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52 Gratitudes 2017 | 18 thru 21


I cannot even say enough how ecstatic I am and so thankful for my new front porch. Besides the pleasure of sitting on it, every time I drive up toward the house there ahead of me is's just beautiful!


Here is my gratitude: Back in March I reconnected with Melanie after a too-long absence of conversation and connection. They visited. I decided I could not let that happen again. She's like a daughter to me. I love her (and her precious family) to pieces. So, I set my alarm on my phone to connect. This last time, they'd just gotten home from Missouri and had taken this family picture there. She simply sent me texted me a photo. And, there's my gratitude.


And those doctors were so worried. But, he's like his momma was. When Ashley was a baby she stayed in the zero percentile for months before she started putting on enough weight to even move her to the 10 percentile. It is in his genes, baby. Skinny Minnie that he is, he's beautiful.


After reading to John and Jarrod aloud while we homeschooled those years from 7th grade on, I realized it was quite literally my favorite part of homeschooling. With Ashley and Brad moving with my grandkids to within a short 2.5 hours drive from us I figured I'd have ample opportunity to take that reading aloud to John and Jarrod and transfer it to my grandchildren. So, I started collecting books to read to them. Then, I began contemplating and bouncing around ideas in my head how I wanted to store these books. I thought first, maybe a large basket on the floor. But, as I pinned ideas, these bookshelf/photo shelf ledges kept inserting themselves into my mind. The long weekend Jeff was home, recently, he put up the shelves. Beautiful!