Star and Geli These Days

Hey, Siestas! Thank you so much for all those wonderful birthday greetings! I am blessed beyond words! You’ll never know a soul on the face of the earth God has graced more than me. Truly “God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost. Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite Your love, O God!” (Ps. 36:5-7 The Msg) Yep, that was one of my memory verses. They sure come in handy, don’t they?

I had such a fun day! Around here, we all say that there’s no birthday like a birthday at LPM but, actually, anywhere you have some best girlfriends that make you laugh your head off and love Jesus twice as much is a birthday just like the ones we have here. Girlfriends are one of the dearest gifts of God in all of life. Besides the great fellowship and intercession, I got the neatest gifts! Keith gave me a very delicate necklace and a leg press. (How do you like that combo? That says it right there.) My staff gave me all sorts of things for my battered back yard. It used to be so gorgeous B.P. (Before Puppies). BUT, it’s slowly bouncing back with all my beautiful new birthday accessories. I had so much fun arranging all of them when I got home from work. I bet I didn’t make it in the house for half an hour and it was HOT. For once, I was too happy to care.

In addition to all my yard and porch gifts, I got the cutest note cards from one of my beloved correspondence assistants. Isn’t that perfect? I also got three gorgeous frames because my dear friend, Nancy, knew that my family is growing so fast, I haven’t been able to keep up with the framing. I promised her that I would not put dog pictures in them but she said I could if I wanted to. Michelle got me a really fun pink flat-iron cover for traveling (she got tired of waiting for it to cool off before I could pack it, I think) and Joel Rosenberg’s new book signed by the author! I was so pumped! I’m a huge fan of his and got to meet him when we were in Washington D.C. I also got a pair of summer sandals that are unbearably cute. Jenn, I changed into an outfit that matched them when I got home and put them right on my feet.

So much stuff, y’all. So much stuff. It was a grace extravaganza and I am so grateful for these fellow sojourners that I’d have to bawl to describe how I feel about them to you. You and all your greetings were icing on the Living Proof cake.

Then, we had family birthday last night at our house. Keith asked where I wanted to go out to eat and I requested something entirely different this year: carry-out Italian so we could just eat here at home and let the babies play. What’s a birthday without Jackson and Annabeth? This year I let Houston keep its fancy restaurants. I’d rather have the kids. I had a first yesterday: Jackson sang “Happy Birthday” to me on the telephone. It’s on tape and I’ll try to keep it forever…along with the one from nine months ago where he told me, “Bibby, I poo-poo on da potty! Got a race cah!”

Melissa and Amanda conspired on my gift this year and it was supposed to arrive Monday but never made it. I would have been plenty happy to receive it today but Melissa was beside herself about it getting here right on time. The package finally arrived at the Joneses at 6:45 this evening and they headed straight over with it. Then I knew why they were so excited! IT WAS A KINDLE!! This book nerd’s joy knew no bounds! I cannot wait to get some great stuff on that bad boy. I’m almost in a frenzy. I’ve probably told you before that I feel like a whole cheerleading squad lives in my head most of the time and at moments like these they act up the worst. Each girl immediately wanted to read something different so I’m not sure where we’ll start.

OK, THAT’S ENTIRELY ENOUGH ABOUT BIRTHDAYS. I don’t want to hear another word about it! I promise you I’ll give it 12 months before I bring that subject up again.

Now, for the main reason I got on here today. I thought, since I went on and on about Sunny and Beanie here recently with the anniversary of their sweet passings, I better update you on our darling and mischievous one year-olds. They are a scream. Sometimes literally. (“GIRLS, GET YOUR TAILS OUT OF THAT…!!! Fill in the blank with absolutely ANYTHING: pot roast, plants, toilets, diapers, mail, watermelon, etc. They even chewed some holes in my Slanket. I don’t care. I just have more places to put my arms through. Or my feet if I’m getting a tad warm.)

These are recent pictures of Geli (soft “g”, short for Angelina) and Star (real name, Queen Esther). They are so much fun. We would not trade them for anything on this earth. We just might not necessarily recommend getting two puppies at once but, then again, they are such BFF’s! Inseparable! They insist on eating and drinking out of the same bowl and often…how shall I say…potty at exactly the same time right beside one another. As in love with Beanie as we were and as special a place as she will always hold in our hearts, Geli just may be the most beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer we have ever seen in our lives. Well, Keith won’t admit that but, pressed for truth, I will. Star is absolutely adorable, too, and, honestly, so smart you can’t even believe it. She has an IQ higher than most humans. She is my constant shadow, just like her predecessor. I tell Star and Geli all the time that they have very big paws to fill. Just wanted you to know how in love with them we are and how you can picture them these days.

