Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top Ten Highlights from 2008

1. On June 16th, my husband started his new job as an assistant city engineer.

2. We have made quite a leap this leap year.  We sold our house in July; after living in the same area for about 12 years, we relocated to a new city to be closer to my husband’s workplace.  We moved into our current home on July 31st.

3. We had always wanted to live in the country; the dream finally came true.  We bought two goats (a Nubian and a LaMancha) to be our pets and our lawnmowers.

4. Both my husband and I turned 40!  My birthday this year was an unforgettable one.

5. Our niece gave birth to a baby boy on Nov. 6th.  His name is Javari.  He is so adorable!

6. Our daughter, Alyssa, has been a contributor at Growing in Grace (free online Christian magazine for ladies) since February.

7. Both Alyssa and I have become book reviewers for Thomas Nelson Publishers.

8. Some of our cool outings/field trips include: Seaside/Cannon Beach, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Champoeg State Park, Do Hard Things conference, and the Oregon Zoo.

9. Our region broke a 40 year old record of snowfall this month.  We took advantage of that by sledding to the max.  I shared some of the pictures here.

10. I enjoy staying in touch with family, reconnecting with old friends, and getting to know new friends via Facebook.  I’m "Fruit Bearer" on there.

I am in awe once again at the Lord’s grace and mercy!  We are very thankful for all His blessings, including surprises and changes :).  We are glad that the Lord continues to use us and our home to reach out to the international students with Christ’s love.  In our new/current city, God also put us near a university just like our previous house.  I would also like to share about two incredible answered prayers that I have not blogged about yet.  

#1.  One day in June, we went to different places including a farmer’s market and Goodwill.  At home that evening, my heart sank when I realized that I lost my amethyst ring that my husband gave me as an anniversary gift.  I remembered having it on my finger that morning but then had no idea when I might have dropped it.  It could be anywhere…at the farmer’s market…or…we were afraid it could have fallen into one of the bags (filled with stuff) we donated to Goodwill.  We called Goodwill and asked them to notify us if they found it.  We looked all over the house and the garage (I spent some time in the garage packing…getting ready to move).  We prayed and prayed.  I hoped and prayed that someone in need would find it (he/she could sell it and use money to buy food) if it’s not to be found by us.  That night I kissed my husband goodnight and then went to the garage to pack some more.  As I opened the door to the garage, I looked down and saw my amethyst ring on the floor!  I thanked the Lord and then ran upstairs screaming with elation…letting my husband know that the Lord led me to find it. 

#2. A few months ago, we were shocked that our water bill was more than $200.  We knew we must have had a leak somewhere (underground)…but where?  It would cost a lot to have someone come out here to locate the leak and then to fix it.  We prayed and asked the Lord to show us where the leak was and what we should do.  The first spot that the Lord led my husband to dig was where the leak was!  Praise God!  My husband was able to fix it and our water bill has been back to normal. 

Isn’t the Lord so awesome?!!!  I am excited about a new year of living for Him, living in the light of eternity, serving Him, and sharing His love.  To God alone be all the glory!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

December 12, 2008

Yesterday was my 40th birthday.  I had a wonderful, relaxing day filled with love (and chocolates, too :) ).  I received lots of hugs and kisses.  Several friends on Facebook and the Homeschool Lounge left me sweet birthday greetings.  My 10 year old son played Chinese checkers, Mancala, and Battle ship with me.  My 7 year old son nibbled a piece of ham into a heart shape for me (isn’t that sweet?)  PhotobucketMy daughter made me this beautiful ring. Photobucket My sweetheart gave me a gorgeous heart-shaped blue topaz pendant on a white gold necklace.  I love heart-shaped stuff :) .  In the evening, we (the whole family) went to see A Christmas Carol (with a twist) performed by the international students at George Fox University’s English Language Institute.  Some of our Taiwanese friends were part of the cast.  I enjoyed singing the Christmas songs they sang between scenes.  We sang God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel, Angels From the Realms of Glory, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manger, Silent Night!  Holy Night!, O Little Town of Bethlehem, In the Bleak Mid-Winter, What Child is This?, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard on High.  We all had a great time. 

I (okay not only for me) also was blessed to see the brightest, biggest moon of the year on my birthday :)Photobucket
Photobucket However, the more significant blessing to me was that the Lord kept my husband safe.  Yesterday around 5:30 p.m., a bomb exploded in the city where he works.  In fact, he was only 1 mile away when it happened.  The sad thing is: the city’s police chief whom my husband personally knows got hurt and is in critical condition; two police officers died…the wife of one works with my husband.  Their families and the police chief are in our thoughts and prayers.  This birthday is certainly an unforgettable one.  

