Fall Vlog: Poetry

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Be Still and Know That I am God

Take time before Thanksgiving and Christmas take over to be still and know and ask God what it is He would like you to do for others. He will give you the creativity to give good gifts. Do not feel driven this season. Make it a season of peace. Sometimes we just need to write a poem to help our creativity to flow. Choose the following pattern to write a poem. Who knows it might be your first gift for someone. Remember Ashley’s recommendation from the video to write an “I Am From” poem.

Poem Writing Template: Take anything and write one line for each literary device. It makes for a fun poem.

– 1. Alliteration: Repetition of initial consonant sound ( Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers.)

– 2. Personification: giving human characteristics to non human objects.( The wind whispered through the trees. The flowers danced in the gentle Breeze)

– 3. Rhyme: Words that have the same sound at the end. (Boat and Coat, Big and Pig, Cat and sat.)

– 4. Simile: Comparing two things using “like or as”. (My love is like a red red rose, my jacket is as green as grass.)

– 5.. Onomatopoeia: Words that imitate sounds. (Zip, bang, splash, thump, buzz)

– 6. Hyperbole: Exaggeration. (I told you a million times, That is the best gift ever, I will never do that again, He always does that.)

– 7. Authority: What people who are experts or older say about the thing or subject. ( My Mother says…, The doctor told me…., The manager of the store…..)

– 8. Question: Words used to inquire of someone or group? ( Did that taste good?, should I?, etc.)

Halloween: To Do or Not To Do?

We have our thoughts on halloween up!

Some wonderful ladies and daughters share their views on halloween. We also have a letter that a mom wrote about her experience growing up and her thoughts on halloween.

Here is the letter written from a mom:

**It is graphic so be warned when you read what she went through.

For many years, I refused to talk about what happened to me as a young child. I have recently been stepping out to share and bring awareness to the community.

My biological mother was physically disabled from birth and needed to use a wheelchair. While she was pregnant with me, her husband (my biological father) was arrested and convicted of a felony, so he was not around to help her raise me. By the time I was 2 years old, it became clear that she could no longer safely for care for me on her own, and I was placed in foster care.

By all outward appearances, my foster parents gave the impression that they were a conservative Christian family. They dressed in conservative, plain clothing, attended church every week and held to very strict rules. However, they actually worshipped Satan. Part of that worship included rituals that are practiced throughout the year. During these rituals, adults, children and animals were abused, tortured and killed. This included physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse. The days leading up to, the day of and the days following Halloween are some of the most important on the satanic calendar and include this kind of ritualistic abuse. This is something that many people don’t like to talk about and don’t even want to believe is true, but it needs to be exposed because there are people still suffering.

As a young child living in this foster home, I experienced all of this. The most prevalent was sexual abuse and spiritual abuse. Abuse occurred on a regular if not daily basis outside of rituals. I woke up many nights to my foster father molesting me. One day, I was playing outside with my foster sister, swinging on the swing. For some reason, she pushed me off the swing. When I told my foster father, I was paddled and locked in the closet. I was very young, about 3 years old, so I didn’t know how long it was, but I know I was very hungry and had wet my pants several times because I couldn’t hold it any longer. By the time they let me out, I had fallen asleep. Another time, we were getting ready for church, and I couldn’t find the shawl I had to wear. I was put in the chest where the shawl was supposed to be kept and left there while they went to church.

Abuse was just a way of life for them. I don’t think they knew any other way to live. But, the rituals went way beyond this type of daily abuse. In fact, they were so horrific and designed to cause such torment and torture, I preferred the times I was locked in the closet or left in the chest. Not only did terrible things happen to me, I was forced to witness other children and adults being tortured.At one of

these rituals a dog was slaughtered in front of us and we were placed inside the carcass and forced to find a way out. One time, they had me hanging by one leg and one arm while they tortured and abused me. Eventually, the ropes were cut and I fell to the floor landing on my shoulder and head. This is probably one of the most physically painful memories I have.

In another ritual, I was lying on a stone table and raped by so many people, a line of people waiting as if they were drunk on the evil of it all. I was so little and it seemed endless. I laid there naked, covered in every bodily fluid and excrement. They spat on me, smeared me with blood and feces and urinated on me. I was forced to eat and drink these things as well. I couldn’t have felt dirtier, more filthy and worthless in that moment. That is when a man who pretended to be Jesus cleaned me up. He seemed to be tender and kind, and the only person I really trusted.

On my fourth birthday, they took me out to a park for a birthday party. I was so excited, as most young children are on their birthday. I had been given a beautiful white dress, which I wore for the celebration, and I had flowers in my hair. I was told I was getting married that day. It was a wonderful day, but when darkness came, the mood shifted from a celebration to dread. More people had arrived. I knew these people; bad things happened when they came around.

