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Thanks for sharing! I love newsy posts!


Yes, peace out. Can I just say that you make me smile every time I read your posts. You inspire me to be a better mom. I can't wait to give you a great big hug in Phoenix. Questions from the girls: What is the state bird, flag, motto, state flower....


Everything sounds so great - the turn out for Sunday School, your giveaways - bibles and candy - how sweet and a great motivation!
Also for starting school. That really sounds wonderful.
And for your Mom coming! I know when I lived across the country from my Mom for a few years, I loved when she came to visit.
I can't wait to see school pics!

Beth Whitney

Sounds like you are using the same SS stuff we use at our church-LOVE it! I teach 3rd/4th grade, but this month the youth are taking over to give all of us a break! Yeah! I also hand out candy for bringing Bibles-I want the kids to get to know THEIR Bible...Thanks for the update! Have fun in school!!

Marla Taviano

Praying for your first day! CANNOT WAIT to see/hear all about it!!


Abbey says 'Peace Out Girl Scout' all the time and it makes me laugh every time I hear it.

Just caught up on your blog.

I make smoothies with just yogurt/fruit/ice and we always freeze the leftovers in popsicle molds. I don't have a recipe, but I bet they're similar.

And hey, I know Adele! We have a mutual friend in common and it's thru Bridget that I've interacted with Adele. Small world. Tell her I said hello!

Good luck with school. My high school friend starts school in July when it's too hot to go outside. Makes SO much sense.


We start August I am on the home school mom...get the summer TO DO LIST done mad dash this week. After swim team, swim lessons tomorrow AM then to IKEA to get some stuff...then at home the rest of the week marking stuff off with a sharpie. I will be praying for a great first day.

Meredith great idea for left over smoothies!



I am going to be in a Mardel this weekend, do you want me to check the clearance isle for children's bibles and pick you up some? I can mail them to you if I find any.


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