Friday, December 28, 2012

HerakutI LOVE this train mural in Germany!  It shows the force of person helping person, helping person...Together we can do so much.  We all need support now and then, and while it's not always easy to ask or accept, it does so much for the receiver, but probably even more for the giver.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

:)  "positive Outlook" Facebook
Happy almost 2013!!  Ahhh, the possibilities that always lie ahead at the beginning of a new year!!  I love the hope that a new year brings!

I see that I haven't written since the tasty times of preparing for our baking bombs - what fun that was and how delightful it was to meet/work with some of you. It was also SOOO rewarding to be able to show so many first responders how much we appreciate them and what they do. 

 Many of you have stated that you would like the opportunity to be more hands on and meet/work with others, too.  That is a dream of mine that maybe someday I (we) can figure out the logistics.  We are working on continuing to have more activities, too.  January looks to be a busy month - when most people are slowing down after the holidays, we are gearing up to move full speed ahead!

January Activites:

**$$ collection for books for Sandy Hook Elementary.  We will be collecting donations throughout January and then purchasing books of comfort for the teachers to use in their classrooms or for personal use.  Our counselor, Bambie, is helping us with a list of appropriate books.

**Single mom of 3 - one of whom is autistic - always putting others' needs first - works full time - could use a hug as life is pretty tough.

**Mother recently diagnosed with breast cancer - looking for some support and some positive vibes directed her way. 

**This sister had a rough 2012 and is looking for a much improved 2013.  During the past year, her husband was diagnosed with a disease and given medicine for it.  He continued to worsen, while she took over the family business and tended to him.  He was near death when she finally took matters into her own hands and got him in to see a new doctor.  They discovered that the medicine he was on was actually eating away his body, due to his disease.  He is improving now, but she has been the rock through it all, and could use a moment of "me" time and attention.

**Local teacher who had routine surgery but failed to get better.  Instead, her health quickly went downhill and she had to take a leave from teaching.  While she is back at it this year, it completely wipes her out.  We are arranging local sisters to make meals that can be frozen and pulled out for her extra rough days when cooking is out of the question.  She is married with two active sons.

**Nurse whose family recently lost their barn and home to a fire during one of those vast fire outbreaks last fall.  Technically the house is still standing, but is unlivable due to smoke damage.  While working, she apologized for the appearance of her hands - they were stained from trying to scrub soot from her home. 

**Young mom whose well-baby check up turned into a famly nightmare as the baby was diagnosed with leukemia.  They have great family support but we want to pamper the mom as all of her attention is focused on the little one. 

**Single mom of 2 with numerous health issues of her own is a big advocate for her younger son who has serious health issues.  Recently, on top of other issues, he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  She continues to have a huge sense of humor and wonderful outlook on life. 

Via Positive Outlooks on fbWe will be collecting items through Jan. 22 and mailing the last week of January.  As always, if you want your donation to go to someone specific, please let me know and I will be sure to put it in their love bomb.  I didn't name them this month - not sure why - but just let me know from the description for whom your gift is intended. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

80-90 Club crackers
1 c. butter
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
2/3 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocoalte chips
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
1. Line a 13x9 pan with foil, leaving enough overhang over the sides to lift bars out when done.
2. Place one layer of crackers evenly over the bottom of the pan - cut them if they don't fit evenly. I used 30 crackers per layer and didn't have to cut them.
3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add graham cracker crumbs, both sugars, and milk. Bring to a boil (while stirring), and boil for 5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and spread half the mixture evenly over the crackers in the pan.
5. Place another layer of crackers over the caramel mixture, followed by the rest of the caramel.
6. Cover the top of the caramel with one more layer of crackers and refrigerate while making the topping.
7. Microwave peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips for one minute. Stir until smooth (can microwave another 30 seconds if it's not smooth). Spread over the top of the crackers and refrigerate everything for at least an hour before cutting.
* Remove bars from pan using foil handles to make cutting and removing bars easier. Store in the refrigerator.

sharing cookie recipes...

Sin by Chocolate
1 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Melt the 8 ounces of chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Beat in the sugars.

Mix in the beaten egg/vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients on slow speed. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop about 2 Tbsp of dough and roll into a ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centers still appearing very soft. They will firm up as they cool.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Sunday, October 21, 2012

...Just 1 more....:)

Sister Hugs Love Bomb #11 - "Franny" - has been on chemo for about 6 years now and had a stroke 2 years ago.  She is 42 and in a wheelchair but stays active in 4-H with her girls, is an Awans's leader at her church, and attends as many things as she is able.  She is an inspiration to all who know her. 

I would like to add "Franny" to our list of amazing women who all inspire me in their own way.  We will be working on all 11 of these and mailing them out as they are ready. 

Just a reminder for some of our newbies - I almost always use made up names to protect the privacy of our ladies.  I do not reveal who nominated these amazing women, although sometimes they figure it out when they receive their love bomb!  Gifts from you are collected and combined to show these magnificent ladies just how special they are and that they have their own little army of sisters out there whom they may not know, but who are thinking of them and sending prayers and positive thoughts their way.  These gifts can range from the practical to the splurge - things that would be helpful or ease some stress; something that would make them smile.  I picked up some starbucks tonight because, while I don't do coffee, I know many of you find it a treat or a necessity.  I will be looking for just the right basket to add it to. 

