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November 10, 2015

Young Readers Day
We are all young at heart so today is a day for everyone! *wink*
For people that have very few years lived so far this is a day to focus on reading and instilling the sense of fun and wonder that books hold.
Rhyming Books for Young Children
Benefits Of Reading Rhyming Books With Your Children
The 50 Best Read-Aloud Chapter Books For Young Kids
Tips for Reading With Newborns to Age 5

Forget-Me-Not Day
Why is the flower named forget-me-not?

Thinking outside the box: It's a wooden canal boat, it was an illustrated, British annual, it's a 1922 silent film, it's a Psych episode (great show!), and it's a Motown hit.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Always Faithful - The United States Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps adopted the motto "Semper Fidelis" in 1883, on the initiative of Colonel Charles McCawley (January 29, 1827 – October 13, 1891), the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
There were three mottos prior to Semper Fidelis including Fortitudine (meaning "with courage") antedating the War of 1812, Per Mare, Per Terram ("by sea, by land"; presumably inherited from the British Royal Marines, whose motto it was previously), and, up until 1843, there was also the Marines' Hymn motto "To the Shores of Tripoli". "Semper fidelis" signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for 'Corps and Country', even after leaving service. Marines frequently shorten the motto to "Semper Fi" /ˌsɛmpər ˈfaɪ/.
On the United States Marine Corps Seal, the symbols of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem holds a ribbon emblazoned "Semper Fidelis". (source)

Area Code Day 
Our Numbered Days: The Evolution of the Area Code

Sesame Street Day 

Dude, I LOVED Sesame Street growing up!  I have very vivid memories of that show.  One particular memory includes my brother. I had the chicken pox and my Mom, a nurse mind you, had me infect my brother so he would get them also and we would both be done.  I remember sitting at a small table watching Sesame Street with my brother, both of us trying not to scratch, and my Mom putting an oatmeal paste on us to help with the itching. 

It's how I learned to count...I still hum this song to this day! 


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Today I want to celebrate transformation - the work we have each put in day after day, month after month, year after year to become not who we were. Let me say this - there is no shame in who we were because that was the hurt us - the baggage laden us - the angry us. And we've done the work so let's celebrate who we aren't and who we now are!  The song above is all about being transformed - from the choices to let go of pain and find healing. It inspired something called cardboard testimonies which I personally love. A way to share your story in one or two sentences/phrases. I don't know about you but I love not being who I was. I still have work to do but I love looking back and seeing the transformation I've gone through thus far. 

Here's some inspiration - yes, a lot of it is faith based (okay maybe all of it) but if you don't subscribe to a faith that's okay! You still have a cardboard testimony. 


So in case *you* didn't know...I have a wee obsession with the TV show Friends. Nothing that requires an intervention...well at least I don't think so. *wink*

Today's #FRIENDSFriday is all about how well do you, or I, know the show? It's time for a little Friends Trivia!

And in keeping with the trivia focus today here's a clip of one of my most favorite episodes of Friends that features one of the best games of trivia ever!

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of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Watching my brothers become Uncles - thanks to my oldest redhead - has been one of the best things in my life. It was through their interactions with her from the moment she was born until present day that made me see the men they were growing up to be and what kind of Father's they would be to their own children someday. It takes nothing at all for me to think back to those days when she was an itty-bitty and my brothers - who had no experience with babies - took on soothing her when she cried, changing her diapers, helping feed her, and just snuggling. Mushy gushy heart.

What makes you sentimental today?