Thursday, December 4, 2008

How Does Your Family Keep a CHRIST-centered CHRISTmas?

The Homeschool Lounge is having a weekly theme/giveaway each week this month.  Week 1 (Dec. 1st to Dec. 5th)’s theme/question is:  In this day of over commercialism, how does your family keep a meaningful and Christ-centered Christmas?

We strive to live a Christ-centered life everyday.  Our children see how we live…living simply for God…each day, not just at Christmastime.  Thankfully, commercialism does not affect our family.  Our children do not ask for presents…never make any wish list.  They are grateful for whatever gifts they receive.  They know Christ, the Heart of Christmas…who gives us the greatest gift of all–the gift of salvation!

We focus on giving, rather than receiving.  Two years ago, I wrote a post titled, "It is more blessed to give than to receive!"  Please click on that to see ideas for giving.  Our family enjoys shopping for those in need and for things that transform lives like Bibles, Gospel tracts (Did you know that you can buy 200 tracts for only $1?), etc.  If you are looking for ways to spread the Gospel, share God’s love, and change lives for eternity, please visit http://www.gfa.org/giftOn Christmas Day, our children each give Jesus a present.  If you would like to know more about this Christmas tradition of ours, please go here.  And the post titled, "Let’s Celebrate" is where you can read more about how we usually celebrate Christ’s birth.

May Jesus Christ be the center in our hearts and our homes this CHRISTmas and always!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fun with Food

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My first-born son enjoyed himself very much (literally) during his first encounter with cake (his 1st birthday cake).  This is my entry for the Fun with Food Photo Contest hosted by 5minutesformom.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Kind of Party

I take my job as a daughter and servant of the King of kings seriously.  I desire to honor and please God in whatever I do and say…voting included.  I have to admit that I don’t like politics.  Most politicians are insincere and only say what they think will persuade people to vote for them.  They put down their opponents mercilessly.  Very, very few truly care about people and even fewer really care what God thinks/wants/says. 

I am pleased to see that the "Constitution Party" shares my desire in honoring God and obeying His Word.  They "believe in Divine Providence and recognize our Creator as the author of human life;" therefore, they "believe in the absolute sanctity of human life."  I agree with what they say about liberty: "Far from granting license to ‘do whatever we want,’ true liberty comes from God and real freedom is born of self-government."  They also value the importance of family: "Our Creator set in place the family as the first divinely instituted form of government.  It is the duty of civil government to recognize and protect the authority of the family unit.  When the state usurps the family’s authority, the hearts of the children are turned to the state, rather than to the fathers.  Such socialist actions deny the created order and harm our communities."  The Constitution Party is pro-life, pro-family, pro-homeschooling, and most importantly, pro-God’s principles.  It’s my kind of party :) .

If you would like more information about the Constitution Party, please visit http://www.constitutionparty.com or http://www.constitutionpartyoregon.org (esp. if you live in Oregon).  All quotes above were taken from the voters’ pamphlet.

Please pray before you vote.  Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.  Then, "do what’s right, come what may!"  It may take 4 years or 8 years or more before America gets on the right track (walks in God’s ways).  It has to start somewhere.  Let’s educate our children now so that they will grow up to be voters and/or perhaps candidates of conscience…of values…of God’s standards & principles…ones who put "honoring God" above "winning the election" or "choosing the lesser of two evils…which is still evil" or "going with the crowd."  My goal in writing this post is not to cause any division among Christians but rather to call for unity among Christ’s followers.  I hope and pray for all fellow Christians to seek after God’s Will and to rest in God’s grace and mercy.  Please don’t be driven by fear or worry.  God is in control and Romans 8:28 still stands!

"So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man."  Acts 24:16
"If we are correct and right in our Christian life at every point, but refuse to stand for the truth at a particular point where the battle rages–then we are traitors to Christ."  ~Martin Luther
"A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue."  ~Daniel Webster

Thursday, October 16, 2008

He Knew Words, The Word, and God's Word

Today is Noah Webster’s birthday.  He was born on this date 250 years ago; however, his legacy lives on.  He was one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers.  He was a famous lexicographer, best known for his dictionary: An American Dictionary of the English Language.  I posted a "report" on Noah Webster written by my daughter on my other HSB blog.  The following are some of Noah Webster’s quotes:- 

"The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions.”

"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.”

