Cardinals Appear When Angels Are Near

We’re avid birdwatchers, so this story is special.

Our Wander Life


The Cardinal:

a magnificent bird with a life span of up to 15 years. Said to symbolize hope,  joy,  health, rejuvenation and celebration.  Especially to the ones who look beyond in search of their meaning.  For those who choose to hold the Cardinal dear – you are a special type of person – rare, energetic, and always willing to care for those in need.  

Maureen Heyburn wearing her heart.

    When Maureen Heyburn moved from Washington Heights, NY to New Jersey, it was like moving to the country.  Through the kitchen window, she would spend her time getting lost in the nature around her.  Not a single creature passed her sight unnoticed or unappreciated.  She was full of excitement over every one of them, but she always talked about a little red bird in particular and how beautiful she found it to be.   The excitement she had…

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When Life Pulls You Down, LOOK UP

I had not intended on writing a serious piece for today. But upon viewing a video, my heart knew that I should address how faith keeps one afloat…when life hands you devastating news.

Two decades ago my mom went to her doctor’s appointment. She had been complaining of feeling bloated, having massive pain in her abdomen, and suffering from excruciating bouts of bowel trouble. The doctor did some tests a week earlier and revealed his findings. “We are 99 percent sure you have colon cancer, stage 4 and your chance of survival is almost nil.”

Cancer was prevalent in her family. Her mom died from lung and bone cancer. The films revealed a golf ball size tumor. Mom felt cheated and succumbed to her fears. Our family was prepared for what would likely come in future treatments. Surgery was scheduled to remove the mass, before any schedule was made for chemo or radiation. They would send the mass to be biopsied.

It was during this time we asked for prayers for my mom and our family. The statistics weren’t favorable, but our faith in Christ did not waiver. We put our trust in Him that whatever the outcome that He would carry us. We prayed the mass was not cancerous and it would be benign.

The day of surgery was long. We sat in a waiting room for updates. It was frustrating, because there were  hardly any updates…only two. Mom was back in her room, sedated, but in great pain. Drainage tubes put in. The surgeon came and spoke with us about the partial removal of her intestine, due to having an overage of intestinal length.  He stated the removal would help with motility.

My dad asked about the mass and had it been cancer like they believed. The surgeon shook his head in disbelief. “The golf ball size mass is gone! We couldn’t find it. It vanished. We have no way to explain it.”

We do. MIRACLE! God healed my mom! 

She fully recovered and is alive today and remains Cancer-free! We continue to thank Him for giving for unfailing grace! Our faith has never waned and we know MIRACLES happen everyday. You just have to look for them!


This is the video that inspired my post. Grab a kleenex!

Clinging to Hope

Fantasy or Reality: You be the judge! I dare you!

The days and nights are long. Laundry on the floor, dust bunnies in every corner, barking dogs, grease drips in the oven, mountains of books and paper…

Where at my house does it say “A Spa Retreat” in a French Provencial  font? Because last time I checked, I don’t own  a plush terry robe with monogrammed slippers, no masseuse, chef and a mini fridge…filled to the brim with decadent goodies!

Apparently some of my friends and acquaintances believe being a stay at home mom is quite the luxury. “Can’t you just turn on the tv and plop your kid in front of it, then take a nap? Girl, I would!” Yeah, I could have when Dechland was younger, but I decided to be responsible.

I, especially, love how those that work outside the home feel I should pity them. “Think of me. Here I am…in a cubicle. Confined. Cute, but confined.” The only visual I come up with is a koala at the zoo. You cannot tell me koalas aren’t cute! They are!!!!! And they are confined. This is what I have to work with. I have Mommy on the brain! Deal with it!

The weeds still need tending to and there is no gas in the mower. The dogs must be fed and Dechland’s report has to be printed. No ink in our 3 in 1 plastic garbage scanner printer thingie. $37.99 for ink??? Are you kidding me? Bills to be paid and I’m too cheap to go get a spray tan. I use a bronzer and end up with a clay mud color on the heels of my hands. Forgot to use disposable gloves. Meanwhile, others frolic at the beach or lay poolside with water that is deeper than 9 inches.

