Now, excuse my poor fangirl heart as it is flailing itself to blissful death, eeeeeeee!
Just read about this on Twitter, and it saddens me. Berenstain Bears has been a part of my life, and I still buy these books for my nieces. Awww, rest in peace, “Mama Bear”.
Berenstain, a longtime resident of Solebury in southeastern Pennsylvania, suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and died Friday without regaining consciousness, her son Mike Berenstain said.
The gentle tales of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear were inspired by the Berenstain children, and later their grandchildren. The stories address children’s common concerns and aim to offer guidance on subjects like dentist visits, peer pressure, a new sibling or summer camp.
The first Berenstain Bears book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” was published in 1962. Over the years, more than 300 titles have been released in 23 languages—most recently in Arabic and Icelandic—and have become a rite of passage for generations of young readers.
“They say jokes don’t travel well, but family humor does,” said Jan Berenstain told The Associated Press in 2011. “Family values is what we’re all about.”
Stan and Jan Berenstain, both Philadelphia natives, were 18 when they met on their first day at art school in 1941.
They married in 1946, after Stan Berenstain returned home from serving as a medical illustrator at a stateside Army hospital during World War II. During that time, Jan Berenstain worked as a draftsman for the Army Corps of Engineers and as a riveter building Navy seaplanes.
Before their family of bear books was born, the young couple had already built a successful career in periodicals. A cartoon series they produced called “All in the Family” ran in McCall’s and Good Housekeeping magazines for 35 years, and their art appeared in magazines including Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post.
Stan and Jan Berenstain created hundreds of books until Stan Berenstain’s death in 2005 at the age of 82.
Mike Berenstain is an illustrator who collaborated on the books with his mother in recent years. His elder brother, writer Leo Berenstain, is involved with the business end of the family franchise.
The books in recent years have tackled modern subjects such as online safety and childhood obesity, and the bears (or their human helpers) answer children’s emails and letters, but the goal is to tell enduring, universal stories. Perennial favorites cover challenges of getting kids to doing chores, defuse fears of the first day of school and teach values of kindness and generosity.
“It’s wonderful to do something you love for so many years,” Jan Berenstain told the AP in 2011. “Not everyone has that.”
About 260 million copies of Berenstain Bears books have been held in the hands of children and their parents since the earliest books were published with the help of Theodor Geisel, a children’s books editor at Random House better known as Dr. Seuss.
Mike Berenstain said his mother worked daily at her home studio in an idyllic part of Bucks County, north of Philadelphia, which served as inspiration for the books’ setting. He said he will continue writing and illustrating future Berenstain books.
“Every day she was very productive,” he said. “She was working on two books and had been doing illustrations until the day before she passed away.”
Jan Berenstain is survived by her two sons and four grandchildren.
Our baby dragon has been hatched! *does the banana dance*
My sister gave birth to Baby Skye (a.k.a. Baby Dragon, because he was born in the year of the dragon, hehehe!) on the 26th of February. He is soooo cute! I cannot wait for him to grow up. Well, be a toddler, that is. Toddlers are much cuter and you can rough play with them already. I wish he would look like Kim Moonbin, oh boy, the excitement! Hahaha!
But we have to deal with the jealous Rein first. When she first learned that her mommy and daddy are coming home from the hospital with B-Dragon (short for Baby Dragon, like G-Dragon, you know? My sister was like, “Oh, the names you give my children”, haha!), Rein was all jumpy and giddy and excited. “I want to see Baby Skye, auntie, when is he coming home?” Told her she has to take a nap first so that when she woke up, Baby Skye’s already home.
When she saw her baby brother, she got tightlipped and then sat in the corner, arms crossed. Everyone was aaaaah-ing and oooooh-ing over the newborn, and Summer even put her mermaid dolls over her brother’s sleeping pen, OMG! Mermaid dolls, haha! All the while, Rein was giving all of us death glares.
Then her daddy called her, and she didn’t respond. Still arms crossed, glaring at his dad. She said, “I was calling you earlier, but you ignored me. You are all Baby Skye, Baby Skye, Baby Skye. I will make him gay!”
Very clearly, she is jealous. She only warmed up to me when I promised to put some lipstick on her and play dress up. So dress up it is. Tadaaaaa, the nerdy Rein.
I can’t wait to go home now and watch the baby all day. When I left for work this morning, he was awake and yawning and when I called him, he smiled at me, hehehehe! Sooooo cute! Of course, jealousy won’t be gone overnight and lipstick is just a Band Aid solution to it, so it is not a surprise to see Rein sleeping on the baby bed, clutching the baby pillows. With the mermaid dolls, oh gawd.
Good thing that Summer is not jealous at all. She never was, even with Rein before. She is a sweet and thoughtful and loving sister. She even wrote a letter to B-Dragon.
Hahahahaha! All she cares about is pizza. Sooooo cute! She has her own version of the baby’s “artwork”.
OMG! *facepalms* Now I can’t wait to go home and see what drama has happened while I was gone.
1. I haven’t done any password changes.
2. If ever I will change the passwords, I will surely inform you about it.
3. If it works for others, why not with some? Is there some cosmic sabotage going on?
So, before replying to some requests this morning, I checked out the password list and tried the passwords to the protected posts. ALL OF THE PASSWORDS ARE FINE AND DANDY, thankyouverymuch, THEY ARE WORKING JUST FINE. Phew!
So, just a few reminders again to my readers.
That’s all for today, if you have any suggestions, questions, comments, etc., email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a blessed day! ♥
I just love this song! Basically this tells us that God won’t let us say goodbye to this life, to everything that He has given us, to life everlasting in our own sinful human way. The reason? Him. Because He will be there for us anytime, everywhere, all the time. The moment we lost grasp of that little bit of hope, He will be there to catch us, to wrap us in His arms until everything will be fine.
The last night. The last time darkness will envelope us. The last time our eyes behold darkness, for God will be our Pillar of Light to guide us through life.
This is the last night you’ll spend alone
Look me in the eyes so I know you know
I’m everywhere you want me to be.
The last night you’ll spend alone,
I’ll wrap you in my arms and I won’t let go,
I’m everything you need me to be.
The night is so long when everything’s wrong
If you give me your hand I will help you hold on
I won’t let you say goodbye,
I’ll be your reason why.
Me (in a tizzy): God, can I ask you something?
Me: Promise you won’t get mad?
GOD: I promise.
Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
GOD: What do you mean?
Me: Well I woke up late.
Me: My car took forever to start.
Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.
GOD: All right.
Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
GOD: Well, let me see. The death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): Oh.
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed): …
GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed): Oh.
GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see, God.
GOD: Oh, and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m sorry, God.
GOD: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me. In all things, the good and the bad.
Me: I WILL trust you, God.
GOD: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won’t, God. And let me just tell you, God, thank you for everything today.
GOD: You’re welcome, child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.
~Scriptural References: II Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 2:13
Thanks to my new friend, Joan, for sharing this with me! ♥