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I thought I was finished being sick when we last spoke, but alas, I was not. The other cold symptoms have left but I am still coughing. It feels like that could go on for a while. While my immune system was waging war with the virus, my ever present kidney infection decided to make its move and overrun the bladder territory. It is being crushed mercilessly by a 5 day course of Cipro.

Anyone else not a fan of the Cipro? I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Weak, headache, heart racing. Plus it came with 4 pages of side effect notes, which is alarming in itself. I guess it’s better than a reaction to Bactrim, but not by much.

Besides coughing, I have done a few things around here. I got a temporary crown. Apparently the second tooth from the back had 3 cracks, that were causing it to feel…insecure… while using it. I was glad the dentist could figure out which one it was because I was unsure if it was that one or its big brother behind it. It has probably had a filling in it for over 40 years, I guess it has fulfilled its purpose. I thank you for your service.

The gals in our house have all had their hairs done. The Ab-Cat is all chemically straightened for another 6 or so months, Mousey is heavily highlighted once again, and I have had my silver lining removed for another 6 weeks. I have one more client today and then I am ON VACATION for 2 weeks!!!!

Honey and I are heading to The Sunshine State for a little R and R, so attention to the blob could be spotty, or not. I make no guarantees in any direction. I have brought the suitcases up from the basement, gone to the library with Abby to check out some reading material, started an area on the kitchen table with things we need and add to it daily, and have a pile of clothing in the bedroom awaiting packing. It’s getting real!

We have had some warmer weather that has melted a goodish amount of Winter Storm Mateo, but I have to say, some of the roads in our town are not going to make it through this winter! I thought Warren was a horror, but Morton Taylor is an ABOMINATION!!!! The people in charge of such things should be ASHAMED of themselves!!!!!!! And don’t give me that garbage about it being the county’s responsibility, get that dumb truck out there with the tar pellets in it and fill in those TRENCHES!!!!!!! Good common sense, its like a war torn country out here!

In good news, I have lost 8 pounds on the Keto diet! I don’t think I will make my goal of 15 before we go on vacation, but HOORAY for 8!!!!! We have decided we will eat normal on our trip, but as Honey said, not go hog wild! I asked what that meant, he said we would not have ice cream twice a day. Not sure that was really a thing, but it must have happened a time or two to stick in his mind! All I can say is chicken pot pie, I’m coming for ya!!!!!!!

We have been watching The Olympics, or should I say DVR-ing them, because OH.MY.WORD. the commercials! So many commercials! We loved the snowboarding and are heavily invested in figure skating at the moment. Abby and I have been using the ever present commercial time to goggle old figure skaters we used to love! A lot of them are fairly active on social media, hi Scott Hamilton, Kristie Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan! Have not heard Honey mention hockey so I’m guessing that is not in high gear yet.

Have a pleasant Monday, I got stuffs to do!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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From this Side of the Pond

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try? Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most? Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

 The thing I like best about a Michigan winter is getting out of Dodge for a few weeks!! We are planning a trip to The Sunshine State, so that is the most appealing one to me. A very close second would be a scrumtrulescent chocolate treat around Valentine’s Day, that makes the world brighter! As for what helps make the month brighter? Let’s say the knowledge that there are most likely only 2 more months of Mitten weather!
2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

Every time we see this little nugget on the computer she is doing something Super! Our Grandbaby MoonPie is 7 months old and is all about movement!!

Super crawling!

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Pulling up!

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And just all around super cute!

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3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

I made a yummy soup for the Super Bowl. I used a recipe for dream cheese chicken chowder and substituted ground beef and eliminated corn for the sake of our Keto diet. It was a nice change and met the need for Mexican and comfort food. Win/win.
4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

First up, I WON THE SUPER BOWL THINGY!!!!!! Anyone who knows me can tell you that I.do.not.care. about all things athletic because I am sportally challenged!  I wasn’t even going to fill out my spots but Honey said I had to, This caused me to wrack my brain to make choices about things I have zero/ minimal knowledge of. I would like to point out that Honey and The Peanuts Champ DO care about these things and they had reasons for the answers they chose, while I am there all willy nilly selecting things on the basis of a bunch of random. And WINNING i might add! So YAY Capri K!!!

