Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Why do you shout?

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A man was rowing his boat down the river when he came upon a group of family members along the banks, shouting in anger at each other.  He turned to his companions and asked.  'Why do these people shout in anger at each other?'

His companions thought for a while, and finally, one of them said, 'When we lose our calm, we shout.'

'But, why should you shout when the other person is right next to you?  You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner, can you not?', asked the man. They tried to give some other answers but none was satisfactory.

Finally, the man reasoned, 'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot.  To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other.  The angrier they are, the stronger they have to shout to hear each other that great distance.  

He went on, 'What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but they talk softly, because their hearts are very close.  The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small...' the man continued, 'When they love each other even more, what happens?  They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally, they even need not whisper. They only look at each other and that is all.  That is how close two people are when they love each other.'


He looked at his companions and said, 'So when you argue do let your heart get distant, do not say words that distance each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great it will be difficult to find the path to return.

~ Author unknown

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The challenge for me today, is how will I speak truth - with my neighbor; my family member; my friend?  I may be feeling angry (about something, in particular, even though it is the truth!) but how I share that, in that moment-of-truth, will only fall on deaf ears if my heart isn't close and in the right place... with the ones I especially love!!

** Bathing myself, this morning in words found in Scripture - in particular, Ephesians, chapters 4 & 5.

All of this...all of this is something to ponder and reflect on, today!  Your thoughts are welcome in this place.  Please!

May you all have a wonderful week...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: Dream

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He always said - "stick it on the fridge".  Now we have pinterest boards,
But the idea is still the same.

Dream!  

And, it's okay to dream big!!

Keeping these so called dreams out in the open does something for one's soul, does it not?
Having them be part of a conversation does even better!

Whether it's stuck to a fridge, filed away in some online space or settled down in the deepest of the heart - I know, not all but some, of my  biggest dreams are still waiting to take flight.
Most are already realized!!

In this waiting... I wonder if my mantra shouldn't be... instead of Dream Big, but rather... Dream Patient!

One day!!!  It'll all come true...
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Joining up with Kate @ Heading Home for the Five Minute Friday linkup!



Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

meant to be {we have a winner!}

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One day this week (yes, this week...this crazy, busy week - which also has been packed with Baseball Camp for my son, during the day and in the evening VBS for all three kiddos...) I, along with my girlies and my mom-in-law, squeezed in a quick trip to my favorite area in all of the world... for a "fun" day of shopping.  My MIL, Susie-Mom, wanted to go along, too, and she had quite the list of items she wanted to find... and there were a couple of reasons why I needed to go, myself.
I could always run to Lancaster County, are you kidding?  There  is could always be a reason...(smile!)  Seriously!!

One of the main reasons was the fact that ...I had a birthday coupon (30% off) burning a literal hole through my pocket. ;)  My goal was to redeem this thing by the end of the month, and I had to, or it would have expired anyway.  I would've hated to lose that chance.

I was going HERE! - no matter what! :)  
Please tell me you have visited this place! If you haven't... you must!!

I absolutely love this store.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

Here is what I ended up buying.   This wallhanging!

 I had been looking for something similar in nature for a long, long time. 
You know, that Family Creed - idea.

 I even thought I could probably end up making a sign like this myself.  I enjoy tinkering around with hand painting and wood or burlap and that sort of thing.  I've made a few things...

In my mind I would always see something like this on rustic barn wood or a portion of fencing - so that is what I've been looking for... not necessarily a burlap canvas idea.  

Either way.

The words... they captured me.

The phrases are pretty near everything we say (to encourage) regularly, as parents - amongst our little family.

I mean... the fact that my eyes immediately whelmed in tears in the middle of the store, the moment I saw this and read it through...I just knew.... this was meant to be a part of our home.

I'm so glad, too!  It brightens and fills this little corner, so well.

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As well... a special thank-you - goes out again to my friend, Kaitlin, for all her hard work and for the sharing of her heart with us on my last Mugs & Muffins.
It takes bravery and boldness to be so vulnerable... as an author, you're never sure if anyone will care or read or will say anything (via comments) and so I applaud all of you who have read and or commented; for simply showing up and making my guest feel welcomed.