Another thought - the baking bombs have far exceeded my hopes and dreams - thank you for sharing pictures and stories.  I know the recipients had to love receiving them and it was such fun delivering.  One added perk was an excuse to socialize with some people we may not take the time to see. You are all such wonderful, wonderful ladies and I am truly blessed to be on this amazing journey with you.  So many of you commented on how much you love Sister Hugs - I love your active participation and enthusiasm.  No longer is it my dream but it is our mission- thanks for jumping on board.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Love Bomb #10

Sister #10 - "Elise"'s husband was near death in the hospital with West Nile. He has since been moved to Madonna in Lincoln. They live out by Kearney.  They have 5 children and live in the country so she is left to deal with getting to work, caring for the kids, and getting to Lincoln to see her husband.  Bills are a worry and while her husbands health is still a struggle, he is improving.

Wow, this reminds me so much of our dear Mary Elizabeth.  Her husband continues to make improvements, too and is starting to communicate with her a little.  Keep the prayers strong - doctors are fabulous but without faith, miracles are hard to come by.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cute hedgehog pictures.Do they even know how adorable they are?  Do you even know how adorable and wonderful you are?

Sister #7 - "Kallie" - wife/Mom of 2 little girls, her mother is currently living in the home with them, dealing with a few personal things and feeling a bit of stress.  Could use a little love and appreciation from all of us!

Sister #8 - "Anna" - Mom/wife/teacher had her world come to a halt last March when her 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.  Her beautiful daughter died 6 days later, just shy of her 10th birthday.  On the day of her daughter's diagnosis, "Anna" and her husband found out they were expecting their 4th child.  This baby, a girl, is due in November.  They also have two boys.  Every day is a struggle and the conflicting emotions of mourning one daughter while welcoming a new one is almost too much to bear. 

Sister #9 - "Jessica" - was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and faces a really tough battle ahead.  Smiles are hard to come by these days and if we could even brighten one of those rough days, it would be a start. 
Beautiful and encouraging :)(I know I've used this quote before, but I love it!)

Sister #5-"Regina" - recently diagnosed with Leukemia and is currently undergoing alternative medicine to fight it.  She is a mother/grandmother and recently started a new job.  She is doing pretty well but is very tired.  Her family is great but she would value additional prayers and love.

Sister #6 - "Rita" - The lady who is there for everybody else, although she has her own issues, and is one who can always be counted on through thick and thin.  Whether it is a sick grandchild, a young adult needing a roof, or a husband going through surgery, Rita is there to offer a shoulder and an ear (or a roof) and help pull everyone together with a laugh.  She puts others' needs above her own and we would like to take this opportunity to put HER first, for once! 

So many thoughts running through my head as I write these descriptions.  First of all, how fortunate I am to have my health and family/friends and happiness, at least for today as we never know what tomorrow brings.  Every day truly is a blessing to be appreciated and enjoyed.  Second, how appreciative I am of you for sharing these magnificently strong women with us.  It is not easy to go through their situations and it takes a strong character to endure.  Because it is so hard to be strong all of the time, we want to be part of their support and to let them know they are not alone.  Finally, a thankfulness to all of you who are feeling it in your hearts to join with me on this mission.  I feel it has been placed on my heart, and I can tell that many of you feel the gift on your hearts, too.  I truly look forward to seeing where this path is leading us.

More dear sisters to share later as we get to 7,8, and 9.
Image detail for -Quotes about Helping Others - Quotes about Doing Good DeedsInformation on two more of our Love Bomb nominations...

Sister #3 - "Maria" - wife of a farmer - last year they were forced out of their home due to flooding.  After spending the summer with her family and finally being able to move back in and clean up, they dealt with the drought of this summer.  Through it all, she works two jobs and keeps a wonderful attitude of "it could always be worse".  A little pampering sent her way would be a beautiful indulgence that she doesn't often enjoy. 

Sister #4 - "Catherine" - After much hard work and sacrifice, finally landed her dream job, one in which she excelled, only to lose this job due to budget cuts.  A year later she was offered another job at the same location, which she happily accepted.  However, it is not utilizing her talents to the fullest or allowing her to shine as she did before.  She never complains but a little encouragement and appreciation for her would be appreciated. Hopefully her patience and persistance will pay off in the future and let her return to an area where she is intended to be.   

Give a little loveThis has been so true with Sister Hugs for me.  The more love and compassion and prayer and items that I give, the more I feel my heart filling, ALMOST to a guilty point, but not quite!  I am filled with so much admiration for the women I am having the honor of meeting, both as nominees and as nominators and as supporters.  I just can't get enough of all of you!!!  The items that you donate are important, because they are the physical hug presented to our recipient.  However, it is the love that goes with the gift that truly showers our recipients and helps them through their trials and moments.  I am going to try to balance your need to get to know our recipients a little with their need to remain anonymous.  Remember, they don't know their story is being shared.  While they may be ok with it, I don't want to release more than we have the right to know.  Someone has given me this information and trusted us with our usage of it.  Our usage is to throw some love and hugs in the direction of a sister, to brighten her day and let her know that always she is in our hearts and on our minds; she is never alone.  

