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Joined April 2018

Reader, Musician, Crocheter, Super Aunt, Christian
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Kaikeyi: A Novel by Vaishnavi Patel
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Joining! @Andrew65

Ironically, I decided to go solo camping this weekend to get away and read, without even knowing this was happening. Got quite a bit done already, so here‘s what I hope for the rest of the week:
1.) Finish: Kaikeyi (#bookspin)
2.) Finish: Eleanor & Park
3.) Start & finish: Perfect Shot (#doublespin)
4.) Start: The Magdalen Girls (book club pick)

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Love in Lockdown | Chloe James
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I almost put this book down because of the prologue, but I‘m sure glad that I didn‘t! I thought the story was interesting and did a good job of portraying that life kept going during the pandemic without getting heavy. Having had juvenile epilepsy as a kid, I had never read a book of fiction that had an MC with it. That was definitely something that snagged my attention. Super quick read!

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I won this in a giveaway.There were some good stories and ideas think about, but I still left the experience wondering exactly what the purpose or point was. Because of this, I think this is very dependent on being in a place of need for these sentiments. I hope that when I need some life encouragement, I will remember to pull out this book and reread it.
Book 9 - #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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The first half of Kaikeyi is my #bookspin and my #doublespin is Perfect Shot - SVH No. 53 (part of my #paperbackcrush challenge)

Looking forward to a productive reading month in May!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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My favorite April read was the tagged book. It was a super fun, colorful fantasy story that I spent time reading/viewing all of the little details.

I also thought it deserved to make it through the next round, even over Will, which was a fantastic book. I just think the originality and humor edged out the nostalgia from the Will book. This was a tough decision, and I can‘t imagine what the rest are gonna be like! #2022ReadingBracket @chasjjlee

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May Flowers | Louisa May Alcott
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I think this layout for May is going to be my fav so far! I will write the numbers for bingo in the flower pots and as I read the books, the flowers will grow and bloom! 🌹 🌺 🌸
#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Prairiegirl_reading Cute layout!! 2w
Megabooks Awesome! 2w
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ravenlee What a neat idea! 2w
TheAromaofBooks I love it!!! 2w
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Against the Odds #51 | Francine Pascal
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Finished the tagged last night and it was my #bookspin for April. Typical SVH fare, and although it was nice to see some other characters featured, it made Jessica and Elizabeth seem even more like caricatures.

Somehow, didn‘t get a bingo this month. Number 14 was really my only hope, and although I started it yesterday, Kaikeyi is over 400 pages so that didn‘t happen. Still proud of my month though!
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!! I love your eggs!!! 2w
keys_on_fire @TheAromaofBooks working on my May list now. I‘m growing flowers this month! 😆🥰 2w
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Across Five Aprils | Irene Hunt
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After dinner enjoyment x 2! 📚 & 🍺
#deweys24HrReadathon

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Out of Reach | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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Starting this one now, which I don‘t anticipate finishing during the readathon, as I like to mix it up and will want to get some other books finished up as well. Hoping to get at least halfway through today!
#deweys24hrreadathon

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This was a super fun start to #deweys24hrreadathon! I found myself chuckling on almost every page. The illustrations reminded me of the Where‘s Waldo books, and the character comments were more interesting than the story itself. Will probably purchase this for my nephews at some point!
Also, this book completed all of the prompts for the #booklyenchantedreadathon

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Inner Harbor | Nora Roberts
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Book 3 of 4 in the Chesapeake Bay series. This brought a lot of the plot points from the first two books together, so it will be interesting to see in what direction the 4th book will travel. I didn‘t connect as much to the lead couple in this book but, so far in my Nora Roberts experience, there is usually one story that is not as compelling. All in all, a fun, sexy, beachy read!

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Since I couldn‘t be with my family this Easter, I decided to spend some time reflecting on some of the women in the story. I read the Women of Christmas not too long ago, and this is just as insightful. It‘s amazing to me how trained our brains are to see the women in the stories as background, when in reality they had some of the most key story points.

BookBabe Yes, I‘ve noticed that too! #stacked 🙌🏻 2w
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If you are a #bookly user, you may have seen that they are hosting a readathon next weekend with four prompts:
1.) Magic World
2.) “Forest” in title
3.) Mystery or Fantasy genre
4.) Green cover

This fits 3 of those four prompts for anyone that‘s interested, and it‘s only 32 pages! Placed my hold this morning!

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Decisions | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Robin Wilson is struggling with how to make her feelings about college known to her family and her boyfriend. Jessica tries a new activity to impress a guy, but Elizabeth worries that she‘s better at it than Jess.

