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Reflecting on the Day I Became a Mother for the First Time

Reflecting on the Day I Became a Mother for the First Time

  Reflection on Motherhood   On this day 36 years ago–October 2, 1981–I became a Mom for the first time. My son, Andrew James, entered the world on that morning at the Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) in Laconia, New Hampshire. In attendance at the birth were my mother, due to her nursing career there at LRGH, along with other medical staff. My Dad waited nearby, anxiously awaiting the arrival of his first grandchild. Noticeably absent was my son’s father–essentially…

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My Top 2 Favorite Desserts – UBC Day 11 #blogboost

My Top 2 Favorite Desserts – UBC Day 11 #blogboost

Top 2 Favorite Desserts!                                                                                               Yes, it’s really me…Back to blogging after an unplanned GAP of about 12 days! Work and graduate study obligations demanded my time and I had to prioritize. Now, instead of trying to catch up on 12 blog posts, I’m just going to pick up where I left off and extend my Ultimate Blog Challenge posts into May.     OK, this is definitely a fun post for my UBC post#11: my top 2 favorite…

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Enjoying Life’s Simple Pleasures

Enjoying Life’s Simple Pleasures

I missed posting yesterday, Saturday, January 8th, because I was out of state with my hubby, having a delayed Christmas celebration with my two youngest daughters, sons-in-law, and granddaughters. I was definitely enjoying life’s simple pleasures, which consisted of spending time with family and cuddling my newest 3-week-old granddaughter. Prior to that, we stopped at the Veterans Cemetery so I could visit my parents’ final resting places.                          …

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Christmas Blessings to You and Your Family

Christmas Blessings to You and Your Family

  I hope you all who celebrate this holiday have had a lovely Christmas eve and Christmas day. My Christmas eve day and evening was busy with baking and sewing. This Christmas day was full of time spent with family, followed by leisure and relaxation. So this is a “twofer” combined post for this holiday weekend, sharing several Christmas-related quotes from The Quote Garden. Enjoy!       “There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries.” ~W.J….

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Special Announcement: Birth of My Third Granddaughter!

Special Announcement: Birth of My Third Granddaughter!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I am thrilled and so thankful to make this announcement: My third granddaughter was born yesterday, December 15th, at 8:30am and weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz., and measured 21.5 inches long. And of course, she’s adorable!   Me with my beautiful new granddaughter, Lillianna Grace! ~~*~~ This excerpt, from Karl Moore’s 18 Rules of Happiness on being  grateful, is especially relevant!   “Think of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for right now….

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Gratitude Challenge – November 25 – Thankful for Peace on Black Friday

Gratitude Challenge – November 25 – Thankful for Peace on Black Friday

Here at Words of Encouragement… **NOVEMBER MEANS: GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!!**   Still six more days in the month and I would challenge you to continue expressing gratitude (even beyond this month!) Today is typically known as “Black Friday” as it kicks off the holiday shopping season–I know why it’s called that, but I thought green might be a more appropriate color for the day, as merchants gather in the cash. However, then I saw “Green Friday” as a reference to marijuana…

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