When I hear the words, ‘MILK TRUCK’, three uncanny stories come to mind.  Absolutely true.  Two are from my own life.  Take the next ‘step beyond’ to see what happened.

Milk Man in Houston, Texas Saves a 7 year old Girl

One day at the ripe age of 7 years old, I got out of school an hour earlier than my brother and sister, and walked home to an empty house.  I went to my neighbor’s, hoping to play with them, but they weren’t home, either.  Thank goodness their swingset welcomed me, remembering how they had always told me I could use it, “…any time”.

Having just seen the movie, Trapeze, with Burt Lancaster, I figured this was my big chance to practice what I had seen him do. Sitting on the trapeze bar I’d get a good swing going, then hang by my knees and then slip down with my ankles wrapped around the chain so I could hang swinging by my feet.  I was getting pretty good at it, when I got tired. Normally I would just drop to the ground onto my hands and knees.  However, this day I was wearing sandals, not my usual sneakers, and as I tried to get off the trapeze bar, the strap of my right shoe caught the bottom loop of the chain, and I was stuck – hanging upside down by one foot!

Terrified, the sudden realization hit me: I was alone.  Who could help me?

Without my siblings or neighbors, I yelled and cryed out to God or anyone who would listen, hoping someone would find me.

Within minutes, someone did. A Milkman driving by saw me!

He helped me down, and as I was thanking him profusely, my brother ran up to me, sweating from head to toe, huffing and puffing, “I was two blocks away… when all of a sudden I saw a picture of you… like on a TV set… in front of my eyes! You were hanging upside down from the swings, screaming!”

I couldn’t believe it! My brother Mike and the Milkman had each unknowingly ‘heard’ my prayer.

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Milk Man in NYC Saves a Lady from Bleeding to Death

The second time a milkman came to the rescue was years later when I moved with my pregant sister into in a 4th floor walk-up apartment in New York City. We had no electricity and no telephone.  One night, she suddenly started miscarrying and hemorrhaging profusely.

“Oh, God!” I thought.  “What should I do?” The neighbors across the hall were gone, and I had no way of getting her to the hospital.

In a panic, I flew down the four flights of stairs to the street, waving frantically to cars going by, but no one would stop.  In desperation, I went out into the street and yelled to the next vehicle I saw, a Milk truck! I told the driver in tears that my sister was bleeding to death and needed a ride to the hospital, a couple of miles up the street.  He got right out and rushed to help her into to his truck, and took her to the hospital in time – and she lived!

I never knew his name, or saw him again to thank him in person, but I can’t count the many times I thanked him in my heart.  I know God answered my prayer through him that night.

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Milk Man in Bristol England Feeds 300 Orphans


In the early 1800′s, an orphanage ran out of food. They had nothing to feed the 300 children under George Müller’s care*.  It was time for breakfast, and the children were hungry, so he told everyone to sit down, fold their hands and pray, thanking God for what He would provide.

Soon there was a knock at the door.

It was a Baker, who said that God had woken him up at 3 in the morning telling him to quickly bake bread for the orphanage. Could they use it?

Why, YES, they could!

Shortly after that came another knock at the door.

A Milkman’s cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage – and without refrigeration the milk would spoil before he could fix the wheel.  Would they please take the milk?

Why, YES, they would!

That morning, a Milk man and a Baker had unknowingly been the vehicles to answer the prayers of those children. Each with different gifts he was given. One Bread, one Milk. But both with the ‘Milk of Human Kindness’.

Whatever  your image of a Creator, God or Heavenly Father, no one can deny that, the ‘Milk of Divine Kindness’ is active in our lives, listening and answering when we cry out. You never know when you may be called upon to deliver some of that ‘Milk’, too!


EDU DESIGNS creates media for the heart and mind of children. Since we are an all volunteer non profit, we don’t get paid for what we do. But the rewards! The rewards are “Out of This World!”.

Any funds donated are used to create and distribute materials to improve children’s character and education through the Arts.

You can see a bit of what we do here:

- EDU DESIGNS is bringing Art back into the schools, providing materials for children’s character development and education through:

- Free Parenting Tips and Illustrated Behavior Charts through GoMommyGO.  We are listed as a Resource on Autism Speaks for children with special needs:

My earthly dad used to say that folks accused him of being a generous man. But he would say, “Oh NO! I’m NOT generous at all – you see, it makes me FEEL so GOOD to give, I feel like I’m being VERY selfish!”

I don’t have bread or milk to give today, but what I do have, I’d like to share. The download of my Artbook for kids, called, “SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT!” normally sells for $9.99, but I’d like to give a copy to anyone making a donation of any size. After you donate through the button below you’ll get your free download!

