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    Thanksgiving Day

    Today should have been different.  Next year will be. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate with family and friends.  To really think about everything that you are (or should be) thankful for.  A day to have a feast to help remember all of those special things.  I will be celebrating and I am thankful, but there are 2 key family members missing.  (Not that all of my extended family is in town but they shouldn’t have been here anyway).  Two tiny people, who should be filling up the house with smiles and laughter. Two pieces of my family that have no idea that today is even a day to celebrate. …

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    Thanks times 10

    It never fails that when I think I can accomplish a post a day for even a short time, it never really happens!  I’ve certainly still been thankful, for both the big and little things, during the past few days that I’ve missed posting.  I was last thankful for going to the county fair…10 days ago.  So, thankful times 10…here goes. 17th –  Our church celebrated it’s 75th birthday this month.  (Actually on the 17th!)   It was standing room only!  The ushers had to bring in chairs and then members using those chairs actually gave them up for more people coming in!  People had to park in yards across the…

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    Loving from Afar

    My girls are famous (I mean they kind if were already) but this week, they made the local news! A reporter from our local Brunswick Newspaper contacted me wanting to do an article on the Russian adoption ban & Lizzy and switching countries and now bringing home Josie.  Of course, I jumped at the chance.  What a better way to share about adoption during National Adoption Month.  The reporter did an amazing job.  She touched just enough on the hard parts of adoption, including the ban but also focused on the great parts of adoption… giving children a home, being able to be a parent, getting to share your love.   …

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    County Fair

    I LOVE the fair! I grew up in the Midwest, northern Indiana to be exact and the county fair was always a highlight of my summer. Riding the Ferris wheel, the Himalaya, the little dragon coaster. Getting chocolate milk from pioneer land, eating elephant ears, ice cream, corn on the cob (literally on.the.cob) dripping in butter! Corn dogs, snow cones, fresh squeezed lemonade and Bubble Up with crushed ice. Walking through building upon building of winning 4-H displays (cakes, plants, collections, sewing, and more!) and collecting bags full of free goodies from vendor after vendor. I have never purchased a yard stick, Frisbee or bandaid holder, the pens and pencils,…

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    Thankful Weekend

    This was such a good weekend! Quiet, busy, fun, relaxing…all at some point! We celebrated my oldest, little brother’s birthday Friday night and our mom went full out in party prep.  First, I must clarify that sometimes, my family can be a little ‘nerdy’, for lack of a better word, but I love them anyway and it’s okay, nerds are awesome people.  They aren’t that way all the time, just once in a while! (and this may or may not have been one of those times…) My brother is a huge LOTR fan and consequently, a Hobbit fan.  He was given the extended special edition version for his birthday (it…

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    212 Envelopes

    This could be the end of the fundraising.  I’ve seen this idea in a few places and if it gets completed is usually a very successful fundraiser.  And in this case, could actually make this adoption be ‘Fully Funded’.  One little fundraiser, 212 envelopes, could finish off the ransom for a tiny 2 year old girl.  Could it be that easy?  It doesn’t hurt to try right? Here’s how this fundraiser works.  There are 212 envelopes, each with a number written on them, both here on this blog and hard copy in my hands.  You chose an envelope and donate that amount of money.  So, if you pick envelope number…

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    Catching up on being thankful

    You’d think it should be easy to quickly post one thing that I’m thankful for each day.  Find a few spare minutes share a ”I’m thankful for  _______ today” and move on.  But apparently it’s not as I just can not keep up! (and it’s only.day.8!)   I think my problem is too many things to be thankful for and I can’t pick the best for the day (which is a good problem, I guess).  (I also get distracted too easily when I’m sitting at the computer….emails to check, messages to reply too, paperwork to finish, etc.) I’m catching up on days 5, 6 & 7 in this post.  (I am…

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    Grateful – Day 3 & 4 – Silly things

    I love straws.  I know that’s silly, but I do.  To drink with, I mean.  Though I am game for a good straw craft and I have actually given a bag of straws as a birthday present.  (And it was probably one of the favorite presents opened at that time!) But really, I love using straws in my drinks.  I love the plastic cups with lids that I can put my lemonade or water in and I always use a straw when I go out to eat.  Which mostly happens on Sunday, after church.  This past Sunday, we went to a little local place for lunch (mmm, best broccoli rice…

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    Day 2 – thankful for the little things

    I woke up with pink eye this morning, not terribly surprised, as I thought something was up yesterday, but really thought it was just allergies.  I LOVE living on this little island, but allergies are the one thing that I acquired after moving here that I really could do without!!  Anyway, it’s not allergies…it’s conjunctivitis.  And it stinks. In the midst of my one eyed misery, I am quite greatful for eye drops, kleenex, and tylenol. (like I said, it’s the little things tonight…) It’s also the end of Daylight Savings Time which means….*pause for dramatic effect*.. …an extra.hour.of.sleep!!   Ah, so joyous.  And last but not least… (please no hate…

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    And some things to be thankful for

    Today is November 1.  The month of Thanksgiving (for those of us in the USA).  Last November I pledged to post something I was thankful for every day.  I did miss a few and there have been many, many changes since I published all of those thankful posts.  I went back and read through some of them and well, I think this years posts are going to be very similar!  I’m going to try again this year (and hopefully hit a few more days) and we’ll see how next year’s November will compare. On the 1st day of November, my items are best described in picture…  A ‘Karaoke trunk’ and…