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Skydiving a Life-changing Check Off My Bucket List

By Nancy Stoops

I have lived a very exciting and fulfilling life.  I have travelled to all seven continents, have had many close-up wildlife experiences, worked with shamans and chiefs, meditated with the monks in Thailand, swam with sharks, have two published books on Amazon and so much more. My bucket list was very short because at sixty-five I really have done it all.  Skydiving was always on that list and it seems like every time I was ready to go, we would have a death in the family.  Well in July I finally had the opportunity to finally go and it was life-changing.  I have never felt such freedom as I did jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet.  As a child I would have flying dreams and on that day my dreams came true and I was flying like a bird.  Skydiving also reminded me that there isn’t anything that I can’t work through or accomplish.

I think Covid has left many of us complacent because our lives got shut down and we got comfortable in that. I know many people are having a hard time going back to school, work and just generally back into life.  Skydiving was a great way to awaken me and all of my senses.  I just feel so very alive again and excited for the next adventure.  I hope you can find something to wake you up and make you part of the living again.  Try to fight the fears and the lies that hold you hostage from the life you deserve to have.  You deserve to be excited, fulfilled, happy and content.  Make today the day you start living your best life and being your best self!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the therapy dog on Amazon.net.

A New School Year

By Melody Kraemer

A new school year! Who is ready? I have enjoyed these past summer months with my kids at home, and it seemed we were off to some adventure almost every day. 

It could be that we subconsciously are making up for the summer before when we were in “lockdown.” The summer, let alone this year, has flown by in a blink of an eye. Now the kids will be starting school, and though that much-needed break between us is probably needed. I will miss the lazy days of sleeping in, the swimming, the extended sunshine days, no schedules, and all the downtime. Now isn’t that what summer is all about?  

In a few short days, we will buckle back down and get back on our daily schedule. It won’t be easy, and granted, I should have stayed on a schedule during the summer, but my kids needed this break and had only a few short weeks of summer. With my boys having ASD, autism spectrum disorder,  they attended ESY (extended school year). So these few weeks of summer were precious to us, we enjoyed them and made as many memories as we could.  

My youngest will even be going back to school with a brand new look. He decided to find his daddy’s beard trimmer and start shaving his head. There’s never a dull moment in our world, now onto the next season of life. Reach out and let me know if you are ready for school. 


Ecclesiastes 3:1
1. For everything there is a season, and a time for every a purpose under heaven


 Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of  AutismMomAdventures.com

Follow her on Instagram @So_Cal_Autism_Mom_Adventures and Facebook.com/autismmomadventures 

For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Deliberate Confidence

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…” 2 Timothy 4:17

What gives you confidence?  Watching the “2020” Olympics, I can’t help but to be impressed by the confidence of the athletes who are on one of the biggest stages of their lives.    Families and whole countries are cheering them on and hoping they bring home the gold.   It would seem a lifetime of training, a strong support system, a focused mind, and for some faith, has given these athletes such strong confidence.   Paul the Apostle used athletic metaphors often.  One of his last metaphors he employed was of both a fighter and runner.   As Paul was penned his swan song letter to Timothy, he says “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). What is most impressive is that he wrote these words from prison, with few friends left.  In prison for his faith in Christ.  Having few friends willing to stand with him for fear of their own lives, or because of societal shame.  What then gave Paul confidence?  Paul experienced God standing with him in past circumstances and difficulties.  He also knew countless others were spurred to faith in Christ through his chains as his faith was on display (Philippians 1:12).  Many saw the reality of Christ power in his willingness to suffer for Christ.  Oswald Chambers once said, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”   Paul found himself at times in chains, being beaten, shipwrecked, and even abandoned, but those were times when he knew the Lord was closest and stood with him (2 Timothy 4:17).  Paul said, “none of these things move me” so to finish his race with joy (Acts 20:24).  Joy in the fact that he would finish his race on this side of Heaven with unwavering faith.  Deliberate confidence is (Faith) that God is always in control.  The Lord stood with Paul as Paul stood with the Lord.  I pray you that you live deliberately confident in the fact that God hears you and is standing with you. 

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale.  Sundays 8:30/10:30am.  Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available.  http://www.calvaryeastvale.org. 

