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Veterans Day

Veterans day

Found on History.com

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

  • In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.

  • 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
  • 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
  • 1.8 million veterans are women.
  • 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
  • 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
  • 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.



Thank You for the Lessons

Thank you CardI’d like to take a moment and thank the nay-sayers, the negativity crowd, the haters…

As you insulted,

As you called me names and still claimed to be professional,

As you showed your lack of values,

As you displayed your ignorance and low class,

Since you have had little exposure to people who think differently than you,  who challenge your opinions,

I thank you.  

Yes I thank you, for allowing me to put into action Michelle Obama’s phrase of “When they go low, we go high.”

I was able to model behavior that I expect of my children, because of you.

Because of exposure to your low class, lack of manners, and repeated disrespect, I was able to provide examples to my children of what you don’t want to be when you grow up.

Because you exist and the world unfortunately is full of people like you, the life lesson is to keep living and focusing on what we love and ignore people like you.

Love What Matters and forget the rest!focus

I wish you well and I sincerely thank you for the life lessons!


Shirley’s Second Contribution

Shirley in Massachusetts sent a box full of adorable hats and 4 beautiful cowl scarves for our next delivery.


4 cowls

Hats by Shirley

 Shirley’s note reads:

I am sending this box of 20 baby hats and 4 cowl scarfs to you for Knitting Rays of Hope.  I applaud your effort and continuing service to the less fortunate.  I am very happy to be able to assist in my own small way.  All are made with love.

Thank you for letting me contribute to this very worthwhile cause.

We are so grateful for friends like Shirley.  She included the cowls to keep the chemo warriors warm and loved in addition to the hats!

Thank you!

There is No Such Thing as Loving Someone Too Much

Reprinted- Source is Lagniappe article:

There is no such thing as loving someone too much” by Ashley Trice

Mothers day

As we near Mother’s Day, I notice many of my friends who lost their mothers too young, as I also did, start reminiscing about them, posting pictures or memories on Facebook, or simply stating the four simple words that pretty much sum it up, “I miss my Momma.”

I imagine it’s tough to lose your mom at any age, but when you are younger and they are no longer characters in major chapters of your life — graduations, career achievements, marriages, babies and the like, you not only grieve for the relationship you had but also the one you didn’t get to have. I find myself grieving for the latter almost as much as the former, maybe even more so these days.

The imagination can be a terrible curse.

This time of year, I always think about the beach trips we would have taken together with the kids. She would have bought them new bathing suits and sunglasses for the occasion and taken them to Souvenir City to pick out some beach toys. And reminded me to reapply sunscreen too many times. I’ve already done it, Mom!

Around Christmas, I always imagine my mom picking me and the kiddos up, and us going out shopping together all day, which kind of sounds horrible in a way, as I’m sure my two would complain nonstop. But I just remember so many years of spending hours in Gayfer’s and McRae’s with my mom and grandmother buying gifts for everyone on their lists. I can still smell how that bakery at the back of Gayfer’s smelled as soon as you opened the doors. It’s an experience I always long for around the holidays, but one that is probably better left playing out in my mind as a fantasy, a place where my kids are perfect angels and aren’t wailing about having to walk or asking if they can play with their iPads ad nauseam.

The imagination can be a beautiful blessing too.

But I find myself feeling very envious when I see other people getting to live out these seemingly mundane scenarios with their mothers and kids in real life.

Because it really isn’t during those huge, life-changing moments that you miss them the most. The joy, nerves and adrenaline keep your mind pleasantly preoccupied during those times. Sure, you think about the person who isn’t and should be there, but you don’t have time to wallow in it. It’s when things get quiet — that’s when the thoughts of what was and what could have been come creeping into your thoughts.

You can go weeks or even months and be OK, but then something will trigger it. And those triggers can come from a variety of sources at any time.

Coming across her handwriting on an old recipe or a show she used to watch on television (and then realizing the ones remaining are getting fewer and fewer), or just aching for the ability to pick up the phone to call your mom when you want to ask a question only she could answer or are having a bad day or when you want to complain about someone or just need a sounding board. Or just to hear her voice.

Seeing someone else lose their mom at a young age also makes the hurt fresh again because you know exactly the loss they are going to continue to feel for the rest of their lives.

A former roommate was close to her mom, like I was to mine. We lived together when we were in our mid-20s and we would often complain to each other sitting on the balcony of our apartment that our moms “loved us too much.” That their love was “suffocating.”

And they did, and it was.

And now I think we both agree how crazy we were for thinking that was a bad thing or even actually a “thing” at all. We were among the lucky, who got to feel that kind of love and have special bonds with our mothers.

It’s been eight years since I lost my mom. She lost hers a couple of years ago and is now about to have her first baby. And I know while she is about to experience the greatest joy she has ever felt, she is going to experience the same kind of grief I have over the years by not having her mother by her side to go absolutely nuts with her over her precious baby girl.

We have talked about this and she knows how bittersweet it is going to be. I have told her the only way I feel like I can keep my mother’s presence in my children’s lives is just to love them as she loved me.

I can still remember running into my mom’s room when I was 4 or 5 and snuggling with her on Saturday mornings. I can literally still physically feel what that felt like. She held me so tightly and told me how much she loved me and how I was the best thing that ever happened to her over and over again. Words she would continue to repeat until she was no longer able to speak.

