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Cards To Help Meals On Wheels Recipients

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Meals on Wheels

 

Cards To Help the Recipients of The Meals On Wheels Program is an incredible way to spend a few minutes of your time!

Sometimes we want to help, but wonder what can we do?

We may not have a lot of money to help, but still want to do something, right?

Maybe we don’t have the freedom to go to places to serve, but still want to make an impact, is that possible?

YES to all of these with if you have a couple of minutes here and there, can color and have access to a printer, or have some cards that will work.

 




 

First, what is this Meals On Wheels Program? 

Meals on Wheels is a national (USA) organization that has the focus of:

  • Serving the rapidly growing elderly population
  • Relieving the threat of isolation, hunger and limited mobility to those in need. 

It works like this:  Cities or counties are assigned a local office, which arranges for meals to be delivered to the home bound, elderly, or anyone who may need assistance in this manner. 

In most areas, a hot meal is delivered for lunch, with a sack-lunch type of meal being left for dinner. 

As I said, my friends and their family’s were thrilled with this service due to the situation they were in.

After more research, I found that many of the recipients of these meals live alone, and far too often, the only contact with people they have, are the drivers or deliverers of these meals during the week!  That’s so sad!

What can be done to help these people who are alone and with no one?

To address the isolation and loneliness felt by the many who receive these meals, greeting cards are delivered with the meals in my area.

 

Why color or purchase a card?

Because a card would mean some form of contact from another person who took the time to care. It would show that another human being actually put pen to paper and made time in their day for them!

WE could bring a smile, some comfort and encourage another person with just a little bit of effort.

If you’d like to make a difference for good and help out with Cards for Meals on Wheels, here’s how to start.

First off, it’s really EASY to do this.

 

HOW can WE get involved?

I wanted to help us all have some fun with these Cards for Meals on Wheels, as well as make them special. 

1- I had some great cards created just for you, that I am offering for free.

2- You can easily download them, simply print them off and color-in the cards for this Meals on Wheels project.

3- Your kids can be involved in a way they would look forward to serving a total stranger. You could get some friends together and make or color in the cards. You can relax and color in a card or two while watching tv; the possibilities are endless.

4- The point is, print off as many of the Cards for Meals on Wheels I have provided for you at your local copy store as you’d like to use, or do it on your home printer, and have some FUN!

 

These are the Cards for Meals on Wheels I had made just for you, so you can easily participate in this very worthwhile project.

HELLO Birdie card is HERE

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY Floral card is HERE

KEEP SMILING Hot Air Balloon card is  HERE

THINKING OF YOU Mandela style card is HERE 

 

Now, if you’d rather purchase cards to write in, I really LIKE THESE  and they’d be perfect for this purpose.

 

 

However, if you want to make your own cards, this is the information you will need:

  • Cards must be generic for a man or woman.
  • No need for envelope
  • Cards should be 6″x8″ or smaller
  • Cards can be simple or ornate
  • Cards are not to be holiday or special occasion oriented, making them usable all year long
  • Purchased ‘thinking of you’ cards would be perfect
  • Do NOT personalize it in any form, such as happy birthday or themed in any way – such as holiday, etc.

 

 

What do I write inside the Cards for Meals on Wheels?

Here are some ideas of what can be written inside the card after it is colored in, or in a purchased one:

  • Thinking of You
  • Have a nice day
  • Keep that Awesome Smile Showing
  • Stopping by with a friendly hello from me to you
  • Bringing a Smile by to share with you today
  • Hope it’s wonderful in your corner of the world

Do not sign it please.  

 

 

What do I do with the Cards for Meals on Wheels after I make them?

  • Send cards to me if you do not have a Meals on Wheels office close by, or it is not convenient, or they are not asking for cards. 
  • Send cards directly to the Davis County Meals on Wheels office – information below
  • Send them to your own Meals on  Wheels agency -you will want to contact them first to make sure they are also in need of these cards.

 

LEARN-PRACTICE-BECOME

I hope you, your family, friends, neighbors, church group, youth group, will get together and color up some cards.   You can see how I put this together for a neighborhood get-together and it turned out great.  Stan and I also colored some at home, and also at an outdoor free concert in the park:)  It’s fun and relaxing to serve while enjoying a bit of childhood or hobby. 

It’s a great way to learn how to think of others.  Practice being kind to those you do not know.  and become a better person as nothing is expected in return, except the gratification of bringing happiness to another.  