PS. Btw, watching Marley and Me was a big mistake. I put my face in a big red beach towel and wailed my head off. Didn’t sleep a single wink and that’s the shape I went to Pittsburgh in. Y’all tried to warn me but NO! I just had to do it! But, now that a few days have passed, I’m so glad I did. Not doing it again.


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  1. 1
    Fran says:

    I'm so glad your birthday was so special!! And, the pix of the dogs are just beautiful.

    I have a puppy that just turned one in May. Did I tell you she ate my Bible…yes, she did. And, she ate some of my Esther workbook.

    I sobbed.

    And, Lifeway can fix my bible. PRAISE GOD!!!

    Love you Beth. Have a great day!

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    ArmyReserveWife says:


    I didn't get a chance to wish you happy birthday yesterday, so happy belated birthday!! I so love how you have showed me and taught me how to love the Word of God!!

    P.S. Got my hubby a Kindle 2 for graduation (master's degree) Yeah hunny!!! But get the Kindle app for your Iphone and you can read all your books on it in case you don't have your Kindle with you. The only thing is you can't do it with newspapers!

    Enjoy! Love you!!

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    Holly says:

    Awww, I really didn't want your heart to be wrung like that…

    I have already read some notes from P'burg. Wow. Wow. I have read them constantly the past two days–along with Acts 27-8. A balm for my storm-torn heart…thank you!

    Can I say that I love that you love your grandbabies so much? Makes my heart smile!

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    annie's eyes says:

    What a great day. About the Kindle–always travel with it in its case. I'm on my second one now b/c of the screen getting pressed in a suitcase…I use mine at church but prefer the iTouch version of the Bible application with its scrolling table of contents. Let me know what you discover! ~Annette

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    Susan says:

    So happy God blessed you with such a wonderful birthday, Beth.
    Your babies are absolutely PRECIOUS, and I know you adore them. I have two heelers that mean the world to me, as well. Pets are so dear to us and such a blessing to us from God. Can't imagine where we would be without them.

    Love you so much, Beth !!!


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    Anonymous says:

    Happy Belated Birtday, Beth. You are so hilarious! Love you!

    -vicki from SD

    P.S. I can't even go near the movie Marley and Me! I'm not in the mood to sob!!!

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    Rhonda (a.k.a. The Restless Squaw) says:

    I like the line about the cheerleading squad living in your head! When you live with five men (one hubby and four boys, ages 19, 15, 10, and 3) as I do, SOMEone here has to throw the pom-poms around now and then or it all just gets so…testosterone drenched. It's my calling to giggle and cry and be just a bit hysterical every once in awhile or they'll never be ready to live with others who have ovaries and emotions!


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    Melinda says:

    A list:

    1. I'm GREEN over the Kindle. GREEN.
    2. The dogs are precious and whoever took those photos did a bang-up job!
    3. I watched Marley and Me ON A PLANE, on my way to a rehearsal dinner! It ended just as we landed and I had to go straight to the event! PIT.I.FUL. I'm thinking the night with your face in a beach towel was probably still preferable to the plane alternative!


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    Tara G. says:

    We're flying my mom out here for her 60th birthday so she can party hard with her grand kids. The kids are so excited Baba is coming to play with them.

    Netflix just sent us Marley and Me. Thanks for the warning!

    Cute dogs!

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    Anonymous says:

    Hey Beth,

    Didn't get a chance to say Happy Birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday! I love you so much and love hearing about your family. Your babies (all 4 of them) are so sweet. Life must never be dull at your house.

    Praying for you and your ministry team. You all have been so instrumental in helping me to learn how to study and really enjoy my Bible and my Lord. Thank you again.

    Forever His,

    Phil 4:8

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    godsgal says:

    What in the world is a "kindle"?

    Love the new pics of your 1 year olds! My baby's a year old too and I just love her to pieces. I just love how she always greets me the same way when I come home – so excited to see me!

    Have a great week, Beth!

