Category Archives: The Boy

MoonPie’s First Trip to The Mitten!

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Y’All, it’s been a while, but it’s been a heck of a month so far.

On Wednesday November 1, The Boy and The Dane flew in with the grandgirl for a week! It was very nice to see them! Honey and I picked them up from the airport that evening and took turns smooching the baby the rest of the evening!

On Thursday morning at BSF I started to feel…unwell. I KNOW!!!!! Could I have picked a worse time to get sick??!! Sore throat and hacking cough, Halls cough drops were my lifeline. I remained socially unacceptable for the duration, keeping my distance and coughing unproductively into my shirt. I could not possibly have imagined that I would only get to hold sweet MoonPie one time during the entire visit. I did enjoy watching her and all her new sprouts of personality!

On Friday night we served one of The Boy’s favorite meals, Thanksgiving dinner! The Grandpa and Mrs. H were present, as were Beeve, Stacey. I have to say someone manned the camera, but alas, it was not me. The pictures were sparse and there was no evidence that The Grandpa even held the little lady, BOO!

MoonPie was very good about being passed around like a football. Looks like Uncle Beeve enjoyed holding a beebee again!

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Imparting wisdom, I’m sure.

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I totally lifted this from Stacey’s Instagram. Nothing like holding a sleeping baby.

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Evidence that Mrs. H. did indeed hold the nugget!

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Goomba was unfortunately at camp when we had this gathering, so he came over upon return to get his cousin fix!

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It’s not often that he isn’t the youngest human at family gatherings!

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They lovin’.

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I think he liked her 🙂

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I spent a lot of time watching the Little Peanut, who spends most of her time looking to put things into her mouth, smiling, and just all around looking cute.

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She has gotten a lot more kicky, chatty and intentional with her hands since we last saw her in August.

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She is a regular Sphinx on her tummy!

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I really enjoyed watching her interact with her Papa! All his once familiar noises and expressions were on full recall! I think he was her favorite ❤

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They had a conference call from Washington one day and asked if it would be ok if they left her upstairs with us, Honey gamely said sure! When we visited the kids last August, Honey was happy to hold the new Little Miss, but when she fussed he said “Mamaaaaa”, and gave her to me. He could not do it this visit with me having The Plague, so it was The Papa Show until their call was finished!

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He was using all the tricks he knew to keep her happy and content. I mainly helped by making distracting noises, which she is very susceptible to. Can I just say that I loved watching Honey grandparent the same way he fathered, sweet and FUN!

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He basically did a great job and this was how they found her when they came back upstairs, sleeping on her Papa’s shoulder. Double high fives Honey!!!!!

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The Girls both had her on social media.

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The Boy gave her a first lesson in Bothering.

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Her expression shows uncertainty. Possibly fear.

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Before we knew it the week was up and they went back to Washington state, which is very far away for this Grammy who did not get to do even a smidgen of Grandmothering.

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But I sure liked watching that Little MoonPie! ❤ ❤ ❤

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An October List

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Keelyody and I didn’t walk today because it was raining cats and dogs, so I have a little extra time to tell you all of these unnecessary things.

I got my hairs cut a few weeks ago.

Mrs. Schmenkman cut it when I was in Virginia in May, and it grew out beautifully! She will be in town at the end of the month, but we have a wedding next weekend and I was unfortunately becoming unsightly. I am glad she is coming for many reasons, but one reason is because it could use a little “tweaking”. I don’t know how all of you nonprofessionals do it, Schmenky and I always have to TWEAK! But all in all, I can make it work.

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Honey and The Boy enjoy these Bear Paw slippers. They are actually rather particular about them. I first found them for a bargain price at a TJ Maxx or a Marshalls and bought 2 pair. Honey immediately loved them but The Boy said he didn’t need them, so I returned his. He then realized the error of his ways and wore Honey’s when he could. They are evidently very comfy.

When The Boy went away to college, Honey gave him his old ones, as he was on his second pair. Which, by the way, I never could find again at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for a bargain price, and had to resort to paying bigger dollars for them at Famous Footwear.

When The Boy came home for visits, he brought the Bear Paws, which by then were being held together by duct tape. I think he even said he was wearing them outside the home. So for Christmas several years ago they both received a new pair of the Paws. I don’t know The Boy’s slipper situation at the moment, but I have made the decision for Honey that it’s time to break down and use the newbies. Mainly because he is unknowingly leaving pieces of cracked sole all over the house. I call it an executive decision, because he keeps saying his old ones are FINE. They will be relegated to outside use only, where he can litter sole pieces without judgment.

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Well worn, well loved. What the heck is coming out of the back end of those puppies??? RIP beloved Paws.

