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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings

My dear blogging friend, Judy, over at A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings, hosts this meme every Wednesday. Simply list five things (or a prayer or any thoughts) for which you are truly thankful this week. Voicing my thanks helps put my life in perspective & realize that, no matter how bad things might be, there is still MUCH good surrounding me.

1) I'm thankful that all three of the older munchkins can now tie their shoes. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've never been able to teach them...not for lack of trying. HandyGramps was watching them the other day & when he arrived, he had a small block of wood w/ a shoestring stapled to it. By the time I got home from my doctor's appointment, they could all tie a bow!

2) I'm thankful for The Princess, who just turned seven yesterday. She's been such a blessing to our lives. You can see my "Tuesday's Ten" from yesterday for more about this wonderful little lady!

3) I'm thankful for being able to celebrate my 40th birthday w/ my family! Casinodad took me out for a Japanese meal (a great experience for the munchkins, seeing the food cooked right at our table).

4) I'm thankful for
prayers that span across the miles...both those I've requested & those that have been requested of me!

5) I'm thankful for creative-thinking munchkins! We have a beautiful female cardinal who is constantly flying into our windows, even when I've put window clings on them. (Someone once told me that they see their reflections & think it's another bird there, so window clings would block it.) Well, The Prophet took The Saint's Super Mario action figure & put it in the downstairs window & she hasn't flown into it since.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday's Ten - The Princess (2nd post today)

In honor of The Princess' 7th birthday today, I am dedicating Tuesday's Ten to her & sharing w/ you her love, beauty, & uniqueness.

1) She loves to be creative. Just this school year,
she has learned to finger knit, crochet, make potholders using a loom, latch hook, & started scrapbooking. She also loves to draw & sketch, make up her own crafts, & so much more.

2) Her favorite stores are craft stores...Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Michaels...and usually will head straight to the yarn section.

3) She's a very faith-filled child & loves to hear stories of Jesus, Mary, & the saints.

4) She loves to pray the rosary & go to Mass.

5) She collects rosaries & all kinds of Christian items (books, statues, photos, etc.) For Christmas a couple years ago, when asked what she wanted, she said, "Stuff for my Catholic room!"

6) She would like to be a nun when she grows up.

7) She's tough...of course, she has to be w/ two older brothers & one younger one.

8) While she is tough, she can also be extremely loving & gentle, esp. w/ her 3 yo brother & cousin. She's just like a little momma when the three of them play together.

9) She's always been inquisitive. As a toddler, she got into HelpfulGrammy's spices in the basement & poured many of them all over the floor, eating several whole peppercorns. She once got into our dish soap & squirted a bunch on our front room carpet...the same w/ some of my makeup! (Now, The Saint has taken over & shows his curious side!)

10) Overall, she's been a wonderful, loveable blessing to us & we can't imagine how our lives would be if God had not entrusted her in our care.


Lovin' My Husband

It's Tuesday...time for Judy's new meme! As she says, "In a world where people are always griping and complaining and the 'norm' for women's get-togethers seems to be to 'down' the husbands, we have taken the reins in an effort to do the opposite: BUILD UP THE MEN WE LOVE!"

So here I am to do just that...sharing about my dear hubby, Casinodad. If you'd like to participate, share about your husband: 3 ways you've been blessed by him, what makes you love him so, pictures, stories, anything! Then, go to Judy's meme blog to link up!

1) Lovin' my husband for lovin' me! God knows I'm not always an easy person to live with, but Casinodad stays by me through good times & bad!

2) Lovin' my husband for making my 40th birthday on Sunday so wonderful! (Yes, I turned 40...the big Over-the-Hill 4-0! But it really doesn't bother me! I just like joking about it.) He took us out to a Japanese restaurant for lunch, surprised me w/ a cute birthday card (you know those two green & pink Hallmark characters that sing?), & made dinner for all of us, getting quite creative w/ broccoli cheese soup.

3) Lovin' my husband for budgeting a little extra from our income tax refund to be able to take all of us out for that Japanese lunch & to get my wedding ring repaired. Two of the prongs are worn & coming loose. I haven't worn my ring for at least five months for fear of losing the diamond. He took it to a jeweler yesterday & it will be nice to have it back soon.