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August 17, 2011


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I'll smile more tomorrow. : ) Thank you for the reminder!


Great post! Great comment from Aunt Sussie too!


Thank you so much for the reminder to smile! I do want my kids to know how thankful I am to spend my days with them!


Good point about the smiling! I have to keep that in mind. Love the pic of Catherine. She is a cutey. And


The laundry chute. Wow. Peter just discovered the kitchen trash can. I am discovering things in the kitchen trash like silverware and toys!

I really need that reminder to smile more. Thanks!

Aunt Sussie

Joseph, I am so happy your first day went well. I have been praying for you to have a great year.

Catherine, I love your "holey" smile. From the moment I first saw you, as a little bundle being carried into the house from the hospital, your smile has always made me think of the joy of the Angels as they sing their praises to God.

John Paul the eyelashes are irresistible. May you always use their ability to charm anyone for good ;-D Oh, and good job remembering laundry shoots are for LAUNDRY. :-)

Kirsten, no worries. Your children, like anyone who knows you, will always remember you for your gentle, loving, joy and the beauty you bring to all you do.

Julia, Mary Jane, and Patrick, have a great first day Monday! I hope your new school year is filled with many happy memories and wonderful new ideas.

Amelia, I hope Monday, your first day of school, goes beautifully. I pray that you will discover a joy for learning and that through your awesome natural energetic inquisitiveness you discover all the wonders God has put around you.

Don't worry, I have not forgotten you, Baby B. You are in my prayers and thoughts each day. I know the SonLight Garden grows brighter as the day of your arrival draws near.

I love and miss you all,
Aunt Sussie

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