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Look carefully...at the seemingly small moments...in the constant shaping of souls.- Neal A.Maxwell
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Visit
     Missionary son sent his journal and his camera's SD card for Christmas.  I spent most of a day reading, looking at pictures and watching his short videos.  It was a nice "visit" and a nice reminder of his humor and creativity.

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Group
     E will be 67 this spring.  She "loves everyone".  She likes to sing.  She wonders if the Santa in the community light display is real.  Every year for the past 12+ years that E has come to our home for Christmas Eve dinner she stalls getting in the van to go back to her apartment.  At her apartment she stalls getting out of the van.  This year E has moved from living in an apartment by herself to living in a group home.  This year E made sure we remembered to take her home.  This year she hurried out of the van to the people waiting to greet her at the door.  This year, for the first time, I felt at peace in leaving.
Risk
     For the past few years 16-year old has asked for Risk for Christmas.  He has never received it because no one in the family has been willing to commit to playing it with him.  This year he received Risk.  I told him the gift was not the game itself but my willingness to play it with him.  The first round I lost, slowly and painfully.  At the end of the game 16-year old asked if I enjoyed playing.  I said, "It reminds me of what my mom said about playing Monopoly, 'It's like being nibbled to death by a duck - you just have to ignore the nibbling and enjoy the company.'"
     Actually, despite losing, the game was more fun than I remember as a child.  We played a second round later in the day.  This time 16-year old was nibbled and I was the duck.  The company was good both times. 
Well....?
     "Mom, I don't like when you do that."
     "Do what?"
     "Say things like, 'Don't you think so?' or "Wouldn't you say?' at the end of a statement."
      "I would have to concur" said my husband.
      I never knew I used those phrases.  Apparently I do, frequently.  How annoying, wouldn't you agree?



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    1 snow day off school + 2 brothers + 3 hours in the snow =
 
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(The black circle is 12 year olds face.)

When the two came to the part of burying B, as they were telling me about their day in the snow, I said, "I wish I had a picture of that."  C said, "Hah!" to B.  I gave a questioning look.  C said, "The neighbors were out in the field where we were.  I asked if I could borrow their i-phone and e-mail myself a picture.  B said it was a silly idea but I did it anyway."  I'm glad he did.  I'm also glad he took the picture from the other side of the fence - it makes it even funnier.
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