Wendy 
Office Manager
North Davis Senior Activity Center
Wendy 801-525-5080
Davis County Health Department

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2019

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

DIY Homemade Windsock

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Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Do you love this DIY Homemade Windsock!

Are you looking for a great craft to do with your kids that you actually want to keep when they are done?  

Or a project that helps them learn a new art, skill and talent?

What about an activity that is unique and fun at the same time?

This kids craft  DIY Homemade Windsock has all of those elements and so many more!Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

AND guess what??!!!???

It’s a DIY Outdoor Windsock for your garden, yard, patio – anywhere outdoors.  

Also, this DIY Outdoor Windsock is exceptional because it can be for kids AND adults to make in their own style, and fly with pride.Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

HOW can that be possible?

It’s all because of the stencils.

You read that right!

STENCILS!  You can adapt the feel and look you want easily from the stencils you choose. Let me tell you more about them.

I am so excited to share with you a company that I had the opportunity to partner with on this fun project, STENCIL REVOLUTION.

Those little babies were amazing!  They held up through the grand kids using them and then the adults!  No wear, tear or problems at all – quality and excellence in each and every stencil.

So how did we make those fun DIY Homemade Windsocks? 

I’ll show you in this EASY step-by-step tutorial AND we have a video with Stan demonstrating that amazing Dragon Fly so you can see how to do a mock-airbrush technique very simply!  

 

Supplies:

FIRST visit Stencil Revolution HERE and choose the stencils you want for you project. They have SO many quality options for you and in various sizes too!  The shipping is extremely quick. If you have any questions at all during your check out process the friendly and helpful staff are there to help you all the way!

 

Plastic Paint Tray Palettes like THESE

Acrylic Paint like THIS

Round Sponge Brushes like THIS

Paint Brushes for those small details and to personalize – optional, like THESE

Painters Tape – optional, like THIS

Disposable Table Covers, THIS is a pack of 4

We used 12″ x 18″ foam sheets and I see some on Amazon, but I did get ours at Hobby Lobby.  I’m not an affiliate there, and THIS and THIS are the links to see what we used.

Paper Punch

Ruler

Ribbon or strips of fabric:  1 piece that is one yard long and nine pieces that are 24″ long or as long/short you decide.

 

Ideas

You need Ribbon or Strips of Fabric for the tails and to tie the sides together.  Now before we get going on what we did, how about some FUN ideas of what you could do!

Depending on what stencils you choose, THIS RIBBON is a fantastic choice to look at.

If you were to do your windsock for a garden sitting area, this remarkable ROSE STENCIL would be just perfect with this ROSE RIBBON

Do you like Pineapple decorations?  This PINEAPPLE STENCIL and PINEAPPLE RIBBON would be whimsical on a patio.

And don’t forget the holiday decorating!  Halloween is just one example.  How about this stylish PUMPKIN STENCIL and coordinating two-sided ORANGE CHEVRON RIBBON

You’ll find so many Windsocks to make as you look through all of STENCIL REVOLUTIONS huge selection of superior products.

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Step ONE:

With a ruler, and adjusting to your preference, since this is very flexible,

Across the two short sides of the foam sheet – 

Measure in 1/2″ and make a mark with a pencil or pen.

From that point, every 1″ make a mark tall the way across. 

Repeat this on the other short side of the foam sheet.

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

 

Step TWO:

Across the long side of the foam sheet ON ONE SIDE ONLY

Measure in 1  1/2″ and mark.

After you have marked the THREE sides, take a paper punch and punch out where you have made the marks, going in as far as the paper punch will allow. 

See, going in as far the punch will allow, and punching where you have marked, gives uniformity easily and less hassle.

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Step THREE:

Now for the fun.

Get the kids started by showing them how to first either using the painters tape to hold down the  STENCIL REVOLUTION

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Or not, depending on what you have available.

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Step FOUR:

Give them each a palette, sponge brushes and whatever you have chosen to work with.

Show them how to use the stencils by squirting a little bit of paint into one of the empty spaces in the palette, then dabbing the sponge brush into the paint, tapping it off into another section of the palette and then onto the STENCIL REVOLUTION 

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Let them create and explore the Lost Art of Play in using stencils while they paint using their imagination trying a new approach in expressing themselves.

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

 

Step FIVE:

You will need 9 TAILS to hang from your Windsock, or however many you decide as you adjust the measurements in punching the holes.

Whether you choose fabric strips or ribbon, you will need:  ONE piece that is one yard long and NINE pieces that are 24″ long – or as long/short you decide.Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

 

Step SIX:

Bring the sides of the windsock together to form a tube, with the holes lining up.