"No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

"In every condition of life, and in forming your opinions on every subject, let it be an established principle in regulating your conduct, that nothing can be honorable which is morally wrong.  Men who disregard or disbelieve revelation often err from the true standard of honor, by substituting public opinion or false maxims for the divine laws.  The character of God, His holy attributes, and perfect law constitute the only models and rules of excellence and true honor."

You can visit here if you would like to search for definitions in his 1828 dictionary.  I also recommend Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young & Moral Catechism.  This is a man who truly knew words, the Word (Jesus, our Redeemer), and God’s Word!  Wish we had someone like him running for president :) !

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fabulicious (Fabulous + Delicious) Day

The Lord blessed us with fabulous weather today as we celebrated our boys’ birthday (one turned 10 yesterday and the other turned 7 today).  It was wonderful to visit with our relatives and friends.  The kids and teens had fun doing a nature hunt, flying disc croquet (using wire hangers and small frisbees), and hot present.  After that, the boys opened their presents.  We gave our 10 yo son Boyhood and Beyond (by Bob Schultz), The New Encyclopedia of American Birds (this son is a birdlover), an international flags shirt, and basketball cards.  We gave our 7 yo son the Cranium Word Worm Book of Outrageous Fun, Grip-Rite Throw-N-Splash, Wheelee Ball, and basketball cards.  My daughter/their sister gave Birding Oregon to her 10 yo brother and a Swiss army knife to her 7 yo brother.  From friends and relatives, the boys received birdfeeders, birdhouses, books, cash, more basketball cards, Seahawks hooded jackets, Snorta (game), Pylos (game), Thredz Flex, and a swordfish figurine from Hawaii.  After the "present time," it was time for yummies.  Delicious treats included German chocolate cake, strawberry swirl/vanilla wafer fun ice cream cake (wow…that’s a long name), Samoas ice cream, Cookies-n-Cream ice cream, cinnamon sugar cake donut holes, oatmeal raisin cookies, sun chips, and crackers.  Then some of us went out to play basketball.  When we were done with basketball, we came inside and played Apples to Apples.  Even after the guests left…my husband, kids, and I continued to play :) with all the new toys.  

I’m so thankful for my two little men who love God & family, who are each other’s best buddies, who have a beautiful & grateful heart, and who are growing closer to Jesus each day.   

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Insight from My 6 Year Old Son

Last week at Pogy’s Subs, on our table there was a laminated card that had this saying:

Dear God,
So far today I’ve done all right.  I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t lied or cheated.  I haven’t been greedy, or grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.  I’m very thankful for that, but, in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed.  And from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help.  Amen.

We all smiled after we finished reading it…except my 6 year old son.  He had a serious look on his face while he claimed, "That’s not true!"  We asked, "What do you mean?"  He explained, "This person said she hasn’t done anything bad so far but that’s not true.  She has been boasting."  Wow…my son had a deep thought!  It is often easy for us to think that we are doing all right or that we are doing better than that person or those people.  We need to be very careful not to let pride creep in our heart and mind.  Pride pushes God aside; God hates pride.

"As it is, you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil." James 4:16

"This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord" Jeremiah 9:23-24

"If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.  ….But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."  2Corinthians 11:30, 12:9

"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything, for ourselves, but our competence comes from God." 2 Corinthians 3:5

By the way, we can sin even when we’re still lying in bed.  We need to remember to take captive our every thought to make it obedient to Christ….in bed and out of bed.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trip to the Oregon Zoo

On Sept. 14th, we took the kids to the Oregon Zoo.  A baby Asian elephant has been the main attraction lately.  We waited in line for about an hour and a half to get a peek at this cutie.  He was born on August 23rd.  "Samudra" is his name (nicknames: Sam, Sammy); it’s a Sanskrit word meaning ocean (the calf apparently likes his bath time).  He weighed 336 pounds (as of Sunday when we were there), up from 286 pounds at birth.  His mom, "Rose" kept close eyes on him :) .
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Other animals that we visited included black bears, bobcats, mountain goats, beavers, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, sea otters, polar bear, penguins, lorikeets, tigers, leopard, babirusa, chimpanzee, mandrill, gibbons, African birds, rhino, hippos, zebras, pygmy goats, giraffe, crocodiles, duikers, Nile monitor, fruit bats, and python.  We also saw the Frog traveling exhibition featuring frogs from around the world, including the endangered Oregon spotted frog.  We had fun and got lots of exercise as a bonus (P.E. credit?) :) .
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Didn't Know Birds Can Be So Funny :)!