India

By Mark Hopper

One of the most memorable places my wife and I have visited is India. Several years ago we flew from Los Angeles to Taiwan then on to Singapore and arrived in Mumbai on the west coast of India. It was a long journey. We spent several days in Mumbai seeing some of the sights and visiting some ministries working among the poorest people in the city. Then we flew to Hyderabad where our host met us at the airport and drove 3-4 hours outside the city to a boarding school and orphanage.

We were surprised by the heavy traffic. Driving in India is not for the faint hearted. Hundreds of cars, trucks and scooters crammed together honking their horns as they waited for the traffic lights to change. When we left the city behind us we found the two-lane highway heart stopping too. Cars and trucks struggled to pass each other on the busy highway.

The countryside provided a different perspective of life in India. We saw people working the fields and were impressed by the variety of agriculture that stretched to the horizon.

We spent a week at the boarding school and orphanage working alongside the staff and leading a children’s program with over 300 students participating. We shared Bible lessons, led recreation and engaged the students in making crafts and art projects.

We were impressed with the hard working staff and the enthusiastic students. Students were respectful and energetic. The school provided meals, housing and a rigorous education for the children. It was a week we will always remember.

Our host drove us back to the airport in Hyderabad where we caught a flight to Delhi in northern India. We couldn’t leave this beautiful country without seeing the Taj Mahal. This magnificent structure is located about two hours outside of Delhi. It is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Several of our neighbors in Diamond Bar are from Indian descent. They are delightful people who are proud of their heritage. I love to tell them about our trip to India. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Let me encourage you to set your sights on visiting other parts of the world. Get outside the tourist centers and catch a glimpse of daily life in the country. And get to know your own neighbors who have come from other parts of the world. You will be glad you did and they will too!   

Read 365 more stories and articles (one for every day of the year) in the book Let me Encourage You by Mark Hopper. You can purchase two copies for only $30 plus postage ($5). Buy one for yourself and one to give a friend. Order your copies at mark@efreedb.org.

Healing Faith

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.” Matthew 9:22

As Jesus would pass through the region, people would crowd him to see Him, hear Him, or seek to be healed by Him.  His reputation preceded Him as a prophet and healer, but little did they know at the time that He was the Christ, who was prophesized about going back to Genesis 3:15.   As Jesus made his way through this particular city, and as crowds were pressing into Him, He says “who touched me?” (Luke 8:45).  One of His disciples says with exuberant confidence “Master everyone is touching you.”  Yes, obviously, many seemed to be touching Him, but Jesus said this was different.  He says, “I perceive power has gone out from Me.” (Luke 8:46).   Something was different about this person’s touch.  When Jesus asked the question “who touched Me,” the crowd dissipated a bit and all who was left was a woman on her knees trembling.   This woman reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed instantly.   She “reached out” as a last resort after 12 years of seeking physicians and exhausting her every dime.   She was a woman most likely ostracized for her condition as she was considered “unclean.”  Ostracized from family, friends, and being able to worship at the temple.  Jesus then reaches out to her and speaks to her.  He calls her “daughter.”  Something that she needed and possibly longed to hear.  A term of endearment.  Having a stigma follow her for years, she had little contact with people.  He fulfilled her emotional need, but most importantly, He says to her, “your faith has made you well.”   Her greatest need was for a Savior.  Faith was necessary for her healing.  She, in the midst of years of disappointment, believed God could heal her.  Religion or a church cannot heal you, but if you reach out to Jesus and ask Him into your heart, He can touch you spiritually.  Believe He can transform you today.   

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale.  Sundays 8:30/10:30am.  Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available.  http://www.calvaryeastvale.org. 

Learning to Trust Yourself

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

            Your instincts can guide you well if you can just learn to trust yourself. Remember when you were younger and taking a test and you were told to go with the answer you first thought was correct.  This is truly the concept of trusting your instincts or your gut.  Nobody knows you better than you know yourself so it makes sense to learn to trust yourself to know what is best for you.  Think about how many times you have proven that you can trust your instincts.  Look at the evidence in your life about how many times you have been right about something. So then why is it you still doubt yourself and feel you can’t make good life decisions? It’s probably some lie about yourself left over from your childhood. You can learn to combat that lie by looking at the truth about what an amazing person you are today. 

