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It's official. Baby J. is an official, legally-approved-and-signed-off-on member of our family!
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Per People Magazine website, Jensen and Danneel are expecting!

Baby on the way for Jensen Ackles
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Last year, George started digging out a space for a patio. Motivation was hard, though, and we've had a hole in the yard for almost a year.

Then this past week, friends from our Life Group joined forces and helped him build the patio. It was almost done when he met me in WV to bring me home from a week in Ohio.

When we got home, he took me out back to show me the progress, and . . .

It was finished. Done. With a pot of mums and a b-day card for George.

We are going to christen the patio with George's 50th b-day this weekend. Woohoo!

(Now it just needs tiki lights and a fire pit. *nods*)

Me spinning with delight on the the new patio:

patio

Now I can have pots of herbs on the patio, and a patio peach tree. Whee!
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Two cute things have happened to me recently.

Boy #1 )

Boy #2 )
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Fandom )

Went to a jewelry party last night. This is not your average home party plan jewelry party. This jewelry is all unique and handmade by my former boss's best friend. No two pieces are alike. I bought a garnet piece several years ago, and it's one of my go-to pieces that I absolutely love. Last night I bought a strand of multi-colored pearls and an "energy" piece (for lack of a better name), pearl with a swirling ceramic pendant.

I'm hoping that the next time Former Boss has such a party, that there will be a piece such that I described to Jewelry Maker.

Favorite color )

It's a gorgeous day today. And here it is, 2:00pm, and I've frittered away so much of the day that I'm still in my pj's.

Oy.
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Merry Christmas, one and all! May you have a joyous day celebrated with family, friends, food, fun, and faith.

If you happen to be in the midst of celebrating the Festival of Lights, a Happy Hanukkah to you.

If this is not your day to celebrate, may your day still be filled with happiness, friendship, peace, and love.

This is the illustration the minister used as the centerpiece of our Christmas Eve homily. It is a dramatized account of something that really happened. Heartwarming and thought provoking. Peace be with you.

Last year's illustration still holds particular meaning to me as George and I continue our adoption journey.

And now I must go make ganache for the peppermint ice cream torte for today's luncheon.

May the Spirit of Joy CASCADE MAJESTICALLY through your day.
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Hail, hail! The Word made flesh.
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
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Tonight Geo and I went out to our favorite "special occasion" restaurant. I had a gift certificate, so we went out to celebrate his getting to go to work on Mondays.

This place is delightful. The atmosphere is very classy, mellow, and relaxing. The food is very good. And as I told Geo, if I were single and a cougar, I'd have to make a comment about the wait staff as well. He laughed. But seriously, the service is always outstanding. It almost makes you self-conscious when you're used to eating at really casual family restaurants.
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Merry Christmas, one and all.

And if this is not your day to celebrate, may you have a happy day nonetheless.

May your day be safe and happy, spent in the warmth of those dear to you, because we are not meant to be alone.

A story from Christmas Eve service )

As my late Aunt J often signed her e-mails . . .

May the Spirit of Joy CASCADE MAJESTICALLY through your day.
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Oh, my word, you guys. I just made the most amazing soup for dinner tonight. You know how last week I mentioned having pumpkin soup and how finding a comparable recipe was my new culinary quest? You guys. Here's what I found.

Well, first of all, I found pumpkinsoup.org. Everything you wanted to know about pumpkin soup but didn't know to ask. Lots of interesting recipes there of varying levels of complexity.

But that's not where I got tonight's dinner from.

No, one of my newest go-to sites for recipes (I also subscribe to the hard copy magazine) is the Southern Living website. Being from Ohio, I also try to find things on the Midwest Living website, but nine times out of ten, I like the Southern Living recipes better. (If I want Midwestern recipes, I usually head to the church/fundraiser cookbooks from back home.) The trick is to watch your fat ingredients, because if there's one thing Southerners like to cook with, it's fat.

But I digress.

Tonight's dinner was originally printed in the October 1997 issue of Southern Living.

Pumpkin-Corn Chowder

I used 1 cup of half-and-half and 1 cup of 1% milk in place of the 2 cups of half-and-half. And you could use vegetable bouillon cubes or other vegetarian bouillon for a vegetarian variation.

A mild, creamy soup to warm your tummy on a cold winter evening. And delightfully easy, because if you are what you eat, then I'm fast, cheap, and easy.

Also of note: Today I started burning my favorite Christmas fragrance candle. Yankee Candle's Sugared Plum (which they have since repackaged under a different name and color). I've used this fragrance for years, for as far back in our marriage as either Geo or I can remember. It's a warm, comforting fragrance that makes me content and nostalgic at the same time. It smells like Christmas at home.
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Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his*
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

* Psalm 100:3 Or
and not we ourselves

May your day be filled with family, friends, food, and fun. Wherever you are, whoever you might be, take a moment to count your blessings and be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Today is many things . . .

First and foremost to me is it's my and Geo's 12th anniversary.

Second, my LJ calendar thingy tells me it's [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen's b-day. Happy B-Day! And many more!

Third, it's Veteran's Day here in the US, which means federal holiday tomorrow remembering our veterans, which means Geo gets the day off. So we're going to take some time and actually, like, spend more than just an evening together.

Methinks I'll be back later with a post not about the "10 things that make me happy" but with a post of good things that have happened recently.

On a related note, unpasteurized, hardened (but not alcoholic) cider is a gift from God.

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