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    Baby Sisters

    When I was 19 months old my parents brought home a set of baby sisters for me. I took very good care of them. I taught them to play the piano… …and how to count to three… …and how to build a snowman… plus lots more useful stuff.   My parents couldn’t always give me everything I asked for, but…

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    A Joyful Life

    She was an adorable toddler. This is one of my favorite pictures from when she was two. Her baby-fine hair in tiny curlers on a Saturday night, clutching her favorite blanket, with her sweet baby toes wiggling as I took the picture. She has never failed to bring us joy. Today she turns 23. In lieu of a birthday cake…

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    December Blessings

    During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it seems especially important to continue counting 1000 Gifts. So here’s the next installment of blessings on my Joy Dare series. December 1. 3 Gifts White Snow Popcorn Cotton December 2. 3 Gifts Bright Christmas lights Sunshine Hope December 3. 3 Gifts Shining Stars Tinsel Candlelight December 4. A Gift Circling,…

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    Grandmother’s Brown Sugar Icing

    For today’s post I gathered all the pictures we have of my childhood birthday cakes. We always had a birthday cake, but we rarely had a party, and we didn’t have a camera for a lot of years… which is why there aren’t very many pictures. I am told we had two “parties” for my first birthday. One with a…

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    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 3

    This is the time of year when many of us take time to count our blessings… or at least try to name a few of them. I took on the Joy Dare challenge a few weeks ago, and while I have no problem noticing the small (and large) things I’m grateful for, the challenge comes in naming something for each…

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    Our 30th Anniversary

    On this day 30 years ago I married my best friend. How could 30 years possibly go by so fast? It seems like it’s been just about as fast as the time it took you to glance at the pictures taken every 10 years! As I was trying to decide what to say about our anniversary today, I thought I…

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    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 2

    Continuing with the Joy Dare I started earlier this month… and picking up with Gift #25… October 9. 3 gifts of praised for Turns out Lyle is not sodium-sensitive. Laura got a new job a few weeks ago and it is going well. God’s daily provision. October 10. 3 gifts hard eucharisteo unwelcome changes financial struggles migraine headaches October 11.…

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    Finding Peace

    I tend to be a worrier. It drives Lyle crazy sometimes. I think it’s a genetic thing that I inherited from my MawMaw. We used to laugh at her when she would call my dad. She’d tell him about something she was worrying about and then she’d conclude by saying, “But I’m not gonna worry ’bout that!” That’s how I…

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    Kodaking in the 1930s

    It’s interesting to me how certain words that start off as nouns become verbs. For instance, we often talk about “googling” something, which means, of course, using the Google search engine to find it. Did you know “kodaking” used to be a verb? Obviously, Kodak is a brand of camera, so kodaking meant “taking pictures.” I came across this term…

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    The White Sisters

    As you know, I’ve been blogging for awhile. During the month of October as I’m participating in Write 31 Days, I am sharing “re-runs” of some of my past posts on the weekends. Today’s post is one of my favorites. Here’s the back story: Early in 2008 I had encouraged my aunt, Rachel, to start a blog. She’s only a…