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Eggs!

Easter fun

This week we've been preparing to have family over to our house for Easter. Along with our kids and grandkids, we're having both sets of grandparents plus John's and my brothers and sisters. Between tables in the family room, dining room, and patio, as well as kitchen counter seating and patio furniture, we should be able to find space for everyone. We've been planting … [Read More...]

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Molly’s 10-Minute Chicken

  Folks who haven't done menu planning before sometimes assume it has to be this big complicated thing. Here's how it most commonly looks at my house-- a simple list of meals in a spiral notebook. (If I'd known I was going to show this … [Read More...]

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Twists

Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I've captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It's definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my … [Read More...]

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Frugality this week

Here’s what I did in the past week to save money: I found five pairs of shorts and several shirts at the thrift store for my kids instead of buying them new. When doing yard work this past weekend, instead of buying new wood to replace the rotted-out wood edging around our play area, I [...]

Twists

Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I’ve captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It’s definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my early attempts were a little rough.  I was inexperienced, and my [...]

All the people said Amen

Flowers

Springtime and Recipes

I think I have spring fever this week. I’m weeding flowerbeds, planting petunias, cleaning out the sandbox, going for walks in the spring air, defrosting the freezer and cleaning out the pantry. (I know how to have fun, right? ) It feels great to be getting some of these projects done. Here are some more [...]

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Goals this week

Thinking about what I’d like to get accomplished this week– here’s what’s on my list: 1. Fertilize the lawn and weed flowerbeds. I’m so much looking forward to having flowers to cut for the table. The other day, desperate for freshness, I cut some branches off the willow tree, and decided they looked kinda pretty [...]

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At the Ball

Here are a few pictures from the ball that was put on by our local homeschool graduation organization this weekend. It was a fun chance for homeschooled juniors and seniors in our area to dress up, get together, and have a lot of fun doing some traditional folk dancing. Parents and homeschool alumni were welcome [...]

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On the edge of the nest

This parenting teens who’ve just flown the coop, or are about to fly the coop, or wishing they could fly the coop is the most challenging season of parenting, I’ve decided.  This evening after such a long weary day, I should go to bed.  But instead my heart pines for precious ones that I want [...]

The winner of the movie Against the Wild  is Pam H.  Also, thanks, everyone, for sharing good family movies you’ve seen lately!

smart phone, spendy phone?

smart phone, spendy phone?

For a long time I’ve been holding out against buying a smart phone. I’ve had a tracfone (with double minutes) for a good long time that WILL go on the internet, but does it so slowly that the vast majority of the time I wait to check my email til home. My son calls it [...]

Teens and Job Interview

Teens and job interview success

Okay, folks, I’ve got some questions for you this fine morning!  This spring several of our teens will be job-hunting.  Along with basic job interview hints like making eye contact, being on time, speaking respectfully, and dressing appropriately, John and I would like our kids to be prepared to answer some of the most common [...]