            Take a moment right now and think about how far you have come.  Take some time to look at all of the evidence in your life that shows you that you are worthy of self- trust.  Take some time to think about how proud you are of where you’re at and that your mindset has really changed for the better.  Now that you are learning to value yourself you are making healthier and more functional decisions about your life.  Learn to journal as you continue to move forward in your personal growth and document each step as evidence that you can trust yourself and believe in yourself.  It’s really important that you start to recognize your progress and give credit to yourself to build the confidence you need to trust your instincts and in turn trust yourself. I believe in all of you and celebrate all of your personal growth and I’m here to tell you that you can trust yourself!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy is now accepting new clients.  She also works as a motivational speaker.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many courts mandated needs.  For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s book’s Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.

Autism Mom: This Little Light of Mine

By Melody Kraemer

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let shine.  I sing this to my boys almost daily to remind them that they have a light within them and let the world see it. 

 Being autistic, they may not fully understand the concept of what I am singing, but I know they are taking it in. 

 I pray my boys will grow up and be confident, have strength, follow their hearts, know they are essential in this world, and let their light shine. 

 I also take to heart that I need to shine my light and walk and talk with confidence. Not everyone I run into is kind or understanding of my boy’s ASD. On social media, some people could be mean and rude behind their keyboards.

At times I have been defensive, or I feel defeated. I get unsure of myself, and I question things.

I know I am the best mother for my kids though I let people dim my light or shake my confidence from their nasty words. I have to remind myself who I am. I am a child of God and I don’t need validation from anyone. We all have a light inside of us, so let’s go out and brighten up the world and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

  Deuteronomy 31:6: 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of  AutismMomAdventures.com

Follow her on Instagram @So_Cal_Autism_Mom_Adventures and Facebook.com/autismmomadventures 

For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Wash Your Car & Meet Your Neighbors

By Mark Hopper

I love the long summer evenings in Southern California. I love to get more things done after dinner with the extra daylight we enjoy in June and July. I was surprised the clock read 8:30 PM when I came into the house after washing my car.

An added bonus to the long summer evenings has been meeting more of my neighbors. There are a lot of men, women, and young adults walking past our house every evening. Many of them are doing laps around our block and come by several times. And many of them are walking with a spouse, children or exercise partner.

I like to pause what I am doing and say hello as people pass by. Some share encouraging comments on how nice my car looks. I like to return the compliment and tell them what a good job they are doing as they walk through our neighborhood.

Some people pause when I ask them their name or where they live. It has been challenging to learn new names and remember them the next time I see them. But I enjoy our brief conversations and I like getting to know my neighbors better.

There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). It is hard to love your neighbors if you don’t know your neighbors. One of the biggest obstacles to getting to know your neighbors is the garage door. People drive down the street, press the garage door opener, pull into their garage and close the door. It is pretty hard to get to know them when you can’t even speak to them.

Other obstacles include the back yard patio and the indoor air conditioning. It is interesting that older homes were built with a front porch. People would get out of their warm house on a summer evening and sit outside to enjoy a cool evening breeze. The front porch provided a natural setting to greet people walking by. It enabled neighbors to meet other neighbors.

Let me encourage you to get to know the neighbors who live around you. Why not wash your car during these long summer evenings and say hello to the people who walk by. Why not set up a lawn chair in your front yard instead of sitting in your air conditioned house or the back yard patio. You will be glad you did and your neighbors will too!

You can read 365 more stories (one for every day of the year)  in the book Let Me Encourage You. by Mark Hopper for only $25  (includes postage). Order your copy this week at markh@efreedb.org. Visit Mark’s website to read his latest stories at Letmarkencourageyou.com

Autism Mom – God is always in Control

By Melody Kramer

Sometimes I worry, I get frustrated, and anxiety fills my soul. I am uncertain about things and I get overwhelmed. Just the other day, I felt all these emotions and felt consumed with what we were going to do. I had bought Disneyland tickets and reserved our day for June 1st.

I started to panic a little after reading that there was no tram. Instead, you would have to walk from the parking garage to Disneyland.

Though my stress was more about, you had to walk back after a big day at Disneyland with two autistic boys.

