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Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Blog Party!

Hi, and welcome to my blog! If you've come here from the Grow You Blog Party, hosted by Vickie at http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com, I'm glad you've stopped by!

I'd like to tell you a little about myself. I am an Army wife, happily married for 28 years to my high school sweetheart. 




Throughout his career, we have lived in Germany, North Carolina, Texas, and back to Indiana, where we both grew up. We currently live on ten acres in a small country town (population just over 700) west of Indianapolis. We moved here thirteen years ago hoping to have a more wholesome atmosphere to raise our three sons-we've never regretted the move!


Isn't that snow gorgeous, winter is my favorite season!

I have been blessed to be a stay at wife and mom most of the past 28 years. Raising three sons is not always an easy task


Despite the photo, they are good kids! My oldest, Chris, is newly married, he is an Army officer, now serving in Afghanistan. Next year, he will return to Tennessee with his wife. My middle son Nathan has been my biggest challenge and blessing. Nathan was born with Spina Bifida, and has been a paraplegic since he was born 21 years ago. He still lives at home, and we learn new things from him every day.  My baby, Avery, is a high school junior. He is the one I have had the joy to travel the US with. He races dirtbikes and has competed in MD, FL, AZ and half a dozen states in between. Since he is not yet 18, he cannot enter tracks alone. My hubby can't leave his day job as often as he'd like to, so I tour with my son. He is an accomplished rider, which makes me proud and scared at the same time. There's always the challenge to go faster.

As my boys got older, I decided it was time for a career. I currently hold an LPN license and worked night shift for a few years. I gave up my job last year to travel, and pursue my RN. This spring I hope to graduate, finally!

In my spare time, I am an independent consultant for a Scrapbooking/Stamping company. I am almost at the ten year mark with Close To My Heart. I enjoy making and giving handmade cards, but scrapbooking was my passion when I joined the company. I currently do monthly workshops at my home, and am considering increasing my business when I finish school. 

I was taught to cross stitch by my college roommate back in the 1980's. I was hooked and have collected patterns and threads ever since. I've stitched more in the past year traveling with my son, than I have in the past twenty. Maybe I'll finally make my way through some of the patterns I've collected.

I am relatively new to the blogging adventure. My family calls me "technology challenged," so every picture, every post, seems to be an effort for me in some way, but I happily tackle it as often as I can, hoping to meet new friends in the blogging world.

I'm glad you've stopped in for a visit today, and I hope you'll peek in from time to time, to see what I've created.




105 comments:

  1. My goodness that is three strapping chaps you need to keep fed! I just bet they eat you out of house and home lol
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    1. They have always been healthy eaters, obviously! At least one is out on his own, responsible for his own groceries. At the same time, the youngest hit a growth spurt! I'd rather see them healthy any day.

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  2. Despite your being 'tech challenged', you have a beautiful blog!! :) I'm also a stitcher and crafter. I look forward to reading more about you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, this has been, and continues to be a work in progress, and I enjoy it more as I learn more.

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  3. A beautiful place you're living at..and a really funny picture of your for sure good boys! Being a part of Vickis Party I stopped here and found a cosy corner in your following area :-)
    Best regards from Germany- come along to see my blog if you like- would be my pleasure (and sorry for my english)

    Ines (E. Blumenstengel)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed your visit. I will definitely stop by and visit!

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  4. The picture of your sons makes me smile. You must be so proud. What a beautiful home you have. It must be so quiet and peaceful in the country, especially when it snows! http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

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    1. I am so proud of all of the boys, rascals that they are! We were trying to get good family pictures before the oldest deployed, this is typical behavior when a camera comes out!

