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Carole Devecka

Author of
"God Given Daisies"

June 29th 1942 - February 16th 2011

 

Carole Devecka's on-going story of God Given Daisies  takes us on journey of miracles every Tuesday in SFPNN, beginning with an incredible  healing experience, a special rose and some God Given Daisies.


I was born June 29-30, 1942, at exactly midnight! They asked my mother which day she wanted to put down.
She said the day she suffered on.  She's always told me  I was different from the day I was born! (Until recent years, she didn't say that remark in a good way.) I guess I was a work in progress, still under construction.  God wasn't done refining His work yet.


I grew up in a three family house with an extended family of aunts, uncles, four cousins, a sister and brother; even dogs and cats too! We lived in the Bronx, all squished together. At that time we were considered the country folks to our relatives living in Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn. 

 

My father was the youngest of an Italian family with nine children. My mother was the oldest child in an  English-Irish family with six children.  So there were lots of relatives, especially cousins who were the same age, to be compared too! I marched to a different drummer. I wanted to see it all, be it all, try it all, taste it all. In a very strict home that wasn't easy.

 

My interests in art, music, and sewing, (and my dog too,) helped me escape the daily routine. I always took things to an extreme. I didn't learn one instrument, I played seven!  I took up anything connected with art, photography and music.  I loved to dance too. We weren't allowed to date so our parents built a nightclub in our basement where all the cousins learned to be excellent ballroom dancers. 

 

I became a teen model after a teacher entered my photo in some contest connected with a modeling agency. I also worked in the cosmetic department of a pharmacy, while still going to school.  My parents were not happy about either position. Two weeks before graduation I had a grand mal seizure and refused to go back to school (in case it happened again.) I traveled as a model, and became a hairdresser and a makeup artist to very famous show people and Broadway stars.


Then I met and married a European wig maker. We moved to Puerto Rico and had a wig manufacturing company for Oleg Cassini.  We were showered with money and fame. But my husband became an alcoholic gambler and embezzled money. He was also physically abusive.


So with two kids, the marriage over, a house that burned down, and police protection, my life was H---. I know God gave me my kids to help me make it through. Scott and Faye were only 14 months apart. It wasn't easy, but we were a team.

I worked as a hairdresser and wig maker, spending long hours away from my kids.  Then I met my current husband, Richard, who was a little battered too!  He didn't have a good childhood and was always in trouble. Richard married very young and they had three children, but he was miserable.


It wasn't easy trying to be the Brady bunch. We had yours, mine and ours. Three boys, three girls, an ex wife, and an ex husband who gave me loads of headaches trying to pay back what he embezzled, but never sent a dime for other bills, and hasn't seen his kids since they were both under three. His loss!

Richard and I struggled to make it.  I became a medical assistant so I could work closer to home and not have such extremely long hours away from our ever growing family. Then I began having debilitating health and back problems... 

 

Suddenly God changed my life. He Healed me!  I was able to function and a new world began. He used every talent He ever gave me, every experience He ever brought me through, every heart's desire I ever had (from childhood till now). He brought people into my life who opened new doors and windows into my soul. 

 

He makes my Spirit soar to new heights. He has used me in truly unimaginable and  miraculous ways. God continued to bless me with a wonderful and growing family. We now have seven of our own children and thirteen grandchildren!  We live by the Jersey shore in a large home on the water where we can see the sun rise and set over the bay, viewing the Master Artist at work, fulfilling yet another of my heart's desires.

 
Now He has given me the opportunity to share His love by writing my stories. Thank you for seeing His work in me!     

--- Carole Devecka




My husband and I with 11 of our 13 Grandkids, ages 2 -16 years old.  
--- Carole Devecka, June 2002.





"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening 
that is translated though you into action, 
and because there is only one of you in all time, 
this expression is unique.  
And if you block it, it will never exist 
through any other medium and will be lost."

--- Martha Graham


 





God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2011.

