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As I was thinking about this weekend I began to think back over the last seven months of 2013.  I don't know how the year has passed so quickly.  It seems that one day rolls right into another day without hardly seeing the night that falls between.

This year I have celebrated 12 family birthdays, not counting the two this weekend.  I have celebrated the birth of a grandchild and the loss of a friend.  I have celebrated three graduations and two anniversaries; finished our 8th year of educating our nesters at home and a new year ready to begin.  I have had two children and their families move and one nester "taking flight" this weekend.  New cars!, {not for myself or hubby}, but for four of our children and very happy that I do not have a car payment any longer!  I have sent six nesters to two different camps, babysat and made wonderful memories with the grands.

I have read at least a dozen books; considered writing a book but decided "I could never do that".  I have worked on and completed big craft projects and many smaller ones.  I gave up several things that I did at church to give priority to some family needs.  I have had dreams fade in front of my eyes with no desire to dream them again.  I have had big family dinners planned and some put together at the last minute.  I have laughed with my family, at my family, cried with my family and cried because of my family.

Life keeps going on.  It is never dull, never the same.  The hands on the clock will tick away one minute at a time, never slowing down so I can "enjoy the moment longer".  I am trying to enjoy every moment as they come and make as many memories as I can along the way. 

Random post? Yes, but that's life!


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Who puts a band-aid on my knee?
Who holds me close so tenderly?
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There’s no one like mother.

Who always wipes my tears away?
Who tells me I’ll be great some day?
Who cares in such a gentle way?
There’s no one like mother.

My mother’s gentle love, my mother’s gentle love
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I’ll bless her all my days for all her gentle ways.
Oh, how I thank my Lord above for my mother’s gentle love.

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