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The prize was his future bride, Denise.
But Denise put a qualifier on his best-ever label: “I was in the free box,” she said.
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When I tell people that I am a Professional Organizer, their response is usually the same, “boy do I need you in my house!” and they laugh.
“They grow up in a blink of an eye,” our friends with grown kids would remark a bit wistfully when we arrived with a stroller carrying our bright-eyed baby boy.