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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. … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

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 … [Read More...]

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Jackson and Janelle

Awhile back I told you about a little boy in China named Jackson who was born missing one foot and who needed a family. Well, fabulous news! He DOES have a family!  They are working hard to raise the money needed to adopt him and are hoping to bring him home very soon. Here’s a […]

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frugality this week

Time for frugal Friday again! We’ve had a busy week. One of my sons (Josh) started soccer practice this week and had two-a-day practices ALL week long, so I deliberately avoided most activities besides that, but I still had at least a couple days where I probably drove 80-100 miles in one day alone. Thankfully […]

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On suicide

In light of the tragic death of Robin Williams, so many people are writing on the topic of suicide, some with compassion and some with judgement.  Here are two excellent reads from friends of minds that illuminate the suffering soul and offer encouragement along that hard path.  Please, let’s be light-bearers, reminding each other of […]

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Storage ideas for tiny bathrooms

Our bathroom project is progressing really well.  We’ve got the toilet and shower in working order, are hard at work on sheetrock, and hope to have the sink functional within the next day or two. Of course then comes taping, mudding, texturing, painting, and trimming out.  (Yikes– there’s lots still to do!) One of the […]

Make Your Own Pizza

recipes you know by heart

The winner of the book Waking Up White is commenter #8 Lynda.  Send me your address, Lynda, and I will get the book headed your way! I read a couple of interesting articles about food yesterday, the first titled Why So Many Low-Income People are Overweight and the second The New Face of Hunger. Reading […]

Frugal Friday

Just a few quick notes from this week!  Frugal wins this week included: Bought a vinyl remnant at Lowes for the bathroom floor– got double the vinyl for the same cost– enough for two bathrooms.  We do have another project in mind one of these days, so that reduce the flooring cost to $45/bathroom! Instead […]

birthday time

Ages and privileges: how does it work at your house?

After  getting a few questions about various rules and privileges at our house, I thought I’d put together a post answering some of those questions. As you might expect when folks have been parenting 20+ years like we have, there are rules that have changed and adapted with changing times. In some cases we’ve gradually […]

Waking Up White

Book giveaway: Waking Up White

Later this week I’m going to answer some parenting-logistics questions that I’ve been asked lately– things like what we do about allowance, how old our kids have to be to babysit siblings, etc. If you happen to have questions about how we do things at our house, will you shoot them to me in comments? […]

bouquet

this week’s frugal accomplishments

I always do better telling you about details when I start a blog post early in the week and this week I actually remembered to do that. On Sunday when we were getting the table set for our family dinner, I asked one of the kids to pick me some flowers, hoping I could put […]

bathroom remodel

the danger of ‘while we’re at it’

I’m following my daughter Erika’s lead and doing a post on what I’ve been doing this month. The project I’m most excited about is the remodel in the boys’ bathroom.  It’s been needing an update for awhile.  Leaking shower =damaged floor. We decided that while we’re at it– watch out for that dangerous word, all […]