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Honey was laid off the week before last! I KNOW!!!! WE couldn’t believe it either! We were so excited! Unfortunately his back was also laid off and he didn’t get to 3/4 of what he would have liked to accomplish. But towards the end of the week, after some loving attention from massage therapist Mousey, he arose and went outside to help put the outside stuff away in preparation for winter. Goodbye summer friends. The pool has been closed over a month, so the watering had been sporadic, it was time.

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Even though it has been flat out HOT up here in The Mitten for a sweet FOREVER, I am hopeful that fall is coming. Sometime. So I swapped the spring wreath off the front door for the autumn and hauled up some decorations in a show of good faith that it would actually happen this month. Seymour loves a little redecorating, he was all over it.

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I should git, we are having a small group kick off dinner tonight and every single thing needs to be done in preparation. Have a fine fall weekend. Even if you are sweating.

Rescued Treasure

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I believe I have mentioned that the neighborhood I walk in with Keelody and Jip the Farm Dog are some of the the most wasteful streets I have ever experienced! Those people apparently just cannot be bothered to take anything to the Salvation Army, so they throw out perfectly good stuff that would be sorely appreciated by others less fortunate. And before you say “oh, they probably put it out so others can take it”, well, bless your heart for being so kind, that is not the case. I have taken 7-10 bikes, unused baby crib bumper pads, a vast amount of cardboard building blocks, multiple strollers, book shelves, and Keelyody found some great bar stools, all rescued hours-minutes before the garbage truck claimed them. These things are in NO WAY garbage, but barely used. I take the majority of the findings to the Community Closet at the church where I attend BSF, they have a wonderful ministry that provides clothing and other needs to their surrounding neighborhoods. I have kept a few things and pressed them back into useful service.

When I first started noticing all the bikes, I called the church secretary and asked if they would be interested in that sort of thing, she said YES, and they even had a church member who could fix them up if they needed a little attention. The last few weeks have yielded 2 bed rails, the slide under the mattress kind that keep your toddler from rolling out of their new big kid bed, a trail bike that Honey said was a GREAT bike, and a toddler tricycle. All hopefully living to see another chapter of usefullness.

I found this stash last month in a box that said FREE BOOKS. I put them in these bags that I had in the car for groceries because I could not even lift the heavy box!!! Let me tell you, the children in that house were NOT readers! Barely any looked like the pages had even been turned! There were quite a few duplicates of Magic Tree House books and all things dinosaur, a whole bag of board books for toddlers, hard covers, soft covers, many were popular when our kids were young and some were classics. Who would throw out a perfectly good, unused Good Night Moon???!!! There was even a children’s picture dictionary in French. I am going to pass that one along to my Aunt Phyllis because she is French in her heart and she can teach her grandbaby to share her passion.

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Since I already have a library of all sorts of books that I kept from our kids, I encouraged Mousey to go through them to see if she wanted any for her someday beebee’s. I will let The Boy and The Dane go through them for Moonpie when they come to visit next month. The remaining can either go to elementary school with The Ab-Cat, all the classrooms have their own little libraries and she knew quite a few of the titles from there, or the rest can find new homes with the Community Closet at Crosspointe Church.

I considered it a major SCORE and I am thankful the books did not end up in a one way trip to the landfill. Books are FUNdamental!!! Some of my fondest memories are of reading to our children.

Around Bellevue

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With the exception of our day trip to Seattle, we did not do much sightseeing. We did however eat at several places in and around Bellevue, all were pretty good and I had an especially yummy pear and cheese salad at Gilbert’s that I would like to duplicate!

One of the nice things we experienced was meeting the young men who live in the home where The Boy and The Dane are house parents. There were three when we arrived, but one had graduated in June and he moved out the week we were there. Honey wanted to make them dinner one night and he and The Boy decided on Coney dogs, homemade french fries and a fattoosh salad with banana splits for dessert. We also taught the guys and a friend how to play Peanuts and Golf, because eating and cards are a family thing. It was really nice to put names with faces and glean a little of their personalities, it makes it easier to pray for them!

Another fun thing we did was go to one of The Boy’s favorite bookstores! They were having a super duper deal of whatever you could pack into a bag for $20!!! You know, the kind of bag you buy at a grocery store for .99, with handles??!! He was in his glory and I enjoyed it very much! We kept saying that The Ab-Cat would have LOVED it there! The Boy filled up his bag and I set my books on top of his and that puppy was full up to the handles!!!! All for $20 American bucks!!!!! I realize now that I should have taken pictures of this event. And also documented that this was in the steepest neighborhood that I have EVER seen/walked!!!!!

We went for ice cream. As we do.

