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God’s Blessings and Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you and your family, here is hoping God’s love and Christ gift of forgiveness finds you today and always. We are never alone and can call on Jesus to listen, forgive, and heal our soul on a daily basis. All we need to do is believe and have faith. It’s that simple. Christ died for us on Good Friday many years ago and through the miracle of his Resurrection showed how we can have ever lasting life.

For by Grace you have been saved through faith and it is not your doing, but a Gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).

Happy Easter, you are saved by faith

Happy Easter, for by grace you have been saved through faith,

Easter has a special meaning for me and the traditional Easter hymns bring me back to certain times in my life when I have witnessed miracles. In 1995 I received a call from my Mom on Good Friday that my Dad was in the hospital and not expected to make it through the weekend. I flew 1500 miles to Connecticut and we started a 24 hour watch. The years of emphysema and COPD had taken a toil, Dad was laying in the hospital bed, non responsive and hooked to machines that beeped his life story.

Saturday night I had the overnight shift and spent the night putting his mask back on his face when he would pull it off. The nurses asked what they should do if he stopped breathing. They did not expect him to make it through the night. I just gave them a look and said “He can hear you, we aren’t going to talk about it.” You see my Father had not seen his brand new granddaughter who had just been born a few months earlier. 

I left the hospital on Easter morning when I Mom arrived and went to Easter Service at my home church of Grace Episcopal. I sat in the back, in one of the Mothers rocking chairs with my baby girl, prayed, rocked her and tried to sing the Easter hymns, but could not because of the lump in my throat. I prayed. 

After church, when I returned to the hospital, my Dad was sitting up and drinking coffee. 

I have no explanation except for the Gift of God that day as I found out he was on seven prayer lists that morning. Thank you for that Easter miracle and those last few days with my Dad. Christ is Risen indeed, and Jesus gives life.

Hymns to Enjoy this Happy Easter

To me, these hymns are Easter. Have a Blessed Easter.

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

He’s Risen, He’s Risen

Thank you for reading and listening. If you have a favorite Easter Hymn please share it below. Remember Easter is not just one day, but all year round. Christ is Risen, have a Happy Easter.


Easter Version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

I love Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, my kids have sung it in choir and when I heard the following version by Kelley Mooney written with spiritual and liturgical lyrics I knew I wanted to post the song and video on my blog for the Easter season.

History of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen wrote this song in 1984 and struggled with it for many years with it going through draft 80 verses before settling on the final edit. The original version pulls from the Old Testament Bible and references Samson, Delilah, King David and Bathsheba. Lyric changes have occurred over the years and Holy ghost has even been substituted with “holy dove.”

Considering the struggle to write and originally publish the song it has been covered and sung by more than 300 artists and sold more than 5 million copies (source Wikipedia). In 2013 it was sung at Fenway Park to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings before the Red Sox game.

Choir Sings Hallelujah

As you know, or maybe you don’t, I am very proud of our local Elmwood-Murdock school choir. More than 75% of the student body participates in the music program. So enjoy the original version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. Please excuse the recording and the baby in the background. Enjoy and have a wonderful Easter.

Other Versions of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen


Irish Priest Singing Hallelujah for Wedding Couple (Video)

Chris and Leah Wedding 5 April 2014, County Meath, Fr Ray Kelly, Fr Ray Kelly Singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen at a Wedding, hallelujah, invitationlovejesus, Irealnd, Irish, Irish Priest Sings Hallelujah During Wedding …
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen | A Writer & Virginia Gentleman

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. I’ve heard there was a secret chord. That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don’t really care for music, do you? It goes like this. The fourth, the fifth. The minor fall, the major lift
Fabulous Hebrew Version of Famous Hallelujah, by …

Fabulous Hebrew Version of Famous Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen! By admin · March 26, 2014 · Comments Off Israel Today · Tagged: 2014, Eurovision, Finegold, Israel …

Happy Easter Everyone

Happy Easter, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Happy Easter, Christ Has Died, Christ will Rise Again







Glory Laud and Honor, My Favorite Hymn

Sometimes I think I look forward to Palm Sunday more than Easter. It’s when I get to sing Glory Laud and Honor and memories of my Godmother and growing up in a small country church in Connecticut come back to me. The significance of Palm fronds on Palm Sunday represents Jesus Christs triumphant entrance into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. It is the beginning of Holy Week for Christians and the celebration of His coming was a marked difference in how Christ was treated just a few days later on Good Friday.

Glory Laud and Honor

Traditional Hymn for Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week

At my small country church of Grace Episcopal in Broad Brook Connecticut we would be handed palms and then the whole church would parade around the church waving them and singing Glory Laud and Honor.The windows in the church would be open and the organ would echo the full refrain in celebration. My Godmother, Alice Turcotte, would hold my hand and smile at me as if this was the most wonderful moment ever. She often told me this was her favorite hymn, and it has held a special place in my heart ever since. Below you can listen and sing along with the lyrics to the traditional hymn.

