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Upcoming Traditions

Family gatherings are not a normal occurence for my little family. The holidays often come and go with barely a text between relatives. For the past two years, I think each ended exactly the same…in front of the television.  

The Hallmark version of laughter and games with large or small gatherings has never happened at my house. I think the only tradition we share is that no two holidays  are alike. 

This Thursday will be our 10th Thanksgiving together. My stepson will bring his new family up and we are so excited. The girls want me to make our turkey with maple and bacon flavor like last year. We might try a board game or two. However the girls bicker, the boy cheats (seriously hides cards in the table  cracks), and I get to play referee every other day anyways. 

My daughter-in-law wants to go Black Friday shopping…(Lets combine my two least favorite things, shopping & crowds, make it at the buttcrack of dawn, and call it fun!)

Not sure if the weather will be good enough for a hike, but I hope we can walk to the nature preserve by our house. Sometimes we have enough energy and money to get our tree the next day. We have a place we go each year, and the same dude helps us. The girls call him ‘Elfie,’ but his real name is Sam. 

Thats pretty much it. I am thankful for my rowdy bunch. I am glad to have food on the table and a roof over our heads. I will try a little harder to call my parents and friends. And I promise to wear a smile while refereeing UNO or while shopping. Wherever you are in the world I hope you take a moment to be thankful and know that I am thankful for you too. 



I have been a Lorain county resident for five years now. Anywhere you go you can see quintessential American life in our backyard. From scarecrows to Organized Labor Day, from urban decay to rural homesteading, and my question has been, "Where is the joy?!" People need more reasons to smile. While I am committed to educating and empowering people, I promise this blog will always share the hope and joy I have.

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