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  5. Hi Cindy, So nice to meet you and so enjoyed reading about your family and adventures. Love the pic of your handsome boys. I live in Texas now, but also lived in Lafayette, Indiana. Love your beautiful home snow pic. I remember those snowfalls well.
    Congrats on 28 years of married bliss. You are a beautiful couple.
    Glad to have found you through GYB and a new follower now too. Hope you also have a moment to stop by.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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    1. So glad you stopped by! Where are you in TX, we lived in Garland. I still travel that way, since I have family in Tyler and Arlington. I missed the snow when we lived in TX, couldn't wait to get back home to Indiana!

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  7. Hi Cindy,

    I love the snow, too! It's always so beautiful and quiet while it's falling. Your family and life sounds wonderful - and what handsome sons you have.

    Don't you just love the Grow Your Blog Party? I'm having fun visiting everyone and hope you'll visit me, too!

    Have a blessed weekend...
    Jan ♥

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    1. The snow just makes everything feel so calm-unless you have to get out and drive in it, not such a calm feeling then! I am enjoying the GYBP as well, and will stop by your blog today

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  8. Hi Cindy - what a nice family! I live in western Ohio, almost at the Indiana line. I used to do a lot of cross stitch and have plans to finish to some UFO's. I also scrapbook and have two sons almost 21 and 20. Good luck finishing your RN degree!

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    1. Thank you for your comments, we do have so much in common! Glad you found me on the Blog party!

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  9. Hi Cindy. After reading your blog, I just felt right at home. I loved reading about your family. And I would personallly like to thank your husband and son for their service to our country. Happy anniversary...28 years is a major accomplishment. And you have been visiting my home state of SC. Holler! I used to do many, many crafts, but have not for a few years now. I love scrapbooking and cross stitching....so I will be back many times to read your blog and to see what project you're working on. Toodles! ~Laurie

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  10. Hi Cindy, what a beautiful family and home you have!
    I guess you could say we almost neighbors, we live in Kentucky,
    moved here after my hubby retired from the Army.
    I enjoyed reading your blog and meeting you, if you get a chance hop on over!
    Have a great weekend!
    Diana

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    1. Thanks for stopping by here. I am enjoying finding people on this Blog Party that I have things in common with. I'll be sure to hop on over and visit your blog!

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  11. Gosh, what an interesting life you have led.

    You had me totally when you said winter is your favorite season - it is totally mine as well. And then you included pictures of your 3 sons and one is serving in the military now... well, that synched it. Yours is a story I want to follow.

    And welcome to the blog world. I have been blogging since 2010 and it has given me soooo much - my story (and everyone has a story) primarily centered around my caregiving for my elderly mom - a 5 year long saga that had its ups and down. Sounds like you know something about caregiving as well. But I blog about everything! It is great fun.

    And you have a new daughter-in-law as well - me too. We have many similarities.

    Elaine
    RetiredKnitter@gmail.com
    http://mynext20yearsofliving.blogspot.com

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    1. Not too many people can honestly say they enjoy winter, much less claim it as their favorite! I am enjoying meeting so many new people with common interests! Thanks for stopping by here

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  12. Cindy, so good to meet you and isn't this a great PARTY! Gotta love Vicki!
    Your comment about your boys cracked me up! How much did you pay them to pose like that? lol
    This whole blogging thing will become second nature in no time and you are off to a good start. Your travels with hubby and your son are I'm sure with tons of experiences you could share and fit into posts.
    Enjoy the party and nice to meet you.
    Jim

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    1. Ha, actually I was trying to get them to smile, they all cooperate so well with pictures! You should see when we try to get the annual "in front of the Christmas tree" pose! I have taken photo classes to learn my new camera, hopefully will have some enjoyable pictures of my travels to share. Thanks for stopping by here!

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  13. Nice to meet you Cindy. It sounds as though you are so proud of those boys and they look like good ones! But the snow - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! LOL Winter isn't my favorite time of year despite the fact that here in Georgia we don't get much snow LOL

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    1. Thanks for stopping by here. Yes, so much to be proud of in those boys. The snow is pretty, I am the only one in the family who truly enjoys it, except for the 3 dogs!