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I will also be cheering for the good old United States of America in the Olympic games!! And also for Canada, land of Honey’s birth. Hockey can be very complicated and conflicting for him, especially during the finals. I will try and explain his thinking. He roots for the USA to win UNLESS the USA is not in the game, then he cheers for Canada. BUT, if the USA  is in the finals with Canada, then he totally jumps ship and becomes a full fledged Canadian once again and cheers on the Canadians!!! The reason? Because Canada invented hockey and they deserve to win. He is really still standing on guard for thee, wearing a maple leaf touk, with his pea meal bacon sandwich, poutine, butter tarts and Tim Horton coffee.

He’s also the only person I know who actually enjoys and understands curling. So we’ll be cheering!!!!

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games? Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

Probably a solid 7-8. I watch events that I would not normally care about because I love the back stories. The games pretty much dominate our regularly scheduled viewing.

Our family has a long history of being fans of the ice skating. In the 90s we used to tape programs when the kids were small and they knew those events forward and backwards! That was the heyday of Kristy Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov, Yuka Sato, Katarina Witt,  Paul Wylie, Tara Lupinski, Michelle Kwan and Nancy Kerrigan. We are not up on the current skaters but we will enjoy watching them nonetheless!

As I said, Honey is all about the hockey. He watches the men and women, morning, noon and night. And DVR.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post. It’s a beauty from around 1993 when The Ab-Cat was around 4 and The Boy was around 2. This picture amuses me so, such a perfect snapshot of their personalities at this age! Abby was fearless and steering that dragon like it was her J.O.B.! The Boy on the other hand is looking mighty scared and not liking this new venture! At all! He grew out of it and gladly joined his sister on all the roller coasters they encountered 🙂

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! And away we go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. What keeps you blogging?

Blogging has become my memory bank, keeping track of the days of our lives. I have been a spotty blogger the last couple of years, but when I go back and look through what I have posted, I am always so glad I took the time to write down my thoughts. I have tried to be a more intentional blogger lately, hoping I can keep it up!

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-


St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)


Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I do like to travel to warm places when The Mitten is inhospitable. We usually take a trip to Florida during the winter. I have not been to a single one of the places listed, but would be more than happy to visit any of them! I will pick Folly Beach, South Carolina because I read a book once that was set there.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

Hmmm, there could be so many! One of my many useless gifts is remembering words to songs from the last 45 years. I heard a song the other day that I remember thinking was very dumb when it came out in 1976, when i was 14. The station was CKLW, one of the few channels my A.M. radio received! I didn’t get a stereo until a few years later, and THEN I was able to listen to all of the fine F.M. stations that Detroit was and is known for.

The song was Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille. Goodness, that was a dumb song, but I could probably sing along today and even add the stupid muskrat noises!

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?

Staying up late!!!!! For many years I was a night owl, but that is no longer the case. And I’m ok with that.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

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6. Insert your own random thought here.

I took a screen-shot of these off The Dane’s Instagram. Look who is standing! MoonPie has been working on her skillz!  She seems mighty proud of herself!!! ❤

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On an outing with her Folks, loving her boots! We are thankful for the internet, it’s hard to be far away from your People!

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On a Tuesday

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I believe I mentioned that The Mitten has been C.O.L.D. lately. And snowy. So I have been IN a lot!

Honey and I have been watching Justified on Amazon Prime. Man, those hillbilly’s down yonder in Kentucky are some bad customers!!!!

Honey had a long weekend off because of Martin Luther King Day. He goes back to work for 4 days and is then laid off for 2 weeks. It’s like practice for when he retires!!!

Speaking of Honey, he has been planning a fishing trip to Alaska next summer with Mrs. Schmenkman’s husband, Mr C!!! Honey has been a couple times before, so he has some ideas about what to do and what to miss. They have been e-mailing, texting and calling each other up a storm, trying to get all the details hammered out. I sent a chat message to Mrs. Schmenkman while playing Words With Friends. I said; “they are so cute planning their trip!!!”, she said “I know!!!!”

Yesterday was my first day on the keto diet. I had keto pancakes with a schnibble of homemade raspberry jam made with Truvia  for brunch, and for dinner I had eggs and sausage. I was alone and Mama don’t cook when there ain’t nobody home. In the literature I received from the natural path dr it mentioned eating in “windows” of time. Such as only eating in a 10 hour window and fasting for 14, or eating in an 8 hour window and fasting for 16. Black belt keto eaters can evidently shrink their windows down further to 6 or 4.  I unintentionally had a 7 hour eating window, so I am pretty happy with that. I wasn’t starving, but I know that some days are hungry days and the heart wants what the heart wants! So long as it’s legal! Honey is starting today because he needed to polish off the remainder of his last hurrah pizza and wings. Mousey has been on it a week or two already and she said she would be glad to welcome us to her eating regimen. She said it was hard and lonely on her own.

