When Gratitude Is Hard

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This is the month of the year when we are reminded to be thankful. Pinterest is cluttered with suggestions for ways to count our blessings. At work someone has a thankfulness tree, and a sign inviting others to write on a leaf and add to it. Among the turkey and pilgrim decorations are plates and napkins and signs bearing the word, “Thanks.” …

Thankful

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As I stand in my kitchen this morning, preparing for Thanksgiving, I can’t help realizing that our time overseas has given me a new and deeper appreciation for certain things I didn’t have before. I made a creme de menthe pie yesterday. Long story short, I had to make it twice. All it required to remake it was a quick …

A Year of Disney

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Yesterday, our Disney annual passes ran out. No more Disney for us. The first time we went, last September, I took the kids to Magic Kingdom, just the three of us. I was the “best mom ever” for taking them. It looked like we were going to have a year long vacation full of happy, loving, family times. But did …

Counting Your Gains

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A few months into life in Singapore, as I was in the midst of mourning the life we’d left behind, a friend of ours wisely advised me, “You’ve got to count your losses and your gains, then you focus on your gains.” I’ve had this in mind as I’m almost through my first month of powersheets. As I suspected, having …

A Year of Thanks

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This Friday will mark one year of us being in Florida. One year since that caravan of 2 mini-vans, 9 people, three dogs and a trailer made their way cross-country to this far corner of Orlando. It’s been a good year. So good in fact that I thought I would take this opportunity to give thanks for the many blessings we’ve …

A Great Day

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Can I just declare that today was nutty? Not bad nutty. Just non-stop nutty. The kids had a homeschool day today (I’m sure many of you are thoroughly confused by our kids’ schooling. Do they go to school? Are they homeschooled? Yes is the answer). Wednesdays are usually long because they had no extra time like the weekend when they …

40 by 40

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A friend of mine recently posted about her list of 40 things to do before the age of 40. At first I thought, “Hey, that’s a great idea!” and then I thought, “I have seven hours.” Oh well. Instead, I thought I’d make a list of things I’m glad I did before the age of 40. Maybe things I’m glad …