Granny Turcotte was a wonderful person, after her husband died she was a foster parent to over twenty special needs kids and raised a brother and sister with muscular dystrophy  from infant to adulthood. With the crowds on Easter morning was harder and harder to bring Mary and James to Easter service. The regulars in the congregation knew them, didn’t stare, and thus made the service easier and welcoming. She would often skip Easter service and attend Palm Sunday service as she got older. She celebrated life as if every day were Palm Sunday, she was the epitome of what a Godmother is supposed to be and took her role seriously. 

We went to her church where I went to  Sunday school and repeated the lessons to her after church, she helped me learn the Lords Prayer, and had me recite my confirmation lessons and memory work. She gave me my first Bible and was there when I was confirmed. She died in 1988 and every Palm Sunday when I sing Glory Laud and Honor I get a lump in my throat as I remember her and the impact she had in my life.

Grace Episcopal church

Grace Episcopal church in Broad Brook Connecticut

Small country church in Broad Brook CT

Small country church in Broad Brook CT

I have been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock Nebraska for over twenty years and when I woke up this morning the first thing I thought of is I would get to hear and sing Glory Laud and Honor in church this morning. The tradition at Trinity is to hold the youth confirmation ceremony on Palm Sunday, and how appropriate it is to celebrate the newly confirmed members of the church.

Listen to a Palm Sunday sermon

What memories of church do you remember most? How do you celebrate Holy Week and Easter?


Glory Laud and Honor: History and Information 

The Golden Road to Samarqand: All Glory, Laud, and Honor

All Glory, Laud, and Honor. I have more to post about Palm Sunday later, but I wanted to get this up now. Originally posted April 9, 2006. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even …
Self-Absorbed Boomer: “All Glory, Laud and Honor.”

The traditional opening anthem for Palm Sunday services, as performed at King’s College, Cambridge, last year. The tune is “St. Theodulph” by Melchior Teschner (1584-1635), arranged by William Henry Monk (1823-1889).
Hymn #69: “All Glory, Laud and Honor” | The Beesley Project

I’d like to consider as a whole the hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”. By “as a whole” I really mean lyrics plus lyricist plus the dates in which he lived. This is hymn has a few years on the others in the book. Its author …




Marine Corps Values

Marine Corps values of loyalty, pride, strength and integrity is what I have seen in my sons as they continue their career in the US Marines. If your son, or daughter is thinking about the Marine Corps I would highly recommend it. The delayed entry program through the local recruiting center gives them a taste of the leadership skills, teamwork, discipline and confidence building that will help them succeed during boot camp.

Recruits also learn the Young Marines Obligation, which states, “From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis.”

In some area the Young Marines program is available for youth ages eight to 18. The program instills a sense of dedication, honor, and commitment to country along with patriotism. They learn to honor and respect themselves and others.

I am a very proud Marine Mom and designing Marine clothing and gifts on CafePress is just one way I express my pride. This design is one of my favorites. 

Marine Corps Values (T-Shirt)

Loyalty, Pride, Strength Plus Size T-Shirt

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Learn More About Marine Core Values

If you are considering the military, or if your children are considering a military career you should do your homework. Learn about the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, National Guard, as well as the Marines. Decide what career or job you would like to do and ask questions.

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… reasons, we stay and fight for each other and the belief that to let your brother or sister down is worse than death and that is the reason why we rely on each other to never give up which is one of the Marine Corps values.
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Return to Rolled Sleeves For the Marine Corps

Today, March 9th, 2014 is a return to rolled sleeves for the Marine Corps. You may not think rolling your long sleeves up to become a short sleeved shirt is big deal, but to the grunts, POGs, leathernecks and Devil Dogs of the USMC it’s a tradition, sets them apart, and it IS a big deal.

On October 18, 2011 the Marine Corps announced Marines would wear sleeves down all year round when not in a combat zone. In an online poll 90% did not like the change. Commandant General James F. Amos listened to his Marines (ok, they want more important things, but hey you take what you can get) and gave them back what they were wanting. Rolled sleeves. On February 25th 2014 he announced sleeves would return to rolled up status the word went viral across the internet. Even my sons took notice, can you tell who is no longer active duty?

Marine Corps returns to rolled sleeves


My oldest Marine EAS’ed as of January and lives in Chicago, he had to live with sleeves down in the heat of Yuma Arizona for several years, my youngest Marine son went through Marine boot camp learning to roll sleeves, but didn’t get to stick with the tradition very long before the rule changed. I’ll bet last week he was brushing up on his sleeve rolling skills. 

On March 9, 2014 the United States Marine Corps is returning to rolled sleeves after more than a two year hiatus for their summer uniform of desert digital camo.


For those Marines who have never rolled sleeves below is the official video from the United States Marine Corps on how to achieve fitted rolled sleeves on the desert blouse. Properly rolled sleeves should lay flush against the arms, look neat and professional without a lot of bulk. Can you believe it was the Marine Corps who taught my son to properly iron?

However, if a Marine has arms of a weight lifter, or “guns” that make the girls blush there is a trick to not cutting off your circulation. It’s called the “cut and stitch” method of rolled sleeves and many drill instructors use this uniform tactic without anyone knowing. My oldest Marine learned this tip in boot camp and when the sleeves down rule went into affect he had several blouses which were no longer usable.

