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Friday’s Feast

Appetizer
Name a sound you like to hear.

Music.  Particularly old jazz like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong.  I really love music!


Soup
What is your favorite kind of cheese?

Depends on the dish.  I love parm.  Huge fan.  But I love swiss on just about any sandwhich.  Cheddar is better for anything Mexican.


Salad
Do you sleep late on Saturday mornings? Why or why not?

No, the peanut gets up whenever she feels like it.


Main Course
When was the last time you forgot something?  What was it, and how long did it take to remember it?

I tell ya, I am naturally a forgetter.  It what makes me a good friend, I forget why we were fighting usually.  People are always saying, don’t you remember this fight?  No, I really don’t.


Dessert
Fill in the blank:  I notice ____________ when _____________.

I notice pregnant people a lot more when I’m pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.

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Sold!

So, we sold our house yesterday.  I’m still in a little bit of shock over it.  I guess I didn’t think it was going to happen, or whatever.  But, it did.  So, now we need to look for a new house.  No, we seriously have not been looking for one basically at all.  We were still on the fence about it when our realtor called Wednesday night and said we had an offer.  We countered, they countered again yesterday and it was done.   Holy cow, we better get on it or we are going to be homeless in short order! 🙂

We sold it for what we were asking, however, we have to pay closing costs and pro-rated taxes.  It’s amazing how much it costs to sell a house!  In the end, we did not come out above, not at all.  But we knew that before we sold it.  Our issue is that we live in one of those newer communities where all the houses are the same, they put them up one after another so they never go up in value.  I mean, why would you buy used when you can buy new?  So, we wanted out before the value went down more.  Particularly because they want to put some kind of retail thing about 200 yards from our front yard.  Ugh!  That’ll look attractive.

We are going on vacation for the next five days to Gatlinburg, TN.  We go every Memorial Day weekend to see my paternal side of the family.  We really like it there and it is beautiful so I’m sure I’ll be posting new photos of it whenI return.  I’m sure we will also be furiously looking for houses when we get back.  Our biggest thing right now is though that we are waiting to see whether my husband gets this new management position.  That will be a deciding factor in how much we are willing to spend on a home.  So, that could be a couple of weeks, it could be a month.  Ugh! 

That makes it difficult for sure.  It looks positive for a lot of reasons, but several of my husbands co-workers have told him they had to apply several times before they got a management position.  It just goes with the territory normally.   You know how the office is though, everything is political.  My husband is a “favorite” of the director and the other managers so he has a bit of an edge for that reason.  I know that doesn’t seem fair, and it’s not, but I guess that’s just the way it goes sometimes.  Ultimately, we know that God is in control of all of our comings and our goings so we will be anxious for nothing and instead pray and petition God for His wisdom! (Phil 4:6,7)

Well, I hope you each have a wonderful holiday weekend, that you enjoy it’s length, eat lots of grilled food and watermelon and maybe even catch a bit of the race!

Take care!

I’m thankful this Thursday for…

1. Being able to enjoy some watermelon on the porch with the peanut.

2. Sitting out on my neighbor’s porch and just talking the day away, perfect. 🙂

3. Love. 

4. Family

5. Laughter

Thursday 13

I’m a person who loves quotes and uses them often.  Here are 13 that I really like!

1. Carpe Diem.  (Seize the Day) Horace

2. Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.  Alexander Hamilton

3. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.  CS Lewis

4. You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

5. Some men see things as they are and ask, ‘why?’ I dream things that never were and ask, ‘why not?’  Robert Francis Kennedy

6. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.  Mark Twain

7. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill.

8. What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.  This was my senior class motto so many years ago, I still love this quote!!

9. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.  Albert Einstein

10. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.  Robert Frost

11. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.  Helen Keller

12. People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

13. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  Anne Frank

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5 Things I’m thankful for

To continue on in my being thankful, here are five things off the top of my head:

1. My in-laws.  They are absolutely terrific and I seriously could not have handpicked better ones.  They are the kind of people you just want to know.  Anytime you call them, they will come running to help.  I love that.  Tonight we had two showings so I needed to take the dog and baby over there and there they were.  Great people.

2. Sleep.  I need a lot of it lately, as does the peanut.  She has been super crabby and demanding lately and sleep is just sweet right now.

3. My husband’s interview went well.  Before the interview his director asked the team he’d managed for three months how he did and they had nothing but praises for him.  He got some gold stars today.  That doesn’t mean he’ll get it, but I’m really glad that people appreciate his hard work and proud of him for it!

4. Ice cream sandwiches.  They are so delicious!  If you’ve not had one in a long while I would seriously suggest trying them again.  I did today and they were yummy!

5. Sunshine.  Although it has been unusually hot for this time of year, I have a pretty nice looking tan and the feel of the sun on my face can’t be beat!

What are you thankful for today?!?!

You will always find them on the job…

Last week my 18 year old brother graduated from high school.  I can hardly believe that is possible.  He lives all the way down in Florida, and since I live in the midwest, the trip just wasn’t possible for our family. 

He’s a pretty smart kid and could have done a lot of things.  He could have gone to college, he thought about starting his own business, he could have worked.  You know this list.  Anyway, what does he decided to do?  He joined the Marines. 

What is he thinking you might wonder?  To be completely honest, I think he is desperately trying to get my dad to love him.  My dad was in the reserves.  See, he just doesn’t have too much in common with dad and my little sister is my dad’s favorite.  Isn’t that ridiculous that I even have to say that?  My family has a serious problem with favorites.  Everyone has one.  That makes me sick.  What kind of parent picks favorites?  I know that every child is different and every parent will connect with each one in a different way, but to have a favorite is, in my opinion, a sign of a mental health problem.  I’m serious when I say that too.  I think people who do that need therapy.  OK, I’ll get off that rant, and tell you more about Chris.

So Chris is one of those just really sweet natured kids.   He’s always loving and hugging on someone, just an affectionate person.  He has a sweet smile and is really good with kids.  He got ok grades in school and he is not fabulously athletic but he did play sports.  He wasn’t the most popular kid in school, but he has had some friendships that have lasted since he was in grammer school.  He’s one of those kind of kids.

The chance of Chris going to Iraq, is, let’s face it, pretty real.  The war is not going to be ending anytime soon and that is what happens when you sign up for the military.  Chris accepted Christ years ago, which is a comfort, but he doesn’t live the lifestyle at all.  He is a person that desires to be loved and I’m afraid he is a follower more than a leader.  So, let’s just say his choice of friends is not the cream of the crop. 

Please join me in praying for him that God will lead and direct him in this journey and that he will return safely.  You know, funny things happen when there is a major life change like this.  I hope it will be good for Chris, that he’ll find out who he is and grow closer to God through the experience.  Also, I really hope he comes back.

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