03/01/11

The Bare Necessities

02/22/11

Unexpected Sources

02/15/11

Present in the "Hear and Now"

02/08/11

It Could Happen

02/01/11

Thanking God for Small Miracles

01/25/11

It's a Miracle!

01/18/11

2011 - A Blessed Year

 




 

God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2010.

12/07/10

Let There Be Peace on Earth

11/30/10

Once Upon Today

11/20/10

Start by Saying Thank You

11/16/10

Angels, Sticky Tape, and See-Saws

11/09/10

Honor Vets in Any Way You Can

11/02/10

Good for the Soul... And Made With Love

10/25/10

Season of Hospitality

10/19/10

Conscious Choices

10/12/10

Potentiality

10/05/10

The Power of Prayer

09/28/10

Lucky!

09/21/10

Angels Changing Lives into Something Beautiful

09/14/10

Take a Step and Do Something

05/25/10

Just Say Thank You

05/18/10

Enjoying Summer

05/11/10

What Am I Here For ?

05/04/10

Believe and Persevere

04/27/10

Motivation

04/20/10

Metamorphosis

04/13/10

Favorite Things and the Smiles They Bring

04/06/10

One Person Cheering Squad

03/30/10

A Simple Smile

03/23/10

The Invisible and The Impossible

03/16/10

Believing in Fairy Tales and Leprechauns

03/09/10

Words of Wisdom

03/02/10

Right at This Moment

02/23/10

Serendipity

02/16/10

A Smile, A Laugh... Gems from the Past

02/09/10

What's Your Dream?  Begin Today!

02/02/10

Making Miracles Happen in Today's World

01/26/10

Move Over Self

01/19/10

Who's in Change of Your 2010?




 

God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2009.

12/08/09

Too Blessed to be Stressed for the Holidays

12/01/09

A Serious Case of PMA

11/24/09

Gratitude Works; No Buts About It!

11/17/09

A Child's Imagination

11/10/09

Honor Vets in Any Way You Can

11/03/09

Season of Change

10/27/09

The Rube Goldberg Device

10/20/09

Angels All Around

10/13/09

Choose Light

10/06/09

The Happiness Thing

09/29/09

Who Are You?  Really?

09/22/09

Starting Anew

09/15/09

The Power of a Smile

05/19/09

Latitude, Attitude, Gratitude

05/12/09

Many Times

05/05/09

To Wonderful Mothers

04/28/09

What Will Your Today Say to Your Tomorrow?

04/21/09

Today

04/14/09

Do You Love Me?

04/07/09

Welcome Spring!

03/31/09

Silence and Sunlight

03/24/09

Giving Up Control

03/10/09

"Stuff"

03/03/09

Don't Wait

02/24/09

Saying Thank You

01/27/09

Seeking Wisdom

01/20/09

Disciples of Peace






 


God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2008.

12/09/08

The Four Ps

12/02/08

Make this Holiday Special

11/25/08

Giving Thanks

11/18/08

Where  is He?

11/11/08

Thank Them All

11/04/08

Children of Fortitude

10/28/08

Empathy and Understanding

10/21/08

Staying Optimistic

10/14/08

A Treasure Found in a Dollar Store

10/07/08

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

09/30/08

It's Times

09/23/08

What is a Reputation Worth?

09/16/08

Faces and Voices from the Past

09/09/08

Staying Connected

05/20/08

Caretakers of the Earth
And All of God's Wondrous Glory

05/13/08

Creating Joy and Love

05/06/08

Tuned In

04/29/08

Enlightenment and Enough

04/22/08

The Week That Got Away

04/15/08

Imagine the Love of God

04/08/08

Are We All Angels?

04/01/08

Are You a Contributor?

03/25/08

Are You an Ambassador for Positivity?

03/18/08

There are No Ordinary People

03/11/08

The Big Give

03/04/08

You Reap What You Sow

02/26/08

THE THREE Cs: Choices, Character, and Conduct

02/19/08

Courage

02/12/08

Conscious Choice

02/05/08

Anticipation

01/29/08

A Sense of Awe

01/22/08

Grace

01/15/08

I Profess






 

 

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2007.