Sister #1 - "Monica"  - devoted grandmother of a 5th grader.  She and her husband moved to Nebraska from Louisiana about 4 years ago following the death of her son in Afghanistan.  "Monica" has been the guiding light in her grandson's life - helping him with the grief of losing his dad, life in Nebraska, and academic and social challenges.  Last year she underwent cancer treatment and recently another tumor was found which will require surgery and additional follow up treatment.  She will feel uplifted if she knows she has some "sisters" praying for her and keeping her in our thoughts.  There is no mother in this picture so "Monica" and her husband are the world for this boy. 

Sister #2 - Marcie -  26 year old diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Admitted to a hospital in MN in January, 2012.  She had a stem cell transplant June 2.  Marcie is currently struggling with a bacterial infection and will learn the next step in treating her cancer once the infection clears.  She is a small town cowgirl with a lot of fight in her:)  She is not allowed to eat anything with sugar or wheat, which means no food in her love bomb.  Chapstick, scent free lotion, etc would be ideas that she could use.  Notes of encouragement would be appreciated.  She does get visitors but knowing her support goes beyond immediate friends and family would be very encouraging.  She has a caring bridge page which I will find out if I can share with you.  I am using Marcie's real name.

Stay tuned for Sisters #3 - #9 as this day progresses...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thankful....We have so much to be thankful for - included at the top of the list is YOU!!  All of you bring such happiness to my day - and remind me of my many blessings.  I have health, family, friends, food, joy, employment, and purpose.  I have my faith, which enables me to get through the trials and value my gifts. I have Sister Hugs, which has provided me a great joy of giving.  The more we give, the more I want to continue giving more and more.  It is a beautiful cycle that I hope you are all able to experience too, through Sister Hugs.  Since November is the month that we concentrate on giving thanks, I want to continue with our normal Love Bombs.  I have had a number of requests already -
*for a mom who lost her little girl and is expecting a new baby - bittersweet blessings...
*for a friend who is really missing her old job - a job she excelled at - she is great at her new job but it's not her passion and meeting her talents to the fullest.
*for a friend who recently found out she has cancer and the outlook is pretty scary.
*for a friend who has health issues to deal with concerning family and herself, yet she is always the first to be on hand for anyone needing ANYTHING.  Deals with a lot of stress yet is always the strong one.
*for a friend whose family was displaced with last year's flooding, then this year's drought.  She works two jobs to help make ends meet yet always faces each day head on, ready to go.

These and any more that we can meet will be our November Love Bombs - for December, I would love to reach out to women who may not have much and try to do a little bigger bombing - for example:

*I am waiting to hear back about a Grandma who has taken in her grandchildren.  It hasn't been easy but they are doing their best.
*for a friend whose husband is hospitalized with probable West Nile - they have 4 young children and she's not sure how she's going to have ends meet.

I am open to any other nominations for a regular November Love Bomb or a needs based December love bomb.  Let me know if you know of someone who could use a special Sister Hugs Love Bomb!!  (BTW, these friends aren't people that I know, they have all been nominated by sisters and are their friends, or friend of a friend)  If any touch your heart in particular, and you'd like to donate specifically to one of them, let me know with your donation that intention. 

I know that I get a little strapped for $$ in December with my own Christmas shopping.  For that reason, I am putting out this plea early in the hopes that we can still generously help some sisters without straining ourselves.


Friday, October 5, 2012


We did a fast Love Bomb this week - how joyous to be able to get a request and fill it almost immediately.  Thank you for stocking our supply so generously.  Sometimes the need is one that we can work on for a few weeks and sometimes the need is immediate and a hug needed NOW.  In this case, I asked sisters who knew her to also send notes - I can only imagine how much they will mean to her.  Whether we have our regular Love Bombs or baking bombs or color bombs or shining light bombs(yep, that's a new one!), a note is going to be the special touch that grabs the heart and makes the bomb personal and meaningful.  I include a note with every bomb that goes out - would love to have your notes too.  Today we had about 10 notes included in the bomb - what a gift!

Baking bombs are going out in 2 weeks.  Look at the list I received via email yesterday - these two are going to be making a huge difference in the hearts of many women in a couple of weeks -

ok, I can't actually share the list with you right now because some of you might be on this list:)  However, it ended with the fact that they have ELEVEN people on their list and expect to make it 12 - wonderfully crazy!!! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Baking Bombs

"For her, she will love the love inside the bomb but it's imperative to me that she understands that it's not from me but others who love also. Thanks! "

I love this quote from one of our sisters/nominators.  This is the feeling behind our next baking bomb.  While you are going to be doing the baking and the delivering, it is bigger than that as it is our entire group all working jointly to spread as much joy as we can during these 2 days. 

I am asking anyone who is interested in doing a little baking/sharing to sign up to bake a treat for someone of your choice - family, friend, neighbor, coworker, church aquaintaince, etc. I will supply a special tag to attach and then on Oct. 20/21, we are going to bomb these friends/family/neighbors with a little bit of sister hug love.  You can choose to leave it anonymously or you can deliver it in person.  I will be sharing pictures of our NZ sisters' bombs but presentation is part of the specialty.  You can bake anything that shares the love - a favorite recipe or a new fall experiment.  We are working to brighten as many hearts as we can during that weekend so if you choose to do more than one bomb, that's great, if you only want to do one, that is fine, too.  I am asking for each of you to take a picture of your baking bomb before you deliver and we will make our own baking album - I can't wait to see how many bombs we can do in one week-end!!!  I've already picked one neighbor in particular that I can't wait to bomb but am looking to see who else I can surprise with some love on Oct. 20/21.  I will also be doing some intense pinteresting for new ideas - anyone else with me?!!
 DIY: Gift for teacher, baking cookies with your kidscinnamon roll pulls . . . this might be my baking christmas gift this yearBaking in clay pots. Christmas gift idea.  Pretty up with Christmas ribbon/paper etc.Cupcake Gift WrappingCupcake giftGIFT TAGS Cookies
MMMM...looking pretty tasty!! :)  Those of you who are following but not around here - we would definitely love to have you spreading the love in your state/city as well.  Tags will be available for everyone interested. 

