Message of Gratitude: Facebook Reconnects Patient and Nurse

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In her nearly 20 years as a nurse with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Michelle Amstutz has seen her fair share of heartaches and triumphs, and lots of tears and smiles in between. Now a labor and delivery nurse, Michelle says she tries to make each day at the hospital as meaningful as her first.

“You do make an impact every day. As you go out of that door you’re thinking about, ‘Am I going to make a difference?’ You might not know it today, but you do.”

Her soothing voice and gentle demeanor were well-suited for a video Saint Joseph Mercy Health System produced in May to celebrate Nurses’ Week. She was among more than a dozen nurses and was only on screen for four seconds, but it was long enough for someone to take notice.

Shortly after that video was posted, Michelle received this message in her Facebook…

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THANKFUL

Hello fellow bloggers, family and friends:  I want to thank those of you who stopped by and read my note I wrote to my Mom on Sunday.  It was my way of honoring her and to let her know that she is missed and loved every day that she has been gone here on earth sixteen very long years.

I appreciate all your support through the years that I have been writing my blog.  I started this blogging site as a way to cheer for my beloved Red Sox from Boston MA  but then somehow or the other it somehow got turned into where all my family and friends could keep up with what was going in the lives of the “Kellys” and “Heinzelmans”  clans.  I have lots of people reading the goings on of the clans to see whats what and why.

Again I want to thank you for stopping by to check out what’s new and to read my latest blog note to Mom.  Also thank all of you who left a comment or even just a word of advice or helpful hints.

Y’all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your wonderful comments throughout the years I have been on this site and now on Rambling Thoughts.  Love you all Kat

Because We Allow It

Let’s put an end to it.

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I am angry with myself.

Yesterday I was hurting over yet another senseless shooting. I hurt for the families of the dead, for those who were injured, and for the responders, some of whom will suffer trauma at what they have witnessed.

Then they released the numbers and I was floored. I simply could not wrap my head around how someone would shoot over 100 people, killing half of them, in that short amount of time.

But thanks to the miracle of social media, I didn’t have to think about it for long. I could join in with the arguing about who is to blame. From Texas’ Lt. Governor Patrick’s tweet blaming the victims for their lifestyle, to Ronnie Dunn’s public rebuke of our president for daring to mention guns as a contributing factor, there was no lack of voices out there spreading their noise pollution.

And of course there was…

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Happy Birthday Nick

Happy Birthday Nick today is your 18th birthday and you are a man today.  I am so happy for you and very proud of you also.  Life is rough and you have had your fair share of rough but you have a your share of good too.  Something have been beyond my control but I want you to know through it all that no matter what was said when your Mom was pregnant with you I have loved you through all of it.  We all make mistakes and if we didn’t then God would not have sent his son to die that we could be forgiven for them.    I’m sure in life your other Grandma has said things when she has been mad that she hasn’t them count against her.  Just saying not causing issues.  I hope you have a great day and if you want to see me today I’m living with your Great Uncle Mark right off the freeway.  I love you and want nothing more than you to be happy in your life.

A Topiary Tale

My friend and found the pictures most enchanting so much in fact that we want a tote with the owl and a picture of the cat.

BookSmart Kids

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On Grimloch Lane the townspeople look glum and walk with their heads down. But one day all that changed.  In “The Night Gardener” (Simon & Schuster, February 2016), a young boy wakes up to find a most amazing tree sculpture of an owl.  Each day a new and more exciting topiary appears, and the pages of the book suddenly develop color.  After the sixth day of these unique masterpieces, the boy stays out late and spots an older man he has never seen before.  The night gardener engages the boy to become his apprentice. When their work is done, the gardener mysteriously disappears and leaves his cutting shears for the boy.  As the fall approaches, the trees begin to lose their leaves, but the town remains bright and happy.  The drawings in this thoughtful story are enchanting.  A beautiful tale as we all await Spring.

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