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Wow...I know you did a lot of gardening projects this summer but did you happen to pour some Miracle Gro on your girls...they look so tall and grown up and lovely!

We don't start school until after Labor Day and for me with a late August birthday...that would be hard to be in school we are having the opposite weather that you are...we are working on the second of three days of temps in the 100's doesn't happen that often here in Portland...

Blessings to you as you begin this school beginnings always hold such promise and freshness!

Marla Taviano

Wow, Joanne! They ARE grown up! And crazy beautiful! And I'm drooling over the description of your school. I've never heard of anything like it. WOW!!


They are the cutest! They look so happy too! There's nothing quite like sisterly-love. Hope the school year is great for them.


They totally grew over the summer. And look...they're pretending to like each other again. Yay!

Hugs and blessings sweet friend.


Your girls are beautiful!

You are so blessed to have such an amazing Christian school to send your girls to. I know that you are so thankful every single day for that amazing gift.

I also was going to let you know that I'm starting "Living Simply." My friend Stephanie had won it from Meredith in one of Meredith's book give-aways. I begged her for it after she was done, so she handed it to me at church Sunday! I'm so excited to get started reading it! I still am amazed at what a small world this is!!


Beautiful girls and darling outfits. Sometimes it's so hard to find age-appropriate stuff which is affordable and cute.


Your girls look so cute! It's so nice to see young girls dressed cute and stylish but still look like young girls! The middle school where I teach is starting uniforms this year and I can't wait to go to work and see my students actually dressed age-appropriately!


Amber and I were talking today at lunch about how neat the school sounds. We don't have anything like that here unless we were to drive at least an hour.

School starts tomorrow for us and I'll be doing the same as 3 yr old is excited to fact she's cleaning the kitchen table now.

Love the dress...did you make it? I've been eyeing the fabric and debating on whether to get it to make some dresses.

Hope you had a good weekend!


Boy are they ever! I'll say again, they are beautiful. (I think I must say that every time I see their pics, but if you're anything like me, you love hearing it every time ;-))

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