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Children, Grandchildren and Life, OH MY!

It has been a long time since I posted!  I cannot believe so much time would go by without a post.  I have been able to read a few of my favorite blogs, as reading goes much quicker than posting!

Life is ever so busy.  Truth is, children and grandchildren seem to have me tied up lately.  You know, just life in general.  School, sick tummies, taking care of the grands, and trying to stay on top of life.  I broke my little toe two days after Thanksgiving.  I finally went back to church yesterday for the first time.  I have been out of the house only a total of 3 times!  It is nice to be able to put a shoe on my foot even if it is a tiny bit painful.

We are into the final days of the first semester and have divided our semester exams into three days.  The men in my life are out today delivering food baskets from our church Bread of Life Ministry.  My little women once they finish their school are helping out with Granddaughter J and helping get a few things done around the house.

It is almost impossible to believe that Christmas is a little over a week away.  I am not sure where the time has gone.  We are looking forward to spending Christmas with the family and some much needed down time from classes.  Of course, once we get back to classes in January we will not have a break except for the homeschool convention at the end of March and then off for a week in April.

I was reading Raising Homemakers earlier this afternoon.  I noticed they have a really great giveaway.  It is a book by Stacy McDonald titled Raising Maidens of Virtue.  I think this is a book that I would really like to add to my library collection.  You can check out the give away by "clicking here".

The Lord has been so good!  We were able to share lunch yesterday afternoon with some dear friends and their five young children, and with Daughter #1 and family.  I love being able to sit down and have heart to heart talks with other women.  It is so wonderful to know that even if 20 or 25 years separate the age difference we all come away feeling lifted up and encouraged.

Now comes one of the favorite times of my day...preparing dinner.  I love filling my family with warm food, especially on a cold, snowy day. 


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