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Classics and days off

This morning I am watching classic movies with my kiddos and getting out some Christmas decorations 🙂  I love old movies and books!  So far we’ve watched “Sitting Pretty,” “Life With Father” is on now, and the original “Cheaper by the Dozen” last night.  “Gone With the Wind” was on the day before Thanksgiving 🙂  My girls love old movies too.  Max says he tolerates them, but secretly I think he likes them.

I love that they usually have large families.  They usually have moral lessons or at least show stupid behavior for what it is!

A good classic movie while baking, or decorating for Christmas makes it feel more like a holiday to me 🙂  And if it’s a movie made from a book all the better!  We read the book and then watch the movie!

I am thankful for mornings off to enjoy fun family movies as we decorate and plan our holiday season 🙂

 

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Laughter

Good deep belly laughs, goofy giggles, tears running down your face, going to pee your pants kind!  I love laughter.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  A joyful life is filled with laughter.  The ability to laugh at yourself, laugh with others, laugh in spite of yourself.  All good!

I love the laughter between my kids.  I love laughing at my kids, in a good way 🙂  When they are joking around, when they are being serious but don’t realize just how funny they are.  When they are doing something together that just brings a smile to my heart.

I love laughing with family.  Sometimes this means laughing at family 😉 I love when everyone gathers for a holiday and the joking begins.

I love laughing with friends.  Relaxing and enjoying good company.  I think laughter and tears are two bonding elements in life.

I am thankful that even after 17 years of marriage, my husband can still make me laugh.  🙂  I love the laughter he brings to my life.

My grandmother used to have a quote about laughing so you didn’t cry, I can’t remember it exactly.  She also said the more you cried the less you would have to pee, but I laugh until I cry and then worry I might laugh so much I’ll wet myself! 😉

If you ever get a chance go see this lady, she can make me laugh like no other!

So even though I’m a day late, I am thankful for laughter! Imagine the world without it, and you will appreciate it’s power too 🙂  Sorry I didn’t post yesterday.  We had a busy day and then I went to bed at 7:30, fighting a cold.  Of course now that means I’ve been up since 4 am!  Don’t laugh, it’s not funny!

 

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Today I am thankful for my couch!  After our marathon day yesterday and serving in nursery at church this morning, I am really enjoying my couch right now 🙂  I may soon go and see if my bed is worthy of my praise too;-)

Tomorrow I am sure I will be thankful for something more worthy, but for now it’s just me and my red couch, well as soon as I kick Rebecca off the other end.  Hopefully the Giants will start to come back or my hubby will be keeping me up with his frustration.  Why yes, I think a nap is definitely another thing to be thankful for! 🙂

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Florida weather

Today I am thankful for Florida weather 🙂  It has been a beautiful week!  Going to the last football game of the season and it is a beautiful 72 right now.  Palm trees, sandy beaches, flowers in the winter, definitely my preference over snow and mud.  Although for Christmas snow and cold are great!  Cuddling up by a fire with hot chocolate, and the Christmas tree lit is different when your tree is overlooking the pool that is not frozen!  🙂

Wherever you are tonight, enjoy the people you are with!

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Family :-)

Today I am thankful for my family!  It is my niece Emily’s 5th birthday today!  Happy birthday Emily, you are five on the fifth;-)

I have a big family.  I’ve blogged about them before.  I have 3 sisters and 3 brothers, so lots of nephews and nieces!  I love being an aunt.  I love that my kiddos have great cousins.  Just this week they videochatted with one of their cousins for 2.5 hours!  I guess they all miss seeing each other 😉  We will be visiting some of our family at Christmas so there will be some good catching up!

I’m thankful for moms and dads, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, my grandparents are gone now but God has blessed me with my husband’s grandparents and of course his family too.

Family means a lot to us.  That doesn’t mean we always see eye to eye with everyone, but family is a group who loves in spite of their differences of opinion. Our love is what makes us want the best for each other.  See each other succeed.  Spend time with each other.  Our history and memories bind us together.  Shared life experiences-good and bad.

I’m reading a book by Ravi Zacharias, Walking from East to West,  in the book he talks about the differences between Eastern and Western culture.  He outlines how Eastern cultures value ancestry more than Western cultures do.  He shares how when he was once introduced to speak in India, the host shared about ten minutes about who Ravi’s father was and then just said, “Here’s Ravi.”  His wife was offended but he told her he completely understood.  Family is where you come from, they are responsible for who you are, and how you think.  I think if you saw the movie 2016 about President Obama, that was the point the movie was making.

Western culture is more about an “independent, self-made” person, but the reality is we are shaped by our past.  We are shaped by our family and our families history.  We are not the islands we think we are sometimes.  We need these relationships to be whole and healthy people.  And when there is brokenness we need to be able to reconcile that in our hearts and face the effects it has on us, so we can move forward creating a healthy environment for our future families.

God intended us to be in families, it is why we long for relationships.  I am thankful that God has given me my family.  I am who I am because of Him and those he surrounded me with.  I pray each and every one of my family members would know His great love for them and feel His peace today.  And know how much I love you all! 🙂

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Downsizing

We moved from a 4200 sq ft house 1900 miles to a 2000 sq ft. house.  We eliminated a lot on the move.  Non-essentials, duplicates, stuff! Now we are moving from 2000 sq ft to 3000 sq ft.  We are still discovering we have too much stuff.  I am wondering if I am the only one who has about 15 blankets for 6 people in S. FL, where the temps rarely require blankets?  🙂

Am I the only one who has 15 rubbermaid lids, but can’t find the containers to match them?

Am I the only one who has an entire rubbermaid tote full of unfinished craft projects?

Am I the only one with expired medicines that I wouldn’t even give my family if they were sick, as I try to stay as natural as possible?

Am I the only one who has 5 13×9 inch pyrex pans for baking?

Am I the only one who has 4 silverware drawers full?  Utensils, plus normal tableware!

How about 8 glass bowls of various sizes?

Yes, it is time to weed through again! 🙂  Moving has it’s advantages 😉

I haven’t even gotten to the boxes that have stayed packed all year!  That is mostly homeschooling and Christmas stuff!

 

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I’ve decided since there are so many wonderful organizations out there, doing amazing things for the world, I would try to highlight a few.  I love hearing about a group that is quietly making a difference, one person at a time.  I’d love to be able to afford to give to every organization I hear about.  Have you watched that show Secret Millionaire?  My girls love it.  It is one of those make you cry shows though.  Basically a millionaire volunteers with a couple organizations highlighting the work they do and then gives them each a check.  I know, reality tv isn’t really reality, but the fact that these small organizations are being featured means more possible funding and volunteers for them.

Having worked for a small non profit in the past I know how important every dollar is to them.  I know how tight their budgets can be and how amazingly frugal their leadership is.  The director of the organization I worked for encouraged us all to only use half of a paper towel to dry our hands, to cut our paper goods budget in half 🙂  She was serious too and practiced what she preached!

Today I want to share this group of skateboarders with you.  Now, understand I have never skateboarded in my life.  I do not have those skills!  It requires balance I am told, that is lacking in my tool kit.  This group is building skateparks in Ethiopia and then sharing the message of Christ with the kids that come.  How awesome is that!  I love that these kids are learning a new sport, having fun and learning the life saving message of Jesus.

In this video they share a bit of what they are doing there.  I love the faces of the children!  I love their smiles, and sweet expressions.  I love the heart of these men, sharing their two passions-skateboarding and Christ!  Pray about if God is calling you to give to this organization or another.  God loves a cheerful giver, and I don’t know how you could give more cheerfully than by finding a ministry you believe in and donating time or money. Check out their website at christian skaters.

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