My Christmas Miracle

The Gift of Life – I am a Transplant Recipientth

I have PKD – Polycystic Kidney Disease.                   I received my Gift on Christmas Day 2013.

After my Transplant I mailed a letter to my Donor’s Family through the Gift of Life Program. Today it is 4 years 3 months since my transplant.



Here is my letter to the donor…

Dear Donor:

I want to Thank You for your precious gift, ‘The Gift of Life’, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

I pray for your family for their loss, and for the Love and Care in honoring your wish to give the gift of Life. Even though you are no longer in the physical world with them, I pray you will always be with them in spirit and in memories of all the good times. I pray the end was easy.

I know not what faith base you are, but for me and my family this will always be the best Christmas ever. You have returned Life to me. After languishing for over five years you have restored to me many things…

As a Mother of four daughters, and five grandchildren, I can now resume my proper place in the family. I will now, once again, be able to tend to them, instead of them always having to worry about and take care of me.

For over 25 year I was a Girl Scout Leader of troops, a volunteer facilitating large council events, and a volunteer at summer resident camp. I was also a Boy Scout facilitating large unit events and a badge counselor (Boat and Water Safety, Kayaking, and Reptiles & Amphibians). I hope I will be able to resume some of these scouting activities. I will not be able to work directly with the kids due to my compromised immune system, but I hope to find a way.

Once again I will be able to be active in my community and church, maybe I will be able to sing once again in the choir.

So as you see Dear Donor, I have much to be Thankful for, thanks to you and your precious Gift. You will be in my thoughts and prays forever.

I am humbled and I thank you.


This note was included on the back of my 2014 Christmas Card. (above)

A Personal Note & Request:
You all know that I spent 2012 and 2013 going in and out the Hospital.

This past Christmas 2013, I received the ‘The Gift of Life’,                                       for me and my family it was the best Christmas ever.                                    Returning Life to me, after languishing for over 5 years on dialysis.                       For 4 months, Dec 2012 to March 2013, I was literally dying.

This Christmas Day, I ask you to Light a Candle for my Donor Bill and his family.  Please keep them in your prayers, it is so hard to lose someone on Christmas Day.

Because of their Gift, I can once again become active.
I received not ONE, but TWO Kidneys (unheard of).                                          Thanks to all of YOU for your Good Thoughts & Prayers.

Love from Our House to Yours

I have so much to look forward to and to be Thankful for.


Every Christmas since, we ask the same…                                                          Light a Candle for Bill and his Family.

Donate Life

Please sign up to be an Organ Donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.

Thanks for stopping by,

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,             and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle


I Now See, … I can return now.

I Now See, that is who I was meant to be, I can return now.

As I read, my chest began to feel heavy, my eyes began to weep,
I thought the heaviness would stay, but as I drew deep breaths,
It slowly drifted away, as my sighs and cleansing tears rolled by,
Stop,  …  Breathe Deep,  …  Slow the Weep,  …  Clearing now,
I see the fierce one was once me, but I tired, my spirit, expired,
I now see, that is who I was meant to be, I can return now.

I wrote this in response while reading this postYou are too quiet for my liking.

Feeling Hope for the Return of my Spirit

Those who have read me, knew, some of what I had been through. Goodbye November  being one, then when I thought I was starting to feel the Heal, I wrote – Hello 2018… I Think I Can. When I read ‘You are too quiet for my liking’ I felt it talking directly to me. There is Hope, My Spirit is small and very fragile, she is peaking out and gingerly taking small tippy-toes at this point. I do not have Faith in her yet, but there is Hope.


Your faces in the darkness, kindle my small spark.
Thank you for stopping by, – Omaeagle


The 1940’s Brown Velvet Suit


Mother’s Brown Velvet Suit

It is Near 80 Years Old. It’s a very plush velvet, extra soft and cushiony.                 The buttons are white daisy-like flowers with a ‘rhinestone’ in the center.

Mother, wore this suit from age 16 to 24, Pre & Post WWII. (1940 to 1947)            I wore it from age 16 to 27, during and post Vietnam. (1967 to 1979)                        I wore it with brown suede platform shoes.


