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2008 Another Year of Celebration

May I wish everyone a



I hope and pray that the new year ushers in nothing but good things in all our lives.

To all those who took the time to visit , made comments, linked, and reviewed my blogs, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

I realize I haven't been around as much as I had wanted to ... obligations you see. But I will definitely see you next year.

Now let's raise our glasses. Cheers everyone!

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