Thank you!

© Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon

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Hankering after STUFF is never ENOUGH… Finding True Treasure…


Could WE be the treasure in earthen vessels?


As you think about what you want for the future, for the world, and for your kids, I’m sure Peace and True Happiness are on your list.

Though it has its place, money certainly hasn’t brought true happiness to me.



I wrote this little poem recently, thinking of the conflict between ‘Getting what you want’ and ‘True’ satisfaction:

Finding Treasure, © Ruth Elliott, 2013

Ignorance, when fueled by desire,

Scrambles to fight, following a Liar…

And after all the getting’s done,

with no peace or justice won,

joys vanish in the present,

while seeking what was pleasant.


Greed stomps on others to get its winnings,

and only piles up further sinnings.

Though the truth is plainly told,

(that all that glitters is not gold),

it’s blind to all the pain and rue,

and never ceases hurt to do.


In Forgetting all this earthly stuff

(and along with getting, had enough),

to him who holds the key to heaven

True Treasure will at last be given.

Those we know who have it still,

will never lose it, never will!


Was I important?  Or was money MORE important?

Of course I was important, but kids only know what they FEEL. When I think about the agonies struggling to be a good parent to my seven kids, I’ve come to realize that a lot of my personal anxiety and stress as an adult could be traced back to my relationships with the people closest to me as a child.


Ruth at 10 years old…


I remember how lost I felt when my mother went to work outside the home. And I was 10 years old at the time when it happened to me!

Then I too had to work at different times when my kids were little, and suffered a lot of pain and guilt over it.

A thirst for uncovering why things affect us the way they do has led to my research on Psychology, Parenting, Stress, Anxiety and ADHD.


Here’s some of what I’ve discovered in my travels:


Breakdown of the Mother and Child Relationships

One problem few medical professionals talk about is the breakdown of the mother and child relationship, due to economic pressures.  Nearly 60% of today’s workforce is women, many who are forced to go back to work too quickly after their babies are born.

This creates a subconscious feeling of abandonment in the child, according to Dr. Gabor Mate.[1] In addition, he states that stressors on pregnant moms create rising cortisol levels in their babies, even before birth, that can predispose them to ADHD.

There are studies showing that the BIOLOGY of the brain is interpersonal – beginning in the UTERUS. [2]

Stanford based psychologist  Robert Stopolski says we are affected by our environment as soon as we have one. Where is our first environment? When we are planted in the womb.

Studies show that our biology affects our babies in the womb.  Babies whose moms are stressed while pregnant had higher levels of Cortisol at birth, and the more stressed they mother is in pregnancy, the more behavior problems are seen by the time their child is 3 or 4…  And this is a lifelong affect.

So how can we get rid of the STRESS?

Stress can be greatly alleviated by a feeling of attunement from others.


Dr. Claudia Gold says, in her book, Keeping Your Child in Mind,

“When our feelings are validated, we know that we’re not alone.”

A lack of real attunement to our kids can rob them of the thing they need the most, a secure beginning to give them a firm footing in life.

Even if we can’t control the world, we STILL have the power to choose PEACE in our OWN home. It means choosing NOT to fall for the LIE that money is everything.

Paying attention to our kids is what they really need.

Especially when they are littlest.

You know how precious they are!


Baby Mama © Ruth Elliott, 2010









I wrote a blog about the importance of mom’s here

Remember, whatever your life is now:

“We can’t change the past, but we can ruin a perfectly good Present, by worrying about the Future!”

Please make the best of what you have TODAY, especially those treasures that are asking you to pay attention to them!


EDU DESIGNS is the non profit I founded to help children’s character development through media and education.   We are all volunteers, and none of us gets a dime for what we do, but the rewards are OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Can you help a little?

If you are struggling, too, then don’t feel pressured. I don’t want to give a load of guilt to anyone, but if you can spare a little, we need your help!

All donations go to help create and provide resources and media to those who need it.



See What You're Looking At! by Ruth Elliott

See What You’re Looking At! by Ruth Elliott


Please make a Donation Today and receive a Complete download of my Art Book – all 120 pages!

Here’s wishing YOU the BEST, EVERYDAY…

Ruth Elliott, Founder/Director of EDU DESIGNS, Creator,



[1] Check out this talk by Dr. Gabor Mate:


[2] Psychiatrist Daniel Seagull from UCLA talks about INTERPERSONAL Neurobiology here:

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Parents Told to Abandon Retarded Baby at Birth…

Once in a while a story comes along that shows the triumph of the human spirit.

