.  I am humbled that You thought me worthy of watching over someone who is so precious to You.  Equip me with all the wisdom, strength, and insight that I need to complete my assignment in a way that will be pleasing to You.  Show me the way that I would take even as I instruct those ones whom You have entrusted to my care.  

As I commit them into Your care, I trust You to keep them safe in all of their ways.  Grant me an increased sense of discernment to recognize the work of the enemy in my children’s lives.  Give me the strength to battle against the forces that will seek to pull their heart away from You, to break their spirit and bend their will.  
When I grow weary, strengthen my weary arms and renew my faith in Your ability to keep us all.  By the authority that You have given me over the lives of my children, through Christ, labor the plans of the enemy and his agenda for destroying the purposes of God in my children.  Guide my prayer life to strategically call forth the destiny of these little ones.  Help me to secure the inheritance that You have reserved for them.  
But most of all, Lord, in those times when the going gets tough, remind me first that children are only part of my reward for answering Your call.  Reaffirm my worth when the world is telling me that I have no value, and let me find my validation and all that is truly worthwhile in You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.






1         can (13 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated flaky cinnamon rolls with icing
8          semisweet chocolate chips
4          red baking chips or candy-coated chocolate candies
8         almond slices


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • Place 4 rolls on cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Unwind remaining 4 rolls in to long dough strips. For each bunny, place one dough strip, cut ends together, next to a whole roll. Press and firmy pinch cuts ends into top of whole roll. Shape strip into floppy bunny ears.
  • On each bunny, place two chocolate chips for eyes, 1 red baking chip for nose and 2 almond slices for teeth; press firmly into dough.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Spread frosting on warm rolls. Serve warm.


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