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  14. Hi Cindy, sounds like you have a great life. Love the snow picture but I moved to Florida to get away from that stuff. Thanks for inviting us to visit your blog.
    Love the picture of the boys.

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    1. thank you, love my life. I'm glad you stopped by here, hope you'll come back and visit again!

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  15. "I am relatively new to the blogging adventure. My family calls me "technology challenged," so every picture, every post, seems to be an effort for me in some way, but I happily tackle it as often as I can, hoping to meet new friends in the blogging world."
    :)
    When they start up again with the technology challenged...call them your 'staff'and get them to help....that's what I do...... :) Your blog looks great....you know more than you are giving credit! :)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, I am enjoying my blogging adventure. My "staff" cringes when they see me bring out the laptop, it's quite entertaining!

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  16. Well howdy to another Army family!!! We are currently stationed in Alaska, but we lived in southern Indiana when hubby was doing seminary in Lousiville. I love the sound of your acreage!! It's the dream of ours to take up a church and have lots of land to raise our brood too. We have 5, 4 of them are boys. I can relate ;-)

    Stopping by from the blog party: Kay's Little Korner

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    1. Wow, Alaska, glad you made your way here, nice to meet another Army family! I hope you will find your dream home to raise your family, boys especially need the room to grow!

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  17. Love your friendly blog, and will become a follower! You have a lovely family and home. Stay warm in that snow!
    Cathy

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  18. Hi Cindy! It was so wonderful to learn about you and your lovely family. I also love my winters and we're getting plenty of it this year. We've already had close to 3 ft of snow and it's snowing again today. I'm adding myself as a follower and I look forward to your future posts.

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  19. Hi Cindy, Welcome to the party. I enjoyed reading about your blog. I love your winter picture. I like the snow, just not the ice. We are all a little challenged. I can remember starting my blog. I asked lot of questions and had kids that help me a lot. I will be back. I will pray for your son that he has a safe return from overseas. Prayers and Hugs from a New Missouri Friend.

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    1. Thanks for making a stop here, am happy to make so many new friends from so many new places!

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  20. Hi Cindy, I loved reading about you and I wish you much happiness with your blog. I live in Indiana too, am an RN and love to stamp and make cards! We have alot in common! It's so nice to meet a fellow blogger close by.

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    1. We have so much in common, nice to meet another Hoosier! Glad you stopped by here, will check out your blog!

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  21. Aloha Cindy ~ Great Party post! I'm making my way through the blog party list and loving every bit of it. Not much is going to get done today, I guess. God Bless you and your family of men. (We have 3 daughters.) Hope you'll visit me back...HAVE FUN BLOGGIN'

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    1. I have only begun to visit through the many wonderful blogs on this Party, so much to see! Thanks for stopping by here, hope to see you again

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  22. Hi Cindy! I am on the blog hop from vicki, and so glad to stop by! You sound like you are on a wonderful life adventure...keep going, anf keep creating! You have a beautiful family!

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    1. Thank you for you sweet comments, so glad you stopped by here!

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  23. Hi Cindy. I loved reading about your family. It sounds like your life is an adventure everyday.

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by , yes, life is always an adventure and I'm loving every minute of it!

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  24. Hi Cindy, I am on the blog hop too from Vicki-enjoyed reading all about you and your family. I am from Indiana too-grew up near Notre Dame country in Mishawaka I am now retired and live in the ozarks of Missouri. Kathy

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I had a brother that went to Notre Dame, many many years ago. With all my travels, I'm always happy to get back home to Indiana

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  25. Welcome to the party. Good luck on your career! Very hard to get anywhere in the arty/crafty world of business. But we try. You seem very proud of your boys, as you should be. They are very accomplished.

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    1. thanks for stopping by. Yes, a career in the arts/crafts world is not easy. I only try to sell enough to support my spending, I don't push it very hard. As long as I have nursing to support me, I am happy selling scrapbook products just a little here and there!