When Diane was born with Down Syndrome AND a hole in her heart, the doctor advised the mother and father that their baby girl would never survive, and, “Just leave her with us, we’ll take care of it”.


Jas (3 yo), Papa, Kathy, Joe, Mama and Diane (5 yo).

Did these parents abandon her?

The father replied, “We’ll just be taking our daughter home with us, thank you.”

And she DID survive – for 53 years!

What an important message it gave to their other children about the value of human life. Jas learned from an early age to help take care of his “little” older sister. How sweet to see little children learning to care for one another.

Jas (L) giving Diane a hug.

Jas (L) giving Diane a hug.


Sometimes the people who benefit the most are the ones doing the giving.

Out of his all his helping grew a spirit of great compassion in little Jas.

He grew up and wrote a song for Diane. Hear it at this link:


Can taking care of others effect the world?

You bet it can.

Just listen!

Ruth Elliott, Founder/Director of EDU DESIGNS, Creator,

Love Conquers All!
A grateful heart sits at a continuous feast. ~Proverbs 15:15
Never miss an opportunity to do a good deed. ~Ruth Elliott
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~Peter Marshall


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Hope makes the DIFFERENCE between LIFE and DEATH!


I heard a story once about an experiment with two mice to see how long they could swim in a bucket of water… 

When the first mouse was put in the bucket he drowned after just a few minutes.

When they put the second mouse in the water they saw him start to flounder around the same time the first one had. But this time they reached down and lifted him up out of the bucket for a second - just long enough to let him see over the bucket - and then returned him to the water again.  He swam for almost a half hour more before he finally lost strength.

It seems cruel to even think of doing an experiment like that.

I do hope they let him live.

But the message that came out of it was clear:

The second mouse, that was LIFTED up, was given a moment of HOPE, where he was able to see ABOVE the bucket, and that made all the difference.

We MUST have something better to look forward to, or WE WILL sink.

 Do you remember how much fun it was to do art and music in school when YOU were a kid? New pathways were growing in your brain as your imagination was stimulated!

 Due to budget cuts today, many children in schools don’t get that chance to do art anymore, despite clear proof that the arts improve cognitive development – and make an impact FAR greater than having a picture to put on your refrigerator door.

ruthHere a wiggly group of PreSchoolers gets to learn about Art AND Music!

Lifting people up - ‘above the bucket’ is something  EDU DESIGNS  does with tools to Improve children’s character through the arts and stories.

 GoMommyGO© (part of EDU DESIGNS) gives practical tools and HOPE to parents struggling with the awesome responsibility of shaping their child’s life in their most vulnerable years.

 Have you heard the saying, “THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, RULES the WORLD”? We really DO have the power to influence the next generation to be better human beings. It is idealistic. And being a parent can bring out the best in us. But when you ARE a parent, you know that raising children can bring out the worst in YOU at times, too. WE NEED HELP!


Notice the word ‘STRUGGLE‘?

Raising my own seven children proved to me how much structure and support children need to be able to develop to their best ability, and how much I needed to learn. When I first created my behavior charts it gave me the structure I needed not to yell and scream at my kids. And when it DID work so well I thought, ”Why isn’t someone doing this for all the mom’s out there who can’t draw?” 

 Nobody can do it alone. We all need each other.

If we struggle together it will lighten the load for all of us.

 Imagine This: If just ONE person was made happier today because of something YOU did, and and if each person helped ONE OTHER person, everybody would touch EVERYONE’S life eventually. So don’t give up.

 Do your best. Don’t worry about the rest. 
“Everything comes out in the wash”, as my mom used to say…


“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”  ~  Peter Marshall
Never miss an opportunity to do a good deed. ~Ruth Elliott
Ruth Elliott, Director, EDU DESIGNS
PO Box 2664, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729


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EDU Designs Progress Report!

There’s been so much happening lately! 

Did you hear about the efforts of Chris Zurbuch who raised $966 when he ran the 100 mile race for EDU DESIGNS?  I feel so blessed that he not only ran the extra mile, but was willing to run 99 more!  Here’s more info about it…

If you weren’t able to contribute yet (and a BIG THANKS to those who have) you can still donate here to help kids who need art and character development.

So much more has been happening I haven’t had time to blog about yet, too – from the art classes for kids with Special needs (see pic below) and many schools locally to the outreach to other countries (even Ghana and India) who are benefiting from our materials thanks to those who have found us via the internet.   I’ll be visiting Connecticut and reaching out to schools and organizations  there as well.  This map shows just a few of the places we are reaching.  The reaction from grateful teachers and parents is like bringing water to thirsty travelers along a lonely desert road. There’s so much need for what you and I are doing!

