This is an invitation to join with me as I share with families the Importance of their role as the foundation for happy, healthy children. Children do not come with an instruction manual. Every child is a unique individual with temperamental characteristics that are theirs alone. It is my desire to spend the remainder of my years delivering an understanding of child development into homes with children. I bring compassion along with a depth of hands on experience and education. I want to offer encouragement to caregivers of young children. The tools I will use will be varied and fun. Your support means I can be there for others and you will be a part of my work.My heart and my home will be open via the internet. I will share my love of my husband of 50 years, my son and my home. A strong foundation of education and years of working with young children and their families will enable me to outreach with understanding. The format of all my offerings will be love. As I developed my lesson plans while teaching, I will plan in co-ordination with the seasons and holidays. The range of my interests is vast, but all will be offered with joy!
Christian wife of 50 years
Retired from Healthy Families Lower Shore serving as home visitor to families living on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
Experience presenting “Growing Great Kids” curriculum
Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.
Degree in Early Childhood Education
Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five
Hobbies and Interests:
Fabric arts including quilting, hand-spinning, applique, crochet and sewing
Baking and cooking
Reading including my Bible, mysteries and love inspired suspense
Hello. There is a lot of discussion in state legislatures recently concerning prenatal and new born babies. I believe all life is precious. It is important to me to act on my beliefs. Scripture tells us “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5 and “Children are a gift from God.” Psalm 127:3.
Maryland has a program called Safe Haven. This program allows new moms the option to give their newborns to a participating hospital, police or responsible adult within 10 days of birth. The mom says this is a “Safe Haven Baby” and no questions will be asked. I have a Safe Haven sign on the front of our home. I would accept the new-born and then take it to the proper authorities explaining that this is a Safe Haven Baby. It is my hope that this program may prevent a newborn from abandonment. You can find out if there is a program like this where live. Maryland’s program is under the department of health and human resources.
I have created a prayer for new life. I have printed out copies of this prayer and shared it and the Safe Haven information with my church family. I hope you will join me in praying for new life. Thank you and God Bless, Miss Trudy
Dearest God, Maker, Creator, Father of Life. Please hear my plea. Protect the precious newborns and babies-to-be. Let life unfold as it is meant to be. In Jesus name, I pray to Thee.
Today I will share some ideas for showing your love and remind you how very much God loves You! Truly!
“Lift up your face to God.” Job 22:26 Now Job had a quite a face to lift up to God. It was red, festered, teary, grieving. He had seen sorrow and he got the tee shirt of misery. Yep! His friends were commiserating about his woes. Almighty God heard their moaning and he stepped in to ask Job a question and it was a doozy! Ready, Where were you when I made the world? Kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it? Wow! I have been sharing how much I enjoy my writing books. The last two scripture quotations are written near the photo of me and my dad. It was our last dance together. “Because you are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you.” Isaiah 43: 4. I prayed for my dad. I knew he was in God’s hands and I knew he was going where there would be no more sickness and his bride was waiting with God to welcome him. “Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 I hope these thoughts warm your heart this cold January day.
I have also begun to create my valentines and some pretties for Valentines Day. Patrick took close up photos so you could see what I have been doing. You know I enjoy crafting with old greeting cards, well I cut out a heart pattern using the back of a card. Then placing the pattern on the front I cut out hearts. I made a dozen different cards with glue, paper scissors and the fronts and backs of old cards. Joy! I also made hearts using cross stitch, another was made with buttons and felt and the last was a hand stitched into a crazy patch heart. I started with scraps of fabric and placed the first piece in the center. I continued to add scraps until the piece was the size I wanted. Do not cut this pieced piece of cloth. Make a pattern a heart and use it to draw on top of the pieced fabric. Now embellish with embroidery, lace and buttons. Mine even has a blue bird pin. Now you cut out the heart shape and cut another piece of fabric using the heart for a pattern. I blanket stitched the two heart pieces wrong sides together. You can then and finished by sewing a pin or a ribbon on the back. Lastly, I am using a grape vine wreath to create a special anniversary piece which I will hang on the front door. I promise to take a picture when it is done. Oh, here is the web site information for 58,000 e books I was talking about. https://en.wikpedia.org/wiki/projectgutenberg.org Enjoy! Blessings and warm hearts, Trudy
“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” John 1:1 God was – God is – God always will be. “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3 The bible begins with God. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 What was the very first thing God made? Do you know? It was light. “And God said let there be light :and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 Light. All life depends on light. Before He made anything else, God made light. “And God saw the light that it was good.” Genesis 1:4 In the first Epistle of John we read: “God is light and in Him is not darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 All we need for life God created. He knew our needs. He was thinking of us when by His power the very first glorious light burst forth from the mind of God. We have free will. God will not force us to do anything. We must turn to the light ourselves. In the light is warmth, life and love – great love – boundless, limitless love – God’s wonderful love! Wonder! Joy! “Come let us walk in the light of the lord!” Isaiah 2:5 Blessings, Trudy
The colors – blues, rusts, and lavenders radiate from the center of the quilt outwards. The play of lights and dark’s remind me of the sunlight and shadows that dappled the old porch floor where the quilt design emerged from a jumble of fabric triangles.
