Who More Than Self Their Country Loved

Who More Than Self Their Country Loved

 

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Have you ever listened to the third verse of America the Beautiful?

It’s the one after the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plain and the pilgrim feet.

It’s the amazing one.

And it’s my favorite:

“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life.”

Stop for a moment and take those words in.

The poignant truth written in every line….

….”who more than self their country loved”.

Those incredible brave men and women who sacrificed so much.

Soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines that faced almost insurmountable odds and overwhelming challenges…..

…..so that you and I could laugh and live in a land where freedom reigns.Continue reading


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I Will Be Here

I Will Be Here

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If you have ever watched and waited for months or years for someone you love to come home….

….this story is for you.

The other day tucked away in a corner of our attic….in a box labeled “Navy” ….I found a stack of cassette tapes.

Remember those?

The tapes were bundled up together with frayed rubber bands next to some pictures, a few medals and a white stuffed bear wearing a patriotic hat with a banner that said, “I love my sailor.”

A box of nothing.

And a box of everything.

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Going to the Chapel With Superman

Going to the Chapel With Superman

 
Finding Home Syrup - Thistlewood Farms - The Chapel Market

This weekend at The Chapel Market was amazing.

If you were there and I met you….just know that I adore you.

It was even better than last year.

And so much easier.

Because this year I brought an assistant who was faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive and who could leap tall buildings with a single bound….

….my oldest son Denton.

Thistlewood Farms - The Chapel Market Photo

Here’s superman in all his glory.

He unloaded the car and set up the tables and put together the Christmas tree and hung the baskets and cut out tags and carried boxes and stacked t-shirts and drew on chalkboard trees….

…and promptly developed an entire inventory system for us in a matter of minutes.

And made everyone’s day just a little brighter with that smile.Continue reading


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The Smile of a Rock Star (and a Free Printable)

The Smile of a Rock Star (and a Free Printable)

 

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Most mornings I wake up all the sleepy heads in the house and sing “Rise and Shine”….

…..and tell them they are rock stars.

Just in case they forgot from the day before.

Just in case they were wondering.

Most of the time they simply roll their eyes and sigh and ignore me….

….but I know they hear it.

rock stars

I think I started the whole rock star thing when fourth grade began getting a little tough….which turned into an even tougher fifth grade and now we are knee-deep in sixth grade….

….the very toughest of all.

Navigating sixth grade is kind of like Survivor where they put you on the island with a piece of flint and a few sticks and leave you to figure the rest out.Continue reading


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The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Birch Lane.

Thanksgiving Tree

One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.

If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.

It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart.  When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples.  And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.

And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..

….and returns to the tree that he loves.

“And the tree was happy.”

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The Best Kind of Motivation

The Best Kind of Motivation

 

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Back when I first began my journey to get healthy…..

….I made a list.

I started it because I think I read in a motivation book somewhere that you if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there and if you don’t stand for something…..

….you’ll fall for anything.

(total aside:  just between us….I think the last one is from a vintage country song).

Whatever.  You get the point….which is that sometimes a list of goals….all those hopes and dreams written down in black and white on the back of a coffee-stained envelope….can be a powerful motivator.

I never really told anyone about writing the list down.  I think I thought people might think it was silly or inconsequential or not even achievable.  And if I failed to plan or didn’t know where I was going or didn’t achieve anything….no one would know.  Then I placed in a drawer for months  and on a really tough day when Pringle’s cans were calling my name and Oreos were asking me to dance and visions of salsa and chips danced ’round my head….

….I would pull out the list and stare at it.

And sigh.

And set my chin up and my blinders on and straighten my shoulders and brush my teeth.

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The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

 

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Welcome back rock star.

If you missed the epic beginning of the story of our jump and where it all began and the first part of the tour of the house that we lived in before Thistlewood….you can start here.

Before we begin I have to tell you how much I loved all the comments on the last post.

I read each and everyone….but the second comment down literally made me laugh out loud and almost spit out my coffee….

“Sweetie, they were fighting against the empire, not for it. (are you sure that your husband proofread this)

Loved the tour anyway.”

Exactly.

The commenter was so right.

And I did read the post to my husband (who is a huge Star Wars fan).

But he looked so cute trying to explain the entire story line of all of the Star Wars movies in about five minutes…..

….that I kind of got distracted. :) Continue reading


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The House Before Thistlewood

The House Before Thistlewood

 
living room Remember the first time you watched Star Wars?

(total aside:  me either….I had to look up all these Star Wars details to make my point).

Remember Luke and Leia and Darth Vader and Han Solo and Chewbacca and C3PO  and R2-D2?

(case in point….my husband pointed out that I had neglected to capitalize the names of the robots.  Who knew?)

And you cheered them on and watched them fight against the empire and train to be Jedi knights and destroy the enemy and let the force be with them.

Then three Star Wars movies later…..

…..you find out all about the beginning.

This post is exactly like that…..

….except without Yoda. :) Continue reading


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