Today I Met An Angel (Cancer Awareness)

Today I met an Angel. Her name ? Kelsey Hunnicutt. I know what your thinking , Just another sob story about a disease that kills thousands around the World. But, this story is a little different. Kelsey is ONLY 17… & Bless her heart as beautiful as can be. A few months ago I over heard someone talking about her. Unaware of who she was I blew it off. Today though , Was different for me. Kelsey and her grandmother came in to my work to eat. Not knowing who she was I smiled and simply greeted them. They both ate and began to leave. As they left I saw a hospital bracelet on the table… I began to read the name on the bracelet. It read “Kelsey Hunnicutt.” This is the girl who is losing her life to cancer? The one EVERYONE everywhere is talking about. My stomach dropped as tears came into my eyes. She’s younger than me, & yet she has her life to worry about. Where I’m always complaining about Bills, New shoes & how my hair NEVER looks right. WE ALL can be ungrateful. & I know bills are important , BUT this young lady simply smiled the whole time. It was definitely a tired smile… But it was a SMILE! How could I be so selfish. Here I am looking at someone who may not make it to Christmas , & if she does, Want be able to FULLY enjoy it. But getting to my point of this hole thing We all have struggles. We all have our bad days & our not so bad days. We all strive to be perfect. What about the kids who aren’t so lucky? What about the children in hospitals who can’t even make it out on thier own. This really does bother me. Any other time i’d get a tad bit emotional but i’d blow it off. THIS TIME though has me wanting to do something, Anything ! To help people like Kelsey ! Please find it in your heart to pray for her, & others that share this life taker. She has a Facebook page and a fundraising page !

 

Fundraising website : http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/kelsey-s-fight/89867

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Kelsey/579354775458773

*PLEASE DONATE MONEY, WRITE LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. ANYTHING TO BRIGHTEN Kelsey’s DAY*

 

-Thank you, & I as well will be praying for this young girl. She truely inspires me to want to help not only her but every other child. The description below is the one they have on her facebook page. TEAM KELSEY

 

About

This is a support page for Kelsey Hunnicutt. She was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
Description

This is a support page for Kelsey Hunnicutt. She was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bonecancer most commonly found on children, young adults and athletes. She is a senior in high school and has been a cheerleader all four years, but this year she won’t be able to cheer due to her condition. She is a very strong girl and we know that she can beat this cancer but a little support never hurt anyone. We are currently working on a few different things for her and if anyone is interested, feel free to contact us. Please keep this sweet girl in your prayers! And remember #dontgiveupkelsey

 

 

STOP What Your Doing & Listen..

Now that i have your attention .

I have but 3 things to said !

1.) Don’t be your child’s bestfriend.

Why?

Answer : Parents often feel that if they are a their child’s  FRIEND instead of parent that the child may tell them more, and be more open to them.

There is a fine line between being a friend to your child , & being to friendly.

One day your child may come home with a tattoo or maybe a new biker boyfriend. With you being a “friend” they expect you to be excited & supportive.  Therefore causing more arguments when you don’t agree. Picture this , what happens 70% of the time when you tell a child “no” ? they rebel right? Not always , but quite often. They might even rebel just because of the fact of you disapproving. 

 

2.) STOP making your child do sports or instruments they don’t want to do ! 

Why?

Answer :If your child is constantly doing  something just to impress, honor or make YOU happy , they could feel as if they always have to impress you. Causing more fights & arguments later on.

 

3.)Believe in your child no matter what !

Why?

Answer: Even if the both of you know for a fact your child will never be president, an astronaut, or an outer space alien give them encouragement . Without encouragement they may never reach their full potential .

 

 

 

 

Sign Language For Children & GAMES

Things You’ll Need

  • small snack food such as fish crackers or oat cereal pieces
  • water
  • milk
 

Instructions

  1. First Signs

    • 1

      Seat the child at a the meal table. Don’t try this when the child is really hungry. Rather, reserve this as a snack-time activity to start with.

    • 2
      Ask the child “Would you like something to eat?” When you say the word “eat” pull the fingers of one hand together and hold the hand next to your mouth. Pretend you are eating an imaginary sandwich. The child will probably reach for the snack food. But repeat the sentence with the gesture. When the child makes any gesture, give her a couple of snacks.
    • 3

      Ask the child “Would you like more?” Make the sign for “more.” Hold all 10 fingers together and draw them apart, as if you were stretching a piece of silly putty. Repeat the question until the child puts his hands together. Then give snacks. Repeat both gestures with their words.

