I have always been a romantic.  I love flowers and kisses and surprises and the whole gooshy works.  I believe in the fairy tale and being swept off my feet.  But, I also know the real life.  Cooking, cleaning, parenting, running to kids activities, jobs, bills, etc.  So, when a little romance can squeak into…
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One Thousand of My Gifts

photo courtesy of Ann Voskamp Continuing my count of one thousand gifts, numbering each one. 33. Laughing with girlfriends til you cry 34. Surprised by Patrick’s solo in show choir and his vocal talent 35. Reagan coming out of her shell and playing great basketball 36. Reagan’s beaming smile after scoring basket 37. One-on-one…
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One Thousand of My Gifts

photo courtesy of Ann Voskamp at Continuing my count of one thousand gifts, numbering each one. 26. Enjoying extra time at home with Pat and kids due to snow days 27. Hearing great things about our school and teachers 28. Compliments – received and given 29. Quick, easy and delicious supper 30. Laughing 31.…
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One Thousand of My Gifts

I have been following Ann Voskamp on Twitter and reading her blog for some time.  Last year I used her Page-A-Day calendar based on her book for my daily encouragement.  Her book, ONE THOUSAND GIFTS has been on my to-read list for at least a year.  (I know you are thinking, why haven’t you read…
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So Thankful – Day 22 – Thanksgiving

November 22 Spending the day with family, remembering all our blessings, being thankful for the food before us and grateful for not having to cook or clean up after it has made this a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for the many employees of Cracker Barrel who work very hard on Thanksgiving to provide such wonderful…
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So Thankful – Days 19, 20, and 21

November 19 Today while out running errands I came across two new candies….m&m white chocolate peppermint and Dove Promises peppermint bark. Um..yeah. I haven’t tried them yet, but I am pretty sure I’m going to love them. So, today I am thankful for candy/sweets. Sometimes they are just the thing you need to cheer you…
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So Thankful – Days 17 and 18

November 17 This morning as I leave my house early to watch our daughter play basketball and my husband leaves to coach our son’s basketball team, I was reminded of something I saw on Wednesday afternoon.  As Bennett and I were shopping at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Wednesday, a father and his 3 children were…
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So Thankful – Days 14, 15, and 16

Spending my week working has really gotten me behind at home and my blogging has had to take a back seat.  So, here I am, playing catchup again. November 14 Today I am thankful for one on one time with Bennett.  We finally found time to have our date for his birthday.  Even if it…
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So Thankful – Days 10 -13

I’ve been out of town and have had a busy schedule, so today I am playing catch-up. Nov. 10 Today I am thankful for my extended family. My mom and her sisters still gather for a Christmas celebration every year. The 5 sisters, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all come together to celebrate. It is…
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So Thankful – Day 9

Read the best books first, otherwise you’ll find you do not have time. – Henry David Thoreau I love books.  I love to read.  I take a book or my Kindle with me everywhere I go in case I have an opportunity to read for even just a few minutes.  I am thankful for all…
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Stacie's bookshelf: read-in-2023

The Lazy Genius Kitchen: Have What You Need, Use What You Have, and Enjoy It Like Never Before
Your Table Is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D'
The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II's Childhood
Food Fight
This Time Tomorrow
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge: Intimate Confessions from a Happy Marriage
Save What's Left
Remarkably Bright Creatures
The Galveston Diet: The Doctor-Developed, Patient-Proven Plan to Burn Fat and Tame Your Hormonal Symptoms
Golden Hills
The Girl with the Louding Voice
The Favor
Small Things Like These
This Is How I Lied
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Audrey L and Audrey W: Best Friends-ish: Book 1
Audrey L and Audrey W: True Creative Talents: Book 2
Chasing Giants: In Search of the World's Largest Freshwater Fish
The Puzzler: One Man's Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life
In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It
It Is Well With My Soul: My Story
Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want to Forget to Remember
Book Lovers
A Girl Called Samson
Finn and the Feline Frenemy
The Levee
The Golden Spoon
Only the Beautiful
Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories
The Sisters Sweet
Fish in a Tree
This Tender Land
Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The 45-Day Program for Women to Lose Stubborn Weight, Improve Hormonal Health, and Slow Aging
The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice from Dear Sugar
Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine
The Great Gilly Hopkins
BenBee and the Teacher Griefer
We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship
Blue Highways: A Journey into America
Beyond the Point
The Family
The Bookstore Sisters
And Finally: Matters of Life and Death
The Cactus
Black Cake
Ban This Book
I'm Glad My Mom Died
These Precious Days: Essays
Evidence of the Affair
The Night Travelers
Out of the Corner
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
One Day in December