    Lynn Langford

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    Kelley says:

    Happy late birthday! I love the pics of your two precious pups…just darling! Dogs are wonderful, precocious, hard headed works of God's hand and I couldn't live one day without my troublesome twosome! 🙂

  13. 13
    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:

    Sweet Beth,

    So glad you had a great day! Thought of you and prayed for you throughout the day yesterday.

    Much love,


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    Lisa says:

    I refuse to watch anything that makes my face puffy. How much of a wuss am I??? Marley and Me will, sadly, probably never grace my DVD player. Bless your courage!

    Your furry babies are too much. But then again, your grandbabies are too, TOO much. I don't know how you can stand being surrounded by so much cuteness. Something tells me it's far from a chore for you!

    I'm sorry… I'm trying to focus on everything you talked about, but my mind just keeps going back to that flat iron cover. Genius! I can't tell you the number of times I flat ironed my hair only to have to go somewhere immediately afterward, and I was worried about a kid or animal getting burned on the thing. I'm picking one up!

    Oh, Beth… we're all so thankful for you. Your servant's heart beats louder than anyone's. And I know your gratitude rises to the heavenlies above anyone's. Thank you for taking us all along with you on this wild, beautiful ride. We're all richer for it.

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    Anonymous says:

    I am so glad your b day was so great.Beth arent thos dogs so specail. god has put some things in our life thats so specail,that arent people so to say,all though they think they are ha ha.I so need to post aa picture of my black lab Zoey theraphy dog.I so wish they all 3 could get together they could play & we could haave out specail coffee.Your pups are so pretty .I could so spoil them will i spoil every one & thing I think ha ha.God bless my dear freind Victoria Welch Reidsvile NC

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    Fran says:

    Hi Beth- loved hearing about your birthday- it sounds perfect!

    Your puppy dogs sound like so much fun; thanks for the pictures. Being a kindergarten teacher, I love it when there are pictures to go with the story!

    I got my new i phone yesterday and LOVE it too!

    Love YOU!

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    all4boys says:

    Sweet babies!!! And I'm glad your birthday was so great. Love to you, Mama Beth!!!

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    spicymagnolia says:

    Happy Birthday!! It sounded like so much fun!

    As a dog lover myself, in love with my black lab who is my first baby, I absolutely love hearing about your puppies (and ache when your heart aches about them, too). Star and Geli are adorable!

    Oh, and bless your heart about "Marley and Me". I still haven't seen it and will likely never, ever, ever. 🙂 Blessings on your day!

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    Inksstillwet says:

    I’ve had my eye on that Kindle! How thoughtful and awesome that your girls bought you one. So glad you had a wonderful birthday!! Yes, puppies are the biggest handful next to children. At least the babies don’t chew up everything in sight! Those pictures are adorable!

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    Cheryl Barker says:

    Congrats on the Kindle, Beth! You'll have to give us an update sometime on how well you like it. I feel kind of resistant to them because I do so much "on screen" time as it is. Let us know if you like it as well as an actual book.

    Love that you wanted your grandbabies over a fancy restaurant 🙂

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    Marla Taviano says:

    Love this post!! Love your girls! Love the cheerleaders in your head!

    And a KINDLE!! I wish you could read library books on them. 🙂

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    WestTexasGirl says:

    I have a special little human friend named Colton who is about 10 years old. Ever since Colton was born, his family included a boxer named "Foster". Not long ago, I was visiting w/Colton and just randomly asked how Foster was. Colton said, "Oh, he died." Well, I was devastated, and quickly told Colton how sorry I was and how I knew that this had left such a huge hole in his life. Colton said, "It's okay, Miss Judie. We were driving into the driveway and he was running to meet us. He just fell down dead. But – he died doing what he loved to do – run to meet us." Good dog, Foster!

    Judie – West Texas Girl

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    michellemabell says:

    I love hearing about your dog and puppy adventures. We once did the two puppies at once thing…what a bundle of joy. A handful yes, (they were St.Bernards) but a joy.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!!
    And yes, those verses do come in handy!!

    Youe sister in Christ,

    Michelle in VT

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    Marilyn says:

    I'm so glad you had an amazing birthday.

    Your comment about Marley and Me movie reminded me how my daughter called from college crying her eyes out and I thought there was something really wrong. When I finally got out of her why she was crying so hard she said she had just watched the movie!! A few months ago me and my husband watched it and my husband also cried and after the movie he pulled our dog Sandy up in his lap and rocked her!!!! Gotta love a good movie.

