30 days of thankful l day 16

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still lovin' this exercise

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if you know anything about me you would know that clouds are an everyday, forever, gift i am thankful for. whether the sky is overcast with stratus, and it's chilly out, or God offers me a display of altocumulus, my most favorite of clouds, or He humbles me at the amazing sight of a cumulonimbus building in the sky. And knowing what is going on in that storm even makes it more amazing.


30 days of thankful l day 10

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i am thankful for this exercise in thankfullness...

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ok, i have some other favorites that i'll keep going back to but j.d. robb's in death series is awesome. i also love w.e.b. griffin - in particular his presidential agent series; vince flynn's an american assassin; brad thor, dee henderson's the o'malley's (an all-time favorite christian series author), to name a few.


30 days of thankful l share-a-page fridays

joining cathy zielske's share-a-page friday with a recap of what i have been thankful for lately.

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years ago when i was still in the military i desperately needed to lose weight. although i was walking and running i wasn't seeing enough of a difference. so, i tried swimming. those first days were horrible. for someone who grew up in florida, i'd never really learned how to swim. when i told jeff i couldn't even make it across the pool without being out of breath jeff came to the pool with me and swam the length of the pool underwater with me so he could watch my breathing pattern, and my stroke. good news and bad news. good news - i had a nice stroke. bad news - i wasn't breathing right. so he showed me how.

within 6 months i was swimming 2 miles 5 days a week.

fast forward to the boys needing to being able to swim for boy scouts. so we all headed for the pool. jeff taught the boys the basics, then began adding all the different swim strokes. by the second year at camp the boys had earned their bsa-1 mile swim patch and continue to love to swim.

so thankful. for the pool. for jeff. for his love of swimming.

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it's really cool having a mother-in-law who isn't really your mother-in-law but just MOM. so very thankful for her, our relationship, and that jeff has an awesome relationship with his mom.

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when the girls come home, whether it is one at a time or both together, they always have time for their little brothers. although the boys are way taller than their big sisters they are still boys at heart and elizabeth and ashley hang with them, act silly with them, encourage them to work because they are, dance with them, sing with them, and play games with them, albeit older and older games. they have played good guys bad guys until dark with nerf guns, they'll still play 'monster' in the pitch blackness (with their dad as the loveable, furry, old monster who hides really good and scares the daylights out of the kids), and they'll dance up a storm to good christian music. the age difference has probably been a really good thing for them. i'm just so thankful for their relationships.

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pretty much since they could walk and pick up Legos the boys have had an amazing imagination. as they've gotten older their imagination has soared. i am so thankful for it. it gives them endless play time and creativity time and me, well i get such joy and happiness from the fruit of their imagination.

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mom is not afraid to have fun. she doesn't consider how it might look she can just go with the flow - and what it looks like is - so much fun. she can be silly, and smart-aleck (everyone likes that side of her because it makes us roar with laughter), and when she laughs, well, if you laugh with her your stomach is gonna' hurt.

she just plain makes me smile.


30 days of thankful l day 9

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i'm still lovin' this exercise in thankfullness and gratitude. thanks cathy z

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mom is not afraid to have fun. she doesn't consider how it might look she can just go with the flow - and what it looks like is - so much fun. she can be silly, and smart-aleck (everyone likes that side of her because it makes us roar with laughter), and when she laughs, well, if you laugh with her your stomach is gonna' hurt.

she just plain makes me smile.