And now... who will the winner be??  Let's find out...
Where is my son for the drumroll please?   He loves doing and saying this...phrase.  It's an 8 year old's prerogative, I suppose.  Really - the truth is... I need his hat! :)

So... pulling out of the hat!!  We have....
Looks like someone just got home from Baseball Camp.  And, that's because he just did!!   Look at those dirty hands... yikes!
Congratulations, Camille!!
Looks like you're the winner!!

Camille of  Flowers in His Garden


** I don't believe I have your mailing address, Camille - so I will contact you through email to obtain that information...if that is okay?  Thank you, again, for your readership as well as your friendship.  You are a sweet, sweet soul.  I'm grateful to know you- even if it just a tad, via online through blogland. :)

God bless!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mugs & Muffins :: Guest Post, by Kaitlin of Homemaker Design :: Muffin Recipe :: GIVEAWAY {this Giveaway is now CLOSED!}

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Welcome!  Welcome, once again... to this ever-so-random happening of an online Mugs & Muffins event...
at least that is what it seems like it's been.

Random.

I know.  However few and far between, I hope you enjoy these times and that you'll choose to hang around and stay for awhile today - here at Treasured Up and Pondered.  I have some great things planned for you  - I hope!  One...
Our Guest "speaker" and my dearest friend!
A muffin recipe...
A Giveaway with all its (quirky) details... all the way at the very end.

We're going to get started right away!
I'm so tickled that I have a dear friend from way "up North" willing to share with us, here, today.  I got to meet this gal in person - our families mingling over a course of five days, or so, and it was lovely, in every way!!
What my friend is sharing with us today she extends truly from her heart, and I appreciate the challenge she has presented to each one of us!!  

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Hello!!  For those that don't know me, my name is Kaitlin and I blog over at Homemaker Design.  I had the joy and privilege of meeting with Bevy, in person, back at the beginning of April.  When I knew we would be finally meeting each other face to face, there were two things I couldn't wait to share with her.

First a hot cup of coffee and secondly a hug!

Hugs are something many people take for granted or not even think about...but today I'd like to open your mind and heart to how important this little act can be!  So, go ahead... grab your hot beverage...or iced... if the weather is warm enough, take a treat - one of these delicious muffins ;) - and enjoy this little read....my 'hug' to you!

Don't these look fantabulous??
Let's keep going here...on our topic, for the day!

hug

1.  to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
2.  to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish
3.  to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or alongside of:
to hug the shore; to hug the road.



Are you a hugger?  Do like to give out an affectionate embrace? Do you enjoy receiving them?  Are you one to shy away, be stiff or one arm pat, in response to a hug?  Or...just maybe...you secretly long for more affection...and would like to both give and receive more hugs in your life?!

I'm a hugger...at least I've been told so, it never really crossed my mind until it was mentioned about me and the words found their way back to me, "Oh, Kaitlin?! Yeah, she's a hugger!"  Funny how you don't see yourself in certain ways until it's through someone else's eyes!! lol!!

I know that many people will say, "Oh, I'm not the 'hugging type'.", or "I didn't grow up that way." and though it's true, something I have learned, is that everyone...yes, everyone appreciates an honest, affectionate, cherished, close embrace!

(I will pause to say, this is directed for a women to women post, in friendship and fellowship - I speak of healthy relationships and am not enforcing this thought on anyone who has or is struggling with any abuse.  I am not familiar with that situation but I still feel the points here are valid and pray that there is healing in this for those who are struggling. ♥)

The first definition of hug, as described by Dictionary.com (a much used site by this spelling challenged blogger! hahaha!) is how I feel we should react to most people we know! "to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace."  It's amazing how this simple act can move people, how it can connect people and yet how it can often be missing in people's lives!


I think there is something amazing about the closeness and affection that is communicated in a friendly embrace! I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, reach out and clasp tightly, with affection, to a friend.  Embracing someone is a way to say "I love you, I care about you, you matter to me" all while saying nothing at all.  A hug can say more then you may be able to in words and often is the best solution when we don't know what to say at all!  A hug can say, "I missed you!", "Welcome!" or "I'm sorry."  There really is no end to what can be conveyed in this simple act and I think it's why I enjoy it so greatly.