Please continue your support and tell others – I know they will thank you.

Everyone benefits from what we do.

If you know a parent – tell them about GoMommyGO®.

If you know a teacher or student, tell them about EDU DESIGNS.

Many Blessings…

And thanks,



A grateful heart sits at a continuous feast. Proverbs 15:15

Ruth Elliott, Director, EDU DESIGNS
PO Box 2664, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
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  • Running the Race for Children's Art & Education! Running the Race for Children's Art & Education! Chris Zurbuch ran in the 100 Mile Race to raise funds for EDU DESIGNS on 5/25/13/!
  • Ruth Elliott gives Tips on Drawing to the Kids! Ruth Elliott gives Tips on Drawing to the Kids! Emmy Award Winning Artist Ruth Elliott taught the kids while Chris Ran the race!
  • Fun with Animation! Fun with Animation! Ruth even got to play guitar after a lesson in Animation...
  • EVERYONE WINS When We Run in the same direction! EVERYONE WINS When We Run in the same direction! Helping Kids CHaracter and Education is what CHRIS ZURBUCH cares about, and what EDU DESIGNS is doing! THANK YOU CHRIS for being a hero to children!

I know you care about investing in CHARACTER as well as INTELLIGENCE. You want to give children more of what really matters. SO DOES CHRIS ZURBUCH!

Chris Zurbuch is not only a phenomenal RUNNER – he runs for a good cause: To help children achieve their goals and become productive citizens in society.

The Nanny Goat Race in Riverside, CA, raises funds for Charity each year. On Saturday May 25th 2013 Chris ran in the 100 mile race to help raise money for EDU DESIGNS, our non profit that creates and distributes media for the education, motivation and character development of children.

A devoted husband to his beautiful wife Messina and proud Dad of three wonderful children, 11, 9 and 18 months, Chris explained why he chose to run the 100 Mile race to fundraise for EDU DESIGNS:

“I feel it is very important for our youth of today to have some sort of Creative arts and Books in all forms which are crucial to shaping Children’s enrichment in their overall education. EDU is a wonderful non-profit organization that does just that for many less fortunate children. Every little bit helps to create a positive culture of growth and learning so these children can have some of the same opportunities as others to utilize their talents specifically in the arts…I have wanted to use my love of running into helping kids gain additional resources whether, food, housing or in this case, education.”

The caption reads, “Moderation Has It’s Place: “It Ain’t Here!”
Chris goes all out for what he believes in!

Chris Zurbuch  helped CHILDREN by RUNNING for EDU DESIGNS. And you can help too! No running required. You can keep up the good work he started by helping us get our educational materials to children who need it. For a limited time, donate any amount & get a FREE Download of my Art Book, too! Such a deal.   The Instant download is normally $9.99, but until May 31st it’s free to everyone who makes a donation of ANY amount. Emmy Award Winning Animation Artist Ruth Elliott’s Art Book increases creativity, spatial reasoning, cognitive development and references the CA Math Standards. Read more here…

Each donation allows us to provide our materials to schools that need them, along with tools for better behavior. Can you help?

“The need for what you’re offering is growing stronger by the day, the schools are in crisis, seemingly everywhere… Bless you guys for what you’re doing.”  ~ Justin

 Please donate – we need your help to reach children who need the arts and tools for character development.


For a limited time only, when you make a Donation to EDU DESIGNS you will instantly get a complimentary Download of Ruth Elliott’s ART TEXTBOOK for CHILDREN, ‘SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT!’ (the first Art Textbook to reference the CA K-8 Math Standards)

Find out more about my Art book here…

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School Kids in Ghana are now using our ART BOOK!

  • Some Homes in Ghana... Some Homes in Ghana...
  • Kids in Ghana on the way to school! Kids in Ghana on the way to school!
  • Lining up for Class in Ghana... Lining up for Class in Ghana...
  • Hallway at the school... Hallway at the school...
  • Teachers preparing an Art Class Teachers preparing an Art Class

I’m SO excited! Ghana is now using our Art Textbook, stories and other educational materials for character development! Thanks to the hardworking and dedicated staff of The Ex-Aid Club, a Non Profit, led by Project Manager Eric Ansah,  children in the deprived areas of Ghana are now benefiting from our ART  materials, where they were previously not available.
The Ex-Aid Club is committed to Youth development, Cultural Exchange Programs and other activities for children of all ages.

