#atozchallenge, P is for Presence…

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Even as a little girl, I liked giving gifts as much as receiving them.  I always loved trying to figure out the perfect present to make someone happy.   Getting birthday presents gradually became less important over the years, probably because I’ve been given so much in life already that there isn’t anything much that I need or want.  We are blessed with a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothing to wear, relatively good health, enough money for bills and the more than occasional dinner out (which is really a gift to my family because you know I’m not much of a cook!)

But more than that, we have an abundance of riches in the people in our lives.  Both hubby and I come from larger families so we share a big blended family of siblings and their spouses, cousins, nieces and nephews, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and even a great grandbaby.

So many others have come into our life, people who’ve chosen to be here — long time friends, new friends, work friends, neighbors, my ladies who lunch girlfriends and now my new virtual blogging friends. The presence of all you wonderful people means more to me than I could ever explain and I thank you for being part of my life…

~Diane D.                                           Photo from etsy.com

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays.)

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52 responses

  1. The feeling is entirely mutual Diane. 🙂

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  2. Oh this is awesome! I for one, am glad to be in your circle of friends! Lovely post!

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    1. Thank you, Meg. I feel the same!

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  3. Ditto to everything you just wrote! 😃

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      1. You’re very welcome! Happy to have met ya’. 😃

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  4. I play a game everyday of trying to guess what word people will select. I was certain you would use Present because it goes with your theme. Good work. And yes, presence is so important and that is what makes gatherings special.

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    1. Thank you, I considered present but wanted to show people I have some substance, lol

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      1. LOL You don’t have to show anyone you have substance. We already know it.

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  5. Such a wonderful post and so happy we met! xx

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  6. Absolutely love this and I’m so glad to have crossed your path

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    1. Oh, Rita, thanks! Me, too, so glad to know you!

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      1. Yeah, you say that now – lol

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      2. Silly woman! <3. You are one of the most honest people I know and in friendship, that's everything!

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      3. Smiling!

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  7. A lovely post, and a great choice of word for your theme ❤

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    1. Thanks, Al, glad we crossed paths!

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  8. Tremendous sentiments expressed here…..May I say they are mutual, Diane! 🙂 Hugs! ❤

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad our paths crossed!

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  9. Wonderful…glad we are connected.

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  10. What a lovely post! And I’m so happy to have met you! My memory sucks, but I think it was Rob’s fault! 😀

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    1. :D. Let’s blame him either way! I’m glad to know you!

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  11. I also love to give gifts but have a hard time receiving them!

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    1. It’s funny, isn’t it that for some of us the giving is easier?

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  12. amazing how we can make good friends over here!!!

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    1. My kids think I’m dorky cause I get excited about talking to people all over the world, but that’s one of the best parts of blogging for me!

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  13. Your presence at my blog has been certainly appreciated. I was happy to see your link on the A to Z Challenge by mine.

    Seriously, I’m glad to finally be over here to see you. also, I try to give my own kids and those who love me and whom I love the present of my presence. Not that I feel it’s a treasure, but it’s something they ‘re certainly worthy of expecting from me!

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    1. Yes, absolutely. The older I get, the more family and friends mean to me. Thanks, Eli, for stopping by!

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  14. I’m pretty new to your blog, but feel lucky to get to read your posts.

    When I started blogging in October, I had absolutely no idea that being friends with other bloggers was even a possibility. I’ve “met” so many nice people blogging. Such a blessing. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I feel the same way! It still amazes me that I’m getting to know people from all over the world!

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  15. Thank you, Diane for being my VBF! Blog On!

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    1. Aww, thank you for saying that! I love the blogging community!

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  16. Such a lovely post…Peace and Love to you ❤

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  17. Reading a lot of these prompts lately! Fun stuff! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jason, glad you stopped by!

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  18. What a nice sentiment. I love this post for “P”!

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  19. Wishing I could reach into the computer and give you a very good hug. Beautiful, sweet post 🙂

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  20. Awww! Excellent my friend!

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.

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      1. You are welcome 😀

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  21. Glad to know you here! Your writing is fun and uplifting. Thank you for finding me! 😊

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    1. Thanks so much. It’s a huge outlet for me and I enjoy it so much. We’ve had many medical issues to deal with so I find seeing things from a doctor’s perspective very enlightening and enjoyable!

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