Suddenly, I was surrounded by people with hoods and masks on. They were trying to make me do something absolutely horrible. Nothing in me wanted to do this. I was terrified. I wanted to leave. I wanted to disappear. But, there was nowhere to hide. The park where we were was not a children’s park. It was a secluded outdoor sanctuary. I refused to do what they wanted, and they threatened me and my foster brother who was just a baby if I didn’t do it. I still can’t speak of what it was. It was so horrible. Finally, they physically forced me to be part of this horribly heinous act. Immediately afterward, the man who always pretended to be Jesus came. He spit on me, hit and kicked me. He screamed, he hated me and would never forgive me and wanted nothing to do me ever again. At this point, he shoved me over toward Satan. That is who I was marrying that day. They married me to Satan.

These are the types of things that go on behind the scenes on Halloween. These are the things that no one wants to talk about. People don’t want to believe that this kind of horror happens. This is why my family chooses not to participate in

Halloween related activities. I cannot follow along with traditions that celebrate evil. I know many believe it is all fun and pretend, but evil things happen on this day. I cannot participate while knowing that innocent adults, children and animals are being hurt and even killed.

As Halloween approaches, I am reminded of Psalm 118:24 which says, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” But, what are we celebrating on October 31s t? Typical Halloween celebrations celebrate death, destruction, witchcraft and evil? Just think about the symbols of this day: skeletons, graveyards, witches, goblins, etc. Our family chooses to celebrate the life we have received through Jesus Christ. The real Jesus — the Living God — is the one who rescued me and healed my shattered heart! I celebrate Him and pray for those who are still caught in this lifestyle. Each family has to determine what they will do on this day. I simply encourage you to seek the Lord for His will for you and your family. He will lead you!

Please comment and let us know how you celebrate!!

Mother Daughter Fun with Laura and Jenesis

We are so excited to share this video of Laura and her daughter Jenesis. They went to an Adam Ant concert recently and decided to have little fun and dress up for the concert. Her Heritage loved their video so much and the fun they had dressing up together we wanted to share it with all of you. We hope this inspires you as Mother’s and Daughters to have some fun and dress up together. Don’t take life so seriously. Have some fun and create memories. Come up with creative costumes and dress up together you will never regret it. Thank you so much to Laura and Jenesis for sharing their fun time with us and inspiring us as Mothers and Daughters to let loose and have fun!!! Click on the link to watch the video.

Baking with Aunt Brenda: Halloween Treats

We had a lot of fun making festive treats!! This is our first Baking with Aunt Brenda moment!!

 

What we were trying to do:

 

We found these ideas on a video from: So Yummy

 

What we came up with:

 

We hope you Mothers and Daughters have fun making these halloween treats!!

 

Fall Vlog One: Scary things in Life

 

Here is the story of Cynthia’s Transplant.

This was written on June 6, 2011 by Eric Schrock:

Today it has been 12 years since Cynthia received her Kidney Transplant.

At the Learning & Families graduation this year, the commencement speaker Jim Van Eerden said that all of us should tell our story, and tell it again. So I am going to tell the story again. I am amazed at all the miracles that happened and to see God’s hand in all of this.

We discovered that there were some problems with Cynthia’s kidney function right before we got married. It was not a big deal at the time but the Doctors wanted to keep an eye on it. When Ashley was born in 1993 Cynthia’s kidney function started to decline to the point the Doctor was concerned.  Right after Ashley was born the kidney function came back.

When Cynthia was pregnant with Matthew in 1997 her kidney function started to decline again. The Doctor was very concerned, but thought that it would likely come back after the birth like before. Matthew was born on December 17, 1997. The kidney function did not come back. In fact it got worse; her creatinine level in her blood work was at 10. This is extremely high. Cynthia should have felt bad and have grey skin tone, but that did not happen. She felt fine and her skin looked healthy, it shocked the Doctors.  They took her into surgery to get a shunt in her chest, for immediate dialyses, and a fistula in her arm for ongoing dialyses. After that she did not feel good. On December 23, 1997 (which is Cynthia’s birthday) Cynthia had her first dialyses treatment. She says that was her worst birthday ever. It is so hard to watch someone you love go through something like this and feel so helpless to do anything for them.

Cynthia struggled through hemodialysis for a few months before getting a tube placed in here peritoneal cavity for peritoneal dialyses. She changed dialysis solution 4 times a day every day and then went to hooking up to a machine to change to solution at night for 8 hours, every night. During this time she got put on the transplant list. We really did not know too much about the process or what to expect. We received a call to come up to Tampa for the transplant 2 weeks after being put on the list. They had a kidney with a very low antigen match, which is good. The kidney came from a 60 year old male (not that good). We get to Tampa General and go through the process of some final testing. After a few hours Lifelink came in to tell us that the kidney was diseased. When it left it was fine, when they checked it out in Tampa it was diseased. I think God has something better. They sent us home and back on the list.

