Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hooray for rEcess! (Ten Things of Thankful)

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rEcess has started again!!!

Can you tell i'm excited?

(For any who might not yet know, rEcess is a program where we gather volunteers at the church to babysit children with severe special needs and their siblings so the parents can have a date night.  You can't leave a wheelchair bound kid who needs a feeding tube with the teen up the street so you can go out to dinner and a movie, thus rEcess with trained adult volunteers.  The parents do not have to pay for the babysitting, either.)

My thankfulness this week is all about rEcess.

Our cool volunteer t-shirts:

Food for the volunteers (because of allergies and other considerations, parents have to bring food for their kids):

Jeff forgot duct tape, but i had some in the car:

Our assignment sheet:

The sign in table:

An overflowing art supplies bin for crafts time:

Getting our name tags:

Game time in the gym:

Obstacle course out on the playground:

Peggy has a cool new walker:

If you think we had a great time, you are right!

Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.  



Today is:

Boonesborough Days -- Boonesboro, MD, US (living history, food, antiques, and a celebration of the original spelling of the town's name; through tomorrow)

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day 2018 -- US (the Saturday after Labor Day, everyone is encouraged to volunteer in cleaning federal land, recreation areas, or waterways, to help do their part to keep these places beautiful)

Community Day -- EX, O, Spain

Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day -- Quincy, WA, US (a fun and tasty way to celebrate and learn how food gets from the farm to your table; through Sunday)

Feast of Honor for Lada and Lela -- Slavic Pagan/Asatru (harvest festival, a holiday of bread and farewell to summer)

Feast of 'Izzat(Might) -- Baha'i

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin -- Catholic Christian; related observances
    Jum il-Vittorja -- Malta (Feast of Our Lady of Victories)
    Matki Boskiej Zielnej -- Poland (Feast of Greenery, also harvest celebration)
    Public Holiday -- Liechteinstein
    Virgen de la Victoria -- Spain

Great Procession of Tournai -- Tournai, Belgium (religious procession held since 1092, in thanksgiving for deliverance from the plague; through tomorrow)

Hang Around Victor Day -- Victor, NY, US (come see why it's a great place to do just that!)

Independence Day -- Macedonia

International Drive Your Studebaker Day -- an official event of the Studebaker Drivers Club Inc. (and i wish i could!)    

International Literacy Day -- UN

Kosrae Liberation Day -- Micronesia

La Vierge de Meritxell -- Andorra (Feast of Our Lady of Meritxell, a National Day and official flag day)

Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair -- Little Falls, MN, US (arts and crafts from hobbyists and pros; through tomorrow)

Mushroom Festival -- Kennett Square, PA, US (food, fun, and fungi in the Mushroom Capital of the World; through tomorrow)

Nanticoke Pow Wow -- Millsboro, DE, US (Native American gathering and celebration; through tomorrow)

National Date Nut Bread Day

Navy Day -- Pakistan

Pardon Me Day -- anniversary of the 1974 pardon of Nixon

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day

Responsible Dog Ownership Day -- sponsored by the AKC   

Sheriff's Ride Ceremony -- Lichfield, UK (dating back to 1553, the sheriff and his men ceremonially ride the circuit of the boundary of the city; originally on the 8th Sept. every year by order of Queen Mary, now held on the Saturday nearest)

St. Adrian's Day (Patron of arms dealers, butchers, prison guards, soldiers; against plague)

St. Elizabeth's Day (Orthodox Churches; Mother of John the Baptist; Patron of expectant mothers; Fulda, Germany)

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival -- Valparaiso, IN, US (dare i call it a popping good time?)

Birthdays Today:

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, 1981
Pink, 1979
David Arquette, 1971
Henry Thomas, 1971
Alan Feinstein, 1941
Frankie Avalon, 1940
Guitar Shorty, 1939
Patsy Cline, 1932
Peter Sellers, 1925
Sid Caesar, 1922
Claude Pepper, 1900
Antonin Leopold Dvorak, 1841
Richard I (Lionheart), 1157

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Oprah Winfrey Show"(TV), 1986
"Star Trek: The Animated Series"(TV), 1973
"Star Trek"(TV), 1966
"Tarzan"(TV), 1966
"That Girl"(TV), 1966
"F Troop"(TV), 1965
The Old Man and the Sea(Publication Date), 1952
"Blondie"(Comic strip debut), 1930

Today in History:

The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, is promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland, 1264
Michaelangelo's David is unveiled in Florence, 1504
St. Augustine, FL, becomes the first permanent European settlement of the New World, 1565
The US "Pledge of Allegiance" makes its first appearance in print, in the Youth's Companion, 1892
Galveston, TX, is struck by a hurricane and tidal surge that kill 6,000, 1900
First appearance of the comic strip "Blondie", 1930
3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape, 1930
The original Star Trek series premiers, 1966
The Beatles perform their new hit "Hey Jude" as their last live TV performance on the David Frost show, 1968
Chinese athlete Wang Junxia sets a new women's 10,000 m world record of 29:31.78, breaking the former record by 42 seconds, 1993
Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America, 2005
Pakistan and India announce plans to mutually ease visa requirements, 2012
The government of Hong Kong backs down on plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes in schools after weeks of protests, 2012


  1. What an absolutely brilliant idea. I suspect that the respite that it gives to families is a life saver - and everyone looks to be having a heap of fun too.
    Loud applause.

  2. I like the idea. A great way for the parents and care giver to have a getaway, giving them a short relief from the full time care they are giving to these kids. Thank God for such kind and caring volunteers too!

  3. What a great idea. Good for everyone. Looks like a fun thing to do. Have a fantastic day.

  4. Oh what a WONDERFUL event. we see so much negativity in the news, but this elevates my belief in humans and their level of caring for others. Bravo to all.

  5. I know how you love doing this. You are such a wonderful person. You probably don't even know that, but we do.

    Have a blessed weekend, my friend. ♥

  6. Wonderful event and so helpful ~ you are a gem!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  7. I love your rEcess posts! That is such a great program!

  8. Is it amaze color that duct tape comes in. Just got some white tape.
    Coffee is on

  9. very cool idea, excellent thing for people to do.

  10. Wonderful thankfuls. I love seeing photos of rEcess.

  11. Amazing and wonderful program. I am sure it is a blessing for both sides. Having a roll of purple duct tape in the car made me think of Let's Make a Deal when Monte Hall would have people dig up the most random stuff from their purses!

  12. Love all the photos showing your rEcess activities! Is rEcess a local program? It would be interesting the history of the organization, how it got started, etc.


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