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I shared this story earlier this week. We found gratefulness throughout the entire event of Hurricane Irma.

Hey, did you know that in 2015 I documented 52 weeks of what I was grateful for and why. You can find that entire year of gratitude here.

Nourishing a heart of gratitude changes you. Even just 30 Days of Thankfulness can do a number on your heart - contentment, and = joy! It is a wonderful exercise just to jot a few words of gratefulness down acknowledging the wondrous works of our Lord.

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This boy is amazing! And, we adore our front porch for quiet, easy living and conversation. Ian joined Jeff and I out on the porch and he was his communicative self navigating his Grandpa into one of his varied, intuitive, informative, absolutely delightful conversations. 

First, because of Ian's autism he is introvert and prefers playing on his own. He does his own thing. But, when he is comfortable with you, when he knows you adore him, he has no problem communicating his heart out.

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I did so well on Whole 30. After this past weekend and the bout of aching pains I wonder if the Whole30 didn't

just help me to lose 23 pounds but kept my pain levels at bay, or at least to manageable levels. I made some

simple, yet flavorful meals while on the healthy jumpstart, flushing and detoxing of my systems. One of the

best, simple, meals was this zesty Italian marinated pork chop recipe - so flavorful!! And, Jarrod did a great

job of grillin'!

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Cardboard boxes. What is it about a simple box that makes kids go giddy over them? Opening and closing

the flaps. If the boxes are bigger kids will crawl in, even hunkering in to scoot inside. They can play and

amuse themselves for quite awhile. Seriously, I truly am thankful for cardboard boxes. But, I'd love to know

why they are such a draw for kids.