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Something new!

Goodbye, old gold. You served us well.

Probably the most exciting thing that happened yesterday was the arrival of the new light fixture that I ordered at Joss and Main.  A friend who is a home stager  (is that a word?)-- anyway, she does home staging to help houses sell---mentioned that she loves the site, and while checking it out, I spotted a really fun light fixture.  I immediately thought of the aging light … [Read More...]

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Gluten Free Recipes (Owlhaven)

Easy affordable gluten free recipes

I'm getting a fair collection of easy and affordable gluten free recipes here, and I thought it might be helpful to some of you  to list them all together into one post.  If gluten free is not your thing,  don't forget about my main recipe … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Ranger

Ranger

Walking up the driveway to your front door yesterday, the very first thing I spotted was your face down low, peeking through the tall narrow window next to the front door, grinning out at me with your million candle-power smile, delighted that I'd … [Read More...]

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Ostyns at Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!

Lotsa candles!

Frugal Friday

It’s almost Christmas! I’ve been wrapping like crazy and still have a tiny dab of shopping to do for a few folks that I’m feeling clueless about, but I’m getting there. We also got another birthday celebrated — hard to believe, but our oldest son is now 23.  Happy birthday, Jared! Here are some quick […]

Books

Book ideas for kids

We’re down to the last full week before Christmas–does that seem crazy to you?  I’m getting close to done with my shopping, but have at least half a dozen more items to find. If you’re in the same boat and are on the hunt for books for your kids, I thought I’d share some my […]

She's 10

My baby is 10!

No frugality post this week– sorry, today we decorated gingerbread houses instead. I did remember, however, that I hadn’t yet shared any pictures of a very momentous event in my heart– my sweet and sassy lil Julianna turning TEN years old.  Be still, my heart.  We ended up celebrating twice, once with friends and then […]

Joy for the Journey panel

Talking with our adopted children about their first family

At the adoption retreat that I attended last month, the organizers put together a fabulous panel of birth parents and adult adoptees who talked about their experiences–  Robyn Afrik, Dr. Fran Edwards, and Darrick Rizzo were just some who spoke. Very often in the adoption ‘triad’, the voice of the adoptive parent is heard loudest, […]

Stitch Fix

November Stitch Fix

I thought I’d share my latest Stitch Fix goodies with you this morning. First up is this black chevron skirt and black short-sleeve blouse. The skirt is pretty, but it was a little short for a maxi on me– it almost felt like petite sizing– and is similar to another skirt that I already own.  […]

frugal table decor

Frugality this week

This week I’ve been Christmas shopping, which tends to lead to feelings of non-frugality. But I felt good about overall resisting the siren call of Black Friday shopping, which often seems to end up with me impulse-buying a fair number of random items.  I did buy a few carefully chose items online for excellent prices.  […]

Homeschooling resources

Homeschooling Resources

When talking with a group of mommas about homeschooling at the Joy for the Journey adoption retreat last month, I promised them a post sharing some of my favorite homeschooling resources.  Here’s that list.  Most are ones I’ve used.  Some I mention because they are highly recommended by other homeschooling moms. Some of them are […]

sisters

Friends and Ferguson

A few weekends ago I went to Pennsylvania to speak at the Joy for the Journey retreat for adoptive mommas.  Some of the most memorable and sweetest time on the trip turned out to be visiting with a new friend named Adrienne who drove me to and from the airport, a drive of about two […]

How to Fund Your Adoption

For those of you interested in adoption but wondering how on earth you’d ever afford it –and I KNOW there are lots of you out there!  –here’s a great little book just released by my friend Lauren Casper.  Check it out: How to Fund Your Adoption: Dispelling the Myth That You Can’t Afford to Adopt.