My email is: 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Color Bombs...

Pinned Image

It's Color time!!!  How fun would it be to get something like this with a color theme to celebrate the wonderful person you are?!!!  We are going to be bombing 8 ladies with a color bomb so put on your creative, funky thinking caps for fun color items to add to these bombs.  I will be collecting donations for the next 3 weeks, ending Sept. 21.  Here is a brief description of our wonderful ladies...

Red "Husker"  - Active in EVERYTHING - always has a smile and willing to lend an ear or contribute. 

Pink "Rocky" Has battled cancer and won, all the while maintaining an upbeat attitude and presence.  An inspiration for all of us.

Pink "Miss Nightingale" A beautiful example of someone who faced unbelievable challenges and abuses as a child, but didn't use that as an excuse to become a bad adult.  Instead, she is the best friend and nurse anyone could ever ask for.  Loyalty and caring are two of her strongest characteristics. 

Green "Adventurer"  Willing to try new things with a free spirit, sweet as can be, a wonderful friend to all.  About to become a young mama and ready to step into that role with the same enthusiasm and gusto that she does everything else.  The person you want on your team.

Purple "Tiger"  No matter how chaotic or what the situation, this lady has time for everyone and also with a smile. Maintains organization and calm in the midst of a tornado. Is also on top of everything.

Yellow "Sunshine" Another person you want on your team. She is a strong advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. A very loving, sweet soul who makes you feel that you are the only one around when she's talking to you.

Orange "Momma"  We all know that person who makes us feel at home and welcome, even if we've just met?  "Momma" is that person and accepts people for who they are, not who she thinks they should be.  Loving acceptance is what we all strive to find - she gives it!! 

Blue "Miss Heart"  Extremely sensitive, in a positive way.  Knows when someone needs something and is always striving for peace and happiness among everyone.  Maybe she should run for office as she would run on the campaign "let's all sit down and be friends".  A kinder soul was never met. 

Wow - your nominations are wonderful.  Each is so deserving and it's obvious the world is a better place because of them.  Thanks for nominating them and for your donations.  Feel free to contribute to one or all:)  If you don't live in the area, you can always mail a contribution to Sister Hugs to be included. 

**** We also have one regular LOVE BOMB that we are also collecting.  She is a retired teacher , with visions of traveling and hobbies dancing in her head.  Unfortunately, fate had other plans and her health went downhill.  She is now receiving kidney dialysis and is weak.  She worries about her mother, who is miles away, while her mother worries about her.  Her husband is working in NE while she lives in another state so they only see each other on weekends.  A love bomb would brighten her day.  Prayers for Eliza.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Here is a picture of the items going into the Love Bomb for Mary Elizabeth.  She touched a lot of hearts and the donations were very kind for her - thank you.  If you do not see your donation in the above picture, it means I am saving it for a future Love Bomb.  Included above are:
*thirtyone bag
*sister hug doily and vintage hanky with poem
*chocolate bomb
*platter with sayings and chocolate chip cookies
*puzzle book
*candle tahitian tiare flower
*drinking mug "For I know the plans I have for you"
*Prayer Plaque - "When life gets too hard to stand...Kneel"
*Picture frame.."Nothing is quite as strong as the gentle strength of a Father's hand"
*Angel ornament - "Do one thing everyday that makes you happy"
*polish and accessories
*3-in-1 aromatherapy relaxation set
*scented sachet
*target gift card
*granite city GC

Again, thank you for showing a hurting, caring sister that we care and she's not alone.

An update - her husband was moved to Madonna but is currently not showing major signs of improvement so may be moved out soon.  Prayers for strength as Mary Elizabeth faces many decisions and difficult days ahead. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Update...all of our Love Bombs that have been mailed should have been received by now.  Still working on one for Mary Elizabeth.  We have received a number of items but can always use more.  Received a new nomination last night that we will begin working on soon.  Remember you can submit nominations at anytime.  I also have chocolate minibombs on hand that can be delivered if you know someone who just needs a pick-me-up after one of "those" days.  Nominations always accepted via text or FB message - or word of mouth.

I went out on a limb last night and shared Sister Hugs with all staff - it almost seemed harder than appearing on TV, not sure why?  I so cherish all of you sisters who are there and lend your support and love to all of these women.  Guess I want the whole world to feel about it as I do and to get involved.  It's amazing to me, though, that so many of you are willing and eager to share so much with women you don't even know, not expecting anything in return, just for the goodness of your heart.  I get so much from that aspect that I almost (almost) feel guilty for the joy I receive from doing this - I guess I feel that if more people experienced this joy, we could share more with sisters in need of a hug, because they would want to do it again and again.  I honestly can't wait to share it with the group of women at the end of September that have invited me to speak.  Basically, I guess you could say I really love Sister Hugs and all of you and the work that is being done. 