I do find small moments to unwind. Put on a favorite cd…I love Michael Buble and Josh Groban. They are two of my all time favorites. And curl up on the couch and catch up on my reading. I usually try to read a few times a week: for pleasure. I sneak in “Me” time, right after I start the dishwasher and load the last batch of wet clothes into the dryer. The buzz on the dryer tells me I have 12 minutes to finish reading whatever chapter I’m in…before the clothes wrinkle.

We no longer own a regular iron; no thanks to sk8rgirl who chewed through the wires. Thankfully she was fine, even though our appliance didn’t fair well. A complete bust! We discovered the frayed wires while getting ready for church. (You learn to improvise real quick in our household!) Dechland’s khakis were super wrinkled, because I fell asleep and didn’t hear the buzzer go off the night before! I grabbed my flat iron and turned it on high! Within in 5 minutes, the khakis were pressed! (Not bad! Kudos to moi!)

After church, we grab food from McD’s and scarf it down! Grocery shopping is next…the week begins again. My life is hectic, i admit. But I’d never want it any other way.

Chores of the Childless

I just had to share this page! Wanna know what Mommyhood is all about? Read on! Hilarious!

The Waiting

I have heard it said before that having a baby changes everything. I knew this was true when I found myself incredibly grateful to be able to sleep in until 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Pre-parent me would have died a little inside if someone had told her that there would come a day when she would view a 7 a.m. wake-up call or an unaccompanied trip to Target as major things to look forward to, but three years of parenthood does strange, awful things to our psyches.

Much like war.

We even start to miss some of the household chores we did before we spawned, surely a sign that we’re more foregone than we thought. Right now, if given the choice between mopping my kitchen floor without my three-year-old’s “help” and going to the spa, I’d choose the mop. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

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Review: PinchMe Freebie Box

For starters, I am not affiliates with any product. But I believe if you have tried a new product, I.e. are a teensy bit obliged to give your opinion. There now, that was easy.

I really do like this service. PinchMe has a list of questions for you to answer, but does not make you jump through hoops and click a bunch of stupid links only to feel disgusted. The service has several products of which you select 3. Some samples may be regular size, while others may be a tiny tube. Regardless, the samples are sent free of cost-no shipping, plus PunchMe doesn’t give out your info to third party advertising…which totally rocks in my book!

I am still fighting spam from another site. Still getting ads for erectile dysfunction, etc. Um, yeah…I am NOT a dude! So be careful where you give your info out. Just sayin’!!

Delighted as could be when my last sample box arrived. I received a regular size of Kraft’s Seasoned Grated Parmesan Cheese. Oh my goodness! Can we say DELISH???!! Plus, I received a coupon for 75 cents off my next purchase!!! Woo woo!

Excellent addition to Baked Potato, Salad, Chicken, and Spaghetti, of course!

Excellent addition to Baked Potato, Salad, Chicken, and Spaghetti, of course!

Another product I totally fell in love with is Oil of Olay’s Strawberry and Mint Body Wash! The fragrance is wonderful and has a silky feel on the skin! Totally refreshing! And I received another 75 cents off coupon!

StrawberryMint_BodyWash_1_1079x1079  I was sent a 3 ounce bottle!

After you try your freebies, jump back on PinchMe website and give a review. Be honest. Around the 15th of each month, there will be a new group of freebies to try. My advice is not to wait until the last minute to select your choices. They run out fairly quick. I missed last month’s selection.

My sistah Savanna aka Sassy Sunshine is how shall we say “height challenged” and is cute as a button. I often tell her that maybe, someday, someone will invent “Munchkin Miracle grow” and I will have them send her a sample! She just stares at me not amused, then in true form she utters, “Well, at least no kid…like EVER, gave me a brown crayon to cover up my gray hair!” She proceeds to cackle out loud. (The crayon thing: yeah, it happened.) Get over it, quit smiling! Lol

So when you get a chance, check out PinchMe Freebies! You’ll be glad you did!

Barbie, You’ve Got the Look!

