Most Likely to Get Married and Move to Illinois

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Most Likely to Get Married and Move to Illinois

Dating for me was never easy. Heck, it was practically non-existent for several years. Not easy would have been preferable to nothing.  It wasn’t that I didn’t try to meet men. I did, but with no success. The fact that I’m an introvert combined with my career field (education) limited my opportunities. I hoped to stumble into a fabulous man at the grocery store. That never happened. In July 2007, I traveled to southern California with a teacher friend, Meyin, who would be getting married right after I flew back home to Florida. (It was a last-minute decision on her and

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Sunday Summary: Christmas Edition

Sunday Summary: Christmas Edition

It is hard for me to believe that Christmas Day has passed, and we are about to welcome in 2014. Time does move rather quickly. Too quickly at times. This week was no exception. Early in the week my husband and I busied ourselves with preparations for Christmas Day. We had wrapping and cooking to do. I had planned on baking more cookies, but found myself lacking the motivation to do so. I never did make more cookies, candies or even Christmas pies. Even the Jesus birthday cake we ate was a cheat. It was store-bought.  The day after Christmas

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Saying Goodbye

As a child, I grew up saying goodbye often. My dad was in the Air Force, and we moved often. By the time I was 10, I had moved 7 times. I learned at an early age how to say goodbye. At least those goodbyes, as a child, had the potential to not be forever goodbyes. There was always the hope of maintaining a friendship (although that only happened once).  As I got older, I kept moving and got quite good at saying goodbye to friends as I moved onto a new challenge in a new place. The goodbyes never brought

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A Day at the Zoo

Ginny, Grace (she’s in the carrier), and I at the zoo! I love going to the zoo! As I mentioned once before, I especially love the St. Louis Zoo! It is a great zoo, that is constantly evolving, and it is free. What makes the zoo even better is the fact that I live within 2 hours of the zoo now. For a Midwesterner, driving 2 hours to do something for a day is nothing. We go on those types of road trips in a heartbeat. Recently, I found myself craving the zoo. Yes, craving. Constant thoughts of the zoo kept

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Adventure at the Zoo

I enjoy living in the Midwest. The temperatures are perfect, except summer when I’m miserable and hot. 🙂  The only big downside to living up here is that it puts me 1,000 miles away from my immediate family who all still live in Florida (I moved back up here over 3 years ago when I married my DH).  I’m lucky that I have mobile parents who do come up to visit us fairly regularly. We try to make a trip down to Florida every 9-12 months or so. So, basically, we only see my sister, her husband, and my niece

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I Want Some Gooey Goodness

One of my favorite treats growing up was Gooey Butter Cake. When Mom would bake it, it was a happy day at home for all. We all loved it. It wasn’t until I got older that I discovered that the rest of the world had not heard of this sweet, delicious treat. Gooey Butter Cake is a St. Louis treat. If you are not from St. Louis, then it is likely that you have never had it unless you know someone from the area or have a friend who is friends or family with someone from St. Louis. It is

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Family visits

I have moved about 24 times in my life thus far.  In my first 10 years of life, I moved 7 times.  My dad was active duty in the U.S. Air Force.  For our family, visits to and from family was quite rare–maybe once a year when we were actually stateside.  However, for nearly 6 of those 10 years we lived in Germany.  We did have family visit us a few times, but not repeated trips and nor once a year, for understandable reasons. My dad went from active duty to the National Guard for a variety of reasons when

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