30 September 2011

Counting my Blessings

I'm counting my blessings today as I sit with a swollen left cheek from yesterday's surgery.

My first blessing is to the little girl who made me a mommy.  My Julia is such a blessing.  She is so bright.  She asks so many questions, and she really cares about the answers.

She knows what she wants and has her own idea of how to get it.  She knows exactly what she'd like to do at each point of our day, and I love how she plans things and looks forward to them. She definitely got that trait from me!  We are born planners!

My second blessing is my little man, Mark.  Mark wants to be so much like his daddy, from wearing ties, to pretending he's shaving, to putting on daddy's shoes.

Mark is such a blessing because he is Mr. Mellow, and he loves to laugh and make all of us laugh.

Mark is awesome because he is super tickilish and when he gets tickled his laugh is very contagious.  He's a ball to play with.

Mark is going to be a great guy some day, he is taught how to treat ladies, and be polite, and chivalry is not dead in this house.  Mark knows, "Ladies are first!"  as he waits for Julia to climb into her booster seat and then knows he's next.  I just love this little guy.

My third blessing is the freedom to home school the way that fits our life and our schedule best.  The kids are learning so much, so fast, and it makes me so proud when others make comments and say that the kids speak so well, or they are surprised that they know all their colors, or numbers, etc.

Being able to be a teacher at home is definitely a blessing.

I go at our kid's pace and I do my best to make learning fun and have play dates, field trips, and outings to the library supplement our curriculum and enhance them.  I recently was chatting with another mom at the library who home schools her son and was also previously a classroom teacher, we swapped stories of rude people saying things like, "Aren't you worried about socializing your children?"  REALLY???? Do you send your kids to school to socialize or to learn, because as a classroom teacher we are constantly telling the kids to stop talking so they can listen and learn from us!  My kids socialize at church, at the library, at the park, with our friends, with our family, and both my kids LOVE people.  Sometimes I wonder if these parents who question my parenting think we home school moms stay in our houses all day during the week?

My fourth blessing is the man of my dreams, my John, the love of my life.  Even though this has been a tough week of work and me recovering from surgery John has been there to do breakfast, get the kids dressed, put them to bed at night, and get me jello and yogurt since that's really all I can eat.  Isn't he great?

John is such a blessing to me because he loves me no matter what, my faults and all, and trust me, I have plenty, I will spare you the details but he puts up with me and I love him for it!

My fifth blessing is my buddy from Florida, my Suzette.  Suzette and I have been friends since we were in middle school.  She is such a blessing in my life.  She keeps me grounded in my faith, she's a good listener when I need to talk, and she loves me and my family and shows it in many ways.

I am also so thankful she recently had a safe and happy arrival of her newborn son Ian Gabriel who is doing wonderfully.  Ian is a blessing and we prayed for him even before he was conceived, and we both knew he was a he!  Thank you Lord for healthy babies!

My sixth blessing is my Ladies bible study group that I lead.  It has grown from 17 ladies last year to 30+ this year!

Every Tuesday when I go to teach and pray for and encourage these women in some small way I end up being blessed!

We have been having a ball getting to know each other with ice breaker games, studying God's word, and really trying to reach out to our congregation and community and bless other women! God has been so good to us and continues to give us great idea on how we can be salt and light to the world around us.

My seventh blessing is my Christy!  Christy is truly one of my nearest and dearest best friends who never ceases to pray for me and encourage me.

She will never know how much she means to me.

We are such kindred spirits, and I'm loving being an Auntie to her daughter Lizzy.

Christy and I used to teach at the same school together.  And boy do we know how to laugh!  Christy is the sunshine to any one of my dreary days, she is such a good listener and gives awesome advice.  What a blessing you are to me, sweet Christy!

My eighth blessing is my MOPs group.  (Mothers of Preschoolers) this year I took on a leadership role of planning all the field trips and hosting them!

I also prepare all the icebreakers for our meetings once a month.  It's fun to get to meet and know the new moms in our groups and to connect with them and hopefully build relationships so I can share Christ with them.