The second definition there, is; "to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish".  I know when I read this, I immediately think of a small child clutching a favourite stuffy or blanket.  How in the same action they can both be firmly clinging to and yet cherishing their special item.  I think this describes the kinds of hugs that come in times of great emotion.  Those extra long hugs for good bye, for comfort, for deep regret, for times of amazing joy, long separations being reunited and to say how beloved a person is to you.  It's the kind of hug you give someone that you can't imagine living without yet know that life promises nothing of the sort.  I personally cling firmly, fondly and cherish, my husband, children, closest friends, family and a few other individuals.  I reserve this type of hugging for times of needed emotional support and for those people God has placed especially close to me.

Who do you cling to? Who do you cherish?  Do you tell them...in words or action?  Next time you are hugging a dear loved one or someone you cherish, linger longer.  Hold them just those few seconds longer....you will be pleasantly surprised at what happens!


And the last definition for hug, well I find that one quite interesting. "to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or along side of: to hug the shore; to hug the road."  I think that this definition could very much apply to our relationship with Christ.  The examples that are given, "to hug the shore; to hug the road"  gives us the picture of safety.  These acts, "to hug the shore, hug the road" are used to describe sticking to safer paths, following the course laid out, keeping close to what is necessary.   How true for our relationship with Christ.

We need to constantly "hug" our Lord.  To keep close and alongside Him.  He is our guide, our path and our comfort....He is the ultimate hug!  And though, hugging itself is rarely mentioned in the Bible, there are countless references to loving each other;

Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. -Romans 19:10a

...love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 1 Peter 1:22b

And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, - 1 Thessalonians 3:12a

There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. They embraced Paul and kissed him, - Acts 20:37

(And just a few more you can look up for your reading enjoyment!
 Ephesians 3:14-19, and  4:1-16, 1 Corinthians 13,1 John 4:7-21)


God knows how important love, comfort and care are to us, it's why He is so good to give that to us and why Jesus commands us to do the same to others.  A hug is a simple and dare I say, enjoyable, way to spread His love....as well as receive it!


Hugs have brought me closer to people, strengthened friendships and created some new ones. They have comforted my hurting heart, brought me joy, made me cry and more often than not, made me smile! A hug brought me a dear friend...the simple act of hugging a woman I barely knew, created one of the dearest friendships of my life....

...and as she has now gone on to glory in our Lord, I know she is there, in the arms of Jesus receiving His everlasting hug.


Grace, holding her namesake!
So take time, dear friends, to give a piece of yourself in a warm embrace.  To linger as you hold those dear to you.  And to keep close to our dear Lord.

Blessings, love and of course, a hug to you all! 

 ~ ♥ Kaitlin

In part...this post is dedicated, in memory, of my beloved friend Grace.
A truly beautiful woman.

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:: RECIPE ::

I asked my friend.. Kaitlin - if she would happen to have a go-to muffin recipe that she could share with us.  And she delivered. :)

She writes:  Hey - Yes!! Here is Grace’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - they are super moist yet fluffy and they rise well, oh and they taste delicious!!  I used to make muffins all the time but they were never as good as hers.  These are my go to muffins now!! 

And, I say....Isn't that photo of the muffins - just beautiful?  Wow.. yumm!!!
Here is the recipe...
Grace’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs

6  medium bananas or 4 large bananas - mashed
1/2 cup sour cream OR 1/2 cup applesauce OR 1/2 cup yogurt

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

3 cups flour (can do  2 cups white and 1 cup whole wheat)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Grease or line muffin tray - will make approx. 24-30 muffins (depending on how big you like them)

Beat together the butter, sugar and eggs.  Add in the mashed bananas and sour cream/apple sauce/yogurt, stir.  Mix in chocolate chips.  In a bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Add mixture to wet ingredients, mixing gently until just moist.  Spoon into muffin tray, filling to 2/3rds full (or more...if you're like me! :)

Bake for 25 minutes


Fun alternative: Substitute butterscotch chips for the chocolate ones!!  Kaitlin says... I'm not even a big butterscotch fan and even I LOVED this variation!!

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So, there you have this edition of Mugs & Muffins.
See - aren't you glad you stayed around?
An awesome and encouraging guest post and a yummy muffin recipe to boot.

Oh wait, we planned a Giveaway in here, didn't we?!?!
Don't leave yet!!

:: GIVEAWAY ::
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!

For the giveaway, today..I gathered a couple of things that I've had lying around to make today's giveaway something special and a bit unique!  Kind of like giving away a tangible sort of hug. ;)  And then... well ... keep reading!

