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Visit to West Liberty

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“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
I've never been to war. I've never witnessed towns, villages, or cities being blasted by gunshots or bombs.

The closest I had ever come to witnessing such destruction was my visit to Famagusta last summer while in Cyprus. Famagusta is a city in the occupied Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It has basically been left untouched after everyone fled it when the country was invaded over thirty years ago.

That visit left an image on my mind that I hope I never forget.

Another lasting, war-like image to add to the memory bank (and the photo albums) is the devastation I witnessed when visiting West Liberty two weeks after a tornado struck. It’s a small community, not unlike my hometown of Liberty.

While there were no deaths in the city limits, there were seven reported deaths in the county, and many were injured throughout as a result of this tornado. It was one …

A dog-friendly vacation

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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter
When traveling, there are many things to take into consideration. If you happen to be a dog owner, things become more complicated. When there are four dogs in your combined family of six, things are a lot more complicated.

For my family, this is a reality. My parents have an older, smaller dog (we believe she's a Rat Feist, but aren't certain), named Jenny. We joke that she's more of a cat or a person than a dog, as she takes up no space and causes little-to-no trouble.

I have Luna, a medium-sized dog. She's a mutt, but we believe that she's a Lab mixed with a Blue Heeler. Luna's a people-dog, loves them almost more than other dogs, and is a bit of a chicken. Despite the fears, she seems to be a fairly happy dog.

Finally, my brother and sister-in-law have two dogs. Jaxby, the oldest, is the only boy-dog in the group, and looks like a teddy bear. They were told he was a yorkie mi…

Homemade Laundry Detergent [and other home cleaning stuff :)]

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New adventure! We decided to try to make our own laundry detergent using a recipe we found through the local Homemakers' Association. More details on all that later.

We made it and, so far, it seems to be alright! And it's cheaper this way!

Here it is, three-ingredient detergent:
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
2 Cups Ivory soap flakes (we had to make our own, hence the cheese grater)

~Mix well.
~Use one tablespoon per load, two if it's extra soiled. :)