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30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me - #18

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What do you think your spouse loves most about you?

That is the question.  I'll write my answer first and then ask him ;)

I think Ray loves the fact that I am the glue in our family.  That's right, glue.  It's ridiculously important to me that we stay close as we all grow in separate directions.  You know, children grow up, get married, have their own families but that shouldn't separate us.  No, that should make us closer.  I have a big heart for family and am drawn to include those who are lacking in family to be a part of ours.  When I do that, it's probably one of the biggest compliments to that person.  Not everyone is fit :)

As I'm waiting his response via text I have to say that I love that Ray has a tender heart.  As we've grown up together I've noticed his heart softened and his compassion for others grow.  His passion for living is contagious and draws me in.  (There is an exception: driving.  If you have poor driving skills he will not have kind…

March 6, 2015 ~ Ham & Eggs

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The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
Martina Navratilova
But sometimes the chicken wants to be involved but is missing a key element - the rooster!  

We got our chickens last summer.  Seriously one of the best things we've ever done.  For the story, check out this video:  Here Biddy, Biddy

We've learned so much over the last several months and continue to learn more every day.  In October 2014, a good friend named Allison gave me the sweetest gift.  She gave me a young silkie bantam.  Of course, we named her Allison.

Allison began laying on 01/29/2015.  Her eggs are smaller than the other girl's eggs but just as delicious!  I had been told that her breed can be broody and that if she became broody and we wanted to let her hatch some eggs, that Allison (friend, not bird) would supply us some eggs for her.

On February 23, Allison laid her last egg and has been broody ever since.  She steals the o…

30 Things: What Is The Thing You Most Wish You Were Great At?

Forgetting.  I'm good at forgiving but forgetting the hurt is hard for me.  I care too much.


30 Things: What Are My Five Greatest Accomplishments

Simply put:
My marriage and my four children.

How about this:

1.  My marriage and family

2.  Fruitful Vine - born in my heart, FV became a reality at a time when there were no options in our community.  I felt like a pioneer dealing with all the obstacles that were in the way.  I persevered and continue to develop options for the birth community.  Excited for the next step!

3.  Conquering fears and low self esteem.  Became a pilot, thanks to a dear friend.  The confidence it gave me was life changing.  I know he knew that when he took me on as his first student.  I occasionally miss those days of taking off on CAVU days in the early morning when the world is just waking up.

4.  Becoming and being Gigi.  I am striving to be the Gigi that creates wonderful memories for her grandchildren.  The one who cuts their sandwiches with cookie cutters and leaves drawings and sweet notes on their snack bags for school.  The Gigi that has "projects" for the 5 year old while waiting for hi…

30 Things continued: Describe when you knew your spouse was the one

Or How I Fell In Love:

I remember the exact moment.  I remember walking home from the bus stop and Ray was in front of our house on crutches.  He asked me where my brother Steve was.  My answer was simple, how  do I know?  I was just walking home from the bus stop!!!  That was in May 1973.  My feelings for Ray evolved over that summer when he joined our family on a trip to Alabama/Florida.  Mind you, I was the only one with any feelings!  To him, I was just his best friend's little sister.

It was five more years before he even saw me as anything but Steve's little sister.  We have been together for 37 plus years now.

Number 14 of 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me

This is for you, Dad.  Thanks for the encouragement :)

Describe 5 strengths and weakness I have.

Great topic to start back on.  Yeah, right.  This is a hard one.  Deep breath and here we go:
In no particular order:

Strength:  I'm faithful and committed.  I am there through thick and thin.  The good and bad.

Weakness:  I have a hard time saying no.   At times it makes for a busy life but I'm not sure it would be as fulfilling otherwise :)

Strength:  I have a gift for helping others.  I can make anyone open up.  I listen to others well and when they need counsel I feel like the answers come easy to me.

Weakness:  I start a lot of things and finish fe

Strength:  I am a Renaissance woman.  I have many accomplishments in life.  I believe I've inherited that from my Renaissance father :)

Weakness:  I don't have anyone to confide in.  Not because there isn't anyone but more because I don't want to burden anyone.

Strength:  I have a gift of discernment that allows me to…

March 6, 2014 - She Was A Good Girl

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Today our family lost a friend.   Let me tell you about our friend.  We fell in love with her before we ever met her.  Mostly because of her brother, Kai.  What a sweet natured boy.  But it wasn't the love that first drew me to her but the fact that she needed someone to rescue her and show her the love of family.

Cassie was born to two champion chocolate labradors in 2002.  She was a Christmas gift to the breeder's daughter.  When a patient and good friend told me she was trying to find a home for this unnamed 9 month old lab, I immediately responded that we would take her.  In her short nine months she was crated and rarely, if ever, let out of her crate.  She was covered in feces and urine all the time.  She weighed 35 pounds and her ribs were showing.  Our friend, Heather, made a plan to rescue our girl.  It was on a Sunday morning and she was due any day with her first baby.  She knocked on the owners door and there was no answer.  She walked in and woke her up, told her s…