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October 9, 2021

Well, here we are – the weekend. Hallelujah!

I want to mention upfront that I wrote this post ahead of time because, well, I had major spine surgery on Weds. and will have just gotten out of the hospital. I have a very long recovery ahead of me, and a whole lot of pain (I know this from previous experience). Chances are very good I won’t see comments, though Suzy may read some to me. Just so y’all know.

I did want to share some neat things with you for the weekend, though.

This first one is really incredible and took place in Italy. From Sunnyskyz:

babies mixed up at birth raised as sistersTwo women that were accidentally switched at birth have been raised as sisters by both families.

Caterina Alagna and Melissa Fodera, both 23 years old, are from the same village in Sicily. They were born 15 minutes apart in 1998, but a hospital mix-up caused them to be raised by the wrong mothers.

It wasn’t until the girls were three years old that the mistake was discovered.

Mom Marinella Alagna was picking up her daughter Melissa from nursery school when she noticed the striking similarity between one of the other children, Caterina, and her two daughters.

“I recognized Caterina’s mother, Gisella Fodera, from the maternity ward and got suspicious — 15 days later we did DNA tests and my mind went blank. It was too surreal, too impossible,” she said.

Isn’t that crazy?!?! Just imagine if these two girls DIDN’T go to the same nursery. Would the mistake have been discovered? Maybe years later, but so much would have been different for them had that been the case.

But that wasn’t the case because of the two mothers involved:

babies mixed up at birth raised as sistersSo, Marinella and Gisella chose to gradually make the switch.

“I challenge anyone to raise a daughter for three years then give her up over a simple mistake,” Gisella said.

Melissa and Caterina spent time with both parents. They even went so far as even moving into the same house in a bid to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible.

But experts suggested that the girls spend six months apart with their biological families.

That lasted only three months. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

What an unbelievable story, but this one is most definitely true, downright miraculous. These two families are inextricably linked and they are happy about that. According to the article above, a book has been written about them, and a movie is coming out in Italy. If ever there was a life story that should be a movie, it’s this one!

The next one is a story about an NFL player. Now, y’all know I gave up watching football after they became all about the BLM, the Black National Anthem, as if black people in the USA are their own nation – I mean, really – black people are 12% or so of the American people. Why are we elevating them to the same status as the other 88% of the country?? We are all ONE NATION. UNDER GOD. Enough already.

Ahem. Sorry for the diatribe. It’s the weekend, and I need to chillax already. So, let’s get to the actual story, which is about the Raiders Quarterback, Derek Carr. Apparently Carr is having a really great season, and fans want him to be the MVP. Carr has a different reaction. From Faithwire:

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr turned the attention to God following the team’s third consecutive win this season, which hasn’t happened since 2002.

The NFL team beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, 33-27 in overtime, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2, 26-17. During Sunday’s game, the Raiders defeated the Miami Dolphins 31-28 with Carr completing 26 of 43 passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns.


“All the self-glory, that stuff is fleeting. I’ve already been through that,” Carr said. “God took me to a place that all I want to do is glorify Him, and wherever He’s going, that’s where I want to go. So if it’s a win, awesome. If not, I’m still gonna glorify Him.

Prior to the start of the season, Carr told the Associated Press that playing in the NFL is a blessing granted by God.

“I believe God gave me talents to be in this position,” he said. “Anybody could be the quarterback here, but in my belief, He’s allowed me to be the quarterback here. And I’m gonna continue to give this thing everything that I have. I think that I’ve done that for seven years.”   […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Carr has been in the NFL since 2014, and it says something that he is still so grounded in his faith. God bless him for it, and for not being shy to say so.

The last thing I have for you is a total hoot.  I have had to watch it a few times already. It cracked me up so much. This guy is amazing. From Sunnyskyz:

Isn’t that FANTASTIC? The sloth is spot on, the squirrel was hilarious, oh I could go on about each one. Too, too good.

Okay friends, that’s it for me. My apologies if I don’t get to respond to your comments, but I am hearing them. Bear in mind this lumbar fusion surgery is something else, so it may be a while. I will TRY to do the Weekend Open posts, so fingers crossed for that.

Okay – it’s yours now. What’s on your minds today?

This is the Weekend Open Thread.