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  26. OK, first of all, you must be doing something WAY right, because you don't even look old enough to have those handsome, grown up boys! Stopping over from the blog party...your newest follower. Hope your weekend is wonderful - will be reading back through some of your older posts in the next few days - Tanya

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    1. Thank you, I started having them at 12, and never had any stress to make me old, HAHAHAHAHAHA! Enjoy your visit here when you get a chance!

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  27. Hello! It is so nice to meet you and learn about you. Your home looks beautiful! Congratulations on becoming a RN! Yay for you!
    I am glad you have a creative outlet. Ten years with one company is great! I hope to see some of your artwork in future posts.
    Hugs,
    Terri
    artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and your comments! I believe everybody needs a creative outlet of some sort, by hopping on this blog party, seems people have more than one outlet. I hope you'll be back to visit!

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  28. Hi there ,
    Nice to meet you and for sure we all need a good RN, having a moment to create when you are so busy is amazing.
    Enjoy the Blog party and the journey of blogging!
    Hugs Marilou

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    1. Glad you stopped by! I take advantage of every minute I can to craft of some sort. My stash of "wanna make this" grows greater every week! Hope you'll be back to visit

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  29. Hi,
    Nice to meet you! Thanks to your husband and son for their service! You have some wonderful young men! I will be back to see what is new! Linda

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    1. Thank you, glad you stopped by! I have started following your blog today

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  30. hi! found your blog through the gyb party. i'm a new follower - hope you'll stop by my blog as well! happy creating!

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    1. Stopped by your blog, love it, will am a new follower!

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  31. Nice to meet you through the GYB party. I am enjoying making cards too with Stampin' Up. Beautiful snowy scene of your home.

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    1. Glad you stopped by here! I originally started making card through Stampin Up several years ago. I'm anxious to get back to a little bit of papercrafting when I get home!

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  32. Ah yes, the three boys club! I wouldn't have it any other way. Looking forward to following your blog!

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    1. I hear girls are much harder to raise than boys, so I am thankful. And with all boys, they always had hand-me-downs to wear, whether they wanted to or not!

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  33. Great post, Cindy. I look forward to seeing some of your stitching work in the future and reading more about your boys. Isn't this Grow your Blog Party a great idea? Please visit me on my blog: http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have a lot of new stitching to show in 2013!

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  34. Hello Cindy. It's been very nice "getting to know you" through this GYB party! I too have posted a bit about myself on my blog today. I'd love it if you'd stop by for a visit!

    ~hugs

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  35. Glad to have met you through GYB. Hope you gain many new followers. -- Pam

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  36. Stopping by from the Blog Party! The snow is beautiful, as is your family. My husband is an Iraq war veteran. Please thank your oldest for his service and I shall pray for his safe and speedy return. Good luck with finishing school. My best to you and all your men!
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    Traci

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    1. Glad you have stopped by! Thank you for your comments, and thank you to you and your hubby for his military service as well!

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  37. Hi Cindy, enjoyed looking at your blog, and reading about your family. We moved 5 years ago from a 5-acre parcel, and I still miss it a lot (well, maybe not so much in the winters, LOL, as it was in northern BC)

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  38. Hi I enjoyed looking at your blog:-) I too live in Indiana. I live in between indy and cinci. Your house looks beautiful.

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  39. Nice boys
    You are a busy gal.
    Hope you stop by
    Laura

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  40. Just wanted to hop over and say "Hi!". Try to stop over and see me!

    http://airolgmd.blogspot.com

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  41. Hopping on over for the blog party. It is so nice to meet you and read all about you and your family. What handsome guys you have ! I was a pediatric critical care and peds oncology nurse for 34 years before I had to quit due to a fall at work and subsequent disability. COngratulations on your RN I hope your hard work pays off.

    Thank you for your Husband and son's dedication to our Country. Stop buy and visit.

