The following are some memories in tribute to our Father’s

The following are some memories in tribute to our Nurse Founders Dad.
Hugh McCaffrey was born into an Irish Catholic family, son of a nurse and Steamboat Captain in Dubuque, IA. He met and married my mother who served him donuts after mass while serving in the Coast Guard during WWII. They then moved to New York for a career in radio or so he thought. Dad was blessed with Irish charm and good looks of dark curly hair & blue eyes, he was immediately asked if he’d consider modeling. He became one of the top US models from 1944-1958, including being a model for Norman Rockwell for his 1945 picture, ’ Home Coming’.
Dad was also blessed with many gifts, love of God, leadership, Eagle Scout, artist, athlete, and love of my mom and our family. He taught my 2 brothers and sister and I how to dance while standing on his feet. He and mom taught us many things including how to sing, swim, dance, play softball, tennis and laugh with others and ourselves. He was not a great organizer so we watched him succeed and fail at setting up businesses. Thank God for mom thus his successes outweighed the tough lessons. What I know is, he taught us to love God, family, community, and nation.
My Dad had a quick Irish temper and, thankfully, he also had the gift of forgiveness. I remember my sister and I guiding my parents in the weeks before my father’s death to go over their lives together, remembering the good times and the mistakes of poor choices and then asking each other for forgiveness both from God but especially the forgiveness of each other. Many tears were shed during those sessions. It is a great exercise of the mind and heart. It was a beautiful gift they gave us, Forgiveness and love.
These are some of the lessons of life which sustain me for my journey ahead. I ask you with your loved ones to take the time to sit and reminisce, looking at the good times and those not so good. They helped shape you.
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Memories of My Loving Dad… Father’s Day

Memories of My Loving Dad…
Father’s Day Memories, an Exercise of Love
When you think of your dad many memories will come to mind. If you are fortunate, you were raised by two loving parents who taught you love and life from the best forum of a healthy family. Oh, I didn’t say perfect, but in watching your parents we learn to do it better and learn true love.
Being a Father isn’t hard, any male can do it BUT being a Dad is one of the greatest roles one can have in life. In a small way, it resembles the God Father role. The God of Creation, who loves us into life. The God who encourages us in the use of our God given gifts and teaches us how to succeed and if he is wise, he teaches us how to fail. In our failures we learn how to do it better and eventually how to do it right.
As we age, we have the time to think back on our families. If you are lucky you may even remember in color, something fun to think about. It’s a great head and heart exercise.
I ask you to think of your dad. Go back in your memories to remember some of the scenes of your life. The lessons you’ve been taught by your dad, forgiving each other when things were not perfect. Think about how you love each other anyway. Close your eyes and enjoy your trip…

Today, I am writing in tribute to the mo

Today, I am writing in tribute to the mother of one of our own team members. Please know when any of you are going through trials, you can ask for pray. As part of the Martha’s Hands family, we will lift you up in prayer

Recently, when I was told her mother was very ill and near death. I asked how I could help. I realized the best thing I could do is pray, to pray for her that our God would lift her up during this time and carry her through these hours. I asked that He would walk with the family during this time. He is calling yet our God asks us to be patient as we offer Him all the pain and sorrow, all the good times and bad all being offered as gift to our Creator who created us loves us into being, teaches us to love through the example of our Savior and later calls us home. I offered special prayers for her and her family that they may be consoled from their loss. She lived a good life, she ran the race, fought the good fight and remained faithful in loving her God and Savior.
The following is the prayer I wrote for her and her mom.
“Come Lord, Jesus, our Savior and our hope.
Our Father..
Hail Mary..
Dear Lord, we love You, we praise You and we thank You for all You are in our lives. We ask You to wrap her and her family in Your loving arms, grant us Your love and mercy. May You relieve her of any pain and sorrow. Protect her from all harm. Forgive her and us for all the times we’ve fallen short of your love. May she find rest in your kingdom for all times, where she will stand with all her family, her mom & dad, etc. who have gone ahead, Your Blessed Mother, Mary, and all the angels and Saints.
Lord, We offer you our lives, our thoughts, words, and deeds. We ask only for you love and your mercy.
For the sake of your sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen”

As Children of God, we may call upon our Creator and ask blessings for each other.

May you all be blessed,
Eileen
And the Martha’s Hands Staff

Martha Remembers Memorial Day Did you kn

Martha Remembers Memorial Day
Did you know the history of Memorial Day? Memorial Day, a Federal Holiday, is celebrated the last Monday of each May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.
The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Decoration Day, as it was first known, are unclear.
In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.
After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all America wars.
Earlier, at least, 25 places had been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Many times our Scouts, church and/or members work as Teams to clean up the cemeteries, march in parades, and join in other activities to honor our Service Men and Women and fly the flag of our dear country America. If you are able, volunteer with them.
Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, It includes more than a thousand photographs.
May we always remember those who fought and those who have died in the service to our country.
We thank them and their families for their tremendous sacrifice. God bless them for their gift of service to our country. They were willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice…their lives in service and love.
May God continue to bless America and may we strive to be worthy.

Eileen
Nurse Founder