I would be happy to loose 10 pounds and ESTATIC to loose 15. I’m not sure what Honey’s goal is.

Sy has been sticking closer than a brother in all of the cold weather. He is all about laps and blankets these days. Seeking warmth from Mousey’s computer?

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He sleeps on The Ab-Cat’s desk in front of her computer all.the.time.  He bushed. That paw.

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Because it has been majorly wintry, I have been reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I like to read about that winter from HE-double hockey sticks whenever I start to feel the least bit sorry for myself. No matter what we’ve got going on, it’s not 7 months of blizzards, up to –40 degrees below zero temperatures and no food, coal or kerosene because the trains were not able to run!!!!!

I’m going to Sam’s today because we are down to 7 sticks of butter and our last pint of cream, HORRORS!!!!!

Enjoy your Tuesday. Stay warm 🙂

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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From this Side of the Pond

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

I have had several informal mentors throughout the years; my Mother, Grandmother and my Aunts first and foremost. But then there was my dear friend Vickie who knew my situation and offered wisdom and prayer, while loving and helping me practically; priceless. A former BSF teaching leader was a mentor, even if she did not know it. I learned so much about God, His Word, and how to serve with excellence, passion, humility and a high view of God. I came to BSF as a weary Mama, having come through about 8 years of dealing with our son’s chronic illness and then the awful accident that caused our daughter’s spinal cord injury, with the hard, busy years that followed. The Lord knew I needed a place to land and learn about His promises and how to live with purpose. I learned a ton from Sheila.

I don’t know if I have ever been a mentor to anyone except our daughters. I have had some lovely compliments from people who have told me that they appreciated my words about some things, but I don’t know if that would be considered official mentoring.
2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

Yeah, I don’t get it.

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3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few ‘weird’ things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the ‘weird’ things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more ‘weird’ thing you’d add to the list?

Those are some good things! Finding a good pen is always a treat! Let’s add finding a purse that meets all of your many requirements! The right strap length, color, inside compartmentalization, all your junk fits! It’s like a golden unicorn, pretty sure it’s not out there, so when you find one? Supreme happiness!
4. What’s the last good thing you ate?

I had a good pulled pork sandwich the other night at our Birthday Club gathering. We tried a new place in our town and I tried something with the off putting name of The Porky Pig. The pork and BBQ sauce was good but it was the spicy mayo and slaw that made it even better!
5. Describe life in your 20’s in one sentence.

She started her twenties footloose and fancy free and ended them married with two babies!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

And here was that twenty year old gal with her two babies!! I was 29, sweet little  Ab-Cat was a couple months shy of 3 and our roll-y poly Boy was 6 months, then more from that year.

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Time sure flies when you are having fun!

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The Beginning

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In keeping with my desire to blog more regularly, I took to Pinterest for some help. Isn’t that what what we do?! Where did we look for things before Pinterest? I goggled January blog prompts and scrolled through until I found three that I can work with. Because you know I need to keep my options open and none of these is a perfect selection, but they do have some interesting ideas that I can shuffle around, or I can go completely off the reservation to talk about what I want. Either way, I should be able to cobble together 31 topics for the month of January.

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Today I will share some pictures taken over the holiday, which I have to say, my photographing was extremely sparse. I texted Beeve and Stacey to see if they had any, so there could be a few others at another time.

We went to church on Christmas Eve morning then met our Dear Friends The Hostler’s at one of our OLD stomping grounds, Eastside Mario’s, for lunch. While we were dining it snowed about 2 inches!!!! After a slow drive back home, we reconvened at our house to visit and play games!

The Newlyweds, Nurse Lauren and her William, were in from Minnesota and gave us a couple games to play before we got around to playing one of my old favorites, Heads Up. This one was like Pictionary, but with cat poses, so much fun!

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Our annual picture! It got much better when I handed the selfie stick over to Awesome Autumn!

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After the festivities we opened presents. Sy was the Garbage Elf..

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Clearly he had a night of fun.

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On to Christmas Day! Since we had a traditional Thanksgiving meal in November when The Boy and The Dane were here, we decided to do what we did last year, called Non-traditional Christmas Dinner. I think everyone was pretty excited about it! There was tabouli for an appetizer, and steak, garlic mushrooms, Honey’s mac and cheese, broccoli, fatoosh salad and garlic bread. A Christmas Feast!