Mops is also great for my kids.  Both of my kids go their own separate classes and they love it!  They make new friends at MOPS too!  (see we socialize)

My ninth blessing is going to gymnastics once a week with both kids!  Julia has her own class and Mark and I do a Mommy and me class!  It is great for Mark who was definitely starting to get a bit curious as to what went on in the big gymnasium.  He loves the tumble track, the forward rolls, the parachute and the trampoline.

And have you seen the muscles in Julia's arms and legs?  She is built just like her daddy!  Long and lean and muscular!  Gymnastics has been such a great blessing for our family!

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all...

I'm thankful for my many blessings and for my family that feels oh so complete!

God keep doing what you are doing, because you make all things beautiful and good in your time.

I love you, Lord.


29 September 2011

Blog Hop #19

It's Time to Mingle!

Hosted by All About Being Inspired, Happy Go Lucky, Joy in the Jumble and Keeping Up With Kristi.
Each week we will choose one blog at random to spotlight at the next week's blog hop.
This weeks guest host is Capernaum Home
There are no rules to this blog hop.  Just link up your blog's main page.  Then have fun reading new blogs and making new blog friends.  We would love for you to follow the hostesses in the first four spots and our guest host in the fifth spot.   We always follow back!!

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We hope you have fun and thanks for joining us!  We are so excited to find new blogs, share great ideas, and inspire each other.


28 September 2011

Oral Surgery

Hi All!

I will be away from blog land for a few days due to oral surgery tomorrow morning which will leave me in a bit of pain, and very drugged from the procedure (Apeco).  I'd appreciate your prayers since this has been an ongoing issue since the summer.  I'm anxious to heal, recover, and get things back to normal!  I'm praying that the surgery will go smoothly, and thankful for all the help I will be receiving from friends and family.  I needed a friend to drive me tomorrow, a friend to watch my kids, and my mom to help me after work tomorrow.

Thank goodness for the Jewish holiday this week that allows my mom to be off work so she could help me.  God works all things out!

Please pray for my children as they will be with a sitter (a lovely one!) tomorrow that they obey and get along and cooperate (I know they will, but mommies always worry).

And pray for my father in law, Jack, who has knee surgery tomorrow.  Praying for a speedy and quick recovery for him as well!  Most likely, Lord willing, I will be back on Friday!


27 September 2011

My Case for Kindness

Yes, I am one of those super sensitive people who wears her heart right on her sleeve, but you know what, I love how God has made me.  He has allowed me to feel very deeply about people and to also pick up on cues and be sensitive for others.

I'm one of those women who can be sitting in a room and can determine who is having a great day, who is having an awful day, who needs encouragement, and who needs a good laugh, and somehow God puts people in my life who are not very sensitive and it allows me to grow a tougher skin when needed.

All in all my sensitivity has lead me to believe that being kind is the ultimate to not only building relationships with others, and sharing God's love, but also being allowed to meet so many different people.  I have friends of all races, all backgrounds, all socioeconomic groups, churched, un-churched, and kindness has always been the key factor in being allowed "in" to their lives.

I recently picked up a book called "Random Acts of Kindness" and the stories and quotes that are shared are just awesome.  It was a cute, small little book, that could easily be fit into my purse and be read while the kids are playing at the park, or while John is driving in the car.  The stories are short and the quotes are meaningful.  For the next couple of weeks I'd like to make My Case for Kindness and share some reasons, some stories, some ideas why I feel it is so important to be kind to people.

After all one way for us to give glory to the Lord is to show love for his people.  All people matter to God.  Not just pretty, perfect people, all people.  As a matter of fact, people who can give us nothing back (widows and orphans) are the people that God calls us to bless and show kindness to the most!  I know it's easy to show kindness to those we love naturally, to those who do great things for us, to those who go above and beyond for us, but God calls us to push aside our selfish ways and to be kind to those who are not necessarily kind back to us.

I grew up with my mom always saying, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all."  This little phrase caused me to bite my tongue many a time, especially when I wanted to talk back to my parents or lash out at one of my sisters.  But that phrase is true even today as an adult.  Often times people say things to us and our immediate reaction is to lash out or snap a quick hurtful word back...and many times the best thing to do is to say nothing at all, and walk away from the situation.