  Remember that a Love Bomb can be many things - mostly it is to show sisters that they are not alone, whether it be in a struggle, in a fight, in a mission.  We, although strangers, are there in spirit and heart, through a hug called a LOVE BOMB.  Please keep sharing.  It's a wonderful thing that we are doing and I know more people would love to join us if they knew about it.  So much of this goes on at Christmas - part of the reason I wanted Sister Hugs is that there are people needing hugs year-round, not just at Christmas.  It will be great to go into the Christmas season already rolling and moving through it instead of it being a one time mission.  You are all so amazing - thanks for caring.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Pinned Imageok, this is not at all where I thought this blog was going tonight, but I figure if it can make me Laugh outloud after the week I've had, it's a good direction to take.  :)  It does remind me that WAY too often, our moods are dictated by other people and their perception of us, and it can completely make or break a day.  However, what we do is a kindness that can also completely MAKE a day.  Reading about the difference one of our Love Bombs made on a life completely made my day; motivated me to get back on track with our mission because it is a very worthy mission!  As I've said from day one, I can't build a house, I can't cure sickness, I can't load up a bank account...BUT what we can do is provide the hug that makes the heart feel a little better.  It might just be the encouragement that someone needs to give it another go.  We all know it's not the physical items in the love bomb, but rather the act and idea of the love bomb.  By donating toward the love bomb, you are spreading your love all around.  I am so proud of Sister Hugs and all of the sisters involved.  We will continue to share the word of it and to grow, touching more and more lives.  Remember we are currently working on a Love Bomb for Mary Elizabeth.  Her husband did get moved to Madonna today.  He is not out of the coma but is showing small signs of trying to communicate.  I just know he is trying to break through his obstacles to come back to his wife and family.  She continues to be a pillar of strength and positiveness - please join me in Love Bombing her with one big Hug!  Donations will be accepted through August. Remember, letters are also greatly appreciated to let her know she's being bombed with love from all over.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

As noted in my FB status last night, I planned to write about why Sister Hugs was placed in my heart.  When I woke up this morning, that is exactly what was on my mind and I grabbed my IPad, intent on writing.  However, my IPad did not have access to blog (don't ask me why!) so I decided to check email instead.  Do you remember my "notes from the Universe" that I like to see as notes from God?  Not really superstitious and all that, just feel like I should read and think and maybe listen.  Anyway, here is my note from the Universe for today:

You'll know when you need to know, Peggy, and not a moment earlier.

That's how it works when the answer you're looking for depends on other events that must first settle, new players that need to be gathered, and serendipities that are still being calculated.

Peggy, sometimes, not even I know, until I know.

But you will,
The Universe

How crazy is that????  So, for now, instead of writing all my wisdom and reflection as to why I am doing what I am doing, I am going to trust that it's because that's what I am suppose to be doing and am relying on each of you to do what you are suppose to be doing and together we are going to make this beautiful world an even better place to be.  I do know that the rewards from getting involved have FAR outweighed what I have put into it.  I have received messages from Sisters who contribute who have had their lives touched in a special way and I have heard that our recipient was truly touched so I know it is the right path.  The only way to have YOUR heart touched is to actively join this mission with me, in whatever way is right for you.  Yesterday the camera guy told me that we would grow so much that we would need charters across the states - that is a dream of mine!  Whether you live in my own little community or over in Florida, Minnesota, Hawaii, Texas, or Tennessee, etc.know that you are such an important part of this mission and God has plans for all of us.  Timing-wise, I'd like to think we are trying to balance some of the dark in this world by adding a bit of brightness.  If you're new and wondering what it is that we do, a quick timeline refresher -

*A sister nominates a friend, relative, neighbor, coworker, etc for a love bomb.  Send this nomination to me via email or FB message or text.  This will remain anonymous.  Tell me who the person is and why they need or deserve a Love Bomb.

* Love Bomb recipient(s) are chosen and nominator will be notified, as will all of the Sisters.  Nominator is the only person who will know the true identity, though.

*  We start collecting items for this person's Love Bomb - usually about 2 weeks unless there is a rush need for some reason.  (this is the stage we are currently in, although you can submit nominations at any time)  These items can be actual items or monetary donations to me to purchase things, gift cards, or notes and letters of encouragement and well wishes. 

*LOVE BOMB is sent off to recipients - we may or may not ever hear how it was received, but I guarantee you a day was brightened!

Any thoughts or questions?  We have been called little angels on earth - pretty sure I personally don't qualify as an angel but I do know that our actions qualify as doing something good for someone.  As always, thanks for being on this journey with me - someday we'll have to figure out how to celebrate together!!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Love Bomb

TV Promo
This is the Love Bomb that I put together for the
TV program tomorrow morning.  Needing your good vibes to accurately represent what it is that we are doing and why we are doing it.  It is in my heart, just hope it is on my lips tomorrow!!  Our dear poet, Mary, has created another poem to go with our chocolate gift.  I will share that later but thanks for always having Sister Hugs on your brain.  After seeing this love bomb, my husband thought he would like to receive one!  Too bad he's a guy.  Even though we have not sent off these love bombs yet, always be on the look out for our next recipient.  I am in the process of organizing a small panel to help with the recipient choosing. Stay tuned!!  Thanks for continuing to share Sister Hugs with your friends and family.  I am thrilled that it has spread beyond my immediate group of people!  Love to see us grow! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Smiling over you...

