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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) shifts a week, one of us will still be home the vast majority of the time. But it's been SO long since I've … [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...]

Parenting Feature

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 … [Read More...]

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banishing distractions

Focus and distraction

I had a job interview on Monday, my first official one in many years.  I haven’t been offered the job yet– and who knows, maybe I won’t be. But the interview went well enough that it has me thinking seriously about how a job would affect our kids. John and I are hopeful about the […]

Blue sky over Seattle

Refreshed

Over the weekend John and I had a really sweet getaway to attend the Refresh Foster and Adoption conference put on by Overlake Church near Seattle.  It’s always a little nervous-making to leave the kids at home and take off for a weekend.  But with a combination of teens supervising and a variety of friend/grandma/adult […]

When you’re parenting teens

This weekend I am at the Refresh adoption conference in Seattle, speaking about older child adoption and about hanging onto joy in hard times.  Here’s just a taste of what I’m talking about in the older child session. ~~~~~ I started this post two and a half years ago, at which time I stared at […]

Winning Family Movies

Winning family movies

One thing that’s almost inevitable when you’ve been a mom for a few years, is that you’re going to watch and re-watch a lot of kid-movies. This week we happened to watch a couple movies that are a few years old but that I still enjoy after multiple watchings. It got me thinking about the […]

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More clothing fun: Popbasic

Ever heard about Popbasic? It is an interesting clothing service that puts together micro collections of wardrobe essentials, a new one each month, which you can buy as a set. The owner of the company is a nice young gal named Madeline Veenstra. She contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to try one […]

Feeding the cow

Frugal, not so frugal

How did your frugality endeavors go this week? I think we did okay around here. Since I did a big shopping trip last week, I didn’t need lots of groceries this week. These days with 6 kids home full time (mostly teens), we’re averaging about $650-$700/month. Could be better, could be worse. Frugal:  As usual […]

Crab Chowder recipe

Recipe: Hearty Crab Chowder

Weather around here has been lovely and spring-like, but I see that all over the U.S. much of the weather has been awful. If you’re looking for a warm winter chowder, you might be interested in trying this recipe. I always use imitation crab, but of course it would work with real crab as well. […]

Monday news

I only have a minute to check in today, because I’m hard at work getting ready for the two talks I’ll be presenting at the Refresh adoption conference in Seattle at the end of the month.  So excited to be going for my second year.  I have no idea how to pick which breakout sessions […]

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Frugal Friday

How did your week go? I have a few things to report in the frugality department, but nothing hugely earth-shattering. I went grocery shopping on Tuesday with a list and a menu plan, so my shopping was fairly thorough. I found 10-lb ‘chubs’ of ground beef at Walmart marked down to $20 each, so I […]

February Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix time again

I have another batch of Stitch Fix goodies to show you today! This batch was really fun. Since people sometimes ask me the exact name of the items I’ve gotten, I thought I’d begin with a shot of the cards that come with each item.   It’s kind of neat because each card shows two […]