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Traveling Thanks

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So I am on a sort of road trip with my gal pal, Tina.
We are on our way to join a mission that is helping in Moore, Oklahoma.
(If you don’t know,
There was a devastating tornado that ripped through the city months ago.)

Tina has done wonders with asking co-workers for donations to bring with us,
(Backpacks, Wal-Mart gift cards, food…)
She is amazing!

I am just doing whatever they ask for,
Truly not near as much work as the people volunteering for longer periods of time.
We will be there just a few days,
But I feel good that I can give some
(Even limited time).
That doesn’t make me a good person,
It’s what I should do.

So…recently I have not been blogging as much as I was and I apologize and will try to do better.

I realize at this point that I probably won’t make the thousand thanks goal,
But I am not stopping…
So here are my more recent thanks-

241. Summertime, 4th of July, Freedom, BBQ- need I say more?!

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242. Beautiful flowers- only God could keep these alive.

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243. My car- which while I am away is probably being used by my hubby !
(No worries, babe. :). )

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244. Menu planning- which since doing has really helped us on our fitness journey!

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245. Going out with friends! I have such great support and love in my life!

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246. Another great year & more to come!!

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247. Our babies ! Poor Coop has torn his ACL & recovering from surgery & poor Coogee is needing attention!

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248.Traveling with my hubby who is such a blast to go anywhere with!!

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249.. For safe arrivals on long journeys.

250.. For my phone which not only had much needed GPS but a camera to capture whatever catches my eye!

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Bug Love

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This is my new bug!
I am in love.

My journey to find “the” one was a bit of a process,
But well worth it!

We started looking online to find my fantasy-
A salsa red & tan beetle convertible.
These are not easy to come by locally.

The search became real when we went to see the closest VW dealership in Columbia.

Joe Machens VW

We have not had great experiences with car salesmen,
So Brian and I weren’t real eager to begin the process.

And then we met Frank!
Frank was laid back,
No pressure, easy going and a pleasure to work with!
From the beginning we felt very comfortable with him.

We test drove a white bug,
But I couldn’t imagine
months down the road being happy because it wasn’t my dream.
And if we committed to going through with this,
Why not go all the way!
Which meant Salsa red and tan.

So, after spending literally all day with Frank,
We left him with our must-have list and kept up the search online.

Frank checked in with us and we kept in contact over the next couple of weeks.
He was trying to get us my dream,
But we ended up finding it online.

So sorry, Frank!
You were great to work with!!!
The best experience I had as a woman looking for a car.

After finding one in St Louis,
We called the dealership to get information and to start the process of a possible buy.
But after only two conversations,
We decided they would not be the dealership for us!
We wanted to work with honest and courteous people.

We realized to get my bug would mean traveling outside of the state.
The online search continued.
Until that fateful day when we decided to check on this shiny red dream machine about 400 miles away.

That fated dealership was in Naperville, Illinois.
(Which I believe to be a suburb of Chicago. )

Bill Jacobs VW

We first spoke with Jessica,
Friendly and warm without being pushy,
She found all of the answers to our questions.
She laid down a positive first impression.

When we reached an agreement,
We were then put in contact with Lauri,
Who was our main contact through the rest of the process.

Come to find out,
Lauri is my birthday sister and such an easy person to speak with.
She is quick to reassure and has a way to put your mind at ease.

It is such a big deal to decide to purchase a car before a test drive,
Drive by or sneak peak.
Hundreds of miles away!

We had a long list of musts:
-VW dealer
-Certified, bumper to bumper warranty
-lower mileage
-clean Carfax
-good deal/right value
-of course Salsa Red & Tan
2009-2010 beetle convertible
(I wanted the bug look, 2010 was the last year VW made the body style I like)

The boxes were ticked and we decided to go for it!
It was a 6 & 1/2 hour trip there which started at 4:00 am (yes 4:00 in the morning!)
but upon arrival,
We were greeted with such enthusiasm!

It seemed as if everyone in the dealership knew which car we were there for.

It shone beautifully on the showroom floor,
Gleaming as I rushed to check it out.

It was gorgeous !
As Brian spoke with Lauri,
I inched my way around the car.

