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30 Days of Gratitude: Day 28: For my daughter's birthday

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....




DAY 28: 



I am thankful everyday that I was blessed with becoming a mother 9 years ago today. At 11:28PM on 11/28/2006 Rebecca was born and I became a mom for the first time. I am so blessed to have 3 wonderful kiddos, but Rebecca has a special place as she is the first.  I can't believe she is 9 years old!


If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today? 



30 Days of Gratitude: Day 27: For Christmas movies

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....




DAY 27: Today I am thankful for Christmas movies and cartoons. Every Friday night is movie night with the kids. They tend to pick the same dvds over and over. Well since it is after Thanksgiving, I pulled out our Christmas dvds! Yay for different things to watch! Tonight featured "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer." I love watching the classics that I grew up watching and sharing them with my kiddos.


If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today? 



Thanksgiving 2015 Recap: The WHOLE bottle of Bailey's

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Yesterday, we spent a nice time at my parent's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Overall, we had 15 people in attendance-- Myself, Bill, Rebecca, Jacob, Benjamin, my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother, his girlfriend, my other brother, his wife, and their 3 kids.



The kids spent LOTS of time running around and being crazy. They jumped on their Pappy (my dad). They played with toys and made a mess. They colored pictures. They had fun being kids and playing with their cousins.



The adults spent lots of time laughing and talking.



Dinner was very yummy! We had turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, stuffing, gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce. For desserts, we had pumpkin pie, apple pie and kolacky (all of which my sister had made, under my help).


After dinner, we also had cake for my niece's birthday which was the day before yesterday!


After my brother and his family left, my mom pulled out the bottle of Chocolate Cherry Bailey's that she had…

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 26: Thanksgiving Day

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 26: Happy Thanksgiving
Today on Thanksgiving Day, I am stopping to give thanks for ALL the blessings, big and small in my life. 
I am thankful for my family-- my husband, my kids, my parents, my sister, my brothers, my nieces, my nephews and my in-laws. In each of their own ways, they have enriched my life-- whether through their love, kindness, lessons learned or epiphanies about life that they have helped me to learn. 
 I am thankful for friends near and far who bring life and craziness into my life in so many ways. Some friends are in real life and I see them often. Others are friends I have made on this blog or through other means online that although we have never met in person, you are still…

30 Days of Gratitude- Days 23-25

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....




DAY 23: Today I am thankful for patience and being open to change. I had several things that were supposed to happen, but didn't and I had to change plans at the last minute. That is okay....life isn't always going to go according to plan. 

DAY 24: Thankful for thoughtfulness. I have a tutoring client, who Rebecca used to go to school with. I changed her tutoring time to accomodate a last minute violin lesson at her mom's request. I had no problem doing this. Well, her mom brought me a cinnamon coffee cake from Bob Evans in appreciation for being willing to move the tutoring time. That was so thoughtful of her. 


DAY 25: Today I spent the day at my mom's house "domesticating"…

30 Days of Gratitude- Days 19-22: Catching Up

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


The last week has been a blur of activity. I haven't had time to come on her and update so today I will be catching up...

DAY 19: I am thankful for clothes that fit! I find that most shirts shrink when I wash them and then they become too short for me to wear as I have a longer torso. I finally found that Old Navy sells tall women's shirts so I ordered 3 off of ebay and they are fantastic. They are the right length and I have been wearing them over and over. 

Day 20: I am thankful for the ability to stand up for what is right. I have a tutoring client that was almost a month behind in her payments. She had told me at the beginning of the week to make sure I had an updated bill for her when I…

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 18: Creativity

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 18: 

Today I am thankful for creativity. 



I know so many creative people and they bring such light and brightness into the world. My own sister is going to college to become an art therapist and she is a very talented artist. Many in my family like to draw, color, and create in their own ways. My kids are no exception. Benjamin likes to color. Jacob is always drawing. Rebecca is always creating something or other. Yesterday, she wrote a poem for fun. 
I love the creativity that brings brightness into my world.

If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today? 



30 Days of Gratitude- Day 17: Warm Weather

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 17: 

Today I am thankful for warm weather. The weather the last couple of weeks have been unseasonably warm with little precipitation. As I got on facebook yesterday, I had a reminder that one year ago that the kids had their first snow day. We haven't even had a flake of snow yet this year. And I am okay with that. While I like snow, to me before Thanksgiving is too early for any. So for today I am thankful for the nice weather.

If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today? 



Zonderkidz books discount code!

