Thankful on Thanksgiving Day

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Since I will be turning 31 in a few days, I will telling you all 31 things for which I am thankful.

1. My daughter, Chloe –> who is my biggest fan, and I am hers too.

2. My husband, Brad–> who loves me in spite of my emotions and silliness.

3. My parents, Larry and Robin (and their spouses)

4. My sister, Bobbie –> who is my very best friend in the world.

5. My cousins; especially the ones I am very close with–> who have be there for me and let me be there for them.

6. My aunts and uncles; especially Becky and Penny–> who have listened to me vent, cry, express excitement and joy, etc.

7. My former teachers; especially Mrs. Ziegler, Mr. Dunn, and Mrs. Hall

8. My current students the think I am so awesome.

9. My job that stresses me beyond belief, often.

10. My church, First Christian Church – Greensboro

11. My church family that loves my family and me, gives the strength and faith I need, and always makes us feel welcome.

12. The church youth group that I help to sponsor.  They are some of the best kids I have ever had the privilege to know.

13. Our dogs, Nattie and Ginger

14. Caffeine

15. Chips and salsa

16. The North Carolina Zoo –> where our family has spent countless hours seeing the animals and just walking.

17. Our new (to us) house that we will be moving into in a couple weeks.

18. Brad’s family that makes me feel welcome and loved.

19. Clothes and shoes that so many people in the world do not have.

20. Food and shelter that so many people in the world do not have.

21. Our military that will protect us.

22. My friends (new and old)

23. Our babysitter, Annette–> who makes our daughter feel loved and cared for when we are at work

24. My side job of being an entrepreneur

25. My nieces and nephews

26. pizza for days when I don’t feel like cooking

27. The opportunity to serve others through volunteer work

28. The sun

29. Our garden in the summer

30. Aldi’s Grocery Store, where I feel like a winner every time I check out.

31. HUGS AND KISSES from loved ones.

 

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AutumnFest 2012 Southern Pines

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Come out to AutumnFest 2012 in Southern Pines, NC tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 6.  Stop by the NC Military Wives Making Handmade Goods booths.  Spaces 92 and 93.  These lovely military wives will be selling handmade crafts. The show starts at 9am and lasts until 4pm.  Stop by and mention this blog post for 10% off of Twice As Loved items. 

Two days until a craft show!

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This Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, I have been invited to be a vendor at the NC Secretaries’ Conference.  Above are just a few of the items that I will be selling there.  (silverware windchimes, silverware ornaments, cupcake/candle saucers, magazine/map envelopes, etc.)

NC Military Wives Selling Handmade Goods

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{This flyer was created by Jewel Charsley, fellow military spouse, and owner of Strawberry Jude Hand Grown.}

Sorry I have been out of commission for a while.  I am a teacher as well, and have been focusing on the start of school.  I am back at it now.  I didn’t have a Crafty Military Wife lined up for today, but I will advertise for these lovely ladies from a group I am a part of. Please check out these amazing shops via Facebook or Etsy.

Here are the links to each shop. Check them out and tell them April from Twice As Loved sent you.

A Need To Be Me Botique: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelby-Lea-Photography/150694948291874  & http://www.etsy.com/shop/shelbylea

Created by DonnaK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Created-by-DonnaK/141175319266891 & http://www.etsy.com/shop/createdbydonnak

The Crochet Lady: http://www.facebook.com/The.Crochet.Lady1 & http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCrochetLady1

The Feisty Dragon: http://www.facebook.com/TheFeistyDragon & http://www.etsy.com/shop/thefeistydragon

Strawberry Jude Hand Grown: http://www.facebook.com/StrawberryJudeHandGrown  & http://www.etsy.com/shop/StrawberryJudeHG

Twice As Loved: {ME}: http://www.facebook.com/twiceasloved & http://www.etsy.com/shop/twiceasloved

 

Christmas Ornaments

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Here are some of my fork and spoon ornaments. As you might know I am a youth leader at my church. I am currently on a bus full of youth and sponsors heading on a mission trip to Kentucky. I figured on the way I would work on some more ornaments and windchimes.

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We have just crossed into Kentucky and about an hour from our destination. We will stay at another Disciples of Christ Christian Church. We will be working in a homeless shelter cleaning and serving food. We will visit Cane Ridge to learn more about our Disciples of Christ heritage. We will do various other work projects and fun activities. I had to leave my husband and daughter at home and already miss them!

Chick-fil-a drama…

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Everyone is talking about Chick-fil-a so here is my opinion and frankly it doesn’t matter to me if you agree….

I love Chick-fil-a’s food. It’s delicious, but a little pricey. I will continue to eat there even if I don’t share the same exact beliefs or opinions with Mr. Cathy! But I will NOT wait in some long ridiculous line today. I WILL continue to love my gay friends and those straight ones that live together out of wed-lock. Because as a (Disciples of Christ) Christian woman I will try my best to accept everyone as they are. It doesn’t affect me or my family if someone is gay…who cares?!…get over it! Times are different today than in biblical days so long ago. So I will love my “neighbor” as myself and I will eat at Chick-fil-a another day when I have more money or a coupon.

Monday’s Military…Mom/Grandmom?

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Monday’s Military…Mom/Grandmom?

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Okay, I know that Monday’s have been set aside for Crafty Military Wives…however, today I didn’t have anyone lined up for it.  So, I am going to tell you all about an amazing Military Mom, my mother-in-law, Linda Murray.  As you know my husband is in the Army National Guard.  I can’t tell you how very scared, worried, proud, and most of all mad at the recruiter Linda was when she found out Brad was joining the National Guard.

She was a very dedicated mom!  She and I drove all the way from NC to Ft. Sill OK to see Brad graduate from Basic Training.  We consoled each other as Brad was away in various locations for training, Officer school, etc.  Yes, she made me crazy sometimes but that is what mother-in-laws do sometimes.  I loved her just the same though.

She sent a package (at least one) every week to Brad when he was deployed to Iraq.  Brad often had so much stuff he shared most of it with his soldiers.  She and I would talk endlessly about what we were going to see him next.

I should probably tell you that I was pregnant and ready to burst when Brad was due to deploy.  Linda always call, texted, emailed, instant messaged me to check on me and make sure I was eating healthy.  Well, luckily Brad was able to be there when I gave birth to our beautiful and amazing daughter.  Guess who else was there at that hospital too? You guessed it our moms (and a few other very special people).

Well, Brad had to leave on deployment two weeks after our daughter was born.  Though he didn’t leave the country for another two months.  He was able to come home and be with us at our Church when our daughter was dedicated.

Linda was a very proud Grandmom too.  She always had photos of her grandchildren and stories to share with whomever would listen.  Whether it was someone in the store (She was an avid coupon-er!!)  or someone at church.  I often find myself wanted to call her and tell her something that my daughter says and does.

While my husband was deployed Linda’s cancer came back. This time melanoma cancer.  She had already gone through what the doctor’s said was breast cancer, then lung cancer.  She was a fighter!!  She didn’t let anything (especially cancer) stop her.  She kept busy coupon-ing, shopping, teaching, but most importantly playing with grandchildren and send packages to her deployed son.

Linda Murray inspired me more than most people!  She was a dedicated mom, mother-in-law, wife, grandmom, teacher, giver to the community, etc.

We lost her to cancer on July 5, 2010.  We still love her and miss her very much!!!  Our daughter claims to talk to her sometimes, as she looks up toward Heaven.

The picture of the wind chime that I use as my logo picture on my blog, Facebook, and Pinterest is of the windchime I made in remembrance of Linda.

Photos courteous of Sassyfras Studios. (An amazing sassy sister photo taking duo.)