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Returning Thanks

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

First, go check out my Christmas Page before it’s too late!

2 Thankful for Walmart (yes, evil, giant, Walmart)

3 Thankful for being homeschooled

4 Thankful for actually getting into the Christmas spirit this year

Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.- Mark Twain

5 Thankful for the availability of classic literature

After seeing it referred to many times in the last few weeks, I ordered _The Princess And The Goblin_ from the library. I began reading it a few nights ago and found it to be a basic, classic princess fairy-tale. Perfect for reading aloud. It just so happened that that night Hannah was having a hard time going to sleep. We have been reading it before bed every night since.

6 Thankful to be able to debate with a group where we pray before beginning the tournament

Thursday we had a debate tournament. It was truly a great day. My partner EM was absolutely amazing. I am so impressed with all the first year debaters. I remember my first tourney. I had a partner I didn’t really connect with, who was also first year. Neither of us gave very long speeches. I just stood up, thanked the judge, the other team and my partner, said about the first 5 words of our plan and sat down. We didn’t win a single debate that day. I’m really amazed at all the first time debaters who not only did AMAZING but won the majority of their debates! I didn’t win my majority until about my third or fourth tournament!

EM and I had three great rounds, and won our majority! The first round we were Government and did a case about free speech in public schools. This round went pretty well. The next round we were Opposition and had to refute a case about shopping online. We would have done very well, and might have won, but we forgot to uphold the value and focused on side issues. I think that is the round we lost. The last round we did my thrift store shopping case. I really love that case. 🙂 I have worked on it, filling in the holes, for a while now. I first ran it when LD and I were partners two years ago. This one we definately won. After everyone was done with the third round I talked with Claire and her team. She was with LD and ElM, EM’s little sister. It turned out that LD and I had  the same idea and ran the same case at the  same time! I almost forgot to say something very important! Not only did Claire’s team win their majority, Claire won Most Quotable Quote for saying in her intro “”…and I would like to thank my comrades, for comrade-ing?” It was supposed to be “colleagues” but all day Claire had been saying comrades. So proud of her!

7 Thankful for my very original family

8 Thankful for funny movies that we can watch as a family

We were looking for a movie to watch and noticed “Elf” on Amazon. We had heard some people say it was terrible, and some say it was funny, both from trusted sources, so we decided to rent it. We laughed so hard. I’m not sure I remember the last time we all laughed that hard at a movie. Such a funny story. Get over the fact that he’s  grown man, he was raised by elves who never really quite grow up.

9 Thankful for Hannah-isms

10 Thankful for

Winter nights

Brisk walks

Cold air

Stars that shoot across frozen skies

Others that hang in the frostbitten air sparkling twofold a normal night

Frost on the grass that reflects the twinkling above

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