EDU DESIGNS was pleased to be able to provide our videos, books and other educational materials plus a projector and DVD player to enable them to reach more children as they go to different schools.

Your support is needed! If you wish to help this worthwhile organization, please contact  Eric directly at:

Eric Ansah <>
Project Manager
Skype: nativesoned1

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Me and Mr. T!

Mt. T. and Me in 2003!

When my son was 11 years old he wrote a letter to Mr. T after seeing ‘The A Team’ on TV.   Mr. T wrote him back a long personal letter, telling him to study hard in school, stay away from drugs and alcohol, take good care of his body and trust in the Lord!

I was so impressed with his kindness and generosity to take the time to write him!  Somewhere in the recesses of our garage I still have that letter.

Years later in 2003 I was working at Cartoon Network and got to meet Mr. T. personally.  I thanked him and told him how much his letter had meant to my son, who had taken it to heart at a time when he was receptive.

As soon as Mr. T. heard I had 7 kids he couldn’t stop telling me all about his mother who had 12 kids! He was thrilled to share with me how she kept him on the right track by consistently being a source of encouragement, wisdom and strict discipline to all of them.

Such enthusiasm and energy! He went on to share how he was so happy to be alive after overcoming cancer, and proud he had gotten his hair back.  You can read more about the amazing struggles Mr. T had to overcome here.

I was so happy I got to meet him.  What an inspiration he is, and proof again of the powerful impact a mother can have on her children!

I made this little sketch of how I managed to get through it all when my kids were little…



How can we teach our children to find happiness?

…and learn to be content?

The simple answer is: By OUR example

  • Be in the present…
  • Be joyful.


It’s contagious!


Remember to get your kids to help you … Check out my free Illustrated Behavior Charts, so they can share in the ’Family Service’, too!


Ruth Elliott
Director, Edu Designs 




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How wonderful! Just rediscovered! Can’t believe it took me this long to share it!

Back in 2010 Shirley Smith’s TV Show, “Talk About Parenting, LIVE”  welcomed  me to talk about EDU Designs and GoMommyGO. Though it aired a while back it has a lot to say about what we are doing to help kids!

Visit EDU Designs website:
&  GOMommyGo’s Website:
& Shirlee Smith’s website:

Thank you Shirlee for your great contribution to the ‘ART’ of Parenting!

Ruth Elliott
Director, Edu Designs 

PS – Discover some other gems here, too!

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Emotional Connectedness leads to Greater Intellectual Capacity in Children!

© Ruth Elliott, 2012

At my art presentations I see startling evidence of Dr. Gabor Mate’s findings revealed in his book, SCATTERED (How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What you can Do About It). He explains how children engaged in an activity that includes emotional connectedness display higher levels of activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where self regulation and intellectual ability develop.

This means they will develop better concentration and self control!

As they always DO at my Art Presentations, the children have a wonderful time drawing and participating.  Recently, some teachers came up to me and remarked that they had never seen them so FOCUSED and ENGAGED. The ability to ‘focus and become engaged’ in an activity is the opposite of Attentional Deficit Disorder. Dr. Mate says:

“…many children with ADD are capable of focused work in the presence of an adult who is keeping them company and paying attention to them… attachment promotes attention, anxiety undermines it. When the child is not concerned with seeking emotional contact, his prefrontal cortex is freed to allocate attention to the task at hand… The warmth and satisfaction of positive contact with the adult is often just as good as a psychostimulant in supplying the child’s prefrontal cortex with dopamine. Greater security means less anxiety and more focused attention… Where this need is satisfied, ADD problems begin to recede.”

This is something I have instinctively felt for years, that children need engagement from others in a positive emotional context.  Seeing it in action, and getting confirmation from the teachers was tremendous!

It’s nice to know we’ve been on the right track all along.

I want all children to develop better Self Control and Focus as they increase their intellectual ability. I feel so strongly about it that I am offering an opportunity to get a copy of my ART BOOK to share with a teacher or child you know.

HOW? Read the details here.

Did you know that for every book you purchase, We GIVE a book to a classroom, teacher or student that needs one? Our Art presentations inspire not only the children and their parents but the teachers who are empowered to bring art back into the classroom. Thanks to your support, we are able to help more children.

I’m so glad YOU want the same things I do!

Kids benefit from all the love we put into them.

And I benefit from all the hugs I get!


Ruth Elliott
Director, Edu Designs 

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win this honor!

HAVE WE HELPED YOU? Let us know and we’ll send you a Digital copy of Ruth’s Art Book, FREE! Just Fill out this survey and then let me know!

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