Lace the piece of ribbon that is ONE YARD long through the holes, making sure it doesn’t pull through.  Tie it securely in a knot when you can.

When you have laced it the entire length of the windsock, make a mark on the top of the windsock directly across from where the ribbon is laced up, punch a hole, which makes it possible for you to tie it through forming a loop to hang the windsock.

Tie the ribbon to form the loop and it will look as shown.

 

Now you have fun windsocks to dance in the breeze!

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

To make the Dragon Fly Windsock and tips for stenciling, watch our YouTube Video below we made just for you to design your own unique and stunning Windsocks to hang out with pride. Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

memade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

And that’s how you make this type of sophisticated windsock!Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Please send your pictures of what you make with STENCIL REVOLUTION products here at A Mother’s Shadow on Instagram, the blog and FB too.  We want to thank them for their generosity.  We all had such a great time making these windsocks together.

Windsocks made from craft foam and stenciled using Stencil Revolution Stencils and pain

Homemade Out Door Windsock for ALL Ages

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Hop Scotch

How To Play Old Fashioned Hop Scotch

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Hop Scotch

Hop Scotch

 

Do you know How To Play Old Fashioned Hop Scotch?  

I’ll bet your parents and grandparents did, but have you played it lately?

You could ask them teach you, OR learn from this post and play a game or two.

Hop Scotch has been a favortie game for generations all around the world and popular because it’s perfect for all skill levels and ages.  

WHY is it good for everyone?

Because in the game of Hop Scotch you learn and practice skills such as: how to hop, skip, toss, accuracy, and –  it is just plain fun!  

Here’s a bit of trivia before I go so that you can get outside and play Hop Scotch:  Did you know this game has been around for hundreds of years?  And reportedly even for thousands of years going back to Roman soldiers training for battle! Well, if they could play it so can we!!!

How to Play Hop Scotch

Supplies – 

CHALK

TAW  or GAME MARKERS

 

To Prepare:

1- There are so many ways to draw a Hop Scotch grid, this is the way we do ours, but HERE is a site for other options. Also, this is a book you can order of ways it is played around the world HERE

2- Draw your choice of grid with chalk on the driveway OR you can use masking tape on the carpet inside when the weather is inclement.

Make sure the squares are large enough to fit the foot easily into

3- Each player will need a ‘Marker’ which can be a rock, coin, ‘Ta’, anything.

 

To Start:

1- First player will toss their marker into the first square (the square with the #1 drawn in it) without landing on the border or bounding out.

If the marker does not land in the right square, it is the next players turn.  Continue if you are playing alone.

Hop Scotch

 

2- Hop through the squares on ONE foot SKIPPING the square your marker is in going up the Hop Scotch grid. Only one foot can be on the ground at one time unless two squares are together then both feet hit the ground at the same time.

3- If you step outside the lines, hop on the wrong square or step on the line you lose your turn.

4- Turn at the end of the grid to face the opposite direction so you can go back down the grid and WITHOUT STEPPING outside the lines, squares or on the lines.

Hop Scotch1

 

5- Hop back down the grid in reverse order in the same fashion. 

6- When you get to the square JUST BEFORE THE ONE with your marker, bend down, standing on ONE FOOT, lean down and pick up the marker.

7- Skip over that square and finish the grid.

8- Repeat this process, tossing the marker to the next square.  For example, this time the marker would be thrown into the #2 square.

9- If a mistake is made by tossing the marker into the wrong square, onto a line, outside the grid.  Or if when hopping down the grid a player steps on the line, outside the grid, puts a foot down when they shouldn’t, steps in a box they shouldn’t, etc, it is the next player’s turn and so forth.

10- The first player to toss their marker into all the squares, completing the hop scotch grid successfully wins!

If you want to play this FUN game indoors on a rainy day, I found some GREAT options for you to consider: *THIS  and

*THIS one grab these Bean Bags and

THIS are some great options for hours of entertainment and exercise inside!  

*The first TWO can be used outside for easy set up and take down anywhere, camping, picnic, family reunion, wherever!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

 

Game Of Kick The Can

Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can

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Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can

Get out and play a game of Kick The Can

Do you ever just want to kick something and get away with it?  Well, you CAN! Come play Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can

This game goes way back and is a favorite for all ages to play. 

Leave the technology gaming inside and get everyone outside for this fun variation of Hide And Seek.  Kick The Can has been played for generations.

It’s a favorite because it’s a game of skill, stealthiness, some luck and all-around entertaining. 

Get everyone out and play in the day OR night, it’s all GREAT!

Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can

Kick The can




How to play Kick The Can

To Prepare:

1- You need a bucket or can, one that is able to take a good kicking

2- There needs to be at least 3 kids, the more the better.

3- Designate a ‘JAIL’ area within site of the can.

 

To Start:

1- An ‘It’ is chosen by counting off, or another method.

2- ‘It’ covers his/her eyes and counts OUT LOUD giving enough time for all players to hide.  For children it won’t take as much time as for teens and adults.

3- While the counting is going on the players hide.

4- When the counting STOPS the players try to make their way in and KICK THE CAN without being tagged.  If tagged they are sent to ‘JAIL’

5- If another player KICKS THE CAN all players in JAIL are set free.

6- The game continues until all the players are captured.

Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can A  new ‘IT’ is chosen and the game continues as long as players want to keep it going. 

GREAT for kids, teens and adults!

Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can

 

Old Fashioned Game of Kick The Can

Kick The can

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

 




A fun activity for families to express gratitude and also for each other

Help Your Family LIKE Each Other!

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A fun activity for families to express gratitude and also for each other

A great way to express gratitude for what they have and also for each family member as individuals

Help Your Family LIKE Each Other!

Help your family like each other, or actually acknowledge they like each other with this easy and fabulous activity!

Families are the most important group or unit there is.

BUT getting each one to express, or say nice things to the others, often turns into silliness, or other off-topics because of awkwardness.

However, it is critical and the foundation of the home that every person knows that each one in the family does love and values them.

This activity provides that opportunity in a fun and natural way.

You can have a treat, such as small candy and after each leaf is filled out with meaningful content, the candy is awarded.  Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes with certain personalities to help them overcome their shyness/embarrassment of showing emotion/etc.

Teaching sincere kindness and service to another person is more valuable than any treasure on earth and it begins at home. This is service in the highest form, letting those closes know how you sincerely feel in GOOD and positive ways.

This attribute of recognizing the best in others and finding their strengths, is an investment of time and energy on your part.  Yet it will be a skill your family members will use to become better, which will benefit them for the rest of their life.

showing gratitude is easy

Easy way to express gratitude for blessings and to family members

 

Purpose:

1- The first part of the activity, each person writes down what they are thankful for.

2- The second part in a fun way, helps bring attention to every member of your family.  It identifies how each person is a unique and special blessing to the other individuals and to the family.

  • Sometimes in our family, life gets so hectic and crazy that it is easy to forget to let each other know how much we much value them.
  • Siblings don’t often know how to tell each other what they like and appreciate about the other(s). 

This is a very simple and wonderful activity that can hang up in your home as a reminder, or in the family member’s room, and bring constructive results you might have never expected or had otherwise.

It’s So Simple!

Supplies-

You’ll want to print off the the two printables HERE – one per person

A Mother's Shadow

A Mother’s Shadow

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll explain and then you can decide how many leaves you may want:

A Mother's Shadow

A Mother’s Shadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

12″ x 12″  cardstock, optional – this is a great pack to look at

Glue dots or Glue-Stick

Thin Sharpies like this pack to give options so the writing will show up easily on the leaves

Clip boards, I LOVE having these on hand for all sorts of reasons, but you’ll see how I use them here

Let’s get started!

1- Explain to your family that fall, or November in the United States as we celebrate Thanksgiving,  so it’s natural time to express gratitude.

In many in other parts of the world it is also a time to celebrate Thankfulness and Gratitude. 

Regardless of where we live, or if we participate in the traditional Thanksgiving festivity, this is a tremendous activity for all of the family to spend a few minutes together and be NICE:)

Help Your Family LIKE Each Other!

Easy way to express gratitude for blessings and to family members

2- Everyone is given the ‘I am Grateful For’ paper that has a  leaf border with lines to write on.

 

 

3- Then ask your family to write whatever they are thankful for and grateful for in their life (ok…have them keep it off the ‘too silly’ radar, bribery aka rewards with a treat at the end really helps). 

I would begin brainstorming together so it is thoughtful and they dig a little deeper than things like: I am thankful for my phone, Wii, etc.  Get them to think of the ‘real’ stuff in life.  You might want to begin with things you are thankful for: sunrises and sunsets that I am able to see with my eyes, the breeze on my face because that means I have a body, knowing there is a God and He loves me.  You can help get the conversation going as you dig deep yourself and learn new things about your family.