 Let's start with the most important item...

The first on the list, is a book, entitled GOSPEL, by J D Greear - which needs a little bit of explaining as to why this book has been chosen to part of this giveaway!

So... back in April... when our family went to Canada to visit Kaitlin and her family.  We intentionally left behind a copy of this book as part of a hostess thank you, gift!

Recently, Kaitlin - unbeknownst to me... had decided to read it and share her honest opinion about the book over on her blog!  She did a swell job in this post and it's review...and when you have time - I hope you'll find a minute to go back and read her thoughts!!  It's rather compelling..

Today - I have another copy reserved for you!!  :)  And, I know this book will greatly encourage your soul!   I just know it will!

My husband, Scott, and I are still going through it chapter by chapter with our care group (at church) and it's been such a tremendous blessing to us.


If anything.  THIS BOOK is the main reason you should enter this giveaway!!  For reals...

Also included is this little Tea Wallet, made by me, for-  Bags by Bevy!,  This tea wallet holds up to four tea bags -  and with this, I'll include an assortment of teas as well as a bag of HUGS! (candy) **

Here comes the quirky part... there is a slight disclaimer.  Keep reading... ;)


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To enter this drawing... please read carefully... 

If you will...please, mention in the comment below - if there is someone you know you need to reach out to - more specifically! Perhaps by giving a hug or two more often.  You don't need to mention names... that's not the point.

I know I can certainly grow in this area. And - I can think of two or three people, right off the bat, in my life, (right in my own home) where I know I can do better.   Maybe you're like me and this hard for you to do?   Maybe, instead, you're a natural at handing out hugs... and you can easily relate to what Kaitlin had to share.

PLEASE go and check out Kaitlin's blog and tell her hello; tell her where you're from and give her a hearty thank you for all her hard work, here, on the this post!
Listen... If you sign up to follow her blog and you come back here to tell me (in the comment section) -- I'll give you an extra entry point.  
ALL COMMENTS, left here will earn you an additional entry...

Remember, the goal of Mugs & Muffins is to fellowship and to encourage one another... so keeping "talking" as if you really were around a table in fellowship!!

Disclaimer alert:
**Unfortunately, I will say this giveaway comes with a quirky obvious condition and you'll understand why (at least I hope!) as soon as I explain.  The more I thought about it... (after the photos were taken) I realized that the tea and the candy Hugs ... may or may not be such a good idea to have be included in this giveaway.  I guess it depends on where the winner lives!  I may have a hard time shipping these items out of the country as the heat and weather may not cooperate too well!!  I guess we'll see what happens.  Thanks for understanding...


However, to make up for this... there will most likely be a few other little surprise items tucked in along instead... if you don't mind!?!  


Once again... the GOSPEL book will certainly be gift enough.  You will not be disappointed... in any way, shape or form.  Trust me!

All this to say.  The giveaway is open until Wednesday, 6/24/15 - at 10pm, EST.  And is open to residents of the US and Canada.
The winner will be, randomly selected and announced, soon thereafter... hopefully by sometime Thursday, the 25th!!

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Thank you, again, for your readership and your friendship!  You're a great group of readers... a sense of community...which I love!!

Go out and be generous with those hugs, today... okay?  Have a wonderful week!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: Fear. Is it good, bad - or just plain necessary?

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 "I expect you to make mistakes, because if you're not making any mistakes, you're not trying." 

I read this quote recently and was able to use it with my son - to encourage him.

I think he was finally able to understand - that to "fail" at something, even a couple of times - repeatedly - was simply quite okay!!  He has a lot of "what if" moments.  What if I do this - and this or that happens?
That kind of stuff.  We as parents are constantly assuring him... it's okay!!
In other ways and times... he's super confident, perhaps even over-confident.  And, he needs a little bit of fear put back in him....whether that is parental or reverential or whatever...in those moments he needs something!! lol. :)

Why are we full of fear when it comes to trying anything new or different?
We fear to hold on.  We fear to let go!
Why does fear have to get in the way?  Or, why does it keep us from trying even at all?
For a long time - our middle daughter - was very fearful of "new and different" situations, especially surprises!!  They would send her off...into a tizzy.  Other moments she was the bravest of all...and would oft times put her brother to shame.

(They confused us - as parents.) :)

Is fear really a bad thing?
I (personally) don't think so.