"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."  --William Penn

Recently I was in Barnes and Noble purchasing some gifts.  The woman behind the counter was so kind to me.  She was sweet.  She was polite.  She offered to wrap my gifts.  She made a separate transaction just to give me gift receipts.  And the woman behind me in line waited so patiently and smiled and even though I felt bad that I was taking long to get the gift receipts she made me feel it was okay and that she wasn't in a rush.  We even all laughed together because when the cashier asked if she could wrap my gifts I politely declined and said, "Actually I have a theme going for a certain little girl who is about to turn 1, yes I know, I'm one of those neurotic aunties!"  And the woman behind me said, "I"m like that too!"  These women were just so kind to me, and it made my whole experience at the store so pleasant.

Do you ever get antsy, or sigh loudly in line because things are taking too long and you are in a rush?  I know I have, and these ladies taught me a lesson in kindness.  We should all be so kind as to allow people the time they need, and stop being so focused on rushing here and there and forget the importance of people.

"We do not remember days, we remember moments."--Cesare Pavese... Isn't this quote so true?  I know even now looking at my 2 1/2 year old and almost 4 year old, so much time has gone by that I forget all of the hard nitty gritty daily things, but I remember the special moments we spent as a family, or holidays, or milestones, days when we took time to focus on what was really important...people.  It helps me to remember that each day with my kids and my husband, may I be kind so that they remember a happy, loving mommy, who wanted to make life wonderful and meaningful for them.


26 September 2011

Broccoli-Cheddar Quiches

I've been having so much fun cooking in the kitchen lately!

On Saturday, I was in the mood for a quiche for lunch/dinner and (after we got back from the ER and oral surgeon...long story, will explain later) lately cooking, and baking has brought me such peace and calmness.  It's been a joy for me to whip up yummy things, especially baking.

I wanted to make a spinach quiche, but when I looked in our freezer all I had was lots of mixed veggies, and broccoli florets, and I remembered my friend Bianca making her quiche with broccoli so I went online and found a Martha Stewart recipe...Martha used small dishes and made her quiches crustless, but I had some pie crusts in the freezer so I put all the ingredients in a pie crust...and it came out to perfection (I baked for 1 hour at 400 degrees...if you do Martha's crustless version you bake at 350 for 35-40 min).

  • Butter, for ramekins
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli florets
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
  • Crusty bread and mixed salad (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter four 8-ounce ramekins (or a 9-inch pie dish); set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli; cook 1 minute. Drain well; transfer to a cutting board, and blot dry with paper towels. Chop coarsely.
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in broccoli and cheese.
  1. Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Ladle broccoli mixture into ramekins, dividing evenly. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with crusty bread and a mixed-green salad, if desired.

What I love about making a quiche is that it lasts forever in our house.  Because the kids are not huge fans (they will take a few bites), John and I are able to have a piece per sitting and the pie usually lasts about 3 days for us.  It's also an easy, quick heat up breakfast/lunch for John who is always on the run.



23 September 2011

Play-doh Chefs Recipe

This past Saturday we took a family trip with Daddy to the Library!  Our librarian taught us how to make homemade play-doh!

It was so much fun!

Daddy and Mommy had even more fun than Julia and Mark!

The recipe was so easy too!

Ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 cup warm water and food coloring.
1. Mix all the ingredients in large bowl.  Knead with hands.  Add more flour if sticky, add more water if crumbly.  Keep refrigerated in zip lock bag when not in use!
Mark and Julia loved making it and then playing with it.  We made new friends, and we shared all of our colors with the other children.  Each child made a different color and shared.  We even took some home!  It was a great day!

Now you can have the recipe and incorporate it at home, and practice measuring, and mixing colors! Have fun!

****And Congratulations to my friend Suzette, who had a healthy baby boy last night!  Ian was born a little after 11pm and he is 7lbs and 21inches long, and has a head full of dark hair.  He's adorable!  Love and blessings to the Ladouceur family!

