“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL.”
~Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

My little boy has a fuzzy yellow blanket. At least it used to be fuzzy and yellow. This blanket has been an integral part of his life since it was gifted to him by his godmother in May of 2010 on the day of his Chrismation at Holy Cross Orthodox Church. I remember his fingers stroking the satin edging and soft fuzz he clutched close to his cheek.
Now, almost 4 years later, Blankie has been everywhere my little man has been. It goes to the store, to Grandma’s, to the library, to bed, and to Church.

Sleeping With Blankie...an every night occurrence.
    Sleeping With Blankie...an every night occurrence.
Playing Priest at home...
Playing Priest at home...

Blankie is REAL. There is no doubt in my mind that this faded stained bit of fabric is my child’s best friend and is very very REAL.
When I read this quote today, my son and his blankie is what first came to mind as well as wpid-IMG_20140214_124310_276.jpgmy own security object when I was young.

But I also got to thinking, isn’t this true about us humans as well? Don’t WE feel more REAL the more we feel loved? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says that ‘real’ means ‘actually existing or happening: not imaginary, fake; important and deserving to be regarded or treated in a serious way.’ I’m not saying we become fake or unimportant if someone chooses not to love us – but isn’t it true? Don’t you somehow feel more REAL, more important, more legitimate, more undeniably REAL when you feel totally LOVED by someone?

Random Thoughts on Saturday:
I feel loved.
While Saint Valentine’s Day is a bit strange….celebrating the death of a man who was beaten with clubs by exchanging chocolates… never the less it is still a sweet day for me… celebrating that 25 years ago my husband and I had our very first official ‘date’. 
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:18
Why do flat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
Do you have a blankie or a loved object tucked away in a safe place?

Today is going to be one of those 'random' posts where I write about several things.

Yesterday I looked for videos on how to make kale salad.  I found this one on how to make Massaged Kale Salad.  It was a good recipe.  I adapted it a little.  Here is what I did yesterday, though I'm sure I'll play with the added ingredients a bit here and there.

1 bunch kale

1 tsp salt

2 tblsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

A handful of dried cherries

A handful of pomegranite seeds

1/4 cup candied pecans


Adding the fruit and nuts is obviously something I can play with but looking at the reds and greens of the kale yesterday reminded me of Christmas and I thought that would make a lovely salad with our holiday meals!  My son (he's 3 1/2) LOVED this salad!  He asked for more 3 times and went around the table stealing ours from our plates!  How awesome is that!

Speaking of Christmas.... I'm starting to think about presents already.  I hate being rushed at Christmas so I try to plan early and at least start shopping early.  Then December can be more peaceful as it should be.

I always get the kids a Christmas ornament.  I'm trying to figure out what they should be this year.  The older kids usually pick out their own now but what I used to do and still want to do with our youngest is pick something representative of the year... something that made that year memorable.  I am really undecided on what to look for for our little one but I have it narrowed down to three choices (IF I can even find any of them!  If you read this list and know of a source, let me know!):   a cement truck, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or Linus with his blankie.

My son LOVES cement trucks!  He gets soooo excited when he sees them!  He watches a video on Netflix called Mighty Machines. He has watched the episode on the cement truck so many times!  He can recite what they are saying right along with the video.  We get books from the library every other week and we must always get one that has a cement truck.  He even knows the names of some of the parts (drum, chute, etc.).  He also loves to read other books and several months ago we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  Ever since, any time he wants a snack he tells me "I'm still hungry like a caterpillar"..... how can I say no to that??  🙂  And of course the blankie.  His godmother got him a sweet fuzzy yellow blanket for his Christmation (babtism).  He has been firmly attatched to this thing ever since.  It goes everywhere.  It doesn't look very yellow anymore.  I tried at one point to get a second one but it just didn't happen.  So I'm afraid every time I put it in the washer that the thing will tear, etc. and I try desperately to get him to leave it at home as I'm terrified of losing it!  But Blankie is his buddy.  Blankie sits and has breakfast with us.  Blankie tells me when my son is hungry like a caterpillar sometimes too.  He's part of the family.  So I'm not sure what ornament to look for... I guess I'll look for them all and see what my options are!

Yesterday I wrote about the writing bug and I really took off with it.  I journaled lots of ideas on what to blog about and even wrote a bit for a picture book idea I had.  It was actually a very productive day... just written in bits and pieces here and there.  I guess that's what I need to do to make this work.  Little bits here and there.  There will be no long hours of writing at all as I have other priorities God has blessed me with in this life.  One being that little man I have mentioned so often... and my other blessings... my two older children and my devoted husband.  🙂  So very blessed.  So very grateful.

So off to another day...  lots of things to do!