I think we're wired to have fear in us.  Fear is a necessary tool to have in our back pocket.
And, here's why I say that...
This morning... I'm grateful our youngest (almost four) called for me to come to her aid - after climbing to the top bunk.  She's never really been allowed up there - due to fear of her falling  -- on her parents' part.
She has no fear in getting up there, because she's tried it several times, but it's the return route that is always a different story.
Was I afraid for her (this time) ?  Not really.  She has to learn sooner or later.

In the moment - there was fear.  And, I'm glad she had some right then.  She needed to depend on me to help her through the motions of getting back down.

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Oops, I'm out of time... my five minutes are way over and done!

I think of the time when my sister literally saved my life.
To this day, I still struggle to keep my fear of water (per say)  properly in balance.

But, here is the truth.
Our trust in our Heavenly Father perfects our fear.
This is why I like this verse in Scripture...taken from the King James...(I love the wording!)

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.  ~ Psalm 138:8

If we KNOW whose hand we hold and Who it is that is by our side.  Fear dissipates.  It scatters and eventually settles down.  It doesn't really ever go away...because there are those times; those days when fear radically needs to be present in our life.   It's something that can be or should be, rather, tethered to the Hand that is in control.

 He just will balance, or perfect it... when it needs His touch (perfection).  Amen?

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Okay... I linked up again, today, with Kate from Heading Home and her Five Minute Friday.
All the details are here, by clicking on the button, for how you can join in - as well.


If you didn't guess... today's one word prompt was: fear
Good word!!  Thanks, Kate...
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And... If you don't mind.  I would love to have your attention and time present on Monday morning (6/22), as I bring back another of my Mugs & Muffins segments.

Lined up - we have a great Guest post/writer, a delicious muffin recipe to share and as well... a fun little Giveaway!!  I like doing those... so, come on over.

It will truly be a delight to have you come by... and stay for awhile!


In the meantime...
Have a wonderful time celebrating Father's Day - with the man or men in your life!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A quote to ponder...in loving memory, of Elisabeth Elliot.

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photo credit: my sister Lorene
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”   ― Elisabeth Elliot

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In loving memory of Elisabeth Elliot.
Today -- we celebrate her homegoing!  Her turn, through gates of splendor!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: {my} world

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Quietly slipping a sealed, stamped envelope into the mailbox... I know it will be soon picked up and delivered to a waiting soul.  She doesn't know it yet -- but its coming.

Later.

Quietly filling aluminum pans, for easy clean-up.  A Blessing Meal is being prepared for a growing family.  Soon to be dropped off, consumed and (hopefully!) enjoyed.  They're anticipating.  They know it's coming.

In the meantime.

I received a phone call from one of my sisters who would like to take my three kiddos for the day - of play - with cousins, over at Grandma Rhoda's house and out for lunch.

Sure, I say.  I didn't anticipate this, but, I am certainly grateful...
The blessing is in the saying of ...Yes!

Another call - followed by a knock on the door.  A neighbor who would like to chat.
I make coffee amidst a meal-making strewn kitchen and sit down...mostly to listen.
Again.  Unanticipated...but, wonderful - just the same.

All of these are simple ways - in one single day -  where I can make a difference.  A small difference of influence...into what is known as my world.  Not to boast... but, just to say... I can do this!

I know this.
It starts at home.  In the home.  From the home  - into another - and there are many!  
Out there in this big, wild world!


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Today's word prompt was : world
Joining today with Kate who hosts Five Minute Friday - every Friday - at Heading Home!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

{little} Surprises!!

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First a bucket-full...
of little surprises.

Not sure that I needed the reminder - but it was here all along!  Left in place from Caleb's 8th Birthday.  Surprise!
Those raindrops get me every. single. time.
Dutch Tomatoes.  Sliced tomato and onion.  Sprinkle of brown sugar (at last minute) with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Buttercups... tucked in, under the mailbox.
Daises ... all of these - came up out of nowhere!!
Out the kitchen window...dark blue skies.
Pillowy white clouds...
field grasses blowing in the wind
showing the kiddos how to wear these... ?? ... I forget what they're called.
A cup of coffee at just the right moment!
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This post meant to come out sometime yesterday.  But, as you keep reading you'll see why it didn't.  Too busy - enjoying the moments.
On this day... of many little surprises.  I made sure to be brave.  First thing...early morning, I went out to have a mammogram done.  No real reason, no reason to worry or be concerned - just routine!
It was my birthday!  Why not - treat myself to peace of mind.