Plus, I was reading where it was best to line up at the parking garage before they opened.

Oh, the thought of waking my boys up very early and getting them out the door, I could feel the stress rise within me. I started to think maybe I should have never bought the tickets and said a prayer, Dear God, what am I going to do, help. 

Then out of the blue came an invite to spend two nights at The Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim by The Mommy Blogger Tribe I belong to. It just so happened it was from May 31st to June 2nd. I had no clue this hotel was right across the street from Disneyland and within walking distance until we checked in.

I couldn’t have asked for more of a perfect two days at the hotel and a fun-filled day at Disneyland.

It’s incredible how things work out when you turn them over to God. 

Joshua 1:9 NIV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

You could read all about our mini-vacation on my website: Autsimmomadventures.com

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For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Find Peace with Meditation

By Nancy Stoops

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I have been meditating daily since I was a teenager and now, I am sixty-five and am very peaceful in my mind, body and spirit.  There are three different ways that I would recommend that you start meditation.  The first one can be done daily with those of you that take walks.  As you are walking pay attention to the rhythm of your walk.  Practice paying attention to the rhythm as each foot moves.  Make that rhythm all that you are focusing on.  Any time your mind starts to wonder or think about anything take your focus back to the rhythm of your walk. The second way to meditate is to just focus on your breathing.  You should be breathing deep from within your diaphragm not your chest.  Once again just focus on your breathing just like the rhythm of your walk.  If you get distracted or start to think, just go back to focusing on your breathing. The last one is to focus on a word. I like the word peace.  So now close your eyes and just see the word peace.  When your mind starts to think or you lose your focus just go back to seeing the word peace.  I would recommend you start practicing these forms of meditation for 5-10 minutes daily.  Meditation is a very difficult skill to master so be patient with yourself.

Many of my patents were on pharmaceuticals for depression and anxiety and now nobody in my practice uses them anymore.  I attribute much of this to the meditation that I include in their sessions and in my free support groups.  You are welcome to come and experience a guided meditation and body scan two more forms of meditation led by me in my groups.  My groups meet every Monday evening from 6-8p.m. and the first and third Friday of every month from 9a.m.-11a.m. and they are free.  Just email me before each group at nancyjstoops@verizon.net and I will send you the link for the zoom group.  This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net.

Our Life: When Are We No Longer Parents?

By Michael Armijo

It was only a 45-minute drive, but I arrived at the site. It took me another 10 minutes to find his “section,” but we were soon in the vicinity of where his life was laid to rest. As I paced each headstone, I had an eerie vision of him lying beneath the surface, watching me pace the yard, while his spirit yearned for me. Almost as though he was screaming, “I’m over here,” in a silent spirit.
I walked up to his plaque and I stared at the etching in the stone. I reluctantly read the words, “Cipriano Armijo, beloved man of God.” And after kneeling down on the soft, damp, green grass, I relaxed my body over the 8 by 4 foot section of landscape that was the last home to daddy’s body. I traced each word on the plaque with my hand, etching each letter of his name with my fingers.
When I knelt, I looked down upon the freshly cut, softened soil and confessed all the things that have happened since he left this earth. I explained to the ground, and to the bronze piece of metal that bears his name, my life without daddy with hopes his spirit heard my deepest fears and my strongest accomplishments. I told him that I had hoped he was proud of me, as my life had followed strange paths that have given me journeys of learning and routines of pain. Since his departure, life had become interesting and successful, yet painful and confusing.
When I sat at his gravesite, I realized what a misconception the phrase: “I no longer have parents, they died.” Because when I knelt at his site I held myself accountable of my actions and perceptions of life, just as when he was alive. I relayed the message; “I know you’re there, I know you’re watching.” As I crept to my knees, I still had a father and I still had someone to answer to.
I believe that parents are forever. Good or bad, their behavior and their actions stay in our memories. I believe that we never end our influence on our children, we never stop being parents. That’s why it’s so important that we do a good job each day while we’re here on earth; we have no guarantee of how long we’re going to be here. When we’re gone, when our heart stops and our spirit rises to the world beyond our hearts and minds, we can only hope that we’ve loved enough, lived enough, and laughed enough for our children to remember our lives as a benefit to their own, because we do live in their hearts forever.
Someday, when our own children kneel on the soft, moist, green grass that lies our last home to our bodies, we can only hope the tears that fill our children’s eyes and hearts are tears of love that yearn for us to forever watch over their joyous lives. This will remind them that we’ll never, ever, stop being their parents.

