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I just have to share this with you.

A group of my sweet girlfriends and I have started an email circle to share recipes, thoughts, and scripture. For some reason, Thursday seems to be the day we all find the time to sit down in front of the computer. I think it’s because it takes us Mamas so long to recover from the weekend and the tornadic (is that a word?) mess it creates in our houses and lives.

Or maybe it’s just because we like Thursday.

Or because Thursday starts with a T.

As this email circle has evolved, we’ve started calling it Thankful Thursday. Pretty catchy, huh? We’re super swanky that way.

For just 3 easy payments of $29.95, you can be super swanky too!

Not really, but I take PayPal in case you want to try it out anyway.

I’m thinking that in addition to emailing my girlies, I’ll post my Thankful Thursday stuff here too. See, I want you to be super swanky. Aren’t you glad?

Here we go-

Today I am thankful for…

easy mornings with my Little Dude.

quiet coffee time before my day begins.

a shower alone.

a hug and a kiss goodbye from my Big Dude who isn’t too old and cool to kiss his Mama just yet.

text messages from the bus stop.

“I miss you” text messages from The Mister.

my sweet fury friend who thinks she’s my shadow.

the new stove that will replace the ’76 model that burns everything I cook.

the unrushed time with a busy family doctor last week.

prayers that are answered quickly and prayers that take a while but help us grow in love and patience.

the daily reminders from my Savior that He knows me and loves me.

The scripture that’s speaking to me today is-

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

My recipe for today is for homemade laundry detergent! This is not my recipe. I’m not sure who came up with it as it was passed to me from another frugal friend. Whoever thunk this peach up deserves something super awesome. It’s TheBomb.com. No lie.

Super-Duper Homemade Laundry Detergent

1- 4lb box Borax

1- 4lb box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1- 4lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

2- small containers OxyClean (save the scoops for the detergent!)

3- bars Fels Naptha, grated

1- small container Purex Crystals (optional, used for scent only)

Combine all ingredients in a trash bag to make mixing easier. Dump detergent into a 2.5 gallon or larger bucket or container. Use 1-3 scoops per load.

This stuff is seriously amazing. Your laundry is clean and smells great for much less than the big brands. This even gets that ‘man smell’ out of The Mister’s uniforms. And because you use so little per load it lasts forever! All of the ingredients should be found on the laundry soap isle at your local WalMart and should cost around $20-25.

Let me know if you try it out and how you like it!

That’s all, folks! If you’d like to participate in Thankful Thursday, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for today. Plus, it’ll do your heart good to be reminded of all there is to be thankful for.

Love&Hugs Lovebirds!

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Who sent their precious babylove back to school yesterday? Who dreamed all summer long about the first day of school? Who wallowed in self pity once the first day of school arrived?

This Mama, that’s who.

It’s tough watching your sweet little guy turn into a too-cool-for-school sixth grader! And starting a brand new school to boot!

Every year I force him to take a First Day of School photo. This year was certainly no exception! He’s still being a good sport which tells me that we haven’t really hit the ‘my-mom-is-SO-lame’ years.


Hambone couldn’t stand not being in front of the camera. At least when Garrett decides I’m lame, Eli will be right behind him, eager to oblige my overly enthusiastic photography skills.

Look at him! He’s growing into such a wonderful young man. And this Mama is feeling O-L-D. Its hard to digest the knowledge that we have a sixth grader. Of course, I can’t think about having a sixth grader without thinking about the short time we’ve had this super fantastic kid in our lives and how much smaller our time ‘left’ with him is.

When the day comes for his first day of college, you can bet your sweet tea that I’ll make him take a First Day photo. And I’ll enjoy every minute between now and then.

Happy 2012 School Year, Lovebirds!

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