    • 4 Offer the child a sippy cup of water. Ask “Would you like some water?” While saying the word “water” hold up the first three fingers of one hand and brush them against your chin. Repeat the question with the gesture until the child touches her own chin  
    • 5 Repeat these signs for all meals for several days. When offering milk, make the sign for “milk.” Make your hand into a fist and squeeze as if you are milking a cow  

    Add People

    • 6 Create a sign for your child’s name. Keep it simple. It might be the first letter of the child’s name. Use the sign when talking to him  
    • 7 Use the sign for “mother”–drawing the thumb along the jawline when referring to her.
    • 8 Use the sign for “father”–holding the brim of an imaginary hat) when referring to him.  
    • Respond quickly when the child uses the sign for attention. The attention he receives is the best reward to reinforce this new vocabulary.

 
 
SIGN LANGUAGE GAMES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
  • Begin teaching sign by singing the alphabet song while signing the letters. Most children will be intrigued by your hand motions and will pick up the signs easily since the song is one they are familiar with. Provide visual aids such as photos of hands signing each letter to help children make the correct hand shape. To reinforce the skill of finger spelling, make signing the alphabet song an activity that is included in every daily plan.

I Spy

  • When children learn a few more signs for color words, animals and household items, play a game of I, Spy using sign language. Be sure to be slow and deliberate with your signing, as children just learning to use sign will often get confused by fast signing. For more of a challenge for more advanced signers, make the I Spy game completely silent. Sign to only one child at a time, and ask that child to find the item you are spying and bring it back to you. If the child guesses correctly, it is his turn to provide the signs for the next child in line.

 

Sign Bingo

  • Play Bingo in the traditional manner, but use sign language to “call” out the numbers and letters. This activity reinforces children’s learning of basic finger spelling and number signing techniques. Learning finger spelling early will give children the means to communicate effectively in sign with hearing-impaired classmates and family members. Play a shortened version of the game with preschoolers, and allow each child the chance to be the “caller” as well as a Bingo player.

Sign Telephone

  • This game is similar to a traditional game of telephone, but the messages are passed along only in sign. This game is appropriate for children who have some prior sign language experience and knowledge. A teacher will begin by signing a simple sentence to one child in the class. That child will then attempt to pass the message along to the next classmate and so on until the entire class has received the message. The last child to receive the message will then tell the class what the message was. The results are often funny and can really demonstrate how messages, even in sign, can sometimes get muddled when passed from one person to another.

Kindergarden Poem

K is for Kindergarten—hip, hip, hooray.
I is for imagination we use everyday.
N is for numbers—we know one, two, three.
D is for drawing, the best you can see!
E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong.
R is for reading books all day long.
G is for good friends. We made more each day.
A is for the alphabet we know how to say.
R is for remembering everything we learned.
T is for treats every Friday we earned.
E is for excitement. This year we’ve had some.
N is for next year. First grade here we come!

 

 

The First Day
I gave you a little wink and smile
As you entered my room today.
For I know how hard it is to leave
And know your child must stay.
You’ve been with him for five years now
And have been a loving guide,
But now, alas, the time has come
To leave him at my side.
Just know that as you drive away
And tears down your cheeks may flow
I’ll love him as I would my own
And help him learn and grow.
For as a parent, I too know
How quickly the years do pass
And that one day soon it will be my turn
To take my child to class.
So please put your mind at ease
And cry those tears no more
For I will love him and take him in
When you leave him at my door.

 

*THESE ARE GREAT TO GET PRINTED & FRAMED FOR MEMORIES*

 

Home-Made Bath Paint

ISupplies You Will Need:
1/3 Cup Dish soap ( I have a suggestion for smaller kids below)
2 Tablespoons of Corn Starch
Food Coloring
Paint Brush (or they can use them as finger paints in the tub)
Small Tupperware ( I used 1/2 cup size with lid)

What I love about this is…you have it all at home anyway. No need to go out and buy supplies!

Here’s what you do:
Take the Dish Soap or Baby Shampoo for the younger kids so it won’t hurt if it gets in their eyes, and mix it in a bowl with the Corn Starch.

Then divide your mixture into four small Tupperware containers.

Next add 3 drops of food coloring into each container and stir with spoon.

Done! Easy Peasy!

Now you should have bath paints that look like this:

When bath time is over, you can slap the lids on them and save them for next time….OR
if your kid is anything like mine there won’t be any paint left cause he dumped it all in the tub after he was done painting..so you just plop the containers in the dishwasher.

It’s so inexpensive, and fun for the kids to make that I don’t mind making it again & again!