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Toben, thank you so much for sharing this today. You know, we all have things about which we can be down (and sometimes we just allow a day or two of it) and we all finally reach a point where we say, "Doggone it, I'm not going to to that today!" You reminded me that I am equally in need of that kind of self talk and affirmation often also.

Praise God for blessing us with things so evident!

Have a great day with your girls!


I love this post. I love reading about the little things that make each of your "girls" unique and wonderful. Love reading about your laughter with Joanne. Where would any of us be if we lost our sense of humor?

Thank you for posting here and letting us have a small window into your world; it gives us a clearer picture of how to pray and lift up your family.

God bless from a reader in Zurich


They are blessed to have you, too! I'm guessing that many men in your situation would have either bailed or watched from the sidelines. Well done, Toben!

Bobbie Lutz

It's always good to hear from you, Toben! This post today made my day...when a Daddy loves his girls like you do and shows them how much you love their Mom...that's the greatest gift you can give them. What a blessing you are to them! Thanks for sharing and give Joanne a big hug for me.


Just need a "Like" button :)



Lisa Rowe-Peplinski

Toben - Thank you for sharing with all of us and reminding us to find the positive in every situation, even when things are tough and hard. You, Jo, and the girls are truly role models to many.



Such a sweet post :)


You are lucky indeed!

(BTW, the copyright on your side bar only goes through 2011)


Sweet,sweet family! You are blessed and so are your girls to have you in their lives.


I love reading about how much you love your girls! You are all blessed!


I agree with all the above comments! This is a beautiful tribute to your girls--I hope they get to read this. You remind me to really take notice of the specific things I love about each member of my family.

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