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Counting Every Blessing Scooters and Award Ceremonies

This week I am learning how to break the shackles of guilt and shame. I am relearning the importance of pouring out my heart to God in prayer. I am learning to live like I am loved. These are steps that I take on my journey of walking in freedom. Free is my #oneword for 2018.    I am thankful that my children love their new scooters that my brother and sister-in-law gave them for Christmas. I am thankful for the opportunity to take my children for scooter rides each of the days this long weekend.     My Princess and Little Man both made Honor Roll. I am so proud of them.      I found the card game spoons in the dollar aisle of the store last weekend. I had a fun evening teaching my children how to play spoons.I am thankful for a fun plan B, of buying a pint of ice cream from a corner store, when we found the ice cream shop we were planning on going to closed.I had a nice talk with my sister.My Princess loves dogs. She asked me to take a picture of her with a neighbor's dog th…
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UncategorizedOctober 30, 20181 Minute

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