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The Statue of Liberty Isn’t That Big

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I didn’t do this last week, so you get a full two weeks’ worth today! John went on his band’s trip to New York (thanks to all those who helped financially – he’s still working on his notes and calls) and had a great time. But I have no pictures. Why? Because, as he put it, “Everything we saw you can look up on Google.” I admitted that yes, that was the case, but I wanted pictures of him and his friends at those places. “Then Photoshop us in,” he replied. He’s still alive . . . for now.

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 I did get to FaceTime with him once, from the base of the Statue of Liberty, which he said really wasn’t that big. Why both of my sons insist on Facetiming with me when I look like the wrath of God I don’t understand. A man invented FaceTime, I guarantee it.

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The buses they took there and back had wifi, so all the teens wouldn’t get twitchy. One parent was complaining rather extravagantly about how bad it was to be on the “drumline bus”, how he was going to “add to his stick collection”, and so on. I let it go for a while, then I posted.

Angie Ballard I married a Waggener HS snare drummer; gave birth to a Ballard HS bass, snare, quad drummer and Morehead quad drummer, and my youngest is on that bus, tapping on something. Every surface in our house is tapped on regularly, including the dogs (they like tummy triplets). Drumming sounds like home to me, and I love it when the drumline comes over! If my spinal column could take the trip I would be THRILLED to take your place on the “drumline bus” Jim Daniel.

I got three Likes and he didn’t post any more complaints.

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It’s been raining here for two weeks straight. Roads are washed out, homes and businesses are flooded. But my neighbor is still mowing his grass every other day. He mowed one day through a downpour. He did go inside when it started to hail, though. It’s gonna be a long summer.

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I went out to dinner with friends the other day at KT’s. In case anyone else in Louisville didn’t know, they have been bought out and will be shutting down and turning into a steak place in early May. The menu has already changed, but it’s still good. Go while you can.

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I want to draw attention to my friend Kerri’s recent posts on Obstinate Hope. We’re supposed to be sharing blogging duties, but she’s obviously carrying me. Her Easter post is wonderful, but her Velveteen Rabbit post put into words things I’ve felt for a long time, but couldn’t pin down. She’s a marvelous writer – truly blessed!

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Gotta go now – I get to go babysit!! I hate that it takes a friend of mine getting sick for me to get some baby snuggles, but I’ll take them whenever I can get them!!

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My Own March Madness

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I spent last weekend at my mom’s in Lexington, leaving my husband and son stranded at home without transportation. They promptly turned it into a party with a bunch of John’s band friends sleeping over and playing computer games until the wee hours of the morning.

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 I, on the other hand, got to spend time with my mom and step-dad, and have dinner with my step-brother and his family. His little girl is simply adorable. We were in a packed restaurant, and every table this toddler walked past suddenly went silent. They stopped eating and just stared at her with goofy grins on their faces. She’s that cute. And to push me into cuteness overload there were two adorable puppies at the Nerium party Sunday! One golden-doodle ( I’ve been nursing a bad case of doodle fever for a while now) and a Saint Bernard puppy so new he still had puppy breath! My husband had to talk me out of my tree when I got home, because I was totally ready to go over our two-dog limit!

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It’s been many years since I lived in Lexington, and I’d forgotten one of the cardinal rules: Make no plans during March Madness, or if you must, then plan then around the Kentucky games. The whole tournament in Lexington is like Derby Week here in Louisville!

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My good friend Kerri and I talked on the phone for the very first time this week! We’ve been close friends for years, but have never met in real life, and probably won’t since we met because we both have chronic health conditions. We’d been part of a team of writers on a spiritual blog, but the blog owner unexpectedly decided to go solo, so we decided to launch our own blog, Obstinate Hope, because we both felt the need to have an outlet other than our personal blogs for our exclusively spiritual posts. We’re just getting started, so drop by and say Hi when you can!

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Another friend’s father passed away this week after a very long, very intense battle with cancer. She and her family are, of course, drained in every aspect of the word. Please keep Laurie in your prayers as she and her family mourn and begin re-building their lives.

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You may have noticed pictures on Instagram, Twitter, or FaceBook with the hashtag #happyacts. All that was leading up to today, the International Day of Happiness. LiveHappy is a company created by Nerium. Why? Because evidently it wasn’t enough to help people have healthier, more beautiful skin; to give them a chance at financial freedom; to give 30% of their profits to cancer research; and to donate over a million dollars a year to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They want everyone to be happy, too. I adore their magazine – it’s one of the smaller perks of being a Brand Partner, but one of my personal favorites. Check out LiveHappy‘s site to learn more about today’s festivities!

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And I know you’re probably just sick of me gushing about how much I love Nerium, what a wonderful group of people they are, and how incredible it is to be part of what they’re doing, but get used to it! The popularity of Nerium is spreading like wildfire (because it works and it’s easy!) and I don’t want anyone to miss the boat. Contact me via the little email icon in the upper right corner, take a look at the products, prices, and special offers for new Brand Partners through the link in my footer. Satisfy your curiosity, because this could be your Microsoft moment!

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If You Send a Mom an Email . . .

I’m linking up again to Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop. I had planned to use a completely different prompt, but this is the week for this one. I receive a lot of emails. This week I got a very helpful one from a teacher, one that expressed my thoughts better than I could have from a friend, and a couple that disturbed me more each time I read them.
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If you send a mom an email, you should read it carefully first.

Because  the mom reads emails carefully.

And sometimes the mom wonders if the content of the email was insulting, or if she is just being sensitive. After all, she was just one of several people it was sent to.

Then the mom will probably forward the email to a trusted friend or two, to get their impression.

The mom’s friends will probably rant and rave, and agree whole-heartedly about the insult being obvious and serious.

They will disagree about the plan of action,

which means the mom will have to re-charge her phone.

Then the mom will respond privately to the email politely and concisely, because she’s a well-brought-up-Southern-girl and that’s the appropriate thing to do

even though some of the other suggestions were tempting.

After that, the mom (and everyone else who was sent the original email) will receive a response in which the mom is mentioned by name.

And it will become clear that the polite and concise email was not clear enough.

Then the mom will text another mom who got the same emails.

And that mom will probably be upset.

After a little while the second mom will email a response to the sender.

And that email will be polite and very well-written, but it will make her response crystal clear.

Then the mom will carefully remove any connection to the sender from her Social Media profiles

while drinking wine.

And then she just might post about it.

So next time you send a mom an email, you’d better read it carefully first :)

 

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