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By Gabrielle. Photos are my dad at Lake Powell, and my parents pre-kids, when he still had all his hair.

Well, it turns out I had a really tender day yesterday. It was the 19th anniversary of my father’s death, and one of the first things I read yesterday morning, was a sweet tribute to my dad that my brother wrote on my siblings Facebook group. It totally had me in tears. I sure miss my dad.

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A bit later, I read this sweet article written by a young widow, which also left me in tears. And then I happened upon this fascinating article, which blew my mind and also left me tears. (I may write a separate post about this last one because I keep thinking about it.)

And then, throughout the day, I was so touched by your kind words and thoughtful feedback on my blog goals post. I know I haven’t responded to everyone, but I’ve read every comment and they mean so much to me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your sincere thoughts on how to make this space great.

So anyway, like I said, it was quite the tender day. Lots of feels!

Today, I woke up feeling a bit more practical, mostly because Oscar’s birthday, and birthday party, are tomorrow. And I need to prep. Eleven years old! Gosh I like that kid. It should be a good weekend — I always love when my family is working together on something. How about you? Anything fun going on?

I’m headed out to tackle my to-do list, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

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– Having a hard time healing after childbirth? It’s not in your head.

– She can fit two years of trash in 1 small jar.

– Girl Scout creates patch program to raise awareness of WWII Japanese-American incarceration.

Women astronauts heading to Mars.

– Related, Nasa has tested an engine that would take us to Mars in 10 weeks.

– The forgotten history of autism.

Silent, pet-friendly fireworks. I love this kind of problem solving! I remember learning that fireworks scared pets and feeling sad for the pets, and sad because I love watching fireworks. But it doesn’t have to be an either/or choice. A good reminder there are multiple ways to solve most problems.

– New law in Arizona — pet stores can only sell rescues.

This is super troubling and Dupont comes off as pretty dang evil. (Which makes me wonder yet again, is it possible for a large company to be virtuous?)

– The Seabin can clean the ocean.

I hope you have a really lovely weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


P.S. — June’s first tooth came out on Wednesday evening! And she couldn’t have been happier about it. She had bent the tooth at an angle with her tongue and was stressed out because it was causing pain. I told her it would stop hurting if we pulled it out. She thought about that for awhile and decided she was ready.

So Maude quickly reached in, plucked it out and showed it to June. It happened so fast, that it took June a few seconds, and then her eyes went wide as she realized she was looking at her tooth!

This all occurred during dinner prep and the whole family was there to witness. You would have thought we’d won the lottery with all the excitement and cheering. Hah!