This quilt would not exist if years ago someone hadn’t taken the time to share. They took the time to give me their knowledge and enthusiasm. I was taught how to sew. I learned to express my deepest feeling with needle and thread. I have sewn grief, prayers, love and joy to create a heart gift that speaks for me of my deepest feelings.
Kindness given long ago surrounds me now with color and warmth in the form of a quilt. Think of this blog as a collection of cotton fabric scraps given to you. You spill the contents out and begin to sort the scraps that appeal to you. Colors of life experiences, interests, beliefs and gratitude are spilled out in front of you.
At the center of all these is the dominate color of me. love. I am a daughter of God and of Albert Groff. I am a wife of 50 years and a mom. I am comfortable with this time in my life. I have peace, time, joy and great love. As you read the scraps of thoughts that I write to you, discover the ones that add beauty and richness to the quilt fabric of your life. It is my prayer that you will use these to express your true self. Use whatever medium stirs your soul. Create and grow. Discover what enriches your faith. Share the blessing that is you with others.
When a woman’s about twenty, With a baby about two, She begins to wonder what the years will do. Baking a cake for a community affair She pictures herself with silver hair.
Carrying her efforts to a church nearby A huge truck salutes with an air horn’s blare Which confection he is complementing She just couldn’t care.
Acknowledgement is made with a lady like wave, But the thrill of impropriety is saved, Put by against what the years will do.
There is a lot of learning going on. Baby continues to grow and gain weight. His feeding/wake schedule may change because he has hit a growth spurt and he is hungry. Ask your medical provider when to begin to introduce solid foods. It is also during this time baby begins to teethe. This could affect his appetite and his sleep routine. Most babies this age are starting to crawl, You might be surprised at how be maneuvers himself about.
Safety – If you have not yet taken a floor level search of your home – now is the time! Do you have safety plugs in unused outlets? Tie up blind cords. Where do you keep cleaning supplies? Can they be moved to an upper cabinet? Cabinet locks and “bumper pads” for sharp corners on your list? What about stairs? Need a safety gate? Emergency information on your phone is great, but what if something happens and you do not have the phone or are unable to use it? Please create an emergency information sheet. List on this sheet emergency contact numbers, medical provider contact, any medications baby is taking, Dad’s work number and maybe even the number of a neighbor who would help in an emergency. Keep this in a protective plastic sheet on the fridge.
Teething – Babies may begin to teethe between 4 to 7 months, some later. Teething may be painful, but it doesn’t usually make baby sick. Contact your healthcare provider if baby has diarrhea, vomiting, rashes on the body, a high fever, or cough and congestion. These are not normal signs of teething. www.webmd.com * Researching on teething information I learned that the liquid filled teethers, and teething necklaces should not be used. Numbing gel products, containing benzocaine like “orajel” should not be used on children under two years of age. Learn more at www.mouthhealth.org a web sight of the American Dental Association.
Baby is learning ways to get from one place to another. He is curious and eager to explore. He may crawl, scoot and pull to a stand. He will look for a toy that is hidden. He can drop things intentionally to see what happens. He is also watching your response to this activity. *Remember this activity is developmentally appropriate for this time period.
Stranger Anxiety – Your baby now understands the difference between you and a stranger. You can help baby get comfortable. Baby will watch you for cues, show how him that you like and trust the new person.
Separation Anxiety – Your baby will likely cry when you leave to persuade you to stay. I encourage you not to sneek away. Tell baby good=bye and that you will be back to get him, then leave. If you are concerned you can always call the caregiver to check on baby. I encouraged parents to have a picture of themselves and tape it to a spot baby can see.
Stress – It is important to understand that babies are tuned in to our feelings. They know when we are happy or upset. Even if baby is asleep angry voices and conflict can raise stress levels of babies as young as 6 months.
God Bless you and this young life you are caring for.