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Studying God’s Word Just Got More Fun With This NKJV Study Bible!


Reading your Bible daily is a great routine to develop. Imagine if you could use that special time getting closer to God each and every day with a very cool NKJV Study Bible! I think your personal devotions and Bible study time is about to get even more exciting with this incredible new resource! It’s my privilege to introduce you to it! This Study Bible is amazing!

I had the rare honor to review this NKJV Study Bible and share it with you today (compliments of Family Christian Stores).  If you notice in the photos, there are lots of different images and illustrations from maps to pictures sharing helpful insight and background info about different chapters, events, people or places in the Bible.


I’ve had the same Bible for years (since college!) and although it holds great sentimental value to me, I realized after using this amazing NKJV Study Bible that my previous Bible is highly lacking in all the little extras that can make deepening my relationship with Christ that much more of an adventure. I love research and study and I also love to learn new things from many different sources. I found that having so many different types of little extra study notes, maps, illustrations and asides in this NKJV Study Bible to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word and the history of the Bible is what really makes it shine above many others.


The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features!

The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson’s skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.

Features include:

NEW attractive new full-color page design
NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
NEW in-text maps and charts
Full cross-references with textual notes
Word studies and indexes
Bible Times and Culture Notes
Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
Presentation page
Ribbon marker
Free Bible study tools download
9-point text size

Product Details:
Page Count: 2464
Released: 10/2014

Product type: Bible

Format: Hardcover


Everyone has a different style of learning and for me, I found this covers all sorts of ways to enrich your knowledge of Jesus’s teachings and visually absorb and comprehend more of the important Bible stories and timeline from the Bible. You really have to take a peek at it yourself, but I have tried to give you a nice glimpse in these pictures.

I highly recommend the NKJV Study Bible to anyone interested in blessing a new high school or college grad next month! It would make a gift that would last a lifetime! This Bible also works well for any adult or teen desiring to get a closer connection to the teachings from the Bible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am! You can purchase the NKJV Study Bible at Family Christian Stores or online.

Now it gives me extreme joy to offer you a very special chance to WIN your very own NKJV Study Bible!!



Prize: One winner will receive a brand new NKJV Study Bible compliments of the sponsor: Family Christian Stores!

Location: Must live in the USA.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter

Date: Ends at midnight EST on 4/29!


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. However, I only share items that are of interest or value to my family and my readers. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

New Veggie Tales Noah’s Ark DVD Movie Review & $10 GC Giveaway!


It was a lot of fun watching this adorable film with my kiddos! Veggie Tales does a great job again bringing everyone some fun, family entertainment with a Biblical message in this new hit DVD called Veggie Tales: Noah’s Ark! It’s available now at Family Christian Stores everywhere.

While Noah and his family go through all sorts of trials – as can be expected for this particular story, Veggie Tales throw in lots of singing and comedy in this new style of animation for Veggie Tales characters. It is light-hearted and calm enough for anyone from toddlers to mid-elementary aged kids to enjoy.

Some cute and laughable items during the show my daughter and I would like to share so you can keep an eye out for them:

  • the ark is shaped and colored like a giant orange slice
  • hamster dance during the “No More Rain” celebration song
  • the lion gets his mane braided while they are on the ark
  • the hamster “flying” project
  • ark surfing the wave
  • what happens to the “hot air balloon”

They wrap up this Noah’s Ark DVD with a nice ending that kids will enjoy. This film has everything you would expect from a Veggie Tales DVD plus the charm of their new style of animation, some new characters and catchy tunes to appreciate.


Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou and daughter M of Kid’s Corner Reviews

Quick “Kid’s Corner” Review from my daughter (age 8):  M shares she really, really, really loves it. It’s hilarious! It’s all about fun, and it shares the Bible story of Noah’s ark. It talks about coming in twos onto the ark. The movie shares that everything is part of God’s plan – you just have to trust it. I recommend it to everyone with kids. They will love it!



Noah and his family together with a zoo full of animals take an adventure aboard an orange slice ark. After 40 days and nights of rain, everyone’s faith has been tested, and they’re ready to jump ship. Will they chart a new course, or will they remember to trust God’s promises?

Download the Noah’s Ark Family Discussion Guide >

Product Details:
Release: 02/28/2015


Prize: One winner will receive a $10 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate.

Location: Open to US & Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends on 3/25 at midnight EST.


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample screener copy in exchange for an honest review. However, I only share items I feel are of interest or value to my family and my readers. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media channel.

Live Your Life for 1/2 The Price Review + Giveaway!


