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Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... December, 2008
12-01-08 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie

Posted on 11/30/2008 10:15:39 PM PST by JustAmy




Welcome To....



'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets
and those who enjoy poetry.
'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.
Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepers
your thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*.

Enjoy! :)












Never Forget!






Bad Penny




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the ever charming, lovable, huggable,

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TOPICS: Humor; Miscellaneous; Poetry; The Poetry Branch
KEYWORDS: amysplace; december; friends; poetry
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To: JustAmy

GOD BLESS THE BEST FOLKS IN THIS LOCAL UNIVERSE>>>>>Our Military

Awe what the heck?

Amy’s Place - Home away from Home!

23 days before Christmas !

HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN GOOD?? have you?!?!?

He knows when you’ve been sleeping,

He knows if you’re awake,

He knows if you’ve been bad or good........!!


151 posted on 12/02/2008 5:49:26 AM PST by Uversabound (Our Military past and present: Our Highest example of Brotherhood of Man & Doing God's Will)
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To: JustAmy; Billie; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; deadhead; jaycee; LUV W; mathluv; DollyCali; Dubya; Gabz; ..

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list

December 2, 2008
A Passion For People
He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. —2 Corinthians 5:15

Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This quote appears on a Web site intended to help people discover what they are passionate about so they can live with greater significance.

The apostle Paul’s passion in life was largely driven by concern for the eternal destiny of others. In 2 Corinthians 5, he names three things that fueled his passion. First, he recognized that he was accountable to Christ for his service and wanted to give a good accounting at the judgment seat of Christ (vv.9-10). Second, Paul was driven by Christ’s love and a desire that others would know the love that he had experienced. In verse 14 he wrote, “For the love of Christ compels us.” Finally, he understood that a lost and dying world needs the Savior (v.20).

What are you passionate about? Paul’s passion for people was fueled by the love of Christ—and ours should be as well. Let’s apply Twain’s words of challenge to our efforts in outreach: “Sail away from the safe harbor.” Share the love of Christ with someone today.

Set us afire, Lord, stir us we pray!
While the world perishes, we go our way
Purposeless, passionless, day after day;
Set us afire, Lord, stir us we pray! —Cushman

Talking to Christ about others helps us to talk to others about Christ.


Bible in One Year: Amos 1–3; Proverbs 22:9-16


152 posted on 12/02/2008 5:55:32 AM PST by The Mayor ( In Gods works we see His hand; in His Word we hear His heart)
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To: The Mayor

As always,these ODB Devotional’s are thought provoking.
Thanks Mayor , and Good Morning all!


153 posted on 12/02/2008 6:05:12 AM PST by pollywog (I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord...Ps 121)
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To: pollywog

Good Morning and Thank you!


154 posted on 12/02/2008 6:16:12 AM PST by The Mayor ( In Gods works we see His hand; in His Word we hear His heart)
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To: The Mayor

Thank you for this lovely Daily Bread message this morning, Mr. Mayor. Have a wonderful day!


155 posted on 12/02/2008 6:17:56 AM PST by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: Uversabound

Cute post!

I’ve tried to be good.....hope I stay on his list!

HAVE YOU BEEN GOOD??


156 posted on 12/02/2008 6:21:28 AM PST by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: Lady Jag; jaycee; FRiends
~Good Morning Everyone~


Kittens were delivered uneventfully to the vets for
surgery..My adult kitty "talked" to me..wandering
around looking for them.., turned up her nose at the
food I put back in the kitchen, and is ignoring
me..LOL.It is cold out there..hard to believe it will
warm up to 70 today.

157 posted on 12/02/2008 6:46:02 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: pollywog

God Bless you polly and your beautiful family..Thanks for sharing this photo .Glad your husband liked my card.
;o)


158 posted on 12/02/2008 6:57:35 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: MEG33
How sweet....your adult cat knows things are not right! They are so smart! What time do you pick them up anyway? They will do just fine....better than you are imagining. I know you are anxious to get them back and so am I!!

Where Are Those Kitties?


159 posted on 12/02/2008 7:06:49 AM PST by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; DollyCali; La Enchiladita; dutchess; Aquamarine; GodBlessUSA; ...
December 2, 2008




160 posted on 12/02/2008 7:07:30 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie

Oh, Billie, that is so beautiful....the graphic and the descriptions of the ‘blues’ in winter. I did alright until I listened to the song....so beautiful, so sentimental, I cried. BUT, I am okay now...really! It was just touching. Christmas music does that to me sometimes but I still love it. Thank you for this today.


161 posted on 12/02/2008 7:20:02 AM PST by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: Billie; JustAmy
So lovely, so.....icy and blue!