Typical SVH problems, but this is one that is harder to swallow as an adult. Picking a college based on a teenage relationship is most likely a statistical no-no, but things tend to work out for the best in Sweet Valley 😆

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Spending time on the road with his wife and dog, the author travels the post-election tours of George Washington. I learned a lot about our 1st president, and highly recommend. So much of what he encountered is relevant today, and I feel like the only downside is that some sections felt slow because we talk differently now than 200 years ago.
#doublespin - April @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks This one sounds so interesting!!! 1mo
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Redeeming Love: A Novel | Francine Rivers
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Just found out about #2022readingbracket so this is my catch-up post!
January - Will by Will Smith
February - The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

The winner between these was really hard to choose, but I had to go with Will because the audiobook just really elevated the experience

March - Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

My April TBR is packed with great contenders, so this should be a hard month to choose!
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Lissie Love this idea!! 1mo
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Against the Odds #51 | Francine Pascal
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My #bookspin and #doublespin selections for April!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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April's Rainbow | Cathryn Hein
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My #bookspin list and #bookspinbingo board are ready! Although, my eggs don‘t look very egg-like 🤣

Picked a lot of quick reads since #deweys24hour readathon is happening at the end of the month, and hopefully that will help me further along with my reread of SVH for my #paperbackcrush challenge. Looking forward to a fun month!

@TheAromaofBooks - sorry to blow you up with all these posts! 😂

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! I love your layout! Are you planning to decorate the eggs as you read them?? 1mo
keys_on_fire Thank you! Yes, I‘m gonna to put the numbers in the corner of the boxes and decorate the eggs as I read them. It‘s kinda like a bingo and an ester egg hunt all at the same time! 1mo
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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Finished the tagged book to wrap up March last night. The shaded squares and the squares with book covers are the ones I completed. Pretty happy with getting both #bookspin, #doublespin and one bingo!

Looking forward to April, and will be posting my list and board momentarily!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 1mo
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Finished this last night, just in time for the end of the month! I enjoyed the dual timelines and finding the parallels between the modern story and the historical ones. I certainly could relate to the relationship issues that Caroline was experiencing, although my ex was not quite so manipulative. Love the artwork of the cover too!
#bookspin March 2022 @TheAromaofBooks

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“In a city so grand, even a poor girl can transform into whatever she desires to be.” - referring to London.

Just getting started with this one, but when I came across the paragraph at the bottom of the picture, the scene from A Knight‘s Tale where William‘s father tells him he could change his stars immediately flashed through my brain! 😂

peanutnine Love that movie! 2mo
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The Girls on Film | Zoey Dean
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Second in the series, and I think I liked it better than the first, simply because I knew the characters by this point. Will be continuing with the next book in April!
#doublespin for March 2022 @TheAromaofBooks

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Halfway between pick and so-so, actually. This was a SUPER fast read, despite being almost 300 pgs. I read it for my book club, as we all picked out on book set in Ireland.
Pros: Good characters, relatable plot, Ireland, stand-alone
Cons: Moments of repetition, last 15% felt rushed, especially in that the romance really didn‘t ramp up until then too.
#bookspinbingo book 11 & first bingo @TheAromaofBooks
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Finished this last month, but glad I hadn‘t yet taken time to review, as I met Fiona Davis two evenings ago! Because I read the Curse of Beauty last fall, I instantly recognized the story of Audrey Munson that was woven into and around the story of the Frick family and their amazing donation of their home as a museum of art to New York City. Fiona even said she hadn‘t yet met someone who had read that book, so that was fun!

Ruthiella How exciting! 😃 2mo
AmyG Nice! 2mo
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Will | Will Smith
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As many others have said, this was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to! Will reads, and there are snips of his hits interspersed as he takes us past those moments in the timeline. I bought the book because there are so many great quotes that I wanted to have easier access. Learning about how he got there and the choices he made was fascinating.

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I picked up this series at a library book sale, because they looked like something that would be a light read. I think it would better be described as an escape than something light. They are fun for what they are, and it reminds me of a more current version of Sweet Valley High crossed with 90120. Dated a bit already, but will still continue to read through the rest of the series books that I own.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Definitely using this to try and get some more rows and columns complete for #bookspinbingo. If I could get The Lost Apothecary complete and one to two others, I would count that as a win!

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !!

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Redeeming Love: A Novel | Francine Rivers
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Been reading, but not posting 😢 🤷🏻‍♀️
Had a really great February, but too much to post to catch up, so I‘ll just start here.

Enjoyed the tagged book a lot! It was recommended by a friend and now I need to watch the movie.

Next up: Girls on Film for my #doublespin

Gissy Pretty handwriting! 2mo
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I tried. I put it down after page 25, and read again to page 63. I just couldn‘t connect with the characters, and the conversations they had were cringe-worthy. I felt like the author just couldn‘t figure out what direction she wanted to take. I got 5 words for #WGwordsearch & another bingo before bailing.