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The last couple of days, I have shared with you a couple of great kids Christmas books that have been published by Zondervan publishing company, including Song of the Starsand The Legend of the Christmas Cookie. I believe that Christmas books are a timeless Christmas gift for kids and adults alike! That is why I am so excited to be able to share a discount code with you readers today for 30% off Zonderkidz books and Bibles (Blink YA books included, too!) ONLY AT ZONDERVAN!!


Here are the details:

The promo code discount, CHRISTMAS2015, is valid from November 17th through December 1st, 2015, and can be used on ALL Zonderkidz books and Bibles (new and old), including Blink books. The code can ONLY be used on purchases at  www.Zondervan.com, so it cannot be used at any other online retailer or in stores, and cannot be combined with any other offers and discounts. It cannot be applied to books currently available for pre-order, adult books and Bibles, or curriculum products. This is a sp…

30 Days of Gratitude- Days 15 and 16

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 15-16: 

Today I am thankful for words and for the silliness of my kids. 

Almost a year ago, Benjamin was saying very few words (probably less than 10) and the words he was saying, he was not saying the whole word. He has been having speech therapy and let me tell you, lately he is a little chatter box. Tonight he melted my heart when I was putting him to bed and he looked at me, gave me a big hug, and said "I love you too Mama." Unprompted. That boy melts my heart every time he tells me something like that! 

And not to be outdone, his brother had a bought of silliness tonight, when he went to get into the bathtub and still had his shirt and glasses on. Jacob couldn't get over the sho…

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: 
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells the story of a young boy named Jack who learns from his generous mother the story behind the Christmas cookie. The family who began the tradition of baking the special cookies gave them to the needy and shared the story of the very first Christmas. This sweet holiday book offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves and encourages them to share the true tale of Jesus' birth. A delicious recipe is included on the jacket flap so readers can make their own Christmas sugar cookies. MY THOUGHTS:
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey shares an important message in this upcoming Christmas season. Times are hard, parents have to cut back on extras as wages are low, bills are high, food prices are soaring, and many families have had to tighten their budgets in order to afford necessities in life. Such is the story of Jack, whose father has had to le…

Heroines of the Old Testament Coloring Book

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DESCRIPTION: 
Let your heart be encouraged and your creative passions engaged as you color the lives of ten remarkable women from the Old Testament. Each unique section lets you reflect upon their Biblical stories through illustrations that are both symbolic and ornate. From Eve, the mother of mankind, enveloped in the flora of Eden, to the opulent world of Queen Esther's Persian Empire, these artistic designs enable endless hours of creative coloring enjoyment and peaceful contemplation. Inspire your soul by exploring the miraculous journeys of these heroines of faith and those of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, and Hannah.
Includes:
Geometric patterns PortraitsBotanical designsNarrative scenesArtist tips, and more!MY THOUGHTS:

One of the things that I have been trying to do is build in more relaxation times for myself. I have found that by looking back over my childhood, I wanted to look at the hobbies that brought me pleasure. One of those hobbies …

Our family is giving up fast food for a year!

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So today we did the thing that is typical for us on the weekend... around 12:30 the kids start hollering for lunch and we decide let's just get fast food. Or we ask the kids what they want for lunch and the overwhelming response is "Donald's" (McDonald's), even from Ben, who is only 3. So off Bill goes to get fast food and he brings back McDonald's for us and Taco Bell for himself. On opening the McDonald's, we realize they gave us the wrong size fries in one order and didn't fill the fry container up in another. Upon eating the lunch, I realized that it just didn't taste good, but I kept eating it anyways. Replay this once or twice more per week and you will get what has become the norm in our family. 

I am not proud of that fact at all. In fact, today it hit me. Why do we keep doing this? Why do we keep spending lots of money each week on food that is sub-par and is not good? Why has it become norm in our family to have fast food at least 2 times…

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 14

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 14: 

Today I am thankful for a country that has security measures in place to protect their own citizens and who reaches out to help others who are affected by hatred of terrorists. As I read and watch the horrors that have occurred in Paris, I am reminded that these attacks can happen anywhere. I am thankful that, while probably not perfect, we have administrators in our own government who are looking to stop acts of terrorism on American soil. Intelligence is working day in and day out to stop senseless acts of terrorism to form on American soil. I am grateful for our government. I am also thankful for all those who put their lives on the lines fighting these terrorists day in and day out. The…

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: 
From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, Song of the Stars Christmas picture book is now available in the popular board book format.

This board book edition of Song of the Stars, written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Alison Jay, is a Christmas book that explores the joy and celebration in all of creation at the coming of Jesus.