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  42. Enjoyed reading your blog. Great looking boys. I have a nephew, West Point grad, who just returned from Afghanistan. So proud of all of young men and women who serve. Say thank you to your son for me. Will be back soon. This blog party is fun!

    nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com

    Charlsey

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  43. Wow you have my respect being an army wife, i don't know how you do it my husband is gone for 2wks in the oil field working away from home and that is hard enough let alone him being gone like your husband. I have three sons as well. What part of Texas? We live about 2 hrs away from Dallas.

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  44. ...thanks for your story.. very interesting.. my husband is over in germany now...I bet you remember your days there.. LOL thanks..
    mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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  45. You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

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  46. Enjoy reading your story and I am now a new follower.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!!!

    Take care!!!

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  47. Nice to meet you- enjoy the blog hop :)

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  48. Hi Cindy, it sounds like you have a very busy life! My son applied to a couple of colleges in Indiana. Now we play the waiting game. Have a great day. Tammy

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  49. It looks like you live in a fairy tale house. Lovely. I came here from Vicki's party, still going strong. Do stop by my blog and enter the giveaway. See you there!

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  50. I came here via the blog hop, but will be back. We have much in common - Army wives, 28 years, 3 sons, crafting... Nice to meet you :)

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    1. So nice to meet you as well! I look forward to getting to know you

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  51. Another military wife here... and a nurse! I wish you all the best in your schooling; that's the way I started, too. (as an LPN)
    You have 3 lovely sons ~

    bobbie

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    1. I'm happy to be meeting so many military wives!-and another nurse! I look forward to getting to know you!

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  52. Love, love LOVE the photo of the boys! It cracked me up!!

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    1. Looking at it now it's funny, when I was trying to get a good family picture, not so funny. And to think they all did that spontaneously!

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  53. Hi Cindy,
    Nice to meet you via GYB. Great blog!

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  54. Lovely to meet you Cindy. I got into crafting via scrapbooking and although I don't do much of it these days I owe a lot to that first interest.
    Carolyn
    http://messmuddleandfun.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/grow-your-blog-party.html

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  55. What a nice family you have! And congratulations on your impending graduation - somehow I believe that for us adult learners, the diploma is that much sweeter.

    Beth

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  56. Congrats on getting your RN!
    I love to scrapbook, make cards and cross-stitch too. I've just gotten my first Needlepoint project. Well big piece my friend got me a glasses case for Christmas I finished the stitching on it but not the case :p
    I haven't checked out Close to My Heart for a while. When I lived in FL I went to one or two places that did demos.

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  57. Hi, Cindy...you have led and are leading a very interesting life! I am visiting you via the blog party and have become a follower! Please visit my blog sometime...we share some common interests!

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  58. I enjoyed reading your blog. I'm also a scrapbooker and card maker. Be sure to visit my blog since we have some common interests.

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  59. I'm so happy that you stopped by my blog, it's been great getting to know yours and you :) I'll add you to my blog list and look forward to returning soon.

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  60. Please tell Chris, "thank you for serving." My nephew is also now in Afghanistan.

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  61. Nice to meet you!Hope you will come by my blog and we can connect!

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  62. you have a lovely blog and a very lovely family! I look forward to reading more about your hobbies and family!

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    1. Thank you, glad you made your way over here!

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  63. I've just become a follower of your blog...can't wait to catch up with all your posts. This GYOB party has been the best!

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  64. Hello Cindy, you have a lovely blog. I'm new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. You have a very good looking family, we have 3 boys also...so i cant believe that they will be like this big mens)) I love cross stitch and sew, hope you will stop by to say hello,
    hugs from Turkey
    Nina

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  65. Hi Cindy! It is great getting to know you ;) I stopped by via The Grow Your Own Blog Party ~ what a great event!

    Your blog is beautiful and I love your stitching ;) I too am a stitcher.

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  66. Thank you! I am enjoying sharing my little "Corner", I'm glad you stopped by!

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  67. I enjoyed reading your blog! You have a very full life like me. We are very blessed.

    Terry

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