66 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
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#wrapitupreadathon
#averymerryrradathon @TheSpineView
#wintercosy @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks I went back and forth about getting this one for my BOTM but ultimately took a pass. The whole idea of someone being this into a celebrity kind of weirded me out lol 5mo
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Yesterday I felt achy and was running a fever, so I spent the day watching television and a few Hallmark movies. Got two bingos from watching one movie, which was Switched at Christmas with Candace Cameron Bure.

45 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
@Clwojick

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This novella started off strong but quickly moved into the realm of clichés. Lots of points and two more bingos! Plus a pic of some snowmen for the #festivephotochallenge!

4,007 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
@Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView
#wintercosy @PuddleJumper
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheSpineView Excellant! 5mo
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Winter Games | John Lacombe
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This was my best week yet! Can‘t believe how much reading and points I got with Christmas in the mix…
#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick

Smartypants Keep it up!! 🥇 5mo
Clwojick Amazing job! 😍 5mo
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I enjoyed this short story of two warring families whose children fall in love at Christmas, set in the old west. I may even continue to read the series, although I‘m not sure when I‘ll get to it! 🤣

The top pic is my #favegift for the#festivephotochallenge. My mom knows me well!
And a 5th #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks !!
I may clear this board, which would be a first and so exciting!!!

977 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! You are closing in!!! 5mo
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I love when I find books that have a main character with my name! Trying out my new page holder that I got from my sis-in-law for Christmas too!

Beccas I used to go to the library with a friend who would go through books until she found one with her name in it 😀 sometimes we were there for a while. 5mo
keys_on_fire @Beccas That‘s funny! I may have had to bring a sleeping bag with me if I were to do that! 🤣🤣 5mo
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The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas | Charles Monroe Schulz
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This may have to become a holiday tradition, because this book made me laugh, feel nostalgic, and just plain feel good!
My last free space filled in on my #bookspinbingo board and another bingo! @TheAromaofBooks

2,896 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Love Peanuts! ❤ 5mo
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The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas | Charles Monroe Schulz
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Somehow, it doesn‘t matter that Charlie Brown never kicked that football. That he kept trying was enough.
❤️❤️❤️

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Book review for A Curse for Christmas: PAN
Not in database, and not for me. Fantasy witches I can do, but not reality witches. But it got me another #bookspinbingo and points for #WGWordSearch so not a total loss.
#familytime photo for #festivephotochallenge

787 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames 2021
@Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#wrapituoreadathon

TheSpineView Awesome! 5mo
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Check in for #bookspinbingo, since I just got my second bingo of the month. I am super excited about this, as I rarely get a single bingo, let alone two!

It feels so good to be back to reading regularly!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looking fabulous!!!! 5mo
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Soft pick for me; but it‘s likely that because I didn‘t realize it‘s the 20th book in a series! It looks like the author writes one book per month and the titles line up with the holidays, so I think I‘d like to keep reading them! 2nd Bingo too!

922 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheSpineView Awesome! 5mo
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Of course, it‘s a pick! It‘s a classic! Just sad I forgot to read it last night…

36 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView

TheSpineView It is great!❤🎄💚 5mo
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This is a nostalgic pick for me, as the Golden Book version used to be at my grandpa‘s each year. It‘s a cute, quick read about a little angel who is always a nuisance but ends up picking the perfect gift for the Christ child. #festivelphotochallenge

72 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

DieAReader 🥳🎉🥳 5mo
Crazeedi One of my very very favorite books as a child, we had the golden book 5mo
TheSpineView Love this story! ❤🎄💚 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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🎄🎄🎄🎄 I really enjoyed this fun, romantic and time travel story. I found myself rooting for Maisie and Andrew and their whole family.

2001 pts and #buddyread for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheSpineView Fantastic! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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🌟🌟🌟🌟I started this and finished it in one evening on Christmas Eve, but I could see how this could make a good weekly devotional for Advent as well. It was interesting taking a closer look at Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna and how women are really important to the Christmas story.

591 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapituoreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This devotional book was something I discovered while visiting my parents. I enjoyed it so much that I am purchased my own copy to use again next year, and I plan to read through The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe along with it next year!

Also, sorry in advance for the bunches of posts that I‘m about to do to catch up from the last two days!

951 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon

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Frosty the Snowman | Suzy Capozzi
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Frosty the Snowman for bingo #2!!
26 pts #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
@Clwojick

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Watching Jingle All the Way for my first Christmas Movie Bingo!!

26pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
@Clwojick

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Spent the afternoon wrapping gifts and watching movies! My tradition is to watch While You Were Sleeping, which people forget is set at Christmas.

I also watched White Christmas, The Santa Clause and Mickey‘s Christmas Carol, so I‘m making good progress on my movie bingo board too!

24 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
@Clwojick

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Home Alone: A Novelization | Todd Strassner, John Hughes
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Catching up from last night‘s movie session with the nephews!

12 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
@Clwojick

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This quote really hit me. This devotional is really interesting!

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