Passing It On.

I kept it all these years. In November 2017, It was passed on to my eldest daughter, age 37. She came ‘home’ for three weeks from mid-November through to early December, for an ‘American’ Thanksgiving, and an early Christmas. She has lived in Scotland for 11 years now. She was very close to her Grandmother, ‘Nanny Moon’. She loved The Brown Velvet Suit, but, she is going to make some alterations. She says: ‘The daisy buttons have to go, and maybe the sleeves, to make it a proper vest’. She will use it for work, I can’t wait to see what she does with it. I hope to be able to share some pictures in the future. * Note: My daughter, after reading my post, said she always intended to keep the keep sleeves on this Brown Velvet Suit.


My Daughter was close to her ‘Nanny Moon’.

Funny thing is, Nanny Moon’s Grandmother, came from Edinburgh, Scotland, the very city where my daughter now works. Nanny Moon always wanted to go visit ‘The Scotland’, where her Grandparents came from. Now at least her Brown Velvet Suit will get to live and work there. 🙂

Mom in velvet suitHelen Mc & Mary Bomboy? Brown velvet copy


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Hello 2018… I Think I Can.

I Think I’m Back.

I have been absent for awhile, I was too emotionally exhausted to go on. Too weak to speak, or even write without the weep. My mind is beginning to respond and stay on, my heart still has a deep bruise. My spirit is coming back in Spurts. So for now, I feel, I will be returning in baby steps. I will start with some of my poetry, and see where it takes me.

Too Many Battles, Not Enough Victories.

The past many years have been hard,                                                                       Fate has not often punched my reward card,

Those who have read me knew, some of what I had been through,                            Struggle after struggle, end on end, one on top of the other,                          Dialysis, ICU’s, hospice, transplant, & tending to a toxic mother.                            But the final straw was in the end,                                                                               the loss in Nov. of my 2 Fur Friends.

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon… Omaeagle

Goodbye November

A Rough Month

November was a very emotional month for me.


There was of course the normal stuff, paying bills, going to many doctors, etc.

There was the very emotional three week visit from my daughter and her spouse. My Daughter has lived in Scotland for 11 years now.  We have not seen her in 3 years. They came ‘home’ for an proper American Thanksgiving with the family. They swooped in, and we all ran around like ‘Loons’. We did Historic Philadelphia; Longwood Gardens; We saw Annie in Philly; and ate at many Vegan restaurants. They went to Wellsboro to visit family at their cabin property and see the Pa. Grand Canyon; then they went out to see Fallingwater, the  Frank Lloyd Wright House; They returned to our house, then they were off to spend several days in New York City visiting with friends, seeing Miss Saigon, the New York Philharmonic, etc.

Then before I knew it, we were saying our goodbyes through sobs and tears. Not knowing when we will see each other again.

The final heartbreaks for me was…

on the 10th Belle the 16 year old Border Collie died,
on the 28th Tyler the 14+ year old Cocker died.

Our 3 Black dogs 2004Belle on LawnTyler & Rock

I can no longer find my voice.

I have nothing left to say.
I can no longer post,
I can no longer blog.


Thanks for listening.

Recycling Clothes… 5


Repurpose Receiving Blankets


They are usually made from a nice heavy flannel, and come in such cute patterns… Disney characters, cartoons, etc. So once you are are done using them to ‘swaddle’ or as light throws, repurpose them by making nice flannel pillowcases.  It is so easy, just fold them in half and sew.

My children Loved their pillowcases they used them forever. In the warm months, they would wick the sweat from your brow, and in the cold months they were warm. My children used them up to and all the way through College. They used them at home, and traveling, at summer camp, they even took them to their dorm rooms. Some were even used by the grandkids. The cartoon style ones were loved the most. Flintstones, Pebbles & Bam Bam, the Jetsons, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, Pooh Bear, etc. I still have, 3 left home here, 1 Yogi Bear and 2 miscellaneous. I use them occasionally. 🙂

These are the last of the pillowcases made from the receiving blankets. Not the best pictures, but what do you want for being almost 40. Plus they became softer and softer through the years. 😀

recieving blanket. 3receiving blanket. 2recieving.


