Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What I Need?

The hustle and bustle we encounter each day. We struggle and find ourselves in a losing battle.
Then one day someone comes along and asked you, "What do you need?"
You quickly respond, "Money!"
But the stranger asked you a second time, "What do you need?" You realized he asked you about something more significant that touches your very soul. You ask yourself,  how do I respond. Your mind goes blank. He asked you a third time, "What do you need?" You feel embarrassed, you don't know how to answer his question. So you walk away with your head hanging down.
Read the following poem and then ask yourself, "What do you need?"

TIME, that is what I need is time.
To live this life and leave my past behind.
SMILE, that is what I need and it can be done,
To put on a smile and show it to everyone.
LOVE, that is what I need in my heart,
To embrace this emotion right from the start.
FRIEND, that is what I need is a friend,
Someone who will be there till the end.
PRAY, that is what I need to do is pray,
To seek the Lord and call on him today.
PEACE, that is what I need is peace within,
I can find it by letting God come in.
LIFE, that is a gift that I know is mine,
All I need to do is let it shine.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Make A Difference

2011 is coming to an end.
Before the start of the new year.
People tend to look back and decide to make changes for 2012.
They come up with a New Year Resolution.
It can be anything,
Better mood, eat less food,
Exercise more, do a chore,
make a new friend, lend a hand,
worry less, clean your mess,
write a letter, eat a lot better.
Focus on one and get it done.
My New Year Resolution, is to Make a difference.
The following poem hangs on my bedroom wall.

I live this day with an open mind.
I wear a smile and show that I am kind.
I give some love and help someone too,
I got to believe it's the right thing to do.
Make a difference, that is my goal,
Part of my life and in my soul.
I want to help every day I live,
And do my best in what I give.
I live this life to do my part,
I reach out with an open heart.
I make this promise, I'll be there,
To lend a hand and show I care. 


Friday, December 23, 2011

The Night B4 Christmas

It's Christmas eve, Tommy, Joe and Mindy are decorating the living room. Mom and Dad left the house to pick up the presents at Grandma's. The three kids planned to purchase a present for their parents while they were gone. They stopped at a store for the perfect gift. "So what are we getting mom and dad?" Tommy asked. "How about this," Joe pointed to the window display. Mindy shook her head, "we're running out of time, we better find something soon." Joe found a cat on display made out of porcelain.
They all chipped in and paid for the gift. The three kids ran home to wrap the present. Tommy and Mindy fought on who should wrap the gift. They tugged back and forth holding on to the cat. "Let me do this," Mindy cried. Tommy shouted back, "No, I want to do this." Immediately, both Tommy and Mindy fell to the floor. All three kids watched the porcelain cat shatter in pieces. "Now, look at what you did," Tommy shouted at Mindy. Mindy started to cry, "it's not my fault." She ran upstairs and slammed the door. Joe and Tommy quickly cleaned up the mess. "What are we going to do?" Tommy asked. Joe stared at the clock and sighed, "It's too late," Joe said, "mom and dad will be home soon." Mindy called Uncle Ted on the phone. She told him the dilemma all three kids were in. "Don't worry about anything," Uncle Ted said, "I will take care of it." Mom and Dad came through the door carrying presents. Joe and Tommy helped their parents place all the gifts under the tree. "Where is Mindy?" Mom asked. Joe and Tommy looked at each other. "She's taking a nap." The door bell rang  and Uncle Ted arrived. He asked the kids to help him unload the presents from his car. Mindy came down the stairs and helped move the presents under the tree. "I can't stay," Uncle Ted said, "but I will be back at midnight." The three kids went upstairs to put together a handmade Christmas card. "I'm sorry I yelled at you," Tommy said to Mindy.  "I'm sorry too," Mindy replied. They worked together to make the special card for their parents. The clock struck midnight, the kids ran down the stairs and sat on the floor near the tree. The parents stood back and watched all three kids eyes light up the moment they opened each gift. "Thanks Mom and Dad," all three kids shouted together. They took turns and hugged their parents. "Let's sit down and read about the first Christmas," Dad announced. Mindy raised her hand and volunteered to read from the bible. Before they settled down to rest, Dad noticed there was one more present behind the tree. He picked up the gift and saw it was marked for Mom and Dad from the kids. All three kids stood in shock. They whispered to each other, "how could it be?"  Mom opened the present and found a porcelain cat inside. "Thank you, kids," Mom replied, "this is a special gift." The kids wondered where it came from.  "You must have spent all your savings on it," Dad said. "Ah, Yeah," Joe replied, "we're broke, tell them Mindy." Mindy stared at Joe, "we have no money left." Tommy announced it was a shattering experience. Uncle Ted finally came back to join the family in a sing along. They walked toward the couch when Mindy stopped Uncle Ted along the way. "Thanks, Uncle Ted," Mindy said, "please don't tell anyone." "It will be our secret," Uncle Ted said. Mindy gave him a big hug.


Monday, December 19, 2011

What's New?

You can count them one, two, three, four,
and you find there is even more.
It's my favorite book list of seven
Of great children books in 2011.
Picked by your friend Buddy Book,
who encourages you to take a look.
So pull out your paper and pen,
and write down these books I recommend.


Be Quiet, Mike
by Leslie Patricelli

A monkey named Mike started drumming at a young age.
And his family always said to him, "Be quiet, Mike."
As he got older he used other instruments to play again.
But his family always said to him, "Be quiet, Mike."
Then little monkey came up with an idea.
He set up his own instruments and played once more.
The family enjoyed the sound so much,
They even told him, "Play Louder, Mike."
You will enjoy this wonderful tale told in a beautiful rhyme.

Not Inside This House
by Kevin Lewis

Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse loved to explore.
Everyday he went outside and catch anything he could find.
He found a bug and brought it home and his mom would tell him no.
The young boy continued on his journey and found an animal.
But his mom repeated to him again, no animals allowed.
Livingstone continued his search and found an even larger animal.
But his mom made it clear, no animals allowed.
In the end, you'll be surprised what his mother allowed him to bring home. 

The All- American Jump and Jive Jig
by M.P. Hueston

You come along on this journey across the country.
You learn new cool dances from children
that live from the east, west, north and south.
This witty rhyme will encourage you to try these fun dances.
Even the names of the dance will appeal to your senses. 
The only question left, which dance will be your favorite.

Where's My Truck
by Karen Beaumont

Tommy lost his toy truck.
His brother and sister offered to play with him.
But all Tommy wanted to do his find his truck.
He searched the whole house and he could not find it.
But no matter what his family offered him,
all Tommy wanted to do was find his truck.  
Tommy went outdoors and searched everywhere and he could not find it.
Tommy eventually found the culprit who had his truck. 

I'm Sure I saw a Dinosaur
by Jeanne Willis

A child saw a creature.
 So he ran and announced the news to a fisherman.
The fisherman told his mum who told the butcher.
The butcher reported the news to a butler.
The news were relayed to the Air Force and the Navy.
Something is fishy about this news. No one has seen the dinosaur.
It appears someone concocted a plan to draw everyone to the beach.
Find out who devised this clever plan


If Beaver had a Fever                                 Blue-Ribbon Dad
     by Helen Ketteman                                 by Beth Raisner Glass


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tell Me A Joke!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Jo King
Jo King who?
You must be joking.

Waiter, Waiter, this food tastes funny
Then, why aren't you laughing.

Why didn't the skeleton go to the Christmas party?
Because he had no Body to go with.

Why did the singer climb up the ladder?
To reach the high notes.

Why are you staring at the frozen can of orange juice?
Because it says Concentrate.

Why is it hard to win at sports in the jungle?
Because too many cheetahs.

I'm here to tune your piano.
But I didn't call you.
No, but all your neighbors did.
Sidebar Pete


There are twenty people in the store.
The last five made a purchase and left the building.
Three more people walked in and one lady left
without making a purchase and another man went next door.
How many people are in the store?


Change the numbers 1 & 12 to the first letter in the word Mistletoe.
Change the number 2 to the fourth letter in the word Friends.
Change the numbers 3,4 & 8 to the second letter in the word Presents.
Change the number 5 to the sixth letter in the word Family.
Change the number 6 to the first letter in the word Cards.
Change the number 7 to the first letter in the word Home.
Change the number 9 to the sixth letter in the word Caroling.
Change the numbers 10 & 14 to the ninth letter in the word Relatives.
Change the number 11 to the first letter in the word Tree.
Change the number 14 to the sixth letter in the word Decorations.