Autism Mom: Twas The Night Before Christmas

By: Melody Kraemer –  Mother of two autistic boys

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

everyone was awake and wouldn’t settle down.

With the chaos and madness that was looming in the air

nothing was being done with care

due to the excitement for Santa Claus soon to be there.

Mama was going crazy and growing tired of it all.

Her patience was running thin

she was about to reach out to Santa with a call.

The kids were running amuck and wouldn’t go to bed,

while mama took Tylenol for her aching head.

Mamma and daddy decided on a  nightcap

and regretting the afternoon when the kids took a short nap.

When all of a sudden the house quieted down.

Mama got worried and started looking around.

The kids were playing on their Ipad and not making a sound.

Until one child saw mama and started following her around

to download an app that he just found.

The tiredness and the exhaustion from the holiday bliss,

mama  finally reached her limit and yelled, if you don’t go to bed now

Christmas you will surely miss.

So with a twinkle in their eyes and smile on their face

the kids never settled down, and momma asked God for grace!

 “Merry Christmas to all and to all a peaceful night.

2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Our Life: Green Eggs and Ham

By Michael Armijo

I’ve looked at society and the everyday human being and I’ve come to the conclusion that; “I just don’t understand.” I don’t understand why people react the way they do, they play little games with others and sometimes, so adamantly, they convince themselves that life really is the misery that they proclaim. They realize that they have power and they pick and choose whom they’re going to benefit. Some people just feel they have the experience and the knowledge to choose who will gain from their power and their position in life; it’s up to them and no one else.

After getting off the phone with someone who had somewhat authority to make life easier for everyone, this person decided that today wasn’t a day to help anyone. At some point in our conversation, she realized that she isn’t going to help, and wouldn’t. Her logic was, “too bad,” and without regard, she decided she was not going to grant me any wishes. She decided that, based on my history, I didn’t deserve anything and I had no choice but to suffer the consequences of the misunderstandings that were evident.

I understand that a structured life has somewhat of a protocol, and procedures were made to reduce error and to be productive. But I also understand that there is an immeasurable element that structure, protocol, and procedure will have to take a back seat to, a measure I call “human compassion.” Not always will there be an answer we’ll always want to hear, and “too bad” ranks up there with the bad words, right next to “can’t” and “impossible.” I believe it’s not what you say in life, it’s how you say it.

When we speak to other individuals, we need to understand the importance of getting our point across. We need to understand the importance of communicating and educating others in order for them to see the entire picture. And when we run into those individuals who prefer not to educate others but instead choose who their power will benefit, we sometimes lose that wonderful vision of life that keeps our heart beating and allows our spirit to replenish.

Although we can sometimes feel that we are in a minority of society, we being the positive and outreaching, and regardless of these misunderstandings in life, regardless of the good intentions that we try to convey as true while others disregard, I still believe in many fantastic things. I still believe in the deep colorful shades that secrete in beautiful rainbows. I still believe the visual childhood implemented premise of the handsome prince charming coming for his beautiful princess, and that a gentle loving kiss can awaken her from her deep and lonely sleep. I still believe in the premise that wonderful people receive wonderful things at Christmas time. I still believe in the treasured happiness that our teachers and our parents implemented into our hearts; those unbelievable bedtime stories of happy scenarios with wish-like endings. And more importantly, I believe in the persistent philosophy in the certainty of the impossible in an age-old phrase that we’ve come to question; that there is a delicious taste embedded somewhere in “Green Eggs and Ham.” And regardless of all those who are out there, this belief helps me keep my faith in the goodness of the human spirit.

Autism Mom: Being Thankful 2020

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


 It seems like this year keeps getting longer and longer, though just right around the corner is Christmas. Is this a year to remember or forget in your books? I want to forget it with every ounce of being I have, but I want to remember it all too. It hasn’t been easy. What was supposed be a month shutdown now has turned into eight months and going. Schools never reopened, and everything has been online. Life as we once knew it came to a stop and adjusted its sails. It didn’t tell us to put our anchor down and sit. It meant to go a different direction, which we did.