****And Happy 25th Birthday to my baby sister Sara!  I love you, sis!


22 September 2011

Blog Hop #18

It's Time to Mingle!

Hosted by All About Being Inspired, Happy Go Lucky, Joy in the Jumble and Keeping Up With Kristi.
Each week we will choose one blog at random to spotlight at the next week's blog hop.
This weeks guest host is Counting by 4

There are no rules to this blog hop.  Just link up your blog's main page.  Then have fun reading new blogs and making new blog friends.  We would love for you to follow the hostesses in the first four spots and our guest host in the fifth spot.   We always follow back!!

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We hope you have fun and thanks for joining us!  We are so excited to find new blogs, share great ideas, and inspire each other.


October Menu

This is a picture of Mark last year, his first time pumpkin picking, isn't he a pumpkin???

It was a cold, Fall, day and I just came back from a women's retreat and we decided to take the kids out to a hay ride and pumpkin picking trip at Cheese-quake farms, it was really fun!

Fall is a great time for green veggies, warm soups, and yummy home made breads and stews!

Here's a peak at what will be cooking in my oven this October.  If I've posted about a recipe on the blog I will link it to the title of the recipe!  And each week there is one night that is a leftover night...I'm realizing that though I love to cook, we sometimes don't have room to eat it all in one or two nights, and starting next month I might do 2 leftover nights a week because I don't want to be wasteful!

1-Broccoli Rabe and White Bean Stoup: recipe 
2-Soup Leftovers and salad
3-Almond crusted salmon
4-Mexican Meatball soup
5-Leftover night
6-Meatless shepherd's pie
7-Pizza night (women's retreat)
8-women's retreat (daddy is the chef)
9-women's retreat (daddy is the chef)
10-Roasted Turkey with gravy
11-Turkey Tetrazzini: recipe
13-Broccoli and Cheese soup: recipe
14-chicken Parmesan
15-spaghetti and salad
16-leftover night
17-Mediterranean Grilled chicken
18-Chicken Caesar salad
19-leftover night
20-Ginger Beef Stir fry
21-Stir fry and rice
22-Crock pot: Peppered pot roast
23-leftover night
24-Minestrone soup: crock pot
25-soup and salad
26-Bowtie pasta and salmon
27-leftover night
28-Taco Salad
29-Peach Chutney Pork Roast
30-Pork and Rice
31-South Western Beef Stew

Happy Fall!!!


21 September 2011

The Essential Father/Bringing Up Boys

The statistics in this chapter made me cry.  It is so sad to see so many boys struggle through life because they have no father, no father figure, or a Dad who is unavailable or not involved in their life.

Reading this chapter made me thank God for a godly husband who loves his children, who has made a covenant to stay with his wife, and to be involved in his children's lives.

Did you know that in America only 34% of all children born in America will live with both biological parents through age 18? Only 34%.

Did you know that in the 1990s there was a report entitled Code Blue that examined the general health of adolescents in the US and their report was this: "Never before has one generation of American teenagers been less healthy, less cared for, or less prepared for life." (of course it is even worse today in 2011)

Did you know that 70% of black babies and 19% of white babies are born out of wedlock?  Most will never know their fathers or experience what it means to be loved by them...no wonder boys are in such a mess today!

Since so many fathers are not at home, this means many mothers must take their role and work outside of the home which means, nobody's home to invest in these children's lives.

Here are some more important facts about how important the role of a father is:

* there is an undeniable linkage between fathers and babies beginning at birth
*infants as young as 6 weeks old can tell the difference between mommy and daddy's voice
*By 8 weeks babies can distinguish between their mother's and father's caretaking methods
*infants are born with a drive to find and connect to their fathers.  As they begin to speak their word for father often precedes their word for mother.  The reasons for this are unknown...
*Toddlers are especially obvious in their assertions of fatherneed: they will seek out their father, ask for him when he's not present, be fascinated when he talks to them on the phone, and investigate every part of his body if allowed
*"Teenagers express fatherneed in yet more complex ways, competing with their father and confronting his values, beliefs, and of course, his limits.  For so man sons and daughters, it is only at the death of the father that they discover the intensity and longevity of their fatherneed, especially when it has gone begging."

