June 14, 2014

Florida Family Suffers Double Loss - How You Can Lend a Hand

The Freeburn Family of New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater has lost two family members. Find out how you can help.

I lost a friend last week. Her sister lost more. Her sons lost more. 

My friends, Lindsay and Tabby, visited their mom at the hospital on Monday, June 9, to say 'goodbye' to her. She died of cancer that day.

As if that weren't enough of a loss or enough grief...

Two days later, Lindsay rolled out of bed and stopped breathing. The autopsy results showed her death was caused by Cardiomegaly - an enlarged heart. She died from a massive heart attack.

Everyone knew she was big-hearted. Our big-hearted friend
 died at the age of 31, leaving behind a husband and two sons. And Tabby.

In two days, Tabby lost her mom and her sister.
In two days, Lindsay's sons lost their grandma and their mom.

Tabby and Lindsay
The loss this family has experienced is immeasurable. Most of us can't even imagine what that must be like.

The Things We Do to Help Others During the Grief Process

We do many things to help our friends and neighbors through tragedy, don't we?

We bring food.

We offer to watch the kids, if necessary.
We help make phone calls.
We pray with them.
We cry with them.

We rush to the aid of our friends.

The community of New Smyrna Beach (NSB) and Edgewater (Florida, U.S.A.) have also pulled together to help with some of the practical needs, proving they are the beautiful community I always knew they were.

If you are local and would like to join that event, you can find it on Facebook.

What You Can Do to Help

I'm here to let you know the help this family needs. If you find it in your heart and within your abilities to help, these are the fundraisers in place at this time.

If you are in a position to help, the Freeburn family could surely use the assistance in this terrible time.

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January 6, 2014

Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew

Also known as hobo stew, mulligan stew and beggar's stew, this delicious, slightly recipe is great for fall and winter days.

You may know this dish by a variety of names: Hobo Stew, Beggar Stew or Mulligan stew are of few. My grandma use to make this on Sundays after church. I loved into the house, out of the brisk fall or winter air, to the smell of this stew. Ahhhh... memories.

I like making this crockpot meal because it's fast, easy and affordable. I've simplified this even more by substituting individual spices such as thyme, bay leaves and parsley with Italian seasoning. In today's dish, I didn't include potatoes, but you certainly can.