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Honey found this place online, saw the sandwiches, and sent the link on to The Boy saying we HAD to try this place! They loved it and The Boy said they would definitely be going back there! It was Goldman’s, or Goldfine’s, or Gottleib’s or something. It was in the mall where they had a Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx, where I found a cute pair of shoes for fall. Good find!

Look at those sandwiches and massive onion rings!!!

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Last year I reconnected with a friend from 10th grade on the Facebook!!!! She somehow saw that the kids lived in Washington and said if we were ever out to look her up. It turns out she is very close and she picked me up and took me to lunch!!! We sat there so long that the place closed after lunch and were preparing for their dinner crowd!! So nice to get caught up on families, lives and old friends that we used to know!

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The Boy and The Dane introduced us to a funny tv show that was on Netflix called Life In Pieces. It was pretty funny and we finished the season after we arrived home. Tom Hanks son Colin was in it and OH MY WORD does he remind us of his Pop!!!!!

The week passed quickly and soon it was time for The Boy to take us back to the airport. We loved visiting with them, meeting our sweet little Moonpie, and seeing them at work, building into the lives of young men

For some reason I can’t recall, we flew home on Alaska Airlines in first class, Honey was overjoyed!!! We arrived early, went to the lounge and had breakfast, boarded the plane and marveled how comfy the seats were!!! They served hot cloths to wash your hands, breakfast again, cookies, warm nuts, beverages, an ipad with games and movies and probably other things I have already forgotten! It was fun!. And best of all it only took under 4 hours to get home, instead of what seemed like a whole day! Sent this on Snapchat to The Girls.

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It was all a nice distraction since we were leaving a little muggins behind.

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They are coming home this fall for a visit. so we will just be here, waiting patiently for another chance to smooch her up!

Moon 2

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Back to Bellevue! We toted that baby everywhere we went, restaurants, shopping, church, as you do. She was mostly an angel baby!

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She is filling out, as are her cheeks.

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There is not much sweeter than holding a sleeping baby.

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Her Mama likes her pretty well ❤

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And her Grammie. ❤

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And her Grandpa/Papa, he hasn’t said definitively named himself yet. We know for certain it will not be his rap name!!!

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The Dane takes such nice pictures on her Instagram, treasures for sure!

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And The Boy is supplying us as well!

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It’s hard to believe it has been over a week since we smooched that little punkin’!

 

The Visit to Bellevue, Washington

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The working title of this post was Moon 1. You didn’t need to know that, but I found it amusing 🙂  I suspect there will be many more Moon posts!

On August 11 we left The Mitten to visit with a new little family!

We flew Frontier Airlines (hardest seats I have ever experienced, but we were in the emergency row so YAY for extra leg room!!!!!) to Denver International Airport in Colorado, where we had a 2 hour layover that enabled us time to take a selfie, eat a quick bite and get Honey a coffee. because he was running out of gas after working the night before.

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We then flew into SeaTac in Washington state, where The Boy picked us up! It all took a sweet forever when we were anxiously awaiting our introduction to this little nugget!

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It’s really something to meet your Baby’s baby!

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They are lovely and patient parents, clearly over the moon with their new baby girl!

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This is a sight I had not imagined in any configuration, but he is a PRO!

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This made me laugh, six weeks old and a plethora of hair accessories.

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We just came to visit so life went on as usual all around us. Eating. Sleeping. Bathing.

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Just love that sweet little head.

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Nothing like a clean baby!

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She was pensive, chatty, snuggly, smiley,

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and hangry, at all different intervals!!! I know I posted this before but it’s one of my very favorites! Angry Anderson!

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She is getting very good at holding her own head, but sometimes a little help is appreciated.

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Clearly besotted.

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As was this one. Until she fussed, then she was all mine.

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I think she liked her Papa 🙂

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It was nice to see him with a babe in arms again.

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It has been almost 10 years since Goomba was born, and with the exception of babysitting Elyk’s daughter a few times last month, I have not done much caring for an infant, but I discovered it’s like riding a bike. It all comes back to you.

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The rocking, the swaying, the jiggling,

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the talking, peeking a boo, the kissing.

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The looking for clues of their personality, the familiar resemblances, the figuring out what they enjoy and dislike.

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All the things that make her known,

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and make us remember who we were, a long time ago.

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Such a precious time. Nice to meet you Moonpie ❤

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! It’s good to be back! We have been on vacation to see our new grandbaby so it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front lately. If you would like to join The Hodgepodge, just click on the pretty button below and head over to Joyce’s to link up!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar…what’s your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

We DID! As I said above, we have been out of town, so my main goal on Monday was to git to the store because we were Mother Hubbard-ing it over here. After walking with Keelyody and weeding our backyard (what the heck weeds!!!! We were only gone a week!), I headed down to Sam’s Club for essentials, which necessitated another trip to Meijers, and a stop at their gas station because the one I currently visit at is under heavy construction.