Having two toddlers myself, I definitely see how much my kids miss their dad throughout the day and just NEED to be near him when he gets home for work.

I have found that it is my job as mommy to build up daddy by my words and actions even when he is at work.

*We talk about how hard daddy works to provide for us.
*We praise how much he loves us and does great things for us.
*We thank him for fixing things around the house, or making a great red sauce, or just for spending all day with us.
*When daddy isn't home we still talk about him, and how he loves us, and why he works so hard for us.
*I even tell Mark and Julia that daddy works two jobs for us so that mommy can stay home all day and take care of you!

I also have noticed how the kids just want to be near him, hug him, and want his attention when he gets home.  I've stopped trying to compete by sharing what's on my mind (I can talk to him when they are in bed) and let the kids have that quality time with dad.  Mark loves for John to pick him up and hold him, and Julia loves for daddy to see her color or dress up.

I've also seen how the kids marvel at John when he shaves, or puts a hat on or wears cologne!  Julia and Mark will say, "Dad, you smell good! or Dad, you look handsome!"

I've always know the father/daughter bond is special because I adore my dad, but I didn't realize how powerful and how needed a father is to a son (I guess I never thought about it since I'm a girl) but this chapter 5 by Dr. Dobson drove home the fatherneed each boy has...

"Dr. William Pollock, a Harvard psychologist and author of Real Boys concludes that divorce is difficult for children of both sexes but it is devastating for males.  He says the basic  problem is the lack of discipline and supervision in the father's absence and his unavailability to teach what it means to be a man.  He believes fathers are crucial in helping boys manage their emotions.  Without guidance and discretion of a father, a boy's frustrations often leads to violence or antisocial behavior."

When boys are asked who their hero is, many will say, "My dad."  "On the other hand, when a father is uninvolved, when he doesn't love or care for his kids, it creates an ache, a longing, that will linger for decades...

Thank you to all the dads out there who are involved, love their kids, care for them, provide for them and pour and invest in them daily, and to those of us moms who have husbands like that let us remember to say "thank you" and to be reminded of how lucky we are to have them in our life.


20 September 2011


Home is when we are together...relaxing.

Home is when I feel comfortable and safe and can 'let my hair down'.

Home is when the Macintosh Apple Yankee candle is burning and I'm fast asleep on the couch during nap time.

Home is when I cuddle a little person once they wake up from nap time.

Home is when you can smell garlic and sauce even before you open the door.

Home is when you've gone Apple Picking and you bake an apple crisp with the family.

Home is when I'm on a date night, with my guy, and loving every minute of the alone time, the laughter, the inside jokes, and the feel of his hand on mine.

Home is walking into the library and holding Julia's hand, and Mark's hand at the same time and we are all excited for what we will learn that day.

Home is making a Chicken Pot Pie (click here for Suzette's recipe) for the man that you love because he had a tough day at work, text him a picture of the finished product and get a text back that says, "Oh Sweet Baby!"

Home is staying up later than normal because Daddy's not home yet, and I can't sleep without a good night kiss, mommy! (Julia is really getting daddy wrapped around her finger!)

Home is hearing your kids sing to you on your birthday and having them 'help' you blow out your candles.

Home is letting your mom spoil you even though you are 33 years old.

Home is being happy in your skin because you know that God has great things in store for you.

Home is being happy regardless of how you feel (yucky root canal) because you know God works all things together for your good.

Home is your best friend bringing you over a meal just because she loves you and wants to help you in any way possible.

Home is all your favorite people in one room, and a lot of laughter and noise going on.

Home is shelter, love, protection, safety, hugs, smiles, good food, good smells, warm apple crisp, and a bit of coffee to wash it all down.

What is home to you?
Apple Crisp Recipe

***Bringing Up Boys will be moved to Wednesdays now that I've started Ladies Bible Study this year! Please pray for each woman who comes that she is blessed, prayed for, encouraged, and ready to give God her all!