12/11/07

All Wrapped Up

12/04/07

Too Blessed to be Stressed

11/27/07

What You Believe You Achieve and Receive

11/20/07

Today I was Reminded

11/13/07

Start an Epidemic

11/06/07

Honoring Those Who Serve

10/30/07

I Believe There are Angels Among Us

10/23/07

Kisses Change Hearts

10/16/07

Switch Identity?

10/09/07

The Inner Beauty Thing

10/02/07

When the Week Seems Two Weeks Long

09/25/07

Still a Dreamer of Impossible Things

09/18/07

What Does it Take?

09/11/07

Never Waster a Moment to Tell Someone

05/22/07

Imagine Taking Time

05/15/07

Unexpected Surprises

05/08/07

Adopt a Mom

05/01/07

The Secret of My Success

04/24/07

Are You Teachable?

04/17/07

When Life Gets in the Way

04/03/07

Reflections on an Easter Miracle

03/27/07

Stamp Out Procrastination

03/20/07

God Inspired Dreams and Purpose

03/13/07

Drink the Water

03/06/07

Say it Now

02/27/07

Finding The Right Words

02/20/07

Doing What Can't Be Done

02/13/07

Choosing Positive Relationships

02/06/07

S(h)elf Examination

01/30/07

A Few Positive Words

01/23/07

Making Life Count

01/16/07

Kodak Moments



 

 

 

 


God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

 

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2006.

12/12/06

Mary Said Yes... Would You?

11/28/06

Give Yourself a Mini Vacation

11/21/06

Unexpected Gifts

11/14/06

Thanksgiving Family Reunions

11/07/06

My Tribute

10/31/06

Remembering God's Gifts

10/24/06

Change Your Words

10/17/06

The Tired Angel

10/10/06

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

10/03/06

Merry Christmas with One Millisecond to Go!

09/26/06

Prayers for Amber

09/19/06

An Attitude of Gratitude

09/12/06

Experience

05/23/06

TRUSTING GOD AND HIS ANGELS: Bringing Sweetness out of Chaos

05/16/06

Integrity

05/09/06

Just Say NO!

05/02/06

Finding Joy and Happiness

04/25/06

All My Heart's Desires

04/18/06

Good Friday

04/11/06

The Master's Plan

03/28/06

Change The World by Making Someone's Day

03/21/06

The Circles of Life

03/14/06

The Song in Our Hearts

03/07/06

The Paradoxical Commandments

02/28/06

Congratulations on "Becoming"

02/21/06

Becoming

02/14/06

A Bundle of Joy: Thank God for Unanswered Prayers

02/07/06

Thanking God for Small Miracles

01/31/06

The Thought Tree

01/24/06

A Miracle Mortgage?

01/17/06

The Power of Encouragement

01/10/06

The 12 Gifts of Birth
by Charlene Costanzo






 




God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka


The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2005.

12/13/05

The House That Love Built:
Remembering Christmases of My Past

12/06/05

Making Memories

11/29/05

Trying to Hold on Tight

11/22/05

Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart
by Don Moen

11/15/05

You Are Chosen

11/08/05

Metamorphosis

11/01/05

The Blessings of Friendship

10/25/05

12 STEPS to Living a Better Life

10/18/05

A Real Friend Knows All About You...
And Loves You Anyway!

10/04/05

You Can Do It If You Try!

09/27/05

Doubts... Wipe Them Out!

09/20/05

Giving Thanks and Praise

09/13/05

11:59:59 Revisted

05/24/05

The Beginning or The Beginning of the End?

05/17/05

A Willing Vessel

05/10/05

The Gifts of Today

05/03/05

Learning to Juggle

04/26/05

The Best Miracle God Ever Created

04/19/05

Still In Charge

04/12/05

God Loves You; Really, Really Loves You.