 Social distancing and wearing a mask has become a way of life at the moment. Also, gatherings, dining out, and going places are things of the past, for now. 

Yet 2020 brought more family time, getting to know one another, life slowed down, and puppies were brought into the homes to love. People were making their home a staycation or doing all those projects they said they would do if time only allowed it. Swimming pool businesses boomed. People were doing their backyards and getting swimming pools. 

Life may have slowed down enough so we could get back on track. It hasn’t been easy being home every day with my kids, autistic kids. But I am thankful I get to spend all this time with them. It’s true what they say. It’s all how you look at things. Is the glass 1/2 empty, or is it 1/2 full? 

I will not say something and sugar coat it and say life has been great. Many days I spend stressed as most mamas out there are, and I shed many tears. But I still wake up every day thankful for my family and all that I have around me. 2020 will pass, and life will be back in the fast lane, though I hope not as fast as it was going. 

Be safe, be healthy, stay calm, and most importantly, be thankful. 

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email
her at autismmomofboys@gmail.com.  

Happy Thanksgiving

By Nancy Stoops

            I would like to start by wishing all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  I also want to remind you that we have so very much to be grateful for during this very difficult time in our world.  Make every day a Thanksgiving not just one day a year.  Think about all that you have in your life.  Most of us have our health, a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, a car, hot and cold running water, family, pets, and so much more. We can spend our days feeling sorry for ourselves for what we don’t get to do or have right now or we can focus on all that we have.

            It really comes down to perspective and attitude or what I refer to a mindset. I believe it is really important for our well being to stay positive and grateful.  If we give in to the darkness and all that is wrong then we will become depressed and anxious.  If we can practice staying in the good and the light then our lives will be better and we will enjoy each and everyday no matter what is occurring in our world. The truth is all we really have control over is how we respond to everything.  I say use this power to put good into our world and into ourselves.

            Please remember different doesn’t have to be bad it can be amazing.  I know this year many of us will have a different type of celebration for Thanksgiving but remember you can still make it magical.  This can be the year of some new fantastic traditions and a great opportunity to make magnificent memories!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all amazing beings and may your holiday be filled with the magic of positive thinking and all that is possibly and fabulous in our world!!!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.

Pastor’s Corner: To Tell or Not To Tell

Mark Hopper

Many years ago we took our children on a trip to California. We spent two days at Disneyland and then drove north to visit my brother and his family in Grass Valley. Our kids enjoyed time with their cousins and we enjoyed catching up with my brother and his wife.


One day we went to a pumpkin patch and each of our kids and the cousins selected their own pumpkin. They looked forward to carving and decorating their own pumpkins for Halloween when we got home. On our way back to Arizona we realized we would need to stop at the border for an agricultural inspection. We knew we would be asked by the border agent if we had any agricultural products that we were bringing into Arizona from California.

My wife and I had a lively discussion about what we should say to the agriculture inspector. If we said that we did not have any agricultural items – our children would get to keep their precious pumpkins. But, our children would also know we did not tell the truth. On the other hand, if we did tell the border agent that we did have some agricultural items – their personal pumpkins might be confiscated at the border and they would have nothing to carve for Halloween.


What would you say if you were faced with a similar situation? Do you tell or not tell? Do you disclose or conceal. Do you tell the truth and risk the loss of the precious pumpkins? Or to you tell a lie and hope you don’t get caught?


A man named Abraham faced a similar test. His wife was beautiful. He told her to lie and tell people she was his sister. He told the same lie when he was asked about her. Abraham was afraid someone might kill him and take his wife (Genesis 20). Years later his own son Isaac did the same thing following of his father’s example (Genesis 26)!


I know people are more important than pumpkins. I believe it is better to tell the truth and face the consequences than to tell a lie. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Put aside falsehood and speak truthfully” (Ephesians 4:25). Your reputation is on the line and your children may follow your example. When we got to the border we decided to tell the inspector about our precious pumpkins. We held our breath – then he said no problem. Pumpkins are permitted! Let me encourage you to tell the truth. We were glad we did and you will be too.