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    Kristi Stewart says:

    What is a kindle???

  26. 26
    Karen says:

    I have a Kindle and I love it! I had to get one because I was running out of room in my house for all the books I kept buying. I'm a total book-aholic and I can't seem to part with any of them. Not all books are available on the Kindle but I've found many Christian books are. Enjoy!

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    Patty says:

    I am so happy you had a great birthday!

    I loved the pictures of your babies. Beautiful!! Our Daisy turned 2 in May and she is the best dog and so much fun. We can pretend to sit together over coffee and we can trade stories about our beloved dogs.

    Love you much!

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    Rhonda says:

    So glad your birthday was awesome! Girlfriends are the best. Sorry Marley and Me was so tough- but hopefully a bit theraputic. Love you Ms. Beth- really really do. And there is nothing you can do about it (as my friend Bro. Ed says:)

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    Sherry says:

    So glad you birthday was wonderful! You and my little grandson share the same birthday (he turned 1 year old yesterday).

    The girls are beautiful (like all the Moore women)! 🙂 Geli's eyes are gorgeous! Isn't it just like God to bring them into your life to help fill the void from your loss of Sunnie and Beannie?

    Have a blessed Wednesday!

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    Pam O'Brien says:

    Beth, your birthday sounds like it was perfectly blissful!
    The pics of your one-year-olds are adorable! I'm a crazy dog-lover, too – they're such joy-givers, aren't they?!
    Reader Fran… my bible also met it's end at the "paws and jaws" of my puppies! Mine was beyond repair, though:

  31. 31
    Melissa says:

    I'm so glad you had a great birthday. Mine is coming 2 weeks from today. The big 30. I'm not too certain how I feel about that yet, although I can tell you I don't feel 30.

    Your dogs are so cute. Puppies are the best. I have 2 new ones myself and I think that they are wonderful.

    Wishing you all a fantastic day. Love to you all.
    Melissa in LA

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    By grace alone says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Beth!

    Ok, when reading your blog this a.m., I was stumped by the KINDLE! Had no earthly idea what it went to for something else and THERE IT WAS!!! (I need to get out more!)Anyway, it looks fantastic..I've already put in my order for Christmas from my personal wonderful hubby! By the those dogs..beautiful! Have a super day!

    Yvonne – Tennessee

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    Anonymous says:

    Happy belated birthday!

    My son has a Kindle and bless his heart, he has let me borrow it on a couple of occasions. As I have told him, it lacks the aesthetics of a real book, but I can see its usefulness. Great birthday gift though!

    Deb Wiest
    Cathay, ND

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    Siesta OC says:

    To Fran – who's puppy ate her bible and Esther workbook: Pray for her to be a ministry dog, and bark scripture – you never know.

    I know this pastor that has a Newfoundland puppy, one day he got scared of something outside so he high -tailed it inside the house, through the living room and to the side of their bedroom they could see from the living room, Pawdre (that's his name) had something in his mouth. While flying through the bedroom, he stopped at the night stand to grab his dad's bible. And now he stood at the back door, bible in mouth ready to take on his fears! What a blessing! Love the dogs Beth – they are so cute.

    Love to you all,

    Siesta OC

  35. 35
    Siesta OC says:

    Can someone please tell me what a kindle is?

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Oh Beth I love the pictures of your furry babies. I know what you mean about not getting two puppies at the same time. We did that with our two poodles. I told my husband it was like having two two-years-old at the same time. One of them had gotten on my computer table and got a hold of my brand new glasses and chewed them up.

    I so covet your kindle. I would like to have one but then I probably would never get anything done but read.

    As for Marley and Me, I have read the book and I don't know if I want to see the movie. Maybe not.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Charlotte P.
    Ridgecrest, CA

  37. 37
    Leslie says:

    Geli definately has a face to fall in love with! And Happy Belated Birthday to my favorite-ist Bible Study Lady!

  38. 38
    Sandy says:

    Happy belated birthdy! Your pics of the babies are beautiful!

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    Anastasia says:

    This was an answer to prayer…..I wondered what thoe puppies looked like.

    I agree, Gelie is gorgeous and Star looks so special. have you seen Skidboot the Wonder Dog on You Tube? If you haven't you must. He is another SMART Texas dog.

    Love you all to pieces!