Thanks for making my day, each and every day.  You are a very special group of ladies and I am glad you are in my life.  Thanks for reminding me that there is a lot of love and compassion in our beautiful world.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I borrowed this from Lisa - thanks!  So true how all of our small things, together, add up to a very big difference!!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, Sisters!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sister Hugs purpose

Dear Sisters,
Yesterday I was approached about attending a church luncheon to share the word about Sister Hugs.  This is an exciting opportunity for us and for the members of the churches.  We also have our radio and TV "gigs" coming up soon.  While initially this was my vision, it is quickly growing and I want to make sure it continues as "our" vision.  My goal is to spread a little cheer, appreciation, thought, care and concern for a variety of sisters needing a hug.  Now I don't know about you, but I appreciate a hug when I am down but also when I am excited or happy.  I need a hug when I am overwhelmed, when I feel alone or when I'm bursting with great news.  I want us to be there for that person who needs the hug for whatever reason.  A hug can look like many things - a day out for them - our last recipient received her first pedicure ever - I remember my first - heaven on earth!!  It might be an opportunity to do something with the family that finances don't normally allow,  it might be a chocolate escape, materials or magazines about something they love, and on and on.  A special touch is importants, thus our vintage hankies/poem and our special Sister Hugs doily made just for them.  Something soft or cute is usually am appreciated gesture....

I am also loving the requests for special prayer and thoughts when things are out of our hands.  I know Cooper's family appreciates the additional prayers and hugs sent their way.  My question to all of you, what would you like to see through Sister Hugs to make it more personal to you?  I love that so many of you are on board and sharing with friends and family, I just want to continue to see that it touches your heart as it touches mine.  I never leave the house anymore without looking at people wondering - "suppose they need a hug?!!!"  Please come bail me out if I get arrested for too much hugging:)  I shop thinking - hmm, what could I do with that for someone?  Is anyone else looking at things differently through Sister eyes?  Just reflecting and would love to hear what you are thinking.  I know it is hard to respond on this blog - feel free to use facebook or message me. 

Spreading the word near and far - "We Care"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere
with what you can do."
- John Wooden

We can't change many things, but we can make a difference.  Invite your friends; remember our sisters next time you run to the store, an extra bag of chocolates or a magazine might be just the thing to put a smile on a face.  Let your imagination run wild - your creativity will mean the world to her. 

Our group is spreading!  While out and about away from home today, I was approached about Sister Hugs - that is pretty cool!!  Keep spreading the word.  I aspire to grow to each state...there are sisters everywhere needing a hug and we are just the gals to do it!!!


Friday, July 27, 2012

....And I believe in all of you!!  Call me crazy but I am introducing not 1, not 2, but 3 wonderful sisters that I would like to bomb.  They are located in different parts of Nebraska and have 3 very different stories.  If your heart is touched by one and you would love to contribute to her Love Bomb, excellent.  If you want to contribute to 2 or 3, fabulous!!  Just make sure I know what your intentions are for your gift or note. 

Ok, here goes. 

#1.  "Kerrie" is our single mom with 3 children.  The oldest is a boy who has special needs.  This has made it difficult to find daycare and to keep employment.  The younger two are both girls, the youngest being only 1, the middle daughter is in school.  "Kerrie" doesn't have much time or money to spend on herself, as everything goes to rent and the kids.  She is very willing to do whatever she needs to for the kids but misses having a chance to be a "girl" herself once in a while.  She would love a chance for a bit of nail polish or yummy smelling bath soap, etc.  They do not have many of the extras and Kerrie could use a splurge for herself.  They do not live close to Lincoln or Omaha so gift cards would need to be usable in Grand Island. 

#2.  "Sarah" is a wife and mother and was recently diagnosed with cancer.  She will start chemo soon and could use a boost as she goes through all that lies ahead.  Her family is extremely supportive but knowing that others outside of her family, strange sisters, in fact, care about her would be a huge smile for her.  Things to help her keep her mind off the cancer/chemo (not that it is possible but we can try to lighten the load a little) would be a blessing.  This sister is located in the Lincoln area.

#3.  "Lexi" is married with 2 bio children and 3 foster children (siblings).  She and her husband have been experiencing the roller coaster of the system for over 2 years now and go back to court in August to see if this case is progressing.  Any of you who know me know that we have experienced a similar roller coaster and it is hard!!  Knowing they are being kept in people's prayers would be appreciated and a Love Bomb for this mom who gives, gives, gives to others would be well deserved.  Lexi is located in the Omaha area. 

Now, for Sister Hugs updates!!  Our facebook likes continue to rise - I believe we are at 68 as of today.  That is a sweet number considering we only began less than a month ago!!  We have already delivered one love bomb and have 3 more ready to go, ready to brighten the day for 3 more sisters!!!  I have been contacted to appear on NTV's Good Life show on August 6 and have accepted.  This will put our mission out to many more sisters, giving us the opportunity to Love Bomb many more ladies.  There is also a chance that our story will be shared with a radio station out there, too.  The more we can get the word out, the more hugs we are able to share.  Thanks SO much for being a part of this.  I am touched by so much compassion I see from all of you. 

