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Gathering

Being Real

I'm preparing for a couple of different get-aways during October. I already mentioned the adoptive momma retreat that I'm planning locally, which I hope is going to bless the mommas attending. I've also been invited to attend a different adoption retreat in Seattle soon, also quite small and intimate. At each retreat there are mommas I've known for awhile, and others I'll be … [Read More...]

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Canning

September grocery challenge, week 3

I spent $129 shopping this week, bringing our total for the month to $231. Given the fact that it's Sept 19th, I think we're doing great. I still have $70 to spend! This week I bought milk, eggs, oil, vinegar, cheese, butter, potatoes, oatmeal, … [Read More...]

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Em at 12

My girl at 12

This girl of mine. I got a few pictures of her at her little niece Ali's first birthday, and I just love how they capture her. She's growing up on me lately-- is only half an inch shorter than I am at barely 12. I think she's going to be a tall lady. … [Read More...]

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Em at 12

My girl at 12

This girl of mine. I got a few pictures of her at her little niece Ali’s first birthday, and I just love how they capture her. She’s growing up on me lately– is only half an inch shorter than I am at barely 12. I think she’s going to be a tall lady. Two years […]

applesauce

canning craziness

We canned 14 quarts of tomatoes and 35 quarts of applesauce in the last two days. And still we have at least 3 bushels of apples to process, with more on the tree. So. tired.

birthday time

September grocery challenge, week 2

This week I went to the store twice, but didn’t spend too much either time. Saturday I bought milk, butter, potatoes, onions, coffee creamer, and Kleenex for a grand total of $37. Sunday we had the family over for dinner to celebrate Lidya’s 19th birthday.  We had barbecued hamburgers, salad, pickles, cucumbers, watermelon, jello ice […]

On the road

Our day, in miles

aka: why I’m so tired. I suspect this could be deathly boring.  Read at your own risk. 6:30AM- 18yo Lidya leaves for college classes in the ‘teen’ minivan, about 40 miles round trip. 8AM=everyone else up, breakfast, school. 9:15AM =John leaves in the Festiva to take Josh (16) to his college class (20 miles round […]

When love isn't enough

Why it (sometimes) doesn’t matter how you feel about your kids

In the midst of the challenge of parenting many teens, inevitably there are moments where my kids see me as enemy number one, the  one thwarting their dearest-held wishes. Moments like these frustrate me as much as they frustrate them.  I want them to be happy and to grow in wisdom, and to never doubt […]

Books this year

What we’re reading

Today I finally got all my planning done for the school year, including who gets the computers at what time, when the teens will be taking their science tests, and which books all the kids will be reading this year.  Our three teens, all juniors, have just one book a month of assigned reading, which […]

small treasure

Join my spending challenge?

It’s Frugal Friday today, and  after rassling with the contents of my fridge, pantry and freezer this past week,  I decided it’s time to give myself another spending challenge. I usually spend around $700 on groceries in a month and during the month of September, I’m going to try to get by on $300. Honestly, […]

faux plaster or stone finishes for sheetrock

Faux plaster or stone finishes for sheetrock

John has been busy sheet-rocking in the boys bathroom, which is really exciting, because that means paint is coming soon.  One of the ideas we’re tossing around is doing a decorative finish on the wall with kind of a plaster-look finish.  This morning I found several different tutorials for adding a bit more texture to […]

My 9 year old a LONG time ago!

Just keep swimming

Oh my goodness, this is looking like a busy week. On the agenda, with probable additions as the week goes on: Two doctor’s checkups Our 18 year old daughter’s first days in the dental program at college Three soccer games More tomato picking and canning.  Ditto for cukes and plums. 6 drives to 3 soccer […]

swimming

Frugal Friday

I’ve got almost nothing for you this week.  It was a very busy erranding/soccer practice/school prep kind of week which always results in eating fast food more often than is strictly necessary. One day when the fast food craving hit, we did go with McDonald’s instead of Jimmy John’s which would have been twice the […]