Tiny plastic high heel shoes, mini handbags complete with hairbrushes and mirrors, and all those little outfits! It was enough to make any gal squeal with delight! I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful grandfather who surprised me with a gift. A friend he knew made several outfits for my Barbie dolls! My absolute favorite was a pink and white plaid long sleeve floor length dress! I dare say I had the best dressed gal of all time!

My childhood did include several dolls, not just one. The first one was Malibu Barbie, but she didn’t fair so well when I left her outside and our dachshund Rex took a liking to her and chewed her feet off and severed one leg. Due to my creativity early on, I introduced Malibu Barbie as a survivor of a shark attack in California.

“Oh, gosh! I barely escaped that big ole shark with sharp teeth. Ken saved me!”

Ballerina Barbie twirled. “It’s good he saved you!”

Malibu Skipper hugged her big sister, Malibu Barbie. “Glad you can still walk!”

If you aren’t familiar with Barbie’s feet, they are designed to fit the tiny shoes. Since her feet were chewed off and one leg severed, I put her in casts. Pocket size klennex and scotch tape did the trick, but if water splashed up on her at pool side…they had to be replaced. So one afternoon, I snuck into my Mama’s first aid kit and eyed the answer to Barbie’s cast problems.

“Once it’s stuck, it’s stuck!”

There was a problem though. The first aid tape’s adhesive was incredibly strong. My first attempt to wrap one leg had ripples in it. Since Barbie liked to look her best, I tried to take the rippled tape off and nearly slam tore off her entire leg! So, I took Mama’s sewing kit and wrapped rickrack around her cast and tied it in a bow. I carefully took my time as a wrapped her other leg with tape then rickrack. Perfect!

Here in present day Barbie dolls have evolved into new styles and shapes, accessories and playsets. Outfits are sold separately from $4.99 and up. My mind spins whenever I visit the  Barbie aisle at Toys R Us! I admit I am a little jealous of the multitude of items.

And if that Barbie link gets your mind spinning, then you hafta watch this video I stumbled onto last night. While working on a future blog post, I ran across a new fashion trend.

Playdoh Fashion Ariana Style

Who knows I might have to whip me up some homemade playdough and climb up in the attic for my storage box of Barbies….can’t you see the headline now? Next on Pinterest: Playdoh Fashion…Nailed it!!

Seriously these crafters have way too much time on their hands. Besides how many hours did it take to perfect their skill???

Want to try to create Barbie Fashion? Finds a picture to copy with Playdoh and go! Send me a copy of your artwork to and I will post your creation! Good luck!


There in society you will find persons preying on others. Perhaps it is bullying in a neighborhood school or senseless violence at the hands of a family member. Regardless there is always someone trying to profit from another’s misfortune. News spreads like wildfire on social media. It doesn’t matter if the story is creditworthy or a hoax. Someone will ultimately share it to their world and it begins with a single share. Just one. Then add a few more people sharing, then others, and more and more. Kaboom! The tiny story is viral. I get totally disgusted with the amount of others posting pictures of abused animals, children, burned victims and so forth.. I am not talking about prayer requests or news stories from reputable sources. I sometimes ask how do they know about the situation. “Was it your pet?” or  “The girl, is she related to you?” More often than not, I get the same ole line…”No, I just find it interesting.” There are some incredibly SICK individuals who love to post  pictures on Facebook with the tagline: LIKE and SHARE to show this little child we won’t stand for bullying. LIKE and SHARE to put an end to animal abuse. LIKE and SHARE to show support for this soldier, this crime victim, this sick child, this, this, this…the list never ends. But they never share   have any information about the subject of the photos. Not one word. Granted I have sympathy for those people and animals in the pictures. Yes, they have all been hurt or have diseases or birth defects, etc. Yes, it is tragic and sad. But to click and do as these lowlifes ask…it only builds them up with a “hero’s ego” I suppose. Every time you LIKE and SHARE, you add fuel to the raging fire. It takes a single match or a single spark to ravage an entire forest. It takes but one person sharing to ignite the world to senseless chaos. Be the one to say NO. Be the one to douse the flames!