What are some of you quick repurposing ideas?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,   and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our Mayflower Lines… Plymouth Colony to Pennsylvania

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Minnie Adelade Willse, 1883–1952

Our Grandmother Minnie was born in New Amsterdam, New York.                   On her father Constant D Willse’s line, she is Netherlands Dutch and Mayflower English.

She’s a descendant of two of the First Original Migrations to The Americas.

The Mayflower Separatist (Saints) whom landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, and The Netherlands Dutch with the Dutch West India Trading Company whom migrated to settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

The Mayflower Saints landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620.


This is the our Mayfower direct line.

George SOULE Sr.    (1590 – 1677)   9th GG fatherMayflower Line.
– signed The Mayflower Compact
George Soule Jr.        (1624-1704)     8th GG father
Mary Soule                (1680-1726)     7th GG mother
Joseph Devol Jr.        (1703-1782)     6th GG father
Isabel Devol              (1724-1800)     5th GG mother
Peabody Cook           (1767-1850)     4th GG father
Lucy Ann Cook         (1797-1870)     3rd GG mother
Constant C Willse     (1824-1910)     2nd GG father
Constant D Willse    (1864-1953)     GG father
Minnie A Willse       (1883-1952)     Grandmother

Our Mayflower linage, thus far.

  1. Anderson, Isabel Elizabeth – born 1621 • Massachusetts
  2. Adley / Audley, John (William) – born 1602 • England
  3. Beckett, William – born 1530 • England
  4. Borden, Henry – born 1370 • England
  5. Briggs, Henrie – born 1574 • England
  6. Briggs, John – born 1624 • Rhode Island
  7. Butterbutler, Agnes – born ‘1525’ • England
  8. Classez, Eechje – born 1680 • New York
  9. Cook / Cooke, Thomas – born 1569 • England
  10. Cornell, Thomas – born 1595 • England
  11. Devol, Richard – born 1530 • England
  12. Eldred, Alyce – born 1570 • England
  13. Felkes, Margaret – born 1576 • England
  14. Fisher, Edward – born 1616 • England
  15. Fowle, Richard – born ‘1514’ • England
  16. Hill, Henry – born 1540 • England
  17. Hills, Susan – born 1548 • England
  18. Hinckes, Mary – born ‘1575’ • England
  19. Iden,Margaret – born 1540 • England
  20. Lang, Margaret – born 1580 • England
  21. Lawton, George – born 1581 • England
  22. Leigh, Ann – born 1530 • England
  23. Muller, Michael – born ‘1600’ • Germany
  24. Odding, George – born 1585 • England
  25. Peabody, Hannah – born 1700 • Rhode Island
  26. Pickard / Pickert, Bartholomew – born ‘1650’ • England
  27. Potter, George – born 1584 • England
  28. Reeder, Joan – born 1572 • England
  29. Salisbury, Thomas – born ‘1589’ • England
  30. Sherman, Henry – born ‘1520’ England
  31. Smith, Isabell – born 1585 • England
  32. Smith, Richi – born ‘1580’ • England
  33. Soule, William – born ‘1565’ • England
  34. Stokes, Elizabeth – born 1638 • Massachusetts
  35. Taylor, Martha – born ‘1590’ • England
  36. Thomas, George – born 1620 • Massachusetts
  37. Tomor / Tornor, Thomas – born 1397 • England
  38. Uebele / Ubelin, Hans Wilhelm – born ‘1625’ • German
  39. Walreth, Johann – born ‘1700’ • Germany
  40. Ward, Philippa – born 1577 • England
  41. Weare, Joan – born ‘1675’ • England
  42. Weiser, Jacob – born ‘1590’ • Germany
  43. Westcott, Rebecca – born 1605 • England
  44. Wilber / Wilbore, Dorothy – born 1617 • England


Read about George Soule Sr. and The Mayflower Compact. The first legal social contract composed in the New World. >  George Soule… 1590-1677

Read about our Thanksgiving tradition of reflecting on our ancestors and their First ‘Harvest Thanksgiving’. >  Holiday Foods – Thanksgiving


Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,    and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle