Monday, October 5, 2015

Awww Monday: rEcess is my favorite class!

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We had a fun time at rEcess this past Friday.  (For any who don't know, rEcess is a program where we take care of severely handicapped children and their siblings for free eight times a year so the parents can get a date night or just a break for an evening.)

Sam is new, he's only two and has autism. 

He's small but fast!

Peggy loves getting out of her wheelchair and is getting better at moving around.

On the floor = Freedom!

Linda, here in her wheelchair, loves to play with keys.  Anyone's keys.  Watch your keys!

Keys are so much fun!

As for our precious Gracie girl, she no longer qualifies as "disabled," but her mama still needs a break so we let her come and play, treating her as if she were the sibling of a special needs child.  She still wants to spend most of her time running.

We mostly see Gracie from the back!

Our badge for bravery this week went to Ginny, who has had to have two surgeries to clear her shunt in the past three weeks, and still not only came, but ate more than we've ever seen her eat before and played as much and as hard as ever!

Ginny, in her bandana, enjoying a Lunchable!

Today will be her first day back to school since the first surgery three weeks ago, and we are hoping the other children are considerate and don't tease her about the bandana.  If you are a praying person, perhaps you could say a prayer for tender hearts among her classmates.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Indonesia (Hari Tentara Nasional)

Blue Shirt Day / World Day of Bullying Prevention 

California Rideshare Week -- California, US (designed to encourage commuters to take personal responsibility for reducing traffic and smog by pledging to rieshare); it all started with 
     Ride-Share Week 2015 -- Ventura County, CA, US (encouraging car dependent Californians to drive less, save money, keep the air cleaner, and carpool

Constitution Day -- Vanuatu

Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day

Do Something Nice Day -- internet generated; make someone's day brighter, it will brighten your own

Festival of the Five Toes -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Mania -- Ancient Roman Calendar (held to placate the Manes, on dates when it was believed the doors to the underworld were open and the dead were free to roam) 

International Day of No Prostitution -- information here 

Labour Day -- ACT, NSW, QLD, & SA, Australia

Long Walk Day -- David Kunst finished his walk around the world on this day in 1974; go for a long walk in his honor

Most Common Birthday -- US (yes, according to, on average, more people are born in the US on this day than any other; wonder if it has anything to do with today being 9 months after New Year's Eve?)

National Apple Betty Day

Noisy Munching Day -- a fun day for kids, or your own inner child; munch chips, celery, pickles, anything loud, to annoy others

Nubaigai -- Pagan Lithuanian Calendar (harvest festival; can't get independent confirmation that it's always on this day)

Peat-Cutting Day -- Falkland Islands (Spring Holiday)

Republic Day -- Portugal

St. Placid's Day

Territory Day -- Christmas Island

Thanksgiving Day -- Saint Lucia

Thesmophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (start of a 3 day women's festival of Demeter; date approximate)

Unicorn Questing Season begins -- as established by the late W. T. "Bill" Rabe, get your official license here 

World Day of Architecture -- International Union of Architects (this year's theme: Architecture and the eradication of poverty.)

World Habitat Day -- UN (Habitat for Humanity

World Teachers Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Jesse Eisenberg, 1983
Kate Winslet, 1975
Parminder K. Nagra, 1975
Josie Bissett, 1970
Mario Lemieux, 1965
Laura Davies, 1963
Michael Andretti, 1962
Maya Ying Lin, 1959
Bernie Mac, 1957
Bob Geldof, 1954
Clive Barker, 1952
Bob Geldof, 1951
Karen Allen, 1951
Jeff Conaway, 1950
Steve Miller, 1943
Vaclav Havel, 1936
Bill Dana, 1924
Glynis Johns, 1923
Bil Keane, 1922
Donald Pleasence, 1919
Allen Ludden, 1917
Larry Fine, 1902
Robert Hutchings Goddard, 1882
Louis Lumiere, 1864
Chester A. Arthur, 1829
Denis Diderot, 1713
Jonathan Edwards, 1703

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Monty Python's Flying Circus"(TV), 1969
"Love Me Do"(Single release), 1962
"Zane Grey Theater"(TV), 1956
"The Diary of Anne Frank"(Play), 1955
"You Bet Your Life"(TV), 1950
"Secret Service"(Play), 1896
"Orfeo ed Euridice/Orpheus and Euridice"(Opera), 1762

Today in History:

Founding of the city of Concepcion, Chile, 1550
The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Italy and other Catholic countries, 1582
March on Versailles by the women of Paris, 1789
Shawnee Chief Tecumseh killed in the battle of the Thames, 1813
Founding of the City of Anaheim, 1857
Destruction of most of Calcutta by cyclone, approximately 60,000 die, 1864
A strong hurricane devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada, 1869
The surrender of Chief Joseph, after the 1,700 mile retreat, marks the end of the Nez Pierce War, 1877
The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London, 1895
Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices, 1903
First appearance of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip in the NYC Daily News, 1924
Suffrage is extended to women in France, 1944
The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000, 1948
The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held, 
1953Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released, 1962
The first episode of the famous comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus aired on BBC, 1969
Signature of the European Patent Convention, 1973
Raoul Wallenberg is made an honorary US citizen, 1981
Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, 1984
The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released, 1991
The Bulldozer Revolution begins in Belgrade, eventually leading to the resignation of Slobodan Milosevic, 2000
A new, though threatened, language known as Koro, is discovered by a team of linguists on an expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, in northeastern India, 2010


  1. Awww, you know how I enjoy this. Prayers for all the kiddos, but especially for Ginny. How precious and now nice that you do this. You're such a nice person.

    Have a terrific Awww Monday. ☺

  2. It does my heart good to know that there are people like you in the world helping those in need. Thank you for your good work.

  3. And perhaps a prayer for all the volunteers that make these evenings possible.

  4. sweet kids and their loving parents and very loving caretakers at rEcess. :)

  5. Prayers sent for the kids! Wonderful share and I am happy I stopped by Thank you.

  6. I'll be sure to send positive thoughts her way.

  7. Sending healing thoughts to Ginny and warm hugs to you and your wonderful family!