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Mousey had decided that she wanted to make a banana pudding. We put it in her Grandma’s glass bowl 🙂  Yummy!

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The Ab-Cat tried a new recipe; Key Lime cookies, they did not disappoint! I had made some chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow thingies, some Star Wars cookies from The Hostler’s that I thought Goomba would like and Stacey brought the traditional Happy Birthday Jesus cake. No one went hungry!

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Honey had given us this game the night before. Oh.My.Goodness!!!!!!! You put a plastic thing in your mouth that makes you UNABLE to say certain letters, then everyone has to guess what you are saying. We laughed SO HARD!!!

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I was trying to not get people in full on plastic mouth pose, harder than you might think 🙂

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There was some drooling.

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So funny to not be able to say what you want to say!

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And so funny what people hear!

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Feels good to get the appliance OUT and be understood again! I highly recommend it!

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This may have been the only picture I knowingly took, as he was walking out the door! We don’t have many pictures together, trying to remedy that.

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A few days after Christmas we headed over to the town where Honey grew up, Leamington, Ontario, Canada. We went to visit his Uncle Don, who is his Dad’s brother, and his lovely wife, Aunt Solange. They seem to never change! Oh, a few years older and a few more health issues, but doing well and still loving life.

Rocking the plaid.

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Still having fun after almost 60 years!

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Looking good Family!

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We were so glad we were able to visit with The Girls.

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Hopefully it will not be so long before we visit again!

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On the way home we stopped in Windsor at Hi-Ho’s so Honey could get the “hot hamburger” he had been craving. It was not exactly what he hoped for, he said the one of his youth had no top and he scraped off the onions because they were too sweet. But fries with gravy? He sure enjoyed that!

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And there are all of the pictures that were taken during the season. My goal next year should be to actually take some!

Welcome 2018! The Year in Review

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Happy New Year!!!

Honey and I celebrated with lunch at Chip and Dip, binge watching Netflix, and enjoying some yummy Mexican dip and delicious chocolate/caramel apple from Kilwin’s, graciously gifted to us by The Peanuts Champ!! I made it up to midnight, then took my leave about 12;30. Feeling fairly proud of myself, some years I have not made it!

As I was strolling through the last year on the blog, what struck me the most was how little I posted. It made me sad but strengthened my resolution to do better in 2018. I make no promises, but know that it is my hearts desire to do a better job 🙂

Here are 17 of my favorite moments from 2017.

1. This was from our vacation last February. I made it the background for my phone. The funny thing about this picture is the backstory. We had met with a realtor to look at houses and condos, so it was a busy day. We had made plans to meet up with a friend that Honey used to work with and his wife for dinner. We arrived, were seated, and then waited. And waited. No couple. Honey finally texted and discovered that our plans were for the next night!!!!! Welcome to mid life!

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2. This meme never fails to amuse me. It pokes a hole in the social justice warrior nonsense that feels the need to vehemently protest and complain about every.single.thing. so that everything is just a big pot of complaint stew. That is not to say that there are not things to protest about, but if you are outraged over EVERYTHING, people stop listening to ANYTHING you say. #notmygroundhog, still hilarious.

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3. I don’t know why, but I love this one.

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4. The Boy and I decided to correspond, this started his first letter. We so enjoy getting mail from each other!

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5. My favorite snapshot from the previously mentioned vacation in Florida. Art by Mousey.

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6. Father’s Day, Honey and his Girlies! ❤

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7. Moonpie arrives!!! It’s really something to see your baby with their baby ❤

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8. Our first introduction to the new grandbaby! We flew to Seattle in August when she was one month old. Grammy and Papa were christened.

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9. This just makes me smile. Such passion, such angst, such an Angry Anderson!!!!

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10. Labor Day at Gun Lake with our People. ❤ ❤ ❤

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11. She is getting more animated! And more chins!

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12. Nurse Lauren got married!!! Celebration in Pennsylvania!

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13. Happy Halloween from the cutest little kitty cat we know!

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14. Capri’s!!!!!!

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15. Family unit 🙂

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16. Moonpie modeling her new hat, love the tongue!

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And 17. I think this is my verse for the year. I am feeling in need of restoration, not completely sure why. Some hope, peace and joy sounds like a winner to me. I will pray it for you too, everyone could use a little overflowing hope, peace and joy.

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I will include this as one of Honey’s favorite moments of 2017! He has always wanted to be voluntarily bumped off a flight and it finally happened!

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Happy New Year Friends, let’s make it a good one!