When I walked out of Meijer a little after 1 the skies did look darker, but it really just looked like it might storm, not an eclipse-y darkness. I arrived home to extra cars in the driveway and extra people in the backyard! With lots of homemade shoe box/cereal box viewing thingies!

Our friend The Peanuts Champ joined us!

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And my brother Beeve and his family! I knew Beeve, Stacey and Goomba were coming to swim, they had the idea that it would be fun to be swimming when it was dark during the day!

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Goomba was SO excited!!

So was The Ab-Cat!

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We did see The Happening, but it never really did get that dark so Goomba was a little disappointed. It was also pretty cloudy but as soon as it was over the sun came out in full force. Dang nature. It was fun to be a part of the once in a lifetime ECLIPSE!

Of those treats I will choose Sun Chips, and a Diet Coke please, YUM!

I saw a meme on Facebook that I quite liked, but of course can’t find now, about how Monday everyone was united over the eclipse instead of divided over racism, politics, gender and so on. Good idea.
2. What are you ‘over the moon‘ about these days? What’s something you enjoy doing every ‘once in a blue moon‘?

Just the new Grandbaby!!! Little Moonpie was 6 weeks old at our introduction!

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We had a fine time getting to know her and visiting with her parents!

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She was sweet and snuggly.

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Our first, how GRAND!

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3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I have an interest in stem cell and gene therapies, as it concerns the health of two of our children.

Twenty two years ago when our daughter was 6 and still hospitalized after a spinal cord injury, one of her doctors had said that because she was so young,  there could be major developments in her lifetime. While this does not affect her living life at the moment, it is exciting to think that stem cell therapies could someday help her!

Our son was diagnosed at 19 months with the autoimmune blood platelet disorder called ITP. He has been in remission twice before, but has been out for the last 3 1/2 years. He is managing better at the moment, but as with all autoimmune things, you never really know what causes a flare up. It would be wonderful if future progress in gene therapies could produce something to offset whatever it is that causes his body to produce the antigen that coats his platelets with such efficiency!

I mainly do reading about the new progress science is making in these areas. When I recognize how intricately our bodies are made and how difficult it is to fix certain things, it causes me to reflect yet again on how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by an infinitely detailed Heavenly Father.

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

The main thing I remember is getting new shoes!!! That seemed to be a big deal to me. Most years were fine but I do remember one year when I felt I needed to get the exact same shoes as my next door neighbor and best friend Tina. Oh my, they were the most uncomfortable shoes I had ever had! Some kind of black patent leather loafer (fake alligator skin I believe!) with a trio buckle of squares, with the tightest elastic underneath!!!! A misery! They did not make it through the year, I can tell you that! Probably just wore my old tennis shoes the entire rest of the year.

I also remember feeling like having the right folders was somewhat important to me. And choosing what you wore on the first day back was a delight!
5. I’ve seen several versions of this around the net so let’s make one of our own…share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

I have not seen anything about this so this is my best guess. I like words!

Creation– When I look at the beauty of creation it points me to The Creator, which causes me to be thankful to our Creative God for being such a Wonderful Maker. Which then causes me to praise Him for His involvement in my life. Imagine, the Creator of everything in our universe wants to have fellowship with us individually. Mind blown.

Family– My most cherished thing on this earth.

Friendship– One of God’s finest kisses on the cheek to us! True friendship is an unbelievable blessing and the Lord has showered me with this.

Laughter– My most favorite thing to do with the above two groups! It knits hearts, joins unlikelies, and creates wonderful memories. Good for the soul.

Peace– This has been elusive at certain times in my life, and that makes it all the more precious. This summer a group of friends joined the ladies in our church to do Priscilla Shirer’s study, Discerning The Voice of God. Priscilla says peace is a gift that accompanied our salvation.I don’t think I had thought of it quite that way before and I like it. I like it a lot.

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Yes please.

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This is solid truth right here. It’s those dang external circumstances! I need to remind myself of this as needed. Peace is a deep longing for many in our world, and the Lord’s peace is irreplaceable.

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6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I put this picture on Facebook with the caption “My Grammie and Papa left me!!” It had actually occurred a few days before and I’m pretty sure she has not noticed that we have gone. I guess it may have been more how Honey and I felt!

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But leave we did, at the crack of dawn on Saturday, after a good week of visiting The Boy and The Dane and snuggling with the next generation. Thankful for my People and missing them already.

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Thanks for stopping by!