Ashley was in kindergarten and was just about to finish the school year. Cynthia was a room Mom and was helping out with end of the year parties. We get another call from Lifelink in the middle of the night telling us that they have a kidney. We were a little smarter this time and knew what to expect and what they were looking for. When they told us to come they said that the kidney had a 6 antigen match (Not Good). They will only transplant up to a 7 antigen match. This would mean that Cynthia would have to be on a lot more anti-rejection meds. Cynthia called Donna Kutinsky (a very good Friend and Pastors wife), she asked Cynthia how she felt about it. Cynthia told her that she does not feel good about it. Donna told her to go up there and God would meet her there. We made our way up to Tampa General and checked in. They started doing the test and took Cynthia’s temperature. She had a fever. Cynthia, being bold, said “I do not, check it again”. She had a fever and they won’t do the transplant. They told us to go directly to your Doctor and get some antibiotics because she has an infection, do blood work because she has Peritonitis. We drove back to Sarasota and to the Doctor’s office. They have already received the call about the infection. Cynthia walked in the office and the Nurse looked at her and said you don’t have a fever. They checked no fever. They checked the peritoneal fluid, no infection. It was not what God wanted.

On Friday June 4, 1999 a few weeks after school was out Cynthia and I finally had some time to go out. We were having a great evening. We went to the dollar theater to see a movie, October Sky. We were sitting in the movie and my phone starts vibrating. It is a Tampa number which I promptly ignored; I was out with my wife.  I was doing work in Tampa so I assumed it was a call about work. A few minutes later my phone vibrates again, ignore again. Again my phone rings, this time it is a call from home. My parents were watching the kids at our house. I go out and call them back; My Mom said that Lifelink was trying to get a hold of us. I go back into the theater and get Cynthia. We walk out of the movie and get in the car. Cynthia calls Lifelink right away. They told her that the match is prefect across the board (VERY GOOD).  It is from an 18 year old male from Philadelphia (Sad, but good for a transplant).  We go back to Tampa General and check in. Cynthia goes through all the tests again, and then we wait. We wait some more. They tell us that they have to transplant the kidney within 36 hours after it has been harvested. We wait all Saturday. They came in and told us that the kidney had arrived and we wait some more. All this time the Nurses that come in tell us that this is the best match that they have seen in years! Sunday morning the Doctor that will be doing the Transplant comes in to talk to us. He is very encouraging. I boldly asked him if we can pray with him before he leaves, he said it would be fine. Cynthia, the Doctor and I join hand and I pray that God guides is hands and that the operation goes smoothly and that the kidney starts functioning as soon as it is connected. After the prayer the Doctor was quick to say that the kidney would probably not start working for 2 weeks and Cynthia would still have to be on dialysis during that time.

Cynthia was taken to surgery on Sunday and the transplant was done 32 hours after it was harvested. When she was brought back up to the room the Doctor said that everything went fine. The next morning the Doctor was making his rounds with some medical student. Our door was open so I heard it all. He pulled out the chart and said “this one is a MIRACLE (he really said Miracle, Really) It was a perfect match across the board. She won the lottery on this one. It is a 1 in a million chance for a match this good. You only get this good of match from a living related donor. As soon as I plugged it in it started producing urine. I had a hard time making some of the connections because it started working so quickly.” God is so Good!!!!!! Trust in him for his perfect will for you!!

Cynthia was released from the hospital 4 days later. That tied the record for Tampa General at the time. They told us that transplant patients have a bout of rejection that they will have to deal with. To this day, 12 years later, she has not had any signs of rejection. In fact here blood work last month has some great numbers, a creatinine level of 1.

We read a book about transplants and how to explain it to kids. It said that we should name the kidney so we did. Lilybet, which is short for “Little Bit of Heaven”. Today Lilybet is 12 years old.

If you come to our house today, you would find a memorial box on the wall. In it there is a picture of Cynthia’s Mother who passed away on June 18, 1999 12 days after Cynthia’s transplant , a peritoneal dialysis tube, an ultra sound image of Lilybet, and an envelope from Lifelink with a letter from a Mother who lost her son telling us about her son and that she understands that even in death he helped so many people live on, and a picture of an 18 year old young man. This is a reminder of the story. Memorials are good and we should have them from remembrance, we should also make memories by celebrating the ones we love today.

I have such a wonderful wife that was so strong through all this and always full of Joy. Because of what she went through and just because she really love to celebrate people, She wrote a book “The Ultimate Gift of a Birthday” based off of Ashley’s 16th birthday party which was inspired by the movie “The Ultimate Gift”.  The book is available on Amazon and by contacting Cynthia or I. She also has a Blog about celebrating others on her website cynthiaschrock.com. As Ferris Bueller says “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. Don’t miss it; take time to celebrate the ones you love. I know that this is something that I need to continue to work on.

Eric Schrock

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Calling all Mothers and Daughters

All Mothers and all Daughters!! Because All women are and were either a mother or a daughter.

We are so excited to be pouring into this new adventure. Ashley and I have always had a heart for mom’s and their daughters. Her Heritage has turned into so much more than just limiting it to Mom’s with daughters. We are going to include stories for all mom’s and all daughters. Some mom’s only have sons and not all daughters have mother’s. We want to be a blessing to all mother’s and all daughters. If you were wondering if you should share this with your friends who only have son’s the answer is YES!!!!. If you were wondering if you should share this with your friends who don’t have mothers the answer is YES!!!! And as you know definitely share this with all your friends who are mothers and daughters together.