I didn’t even notice that Brian had surprised me by making sure they put on a tan pinstripe and that they supplied a flower for the vase (tie-dyed) and VW tie-dye bear.

How sweet!
It could not possibly get any more perfect!

I must say first that my husband has been so great.
He has not only supported me in this dream,
But wanted to make sure I got exactly
What I wanted.

Back to the dealership,
Lauri was fantastic and Donnie and the manager and all the staff were tremendous!
Each seemed equally thrilled with our purchase and proud of the car and the role they played in making it happen.

It was fun!
I loved that they took pride in their work,
Were clearly professional
And wanted to make sure my experience was all it should be!

So thank you to Bill Jacobs VW (everyone- from the people cleaning and detailing and inspecting to Lauri and Donnie)
for helping my dream to come true!

The drive home was a blast as we cruised through even standstill traffic,
With the peace only achieved in a VW bug it seems.

Below are some of the fantastic sights on the 6 1/2 hour drive home.
(Half of which was spent with the top down, breeze blowing through our hair, music pumping and a smile glued to my face!)

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With Lauri, my birthday sister
(Big hug to you Lauri!)

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It’s My Birthday!!

ImageIt’s our birthday!

My twin and I are celebrating our day today- from across the globe.

Really she was able to party before me,

since she is in Australia.

It’s never the same for me when we aren’t together.

I always have a moment of sadness on these years.

It just always feels a little off.

Partly, I don’t like the attention all on me since we grew up sharing the spotlight.

Still, we facetime and do our best to share in the day together.

And I have amazing family and friends who are so good about texting and calling 

and showing me they love me!

Brian always making sure he gets me something special and expressing his love- though I must say he is good about that anyway.

(I am a little spoiled.)

 

Birthdays have always been special for us-

our mom made sure of it,

with streamers and signs and cakes and presents.

Each year remembered with pizazz!

I am very thankful for that kind of upbringing.

 

Today I am so thankful for all of you in my life!

I am blessed with an over abundance of love!

Baskets full to the brim!

What more could I possibly want??!!

 

Lessons from the past year,

I hope have brought me closer to God’s truth and to the real reason I am here.

This year I hope to learn even more,

thank God for those lessons that may be hard but teach me to give and love in an 

unselfish and daring way!

Each day I am grateful for any good that I can show others,

 though it’s truly just because I am the vessel God has chosen to use.

I am not perfect and have many cracks and flaws 

but when putting God in first,

I can carry the weight of all things impossible.

 

So please raise your glasses with me as I toast first my twin and 

giggle partner, as she holds all the things I would like to be, 

she was the first friend I ever had and we share a connection that can’t be torn apart by miles and oceans.

And then I toast a thanks to Brian and my family and friends,

who allow me to be who I am 

and love me all the same!

How special you make me feel!

 

And to all of you who don’t know me so well,

thank you for reading and following and being a part of my life.

You are in my prayers always!

 

Well….my goodness I must say above all

praise God.

God is good…all the time!

He is the greatest artist I could ever know and love beyond love.

Until next time…cheers my friends!

 

 

 

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Summer’s Wake

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Summer has arrived,

by means of freshly crisp watermelon,

a bouquet of lilac hitting my nose on the path to 5k,

brilliant fireflies in the distant woods upon twilight,

charcoal fires in the bar-be-que slowly graying

followed by the sizzle of raw meat on the hot and waiting grate,

greetings of family and friends as drinks are poured and conversations begin,

roaring engines as highway miles accumulate and home seems but a resting place,

coolness against sweating skin as I splash into the bluest pool water already full of children playing,

brilliant colors shooting up in the sky as fireworks give way to the dark night,

phone at the ready to get one more picture to capture each moment lived to the fullest,

tanned skin next to the blank canvas not privy to the sun,

flip flops in every color and style letting toes mingle in the light,

coconut hinted sun screen, fragrant blooms, freshly mowed grass, bbq chicken, sweet fruit ripe for eating, chlorinated pool water (perhaps my favorite summer smell),

a great summer read feeling deliciously heavy in hands,

anticipation growing,

birthday coming…what will this next year bring?

In the summer’s wake,

a symphony of sounds, an array of sights, and melange of tastes and smells.

In summer’s wake,

I am left peaceful, spent and ready for more.

 

 

 

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