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Hang in There

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2018 was a very rough year for our family and it is still continuing in 2019. A previous blog post stated this and I asked you to have patience with my lack of posting and length of time answering your emails. I wasn’t able to share the reason with you but as of today I am free to do so.

I invite you to read my daughter’s blog post listed above, Hang In There.  Please read it to the end. Believe me, it will help you; if not today, some day in the future. Because at some time in your life, you will be handed a problem that will seem too big to handle.

Some may say this was your daughter, not you. But for all mothers, you know the response to that. The most difficult part of being a mother is the inability to alleviate the pain your child is going through. It is easy when they are small and a bandaid and a kiss is all that is required.  But when they are older and the real world problems slam them to the floor, the pain you feel is excruciating. It takes your breath, your energy, your reason to get up in the morning.

But yes, we got through 2018 one day at a time and a lot of that time was on my knees praying. And God did answer me. He gave me strength and guidance to help my daughter. My prayers continue. My faith has been strengthened. God’s grace is real!

 

 

 

“What have you been up to, Nancy?”

Since we retired from breeding, I frequently hear the title question: “What have you been up to?”

Everyone knows how time consuming running the cattery was so now most think I have tons of time on my hands.  Believe me, I am not sitting on the couch watching daytime TV and eating bonbons! (Well, maybe a few bonbons!)

My daughter, SueEllen, and I started doing “extra” work in Chicago’s thriving film industry, mostly TV. I have been an extra on Chicago Med, Fire, and PD….and two upcoming series, Proven Innocent and Red Line. We even talked my husband , Jim, into taking part in this grand adventure. He had a “cameo appearance” on Chicago Fire as an Uber driver. From the photos of SueEllen and me, you can see what they mean by background!

 

 

SueEllen has started a blog about this adventure. Check it out: https://mylifeinthebackground.com

 

Most of you are aware of my involvement as the cake lady with Chicago area Refuge for Women. This past year I also had the pleasure of teaching cooking classes to these very special young women. Here are my two most recent cakes presented at the graduation ceremonies for two of our girls.  The first one requested an ugly Christmas sweater theme and the second girl wanted to be a princess for the day. I am happy to report these wonderful girls have completely turned their lives around with God’s help. One girl is working at a job she loves and the other is going to college! God is so good!

 

 

And lastly, but definitely not least, I have been helping my husband in his endeavors to give back to our country for all that was given to him in his 36 years as a United States Marine. He is shaping the lives of some very special children by serving as Unit Commander of the Fox Valley Young Marines. I am the Unit Adjutant and Chef.

Our goal is to take these children to Washington D.C. this summer, an opportunity many of them will never have again.

Will you help me?

We are quite a distance from our goal.  Please consider a small donation. Everyone talks about a way to change the values of our American youth. Our organization is doing it, one child at a time: teamwork, discipline, leadership.

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls ages eight and eighteen that nurture and develop its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

https://www.gofundme.com/fox-valley-young-marines

 

 

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