I also planned to donate blood, later, in the afternoon.  Again, why not?  It's a privilege!

Why not, if blessed, be a blessing?
You see!  Part of the reason I was able to go and do these things... is because my husband has made it his "thing-to-do" - in that he'll take off (of work!) for each of our birthdays!  Making it easier to do "special things", as a family. or whatever needs to be done - for the day!

Later - we went out for dinner - as a family, including my mom and mother-in-law - and there, the kiddos blessed me with handmade cards and my favorite Reese's PB cups.  Even later, a ladies outing - with gals from church, to play a round of mini-golf, hit up the batting cages (some of the group, did!)  and to enjoy a scoop or two of my favorite ice cream in a waffle cone.

The day was full of Facebook Messages and phone calls, as well.

See?!?!  I told you it was a bucket FULL kind of day.
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Monday, June 8, 2015

These Last Couple Days of School

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In the last couple of days, here... there have been:
End-of-school picnics and parties!
An Alphabet Parade to attend!
Teacher gifts to make. :)  
(We wouldn't have to, but we just wanted to!)
Art to enjoy...
Yearbooks to browse.

Memories to share.  Stories to tell.
No more homework!!

And tomorrow - June 9th! - will be the last time of seeing the bus roll to a stop at the end of our driveway... for this particular school year!

It's been a great year!!  And - we're so proud of our two older kids, for all their hard work and diligence into making this school year an easy-go.  It really was a wonderful school year!
Normally, the kids are home by 4pm, but for today and tomorrow - we have early-dismissals.  Yeah!!

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For the parade.  There were, representing, A, B and, C... and so on!
Angry birds, airplanes, ballerinas.
An eskimo, exercising elephants and
living legos. Phillies phans, and golden grahams...
A queen.  Wizards and waltzing witches, and a zebra that like to walk in a zig-zag.


All of the letters, were included - of course!!
Such creativity and fun costumes...

Representing the letter .... ?
She's holding a needle in her hand!  There is a clue... ;)
Nurse Aubrey making some noise...
Proud little sister - can you tell?

There is a little story behind the nurse outfit that Aubrey is wearing.  It was handmade by Aubrey's Great-grandmother, Ruth Y. Carpenter (one for whom Aubrey was named after) ...for her daughter, Susan.  Which is Aubrey's grandmother!
School's halloween parade.

Grandma Susie says Aubrey probably got to wear this outfit (in public) more than she ever did. :) And, she was more than excited to be invited to go along and watch the Alphabet Parade, with little sister, Jayne, and I.

Can you guess which letter Aubrey represented?

If you guessed  the letter "N" - you were correct!
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Here are a couple of gifts we put together for the homeroom teachers.  You can see more of the same idea in my shop!  Psst.  If you still need a teacher gift -- hint, hint, there are various items available there.:)
"Summertime" - pocket pouch
Gift to be given to Aubrey's Kindergarten Teacher
"Summer Evening" - pocket pouch
Gift to be given to Caleb's 2nd grade Teacher

I carefully tucked inside, little gifts* which include: a pack of gum or mints, hand lotion, tissues and a few gift cards to use as they please!  As well - a handwritten note, from both Caleb and Aubrey, to their respective teachers, to personally say Thank You!
((**items inside are not included in any of the pocket pouches on line.))

Do you give out, did you give out, Teacher Appreciation gifts?  
I'm curious of some other ideas or suggestions that are out there.
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The highly anticipated yearbook::


This piece was one of Caleb's pieces of artwork which was featured in this year's yearbook!  Surprise!!
Aubrey found the photo while thumbing through the yearbook, the other day - ecstatic that her brother finally had something featured in the artworld, as well!!   Good job - Caleb!!
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And, he-rrre comes the big yellow bus! sscreech!


Nothing like running in across the yard to either Mom or Dad who are standing by, waiting, to welcome them home!!
This year's bus driver was absolutely fabulous!!  So kind.  So friendly.  So cheery!!
  We all hope she's the same one for next year!  In the meantime - we have a full - action packed summer to enjoy!!
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Let's get started!!

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