My 9 year old son told me today that Barred Owl and White-Winged Dove say, "Who cooks for you?"  and California Quail’s location call is "Chicago."  Inca Dove should become a spokeperson…a spokesbird for "Whirlpool" (they continually repeat "werl-pool").  Yellow Warbler certainly doesn’t have any problem with self-esteem; its song sounds like "sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lovin' Country Life

On Labor Day (Sept. 1st), we purchased 2 female goats to graze our land.  They are sweet and friendly.  Our kids enjoy spending time with them.
DSC04842 This is Nubi (1 1/2 yr old Nubian).
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We have seen 3 deer in our pasture.  We enjoy the visits by a variety of birds.  So far…we have seen mourning dove, scrub jay, steller’s jay, woodpecker, American goldfinch, house finch, house sparrow, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, dark-eyed junco, cedar waxwing, robin, hawk, and hummingbird.  My 9 year old son has turned into an ornithologist! 

We love trees, especially fruit trees :) .  We have 3 hazelnut trees, 2 pear trees, grapes, and blackberries on our property.  We have wonderful neighbors (only 3 other homes besides ours sit on our road).  They have already brought us apples, green beans, cucumbers, canned salmon, and berry cake.  When the weather is nice, we like sitting around our firepit on the patio roasting hotdogs and making s’mores, gazing at the stars at night.  Life is good.  Country life is groovily good!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

17 Years of Blessed Blissfulness!

DSC03327 DSC04897Today my beloved and I are celebrating our 17th anniversary.  I never stop thanking the Lord for blessing me with the best husband/friend in the world.  He has always been and will always be the love of my life. 
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He gave me this beautiful amethyst heart-shaped pendant and necklace (he already gave me in the past anniversaries an amethyst heart-shaped ring and amethyst heart-shaped earrings).  He is very sweet, loving, and thougthful as usual.  He knows I love heart-shaped stuff :) .

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A New Chapter in Our Life

In June, my husband accepted a new job as an Assistant City Engineer.  As a result, we needed to relocate to a different city (closer to his new workplace…still within the same state).  We put our house up for sale and it was sold in a month.  We were so busy house-hunting and packing during June and July.  We stored our belongings in 2 PODS and stayed at my mother-in-law’s house for 2 1/2 weeks until we closed on our new home.  Last Thursday (July 31st) was the first day we moved into our new home.  We finally get an opportunity to experience country-living.  We have 1.76 acres of land and an incredible panoramic view here.  We feel so blessed!  The Lord beautifully worked out every step of the way for us to get this awesome home (it’s a long story :) ).

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
We all are very excited to see what God has in store for us in a new chapter of our life.  We’re glad to be able to always count on Him who never changes.  "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

Monday, August 4, 2008

What We Did in 2007-2008

All three kids
- Bible study/Prayer Time: Bible, Firm Foundations: Creation to Christ, Remembering God’s Awesome Acts, and Bible Atlas
- Classical music and composers: Christian Kids Experience Composers (online study) by Maggie Hogan and Melissa Craig, Lives of the Musicians by Kathleen Krull, tons of CDs
- Read-alouds: Luther: Biography of a Reformer, Saint Patrick (Christian Liberty Press), Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends, etc.

My daughter (14): Grade 9
- Math: BJU Consumer math
- Science:  Apologia Physical Science
- Health: ABeka Health in Christian Perspective
- Literature: ABeka Themes in Literature, Exploring Christian Literature (Christian Liberty Press)
- Geography: ABeka World Geography in Christian Perspective
- Government/Civics: The Land of Fair Play (Christian Liberty Press), Generation Joshua (co-op)
- Speech: Defending the Faith (online) by JoJo Tabares
- Drama: co-op
- P.E. (basketball, badminton, volleyball, soccer): co-op
- Writing: Wordsmith (co-op)
- Art: drawing using various books
- Music: piano
- Language: Thai

My 9 yo son: Grade 5
- Math: Singapore Math 5A & 5B
- Science: ABeka Investigating God’s World,
- Health: ABeka Enjoying Good Health
- History and Geography: ABeka Old World History and Geography, 50 States (co-op)
- Language Arts: ABeka Language B, LLATL-The Purple Book
- Spelling: ABeka Spelling, Vocabulary, Poetry 5
- Reading: ABeka readers and various books including Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Trumpet of the Swan, Noah Webster
- Reading Comprehension: ABeka Read & Think 5, ABeka Adventures in Nature (Speed and Comprehension Reader)
- Cursive Handwriting: ABeka Penmanship Mastery II
- P.E. (basketball, badminton, volleyball, soccer): co-op
- Music: piano
- Typing: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing CDrom