03/22/05

Tomorrow's Promise Infant Care

03/29/05

Trust In Me

03/22/05

At 11:59:59 With One Millisecond to Go, God Will Supply

03/15/05

Speak As If It Is

03/08/05

The Real Test

03/01/05

Money, Money, Who's Got the Money?

02/22/05

Meeting Ms. Molly

02/15/05

Dream Big!

02/08/05

In HIS Hands

02/01/05

Hearing or Red Herring?

01/25/05

Show Me The Money!

01/18/05

Valuable Insight

01/11/05

Truth and an Army of Faith



 


 

 


God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

 The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2004.

12/21/04

The Citizens' Volunteer Army

12/14/04

Arrested Development?

12/07/04

The Tide is Turning

11/30/04

Mid Summer Night's Madness

11/23/04

The Summer Kick Off

11/16/04

The Tongue is Mightier Than The Sword

11/09/04

Spring and Romance are In the Air

11/02/04

Spring... In God's Timing

10/25/04

The New Year Surprise Continues

10/19/04

New Year's Day Surprise!

10/12/04

Then Came Autumn and Christmas

10/05/04

September Morn

09/28/04

A Perfect Summer Comes to an End...
The Good-bye Song

09/21/04

Country Clowning at the County Fair

05/25/04

Clowning Around, Summer Skies...
Adventures with Bullfrogs and Butterflies.

05/18/04

Be Careful What You Ask For

05/11/04

Polliwogs, Fireflies...
Big Hopes and Plans Under Summer Skies.

05/04/04

Recreation: A Positive Use of One's Leisure Time

04/27/04

When You Have Nothing More to Give Than Yourself and a Prayer...

04/20/04

A Family In Transition

04/13/04

A "Perfect" Professor?

04/06/04

God Saved Us All!

03/16/04

Pavarotti at the Food Bank?

03/23/04

Goldilocks?!

03/16/04

The Teddy Bear Picnic Club Finds Goldilocks

03/09/04

The Russians and "The Rose"

03/02/04

Saint, Marigolds, and a Township Circus!

02/24/04

A Momma's Love and Devotion

02/17/04

Rocky Horror Picture Show:  Nightmare or Miracle?

02/10/04

Saint? ... Not!

02/03/04

Life is a Cinch... Inch by Inch

01/27/04

Trouble or a Blessing in Disguise with Options

01/20/04

Trouble In Torn Blue Jeans -- Or a Blessing In Disguise?

01/13/04

Calculated Moves in the "Game of Life"

01/06/04

The Real "Game of Life"

    


 


 

 


God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2003.

12/16/03

Billy... A Star That Shines!

12/09/03

God Said, "Your Stars Will Shine."

11/25/03

God's Work In And Through "God Spell"

11/18/03

Turning Negatives Into Positives

11/11/03

Ambrosia On The Wall

11/03/03

Sweet Smell of Success?

10/28/03

Politics as Usual!

10/21/03

New Beginnings

10/14/03

Change In Venue

10/07/03

Loyal Till... "Betrayal"

09/30/03

Another Lesson In "You Never Know Whose Watching!"

09/23/03

Too Hot!

09/16/03

ASHA and JASON:  Angels Come in all Shapes, Colors, and Sizes!

09/09/03

Everything's Best When...

09/02/03

You Never Know Who Is Watching!

08/26/03

Thank God for Lessons Learned

06/03/03

The Drunkard With a New Purpose

05/27/03

A Hero, A Threat, and Guardians of Unlikely Sorts

05/20/03

He Will Take Care of Us

05/13/03

Success:  A Few Influence Many

05/06/03

The Hot-Line

04/29/03

Smile!

04/22/03

The King's Kids Prepare!

04/15/03

A Thrilling Invitation!

04/08/03

Open House, Open Hearts, Open Mind

04/01/03

A Promise Fulfilled

03/11/03

Tomorrow's Promise

02/25/03

Strange Inheritance

02/18/03

The Promise

02/11/03

It's a Miracle!

