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  1. Huge step today. We told her mother, and surprisingly, it went well.
  2. Thanks KC. Our conversation is leading us to believe that there is an eventuality of letting her mom and our kids know, and should that time be sooner rather than later. There is a bit of a twist in that my mother has on occasion referred to my girlfriend as her daughter-in-law...a bit of a slip, but it could lead to conversation about who she is.
  3. To-date, we have shared who we are with her dad and my mother. Yet to tell her mother and my father..and our kids. Telling her mother is a concern in that she might flip out. This summer, she will be attending a family reunion for my father's side...not her family. The question on our mind is, how do we introduce her? Saying she is my girlfriend means that we should have the conversation first with our kids and the parents that don't know.
  4. Donated $10. Come on folks, help support this wonderful resource! KC, thank you for everything you are doing to maintain this site!
  5. Definitely living the dream! We are all moved in and decided to take a family weekend away. Nice to get away from the unpacking, house projects, etc. Been pretty tense with her starting a new job all while selling a house and buying a house. All worth it.
  6. Thanks all...seems like it's been a whirlwind with the house search, inspections, etc. and the holidays...we close on the house this Friday, with immediate possession! Appliances will arrive Saturday, and then we have a few weeks to have some work done on the house, before we move in. Just as well. It will give us some time to breathe. She has just started a new career and having six weeks to move out of the old place helps. Much to be thankful for!
  7. Hello everyone! Sharing happy news. We have made an offer on a house, and now just awaiting the inspection , appraisal, etc. A big step for our relationship Praying for the Lord's continued presence in our relationship and for a smooth process for the new home. Much to be thankful for!
  8. Sounds great and congrats LadyC! An achievement worth celebrating witha shopping trip. ?
  9. Just woke a few mins ago and I'm hungry...really hungry now. ?
  10. Dill is a great ingedient in marinades that I have made. Celantro is another fave. Happy gardening!
  11. Something my ladyfriend and I have in common is our love for beerfests. In Michigan, craft brews have taken off in a huge way, and we find ourselves going to about 5 festivals a year. Anyone else into craft beers?
  12. I've always purchased them as babies and planted them. It went well..but it was long ago. I miss fresh herbs. Good luck!
  13. I'm jealous. ????...beautiful weekend to be out grilling, but none for me. I'm on a soft foods diet. Perhaps next weekend. Hope it went well!
  14. Pastors, in the spirit of their calling, are shephards. They are there to guide you in your walk. The canon is a collection of teachings that are there as a guide..it is in those principles that ministry us found. While I agree there is opportunity to question for further enlightenment, the message doesn't end with a collection formed 2000 years ago. The search for answers isn't always found in the black and white. Something to also be aware is that the holy bible does not contain all texts of the time.. Sharing my experience...My mother became a minister about 15 years ago, and she would be the first to tell you that all churches, organized or not, fit people a certain way....meaning it's not one-size-fits-all. She prefers a more traditional service, where I prefer contemporary. I loved my last church and miss it very much. Searching about 18 months, I haven't landed uts replacement. The right church not only includes not only the right pastor, but also people that make me feel welcome, and the church needs to fit in with the way I worship.
  15. Each day with my ladyfriend has been a blessing, and she is a woman I have an undeniable appreciation for. Besides being mother of two children and a hardworking manager of a business...she is an incredible partner. From the little things to the big ones, she's all in. On Easter, I unexpectedly ended up in the hospital (I'm ok). Faced with possible surgery...she went into Super Woman mode. While I was in an incoherent state, she reached out to people within my company and canceled web conferences/appointments I was sure to miss. Arranged time off work. She made sure to have my breathing machine (CPAP) and other necessities brought up... Notified all of my family and friends. She took on responsibility for overseeing my care...she didn't leave my side. After we returned home she made sure to I was comfortable and cared for. Knowing her as I do, there is no surprise to all of this. But the love and appreciation for continues to deepen.
  16. Jealous. I had sardines. :/
  17. Lol...she said to her son, that we couldn't get married because our parents are brother and sister.
  18. When are you two getting married? Of course, speaking of his mother and me. This was said while eating dinner at a friend's house.????
  19. Luckily, I've never forgotten. Stores around us were sold out of eggs. We just finished hiding the eggs and baskets. Can't wait for the children to wake.????
  20. Hi Nessa! It went very well, thank you. I made a couple of rubs. The first rub was made for the chops made from rosemary, seasoning salt, dried orange zest. The chops were fantastic! My second rub is made for my baby backs...brown sugar, rosemary, kosher salt, chili powder, black pepper. This weekend will be fun-filled smoking ribs....low a slow! And grilling burgers with apple smoked bacon. My mouth is already watering. ????
  21. Thank you both. Ah, what is the next step...getting this far has taken a lot of patience and care. We have inched forward at a snail's pace. Moving in was a HUGE step for her and that was almost 18 months ago. For now, we are looking forward to buying a house. Keeping us secret is still her wish for now...but the feeling that I get from her parents, and others, is that no one fooled. While at dinner with her parents, her mother asked why I wasn't going to the wedding, I almost burst out laughing. If you ask me, the facade is for my ladyfriend's comfort. I don't see marriage in the future, not because I'm against it, but rather it's her feeling. After two failed marriages, she has no interest. I will share that I have made a lifetime committment to her...her fear prevents her from doing the same. We won't have children...between the two of us, we have six children. So, enjoying them and looking forward to grand kids.????
  22. Friends, must share with you the smile that is upon my face. Last night, my ladyfriend called me on her way home from her boss's Wedding reception...and she just poured her heart out. Normally, she is very reserved in her verbal affections, but last night left me speechless with her words. Thirty minutes of sharing with me how she feels about me and us. Blown away can barely describe the feeling. Words don't usually come to her easily, and she expresses herself through many other ways. It has been three years, and I suppose the chase is over...but her passion is quite clear. While I've known how she has felt, to hear the words was for lack of better words, powerful. We talked till 3AM, discussing our friendship and all that was important. Love, children, our family. We talked about her fears of now and what's to come. It was a great moment for us. My partner is an incredible woman. A beautiful, hard-working mother of two great children...they are my heart. If you will indulge me...I give thanks to Him for the blessings of this sunshine that is my life. A few years ago, I asked him for an angel...someone to be my partner, somone that I could love with everything that I am, and one that would do the same. I have faith that prayer was answered. I ask that he continue to be in our relationship...guiding us for years to come. Praise to Him! Thank you for the opportunity to share it here. It is a blessing sharing in your stories and receiving your advice...all has been very valuable. May your life be blessed with all that is good and right.
  23. Words are fun aren't they? I work with a Brit that calls his eraser a rubber...about fell out of my chair when he talked about losing it. ?
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