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1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9     10    11    12    13    14


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Best Books of 2011

The book was outstanding, it was remarkable, it was the best book I've read this year. The words came from Buddy Book's mouth. He enjoys reading children picture books. He is thrilled to announce his Top Ten Best Children's Picture Books of 2011. Take a look and see if you read these excellent books.
The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred
by Samantha R. Vamos 

by Norton Juster

The Hole In The Middle
by Paul Budnitz

Is Everyone Ready For Fun
by Jan Thomas

If I Never Forever Endeavor
by Holly Meade

Light Up The Night
by Jean Reidy

Sneeze Big Bear Sneeze
by Maureen Wright

An Annoying ABC
by Barbara Bottner

Llama Llama Home With Mama
by Anna Dewdney

So Many Me's
by Barbara J. Neasi


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kids Love ABC FOOD!

Wally Worm loves ABC food. So he prepared a huge banquet.
The table was set up with twenty-six different kinds of food.
Each feast was represented by one of the letters in the alphabet.
The invitations were sent out. Twenty-six kids were invited.
The children came through the doors and quickly sat down to eat.
Adam ate appetizing apples.
Bridget bit on Quenched blueberries.
Carol crunched on nutritious carrots.
David devoured chocolate filled donuts.
Emily chose to eat edible eggs.
Francis fed on tasty fish.
George gobbled gobs of juicy grapes.
Harry chopped down on delectable hot dogs.
Ida licked on irresistible Ice Cream.
Josie took a bite on a hot Jalapeno.
Kevin consumed succulent kumquats.
Larry dined on zesty lasagna.
Molly munched on spicy meatballs.
Nancy nibbled on oodles of noodles.
Owen stuffed on nourishing oatmeal.
Patty pigged out on scrumptious pizza.
Quincy tasted some palatable Quiche'.
Randy chewed on refreshing radish.
Sandy scoffed on savory spaghetti. 
Tammy indulged on tantalizing tacos.
Ursala dined on luscious ugli fruit.
Victor ingested on lip smacking vanilla pudding.
Willie gorged on mouthwatering watermelon.
Xavier snacked on extraordinary Xemenia.
Yolanda feasted on yummy yogurt.
Zack foraged on delicious zucchini pie.
Wally asked everyone, "Who wants more?"
All twenty-six kids shout, "WE DO!"


Monday, December 5, 2011

Words To Remember.

There are three little words that you could say,
That will bring joy to someone each day.
The best three little words you will ever know,
Believe in these words and let it show.
The power of these words we may not always see,
But it can touch the heart of someone close to thee.
It can create a feeling that is precious to our heart,
And strengthen the bond that no one could take apart.
We leave our mark on each word we say,
Words that will effect the ones we see each day.
So the best thing you could ever say or do,

Say these three little words I LOVE YOU.


Friday, December 2, 2011


Pete was wrapping Christmas presents when Buddy walked in. He leaned over to see Pete sign each card with the words, "Happy Holidays." Buddy shook his head in disbelief. He snagged a chair and plunked down beside his friend Pete. "What season is this?" Buddy asked him.  "It's Christmas season," Pete quickly answered. Buddy stood up and folded his arms and glared at Pete. "Then why are you sending cards with the words, Happy Holidays on it?" "Because everyone does it," Pete replied.  "No, No, No," Buddy cried out, "It's Merry Christmas!" But Pete defended his actions. "Look around, " Pete responded back, " it's everywhere."
Buddy then posed three questions to Pete. "Do you say Happy Holidays on Fourth of July," Buddy asked him. "Do you say Happy Holidays on Thanksgiving Day," Buddy continued. "Or do you say Happy Holidays on Easter," Buddy added. Pete found himself speechless. He walked  back to the table and tore up the cards. He pulled out a new card and signed it, Merry Christmas. He taped the card to a Christmas  present and  handed it to Buddy. Buddy's eyes lit up, He quickly thanked his friend for the gift. Pete smiled back and said, "Merry Christmas, my friend."  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Henry Loves Pierogi.