Billie, your graphic and music selection this morning didn't work. I am not yet in the mood for baking, decorating and wrapping....but I AM in the mood to get back into making up some graphics for Amy's Place. Yours this morning has inspired me! And, Amy, I am sure you will be pleased to hear that you will have some new graphics coming your way soon. 'Bout time, huh? ;-)

162 posted on 12/02/2008 7:21:37 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: jaycee

Love that gif! She not only ignored me I just found her in the living room on a forbidden chair..She is really pouting big time. I put a cookie sheet on the chair..First time in over a year!LOL
The vet was very informative and and reassuring. My garage door would not open when I returned from the vets..probably needs oiling on the chain..It was 28 early this morning, too..I am just grateful it opened so I could get out and make my appointment!


163 posted on 12/02/2008 7:24:19 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Billie; jaycee

Good Morning!


164 posted on 12/02/2008 7:31:00 AM PST by The Mayor ( In Gods works we see His hand; in His Word we hear His heart)
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To: jaycee
Oh, Billie, that is so beautiful....the graphic and the descriptions of the ‘blues’ in winter. I did alright until I listened to the song....so beautiful, so sentimental, I cried. BUT, I am okay now...really! It was just touching. Christmas music does that to me sometimes but I still love it. Thank you for this today.

Thank you, jaycee. I get all sentimental listening to Christmas music, too, but I usually like the slow, sentimental ones better than the peppy ones. That's not to say that the cute, peppy ones don't make me feel happy and peppy, too. :)

Glad you like the scene and the poem - thought the poem fit so well.

165 posted on 12/02/2008 7:32:57 AM PST by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear
Thank you, Lori. I hope the graphic and music finally opened for you - strange though (is it a domania thing, I wonder?) Jaycee didn't seem to have trouble with it. Of course it's in my browswer, so I'm seeing it.

Am glad you're back in the mood to make graphics for Amy's - I enjoy doing them so much I have a hard time getting away from "my studio" sometimes! :)

166 posted on 12/02/2008 7:37:03 AM PST by Billie
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To: FRiends; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; Billie; WayzataJOHNN; NicknamedBob; ST.LOUIE1; PERKY2004; Cardhu; ...
Good Morning To Amy's Place
Beautiful blues opening , Billie..I had this from last year and love JOHNN's poem
so I'll share it with you.


Oh sunrise, come now so softly
morning calls, in rose and peal tones
the wind whispers of the coming day
and I stand, humbled by the moment.

For such is emotions easily spent
in hearts, set free in joy to play
and discontinuity dampens its moans
in the presence of art so lofty.

WayzataJOHNN

167 posted on 12/02/2008 7:38:51 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: La Enchiladita

Good morning (a day late), Dita! It’s always fun to start a new month, new thread here, and, like you, I think maybe I can keep up this month! But see, here it is the second day, and after posting the opening for December 2nd, I still didn’t get through all of yesterday’s posts and pings.


168 posted on 12/02/2008 7:41:50 AM PST by Billie
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To: jaycee

I also want that coconut cream pie NOW!!!! Gah! Could it be any more tempting!


169 posted on 12/02/2008 7:43:22 AM PST by Billie
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To: La Enchiladita; LUV W
Then again, cherry pie was once my favorite, and that was with scoops of chocolate chip ice cream on top!!

Hmmmm, I never would have dreamed of using chocolate chip ice cream for the "a la mode" with Cherry Pie! Guess, like Luv said - maybe tastes like chocolate covered cherries. :)

170 posted on 12/02/2008 7:46:26 AM PST by Billie
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To: MEG33

Yummmmmmm ..... the chocolate chess pie with ice cream!


171 posted on 12/02/2008 7:47:41 AM PST by Billie
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To: jaycee
I don’t think they know how ugly they are. I’m glad we don’t have to endure that on this thread.....shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. They may hear!

Muh lips are sealed. :)

172 posted on 12/02/2008 7:49:08 AM PST by Billie
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To: Majie Purple
“...There should only be ONE birthday in December. :)” Awesome comment! I know WHOM You mean! :)

:)

173 posted on 12/02/2008 7:50:24 AM PST by Billie
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To: Lady Jag

You’re so clever! Until I saw the graphic, I didn’t even notice your apple “pi”!


174 posted on 12/02/2008 7:51:45 AM PST by Billie
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To: gardengirl
Beautiful start to the month, ladies! Happy December!

Thank you, gg! Happy December - the previous 11 months are now behind us, and a new year comes soon. Let's enjoy the rest of this year!

175 posted on 12/02/2008 7:54:32 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie

My mouth waters at the thought of it..I have ingredients for an apple cake..I need a dessert in the house and just might make one this week. Yesterday’s pies were so tempting!