The Marine Corps is the only branch of the military who rolls their sleeves as part of the official uniform. I’m taking a poll on whether you like the reinstated rolled uniform sleeves. Anyone can vote, you don’t have to be a Marine, I’m just curious. Leave a comment below with your opinion after your vote. Thanks for your opinion.

online poll by Opinion Stage

Read What the Rest of the Marines Are Saying About Rolled Sleeves

Sun’s out, guns out: Rolled sleeves to make return with Marines

SAN DIEGO — Good news, Marines and fans of Marine biceps (ahem): Rolled sleeves are coming back. Commandant Gen. James Amos and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett announced Tuesday via Facebook that the Corps is bringing back 

Marines greet new sleeves-up order with cheers, confusion

Posted on the Marine Corps’ official social media platforms, the announcement that rolled sleeves were back went viral, shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook by Marines who missed the look. They are nearly equaled in number, however, by those who 

Amos: My wife was all over me about sleeves down

Marine noncommissioned officers weren’t the only ones complaining after the Marine Corps banned rolled sleeves on camouflage utilities in 2011. Gen. Jim Amos’ wife, Bonnie, also opposed the change. The commandant himself made the startling admission 


Marine Mom Challenge Coin

Look what I just found! A Marine Mom Challenge Coin, I didn’t even know they made them. If my Marine Corps sons ever read my blog this is a big hint for my birthday, Mothers Day, or Christmas. Both my sons have purchased commemorative Challenge coins and have been given challenge coins from officers during their USMC service. I love the meaning behind them and how they commemorate events in a Marines life. 

I recently took did a photography shoot of all of their coins when they were home on leave. Some I have created into Photoshop designs, but many I just took photos of for posterity. But, I didn’t know there was a challenge coin for Marine Mothers.

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 I’ve since had inquiries on Twitter whether the company makes Proud Army Mom or Proud Navy Mom challenge coins, and they certainly do. Below are the links to the challenge coins for Army and Navy Moms from the Army/Navy Store. So if you have a soldier for a son or daughter, or a sailor you too can have a challenge coin to keep in your pocket, purse, or on your desk as a talisman or sorts. Military Moms, we have our challenges of our own, we have to know what to say, what not to say, all in supporting our sons and daughters.

Challenge Coin-Proud Army Mom – $11.99 from: ArmyNavyShop

Challenge Coin-USN Proud Navy Mom - $11.99 from: ArmyNavyShop

Read additional stories about Marine Moms, how they support the troops and the impact they have on the military.

Marine’s mom spreads inspirational message

HICO, Texas — Robin Hefner never wanted it this way. But the loss of her son in Afghanistan made her this way. The longtime Hico resident is now on a mission of her own to make sure Shawn’s sacrifice serves as an inspiration to young people.

Lake Hopatcong community comes together for injured soldier

“Speedy recovery Marine and strength to you and your family. Semper Fi from a Marine MOM” wrote Katherine Deanes. Calls and emails to family members were not immediately returned. Staff writer William Westhoven: 973-428-6627; wwesthoven@daily

Your 2 Cents: Former Army Lt. Michael Behenna Parole

Deanna in Edmond: “My two cents from a Marine mom. Our God is good!” Finally, Pamela from Mustang asks: “Since when are the soldiers, who are trained to kill the enemy, getting punished for killing the enemy?” I’m Kelly Ogle and that’s YOUR 2 Cents.


Silent Sunday #28

Days of the Film Era



Silent Sunday #27: Cream Soda

Dads Cream Soda, vintage drinks

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Silent Sunday #26: Last of Winter

Leaf on Snow, last of winter


Earned, Never Given

The Crucible

The title U.S. Marine is not given, it is earned. A Marine Corps recruit upon entry into Marine boot camp arrivals are called recruits, not Marines. They must earn the title  through the 13 weeks of rigorous training during boot camp. It is not until the completion of the Crucible the recruits are finally called Marines.

Marien Corps Recruit training ends with the Crucible

The Crucible is the last test of Marine recruit training. It is 54 hour test over 45 miles of marching teamwork and leadership. It epitomizes endurance, a brotherhood, and a no man left behind mentality among the warrior.

Recruits use problem solving skills to maneuver and accomplish tasks at challenging stations which replicate real world situations, named after famous Marines and battles. They survive on only a few hours of sleep during the Crucible, eating a a few MRE’s to sustain themselves and if lucky they get tossed an apple or orange, which they devour.

At the end is the last 12 mile march ending with “The Reaper*”, a hill so intimidating it is a legend among Marines. Up it they hike, with 60 lb packs, trying not to be last in line and helping their buddies along the way who falter. It’s a right of passage to climb the top, onto the parade deck, see the flags waving, music playing and to have placed in your hand, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor which indicates they have finally earned the right to be called a United States Marine.

*The Reaper a hill unique to the San Diego MCRD boot camp experience

Related Marine Recruit Training Articles

If you have experience as a Marine Corps recruit I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or follow me on Twitter by clicking on the right. Thank you for visiting and Semper Fi!

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