My Green Velvet Life

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Could there be a greater miracle than for us to look through each others’ eyes for an instant? –Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), US author, naturalist, historian & philosopher

We’ve been celebrating the birth of Binkie, my sixth grandchild, who arrived on July 20. I am reminded of the amazing creatures we are every time I look at her little face and see so many people–her mom (my daughter), her dad, brother, sister, my hubby, my other daughters, her paternal grandparents, and even myself. Plus ancestors we’ve never met. Just think! Your very own face could show up in a tiny newborn, hundreds or even thousands of years from now.

Celebrating the freedom to be.

We had fun making a banner for Independence Day. All you need are colored paper, pencils, glue, scissors and glitter and yarn, string or ribbon. Just let everybody make their own glitter stars (paper can be any size or shape you want), and once dry, attach them all together on the yarn. This can be adapted to any theme. We even made a pink and purple one for my new granddaughter. At our house we keep things simple. When you have a dozen or so complicated characters running in and out you need to focus on EASY. I learned this at an early age. My parents had 9 kids. My mom was the oldest of 15 kids and dad’s family had 11 kids. When big families get together, it’s all about eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and sitting in any nook or cranny you can find. Yay crazy fun! And there’s always room for one more, so go out and join a big family if you don’t have one of your own.

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