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About Sparkle

  • Birthday November 27

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    Mother of 2 sons (18 and 16) and 2 daughters (13 and 11). In our 13th year of homeschooling.
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    Reading, gardening, 4-H, crocheting, sewing, volunteer work.
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    Homemaker, homeschooler, Orthodox church member.

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  1. Aw, look at that perfect little face...so sweet! Congratulations! I like her name, too.
  2. My dh loves that book. I can't tell you how many copies of it he's bought, as he is always loaning it out, forgetting who he loaned it to, and then buying another one. Rinse, repeat. I used to play the piano and recorder, and sing in choir. Haven't done those since I had kids. Maybe some day I will again. I've kind of moved on to other things though, so I don't feel too bad about it.
  3. I literally just posted about my candy making fail on my blog. It was the first time I tried making honey lollipops. I thought those were the stickiest things ever, but it sounds like marshmallows win. And just to make you feel better...last year I asked my ds (15 at the time) to boil some water while I ran out to the store to buy more chicken. When I came back 15 minutes later there was all this smoke in the house and a burning smell. DS is sitting playing computer games unconcernedly. I'm like, WTH?! I went into the kitchen and he had turned on the wrong burner, which had a pot lid sitting on it. The lid was on fire. End result: one ruined lid, and some burned spots on the linoleum floor where I set the lid to get it off the stove. Yeah. Nice.
  4. Lots of great charities mentioned here, I will add one more I like...Catholic Near East Welfare Association - assists people in many locations. You can pick the area specifically (Palestine is one) or by type of project.
  5. Oh, yay, how exciting! Congratulations on your girl! You are having them in the same order I did...two boys first and then a girl (and then another girl, LOL). So sweet about your son wanting a sister.
  6. Another vote for Speed Queen. I bought mine locally. I had a Kenmore HE top loader previously and HATED it. Love my Speed Queen.
  7. John Denver was my very first concert. I think I was 15. I don't like it when people bring their dogs into stores. I don't like sushi. Raw tomatoes are icky. I don't think children will be traumatized if they don't get gifts for Christmas.
  8. I would argue that he *did* slow down, and that it would have been unsafe to change lanes. I really dislike this law - usually by the time you can see an accident or what you have, you don't have time to react and switch lanes. I had a friend who was able to argue a ticket in court and she wasn't able to get it dismissed but she did get to perform community service rather than pay a fee, so maybe that's an option, although obviously not ideal.
  9. I'm so sorry, Suzanne. I'm sure you made the right decision, but it is so hard to lose a pet. They really are members of the family. :grouphug:
  10. So, in my quick Google research, it looks like they cannot accept any form of cash, and gifts must have a value of less than $20, unless they are to be shared by the whole branch. Gift cards - it's a little wishy-washy...one says no gift cards, the other says no gift cards that can be exchanged for cash. Hmmm, I will have to think about this one.
  11. I was wondering the same thing. I know there are rules about what they can and can't accept. I do want to give our mail carrier something this year - he's done a really great job.
  12. I am just finally getting a chance to say thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes. I had a very nice birthday. We drove down to my sister's for Thanksgiving, and I spent part of the day cooking, and then I had a yummy Thai dinner and a brownie sundae from Sonic. I also got some great gifts from my sisters and aunt. It was a very blessed birthday and Thanksgiving.
  13. Our library allows us to "link" our cards, so that we can check out books on each others' cards. If you're not linked, they won't do it.
  14. So I got two scarves, and part of a third, done over Thanksgiving vacation. I'm also going to be making some honey lollipops this week. I may try experimenting with different flavorings and see which I like best.
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