02/04/03

An Award Winning Y

01/28/03

The New Year

01/21/03

Holiday Miracles

01/14/03

School Days

01/07/03

Bats In the Attic

 

 


 



God Given Daisies by Carole Devecka

The following  God Given Daisies  appeared in SFPNN in 2002.

12/17/02

 

A Brand New Day

12/10/02

 

Ask and You Shall Receive

12/03/02

 

Stand Fast

11/26/02

 

A Foot In The Door

11/19/02

 

These Are My Children

11/12/02

 

God Given Daisies

11/05/02

 

A Rose From Daddy

10/29/02

 

In The Beginning...


 


 





Other Inspirations from Carole Devecka

The following STORIES FROM  CAROLE DEVECKA  appeared in SFPNN.

11/16/10

 

Unlikely Friends or Lovers

03/12/10

 

Share Favorite Stretch the Dollar Recipes: Part 2 of 2

03/05/10

 

Share Favorite Stretch the Dollar Recipes: Part 1 of 2

12/09/08

 

When I Needed It Most

10/14/08

 

We All Have Jobs to Do

05/14/04

 

Speecy Spicy Meat-a-Balls

03/08/04

 

An Angel in a Pick Up Truck

01/23/04

 

Make Time for Fun!

12/19/03

 

The Best Gifts of All

12/08/03

 

Anniversary of that Fateful Day in 1942

11/18/03

 

Bunny Eggs

11/04/03

 

Rackey

10/18/02

 

The Heavenly Peacock

10/11/02

 

Fear Not!

10/04/02

 

Roses For Aunt Katie


 


 



 

 

Richard Alan

 

 

Richard Alan
Guest Author

Richard Alan, a good friend of Carole's and a witness and participant in the miracles of God Given Daisies  adds insight to Carole's stories as well as contributing his own inspirational work.



I was born August 14, 1957 ... a classic. If I'm not mistaken, around midnight. But I do remember my mother telling me that I kept her awake. I guess I was a person destined to be an individual, doing things at my own pace and in my own way. And I certainly proved that point from the beginning and have been at it, generally speaking, ever since. 

 



One of four brothers, third in line, I was the creative one who was always getting so absorbed in learning things of interest that everything else would be ignored. Taking an alarm clock apart in order to see how it worked - though after having put it back together I wound up with an extra part or two (interesting how many unnecessary parts people put into such things). 

 

Always into trouble and always being drawn to the most exciting choice of any two (example: TV over radio, music over reading, anything over school work). And, as I've discovered in the last 12-15 years, both dyslexic and attention deficit - which would explain all the trouble with schooling.


There isn't much I can say about my family. I myself have remained single to this day. My father was distant and aloof, not wanting much involvement with me. My mother and I were, for most of her life, extremely close, knowing what the other was pretty much thinking without saying a word. And it's from her that I've gained my love for the outdoors, beauty, creativity and my general love of the simple pleasures in life. All three of my brothers were around and spent time with me but there never really was a closeness there. I don't know, I just never felt as though I belonged to that family. And I remember asking my mother, about 2-3 months before she died of cancer, if I had been adopted. She assured me I had not.

I love things that are creative in nature. Whether it's cross stitch, writing, photography, landscape or creative solutions to problems - I find my niche and my most pleasure in these things. I'm pretty much a solitary person, spending quite a bit of time in introspective focus but I do come out of the woodwork once in a while to spend time with friends, such as Carole Devecka. She says we've been friends for about 25 years - I only know that it's been at least 22 (longest on record for me).


It's not always been the most enjoyable of lives but I can honestly say it's been interesting and I wouldn't trade it for anyone else's. It's helped to shape me into the person I am today. And it most definitely introduced me to Carole and her family - to which I will always be grateful. And, of course, there's God to thank. He's been directly involved in my life all along and He's never going to stop - even in eternity.

Richard
 

 

The following  are the works of Richard Alan.

12/02/03

All Roads

03/25/03

In The Driveway

03/04/03

Do

12/17/02

The Lord of The Resurrection