You can find more stories and articles by Mark Hopper at his web site – letmarkencourageyou.com. His book with 365 stories and articles (one for each day of the year) is available for $25 which includes postage – contact him at markh@efreedb.org.

Centro Basco: French Cuisine In Chino

Michael Armijo

Chino – If you’re tired of the traditional restaurants in your area you have to try a classy and delicious place locally here in Chino since 1940.


Centro Basco French Restaurant, located at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just south of Chino Avenue, has been the best kept secret and the oldest Basque restaurant in the Valley. Featuring delicious and tasty menu items brought here for the Basque lands stretch along the Pyrennes Mountains in the southern region of France and north region of Spain. The hometown of the owner Monique Berterretche can be found just outside of St. Jean Pied Port, France.

Featuring lunch menu items, served from 11 am to 2:30 pm, such as breaded shrimp, fettuccini Alfredo, calamari steak, rib eye and flat iron steak, lamb chops and their famous meatloaf meals, among many other menu items.


Centro Basco also serves burgers and sandwiches: Angus beef, steak, French dip, tuna salad, tuna melt, Lukinka sausage and meatloaf on sandwich bread, among other items.
For dinner, a four course meal will be impressive among you spouse or your clients. Serving French onion soup, salad, and bread, entrees include roasted chicken, chicken cordon blue, breast of chicken parmesan, fettuccini alfredo, Lukinka sausage and noodles, fresh baked salmon, trout, breaded shrimp, rack of lamb, angus prime rib (14 oz), rib eye and flat iron steak, veal cutlet or pork loin chops just to name a few!


During lunch and before dinner you can always relax in their full service bar, open to those who want to have a relaxing drink prior to eating. Always greeted with a smile and a handshake, always feel free to enjoy the Basque family atmosphere.


Their freshly made entrees for lunch or dinner are always made from scratch and always available the four course meal option, with soup of the day, salad, sourdough bread, and main course. The freshness of the food is always obvious along with the feeling of the Basque Country: friendliness and sense of family that is experienced amongst the Basque people. An atmosphere that makes coming to Centro Basco in Chino a unique, memorable and cherished experience.


Centro Basco Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and can be reached at 909.628.9014, http://www.centrobasco.net, or just stop by at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just a block south of Chino avenue in Chino.

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Pastor’s Corner: Strong

Pastor Dennis Morales

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

Daniel faced a powerful king and he faced Lions with great strength. When we read of Daniel facing Lions in the Lion’s den, you have to wonder how Daniel was able to do it. Yes, he trusted God, but something brought him to the place of trust. We are told in Daniel 6 that a law had been passed prohibiting prayer to any god or any human other than the king. In fact, the punishment for breaking this law was being thrown to the Lions. It appears that what Daniel does next is what gives him strength. “When Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God” (Daniel 6:10 NLT).


Scripture tells us that Daniel had always done this. Daniel was wired to pray when things got difficult. If obeying God meant certain death, he trusted God. It causes me to think about the things I do when things get difficult. I believe Daniel knew one of the keys to standing was actually kneeling. We are encouraged to resist worrying about anything; instead, pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT). Daniel did just that. Daniel prayed and God gave him the strength to stand in the Lions Den.


As we read, Daniel trusted God, and God shut the mouths of the Lions. What are you facing today? Does it feel like a mountain? Do what Jesus did and go to the mountain and pray. God is able to shut the mouth of the enemy. God is also able to move mountains (Matthew 17:20). God is able to make you strong (Philippians 4:13). Pray and walk in His strength today.


Due to school closures, Calvary Chapel Eastvale is temporarily meeting in a “Drive In format” at American Heroes Park at 8:30am and 10:30am. All midweek services can be viewed on Facebook Live at 7pm. Download our online bulletin to stay current at calvaryeastvale.org.


Join Calvary Chapel Eastvale for Bright Night. Bright Night is a fun and safe alternative to Harvest festivities for families on October 31st at 5PM through 8PM at the American Heroes Park, 6608 Hellman Ave. This is a free drive-thru event for all ages to enjoy the free candy, treats, and music. You can even join in the festivities by decorating your vehicle! For more information, visit www.