 

4- Now, you can pre-cut out the leaves if your children are young, or have them cut them out if they are old enough during this activity all depending on the ages of your family members. If you are going to be short on time, you might want to pre-cut them yourself and have them ready.

Have enough leaves for every person to be able to write on ONE leaf to each person in the family.  For example:  I would write on a leaf to my handsome hubby Stan, and when my kids were all home, that would be five, so I would need six leaves for me, six for Stan and six for each of my five kids = a total of 42 leaves. There are 4 leaves on a page, so I would print out 11 pages, leaving a few extra for just in case we needed them.

 

5-  Now for the next extraordinary and eye-opening experience of this very worthwhile time together as a family.

  • Have one person be the focus, or spotlight at a time. IMPORTANT STEP!

 

  • For the model here, let’s say we are focusing on Stan.  He would be a bit embarrassed as the rest of us choose any leaf we wanted, pick a sharpie using a color that will stand out on the leaf, and wrote to dad/hubby/grandpa/uncle/friend (see how many uses this has!) an example of what we are thankful about for him.  We want to encourage specifics so that it’s not: he’s a great dad, he’s nice, etc.  If your children are too young, or there are other circumstances requiring assistance, write for them. 

This is where I love using the clip boards to put the leaf on to write to hold it and not risk any bleeding through onto my table, a book underneath or even denting my table by pushing with a pen. 

  • Too many times we generalize and each of us tend to feel not special, too ordinary, possibly not even wanted in our own family.  This activity can bring in tender feelings and incidents to mend hurts, soften relationships and stop sibling quarreling too – at least during this:) 

 

  • IMPORTANT!!!  Stop anything that might even start an argument or quarrel.  Do NOT let sarcasm or the slightest bit of criticism be in this activity AT ALL!!!!  

 

  • Pass the leaf to that person and then onto the next person, until everyone has been ‘spotlighted’ with a leaf.

Since the leaves are not large it isn’t intimidating to write something kind, nice and SINCERE.

*****You can write on the leaves once, or do this as a weekly activity during the month and keep adding leaves on the paper, or attach to a ribbon, on the closet door, the options are endless!

Help Your Family LIKE Each Other!

Easy way to express gratitude for blessings and to family members

6- When all the leaves have been written on, now it’s time to assemble.

Have the glue dots or glue sticks ready. 

Now it’s time to attach the bordered ‘I Am Grateful For’ paper to the center of the larger plain paper  as shown below

 

7- The fun really begins as each person attaches the leaves around THEIR paper with the leaves that the OTHERS have written on! 

You can see the examples here.  

Help Your Family LIKE Each Other!

Easy way to express gratitude for blessings and to family members

I want to give a HUGE thank you to the Woll family for doing this tutorial, and allowing us to share their experience with us. 

You can see for yourself what a fabulous family they are! 

I am so GRATEFUL for their friendship!!! 

Help Your Family LIKE Each Other!

Easy way to express gratitude for blessings and to family members

You might also enjoy my Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) series as well as many other topics!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

Family Game Night

YUMMY Candy Bar Game

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Family Game Night

Family Game Night

Game Time!

Here is a quick, fun game for all ages to play.

There is little preparation, inexpensive and will get everyone involved for a great time.


Candy Bar Game

Here is a GREAT family or group activity.

Supplies:

Scarf, hat, jacket, gloves (bulk, inexpensive garden gloves work really well here)

Frozen large candy bar

Tin disposable pan (I’d double it up)

Large table spoon

2 Dice

Instructions:

Place the wrapped and frozen

Roll dice to see who begins first.

The player who rolls the highest begins.

The beginner player at the ‘GO’ hurries to put on the scarf, hat, jacket and gloves. He works to unwrap the candy bar while wearing the gloves (and other clothing) and with the spoon breaks off pieces of the candy bar to eat. RULE: to eat the candy bar, the player must take off the gloves, eat it completely, put on the gloves and continue (ok, I don’t share my straw in my drink either)

MEANWHILE the other players are rolling the dice. The player sitting next to the beginner rolls first and gets ONE roll. If they get a double six, all yell “DOUBLES” and the player with the candy has to take off any of the clothing and pass it with the candy bar and spoon to the player who rolled Doubles.

If the player did not roll doubles on their only shake, they quickly pass the dice to the next player. This continues as quickly as possible allowing a player to roll doubles, preventing any one player from eating the candy bar.

Have fun and enjoy the treat – if you roll doubles!!!

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.