Here it is – straight from Family Christian Stores as Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Mary Hunt brings us this amazing new book titled: Live Your Life for 1/2 The Price! Don’t miss entering the awesome giveaway below for a $25 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate too!


I was SO EXCITED to be able to review this book for all of you! I have heard so many great things about author, Mary Hunt, and this new book is certainly living up to my expectations!  Written with easy to understand language, Mary gives endless recommendations on how to make good choices – including “using the power of no”. She also offers tons of suggestions on where to buy groceries, where and how to eat out if you feel the need, how to create a price list, and other great ideas to help living your life the fullest seem easy and affordable!

I love the way she has everything presented in well organized sequences offering tips for purchasing insurance policies, travel excursion ideas for less, and other helpful personal finance options that can really determine whether you make or break the budget. I feel this is a tool that many will use and refer to again and again. Excellent resource for families of all sizes that need to take control of their life and finances and find a way to make it work within their means and still have fun!

Pick up a copy of Live Your Life for 1/2 The Price at your local Family Christian store or purchase it online.



Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate!

Location: Open to USA & Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older.

Date: Ends on 3/18 at midnight EST.


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received an early release copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. However I only share items I feel will be of value or interest to my family and my readers. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.



Doug Anderson “Drive” CD #Review

Doug Anderson’s newest CD titled: DRIVE

Review and Giveaway of this 2 DOVE AWARD WINNING ALBUM!


I was not familiar with Doug Anderson originally, but when I heard that Wayne Haun helped write and produce this album, I wanted to check it out. Each person has a different passion or gift they’re good at – Doug Anderson is no different. You can tell he is “all in” with this album and loves to share about the Lord through his music. Varying lyrics and pleasant country music style give this CD a thumbs up on arrangement of tracks, writing quality and artist’s voice.

Country Gospel style music is fun and enjoyable for any who hear it. Although this particular style of music is not what I normally listen to on a daily basis (I’m a dance/pop/rock type of gal), I would still enjoy listening to it in the car or at my desk when I want something soothing and cheerful as background music. The songs on this DRIVE album are polished and full of life. I was blessed to get to do a review of this CD and would enjoy incorporating some of the songs for times of worship too. Please visit Family Christian Store’s website HERE to listen to a selection of Doug Anderson’s DRIVE album and hear the different track selections right on that page. I am sure you will find a few that make you smile and have a catchy beat.

I appreciate when people work hard at what they do and obviously have a love for the Lord and wish to share Him with the world. I believe Doug Anderson’s CD will please many readers/listeners with it’s unique country sound and Spirit-filled lyrics. Doug’s DRIVE album won 2 Dove Awards in 2014!  One award was for the song “Love With Open Arms” which won Best Country Song of the Year! The other Dove Award was given to Doug Anderson’s DRIVE for Best Country Album!


A Dove Award-winning baritone vocalist in Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Doug Anderson sees the release of his second solo project, Drive. Once again using the talents of producer-songwriter Wayne Haun, the project features a cover of Dolly Parton’s “The Seeker” and tracks such as “I’ll Be There With You” and “Sundays Are Made for Times Like These.”

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a copy of the album in exchange for an honest review.

Killing Lions: A Guide Through The Trials Young Men Face


What a fantastic combination having both John Eldredge and his son, Sam Eldredge, authoring this book together called “Killing Lions: A Guide Through The Trials Young Men Face”.

John Eldredge is a New York Times Best-Selling author and really out-does himself with his latest book reviewed here today. He gives the readers a special call to action – “The Challenge Before You Is A Bold One: To Accept The Wild, Daring Adventure Of Becoming A Man.”

I was tickled by this book for many reasons. Not only does it bring a great deal of clarity to the challenges a young man faces as he enters adulthood and grows into the man God wants him to be, but it also touched upon so many other golden nuggets of wisdom in an entertaining and delightful way. I would recommend anyone whether young man or young woman, adult or teen – read this and take it’s lessons to heart. They apply to more than just young men, but for those of you with teen sons, or grandsons or nephews that you care about … this is a must read or a must buy as a gift that will help carry them towards a rewarding future of hope and confidence in who they are as a man.

One of my favorite parts was in chapter six when the author shares about loving “choose your own adventure” books when he was younger. I adore those! I like the way he relates to these and things like rpg (role playing) video games and how they offer hints at what the reward or consequences of our choices can be.

I think overall, the design of this book is very clever. It offers thoughts from the twenty something son and then it gives you the response from the dad sharing wisdom and insight into his viewpoints on what the son is going through in his life at that time. It’s a good, easy to read, and enjoyable book filled with helpful advice for sons and fathers to discuss together if able to.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Five stars!