19 September 2011

I'd Choose You

Julia and I enjoy "Girl Time" at nap time and just before bed, we talk about our day, we plan what we will do when we wake up, and we read books.

Julia's Godmommy, Christy W., gave us a boat load of books that she used to read to her kids when they were little (we really hit the jack pot!)

And one of those books is called: I'd Choose You by John Trent.

This book is wonderful!  It's about an elephant who has an awful day at school, and how momma elephant makes him feel better and special again.  It's also about passing on a positive Blessing to your children each day, something I'm very BIG on, because our words to our children are so powerful.

Click here to read about The Blessing Challenge post I did recently.

Click here to read the post about Girl Time with Julia.

Each evening John and I read books to the kids and pray over them.  This is a great time to also put your hands on your child and bless them.  Here is an example of a blessing that Dr. John Trent wrote (I used Julia and Mark's name instead of his children's names):

"Lord may you bless Julia and Mark, today.  May you help them to know how much you love them and what a wonderful future you have for them.  Thank you for all the warmth and love you've put in their lives, and how kind and strong they're both becoming.  And Lord may they always know that we love them...and that out of all the kids in the world-we'd choose them. Amen."
Deuteronomy 7:6 "For you are a people holy to the Lord your God.  The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the people on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession."

And to all of you wonderful readers out there, you are just as special, and you have a great future ahead of you!  Keep seeking the Lord, and keep trusting that He has great plans for you even when you can't see them up ahead, remember, faith is believing without seeing.


16 September 2011

Turkey Tetrazzini

Fall is here!

Today (Friday AM) I woke up to cool, crisp air and sunshine!  I love Fall days like this!  Can't wait to go to the park at some point today and ride our bikes (we now have helmets for the kids...I didn't realize that they are so expensive so we had to shop around first, we decided on Walmart!)

Last week I switched some meals around in my September calendar to fit what we already had in the house, and to fit what my mouth could handle (still struggling with root canal pain).  I decided on adding some healthy meals from the Healthy Family Meal book I got from the library (click here to check out that post).

Here is a new recipe I added, it was an involved meal (kind of like a shepherd's pie type meal with lots of different things going on but all ending up in the same dish for baking at the end) but the kids LOVED it and so did John and I, so it will definitely be used again, probably in November!

Turkey  Tetrazzini

4 ounces dried whole-wheat spaghetti
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 ounces of zucchini cut crosswise in 1/4 inch slices...about 2 cups
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp pepper
1 10 ounce can low fat condensed cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cup fat free milk
12 ounces of turkey meat cut into cubes (1 turkey breast)
1/4 cup panko
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350, spray square 8 inch pan with cooking spray.
2. Prepare pasta according to the package directions and strain and set aside.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Add oil, and onion for about 3 min until it softens.
4. Stir in the zucchini and cook for 3 min.  Sprinkle with garlic, nutmeg, and pepper, keep stirring and cook for 2 more minutes.
5. Stir in soup and milk and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 3 minutes and then remove from heat.
6. Stir in turkey and pasta, and spoon into the baking pan.
7.  In a small bowl stir together the panko and parmesan and sprinkle over the pasta dish.  Lightly spray the top with cooking spray.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the pasta is bubbly and the top is browned!


Have a great weekend!  I can't wait to have some family time at the Library on Saturday where the kids will be making their own play-dough since it's National Play-dough month!!!!


15 September 2011

Blog Hop #17

It's Time to Mingle!

Hosted by All About Being Inspired, Happy Go Lucky, Joy in the Jumble and Keeping Up With Kristi.
Each week we will choose one blog at random to spotlight at the next week's blog hop.

This weeks guest host is Daes of Our Lives

DAES of Our Lives 
There are no rules to this blog hop.  Just link up your blog's main page.  Then have fun reading new blogs and making new blog friends.  We would love for you to follow the hostesses in the first four spots and our guest host in the fifth spot.   We always follow back!!

Grab our button if you want to share our blog hop with others.  There will be a new list every Thursday, so be sure to come back every week.

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