They’ve been waiting with eager longing for the coming of God’s promised Son, and when at last he arrives, the whole earth holds its breath: their Creator, Jesus, Emmanuel has come to the world that he made. Trees, seas, skies, stars, animals—they all spread the news that at last the time has come. It’s time! He’s here!

MY THOUGHTS:
I love being able to add new Christmas books to our rotation. I try to add at least one new one every year, so I was pleased to be able to review Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd- Jones. This is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book…

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 13: Good Friends

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 13: 
Today I am thankful for good friends. 
I will admit that there are times that I am awkward in social situations. Looking back, my growing up years were painful when trying to find and keep friends. College was a little better, but even then I wasn't one who had a ton of friends. Lots of aquantices but not a lot of people I was comfortable calling friends. OVer the last few years, there were only a handful of people that I would consider close friends. Over the past year, I have come to find out who was true friends and whose colors I never really knew. 

I will say that I could probably count on 2 hands the number of friends that I consider that I am really, really close too. I am discover…

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 12: Understanding

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


Sorry this is being posted late. When you read what I was thankful for yesterday, you will understand...


DAY 12: 

Today I am thankful for the understanding that people show towards me, including my husband. I had an awful headache all day yesterday. Tylenol didn't help. Caffeine didn't help. Nothing seemed to help. Tylenol and caffeine would dull the pain, but it was there all day yesterday. At one point, my head was throbbing! When I came home from tutoring and picking the kids up from school, I asked my hubby if he would mind if I went and  laid down. He said of course not. I felt bad because it was supposed to be date night (at home) but I just felt that bad. After sleeping for a couple o…

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 11: Veterans

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 11: 

Today I am thankful for all those men and women who have served in the military so that I am able to live in a free country. I live in a country that allows freedom of speech and of religion, among other liberties. I am free to work, to wear pants, to vote, to go to the church of my choosing due to the sacrifices that Veterans made in the past. I am free to be mad at the new minimalist Starbucks coffee cup and to express that opinion on social media if I wanted to because of our Veterans. (Just so you know, I could care less about what Starbucks puts on their coffee cups....people need to get over it, as there are bigger issues in this world.) 



Today is Veteran's Day in the USA, and I fo…

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 10: my tutoring clients

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 10: 

Today I am thankful for my tutoring clients and their parents. When I quit my part time job in May, I was scared to death that this tutoring business was going to be a failure. While it hasn't grown as fast as I would like, I am grateful for the clients that I do have. These kids' parents put their trust in me to help their child bridge the gap between where they are academically and where they need to be. I hope that I am doing them the service that they need. I have seen some real growth in several of these kids and that makes it so much worth it.
If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today? 



30 Days of Gratitude- Day 9: Kids' laughter

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 9: 

Today I am thankful for the laughter of my kids. 



Today, Ben and I walked to get Rebecca and Jacob from school. We arrived at school a few minutes early, so I let Ben play in the leaves. He thought it was the greatest thing in the world to throw then up in the air over his head. 


 Then when we were almost home, the 3 kids took off running and laughing hysterically with no care in the world. It was the sweetest sound to my ears. I am so thankful that my kids love to laugh. 
If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today? 



A to Z about me....

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I saw this on Carla's blog this morning and I thought I would play along and link up with her....If you decide to play along as well, go visit Carla for the original posting. 




It is A to Z about me....

A- Age: 36 B- Biggest Fear: not seeing my children grow up or having something bad happen to them or to my husband. C- Current time: 10:27 am D- Drink you last had: caffiene-free Coke E- Every day starts with: my alarm going off... F- Favorite song: "Is There Life Out There?" by Reba G- Ghosts, are they real?: Yes! I have seen several in my own lifetime both known and unknown. H- Hometown: Columbus, OH I- In love with: my husband J- Jealous of: I hate to admit it, but I am jealous of those who get to live by the ocean in North Carolina. Would love to be able to make that dream come true one day K- Killed someone?: Nope L- Last time you cried?: Last week, while watching a TV show..yes I am a sap like that. M- Middle name: Marie N- Number of siblings: 3..I am the oldest, then a bro…

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 8: Lazy Sundays

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As I shared, for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....


DAY 8: 

Today I am thankful for lazy Sundays.  This afternoon, after lunch, I laid down on the couch with my head on my husbands lap and I napped on and off for almost 2 hours, while he watched football on TV and the kiddos played. There are days you just need to take a day of rest and just relax. Today was a good day for it. 
How do you relax? Do you take a day of rest?  If you are joining in with being thankful....what are you thankful for today?