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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.

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Just a quick little addition. This is one of my favorite pictures of this little man from my last upload. For every

15 photos I get one, maybe two, really good photos; clear, with the darling-est of faces. I don't necessarily

believe that slightly blurry can't make a good photo because they can, but it sure is sweet when I get one like


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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 this...it'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!

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While the truck is not fixed yet, it can be fixed. The truck is still driveable. No one was hurt long term or hospitalized. Thankful for a small deductible. It wasn't my fault (I was driving). We had such an outpouring of love and support. People came out of the woods in droves who saw everything asking if we needed witnesses because they saw the whole thing. A bad experienced lessened greatly because God was in the middle.