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A 15 Year Blessing From A Homeless Person

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A 15 Year Blessing From A Homeless Person

–posted by Blessed66 on Apr 30, 2010

On the way back from work every evening, more often than not there would be a homeless man standing at the exit of the freeway.  He looked to be in his late 40’s but was probably a lot younger. He had shoulder length straight black hair a short beard, and he was of average stature.

His eyes were what struck me the most about him, they were brown and they had a sparkle. Like an inside light that was beaming out of his eyes.  His eyes, I thought, represented the man in general. People say they can tell a lot from a person’s eyes. It was certainly true in his case.  He always waved at every car, he was always happy and smiling and sometimes almost dancing.

Every day after work I would remember to gather any spare change, and put it aside to give to him if I saw him. A feeling of joy would come over me every time I saw him, as I came off the ramp.  He had that effect.

I’d quickly roll down my window and give him the coins. Occasionally the red light would be on for a minute and we would ask each other about our day. His answer would always be the same, “I’m blessed!”.

I knew what his answer was going to be every time, yet I would still ask. It amazed me that even in his situation of being homeless he was so positive, and his answer would remind me of how blessed I was. A single mother of four amazing kids, with a place to call home and with a job to provide for my kids.

Then one day I was called into my boss’s office and was told that I was being laid off due to the economy.  A feeling of worry engulfed me, and for the rest of that day all I could think of was “how am I going to provide for my kids, how am I going to pay rent, what am I going to do?”

Needless to say that on my way home that day I was very sad and upset. I didn’t remember to look for my spare change and keep it ready like I usually did.  I wasn’t feeling the joy as I got off the ramp where the homeless man would be. Yet there he was as always, as I turned the ramp.  He set his eyes on me, while still smiling and waving at others.

I’d hoped to catch the green light, but I missed it. While I was waiting for the red light to turn, he strolled over to my car.  He had a big smile he looked me straight in the eyes and said “today I will give you a dollar”.  He then reached into his pocket and pulled out a dollar bill.  I was blown away.  I burst into tears. I wanted to jump out of my car and hug him!

You see that day he gave me more than a dollar bill, he taught me a valuable lesson. No matter what material things are taken from you, no one can take away your choice to be joyful. My ride home was smooth sailing, I had lost my job, had no savings, but I knew I was blessed!

Every time I’m faced with challenges, I think of the homeless man’s valuable lesson and remember that I am blessed.

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Fuzzy Friday: A Very Fuzzy Farewell to 2012!

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I can’t believe that this is the last Fuzzy Friday of 2012!!  This has been one fantastic year of Fuzzy Friday’s for sure:)  As we look towards the New Year with promises to start it off by putting our finest fuzzy foot forward lets us say goodbye to the passing year with a Very Fuzzy Farewell to 2012!!

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Single Serving Pies

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It was right after Thanksgiving that I found myself skimming the internet for another treat to bake for the holiday season.  After the success of my Pumpkin Loaf that I made and took with me to a few Thanksgiving celebrations, I was hungry for another recipe to try out.  I came across the blog ourbestbites.com and began making my way through numerous and tempting recipes until I came across one that pretty much changed my world, a recipe for single serving pies.  They were adorable, each baked in their own little half pint canning jar, with tiny  holiday shapes cut out of their crusts on the top for venting.  I fell in love and immediately began experimenting with different crusts and fillings, making the tiny pies and then popping their canning lids back on and placing them in my freezer.

Of course I had to bake a few “test pies” as I went and well, I must admit, they were amazing, so amazing in fact that I decided to make a dozen of them to take and bake at a holiday party (pictured above).  At the party people could not stop talking pie5about them, they were a huge success and so I did what most people would do, went home and made two dozen more, and then another two dozen.  Soon I was a pie making machine, experimenting with different fillings and pretty much turned my kitchen into a little pie making assembly line.  Evening after evening my boyfriend John and I made pie after pie and then at Christmas, we packed all the frozen pies up in baskets, stuck  mini Christmas bows on the top of each one with Christmas cards that included instructions for the recipient on how to bake their single serving frozen pies. We handed them out by the dozen as gifts for friends and family members and they just loved them!

The beauty of this recipe is you have a ton of room for creativity, of all the fillings I tried my favorites by far were Rich Chocolate Pecan Pie, Buttery Cranberry Pie and a very simple Apple Pie.  I used the crust from the recipe for the Strawberry Rhubarb pie I made back in September which seemed to really balance out the sweetness of the pie fillings I made.  Happy Baking!!!

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