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Old 12-26-2014, 09:12 AM   #21
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We don't celebrate Christmas at home until Sunday. We, however, had the greatest possible Christmas last night and this morning. This is our 14th year in celebrating Christmas at an orphanage in NC. The kids are beyond awesome. So many former residents come back for the holidays as well. The sense of family and community is overwhelming. We feel so blessed to just know them and get the chance to experience and share. These are such special kids who have reasons to be angry but instead are so joyful. So supportive of each other. So filled with love to share. We give to them but they give far more to us. People are surprised we didn't choose to have kids. Well, we did. We have 70 or so in the time we've been involved. Over 40 there at any time. We make family and friends wait to celebrate as we can't imagine Christmas Eve or Christmas morning anywhere else but with these incredible kids and the lovely people who assist them along their way, relieve the pain they bring in with them, and support them and love them as they grow.
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:23 PM   #22
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Bravo!
Thanks for the Bravo but we don't feel like we deserve such as we're the ones getting the most pleasure. In many ways it's something we do for ourselves. They're such a reminder to us of what holidays and celebration is really about and of the goodness in this world, one in which we so often focus on just the bad. We're strong believers in young people.

We spend a large percentage of our time just having fun on the water. We're not the "forego all worldly possessions type". We get renewed by the kids, reminded of purpose, gratified that we can play a small part in their lives. We leave there with such a warmth inside.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:40 PM   #23
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One of my favorites is a photo calendar for the boat that my wife made for me summarizing 2014 in chronological order so I can relive and retell all those boring stories EVERY MONTH to my boating friends!

I also got a couple of nice triple rod holder mounts to convert my single holders to triples and some rod balancers for no-resistance bait fishing. Now I can have 6 rods balancing securely across the back rail.

Also, my daughter gave me a wall mount bottle opener with a SS bottle cap catcher. How did she know I'd like that so much???

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Old 12-26-2014, 10:12 PM   #24
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Not sure that bottle cap catcher is large enough to go a full weekend
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It's not if I'm rafted up next to you! That's OK, though. I'll learn to deal with it!!

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Just got the Hurricane heater replaced, a warm Christmas for us. However, the best gift was the soda stream, no more lugging heavy sodas (or mixers) to the boat while we are cruising port to port.
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Just got the Hurricane heater replaced, a warm Christmas for us. However, the best gift was the soda stream, no more lugging heavy sodas (or mixers) to the boat while we are cruising port to port.
Wifey showed me those soda streams the other day they look great
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Wifey showed me those soda streams the other day they look great
They are!
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:17 PM   #29
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Yeah, why don't I have a Soda Stream yet? Nothing but good reviews from other boaters, and I gulp a lot of plain soda water. I think the last thing I got for Christmas was a Ronco Pleasure-matic.
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