Henry ran down the stairs and burst into the kitchen. "Wait for me, Dad." His Father was preparing a Holiday tradition. They are going to make "Pierogi." The table was set, with mounds of flour, eggs, and water. Henry invited his friend, Pete to join. Pete walked into the kitchen and started to chuckle. He watched Henry pace back and forth around his Father. "Henry, relax," Pete replied. Henry went over and tussled with Pete. "I waited 364 days for this," Henry answered.  Henry and Pete watched in awe as Henry's Father mixed  the flour, eggs and water to create the dough. The Polish Father used a rolling pin to flatten the dough until it was thick enough to cut. All three worked together to cut the dough with a cup and place sauerkraut inside and seal it. They dropped all the pierogi in a huge pot of boiling water. Henry and Pete took turns to stir the pierogi in the pot. "Is it ready?" Henry asked impatiently. Henry's Father poured all the pierogi in a strainer and placed the hot steaming dumplings in a large bowl and mixed it with butter. Henry's Father placed some of the pierogi on a flat large dish. "This is better than pizza." Henry announced.  "Mmmm, this is great," Pete said. Henry and his Father joined Pete at the table and feasted on the pierogi. Before Henry took another bite, he turned to his Father and said, "Thanks, Dad." His Father smiled and replied, "you're welcome, Son." Pete's mouth was too full to reply but Henry and his Father knew Pete enjoyed this Polish treat. "


Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Books

It happens every year at this time.
The day after Thanksgiving.
The start of Christmas season.
This is a great time for a book review.
Buddy Book has posted his
seven favorite Christmas books.  

Mortimer's Christmas Manger
by Karma Wilson

Mortimer Mouse moved in a new home. He noticed a wooden manger near a Christmas tree. He found others living inside. He took out all the statues so he could move in. But each night, the statues were back in place. Mortimer overheard a man tell everyone the story of Christmas and the baby Jesus. He realized he stood in the place where the baby Jesus statue belonged. He put all the statues back in their spot. Mortimer searched for a new home. On the way he said a prayer. Before long, Mortimer found a new house just his size. Mortimer said a prayer to thank Jesus.

Silver Packages
by Cynthia Rylant

Every Christmas a rich man rides a train to a town where he throws presents to the poor children who are waiting anxiously. A boy named Frankie waited by the tracks hoping to receive a doctors kit. But each present he received were essential to keep him warm for the winter. When Frankie grew up, he remembered the silver packages he received. He learned how valuable those gifts were to him. He moved back in town and watched other kids waiting anxiously for that same train when he was a kid. He stood nearby and watched a little girl fall when she received her package. Frankie walked up to her and opened his kit for a band-aid. He assured her she would be fine because he was a doctor.  

The Crippled Lamb
by Max Lucado

Joshua was a little lamb who always felt different and sad because of his crippled leg and his black spots. He felt left out because he couldn't run and play with the other lambs. What Joshua didn't realize, God had a very special plan for him. Joshua found  his prayer was answered. 

                                                The Christmas Sweater
                                                       by  Glenn Beck

Eddie wanted a bicycle for Christmas but he received a Christmas sweater. He was very disappointed but his grandfather showed him the magic of this sweater. Eddie took a magical journey with his grandfather. During his journey, he went sledding with his father. He had so much fun he realized he was wearing the Christmas sweater. Next he found himself in the kitchen with his mother. They finished building a gingerbread house. He noticed again he was wearing the same sweater. He asked himself could this sweater be magical? Eddie woke up and realized it was all a dream. He went downstairs and found he received a bicycle but Eddie was anxiously looking for a different present. He opened his package that his mother gave him. He found the Christmas sweater he was looking for. He felt so happy, he walked up to his mother and gave her a big hug.   

The Christmas Candle
by Richard Paul Evans

Thomas was on his way home when he realized he needed a candle for his lantern. He stopped in a candlemakers shop and bought a inexpensive candle. On his journey home, he mistook a begger for his mother and gave her his cloak to keep warm. He noticed a man lying in the street that looked like his brother. Thomas gave all he had to put him in a inn for the night.  Thomas figured out that he may have given all he had away but in the end he found the true meaning of a family.


Priscilla & the Great Santa Search      Bear Stays up for Christmas
  by Nathaniel Hobbie                             by Karma Wilson