176 posted on 12/02/2008 7:55:26 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: pollywog

There were lots of recipes on the net..I don’t make this..I depend on my daughter for it. I make the cake..my daughter and daughter in law make the pies.


177 posted on 12/02/2008 7:59:21 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: pollywog
I am trying to find a photo that is on this laptop to share with you... so you can see him. He is the sweetest. I think there is one of us when we went to court to adopt our grandson and foster daughter. Hmmmm now to find it! Polly

Thank you, Polly! LOVED seeing you and your happy family! What a great photo, and you all look wonderful! Thank you for sharing! And again, Happy Birthday to Mr. Pollywog. :)


178 posted on 12/02/2008 8:00:31 AM PST by Billie
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To: Uversabound
Amy’s Place - Home away from Home!

23 days before Christmas !

HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN GOOD?? have you?!?!?

He knows when you’ve been sleeping,

He knows if you’re awake,

He knows if you’ve been bad or good........!!

Good morning to you, Uversabound! I always be good. :)

179 posted on 12/02/2008 8:02:58 AM PST by Billie
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To: The Mayor

This is a very inspirational devotion today..Thank you for our Daily Bread today and every day.


180 posted on 12/02/2008 8:03:34 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Billie
No, I didn't have any trouble opening it - the graphic or the music, it worked fine. As pretty as it is though; the music and the graphic, it didn't get me in the mood to start the holiday decorating/baking/wrapping "stuff", but it sure did serve to inspire me to open up photoshop and start making some Christmas graphics (that's what I was trying to say).

I am listening to Roy now and have added this song to my Windows Media Player Christmas Play List. Thank you, Billie. :-)

181 posted on 12/02/2008 8:06:45 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
LOL! Oh, okay, I understand now. I was a little puzzled that you wrote you weren't in the mood for decorating/baking/wrapping if the graphic and music didn't open!

I have a much easier time putting music and lyrics to my graphics and vice versa than finding poems for them, and I hate to send so many graphics to Amy to have to search for poems or stuff to go with them. :)

182 posted on 12/02/2008 8:13:25 AM PST by Billie
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To: MEG33

Such a cute graphic! Glad everyone is doing okay after the surgery. :)


183 posted on 12/02/2008 8:16:27 AM PST by Billie
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To: The Mayor

Thank you, Rus, you do help keep us grounded with the Daily Devotionals.


184 posted on 12/02/2008 8:22:02 AM PST by Billie
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To: MEG33

Thank you, Meg, for the compliment on today’s opening, and thank you for your beautiful ‘blue’ post! Once again, it matches the opening, even if it was a coincidence!


185 posted on 12/02/2008 8:38:31 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; MEG33

That’s my mission Billie! Mornin Meg.


186 posted on 12/02/2008 8:40:40 AM PST by The Mayor ( In Gods works we see His hand; in His Word we hear His heart)
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To: JustAmy; Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1; MEG33; jaycee; OESY; Kitty Mittens; The Mayor; Majie Purple; ...






Play Basketball Day







National Fritter Day



Old-Fashioned Apple Fritters
Ingredients:

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted shortening
1 cup chopped apple
oil for deep frying

Preparation:

Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Combine egg and milk; add to flour mixture; beat until smooth. Add shortening and mix well. Peel, core and chop apples;fold into batter. Fry in 370° oil for about 4 minutes, or until brown.






Mars Landing Day







International Day for the Abolition of Slavery



13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865,
the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States.






Monroe Doctrine Anniversary



President James Monroe’s 1823 annual message to Congress contained the Monroe Doctrine,
which warned European powers not to interfere in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere.

The Monroe Doctrine is the best known U.S. policy toward the Western Hemisphere. Buried
in a routine annual message delivered to Congress by President James Monroe in December 1823,
the doctrine warns European nations that the United States would not tolerate further colonization
or puppet monarchs. The doctrine was conceived to meet major concerns of the moment, but it
soon became a watchword of U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere.

187 posted on 12/02/2008 8:41:21 AM PST by Billie
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To: The Mayor
That’s my mission Billie!

I know. :)

188 posted on 12/02/2008 8:42:21 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
So beautiful and peaceful looking. Thanks for sharing your unique artistic instincts.

Going to vote for Saxby Chambliss. Hope the dems don't steal this one too.

189 posted on 12/02/2008 8:45:37 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
So beautiful and peaceful looking. Thanks for sharing your unique artistic instincts.

Hi, Aqua! Thank *you*!

I wish you (and Saxby Chambliss) luck - it seems our party doesn't have much of a chance this year. Hopefully 2010 will bring us back again.

