My Day with (Flat) Flash

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I shared in a FB post at the beginning of the month: I started reading Flash and can’t wait to find out more about what a homeless donkey can teach me about life, faith, and second chances. Rachel was one of the very first bloggers I “followed” 7 years ago!, and if my house seems remotely uncluttered or clean to you, it’s all thanks to her and Minimum Maintenance. Be on the lookout for more about Rachel and Flash soon!

In term of blogging, 7 years is pretty much an eternity, so we’ve “known” each other forever! Some of my favorite online friends are from the Company Girl Coffee link-ups, and I hope we will some day all meet up for coffee! It was also a fun little surprise when Emily showed up on Home Sanctuary. That same year, I shared why Home Sanctuary is a Site We Love. If you would like to make your home a sanctuary, check out the Small Things.

I love Flash..both the book and the donkey. If you don’t think you could learn a thing or two from a donkey, think again! Flash may teach you something about life. Below are some takeaway wisdom from each chapter of the book, along with some pics from our day with Flat Flash on World Donkey Day. Enjoy!

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Some days just call for chocolate, tea, and a book about a donkey. Priscilla Shirer and Rachel Anne Ridge had a webcast about Finding God in the Everyday Moments – how God uses our interruptions, inconvenient situations and everyday moments to speak to us. You can watch that HERE –> rachelanneridge.com/webcast.10434373_10153343017396155_3236913975459758276_n

Happy World Donkey Day! Follow me and Flat Flash in our adventures today. He was a little confused why there was cleaning stuff in the car. We started out our day with 7 other friends cleaning another friend’s house. It was truly more of a blessing to us that she allowed us to serve her today.
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Repeat lunch from Taco Tuesday and dishes done! It’s an adventurous life for us.4IMG_20150508_133650

We took a walk to the mailbox to send a letter to Emily’s penpal in Ohio. Flat Flash made sure to stop and smell the roses. That’s a rose, right? I’m so not a gardener, and have a brown thumb.
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A sampling of flowers we saw in our neighborhood on our walk to the mailbox… Thank you neighbors for making our neighborhood beautiful! 10,000,000 points to anyone who can name all those flowers! So far, no one has been able to name all 12 flowers.
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Flat Flash is a bit bored with me. My in-laws are over so I am using this (mostly) kid-free time to do some work on the computer, sign the kids up for VBS, etc. What have you been up to on this fine World Donkey Day?
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We finished eating dinner, the table is cleared, the dishes are washed, and the girls are getting ready to take a walk. They think it is just our usual after-dinner walk around the neighborhood, but we are actually going to ‘run into’ my hubby coming back from the train station. He has been out of town for the week on a work trip, and was able to fly back earlier than expected. The girls thought he would be back after they go to bed.
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They thought we were going to take an after-dinner walk (with Flat Flash), but look who’s home from a week-long work trip!!
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A snack before bedtime…our favorite varieties right now are Fuji and Ambrosia. Yum! I think Flash the Donkey would like them too. Flat Flash says don’t forget to brush your teeth (he needs to work on this one) and say your prayers!
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Flat Flash was curious about the package we received, and found out that Melody’s book about our Australian adventures arrived!
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What other adventures should Flat Flash go on?
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Melissa is the winner of our book giveaway. Yay! If you want to read Flash, make sure to head to your local bookstore or library, or you can get your own copy on Amazon.
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And if you have a moment, check out how donkeys are helping impoverished families around the world. You can sponsor a donkey just like Flash did!6a00d8341cc30c53ef01b8d1107dcf970c

Our Week in Photos (Week 51 of 52)

Highlights
*Christmas lights
*Journey to Living Bethlehem
*Christmas Concert
*Christmas Tea

Upcoming
*Family Christmas Celebration
*100-Day/Red Egg and Ginger Party
*Birthday party at Color Me Mine
*BM’s birthday dinner
*Christmas Eve service
*Christmas lunch with family

This Week’s Posts
*Truth in the Tinsel: Days 1-12
*Kiwi Crate: Polar Expedition

Loving all the family and friends times!