Remember, there are MANY, MANY ways to get items to me. Email or message me if you need help with that.   I would like to run this for 2 weeks and then get the Love Bombs on their merry way. That means we will close these collections on August 10.  As always, ask away if you have any questions.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The purpose of our Love Bomb is let someone know that they are not alone, that somewhere out there are sisters that care.  Remember, Friday is our final day for nominations. Email or message me your nominations with general details.

I love this quote!!

Pinned Image

This message says so much to me.  There are so many hurts and issues in the world that we simply cannot fix or change or make disappear.  What we can do is let someone know that they are not alone, that someone thinks they are pretty amazing and believe in them.  It may not change the world but it will change a heart, at least for a while.  Thanks for being on this journey with me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pinned Image

This is soooo true.  Think what a Love Bomb does for their day!!  Keep the nominations coming in - remember Friday is the deadline.  I do realize that some stories will touch your heart more than others, so feel free to join in when it touches you.  You all inspire me so thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Adding another question and answer -
Q - Do I need to live in your area to participate?  Absolutely not.  Through the wonders of the internet, we can communicate instantly and this is all about sisters caring about sisters, location is really not important.  We are growing and that is wonderful; it means we can touch more lives in a special way.  I have a couple of nominations that are pretty special right now but am also looking to see if someone knows of a sister impacted by the fires who could use a hug?  I realize that this is ongoing but it will take a while to collect a love bomb to send their way.  Because we are anonymous, location is not the issue.  Have a restful evening.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pinned Image
Reminder that you have until Friday to get me your nomination for a recipient for our next Love Bomb.  Think of someone who would love a surprise - which is basically everybody!  Let's brighten a deserving sister's day.  A few questions I have been asked -
Will she know who nominated her?  - No, not unless you choose to tell her.
How will she get the Love Bomb?  I will mail it to her with an explanation about Sister Hugs unless we decide to get it to her in a different manner.
What types of items are you wanting?  Pretty much anything that will brighten a day.  Little or big, notes, gift cards, chocolate/candy is always "sweet"!  As I suggested earlier, when out shopping, just throw a little something extra in your cart and send it along for a bomb.  A lot of you are big into pinterest - if you want to make something or tag something, beautiful!  Your creativity, concern,  and thoughts are why this can only suceed with the help of each of you. 
Who should be nominated? Think of the person who somehow remains upbeat, even though you know they have so much going on - think of the person who is facing a struggle, think of the person who is always there whenever anyone needs something, or the person who recently moved or had a change in life, or....the list goes on. 
How do I nominate someone? Send me an email or a facebook message.
Will everyone else know who she is? Nope, I get to rename her and offer a description of some of her special qualities but she remains anonymous to the sisters. 
Other questions?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I am pretty excited by something that came in today's mail - a poem that is perfect to include in each Love Bomb - ask and ye' shall receive, I guess!!  She also sent a large donation of vintage handkerchiefs  - one will be included in each bomb with the following poem:

I was an old hankie,
              with nothing to do
'Til the sisters found me
              And gave me to you
You see, they know my secret,
              They do indeed:
That I'm already trained
               If you're ever in need.
I've wiped tears of sorrow
               And tears of joy;
It's the tears of laughter
               That I most enjoy.
So here I am
               Without a qualm,
From your Sister Hug sisters
                In your special LOVE BOMB.

I know many of you are visiting the Sister Hug blog - please leave a comment so others know they are not alone wanting to help.  As we grow, I am going to need more and more help - you're amazing people, keep spreading the hugs!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Today was a very gifted kind of day - I feel the blessings are beginning to roll in and I hope you are feeling the love.  Between the mail and people stopping me in person to give $ and gifts, I am pleased to see that Clare is going to feel some extra love very soon!!  She is such a giver who has devoted so much of her life these past years to others, it is wonderful knowing that she is going to receive a surprise that is just for her!!  Thanks for helping to bomb her with some love.  Be thinking about future nominations for other recipients.  A couple of us were thinking that we would like to bomb a couple of people next month so keep your eyes and ears open for sisters needing a little extra loving and/or appreciation.  Guys, I would love to hear from you, too!  As always, you can message me or send me an email at  I'll post a picture later of our bomb for Clare.  If you want to contribute, there is still time for this one or let me know of any nominations for the next round. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My spy has returned with some great insight into our mission!!  The following is specific things that would be appreciated by Clare and helpful if you want to contribute to the LOVE BOMB.  Any other ideas that you have would also be appreciated AND don't forget the power of a note, card, letter, prayer or drawing.

Favorite beverage- Diet Dr.Pepper, iced tea
Candy- Hershey's dark chocolate
Snacks- trail mix, Chex mix
Food- Mexican
Flowers- daisies or colorful bright flowers
Crafts/Hobbies- she use to do cross stitching, crocheting and quilting, but doesn't have the time now.  She likes to read everything, especially Nebraska authors.  The only magazine she gets is Organic Gardening.  She does have a vegetable garden and lots of flowers!

She has never had a pedicure. :) One of our sisters is already on this one! 