Crime Recap: September

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – in the month of September, a few incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Chazz Perez, age 22. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.


INCIDENT: Felon in Possession of a Firearm / Identity Theft / Fraud
INCIDENT DATE: September 23, 2020
WHERE: 3200 Block Hamner Avenue, Norco
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, around 6:00 PM , deputies from the Norco Special Enforcement Team were conducting high visibility patrol at a hotel located in the 3200 block of Hamner Ave., Norco.
Deputies contacted a male subject who was on Post Release Community Supervision. A search of his room revealed an unregistered firearm and ammunition. In addition, deputies located several victims of fraud related to unemployment claims from the Economic Development Department (EDD). Several debit cards and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency was seized.Deputies took Chazz Perez, a 22-year-old resident of Riverside, into custody and transported him to the Robert Presley Detention Center for booking on the charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and a Violation of Probation. Perez is being held on a no bail hold.

Jaden Samsoe, age 24.

Also arrested was Jaden Samsoe, a 24-year-old resident of Riverside, for charges of Identity Theft and Possession of Stolen Property.
This investigation is continuing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Whittenburg at the Norco Station, 951-270-5673. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information on our Online Tip Form or wetip.com.


INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: September 21, 2020
WHERE: Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue, Eastvale
On September 21, 2020, at 9:48 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Eastvale Station, responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision on Limonite Avenue near Hamner Avenue. Caller reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to a local area hospital and later succumbed to her injuries.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Eastvale Station Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation.
Westbound Limonite Avenue near Hamner Avenue was closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identity of the deceased subject is pending confirmation and notification to next of kin by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. The identity of the driver of the vehicle involved will not be released at this time. Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor.
Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to called Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.


INCIDENT: Traffic Enforcement Operation
INCIDENT DATE: September 12, 2020
WHERE: Throughout the city of Eastvale
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Eastvale Station conducted a Traffic Enforcement Saturation patrol on September 12, 2020 in the city of Eastvale. The patrol targeted unsafe drivers throughout the city of Eastvale from 2:00pm to 2:00am.
Deputies conducted 36 vehicle enforcement stops and cited 30 drivers for various traffic violations, with a focus on distracted driving and cell phone violations.
Traffic Safety Saturation patrol will continue throughout the year to help reduce the number of traffic collisions and ensure the safety of the motoring public.
Funding for this Saturation Patrol was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Celebrating their 10th anniversary on October 1, the City of Eastvale continues to grow each day. There were several announcements this month about businesses opening and what is expected to come to Eastvale. Check out the update below.


Expected to open in 2020:


•Stater Bros. Market is open as of October 14th! Stater’s is located at the New Haven Marketplace, on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Starbucks, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Chase, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Pio Pico’s Tacos, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Kona Cleaners, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Jersey Mikes, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Great Clips, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Oi Asian Fusion, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Shomi Noods Ramen, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.


•Sprouts Farmers Market is opening on October 28! Sprouts will be located at The Merge, located on Archibald and Limonite. The first 200 customers in line will receive a 20% off coupon to use on opening day! Plus, you will have the chance to win a $500 Sprouts gift card! .Visit sprouts.com/Eastvale for additional details.
•Dog aus Biergarten, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Starbucks, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Chevron, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Pure Barrer, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•The Vale, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Capriotti’s, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Tae Kwon Do, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Dentistry 4 Kids, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•America First Credit Union, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Noodle St., located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•9Round, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite


•Jinya Ramen Bar, located at Cloverdale Marketplace on Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue
•Fire Wings, located at Eastvale Gateway on Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue
•Chik-Fil-A, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
Expected to open in 2021:
•Meet Fresh, Spring 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•Organic Nail Bar, Spring 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•Sports Clips, Spring 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•Altura Credit Union, Summer 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•99 Ranch Market & Cravings, Summer 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue


•Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Tony’s Chop House, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Starbucks, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Chevron, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
Expected to open in 2022:
•Staybridge Suites, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road


Expected to come to Eastvale:
•Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Eastvale! This coffee brand with a drive-thru, has signed a lease for the vacant land adjacent to New Day Christian Church, 99 Cent Store and Fire Station 27.
•Devil Kitchen at The Station, located on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue, will break ground soon.