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 50 of 52)

Highlights
*K’s Pump It Up birthday party
*Got the Christmas Tree put up!
*The Candy-Coated Christmas Musical
*Christmas Tree Lane with friends
*MOPS
*Cookie decorating with friends
*Ornament-Making Party at Creekside

Upcoming
*Christmas lights
*Journey to Living Bethlehem
*Christmas Concert

This Week’s Posts
*Seeds 12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 | Day 12
*Contributor post at Next Level Mama: 10 Reasons Why I Am Thankful for My Husband

There went another week. :p

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 49 of 52)

Highlights
*Christmas lights are up!
*Watching my friend on The Price is Right
*Family 🙂

Upcoming
*The Candy-Coated Christmas Musical
*Ornament-Making Party

This Week’s Posts
*Seeds 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 10
*The Nativity Story (app) | Review
*Review and Giveaway: The Promise
*The Sound of Music LIVE!
*For the Holidays: The Sparkle Box
*Emily-ism: Mansion

The week came and went. :p

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 48 of 52)

Highlights
*Dad’s Birthday Dinner
*Monsters University at the library
*Thanksgiving Dinner
*Friendsgiving Dinner

Upcoming
*I have no idea :p

This Week’s Posts
*Christmas Countdown Planner (code for 50% off)
*Blog Planning Kit (code for 50% off)
*Seeds 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
*31 Days in SF Bay: SOMA (San Francisco)
*For Your Holidays: Truth in the Tinsel (code for 20% off) | More Than Candy (code for 50% off)

What a wonderful week with family and friends! Lots of yummy food, laughter, and fun. While we’re not typically into the Black Friday spirit, we did end up getting a few things that we have been wanting for awhile at a low, low price. Yay! How was your Thanksgiving? Any great recipes to share or great deals you’ve found? :p Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 47 of 52)

Highlights
*Helping a friend move
*CC Memory Master Workshop

Upcoming
*Dad’s Birthday Dinner
*Thanksgiving Dinner
*Friendsgiving Dinner

This Week’s Posts
*Warm Up Your Walls House Party
*Real Life Inspiration (actual post HERE)
*For the Holidays: Seeds Family Worship <– free album download link until Thanksgiving
*Review and Giveaway: 1 Girl Nation <– the girls did a good job reviewing the album

Stiff neck and sore throat/cough (slightly feverish) most of the week. Enough said. :p Check out the fun posts from this week, and let us know how you’re doing! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 46 of 52)

Highlights
*HP Warm Up Your Walls House Party
*Melody’s Praise-formance at First Baptist

Upcoming
It’s the calm before the storm…. :p

This Week’s Posts
*31 Days in SF Bay: Union Square (San Francisco)
*Review and Giveaway: The First Christmas Night
*Review: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria (Seattle)

Have a wonderful weekend lovely family and friends and loyal blog readers (there must be 5 or 6 of you by now! :p haha)!! There are a few more pics to add, so come back again on Saturday. There might even be a real blog post by then too. :p

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 45 of 52)

Highlights
*Park playdate, reunited with friends!!
*MOPS Steering
*Memory Master workshop
*Playground time again with friends
*ES meeting

Upcoming
*House Party
*Melody’s Praise-formance

This Week’s Posts
*Review: Dick’s Drive-In
*31 Days in SF Bay: Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39 (San Francisco)
*31 Days in SF Bay: Sunset/Richmond (San Francisco)
*Operation Christmas Child 2013
*Review: O’Asian Kitchen (Seattle)

If we have more time, we have some great things to blog about. Besides, finishing the 31 Days series, there are so many opportunities during this time of year to give back and to serve others. It is something that we try to do all year long, but it seems like more opportunities pop up during the holidays. As if we haven’t said it enough, we love getting together with our friends and family! They are the best!! The girls were finally reunited with some friends this week. While I haven’t gotten together with my (mom) friends, the kids haven’t all been together in awhile… It was a glorious reunion, and I am thankful for the friendships of those in our different communities. What are some fun or memorable things you have done with your family or friends this past week?

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 44 of 52)

Highlights
*Dinner and a Movie
*Brain Tumor Walk
*Disney on Ice
*Castro Village Trick or Treating
*Trunk or Treat

This Week’s Posts
*Strangest Thing
*31 Days in SF Bay: San Mateo (Peninsula)
*Giveaway: Christmas Countdown Planner (giveaway has ended, but you can purchase a copy of the planner, link in post)
*31 Days in SF Bay: Chinatown | Financial District (San Francisco)

– Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 43 of 52)

Highlights
*Neighborhood Church Fall Festival
*Young Families
*Dell’Osso Farm Field Trip

Upcoming
*Dinner and a Movie
*Brain Tumor Walk
*Disney on Ice
*Birthday Party
*Trunk or Treat

This Week’s Posts
*Discipleship & Disclipine
*Brain Tumor Walk 2013
*31 Days in SF Bay: Daly City | Millbrae (Peninsula)

What a week! I think I say something similar every week, huh? The highlight was the Dell’Osso Farm field trip. We had a blast even though it involved driving on my part and being in the sun and getting lost in a corn maze. We are excited about some fun things this weekend, and then hopefully have a chill week ahead. That probably won’t happen since Halloween/harvest time activities are aplenty. What plans do you have for the week ahead?

– Joyce

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