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Thursday we will will celebrate our 20th Thanksgiving as parents.  Wow!  We have so much to be grateful and thankful for. . .Thanksgiving as always been my absolute favorite holiday.  Family, food, and thankfulness -- is there any better day of the year?!?
Thankful to be an American -- thankful for these two. . .the one on the right who made me a mother, the one on the left who made this incredible gift for his brother's birthday.

Thankful that even at 8:30 on a Friday night after a long week of school and then a drive home he can still eek out a smile with me.

Thankful for FaceTime at 10 p.m. on a Friday night. . .that we can be 300 miles away from Nana and Grandpa and Thomas can open his gift from them "live". . .

Thomas had a great birthday this year -- his sisters went to pick him up Friday after school and then Saturday everyone but me went to see Thor (said it was the best) and then home for a big dinner with our Framily, the Maxwells.

Thankful for friends, family,…
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Friday Favorites 11.10.17

It's been awhile. . .and my picture taking/documenting has plummeted.  I no longer have willing subjects every day (I have four teenagers!) and I am trying to balance being in the moment verses recording every moment.  Plus, I'm just in a stage that is routine. . .but that's not a bad thing.
So. . .moving backwards as I sometimes do on these posts. . .I wouldn't necessarily say that a "favorite" is a picture of me. . .but the photographer is a favorite of mine :)  Our neighbors, Tommy & Barbara, are framily to us and we are so thankful for their friendship and love.  My office needed a couple of headshots this week and Tommy came through, coming out on Thursday -- the time changed on him three times -- and snapping pictures between the raindrops.  It's fair to say I'm not unhappy with this photo.

Another highlight/favorite of the week was this:
Our girls both receiving team awards for their contributions to their HS soccer team this season.  It wa…

Life Lately - October 2017

The Bells visited this weekend and Thomas was home for a couple of days -- yea!

I haven't had much to say lately (can you believe it?!?) and even went a week or more without posting Picture of the Day. . .no reason except that I really felt like our days were all the same and nothing exciting was happening to document.
I mean, who cares about the random shopping list, right?

But then I remembered that Picture of the Day is supposed to be about me capturing the "normal" (and extraordinary!) in the day and be thankful for this life I am in NOW.  I actually began this when we homeschooled in 2011.  Before smart phones!!  The idea was that we would journal the pictures as a daily writing assignment but we never made it that far. . .Picture of the Day hung on though :)

And I just went back and read that post and now am grateful for the "everyday" and technology and the time and ability to journal our lives like that.  I would never had remembered some of the detail…