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on the 12th day of my birthday season...

Some days have so many things to be grateful for, it is hard to begin.  Today is one of them.
Mainly, the little thing today that meant the most was seeing my boys outside mowing the grass, taking ownership of some responsibility.  They are growing up so quickly.  As I was in the kitchen doing the dinner dishes, watching the activity outside the windows was a joy for this mama's heart.

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