My thoughts would be:
- hats / scarves ( she had on a lavender ball cap)
- movie passes or gift card for going out to go on a date with her special someone - time for her!
- garden gift certificate or gardening magazine
- a novel or gift card to pick out something to read
- Kindle gift card
Calling all sisters!!  I just got back from doing a little shopping for our special sister out there - very little, but a little - and wanted to get back to you, as promised.  I have to set a quick deadline for this one as we are leaving Saturday so I will need any gifts, letters, or $ by Friday.  I know that is fast but am confident it can happen.  My special "spy" has been doing her research and discovered that "Clare" has a kindle so I imagine a gift card to Amazon would get used for that?  Also, restaurant gift cards would be appreciated, especially to a local little town just south of Norris.  I know you are looking for specific ideas, and I will offer some of those but please feel free to expand on these ideas.  You all have such great, creative minds and the gesture is what this is most about.  Also, if you could include a little note, letter or prayer, I know she would cherish those thoughts.

While I am on the creative writing aspect, do any of you have a creative mind for poetry?  I have a poem that I snagged and I love it, but I would prefer a Sister Hug poem created by one of you, to be used with each LOVE BOMB.  Obviously it would be with the intent of having your permission to use it and I am more than eager to give you credit as the author.  Here is the one that I currently have, and love, just need one written that I know is free to use!

"As you face life's challenges
And go about your day
A sister who you do not know
is sending love your way.

And as the day turns into night
And you lay down to rest
A sister who you've never met
Is praying you'll be blessed

Not out of pity or sympathy
But out of a love that's true
An army of Sisters, side by side
With thoughts and prayers for you.

Be Encouraged."

Isn't that wonderful?  Any one willing to create one for us? 

Ok, on to specifics - pampering for her is the first name of this game so anything that is special for her would be great.  I don't know if she likes chocolates or sweets but imagine it would be a nice addition.  Magazines or books - Christian stories make a nice, safe read.  Things for the kids to do - while that may not sound like a luxury for her, think about the relaxing that can happen if the kids are busy! :)Flowers or a plant would be ok this time as this gift is not being mailed but rather dropped off.    I got her a lightweight throw as a special "hug" from the sisters.  I know most of us are sweating from this heat but a friend who was going through chemo told me that she was cold all of the time.  Even if she's not, she has a physical hug to remember our love.  Anything you can contribute would be magnificent.  You can drop it by my house, mail it to me, or leave it at school.  If you are in Lincoln, email me and I'll give you a drop off point there, too.  If none of the above work, let me know and I'll come pick it up.  Thanks so much.  More ideas will follow as my "spy" gets more thoughts my way!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Photo: While I had hold of the hubbys fancy cell phone here is a visual update for what has been collected for our solo mums birthday gifts and our 10 love bomb ladies!

Impressive, considering we've only been at this for a few days (you are all VERY organised!!), but still a lot more needed for our 10 bombee's

If your gift is in here: THANK YOU !!! <3
This is a picture of some of the hug material The Sisterhood in New Zealand gathered for their love bombs.  I thought I might give you an idea as to little things you can contribute for our love bombs.  The idea is simply to brighten someone's day, to say someone cares, that you are not alone.  It does not need to be big or expensive, just looking to pass along a little hug to someone who could use one.  After all, don't we all need a hug from time to time?
Good Morning!  I am so excited about the future of Sister Hugs!  Thank you for all of your interest and offers to belong.  If you feel like you're a Sister, you already are!  Please keep your nominations coming in for our next huggee.  Our first one is a pretty obvious choice whom I will call Clare.  Since she doesn't know she's being love bombed, I can't ask her for permission to share her story.  While many of you will recognize her story, others will not and that's the way this simply because it's the right thing for a sister to do. 

Clare is an amazing grandmother/mom.  She is struggling with her own health right now, all while dealing with bigger family issues than most of us could ever dream.  Through it all, she continues to put the needs of others before her own.  She has dealt with family tragedy after tragedy

If you feel like you would like to send a smile to her, please EMAIL ME. This is going to take a lot of helpers to get in behind our LOVE BOMB to make it a success.

The details:

  • If you are stuck for ideas just ask me, I have a little list for her that she might find delightful.
  • To protect her privacy, I will not be releasing any address details.
  • Therefore, you will need to pay for postage to send to me, and I will be forwarding everything on once it has all been collected in one big LOVE BOMB parcel
  • I am also accepting money if you aren't able / dont want to send anything. Any dollars sent will go towards pamper packages.
  • Even if you feel like right now you can't contribute, a lovely letter of appreciation would ALWAYS go down a treat. We are thinking quality of smiles here people, not expensive smiles.
  • Most importantly, please contact me to contribute.  (right now! do it!)
So ladies. I am loving YOU. You who get up each morning day after day and put a smile on your dial. You who make this world a better place. Hugs to you.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sister Hugs
Welcome to Sister Hugs, a wonderful new cause originally created in New Zealand and lovingly shared with me to continue here in the U.S.  I desire to help those that, through no fault of their own, are hurting in one way or another.  I have big dreams of doing world-changing acts, but I lack the resources to follow through on most of them.  It is just not feasible for me to fill my home with 20 needy children, to open a home for young mothers, to help every homeless person I meet.  I don't know how to build new homes for those who lost theirs to fires, natural disasters, or poverty.  I can't take away the pain of sickness or death.  What I can do is to try to brighten the day for one or more of these wonderful people through a LOVE BOMB!  With the help of other sisters and their friends and resources, we put together a basket of hugs, letters, gifts, necessities that will show this beautiful soul that they are not alone, that they have someone who cares.