And when I am feeling really down, I can easily go back to that place and it is a place of great comfort for me. I don’t even know if that makes sense to anyone or maybe it sounds crazy, but I just think when you love someone, you do so with all of your senses — the taste and smells that remind you of them, the sound of their voice, the sight of their face in a favorite photograph and remembering the touch of their embrace.

Parenting books be damned! I don’t care if my kids run into my bed at midnight or 7 a.m., they can stay there as long as they want and they are going to get hugged to death and told how much they are loved until they are tired of hearing it. I know the sound of their little feet running down our hallway is going to end sooner rather than later, and we are going to miss it so. We are getting all the snuggling we can get while the snuggling’s good.

And if I do half the job my mother did, they will feel “suffocated” by this love at the right times in their lives. But then, when they are out on their own in this big, scary — and often cruel — world, they will be able to rely on it when they need it, just as I always have, whether I am here with them in body or just in spirit.

Thanks, Mom, for loving me too much. I miss you…

Tiny Miracles

Thank you to all those who make a difference in the lives of others!  You Matter!



Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!  Football TurkeyToday we’d like to thank you for all you’ve done this year to help spread hope and make a difference in the world!

We hope that you day is filled with love and hope!


A Big Thank You to Our New Naval Friend

A BIG THANK YOU to Petty Officer Jordan who sent in 10 crocheted hats in different styles, colors and sizes.  We are so impressed with these hats and thank you for taking the time to make the hats!


Jordan successfully made each hat different and these will definitely bring smiles and hope to their recipients!

We received this box in April, but have been extremely busy and got behind on Knitting Rays of Hope’s business.   Keep the hats coming, we will be sending out monthly shipments to our local Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units and Oncology Centers!

Thank you for your contribution and service to our country!

Stitched with Love

Danyelle from Pennsylvania knitted hats for preemie babies for her Bat Mitzvah Project!   She knitted and sent us all of these wonderful hats to be included in our next NICU shipment.  We look forward to what is next for Danyelle.


Included in her package, there was a letter that read:

My name is Danyelle and I am 14 years old.  For my Bat Mitzvah Project, my grandmother, my mom and I are knitting hats for premature babies. I am doing this because the Torah portion is about giving gifts to the first temple.  I wanted to give gifts to children in need.  Here is 1 bag of hats we knitted.  I began this project before my Bat Mitzvah.  I wanted to continue this project even after my Bat Mitzvah because there will always be babies who need this gift that was stitched with love.



We are really amazed by Danyelle dedicating herself to giving back and making a difference in this world.  Continue with your good works – charity touches lives and spreads love & hope throughout the world.    We are very grateful and so impressed, Danyelle, and would love to see your next creations!  The future is bright because of young people like Danyelle!

Thank you, Danyelle, Mom and Grandma!

Thank You for Caring About Us!

We received a cute and cheerful Thank You card in the mail from Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.

Thank You Card

Though we regularly receive acknowledgements (letters or postcards) from the hospitals we donate to, I thought I would share this cute card and send everyone who contributed to Knitting Rays of Hope, a big Thank You!   This Thank You is from our most recent shipment, that we posted about here.

The card reads (in case you can see it clearly)

Dear Knitting Rays of Hope,

Thank you very much for your recent gift of knitted hats. We are honored to provide these items to our patients and affiliates.

Thank you for supporting Knitting Rays of Hope and helping us spread hope to patients and families!

Girl Scouts Make A Difference!

We are so amazed by a local Girl Scout Troop (4134) from West Covina, California, who made and donated 218 hats to Knitting Rays of Hope!

GS Troup 4134

This girl scout troop consists of 18 dedicated young ladies, 12 to 13 year old.  Each girl had to learn how to loom knit and then surprised their troop leader, Christina Godoy by going above and beyond their individual personal goal of number of hats.  We are very impressed with such young girls, who care enough about the world to make such an impact!  This troop even mentored a younger Girl Scout Troop, who is interested in learning how to loom knit hats for charity.  These girls did a remarkable job- and donated the most hats we have ever received in a contribution!

This project was approximately 6 months long, including the researching and learning how to loom knit, with the biggest push beginning in November, 2014.  In addition to this charitable cause, these girls are involved in many other extra curricular activities.  We greatly appreciate all the girls in Troop 4134 for being such extraordinary, caring young ladies and  their troop leader and families for their support and values they instilled in these girls.

91 Children Hats

There are 91 hats for children cancer warriors.  There are all different sizes, that would fit the littlest toddler cancer warrior to the brave teenage cancer warrior, all whom will have their choice of color, texture and style of hat.



They made 111 hats for babies in the NICU.  These hats will fit micro preemie to some larger babies who are admitted to the NICU for medical reasons.  There are so many different combinations of colors and embellished with pom-poms, that we are sure the recipients and their families will feel special and loved.


The girls did not forget about our strong adult cancer warriors, either.  They made 16 hats for adults, both men and women, which is quite impressive as these hats tend to take more of a time commitment due to the larger size.

These hats will bring hope to 218 families- these young ladies are making a major impact and truly living the Girl Scout Law, “Make the World a Better Place”.   They are shining examples, and we thank each and every one in Girl Scout Troop 4134 and their families.