Killing Lions was born out of a series of weekly phone calls between Sam Eldredge, a young writer in his twenties, and his dad, best-selling author John Eldredge, where they discuss what it means to enter into manhood. Join the conversation as a father and son talk about pursuing beauty, dealing with money, getting married, chasing dreams, knowing something real with God, and how to find a life you can call your own.

Killing Lions is more than fatherly advice. It is an invitation into a journey: either to be the son who receives fathering or the father who learns what must be spoken. Most important, these conversations speak to a searching generation: “You are not alone. Its not all up to you. You are going to find your way.”

Product Details
Page Count: 208
Released: 09/2014

Retail value: $19.99

Additional Information

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2014

Giveaway Time


Prize: One winner to receive a copy of Killing Lions by John Eldredge & Sam Eldredge!

Location: US & Canada

Age: 18 years or older. Void where prohibited.

Date: ends at midnight on December 29.

Disclosure: I received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.


Beautifully Illustrated and Perfect for Girls – For Such A Time As This by Angie Smith

for such a time as this

Wouldn’t all mothers love to have a mother and daughter day and a chance to make an impression on their hearts that will last a lifetime? Imagine you’re out taking a stroll hand in hand with your little girl on a beautiful sunny day. As you enjoy chatting, singing, laughing and playing with your precious daughter, you find a park bench to sit on. You reach into your bag and say to her, “Look Honey, Mommy has a surprise for you!” She giggles with excitement as you hand her this gorgeous hard cover book showing three lovely ladies of the Bible on the front cover. What’s the name of this sweet gift book? It’s called Such A Time As This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls. Written by author Angie Smith and illustrations by Breezy Brookshire.


You smile and let out a short laugh as your daughter screams with delight and hugs you tightly. “I love it, Mommy!”, she cries and proceeds to open the book’s pages. You lean towards her and put an arm around her shoulder to pull her closer. You offer to read the first charming pages in the story to her while you sit happily on the bench together feeling the warmth of the sun on your faces.

You read about “The Garden: The Story of Eve” and continue to share with your daughter how the women of the Bible can be a great example to us as we learn from the lessons they learned and try to apply the verses at the end of each story to our own lives. The end of each story about a woman in the Bible (40 stories included in this book) includes a section called “He”, “Me” or “She”. These brief highlights give insight and advice on how to help your child understand the nature of God and the lesson being offered in that story. The “She” portion is laid out like a prayer where you as the parent can insert your child’s name as you read it helping them really drive the truths home and apply them to their heart and mind.

I was very impressed with the incredible amount of time and energy as well as lots of research they had to have put into the making of this book. There is a really cool section at the end of the book from the illustrator expressing the process of choosing the illustrations and how they came about from start to finish.

I hope you will enjoy picking up a copy of For Such A Time As This for your precious daughter, grandchild, niece, cousin, or for the daughter of a neighbor or friend. You will not be disappointed. This book is simply amazing and an absolute delight to have as part of our collection of stories to read together as mom and daughter.


From bestselling author Angie Smith comes her second children’s book, For Such a Time as This, a Bible storybook for girls that features 40 biblical retellings from prominent women in both the Old and New Testament. Illustrated once more by Breezy Brookshire, For Such A Time As This is the pair’s second children’s book together following the success of Audrey Bunny.Captivating stories come to life when each woman from the Bible tells her story. From Eve to Sarah and Hagar to Mary Magdalene and more, these stories capture how God has moved from the beginning of time. With keen attention to detail and historical accuracy, these stories are specifically geared toward girls ages six to ten. At the end of each story, there is a summary with reflections and a highlighted attribute of God.

Product Details:
Page Count: 256

Giveaway Time

for such a time as this

Prize: One winner to receive a $25 Appreciation Certificate to Family Christian Stores!

Location: Open to residents of the USA or Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Dates: ends at midnight on Dec 18.


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

The Story Devotional by Max Lucado Offers Light and Hope For Every Day


$5 SALE! The Story Devotional!

Yes, that’s correct – this amazing hardcover book brought to you by the great Christian author Max Lucado is now on sale for a limited time at Family Christian Stores for just $5.00!

Can you believe this amazing value? I’m so thankful for Family Christian Stores! What a fantastic way to encourage someone with a thoughtful gift that won’t hurt the wallet! I also love that with every purchase made, 100% of their profits go towards Christian charities!


