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  1. Taryl, he is precious. Praying for you both. And for the rest of your family. 💙 I had really been hoping and praying for another week.
  2. JoAnns Fabric usually has buttons like that. I have no idea what they are called!
  3. Is there a 24 hour gym in your area? We have a couple small ones that are I my staffed during daytime hours, but you get a keycard so you can access it 24-7. Maybe you could work out when the healthy kids are sleeping? This sounds like a difficult situation, I’m sorry.
  4. I go hiking but have found spin (cycling) classes to be helpful in the past. Maybe some sort of intense exercise class could work for you? Would an escape like going to a movie or going to dinner with a friend help? I mean it isn’t intense, but could be a temporary distraction.
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    Bubble mailers

    Do you have grocery stores in the area that accepts plastic bags to recycle? I found out I can take my bubble mailers to Kroger with sacks. Only the type that are all plastic, if it’s a paper one lined with bubble wrap it has to go in the trash. I try to reuse them instead of recycling though, it just isn’t always possible.
  6. Just caught up on this thread. Saying a prayer for all the Australian boardies and for your country.
  7. Thanks for this recommendation, bought it and have spent Christmas break reading through it. I’m not sure if my 7 year old is dyslexic, but this has been helpful.
  8. Saying a prayer for you and your little baby.
  9. I have read many books that would fit what you are looking for, but I read most before I really started tracking my reading about 9 or 10 years ago. Here is a few that I have read more recently. Fiction: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. O Pioneer or My Antonia are great too. Really, I enjoy most of Willa Cather’s writings. Non-Fiction: Trials of the Earth: the True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton. One of the few pioneer stories that I have read that is set further south. For a sad but true tale, The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin. I read this a few years ago and only rated it 3/5 stars although I don’t remember why I gave it that rating. The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (might be a bit too recent for what you are thinking). There are many great picture books on Native Americans that I have picked up for my kids at different museum gift shops. One of the best bookstores I found for these types of books was at Wall Drug in South Dakota, but their inventory does not appear to be online. Here are some links to gift shops I have visited in the last couple of years that had a good selection of books that focus on Native Americans or Pioneers. Mesa Verde National Park South Dakota Art Museum Crazy Horse Memorial I’m sure there are many other great artists but Harvey Dunn is a South Dakota artist known for depicting pioneer settlers.
  10. Giants of the Earth is one of my all time favorite books.
  11. Our library has a service called Freegal, you can download a certain number of songs for free each week. Your library may have something similar.
  12. This is a fantastic idea! I currently have plenty of bags but I’ll remember this for next time I see them.
  13. When I was growing up each kid had one gigantic bag from my grandparents and one from my parents. My mom didn’t put ours out until Christmas Eve. Grandma always tied them a special way to prevent snooping. I think it’s more likely that if we snooped, she would know rather than the knot prevented us from snooping. I hate knowing what my presents are ahead of time so I never snooped.
  14. It’s really cute! I’m excited for her and for you.
  15. My 12 year old enjoys How I Built This, Freakonomics, Ted Radio hour, Radiolab. I wouldn’t say all episodes are interesting to him and since they are geared toward adults occasionally there is discussion of topics that may make some families uncomfortable to share with their kids. I remember one particular story on HIBT where a successful person discussed in some detail past drug addiction and it was just a little more detailed than I thought my son was ready for. YMMV I have a friend who is a Colonel in the Army, he recommended Intelligence Matters. I have listened to a couple episodes with my son, one was the 9/11 episode. It probably only appeals to certain people but it is well done.
  16. I thought this dog was a stuffed animal, what a cute dog!
  17. Rachel


    I’m so sorry! I will say a prayer for you and your kids.
  18. Hahaha! I don’t know. It’s a fake tree and we set it up one day, did the lights the next, and then the kids decorated the third day. We have a pretty open house so we shut off the living room as best we could until I was sure he wouldn’t destroy it. We do crate him when we are gone and occasionally the tail goes crazy near the tree but he hasn’t hurt it yet. Ps we have two cats and a beagle mix too. The beagle(normally not a chewer) has eaten one non food present but the cats haven’t bothered with tree at all.
  19. Yuck! I’m sorry, but I’m glad it sounds like he should be ok.
  20. @sassenachhe is handsome! Did you get him about this time last year? I remember someone getting a black lab about a month after we got our chocolate but I can’t remember if that was you.
  21. Yes I would and I have. Our neighbor girls brought over a tin the other day. I think it’s a low stress way to meet the neighbors if you don’t know them and it’s a nice project to do with your kids.
  22. At first glance mom reminds me of a lab mix. Both dogs also look like they have some sort of pointer in them to me. My friend has an English and a German shorthair, I see a bit of their characteristics in the parents. They both look like mixes to me and in my very limited experience, puppies of mixes make great dogs. It helps that you can ask the owners what the parents personalities are like.
  23. That’s a good description. We say Boone is the bull in the China shop. He seems to have no idea what his limbs are doing most of the time.
  24. We have an beagle mix we got as an older dog and he is so good with kids. He’s really quiet and chill which possibly comes from whatever he’s mixed with. He does randomly get into trouble though, last week he ate a bag of grapes which required an emergency visit to the vet.
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