190 posted on 12/02/2008 9:00:02 AM PST by Billie
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To: MEG33
My mouth waters at the thought of it..I have ingredients for an apple cake..I need a dessert in the house and just might make one this week. Yesterday’s pies were so tempting!

"Fresh Apple Cake" maybe? I make that one, and it is so moist and delicious, it's a real winner in our family. :)

191 posted on 12/02/2008 9:10:28 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie


Phoenix Mars Lander videos

.


192 posted on 12/02/2008 9:17:06 AM PST by OESY
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To: OESY

Hi, OESY! I was hoping you would be here today, because you always, always, always give us additional information on our holidays for the day! Thank you!


193 posted on 12/02/2008 9:24:54 AM PST by Billie
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To: jaycee
Hey Jaycee, Sorry for delay but girls gotta work! I have been very good.

There is an element to Santa Claus that gets me every year.

Nostalgic but more.....It started with family love of those yesteryear..

Taught us to love our fellow man, despite human indifference!

194 posted on 12/02/2008 9:37:31 AM PST by Uversabound (Our Military past and present: Our Highest example of Brotherhood of Man & Doing God's Will)
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To: Billie

This one wasn’t coincidence
;o) I remembered it had winter blues.

I had a treat seeing early morning sun hit the large red oak trees in my neighborhood and also on the way to the vet’s..Gorgeous autumn colors against a brilliant blue sky..
It is windy here and too cool to wash the sliding doors..(and they really need it) I am doing the kitchen floor while my kittens are away at the vets..They think sweeping and mopping are playtime.

My apple cake uses canned apples but it is also very moist ..I made it 3 days before company came last Christmas..wrapped it in heavy foil and put in a cool front closet..It was better than ever. Both my Hummingbird cake and the Apple Blossom cake are much better the day after baking..or later.
Now the apple fritters are really turning on my dessert hunger.
Celebrating two very important events in our history today..Great holidays, Billie.
I cannot fathom thinking “owning” another human being was ever acceptable.


195 posted on 12/02/2008 9:55:18 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Uversabound

I have been as good as possible~LOL~~Don’t worry about getting back quickly...I am the same way. Sometimes I will answer in the evening to a morning post. There are other things to do.

We try hard to love our fellow man..sometimes its hard, isn’t it? I get very nostalgic during this season thinking of those by-gone days and the ones we loved so dearly have passed on and we always think of them. But its a glorious time for celebrating the birthday of Jesus, even though we’ve let the other parts of the holiday overwhelm us and we all work too hard.

I hope you have a wonderful day today. Its cold and lightly snowing in Tennessee today.


196 posted on 12/02/2008 10:01:49 AM PST by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: MEG33

You are killing me talking about the Apple Cake. I have made an Apple Cake but I think it calls for fresh apples....wished it didn’t. My neighbor used to make an Apple Cake and she put Caramel Icing on it and it was out of this world. Back in the days when we swam every day, she would bring slices of that cake for the regular three that were my best swim buddies. We had some wonderful joyous times and I miss those days. One of those friends has passed and she was my very best friend for 40 years. And the other girl is the one who moved to her daughter’s because of Parkinson’s and other problems.

I am going to be upstairs working for a good while now and won’t be around much, just in case anyone wonders where I disappeared to....lol! I have a lot of cleaning to do up there, especially the living room, where the tree goes.


197 posted on 12/02/2008 10:10:06 AM PST by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: Billie




Very Pretty, Billie. Thank you for posting and hostessing today's thread.

Today's Welcome reminds me that Christmas is right around the corner.
So much to do before Christmas break starts.

Have a lovely wintery day.


198 posted on 12/02/2008 10:22:00 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: jaycee
Snow in Tennesse and not in NY? What? I am jealous only because it is December and I want a white Christmas.

We had 6 degrees last Monday morning{near Kingston, NY(still very southern NY but country)}!

How fortunate were we to have Jesus incarnate on our world!

Yeah, I was skating around what I really want to say:
Although the economy is a grave concern for all, I am hoping it might shift the focus on what is the most important reason for the season.

199 posted on 12/02/2008 10:24:03 AM PST by Uversabound (Our Military past and present: Our Highest example of Brotherhood of Man & Doing God's Will)
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To: Mama_Bear

Good morning, MamaBear. Looking forward to some new graphics.

I know that you have been busy with decorating and company. I’m anxious to get birthday party and Christmas Tea behind me so I can concentrate on Christmas.

Marissa has an appt with the Orthodontist (sp) this afternoon. She is anxious to get braces. She told me a kid at school calls her beaver teeth. I told her to ignore him but she still comes home and tells me again that he called her names. Ah .... the trials of being a parent.:)


200 posted on 12/02/2008 10:36:27 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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