I am picking up several of “The Story Devotional” for gift giving this year. Of course they make a fantastic stocking stuffer for your spouse or your mom or dad, but this is not something that you only need to save as a Christmas gift. I use this sort of Christian themed gift to give as a smile, or spot of hope in the lives of those who have recently lost a loved one, are going through a divorce, lost a job, lost a home, recently gone bankrupt, or any other terrible trials.

Life is full of ups and downs, but the kindness and love of a friend during tough times can reap a harvest of a lifetime of friendship. Wouldn’t you love to be there for someone this year no matter what season it is? The Story Devotional book is filled with encouragement and hope. It would also make a great birthday or congratulations gift. I highly recommend stocking up on this tremendous deal and have the resources to encourage many in 2015.


The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People reveals the unfolding, grand narrative of the Scriptures through 31 accessible chapters. Using the clear, accessible text of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible text, this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems and teachings to come together in a single, compelling read.Like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance and redemption – and this story’s true!From the foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee:
“This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who established for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each story in these 31 chapters reveals the God of grace – the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in his sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity.”Features:

  • The story of the Bible – in its own words.
  • Selections from the NIV Bible with short transitions to connect the reader to the continuing story.
  • Events, characters and teachings of the Bible arranged chronologically
  • Timelines of Biblical events
  • New International Version (NIV) Bible text

Product Details:
Ages: 18 & up.
Page Count: 512


Are you attending a family get together, Sunday School party or Homeschool fellowship for Christmas or New Years? Take along this book wrapped and ready for gift giving and put all the adults or older teens names in a hat (18 yrs and older) and have fun choosing a winner at the end of the night as a fun door prize gift!


More Ways To Be A Blessing:

Don’t forget to bless those in nursing homes or hospitals during the holiday this year. We like to visit nursing homes or assisted living centers when we can as it brings such a smile to the faces of those visiting – especially when I bring along the kids. We also like to visit new moms or those having surgery or possibly in others in the hospital due to Cancer or other difficult illness and come bearing a flower, home-made craft or store-bought give that is thoughtful in nature like The Story Devotional book. This type of gift offers others hope throughout the year!

When’s the last time you brought a surprise home to your spouse or decided to bless your pastor or Sunday School teacher? There are lots of great reasons to pick up a copy of The Story Devotional by Max Lucado at this INCREDIBLE price of just $5 at Family Christian stores! Have fun being a blessing!

Feel free to leave a comment and share your creative ideas on ways to use this great book to be a blessing to someone this holiday season or anytime throughout the year.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.


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Great Gift with Character! When the Game Stands Tall DVD #Coupon at Family Christian #Sale

When the Game Stands Tall
Where are all my sports enthusiasts or football fans? We are often watching the big game in this household and I’ve found that our children learn valuable lessons in just observing and asking questions about the game. How many of you just love a great family movie with a lesson that hits home? Here’s your chance to pick up a super gift idea for the special people in your life!
Act quickly and grab a $10 Savings Pass FREE with prebuy purchase of When the Game Stands Tall
Savings pass good toward any purchase Dec. 9 – 24. Some restrictions apply. Not redeemable for cash. For online prebuy purchases, savings coupons will arrive via email release day (Dec. 9).
There are so many great gift ideas available, but sometimes I find it best to give a gift that triggers a heart change, or a character-building moment in the life of the receiver. God blessed me with so many wonderful mentors over the years who helped guide my choices with their love and concern for my future. Some of the many thoughtful acts I remember from them are receiving gifts at the holidays by way of a Christian movie, book, or music . These gifts  would impact my life forever with their lessons on love, faith, hope, and other important topics to strengthen my walk with God and develop my heart to be longing after the Lord and His ways.
When the Game Stands Tall DVD is a true story about love, loss, friendship, and perseverance.A high school team sets a 151-game winning streak under the leadership of coach Bob Ladouceur. But when tragedy strikes, they must find it within themselves to get back up and push forward.Product Details:
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 115 minutes
Released: 12/2014
Catch the spirit of the game with your loved ones and help teach character-building qualities with perseverance, dedication, team unity and hope. Enjoy this gift under your tree or in a stocking this holiday season, and share this wonderful movie with a friend, neighbor or coworker. Would also make a great gift idea for teens to take for gift swaps and pass the gift games in youth group or school functions.

Purchase When The Game Stands Tall on Bluray + DVD for a huge savings! Regularly $40.99 – now on sale for $24.99! Limited Time only, so hurry!

Purchase When The Game Stands Tall on DVD for just $19.99! Regularly $30.99. Price is for a limited time.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Love2EncourageYou received a gift card for sharing this post. However, I only share items I feel have value or would be of interest to my family and my readers.



