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    One Spiffy WWII Veteran Filled My World With Wonder

    There are no perfect words to say to tell you how my father in law, James Kissinger shaped, shimmied, and added sparkle to the life of his family. Not a perfect word… but there is a one that rings in my memory. When he liked an idea, or a new car, or saw that a grandchild made him a homemade card… he would pronounce it Spiffy: meaning, cool, creative, worthy of their talent or just something that put a twinkle in his eye. Your legacy Dad is indeed Spiffy.  To us you were and always will be: Salt of the EarthSenior statesman, I see the gleam in my father in…

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    Simple Homemade Valentines

    Just a quick post to give you two easy ideas for Homemade Valentine’s Day cards.  Supplies needed: Card Stock Hole Punch (for the helicopter themed card) Tape Some colorful markers Parachute men, Propeller type toys, other small toy that comes in bulk that you can make a fun spin with words.  (Army men = marching in to wish you a Happy Valentines Day; small toy boats = Swam from shore to shore to wish you a Happy Valentines Day.  This is a great time to use your imagination to make it personal.) How about you, do you make your own cards?  Have you seen a card you loved?  Post a link…

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    Afghanistan: “Things are Good, not Great”. DoD Blogger Roundtable

    He is what we would call a straight shooter!  Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, met with the DoD Blogger Roundtable to discuss Afghanistan after returning from a year in command of U.S. Marines and allied forces in the Helmand and Nimroz provinces of Afghanistan. He provided a sobering but positive perspective of the situation next to the borders of Pakistan and Iran and  the general was ready to share his thoughts on the current events in Afghanistan with the roundtable bloggers. Celebrating opening of new women’s centerSee Photo Credit BelowImagine a new cell phone network connecting villages, additional and improved roads laid down to make it…

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    Praying for My Children

    Praying for our children, it is one of the most important things that I feel a mother can do for their sons and daughters.    Sometimes though I’m at a loss of words, a jumble of thought, even a perceived lack of time.  However, I ran across this printable 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children that has added new life to my prayer life. Source: keepingitpersonal.com via Leanne on PinterestI printed off this very nicely done list of biblically based virtues which we want our children to grow into and foster.  Then I placed it on my frig right above our water dispenser at eye level.  31 Virtues, 31 Days in the month, heaven…

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    This Tattoo is Freedom’s Call 2012

    Got your 2012 calendar ready to ink up?  Flip to Friday, June 29, 2012.  The seventh annual Freedom’s Call will recognize the contributions of our military veterans, their families and all American who support them with a spectacular presentation of flyovers, music, narration and fireworks.  This is a free show at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio guaranteed to raise your spirit of Patriotism to new heights! Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and cameras.  However, leave the coolers, backpacks, glasses containers, knives and pepper spray at home!  No pets either… not the place for them.  For security reasons, items may be inspected.  Refreshments will be ready for purchase.The word “tattoo”…

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    Popsicle Sled Simple Christmas Tree Ornament Idea

    Popsicle Sleds: simple fun for a young one to put together.  Ideas for children to use to create a memory that mark each year on the tree are great to catalog.  This sheet of paper was tucked in an ornament bin, ready to share or use with some tree trimming youngsters!Kids and Christmas… they just go together! Because the sheet is old, I typed the words for easier viewing.  However the design for the popsicle sticks are easy to replicate. Materials needed: Six inches of gold or silver thread like cord, seven popsicle sticks, paint, paint brush and glue.Cut sticks as outlined on right. #1 is placed on the top,…

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    Vision a 20 20 Deal and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

    Vision with age is supposed to diminish.  Yet, life hones, shapes and directs vision by allowing light in, fracturing those simple rays.  Prisms are laid out complete with memories of faces, places, smells and sounds. Vision for the future crescendos with strength of the past, desires of present but can be walled in by anxieties unseen.  Vision takes ‘challenge’ and uses it like a battering ramp against the walls of prejudice, loneliness, touches of arthritis and other cob webs! Life requires so much work to be able to see.  On our own we can be spooked by the moonlight and blinded by the sun. Grasshoppers can still be giants.  That…

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    Where’s Your Motivation?

    Meet *C*.  He is my tender hearted, full of hugs, rough and tumble boy!  He worried me when he was a baby.  He couldn’t latch on or get anything from a bottle.  I met with a lactation consultant and I ended up pumping breast milk and then squirting it into his mouth through a tiny tube while he was ‘latched on’.  Now, he is the biggest of all my boys on the growth charts. He didn’t start talking till way after the milestone “should have” been met.  We were instructed to see a speech-therapist who met with us, made note in his records and said in a couple years he may…

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    The Man-Bag

    My son has a man-bag. This sends me into fits of hysterics every time I think about it. It all started out with a dad-and-son trip to Sports Clips.  You see, I am frugal.  We do our best to save around here where we can, when we can.  This way I can enjoy some of the ‘finer things in life’ with less guilt. (Like fulfilling my need to close the kitchen and eat out once in awhile.)  As my eight-year old starts to care more and more about ‘style’ my handy-dandy clippers are failing him.  (I’m sure it has everything to do with the clippers and nothing to do with my ability.  Just…

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    Mom Means Business

    My boys are a hurricane. A tornado. A path of destruction.  We are working hard at starting good habits, staying organized, picking up when they are done playing, not waiting till Mom blows her top tells them to.  I have found if I help organize the toys in their room that it only gets me very frustrated and my ideas fall apart in less then a couple of days.  So now they are left to their own vices. I sent them to clean their room the other day, and told them anything left on their floor when they were done was going into the garbage.  Sure enough they came down 30 minutes later declaring they…