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For the wedding

Whew! I made it (almost) through week two of orientation. Monday I actually got to do just a little patient care, which was really fun. I didn't realize how much I'd missed helping women in labor. Then Tuesday and Wednesday was a fetal heart monitoring class, which turned out to be very doable. My first bubble test in a whole lotta years and I got a 90%. :) Somewhere along the … [Read More...]

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Julianna's Favorite Pancakes

Julianna’s Favorite Breakfast

Once when I was a little girl, my Aunt Edie came to our house and made us deliciously thin pancakes for breakfast that she buttered, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and rolled up before serving. We kids inhaled them, told our mom she needed the … [Read More...]

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A brand new week!

The winner of last week's adoption book giveaway is commenter #30, is Rebekah of BekahCubed. Email me your address, Rebekah, and I'll get your books headed your way! ~~~ Whew!  We made it through our first week of mom back at work!  My head … [Read More...]

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A brand new week!

The winner of last week’s adoption book giveaway is commenter #30, is Rebekah of BekahCubed. Email me your address, Rebekah, and I’ll get your books headed your way! ~~~ Whew!  We made it through our first week of mom back at work!  My head is swimming with random factoids that I learned in orientation, to […]

Day 4

Just heading off for day 4 of orientation and wanted to check in with you all. I’m hanging in there with orientation– sometimes doing fine, and sometimes feeling like an utter dunce.  (So far it’s the equipment that is making me feel more foolish than the computer charting– go figure!)  But I am sure it […]

Win TWO adoption books!

First off, I wanted to mention that if you like podcasts, I had a fun (and somewhat  rambling) conversation recently with the lovely Julia, from the blog Running on Om  which you can listen to right here. Today I’m teaming up for a adoption giveaway with the lovely Shannon of Copperlight Wood.  We are offering […]

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Because He lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby And feel the pride and joy He gives But greater still the calm assurance This child can face uncertain days, because He lives Because He lives, I can face tomorrow Because He lives, all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth […]

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Frugal Friday- and free spring art

This coming Monday starts my orientation for my new job–yikes!  At odd moments  nervousness hits me– I’ve been at home SO long– how will everyone survive??  I’ve been coping by reminding myself that tons of people work, even with much younger kids at home.  Once we find our groove we really will be fine, I’m […]

Installing a new tile backsplash

Kitchen Project: Tile Backsplash

We’ve been gradually, gradually working to update our kitchen, and I am excited to show you our latest project– a shiny new backsplash! Here’s the tile that we started with.  I slapped it up a few years ago, and never got around to grouting it.  It was fine at the time, but after a few […]

How to make a refillable Keurig pod work with a Keurig 2.0

How to make refillable k-cups work with the Keurig 2.0

Last week we decided to bite the bullet and replace our old Keurig that had gone toes up a few weeks earlier.  When trying out this new one, which is a model 2.0 that we got from Costco , John was disgusted to discover that the Refillable Single K-Cup Brewers  that we’ve been using with […]

At the hospital again

Frugal, not so frugal

Frugal: The biggest news around here is that I got that OB job at the local hospital.  I’ll start in early April and will work 3 shifts a week for a month as I get oriented. Once I am oriented I’ll cut back to two (night) shifts a week. Since John works only 3 (day) […]

Finding Balance in Motherhood

balance and intensity in family life

For many years while decision-making, I’ve fallen back on wisdom from my mom: “Moderation in everything.” Often those sage words point me toward a path that will make sense for my whole family, whether I’m making out a learning plan for our school year, or trying to decide how clean the house really needs to […]

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Frugal Friday: When One Meal Morphs Into Another

I saw this article yesterday The Never-Ending Soup Pot and thought it was a great explanation of a concept that can save you time and let you use your food in a very affordable way. Very often a meal doesn’t have to be a completely new beginning. Often you can use building blocks from another […]