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Pick Up the Tenth Avenue North – Cathedrals CD and Encourage a Friend!


Come on now … who doesn’t love the group Tenth Avenue North and their powerful Christian music, right? I am just completely thrilled to share with you today the news of how awesome this new album called “Cathedrals” is! A friend of mine had invited me to attend a concert to see Tenth Avenue North recently and I am so bummed I couldn’t go! I would have loved to experience hearing the newest songs live!

However, I did recently pick up a copy of their new cd and I have to tell you – it is fantastic for so many reasons! Their sound, lyric style, voice harmonies, and the very heart and soul of what they are trying to share in this album is very moving and will touch the lives of many who hear it.

From 12/5 through 12/24, you can use the Family Christian coupon to get the CD for an AMAZING deal at only $6.99 and make lots of people smile with joy! I know I’d be super excited to receive it!


With the songs on Cathedrals, Tenth Avenue North encourages us to get off our self-made islands of isolation, to break the chains of shame that have kept us there and to find communion with God and each other. Tenth Avenue North encourages us to realize God’s spirit doesn’t dwell in buildings, He dwells in us – for we are His cathedrals.


Songs on the album:

  • No Man Is An Island
  • Stars In The Night
  • Iesu, Dulcis Memoria (feat. Audrey Assad)
  • Cathedrals
  • I Need You, I Love You, I Want You
  • The Spark
  • Heaven’s Sound
  • Stay
  • We Won’t Numb The Pain/Fire
  • Closer
  • All The Earth Is Holy Ground

Visit Family Christian’s website and listen to a clip of each song or make a purchase!

Tenth Avenue North’s Cathedrals album brings to mind all the truths of God’s promises to be there for us when the going gets rough. We are going to have hardships and tough times in this life, but as Christians we know and believe in the power of God and His everlasting promises to meet our needs. We trust God and realize He shall never leave us or abandon us – no matter how difficult the circumstances may seem. God is always there and we can turn to Him for strength and reach out to His people to give us extra encouragement too.

God calls us to bear each other’s burdens and help make the load a little lighter on all of us. This CD is a great reminder of how much others need us in their lives to be the hands and feet of Jesus – just as much as we need them for fellowship, encouragement and sharing our burdens too. We need to rise to the occasion and be the type of friend in the Lord that others are hoping to find.

Pick up a copy of this cd for someone you’d like to bless Today! This Cathedrals album by Tenth Avenue North is going to be a blessing to the receiver in more ways than you’ll ever know. Don’t forget to use the coupon from Family Christian that either arrived in the mail by their catalog book, or by email if you are a subscriber.  You can really save $ and grab this great cd for just $6.99 from now until December 24th!

Family Christian: When you shop, you give:  100% of our profits are donated to Christian Charities

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Love2EncourageYou will receive a gift card in exchange for sharing this post.


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Calling Lecrae Fans! Lecrae Anomaly CD on #SALE with #Coupon at Family Christian!


The HOT sought after Anomaly CD from Top performing Christian rap music artist – LECRAE – is on SALE now when you use the coupon from Family Christian Stores


WITH COUPON it will be just $9.79 from 12/5-12/24! WOO-HOO! That’s enough to make any Lecrae fan do a dance for joy! These coupons come in the mail or by email if you are a subscriber. Get your hands on one of those coupons and grab this super deal!

I don’t think I have to tell you how fabulous this album is and that it will TOTALLY make a FANTASTIC Christmas gift or Stocking Stuffer for your favorite music fan! I bought one for my nephew this year (Shhhh! Don’t tell him!) So you know it has to be a winner!

I love giving Christian gifts and Lecrae’s music attracts so many different ages that I get excited sharing about this album and the great gift idea it makes.  The lyrics really make you want to live for Jesus and be real!

Surprise your favorite niece, nephew, son or daughter, grandchild, cousin, aunt or uncle, sister or brother – or even your husband or wife this Christmas or birthday (I have a ton of family with birthdays this month! Including my own daughter.) and give them an awesome gift to listen to and strengthen their faith through the blessing of inspired music. Pick up the Lecrae Anomaly CD today!

Check out this video from Lecrae’s Anomaly album:

“We are exactly who God created us to be – Anomalies.” – Lecrae

#FCblogger @lecrae @FamilyChristian

If you’d like more info about the Lecrae Anomaly concert tour visit my previous post HERE.

Disclosure: I received compensation by way of a gift card in exchange for sharing about this sale event. However, I only share items that I feel are of interest to my family and my readers.


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