    PS I have now given away "Praying God's Word" away to more people than the Bible. It ROCKS!

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    Anonymous says:

    I'm a dog lover too!! I have a golden retriever, like Amanda does. Gosh, most days I like their company more than a person's! Marley & Me is sooo sad I know what you were feeling. Its the saddest movie I think I've ever seen

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    Sitesx6 says:

    We just got a lab puppy on Friday-6 weeks old and CUTE CUTE CUTE!

    I wish I could put a funny picture of him on here (don't know how) …..

    He fell asleep on his back with all four legs STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR! Slept like that for 20 min.

    He looks like road kill!

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    MITZI says:

    Great pics of the puppy toddlers. They would make two good jigzaw puzzle pictures.

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    GentillyIzzie says:

    I am so glad you had a awesome B'day!!! And I am so glad you have the cheerleading squad in your head it makes me feel like I am not alone in that catagorie HA:) I really think it is a sanquine thing. And those puppies don't look like puppies anymore but they are gorgeous!! Have a great day!!

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    Paige in Alabama says:

    LOVE that you have a signed copy of a Joel Rosenberg book. Love that bad. During spring break, I jumped onto his books. Could not stop. I am a teacher, and let me just say, after spring break, I made sure my class had their independent reading time every day because those books and I had appointments. Read all 5 in a month. Seriously.

    Ever had a Book Swap? My exercise buddy (a huge reader, too) and I organized an easy little get together a week ago and invited about 6 friends each to join us on the porch for lemonade and snacks. Everybody brought two books that they had read and gave a little book talk about each one. Then everyone chose two new books to go home with. A blast – absolutely. I took The Last Jihad! Easy, low-cost, and we felt very green by recycling good books. Having another one in July. We've decided that if you lived in our town, we would invite you!

    So glad you had a wonderful day. I thanked the Lord for you today, Beth Moore, as I was going to Egypt with Abram and Sarai in the Patriarchs. I so love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    Paige in Alabama
    Cullman, Alabama

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    Carey says:

    Hilarious! that's what you are! there is not a single time that I get on here and read your words and I don't smile! I love your puppies! Animals teach us so much, don't they?
    Sounds like a wonderful birthday to me! And yes, it does take a couple days to recover from Marley & Me.

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    I just love it when you write about your days, Happy Birthday to you!
    Love the story of your day, I too, just had a birthday and chose to have Mexican take out so that I could enjoy the grandkids and the puppies (yes, 2, both Boston Terriers) and what a delight that was.
    I wish I could see you in Stockton, my heart will be there in Spirit.
    Blessings to you!
    Loyalton, CA

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    You deserve each and every part of yesterday! You are loved by so many.
    Glad you got to just spend some quality time with your grand babies. Your daughters are so lucky (and know it…I might add) to have a mom they can share the love of God with (after all they learned from you). I wish I had that and still pray for it.
    Thanks for giving all of us a run down on your special day.
    And those dogs…. I have always been a lap dog fan. But I think next time I am going a little bigger.

  48. 48
    hisfivefooter says:

    I knew that movie would make you cry ugly tears. Yikes! Oh well. The pups are looking more darling every day. You're right, Geli is beautiful. Who took the picture, you? At the deer lease? She looks like a picture out of a magazine! If you took the picture, I am impressed, seriously! As for Queen Esther, she has gotten so big! I just picture her mauling Sabrina while trying to tape you talking about
    the summer bible study! She is darling. I am sure you have taught her tricks, if so, what are they? Have you taught her to hold up her paws and bark "Praise Jesus!"? That I would love to see! Dance to praise music? I am so glad you had a good birthday and with family to enjoy it with! As far as the kindle goes, wow, you are a very lovable book nerd. Hug the puppies for me. I love you.
    Lisa in Kirkland, WA

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    Melanie says:

    I had the honor of singing Happy Birthday to you in Pittsburgh. What was really cool about the whole thing is that my best friend and I were there and her birthday is the 19th and mine was the 8th.
    I bought the Wise Up series and I love it!! Love You, Melanie
    ps. Marley and Me is being shipped to me today.Sounds like I had better get a big box of tissues.

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    Kim says:

    You are a blessing. THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT ALL WITH US.

    Birthday pictures – please. I know you have some and we really do want to hear more about it.

    Kim . . . who is
    Grafted by Grace

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