My 6 yo son: Grade 1
- Math: ABeka Arithmetic 1, Singapore Math 1B
- Phonics: Letters and Sounds 1
- Reading: ABeka readers and various books
- Vocabulary: Explode the Code
- Penmanship: Words of Jesus (A Reason for Writing)
- Science: ABeka Discovering God’s World, BJU Science1
- Health: ABeka Health, Safety, Manners 1
- History: ABeka My America and My World, BJU Heritage Studies1
- Art: drawing using various books, Young Rembrandts drawing class
- Music: piano
- P.E.: soccer, basketball, running

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Locks of Love

My daughter loved her long hair.  However, last week she decided to say good-bye to her hair for a good cause.  She’s donating her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from hair loss from medical reasons.  I cut over a foot of her hair out.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Murdering Rampage

Murdering Rampage: A Homeschooler Refuses to Stand by and Do Nothing

     According to statistics, abortion (the killing of innocent, defenseless babies) mercilessly takes away the lives of 1.5 million babies each year; 4,000 babies every day; 1 baby every 20 seconds; approximately 40 million babies since 1973; and that’s just here in America.  While this murdering rampage is going on, many people are rallying for it to continue because they want to exercise their right to choose what is convenient to them and to get rid of an unwanted "obstacle" in their lives.  Some people do not agree but yet do nothing to help stop this rampage.

     However, other people including many homeschoolers refuse to just stand by and do nothing.  Alyssa, a 14 year old homeschooler in Oregon, is one such example.  She has a strong conviction and passion for saving the innocent and defending the defenseless.  Since she was 5 years old, she has been participating in Steps for Life, a two-mile walkathon which is an annual fund-raising event for Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC).  The Pregnancy Resource Centers of Greater Portland is a Christian organization that helps women and teens who face unplanned pregnancy. They help meet their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, enabling them to CHOOSE LIFE. They have six centers throughout the Portland area, and have ministered to over 110,000 women and teens since 1984.  They provide free services such as counseling, ultrasound, adoption info., maternity & baby clothes, parenting classes, spiritual encouragement, etc.

     On May 10th, many pro-life supporters are expected to take part in Steps for Life at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Oregon.  Alyssa urges us all to support this great cause, either by being a Steps for Life walker, making pledges/sponsoring a walker, or praying.  She has a website that you can visit if you would like to make pledges and be a part of this attempt to save as many babies’ lives as possible.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Memorable Moment of Motherhood


This is not a good picture (in terms of photographical quality…I used my digital camera to take a shot from an old photo).  However, this photo means so much to me because you see…that’s the moment  "my motherhood" became a reality!  The original picture was taken moments after our first baby daughter was delivered.  She was born prematurely.  She weighed only 4 lbs. 5 1/2 oz.  The nurses took her away immediately to hook up a bunch of tubes to help her breathe.  We were not allowed to hold her.  That was one of the hardest things I had to deal with.  My heart was filled with mixed emotions of love, joy, elation, concern, and longing (to hold her and nurse her).  In this picture, it was the first time I had a chance to see and touch my baby!!!  She looked so fragile that I only used my pinky finger to gently stroke her clenched fist.  What a joyous & thankful moment that was to see God’s miracle/precious blessing before my eyes!  The adventure of motherhood had begun for me and I can’t imagine my life without it :) .  Motherhood is truly a gift from God!  

Note: This is an entry for the Mother’s Day Photo Contest hosted by 5minutesformom.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Flat Smiley's First Trip

Our Flat Smiley has recently arrived home safely from his first trip.  At the end of last month, he went to visit the Neill family in Griffin, Georgia.  On the Resurrection Day, they took him to enjoy a family feast and an Easter egg hunt.  The family graciously introduced him to some of their favorite local attractions such as Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.5 mile race track), Stone Mountain (which has a carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson), and the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest aquarium featuring more animals than any other aquarium in more than 8 million gallons of water).  The family also took him to Chuck-E-Cheese and Toys-R-Us.  It was a sweet treat for Flat Smiley to visit Marble Slab Creamery; he brought home a napkin from there :) .  Flat Smiley had tons of fun with the Neill family during their spring break vacation.  They took him to Edisto Island in South Carolina.  He collected some sand and seashells to bring home.  On their way back home, they stopped by Paula Deen’s store and restaurant called Lady and Sons in Savannah and then Bass Pro Shop.  We thoroughly enjoyed reading the journal that the family recorded about their adventures with our Flat Smiley.  We are so thankful to the Neill family for their hospitality and kindness.  Flat Smiley’s first trip was truly memorable and filled with smiles

Here’s the proof :) :
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