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I saw the movie The Pursuit of Happyness this past weekend. It was really good and had a great knock-knock joke in it.

On the three hour drive home we passed by someone’s yard where they had recently mowed their lawn. The push mower was still in the front yard sitting right by a rusty car on cinder blocks. There was a lot of debris in the yard that they had decided not to move but rather mow around. Things like children’s toys, old cars, a transmission, buckets, and several other random items. Wish I had stopped to take a picture.

Went to Walmart tonight (imagine that). Had to pick up a few necessary things like chips and flushable wipes. Don’t you hate it when you get “blocked”? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about….when the person in front of you stops their cart right beside the person coming toward you who is also stopped. Then, to top it all off, one of them walks far away from their cart to backtrack and get something on the other end of the aisle. So, with two fussy children in my cart, I waited. Ugh.

Halloween is soon coming. I am trying to talk child #1 into dressing as something that is easily made or bought. I hope he doesn’t want to be a Doodlebop. Wiggle…maybe. Pirate? Even better.

My father has been gone for seven years, today. I miss him. I really miss him when I watch my own children growing up and doing funny things. It makes me wish he were here to see the generations beyond his own. He would laugh if he saw A make his many funny facial expressions. L would certainly impress his grandfather with his brave physical feats. And AB would melt his heart, I’m sure. I know that my father would have loved to have held my children, his grandchildren. I saw my Granny, my father’s mother, this past week. I am always reminded of Dad when I’m around her. It was good to sit with her a while.

Our local MOPS starts up next week and I’m one of two directors. I’m very excited about this opportunity and have enjoyed preparing for it. Mitch is our first speaker, which is exciting. He’s going to speak on grace based parenting. I always look forward to MOPS as it is a time where I can “get away” and have some encouraging adult conversation.

Found a new blog that I love to read. You may have heard about it/her on various news and radio stations. She’s become a new sensation after selling some Pokemon cards on ebay and writing about her family/children. You can read more about her here.

That seems to be all for now…..going to bed as you can tell it’s pretty late.

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Minimal blogging

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We are on vacation for the next ten days so blogging will be light. I’ll have my laptop with me and free WiFi at the condo so please email me if you’d like. I’ll post mostly pictures of the children this week. Our oldest hasn’t seen the ocean in two years (he’s 3.5 now) and our middle has never laid eyes on it so it will be fun to watch them both explore. Our youngest, who is now 7 weeks old, probably couldn’t care less about the water!

By the way, yes, it’s 3:00 a.m. as I post this. I am still up packing the food, bags, and other necessities for our ten day journey. I’m glad the Hubby is driving tomorrow and not me. I’m gonna nap with the children in my “car seat”!

Thanks to Carolyn Mahaney

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From Carolyn Mahaney at GirlTalk:

So much of our work as mothers is done in obscurity. It’s not seen. It goes unnoticed. It can even be overlooked.

Or so we may think….

Actually, may I remind all weary, discouraged moms today that there is One who notices.

He sees every diaper that you change, He pays attention each time you wipe a runny nose, and He smiles when you read Curious George for the fifty millionth time.

And your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you! (Mt. 6:4)

"No, you do it!"

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It’s the week before school starts and everyone is shopping for school supplies. Stores are crowded! We were in Wal-Mart yesterday evening (imagine that) and when it came our turn to check-out the cashier looked at me and asked that I turn around and tell the lady in the blue shirt (who was third in line) that she was “the last customer”. There were several others behind her, too. I turned around hesitantly and said to myself, “Is this my job to do or hers? It’s kind of scary.” So, I turned back around and looked at the cashier with a smile on my face and said, “I think you should be the one to tell her that”. The cashier looked at me and “Oh, no…I’m not gonna do it”. I guess she’s still on the clock right now scanning items….weird….

JP

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One of our favorite authors, speakers, preachers, teachers is John Piper. We can’t get enough of him. So much so that our oldest son has memorized and recognizes the name when we say it, etc. Tonight in the van, coming home from church and just having watched Piper preach through a video series, A started saying the man’s name out loud. Mitch and I thought it was so funny! It prompted me to visit JP’s blog and read more of his thoughts. I think this is interesting.